St. Andrew Lutheran Church
Monday, November 19, 2018
Jesus Calls Us…Come and See! Come and Grow! Come and Serve!

Sunday School

We offer Sunday School classes for children preschool age through high school. We’d love to have you join us!

 
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Adult Education

 
 
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Sunday Morning Adult Classes

Join a class this Sunday!
We offer a variety of classes during the school year. Please sign up at the display table or on the DO (Discipleship Opportunities) insert in the worship folder, or drop in on any class even if you have not been in it from the beginning. Classes are normally 9:45-10:45 a.m., between services.
  
 

 

 

Lenten Book Study 2018 

Join us starting February 14th for a seven week book study.

St Andrew Lutheran Church - Vancouver WA
A World Worth Saving: Lenten Spiritual Practices For Action: by George Hovaness Donigian
God thinks the world is worth saving. When we are close to God, we too will want to save the world. For anyone who dismisses Lent as a seemingly endless time of self-sacrifice and introspection, this 7-week study for Lent offers a breath of fresh air. It connects prayer and other inner spiritual practices with outward actions of mercy and compassion. George Donigian guides you to grow in your prayer life by praying about daily news reports, discovering the needs around you, and responding with love and compassion. You will discover ways to serve others, feed the hungry, seek justice and fight injustice, offer healing, extend friendship.
The book is available in the office for $10. Small Groups will begin the February 14.
 
Lenten Study Guide 2018
•Week of Ash Wednesday & Lent 1 (Feb. 12-18) - Fasting from Apathy. Pages 17-30
•Week of Lent 2 (Feb. 19-25th) - Serving God by Serving Other. Pages 31-44
•Week of Lent 3 (Feb. 26-4) Feeding Others and Starving Guilt. Pages 45-60
•Week of Lent 4 (March 5-11) Seeking Justice. Pages 61-78
•Week of Lent 5 (March 12-18) Healing the World. Pages 79-96
•Week of Palm/Passion Sunday (March 19-25) Refining Friendship. Pages 97-112
•Week of Easter (March 26-April 1) Facing Resurrection. Pages 113-114 
 
 
Beginning January 7, 2018 
 
Reconcile

Facilitated by David Howe in the Davis Room.

January 7, 2018 - February 11, 2018

 

What if reconciliation is central to the biblical message? And what if Christians, who have been missing the mark for millennia, are waking up to the reconciling mission of God? 

“Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians”, by international mediator John Paul Lederach and with a foreword by Bill and Lynne Hybels, serves as a guidebook for Christians seeking a scriptural view of reconciliation and practical steps for transforming conflict. Originally published as The Journey Toward Reconciliation and based on Lederach’s work in war zones on five continents, this revised and updated book tells dramatic stories of what works—and what doesn’t—in entrenched conflicts between individuals and groups. Lederach leads readers through stories of conflict and reconciliation in Scripture, using these stories as anchors for peacemaking strategies that Christians can put into practice in families and churches.


The Forgotten Luther

 

Facilitated by Pastor Jim in the Conference Room

January 7, 2018 - February 11, 2018

Reclaiming the socio-economic dimension of the Reformation.  How does the income disparity we see in our culture today mesh with the biblical call to share the wealth of God’s creation with equity? From his earliest days in Wittenberg when Luther saw the adverse effects of the new market economy on the common people and was overwhelmed by the sheer number of beggars on the streets. This study is geared to the every congregation who are committed to the mission of the church. It assumes not only that they are prepared to follow Christ’s call to love the neighbor, but also that they are willing to give tangible expression to that calling through using their talents, experiences, and knowledge. Congregations are filled with people who are “economics savvy” and prepared to use their knowledge in addressing the complex causes of the present income disparity.  




Travel experiences by members

 

Facilitated by Holly Cattin in the sanctuary 

January 7, 2018 - February 11, 2018

Presenters include:

1/7 – Dave Britton, Experiences in Nepal.

1/14 – Mary Strehlow,  Adventures in Ireland.

1/21—Jessica Blatt and Roberto Areco, Traveling in Europe.

1/28 – Mary Stender, Reflections on Scotland.

