Weekly Connection - February 21, 2019
Sunday, February 24, 2019

Worship: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Education 9:30 am
Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

Scripture: Luke 6:27-38

This is one of those tough teachings, that truth be told, we struggle to understand. Sometimes we'd rather just ignore this one. Loving our enemies goes against all conventional logic! Shouldn't we at the very least protect ourselves from our enemies...and at most...what? "Neutralize" them? Obviously, that's not what Jesus is calling us to. But, Jesus does more than call in this passage. He teaches. He gives us examples. He shows us how to love our enemies -- if we have ears to hear, and hearts to listen, and the courage to act.

See you Sunday,

Music this Sunday: 8:30 Kristy Blomquist, Aaron Heilman & Cindy Egger-Farris
10:45 Sara Kurtz, Tom Laing, Marti Johnson (soloists), Janice Rawlings (flute), Rachael Rule (piano) & Saint Andrew Choir

Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday
9:30am         Adult Education, Friends Hall
                     Youth & Children's Sunday School, Lower Level & Second Level Classrooms
                     Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary  
                     Muffins with the Ministers, Sr. Pastor's Office
3:00pm        Caregiver Support Group, Sr. Pastor's Office
4:00pm        Angels, Room 204
                    Storytellers Group Meeting, Sanctuary
                    NO Youth Group Meeting   
This Week at Saint Andrew​
Feb 22     Church Life Committee Meeting. Friends Hall, 1pm
                SAGE Wine & Cheese Party/Meeting, Dinkins' Home, 7pm
Feb 25    Leadership Circle Meeting, Friends Hall, 7pm
Feb 26    SAY Meeting @ Panera, 5-7pm
               Pastoral Partners Meeting, Friends Hall, 6:30pm
Feb 27   Children's Ministry Committee Meeting, Friends Hall, 6:30pm
Feb 28   Ladies Night Out, Spin Pizza Olathe, 7pm
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties.

Thank You!
We appreciated the many people who prayed, sent cards, supplied food, and inquired how things were going after my recent surgery. It really reminded us what a caring community Saint Andrew is. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Linda and Allen Peyton
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
Ecology and Feminism with Mary Silwance
Mary Silwance, a former English teacher, is an environmental educator, feminist, poet, blogger (tonicwild.blogspot.com), and activist, will facilitate a discussion on the intersection of feminism and ecology. How and why does environmental degradation disproportionally impact women? Rooted in the belief that addressing our environmental and human desecration is spiritual work, Mary seeks a lifestyle aligned with justice, and she investigates personal and communal complicity with unjust systems through her blog.
Mary had been the Farm to School Coordinator for DeLaSalle high school and the Program Director for Green Works in Kansas City, and she is currently the Green Stewards Crew Leader for Bridging The Gap. She also gardens, writes award-winning poetry, tries to parent her three daughters with mind and heart, and speaks on environmental issues to whoever will listen. More about Mary on her website: https://www.marysilwance.net/

Week of Compassion
February 24
This will be the last Sunday we are collecting for Week of Compassion, 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 Sunday. Make your check payable to Saint Andrew and write WOC on the memo line. Read more about Week of Compassion HERE.

Muffins with the Ministers
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

Meet & Greet Our New Interim Pastor
March 3
9:30am, Friends Hall
Meet & Greet our Interim Pastor Rev. René Jensen. If you haven’t had the chance to meet René, here’s your opportunity! Grab a cup of coffee and join us in Friends Hall during our Adult Ed time to introduce yourself and chat with our new Interim Pastor.

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.

