Answer God’s call to learn and grow in your faith. These opportunities open doors into what it means to build stronger relationships with God and the people who take the journey alongside you.
Adult Confirmation / Discovery
Offered in the spring and fall
Discovery is a six-week adult confirmation and new-member course. It serves as the preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation, for being received into the Episcopal Church, or for reaffirming your baptismal promises. This class is for: New members and anyone considering becoming a member of St. Andrew’s, anyone seeking more information about the Episcopal Church, anyone seeking a renewal course in the basics of faith and practice in the Episcopal tradition, or anyone exploring Confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation of baptismal vows.Email Cheryl
Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. at HJ's
Our current topic is Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. Come and learn to recognize God’s voice and understand the role of the Holy Spirit as we spend time in God‘s Word with people who want to grow in the Lord and in relationship with each other. This is a seven-week study with a workbook and DVDs. For more information, contact Charlotte McGahan.Email Charlotte
Brown Baggin' & Books
Second Wednesdays at Noon in the Church Library
Bring your sack lunch and get ready for great conversation. This traditional-style book club discusses some of the most popular titles of the day. For more information, contact Jackie Gilpin.Email Jackie
Song of Achilles
By Madeline Miller
The novel, set in Greece, tells the story of the love between Achilles and Patroclus. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate. Set during the Trojan War.
Born With Wings, The Spiritual Journey of a Modern Muslim Woman
By Daisy Khan
Daisy Khan is one of the most prominent Muslim voices in America and an icon of female empowerment across the globe. This beautiful story of her spiritual journey is an inspiration to anyone who seeks to change the world.” Resa Aslan, author of No God but God and Zealot.
Touch the Top of the World, Man Who Climbed Everest
By Erik Weihenmayer
Erik was born with retinoschese, a degenerative eye disorder that would leave him blind by the age of 18 but Erik was determined to rise about this devastating disability and live a full and exciting life… This is the story about daring to dream in the face of impossible odds. It is about finding the courage to reach for the ultimate summit and transform your life into something truly miraculous.
Katharina and Martin Luther, The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk
By Michelle DeRusha
Their revolutionary marriage was arguably one of the most scandalous and intriguing in history. Yet five centuries later, we still know little about Martin and Katharina Luther’s life as husband and wife. Until now.
Against all odds, the unlikely union worked, over time blossoming into the most tender of love stories. This unique biography tells the riveting story of two extraordinary people and their extraordinary relationship, offering refreshing insights into Christian history and illuminating the Luthers’ profound impact on the institution of marriage, the effects of which still reverberate today. By the time they turn the last page, readers will have a deeper understanding of Luther as a husband and father and will come to love and admire Katharina, a woman who, in spite of her pivotal role, has been largely forgotten by history.
Together, this legendary couple experienced joy and grief, triumph and travail. This book brings their private lives and their love story into the spotlight and offers powerful insights into our own twenty-first-century understanding of marriage.
Educated: A Memoir
By Tara Westover
An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.
Her quest for knowledge transforms her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
Sundays at 9:15 in the Undercroft
Café 9:15 is a gentle, accepting place where we discuss the morning’s lessons over tea or coffee. It’s a good opportunity to reflect on the scripture, or the sermon, and just get to know the people of St. Andrew’s. Just visiting? You’ll be welcomed with love and hospitality.Email Cheryl
Scripture Focus: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11
Today’s readings speak of the revelation of glory that has been hidden. In Hebrew, the word glory is related to the notions of weight or heaviness (rather like the word “gravitas”, with its idea that a person commands respect). Jesus’ first wondrous sign at the wedding in Cana is showing that he is filled with God’s own invisible power.
Some thoughts to ponder:
What gifts of mine are “evidence” of God’s power? How am I using them for the common good? for the glory of God?
What does Jesus’ attendance at a wedding feast tell us about him?
What does this miracle reveal to us about God’s relationship to the people of Israel?
Sundays at 9 a.m. in the Auxiliary Room
Join us for a book-study discussion group that explores the historical, socio-political, and theological development of the Church. If you enjoy intellectual inquiry and lively debate, then this is the place for you! Visitors are always welcome! Our convener is Dr. Vin Clark. For more information, contact Dorothy Curry.Email Dorothy
Cursillo is an opportunity to grow in faith and spirituality, an exploration of the teachings of Jesus and how we can serve him, an experience of living and sharing with others in a loving and caring Christian community and realizing that this can be extended into our own lives, and a continuing community that gives support and encouragement to help Christians carry out their Baptismal vows. Cursillo includes a three-day weekend beginning on a Thursday evening and concluding on a Sunday afternoon. The weekend includes fifteen talks, five meditations, and daily worship. This weekend is not a retreat, but an opportunity to meet clergy and laity seeking to strengthen their faith. It provides an environment to experience the gift of God’s love through shared prayer, individual meditation, worship, study, fellowship, laughter, tears, and unconditional love. Each person returning from a weekend is encouraged to join in the activities of a “Fourth Day” community. The purpose of this community is to give each other strength and support as we grow in faith and develop our gifts for ministry. If you would like to learn more about Cursillo, please contact Joy Bower.Email Joy
Fabric of Life
Wednesdays from 12:15-2:15 p.m. in the Auxiliary Room
Fabric of Life - St. Andrew’s quilting guild - is a ministry comprised of quilters, sewers, and crafters — male or female. The group gathers to construct quilts that will be given to people in need of comfort and hope. Participants need not have sewing skills to help, and are invited to bring their own cutting tools (rotary cutters, mats, and rulers), machines, and "gizmos and gotta-haves" to do the work of cutting, designing, sewing, and tying the quilts. The "comfort quilts" made through this ministry are donated to those in need of a parish hug as well as those affected by natural disasters. For more information and how to get involved, contact Joy Bower.Email Joy
Living With Spirit
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Join us as we discuss books and explore the story of God’s people. For more information, you can contact Ann Spicer.Email Ann
Thursdays from 6-6:30 p.m. at HJ's
Learn the practice of the ancient tradition of seeking silence and stillness - beyond word and thought. Contact Rita Kendagor for more information.Email Rita
Mondays from 9-10 a.m. at HJ's
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and is accompanied by deep breathing. Join us to help reduce stress and anxiety and increase your flexibility and balance. For more information, contact Dorothy Curry.Email Dorothy
Fourth Thursdays September through May at 10 a.m.
This women's group gathers at 10 a.m. for a meeting, followed by a program and luncheon, in the Jewell Room on the fourth Thursday of the month during September, October, December, January, February, March, April, and May. The Trinity Guild is involved in supporting many projects and collects donations of cash and items throughout the year for several charitable programs, including Rose Brooks Center, Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child (EPEC), United Thank Offering, Prison Ministry, and Freedom Fire Urban Ministries. For more information, contact Joanna Martin.Email Joanna