Weekly Connection - February 22, 2018​
Sunday, February 25, 2018

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

Did you see those amazing kids last night? On the CNN Town Hall? The survivors of last week’s school shooting in Florida took the mic, and asked their lawmakers why more hadn’t been done to protect their classmates; and demanded quick and definite action for common sense gun reform in America. Their strength and courage were amazing to witness, and it gives me a lot of hope that we might actually see meaningful change in the near future.

In our scripture lesson this week, Jesus washes his disciples’ feet. In John’s gospel, this scene takes the place of the last supper, as Jesus’ final meal with his friends before the betrayal and arrest. We’ve typically viewed this act as a demonstration of humility—and it was that, for sure. But I heard some interesting commentary this week, suggesting it was really an act of resistance. In response to the evil of the world, and even the evil right there in the room with him (his name was Judas), Jesus chose an act of service for his final moment with those he loved. No other marching orders but to love and serve each other. That’s a pretty bold statement, all things considered.

Don’t worry, we’re not going to make you wash anybody’s feet on Sunday… But I would like us to think about what other forms resistance can take—because it often shows up in ways we aren’t expecting. Like, for instance, a group of grieving teenagers, teachers and parents, speaking truth to power and transforming their own heartbreak into tangible action.

There is SO MUCH happening at Saint Andrew this week. Even with the terrible weather, we’ve got our IHN guests in the house; we had an off-campus leadership meeting; a celebration of life for a beloved church member; youth and children’s activities; and so many other good things that are just part of the life of faith we share in common. In many ways, a week in the life of the church can contain the full range of human experience. In this season of Lent, we proclaim that we are here for it; and we are “Awake!”

See you Sunday,

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
                Hand of Welcome Committee Meeting, Room 205
12:00pm  Sunday School Teacher Meeting, Room 204
4:00pm    Angels, Room 204
                Chi Rho Youth  Group (No SAY), Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
Feb 26    Pastoral Partners' Meeting, 6:30pm, Friends Hall
Feb 27    Lent Study, 6pm, Friends Hall
               Bible Study, 7pm, Room 202/203
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 Mark Harmon as he recovers from surgery.

Pat Russell passed away on February 11 after a long illness. We continue to hold Tom, Mary Beth and Ruthie in prayer. A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at Saint Andrew today, February 22, at 2:00. Visitation will be held beforehand, beginning at 1:00; and a reception in Friend’s Hall, immediately following the service. We look forward to gathering together and offering our love and support to Pat’s family.
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
Saint Andrew CSA News - Time to Sign Up for 2018 CSA
It is time to sign up for the 2018 Saint Andrew CSA. Our farm family from 2017 - Swa Dit, Mee Nge, Habay, and Ramat - have missed their Saint Andrew friends over the winter and are very excited to return! They have more land to farm this year and plan to provide even more variety of produce for us. They anticipate starting our CSA the last week in April, earlier than last year.

As a refresher, each Saint Andrew participating family pays in the spring for the whole year. This allows the farm family to buy seed and starts so that they can plant and grow our produce for the year. A small share will cost $280 and a large share will cost $420. This will be paid with a check made out to Swa Dit and can be given to him on March 11th. The family would like to have a short meeting with all participants at noon on March 11th in Friends Hall. At that time, they can answer questions and collect your annual payment. If you cannot attend this meeting, please give your check to Gloria Hiller and she will give it to the family on March 11th.

Please let Gloria know by March 4th if you plan to participate this year. You can email Gloria if you would like to participate in the CSA this year or there will be a sign-up sheet in the Hearth Room the next three Sunday (through March 4th).

Gloria Hiller
2018 CSA Coordinator
Upcoming Events
The Awakening of Hope
Tuesday Nights during Lent:  6pm - 7:30pm
February 27, March 6, 13, 20
Friends Hall
On Tuesday evenings in Lent, we’ll gather for a light meal, some songs, separate “study” activities for children and adults, and a short closing worship – we’ll plan to be done by 7:30pm.  

