October 11, 2018​

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture: Matthew 5:1-11, 38-48

I'm kind of sad that this is the last week of our sermon series "Resist: Movie Heroes from the Bible and the Big Screen." It seems like we were just planning it the other day, and now, here it is: week 6. Which of course means...

Harry Potter. 

We could do a whole series on Harry Potter alone. One week for each book, maybe? Or one sermon devoted to each of the main characters? One Sunday for each course of study at Hogwarts? Don't tempt me! It all sounds fantastic to me. 

But for now, we'll keep it to just this week. There are many themes in Harry potter that relate to faith-based resistance: community, leadership, sacrifice, and a deep hope that abides in all things... These are all important values modeled by Harry and the other main characters, and each connect strongly to the biblical narrative. But perhaps the element of resistance that stands out the most firmly in these stories is: nonviolence. 

Harry Potter's journey begins and ends with intentional non-violence. 

Did you know that the very first spell you learn at Hogwarts is not a curse--but a disarming spell? That--as we say--will preach. 

Join us Sunday as we study the Beatitudes, and reflect on what Jesus has to say about nonviolent resistance. How might we be able to disarm our enemies, rather than counter-attack? How do we build a community that is committed to restorative justice, rather than retributive justice? How do we share these values with our children? 

And-- is it possible that Harry Potter inspired and empowered a whole generation for the work of meaningful social change? 

All I can tell you is... we solemnly swear that we are up to no good. 

See you Sunday, 

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         Angels, Room 204
                     Youth Group, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
Oct 11           Wise Women, 7pm, Friends Hall
Oct 13           Fall Work Day, 9am - 1pm
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties.  Congratulations to SACC member and Nursery Staff, Meaghan Jones, on the birth of her son, Elijah Douglas Jones.  Welcome to new SACC member Kathy Hill.  Kathy officially joined Saint Andrew on September 30.

Thank you to everyone who attended Apple Fest on October 7th.  Without your participation, it would not have happened.  I am especially thankful for hard-working committee members: Carol Skaja and Jody Gyulay.  Thanks to those who stepped up to help from setup to cleanup: Rhonda Campbell, Doug Stevens, Al King, Lois Penn, Sam Foster, Robin Van Haste, Jodi Dinkins, Bob Dinkins, Marcia Manter and Eileen Thoni.  Thanks to the many who brought food:  Bernadette Kautio, Eileen Thoni, Jane Gonzalez, Pat Neubauer, Carol Skaja, Sandy and John Marksbury, Shannon Mullican, Jodi Dinkins, Donna and Doug Helgeson, Mark and Vicki Harmon, Cindy Egger, Andrea McGregor, Bill Swaney, Fab Parker, Jody Gyulay, Lois Penn, Annie Trotta, Shirley Dugan, Carolyn Darst, Ally Baier, Marcia Manter.  A world of thanks to Patty Glauser for announcements, posters, signups and other coordination.  And more gratitude to Brandon Adams for making sure that everything is ready for events and then picking up after us - to be ready for whatever comes next.
With love,
Anita Gordon-Gilmore

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Apple Baking Contest by making a delicious dish; judging and/or enjoying the desserts.  A huge THANK YOU to our judges:  Sam Foster, Doug Stevens and Al King and our Auctioneer: Mark Dugan.
Sweet thanks to all the bakers.  Anita Gordon-Gilmore won first place with her Apple Date Cake.  Shirley Dugan came in second with her Toasted Coconut Pie (we realized later it didn't have apples :-)). Third place went to Annie Trotta with her Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie.  Honorable mention goes to Ally Baier for her Apple Bundt Cake, Carol Skaja for her Glazed Apple Oatmeal Bread and an unknown entrant who shared an Apple Cake without nuts.
The auction and miscellaneous donations to The Migrant Farm Workers Project totaled $130.00
Thanks to everyone for another successful Apple Baking Contest.
Lois Penn

Our next Church Life event, scheduled for November 18th, is the Thanksgiving Celebration.  Do you have commentary or ideas on this celebration of thankfulness?  Pass them on any member of the Church Life Team:  Anita Gordon-Gilmore, Sara Kurtz, Sandra Askey, Jody Gyulay, Martha Pierce, Carol Skaja, Stevie Morris.
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
New Thinking About the Climate Crisis - TED talk by Al Gore
9:30 am, Friends Hall
In this new slide show Al Gore presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists recently predicted. He challenges us to act. Following the viewing of this TED talk we will discuss Trump administration rollbacks that might lead to increases in climate change worldwide. Climate advocate, Al Gore focused the world’s attention on the global climate crisis. Now he’s showing us how we can move towards real solutions.

Fall Work Day
October 13, 9am - 1pm
It's time for our fall work day!  All skill levels needed.  Possible projects (weather permitting):  
  • Move & reset bird seed post
  • Take down & clean sails
  • Power wash patio & memorial fountain rocks
  • Trim & winterize flower beds
  • Wash indoor entrance rugs
  • Rake & clean up sandbox
  • Polish wood in sanctuary
  • Clean & sanitize kitchen appliances
  • Clean glass on balcony
  • Fresh coat of stain on benches & patio posts
  • Clean windows

Take action! Deadline approaching.
Are all your friends, relatives and neighbors registered to vote? The deadline is Tuesday, October 16. Keep these facts in mind:
Anyone who recently moved must reregister with the new address
Anyone who will turn 18 by Nov. 6 may register now.
It's quick and easy to register with a smartphone. Use ksvotes.org   

Trunk or Treat & Chili Cook-off
October 28
5 - 7pm (cars in place by 4:30pm)

Join us for this annual tradition and bring your friends! Trick or treating begins at 5pm. There will be a costume contest (child, youth & adult categories, and a couple/family costume), best decorated car contest, and a chili cook off and a grilled cheese station. Dress up in your Halloween costumes and join in the fun! Please bring a a crockpot of chili, cornbread, crackers, chips, sour cream, shredded cheese, cheese slices and/or loafs of bread to share. Families and church groups are invited to decorate your car trunks and hand out treats - cars must be in place by 4:30pm. Sign-up in the Hearth Room or here!

Blood Drive
October 29
3:30 - 6:30pm
Saint Andrew did themselves proud with a record donation for our last Blood Drive. Wouldn’t it be great to exceed that?  Our next blood drive is October 29; sign up in the Hearth Room or online for a donation time.

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 (stacykearney@yahoo.com) for more info or questions. 
Children & Youth Ministries
Oct 14         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4pm, Room 204
Oct 21         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Oct 28         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Trunk or Treat, 5pm

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.

Oct 14         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
Oct 21         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    JoCo Youth Exchange, 4pm, Overland Park Christian Church
Oct 28         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    Trunk or Treat, arrival time to set up will be announced soon
Nov 3           One Homeless Night (SAY)

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
Teaching in People's Republic of China:  Learning Culture and Developing Friendships for a Lifetime
with Jim & Patti Regan
October 11
7pm, Friends Hall
Patti and Jim Regan will talk about how they decided to go to China and teach English, their experiences learning the culture, developing friendships, and traveling throughout East and Southeast Asia. Their presentation will include many photos

Patti and Jim Regan have been members of SACC since 2004. In 2007 they moved to the People’s Republic of China where they were employed as teachers until 2010. Those 3 years allowed them to experience Chinese Culture and develop friendships with Chinese Nationals and students from all over the world. In addition, they traveled extensively in East and Southeast Asia. 
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.  Find more information here.
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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