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Online Forum this Sunday via Zoom: What does Jeremiah have to say to us today?
January 23, 9:15 AM via Zoom
Join Anne at 9:15 on Zoom Sunday morning to explore Jeremiah 1:4-10, the Old Testament lesson appointed for January 30.  Because of Covid protocols, we have been using only two lessons each Sunday instead of three.  Since we won't be hearing the Jeremiah lesson during worship on the 30th, this gives us an opportunity to explore it together before the service. Click this link to join the gathering on Sunday morning (link will also be included in the Sunday morning email with the service link and bulletin): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89709222580

For families with young children

Click here for this week's Sunday Paper Junior. It has a little lesson and activity, and you can color the pages if you like. 

Click here for the Family Resource Center on our website - links to Christian education materials for families, and videos of songs performed by our Music Minister Brad Norris.


Adult Forum on Sunday morning - CANCELLED at this time

The Forum meets Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

Aging as Transformation
January 9 - 23
No one is getting any younger!  In this forum series, we'll explore how the transformations of aging can bring new possibilities, fresh beginnings, a wealth of appreciation, and a depth of gratitude that profoundly affects how our lives proceed.

  • January 9 – Aging as Spiritual Practice (led by Margaret Bivins)
  • January 16 – Planned Giving (led by Philip Hatchett)
  • January 23 – Religion of Tomorrow (led by David Lilley)

Grateful: The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks
January 30 - February 20
Based on her book Grateful, the Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks, Diana Butler Bass walks us through a process in which gratitude strengthens our character and moral resolve, giving each of us the possibility of living peaceably and justly - the very essence of what it means to be alive and to know life abundantly.

  • January 30 – Grateful Me: Emotions – Gifts and Thanks (led by Anne Kirchmier)
  • February 6 – Grateful Me: Ethics – Awareness and Practice (led by Marc Vance)
  • February 13 – Grateful We: Emotions – Joy and Celebration (led by Margaret Bivins)
  • February 20 – Grateful We: Ethics – Community and Politics (led by David Lilley)

Invitation to a Holy Lent
February 27
As we enter into the Lenten season of preparation for a joyous Easter, we will delve deeply into the Church's invitation to the observance of a holy Lent (BCP p. 265) "by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and be reading and meditating on God's holy word."

Desert Spirituality
March 6 - April 3
Now in the full throes of our Lenten disciplines, we will revisit the ancient practices of desert spirituality - the inner state consciousness where we come to have a first-hand experience of God.

  • March 6 – The Wisdom of the Desert (led by David Lilley)
  • March 13 – Alleluia is the Song of the Desert (led by Marc Vance)
  • March 20 – The Desert Mothers (led by Margaret Bivins)
  • March 27 – Desert Spirituality (led by Anne Kirchmier)
  • April 3 – The Prayer of the Desert (led by David Lilley)

No Forum April 10, 17, 24

Mindfulness
May 1 - 15
As we continue with our ongoing spiritual formation, we will explore mindfulness practices and how they can be incorporated into our traditionally Anglican expression of worshipping with our entire being - our mind and body, our senses and emotions, our heart and soul.

  • May 1 – The Present Moment in Embodied Prayer (led by David Lilley)
  • May 8 – Moving Meditation (led by Marc Vance)
  • May 15 – the Meaning of Movement in our Liturgical Prayer (led by Margaret Bivins)

Music Minister Brad Norris
May 22
Today we will welcome our Music Director, Brad Norris, to round out the spring formation offerings, leaving us with a song in our hearts!
 

During the Week - CANCELLED at this time

Centering Prayer
Centering prayer groups meet on Wednesday evenings at 5:15 p.m. and on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m. All are welcome, no matter your level of experience with centering prayer practice. Contact David Lilley for more information. 

Women of the Word (WOW) Bible Study
Women of the Word is on hiatus until January 2022. If you are interested in joining us, please email Peggy Woodall (pwoodall@verizon.net) or Gloria Brooks (gloriasbrooks@hotmail.com) for more info. Please join us and bring a friend!

Thursday Morning Bible Study
Thursday morning Bible study meets Thursdays at 10 a.m. in the Parish Library. All are invited to attend. We are studying and discussing the readings for the week. Hope to see you there!
 

Christian Formation offerings for Children - CANCELLED at this time

Children’s Chapel
We are expanding our program to include recreation on the playground. In fact, we will meet there on Sundays beginning at 10:15 AM.  Lessons will be based on Bill Gordh’s Building a Children’s Chapel One Story at a Time as well as the readings from the Episcopal Liturgical calendar.  We like to treat our Children’s Chapel as a ‘one-room schoolhouse’ where all children aged 3 through 5th grade learn together, the older ones helping the younger ones to understand God’s abundant love for them.  To that end, recreation on the playground will be followed by a Bible storytime and a craft with children returning to the church to join their parents for communion. A small snack will also be provided. Parents are always welcome to participate in Children’s Chapel – we love their input and extra hands and may need the extra supervision at times. We look forward to seeing you there!
 

Online On-Demand

St. Andrew’s podcast: Love Your Neighbor
Tune in to St. Andrew’s podcast, Love Your Neighbor, with ears to listen and hearts to feel as we talk with all types of people about the challenging issues our world faces and ways to cope with the fear and anxiety many people are feeling right now.  It is available on Google Podcasts and  Apple Podcasts, and episodes are released every week.

Video series: Conversations on Racism
Click here for video conversations between our rector, Anne Kirchmier and members of the community that explore racism and white privilege.

Family Resource Center
Click here for worship, prayer and formation resources for families to use while observing "safer at home" guidelines.

Praying on Instagram
Follow St. Andrew’s on Instagram (@standrewsnn) for prayers posted several days a week, 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.

Last Published: January 24, 2022 10:08 AM