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Sunday Morning Adult Forum

The Good Book Club
During Eastertide, April 8 through May 20, St. Andrew's joins Episcopalians around the world to read the Book of Acts. We hope you’ll join us on this journey! Click here for more info.

April 8: Acts 1:1-11
This week, we will take a close look at Acts and the events surrounding the birth of the church.  Events like the Ascension and Pentecost will come sharply into focus, and we will consider ways the Holy Spirit is still ministering to and through us today.

April 15: Processing as a Parish
In order to make it easier for more people to attend, the wardens and Anne have decided to move The Evening of Conversation: Processing as a Parish event from Tuesday, April 10 to Sunday, April 15, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.  We will meet in the Parish Hall and the regularly scheduled adult forum will not meet. Processing as a Parish is an opportunity for parishioners first to share their thoughts and feelings about the closing of the school; and then to begin looking to the future and exploring what next steps in mission God is calling us to take.

April 22: Acts 6:1-7
This week, we’ll spend some time discussing a major conflict in the midst of the early church.  We’ll unpack the push and pull of Hellenism, traditional Jewish understandings, and how this  situation gives rise to the office of deacon, as well as provides for a bigger table and tent for the  growing church.

April 29: Acts 9:1-22
This week, we will meet Paul and notice a shift in the narrative of Acts. We will discuss Paul’s personality and the intensity of his character. In discussing Paul’s gifts, we will also spend some time thinking about how our gifts can often cut both ways, being helpful and hurtful at times, and explore some strategies for how to use our gifts in our faith communities and in our personal lives.

May 6: Mayfest there will be no Adult Forum this Sunday.

May 13: Acts 11:1-18
This week, we will take a serious and substantive look at Peter’s vision and why it is tied to the conversion of Cornelius. We’ll discuss the ideas of clean/unclean and why Peter’s vision was such a game-changer for the church, as well as the conflict that ensued and the difficult of implementing change.

May 20: Acts 15:1-31
Once again, we’ll look at one of the pivotal conflicts in the early church and see how far we have (or haven’t come) in the intervening 2000 years. Discussion and disagreement about circumcision and kosher dietary laws as well as Greek and Roman social/cultural influences may remind us of the conflicts and conversations that we are having in our homes, faith communities, and in the wider world. We’ll also take time to talk over the life-changing habit of sharing meals.

May 27: Acts 16:16-40 and preview of Acts 28:23-31
This week, we look at another liberation story and talk about Paul’s second missionary expedition. We will discuss the idea of making “good trouble” in addition to creating some strategies for studying the remainder of Acts on our own and pondering the “happy ending” of the overarching story of the emergence of the church.


During the Week

Women of the Word
Women of the Word, a women's Bible study group, invites you to join them for Invitation to John – A Short Term Disciple Bible Study. This is an eleven week course from April 4 through June 14.  We meet each Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 in the Parish Library. The Easter season seems to be an appropriate time to immerse ourselves in this most beautiful Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ. All participants in the study will have a work book for weekly study.  Each week we will cover two chapters in the Gospel of John. You may purchase a participant’s book from Cokesbury.  If you have interest or questions, call Peggy Woodall at 930-3234.

Thursday Morning Bible Study
This Bible study meets 10 to 11:15 a.m. every Thursday. The group is currently studying the Book of Acts.

Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays in the Parish Library. Led by David Lilley.

Being & Becoming: Goals for Our Future
Interested parishioners are invited to come together monthly for conversation, planning, and action as we discern how best to move forward on the goals presented at the Annual Parish Meeting in December 2017. Please join us, either in person or in spirit (and definitely in prayer!), as we move forward into our future, where God is already present and waiting for us. Click here for more info.
 

Online

Follow the Good Book Club on Facebook and Instagram
We'll be posting the daily readings on our Facebook and Instagram (@standrewsnn), along with resources and conversation from the wider church. If you don't follow us, now is a great time to start!

Praying on Instagram
Follow St. Andrew’s on Instagram (@standrewsnn) for a daily prayer, posted each morning, along with beautiful photography by members of St. Andrew’s.

Devotion & Prayer Resources
Daily prayer and scripture reading is a vital part of any Christian's life. Our website offers some online resources that you might find helpful for your daily practice. Click here.

Video of "Islam for Christians" lecture series
Over six weeks, John Herbst, Ph.D., presented the "Islam for Christians" lecture series. Each talk was video recorded for later viewing. Click here for more info.

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Christian Formation offerings for youth (Grades 6-12)

EYC (Episcopal Youth Community)
Meets 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday evenings

This is an energetic community that gathers on Sunday evenings from September to May to worship, enjoy fellowship, have fun, and participate in Bible-based discussions on topics of everyday life, world issues, and their faith. Click here for more info.
 

Christian Formation offerings for Children

Children’s Chapel
Children’s Chapel, for children age 3 through 5th grade, is offered during the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday. Following the Gospel reading, children leave for Chapel and return in time for Communion. Clergy or other leaders offer an age appropriate lesson based on the lectionary of the day and music is led by our Minister of Music Brad Norris.

Vacation Bible School
Hilton Area Churches Vacation Bible School, usually held in early July each year, is an ecumenical program which includes five area churches. It began over 25 years ago and continues to be an important collaborative ministry each summer. Adult and youth volunteers begin preparing months in advance to ensure that the children attending benefit from an enriching Christian education experience. Our volunteers work alongside volunteers from other churches and together share in the mission to communicate God’s love to all. To learn more or get involved, contact the Parish Office, 595-0371 or saec0371@verizon.net.

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