December 20, 2018​

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am

Education 9:30am
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Scripture:  Luke 1:39-56

I’ve got news for people who are attached to the image of Mary “pure and lowly,” or Mary “meek and mild.” As it happens… Mary was a radical feminist.

That whole doe-eyed, blushing bride deal was manufactured by some combination of cable tv; the mainstream white-people hymnal; and early puritanical Church fathers who were uncomfortable with women in general, and their bodies in particular. But Mary was not a silent vessel, or even a passively compliant bystander in the miraculous birth of Christ. She was a revolutionary: and we’ve got a hymn of praise, in her own voice, to show for it.

It’s widely referred to as the “Magnificat,” this passage in Luke 1 where Mary responds to the angel Gabriel. But like the words of so many women in scripture, this segment often gets sanitized and edited in common liturgy. The most popular versions of the song tend to focus on the whole “my soul gives glory to my God” thing; often bypassing the edgier parts about “sending the rich away empty” and “throwing the powerful down from their thrones.” We can treat it like a Christmas carol all we want, but come on. That’s a protest song.

Then again… who says a protest song can’t also be a Christmas carol?

Join us Sunday as Lea Young’s wonderful storytelling helps us hear Mary’s words with fresh ears. We continue our Advent sermon series, “Go Tell It,” so I’m thinking about how Mary found her voice-- and used it to change the world. How do we find our voices? Who are some of the leaders, teachers, friends and family who have led you to find your voice, and given you the courage to use it? What people and populations struggle the most to find their voices? And how does the story of Mary’s faithful response call us to give voice to others?

The Sunday before Christmas is always a big day for us at Saint Andrew. There will be a full house, wonderful music, and a joyful spirit. Come early, and be ready to greet new friends who are worshiping with us for the first time. Be mindful that for many people, coming to church—any church—for the first time, takes a monumental act of courage. I look forward to sharing the story of one of the most courageous women of all time, and remembering that her good news is still ours to share.


Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday
9:30am         Adult EducationFriends Hall
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, Lower Level & Second Level Classrooms
                     Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
12:00pm       IHN Set Up
This Week at Saint Andrew
Dec 24        Christmas Eve Services, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
Dec 25-26   Church Office Closed
Dec 30        Sunday School 9:30am, Worship 10:45 (no 8:30 service)
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties.   We pray for Greg Rieke.  Greg's step-father, Bert Gordon, passed away this week.

At our Annual Congregational Meeting, the search committees for our Interim Pastor and Settle Pastor were announced.  The committees are:
Interim Pastor
Darin Seidel, Personnel Committee
Dan Mueller, Finance Committee
David Graham, Past Moderator
Doug Helgeson, Vice Moderator
At-Large: Debra Johnson, Karen MacGee, Cheryl Darlington, Brian Foster, Cheri Tabel

Settled Pastor
Kathy Marian, Personnel Committee
Alan Barkema, Finance Committee
Maureen Foster, Past Moderator
Tom Laing, Vice Moderator
At-Large:  Mark Dugan, Jackson Tabel, Marti Johnson, Alex Morse, Pam Hamilton

Dear Saint Andrew Family Members,
As we approach the Christmas holiday and the end of the year it is a time when many of us reflect upon the past year and express our thanks for those who are near and dear to us.  In addition to our families, I know many of us are thankful for our Saint Andrew family as well.  This year we can express our thanks with a holiday/year end thank you gift to all the staff who work so hard all year to make Saint Andrew the great place it is.

Many churches recognize the important work of the church staff through a year-end gift given by the congregation via a special collection. The Leadership Circle has decided this would be the best way to show our staff how much we appreciate all they do for us. 

On Sunday, December 23rd, we will have a special collection for the Saint Andrew staff and members can make a financial contribution. Contributions can also be mailed to the church.   Please mark your check with “SACC Staff” on the memo line.  The contributions will be pooled and evenly divided among the staff.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Maureen Foster
Moderator, Leadership Circle
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
9:30 am, Friends Hall
This Sunday, we will finish up our discussion of "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. " Saint Andrew youth will join us  of to discuss the story that C.S. Lewis wrote for Advent. For everyone who missed last week's Adult Ed viewing of the video, you can still watch it on You Tube:

On December 30th we will have a service project for children, youth and adults during our education hour. We will be making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for City Union Mission. These sandwiches are used as a second helping during regular meals, as a source of food for those who need to eat something with their medications, as part of a sack lunch for those who have jobs and don’t qualify for the residential program and for other non-residents who come looking for food throughout the day and  night. 
We will use an assembly line approach to making these sandwiches, so there will be something for everyone to do. Prior to or on that Sunday we need the following items:
•    White Bread
•    Peanut Butter – Smooth/Creamy 
•    Jelly – Grape is preferred.
•    Sandwich Bags (Zip closure preferred)

We have an online sign up form for these items or a paper sign up form in the hearth room. 

Our goal is to make 250 sandwiches, so I hope to see you there!

