Weekly Connection - May 10, 2018​

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
Seventh Sunday of Easter

I’ve really enjoyed this sermon series, Head Full of Doubt. I’ve heard many of you say that you’re enjoying it too. Sometimes, just finding the space to acknowledge that our doubt exists can be powerful. Knowing that we can ask hard questions is freeing; knowing that we’ve got a community to share this sacred struggle with is more empowering still.

This Sunday is the last week of the series. Over the past few weeks, we’ve explored questions like “why do you doubt,” “who is Jesus,” and “how are we to know?” For our last installment, we’ll take a question from Paul’s letter to the Phillipians: “What does it matter?”

Indeed… why does any of it matter? Why does it matter what we believe, or that we believe at all? Who really cares? Why do we even do this church thing, when we could be home catching up on yard work or reading a good book? (If you think you’re the first person to ask yourself that question, you are mistaken.)

But clearly, something keeps you coming back. Something keeps you connected, whether it’s the music or the message, the Spirit at work, or the sense of community and purpose. For me, all of those things add up to something deeply meaningful that “matters” in more ways than we know, and in more ways than we might ever be able to articulate. That said, it does matter… not just THAT we believe, but that we be able to articulate what we believe, and why. It matters for our own spiritual journey. It matters to the people in our lives. It even matters for the state of the world around us.

The tricky thing is, if you are a person who harbors some doubts about certain supernatural elements of faith, you might not feel comfortable saying what you DO believe. Or sharing your faith at all. This is something that we all struggle with at times, but it is very important that we learn to speak, clearly and simply, about our faith.

What does it matter? Come Sunday and we’ll talk about that. Bring your doubts. We can take it.


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
This Week at Saint Andrew
May 15    Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's
May 16    Pastor's Class, 6pm, Friends Hall & Room 202/203
May 18    Banner Change, 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 Joanne Cline who is awaiting medical test results; Jim Siress who is having a medical procedure tomorrow; Teena McCloud who is recovering from knee replacement.

Congratulations to all of our graduates who we will celebrate this Sunday:
High School Graduates:
Olathe South - Sam Foster
Olathe North - Claire Kennicott-Fuhlhage
Olathe East - Jami Kreps, Sarah Rush
Olathe Northwest - Grayson Smith
Shawnee Mission South - Adam Nicholas
College Graduates:
Dianne Ray Daugherty, Master of Arts in Contemporary East Asian Studies, Kansas University
Alex Englen, Major Psychology, Minor International Relations, Culver-Stockton College
​​​​​​​Jack Englen, Majors International Relations and History, Minor Writing, Drury University
Ann Karasek, Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Evidence in Motion
Carson Thomas, Strategic Communications, Kansas University School of Journalism
Cathy Thomas, Major Psychology, Minor Sociology, Kansas University
Upcoming Events
CSA Participants
Due to the very cold weather, our CSA farmers will be providing vegetables starting May 27.

Camp Scholarship & Mission Trip Fundraiser!
Thanks to everyone who has already donated to our fundraiser!  If you haven’t had the chance, check out the board in the Hearth Room where you’ll find envelopes numbered 1-100.  Choose the envelope that corresponds to the amount you’d like to give to support our children and youth summer camp and mission trips! These experiences are not only FUN, they’re also spiritually formative for our young people! THANK YOU for supporting this fundraiser and the children and youth of Saint Andrew Christian Church! 

Break-the-Fast Dinner During Ramadan

May 24

Friends Hall

8pm - Reception

8:15 - Welcome Speech

8:20 - 8:45 Presentation

8:45 Dinner

You are cordially invited to a Break the Fast Dinner organized by Dialogue Institute Southwest.  This dinner will be during the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to sundown.  This is an opportunity to learn about our neighbors and their faith, and share with them our own faith. Please RSVP so dinner can be planned for appropriately.

Picnic on the Plaza
June 3
Save the date for our first picnic of 2018!  We are calling it our Sizzling Summer Kickoff!  We will supply fried chicken, roast chicken, and a vegetarian alternative.  We will also supply a choice of pasta salad, potato salad, and coleslaw. We will have a sign up link soon.

