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

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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Aligning Words and Deeds: The Good Book Club in Lent

Our Good Book Club will turn to the Old Testament for Lent, taking up works from three of the “minor prophets” (“minor” only because the books are short). From Feb. 17 through April 3, we’ll read Amos, Hosea, and Micah – prophets concerned that, for God’s people, their words and deeds should be aligned. Each day, you’ll receive a text or email summarizing about 10 verses, along with a link to the reading. You may be surprised at the similarity of themes these prophets raise and issues plaguing us still – economic injustice, legal injustice, and the temptation to turn to false gods to solve our problems.

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New Offerings

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Discovery: Explore and Belong

Thursdays, March 18 through April 29, 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Zoom.

We’ll learn about following Jesus in the Episcopal tradition, exploring where we’ve come from, who we are, why we worship with a prayer book, what the Sacraments are all about, and what our creeds and baptismal promises mean for our lives. It’s a great introduction if you’re new to this tradition, and it’s a great refresher if Confirmation class was a few years ago. For more information or to sign up, email Cheryl Cementina.

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Parish Book Study: Love is the Way

During Lent

By Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Discussion questions will appear on Facebook and in the Messenger each week.

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Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

Tuesdays, Feb. 23, March 2, March 9, March 23, and March 30, 5:30 to 7 p.m., on Zoom.

In a time of deepening divisiveness, the Church is called to be an instrument of reconciliation and unity – and that starts with each of us. This class will help us learn the art of civil discourse through videos and discussions among participants. For more information, email Ann Rainey.

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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

Fahrenheit 451

By Ray Bradbury

(A good follow-up to The Library Book…)

A dystopian novel in which books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any books that are found. The title is “the temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns”: the autoignition temperature of paper. Bradbury said he wrote this because of his concerns at the time of the McCarthy era and the threat of book burning in the U.S. Later, he described the book as a commentary on how mass media reduces interest in reading literature.


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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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