February 14, 2019​
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Worship: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Education 9:30 am
Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Scripture: Acts 15: 1-36

What Kind of Church Are We?

Many of us who have more than a passing relationship with the Bible are familiar with the story of the Council of Jerusalem. The participants in that event would not likely have called it a council. It was less like a corporate board meeting and more like a spirited conversation among people of good faith who had serious disagreements about a serious challenge to their unity and mission. Had one side or the other “won,” it is unlikely that the Church as we experience it today would exist.

This story has several important messages for us as Disciples of Christ as “a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.” I am so pleased to have the privilege of exploring that with you during worship on February 17th. Instead of a traditional sermon, I want to invite you to participate in a form of engagement that mirrors the lesson from Acts.

As Saint Andrew Disciples of Christ discern how the Spirit is leading among you in this time of transition your sister congregations are in prayer with you. You enjoy an honored reputation among us, and we share with you the conviction that the one “who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6b)

Bill Rose-Heim
Rev. Bill Rose-Heim serves as Regional Minister and President with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Greater Kansas City.

Music this Sunday: 8:30 Cindy Egger-Farris & 10:45 Saint Andrew Choir

Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
Interim Search Update
On Monday the Interim Search committee presented an interim pastor recommendation to the Leadership Circle. Leadership Circle approved the recommendation of Rev. René Jensen to serve as interim pastor.

Next steps:
  1. Meet & Greet, Saturday, February 16, 3:00-5:00pm, Friends Hall
    Please stop by to meet and welcome René and her husband.
  2. Congregational Meeting, Sunday, February 17, after second service in the Sanctuary. The congregation will vote on the recommendation of René as interim pastor.
Meet Rev. René Jensen:
René is a 4th generation Disciple growing up in a small congregation in East Texas. René attended Phillips University in Enid, OK where she met her husband Rev. Rick Jensen – a native of the Kansas City area. After graduating from the Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, René spent several years working as a social worker before responding to a call to ministry. René earned her M.Div degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana and has served churches in Indiana and Nebraska in co-pastor and Senior Pastor Roles. René has also been active in the broader church, serving on the Board of Directors of Church Extension from 1992-1998. Most recently René has filled interim pastorates at Red Rock Christian Church in Boise, Idaho and Coolwater Christian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. René comes with strong references highlighting her leadership, creativity, and skill in preaching and leading worship.

René and Rick will celebrate 48 years of marriage later this year, and have two children and three grandchildren including twins. After a 2-month long, 13,000 mile cross-country journey covering 32 states visiting family and friends, René and Rick have settled in Shawnee, Kansas where Rick grew up. They look forward to renewing friendships, rediscovering the Kansas City area, and rooting for the Chiefs and the Royals.
Everyone will have an opportunity to drop by Friends Hall on Saturday, February 16th from 3:00-5:00pm to meet Rev. René Jensen. On Sunday, February 17th we will have a congregational meeting at the conclusion of the 10:45am service to vote to extend a call for René to serve as our interim minister.

Click a LINK below to read some sample sermons from Rev. René Jensen:
This Sunday
9:30am         Adult EducationFriends Hall
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, Lower Level & Second Level Classrooms
                     Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary  
11:45am       Congregational Meeting, Sanctuary
9:00pm         Youth Group to Emerald City Lock-In
This Week at Saint Andrew
Feb 16      Meet & Greet Interim Sr. Pastor, Friends Hall, 3-5pm
Feb 18      Mission Team Meeting, off-site, 5:30pm
Feb. 19     El Higueral Trip (Feb. 19-27)
                 Men's Breakfast, Ginger Sue's, 7:30am
                 SAY Meeting @ Panera, 5-7pm
                 Leadership Circle Meeting, Friends Hall, 7:00pm
Feb 20      Women's Retreat Planning Meeting, Friends Hall, 5:30pm
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties. Please pray for: Brandy Seidel's grandfather who was hospitalized and David Graham’s brother-in-law who was hospitalized.
Important Note
Our Church Administrator, Debbi Adams, is out of the office for approximately six weeks while she recovers from surgery. During this time, Gerald Hiller will be covering Debbi's financial duties. If you have a question about financial concerns, please direct it to Gerald, hillerge@aol.com. If you have any other office questions, please contact Patty@sacchome.org.
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
9:30 am, Friends Hall
The Search Process: Senior Pastor with Rev. Bill Rose-Heim - 
Hear what to expect during our transition and search for a new Senior Pastor. Rev. Rose-Heim is the Regional Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Greater Kansas City and has served in ministry for thirty-five years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has served in emergency services as a first responder and planner and held office in city government.

Week of Compassion
February 17-24
We will be participating in the annual Week of Compassion offering on February 17 & 24. Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. Our offerings enable Week of Compassion to respond immediately when disaster strikes locally and around the world; as well as supporting ongoing efforts to help change lives for the better. Put your Compassion into Action. Be a part of life-changing stories by donating on February 17 & 24. Make your check payable to Saint Andrew and write WOC on the memo line. Read more about Week of Compassion HERE

Muffins with the Minister
February 24
9:30 am, Pastor's Office
If you are new to our community, OR if you've been around a while but want to learn more about us, we invite you to join Rev. Denise Dugan and Rev. Mark Harmon for coffee and muffins. This is an informal time to get to know each other a little better and answer any questions you may have about Saint Andrew. The Pastor's office is down the hall from the kitchen -- ask anyone to show you the way! Please rsvp here to let us know you are coming. Childcare is available.

