Weekly Connection - March 14, 2019
Wednesday Nights during Lent: Dinner & Study
March 13-April 10
6:00-7:30pm, Friends Hall
A Serious Look at Hard Questions - This year our Wednesday evening Lenten study will focus on some of the subjects that are often at the center of disagreements. While there are many others that could be added to this list, here are the ones we will consider as we journey towards Easter.
· March 13 - The God of the Old Testament with Marti Johnson
· March 20 - Jesus and Christianity with Tom Minges
· March 27 - Religion and Science with Judi & Alan Barkema
· April 3 - Forgiveness with Pam Hamilton
· April 10 - Other Religions with Tom Minges
The evening will begin with a light meal, followed by a short video and then small group discussions about the topics. Children’s activities provided during the adult discussion time. If you missed last night feel free to join us on any or all of the other evenings.

More for Lent:

    The Poetry of Lent booklet is available in the Hearth Room. Pairing scripture, prayer, and practices with the poems of Mary Oliver, this devotional contains meditations for each week of Lent and the observances of Holy Week. Suggested donation $2.00.

    Families are welcome to pick up a “Lent bag” filled with a variety of items you can use at home to observe the season of Lent. The items and ideas included are designed for preschool and elementary-aged children, to introduce Lent and make this holy season more meaningful for the whole family.
Search Committee Update!

Thank you to all those who responded last week on our Search Survey!

Andrew’s Search committee needs and values your input in our search for a Called Pastor. In the next few weeks, you will have the opportunity to answer a few questions that will help make the search more effective.

This Sunday, March 17, we will ask:
1) Looking ahead, my priorities for Saint Andrew would be:

2) I think the following skills or strengths in our senior pastor would enhance the ministry and functioning of Saint Andrew:

You may RSVP your answers or fill out the SEARCH SURVEY insert in Sunday's Bulletin.
Sunday, March 17, 2019

Worship: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Education 9:30 am
Second Sunday in Lent

Scripture: Luke 13:13-35; Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

It is difficult to overestimate the importance of the figure of Abraham. Three great world religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—claim Abraham as a forebear in faith. In chapter 12 God calls Abraham and his wife Sarah to “Go from your country and your kindred to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation.”

But the years pass and they have not yet come into the promise. God has not yet brought them into the promised land. Sarah has yet to conceive a child. Genesis 15 explores the tension between God’s unfulfilled promises and Abraham’s crisis of faith.

Rev. René Jensen

Music this Sunday: 8:30: Cindy Egger-Farris 
                                10:45: Saint Andrew Choir & Rachael Rule (piano)

Copies of Interim Pastor René Jensen’s March 3 sermon are available in the Hearth Room and audio of the sermon is available HERE.
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. Congratulations to Kathy & Steve Marian who welcomed their 3rd grandchild - Isaac Casey Marian to parents Geoff & Cate Marian who live in San Francisco.
Please pray for the family of Shelley Floyd. Shelley’s mother, Kristie Kloepfel, passed away. And for Iris Zakarian’s grandmother, Jane, who broke her arm.

Exciting News!
Erin Wathen’s book Resist and Persist: The Fight for Faith and Equality has been named a finalist for the annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award. This award recognizes that independent presses and authors are publishing some of the most innovative and creative books and seeks to honor them through the INDIES awards.

Thousands of books are entered each year, and their panel of over 120 librarians and booksellers take part in the judging, narrowing it down to a group of finalists and winners that represent the best books, all independently published, in over 60 categories.
This Sunday
  • Shoe Donation Drive for Washington Elementary - details in the MISSION section
  • "Fun Kit" item Donations - details in UPCOMING EVENTS section-5th Sunday Service Project
9:30am         Adult Education, Friends Hall
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, Lower Level & Second Level Classrooms
                     Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary  
4:00              Youth Group Meetings, Friends Hall, 4:00-6:00pm
This Week at Saint Andrew​
Mar 14    Wise Women, Friends Hall, 7pm
Mar 18   Mission Committee Meeting, Room 204, 5:30pm
              Finance Committee Meeting. Room 202/203, 6:00pm
              Leadership Circle, Friends Hall, 7:00pm
Mar 19   Men's Breakfast, Ginger Sue's Olathe, 7:30am
Mar 20   Lent Dinner & Study with Tom Minges, Friends Hall, 6:00pm 

Participating in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program has multiple benefits. You and your family have healthy food to eat plus you are saving the environment by buying and eating local produce. And, in the case of the SACC CSA, we are helping a refugee family be self sufficient. It is definitely a win-win for all involved.

