Weekly Connection - July 5, 2018​

Sunday, July 8, 2018

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

Scripture:  Mark 6:1-13

I love packing. 

My family went on vacation a few weeks ago to our favorite beach: Carlsbad, CA. Since we've been there many times before, I can easily remember previous vacations in terms of milestones. For instance, I remember the first trip that we didn’t have to pack diapers (that was amazing); the first year the kids would actually play on the beach without eating the sand; the first year we didn’t have to haul a stroller with us or plan days around nap times… You get the idea. The biggest milestone of this year? The kids packed their own suitcases. If you've ever travelled with children, you know what a game-changer this is. Incredibly freeing. 

We can tell alot about our lives, at any given moment, by the things we take with us. Or don’t. Another noticeable burden shed on this year's trip: I didn't take my laptop with me. For someone who is constantly working on any number of writing projects (including a weekly sermon) and constantly "in touch" in so many ways, it was freeing to walk away from this thing that I am never without. Even though I had my phone and was still reachable, the physical space freed up by the computer was noticeable. Everything just felt lighter. And, I had more room for books that I would inevitably purchase at my favorite west coast bookstore...

In this week's scripture, the disciples are going on a trip, and Jesus has some pretty specific packing instructions for them: take nothing for your journey. I can get onboard with traveling light. But take nothing?? That's intimidating. Not to mention, it robs me of the joy of packing! It's almost as if Jesus is trying to teach them something (and probably us too) about not overthinking the details. He wants them to trust the spirit and find what they need along the way. 

As we continue our series As Long As We Live: What Matters, What Lasts, And What We Leave Behind, this gospel text offers us a challenge. What are we carrying that we could easily do without? What baggage is weighing us down? And what might we have more space for if we left it behind? 

See you Sunday, 

Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday
9:30am         Adult EducationFriends Hall
                     Thoughtful Parents, Room 102
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, 2nd Level & Basement Level Classrooms
4:00pm         Youth Group, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
June 29-July 7   El Higueral Mission Trip
July 10        Bible Study, 7pm, Friends Hall
July 11        Serving at Center of Grace, 4:30pm
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties.  The funeral service for Rev. Rick Butler, father of Betsy Butler and retired DOC minister, will be held at Hillcrest Christian Church at 10am, Saturday, July 7.  Please hold Betsy and her family in your prayers.  Please pray for Julio, Luz, Claudi, Rosio R., Rosio M., Lidia, Yanira, and Francisco who were in a truck accident on the road to El Higueral, Julio and Luz were seriously injured.
Upcoming Events

This Sunday's Adult Education
Everyday Green
with Martha Pierce & Alex Waller
9:30 am, Friends Hall
Martha Pierce and Alex Waller are Saint Andrew Members committed to practicing a lifestyle to ensure a healthy environment for all. They will offer everyday practices to substitute for those that are environmental unfriendly. They will bring examples, samples and some information. Hope to have some fun with this too.

Martha Pierce built her own strawbale home in Tennessee and lived off grid there.  She was commissioned as an Earthkeepers by the United Methodist Church in 2017.  She challenges herself to make changes as she learns more about how to walk more gently on Earth.  Martha lives at Tall Oaks and has one daughter, who lives in Knoxville, TN. 
Alex Waller is an engineer in Olathe Kansas. He's been a member of SACC since 1991.

Twinning Celebration Picnic
and Meet our new Youth Director
July 15
11:45, Friends Hall & Patio
We have lots to celebrate! It’s the 26th anniversary of our partnering with the Salvadoran village of El Higueral, AND we’re welcoming our new Youth Director, Chuck Pickrel! We’ll have live music from Andean Express, and a piñata for the children.
Church Life will supply meat and some simple dishes.  Please sign up to let us know you will be attending; as we need to know numbers for planning.  Please sign up to contribute traditional basics.  Do you make a great salsa or pico de gallo?  Do you have a favorite tortilla, or taco shell, or taco chip?  Maybe you want to supply lettuce, cheese, sour cream, chopped onion, sliced tomatoes, olives, or whatever makes your taco or taco salad just perfect. There will be music and laughter and news from our sister community -- and bring a frisbee or two, just for fun. 
To sign up:
If you do not get a message from Signup Genius, please signup on Sunday, or rsvp to Saint Andrew.  If you want to be added to Signup Genius, send an email to nitagg100788@gmail.com

Intergenerational Book Club

July 29, 3pm

Youth Room

SACC folks, we're doing it again!  We're offering another book discussion for ANYONE in the church.  The book is again a young adult book with the theme of redemption.  It's called The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall.  The story starts with the main character, Arthur T. Owens, throwing a brick at an old "junk man."  Luckily, the man survives and his arm is only broken.   Instead of pressing charges, the junk man asks for Arthur to work for him.  And so begins a story of redemption and transformation for Arthur.  If you're a person who believes in second chances, then this is a great book for you.  In addition, this book has some surprising twists and turns.  

