Common Ground – Fall 2021

Common Ground – Fall 2021

Join friends for a casual dinner, devotions, and an early evening of learning and growing in fellowship and faith!  After virtual sessions during COVID, we are back to meeting in-person this fall!

Wednesday Evenings
September 22 – November 10

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

Bridge Builders (2 sessions – 11/3 & 10) –Join this group focused on answering God’s call to reconciliation, justice, and service for all.  You may feel called to support the work and get involved!  Interested but prefer to join virtually? Contact Kurt Bruwelheide at [email protected] to get a Zoom link. 

  • November 3: An Asian American Perspective – Hear from Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service President & CEO Krish O’Mara Vignarajah as she shares stories and insights from her work and life as a Sri Lankan immigrant who excelled in academics, law, and public service before taking the helm of this country’s largest not-for-profit resettlement agency at a critical time.
  • November 10: Faith & Work Enterprises – Learn about the work of this Lutheran-based initiative, from staff serving the community in West Baltimore at a grass-roots level with resources, job training, employment and more. Gain new insights as they share about the blessings and the sometimes-hard truths and challenges that come with this kind of ministry.

Faith Sharing: Invitation and Challenge – Have you ever invited another person to explore our faith? If so, how did it go? If not, how can you get ready and be comfortable enough to do it when an opportunity presents itself? Enjoy this brief 2-session introduction to the Biblical foundations and challenges for inviting someone and helping them in their walk with God. Led by Mengesha Shibru Gella.  (11/3-10)

 Childcare is available with a reservation – 48 hours notice, please!
Register today!
Earlier Offerings:

The Tabernacle – Learn about this portable worship space that housed the legendary Ark of the Covenant and its significance and use by the children of Israel as they journeyed to the Promised Land. There’s more to it than you think! Led by George Mannina. (9/22-29)
Gather at the Shepherd’s Table – Since 1983, grass-roots organization Shepherd’s Table has been responding to the needs of the hungry and homeless in Montgomery County, with the support of faith communities like St. Andrew. Fellow member and Shepherd’s Table Executive Director Manny Hidalgo will speak about the organization’s mission and work. (9/22)
Churches of the Revelation – The late first-century church in Asia Minor faced pressures that included economic and social exclusion, loss of employment, boycotts, complacency and moral compromise. It was during this time that the letters to the seven churches of the book of Revelation provided God’s promises, warnings, and commands to persevere. Join this 4-week Bible study for a review of God’s letters to the churches and a discussion of how we can apply them to life today. Led by Joe Chiaravallotti.  (10/6-27)
Faith Walk Membership Information Seminar – From our understanding of the sacraments to the meaning of our worship to how we read the Bible, join this 5-session opportunity to discover or rediscover the ways in which God works in our individual lives and in the community of St. Andrew. Faith Walk is for folks who may be interested in joining St. Andrew, members who’d like a refresher, and others who are simply curious. (9/29-10/27)
Lectio Divina – Partake in this ancient, contemplative method of encountering scripture that is forever refreshing and new. Each week, reflect on an individual passage with specific guidance to help us reflect on the ways it speaks to each of us. Those who’ve experienced lectio divina often report discovering things they’ve never seen before, even in familiar passages, as God’s word comes alive.  Led by Deb Poese. (9/22-10/31)