2/4 – Jane Siedel, Volunteering in Tanzania,  Africa.

2/11 – Kerry Crow, The churches of Revelation in Turkey.


 


 

 

 
 

 

New to St. Andrew? Join us for “Come and See”! 

Led by the Journey of Faith Leadership Team

 
All those new to our church, or who have never joined, are invited to this class to learn and ask questions about Christianity, Lutheran beliefs and St. Andrew Lutheran Church. You’ll get to know other class members and share your joys and concerns. After these classes, you may choose to continue in the Journey of Faith process to deepen your faith life and to become a member of St. Andrew. Contact the office for details.
 
 
 

 
Previous classes
  
Bible Heroes with the Vicar 
 
Led by Vicar Sami
April 30, 2017 - May 28, 2017
 
The Bible is such a fascinating book with amazing characters that teach us so many things about life and God. Some characters stand out like Noah and his legendary ark or Zacchaeus, because we all love the children's song. But there are many, many more characters that are Biblical heroes, but are often forgotten.
 
Beginning April 30, we will start learning about "Twelve Unlikely Heroes," by John MacArthur. In this five week study, we will learn about Enoch, Miriam, Gideon/Samson, James (Jesus' brother), and Mark/Onesimus. We will rewind, rethink, reflect and react to these heroes and their relationships with God.   
 
 
God’s heart for Justice
 
Led by Pr. Jim
April 30, 2017 - May 28, 2017
 
Coming to grips with biblical teaching on justice is by no means easy. There are many complexities that surround "justice" in the Bible. This study will examine the conflicting points of view in the Bible and an application to our present world. The broad areas of theological agreement among the Biblical writers and teachings of Jesus that will be our guide. 
 
 
Lenten Study for 2017
Book of Faith Lenten Journey, Seven Wonders of the Word
By Kathryn Kleinhans
 
Our Lenten book for 2017 celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by focusing on the seven wonders of the Word, rather than the world. It gives us the opportunity to see and experience Scripture from seven new perspectives to transform our lives.
 
Martin Luther and his followers identify the Word as a means of grace. Like a means of transportation or means of communication, Lutheran Christians express the conviction that there are two ways though which God promises to be with us in grace. They are the Word and sacraments of holy baptism and communion.
 
This book is to help us read and reflect on Scripture so as to receive the gift of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Luther’s core conviction is that Scripture is not intended to fill our heads with interesting ideas, but to bring the active power of God’s Word into our lives. The readings and questions are meant to draw us into our own experience so we may know how God is acting in our own lives.
 
Although one can read the book on your own, groups are provided for all to grow in relation with Christ and his church in our understanding of God’s Word. In small groups people gather to learn from one another, not to argue or prove that one is right and the other is wrong. It’s meant to be a way of listening to how the same Word speaks differently to different people. The result is encouragement and guidance for one another on the journey of transformation.
 
The book has six devotions per week starting on Wednesdays and begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1. The themes are how the Word (1) Creates, (2) Calls, (3) Commands, (4) Saves, (5) Sustains, (6) Shapes and (7) Sends. The sermons on Wednesdays will introduce the week’s theme which will be further developed in Sundays’ sermons. The small groups on Wednesdays and Sundays will focus on the same theme.
 
 
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
Led by Pastor Jim Stender
January 8, 2017 - February 26, 2017
 
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is for all who feel like they are living off of other people’s spirituality; are scattered, fragmented and uncentered; and physically, spiritually and emotionally tired. This class is a biblical integration of emotional health, a relationship with Jesus, and the classic practices of contemplative spirituality. Using the work of Peter Scazzero, we will outline the signs of emotionally unhealthy spirituality as well as provide seven biblical, reality-tested ways to the revolutionary life Christ meant for us. The combination of emotional health and contemplative spirituality unleashes the Holy Spirit inside us so that we might experientially know the power of an authentic life in Christ.
  