Please join us on Sunday, July 29 at 3:00 p.m. in the youth room to discuss this.  Tell your kids that this time SNACKS will be available.  Come and discuss this book with us.  All are welcome.  Contact Crysta Baier at cnbaier@gmail.com if you're planning on coming. We have 4 copies of the book available to purchase, for $5 each. They can be paid for and picked up in the office on Patty’s desk on Sundays or during office hours.

Migrant Farmworker Service Project
August 6
SACC Youth and the mission committee invite you to join us as we head to Lexington, MO to work with the Migrant Farmworker Project! We’ll deliver backpacks filled with school supplies and sort and distribute food bags and children’s books. Everyone is welcome! Meet at 2:30pm in the SACC parking lot. We’ll have an orientation and sandwiches when we arrive at 4:00pm. We need rsvp’s to make sure we have enough drivers – and please let Denise Dugan or Jerry Daugherty know if you can drive. We’ll be working outside, so dress accordingly, and closed toe shoes are suggested as there are lots of pallets with rough edges. We’ll serve clients from 5:00-7:00, and then head home. We should be home close to 9:00pm.  

Make your plan to vote in the August 7 Primary Election
​​​​​​​Look for voting information in Friends Hall
Will you vote in advance by mail? Or vote in advance in person? (Vote at one of six sites from July 23-August 4) Or will you go to the polls on Election Day? 

The deadline to register to vote is July 17. Use your smartphone to register:  www.ksvotes.org

Your VOTE Matters! 
Children & Youth Ministries
July 8           Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
July 15         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

July 8           Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                     Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
July 15         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                     Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
July 22         Chi Rho Mission Trip Presentation in Adult Ed, 9:30am
                     Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
                     SAY Mission Trip Meeting for youth & parents, 6pm, Youth Room

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.  
Staff News
Denise Dugan, Associate Pastor of Faith Formation and valued member of our ministry team and congregation, will be on Sabbatical August 26, 2018 through November 25, 2018. During her sabbatical she will spend time in a variety of ways. Denise plans to study new and different models of congregational faith formation for children, youth, and adults including Intergenerational Ministry. She plans to take time for study and reflection to expand her own spiritural practices and explore new ones. Denise will take time to retreat for personal renewal as a minister. Finally and most importantly, Denise will have the opportunity to set aside some intentional time to disengage from the 24/7 nature of ministry and enjoy family, friends and travel.

To support our clergy's sabbatical time, the personnel committee and Leadership Circle seek to provide funding to help support the expenses of their professional development. During the budget period last December, we were unable to budget the total amount requested to fund Denise's educational opportunities. In addition, grant funding was explored but was unavailable.

I ask that you consider providing a donation specific to Denise's sabbatical fund. The donation will help support the personal and professional growth of a talented minister who has been supporting our children since Saint Andrew was founded. If you would like to contribute, please include Sabbatical in the memo section of you check, and place your donation in the basket with Denise's name in the Hearth Room.

As a congregation, we are grateful for the gifts of our ministry team and value the opportunity provide for their rest, renewal, and spiritual growth.

Should you have questions, please contact Kathy Marian kmmarian@gmail.com
Women's Ministries
Ladies Night Out
July 24
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe
Please note date change - we are now meeting on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
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/Migrant Farmworker Project Backpack Project 2018

There are 65 students that need our help this year.  MFP is asking SACC to help supply backpacks filled with school supplies to children of farmworkers who follow the fruit harvest throughout the US.  Helping MFP help these students with the basics enables them to succeed in a challenging educational environment, moving from school to school as their families follow the harvest.


This year SACC has again partnered with an educational products supply company to furnish the school supplies and backpacks at a huge savings. A backpack complete with school supplies is on $15!  Will you sponsor a student (or two) with a backpack?  Please contribute $15 per backpack.  Donations payable to SACC with "MFP" in the memo line.​​​​​​​

Fighting Hunger in KC:  Sack Lunch Service Project

July 8, 15 & 29

In conjunction with the adult ed presentation by Metro Lutheran Ministries on July 29 -over the next 3 Sundays we'll be collecting the following food items for the sack lunches that we'll pack on July 29. Our goal is 200 lunches. Drop off your donations in Friends Hall.

• Chicken or tuna salad kits (with crackers)
• individual fruit cups or GoGo squeeze applesauce
• peanut butter singles
• protein bars
• bagged pretzels/popcorn/Chex mix/crackers
• Individual packaged cookies
• lunch sacks, plastic spoons, napkins
• Monetary donations will be accepted as well (payable to SACC w/"MLM" in the memo line)

Hand of Welcome Updates and Ways You Can Make a Difference
*  Volunteer with Catholic Charities as an ESL tutor, Citizenship tutor, or help with new arrival move-ins.  For more information, contact Judi Barkema at jabarkema@gmail.com
*  Help Congolese refugees learn English through the social justice ministry at Metropolitan Avenue United Methodist Church.  Weekend and weekday opportunities to volunteer from one hour a week to one hour a month, ending in mid-June.  Contact Judi Barkema (jabarkema@gmail.com) for more information.
*   Catholic Charities has a new TurnStyles thrift store location at 135th and Nieman.  They welcome shoppers and donations of gently used items. 
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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