August 16, 2018​

Sunday, August 19, 2018

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

Scripture:  Ephesians 5:15-20

A friend of mine who's a Regional Minister in Texas set a goal for himself: to start every day by posting something he's thankful for on social media. Every day for a year. 
Now he's challenging everyone else. He noted earlier this week that it's 100 days until Thanksgiving. (What? It was just Easter a minute ago!) And he suggested that, for the next 100 days, everyone try to share something they're thankful for. 
That's a lot of Thanksgiving. 
I don't know that I will do a daily post in that direction. But as a general rule of spiritual practice, starting each day with a praise is a really good idea. Even if you don't share it with the world. It centers you in what 'is,' not what you wish, or what you fear might be. It sets your focus in a place of gratitude, which means you'll be more grateful and happy during the day, and less likely to be impatient or resentful. It might also keep you from buying stuff you don't need, which is always a good thing! 
Our text for Sunday (our last week in Ephesians, I promise!) says that we are to "give thanks at all times." That sounds like a tall order. Especially given the weight of the world these days. The truth is, we can always find SOMEthing to be thankful for. But it takes spiritual discipline to ground ourselves in that way of thinking, and not get dragged down every rabbit hole of our desires, or the anxious newsfeed. 
One way to keep ourselves rooted in a life of thanksgiving is to make worship a regular part of our lives. Come Sunday and we'll talk about the purpose of the worshipping life; what it does for our spirit, and what it can do for the world around us. I'll see you then. And you know what else? I am

Thankful for you,

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
4:00pm         Youth Group, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
August 18             Sunday School Teacher Training, 9am, Friends Hall
August 20             Blood Drive, 3:30 - 6:30, Friends Hall
                             Leadership Circle Meeting, 7pm, Room 202/203
August 21             Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's, Olathe
August 23             Get to Know Saint Andrew, 7pm, Seidel home
August 24             Harry Potter Family Night, 6:30pm, 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.

Friends, I so am grateful for the contributions you have made to Denise's Sabbatical Fund. Through your generosity, we have closed the gap! To date, $3,385.00 has been collected. Your donations, added to the amount budgeted by the Leadership Circle, allows Saint Andrew to cover all the anticipated expenses of Denise's time of sabbatical. Your gifts are truly appreciated!
Thank you- Kathy Marian
Personnel Committee Chair
Upcoming Events

This Sunday's Adult Education
Understanding Your Teenager
with Lesa Chandler
Director of Collaborative Learning, Cornerstones of Care
9:30 am, Friends Hall          
Join Lesa to learn about teenage brain development and what that means for the teens in your life! Lesa will utilize portions of “Inside the Teenage Brain,” a Frontline report produced by PBS. This report chronicles scientific explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do! Coupled with Lesa’s extensive training in trauma-informed care, you’ll gain new insights and a deeper understanding of teenage behavior and thought processes.

In addition to her full-time position at Cornerstones of Care, Lesa is also one of our dedicated youth sponsors! Lesa and her husband Jeff have been members of Saint Andrew for 12 years.

Shabbat Service Opportunity
We are planning to visit a Shabbat service at Congregation Beth Torah which is located at 6100 West 127th Street in Overland Park. They have provided a list of dates that would work with their schedule and we would like your input on which of those dates would be best. Please go to this brief online survey ( and indicate which of the dates/times work best with your schedule.

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.  The Community Blood Center will be giving away T-Bones tickets to those who donate blood on this date.

Leadership Circle Meeting
August 20, 7pm
Room 202/203
The next LC meeting is Monday, August 20th at 7pm.  Due to the Blood Drive in Friends Hall, we will meet in Room 202/203.  This month's goals and agenda below.
Goals:  1) Implement & staff youth ministry model 2) Create sustainable system for growth & engagement
Opening Prayer
Committee Reports (Mission, Pastoral Partners)
Pastors' Reports
Old/Ongoing Business
New Business
Closing Prayer

Friday, August 24

All Muggles Invited!

Harry Potter comes to Saint Andrew!

6:30-8:00pm – Sorting Hat, Quidditch, Potions Class, Trivia Contest

Care and Keeping of Magical Creatures (presented by Scaly Hearts reptile and Amphibian Fostering and Adoption)

8:00pm -- Movie on the Lawn “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

Free Dobby sock drive for Washington Elementary – free butterbeer, popcorn and water – Honeydukes Sweet Shop treats for $1

Pick up a FLYER in the Hearth Room; reply to to let us know you’re coming!

Hold the Date
Tall Oaks Gala
November 9
6pm, Arrowhead Stadium
Dinner, Silent & Live Auctions & Free Childcare.  More information coming soon.
Children & Youth Ministries
Aug 19        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Aug 26         Sunday School, 9:30am
                    Angels (grades 3rd-5th), Room 204, 4pm

Aug 19        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                   Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
Aug 26        Mission Trip Presentation in Adult Ed, 9:30am, Friends Hall
                   Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
Sept 2         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    No evening youth group

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
August 28
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. 

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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