Weekly Connection - February 15, 2018​
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
First Sunday in Lent

“If only you’d been there, Lord…”

This is Martha’s tearful rebuke of Jesus, when he arrives late and finds that his friend, Lazarus, has already died. In her grief, Martha is certain that her brother’s life might have been spared if Jesus hadn’t dawdled along the way.

Her cry of lament is a familiar refrain. Throughout the Psalms, people cry out to God and ask similar questions: Where are you, God? Why can I not see your face? Why have you forsaken me? How long, O Lord?

It’s not just a biblical text. In the wake of tragedy—especially when life is lost to violence—we hear the same sentiment echoed in the public voice: where are you God? If only you’d been there… The news of yet another school shooting this week has shaken us all. As the debate around common sense gun law continues to rage around us, I’m always surprised (though maybe I shouldn’t be by now) to hear people say that “only Jesus can fix this problem.” I think we all know that’s absurd… that’s not how this works.

That this latest shooting happened to fall on Ash Wednesday seems like an especially poignant wake up call. We know that we come from dust, and we will return to the dust… But we cannot stand for so many young people “returning to the dust” so quickly. It is an abomination, and an affront to the goodness of God and the sanctity of life. As we begin this season of Lent together, we are reminded that life is fragile and precious. We are also reminded that, as disciples of Christ, there is a calling on our lives to be his body in the world. That means we never get to throw up our hands and say “Jesus, fix it,” or “If only you had gotten here sooner…”

Join us Sunday as we begin our Lent series “Awake!” In the weeks to come, we will think about what it means to share this life of faith together; to wake up to the suffering of our neighbors, and learn how the practices of our faith can transform the world around us. Spoiler alert: there is resurrection at the end of all this. I can think of no better way to move towards new life than to dig into this one, together.

Peace, Erin

Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday​​​​​​​
9:30am    Adult Education, Friends Hall
                Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
                Thoughtful Parents, Room 102
                Youth & Children's Sunday School, 2nd Level & Basement Level Classrooms
12pm       Set Up for IHN Hosting, 2nd Level Classrooms
                Youth - Set Up for IHN & Go to Lunch
2pm         Inter-Generational Book Discussion, Youth Room
9pm         Youth Lock-In, Emerald City, Overland Park
This Week at Saint Andrew
Feb 18 - 25    IHN Hosting
Feb 20           Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's, Olathe
                      Lent Study, 6pm, Sanctuary
Feb 21           Adult Ed Committee Meeting, 7pm, Panera 75th & Antioch
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties.

Pat Russell passed away on Sunday afternoon after a long illness. We continue to hold Tom, Mary Beth and Ruthie in prayer. A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at Saint Andrew next Thursday, February 22, at 2:00. Visitation will be held beforehand, beginning at 1:00; and a reception in Friend’s Hall, immediately following the service. We look forward to gathering together and offering our love and support to Pat’s family.
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
Saint Andrew CSA News - Time to Sign Up for 2018 CSA
It is time to sign up for the 2018 Saint Andrew CSA. Our farm family from 2017 - Swa Dit, Mee Nge, Habay, and Ramat - have missed their Saint Andrew friends over the winter and are very excited to return! They have more land to farm this year and plan to provide even more variety of produce for us. They anticipate starting our CSA the last week in April, earlier than last year.

As a refresher, each Saint Andrew participating family pays in the spring for the whole year. This allows the farm family to buy seed and starts so that they can plant and grow our produce for the year. A small share will cost $280 and a large share will cost $420. This will be paid with a check made out to Swa Dit and can be given to him on March 11th. The family would like to have a short meeting with all participants at noon on March 11th in Friends Hall. At that time, they can answer questions and collect your annual payment. If you cannot attend this meeting, please give your check to Gloria Hiller and she will give it to the family on March 11th.

Please let Gloria know by March 4th if you plan to participate this year. You can email Gloria if you would like to participate in the CSA this year or there will be a sign-up sheet in the Hearth Room the next three Sunday (through March 4th).

Gloria Hiller
2018 CSA Coordinator
Upcoming Events
Banner Change
Tomorrow night!
We're short-handed, and this is a big one as we prepare the sanctuary for Lent. If you've ever wanted to see how the magic works, this would be a good time to lend a hand. Thanks! We'll meet in the Sanctuary.

Inter-generational Book Discussion
February 18
2pm, Youth Room
Starting in January, we are offering an Inter-generational Book Discussion.  We are promoting this book  It Ain't so Awful, Falafel  by Firoozeh Dumas with the youth, and we are also inviting the  congregation to read this with the youth.  Our plan is to meet in the Youth Rooml to discuss this book on Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m.  

It Ain't so Awful Falafel is a realistic fiction book (somewhat autobiographical) about the Iran Hostage situation in the late 1970s.  In the book Cindy (her real name is Zomorod), moves to the United States with her mother and father for her father's job.  At first, things in America are okay.  But then, her home country of Iran is in the news for taking American hostages, and that is when things change for Cindy.  She is bullied, threatened, excluded.  Will Cindy's family have to go back to Iran -- a country that has changed so much since they left?  Or will they be able to live in an America that discriminates against iranian refugees? 

This book is funny, serious, and a great way to learn more about the Iranian Hostage situation from an Iranian's point of view. We'll see you on February 18.

Please let Crysta Baier know if you are interested.  cnbaier@gmail.com.

