October 4, 2018​

Sunday, October 7, 2018

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

Scripture: Matthew 16:21-28

“I volunteer as tribute.”

These powerful words launch heroine Katniss Everdeen into a terrifying “game” that is really a fight to the death. In a future dystopian world, the population has been divided into 12 Districts, each subservient to an evil dictatorship. The “Hunger Games” are for the entertainment of the elite population that lives in the opulent “Capitol.” The cruel and violent competition is used to remind the struggling Districts that they have no power, and exist solely to serve the one-percent; I mean the Capitol.

Every district must send a male and female “tribute” to compete in the games each year. When Katniss’ young sister is selected to represent District 12, Katniss immediately pushes through the crowd and shouts “I volunteer as tribute!” saving her sister from certain death. Katniss has some fierce archery skills, so she has a far better chance at survival than her sister Prim. But ultimately, she makes this spur-of-the-moment decision with a certainty that she will probably be killed anyway.

What makes a person do that?

There is something about deep love that inspires sacrifice. There’s a point at which we care less about our own lives than those of our children, spouses, or siblings. And, as the saga of The Hunger Games demonstrates—with that loving sacrifice comes profound transformation potential.

In our scripture for Sunday, Jesus tells his disciples to take up their cross and follow him. He goes on to say “those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” They can’t possibly understand what all of this means. But they have already “lost their lives” in so many ways… They have walked away from their vocations, from home and family and comfort. So they might have a hunch that following Jesus will come with even heavier costs; maybe even their lives.

And yet, they stay. What makes a person do that? And does this mean that we have to die for the cause, in order to be faithful disciples? Well… yes and no. We might never be called upon to martyr ourselves, to “volunteer as tribute.” But we are certainly called to shift how we think about our safety, our comfort, and yes—the value of our own lives, in the grand scheme of the Kingdom.

In the beginning, Katniss is only fighting for her sister. But as the story progresses, she ends up fighting for the freedom of all the people who live in the shadow of their rich oppressors. She becomes “The Mockingjay,” a symbol of hope and freedom for all. I encourage you to watch (or read!) The Hunger Games trilogy, because it has some meaningful themes. This is the only movie I’m not letting my own kids watch; all three films are pretty violent. You can read some reviews and make that call for your own family. But whether you watch at home or not, this edgy story invites us to rethink our ideas of sacrificial atonement; and the transformative potential of laying down our own lives for the people we love. See you Sunday, and … May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor, Erin

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
11:45am        Apple Fest & Picnic, Friends Hall & Patio
4:00pm         Chi Rho & SAY, Youth Room
                     SURJ, Sr. Pastor's Office
This Week at Saint Andrew
Oct 5            Angels Sleepover, 7pm - 9am
Oct 6            Blessing of the Animals, 9am, Patio
Oct 6            Regional General Assembly, 11 - 4:30pm, Community Christian Church
Oct 9            Worship Committee Meeting, 6:30pm, Friends Hall
                     Bible Study, 7pm, Room 202/203
Oct 10          Serving at Center for Grace, 4:30pm
Oct 11           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. We pray for Kathy Marian's father, Al Simoes, who has been diagnosed with cancer; Cheri Tabel's father.

Thanks to the many volunteers who helped the memorial receptions go smoothly on September 29th.  Many hands working together make the work light.  Great appreciation for Sara Kurtz, and for Ann Norbury, Jody Guylay, Sandra Askey, Cas Winans, Dave Winans, Brandy Seidel, Marcia Manter, Mary O'Reilly, Pam Hamilton, Sue Ann Harris, Bernadette Kautio, Janice Rawlings, Eileen Thoni, Linda Peyton, Cheryl Darlington, and the many friends of Diana Eisman who brought food (Stella, Janet, Connie, Jill & Bob, and Annette).  My prayers of thanksgiving for these and helpers I may have missed.  
Anita Gordon-Gilmore
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
Migrant Farmworkers
with Suzanne Gladney
9:30 am, Friends Hall
The apple harvest season is bountiful this fall... lots of  apples, workers, families and needs. Saint Andrew has supported the Migrant Farmworkers Assistance project and welcomed these strangers for more than 20 years. Come hear the stories at 9:30am in Friends Hall.  Suzanne has spent more than thirty years as a legal aid attorney assisting undocumented workers and migrant families in our Kansas city region.


While our 18 week CSA ended last Sunday, Sept 30th, our farmers SwaDit and Ramat continue to have vegetables growing here in the late garden season.  They plan to bring produce to us on Sunday mornings as long as their land is producing this fall.  You can purchase those vegetables on a per item basis.  Let’s continue to support this wonderful refugee family!