It is now time to sign up for the 2019 Saint Andrew CSA. Our farm family - Swa Dit, Mee Nge, and Ramat - have already started their seedlings and will be ready to plant whenever Kansas City weather allows. Again this year they will be farming land in the Rosedale area, near Southwest Blvd. Huge thanks to Phil and Sandra Askey for generously letting our farm family use this property.

With our CSA, each Saint Andrew participating family pays in the spring for the whole year. This helps the farm family with annual start up costs so that they can plant and grow our produce for the year. Prices will be the same as last year. A small share will cost $280 for the year and a large share will cost $420. This will be paid with a check made out to Swa Dit and will be due by March 17th. You can give this check to Gloria Hiller at church this Sunday (March 17) or you can mail to the church if you prefer. We will start getting produce each Sunday morning as soon as weather allows.

Please let Gloria know before March 17th if you plan to participate this year. Gloria is happy to answer any questions about this CSA program. 

Gloria Hiller
CSA Coordinator
Upcoming Events

7:00pm, Friends Hall
Human Rights Violations in Turkey: Mothers and Children in Turkish Prisons
This is open to the public and men are invited. More information in the Women's section below.

9:30 am, Friends Hall
Selecting Perennials with Bill Malouche
Area horticulture expert Bill Malouche plans to talk about how to select perennials for landscape durability and sustainability for the lower midwest. Bill studied horticulture at Kansas State University before working for several horticultural companies in the Kansas City area. For the past 25 years, he has managed the Kansas City office of National Nursery Products, a horticultural sales, marketing and consulting group representing regional and national wholesale growers to the greenhouse grower, retail garden center and landscape professional.

March 24
Pick up some tasty treats after either service and support the Angels (3rd, 4th, 5th grade youth group) mission projects.

DISCIPLES 101 - RSVP today!
Sundays, March 31, April 7 & 14
9:30, Sr. Pastor's Office
If you’re new to Saint Andrew, the Disciples of Christ, or just want a refresher course, Disciples 101 will help you understand more about Saint Andrew and our denomination, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). You’ll see how we live out our mission, meet some of our leaders, get to know other newcomers, and find ways to connect and serve. Pick up a cup of coffee in Friends Hall, and join us in the Senior Pastor’s office. Childcare provided. Please RSVP@SACChome.org if you plan to attend.

March 31
9:30am, Friends Hall
All ages are welcome join us in Friends Hall to make "Happy Kits" for Children's Mercy Hospital. These kits are used in a variety of areas throughout the hospital and clinics to make patients and families feel welcome and happy during their visit.
Donations of
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Small books
  • Girl theme stickers
  • Boy theme stickers
  • Colored construction paper
can be dropped off in Friends Hall by March 24. There will be no Sunday School or Adult Ed on March 31 so we can all participate in this service project. Cash donations will also be accepted.

July 20-24
Des Moines IA
Make plans now to join other Disciples of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa, for service, fun, worship and educational opportunities. And, Saint Andrew is co-sponsoring Resolution GA-1929: An Invitation to Education for Welcoming and Receiving the Gifts of Transgender and Gender-Diverse People. Join us to support this resolution! It’s so close this time, we should be able to have a large contingent of Saint Andrew folks attending! More information is available at disciples.org/ga.
Children & Youth Ministries
Mar 17       Sunday School, 9:30am, Upper Classrooms
Mar 24       Sunday School, 9:30am, Upper Classrooms
                  Angels TBD

Mar 17        Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                   Chi Rho/SAY Meeting, Friends Hall, 4-6pm
Mar 19        SAY Meeting, Panera, 5-7pm
Mar 22-23  Chi Rho Lock-In, Friends Hall, 7pm-8am on Saturday
Mar 24       NO Chi Rho or SAY

Pastor's Class is our baptism and confirmation class designed for 5th through 8th graders. We explore what it means to be a Christian, to belong to God, and to be a member of the Christian community. If your child has not been baptized, or was baptized as an infant, this class, in which they are paired with a mentor from our congregation, will give them the opportunity to consider their beliefs, doubts, questions, and passions. Baptisms and confirmations will take place on Sunday, June 2. Classes start April 24, but we need early registrations so we can begin our planning and recruitment of mentors. Please contact Rev. Denise Dugan if you have questions or to register for the class.

