August 30, 2018​

Sunday, September 2, 2018

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

Scripture:  James 1:17-21

Labor Day is kind of a weird holiday. We celebrate work by taking a break from work. Don’t get me wrong, I like it. But how many other holidays invite us to celebrate something by refraining from that thing??

As we rest from our labors, it’s a good time to take stock of our work/life balance. Confession: mine has been terrible lately. I’m working on it. If yours needs some adjusting, I hope you’re working on it too. What I’ve noticed is that we live in a culture that values work, sometimes to a fault. Sometimes we have a hard time drawing lines between who we are and what we do. Or rather—we place value on ourselves and others based on production. We sometimes let human worth get tangled up in what we can finish, achieve, accomplish, manufacture, create or construct. We live and die by the calendar or the to-do list, or by what we can earn in a year. When that’s true, our relationships, our well-being, and our spiritual lives suffer because of it.

Our scripture for Sunday offers instruction: to be not just hearers of the word, but do-ers of the word as well. In other words—faith without works is dead. We have to back up what we believe with action.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean adding tasks to our daily list of chores, or adding duties to our job description. It means learning to embody what we believe. Yes, sometimes that involves activity: but sometimes, maybe it just comes down to how we treat other people; how we care for the earth; how we practice spiritual disciplines like carving out time for quiet prayer and study;, and how we share our lives in community.

In other words—when what we believe becomes who we are, we know we’re doing this disciple thing right. And we won’t feel tired or overworked; we’ll have simply learned how to make our faith a part of our whole being, integrated into the wonderful big picture of our lives.

Come Sunday—yes, even though it is a weekend “off” from so many things. Because no matter what other work or play or activity might call us, worship and community are deeply a part of who we are. Come hear, come do, come be. Together.


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
11:45am       Grief:  A Living Experience, Room 102
This Week at Saint Andrew
Sept 4                 Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's, Olathe
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 Pat Benson and family as they mourn the loss of John Benson who passed away on Monday.  John's funeral is Saturday in Parson's KS.  A celebration of John's life will be held at Saint Andrew in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Events

This Sunday's Adult Education
Coffee & Conversation
9:30 am, Friends Hall          
Because of the holiday weekend, we will not have a formal Adult Education presentation but invite you to enjoy coffee and fellowship.

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

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 ( for more info or questions. 
Children & Youth Ministries
Sept 2          Sunday School, Second Level Classrooms, 9:30am
Sept 9          Sunday School, Second Level Classrooms, 9:30am
                     Angels Roller Skating, 2-4pm, Skate City
Sept 2         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    No evening youth group
Sept 7-8      Chi Rho Lock-In, 7pm - 8:30am
Sept 9         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    Youth Group (SAY only), Movie Night, time TBD

Thoughtful Parents
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.  We will begin meeting again on September 9 in the Senior Pastor's office.
Women's Ministries
Ladies Night Out
September 25
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe​​​​​​​

Wise Women
September 13
7pm, Friends Hall
Centering Native Nations, Their Citizens and Experiences in Literature for Children and Teens w/ Traci Sorell
Traci Sorell, author and former SACC member, will share about her journey to publication in the field of children’s literature and the need for accurate representation of Native peoples both in text and illustrations created for children and teens to read.
Traci’s debut picture book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, illustrated by Frané Lessac, features a panorama of modern-day Cherokee cultural practices and experiences, presented through the four seasons. She’ll read from this book and have a list of other books with accurate representation to share with attendees.
Those who wish to pre-order the book can do so from their favorite local bookstore (e.g., The Learning Tree, Rainy Day, Books, Barnes & Noble, etc.) or an online retailer. We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga will be published on September 4, 2018 by Charlesbridge Publishing. Traci will be happy to sign any books after the presentation.​​​​​​​

Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction books as well as poems for children, featuring contemporary characters and compelling biographies—the type of books she sought out in her school and public libraries as a child. Traci is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma where her tribe is located. For more about Traci and her other forthcoming works, visit
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 provided a salad luncheon for the staff at Washington Elementary on August 15.  I heard many comments and “Thank yous” from this dedicated staff.  Your participation is very much appreciated.  The next Washington luncheon will be Thursday, Oct. 18.  Please mark your calendars to support this community.
Jodi Dinkins

IHN Training & SACC Host Dates

The next IHN training session is September 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at St. Thomas, 12251 Antioch Rd, OP, 913-415-0512.  There is no need to RSVP.  Participants must stay for the duration in order to be considered trained.

Saint Andrew's remaining host dates for 2018 are September 16 - 23 and December 23 - 30.  An email with September volunteer opportunities for those trained will go out soon.

Hand of Welcome Updates and Ways You Can Make a Difference

Catholic Charities is looking for a volunteer Move-In Team Leader.  This person will coordinate and meet with move-in teams 2 to 6 times a month (usually on Tuesday evenings or Saturdays) and drive the moving truck to newly arriving refugee homes. There is occasional heavy lifting involved and the leader role can be shared.  If you are interested in helping, contact Judi Barkema ( for more information.

Dialogue Institute cordially invites to you  Turkic Food Festival, September 1st, 11am-4 pm.  You will have a chance to taste Gyro, Baklava, Turkish Pizza,  Couscous Salad, stuffed flatbread, Lentil balls, and apple cookies. We will also Water Marbling & personalized folded books and pottery for sale. Pre-orders accepted!  Please invite your friends to this wonderful gathering! Please RSVP on the following link
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

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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