Wednesday Night Lent Dinner & Study
March 13-April 10
6:00-7:30pm, Friends Hall
A Serious Look at Hard Questions – What does it mean to forgive? How do I reconcile my faith with scientific knowledge? Is the God of the Hebrew Bible different from the God of the New Testament? These are just a few of the questions that you might wrestle with – especially when you are talking to someone who is coming from a different theological or philosophical position. On Wednesday evenings during Lent, we will be taking a serious look at the hard questions of faith that we’re all faced with. This will be a time to seek understanding, not uniformity in belief, and to become better equipped to engage in meaningful discussions on these topics.
The evening will begin with soup and bread, followed by a short video and then small group discussions about the topics. All ages are welcome!
Put it on your calendars and RSVP today - let us know how many are coming and if you would like to bring soup, bread or dessert on one of the study nights. You can also sign up in the Hearth Room on Sunday.

Wise Women - Men Invited
March 14
7:00pm, Friends Hall
Human Rights Violations in Turkey: Mothers and Children in Turkish Prisons
This is open to the public and men are invited. More information in the Women's section below.

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 24       Sunday School, 9:30am, Upper Classrooms
                  Angels, 4-6pm, Room 204
Mar 3        Camp Promotion Sunday
                 Sunday School, 9:30am, Upper Classrooms                 

Feb 24       Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                   No Evening Youth Groups
Feb 26       SAY Meeting @ Panera, 5-7pm
Mar 3         Camp Promotion Sunday
                  Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                  Youth Group Meeting, Friends Hall, 4-6pm

Camp Promotion Sunday
March 3
We love Tall Oaks summer camp! On March 3, we'll be talking about camp in Sunday School and worship. Pick up a treat in the Hearth Room and find all you need to get signed up! If you have a Tall Oaks Camp t-shirt, please wear it on March 3!

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​

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!

Wise Women
Human Rights Violations in Turkey: Mothers and Children in Turkish Prisons
March 14
7:00pm, Friends Hall
The public is invited to join Saint Andrew and our Turkish friends in learning about Human Rights violations and the plight of mothers and children in Turkish prisons. Our interesting, esteemed guest speaker is Tom Nanny, an Associate Professor at UMKC School of Law where he teaches Global Legal Systems, Introduction to Islamic Law, and International Human Rights. Tom holds a BA in Religion from Dartmouth College, and MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and a JD from UCLA. Additionally, stories and pictures of mothers and children in Turkish prisons will be shared. Child care will be provided along with coffee, tea, and light refreshments. We hope both men and women can join us at Saint Andrew for this meaningful experience.

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.

SAGE Wine & Cheese
February 22
7pm | home of Bob & Jodi Dinkins
Grab your wine and snacks! The next SAGE Wine & Cheese night will be February 22nd at 7pm at the Dinkins' house, 12741 S Constance St, Olathe, KS, 66062. Bring a bottle of wine and an appetizer to share. Consider bringing local wines - from wineries in Kansas or an adjacent state. I encourage you to invite others to this meeting if you think they would be interested and haven't been to a SAGE event before.
We have a few topics to discuss:
2019 planning | Columbarium update | Possible birdhouse build with youth or other activity | Next meeting time/place | I'm planning an "eco-contest" for SAGE members, more info on that at the meeting | SAGE library | New SAGE page of upcoming SACC website | Any other business.
Looking forward to seeing everyone. -- Alex Waller, SAGE Chair
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.

14th Annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinner - Service in a Time of Turbulence
March 28
6:00pm; UMKC Student Union, 401
A large interfaith event is taking place which is supported by our Mission Budget.
On March 28th the Dialogue Institute of Kansas City holds its 14th annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner and Awards ceremony at UMKC from 6-8:30. Devoted to promoting "mutual understanding and respect among people of diverse faiths and cultures”, this large dinner and program provides an opportunity to connect with a variety people in the Kansas City area with similar goals. The invitation below provides the details. As a bronze level sponsor, Saint Andrew receives 8 tickets to this event. If you are interested in going, please call Beth Rieke at 913-980-6891.
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 Debbi@sacchome.org.
13890 W. 127th Street Olathe, KS 66062
Telephone: 913.764.5888  |  Fax: 913.764.4692  |  Email: office@sacchome.org