Common Ground – Fall 2018

Common Ground – Fall 2018

Fall into a great new routine!  Come for dinner,  informal devotions, and an early evening of learning and growing in fellowship and faith!

Wednesday Evenings
September 12 – October 31
Dinner at 6:00 pm
Informal Praise & Prayer at 6:30 pm
Group Time 6:40-7:40 pm
Closing on “Common Ground” at 7:45 pm

Check out these Fall Offerings and Register Below:

Christianity’s Family Tree: Exploring Faith Traditions – Based on a book by Adam Hamilton, this class will offer helpful information and inspiring insights about eight Christian denominations/faith traditions. Comparing the Christian family to our own extended families, the author contends that each denomination has a unique, valuable perspective to offer followers of Jesus. Come learn and discuss! Led by Pastor Steve Miller. 8 sessions. (9/12-10/31)

Twelve Ordinary Men: Called by Jesus – Contrary to what some may believe, we do not have to be “perfect” to do God’s work. Look no further than the twelve disciples whose many weaknesses are preserved in the pages of the New Testament. Jesus chose ordinary people – fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots – and turned their weakness into strength. Based on a book by John MacArthur, discover how Jesus is calling modern day disciples, like you! Led by Ruth Heilman. 3 sessions. (9/12-10/3)

 Christian Citizenship: God & Politics –  In this political-charged midterm election year, Pastor Bob Mordhorst will review biblical texts related to the role of government under God’s rule in our world and the church’s relationship to government, with a special focus on Martin Luther’s “Two Kingdom” theology.  In view of all this, we will consider and discuss our role as Christian citizens today in the United States of America. 4 sessions. (9/12-10/3)

Faith Walk Membership Information Seminar – What did Jesus say about being “members of the body” in the community of believers?  What are the sacraments and why do they matter?  What is Christianity in the Lutheran tradition?  Explore these and related questions in a small group setting where answers are found, and friends are made.  For those new to St. Andrew, and those looking to renew and refresh! Led by Pastor Mark Hricko. 5 sessions. (9/12-10/3, 10/24)

Messianic Insights into Jewish Life and History – Messianic Rabbi Robert Pristoop will share on a variety of topics from his perspective as a Jewish follower of Jesus. Weekly sessions will include: the history of Jews and the church; insights on witnessing to Jewish people; an overview of the fall feasts and traditions of Israel relative to the second coming of Jesus; and perspective on the 400 years of God’s silence during the intertestamental period. 4 sessions. (10/10-10/31)

Faith & Healing – Director of Ministries Greg Twombley will share about his recent journey through a sudden, serious illness and months-long recovery, and lead a discussion highlighting God’s presence and provision through his traumatic, yet ultimately blessed experience and similar experiences that others might share.  1 session. (10/3)

Practical Stuff: Stay Safe, Be Wise  – Come for a series of practical topics led by fellow-members who will generously share insights from their areas of professional and/or personal expertise.  Sessions will include: fraud prevention by police detective Cindy Miranda; financial advice for retirement and for the “sandwich generation” caught between growing kids and aging parents by Harold Lowe, Certified Financial Planner; and tax-wise giving under the new tax code by financial professional Bruce Winter. 4 sessions. (10/3-10/31)