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. For more information about educational offerings, contact Pastor Kyle.
Join us in the fall of 2017 at 9:45 am as we imaginatively explore central topics of the Christian faith. Each Sunday we will engage with a contemporary Christian thinker and influencer as we consider questions that stir the hearts and minds of all who seek to know God and follow Jesus Christ. "Is God real?" "What does it mean to be spiritual?" "What does it mean to walk in the way of Jesus?" "What does the cross have to do with faith?", and other faith provoking questions will be considered. For more information, contact Pastor Kyle.
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
Pastor Kyle Otterbein led a class last spring supporting couples who seek to strengthen their marriages. The Gottman Seven Principles Program is based on the bestselling book by Dr. John M. Gottman entitled, The Seven Principles for Making a Marriage Work. To learn more, click this link.
Mission, Outreach, & Support Adult Education Series
Mission, Outreach, & Support (MOS) presented its annual January adult education series. Please click this link to learn more about the ministries that were highlighted for 2017.
Continuation of Looking at Gay Marriage
Last fall we finished studying God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines. Click below to look at the study guide and the weekly handouts.
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.
St. Andrew Small "GroupMesters" 2016/2017:
Fall 2016: October 1 through December 3
Winter 2017: January 1 through March 4
Spring 2017: April 2 through June 3
Summer 2017: July 2 through September 2
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.