Adult Christian Formation

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.

 

Daily Offerings

8-1-8 Online Prayers

DAILY AT 8 A.M., 1 P.M., & 8 P.M.

Live three times daily on Facebook – 15-minute devotions at 8 a.m., 1 p.m., and 8 p.m. to set our hearts on Christ, and one another, rather than the anxiety around us. You can join in these prayers in your Facebook feed, or you can get there from our Watch Worship Live page on our website.

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Good Book Club Takes Up the Gospel of Mark

Mark is noteworthy for several reasons: Most scholars think it’s the first of the four Gospels, written about 40 years after Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension; and it provides much of the source material for Matthew and Luke. It’s also the shortest of the Gospels, and it moves along just as Jesus does in the story – quickly and full of action. And, as it turns out, it’s the book from which we’ll take most of our Gospel readings in the current year of the liturgical cycle (Year B). So, reading Mark will give you a great overview of the perspective on Jesus we’ll be hearing from now through the end of November. We’ll read Mark in its entirety through Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 16

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New Offerings

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Discovery: Explore and Belong

Spring date TBD

Discovery is a 6-week online course for anyone who is new to St. Andrew's or the Episcopal church, or who would just like to connect with others, while learning more about us. No matter what your experience with the Episcopal Church or what questions you have, this is the place to begin exploring and belonging (It is also perfect for any adult wishing to be confirmed.) Classes will cover: The Book of Common Prayer; Anglican Identity: who are we?; The Sacraments; What We Believe, What We Promise; Finding Your Way Through the Church (an Instructed Eucharist); and Go Forth Into the World.

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Isaiah Part 3

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. on Zoom

Isaiah Chapters 55 through 66 address the Jewish return from exile in Babylon to their homeland, covering the social and theological restoration of Jerusalem. We will explore topics such as: True worship; orthodoxy and universalism; lamentation; what separates us from God and what actions are needed to repair the breach; God’s promises and the role of hope; the significance of naming. Participation in Parts 1 and 2 is not a prerequisite. The only text required is a Bible. We will meet for 4 weeks on Zoom, Wednesdays 10 to 11 am, starting January 20. Please contact Kathy West to register, klouprin48@gmail.com or 816-835-6101.

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Diocese-Wide Book Group

TBD

Stay tuned for the next book selection. If you would like to be part of a St. Andrew’s group to discuss this story with your church family, contact Cheryl Cementina.

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Ongoing Groups

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Brown Baggin' & Books

Second Wednesdays from 12-1:30 p.m. Online

This traditional-style book club discusses some of the most popular titles of the day. We have decided to continue our book discussions via zoom meetings through the rest of this year on the second Wednesdays of the month from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jackie Gilpin.

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Future Brown Baggin' Selections

The German Midwife

By Mandy Robotham

The setting is Germany, 1944: A political prisoner in labor camps, Anke Hoff is doing what she can to keep her pregnant camp mates and their newborns alive. But when Anke’s work is noticed, she is chosen for a task more dangerous than she could ever have imagined. Eva Braun is pregnant with the Fuhrer’s child and Anke is assigned as her midwife. An enthralling new tale of courage, betrayal and survival in the hardest of circumstances.

The Library Book

By Susan Orlean

This is the depiction of the Los Angeles Central library fire on April 29, 1986. “You’re going to hear a lot about how important this story is, for shining a spotlight on libraries and the heroic people who run them. That’s all true, but there’s an even better reason to read it – because it will keep you spellbound from first page to last. Don’t miss out on this one, people.” Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love and Big Magic.


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Cafe 9:15

Sundays from 9:15 to 10 a.m. on Zoom

Café 9:15 is currently meeting online. This is a gentle, accepting place where we discuss the morning’s lessons. It’s a good opportunity to reflect on the scripture, or the sermon, and just get to know the people of St. Andrew’s. Zoom ID# 3605617371

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Christian Journey

Saturdays at 10 a.m. online

Christian Journey is currently meeting online. Join us in the discussion of From Jesus to Christianity: How Four Generations of Visionaries & Storytellers Created the New Testament and Christian Faith by L. Michael White, director of the Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins at the University of Texas at Austin. Discussion, guided by study questions, is led by Dr. Vin Clark. Meeting ID: 919 309 5218; Password: 914591

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Cursillo Ministry

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.

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Fabric of Life

Wednesdays from 12:15-2:15 p.m.

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.

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Living With Spirit

Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

We discuss spiritual books, build friendships, and build community. For more information, you can contact Ann Spicer.

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Sacred Spaces

Thursdays from 6-6:30 p.m. via conference call

Learn the practice of the ancient tradition of seeking silence and stillness - beyond word and thought. Join via Conference call Conference call # 1-717-275-8940 code: 6869593. Contact Rita Kendagor for more information.

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Groups currently on hiatus

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Parent Group

On hiatus

Parents are invited to participate in a lively, engaging conversation based on a book read by the group. We are currently studying "The Way of Love in Community, Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life" from Presiding Bishop Curry's invitation to practice The Way of Love.

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Tai Chi

On hiatus

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.

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Trinity Guild

On hiatus

This women's group gathers at 10 a.m. for a meeting, followed by a program and luncheon, at HJ's 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.

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