The Awakening of Hope
Tuesday Nights during Lent:  6pm - 7:30pm
February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20
On Tuesday evenings in Lent, we’ll gather for a light meal, some songs, separate “study” activities for children and adults, and a short closing worship – we’ll plan to be done by 7:30pm.  Our first week, the 20th, we will meet in the Sanctuary because SACC is hosting IHN families that week.  All remaining weeks we will meet in Friends Hall.

This year’s study will encourage each of us to think about why we do the things we do as people of faith and how doing those things are a source of hope for us and for the world around us.  Lenten stories and activities for children will be provided during the adult study.

All ages are invited to attend!

We’ll share in bringing soups, breads and desserts -- look for a sign-up sheet in the Hearth Room beginning on Sunday, February 4. Or RSVP@SACChome.org 
Children & Youth Ministries
Feb 18         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Feb 25         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels (grades 3rd-5th), 4-6pm, Room 204
Feb 18       Service Project (IHN Set Up) & Lunch, 12pm, meeting in Room 202/203
                  Youth Group Lock In, 9pm - 7:30am, Emerald City
Feb 23       Chi Rho Midwinter Retreat, Friday, Feb 23, 7:00pm to
                  Saturday, Feb 24, 7:00pm:
Feb 25      Chi Rho & SAY Sunday School: 9:30-10:30am; lower level classrooms
                 SAY ONLY: 4:00-6:00 pm

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.  

Saint Andrew Angels (3rd, 4th, 5th grade youth group)
February Calendar
The Angels focus on having fun and making a difference in our community! Mark your calendars for these upcoming activities:
February 25 – 4-6pm in room 204, College Care Packages
Contact Tracie Yoder, 3yoders@sbcglobal.net, or Val Webb, val0843@yahoo.com for more information.

Pastor's Class
Pastor's Class is our baptism and confirmation class designed for 5th through 8th graders. We explore what it means to be a Christian, to belong to God, and to be a member of the Christian community. If your child has not been baptized, or was baptized as an infant, this class, in which they are paired with a mentor from our congregation, will give them the opportunity to consider their beliefs, doubts, questions, and passions. Baptisms and confirmations will take place on Sunday, June 3. Classes start in April on Wednesday evenings, but we need early registrations so we can begin our planning and recruitment of mentors. Please contact Rev. Denise Dugan if you have questions or to register for the class.

Tall Oaks Summer Camp
The Tall Oaks summer camp discount deadline has changed – it is APRIL 1 this year! Don’t be caught off guard – that’s almost a whole month earlier than usual. Check out this link for camp dates. Tall Oaks is not yet accepting registrations.  Once registration is open, you will be given a special SACC code to receive the 50% scholarship offered by Saint Andrew.

Vacation Bible School Dates

Mark your calendars for June 18-22, 9am to noon.  VBS is for preschool through 5th grade children, and we’ll need 6th through 12th graders and adults to sign up to work in activity sites or as group leaders. This year’s theme is Rolling River Rampage: Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God!  

Women's Ministries
Wise Women
March 8
7pm, Friends Hall

All of us have had laboratory tests performed, some routine, some to help identity a variety of medical conditions and diseases.

As necessary as they are, the results can be confusing as it is often difficult to make sense of numbers, ranges...and the connection with our state of health.

On March 8th, Jean Cooper will help us look at basic laboratory tests to include blood count (CBC), chemical profile, and Urinalysis (UA).

Jean Cooper MPA, MT(ASCP) CT, was program director for the school of Clinical Laboratory Science for 28 years at North Kansas City Hospital. He was also Clinical Assistant Professor at KU Med Center. He taught all areas of the clinical laboratory relating to diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions and diseases. Jean Cooper is a member of Saint Andrew Christian Church.

Come and join us. It will be an educational program.

As always, Wise Women is a group for women of all ages, and friends are always welcome.

For questions or comments, please contact Rejane Henn 816 587 1015 or rejanechantalhenn@gmail.com.

Ladies Night Out
March 12
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe

Women's Retreat
Save the date!  Our annual women's retreat will be May 4 - 5 at Tall Oaks Conference Center.  Brochures will be available soon.  Planning Team Chair is 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.  Here is a current Mission Committee Update.

IHN Hosting
February 18 - 25
Saint Andrew will host IHN families February 18 - 25.  We will have many volunteer slots to fill for trained and untrained volunteers.  If you would like to help or would like more information contact Jodi Dinkins or Stevie Morris.

Hand of Welcome Donation Drive—Help Welcome Newly Arriving Refugees
Catholic Charities will resettle 150 refugees in Kansas City during 2018.  Before each family arrives, volunteers set up an apartment with basic supplies to help establish the new arrivals.  Saint Andrew is collecting new and gently used donations to help with apartment set up.  Please bring your donations to Friends Hall by February 25th.  Your donations make a difference in welcoming Kansas City’s newest residents.
Donations needed (new or gently used):

Bed Linens—sheets, blankets or comforters (twin or double size)
Pillows (new, standard size only)
Alarm Clocks
Food Storage Containers

IHN Training
Tuesday, March 13
Heritage United Methodist Church, 12850 Quivira Rd. (913-897-6446).
Prospective volunteers must attend the full session to be considered trained.

House of Abraham
House of Abraham can use volunteers almost any day, Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  (mornings preferred for half day volunteers)  Potential volunteers can go to the following web site to sign up and see how many needed each day.

Volunteer Opportunities 
Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement program uses volunteers in many capacities to support refugees as they make Kansas City their new home.  If you are interested in helping, look through this list of volunteer needs and contact Judi Barkema to get connected with the programs that interest you the most.
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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