Common Ground – Winter 2022

Common Ground – Winter 2022

Join friends for a casual dinner, devotions, and an early evening of learning and growing in fellowship and faith!  This winter, we offer four in-person classes as well as one online Zoom-based offering.  Get details and register below.

Find MORE Small Groups & Studies, some in-person, some online and some offering both options HERE.

Wednesday Evenings
January 12 – February 16

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 . Symbols and Rituals – Symbols and rituals have been part of our faith from its earliest days.  Some, like the cross, are easily understood.  But what about the others you see at St. Andrew in our sanctuary, throughout the building and even outside?  And what about the rituals in which you might participate, but still don’t really understand?  In this two session course, Pastor Mark Hricko will share the meaning of several symbols that surround us at St. Andrew along with rituals that shape our worship and spiritual life.   (January 12 & 19)

B.  The  “S” Word: Sanctification –  Want more “love, joy, peace, patience . . .” in your life?  Living a life that’s pleasing to God offers these gifts and more.  But how do you actually live such a life when, as Paul says, “The good that I would do – I do not!”  Join David Van Norstrand to find out more in this 4-session series on Sanctification – God’s role and our role.  (January 12-February 2)

C.   Tour of the Gospels –  Why does the New Testament have four different accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus? What are the similarities and differences between them?  What is does each Gospel emphasize about the life and ministry of Jesus?  Pastor Ron Friedrich returns to St. Andrew for four evenings, each devoted to one Gospel.  Expect to come away with a better understanding of the things that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John have to teach us.  (January 26-February 16)

D.  Christ in Film: Perspectives – The life of Jesus has been portrayed and interpreted in significantly different ways across the medium of film. David LaCour will lead us in watching and discussing key moments in the life of Jesus as told from the perspective of different movies and explore how they can impact and enhance our faith. (February 9 & 16)

E.  Online Option: Contemplative Life Series – The rich history of Contemplative Christianity invites us to silence the mind and heart, commune with God, and be transformed by His love.  St. John of the Cross, Thomas Merton, Teresa of Avila, and Thomas Keating are a few of the many Christians who have practiced and taught contemplative prayer over the centuries.  Guided by Leah Chrest, each week we’ll learn about one of these contemplatives, study an excerpt from their work, and close with a short time in contemplative prayer.  NOTE:  This course will be held online only. You must register to get a Zoom link for this series, which begins weekly at 7:00 pm.  (January 12 – February 16)

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