Weekly Connection - March 15, 2018​
Sunday, March 18, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
Fifth Sunday in Lent

Where are you from?
Boy, that's a loaded question sometimes. For military kids, preacher's kids, or anyone else who had to move a lot growing up, there may not be an easy answer. Instead, the question launches a long dialogue of personal narrative and geography; one that can be painful, or maybe you just don't want to share it with someone you just met! 
It can be a complicated discussion for many reasons. Often, that question bears the thinly veiled implication that "you clearly aren't from here..." In other words, you aren't one of us, are you? Some difference in skin color, language, culture or dialect has set this person apart in the eye of the questioner. This is how we define 'other,' isn't it? You're either one of us, or you aren't. Either you're from these parts... or you ain't. (Pro-tip: using "ain't" un-ironically is one sure way to get asked where you are from. Believe me.)
This Sunday, we pick up where we left off with the story of Jesus on trial. In this week's passage, Pilate asks Jesus, "where are you from?" And let the games begin. That's a dangerous questions, as so many of us know. Loaded with history, identity, geography and belonging. So how does Jesus answer? 
He doesn't. 
It is a loaded question, after all. 
Join us for worship and we'll talk about where we're from--geographically, culturally, philosophically--and why it matters. We'll also continue the conversation about what it means to be "people of place." Where we come from is important. But maybe what's even more important is the tribe we assemble along the way; the people we show up to love and serve every day, and the people with whom we choose to share this life of common faith. 
See you Sunday, ​​​​​​​

Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday​​​​​​​
9:30am    Adult Education, Friends Hall
                Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
                Thoughtful Parents, Room 102
                Youth & Children's Sunday School, 2nd Level & Basement Level Classrooms
                Disciples 101, Sr. Pastor's Office
12:00pm  Mission Committee Meeting, Room 202/203
3:00pm    Youth Leadership Team Meeting, 3pm, Youth Room
4:00pm    Youth Group, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
March 19    Finance Committee Meeting, 6pm, Room 202/203
                   Leadership Circle Meeting, 7pm, Friends Hall
March 20    Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's, Olathe
                   Lenten Study, 6pm, Friends Hall
March 22    Women's Planning Meeting, 6:30pm, Friends Hall
March 23    Chi Rho Lock-In, 7pm - 9am
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. 
Upcoming Events
The Awakening of Hope
Tuesday Nights during Lent:  6pm - 7:30pm
March 20
Friends Hall
On Tuesday evenings in Lent, we’ll gather for a light meal, some songs, separate “study” activities for children and adults, and a short closing worship – we’ll plan to be done by 7:30pm.  

This year’s study will encourage each of us to think about why we do the things we do as people of faith and how doing those things are a source of hope for us and for the world around us.  Lenten stories and activities for children will be provided during the adult study.

All ages are invited to attend!

We’ll share in bringing soups, breads and desserts -- look for a sign-up sheet in the Hearth Room or RSVP@SACChome.org 

Holy Week & Easter​​​​​​​
Palm Sunday - March 25
Our annual Palm Processionals will take place at the beginning of each service on March 25! Adults, youth and children are invited to participate. Please meet us in the Hearth Room before the service you attend to pick up your palm branch and join us! 

Just so you know -- we order "Eco Palms," which come from communities in Mexico and Guatemala whose harvesting practices minimize the impact on the natural forest. Villagers are paid a fair price, so the added job opportunities and more livable income make it less likely for villagers to cut down the rain forest to establish farms.

Maundy Thursday - March 29
Worship 7pm
This family friendly service invites us to a simple feast, singing, and conversation around tables, perhaps much like the last time Jesus gathered with his friends.  Nursery available. 

Good Friday - March 30
Worship 7pm
Join us for our annual inter-generational service of poetry and song.  Nursery available.​​​​​​​

Holy Saturday - March 31
Work Day, 9am - 1pm
There will be indoor and outdoor projects including: mulching, trimming flower beds, clean windows, clean oven/stove.  We are in need of extra wheel barrels, rakes, clippers/trimmers, and paper bags for trimmings.  Please contact Brandon Adams with questions.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 10am

Easter Sunday - April 1
Sunrise Service 6:30am - We will gather at Heatherstone Park (weather permitting).
Worship 8:30 & 10:45 with Christian Education at 9:30 for children, youth & adults
Children & Youth Ministries
March 18     Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
March 25     Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4pm, Room 204
March 31     Easter Egg Hunt, 10am

March 18      Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                     Youth Leadership Meeting, Youth Room
                     Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
March 23      Chi Rho Lock-In, 7pm-9am
March 25      Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                     SAY Only, 4pm, Friends Hall
March 31      Easter Egg Hunt - arrive at 9am to hide eggs

Children’s Choir
Children’s Choir rehearsals are held every Sunday in Room 202 for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade, directed by Amy Diediker. Rehearsals will be 10:20 -10:40. We’re rehearsing for performances in worship on April 22 and May 13. See you Sunday!

Thoughtful Parents
9:30am, Room 102
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.  ​​​​​​​

Tall Oaks Summer Camp
Register Now!!
The Tall Oaks summer camp discount deadline has changed – it is APRIL 1 this year! Don’t be caught off guard – that’s almost a whole month earlier than usual. Tall Oaks is now accepting registrations at this link. Saint Andrew offers a 50% scholarship to all SACC families.  Please see the camp table in the Hearth Room or contact the office for the code.

Vacation Bible School Dates

Mark your calendars for June 18-22, 9am to noon.  VBS is for preschool through 5th grade children, and we’ll need 6th through 12th graders and adults to sign up to work in activity sites or as group leaders. This year’s theme is Rolling River Rampage: Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God!  

Women's Ministries
Wise Women
April 12
7pm, Friends Hall
"A Lifetime of Art!" with Buck Arnhold
Wise Women is very pleased to showcase Buck Arnhold’s presentation “A Lifetime of Art!” on April 12.  Buck will bring his inspiring art examples from throughout his career to include pieces from first grade!  He will also present an overview of his stunning career as a mural painter, along with a few of his sketchbooks that demonstrate his work from the past through present day  As an added feature, Buck will present a demo in watercolor plus a portrait in pencil or charcoal.  To conclude the presentation Buck will discuss his motivation, his heroes in art and in general things pertaining to his art.  Please join us for an inspiring, joyful and beautiful art program.  Wise Women is a group for women of all ages, and friends are always welcome!

Women's Quarterly Luncheon
April 15
11:45am, Friends Hall
Save the date.  We'll have more information soon.

Ladies Night Out
April 24
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe
Please note date change - we are now meeting on the 4th Tuesday of the month.

Women's Retreat
Save the date!  Our annual women's retreat will be May 4 - 5 at Tall Oaks Conference Center.  A brochure with registration form is available here.  Planning Team Chair is 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.  Here is a current Mission Committee Update.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

House of Abraham
House of Abraham can use volunteers almost any day, Wednesday through Saturday, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  (mornings preferred for half day volunteers)  Potential volunteers can go to the following web site to sign up and see how many needed each day.

Volunteer Opportunities 
Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement program uses volunteers in many capacities to support refugees as they make Kansas City their new home.  If you are interested in helping, look through this list of volunteer needs and contact Judi Barkema to get connected with the programs that interest you the most.
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 Debbi@sacchome.org.

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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