Weekly Connection - January 18, 2018​
Sunday, January 21, 2018

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

John 2:13-25

Last week, Jesus turned water into wine. It was a great party.

In our text for this week, Jesus is no longer in a partying mood. In fact, he is downright livid. It’s one of the few scenes in which we ever see him get angry—he drives merchants out of the Temple, accusing them of making a marketplace of the sanctuary. He says they should just tear the whole thing down, and let him build it back up again from the foundations.

That’ll preach.

There are so many things to think about in this text. For instance: do we sometimes sanctify things that are not holy? I think about ways that we might unwittingly make a “marketplace” of the Church. I’m not talking about when we literally buy and sell things, like at the art fair or the youth bake sale. Those are all in good fun, and they’re for a good cause. I’m thinking more of the ways we let the culture of capitalism influence the life of the Church itself; and how we let secular, material values influence our decisions and the stewardship of our resources. I wonder what parts of institutional life we need to tear down and let Jesus build back up from scratch.

Another takeaway from this text is that Jesus is not always nice. Sometimes, our culture values pleasantness above all else. But those expectations about being “nice” stifle the voice of prophetic witness, and the movement for social change. Check out the blog post I wrote earlier this week about Martin Luther King, and how we often mistake the way of peace for the way of non-confrontation. Do you see connections between Jesus in the Temple, and MLK during the Civil Rights Movement?

“Come and See,” and we’ll talk more about these things on Sunday. In the meantime, your Leadership team is heading out to Tall Oaks this weekend for our annual retreat. Please keep us in your prayers as we build our leadership skills, plan for the year ahead, and think about how we’re going to “seek God, create community, and practice justice” together in 2018.


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 
12:00pm  Youth Parent Meeting, Youth Room
                Mission Committee Meeting, Room 202/203
4:00pm    Journey with Mark Harmon, Room 202/203
                Youth Group, Friends Hall
                Angels, Room 204
This Week at Saint Andrew
Jan 19-20 Leadership & Pastoral Partner's Retreat, Tall Oaks Conference Center
Jan 23      Bible Study, 7pm, Friends Hall
Jan 27      Dialogue Institute Brunch, 10:30am, 4215 Shawnee Dr, KC KS
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 Herschel Dugan who was recently hospitalized.
Upcoming Events

Join us for an All-Church Talent Show

Sunday, January 28th, to benefit our Youth Mission Trips!

5:00pm  Chili Dinner, 6:30pm  Talent Show

$10 adult, $5 child, $30 max per family

Do you have a talent to share? Do you sing, tell jokes or a good story, dance, play an instrument, recite poetry? The evening will be more fun with YOUR talent....whether you juggle, play the accordion, juggle while you play the accordion and tap dance...(you get the picture)! We have a wide definition of entertainment. The more, the merrier! We need YOU!

If you have culinary or hospitality talents, please sign up here to contribute chili or other fixings OR to set up/clean up.

Whatever your talent, please join us for a fun night that will benefit our wonderful youth! Tickets are on sale for $10 in the Hearth Room. 

Contact Joy Zimmerman, joymzimmerman@gmail.com for more information or to sign up for the talent show!

Saint Andrew Angels
Souper Bowl of Caring 
The Saint Andrew Angels (our 3rd, 4th, 5th grade youth group) will be participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring on Sunday, February 4 (Super Bowl Sunday!)  The Souper Bowl of Caring utilizes Super Bowl weekend to mobilize young people to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities. This year, the Angels will be collecting funds between worship services on February 4 which will be donated to the Center of Grace Community Dinners in Olathe. Suggested donation is $1 or the cost of 1 meal.  Look for the Angels in the Hearth Room on “Souper” Bowl Sunday to join the fun!

Wacky Winter Olympics – a Friends & Family Event for All Ages!
Friday, February 9
Opening Ceremony 6:30pm, Closing Ceremony 8:30pm
Join us for crazy fun games, a parade of flags, a photo booth, a “cool” snack, and more! Bring new white socks to donate to the homeless – the more you bring the better your chances in one of the games!  Pick up your FREE tickets in the Hearth Room – and invite your friends! Please rsvp.

Inter-generational Book Discussion
February 18
2pm, Youth Room
Starting in January, we are offering an Inter-generational Book Discussion.  We are promoting this book  It Ain't so Awful, Falafel  by Firoozeh Dumas with the youth, and we are also inviting the  congregation to read this with the youth.  Our plan is to meet in the Youth Rooml to discuss this book on Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m.  

It Ain't so Awful Falafel is a realistic fiction book (somewhat autobiographical) about the Iran Hostage situation in the late 1970s.  In the book Cindy (her real name is Zomorod), moves to the United States with her mother and father for her father's job.  At first, things in America are okay.  But then, her home country of Iran is in the news for taking American hostages, and that is when things change for Cindy.  She is bullied, threatened, excluded.  Will Cindy's family have to go back to Iran -- a country that has changed so much since they left?  Or will they be able to live in an America that discriminates against iranian refugees? 

