October 25, 2018​

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture:  Luke 11:1-13

It's that time again. The trees are decked out in beautiful shades of red and gold; kids are happily planning their Halloween costumes; it's time to dig the boots and jackets out of the closet. October is here in all its glory...

But in the stores, it might as well be December 24. 

I love fall so much; but between climate change and consumerism, it seems like we aren't allowed to enjoy it. It's basically a long weekend in early October and then-- cold. Christmas. Sleigh bells. In your face. Stop the war on Thanksgiving!

It's not just that I have deep affection for all things fall. It's also the reality that a season of reflective gratitude and outwardly focused generosity are spiritual necessities; and in our rush to the Christmas aisle, we sometimes miss the rhythm of this whole season. 

In worship on Sunday, we continue our stewardship series, This Is Your _________. In preparation for pledge Sunday, we're inviting you to think about what Saint Andrew means in your life. What does this community provide that you are grateful for? And how will you give back in meaningful ways in the year ahead? 

Our scripture is a passage from Luke 11 that encompasses the Lord's Prayer (abridged version); followed by a reflection on gifts. The arrangement of these two sections shows us something important about the rhythms of give and take, of asking and receiving. It seems we aren't just to pray for what we need and want; we are to learn from our prayer life how to also be good givers. AND gracious recipients. 

Sometimes receiving a good gift is harder than giving one. Come Sunday and we'll talk about why that is. And how we can live out of a deep generosity that allows us to give--and receive-- in world-changing ways. 

Speaking of Halloween costumes-- this Sunday evening is Trunk or Treat! Children's Ministry Team could still use some more GENEROUS folks to decorate their vehicle and hand out candy to the kids. If you want in on the fun, please contact Andrea McGregor


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
                     Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
                     Thoughtful Parents, 9:30am, Sr. Pastor's Office
4:00pm         Youth, Help Set Up Trunk or Treat
5:00pm         Trunk or Treat, parking lot, patio, Friends Hall (cars in place by 4:30pm)
This Week at Saint Andrew
Oct 29            Blood Drive, 3:30 - 6:30pm, Friends Hall
Nov 2             Shabbat Service, Congregation Beth Torah, 5:45pm
Nov 3             One Homeless Night, SAY
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 Bill, Lois Penn's brother, who has medical issues.

Congratulations to Libby Mullican, Megan Mueller, and Connor Dugan on being selected to serve on Greater Kansas City's Regional Youth Cabinet!  RYC is a group of selected young people and adults who plan and lead regional youth events like camp at Tall Oaks, and our service project at Regional Assembly.   If you see these young people, tell them how proud you are, and feel free to ask them questions about what they do!

Thank you to the volunteers who made last Saturday's work day a success!  Debra Johnson, Rick Dobrowsky, Robin, Jonathan, Samuel, and Hanna Van Haste, Phil Askey, Jodi & Bob Dinkins, Tom Norbury (worked during the week) and Building Superintendent, Brandon Adams.

Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
Mission Southside with Craig Howard
9:30 am, Friends Hall
Mission Southside has a neighbor’s heart … a heart that loves Jesus Christ and one that genuinely cares about the needs of others. Mission Southside is not a church, but partners with churches, “helps” organizations, businesses, and individuals to bring hope to Johnson County, KS through the meeting of both physical and spiritual needs.
Craig Howard is the Executive Director of Mission Southside.

Trunk or Treat & Chili Cook-off
October 28
5 - 7pm (cars in place by 4:30pm)

Join us for this annual tradition and bring your friends! Trick or treating begins at 5pm. There will be a costume contest (child, youth & adult categories, and a couple/family costume), best decorated car contest, and a chili cook off and a grilled cheese station. Dress up in your Halloween costumes and join in the fun! Please bring a a crockpot of chili, cornbread, crackers, chips, sour cream, shredded cheese, cheese slices and/or loafs of bread to share. Families and church groups are invited to decorate your car trunks and hand out treats - cars must be in place by 4:30pm. Sign-up in the Hearth Room or here!

Blood Drive
October 29
3:30 - 6:30pm
Saint Andrew did themselves proud with a record donation for our last Blood Drive. Wouldn’t it be great to exceed that?  Our next blood drive is October 29; sign up in the Hearth Room or online for a donation time.

Shabbat Service at Congregation Beth Torah
November 2
We will be visiting a Shabbat service at Congregation Beth Torah (6100 W. 127th Street, Overland Park, KS) on Friday, November 2, 2018. We’ll plan to arrive around 5:45 p.m. for an explanation of the service and then share in “bisseleh nosh” (light food) from 6:00-6:30 p.m. The service begins at 6:30 p.m. and typically ends by 7:30 p.m. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions after the service. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the faith of our Jewish sisters and brothers. Normal attire for their worship services is business casual.

If you are interested in going, please RSVP to Mark Harmon by October 26th.

Tall Oaks Gala - November 9
Unveiling the Future, a Masquerade Gala
The Tall Oaks Gala and Auction to benefit Tall Oaks Camp and Conference Center is coming soon! The fundraising goal is $45,000 to be used for on-going programs and future development. Please consider donating an item or service for the silent or live auction, a bottle of wine worth $10 or more for the Wine Pull, and/or attending the Gala to eat, bid, and be merry with other Tall Oaks supporters. Free childcare provided. Sign-up sheets and additional information available in the Hearth Room. Contact Stacy Kearney (stacykearney@yahoo.com) for more info or questions. 
Children & Youth Ministries
Oct 28         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Trunk or Treat, 5pm
Nov 4          Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

IHN Toy Drive
This Sunday Interfaith Hospitality Network representatives will be talking to the Sunday school classes to kick off our toy drive for the IHN holiday shop.  IHN will provide Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for current guests of IHN and for those who have graduated from the program. Items are collected from churches supporting IHN for the  baskets. This Sunday, Saint Andrew children will learn how they can donate a new toy of $5-$10 value so the IHN children can “shop” for presents to give to their loved ones. Should the children of Saint Andrew like to share a new toy to be used for this event they may bring them to Sunday school and/or Worship and Wonder for the Sundays of November 4, 11 and 18.  Seeing the smiles on the faces of these precious children supported by IHN is such a gift to those who volunteer at the party.    

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.

Oct 28         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    Trunk or Treat, 4pm
Nov 3           One Homeless Night (SAY), 4pm
Nov 4          Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms

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.  
Women's Ministries
Ladies Night Out
October 23
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe

Wise Women
November 8, 7pm
Friends Hall
with Valerie Edwards
It’s true that “you can’t take it with you!”  So, what will happen to your personal household possessions when you downsize or pass away?  Come to participate in the program “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” to learn the 6 factors you might consider for dispersing your personal possessions.   The program for the Wise Women group provides guidance about managing and giving away personal possessions when one no longer needs them. 

Valerie studied Family and Consumer Sciences at Kansas State University and graduated with Bachelors and Masters of Science Degrees.  When she retired from the telecommunications industry after 26 years, amazingly, her dream job was available at the same time, so she served as a Family and Consumer Sciences Educator with K-State Research and Extension in Johnson County beginning in 2008.  She retired about 2 years ago, after serving the people of Johnson County for 8 years. 

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 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