Weekly Connection - July 19, 2018​

Sunday, July 22, 2018

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

Scripture: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Sometimes we don't know what we need until we've gotten it. 
Like maybe a few hours with an old friend. Or a long nap. Or a homecooked meal after a long busy week. We don't exactly go around thinking about or looking for these things. But once we've been gifted with the friend time, or the rest, or the good dinner, we breathe a little deeper and think... yeah, I really needed that. 
At least once every summer, I preach on the importance of Sabbath--not just a day, but a rhythm of rest and renewal built into the practice of our busy lives. Full disclosure here: I've learned a lot of good practices over the years, through programs designed to model good self care for clergy. But when it comes to practicing this particular discipline, sometimes you need to "do as I say, not as I do." Because it doesn't matter how important I KNOW it is to rest and take time to just be... I don't always make the time, in real life. I'm not going to make a single excuse about that--I'll just tell you that, in the world we live in, we ALL need to rest more. And it's not always as easy as just taking a nap. 
Our scripture for Sunday finds Jesus and the disciples on the road (my favorite place!). Everywhere they go, they are healing people. But before this particular healing story, Jesus has another item on their to-do list: Come away and rest awhile, he tells them. 
It's almost as if--now, I know this is crazy talk--it's almost like they have to rest and take care of themselves before they can do anything productive. Go figure. 
Come away and rest awhile--come join us for worship, come be with your people, come and breathe deep the Spirit that renews and restores. The world needs us disciples to be ready for the work of healing the world. 


Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday
9:30am         Adult EducationFriends Hall
                     Thoughtful Parents, Room 102
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, 2nd Level & Basement Level Classrooms
4:00pm         Youth Group, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
July 23        Pastoral Partners' Meeting, 6:30pm, Friends Hall
July 24        Bible Study, 7pm, Friends Hall
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: Beth Rieke and family.  Beth's mother, Maizie Dupont, passed away last weekend;  Lois Penn's brother, Bill Hembree, who has a brain tumor.

Please keep in prayer our youth and adults attending the SAY mission trip to Denver, CO July 29 - Aug 4:  Joel Baier, Gavin Delaney, Connor Dugan, Megan Mueller, Libby Mullican, Sarah Rush, Daphne Zacharian, Melody Zacharian, Chuck Pickrel, Natasha McKee, Lesa Chandler

And the youth at Tall Oaks Eighters Camp this week (July 23 - 29): Ally Baier, Reese Foster, Ben Seitz.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Twinning Celebration on July 15th.  Without your participation, it could not happen.  I want to thank hard-working committee members: Sandra Askey, Martha Pierce, Carol Skaja and Jody Gyulay.  Thanks, especially, to Kathy Marian and Debra Johnson who jumped in to help when one person had to leave.  Thanks to the many who stepped up to help:  Carol Nistler, Don Nistler, Robin Van Haste, Gerald Hiller, Thom Norbury, Buck Arnhold, Bill Swaney, Jerry Daugherty, Rich Baier, Doug Stevens, Rhonda Campbell, Skip Graham, Linda Graham, Bob Dinkins, Bernadette Kautio.  Special thanks to Cindy Egger for scheduling Andean Express, and to Jerry Daugherty for the piñata.  And forgive me anyone I failed to get on my list.  Many thanks, also, to Patty Glauser for advertising, record keeping, and attempting to keep me on schedule.  A world of thanks 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.

Our next Church Life event, scheduled for August 12th, is the Back to School Picnic.  We will grill hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hotdogs.  We will also provide buns and some condiments.  Starting this Sunday, there will be opportunities for you to signup to help.  Think picnic fare.