This year’s study will encourage each of us to think about why we do the things we do as people of faith and how doing those things are a source of hope for us and for the world around us.  Lenten stories and activities for children will be provided during the adult study.

All ages are invited to attend!

We’ll share in bringing soups, breads and desserts -- look for a sign-up sheet in the Hearth Room or RSVP@SACChome.org 
Children & Youth Ministries
Feb 25         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels (grades 3rd-5th), 4-6pm, Room 204
March 4       Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Feb 23         Chi Rho Midwinter Retreat, Friday, Feb 23, 7:00pm to
                     Saturday, Feb 24, 7:00pm:
Feb 25          Sunday School: 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                     SAY ONLY: 4:00-6:00 pm, Friends Hall
March 4        Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                     Youth Group, 4pm, 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.  

Saint Andrew Angels (3rd, 4th, 5th grade youth group)
February Calendar
The Angels focus on having fun and making a difference in our community! Mark your calendars for these upcoming activities:
February 25 – 4-6pm in room 204, College Care Packages
Contact Tracie Yoder, 3yoders@sbcglobal.net, or Val Webb, val0843@yahoo.com for more information.

Pastor's Class
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 3. Classes start in April on Wednesday evenings, 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.

Tall Oaks Summer Camp
Register Now!!
The Tall Oaks summer camp discount deadline has changed – it is APRIL 1 this year! Don’t be caught off guard – that’s almost a whole month earlier than usual. Tall Oaks is now accepting registrations at this link. Saint Andrew offers a 50% scholarship to all SACC families.  Please see the camp table in the Hearth Room or contact the office for the code.

Vacation Bible School Dates

Mark your calendars for June 18-22, 9am to noon.  VBS is for preschool through 5th grade children, and we’ll need 6th through 12th graders and adults to sign up to work in activity sites or as group leaders. This year’s theme is Rolling River Rampage: Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God!  

Women's Ministries
Wise Women
March 8
7pm, Friends Hall

All of us have had laboratory tests performed, some routine, some to help identity a variety of medical conditions and diseases. As necessary as they are, the results can be confusing as it is often difficult to make sense of numbers, ranges...and the connection with our state of health. On March 8th, Jean Cooper will help us look at basic laboratory tests to include blood count (CBC), chemical profile, and Urinalysis (UA).

Jean Cooper MPA, MT(ASCP) CT, was program director for the school of Clinical Laboratory Science for 28 years at North Kansas City Hospital. He was also Clinical Assistant Professor at KU Med Center. He taught all areas of the clinical laboratory relating to diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions and diseases. Jean Cooper is a member of Saint Andrew Christian Church.

Come and join us. It will be an educational program. As always, Wise Women is a group for women of all ages, and friends are always welcome. For questions or comments, please contact Rejane Henn 816 587 1015 or rejanechantalhenn@gmail.com.

Ladies Night Out
March 12
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe

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.​​​​​​​

SAGE Wine & Cheese
March 9, 7pm
Everyone is welcome!  We will gather at the home of Phil & Sandra Askey.  Bring a beverage and appetizer and join the discussion on future projects.  If you have questions, please contact Alex Waller.
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 Donation Drive—Help Welcome Newly Arriving Refugees
Catholic Charities will resettle 150 refugees in Kansas City during 2018.  Before each family arrives, volunteers set up an apartment with basic supplies to help establish the new arrivals.  Saint Andrew is collecting new and gently used donations to help with apartment set up.  Please bring your donations to Friends Hall by February 25th.  Your donations make a difference in welcoming Kansas City’s newest residents.
Donations needed (new or gently used):

Bed Linens—sheets, blankets or comforters (twin or double size)
Pillows (new, standard size only)
Alarm Clocks
Food Storage Containers

IHN Training
Tuesday, March 13
Heritage United Methodist Church, 12850 Quivira Rd. (913-897-6446).
Prospective volunteers must attend the full session to be considered trained.

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.​
13890 W. 127th Street Olathe, KS 66062
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