Weekly Connection - May 24, 2018​

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
First Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture: John 1:43-51

I just recently got around to watching the Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam War. I didn’t watch it when it was originally broadcast because I knew it would remind me of the fear I felt as a teenager approaching draft age in the late sixties. While I would be lying if I said that part of my fear was grounded in the possibility of being killed or wounded in combat, the greater fear was grounded in the expectation that I would have to kill or wound another human being just to survive. I knew from my experiences of hunting with my dad that even killing an animal created a great sense of guilt in me and I couldn’t imagine the guilt I might feel over killing another human being.

When I finally decided to watch this documentary there wasn’t any motive other than the fact that there was nothing else on television. One of the interesting aspects of the documentary was the interviews with survivors of this war – both American and North Vietnamese. One of those who appeared multiple times was a man named John Musgrave.

John was stationed near the demarcation between North and South Vietnam – an area of frequent and fierce battles. As a part of his recollection of that time, he said he only killed one person in battle during his time there. The sense of guilt he felt afterwards drove him to vow that he would never kill another human being. Shortly after making that vow, one of his fellow soldiers – a close friend – was killed by an enemy mine. He said it was at that moment he made a commitment to kill every member of the enemy he encountered. In his mind his new vow didn’t contradict his previous vow or rescind it because the North Vietnamese soldiers were no longer individual human beings in his eyes. They were now part of a hated group known by all of the racial slurs he had been taught to use for the North Vietnamese in boot camp. It was only years later that he recognized that all racism is dependent on seeing people as objects rather than human beings. We use labels to deny the uniqueness of each person and to lump them into groups based on the ways in which they differ from us. Once that’s done, it’s easier to degrade, devalue, despise and even destroy them without any sense of remorse.

This Sunday we’ll be looking at the story of Nathaniel’s encounter with Jesus and how Philip’s invitation to “Come and see” might be more than an invitation to discipleship – it might also be a challenge see others as individuals and to break the cycle of bias and prejudice that plagues our world today.

I hope to see you there.

In Peace,

Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday
9:30am    Adult Education, Friends Hall
                Thoughtful Parents, Room 102
                Youth & Children's Sunday School, 2nd Level & Basement Level Classrooms
This Week at Saint Andrew
May 24    Break The Fast Dinner, 8pm, Friends Hall
May 27 - June 3   Hosting IHN Families
May 30    Pastor's Class, 6pm, Friends Hall & Room 202/203
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 the families and friends effected by the tragic boating accident involving several Olathe young adults.

Congratulations to Darin Seidel who will have a CD release party June 22 at 7 PM at the Buffalo Room. See link for tickets and more info. 

The Culture House production of "The Little Mermaid" has SACC members, Vivie Deidiker, Abby Seidel, Harper Wathen, and Libby Mullican. Performances are Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9.  Tickets are available http://culturehouse.getmytix.net/ticketing/96_Little-Mermaid-The-Culture-House-Conservatory-of-Dance-Production  

Thank You!
I would like to thank the women of Saint Andrew for the beautiful prayer shawl. It will be something that I will long cherish.
Vicki Harmon

Upcoming Events
CSA Participants
Our CSA farmers will begin food distribution this Sunday.  If you signed up to participate, please pick up your produce at the CSA table outside of the Hearth Room.

Break-the-Fast Dinner During Ramadan

May 24

Friends Hall

8pm - Reception

8:15 - Welcome Speech

8:20 - 8:45 Presentation

8:45 Dinner

You are cordially invited to a Break the Fast Dinner organized by Dialogue Institute Southwest.  This dinner will be during the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to sundown.  This is an opportunity to learn about our neighbors and their faith, and share with them our own faith. Please RSVP so dinner can be planned for appropriately.

Special Offering June 3
Our next delegation to El Higueral will be June 29-July 6. Five Saint Andrew folks will be travelling to the village:
Joe Nicholas
Adam Nicholas
Kristy Blomquist
Olivia Blomquist
Jerry Daugherty
On this trip, they will teach lessons in the grade school, have a concert, host a special movie night, and more. In preparation for their trip, we will take a special offering in worship on Sunday, June 3. Please plan to share if you’d like to support this important ministry!

Picnic on the Plaza
June 3
Save the date for our first picnic of 2018!  We are calling it our Sizzling Summer Kickoff!  We will supply fried chicken, roast chicken, and a vegetarian alternative.  We will also supply a choice of pasta salad, potato salad, and coleslaw. Please sign up here!
You know you want one!  Or a vintage one...
Purchase one to take home for $6.  Your purchase will help offset the cost of our new cups.  Look for the table in Friends Hall to buy your mug.
Children & Youth Ministries
May 27        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
June 3         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
June 10       Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

May 27         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
June 3          Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                     Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
                     Mission Trip Meeting for Chi Rho Parents & Youth, 5:30pm, Friends Hall  
June 10        Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                     Youth Group - SAY Only, 4pm, Friends Hall

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!!
Tall Oaks is 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 scholarship code.

Rolling River Rampage VBS

Learn all about our upcoming Vacation Bible School.  Complete a registration form to attend (preschool - 5th grade), sign up for Volunteer Opportunities and/or check out our Donation Requests. Registration forms also available here. Join the ride of a lifetime!​​​​​​​

Women's Ministries
Ladies Night Out
June 26
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe
Please note date change - we are now meeting on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
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

The current House of Abraham project is almost complete.  There will be a house blessing ceremony at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 10 at 4319 Cypress Avenue, Kansas City, MO.  The keys to the house will be presented to the new owner, Chilon Spencer at the ceremony.

IHN Annual Dinner & Auction
Save JUNE 14, 2018 for IHN’s 7th Annual dinner/auction, held at the Overland Park Convention Center, 600 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS. Let’s make Saint Andrew a significant presence!

Help to empower situationally homeless families and single women by attending IHN’s only fundraising event.  Enjoy a casual evening with a delicious dinner, 2 top-shelf drinks, games, silent and live auction at the cost of $75 per attendee. Sign-up sheet and brochures are available in the hearth room.  

Register, including names of attendees.
        1) online at jocoihn.org/auction
        2) mailing checks to the IHN Family Center, 6315 W. 110th St., Overland Park, KS  66211
Deadline is May 25, 2018.

Hand of Welcome Updates and Ways You Can Make a Difference
*  Volunteer with Catholic Charities as an ESL tutor, Citizenship tutor, or help with new arrival move-ins.  For more information, contact Judi Barkema at jabarkema@gmail.com
*  Help Congolese refugees learn English through the social justice ministry at Metropolitan Avenue United Methodist Church.  Weekend and weekday opportunities to volunteer from one hour a week to one hour a month, ending in mid-June.  Contact Judi Barkema (jabarkema@gmail.com) for more information.
*   Catholic Charities has a new TurnStyles thrift store location at 135th and Nieman.  They welcome shoppers and donations of gently used items. 

Thank you to everyone who signed up for CSA shares with our farm family.  We look forward to farm produce and Ramat, Habay and Swa Dit’s cheerful greetings on Sunday mornings starting in late May.

U.S. refugee resettlements so far this fiscal year are VERY LOW.  Sharon Stanley-Rea from the Disciples Home Ministry shared in a recent newsletter:  “As we approach the "half year" for refugee resettlement in this fiscal year on March 31st...the U.S. has resettled less than 10,000 refugees (not even 20%) of our national 45,000 admissions goal for fiscal year 2018!  Already, this 45,000 annual goal is the LOWEST in our nation's resettlement history, at a time when there are over 22 million refugees worldwide.”
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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Telephone: 913.764.5888  |  Fax: 913.764.4692  |  Email: office@sacchome.org