Year End Giving & 2018 Pledge Reminder
Saint Andrew is continuing to experience a shortfall in revenue for 2018 vs. our yearly plan. With year end fast approaching, please take a moment to review your giving and catch up on any outstanding pledges. In order for your contribution to appear on your 2018 Giving Statement, it must be received in the church office by 12pm on December 31.  Thank you!

Get more enjoyment from your morning coffee!
Everything tastes better in a Saint Andrew mug.  And now you have the opportunity to help the church and find a unique gift for everyone on your shopping list.
For a limited time only you can own a Saint Andrew mug for the low, low price of 2 for $5.00!  Your purchase will help free up space and cover the cost of the mug purchase. Mugs will be available for purchase in Friends Hall.  Buy yours today! 

We’re seeking Devotional Writers 
Do you love to write? Can you share how God’s presence has been revealed in your ordinary life experiences? Our Weekly Devotionals are emailed out every Wednesday. If you enjoy inspirational writing and would like to join our team of writers, contact Denise. We’ll schedule you to write one or two devotionals over the course of the year. Please respond by December 20 if you’re interested!

Calling all bakers!
Epiphany is January 6 and we need cupcakes for our Epiphany Fair in children’s Sunday School! If you would enjoy baking some cupcakes for this special celebration, please contact Denise.  Thank you!

Intergenerational Book Club
January 13, 3pm
Youth Room
All ages are invited to attend!  We will discuss the book The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt.  Meet in the Youth Room at 3pm, Sunday, January 13.  Please bring a snack to share.  Questions?  Contact Crysta Baier.

Men's Breakfast
We gather the first & third Tuesday of every month, 7:30am at Ginger Sue's (14178 W 119th St).  Due to the holidays, our next breakfast will be January 15.  All Saint Andrew men are welcome.  We hope you'll join us.
"This is your..." 2019 Stewardship Campaign Update
The Stewardship Committee would like to thank everyone for a successful pledge campaign.  We received over $498,000 in pledges for 2019 toward out goal of $550,000. We are so thankful for your generosity and commitment to Saint Andrew!

Your pledges and gifts help build and sustain our church and our mission to seek God, create community and practice justice.

If you haven't pledged yet, we would really appreciate additional pledges and you can contact Debbi Adams in the church office at with your pledge.

Also, a big thanks to Mark Harmon for the pledge goal display in the Hearth Room!
General Assembly Resolution
By unanimous consent, the Saint Andrew Leadership Circle has agreed to co-sponsor "OFFERING SANCTUARY TO, AND RECEIVING THE GIFTS OF, TRANSGENDER AND GENDER-DIVERSE PEOPLE," a proposed resolution which will be submitted to our denomination’s General Assembly for consideration. If accepted, it will be added to the business docket and presented and voted upon at the July 2019 meeting of the General Assembly, to be held in Des Moines, Iowa. This resolution reminds the Assembly that Resolution #1327 (approved in 2015) included a commitment to welcome and affirm the faith and spiritual gifts of transgender and gender-diverse people; and calls upon the church to “produce resources for biblical-theological study, pastoral care best practices, and best practices for institutional inclusion concerning transgender and gender-diverse people and their families.” Further, it calls upon all expressions of the church to embody God’s welcome through education, shifts in institutional language and practice, and cultivation of trusting relationships with transgender and gender-diverse people and their families. Saint Andrew joins at least 20 Disciples of Christ churches in presenting this resolution.  We will keep you updated on its progress. You’ll also be seeing more information about General Assembly, which takes place July 20-24. A road trip may be in the works!
Children & Youth Ministries
Dec 23        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Dec 30        Sunday School, 9:30am, Friends Hall

Dec 23        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classroom
                    IHN Set Up & Lunch, immediately after worship
Dec 30        Sunday School, 9:30am, Friends Hall
Jan 4 - 6     CYF Midwinter Retreat, Tall Oaks Conference Center
Jan 13        Inter-Generational Book Club, 3pm, Youth Room

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 early next year!
Women's Ministries
Wise Women
January 10, 7pm
Friends Hall
Creating Peace In Your Space with Joanie Nicholas
If you are tired of living in a home that makes you feel stressed instead of refreshed this workshop is for you! Our lives have stages and what we keep in our homes should reflect and support our current place in life. We’ll explore the mindset shifts that will allow you to let go of items that no longer serve you and you’ll learn some great organizing tips to keep your house in order. Come be inspired to open your space, your mind, and your heart to discover what God put you on earth to accomplish. 

Home Organizing Coach Joanie Nicholas takes a holistic approach to helping Kansas Citians transform their cluttered homes into peaceful sanctuaries by integrating physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects into her work. For over 20 years she has guided her clients in creating lasting, positive changes to their space.

Ladies Night Out
We will not meet in December.  Mark your calendar for 2019 date - when we will start meeting on the 4th Thursday of every month.  Hope see you on January 24 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, 
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. 

IHN Host Week - December 23 - 30
If you would like to fix a meal, do some laundry or help tear down, please contact Jodi Dinkins.
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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