May 2, 2019
Youth Sunday, May 5, 2019
Worship: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Education 9:30 am
Third Sunday of Easter

Scripture: Psalm 139: 14-15 

Join us for Youth led services this Sunday May 5th. Our youth explore the theme "True colors" based on the Cyndi Lauper song of the same name. With great youth performing powerful music, sharing their faith, and coming to the table it will surely be a wonderful day of worship for everyone!

Rev. Chuck Pickrel, Youth Minister


Last week's sermon is available HERE.
VBS Fair
This Sunday, May 5, stop by the VBS table and pick up a treat and learn all about To Mars and Beyond VBS! Register to attend, volunteer to help, make a donation!
VBS (Vacation Bible School) is June 10-14.
Registration and payment can be done online HERE.
A note from our Muslim friends
Our brothers and sisters at the Johnson County Islamic Center brought flowers to Saint Andrew this past Sunday in reaction to the Easter Sunday bombings of churches in Sri Lanka. With the flowers came the following note:

The Muslim community here in Overland Park, Olathe, and Kansas City, want to express our extreme grief at the loss of the innocent lives in Sri Lanka on a sacred day and in  sacred places of worship! We strongly condemn these acts of violence.

We all stand in solidarity with our Christian brothers & sisters during this painful time! We love you and cherish you. We will support you, always!

With love, Friends of the Muslim Community
View Strangers in Town
Please take half an hour to view Strangers in Town about Garden City, Kansas and its success in building community with thousands of immigrants and refugees coming to work in the beef packing industry. In a time of so much negative news about immigrants this is a word of hope and encouragement. You can watch it at
Ramadan Breaking the Fast Dinner - May 16
Please join us for a Ramadan Dinner at Saint Andrew provided by our friends at the Dialog Institute. The reception of our Muslim friends will begin at 7:30 pm with a sharing of their cultural traditions. The dinner will begin at 8:20 pm sundown. Child care will be provided. If you have not already done so please RSVP for planning purposes.
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. Please Pray for: Andrea McGregor and her family, her step mother passed away last week and Judy Frazier's sister-in-law, Bonnie, who has just been diagnosed with colon cancer.

Thank You!
Thanks to everyone who supported our El Higueral efforts with contributions to the Easter offering. We collected over $5,000 to support our sister community! If you are interested in learning more about El Higueral you are invited to attend an Informational Meeting on Sunday, May 19 at 9:30am in Room 102. For more information contact Ann Karasek.

If you have a prayer request you can fill out a Prayer Request Form that goes to the clergy staff.

Camp Scholarship & Mission Trip Fundraiser!
Thanks to your generosity, we offer a 50% scholarship to SACC kids attending summer camp at Tall Oaks. 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! (You may also make your payment online HERE.) These experiences are not only FUN, they’re also spiritually formative for our young people! THANK YOU for supporting the children and youth of Saint Andrew Christian Church!
This Sunday
VBS Fair
9:30am       Adult Education, Friends Hall
                   Children & Youth Sunday School, Upper & Basement Level Classrooms
                   Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
Noon          Grief: A Living Experience with Jody Gyulay, Room 102
4:00           Angels, Room 204
                  SURJ, Sr. Pastor's Office
This Week at Saint Andrew​
May 3       Women's Retreat, Tall Oaks, 5pm-4pm Saturday
May 4      Youth Sunday Prep Lock-In, Youth Room, 6pm-8am Sunday
May 6      Personnel Committee Meeting, Sr. Pastor's Office, 7pm
May 7      Men's Breakfast, Ginger Sue's, 7:30pm
                Pastor's Class, Room 204, 6pm
May 8      Prepare a meal for Center of Grace, 3pm
                SAY (grades 9-12) at Panera, 5-7pm
May 9      Wise Women, Friends Hall, 7pm 
Upcoming Events
9:30 am, Friends Hall
Refugee Journey: Syria with Brian Cline & Cathy Thomas
Experience what a Syrian refugee might encounter when fleeing violence and searching for a peaceful place to call home. A thought provoking experience for youth and adults.

Make plans and RSVP today!

We will be selling 6 different plants that aid the survival rate of Monarchs. The cost is $6/each. More information in the SAGE section.

If you are new to our community we invite you to join Rev. René Jensen and Rev. Mark Harmon for an informal time to get to know each other a little better and answer any questions you may have about Saint Andrew. We will gather in the Sr. Pastor’s Office at 9:30 am. Please to let us know you are coming. Childcare available.

Our relationship with El Higueral has been an integral part of our church since almost the beginning of our existence. It has been a history that has enriched both them and us as a community and as individuals. We have grown and changed as has the Salvadoran community. On May 19th at 9:30am, Room 102, we will meet to take a look at where we have been together, what we have accomplished and how our relationship has evolved. We will consider our long term goals, and the vision we have for this relationship. We hope you will join us for this discussion.

