This week

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Worship Times: 9:00 & 10:30 am
Christian Education: 9:00 for Adult
s (No Children & Youth Sunday School on the last Sunday of the month so we may all worship together.)

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: Romans 8:26-39 

I’m the granddaughter of farmers. I’m the daughter of a teacher and a financial advisor. I’m a product of the Kentucky soil, a child of the Church, and, by nature, a wandering spirit with a wild imagination. These are truths I was born to, things I couldn’t change about myself even if I tried. Or, as we say down home… I come by it honest.

There are other things about me, though, that I have chosen; roles I’ve taken on, choices I make daily, and paths I have to walk with intention. I’m a pastor; I’m a wife and mother; a writer, a wannabe yogi, and a steward of creation. I come by way of Arizona and, more recently… Kansas. I was not a single one of these things when I was born. And yet, each of them is just as much a part of my identity as where I come from and who’s my mama. (Sorry, I can’t just turn off that vernacular, once it starts rolling).

In Romans, Paul tells the disciples that they are created in the image of God. They are born in the light of God’s love, and NOTHING (big long list of stuff) can separate them from the love of God. However, their calling and life’s work is to live into the image of Christ. To make of themselves the imprint of Jesus on the world, and to be his body. That part—though just as important to who they are—takes work. Intention. Daily practice and sacrifice. Also known as the life of discipleship.

So… Who are you? Think about where you come from, who your folks are, and what parts of your past shaped you in fundamental ways. You know, the stuff you couldn’t shake, even if you wanted to. Then examine the paths that you’ve chosen for yourselves; the relationships, values, and vocation that make up your identity, even if you weren’t born with them.

And then, know this: “All things work together for good for those who love God.” All things! What a promise. What a challenge.

And what a lot of stuff to talk about on Sunday. - Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

This Sunday's Special Music:
DaBand offering “Give a Man a Home” by Ben Harper

Jennifer Smith & Thom NorburyAdult Education Mission and Outreach Series:
“Supporting Washington Elementary and Habitat for Humanity-Abraham Project" with Jennifer Smith & Thom Norbury. For more information check out the Adult Education Page for this and upcoming Mission and Outreach presentations.

Upcoming Events + Mission & Outreach Opportunities:
 • Habitat for Humanity; Abraham Project:
 For more information see our Mission page. You may also sign up in the Hearth Room on Sunday.

• Youth Sunday - August 3
Next Sunday the Saint Andrew youth groups will be leading our worship services. Come to sing, celebrate, and hear how God is at work in and through the lives of our youth!

• Migrant Farmworkers Project - August 4:

We are collecting items for the beginning of their season to be delivered on August 4. More information and a list of items needed on the the Mission page.

• Picnic on the Plaza; Back-to-School Sunday Celebration - Back to School SundayAugust 10:
11:30 am in Friends Hall and on the patio. Sign up on the Sunday Announcement Sheet.

• Back to School Sunday Backpack Blessings - August 10:
This begins the new school year of Sunday School classes (9:00 am). Read more about this special day on the Children's Page.

• Back to School Open House- August 15:
Make plans to attend this annual event at 6: pm in Friends Hall and the Patio! More information on the Children's Page.

CWS• Women's Salad Lunch - August 17:

Women and men are both invited to hear Barry Shade, Church World Service (CWS) Associate Director for Domestic Response. More information on the Women's Page.

• Blood Drive - August 18:
Sign up in the Hearth Room on Sunday to give blood at our quarterly Blood Drive on August 18, 3:00-7:00 pm in Friends Hall. You may also sign up on-line on the Community Blood Center website.

• NEW Worship & Education Times - September 7:
Beginning on September 7 we will have:
8:30-9:20 Worship; 9:30-10:20 Christian Education; & 10:45 Worship.

On-Going Events:
• Bible Study: second and fourth Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, Room 202/203
• Parents' Dinner In: fourth Friday of the month. Read more on the Children's Page.
• Grief Group with Jody Gyulay: first Sunday of the month, 11:45, Room 102

Road Construction UPDATE!- Effective Friday, July 25, 2014,
Effective immediately Saint Andrew Christian Church access - is now from 127th, going east from Blackbob. Pflumm remains closed at this time and Gallery is currently closed. For updates on the 127th Street construction schedule, please visit the web site

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Celebrating our diversity, rejoicing in our unity, we welcome and affirm all children of God of any color, class, sexual orientation, age, gender, ability, or thought.

As members of the family of God, we share our beliefs, doubts, struggles, and growth.

Recipients of God’s boundless grace, forgiveness, and love, we in turn offer our gifts and invite the fellowship, gifts, leadership, and spirit of all who share God’s passion for shalom.

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