December 27, 2018​

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Worship 10:45am (no 8:30 service)

Education 9:30am
Sunday After Christmas

Scripture: Luke 2:41-52

This time of year, you hear a lot about the after-Christmas blues. Maybe it’s because the days are still long and dark, and once the twinkling lights go away, you have to deal with the reality that it’s actually winter. Maybe it’s because there is so much hype and excitement leading up to Christmas, the days after are bound to feel empty and anti-climactic. Maybe it’s a little of both.
For my money though, the week after Christmas is THE BEST. I typically get at least two consecutive days off (a rarity in ministry life); I can enjoy downtime with my kids after the holiday rush, while they’re still out of school; and I spend at least 48 hours on the couch. Preferably in sweatpants. Catching up on reading and movie watching. The winters blahs will inevitably hit me by late January. But for now, sign me up for the laziest days of the year!

When I truly get in the couch potato zone, I like to re-watch favorite movies (watching something new is too mentally taxing). As I revisit old favorites this year, I’m noticing a trend: most of my all-time favorite movies share a common theme. They are movies about the transformative power of community. 

Sometimes, that community role is fulfilled by an actual church (Lars and the Real Girl); it can be a whole tribe (Whale Rider); or a wonderfully dysfunctional family unity (Little Miss Sunshine); or a hodgepodge of people collected on a long cross-country trek (Forrest Gump). I’ve got dozens of them, but the moral is always the same: nobody gets through this life alone. Yes, we all have a personal journey, and a faith story that is uniquely a part of who we are. But in all things, we are shaped, healed and transformed by those around us. 

On Sunday, we’ll hear a classic story from Luke’s gospel: the young Jesus wanders away from his parents and they find him teaching in the temple. I think about the community in the background of that story. What friends of Mary and Joseph were helping them look for their lost boy? “Don’t worry you guys, I’m sure he’s just run off with some friends and we’ll find them finishing off the Christmas cookies in somebody’s barn.” What crowd gathered in the temple to hear him preach his first sermon? “Can you believe how big this kid has gotten? Why, it was just the other day we were taking swaddling clothes and casseroles to the new parents!” What witnesses discreetly stepped out of the way as the parents lit into him for his disappearing act? “Sorry, kid. We’ve all been there. They won’t ground you forever…” 

This story appears in Luke’s gospel to show us what a strong leader and teacher Jesus was, even from a young age. But it’s more than that. It shows that this holy family did not exist in isolation. Their whole lives didn’t happen in that stable, surrounded by heavenly glow. It was filled with moments of joy and heartache; it was real and raw and messy; it was imperfect, as life with children (and teenagers!) most always is; but most importantly, that life was surrounded by a greater cloud of witnesses. A body of faith and family and story that made Jesus who HE was-- so that he could lead us all. 

Not sure which of those movies will make it into the sermon on Sunday, but if you have some hours to spend on the couch this weekend… now you know what to do with them! Meanwhile, remember that we will have only one service this Sunday (10:45). 


Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday
9:30am         Adult EducationFriends Hall
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, Lower Level & Second Level Classrooms
                     Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
12:00pm       Banner Change
This Week at Saint Andrew
Jan 1        Church Office Closed
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties.   

Dear Saint Andrew Family Members,
As we approach the Christmas holiday and the end of the year it is a time when many of us reflect upon the past year and express our thanks for those who are near and dear to us.  In addition to our families, I know many of us are thankful for our Saint Andrew family as well.  This year we can express our thanks with a holiday/year end thank you gift to all the staff who work so hard all year to make Saint Andrew the great place it is.

Many churches recognize the important work of the church staff through a year-end gift given by the congregation via a special collection. The Leadership Circle has decided this would be the best way to show our staff how much we appreciate all they do for us. 

