Weekly Connection - January 11, 2018​
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
Second Sunday after Epiphany

John 2:1-11

It's not an especially interesting story, and definitely not one they'll be making a movie about any time soon... But still, it's a story I've told more times than I can count, because it's a question that people in my line of work seem to get frequently: "How did you become a minister??" Or rather--what's really implied--WHY did you become a minister? 
Thing is, as often as I've told this story, I don't think I've ever told it the same way twice. That doesn't mean any one variation is less true than another... It's just that so many moving parts and pieces made up the journey; and at different times in my life, some of those elements have seemed more significant than others.  The bottom line is--there is never a quick answer to how we become who we are.
This Sunday, as we continue our sermon series on the gospel of John, Jesus performs that epic party trick that made him famous--he turns water into wine. He saves the wedding reception from becoming a social disaster, but more importantly, this is the moment that marks the beginning of his life in ministry. I always wonder how he remembered the significance of that moment later... How he told that story, and what parts he might have highlighted as he remembered each time. 
But maybe what's more important is how WE tell it, now. And what it tells us about who we are, in Christ. 
Come Sunday, and we'll think about who we are, and how we got here. We'll also talk about the miraculous transformations that can happen in our lives, and in our communities, when we are willing to be fully who God called us to be. Come and see. ​​​​​​​


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 
3:00pm    8th Grade Leadership Team, Youth Room
4:00pm    Journey with Mark Harmon, Room 202/203
                Youth Group, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
Jan 11      Wise Women, 7pm, Cancelled due to weather forecast
Jan 15      Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Church Office Closed
Jan 16      Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's, Olathe
                 Women's Retreat Planning Meeting, 6pm, Friends Hall
Jan 19-20 Leadership & Pastoral Partner's Retreat, Tall Oaks Conference Center
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 Pat Russell who is hospitalized.
Upcoming Events
We’re looking for devotional writers!
Do you have a faith story to share? Do you find yourself reflecting on your place in God’s amazing creation and want to share? Do you have life questions to explore with others in the Saint Andrew community? If you enjoy writing and would like to contribute to our Weekly Devotionals, let us know! We’ll be putting the 2018 schedule together soon and would love to include you. Email denise@sacchome.org if you’re interested.

Join us for an All-Church Talent Show

Sunday, January 28th, to benefit our Youth Mission Trips!

5:00pm  Chili Dinner, 6:30pm  Talent Show

$10 adult, $5 child, $30 max per family

Do you have a talent to share? Do you sing, tell jokes or a good story, dance, play an instrument, recite poetry? The evening will be more fun with YOUR talent....whether you juggle, play the accordion, juggle while you play the accordion and tap dance...(you get the picture)! We have a wide definition of entertainment. The more, the merrier! We need YOU!

If you have culinary or hospitality talents, please sign up here to contribute chili or other fixings OR to set up/clean up.

Whatever your talent, please join us for a fun night that will benefit our wonderful youth! Tickets will be on sale for $10 on January 14th and 21st in the Hearth Room.

Contact Joy Zimmerman, joymzimmerman@gmail.com for more information or to sign up for the talent show!

Inter-generational Book Discussion
February 18
2pm, Youth Room
Starting in January, we are offering an Inter-generational Book Discussion.  We are promoting this book  It Ain't so Awful, Falafel  by Firoozeh Dumas with the youth, and we are also inviting the  congregation to read this with the youth.  Our plan is to meet in the Youth Rooml to discuss this book on Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m.  

It Ain't so Awful Falafel is a realistic fiction book (somewhat autobiographical) about the Iran Hostage situation in the late 1970s.  In the book Cindy (her real name is Zomorod), moves to the United States with her mother and father for her father's job.  At first, things in America are okay.  But then, her home country of Iran is in the news for taking American hostages, and that is when things change for Cindy.  She is bullied, threatened, excluded.  Will Cindy's family have to go back to Iran -- a country that has changed so much since they left?  Or will they be able to live in an America that discriminates against iranian refugees? 