Dinners for 6, 7 & 8
Get to know some of your Saint Andrew friends even better by signing up for Dinners for 6, 7 and 8.  Sign up clipboard is in the hearth room.  This is an excellent way to share time and conversation with others and to forge bonds.  Meals rotate from one home or restaurant to another on a schedule to be determined by group members.  This is one more way to make the Saint Andrew community even stronger. If you have questions, please contact Jodi Dinkins.
Children & Youth Ministries
May 13        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels Rose Sale between services
May 20        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4pm, Room 204

May 11          Dinners Out, 6pm, meet at the church, SAY & Chi Rho will go to dinner at                      different locations
May 13         Sunday School, 9:30am, Youth Room
May 20         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                     Youth Leadership Meeting, 3pm, Youth Room
                     Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall

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.  ​​​​​​​

Tall Oaks Summer Camp
Register Now!!
Tall Oaks is accepting registrations at this link. Saint Andrew offers a 50% scholarship to all SACC families.  Please see the camp table in the Hearth Room or contact the office for the scholarship code.

Rolling River Rampage VBS

Learn all about our upcoming Vacation Bible School.  Complete a registration form to attend (preschool - 5th grade), sign up for Volunteer Opportunities and/or check out our Donation Requests. Registration forms also available here. Join the ride of a lifetime!

Women's Ministries
Ladies Night Out
May 22
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe
Please note date change - we are now meeting on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

SAGE Wine & Cheese
May 11
7pm at the Home of Bob & Jodi Dinkins
Bring an appetizer and a local wine or beer.  12741 S. Constance St., Olathe, KS  66062. Home of Bob and Jodi Dinkins. (913-397-8891). Looking forward to seeing anyone who is interested in ecology!
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 Training
May 15, 6:30-8:30pm
St. Paul's UMC
The next IHN training will be Tuesday, May 15, 6:30-8:30.  It will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7740 Lackman Rd., Shawnee, KS.  St. Paul’s is one of the congregations which supports Saint Andrew with hosting.  Questions?  Call the Family Center at 913-345-2121.

IHN Annual Dinner & Auction
Save JUNE 14, 2018 for IHN’s 7th Annual dinner/auction, held at the Overland Park Convention Center, 600 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS. Let’s make Saint Andrew a significant presence!

Help to empower situationally homeless families and single women by attending IHN’s only fundraising event.  Enjoy a casual evening with a delicious dinner, 2 top-shelf drinks, games, silent and live auction at the cost of $75 per attendee. Sign-up sheet and brochures are available in the hearth room.  

Register, including names of attendees.
        1) online at jocoihn.org/auction
        2) mailing checks to the IHN Family Center, 6315 W. 110th St., Overland Park, KS  66211
Deadline is May 25, 2018.

Hand of Welcome Updates and Ways You Can Make a Difference
*  Volunteer with Catholic Charities as an ESL tutor, Citizenship tutor, or help with new arrival move-ins.  For more information, contact Judi Barkema at jabarkema@gmail.com
*  Help Congolese refugees learn English through the social justice ministry at Metropolitan Avenue United Methodist Church.  Weekend and weekday opportunities to volunteer from one hour a week to one hour a month, ending in mid-June.  Contact Judi Barkema (jabarkema@gmail.com) for more information.
*   Catholic Charities has a new TurnStyles thrift store location at 135th and Nieman.  They welcome shoppers and donations of gently used items. 

Thank you to everyone who signed up for CSA shares with our farm family.  We look forward to farm produce and Ramat, Habay and Swa Dit’s cheerful greetings on Sunday mornings starting in late May.

U.S. refugee resettlements so far this fiscal year are VERY LOW.  Sharon Stanley-Rea from the Disciples Home Ministry shared in a recent newsletter:  “As we approach the "half year" for refugee resettlement in this fiscal year on March 31st...the U.S. has resettled less than 10,000 refugees (not even 20%) of our national 45,000 admissions goal for fiscal year 2018!  Already, this 45,000 annual goal is the LOWEST in our nation's resettlement history, at a time when there are over 22 million refugees worldwide.”
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
Telephone: 913.764.5888  |  Fax: 913.764.4692  |  Email: office@sacchome.org