December 6, 2018​

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am

Education 9:30am
Second Sunday of Advent

Scripture: Luke 1:67-80

One of my favorite Christmas songs doesn't even have the word "Christmas" in it. Or Jesus either, for that matter. It's on Emmylou Harris' Christmas album, and it's called simply "There's a Light." The first verse is about a light in the darkness, and the second verse is about rain in the desert. The third verse--like the last verse of any good hymn-- is about death and resurrection. 

It's a deep cut, for sure, and not a festive tune you'll ever hear on the radio. But for me, it captures the hope and anticipation of this season like nothing else. Not just because it sings about light--but also because it names the darkness, musically embodies that darkness in a really lovely way. 

Sometimes, darkness isn't the worst thing. 

On this second Sunday of Advent, we'll talk about Zechariah-- father of John the Baptist-- and the season of darkness that he moved through as he waited for his own son to be born. It was a long, hard winter of the soul. But ultimately, it ended in a song. As long, dark winters often do. 

Sometimes, the darkness brings its own gifts. Come Sunday, and we'll talk about what some of those gifts might be. Terry Young is going to share some excellent biblical storytelling with us; the youth group (and some adult helpers) have the sanctuary all greened up and ready to go (it smells amazing!) and of course, 'tis the season for some wonderful music from our many talented Saint Andrew musicians. Join us as we talk about waiting through long dark winters; and how we can come out singing, too. 


Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday
                     Art Sale, Friends Hall
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         Youth Group, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
Dec 11        Worship Committee Meeting, 6:30pm, Friends Hall
                   Bible Study, Room 202/203
Dec 12        Prepare Meal at Center of Grace, 3pm
                    Service of Remembrance & Hope, 7pm, Sanctuary
Dec 13        Wise Women, 7pm, Friends Hall
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. We pray for Barbara Pinkston whose mother, Marjorie, passed away this week.
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
9:30 am, Friends Hall
Advent in Narnia - Starting December 9, our Advent series over three Sundays will focus on C. S. Lewis story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that he wrote for children in his family. The story is an example of a Christian allegory. Many people remember reading the story as children or reading it to their children. On December 9th we will show parts of the animated movie as a way to create a visual image of the characters and have a brief discussion of the Christian experience and values the story demonstrates.   
Service of Remembrance & Hope
December 12
7pm, Sanctuary

For many people, the approaching Christmas holiday does not bring with it the joy and happiness that is advertised on television or greeting cards or even Advent bulletins or newsletters. They may be facing this holiday after the death of a loved one or after a divorce or separation. They may have lost a job or be concerned that their job is about to be eliminated. Perhaps they have been unable to have a child, or have suffered through an emotional trauma or the loss of physical ability due to illness or aging. They may be stressed over exams or bullying at school. Maybe they feel pressured and overwhelmed by holiday preparations.
If this is one of those years for you, we invite you to join us in the sanctuary on Wednesday, December 12, at 7 p.m. for a Service of Remembrance and Hope. No “fa-la-las” or “deck the halls,” but a beautiful liturgy, message and music.  Childcare available.
Annual Congregational Meeting
December 16, 7pm
Friends Hall

Join us for our annual congregational meeting on Sunday, December 16 at 5pm in Friends Hall.  Wine and refreshments will be served.  Child care is available upon request. 
Christmas Eve Services
Monday, December 24
6:00 pm - Worship service for children and families
8:00 & 10:00 pm -  Traditional Candlelight Services
December 30 - One Service Only
On Sunday, December 30 we will have one service only - 10:45am.
Children & Youth Ministries
Dec 9          Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms  
Dec 15        Christmas Program Rehearsal & Performance at Lakeview Village & Pizza                         Party, meet at church at 9am
Dec 16        Christmas Program at 8:30 & 10:45 Worship, meet at 8:15 in Room 202  
                    Angels, 4pm, Christmas Caroling, Party & Gift Exchange

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.

Dec 9          Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classroom
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
Dec 11         SAY Meeting at Austin's (Lone Elm) for $1.50 Taco Night w/Chuck, 4-7pm
Dec 14        SAY Christmas Lock In, 6pm - 8am 
Dec 16        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classroom
                   Chi Rho Caroling  & Christmas Party, 4pm
Dec 23        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classroom
                    IHN Set Up & Lunch, immediately after worship

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.  

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 early next year!
Women's Ministries
Wise Women
December 13, 7pm
Friends Hall
Executive Pastry Chef, Doug Flick, owner of Park Street Pastry will be our speaker in December and we will have our annual Cookie Exchange. We'll gather in Friends Hall at 7:00pm on Dec.13. Doug will speak about his homeless ministry work, JCCC graduates and his dream to open a pastry shop. 

Doug Flick was a Culinary Professor at Johnson County Community College, and has been a Pastry Chef at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, a Pastry cook at the Beverly Hills Hotel and at Desserts International. Doug also does an amazing ministry to the homeless in the area.

Bring 3 dozen of one kind of cookie for our annual Cookie Exchange. All women welcome and friends are invited!

Ladies Night Out
We will not meet in December.  Mark your calendar for 2019 date - when we will start meeting on the 4th Thursday of every month.  Hope see you on January 24 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, 
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. 

Hand of Welcome
Advent Donation Drive, December 2-16
Each dollar donated to the Advent drive goes to our partners at Catholic Charities who have a Federal grant that matches two dollars for every dollar collected.  Money supports resettled families in Kansas City as they move towards self-sufficiency after years in international refugee camps.  Please make checks payable to Saint Andrew and write “Hand of Welcome” in the memo line.

Who Inspires You to Give?
Add more meaning to your holiday gifts by supporting El Higueral or Hand of Welcome as a way to thank someone who inspires you to give.  Thank you notes to share with those that inspire you to give are available in Friends Hall December 2-16.  Please make checks payable to Satin Andrew and write “El Higueral” or “Hand of Welcome” in the memo line.
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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