The life of a disciple is one of study and learning.  This is true for children and equally true for adults as well.  All members and friends of St. Andrew’s are encouraged to actively grow in their faith through educational opportunities with others.  
 

BY HEART: CONVERSATIONS WITH MARTIN LUTHER’S SMALL CATECHISM

You may have heard that we are marking the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.  It was October 31, 1517 that Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the castle door in Wittenberg.  

Join Pastor Dave and Pastor Megan for a 7-session class designed to explore the biblical and historical context of the Small Catechism, its link to the church’s faith, and its connection to Luther’s life and your life today. Each session will consist of a short video, time for discussion on the book, and an opportunity hear the words of the Small Catechism in a new way.

Beginning September 26,By Heart will be offered twice each week:  Tuesdays at 10 AM and repeated Sunday between worship services (9:30).  The cost for the participant book is $12.99.   We will also have a copy “on reserve” in the St. Andrew’s library, which you can read in the library whenever the church is open. 

Dates                           Topic

Sept 26/Oct 1              The Story of the Small Catechism

Oct 3/Oct 8                 The Ten Commandments

Oct 10  /Oct 15            The Apostles Creed

Oct 17/Oct 22             The Lord’s Prayer

Oct 24/Nov 5               The Sacrament of Baptism and Confession

Oct 31  /Nov 12           The Sacrament of the Altar

Nov 7/Nov 19              Daily Prayer and the Household Chart

Participants will get the most out of the study by reading the appropriate chapter of the book prior to each session.

Come be renewed in your faith!  Come and (re)learn more about Luther, Lutheranism and the Small Catechism. 

 
 
Adult Forum– Sunday mornings during the school year, we provide educational forums for adults from 9:30 – 10:15 am in the north Fellowship Hall.  It may be a presentation of a congregational ministry, a Bible study, or a facilitated discussion on matters of life and faith.  We’re currently offering the “By Heart” series on Sunday mornings.  Be watching for details of Upcoming Adult Forums.
 

Monday Night Bible Study led by members of the study meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 6:00 pm at St. Andrew’s in the Fireside Room.   Everyone welcome!  The current study is  “Parables: The Greatest Stories Ever Told.” This Bible Study meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in the Fireside Room during the school year. Come Join Us!

Upcoming Topics:
Parables of Money & Self-Worth    Matthew 19:16—20:16
The Wise & Foolish Virgins            Matthew 24:36—25:13
Parable of the Talents                  Matthew 25:14-30
The Pharisee & the Tax Collector  Luke 18:9-14
Parable of the Rich Fool               Luke 12:13-21
The Rich Man & Lazarus                Luke 16:19-31
 
 
Men’s Breakfast Bible Briefs  meets every Wednesday morning at 7:00 am at the Forest Lake Restaurant (bar side).  Each week, they read and then briefly discuss the Gospel reading which will be read in worship on the upcoming Sunday.  Then, it’s time for breakfast and conversation.
 
 
Women’s Conversation Group meets first and third Tuesday of each month (during the school year) from 10:00-11:30 am in the Fireside Room at St. Andrew’s to discuss Christian issues and participate in Bible study.  Currently, the group will be participating in the “By Heart” Bible study being led by Pastor Dave and Pastor Megan.  In November, they will return to having discussions which are based on selections from The Upper Room
 
 
New Members Class  is usually offered twice each year for those interested in membership at St. Andrew’s.  It’s a time to learn about the history, present and future of the church.  Ministries and programs of the church are introduced and explained.  We cover the basics of Christianity from a distinctly Lutheran perspective and how that is lived out in and through St. Andrew’s.  The Marks of Discipleship (prayer, worship, Bible reading, service, relationships and giving) provide the basic shape to this class.  We share some of the foundational pieces of this congregation including the Mission Statement.  It’s a time to ask questions, hear preliminary answers, meet staff and other course participants.  All people interested in joining St. Andrew’s should be part of a New Member Class.