September 27, 2018​

Sunday, September 30, 2018

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

Scripture: Acts 5:12-16

There are many things to love about Saint Andrew. One of the things I love most about this place is that we have FUN in worship. We can have plush Star Trek figures on the communion table, or a giant Wonder Woman banner hanging on the wall. We can wear our super hero gear to church and not feel under-dressed or awkward. (At least—no more awkward than usual.) We talk about hard things, but we also keep our edge; our ability to draw popular culture into the worship space in meaningful ways keeps us relevant. Which is to say, I’m really having fun with this sermon series, and I hope you are, too. It is a joy to serve a church that has a sense of adventure; doesn’t take itself too seriously; and is also willing to tackle difficult social issues with a fearless faith.

All that said—it’s Star Wars week! As with some of the other series/characters we’ve featured, the Star Wars franchise has been around for decades and can be a little overwhelming. Since this series is about resistance in recent movie themes, we’re going with Rogue One for the impetus of Sunday’s message. And since we are working in broader themes here, we’re going to talk about the common thread that runs through ALL of the Star Wars movies, even as other elements change… The Force.

Storylines evolve, and characters come and go: but The Force is eternal. It is also INternal. It’s a power of the mind and the soul, an inward strength that-- when employed effectively-- can control external factors.

In our scripture for Sunday, the disciples perform many signs and wonders. They are out on the road, on their mission to deliver the gospel to communities near and far, and they find they have the power to heal the masses. You know why that’s surprising? Because this is AFTER Jesus died. Miracles are astounding enough, when he’s around. But in this scene, they find that they still have the ability to command such wonders on their own. In other words—the force is with them; even if Jesus is not.

This is the reality of the Holy Spirit. It makes the power of Jesus a living presence in the hands of disciples. All disciples. As the body of Christ, we have that Holy Spirit with us too, even today. The work of social change and resistance can be heady and intellectual. It can be practical and physically taxing. But we often forget—it is also spiritual work. How do we cultivate spiritual disciplines that help us on that journey? How do we harness the power of the spirit to heal a broken world? Come Sunday, and we’ll talk about how we can “use the force” for good, in our time.

Feel free to wear your Jedi paraphernalia! Light sabers and all.


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
4:00pm         Chi Rho & SAY, Youth Room
5:00pm         Town Hall Meeting, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
Sept 29        John Benson Celebration of Life Service, 11am, Sanctuary
Oct 1            Personnel Committee Meeting, 7pm, Sr. Pastor's Office
Oct 2            Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's, Olathe
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
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
Congratulations to: parents, Lisa & Paul Bolliger and big brother Michael on the birth of Caleb Bolliger.

We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. We pray for  David Graham's mother-in-law, Norma Linn, who is recovering from surgery. Also his friend, Debbie, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

A Celebration of Life for John Benson, Saint Andrew member who passed away in late August, will be held on Saturday, September 29 at 11:00am at Saint Andrew.  Please join us as we surround Pat and her family as they honor John's life.

Saint Andrew will also host a memorial service for the sister of Saint Andrew member Jane Gonzalez, Diana Lynn Eisman, Saturday, September 29 at 2pm.

Town Hall Meeting
Dear Saint Andrew Family, 

Many of you have already considered Saint Andrew in your end of life plans, by including the church in your will. Those gifts are so important, and will ensure our legacy for years to come. As we think through these legacy decisions, and/or walk with family members who are making their own plans, another matter to consider is how we want to handle our earthly remains. 

Our leaders are having conversations about how Saint Andrew might be a part of that plan as well. What if there was a meaningful and cost effective way to inter ashes on our property? What if you could bring remains of loved ones who have already passed, and have them memorialized here? 

Not only can the church grounds provide a much more meaningful venue than a cemetery, this is also a matter of environmental stewardship. When it comes to in-ground burial, there is limited “real-estate” available. Providing an alternative means of burial is one way we can leave as small a footprint as possible, in keeping with Saint Andrew’s commitment to sustainability. 

We invite you to attend a Town Hall meeting on Sunday, September 30 at 5:00pm in Friends Hall, to learn more about plans for a Columbarium at Saint Andrew. We’ll talk about the location, the aesthetic, the cost… and you can be a part of helping make this project a part of our overall stewardship vision for our church family. There will be wine, refreshments, and childcare is available upon request. RSVP for planning purposes.

Even if you have not begun to make your own end-of-life plans, we encourage you to attend and be part of the discussion. 

Erin and SACC Leadership 
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
Democracy: Is It Threatened?
with Barbara Bollier
9:30 am, Friends Hall
Barbara will discuss participatory democracy in the context of potential threats to democracy, as well as the role of faith communities in democracy. She brings her own rich experience to this topic, including the disapproval and pushback she has received from her own party for endorsing a Democrat in the Third District Kansas congressional race. 
Barbara Bollier is a Republican member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 7th District, which includes a large part of northeast Johnson County. Before being elected to the Senate, she represented the 25th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. She is also a physician.

Our CSA farmers have extra produce at this time and all are welcome to purchase these fresh vegetables - CSA folks who have prepaid get first pick. Last Sunday will be September 30. Produce available are: eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, herbs and greens.  Cash only.

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

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 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.

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 ( for more info or questions. 
Children & Youth Ministries
Sept 30        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
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.

Sept 30       Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Youth Room
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
October 11
7pm, Friends Hall

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.  

IHN Host Week
Friends, Saint Andrew has completed another successful IHN host week, with help from all of you, as well as volunteers from Shawnee United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. It takes approximately 60 volunteers per week to support this worthy cause.

Thank you to the following Saint Andrew volunteers:
Set Up Team:  Chuck Pickrel and the youth group, Stevie Morris, Sara Kurtz, Lois Penn and John, Beth Rieke, Anita Gilmore
Meal Providers:  Sara Kurtz, Brandy Seidel, Ann Hall, Patti Regan, Michelle Myers
5:15-9:00 Evening hosts:  Anita Gilmore, Stevie Morris, Eileen Thoni, Ed Rawlings, Joni Pflumm, Lois Penn, Beth Rieke, Karen Schwark, Tinne Fearn, Jodi Dinkins
9:00-6:30ish Overnight hosts:  Dan Myers, Ed Kurtz, Anita Gilmore, Bob Dinkins, Jodi Dinkins, Ann Hall
Drivers:  Dave Winans, Ron Darst
Tear Down Team:  Bob and Jodi Dinkins, Ron Darst, Stevie Morris
Laundry team:  Carolyn Darst, Sara Kurtz, Ruth Siress, Anita Gilmore

The children tug at your heartstrings and the adults, all working, were very appreciative.  Our next host week is December 23-30, so mark your calendars now, as these opportunities will slip away quickly!

Jodi Dinkins, Stevie Morris, IHN co-coordinators
Preaching As Resistance
Rev. Erin Wathen has a sermon she preached at Saint Andrew included in a book being published in October.  Follow this link for more details.

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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