Weekly Connection - March 22, 2018​
Sunday, March 25, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
Palm Sunday

We call it “The Triumphal Entry.” Jesus arrives at the city gates. No entourage but a rag-tag group of disciples; no campaign slogan but a “Hosanna!” and a dusty word from an ancient prophet. He has no vehicle but a borrowed donkey--or maybe a stolen donkey? Kind of depends on who you ask. Which part of this is supposed to be a “triumph,” exactly? Especially when you consider that even those celebrating him in this moment will soon turn and demand he be executed…

It’s kind of a weird day, all around. Do we dance, or do we begin to grieve? Is it a pre-celebration of Easter? Or is it the beginning of the long, dark journey through Holy Week?  The short answer is, yes. Because, as we know—in God’s time, two things can be true at once.

The season of Lent, after all, is an exercise in paradox. It is light and darkness, old and new, suffering and hope, death and eternal life, all bound together in some suspended space of liturgy. Holding all of that, we begin Palm Sunday on a celebratory note, as the children process with palm branches. Our tone will begin to shift gradually though, as we look to the week ahead.

With all the ways our culture tends to idolize weapons and war, it’s important that we remember who Jesus was…and how he came to show us another way. Following the one who comes on a donkey instead of a tank is perhaps the greatest paradox of all. And it might just be the paradox that saves the world.

This is a Shalom Sunday, so the kids will stay in the sanctuary and take part in the story with us. We have an eclectic mix of style and culture—from Bob Dylan to Kurt Cobain, with some hymns and stories you know woven in between. And we may wander a bit from our usual order of service, because this is not a usual Sunday. This is a shifting season; a time to walk through “shadows of change” so that God might do a new thing in us. We share this life of common faith together, whatever lies ahead. And maybe that is all the triumph we need.

Peace, ​​​​​​​

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
                Disciples 101, Sr. Pastor's Office
4:00pm    Youth Group - SAY Only (no Chi Rho), Friends Hall
                Angels, Room 204
This Week at Saint Andrew
March 22    Women's Planning Meeting, 6:30pm, Friends Hall
March 23    Chi Rho Lock-In, 7pm - 9am
March 26    Stewardship Committee Meeting, 6:15pm, Friends Hall
                   Pastoral Partners Meeting, 6:30pm, Barley's
March 27    Bible Study, 7pm, Friends Hall
March 29    Maundy Thursday Service, 7pm, Sanctuary
March 30    Good Friday Service, 7pm, Sanctuary
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 Kathern Tanner's husband, Jonathan, who injured his leg.  Congratulations to Paul & Lisa Bolliger who are expecting their second child.
Upcoming Events
Poor People’s Campaign Faith Assembly
March 24th, 3:00-5:00pm
Community Christian Church
The Poor People’s Campaign is a movement seeking to rejuvenate Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision to eliminate the “triple evils” of racism, economic exploitation and militarism. If you would like to learn more, the Poor People’s Campaign Faith Assembly will be held on Saturday, March 24th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Community Christian Church. In the description of this event, the organizers have described it as a “special day of learning, multi-racial movement building, and strategizing” that will focus on putting new life into this movement here in the greater Kansas City region.

Holy Week & Easter​​​​​​​
Palm Sunday - March 25
Our annual Palm Processionals will take place at the beginning of each service on March 25! Adults, youth and children are invited to participate. Please meet us in the Hearth Room before the service you attend to pick up your palm branch and join us! 

Just so you know -- we order "Eco Palms," which come from communities in Mexico and Guatemala whose harvesting practices minimize the impact on the natural forest. Villagers are paid a fair price, so the added job opportunities and more livable income make it less likely for villagers to cut down the rain forest to establish farms.

Maundy Thursday - March 29
Worship 7pm
This family friendly service invites us to a simple feast, singing, and conversation around tables, perhaps much like the last time Jesus gathered with his friends.  Nursery available. As we gather to share in this symbolic Last Supper, please consider bringing soup or bread to share. Set up and clean up help would also be appreciated. Sign up in the Hearth Room.

