Weekly Connection - July 26, 2018​

Sunday, July 29, 2018

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

Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a

According to Andy Stanley, “Visions are born in the soul of a man or woman who is consumed with the tension between what is and what could be.” I’ve lived long enough and experienced enough pain, frustration, anger and disappointment to have sensed that tension – to envision a better life for me or for those I care about. There have been times I’ve tried to make what could be a reality only to have it fail to come to fruition or, worse yet, to find that it did more harm than good. The lesson I’ve learned is that what could be done isn’t always what should be done.

Long ago in ancient Israel, King David felt the tension between what was and what could be and from that tension was born a vision of a permanent dwelling place – a temple – for God. Given that David was living in nice house and the Ark of the Covenant – the symbol of God’s presence among the people – was being stored in a tent, it’s hard to imagine that David’s vision of what could be done would not be what should be done. However, God didn’t agree – at least not with the idea that David should be the one to build the temple.

Was the timing wrong? Did God foresee the character flaws that would later emerge in David? Or, was it something else that made God reject David’s plan? Those are the questions we’ll be seeking to answer Sunday. More importantly, we’ll be looking for a connection between this story and our current context.

I hope to see you Sunday!

In Peace,

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, Basement & Second Level Classrooms
3:00pm         Inter-generational Book Discussion, Youth Room
4:00pm         Youth Group, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
July 29 - Aug 4    SAY Mission Trip to Denver
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 Linda Brown whose father passed away; Carter Lower who had a tonsillectomy; Colby Root who was in a serious motorcycle accident.

Congratulations to Randy & Shari Tedford on the birth of their granddaughter.

Please keep in prayer our youth and adults attending the SAY mission trip to Denver, CO July 29 - Aug 4:  Joel Baier, Gavin Delaney, Connor Dugan, Megan Mueller, Libby Mullican, Sarah Rush, Daphne Zacharian, Melody Zacharian, Chuck Pickrel, Natasha McKee, Lesa Chandler
Upcoming Events

This Sunday's Adult Education
Fighting Hunger in Kansas City
with Kelly Seward
9:30 am, Friends Hall   
For 47 years, Metro Lutheran Ministry has served people in need in the Kansas City area through programs that food, house, and offer employment assistance. MLM distributes over 750 sack lunches every month to neighbors of their midtown office, as part of their food assistance programming.

In our July 29 Adult Education presentation you’ll learn more about MLM’s mission and get involved by helping pack lunches that will make a real difference to hungry people. Children and Youth Sunday School classes will be invited to participate -- plan to make this a family event!

Kelly Seward is the Director of Community Affairs with Metro Lutheran Ministry.

Intergenerational Book Club

July 29, 3pm

Youth Room

SACC folks, we're doing it again!  We're offering another book discussion for ANYONE in the church.  The book is again a young adult book with the theme of redemption.  It's called The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall.  The story starts with the main character, Arthur T. Owens, throwing a brick at an old "junk man."  Luckily, the man survives and his arm is only broken.   Instead of pressing charges, the junk man asks for Arthur to work for him.  And so begins a story of redemption and transformation for Arthur.  If you're a person who believes in second chances, then this is a great book for you.  In addition, this book has some surprising twists and turns.  

Please join us on Sunday, July 29 at 3:00 p.m. in the youth room to discuss this.  Tell your kids that this time SNACKS will be available.  Come and discuss this book with us.  All are welcome.  Contact Crysta Baier at cnbaier@gmail.com if you're planning on coming. We have 4 copies of the book available to purchase, for $5 each. They can be paid for and picked up in the office on Patty’s desk on Sundays or during office hours.

Migrant Farmworker Service Project
August 6
Thank you to everyone who donated to the backpack project.  We exceeded our goal!
SACC Youth and the mission committee invite you to join us as we head to Lexington, MO to work with the Migrant Farmworker Project! We’ll deliver backpacks filled with school supplies and sort and distribute food bags and children’s books. Everyone is welcome! Meet at 2:30pm in the SACC parking lot. We’ll have an orientation and sandwiches when we arrive at 4:00pm. We need rsvp’s to make sure we have enough drivers – and please let Denise Dugan or Jerry Daugherty know if you can drive. We’ll be working outside, so dress accordingly, and closed toe shoes are suggested as there are lots of pallets with rough edges. We’ll serve clients from 5:00-7:00, and then head home. We should be home close to 9:00pm.  

Make your plan to vote in the August 7 Primary Election
​​​​​​​Look for voting information the Hearth Room
Will you vote in advance by mail? Or vote in advance in person? (Vote at one of six sites from July 23-August 4) Or will you go to the polls on Election Day? 

The deadline to register to vote is July 17. Use your smartphone to register:  www.ksvotes.org

Your VOTE Matters! 

Back to School Picnic
August 12
11:45am, Friends Hall & Patio
What goes with Sunday School class promotions and backpack blessings?  It's a picnic! with grilled burgers and hot dogs.  This year Church Life will be supplying hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, buns and condiments.  Please sign up to help, or to bring your favorite picnic fare. Suggested donation for lunch - $5/adult, $3/child, $15 max/family.

Blood Drive
August 20, 3:30 - 6:30pm
Friends Hall
There is currently a shortage of blood available and we want to help fill that need.  Please sign up in the Hearth Room or online using our sponsor code: standrew.

Hold the Date
Tall Oaks Gala
November 9
6pm, Arrowhead Stadium
Dinner, Silent & Live Auctions & Free Childcare.  More information coming soon.
Children & Youth Ministries
July 29         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Aug 5           Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Aug 12         Back to School Sunday

July 29 - Aug 4 SAY Mission Trip
July 29         Sunday School, 9:30 - meet in the Youth Room, Teachers will drive youth                             to Scooters
                    Inter-generational Book Club, 3pm, Youth Room
                    Chi Rho Pool Party, 4pm, Blackbob Park
Aug 5          Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    No youth group tonight
Aug 6           Migrant Farmworker Service Project, meet at SACC 2:30pm

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
Cancelled for July - We'll meet next August 28.
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe​​​​​​​
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. 

Fighting Hunger in KC:  Sack Lunch Service Project

July 8, 15 & 29

In conjunction with the adult ed presentation by Metro Lutheran Ministries on July 29 -over the next 3 Sundays we'll be collecting the following food items for the sack lunches that we'll pack on July 29. Our goal is 200 lunches. Drop off your donations in Friends Hall.

• Chicken or tuna salad kits (with crackers)
• individual fruit cups or GoGo squeeze applesauce
• peanut butter singles
• protein bars
• bagged pretzels/popcorn/Chex mix/crackers
• Individual packaged cookies
• lunch sacks, plastic spoons, napkins
• Monetary donations will be accepted as well (payable to SACC w/"MLM" in the memo line)

Hand of Welcome Updates and Ways You Can Make a Difference

Catholic Charities is looking for a volunteer Move-In Team Leader.  This person will coordinate and meet with move-in teams 2 to 6 times a month (usually on Tuesday evenings or Saturdays) and drive the moving truck to newly arriving refugee homes. There is occasional heavy lifting involved and the leader role can be shared.  If you are interested in helping, contact Judi Barkema (jabarkema@gmail.com) for more information.

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