Adult Classes

10 Great Dates - third Sunday of each month thru June 2018

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 and Beth Lyon-Suhring. Sign up on the registration sheet on the Information Kiosk in the Atrium, or contact Angie or Beth.

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Adult Advent Classes

Advent is the season of the church year set aside for preparing our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child anew each year.  Will Jesus find room in our lives this season?  Come join a Sunday adult class as we prepare together.

 

All four adult classes will begin Advent studies during the church school hour, 9:45 - 10:45,  on Sunday, 19 November and will continue through Sunday, 17 December.  Classes will not meet on 26 November, Christmas eve or New Year's eve.  Classes are all held in the Education Building.

 

Names for the Messiah.  Author Walter Brueggemann looks at the four royal titles Isaiah gives for the Messiah to come: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.  What did these titles mean to the people of Isaiah’s day, and how do Christians see Jesus as a representative of the names now?  Harry Cross leads the Faith Journey Class in Room 205 on the second floor of the education building.

 

The Journey; Walking the Road to Bethlehem.  Pastor Adam Hamilton travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem, retracing the steps of Mary and Joseph in this book and companion DVD.  He draws on geography and archaeological studies in this curriculum.  Curtis Corl leads the Jack Holladay Class in Room 206 on the second floor of the education building.

 

Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World?  The authors of this study encourage Christians to examine the culture of consumerism into which we fall each holiday season.  Perhaps we could substitute compassion for consumption by worshipping fully, spending less, giving more, and loving all.  Steve Suhring leads the Challenge of Faith Class in Room 204 on the second floor of the education building.

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.  This study examines four of the more peripheral figures of the Christmas story: Herod, the wise men, Joseph, and the shepherds.  Bo Hamrick and Martha Goodwin lead the Homebuilders Class in Room 101 on the first floor of the education building.

 

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 us!


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. 

Adult classes run from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Parenting class - exploring the topic of "Bullying", facilitated by Beth Lyon-Suhring
  • Sermon Connection - exploring the lectionary texts for upcoming sermons led by Pastor Leigh
  • Widow's Walk - open to all widows, meets 4:30 - 5:45 in the Library

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.