VBS will be June 10-14, 2019. We’re super excited about our theme – To Mars and Beyond! Watch for more information coming soon!
Women's Ministries​
Human Rights Violations in Turkey: Mothers and Children in Turkish Prisons
March 14
7:00pm, Friends Hall
The public is invited to join Saint Andrew and our Turkish friends in learning about Human Rights violations and the plight of mothers and children in Turkish prisons. Our interesting, esteemed guest speaker is Tom Nanney, an Associate Professor at UMKC School of Law where he teaches Global Legal Systems, Introduction to Islamic Law, and International Human Rights. Tom holds a BA in Religion from Dartmouth College, and MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and a JD from UCLA. Additionally, stories and pictures of mothers and children in Turkish prisons will be shared. Child care will be provided along with coffee, tea, and light refreshments. We hope both men and women can join us at Saint Andrew for this meaningful experience.

March 28
7:00pm, Spin Pizza
We meet on the 4th Thursday of every month. Hope see you, 7:00pm at Spin Pizza in Olathe!

Saint Andrew Women’s Retreat, May 3-4
with Rev. Kerry Waller Dueholm
Please join us for our annual retreat! Our own Kerry Waller Dueholm will be our keynote presenter. Kerry grew up at Saint Andrew; she is an ordained Disciples minister and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. The retreat is a wonderful time to get away, get acquainted with Saint Andrew women, and spend some time with God in the beautiful outdoors at Tall Oaks Conference Center! A brochure and registration form is available in the Hearth Room – or watch your mailbox.
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.

Browse the SAGE library in the hearth room.  To be donated soon:  The Overstory, by Richard Powers.  This is the story of five strangers, summoned by love of trees, brought together in a last stand to save the continent’s remaining acres of virgin forest.  Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018.
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. 

Sunday, March 17 is the LAST DAY!
We began to collect shoes for kids in need at Washington Elementary on Ash Wednesday and will continue through March 17. Shoe sizes needed are sizes 2-5. The school prefers new shoes (Payless is a great place). Socks and small gift cards of $10-15 to HyVee or Target would also be greatly appreciated and accepted as well. You may leave shoes and sock donations in the Hearth Room in the marked basket. Please place gift cards in the offering basket. Questions? Contact Brian Cline, bwcline70@gmail.com.

14th ANNUAL DIALOGUE FRIENDSHIP DINNER - Service in a Time of Turbulence
March 28
6:00pm; UMKC Student Union, 401
A large interfaith event is taking place which is supported by our Mission Budget.
On March 28th the Dialogue Institute of Kansas City holds its 14th annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner and Awards ceremony at UMKC from 6-8:30. Devoted to promoting "mutual understanding and respect among people of diverse faiths and cultures”, this large dinner and program provides an opportunity to connect with a variety people in the Kansas City area with similar goals. As a bronze level sponsor, Saint Andrew receives 8 tickets to this event. If you are interested in going, please call Beth Rieke at 913-980-6891.

March 31-April 7

April 16
The next training for IHN volunteering is April 16 at First Baptist Church of Shawnee, 11400 Johnson Dr. Attendance for the full 2 hours, 6:30-8:30 is required. Questions? Contact Vicki Dercher 913-345-2121

June 27
SAVE THE DATE! IHN’s Annual Charity Dinner and Auction is IHN's only fundraiser. It will be held on June 27, 5:00pm at Overland Park Convention Center. Sign up and reservations due by June 7. Sign-up will be available by April 7 in the Hearth Room. Can Saint Andrew fill more than 1 table of ten? Challenge!
Community Event
April 5 & 6
Folly Theater, KCMO
Concert opportunity! Join the Kansas City Women's Chorus for 'Unsung' on April 5 at 8pm or April 6 at 2:30pm, Folly Theater in KCMO. Featuring our own Cindy Egger on guitar, and SACC members Sara Kurtz and Kristy Blomquist in the chorus.
Let's support them with a great SACC turnout! (For discounted tickets, contact Sara at: sara.kurtz@gmail.com)
The Kansas City Women’s Chorus' upcoming concert will feature “Unsung” by Eric Lane Barnes, a suite of seven songs written about seven women who helped shape society: Susan B. Anthony, Queen Lili'uokalani, Katherine Johnson, Billie Jean King, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Margaret Cho, and The Most Inspiring Woman We Know. In the wake of the
#MeToo and #TimesUp movements, this program is a powerful reminder of the groundbreaking women who led the way in the fight for equality and the furthering of women’s rights. www.kcwomenschorus.org.
From the Church Office
We are now using a Google Drive site to provide Saint Andrew members with monthly financial reports, Leadership Circle minutes, and access to other important SACC documents.  If you would like access to these documents, please email Debbi@sacchome.org.
13890 W. 127th Street Olathe, KS 66062
Telephone: 913.764.5888  |  Fax: 913.764.4692  |  Email: office@sacchome.org