Book of Matthew
Led by Vicar Sami
January 8, 2017 - February 26, 2017
 
Advent marks the beginning of the new church year. Last year, the gospel readings were from the book of Luke. This year, we will be exploring the book of Matthew. In this study, we will take an in-depth look at the writer, culture, political environment, and themes of the gospel. The goal of the class is to help us better understand the book of Matthew so we can better engage with it in worship.
 
Safe Zone Training
Led by Deena Godwin
January 8, 2017 - February 26, 2017
 
The goal of a Safe Zone training is not to change a particular space, but to create people who are invested in creating safe and affirming environments wherever they go, and providing those people the skills and knowledge they need to do that. This educational offering will allow participants to study and work through a number of activities that will focus on marginalized groups within our community, including LGBTQ identities and experiences. The class will engage people through reflective small group interactions and large group discussions.
 
 
Celtic Christian Spirituality
Led by Pastor Jim Stender in the Davis Room.
October 30, 2016 - December 4, 2016 except November 27 (five weeks)
 
This offering will introduce people to a unique perspective of the Christian faith from an ancient Christian tradition, whose roots go back to the beloved disciple John. This is a tradition that celebrates the cathedral of earth, sea and sky. It is a tradition that celebrates of light of Christ in all people, and puts us clearly on a journey to a deeper truth of God and the world.
  

A Matter of Love and Justice: Health as an Issue of Faith

Led by Vineta Means and Steve Ranney in the Conference Room.
October 30, 2016 - December 4, 2016 except November 27 (five weeks)
 
'Health is good for its own sake; it also is good for living abundantly in relationship with God and in loving service to our neighbor in the vocations to which God has called us.'  This quote from the ELCA's social statement “Caring for Health: Our Shared Endeavor” summarizes our discussion during this five week series.  Using the social statement as a basis, we'll cover health as an issue of faith, our responsibility for the health of ourselves, others and our community, and aspects of public policy in health that impact our community and nation.

 

A Conversation About Charity

Led by Jane Seidel & Beth Oliver in Room 7/8.
October 30, 2016 - December 4, 2016 except November 27 (five weeks)

This class will include videos and discussion based on the books When Helping Hurts and Helping without Hurting by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. They will talk about a different framework for thinking about poverty and its alleviation. Rather than simply defining the need as a lack of material things, this class will address the roots of the issue: broken relationships with God, self, others and creation.

  

Islam for Lutherans 101, led by Dr. Michael Chrzastowski 

September 18-October 16, 2016, 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. (five weeks)

 

Dr. Chrzastowski is an expert from a fellow Lutheran church in Seattle who specialized in teaching Christians about Islam. This class provides an exceptional learning adventure for us to better understand the world’s second largest religion. Dr. Chrzastowski will cover how the Bible compares to the Qur’an; the life story of Muhammed; the foundational beliefs of Islam; and what it means to be a practicing Muslim.  He excels at explaining the similarities and contrasts between Islam and Christianity.


The class begins on Sunday, September 18 at 9:45 am. Please don’t hesitate to invite interested friends and family.

  

 
All the Places to Go ... How Will You Know?  April 10-May 15, 2016

Led by Pr. Jim and David Howe in the Yellow Room

 

In this study we will discover together the countless doors God places before us every dayWe will learn how to recognize them and encourage one another to step out in faith to embrace the extraordinary opportunities that await.

 

1st and 2nd Corinthians  April 10-May 15, 2016

Led by Vicar Emily in the Davis Room

 

Join us as we dig deep into Paul's letters to the church in Corinth and find out not only what they meant to the Corinthians, but what they have to say to us today.

 

Animate: Practices  April 10-May 15, 2016

Led by Steve Ranney in the Conference Room

 

Animate is a six session introduction to the central practices of the Christian faith. It encourages questions people really have, gives thoughtful perspectives from contemporary leaders, and helps people practice the disciplines during the week.  Each session is thoughtful, edgy and presents different ideas through video, handouts and discussion.

 

Lenten Bible Study:  "Do Not Live Afraid; Faith in a Fear Filled World" by John Indermark
Small groups meet Wednesdays at 12:45 and 6 pm and Sundays at 9:45 am. (12:15 pm for young adults.) 
Lenten Retreat: "Transition to Transformation", March 12, 2016