Weekly Connection - June 28, 2018​

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Worship 10:45am (no 8:30 worship)
Education 9:30am
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture:  2 Corinthians 8:7-15​​​​​​​

It’s hot out there. Crazy hot. Stupid hot. Bad-hair-days-hot.

Ever notice that when it is this hot, it’s all anybody can talk about? It’s the ultimate ice breaker, ironically. Strangers on the street, neighbors, the bar tender… “Yep. It’s a hot one.” And then that’s about the extent of the discussion, because more talking requires brain cells and have we mentioned, it’s hot? I also notice that, when it’s this hot, everything moves slower. People stay in. We have less energy. We get a little lethargic.

Or… well, maybe it’s not the heat.

I’m noticing a kind of lethargy in many of my circles right now, including our circle here at Saint Andrew. People who work for social justice are just dang TIRED. It’s not the heat, but it is definitely the climate. Every day some fresh outrage, some big step backward, some threat of another blow to the working class, or women, or the LGBT community. If you are a teacher, a social worker, or a healthcare worker, you have felt the burn. If you are an advocate for the poor, a friend to refugees, or out there canvassing for candidates, you have witnessed the ugliness. If you have even just turned on the news lately and tried to hold onto your humanity, you have felt the heat.

It's easy to get discouraged. It’s normal to feel tired. And listen—it is ok to rest. Truly, it is. Cool off. But then, we’ve got work to do.

In our scripture for Sunday, Paul talks about how it is important to finish doing the work that you started last year… and “if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable.” That means, even when it feels like your work and your words are not making a dent in the pain of the world… you keep showing up. Your DESIRE to do good is, in fact, goodness itself. And, as MLK reminded us: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

We keep bending. But we never break.

Between the heat and the holiday, we’re only having one service this Sunday: there will be Sunday School at 9:30 and worship at 10:45. We’ll continue our series As Long As We Live: What Matters, What Lasts, and What We Leave Behind. We’ll remember that we are part of a bigger story of God’s work in the world. It didn’t start with us, nor will it end with us. We’ve stepped into the middle of a long-running stream. It keeps going, and it moves us along. And it is blessedly, wonderfully cool.

Come Sunday,

Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday
9:30am         Adult EducationFriends Hall
                     Thoughtful Parents, Room 102
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, 2nd Level & Basement Level Classrooms
11:45am       Grief:  A Living Expeience, Room 102
4:00pm         SURJ, Sr. Pastor's Office
This Week at Saint Andrew
June 29-July 7   El Higueral Mission Trip
July 3        Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's, Olathe
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 are excited to announce that Chuck Pickrel has been called as our new Youth Director! Chuck has been in youth ministry since 2006 and a commissioned minister in the Greater KC Region since 2012. Chuck’s first day with us will be Sunday, July 15. Please plan to join us to welcome him to Saint Andrew!

Chuck's passion in the church is faith formation and relational ministry with young people. He has not missed a single summer of church camp in over twenty years. Chuck lives in North Kansas City with his wife, Lara, their daughter, Violet, his mom, Marilyn and their three dogs, Shelby, Faith, and Buddy. In his free time, Chuck loves collecting Lego, saving the world from Alien invasion (in video games), and working on his 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle.

Many thanks to our search committee, chaired by Kathy Marian, for their excellent work. We are thrilled to welcome Chuck to Saint Andrew!

Saint Andrew children and youth at Tall Oaks Summer Camp this coming week:
Junior 1 (June 30-July 3):  Mary Delaney, Hannah Kearney, Henry Seitz, Brady Smotrilla, Connor Stone, Isaac Thompson, Ava Waller, Harper Wathen
Chi Rho Fine Arts (June 30-July 4):  Jack McGregor, Jackson Tabel
Grandparents 2 (July 1 - 3):  Josie Smotrilla
Day Camp 3 (July 6):  Isabella Thompson, Silas Wathen
Upcoming Events

This Sunday's Adult Education
Sleeping Mats for the Homeless; a Hands-on Demonstration with Lois Penn
9:30 am, Friends Hall
Join Lois to hear about this project that uses everyday plastic bags to make sleeping mats for the homeless. Lois learned this technique through the Starfish Project in Olathe. See how these mats benefit our homeless neighbors and learn more about Lois’s volunteer work at the Starfish Project. If you have plastic bags to donate to this cause, they will be welcomed! 

July 1 Worship Schedule
Please mark your calendar now.  On July 1 there will not be an 8:30am service.  We will have education at 9:30 and worship at 10:45.

Twinning Celebration Picnic
and Meet our new Youth Director
July 15
11:45, Friends Hall & Patio
We have lots to celebrate! It’s the 26th anniversary of our partnering with the Salvadoran village of El Higueral, AND we’re welcoming our new Youth Director, Chuck Pickrel! We’ll have live music from Andean Express, and a piñata for the children.
Church Life will supply meat and some simple dishes.  Please sign up to let us know you will be attending; as we need to know numbers for planning.  Please sign up to contribute traditional basics.  Do you make a great salsa or pico de gallo?  Do you have a favorite tortilla, or taco shell, or taco chip?  Maybe you want to supply lettuce, cheese, sour cream, chopped onion, sliced tomatoes, olives, or whatever makes your taco or taco salad just perfect. There will be music and laughter and news from our sister community -- and bring a frisbee or two, just for fun. 
To sign up:
If you do not get a message from Signup Genius, please signup on Sunday, or rsvp to Saint Andrew.  If you want to be added to Signup Genius, send an email to nitagg100788@gmail.com
Children & Youth Ministries
July 1           Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
July 8           Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

July 1            Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms​​​​​​​
July 8           Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                     Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall

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.  
Women's Ministries
Ladies Night Out
July 24
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe
Please note date change - we are now meeting on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
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.​​​​​​​

Saint Andrew/Migrant Farmworker Project Backpack Project 2018

There are 65 students that need our help this year.  MFP is asking SACC to help supply backpacks filled with school supplies to children of farmworkers who follow the fruit harvest throughout the US.  Helping MFP help these students with the basics enables them to succeed in a challenging educational environment, moving from school to school as their families follow the harvest.


This year SACC has again partnered with an educational products supply company to furnish the school supplies and backpacks at a huge savings. A backpack complete with school supplies is on $15!  Will you sponsor a student (or two) with a backpack?  Please contribute $15 per backpack.  Donations payable to SACC with "MFP" in the memo line.​​​​​​​

Hand of Welcome Updates and Ways You Can Make a Difference
*  Volunteer with Catholic Charities as an ESL tutor, Citizenship tutor, or help with new arrival move-ins.  For more information, contact Judi Barkema at jabarkema@gmail.com
*  Help Congolese refugees learn English through the social justice ministry at Metropolitan Avenue United Methodist Church.  Weekend and weekday opportunities to volunteer from one hour a week to one hour a month, ending in mid-June.  Contact Judi Barkema (jabarkema@gmail.com) for more information.
*   Catholic Charities has a new TurnStyles thrift store location at 135th and Nieman.  They welcome shoppers and donations of gently used items. 
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.​

13890 W. 127th Street Olathe, KS 66062
Telephone: 913.764.5888  |  Fax: 913.764.4692  |  Email: office@sacchome.org