August 9, 2018​

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture:  Ephesians 4:25-5:2

It's one of the best Sundays of the year--Back to School Sunday!


I'm not just saying that because I'm ready for my kids to go back to school. Full disclosure, they're bouncing off the walls and we're all ready to get back into a routine... But that's not what makes this Sunday great! I love the excitement as some of our kids and youth move up to a new Sunday School class. I love the potluck. And the bounce house. And did I mention the potluck??


But mostly, I love that the kids bring their backpacks to church and we get to "bless" them for the year ahead. 


It's a simple thing. We say a short prayer. We give them something to clip or pin on their school bag. Just a few words that will remind them that God is with them, and that their church family has their back. Basically, we are sending them into the adventure of a new year with a physical reminder that they are loved--by Jesus, and by us!


In our scripture for Sunday, we're back to Ephesians (that is one long letter!) In this passage, Paul talks to the church about the power of words. He says to use only words that are "useful for building that your words may give grace to those who hear." As we send our kids back to school, I'm especially mindful of the power of words. Those that can build up... and those that can tear down.


This seems like a good reminder to all of us: to use our words. To employ our voices for good, wherever we are able. Join us Sunday and we'll talk more about "good words" and "bad words." I'm thinking that could get interesting quickly... Don't miss it! Don't miss all the back to school festivities following worship. And, youth groups start back Sunday evening. See? I told you it was a great day.

Peace, Erin

Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday
9:30am         Adult EducationFriends Hall
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, Basement & Second Level Classrooms
                     Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
11:45am       All Church Picnic - Friends Hall & Patio
4:00pm         Youth Group, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
August 14             Worship Committee Meeting, 7pm, Barley's 119th Street
                             Bible Study, 7pm, Room 202/203
August 18             Sunday School Teacher Training, 9am, Friends Hall
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties.

Please keep in prayer Saint Andrew children and youth attending Tall Oaks Summer Camp.  This week:
Grandparents Camp #3 - Rylan Riley

Thank you to all who helped at the Migrant Farmworkers Project Workday to deliver backpacks filled with school supplies and sort and distribute food bags and children's books:  Ally Baier, Rich Baier, Gavin Delaney, Jerry Daugherty, Daphne Smith, Denise Dugan, Grayson Yoder, Tinne Fearn, Annalyse Yoder, John & Sandy Marksbury, Melody Zakarian, Susan Smith, Daphne Zakarian, Karen Schwark
Upcoming Events

This Sunday's Adult Education
Understanding Your Teenager
with Lesa Chandler (August 12 & 19)
Director of Collaborative Learning, Cornerstones of Care
9:30 am, Friends Hall   
Join Lesa to learn about teenage brain development and what that means for the teens in your life! Lesa will utilize portions of “Inside the Teenage Brain,” a Frontline report produced by PBS. This report chronicles scientific explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do! Coupled with Lesa’s extensive training in trauma-informed care, you’ll gain new insights and a deeper understanding of teenage behavior and thought processes.

In addition to her full-time position at Cornerstones of Care, Lesa is also one of our dedicated youth sponsors! Lesa and her husband Jeff have been members of Saint Andrew for 12 years.

Back to School Picnic
August 12
Noon, Friends Hall & Patio
What goes with Sunday School class promotions and backpack blessings?  It's a picnic! with grilled burgers and hot dogs.  This year Church Life will be supplying hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, buns and condiments.  Please sign up to help, or to bring your favorite picnic fare. Suggested donation for lunch - $5/adult, $3/child, $15 max/family.

Blood Drive
August 20, 3:30 - 6:30pm
Friends Hall
There is currently a shortage of blood available and we want to help fill that need.  Please sign up in the Hearth Room or online using our sponsor code: standrew.  The Community Blood Center will be giving away T-Bones tickets to those who donate blood on this date.

Leadership Circle Meeting
August 20, 7pm
Room 202/203
The next LC meeting is Monday, August 20th at 7pm.  Due to the Blood Drive in Friends Hall, we will meet in Room 202/203.  This month's goals and agenda below.
Goals:  1) Implement & staff youth ministry model 2) Create sustainable system for growth & engagement
Opening Prayer
Committee Reports (Mission, Pastoral Partners)
Pastors' Reports
Old/Ongoing Business
New Business
Closing Prayer

Friday, August 24

All Muggles Invited!

Harry Potter comes to Saint Andrew!

6:30-8:00pm – Sorting Hat, Quidditch, Potions Class, Trivia Contest

Care and Keeping of Magical Creatures (presented by Scaly Hearts reptile and Amphibian Fostering and Adoption)

8:00pm -- Movie on the Lawn “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

Free Dobby sock drive for Washington Elementary – free butterbeer, popcorn and water – Honeydukes Sweet Shop treats for $1

Pick up a FLYER in the Hearth Room; reply to to let us know you’re coming!

Hold the Date
Tall Oaks Gala
November 9
6pm, Arrowhead Stadium
Dinner, Silent & Live Auctions & Free Childcare.  More information coming soon.
Children & Youth Ministries
Aug 12         Back to School Sunday!
                    Sunday School, 9:30am; Backpack Blessings in 10:45 worship
                    Angels (grades 3rd-5th), Room 204, 4pm
Aug 19        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

Aug 12        Back to School Sunday:
                   Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                   Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
Aug 19        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                   Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall

Back to School Sunday, August 12
9:30-10:30 – children age 3 and up are invited to join us! This is the day kids go to their new class (if they’re moving up.)
10:45 worship – Backpack Blessings! Everyone should bring their backpack for a special blessing and gift!
And stay for the picnic at noon – we’ll have a bounce house for all the kids!

Thoughtful Parents
Thoughtful Parents is a group of parents, grandparents, and others who gather on Sunday mornings for support, discussion, and sharing of joys and concerns.  Sometimes we have a guest speaker, sometimes we simply share a topic or article of interest.  We will begin meeting again on September 9 in the Senior Pastor's office.
Women's Ministries
Ladies Night Out
August 28
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe​​​​​​​

Wise Women
September 13
7pm, Friends Hall
Centering Native Nations, Their Citizens and Experiences in Literature for Children and Teens w/ Traci Sorell
Traci Sorell, author and former SACC member, will share about her journey to publication in the field of children’s literature and the need for accurate representation of Native peoples both in text and illustrations created for children and teens to read.
Traci’s debut picture book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, illustrated by Frané Lessac, features a panorama of modern-day Cherokee cultural practices and experiences, presented through the four seasons. She’ll read from this book and have a list of other books with accurate representation to share with attendees.
Those who wish to pre-order the book can do so from their favorite local bookstore (e.g., The Learning Tree, Rainy Day, Books, Barnes & Noble, etc.) or an online retailer. We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga will be published on September 4, 2018 by Charlesbridge Publishing. Traci will be happy to sign any books after the presentation.

Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction books as well as poems for children, featuring contemporary characters and compelling biographies—the type of books she sought out in her school and public libraries as a child. Traci is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma where her tribe is located. For more about Traci and her other forthcoming works, visit
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.  Here is a current Mission Committee Update. 

Hand of Welcome Updates and Ways You Can Make a Difference

Catholic Charities is looking for a volunteer Move-In Team Leader.  This person will coordinate and meet with move-in teams 2 to 6 times a month (usually on Tuesday evenings or Saturdays) and drive the moving truck to newly arriving refugee homes. There is occasional heavy lifting involved and the leader role can be shared.  If you are interested in helping, contact Judi Barkema ( for more information.

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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