November 8, 2018​

Sunday, November 11, 2018

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

Scripture:  Luke 5:1-11

On Election Night, many of us gathered in the sanctuary for a time of prayer and reflection. It was a time to voice the fears that we have about our current culture and political climate; and also to remember that we are people of hope, not fear. We are people of beloved community, not isolation and tribalism. And we are people who believe in a God bigger than ANY of our fears, or any of the human entities that try to make us afraid. 

Fear is truly at the heart of most of our social issues. A fear of scarcity: that there isn’t enough to go around. Or fear of other: that there isn’t enough room for everybody, and ‘my’ rights are somehow threatened by others having those same rights. If we could find a way to diminish those fears, and remove them from the public discourse, we could truly change the world. 

Seems like that would take a miracle. But you know what? We know somebody who deals in miracles. And we don’t talk about that enough. 

In our scripture for this week, Jesus meets some fishermen who’ve had a rough night. Their nets are empty. He suggests that perhaps they should fish the waters on the other side of the boat. They roll their eyes—who is this guy, and what does he know about fishing?? That’s the same dang water over there. But they try it, just to get rid of him, and well… you probably know how that story ends. If not—come Sunday to find out. I’ll refrain from the spoilers.

This Sunday is pledge Sunday. We have been asking you to reflect on what Saint Andrew means to you by filling in the blank: This is my ________________.  This week, we make that commitment of faith together when we pledge our financial support for the year. If you can’t be here Sunday, you can mail, email, or drop off your pledge card before then. However you get it to us, your commitment card helps our leadership make plans for next year’s budget. 

We trust that, when we each give as generously as we can, God takes our gifts and transforms them into something so much bigger than any of us could do on our own. After some of this week’s election results, it is clear that many in our community are hungry for the message of peace, progress and equality that we believe (and practice!) here at Saint Andrew. I have a feeling this could be a season of big growth for us… it may even be miraculous. But maybe we need to learn to fish on the other side of the boat first. 

Come to worship, and we’ll talk about how we might do that. We’ll also talk about the amazing things that happen when we are willing to step out in faith, and give out of our abundance rather than our fear. This is our miracle... and I’m glad to be in this particular boat with each of you. 


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, Sr. Pastor's Office
4:00pm         Angels, Room 204
                     Youth Group, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
Nov. 8            Wise Women, Friends Hall, 7:00pm
Nov 9             Tall Oaks Gala, Arrowhead Stadium
Nov 13           Worship Committee Meeting, 6:30pm, Friends Hall
                       Bible Study, 7pm, Room 202/203
Nov 14            Meal Preparation at Center of Grace, 3:30pm
Nov 15            IHN Training, OPCC, 6:30pm
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 Kathy Marian and family.  Kathy's father, Al Simoes, passed away this week.

This Sunday is Veterans Day.  We extend our gratitude to the following SACC members who served:  Bill Bowsher, Ray Brown, Dave Farris, John Henn, Hal Johnson, Norm Mallicoat, Thom Norbury, Jerry Powers, Tom Russell, Barry Shade, John Simpson, Jim Siress, Bill Swaney, Gary Thoni, Jeff Waller.

Thank you to everyone who support our high school youth last Sunday as they participated in One Homeless Night.  The good people of Saint Andrew raised over $700 for Synergy Services.  Thank you!!
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
Living Through the Teen Age Years with Lesa Chandler
9:30 am, Friends Hall
This session continues the presentations from August. It will address practical strategies for relating to teens--for parents, grandparents, teacher, coaches. To view video that serves as the basis for dialogue, search in your browser for Frontline Teen Age Brain. 
In addition to her full-time position at Cornerstones of Care, Lesa is also one of our dedicated youth sponsors! Lesa and her husband Jeff have been members of Saint Andrew for 12 years.