Caregiver Support Group
February 24
3:00pm, Sr. Pastor's Office
Caring for our loved ones is certainly a labor of love, but it can also be frightening and challenging. Too often caregivers either deny their own needs or have nowhere to turn for support. If you are a caregiver in need of support, please join me in the Senior Pastor’s Office at 3:00 pm on February 24th. This will be a time to share the struggles of caregiving with others who understand what you are experiencing. Most importantly, it will be an opportunity to build a support network and to identify ways in which others in this faith community can share your burden. - In Peace, Mark

Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner
March 5
5-7pm, Friends Hall
Celebrate with us at this annual pancake feast prepared by the Saint Andrew men! Enjoy tasty pancakes (and more), along with live music from Darin Seidel, and games and crafts for the kids. Please sign up in the Hearth Room or RSVP for planning purposes. We will kick-off the Shoe Donation Drive for Washington Elementary -- Shoe sizes needed are sizes 2-5. The school prefers new shoes (Payless is a great place). Socks and small gift cards of $10-15 to HyVee or Target would also be greatly appreciated and accepted as well. Questions? Contact Brian Cline, bwcline70@gmail.com.

Ash Wednesday Options
March 6
  • Ashes and Joe to-go: 7-9am; Park on the circle drive; we’ll be by the door (weather permitting) with ashes and a cup of coffee to go. If it’s too cold, you can find us inside.
  • Evening Service: 7pm; Family friendly service, nursery provided.

General Assembly of the Christian Church
July 20-24
Des Moines IA
Imagine this: Worship that lifts your soul. Stories that touch your heart. Educational resources to assist your congregation in ministry. Conversations that stretch your mind. Messages that call you to action. Connections that remind you that God’s family is bigger than a local congregation. All this and more in five short days! It's a good idea to register early and reserve housing. Early Bird registration ends March 31, 2019. For more information and to register go to this LINK.
Children & Youth Ministries
Feb 17        Sunday School, 9:30am Upper Classrooms 
                   Children's Choir, 10:20-10:40, Room 202/203
Feb 24       Sunday School, 9:30am, Upper Classrooms
                   Angels, 4-6pm, Room 204

Feb 17        Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                   Youth Group to Emerald City, 9pm-7am Monday, Feb 18
Feb 19       SAY Tuesday night meeting @ Panera, 5-7pm 
Feb 24       Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                   No Evening Youth Groups

Vacation Bible School – SAVE THESE DATES!
VBS will be June 10-14, 2019. We’re super excited about our theme – To Mars and Beyond! Watch for more information coming soon!
Women's Ministries

Wise Women - Men Invited!
7pm, Friends Hall
Love is the Core of it all - Even in Anger and Hurt; How can we Speak and Act with Love even in Painful Times with Jody Gyulay, PhD. Life and Love are easy when things go well. Tough times are the true test. Mindfulness brings us to this present moment to consciously think, talk and act as the loving beings we were created to be.

Jody is a long-time member of Saint Andrew. She is a retired hospice/palliative nurse and grief therapist. Jody loves people, kids, reading, cooking (and eating!), her dog, Mollie, nature, walking, snow, word scramble … briefly life!~~

Please join us for an informative evening. We'll have wine and chocolate!

Ladies Night Out
February 28
7:00pm, Spin Pizza
We meet on the 4th Thursday of every month.  Hope see you, 7:00pm at Spin Pizza in Olathe!

Women's Retreat
May 3 - 4, 2019
Save the Date!! Our annual women’s retreat will be May 3-4, 2019 at Tall Oaks Conference Center.  We are thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker is Rev. Kerry Waller Dueholm. Kerry is ordained in the Disciples of Christ and is a Licensed Professional Counselor – and she grew up at Saint Andrew! We’re still working together on the retreat theme. If you’d like to be part of that conversation, please contact Lois Penn, loispenn@yahoo.com. 
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. 

Welcome the Stranger
March 3
Community Christian Church (4601 Main Street, KCMO)
Welcome the Stranger is a gathering to boost awareness of the refugee and immigration crisis at home and abroad. With over 68 million displaced people in the world, we are called to welcome these strangers. Come learn about the people called refugees and how we can help. This is a Come and Go Event for youth groups, families and individuals. There will be food available for purchase from individuals that participated in the New Roots for Refugees program. Please bring cash if you would like to purchase food tickets which will cost $5 or $10 per person. For more information contact Erin Morse, erin.morse.11@gmail.com.
From the Church Office
Community Event of  Interest
Global Warming of Hearts: A Dialogue with Eyyup Esen
February 20
Johnson County Community College, OCB (CoLab)
Discover new ways to promote diversity, inclusion, peace and acceptance. Eyyup Esen, PhD, believes every individual in this world can contribute to the “global warming of hearts.” Join this compelling storyteller and author as he shares accounts of from his new book, “Global Warming of Hearts.” Esen has chronicled people’s stories from all parts of the world who have endured harsh circumstances but still find ways to do good and convey messages of hope.
Esen grew up in Turkey, earned his doctorate degree at the University of Kansas and is currently working on another master’s degree in cross-cultural communication studies.

Message from Debbi:
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 Debbi@sacchome.org.
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