Weekly Connection - June 7, 2018​

Sunday, June 10, 2018

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

Scripture:  1 Samuel 8:4-11, 16-20

It’s summer and you know what that means… Road trip!

At least once on any given trip, I will inevitably find myself thinking this one thing: what in the world did we do before GPS??

I am old enough to remember driving places without that super helpful phone in my hand. I remember long drives from Lexington, KY to Virginia Beach, where my friend was going to law school and where I LOVED having an excuse to visit a couple times a year. Or north to Urbana, IL, where my other friend was in grad school… not quite as exciting a destination, but a friend who was always (and is still) worth the trip. I remember getting in my car with an actual honest to goodness map and having to jot down a few notes about major intersections to look for. Noting gas stations and truck stops for future drives. Having to just GUESS where the next decent cheeseburger or cup of coffee might be found.

It was the dark ages, I tell you.

Of course, it was also kind of fun. As much as I love my phone full of apps—for everything from directions to restaurant ratings to ‘must-see’ sights along the way—I have to admit that travel doesn’t feel nearly as adventurous now with clear directions at my fingertips.  I mean, isn’t half the fun of travel eating a few bad cheeseburgers so you can find the great one?

It’s a fine line. We like to know where others have gone before, and learn from what they’ve found along the route; but there’s something to be said for forging our own path. Join us Sunday for the second week of our sermon series As Long As We Live: What Matters, What Lasts, and What We Leave Behind. We’ll think about what we’ve learned from those who have gone before us in faith. We’ll also think about what we might need to let go, in the interest of making our own way.

Speaking of summer travel—if you’re on the road this week, be safe and have fun out there! If you’re in town though… come to church! We actually get a lot of visitors during the summer months, and we’d love to show them a real Saint Andrew welcome. Full sanctuary and all.

See You 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
4pm         Youth Group, Friends hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
June 6 - 9  Chi Rho Mission Trip to Heifer Ranch
June 12     Worship Committee Meeting, 6:3pm, Friends Hall
                  Bible Study, 7pm, Room 202/203
June 13     Service at Center of Grace, 4:30pm
June 16     VBS Volunteer Training, 9am, Friends Hall
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 continue to keep our Chi Rho youth and leaders in our prayers as they travel this week for their summer mission trip.
Crysta Baier & Joe Nicholas, sponsors
Ally Baier
Owen Diediker
Reese Foster
Jack McGregor
Zack Nicholas
Ben Seitz
Daphne Smith
Jackson Tabel
Upcoming Events

This Sunday's Adult Education
Run For Something - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Running for Office But Were Afraid to Ask with Matthew Calcara
9:30 am, Friends Hall
Whether you want to run for office yourself, or volunteer on a campaign, this seminar will give you ideas on how you can be the change you want to see in the world. Politics is a team sport, and we can show you how to get in the game. And we'll have plenty of time for Q&A so you can ask anything you've been wanting to know about getting involved.

Olathe resident Matthew Calcara is a 3rd generation Kansan; a businessman who decided to run for office because he was sick & tired of being sick & tired of the way things are. He serves as the Democratic precinct committeeman for Olathe Precinct 4-14, a former board member of Equality Kansas, a volunteer event organizer with the Kansas Voter Registration Project, and was part of the inaugural class of endorsees from the national progressive organization RunForSomething. He was featured in the Harper's magazine story "Star Search: the race to rebuild the Democratic Party" along with other local, national and even international media (Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper).

If elected in November, Matthew would be the first openly-gay person to ever serve in the Kansas Legislature, and would represent the 30th District, in which Saint Andrew is located.

Sunday, June 17
VBS setup at noon in the sanctuary – everyone is invited to help turn our sanctuary and upstairs into Rolling River Rampage!! Even 20-30 minutes would be a big help! The more the merrier, and our VBS volunteers won’t have to miss their whole Father’s Day getting ready for Monday morning. Thanks in advance!

Installation of Rev. Dr. Casey Sigmon

June 24th - 3pm, Reception to follow

Weston Christian Church, 540 Washington Street, Weston, MO 64098

Congratulations to former Saint Andrew member, Casey Sigmon!  Casey will be installed as Senior Pastor at Weston Christian Church.  All Saint Andrew folks are invited to attend the installation and reception.  

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.
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 10       Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

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

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.  

Rolling River Rampage VBS

​​​​​​​June 18 - 22

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.​

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