Weekly Connection - March 29, 2018​
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
(Sunrise service cancelled due to forecast)
Education 9:30am
Easter Sunday

Luke 24:1-12

It sure does not look or feel like Easter outside right now. But the calendar says it is upon us, so I guess we’ll do this thing on Sunday. There will still be candy, right?

That’s the thing about resurrection though. It tends to creep up on us, ready or not. New life hiding in an unexpected place, surprising us with unlikely joy when we are not prepared for it. I guess if we could always see it coming, if we could always plan for it, it would not be such an earth-shaking thing.

Mary sure wasn’t prepared for it. She showed up at the tomb in a state of deep grief. She came ready for the task of preparing a body for a funeral. She came in darkness. This was not meant to be a sunshine-and-butterflies kind of day for her. When she found the tomb empty, she turned to the stranger who had wandered up behind her. “Where did they take him?” she asks. And the stranger said “Mary… don’t you know who I am?”

When the world has gone cold and gray, when everything feels heavy and covered in darkness, it may be hard to recognize the miracle standing right in front of you. Join us Sunday for the greatest plot twist of all time.

But first, I hope you will join us for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, and for the Easter Egg hunt and work day on Saturday. These are all important traditions at Saint Andrew that help us walk through the gospel story. In every step, we learn something about who God is, and what it means to follow Jesus. We also prepare a place to meet friends and neighbors who might be showing up for the first time, looking for a place to believe and belong, and be a part of something meaningful.

Since the weather forecast is not looking so Spring-like, we have decided to cancel our Sunrise Service at the park this year. So we’ll see you at 8:30 and 10:45—in the WARM sanctuary! Come ready for the unexpected—ready to talk to someone you don’t know, ready to make room for guests, ready to recognize some spark of holy something in a stranger. Because you never know who you might mistake for the gardener around here....

Peace, ​​​​​​​

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
11:45am   Grief:  A Living Experience, Room 102
This Week at Saint Andrew
March 29    Maundy Thursday Service, 7pm, Sanctuary
March 30    Good Friday Service, 7pm, Sanctuary
                   Banner Change, 8pm, Sanctuary
March 31    Easter Egg Hunt, 10am
                   Spring Work Day, 9am - 1pm
April 2        Church Office Closed
April 3        Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's
April 4        Pastor's Class, 6pm, Friends Hall & Room 202/203
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties.
Holy Week & Easter​​​​​​​
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. As we gather to share in this symbolic Last Supper, please consider bringing soup or bread to share. Set up and clean up help would also be appreciated. Sign up in the Hearth Room.

Good Friday - March 30
Worship 7pm
Join us for our annual inter-generational service of poetry and song.  Nursery available.​​​​​​​  The banner change committee could use some extra help putting up the Easter banners after the Good Friday service.  Please let Bonnie Burnside know if you're able to help.

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 - Cancelled due to forecast
Worship 8:30 & 10:45 with Christian Education at 9:30 for children, youth & adults

Upcoming Events
Blood Drive
April 23
3:30 - 6:30pm
Friends Hall
Sign up today for the next blood drive at Saint Andrew on April 23.  You can sign up in the Hearth Room or by following this link
Children & Youth Ministries
March 31     Easter Egg Hunt, 10am
April 1          Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
April 8          Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4pm, Room 204

March 31      Easter Egg Hunt - arrive at 9am to hide eggs
April 1           Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
April 6           SAY Lock Out, 9pm - 8am
April 8           Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                     Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall

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 Tea Party
April 15
11:45am, Friends Hall
Saint Andrew Women, please plan to join us after 2nd Service in Friends Hall on April 15. Bring your daughter, mother, grandmother, granddaughter or girlfriend--all ladies ages 4-100 are welcome! Jeanette Hartshorn, Master Gardener, will speak on Butterfly Gardening. Sign up in the Hearth Room to bring sandwiches (cut in fourths), cookies, fruit, & salad. Also set-up and clean-up. (Also let us know if you can bring gluten free sandwiches and cookies as well.) Childcare available by request.

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.

Hand of Welcome Updates and Ways You Can Make a Difference
*   Attend the April 8th Adult Education class “The Refugee Resettlement Experience” with J.P. Sabimpa and learn about personal resettlement experiences.
*  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.
*  Learn more about the New Roots for Refugees program by attending their Open House and Transplant Sale on Saturday, April 21st, 9 am- 12 pm.  Juniper Gardens Training Farm, 100 Richmond Avenue, Kansas City, KS.  Our CSA family graduated from the New Roots program last year and new farmers are learning about farming and selling produce in Kansas City each growing season.  At this open house, you can buy transplants and the first spring produce, plus meet the New Roots farmers that will be selling at local farmers markets.
*   Catholic Charities has a new TurnStyles thrift store location at 135th and Nieman.  They welcome shoppers and donations of gently used items. 

Thank you to everyone who signed up for CSA shares with our farm family.  We look forward to farm produce and Ramat, Habay and Swa Dit’s cheerful greetings on Sunday mornings starting in late April or early May.

U.S. refugee resettlements so far this fiscal year are VERY LOW.  Sharon Stanley-Rea from the Disciples Home Ministry shared in a recent newsletter:  “As we approach the "half year" for refugee resettlement in this fiscal year on March 31st...the U.S. has resettled less than 10,000 refugees (not even 20%) of our national 45,000 admissions goal for fiscal year 2018!  Already, this 45,000 annual goal is the LOWEST in our nation's resettlement history, at a time when there are over 22 million refugees worldwide.”
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
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