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.  
 
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.  Be watching for details of Upcoming Adult Forums.
 

CONGREGATIONAL FORUM—All are invited to be part of this meeting to get an update from the Congregation Council as to how this congregation is doing as concerns our giving vis-à-vis the budget. The plan is to hold such information meetings after each quarter of the year. The council will be reviewing our financial reports from the first quarter of 2017 at their meeting on April 18th, and will then be able to share them and any insights they may have with interested congregation members the very next Sunday.  In response to a recommendation made by the Finance Team, the council will also be presenting several alternative scenarios for our ministry together. The Finance Team suggested presenting a plan of what our ministry might look like if our congregational giving is less than we had anticipated.   This is particularly pertinent as we have already reduced our budget to “bare bones.”   They suggested presenting contingency plans that would have St. Andrew’s reducing its expenses by $20,000 and $16,000 and $12,000 per year.   The council will also be presenting scenarios how we might grow our ministries, as they believe that God is calling us to make an even greater impact not only in the lives of those who worship here, but in the lives of people all around us in our community. Shrinking ministry is daunting. Expanding ministry is exciting!  Come on Sunday, April 23rd, and be part of this important conversation. The ministry we do together deserves more than just the cursory look we give it at a once-a-year Annual Meeting.

 

 
 

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.  Next study night will be Monday, April 10.  Everyone welcome!  A new Bible Study began March 27 and the topic will be “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. The group will not meet during June, July and August. Come Join Us!

Topics:

  1. Parable of the Sower Matthew 13:1-23
  2. The “Lost” Parables Luke 15:1-32
  3. The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
  4. The Unforgiving Servant Matthew 18:21-35
  5. The Widow & the Judge Luke 18:1-8
  6. The Wheat & the Weeds Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
  7. Parables of Money & Self-Worth Matthew 19:16—20:16
  8. The Wise & Foolish Virgins Matthew 24:36—25:13
  9. Parable of the Talents Matthew 25:14-30
  10. The Pharisee & the Tax Collector Luke 18:9-14
  11. Parable of the Rich Fool Luke 12:13-21
  12. The Rich Man & Lazarus Luke 16:19-31

 

 
 

SPECIAL BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITY:  Area ELCA congregations have joined in inviting Pastor Vicki Taylor to lead a 6 session weekly Bible study in April and May.   Pastor Vicki is recently retired from the Northeastern Minnesota Synod office and when asked what would be a good topic, suggested difficult or challenging biblical texts. For instance:  And Jesus said, “Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!” Luke 12:51.  Scripture is filled with these hard texts – texts that may not seem to fit with our concept of a loving and just God; texts that may elude our Western understanding of how life is to be lived; texts that challenge our faith and confuse us. Often we gloss over these stories, parables and sayings in the Bible for just those reasons, but what happens if we decide to wrestle with them and ruminate upon them?  You are invited to a six week “wrestling match” with some of the most uncomfortable parts of scripture. It might be enlightening . . . it may be disturbing, but it’s a chance to have a conversation with this Living Word and perhaps even argue with God.  Please join the Bible study every Monday or when you are able. We will gather at 9:45 am for coffee and simple refreshments and the hour long study will begin at 10:00 am.   No need to pre-register or sign up: just show up! 

* The first 3 meetings will be at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church: April 4, April 11 and April 18

* The second 3 meetings will be at Zion Lutheran Church: April 25, May 2 and May 9

 

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 discussions are based on selections from The Upper Room.  All women are welcome.  It’s a great way to meet with and connect with other women.  The group will meet Tuesday, April 4 and April 18 from 10:00-11:30 am in the Fireside Room at St. Andrew’s.
 
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.