December 13, 2018​

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am

Education 9:30am
Third Sunday of Advent

Scripture: Luke 3:1-20

The theme for the 3rd Sunday of Advent is Joy. And nothing says joy like kids singing! Join us in worship this week as the children’s choir shares their Christmas program with us (in both services). There will be offerings from our adult choir and other Saint Andrew musicians as well, so joy is truly the theme of the day. 

While we won’t have the usual sermon, the message will be delivered through storytelling again; and Mark and I will both share reflections throughout the service. We’re thinking about John the Baptist’s call to “make a highway in the desert,” and “prepare the way of the Lord.” I wonder what that requires… How do you suppose our challenges now are different from those who waited for a Messiah then? And how do you think our struggles might be exactly the same? 

As we continue our theme “Go Tell It!” I hope we are all watching for unique ways and places to share the hope and joy of this season in our community. We continue to have many opportunities to give, to serve, and to share the love through our various mission efforts. You can shop at the Advent art sale in Friend’s Hall to support our youth ministry; give to our Hand of Welcome ministry and our sister community El Higueral; contribute to the various collections for those in need; and of course, volunteer to help with our IHN host week—which is the week of Christmas! There is so much to do… but it is all joy. 

Don’t forget our annual congregational meeting Sunday at 5pm. We’ll vote on the slate of leaders for 2019; share a draft of the ministry budget for next year; and, most exciting of all, introduce the Senior Pastor Search committee! This group of folks has agreed to serve in a very important role, and will need your prayers and support in the months ahead. This is a great time to celebrate and thank them, and help them prepare for the work ahead. We’ll serve refreshments (yes, there will be wine too), and childcare is available upon request. 

See you Sunday, as we take in the fullness of this season together. 


Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday
                     Art Sale, Friends Hall
9:30am         Adult EducationFriends Hall
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, Basement & Second Level Classrooms
                     Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
4:00pm         Youth Group, Youth Room
                      Angels, Room 204
5:00pm          Annual Congregational Meeting, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
Dec 15        Children's Christmas Program Rehearsal, 9am, Sanctuary
Dec 17        Finance Committee Meeting, 6pm, Room 202/203
                    Leadership Circle Meeting, 7pm, Friends Hall
Dec 18        Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. 
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
9:30 am, Friends Hall
This Sunday, we will watch the final segment of "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. " Saint Andrew youth will join us  of to discuss the story that C.S. Lewis wrote for Advent.  For everyone who missed last week's Adult Ed viewing of the video, you can still watch it on You Tube:

Annual Congregational Meeting
December 16, 5pm
Friends Hall

Join us for our annual congregational meeting on Sunday, December 16 at 5pm in Friends Hall.  Wine and refreshments will be served.  Child care is available upon request. 

Christmas Eve Services
Monday, December 24
6:00 pm - Worship service for children and families
8:00 & 10:00 pm -  Traditional Candlelight Services

December 30 - One Service Only
On Sunday, December 30 we will have one service only - 10:45am.

We’re seeking Devotional Writers 
Do you love to write? Can you share how God’s presence has been revealed in your ordinary life experiences? Our Weekly Devotionals are emailed out every Wednesday. If you enjoy inspirational writing and would like to join our team of writers, contact Denise. We’ll schedule you to write one or two devotionals over the course of the year. Please respond by December 20 if you’re interested!

Calling all bakers!
Epiphany is January 6 and we need cupcakes for our Epiphany Fair in children’s Sunday School! If you would enjoy baking some cupcakes for this special celebration, please contact Denise.  Thank you!
Children & Youth Ministries
Dec 15        Christmas Program Rehearsal & Performance at Lakeview Village & Pizza                         Party, meet at church at 9am
Dec 16        Christmas Program at 8:30 & 10:45 Worship, meet at 8:15 in Room 202  
                    Angels, 4pm, Christmas Caroling, Party & Gift Exchange
Dec 23        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Dec 30        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

Dec 14        SAY Christmas Lock In, 6pm - 8am 
Dec 16        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classroom
                   Chi Rho Caroling  & Christmas Party, 4pm
Dec 23        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classroom
                    IHN Set Up & Lunch, immediately after worship
Dec 30        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classroom
Jan 4 - 6     CYF Midwinter Retreat, Tall Oaks Conference Center
Jan 13        Inter-Generational Book Club, 3pm, Youth Room

Last minute service project in Children's Sunday School! This Sunday, the 16th, children in K-5th will make filled stockings for Interfaith Hospitality Network. Donations of candy, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotions, shampoo, small specialty soaps, small notebooks, pens are needed. Anything little would be much appreciated! Bring donations to Sunday School this Sunday - thank you!

Vacation Bible School – SAVE THESE DATES!
VBS will be June 10-14, 2019. We’re super excited about our theme – To Mars and Beyond! Watch for more information early next year!
Women's Ministries
Wise Women
December 13, 7pm
Friends Hall
Executive Pastry Chef, Doug Flick, owner of Park Street Pastry will be our speaker in December and we will have our annual Cookie Exchange. We'll gather in Friends Hall at 7:00pm on Dec.13. Doug will speak about his homeless ministry work, JCCC graduates and his dream to open a pastry shop. 

Doug Flick was a Culinary Professor at Johnson County Community College, and has been a Pastry Chef at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, a Pastry cook at the Beverly Hills Hotel and at Desserts International. Doug also does an amazing ministry to the homeless in the area.

Bring 3 dozen of one kind of cookie for our annual Cookie Exchange. All women welcome and friends are invited!

Ladies Night Out
We will not meet in December.  Mark your calendar for 2019 date - when we will start meeting on the 4th Thursday of every month.  Hope see you on January 24 at Spin Pizza in Olathe!

Women's Retreat
May 3 - 4, 2019
Save the Date!! Our annual women’s retreat will be May 3-4, 2019 at Tall Oaks Conference Center.  We are thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker is Rev. Kerry Waller Dueholm. Kerry is ordained in the Disciples of Christ and is a Licensed Professional Counselor – and she grew up at Saint Andrew! We’re still working together on the retreat theme. If you’d like to be part of that conversation, please contact Lois Penn, 
SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology)​​
SAGE gratefully accepts your donations of bird seed or cash to purchase bird seed.  Cash donations can be placed in the birdhouse located in the Hearth Room or in the offering basket marked "bird seed."  Bags of bird seed can be placed in the marked space in Friends Hall.
Mission & Outreach
The Saint Andrew Mission Team resolves to seek God, create community and practice justice by actively promoting congregational engagement in the community, both locally and globally. 

Hand of Welcome
Advent Donation Drive, December 2-16
Each dollar donated to the Advent drive goes to our partners at Catholic Charities who have a Federal grant that matches two dollars for every dollar collected.  Money supports resettled families in Kansas City as they move towards self-sufficiency after years in international refugee camps.  Please make checks payable to Saint Andrew and write “Hand of Welcome” in the memo line.

Who Inspires You to Give?
Add more meaning to your holiday gifts by supporting El Higueral or Hand of Welcome as a way to thank someone who inspires you to give.  Thank you notes to share with those that inspire you to give are available in Friends Hall December 2-16.  Please make checks payable to Satin Andrew and write “El Higueral” or “Hand of Welcome” in the memo line.
From the Church Office
We are now using a Google Drive site to provide Saint Andrew members with monthly financial reports, Leadership Circle minutes, current directory, and access to other important SACC documents.  If you would like access to these documents, please email

If you would like to have your financial donation to SACC processed monthly from your bank account or a credit card as automatic payments to SACC, please submit this form to Debbi Adams, Church Administrator.​

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