On Sunday, December 30th, we will have a special collection for the Saint Andrew staff and members can make a financial contribution. Contributions can also be mailed to the church.   Please mark your check with “SACC Staff” on the memo line.  The contributions will be pooled and evenly divided among the staff.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Maureen Foster
Moderator, Leadership Circle
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
9:30 am, Friends Hall
On December 30th we will have a service project for children, youth and adults during our education hour. We will be making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for City Union Mission. These sandwiches are used as a second helping during regular meals, as a source of food for those who need to eat something with their medications, as part of a sack lunch for those who have jobs and don’t qualify for the residential program and for other non-residents who come looking for food throughout the day and  night. 
We will use an assembly line approach to making these sandwiches, so there will be something for everyone to do. Prior to or on that Sunday we need the following items:
•    White Bread
•    Peanut Butter – Smooth/Creamy 
•    Jelly – Grape is preferred.
•    Sandwich Bags (Zip closure preferred)

We have an online sign up form for these items or a paper sign up form in the hearth room. 

Our goal is to make 250 sandwiches, so I hope to see you there!

Year End Giving & 2018 Pledge Reminder
Saint Andrew is continuing to experience a shortfall in revenue for 2018 vs. our yearly plan. With year end fast approaching, please take a moment to review your giving and catch up on any outstanding pledges. In order for your contribution to appear on your 2018 Giving Statement, it must be received in the church office by 12pm on December 31.  Thank you!

Get more enjoyment from your morning coffee!
Everything tastes better in a Saint Andrew mug.  And now you have the opportunity to help the church and find a unique gift for everyone on your shopping list.
For a limited time only you can own a Saint Andrew mug for the low, low price of 2 for $5.00!  Your purchase will help free up space and cover the cost of the mug purchase. Mugs will be available for purchase in Friends Hall.  Buy yours today! 

Intergenerational Book Club
January 13, 3pm
Youth Room
All ages are invited to attend!  We will discuss the book The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt.  Meet in the Youth Room at 3pm, Sunday, January 13.  Please bring a snack to share.  Questions?  Contact Crysta Baier.

Men's Breakfast
We gather the first & third Tuesday of every month, 7:30am at Ginger Sue's (14178 W 119th St).  Due to the holidays, our next breakfast will be January 15.  All Saint Andrew men are welcome.  We hope you'll join us.
Interim Search Committee Update
The nine-person search committee met mid-December with regional DOC leadership to begin the search process. The Interim Search Committee includes Leadership Circle representatives from personnel and finance, the vice-moderator, past moderator and five at-large representatives. Work is currently underway to update the church profile including church demographics, congregational discernment and community information. Once updated the profile will be posted and used to generate interest from potential interim candidates. Please keep the Interim Search Committee in your prayers as they thoughtfully and meaningfully create the foundation for the path forward together.

Interim Search Committee Members:
Personnel Committee - Darin Seidel
Finance Committee - Dan Mueller
Past Moderator - David Graham
Vice Moderator - Doug Helgeson
At-Large - Debra Johnson
At-Large - Karen Magee
At-Large - Cheryl Darlington
At-Large - Brian Foster
At-Large - Cheri Tabel
Children & Youth Ministries
Dec 30        Sunday School, 9:30am, Friends Hall
Jan 6           Epiphany Fair during Sunday School

Dec 30        Sunday School, 9:30am, Friends Hall
Jan 4 - 6     CYF Midwinter Retreat, Tall Oaks Conference Center
Jan 13        Inter-Generational Book Club, 3pm, Youth Room

Epiphany Fair in Children's Sunday School
January 6

Cupcakes and a Parade! Children in our preschool through 5th grade Sunday School classes will celebrate Epiphany at our annual Epiphany Fair, Sunday, January 6 at 9:30am. We’ll all meet in Room 202/203 and learn what Epiphany is all about – and whoever finds a baby Jesus in their cupcake will get to wear kings’ crowns for our parade. Stories, games, crafts -- come join the fun!

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
January 10, 7pm
Friends Hall
Creating Peace In Your Space with Joanie Nicholas
If you are tired of living in a home that makes you feel stressed instead of refreshed this workshop is for you! Our lives have stages and what we keep in our homes should reflect and support our current place in life. We’ll explore the mindset shifts that will allow you to let go of items that no longer serve you and you’ll learn some great organizing tips to keep your house in order. Come be inspired to open your space, your mind, and your heart to discover what God put you on earth to accomplish. 

Home Organizing Coach Joanie Nicholas takes a holistic approach to helping Kansas Citians transform their cluttered homes into peaceful sanctuaries by integrating physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects into her work. For over 20 years she has guided her clients in creating lasting, positive changes to their space.

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. 

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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