Weekly Connection - February 28, 2019
Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday & Lent

Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner
March 5
5-7pm, Friends Hall
Celebrate with us at this annual pancake feast prepared by the Saint Andrew men! Enjoy tasty pancakes (and more), along with live music from Darin Seidel, and games and crafts for the kids. Please sign up in the Hearth Room or RSVP for planning purposes.
We will kick-off the Shoe Donation Drive for Washington Elementary -- 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. Questions? Contact Brian Cline, bwcline70@gmail.com.

Ash Wednesday Options
March 6
Ashes & Joe to-go: 7-9am; Park on the circle drive; we’ll be by the door (weather permitting) with ashes and a cup of coffee to go. If it’s too cold, you can find us inside.
Evening Service: 7pm; Family friendly service, nursery provided.

Wednesday Nights during Lent: Dinner & Study
March 13-April 10
6:00-7:30pm, Friends Hall
A Serious Look at Hard Questions – What does it mean to forgive? How do I reconcile my faith with scientific knowledge? Is the God of the Hebrew Bible different from the God of the New Testament? These are just a few of the questions that you might wrestle with – especially when you are talking to someone who is coming from a different theological or philosophical position. On Wednesday evenings during Lent, we will be taking a serious look at the hard questions of faith that we’re all faced with. This will be a time to seek understanding, not uniformity in belief, and to become better equipped to engage in meaningful discussions on these topics.
The evening will begin with soup and bread, followed by a short video and then small group discussions about the topics. All ages are welcome!
Put it on your calendars and RSVP today - let us know how many are coming and if you would like to bring soup, bread or dessert on one of the study nights. You can also sign up in the Hearth Room on Sunday.
Sunday, March 3, 2019

Worship: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Education 9:30 am
Transfiguration Sunday

Scripture: Galatians 6:1-10

Saint Andrew is in a liminal space, standing on the threshold between the already of Erin’s ministry and the not-yet of your new settled pastor. This is a place of transition, of waiting, of not knowing.

It is tempting for this time to look on this interim, this in-between time, as just a space-filler—the equivalent of standing in line at the DMV or waiting in a doctor’s office. A time for us to pull out our phones and check Facebook or play a game or browse a few websites. Whatever.

But liminal spaces can be productive, even transformative.  Author and spiritual guide Richard Rohr says that, “…we have to allow ourselves to be drawn into sacred space, into liminality. All transformation takes place here…This is the sacred space where the old world is able to fall apart, and a bigger world is revealed. If we don’t encounter liminal space in our lives, we start idealizing normalcy. The threshold is God’s waiting room…” (Center for Action and Contemplation CAC.org).

This Sunday we’ll be using Paul’s letter to the Galatians to explore how we use this in-between time to build up the beloved community that is Saint Andrew and prepare for what lies ahead.

Rev. René Jensen

Music this Sunday:
8:30 - Cindy Egger-Farris10:45 - Annette Bradbury (soloist), Marti Johnson (soloist),  Rachael Rule (piano) & Saint Andrew Choir 

Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. Please pray for Laura Lucier's mother-in-law who was hospitalized.
This Sunday
Tall Oaks Promotion Sunday - wear your Tall Oaks T-shirt!
9:30am         Adult Education, Friends Hall
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, Lower Level & Second Level Classrooms
                     Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary  
11:45am      Take Down Banners, Sanctuary
Noon            Grief: A Living Experience with Jody Gyulay, Room 102
                     Children's Sunday School Teacher's Meeting, Friends Hall
4:00 pm       Storytellers Group Meeting, Sanctuary
                     Youth Groups, Friends Hall
                    SURJ, Sr. Pastor's Office         
This Week at Saint Andrew​
Feb 28     Ladies Night Out, Spin Pizza Olathe, 7pm
March 4   Personnel Committee Meeting, Senior Pastor's Office, 7pm
March 5   Men's Breakfast, Ginger Sue's, 7:30am
                Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner, Friends Hall, 5-7pm
March 6   Ashes & Joe to-go, Park in the circle drive, 7-9am
                Ash Wednesday Worship Service, Sanctuary, 7pm
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
9:30 am, Friends Hall
Meet & Greet our Interim Pastor Rev. René Jensen
     If you haven’t had the chance to meet René, here’s your opportunity! Grab a cup of coffee and join us in Friends Hall during our Adult Ed time to introduce yourself and chat with our new Interim Pastor.
     In addition, the search committee for our next pastor will speak about their process and the congregation’s involvement. They will answer any questions about the path toward calling Saint Andrew’s next permanent pastor.