You may have noticed that Ramat (son) speaks English very well, but SwaDit (dad) is much less fluent.  However, he is trying to learn more and more English.  Please take the opportunity to talk with him as nothing is more effective than practice. Thanks

Animal Blessing & Remembrance Service
October 6
9am, Patio & Grounds
This celebration will be an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our connection to all God's creatures, our pets and pet family members that have passed away. There will be an opportunity for each pet present to be blessed for the gift they are to our lives. For the safety of all, we ask that all animals be on a leash or in a carrier. More info HERE.

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 https://www.kcdisciples.org/ra2018.html.

Applefest & Apple Baking Contest
October 7
Join us as we celebrate our relationship with the Migrant Farmworkers at our annual Applefest! Please RSVP and let us know how many are coming, if you can bring soup, salad, bread/crackers, or dessert to share, and let us know if you can help with set up or clean up. Do you love to BAKE? Sign up to participate in the Apple Baking Contest! (Make 2: one for judging & one to auction off.) If you wish, bring a donation of white rice or dry pinto beans to donate to the Migrant Farmworkers; proceeds from the auction will also benefit the Migrant Farmworkers. Sign up in the Hearth Room or at RSVP@SACChome.org or at this LINK.   

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.

Trunk or Treat & Chili Cook-off
October 28
5 - 7pm (cars in place by 4:30pm)

Join us for this annual tradition and bring your friends! Trick or treating begins at 5pm. There will be a costume contest (child, youth & adult categories, and a couple/family costume), best decorated car contest, and a chili cook off and a grilled cheese station. Dress up in your Halloween costumes and join in the fun! Please bring a a crockpot of chili, cornbread, crackers, chips, sour cream, shredded cheese, cheese slices and/or loafs of bread to share. Families and church groups are invited to decorate your car trunks and hand out treats - cars must be in place by 4:30pm. Sign-up in the Hearth Room or here!

Blood Drive
October 29
3:30 - 6:30pm
Saint Andrew did themselves proud with a record donation for our last Blood Drive. Wouldn’t it be great to exceed that?  Our next blood drive is October 29; sign up in the Hearth Room or online for a donation time.

Shabbat Service at Congregation Beth Torah
November 2
We will be visiting a Shabbat service at Congregation Beth Torah (6100 W. 127th Street, Overland Park, KS) on Friday, November 2, 2018. We’ll plan to arrive around 5:45 p.m. for an explanation of the service and then share in “bisseleh nosh” (light food) from 6:00-6:30 p.m. The service begins at 6:30 p.m. and typically ends by 7:30 p.m. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions after the service. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the faith of our Jewish sisters and brothers. Normal attire for their worship services is business casual.

If you are interested in going, please RSVP to Mark Harmon by October 26th.

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 (stacykearney@yahoo.com) for more info or questions. 
Children & Youth Ministries
Oct 7           Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Oct 14         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4pm, Room 204

Children's Choir
The children's choir will be rehearsing every Sunday in Room 202, 10:15 - 10:40 in preparation for our December 16th performance.  All Saint Andrew children, pre-K - 5th grade are encouraged to attend.

Oct 6           Regional Assembly, 11am - 4:30, including a youth service project 2-4pm
Oct 7           Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
Oct 14         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall

Thoughtful Parents
Sr. Pastor's Office
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.  
Women's Ministries
Ladies Night Out
October 23
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe

Wise Women
Teaching in People's Republic of China:  Learning Culture and Developing Friendships for a Lifetime
with Jim & Patti Regan
October 11
7pm, Friends Hall
Patti and Jim Regan will talk about how they decided to go to China and teach English, their experiences learning the culture, developing friendships, and traveling throughout East and Southeast Asia. Their presentation will include many photos

Patti and Jim Regan have been members of SACC since 2004. In 2007 they moved to the People’s Republic of China where they were employed as teachers until 2010. Those 3 years allowed them to experience Chinese Culture and develop friendships with Chinese Nationals and students from all over the world. In addition, they traveled extensively in East and Southeast Asia. 
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. 

Washington Elementary Opportunity

Washington Elementary is preparing for the first Parent Teacher Conference of the year.  We will be serving a meal on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 4:00 pm.  If you can help support this staff with a delicious dish, please sign up in the hearth room.  The really good news is that Washington now has three parents who will receive the food and clean up afterward!  Since staff will be continuing with conferences on Thursday, Oct. 18, food which may be left can be used on that day, as well. Due to traffic at the school, it is requested that food be delivered between 11:30-2:30 on Oct. 17

If you want your dish returned, please pick it up at 5:00 on Wednesday or on Thursday after 11:00 am.  If you are not concerned about getting the dish back, please use disposable service.  You no longer need to bring a serving utensil, as the school has acquired them.

The address is 1202 N. Ridgeview Rd., Olathe.  (913-780-7730)

Dialogue Institute Brunch
October 20, 10:30am
The speaker will give the history of the Hizmet movement inspired by Fethullah Gulen.  Hizmet means service and the many service projects of those connected to the Dialogue Institute will be shared along with some Rumi poetry.  Find more information here.
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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