November 15, 2018​

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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

Scripture:  Mark 13:1-8

We often talk about church in terms of buildings. Church is a place; a structure; a sanctuary with windows and walls. As buildings go, we’ve got a great one. We’re proud of it, and we are good stewards of it. That’s why we we’ve been asking you to consider your financial commitment for the next year. Your gifts help us keep this place safe, beautiful and inviting. Your gifts make sure we can be warm in winter and cool in summer. You help us keep the flowers blooming, the birds fed, the drive and walkways clear of snow. It’s an all-season job!

Most importantly, your generosity to the church means that we can be generous with our building. Whether it’s hosting our IHN families who need a warm place to stay; the family of resettled refugees who sell their produce here to make a living; or the Q-space kids who gather during the week for a safe and accepting community, we are not about keeping this place to ourselves. We gladly open our doors to share the Saint Andrew love with our neighbors. 

All of that is to say, our building is an important part of our ministry, and one we are committed to sustaining. BUT… (you knew that ‘but’ was coming, right?) A building isn’t everything. 

In our text for Sunday, one of the disciples comments on the awesomeness of the temple structure. What great stones! What large buildings! He’s having a moment with the architecture. But Jesus stops him in his tracks. “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.” 

We’ve got insurance to prevent this very thing! Why does Jesus want to tear down the church?? 

Maybe “tear down” is a strong word. Maybe what he really wants is for his disciples (read: that’s us too) to understand that their main job is to leave the building. He wants them to avoid getting too attached to the windows and walls where they worship—because if you’re not careful, you might find it’s actually the walls you are worshiping, and not the God beyond them. More than anything, Jesus wants them to remember that the Kingdom is not contained in any building, or any human-made system: whether that is religion, government, or the constructs of meaning and worth that the world places on our humanity. As people of faith, we are connected to something greater than any of that. 

The building should draw our attention to that truth, rather than distract from it. If the building ever stops doing its job? Sure, we’ll tear it down. But for now, we will be good and faithful stewards of it… We’ll share it generously; we’ll let it inspire and uplift our spirits; and we’ll see you here for worship on Sunday. In celebration for all that we’ve been given, and all that we have to share, we celebrate with our all-church Thanksgiving potluck. See you at the table. 


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, Sr. Pastor's Office
11:45am       Thanksgiving Meal, Friends Hall
4pm              Youth Group - JoCo Youth Xchange, Hillcrest Christian Church
This Week at Saint Andrew
Nov 15            IHN Training, OPCC, 6:30pm
Nov 19            Leadership Circle Meeting, 7pm, Friends Hall
Nov 20            Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's, Olathe
Nov 22-23       Church Office Closed
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. 
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
How Podcasts Can Help Us In Seeking God, Creating Community
         and Practicing Justice with Melainie Smotrilla
9:30 am, Friends Hall
When you see people with earbuds at the gym, out walking, or at the grocery store, some of them may not be listening to music, but to podcasts.  Learn about podcasts, how to access them and specific shows or episodes that relate to our mission: Seeking God, Creating Community and Practicing Justice.  If you listen to NPR, you should know about podcasts!  Current podcast fans are encouraged to come with your recommendations for the Saint Andrew community.

Melainie is a self admitted podcast junkie.  She, her husband Jeff and children Brady and Josie have been members of Saint Andrew since 2013.

Annual Thanksgiving Meal - November 18
11:45am;  Friends Hall
Come and take part in our annual Thanksgiving Meal. Again, this year we will have individuals and families from the Dialogue Institute as our guests. We want to share our abundance and accommodate their halal dietary restrictions in some of our offerings. If you have questions, contact me (Anita at 913-205-9308 or  If I do not have an answer, I will find the information.  Please sign up in the Hearth Room or here if you plan to attend and if you can bring any of the following: 16-18 lb. turkey (6 needed, at least 2 halal - cooked and ready to serve).  We have mashed potatoes coming, but we do need a couple of people to supply gravy. We want 2 or 3 people to bring stuffing. We will also need salads, side dishes, and desserts to share, as well as extra help with set-up, serving, & clean-up.  We are looking for those family Thanksgiving favorites, and if you can, add those extras like olives. or pickles, or cranberry relish, or .... 

Cookies, Cocoa and Crafts
December 1, 10am - Noon
Friends Hall
Everyone is welcome to this event hosted by SACC Children's Ministry.  We will be decorating cookies, drinking hot chocolate, and making Christmas crafts.  All ages are welcome!  Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Poinsettias for the Sanctuary
We are now taking orders for poinsettias to enhance our sanctuary during the Christmas season.  If you would like to order a poinsettia in memory or honor of a loved one, please complete an order form which is available in the Hearth Room.  Cost is $11 for a 6 inch plant and $25 for an 8 inch plant.  The final day to place on order will be November 25.  Please leave payment by check with the order form.  Credit card payments can be made by contacting the church office.  The names of those honored will be published during Advent.  Donors are welcome to take a plant home after the Christmas Eve service.

Calling All Artists
We will once again host an art sale on December 2, 9 & 16. A portion of sale proceeds will benefit Saint Andrew Youth Mission. If you are interested in participating in the art sale, please contact: Al King,

Preparing our Space - Dec. 8-24
We are looking for some folks who would like to help transform our space throughout the Advent Season. Our space will gradually transform as we journey toward Christmas and on to Epiphany. Sign up in the Hearth Room or here to help set up Christmas Trees, set out Poinsettias, hang greenery, make or set out or light luminaries. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Children & Youth Ministries
Nov. 18       Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Nov 25        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.  This is the last Sunday to bring a gift.   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.

Nov. 17       SAY & Chi Rho: Regional Bon-Fire, @ Tall Oaks.4:00-7:00pm
Nov 18        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                   SAY & Chi Rho: JOCO youth Xchange @ Hillcrest: 4:00-6:00pm 
Nov 25        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classroom
                    No Evening Youth Group

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
Wise Women
December 13, 7pm
Friends Hall
We hope you'll make plans to join us for our annual cookie exchange.  We will welcome Doug Flick as our guest speaker.  Doug is the owner and executive chef of Park Street Pastry.  All of his employees are graduates of JCCC Pastry Chef Program.  Doug also does an amazing ministry to the homeless in the area.  All attendees are asked to bring three dozen cookies for the exchange.   

Ladies Night Out
November 27
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. 

IHN Collection - through November 25
Consider helping a present or former IHN guest family with a $10, $20 or $25 gas card for the Christmas baskets which will be distributed at their Holiday party on Dec. 8.  Grocery cards are needed, as well.  The preferred grocery store is Price Chopper.  Please place your donation in the offering basket. Your concern and generosity is appreciated. 

IHN Training - November 15
The next IHN training will be November 15, 6:30-8:30pm at Overland Park Christian Church. It is located at 7600 W. 75th St., Overland Park, KS 66204. You must be present for the entire 2 hours to be considered trained. Please help add to our Saint Andrew host team.

Shop Local, Give Local
A Community Fundraising Event for
Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund
Sunday, December 2, 12 - 4pm
Ten Thousand Villages, 7497 Santa Fe Drive, OP
Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund receives 15% of all sales on December 2.  If you're unable to shop that day, you can shop Nov 26 - Dec 1 and say at the register that you are supporting MFW and they will receive 15% of those sales as well.
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

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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