Angels Bake Sale
March 10
Pick up some tasty treats after either service and support the Angels (3rd, 4th, 5th grade youth group) mission projects.

Caregiver Support Group
March 10
3:00pm, Senior Pastor's Office
The Caregiver Support group will meet in the Senior Pastor’s Office on Sunday, March 10th at 3:00pm. This group is open to all who are caring for loved ones at home and those who have loved ones in a care facility. Questions? Contact Rev. Mark Harmon, Mark@SACChome.org.

Wise Women - Men Invited
March 14
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.

General Assembly of the Christian Church
July 20-24
Des Moines IA
Imagine this: Worship that lifts your soul. Stories that touch your heart. Educational resources to assist your congregation in ministry. Conversations that stretch your mind. Messages that call you to action. Connections that remind you that God’s family is bigger than a local congregation. All this and more in five short days! It's a good idea to register early and reserve housing. Early Bird registration ends March 31, 2019. For more information and to register go to this LINK.
Children & Youth Ministries
Mar 3        Camp Promotion Sunday
                 Sunday School, 9:30am, Upper Classrooms  
Mar 10      Angels' Bake Sale
                 Sunday School, 9:30am, Upper Classrooms
                 Angels meeting, Youth Room, 2-4pm

Mar 3         Camp Promotion Sunday
                  Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                  Youth Group Meeting, Friends Hall, 4-6pm
Mar 10      Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                 Chi Rho/SAY Go to the movie- Captain Marvel - Olathe AMC 1pm
                 after church we'll go for a fast food lunch before the movie

Camp Promotion Sunday
March 3
We love Tall Oaks summer camp! On March 3, we'll be talking about camp in Sunday School and worship. Pick up a treat in the Hearth Room and find all you need to get signed up! If you have a Tall Oaks Camp t-shirt, please wear it on March 3!

Vacation Bible School – SAVE THESE DATES!
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​

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

Wise Women
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.

Women's Retreat
May 3 - 4, 2019
Save the Date!! Our annual women’s retreat will be May 3-4, 2019 at Tall Oaks Conference Center. We are thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker is Rev. Kerry Waller Dueholm. Kerry is ordained in the Disciples of Christ and is a Licensed Professional Counselor – and she grew up at Saint Andrew! We’re still working together on the retreat theme. If you’d like to be part of that conversation, please contact Lois Penn, loispenn@yahoo.com.
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. 

Welcome the Stranger
March 3
Community Christian Church (4601 Main Street, KCMO)
Welcome the Stranger is a gathering to boost awareness of the refugee and immigration crisis at home and abroad. With over 68 million displaced people in the world, we are called to welcome these strangers. Come learn about the people called refugees and how we can help. This is a Come and Go Event for youth groups, families and individuals. There will be food available for purchase from individuals that participated in the New Roots for Refugees program. Please bring cash if you would like to purchase food tickets which will cost $5 or $10 per person. For more information contact Erin Morse, erin.morse.11@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.
Community Event
KC Women's Chorus Concert
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
Important Note - Our Church Administrator, Debbi Adams, is out of the office for approximately six weeks while she recovers from surgery. During this time, Gerald Hiller will be covering Debbi's financial duties. If you have a question about financial concerns, please direct it to Gerald, hillerge@aol.com. If you have any other office questions, please contact Patty@sacchome.org.
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