July 20-24
Des Moines IA
Make plans now to join other Disciples of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa, for service, fun, worship and educational opportunities. And, Saint Andrew is co-sponsoring Resolution GA-1929: An Invitation to Education for Welcoming and Receiving the Gifts of Transgender and Gender-Diverse People. Join us to support this resolution! It’s so close this time, we should be able to have a large contingent of Saint Andrew folks attending! More information is available at
Children & Youth Ministries
May 5      VBS Fair, Hearth Room after services
                Sunday School, Upper Classrooms, 9:30am
                Angels, Room 204, 4-6pm
May 7      Pastor's Class, Room 204, 6pm
May 12   Angel's Rose Sale, after services
               Sunday School, Upper Classrooms, 9:30am

May 4-5   Lock-In, Youth Room, 7pm-Sunday after services
May 5      Youth Sunday, 8:30 & 10:45am
                 NO evening Youth Group
May 8      SAY at Panera, 5-7pm
May 12    Sunday School, Basement Level Classrooms. 9:30am 
               Chi Rho & SAY, Friends Hall, 4-6pm

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Online Registration Available!
June 10-14
Get ready to explore where God’s power can take you! To Mars and Beyond will be landing in Saint Andrew June 10 – 14! Friends are always welcome! Register online HERE. Paper registration forms are available in the Hearth Room.
Women's Ministries​
Saint Andrew Women’s Retreat, May 3-4
with Rev. Kerry Waller Dueholm
Please join us for our annual retreat! Our own Kerry Waller Dueholm will be our keynote presenter. Kerry grew up at Saint Andrew; she is an ordained Disciples minister and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. The retreat is a wonderful time to get away, get acquainted with Saint Andrew women, and spend some time with God in the beautiful outdoors at Tall Oaks Conference Center! Brochures are available at this link you may Register HERE.

May 9
7:00pm, Friends Hall
Our Relationship with Food: It's Complicated with Shana Arnhold
A discussion about the complex influences that shape our feelings toward food and our bodies. We will examine the conventional medical approach to “health” and its shortcomings, as well as a different approach that is gaining recognition and delivering lasting health benefits--the anti-diet movement.

Shana Arnhold is a Physician Assistant in gastroenterology who has been practicing in the KC area since 2007. In the quest to help people live healthier lives, she began a Health Improvement Program through the practice but soon discovered that she (and conventional medicine in general) didn’t have the tools needed to help facilitate positive long-term change. Unsatisfied with just allowing patients to struggle, she dove into the psychological aspects of healthy behaviors, sought the help of local professionals, and co-authored a book called FREE TO BE: The non-diet approach to peace with food and body, which aims to help people adjust their mindset to free themselves from the confines of dieting forever.  

May 23
7:00pm, Spin Pizza
We meet on the 4th Thursday of every month. Hope see you, 7:00pm at Spin Pizza in 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 bags of bird seed can be placed in the marked space in Friends Hall.

May 19
We are having a pollinator plant sale on May 19th, after both services.
We will be selling six species of plants:
Nectar plants: Catmint, Blue Salvia, Phlox, Rudebeckia and Agastacia
Host plants: Asclepius Tuberosa (orange bloom), Parsley and Dill.
These plants help the survival rate of Monarchs and will cost $6/each.

CLEAN WATER - 884 million people around the world do not know, on a daily basis, where they will get water. This affects the lives of girls, in particular, charged with finding and bringing water to their homes. Many spend hours each day doing this, preventing them from attending schools or working to support families.
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. 

There are additional Mission Reports in the Hearth Room and online HERE.

We will have a meeting at 9:30 am in Room 102 to discuss our mission, goals and plans for El Higueral. This meeting is for anyone who is interested in attending.

June 27
SAVE THE DATE! IHN’s Annual Charity Dinner and Auction is IHN's only fundraiser. It will be held on June 27, 5:00pm at Overland Park Convention Center. Sign up and reservations due by June 7. Sign-up will be available in the Hearth Room. - Purchase your tickets online or pick up a mail-in brochure in the Hearth Room. Be sure to sign the sign-up sheet so we know who is attending. Can Saint Andrew fill more than 1 table of ten? Challenge! More info and to purchase a ticket follow this LINK.

From the Church Office
We are now using a Google Drive site to provide Saint Andrew members with monthly financial reports, Leadership Circle minutes, and access to other important SACC documents. If you would like access to these documents, please email

SACC Introduces New Church Management Software
We’re excited to announce our updated church management software – Shelby Next. Shelby Next makes it possible for you to view your own personal account (including your financial history beginning with January 2018), church directory and the church calendar. Also, we now have easy online giving options. All SACC members and regular attenders were emailed their log in credentials this week.-- If you missed your email or need assistance accessing your account, please contact Debbi Adams, Church Administrator.
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