Good Friday - March 30
Worship 7pm
Join us for our annual inter-generational service of poetry and song.  Nursery available.​​​​​​​

Holy Saturday - March 31
Work Day, 9am - 1pm
There will be indoor and outdoor projects including: mulching, trimming flower beds, clean windows, clean oven/stove.  We are in need of extra wheel barrels, rakes, clippers/trimmers, and paper bags for trimmings.  Please contact Brandon Adams with questions.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 10am

Easter Sunday - April 1
Sunrise Service 6:30am - We will gather at Heatherstone Park (weather permitting).
Worship 8:30 & 10:45 with Christian Education at 9:30 for children, youth & adults
Children & Youth Ministries
March 25     Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4pm, Room 204
March 31     Easter Egg Hunt, 10am
April 1          Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

March 23      Chi Rho Lock-In, 7pm-9am
March 25      Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                     SAY Only, 4pm, Friends Hall
March 31      Easter Egg Hunt - arrive at 9am to hide eggs
April 1           Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms

Children’s Choir
Children’s Choir rehearsals are held every Sunday in Room 202 for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade, directed by Amy Diediker. Rehearsals will be 10:20 -10:40. We’re rehearsing for performances in worship on April 22 and May 13. See you Sunday!

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!!
The Tall Oaks summer camp discount deadline has changed – it is APRIL 1 this year! Don’t be caught off guard – that’s almost a whole month earlier than usual. Tall Oaks is now 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 code.

Vacation Bible School Dates

Mark your calendars for June 18-22, 9am to noon.  VBS is for preschool through 5th grade children, and we’ll need 6th through 12th graders and adults to sign up to work in activity sites or as group leaders. This year’s theme is Rolling River Rampage: Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God!  

Women's Ministries
Wise Women
April 12
7pm, Friends Hall
"A Lifetime of Art!" with Buck Arnhold
Wise Women is very pleased to showcase Buck Arnhold’s presentation “A Lifetime of Art!” on April 12.  Buck will bring his inspiring art examples from throughout his career to include pieces from first grade!  He will also present an overview of his stunning career as a mural painter, along with a few of his sketchbooks that demonstrate his work from the past through present day  As an added feature, Buck will present a demo in watercolor plus a portrait in pencil or charcoal.  To conclude the presentation Buck will discuss his motivation, his heroes in art and in general things pertaining to his art.  Please join us for an inspiring, joyful and beautiful art program.  Wise Women is a group for women of all ages, and friends are always welcome!

Women's Tea Party
April 15
11:45am, Friends Hall
Saint Andrew Women, please plan to join us after 2nd Service in Friends Hall on April 15. Bring your daughter, mother, grandmother, granddaughter or girlfriend--all ladies ages 4-100 are welcome! Jeanette Hartshorn, Master Gardener, will speak on Butterfly Gardening. Sign up in the Hearth Room to bring sandwiches (cut in fourths), cookies, fruit, & salad. Also set-up and clean-up. (Also let us know if you can bring gluten free sandwiches and cookies as well.) Childcare available by request.

Ladies Night Out
April 24
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe
Please note date change - we are now meeting on the 4th Tuesday of the month.

Women's Retreat
Save the date!  Our annual women's retreat will be May 4 - 5 at Tall Oaks Conference Center.  A brochure with registration form is available here.  Planning Team Chair is 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.  Here is a current Mission Committee Update.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

House of Abraham
House of Abraham can use volunteers almost any day, Wednesday through Saturday, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  (mornings preferred for half day volunteers)  Potential volunteers can go to the following web site to sign up and see how many needed each day.

Volunteer Opportunities 
Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement program uses volunteers in many capacities to support refugees as they make Kansas City their new home.  If you are interested in helping, look through this list of volunteer needs and contact Judi Barkema to get connected with the programs that interest you the most.
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.​
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