Common Ground – Winter 2020

Common Ground – Winter 2020

Join friends for a casual dinner, devotions, and an early evening of learning and growing in fellowship and faith!

Wednesday Evenings
January 15-February 19

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

A. The Servant Songs of Isaiah – Join this study to explore the “servant songs” of Isaiah, passages that identify a “servant of YHWH” called by God to lead the nations, often interpreted as a prophecy of Jesus Christ.   Led by Ken Austin. 4 sessions. (1/15-2/5)

B. Introduction to Christian Meditation – Feeling stressed as the new year begins? Learn how Christian meditation can increase awareness of the present and bring emotional balance as, through it, we “put on the mind of Christ.”  We will explore the benefits of mindfulness, learn about various Christian meditation practices, and participate in a few guided meditations.  Bring a pillow or blanket if you prefer to sit on the floor.  Led by Leah Chrest. 2 sessions. (1/15-1/22)

C. Are the Kids Alright? Ages & Stages of Family Life – Take stock, learn and be encouraged in these three sessions about family life.  We’ll start with “Making it All Work” about life in a growing family; then “Growing: It All Happens So Quickly,” with young children; and finally, “Learning, Challenges and Balance,” when kids are in school.   Led by educational development specialist, Sheila Langston. 3 sessions. (1/15-1/29)

D. The Epistles of St. John – When lecturing on 1 John, Martin Luther professed, “I have never read a book written in simpler words than this one, and yet the words are inexpressible.” In this series we will examine the historical-cultural context in which John’s Epistles were written, discuss their major theological themes, and explore issues like the aspects of love addressed in 1 John, the threat from false teachings, and the assurance of salvation.   Led by Joe Chiaravallotti. 4 sessions. (1/29-2/19)

E. Wrestling with the “Tough Stuff” – Many of us have a running list of “questions to ask God one day” – things we wonder about but know we’ll never get answers to on this side of heaven. But in the meantime, we still have to deal with difficult stuff in our lives and questions that can “rock” our faith.  Come to see what the Bible has to say about tough stuff and how, even without all the answers, we can still live in hope. Led by Pastor Nick González. 2 sessions. (2/5-2/12)

F.  Children in Foster Care: How Can You Help?  – Hundreds of thousands of children spend time in foster care each year. You can play a critical role in these children’s lives, providing much-needed stability and care to help them heal. Come for a panel discussion with professionals and St. Andrew members who have experience as foster parents. Learn how you can get involved through prayer, mentoring, advocacy, childcare and as foster parents.  Bring your questions! Maybe you could share the love of Jesus with a child in need? 1 session. (2/12)

G. Estate Planning and Endowment Giving – Come to learn how endowment giving can benefit your estate plan and leave a powerful legacy that will bring blessings to God’s Kingdom now and in the years ahead. Led by Harold Lowe, Certified Financial Planner. 1 session. (2/19)

H – The Forgiveness Quiz – How well do you know what forgiveness is and what it isn’t?  Come for a discussion based on the teachings of our faith and the writings of Dr. David Stoop. Find out how you score on “The Forgiveness Quiz.” Led by Pastor Mark Hricko. 1 session. (2/19)

 Childcare available with a reservation – 48 hours notice, please!
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