Women’s Ministries

Welcome. Women’s Ministries at Saint Andrew offers you a variety of opportunities to connect with other women. We invite you to gather together for fun, study, support, and friendship — and usually some great food thrown in for good measure!

We hope you find one or several groups that work for you. For more details on any group, contact the name provided or the church office at 913-764-5888.

If you have questions or program ideas contact:
Denise Dugan at denise@sacchome.org or
Janey Pryor at jpryor10@kc.rr.com.


Women's Retreat

Kerry Women's Retreat - May 3-4, 2019
All Women are invited to our annual retreat held in the spring at Tall Oaks Conference Center in Linwood, KS. You only have to say the words “women’s retreat” to anyone who has attended and you’ll quickly see the enthusiasm, energy, and inspiration that resulted from their two days with other amazing women. We are thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker is Rev. Kerry Waller Dueholm. Kerry is ordained in the Disciples of Christ and is a Licensed Professional Counselor – and she grew up at Saint Andrew! Brochures available in the Hearth Room and at this link. You can register and pay at this LINK! Contact Denise Dugan, denise@sacchome.org, for more information.

Here are the INTEREST GROUPS for the Retreat:

WORKING ON FORGIVENESS with Mary O’Reilly and Pam Hamilton – In this workshop, Mary will focus on the mind/body connection and Pam on the nuances and questions that arise about forgiving people who have harmed us -- or maybe just ticked us off! Pam's study and work with forgiveness issues stems from her time as an associate pastor. Both draw from their personal experience and their work with many people through the years. Mary and Pam used to work collaboratively in private practice, Mary as a massage therapist with a certification in Trauma Touch Therapy and Pam as a counselor. Currently Mary is the director of the national licensing exam for massage practitioners and Pam is busy opening her private counseling and consulting practice after working for Cornerstones of Care since her move to Kansas in 2014.
REBOUNDING RESERVES, with Cheryl Giles – Come dream together in mindful presence and movement. What does your body want? What is calling for attention? Since childhood Cheryl’s path has been all about healing - mind, body, spirit. I have a colorful past and entered my current gig, medicine, in '06.
BOOK DISCUSSION with Hatsie Mallicoat – We’ll be discussing Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott. “In this profound and funny book, Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined. This book pinpoints these moments of insight as it shines an encouraging light forward.” Join us for a fun discussion!
SKITTLES MEDITATION with Karen Schwark – Karen has been meditating for 45 years and teaching others for a few years. This weekend she is going to teach you how to meditate with distractions. Come see how in her Skittles Meditation session.

You may sign up for an interest group when you arrive at the LLC on Friday or Saturday. Locations will be decided Saturday morning, based on the numbers in each group, and announced at our morning session.

Quarterly Women's Events

We sponsor quarterly women's events to which all women at Saint Andrew are invited! They are usually a potluck Soup & Salad Lunch with lots of yummy soups, salads, and desserts with an interesting speaker on a timely subject. Watch this space for the next Quarterly Women's Event!

Women's Groups

WISE WOMEN is a group for wise women of ALL ages and friends are always welcome. Each month will feature a varied and interesting program on such timely topics as health, creativity, family and friend relationships, rituals and traditions. Come see what we are all about! The group meets second Thursdays, September-May, 7:00-8:30 pm in Friends Hall. Our new co-facilitators are Marilyn Deppe and Mary Berger.

with Shana Arnhold; 7pm in Friends Hall

A discussion about the complex influences that shape our feelings toward food and our bodies. We will examine the conventional medical approach to “health” and its shortcomings, as well as a different approach that is gaining recognition and delivering lasting health benefits--the anti-diet movement.

Shana Arnhold is a Physician Assistant in gastroenterology who has been practicing in the KC area since 2007. In the quest to help people live healthier lives, she began a Health Improvement Program through the practice but soon discovered that she (and conventional medicine in general) didn’t have the tools needed to help facilitate positive long-term change. Unsatisfied with just allowing patients to struggle, she dove into the psychological aspects of healthy behaviors, sought the help of local professionals, and co-authored a book called FREE TO BE: The non-diet approach to peace with food and body, which aims to help people adjust their mindset to free themselves from the confines of dieting forever.

spin• LADIES NIGHT OUT meets for dinner out on the Fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Please join us for great food and a chance to become better acquainted with Saint Andrew women! Contact Crysta Baier if you plan to come so we can save you a seat!
We gather next on April 25, at Spin Pizza (14230 W 119th St, Olathe, KS 66062).

• WOMEN'S READING GROUP is the perfect gathering if you enjoy reading a wide variety of books and engaging in lively discussions. We meet at various times/venues to accommodate each other’s schedules. We may have a Saturday morning coffee, a Sunday afternoon tea,perhaps an evening at church, etc. Contact Ann Karasek, annkarasek@gmail.com for more information.

• GATHERING THE STORIES OF WOMEN IN THE MILITARY is an ongoing initiative of Saint Andrew Christian Church's Women's Ministries. The mission is to honor women's service in the military by listening to their stories. Contact Marcia Manter, coordinator of this initiative, mmanter@aol.com or 913.894.5874, for more information.

• SERVICE PROJECTS - Volunteering is an important component of women's programming at Saint Andrew. Watch the Women's Email Newsletter for current projects.

Watch for our monthly WOMEN'S EMAIL NEWSLETTER for the most current information! Contact Denise Dugan, denise@sacchome.org to sign up.