Anita Gordon Gilmore
Church Life Chair​​​​​​​
Upcoming Events

This Sunday's Adult Education
with Chi Rho Youth & Mission Trip Leaders
9:30 am, Friends Hall   
Hear from our Chi Rho youth and their leaders about their June trip to Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. The Global Challenge at Heifer Ranch uses problem-solving and communication activities to help participants learn teambuilding skills that are useful during their overnight in the Global Village. They also participated in daily life activities such as preparing meals and doing chores designed to open their eyes to life in other parts of the world and inspire them to positively impact the environment and the world around them. Come hear all the details!

Intergenerational Book Club

July 29, 3pm

Youth Room

SACC folks, we're doing it again!  We're offering another book discussion for ANYONE in the church.  The book is again a young adult book with the theme of redemption.  It's called The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall.  The story starts with the main character, Arthur T. Owens, throwing a brick at an old "junk man."  Luckily, the man survives and his arm is only broken.   Instead of pressing charges, the junk man asks for Arthur to work for him.  And so begins a story of redemption and transformation for Arthur.  If you're a person who believes in second chances, then this is a great book for you.  In addition, this book has some surprising twists and turns.  

Please join us on Sunday, July 29 at 3:00 p.m. in the youth room to discuss this.  Tell your kids that this time SNACKS will be available.  Come and discuss this book with us.  All are welcome.  Contact Crysta Baier at cnbaier@gmail.com if you're planning on coming. We have 4 copies of the book available to purchase, for $5 each. They can be paid for and picked up in the office on Patty’s desk on Sundays or during office hours.

Migrant Farmworker Service Project
August 6
Thank you to everyone who donated to the backpack project.  We exceeded our goal!
SACC Youth and the mission committee invite you to join us as we head to Lexington, MO to work with the Migrant Farmworker Project! We’ll deliver backpacks filled with school supplies and sort and distribute food bags and children’s books. Everyone is welcome! Meet at 2:30pm in the SACC parking lot. We’ll have an orientation and sandwiches when we arrive at 4:00pm. We need rsvp’s to make sure we have enough drivers – and please let Denise Dugan or Jerry Daugherty know if you can drive. We’ll be working outside, so dress accordingly, and closed toe shoes are suggested as there are lots of pallets with rough edges. We’ll serve clients from 5:00-7:00, and then head home. We should be home close to 9:00pm.  

Make your plan to vote in the August 7 Primary Election
​​​​​​​Look for voting information the Hearth Room
Will you vote in advance by mail? Or vote in advance in person? (Vote at one of six sites from July 23-August 4) Or will you go to the polls on Election Day? 

The deadline to register to vote is July 17. Use your smartphone to register:  www.ksvotes.org

Your VOTE Matters! 

Blood Drive
August 20, 3:30 - 6:30pm
Friends Hall
Save the date!  Sign up instructions coming next week. 

Children & Youth Ministries
July 22         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
July 29         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

July 22         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                     Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
July 29         Chi Rho Mission Trip Presentation in Adult Ed, 9:30am
                     Intergenerational Book Club, 3pm, Youth Room
                     Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
                     SAY Mission Trip Meeting for youth & parents, 6pm, Youth Room

Thoughtful Parents
9:30am, Room 102
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
Cancelled for July - We'll meet next August 28.
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.  Here is a current Mission Committee Update. 

Fighting Hunger in KC:  Sack Lunch Service Project

July 8, 15 & 29

In conjunction with the adult ed presentation by Metro Lutheran Ministries on July 29 -over the next 3 Sundays we'll be collecting the following food items for the sack lunches that we'll pack on July 29. Our goal is 200 lunches. Drop off your donations in Friends Hall.

• Chicken or tuna salad kits (with crackers)
• individual fruit cups or GoGo squeeze applesauce
• peanut butter singles
• protein bars
• bagged pretzels/popcorn/Chex mix/crackers
• Individual packaged cookies
• lunch sacks, plastic spoons, napkins
• Monetary donations will be accepted as well (payable to SACC w/"MLM" in the memo line)

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 (jabarkema@gmail.com) for more information.

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.​

13890 W. 127th Street Olathe, KS 66062
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