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.

Check out the Women's Ministries photo gallery.

Women's Retreat

Women's Retreat - April 15 - 16, 2016
Join us for this overnight retreat at Tall Oaks Conference Center in Linwood, Kansas (about a 30-minute drive from Olathe.) This year we're excited to welcome an eclectic panel of speakers -- Rev. McKinna Daugherty, Joanie Nicholas, and Jody Gyulay -- each with their own take on ways to find balance and peace in the chaos of life. They will participate in panel discussions and will also present breakout groups covering specific topics designed to help us find ways to create peaceful spaces and places on our journey. Karen Schwark joins us as a breakout group leader as well.

As always, we're planning a variety of activities to capture your interest -- plus you're welcome to take advantage of your time away to explore the outdoors, chat with old and new friends, and hopefully find some ways to relax and be rejuvenated!

We'll be participating in two service projects this year, benefiting Shawnee Community Services and our sister community in El Higueral, El Salvador. New this year is a Friday afternoon option to go horseback riding! If you wish to arrive early, you may sign up for a trail ride through the Tall Oaks trails at 3:00pm Friday for an extra $15. - - Follow this LINK to the Women's Retreat Brochure with Registration Form.

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.
Rev. Erin WathenOur next Women's Potluck Salad Lunch is May 1
Join us on May 1, 11:45 am in Friends Hall. Men are also invited! Please bring a salad, bread, or dessert to share. Rev. Erin Wathen will be our guest speaker - “Progressive Family Values"
If you cringe when you hear the words "family values," you aren't alone. In the past few decades, those words have become synonymous with judgement, exclusion, and moral superiority. Which is unfortunate...because values are important. We all have values, and we let those values shape our decisions, in one way or another. And shared values are an important part of life in family, church and community. So maybe it's time to reclaim and redeem the language around values, and help shape the conversation for a new generation. In this workshop, we will identify our own primary values; and talk about how we can let those values move to the center of everything--renewing our spirits, our families, and even the world around us.  Please RSVP and let us know if you are bringing a salad, bread or dessert; if you would like to help with set-up or clean-u; and if you need childcare.

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. For more information contact co-facilitators, Rejane Henn, 816.587.1015, or Bernadette Kautio, bkautio@gmail.com.
Our next meeting is May 12 -
Tom Minges"Some Interesting American Myths...or
Why the 2016 Election Actually Makes Sense"
with Tom Minges

Men are welcome to join us!
Tom will discuss three revered tenets of American political lore:
• We were once a united nation, only recently fallen into disunity.
• The US constitution is a perfect and sacred document.
• America is an exceptional nation.
As with all important myths, there are many elements of truth in the American ones. There is strength and wisdom in them too. But they can be easily misunderstood and politicians are adept at misconstruing them to their own advantage. In this election year, it might be helpful to look at some of the basics of our history and the underlying themes of our country, and understand better how we got to where we are now. - - An annual Wise Women tradition of a Dessert Potluck will follow the presentation. Please bring a dessert to share to help ring in the summer ahead. Please join us for an informative and fun evening....guaranteed!
Wise Women is a group for women of all ages, and friends are always invited! Men are also invited to this program.

spin• Ladies’ Night Out meets for dinner out on the second Monday 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 May 9 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.