Weekly Connection - May 31, 2018​

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
Second Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture:  1 Samuel 3:1-10

As long as you live…
Complete that sentence for yourself. “As long as I live,
I will _______________.”  
What will you work for, and watch for? What do you hope? Who will you love, and how will you leave your mark?
These are questions we’re going to explore in our summer worship series, As Long As We Live: What Matters, What Doesn’t, and What We Leave Behind. Maybe it’s a stretch to say that we’re going to tackle the whole ‘meaning of life’ thing in the course of a summer… but really, that’s exactly what we’re doing.
After all, summer is a great time to take a breather, spend quality time with the people you love, and hopefully take stock. Too often, we just sort of float along, swept up in routine. Or else we rush from one urgency to the next, without a whole lot of intention. That’s why we’re going to carve out some time and space to get out of the minutiae and think about big picture things. Like who want to be; how we spend our time and money; maybe even what we want people to say about us after we’re gone. All of these ‘big’ questions can really be captured in a single word: legacy.
If that sounds like a heavy topic for the season of ice cream and swim parties, just remember this: ‘legacy’ is not necessarily about death. It has more to do with living well, loving with intention, and moving through our days with a sense of purpose and connection.
As always, our summer worship will be filled with uplifting music, meaningful stories, moments of levity…and of course, all the joy that our children and youth bring in the wake of VBS, church camp and mission trips. I know that many of us travel this time of year; and even when we are in town, the allure of nice weather and lazy days makes it easy to skip church. But I challenge you—when you are in town—to make worship a priority. Rather than taking a summer sabbath from church, make church your summer sabbath. I promise you will be encouraged and renewed; and besides, we get a lot of first-time visitors in the summer. We need your help to welcome them and make them feel at home.
Live well. Love hard. Show up. And repeat. That’s my summer agenda. How’s yours shaping up?  

Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday
9:30am    Adult Education, Friends Hall
                Thoughtful Parents, Room 102
                Youth & Children's Sunday School, 2nd Level & Basement Level Classrooms
11:45am   Grief:  A Living Experience, Room 102
                 Picnic on the Plaza
4pm          SURJ, Sr. Pastor's Office
                 Youth Group, Friends hall
                 Mission Trip meeting w/Chi Rho parents & youth, 5:30, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
May 27 - June 3   Hosting IHN Families
May 30    Pastor's Class, 6pm, Friends Hall & Room 202/203
June 4     Personnel Committee Meeting, Sr. Pastor's Office
June 5    Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's, Olathe
June 6 - 9  Chi Rho Mission Trip to Heifer Ranch
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. 

Congratulations to the four Migrant Farmworker youth who graduated from high school this month:  Gloria, Landon, Alina, and Marylu!!

Thank You Stacy Kearney!
Congratulations and heartfelt gratitude to Stacy Kearney who has served as a Sunday School teacher and Children's Ministry Team member for 10 years! Stacy is stepping down from teaching and will be serving our congregation in new ways. We are thankful for her faithfulness to SACC children, her creativity, and most of all for the love she has shown to so many! 

This Sunday we will be commission the chi Rho youth and leaders who will be on their summer mission trip June 6 - 9.  Please keep them in your prayers as they travel.

Crysta Baier & Joe Nicholas, sponsors
Ally Baier
Owen Diediker
Reese Foster
Jack McGregor
Zack Nicholas
Ben Seitz
Daphne Smith
Jackson Tabel

Throughout the summer we will list the names of SACC children and youth attending summer camp at Tall Oaks Conference Center, the week prior to their camp:
Primary Camp:  Josie Smotrilla, Samuel Van Haste
Day Camp 1:  Autumn Rojas
Upcoming Events
Special Offering June 3
Our next delegation to El Higueral will be June 29-July 6. Five Saint Andrew folks will be travelling to the village:
Joe Nicholas
Adam Nicholas
Kristy Blomquist
Olivia Blomquist
Jerry Daugherty
On this trip, they will teach lessons in the grade school, have a concert, host a special movie night, and more. In preparation for their trip, we will take a special offering in worship on Sunday, June 3. Please plan to share if you’d like to support this important ministry!

Picnic on the Plaza
June 3
Save the date for our first picnic of 2018!  We are calling it our Sizzling Summer Kickoff!  We will supply fried chicken, roast chicken, and a vegetarian alternative.  We will also supply a choice of pasta salad, potato salad, and coleslaw. Please sign up here!   

Hey kids, we are having a bubble-fest at this picnic!  Bring your favorite bubble wands, big and small.  The wackier, the more wonderful

You know you want one!  Or a vintage one...
Purchase one to take home for $6.  Your purchase will help offset the cost of our new cups.  Look for the table in Friends Hall to buy your mug.
Children & Youth Ministries
June 3         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
June 10       Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

June 17       Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

June 3          Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                     Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
                     Mission Trip Meeting for Chi Rho Parents & Youth, 5:30pm, Friends Hall  
June 10        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                     Youth Group - SAY Only, 4pm, Friends Hall
June 17        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms

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!!
Tall Oaks is 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 scholarship code.

Rolling River Rampage VBS

Learn all about our upcoming Vacation Bible School.  Complete a registration form to attend (preschool - 5th grade), sign up for Volunteer Opportunities and/or check out our Donation Requests. Registration forms also available here. Join the ride of a lifetime!​​​​​​​

Women's Ministries
Ladies Night Out
June 26
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.​​​​​​​

House of Abraham
The current House of Abraham project is almost complete.  There will be a house blessing ceremony at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 10 at 4319 Cypress Avenue, Kansas City, MO.  The keys to the house will be presented to the new owner, Chilon Spencer at the ceremony.

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. 

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 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.​

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