This book is funny, serious, and a great way to learn more about the Iranian Hostage situation from an Iranian's point of view.  We hope that you'll pick up a copy and read this book with the youth.  We'll see you on February 18.

Please let Crysta Baier know if you are interested.  cnbaier@gmail.com.
Children & Youth Ministries
Jan 14         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Jan 21         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4pm, Room 204
Jan 28         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Jan 14       SAY & Chi Rho Leadership Teams, 3pm, Youth Room
                  Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
Jan 21       SAY & Chi Rho Leadership Teams, 3pm, Youth Room
                  Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
Jan 28       SAY & Chi Rho Leadership Teams, 3pm, Youth Room
                  Youth Sponsored All Church Talent Show & Chili Dinner

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.  
Women's Ministries
Ladies Night Out
February 12
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe

Wise Women
January 11,
This event has been cancelled due to the weather forecast.  We will reschedule.
"From the Women's Movement to MeToo:  A Year in Retrospect
Wendi Born, Ph.D. with Introduction by Cheryl Giles, MD
Prepare yourself for an informative and provocative evening!  Cheryl Giles will introduce us to her friend and colleague Wendi Born who will share her research and insights on womens’ issues starting with the Women’s March in 2016 to the present day MeToo movement.

Wendi Born earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University, completing fellowships in health psychology and public health research. Currently she studies interventions to counteract implicit bias among medical providers. Clinically, she provides and teaches integrated primary care to interprofessional learners. 

Wise Women is a group for women of all ages, and friends are always welcome.

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.​​​​​​​
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 Planning Meeting

January 29

6:30pm, Friends Hall

Join us for the Hand of Welcome planning meeting, Monday, January 29th at 6:30 pm in Friends Hall.  Learn about current refugee ministry efforts and help plan new efforts for 2018.  Contact Judi Barkema at jabarkema@gmail.com with questions. 

IHN Training

Next IHN training will be Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at Overland Park Church of Christ, 13400 W. 119th St. just one block north of Saint Andrew.  No need to sign up ahead of time.  Training starts promptly at 6:30 and will conclude at 8:30.  Must attend the whole time in order to be considered trained.  Saint Andrew’s next host week for IHN is Feb 18-25.


SACC and The Dialogue Institute of Kansas City - A Great Partnership
The Dialogue Institute of Kansas City is a dynamic non-profit organization of Muslims who promote  peace, dialog, mutual understanding and respect. Once again they reach out in friendship with SACC by preparing a special brunch and program for all of us on January 27th from 10:30-Noon at 4215 Shawnee Dr. KC,KS.  Dr. Eyyup Esen will share information on "Human Rights Violations in Turkey" with an emphasis on mothers and babies. Delicious food and startling information will lead to interesting conversations as we grow in our understanding of challenges.  RSVP to Beth Rieke, 913-681-2459, not required but helpful.

The SACC partnership with The Dialogue Institute began about seven years ago and has grown into a strong friendship.  They organize many events to bring people of diverse backgrounds together in an effort to explore "how citizens of the world can live together in peace and harmony."  The Dialogue Institute is part of the Hizmet (Service) Movement inspired by Peace and Human Rights Award winning Fethullah Gulen.  Many of our SACC members have taken advantage of their programs which include:

* Annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinners-  noted area leader speakers from FBI to state and local government.

*  Saturday Brunch Series -  knowlegable, highly regarded and experienced speakers on a variety of topics.

* Interfaith Academy - people of different faiths share their perspectives on issues

* Baklava Days - baklava share with area churches

* Ramadan Fast Breaking Dinners - faith tradition is schared

* Water Marbling Classes - skills are taught and art culture is shared

* Cooking Classes - women learn Turkish cooking and share results together

* Turkish Language Classes

*  Book Clubs

* Turkish Food Fest

Our friendship continues to grow and we hope you will all be come a part of it.

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.​
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