Sunday, September 21, 2014
Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Christian Education: 9:30 am for Children, Youth & Adults
"Where in the World Are You"
Have you ever seen somebody you knew really well—but because of WHERE you saw them, you almost didn’t recognize them?
I once saw one of my Kentucky church members in the Atlanta airport. We passed each other on the enormous moving escalators. As I waved wildly, he stared back with a blank ‘wait, why do I know you?’ expression. More recently, I ran into a friend from home at my son’s new preschool. IN OLATHE. We had a really fun, ‘wait, what are YOU doing here?’ moment. I found out that she’s lived here for the past 8 years, but neither of us was expecting to run into a high school friend three states away and 20 years later.
Context is funny like that. We become so accustomed to seeing certain people in certain places that we are sort of blind to anything—or anyone—outside of our normal routine. And yes, I’m working up to a ‘letting the scales fall from our eyes’ moment, because this week’s sermon is about the conversion of Paul. We continue to explore the book of Acts through our “Where in the World Are You” series, seeking new ways to engage our neighbors and be part of what God is doing in our community.
Remember what we learned about being “radically located?” Being so awake, aware, and present in our surroundings that we could not possibly miss an opportunity to love and serve? There’s a guy like that in our story this week. His name is Ananias, and God sent him to do a pretty strange job. Join us for worship and hear more about the transformative power of simply showing up for your life every day. And if you haven’t yet found your place on our giant map of the KC area, come to the Hearth Room a few minutes early and put a pin on your little corner of the world.
After all…it’s amazing what God can do in little corners. - Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor
This Sunday's Special Music: 8:30: Cindy Egger-Farris offering “There But For Fortune” by Phil Ochs;
10:45: the Saint Andrew Choir & Julie Haramia offering “All Will Be Well” by Richard Clemmitt
Adult Education Offerings:
“Economic Injustice” with Judy Ancel
Room 102: "Studying the Scriptures" with Rev. Erika Marksbury
Room 202: "Thoughtful Parents" coordinated by Denise Dugan
More information in the Adult Education brochure.
• Neighborhood Block Party! - September 27
We will celebrate Applefest and the Migrant Farmworkers – and the opening of 127th Street! The whole neighborhood is invited! There will be Food! Fun! Apple Dessert Contest & More!! RSVP if you would like to enter the Apple Dessert Contest.
• Blessing of the Animals - October 4
We will gather at 9:00 am on the Patio for our Service of Blessing. This service is a custom conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures. We'll acknowledge and celebrate our connection to all God's creatures. There will be an opportunity for each pet present to be blessed for the gift they are to our lives. For the safety of all we ask that all animals be on a leash or in a carrier.
• World Communion Sunday - October 5
At Saint Andrew, we celebrate World Communion Sunday, in part, by piling our table with breads from various countries. This year, we’d like to invite you to add your own special bread to the table. During our worship services, we will feast on breads that remind us, as always, of our connections in Christ to one another and to all the world. Please let us know at email@example.com if you’d like to bring something to add to the table that day.
• Tall Oaks Gala - October 10
Arrowhead Stadium - North Club;
Silent Auction & Fellowship - 6pm; Buffet Dinner followed by Live Auction - 7:45pm.
Tall Oaks Camp & Conference Center's Gala is the major fundraiser for this DOC facility. This is a great way to support our children and youth. If you would like to make a donation to the silent auction, please contact the church office.
• Kick Ball Tournament - October 11
We will meet at
Olathe East High School and play will begin at 10:00 am on the Olathe East High School softball fields. Sign up as a team of eight, or sign up as an individual or smaller group and be placed on a team. Look for sign-up sheets in the Hearth Room No special skills required - just a willingness to have a great time!
• 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.
Road Construction UPDATE!-
Saint Andrew Christian Church access - one lane of 127th Street is now open, Pflumm to Black Bob. However, 127th Street is still a Work Zone and the 25 MPH speed limit is being strongly enforced.
Follow this link to listen to Previous Sermons.
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.
Follow us on Twitter & visit us on Facebook!