Weekly Connection - April 5, 2018​
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
Second Sunday of Easter

John 20:19-31

“Mr. Merrill was most appealing because he reassured us that doubt was the essence of faith, and not faith’s opposite.”

The Rev. Lewis Merrill will live in infamy as the pastor of the Congregational Church in Gravesend, New Hampshire. Which is, of course, the fictional town at the center of John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany. If you’ve never read it, RUN DO NOT WALK to your closest library and pick up a copy. (If you’ve read it, then you will better understand the all-caps thing). And no, watching the movie Simon Birch doesn’t count. Not anywhere close.

The title character and his best friend, John, have a close relationship with the Reverend throughout their childhood and adolescence. Mostly because he doesn’t shy away from their tough questions of faith, but rather encourages them. That’s really the healthiest approach to raising kids in the faith, and that’s our philosophy here at Saint Andrew, as well. We want to raise our children and youth to know the stories of their faith, and to feel strongly that they are a part of this community. But we don’t force them into a rigid doctrine of belief, and we encourage their curiosity, their tricky questions, and even their doubt.

Not all of us had that kind of freedom with our faith early in life, so maybe we could all stand to be reminded occasionally that doubt is the essence of faith, not the opposite. When Jesus appears to the disciples after the whole ‘raised from the dead’ thing, there was much rejoicing. But Thomas was skeptical. He wanted hard, physical evidence—something he could see and touch for himself. Can we blame him, really? The whole story is kind of…out there.

We heard on Easter that what seems like a place of emptiness is actually a place for something new to begin. Maybe our deepest doubts can give birth to belief. Or maybe sometimes, all we need to believe in is mystery. Join us Sunday as we begin our new sermon series Head Full of Doubt: Holy Heresy and the Sacred Struggle. There’s plenty of room for questions here. Always has been, always will be. The one thing we never have to question? That we belong, and we are beloved. The rest is up for discussion. 

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
4:00pm    Angels, Room 204
                Youth Group, Friends Hall
This Week at Saint Andrew
April 10    Worship Committee Meeting, 6pm, Friends Hall
                Bible Study, 7pm, Room 202/203
April 11    Serving at Center of Grace, 4:30pm
                Pastor's Class, 6pm, Friends Hall & Room 202/203
April 12    Wise Women, 7pm, Friends Hall
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 David Whitner, whose father, Rev. Joseph Coffin Whitner, passed away.  Rev. Whitner's memorial will be held this weekend in Texas.

Last Sunday we welcomed new members Grace Cho and Ryan Baxter.  We welcome both of them to the Saint Andrew family.  Thank you to the many folks that contributed to our annual Easter offering to benefit our sister community, El Higueral.  We collected over $2,100 for the community.
Upcoming Events
Blood Drive
April 23
3:30 - 6:30pm
Friends Hall
Sign up today for the next blood drive at Saint Andrew on April 23.  You can sign up in the Hearth Room or by following this link
Children & Youth Ministries
April 8          Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4pm, Room 204
April 15        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
April 22        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4pm, Room 204
April 29        Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms

April 8          Sunday School, 9:30am, Youth Room
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
April 15        Sunday School, 9:30am, Youth Room w/special guest Ms. Henri Goettel
                    Youth Leadership Teams, 3pm, Youth Room
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
April 22        Sunday School, 9:30am, Youth Room
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall
April 29        Sunday School, 9:30am, Youth Room
                    Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall

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 been extended to – APRIL 15. 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.

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.

Hand of Welcome Updates and Ways You Can Make a Difference
*   Attend the April 8th Adult Education class “The Refugee Resettlement Experience” with J.P. Sabimpa and learn about personal resettlement experiences.
*  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.
*  Learn more about the New Roots for Refugees program by attending their Open House and Transplant Sale on Saturday, April 21st, 9 am- 12 pm.  Juniper Gardens Training Farm, 100 Richmond Avenue, Kansas City, KS.  Our CSA family graduated from the New Roots program last year and new farmers are learning about farming and selling produce in Kansas City each growing season.  At this open house, you can buy transplants and the first spring produce, plus meet the New Roots farmers that will be selling at local farmers markets.
*   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 April or early 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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