Adult Ministries at St. Andrew offer opportunities to grow in faith, expand your understanding of the Word, and bring you into a closer, more meaningful relationship with God and his son, Jesus Christ. There are a variety of Adult Education class offerings each Sunday at 9:45 am. You can also join a small group to study the Bible or read and discuss other faith-focused books.
Adult Education at St. Andrew has as its primary focus to help members of our congregation learn and grow as Christian disciples - to be persons who are whole-heartedly and knowledgeably following Jesus Christ. Below is information about various offerings in 2018 and 2019.
Sunday Morning Offerings @ 9:45 am
October 28 | November 4
"Time, Talent, and Treasure"
October 28: St. Andrew's Stewardship and Finance Teams will present updated information on our church finances an annual budget. They will provide the inside perspective on what happens in our ministry support teams. The presentation is a starting point for more discussion about the link between our many resources and our church ministries. Multi-Purpose Room (110)
November 4: The Stewardship Team is hosting a panel of outside experts to talk more broadly about money management, church loans, endowments, and charitable giving. The panelists are Pam Passmore (the loan officer from Two Rivers Bank who helped us with our mortgage), Bobby Scott (a local financial planner), and Minner Serovy (a ministry relations officer from the Presbyterian Foundation who works with churches throughout the Midwest to create a culture of generosity. She offers workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching to finance, stewardship, and endowment committees.). Questions from participants are encouraged so that lively discussion can occur! Multi-Purpose Room (Room 110)
November 11, 18, 25 | December 2 & 9
"The Church in Transition: FInding Community in Christ
As St. Andrew moves forward with discussions about our overall mission and vision, Pastor Danie has been recommending a book by Kennon Callahan, "Twelve Keys to an Effective Church", as a guide to help us develop into "a strong, healthy congregation living in the grace of God." In dialogue with those discussions, this Adult Education class will explore one of the main components Callahan has found to be part of all healthy, effective congregations: a shared theology of community.
Multi-Purpose Room (Room 110)
"Christian Caregiving -- A Way of Life"
St. Andrew's Stephen Ministers offer a guide in discussion and practice format to improve the quality of the care we give people around us -- family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, customers, and clients. Room 128
"Cross + Roads"
Open House Hymn Sing Location TBA
January 13, 20, 27 | February 3
"Serving Christ Locally and Globally"
St. Andrew's Mission, Outreach, and Service Team begins a series of presentations by St. Andrew members on their mission experiences locally and globally and by community members informing us of needs and how to get involved. The Hub (Room 28)
"Holiday Detox: Welcoming Christ After the Modern Day Madness"
A discussion of how we can impact our community positively after the decadence of the "traditional" American holiday. Room 128
February 10, 17, 24 | March 3
"The Gospel According to Broadway, Tin Pan Ally, Top 40, and Spotify"
This class will offer a study of popular music's engagement with the gospel message -- including musicals like "Jesus Christ Superstar" as well as songs/standards like Woody Guthrie's "Jesus Christ" (1940), Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" (1966), Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (1984), XTC's "Dear God" (1986), Joan Osborne's "What If God Was One of Us?", and Regina Spektor's "Laughing With" (2009). The Hub (Room 28)
April 7, 14, 28 | May 5 & 12
"The Art of Neighboring"
Beginning on April 7, "The Art of Neighboring" will be offered. This class is for everyone regardless of whether your small group is currently reading the book with the same title. It also ties in with the weekend following Easter (April 25-27) where we will examine the life and legacy of Fred "Mister" Rogers called "A Neighbor Just Like You: The Music and Message of Fred Rogers."
Questions? Contact Jeff Charis-Carlson. Room 128
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. Acts 2:42, 46-47
When Jesus called his disciples he joined them with strong bonds of fellowship as a group of twelve! Since that time, Christians around the world have discovered the power of small group community. Worship at St. Andrew can be a joyous experience, but worship alone does not fill our need for daily encouragement and practical ministry. Within a variety of small groups, St. Andrew members and friends experience growth as they share the ordinary concerns and celebrations of daily life.
Currently there are a number of small groups at
St. Andrew that meet to share their lives of Christian faith, spur one another onto spiritual growth, and learn together in discipleship.
Basic Christian Community: Each St. Andrew small group possesses its own distinct personality, but all our groups encourage the practice of core Christian practices. Small group meetings typically last an hour and a half and include Biblical reflection, prayer, and the sharing of daily concerns.
Small Group Resources: Many of our groups use the readings from the weekly lectionary as the focus of their Biblical reflection. Others use online video-based small group studies from RightNow Media. Recent titles that group shave studied include "The Good Book" with Kyle Idleman and Deron Spoo, "The DNA of Joy: Finding Joy in Everyday Life" with Greg Surratt, "Simplify: Unclutter Your Soul" with Bill Hybels, "The Influential Disciple" by Scott and Karen Hagen, "The Wonder Life" by Mike Foster, and "The Anatomy of a Disciple".
It is in fellowship that we create a healthy St. Andrew community and provide opportunities for new people to become integrated into the life of the church. When we assemble together for worship, ministry, and social events, we develop meaningful Christ-centered friendships for all generations. Genuine fellowship is demonstrated when we each open our lives and homes to others in the congregation. And through our fellowship and faith in Jesus Christ, our oneness and unity become evident to the community.
Throughout the year the Fellowship Team works hard to plan events for the whole congregation to attend providing these opportunities for friendship and oneness. These events include:
- The St. Andrew Chili-Cook Off in conjunction with Souper Bowl Sunday
- St. Andrew Night dinners (hosted in members' homes throughout the year)
- Maundy Thursday supper
- Annual hayride and hot dog roast
- Christmas Caroling Party in December at Oaknoll Retirement Center and throughout the neighborhood
One other way the Fellowship Team provides to the
St. Andrew congregation is through coordination of receptions for memorial services. The team is still in need of more volunteers who occasionally make cookies or bars or help serve at a reception. If you are interested in this type of mission, please contact Ruth Dane at 319/330.8953 or Joellen Roffman at 319/351.3141.
The Neighborhood Ministry was developed to create personal connections within the congregation. All St. Andrew members and active non-members are assigned a neighborhood number depending upon the location of their residence. The neighborhood coordinator facilitates and hosts activities in their neighborhood, or at the church, in conjunction with a deacon assigned to that neighborhood. If you are unsure of your neighborhood designation, contact Office and Communications Administrator, Sarah Dyck, in the St. Andrew office.