November 29, 2018​

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am

Education 9:30am
First Sunday of Advent

Scripture: Jeremiah 33:1-16

I hate secrets. Unless it’s a surprise birthday party or, you know, a really excellent Christmas present, miss me with the whispering. I’m for authenticity and transparency in all things. As a general rule, I make it a personal practice to be a relentless truth-teller.

That’s why I’m glad to have the news out: that I’ve accepted a position with Week of Compassion, and am leaving Saint Andrew in January. As I said in my letter to the congregation, it was a hard decision. But it was almost as hard to keep the news to myself! Luckily, I didn’t have to keep that secret for long—I didn’t know for sure until last week, so I only had to wait until after Thanksgiving to share the news. Still, those were some hard days, carrying around the burden of something that couldn’t be told.

There is freedom in truth—whether it is speaking one’s personal truth, or speaking the prophetic truth of God’s word. As we begin our Advent series --Go Tell It! –I’m thinking about all the ways and places that we are called to speak truth to power, and to reveal the truth of the gospel in our living. In the weeks ahead, we will explore all the ways God is calling us to GO AND TELL so many kinds of good news, to so many people who are waiting to hear it. We are so often reluctant to share our faith, for so many reasons. But the prophets are clear, in both the Old Testament and the new: if you’ve got good news, you have to go and share it, near and far. “In the towns of the hill country…and all the places in Jerusalem!” says Jeremiah. Some things are too heavy to keep to ourselves; and some are just too good to contain.

And I guess some news can be both of those things at once.

Even though this is a time of transition, it’s going to be a very busy season at Saint Andrew. There are MANY ways to share, give and serve others as we approach the holidays. We’re taking special offerings for El Higeural, for our Hand of Welcome Refugee ministry, and for other important work that we support as part of our mission. Also, get this on your calendars: our next IHN host week is the week of Christmas! We are going to need MANY hands to help welcome our guests who will spend their Christmas here.

I’m looking forward to spending this Advent season with you. There’s never a perfect time to make a big change… but it does seem like Spirit timing. After all, we are all waiting for something new to unfold, or emerge, or be born. And we wait in great hope, trusting that it will all be good news worth sharing.


Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday
                     Art Sale, Friends Hall, following services
9:30am         Adult EducationFriends Hall
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, Basement & Second Level Classrooms
                     Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
                     Thoughtful Parents, Sr. Pastor's Office
11:45am       Grief:  A Living Experience, Room 102
4:00pm         Hanging of the Greens Celebration! meet in Friends Hall
                     Youth Group, Friends Hall
                     Angels, Room 204
                     SURJ, Sr. Pastor's Office
This Week at Saint Andrew
Nov 30            Banner Change, 6:30pm
Dec 1              Cookies, Cocoa & Crafts; 10:00 am-Noon; Friends Hall
Dec 3              Personnel Committee Meeting, 7pm, Sr. Pastor's Office
Dec 4              Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. We pray for Vicki Harmon who was hospitalized this week.

Thanksgiving Sunday
    I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I did, and I enjoyed the snow-day on Monday.   Thanks to everyone who made our SACC community celebration happen.
    There are too many people to even try naming everyone.  I must thank hard-working committee members: Sandra Askey, Martha Pierce, Carol Skaja, Sara Kurtz, Jody Gyulay, and Stevie Morris.  These angels give much time and hard work.  Thanks to Sandra, Carol, Beth, Debra, Hollie & Brian for cooking turkeys and getting them ready to serve.     Thanks to everyone who brought food and welcomed our guests.  It was an abundant and joyful feast.  Thanks to those who helped to setup and serve.  Many thanks, also, to Patty Glauser for advertising, record keeping, and attempting to keep me on schedule.  A world of thanks to Brandon Adams for making sure we had enough seating and then picking up after us - to be ready for whatever comes next.  My heartfelt gratitude to those who stayed after the party was over to reorganize, wash up, cleanup, shut down and lock the doors – Martha, Bernadette, Rick and Beth.
With love,
Anita Gordon-Gilmore
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
 An Overview of Advent with Rev. Tom Minges
9:30 am, Friends Hall
Tom will give some thoughts about where Advent came from and why Christians for centuries have liked it, some suggestions about how to understand the infancy narratives in Matthew and Luke, and conclude with an experience of how Advent can enrich our Christmas.

Ordained in 1967, Tom has worked in pastoral ministry for much of his life, including 6 years as associate pastor at Saint Andrew.  He and his wife, Rebecca, are now (mostly) retired.

Cookies, Cocoa and Crafts
December 1, 10am - Noon
Friends Hall
Everyone is welcome to this event hosted by SACC Children's Ministry.  We will be decorating cookies, drinking hot chocolate, and making Christmas crafts.  All ages are welcome!  Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Hanging of the Greens
Dec 2, 4-6pm
We’ll have an old-fashioned Hanging of the Greens Celebration! Everyone is invited to this intergenerational event to help set up Christmas Trees and Hang Greenery, 4:00-6:00pm, Friends Hall and Sanctuary. Enjoy music, cookies and fellowship. No RSVP needed. 

Service of Remembrance & Hope
December 12
7pm, Sanctuary

For many people, the approaching Christmas holiday does not bring with it the joy and happiness that is advertised on television or greeting cards or even Advent bulletins or newsletters. They may be facing this holiday after the death of a loved one or after a divorce or separation. They may have lost a job or be concerned that their job is about to be eliminated. Perhaps they have been unable to have a child, or have suffered through an emotional trauma or the loss of physical ability due to illness or aging. They may be stressed over exams or bullying at school. Maybe they feel pressured and overwhelmed by holiday preparations.

If this is one of those years for you, we invite you to join us in the sanctuary on Wednesday, December 12, at 7 p.m. for a Service of Remembrance and Hope. No “fa-la-las” or “deck the halls,” but a beautiful liturgy, message and music.  Childcare available.

Christmas Eve Services
Monday, December 24
6:00 pm - Worship service for children and families
8:00 & 10:00 pm -  Traditional Candlelight Services
Children & Youth Ministries
Dec 1          Cookies, Cocoa & Crafts, 10am - 12pm, Friends Hall
Dec 2          Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms  
                    Angels, 4pm, Room 204
Dec 9          Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms  
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

Children's Choir
The children's choir will be rehearsing every Sunday in Room 202, 10:15 - 10:40 in preparation for our December 16th performance.  All Saint Andrew children, K - 5th grade are encouraged to attend.

Dec 2          Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
Dec 4          SAY Meeting at Austin's (Lone Elm) for $1.50 Taco Night w/Chuck, 4-7pm
Dec 9          Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classroom
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
Dec 11         SAY Meeting at Austin's (Lone Elm) for $1.50 Taco Night w/Chuck, 4-7pm
Dec 14        SAY Christmas Lock In, 6pm - 8am 
Dec 16        Chi Rho Caroling  & Christmas Party, 4pm

Thoughtful Parents
Sr. Pastor's Office
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.  

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!
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.

Shop Local, Give Local
A Community Fundraising Event for
Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund
Sunday, December 2, 12 - 4pm
Ten Thousand Villages, 7497 Santa Fe Drive, OP
Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund receives 15% of all sales on December 2.  If you're unable to shop that day, you can shop Nov 26 - Dec 1 and say at the register that you are supporting MFW and they will receive 15% of those sales as well.
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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