September 6, 2018​

Sunday, September 9, 2018

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

Scripture: Matthew 10:24-39

Have you ever noticed that most big blockbuster movie hits are stories of social change? From super hero sagas to epic sci-fi adventures, our favorite fictional heroes aren’t just “super.” They are focused on larger issues. They lead the resistance against corrupt leaders and systems. They fight against the powers of darkness, working for justice and the greater good.

We may see movies as an escape; but deep down, we want to see this kind of resistance take shape in real time. We want leaders who will help transform our communities in the way of racial and economic justice; LGBT equality; environmental protection; and compassion for refugees and immigrants.

The good news is this: those realities are possible beyond the screen. Maybe the main characters of our favorite movies have something to teach us about leading meaningful social change in our own time. Maybe we know some biblical characters who model the same values. 

Join us Sunday as we start our new sermon series Resist: Justice Heroes from the Bible and the Big Screen. We’ll explore some of these movie themes through a theological lens, beginning with The Avengers. Maybe you’ll want to watch the Infinity War movie before Sunday. Maybe you (or some kid you know) will want to come to worship in costume! (Hey, go weird or go home). Or maybe you’ll want to spend some time with our text for Sunday, which I think is one of the most challenging in scripture: Jesus says “Do not think I have come to bring peace to the earth; I come not to bring peace, but a sword.” Knowing what we know about Jesus’ stance on non-violent resistance, this passage implies he must have some other subversive moves up his sleeve.

If you’re asking yourself what all this could have to do with The Avengers, think of it this way: Depending on who you ask… there are 11 of them. Wonder where else we could find 11 misfits, fighting evil together? Uniting their best gifts and greatest strengths around a common purpose... Sound like anybody else you know?

Come Sunday as we start this really fun series together. Because none of us can save the world alone. It takes each of our gifts, our voices, and our God-given super powers to transform our reality. So first things first: We assemble.


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, 9:30am, Sr. Pastor's Office
12:00pm       SAY to Movie
2:00pm         Angels' Rollerskating, Skate City, Overland Park
This Week at Saint Andrew
Sept 7-8        Chi Rho Lock-In, 7pm - 8:30am
Sept 11          Bible Study, 7pm, Friends Hall
Sept 12          Serving at Center of Grace, 4:30pm
Sept 13          Wise Women, 7pm, 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.  ​​​​​​​
Upcoming Events

This Sunday's Adult Education
Raising Quindaro From the Ashes of History
with Paul Wenske
9:30 am, Friends Hall
The town of Quindaro, in what is now Kansas City, Kansas was founded in 1856 as a port of entry for free soil immigrants into Kansas. Quindaro became an important station on the Underground railway, with slaves escaping from Platte county crossing the river in small boats and secret runs of the Parkville-Quindaro Ferry. This will be an opportunity to hear about community initiative working to establish the site as a national monument through the US Park Service.

Paul Wenske is an active member of a group of local residents who are committed to raising the awareness of the importance of Quindaro as an early town in 1850's and site of the underground railroad. 

Regional Assembly - October 6
KC Disciples Assemble: Reclaiming Revival

Bring the whole family for a time of uplifting, restoring hope, and celebrating an awesome God! Assembly preacher is Rev. Brit Barron and there are activities for all ages! Register soon to join us at Community Christian Church, KCMO  from 11am-6pm. Information and registration can be found at

Fall Work Day
October 13, 9am - 1pm
Please mark your calendar for our annual fall work day.  We'll have a list of projects soon.  All skill levels needed.

Tall Oaks Gala - November 9
Unveiling the Future, a Masquerade Gala
The Tall Oaks Gala and Auction to benefit Tall Oaks Camp and Conference Center is coming soon! The fundraising goal is $45,000 to be used for on-going programs and future development. Please consider donating an item or service for the silent or live auction, a bottle of wine worth $10 or more for the Wine Pull, and/or attending the Gala to eat, bid, and be merry with other Tall Oaks supporters. Free childcare provided. Sign-up sheets and additional information available in the Hearth Room. Contact Stacy Kearney ( for more info or questions. 
Children & Youth Ministries
Sept 9          Sunday School, Second Level Classrooms, 9:30am
                     Angels Roller Skating, 2-4pm, Skate City
Sept 16        Sunday School, Second Level Classrooms, 9:30am

Sept 7-8      Chi Rho Lock-In, 7pm - 8:30am
Sept 9         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    Youth Group (SAY only), Movie Night, time TBD
Sept 16       Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    IHN Setup & Lunch (no evening meeting)

Thoughtful Parents
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.  We will begin meeting again on September 9 in the Senior Pastor's office.
Women's Ministries
Ladies Night Out
September 25
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe​​​​​​​

Wise Women
September 13
7pm, Friends Hall
Centering Native Nations, Their Citizens and Experiences in Literature for Children and Teens w/ Traci Sorell
Traci Sorell, author and former SACC member, will share about her journey to publication in the field of children’s literature and the need for accurate representation of Native peoples both in text and illustrations created for children and teens to read.
Traci’s debut picture book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, illustrated by Frané Lessac, features a panorama of modern-day Cherokee cultural practices and experiences, presented through the four seasons. She’ll read from this book and have a list of other books with accurate representation to share with attendees.
Those who wish to pre-order the book can do so from their favorite local bookstore (e.g., The Learning Tree, Rainy Day, Books, Barnes & Noble, etc.) or an online retailer. We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga will be published on September 4, 2018 by Charlesbridge Publishing. Traci will be happy to sign any books after the presentation.​​​​​​​

Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction books as well as poems for children, featuring contemporary characters and compelling biographies—the type of books she sought out in her school and public libraries as a child. Traci is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma where her tribe is located. For more about Traci and her other forthcoming works, visit
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. 

Saint Andrew provided a salad luncheon for the staff at Washington Elementary on August 15.  I heard many comments and “Thank yous” from this dedicated staff.  Your participation is very much appreciated.  The next Washington luncheon will be Thursday, Oct. 18.  Please mark your calendars to support this community.
Jodi Dinkins

IHN Training & SACC Host Dates

The next IHN training session is September 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at St. Thomas, 12251 Antioch Rd, OP, 913-415-0512.  There is no need to RSVP.  Participants must stay for the duration in order to be considered trained.

Saint Andrew's remaining host dates for 2018 are September 16 - 23 and December 23 - 30.  An email with September volunteer opportunities for those trained will go out soon.

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 ( 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

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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