February 7, 2019​
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Worship: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Education 9:30 am
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Scripture: Luke 5:1-11

When I was a kid, some of my fondest memories are of the times when my grandpa, my dad and I would go fishing. We normally fished in one of the lakes close to home, but there was one time when we went back to the area in southern Missouri where my grandpa grew up. I don’t recall the name of that town or the lake we fished at, I just remember the fishing. I might have been five years old at the time and we were fishing from the bank. It was apparently a popular spot with the locals because a bunch of older guys from the area were fishing on either side of us.

I was hot that day. We were fishing with double leaders – two hooks – and there were times I would pull in not one, but two fish at a time. Granted they were blue gills and perch barely big enough to eat, but that didn’t matter to me. Now, not everyone was having the same luck I was having, so, being the uninhibited kid I was, I decided to share the secrets my success with the older, more experienced locals fishing around me. That was the day that I learned that locals don’t appreciate fishing advice from an outsider. In our passage this morning, Jesus – an outsider – offers some fishing advice to a local named Simon (a.ka. Peter) and gets a similar reaction to the one I got long ago.

The problem with stories like this is that we can get so engaged in the drama that we miss the underlying lesson we are meant to learn from it. Is there something in this story that should inform our living as one of Jesus’ disciples today? Is there something that should direct how we are to act as a faith community in these times when the traditional forms of being the church don’t seem to work?

I hope to see you Sunday as we seek answers to those questions.
In peace,
Mark


Music this Sunday: 8:30 Cindy Egger-Farris; 10:45 Brian Foster (soloist), Frank Nawrot (bass), Rachael Rule (piano) & Saint Andrew Choir


Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
 
 
 
 
 
Search Committee Update
The Interim Pastor Search Committee meets this week to evaluate the candidates interviewed for the interim position with the goal of moving forward a recommendation to Leadership Circle by the end of the week.
 
The Called Pastor Search Committee is working on completing the congregational profile. The profile is used by potential candidates to learn about Saint Andrew. There are 16 sections in the profile with items ranging from the size of the congregation to our congregational philosophy, and everything in between. This piece of the process is very important because it communicates who we are at Saint Andrew. It will also take a good portion of the search time to create. The committee wants your feedback as a part of the process — we want to know what is important to you, your ideas on our church identity and other related items. There will be different avenues for sharing your thoughts and specifics will be defined as we get further into the process.
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
This Sunday
9:30am         Adult EducationFriends Hall
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, Lower Level & Second Level Classrooms
                     Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
2:00pm         House of Abraham Ground Breaking, 7138 Bales in KCMO  
4:00pm         Youth Group Meeting, Friends Hall
                     Angels Meeting, Room 204
                     Story Journey Organizing Meeting, Sr. Pastor's Office
 
 
 
 
 
This Week at Saint Andrew
Feb 7          Provide a Meal @ Washington Elementary, 1-3pm
Feb 11        Leadership Circle Meeting, Friends Hall, 7pm
Feb. 12       SAY Meeting @ Panera, 5-7pm
                   Worship Committee Meeting, Friends Hall, 6:30pm
                   Bible Study, Room 204, 7pm
Feb 13        Prepare a Meal for Center of Grace, 3pm
 
 
 
 
 
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. 

Thank you to everyone who donated to Souper Bowl of Caring! Thank you Angels for participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring! It was great seeing your display and hearing you encouraging people to make a donation. You filled your pots with $645.27 for Center of Grace Community Dinners. Many people will have a warm meal because of you.
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
9:30 am, Friends Hall
Environmental Issues with Mark Dugan - The February 10 Adult Education session will be short films on environmental issues, touching on climate change, the beauty of the planet, and our responsibility for stewardship of the earth.

Week of Compassion
February 17-24
We will be participating in the annual Week of Compassion offering on February 17 & 24. Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. Our offerings enable Week of Compassion to respond immediately when disaster strikes locally and around the world; as well as supporting ongoing efforts to help change lives for the better. Put your Compassion into Action. Be a part of life-changing stories by donating on February 17 & 24. Make your check payable to Saint Andrew and write WOC on the memo line. Read more about Week of Compassion HERE

Muffins with the Minister
February 24
9:30 am, Pastor's Office
If you are new to our community, OR if you've been around a while but want to learn more about us, we invite you to join Rev. Denise Dugan and Rev. Mark Harmon for coffee and muffins. This is an informal time to get to know each other a little better and answer any questions you may have about Saint Andrew. The Pastor's office is down the hall from the kitchen -- ask anyone to show you the way! Please rsvp here to let us know you are coming. Childcare is available.

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
Children   
Feb 10        Sunday School, 9:30am, Upper Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4:00-6:00pm, Room 204
Feb 17        Sunday School, 9:30am Upper Classrooms 
                   Children's Choir begins, 10:20-10:40, Room 202/203

Youth
Feb 10        Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                   Youth Group, 4:00-6:00pm, Friends Hall
Feb 12       SAY Tuesday night meeting @ Panera, 5-7pm 
Feb 17       Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms

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

Wise Women - Men Invited!
February 14
7pm, Friends Hall
Love is the Core of it all - Even in Anger and Hurt; How can we Speak and Act with Love even in Painful Times with Jody Gyulay, PhD. Life and Love are easy when things go well. Tough times are the true test. Mindfulness brings us to this present moment to consciously think, talk and act as the loving beings we were created to be.

Jody is a long-time member of Saint Andrew. She is a retired hospice/palliative nurse and grief therapist. Jody loves people, kids, reading, cooking (and eating!), her dog, Mollie, nature, walking, snow, word scramble … briefly life!~~

Please join us for an informative evening. We'll have wine and chocolate!

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!

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. 

Washington Elementary
February 7
SACC will be providing food for teacher conferences at Washington Elementary on Thursday, February 7. We are looking for donations! Please sign up to bring casserole, salad, bread or dessert at this LINK.

Groundbreaking for House of Abraham
Sunday, February 10
2:00 PM, 7138 Bales in KCMO  
We will be having our groundbreaking for our 7th House of Abraham build on Sunday February 10th, 2019 at 2:00 PM at 7138 Bales in KCMO  (5 blocks southwest of the main entrance to Swope Park). All are invited to attend as we launch this rehab project. Thank you to our faith friends who will be offering prayers for this event, and for everyone for their support of this project. If you have questions contact Thom Norbury, 913-908-5967 or tnorbury@aol.com.

Welcome the Stranger
March 3
3:00-6:00pm
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 Judi Barkema, jbarkema@gmail.com.
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
13890 W. 127th Street Olathe, KS 66062
Telephone: 913.764.5888  |  Fax: 913.764.4692  |  Email: office@sacchome.org
 
 
    
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