Annual Thanksgiving Meal - November 18
11:45am;  Friends Hall
Come and take part in our annual Thanksgiving Meal. Again, this year we will have individuals and families from the Dialogue Institute as our guests. We want to share our abundance and accommodate their halal dietary restrictions in some of our offerings. If you have questions, contact me (Anita at 913-205-9308 or  If I do not have an answer, I will find the information.  Please sign up in the Hearth Room or here if you plan to attend and if you can bring any of the following: 16-18 lb. turkey (6 needed, at least 2 halal - cooked and ready to serve).  We have mashed potatoes coming, but we do need a couple of people to supply gravy. We want 2 or 3 people to bring stuffing. We will also need salads, side dishes, and desserts to share, as well as extra help with set-up, serving, & clean-up.  We are looking for those family Thanksgiving favorites, and if you can, add those extras like olives. or pickles, or cranberry relish, or .... 

Poinsettias for the Sanctuary
We are now taking orders for poinsettias to enhance our sanctuary during the Christmas season.  If you would like to order a poinsettia in memory or honor of a loved one, please complete an order form which is available in the Hearth Room.  Cost is $11 for a 6 inch plant and $25 for an 8 inch plant.  The final day to place on order will be November 25.  Please leave payment by check with the order form.  Credit card payments can be made by contacting the church office.  The names of those honored will be published during Advent.  Donors are welcome to take a plant home after the Christmas Eve service.

Calling All Artists
We will once again host an art sale on December 2, 9 & 16. A portion of sale proceeds will benefit Saint Andrew Youth Mission. If you are interested in participating in the art sale, please contact: Al King,

Children & Youth Ministries
Nov. 11        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4:00-6:00pm, Room 204
Nov 18        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

IHN Toy Drive
This Sunday Interfaith Hospitality Network representatives will be talking to the Sunday school classes to kick off our toy drive for the IHN holiday shop.  IHN will provide Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for current guests of IHN and for those who have graduated from the program. Items are collected from churches supporting IHN for the  baskets. This Sunday, Saint Andrew children will learn how they can donate a new toy of $5-$10 value so the IHN children can “shop” for presents to give to their loved ones. Should the children of Saint Andrew like to share a new toy to be used for this event they may bring them to Sunday school and/or Worship and Wonder for the Sundays of November 4, 11 and 18.  Seeing the smiles on the faces of these precious children supported by IHN is such a gift to those who volunteer at the party.    

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, K - 5th grade are encouraged to attend.

Nov 11        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classroom
                   SAY & Chi Rho, Friends Hall, 4:00-6:00pm
Nov. 17       SAY & Chi Rho: Regional Bon-Fire, @ Tall Oaks.4:00-7:00pm
Nov 18        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                   SAY & Chi Rho: JOCO youth Xchange @ Hillcrest: 4:00-6:00pm 

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
Wise Women
November 8, 7pm
Friends Hall
with Valeria Edwards
It’s true that “you can’t take it with you!”  So, what will happen to your personal household possessions when you downsize or pass away?  Come to participate in the program “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” to learn the 6 factors you might consider for dispersing your personal possessions.   The program for the Wise Women group provides guidance about managing and giving away personal possessions when one no longer needs them. 

Valeria studied Family and Consumer Sciences at Kansas State University and graduated with Bachelors and Masters of Science Degrees.  When she retired from the telecommunications industry after 26 years, amazingly, her dream job was available at the same time, so she served as a Family and Consumer Sciences Educator with K-State Research and Extension in Johnson County beginning in 2008.  She retired about 2 years ago, after serving the people of Johnson County for 8 years. 

Ladies Night Out
November 27
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe
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. 

IHN Training - November 15
The next IHN training will be November 15, 6:30-8:30pm at Overland Park Christian Church. It is located at 7600 W. 75th St., Overland Park, KS 66204. You must be present for the entire 2 hours to be considered trained. Please help add to our Saint Andrew host team.

Shop Local, Give Local
A Community Fundraising Event for
Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund
Sunday, December 2, 12 - 4pm
Ten Thousand Villages, 7497 Santa Fe Drive, OP
Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund receives 15% of all sales on December 2.  If you're unable to shop that day, you can shop Nov 26 - Dec 1 and say at the register that you are supporting MFW and they will receive 15% of those sales as well.
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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