This week

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Christian Education: 9:30 am for Children, Youth & Adults

Rev. Erin Wathen Scripture: Mark 10:13-16

The past few weeks, we’ve opened worship by lighting a candle for children, and sharing a prayer for some of the children we serve: at Washington Elementary, through the Migrant Farmworkers Project, and in El Higueral. This week, we’ll celebrate the week of Children’s Sabbath with a service of blessing for our own children.

The disciples thought Jesus was too busy to be bothered by children—or maybe they thought the kids would get chocolate on his robe?—but whatever the reason, Jesus said, “no, let them come to me.”

People of faith still struggle with letting the children come to Jesus. We support systems that limit resources to the poor; we put up borders that prevent refugees from seeking sanctuary; we glorify violence, and fail to model peace. In so many ways, we often fail to welcome the smallest, most vulnerable of God’s people. Jesus’ challenge to those long-ago disciples extends to us, too… Let the children come. Let them come into the fullness of life and safety and well-being.

We’ll hear this story on Sunday, as we continue to pray for the children in our many places. The staff is working on a ‘team-preach’ experiment that will help us tell the story in 3 different voices. Actually… 4 voices. You’ll have a part, too.
As always. - Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

This Sunday's Special Music:
8:30: DaBand (Joy Zimmerman, Cindy Egger-Farris, Darin Seidel, Bill Bowsher & Jeremy Wathen) At 10:45, Saint Andrew Choir, Julie Haramia, Mark Dugan, Gary Micheel, Allan Gilson & DaBand.

Adult Education Offerings:
Friends Hall: "Criminal Justice in Johnson County" with Stephen Tatum & Roy Holliday see more information on the Adult Education Page).
Room 102: "Studying the Scriptures" (more information in the Adult Education brochure.)
Room 202: "Thoughtful Parents"

Upcoming Events:
Trunk or Treat - October 26
Children will Trick-or-Treat from car to car, everyone is encouraged to "dress up" and decorate your car trunk!--Read more on the Children's Page.

• Blood Drive - October 27
It's time again for our quarterly Blood Drive from 3:00-7:00 pm in Friends Hall. Sign up on Sunday in the Hearth Room or online.

• Regional Assembly - November 1
Registration at 8:45 am, Assembly 9:30 am-3:00 pm; Park Hill Christian Church, 6601 NW 72nd Street, KCMO; Early Bird Registration Deadline: October 15. Registration Form aaand information available online or Sunday's in the Hearth Room.

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: A Living Experience with Jody Gyulay: first Sunday of the month, 11:45, Room 102.
• Town Hall Meetings: Once a month, we have an open forum to discuss ideas, events and opportunities in our congregation and community. We will meet October 23, 7pm in Friends Hall.
(Saint Andrew Group for Ecology) Street Clean-Up: October 19, read more on the SAGE Page.

Previous Sermons:
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Our Shalom Statement

Saint Andrew Christian Church is a shalom community; a gathered people, seeking God’s peace, justice, healing, and wholeness in every part of our lives and world.

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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