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.

“We have a policy of not limiting the theological reflection of St. Andrew’s members. Groups don’t have to get their materials approved by a central authority; in fact, we actively encourage members to start discussion groups that come from different perspectives. That’s the Episcopal way.” 
– Fr. John Spicer, Rector

 

Daily Offerings

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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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100 Days of Royal Intrigue: The Good Book Club, Summer 2021

From May 24 to Aug. 31, our Good Book Club will read 1 and 2 Samuel to learn about the rise of kingship in ancient Israel and hear the story of King David, who set the bar for all later Jewish kings. In telling this history, these books include several famous stories we may have heard outside their broader context, such as the call of Samuel the prophet, David fighting the giant Goliath, David and Bathsheba, and Absalom’s rebellion against David, his father. But uniting those episodes is a narrative that asks what faithful political leadership looks like and shows how God uses misguided desires and imperfect people to help bring about God’s purposes. Each day, you’ll get a text or email with a brief summary of the daily reading, along with a link to that day’s verses.

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New Offerings

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All Parish Book Club

Groups forming now!

Once again this year, we have the opportunity to read a book together, even though we will discuss it in separate small groups. Our selection for this year is Looking for God In Messy Places, by Bishop Jake Owensby. Bishop Owensby’s gentle wise style is a welcome way into this book, which Presiding Bishop Curry describes this way: “For any who feel frustrated and world-weary, and who want more than just wishful thinking or superficial spirituality, this book is for you! In these pages, my friend Jake Owensby poignantly shows how LOVE is what can truly give us hope to carry on: real love, God's love for us, our love for each other, right here, right now in all the struggles of this messy life." Groups are forming now, at all different times and days, in-person and on Zoom. Last year, we even had some groups meeting on the patio at HJ’s! If you are interested in signing up, or in facilitating a group (not hard—this is very informal), please contact Cheryl Cementina (email only please).

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Bishop Jake Owensby on Zoom

June 22 from 5:30-6 p.m.

Bishop Jake Owensby, author of Looking for God in Messy Places, is planning to join St. Andrew's on Zoom to tell us about finding God in the messiness of life, and to answer any questions we may have. Contact Susan Paynter for a link to the Zoom session.

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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 Kathryn Holtze.

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Future Brown Baggin' Selections

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

By Kim Michele Richardson .

The lonely young Appalachian woman, Cussy, joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up mountains on her mule to deliver books to the impoverished hill people of eastern Kentucky. The mountain people call her Bluet, suspicious of her damselfly-blue skin and the government’s new program. Cussy befriends them and is determined to bring comfort and joy, instill literacy, and give a bookly respite and retreat to her fellow Kentuckians.

Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

Set in the British Regency period, this book follows the emotional development of the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennett. Themes include manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of landed gentry of the time. A true classic.


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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 to 11 a.m. on Zoom

Join us in the discussion of Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman, author, philosopher, theologian, and educator, who founded of the first interracial interfaith congregation in the United States. Discussion is led by Dr. Vin Clark. Meeting ID: 919 309 5218

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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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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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Sacred Spaces

On Summer Break

We will resume in the fall. Learn the practice of the ancient tradition of seeking silence and stillness - beyond word and thought.


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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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