Adult 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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THE GOOD BOOK CLUB, FALL 2020

(Most of) Exodus

It’s Scripture even Hollywood can’t resist: a baby left to die in a river, a wicked king oppressing his people, God calling an unlikely hero to lead people to freedom, plagues of biblical proportions (literally), escape from slavery, and the Almighty showing up in smoke and fire. The Book of Exodus is nothing if not dramatic. From Sept. 8 through Oct. 31, we’ll follow this amazing story of people freed from slavery to become God’s missionary presence in the world.

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New Offerings

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Isaiah Part 1: Holy, Holy, Holy - Bible Study

Beginning September 15

This 7-week small group study that will focus on Isaiah Chapters 1 to 39 on three different levels. We will consider the historical context of Isaiah’s prophesies at the time of the Assyrian invasion. At the same time, many of the very familiar verses will speak to us of the coming of the Messiah. We will also explore how Isaiah’s words affect us personally in today’s world. We will meet Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30. If you are interested in joining us, contact Cheryl Cementina for more details, including the number of our Zoom room

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Coming Out as Sacrament Book Study

Starting August 10

Gay Christian author Chris Glaser believes that sexual minorities who are often denied their church’s traditional sacraments, have found unique access to the sacred in their lives: coming out of the closet. In Glaser’s view, coming out-as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered- has biblical precedence and sacramental dimension. Using personal and biblical illustrations, Glaser’s book discusses coming out as an act of vulnerability--a sacrificial offering that invokes God's presence and atonement, or reconciliation. In that light, coming out may serve as a means to grace--an experience of God's unconditional love. The group will convene on Zoom at 6 p.m. Zoom ID # 86868955858

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Diocese-Wide Book Group

Reading Just Mercy

Study-groups throughout the Diocese are forming to read and discuss Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, the story of the founding and work of the Equal Justice Initiative to help the wrongly accused and the under-represented. The book is the basis of the powerful, uplifting new movie of the same name. 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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Signs of Life Group-Study

Not open for signups - class is full

Worship engages our deepest human needs and has the power to transform our lives. Signs of Life is a 5-week online video and conversation group-study engaging St. Andrew’s parishioners in the riches of our worship traditions, liturgy and sacraments, and the art and architecture of our worship spaces. Exploring the full meaning of the signs and symbols at the heart of Christian worship will enable us to deepen our experience of Christian vocation and guide us toward ongoing conversion. (Classes meet on Sundays at 3 p.m. or Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., beginning the week of July 26.)

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Nature as Therapy

Tuesdays at 9 a.m.

The practice of walking in nature with the intent to notice God's creation and what it can tell us can be a healing and restorative practice for body, mind and spirit. And often having a guide can help one find a starting mindset and begin the journey. If you think the gift of nature immersion would be a beneficial addition to your regular spiritual practice, St. Andrews’ new Nature Walks are something you should look into. With the support of parishioner Joy Ellsworth as a guide, we will begin a series of three 45-minute walking meditation sessions (masked and adhering to appropriate social distancing guidelines), combining walking, contemplation and scripture readings. Sessions will take place at 9 AM on Tuesdays, enrollment is limited to 8. If you have questions, or wish to enroll, contact Cheryl Cementina for the details.

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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 Gown

By Jennifer Robson

The story of the women who made the wedding dress for Queen Elizabeth.

Robson writes this historical fiction from multiple points of view and operating in different time periods. The story’s focal point is Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress and the interest and attendant commotion it caused in the post WWII Britain. She chose to write using two women-both at odds and ends in post-war Britain as designers and seamstresses. One is a refugee from France with a Christian Dior recommendation and a third character living in current-day Toronto wishes to uncover her grandmother’s secrets.

The Kitchen Boy, a Novel about the Last Tsar

By Robert Alexander

“He’s the only one alive who knows what really happened. What dark secrets will this ancient Russian immigrant reveal about the final days of Nicholas and Alexandra?”


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Cafe 9:15

Sundays at 9:15 online

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. We’re beginning to discuss Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White by Adam Hamilton, the senior pastor at Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City. Everyone is welcome. Come at 9:30 for fellowship. 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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Adult Confirmation / Discovery

TBD

Discovery is a six-week adult confirmation and new-member course offered in the spring and fall. 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. Topics covered: Anglican Identity, An Instructed Eucharist, the Sacraments, and more! We'll meet for dinner at 6 p.m. with the class starting at 6:30 and concluding at 8 p.m.

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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.


S.M.A.R.T. (Strong Marriages All Require Trust)

On hiatus

Are you married and looking for a community to build deep spiritual relationships with your spouse, family, and others? Join the S.M.A.R.T. class for married couples! S.M.A.R.T. couples gather monthly in small groups for meals, book discussions, prayer, social events, and retreats. Married couples of all ages and expressions are encouraged to participate. Contact Jason and Megan Anderson if you’re interested.

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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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