This book is funny, serious, and a great way to learn more about the Iranian Hostage situation from an Iranian's point of view.  We hope that you'll pick up a copy and read this book with the youth.  We'll see you on February 18.

Please let Crysta Baier know if you are interested.  cnbaier@gmail.com.
Children & Youth Ministries
Jan 21         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4pm, Room 204
Jan 28         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Feb 4           Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Jan 21       Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classroom
                  Youth Parent Meeting, 12pm, Youth Room
                  Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
Jan 28       Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                  Youth Sponsored All Church Talent Show & Chili Dinner
Feb 4         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                  Youth Group, 12pm, Friends Hall

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
February 12
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe

Wise Women (Men are Welcome!)
February 8
7pm, Friends Hall
February is usually seen as the "month of love", complete with hearts, chocolates, flowers and sentimental cards.  It is also the month for "Heart Health".  On Thursday, Feb. 8th, Wise Women will be presenting a program called HEARTSAFE Hands-Only CPR & AED.This program will showcase a 40 minute presentation on cardiac issues, how to perform Hands-Only CPR, and how to use an AED. It will then allow participants the ability to practice their hands-on skills on manikins, if desired.

This demonstration will include the File of Life program.  Free File of Life magnets will be handed out to participants to take home. These magnets utilize a pouch to place important medical information to be available to friends, family and emergency providers, should you not be able to do so. Alyson Angell, NREMT, Community Education Specialist with JOCO Med-Act will present the program.

Please join us for an educational evening.  Wise Women is a group for women of all ages and friends are always invited. For questions or comments, please contact Rejane Henn at 816-587-1015 or Bernadette Kautio at 913-244-0515.

Women's Retreat
Save the date!  Our annual women's retreat will be May 4 - 5 at Tall Oaks Conference Center.  Brochures will be available soon.  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.

Hand of Welcome Planning Meeting
January 29
6:30pm, Friends Hall
Join us for the Hand of Welcome planning meeting, Monday, January 29th at 6:30 pm in Friends Hall.  Learn about current refugee ministry efforts and help plan new efforts for 2018.  Contact Judi Barkema at jabarkema@gmail.com with questions. 
SACC and The Dialogue Institute of Kansas City - A Great Partnership
The Dialogue Institute of Kansas City is a dynamic non-profit organization of Muslims who promote  peace, dialog, mutual understanding and respect. Once again they reach out in friendship with SACC by preparing a special brunch and program for all of us on January 27th from 10:30-Noon at 4215 Shawnee Dr. KC,KS.  Dr. Eyyup Esen will share information on "Human Rights Violations in Turkey" with an emphasis on mothers and babies. Delicious food and startling information will lead to interesting conversations as we grow in our understanding of challenges.  RSVP to Beth Rieke, 913-681-2459, not required but helpful.

The SACC partnership with The Dialogue Institute began about seven years ago and has grown into a strong friendship.  They organize many events to bring people of diverse backgrounds together in an effort to explore "how citizens of the world can live together in peace and harmony."  The Dialogue Institute is part of the Hizmet (Service) Movement inspired by Peace and Human Rights Award winning Fethullah Gulen.  Many of our SACC members have taken advantage of their programs which include:

* Annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinners-  noted area leader speakers from FBI to state and local government.
*  Saturday Brunch Series -  knowlegable, highly regarded and experienced speakers on a variety of topics.
* Interfaith Academy - people of different faiths share their perspectives on issues
* Baklava Days - baklava share with area churches
* Ramadan Fast Breaking Dinners - faith tradition is schared
* Water Marbling Classes - skills are taught and art culture is shared
* Cooking Classes - women learn Turkish cooking and share results together
* Turkish Language Classes
*  Book Clubs
* Turkish Food Fest

Our friendship continues to grow and we hope you will all be come a part of it.

Washington Elementary Support
February 8
Washington Elementary Parent Teacher Conference taco bar will be served by Saint Andrew on Feb. 8, 3:30pm.  A sign up is located in the Hearth Room.  Why do we do this?  Washington is a school with over 80% of its parent population being non-English speaking.  Therefore,  Washington does not have a Parent Teacher Organization to support its dedicated staff. Your generous support is very much appreciated.

IHN Hosting
February 18 - 25
Saint Andrew will host IHN families February 18 - 25.  We will have many volunteer slots to fill for trained and untrained volunteers.  Please contact Jodi Dinkins to learn more and/or sign up.

House of Abraham
House of Abraham can use volunteers almost any day, Tuesday 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.

Volunteer Opportunities 
Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement program uses volunteers in many capacities to support refugees as they make Kansas City their new home.  If you are interested in helping, look through this list of volunteer needs and contact Judi Barkema to get connected with the programs that interest you the most.
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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