JOIN AN ADULT CLASS DURING THE SEASON OF LENT
Three of our adult classes will undertake new studies from 18 February through 25 March, during the period known as Lent in the Christian calendar. These six weeks leading up to Easter provide time for prayer and contemplation on the way of the cross – how we, like Jesus, die to our old lives and look forward to resurrection with Him, too. All adult classes meet during St. Andrew’s church school hour – 9:45-10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings - between our two worship services. These classes run concurrently with classes for children and youth. Nursery care is also available at this time, so the whole family can be involved in Christian education on Sunday mornings. Join with us as we consider this mystery of death and resurrection as the cornerstone of the Christian faith.
John: The Gospel of Light and Life. The Gospel of John includes some of the loftiest and most-loved verses in all the Bible. Author Adam Hamilton encourages students to experience a season of spiritual growth and life-changing renewal as they study this most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. The Jack Holladay Class is led by Curtis Corl and meets in Room 106 on the second floor of the education building.
Embracing an Adult Faith: Marcus Borg on What It Means to Be a Christian. Christianity's most fundamental questions: Who is God? What does salvation mean? What place does Jesus hold in contemporary Christian faith? – are all important topics for reflection during this time of serious contemplation. Author Marcus Borg helps us confront the questions and work toward authentic answers. The Challenge of Faith Class is led by Steve Suhring and meets in Room 204 on the second floor of the education building.
What Makes a Hero? The Death Defying Ministry of Jesus. Author Matt Rawle looks at pop culture heroes and others through the lens of faith to show how Jesus turned the concept of hero on its head. Jesus’ victory story—one obtained through humility, obedience to the cross, and an empty tomb - redefines what it means to be a hero. The Homebuilders Class, led by Bo Hamrick and Martha Goodwin, is comprised of parents of young children and meets in Room 101 on the first floor of the education building.
Our fourth adult class, the Faith Journey Class, will continue with its exploration of the DVD study, Jesus and His Jewish Influences, led by Harry Cross. Faith Journey meets in Room 205 on the second floor of the education building.
Kirk Night will resume January 24 - March 28, 2018
Kirk Night, named for the Scottish word for church, is St. Andrew's Wednesday evening program for all ages. Kirk Night begins each week with supper at 5:45 p.m. The cost for the meal is $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for children. Menus are listed in the Events section. Nursery care is available for infants through 3 year olds. 4 and 5 year olds may attend the nursery if parents are in class or practice. Older children must either be in a class or with their parents during the 6:30-7:30 time period.
Adult classes run from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
- Who Moved the Owner’s Manual? Raising Christian Children in the 21st Century. Feel as if you are out of your depth when it comes to apps, devices, websites, and games that your kids want to use? Want to talk with them more about digital media but aren’t sure how to open the conversation? Join other parents as we explore current research on how media affects children and youth and what this means to us as people of faith. This is the kind of information we ALL need to know and is open to parents of children of all ages! Facilitated by Beth Lyon-Suhring, this class meets from 6:30-7:30 in Room 206 on the second floor of the education building.
- A Book Discussion Group with Pastor Leigh. Join with other adults as you discuss Restoring Life’s Missing Pieces: The Spiritual Power of Remembering and Reuniting with People, Places, Things & Self by Caren Goldman. Led by Pastor Leigh Gillis, this class will meet from 6:30-7:30 in the Library, Room 4 on the office wing of the church.
- The Widow’s Walk … an Epilog. Women who have been widows for a few months or a few decades meet for a time of sharing, support, and encouragement. This group, which begins at 4:30 p.m. (before the Kirk Night meal), will be led by Candy Wolbrink and Judy Ulrich and will meet in the Library in the office wing of the church.
Jubilee Bells: Beginning hand bell choir, meets in the bell choir room upstairs behind the sanctuary, from 6:30 - 7:00 under the direction of Joey Parrish.
Celebration Bells: For experienced bell ringers, meets in the bell choir room from 7:00 - 7:45 under the direction of Joey Parrish.
10 GREAT DATES
When was the last time you had a real conversation with your spouse – beyond “Don’t forget to add ketchup to the grocery list,” or “I’ll pick up Jenny from soccer practice, if you can go to the PTA meeting”? Many of us have forgotten how to have fun together, just the two of us. St. Andrew will offer a time-out for couples, beginning in September, called 10 Great Dates.
Who may participate: 10 Great Dates is for newlyweds, oldieweds, empty nesters, and any couples in between. It is a low-key program that is designed to help couples of any vintage be more intentional about their relationships. We will welcome St. Andrew members and any other couples interested in strengthening their bonds.
How it will work: Each couple will purchase one copy of the book, Ten Great Dates, by David and Claudia Arp (copies available through the church). Each month from September through June couples will:
- Read an assigned chapter in the book and reflect on discussion questions.
- Gather at St. Andrew to view a brief video introduction to the month’s focus of discussion.
- Head out to the date location of your choice and spend a couple of uninterrupted hours talking – really talking – with your spouse. You’ll use the questions in the book as your jumping- off points. Where you go is your choice entirely. We only suggest that it be someplace on your own and someplace conducive to conversation (e.g., the next-door-neighbor’s barbecue – no!; the beach or a quiet restaurant – yes!)
Childcare: Couples may use their own regular babysitters if they choose. In addition, St. Andrew will provide childcare at the church for those who need it and will accept a love offering to defray expenses.
Monthly schedule: 10 Great Dates will meet on the third Sunday of each month from September 17, 2017 through June 17, 2018. We will gather at the church at 4:00 p.m. to watch the preview video and briefly discuss the focus for the night’s date. Couples will then leave for their dates. Pick-up time for childcare will be 7:00 p.m., early enough to get children home for bed.
Facilitators: Angie Hillis-Baurle email@example.com and Beth Lyon-Suhring firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up on the registration sheet on the Information Kiosk in the Atrium, or contact Angie or Beth by email