September 20, 2018​

Sunday, September 23, 2018

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

Scripture:John 4:1-42

The truth is a slippery thing.

One of the most divisive realities in our current context is the conflict over “fake news.” If we can’t even come to a basic agreement about where to get our news, who’s a reliable source and who is peddling propaganda, then how can we move forward on ANY meaningful issues? It’s a deeply disturbing factor in an already unsettling time. 

As hard as it can be to discern the truth, it can be even harder to speak truth. Whether it’s telling our own painful stories, or speaking truth to power on a larger scale, there can be consequences. We don’t know how people will react, especially when the truth is hard to hear. Nowhere is this more evident than in the recent #MeToo movement. As more women come forward with stories of sexual assault, harassment and abuse, it becomes easier for other women to speak up. That doesn’t mean these stories are easy to hear. Culturally speaking, we are still often reluctant to believe a woman’s story as “truth” without first putting her through a battery of interrogation. 
What was she wearing? 
What’s her sexual history? 
What’s the state of her mental health? 
Is she on drugs? Does she work for a living? Is she on birth control? Has she ever committed a crime? 

And on and on it goes. 

Truth is hard to come by; sometimes even harder to tell. In our scripture this week, the word “Truth,” or some variation thereof, appears multiple times. Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at the well and asks her about her life. Her first response is not entirely truthful. From a brief conversation with him, she learns important truths about God; about herself; and about her own power to speak truth to others. In short, this woman who comes from the margins in so many ways goes away from a brief encounter with Jesus feeling empowered. 

An empowered woman is a Wonder Woman. 

I’ll give you three guesses what movie character we’re going to talk about this week in our “Resist” sermon series. Hint: she carries a lasso. 
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
                    Chi Rho & SAY, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
Sept 24          Pastoral Partner's Meeting, Friends Hall, 6:30-8:00pm
Sept 25          Worship Committee Meeting, Friends Hall, 6:30-8:00pm
                      Bible Study, Room 202/203, 7:00-8:30pm
                      Ladies Night Out, Spin Pizza in Olathe, 7:00pm
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
Congratulations to Tyler & Hannah Keal who were married on September 15.

We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. Please pray for Jane Gonzalez and her family, Jane’s sister, Diana passed away; for Lori Schreiber and her family, Lori's dad passed away; for the family of Shelly Floyd whose mother-in-law, Linda, passed away; and Lea Young who had surgery, Jeff Waller who is recovering from outpatient surgery; and Mark Harmon who had cataract surgery . 

A Celebration of Life for John Benson, Saint Andrew member who passed away in late August, will be held on Saturday, September 29 at 11:00am at Saint Andrew.  Please join us as we surround Pat and her family as they honor John's life.
Town Hall Meeting
Dear Saint Andrew Family, 

Many of you have already considered Saint Andrew in your end of life plans, by including the church in your will. Those gifts are so important, and will ensure our legacy for years to come. As we think through these legacy decisions, and/or walk with family members who are making their own plans, another matter to consider is how we want to handle our earthly remains. 

Our leaders are having conversations about how Saint Andrew might be a part of that plan as well. What if there was a meaningful and cost effective way to inter ashes on our property? What if you could bring remains of loved ones who have already passed, and have them memorialized here? 

Not only can the church grounds provide a much more meaningful venue than a cemetery, this is also a matter of environmental stewardship. When it comes to in-ground burial, there is limited “real-estate” available. Providing an alternative means of burial is one way we can leave as small a footprint as possible, in keeping with Saint Andrew’s commitment to sustainability. 

We invite you to attend a Town Hall meeting on Sunday, September 30 at 5:00pm in Friends Hall, to learn more about plans for a Columbarium at Saint Andrew. We’ll talk about the location, the aesthetic, the cost… and you can be a part of helping make this project a part of our overall stewardship vision for our church family. There will be wine, refreshments, and childcare is available upon request. RSVP for planning purposes.

Even if you have not begun to make your own end-of-life plans, we encourage you to attend and be part of the discussion. 

Erin and SACC Leadership 
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.

Are You A Veteran?
In preparation for Veterans' Day, we are updating our record of Saint Andrew members who have served in the military.  If you served and you have not given us that information in the past, please reply and let us know.  Thank you!

Our CSA farmers have extra produce at this time and all are welcome to purchase these fresh vegetables - CSA folks who have prepaid get first pick. Last Sunday will be September 30. Produce available are: eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, herbs and greens.  Cash only.

Blessing of the Animals
October 6
9am, Patio & Grounds
This celebration will be an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our connection to all God's creatures, our pets and pet family members that have passed away. There will be an opportunity for each pet present to be blessed for the gift they are to our lives. For the safety of all, we ask that all animals be on a leash or in a carrier. More info HERE.

Regional Assembly - October 6
KC Disciples Assemble: Reclaiming Revival

Bring the whole family for a time of uplifting, restoring hope, and celebrating an awesome God! Assembly preacher is Rev. Brit Barron and there are activities for all ages! Register soon to join us at Community Christian Church, KCMO  from 11am-6pm. Information and registration can be found at

Applefest & Apple Baking Contest
October 7
Join us as we celebrate our relationship with the Migrant Farmworkers at our annual Applefest! Please RSVP and let us know how many are coming, if you can bring soup, salad, bread/crackers, or dessert to share, and let us know if you can help with set up or clean up. Do you love to BAKE? Sign up to participate in the Apple Baking Contest! (Make 2: one for judging & one to auction off.) If you wish, bring a donation of white rice or dry pinto beans to donate to the Migrant Farmworkers; proceeds from the auction will also benefit the Migrant Farmworkers. Sign up in the Hearth Room or at or at this LINK.   

Fall Work Day
October 13, 9am - 1pm
Please mark your calendar for our annual fall work day.  We'll have a list of projects soon.  All skill levels needed.

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 ( for more info or questions. 
Children & Youth Ministries
Sept 23        Sunday School, Second Level Classrooms, 9:30am
                     Angels, 4pm, Room 204
Sept 30        Sunday School, Second Level Classrooms, 9:30am

Sept 23       Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
Sept 30       Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall

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
September 25
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe

Wise Women
October 11
7pm, Friends Hall

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. 

Towels Needed!

IHN at Saint Andrew is in need of donated hand towels, bath towels and wash cloths for our guests. If you have any to spare, please place them in the south nursery room. Your generosity is appreciated.

Washington Elementary Opportunity
The next Washington luncheon will be Thursday, Oct. 18.  Please mark your calendars to support this community.Gratefully, Jodi Dinkins

SACC IHN Host Date - December 23 - 30

Preaching As Resistance
Rev. Erin Wathen has a sermon she preached at Saint Andrew included in a book being published in October.  Follow this link for more details.

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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