January 3, 2019​

Sunday, January 6, 2019

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

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12

The wise men, y'all. They're baaaaa-aack. (Said in spooky Poltergeist voice, because I am a child of the 80s).

If you've been at Saint Andrew for awhile--or if you are new and very observant-- you will notice that our Wise Men do not join the nativity scene near the sanctuary until Epiphany, which we celebrate this Sunday. Throughout the rest of the Advent and Christmas seasons, they journey through the hallways, making their way a bit closer each week. The long-running joke around here is: I think they are very, very creepy. Especially if you're here after dark. In an empty- or near-empty building. I mean, you never know where they're going to show up next! They could be waiting around any corner! They seriously weird me out.

But they are also very cool. I love how they move through the building, reminding us that the journey is more than the destination.

And that, as they say, will preach. I'm looking forward to being with you in worship on Sunday, and celebrating our 5 years of ministry together. I'm mindful that we are on a journey together that is about more than any destination. Along the way, we encounter the love of God made visible, and we witness to the light of Christ made known in the world.

One of these days, maybe we'll get where we're going. In the meantime, it's been a joy and a privilege to be with you along the way.


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       Reception for Rev. Erin Wathen, Friends Hall
                     Grief: A Living Experience with Jody Gyulay, Room 102
4:00pm         SURJ, Pastor's Office
This Week at Saint Andrew
Jan 4        Banner Change, Sanctuary & Room 102, 6:30pm
Jan 7        Personnel Committee Meeting, Pastor's Office, 6:30pm
Jan 8        Worship Committee Meeting, Friends Hall, 6:30pm
                 Bible Study, Room 204, 7:00pm
Jan 9        Prepare a Meal for Center of Grace, 3:00pm
Jan 10      Wise Women, Friends Hall, 7:00pm
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties.  Please pray for Janey Pryor who will have surgery on Monday and Linda Peyton who will have surgery on Tuesday.
Upcoming Events
This Sunday's Adult Education
9:30 am, Friends Hall
Global Ministries with Cara McKinney
What do the god of chocolate, children's rights, and a local open air food market all have in common?  The answer--and much, much more!--during the adult education. Cara McKinney, a Global Mission Intern who has lived the past two years in Latin America, will speak about Global Ministries--the combined wider-church ministries of the Disciples of Christ and United Church of Christ denominations--and Melel Xojobal, one of Global Ministries' partners in Southern Mexico

Reception for Rev. Erin Wathen
Sunday, January 6
Noon, Friends Hall
As you know, January 6 is Rev. Wathen's last day at Saint Andrew. To celebrate her time with us, and wish her success in her new position, there will be a farewell reception after second service this coming Sunday, January 6th, for Erin and her family. We will have cake and a chance to say personal goodbyes.

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! 

Intergenerational Book Club
Sunday, January 13,
3:00pm, 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
Tuesday, January 15
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.

Blood Drive
Monday, January 21
3:30-6:30pm, Friends Hall
Our first blood drive this year will be held on Monday, January 21st from 3:30 to 6:30 in Friend’s Hall. It would be great if we could collect 20 pints of blood but, in order to do so, we need your help. Please sign up in the Hearth Room or on the CBC website today!
Children & Youth Ministries
Jan 6           Epiphany Fair during Sunday School, 9:30am,
Jan 13         Sunday School, 9:30am, Upper Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4:00-6:00pm, Room 204

Jan 4 - 6     CYF Midwinter Retreat, Tall Oaks Conference Center
Jan 6          Sunday School, 9:30am Lower Level Classrooms
Jan 8          SAY Meeting/Movie Night, 5:00-7:00pm Olathe AMC
Jan 13        Sunday School, 9:30am, Lower Level Classrooms
                   Inter-Generational Book Club, 3pm, Youth Room
                   Youth Group, 4:00-6:00pm, Friends Hall

Epiphany Fair in Children's Sunday School
January 6

Cupcakes and a Parade! Children in our preschool through 5th grade Sunday School classes will celebrate Epiphany at our annual Epiphany Fair, Sunday, January 6 at 9:30am. We’ll all meet in Room 202/203 and learn what Epiphany is all about – and whoever finds a baby Jesus in their cupcake will get to wear kings’ crowns for our parade. Stories, games, crafts -- come join the fun!

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, 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. 

City Union Mission Sandwich Project Update
In true Saint Andrew fashion, we exceeded our goal of making 250 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches last Sunday. A hard working group comprised of people of all ages made 331 sandwiches! When they were delivered to City Union Mission Monday morning, they weighed in at a whopping 121 pounds of food that will make a difference in the lives of many people at the close of 2018 and the start of 2019. There were some leftovers and those will be taken to Center of Grace where the generosity of our congregation will make an additional impact.

Thank you for all the donations and work that went into this very important project – a manifestation of Jesus’ love.

Mark Harmon
Associate Pastor of Caring Ministries

Christmas Eve Offering
Thank you to all who donated to our Annual Christmas Eve Offering to Benefit El Higueral. We collected over $3,900. for our sister community.
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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