St. Andrew offers a variety of spiritual growth opportunities for adults. Most of our groups blend fellowship with study. Professional childcare is always provided on Sunday mornings and can be arranged for any other groups that need it. See full descriptions below for the following groups.
Know & Grow
Biblical Foundations of Our Faith
CrossRoads Leaders Book Study
WINGS (Women in Need Gaining Strength)
Oasis Women’s Bible Study
Disciple Bible Study
St. Andrew Men’s Group
St. Andrew United Methodist Women
Echoes of the Gospel Book Club
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University
Sundays, 10-11 a.m. in Adult Room #2
The Christian Issues Class is a discussion class open to all adults that uses the United Methodist weekly publication "FAITHLINKS." This paper covers current issues with a Christian perspective. It always includes appropriate Bible verses and the UMC perspective. Each Sunday a facilitator lifts certain passages from the publication and the group discusses the issue. The "FAITHLINK" for each Sunday is emailed to the members. Members feel comfortable with each other and freely express their opinions and share their concerns. The group has an outreach component, which is collecting pocket change each week to be sent to Operation Classroom in Liberia. The group meets to learn and share with each other.
Contact: Dan Soposky and Marilyn Neie
Know and Grow
Sundays, 10-11 a.m. in Adult Room #1
We talk about other Christian Faiths, but how much do we really know about them? For example, in what ways are Methodists and Baptists the same and what ways different? Beginning September 16, 2012, the class will be watching and discussing an Adam Hamilton DVD series, Christianity's Family Tree: What Other Christians Believe and Why. We will learn about the major beliefs of eight Christian denominations and what makes them unique. As we learn more about our Christian family we hope to know God and ourselves a little better.
We welcome you to join us in Adult Classroom 1 Sundays at 10:00.
Contact person: Kim Schwartz
This seven week class meets at 10am in The Intersection— located next to the Junior High Classroom. Beginning on April 14th the class will focus on the topic of prayer and will include weekly discussions of the book, Too Busy NOT to pray by Bill Hybels. Books will be provided for all participants at the first session. Just show up with an open mind and an open heart. If you enjoy thought provoking discussions and great fellowship this class should be an enriching experience. Please join us!
Contact: Barb Jones (497-7755, email@example.com)
Sundays, 10-11 a.m., Adult Room #3
The basis for many contemporary morals and ethical principles of our Christian faith have their foundation in the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. The primary Wisdom Literature books include: Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Please join Marshall Martin at 10:00 am Sunday morning in Adult 3 starting September 16th. He will lead this Biblical Foundations of Our Faith class through Advent.
Contact: Marshall Martin
CrossRoads Leaders Book Study
Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Conference Room
This group, open to anyone in the church, alternates between reading a book of the Bible and a faith-based contemporary book. Our current text is The Year of Living Like Jesus. We meet to discuss the chapter assignment for the week. Not meant to be a scholarly study, but rather a discussion-based study that involves informal Christian conversation, fellowship and prayer time as well. This is not the group for you if you want to debate theological fine points and memorize long portions of texts. On the other hand, if you want to read and discuss Scripture and contemporary books with a small group that loves to laugh and cares about each other – it might just be the group for you. Note: After we finish a book in the Bible/other book, we often take a 2-4 week break before starting the next study. It is recommended for joiners to start with us when we begin a new book or scripture study. New studies are announced in the bulletin.
Contact: Pastor Pat Sleeth
Wednesdays from 7-8:15 p.m. in Adult Room #1
We all have a story. What’s your story? This is a life changing story. This fall, WINGS is using Life Lessons: The Gospel of Mark by Max Lucado to explore the life changing story of Jesus. Join us Wednesday evenings as we share, study, laugh and pray together in this dynamic small group. Childcare is provided. Contact Janet Dietz (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pamela White (email@example.com) with questions.
Contact: Janet Dietz or Pamela White
Fridays from 9:15 - 11 a.m. (between September-May) in Adult Room #2
Are you available on Friday mornings? Do you need to have your cup filled up? Looking for friendship and camaraderie? Want to get closer to God?
Well, Oasis is for you! Oasis is defined as something that provides refuge, relief or pleasant contrast. Come join a group of women to fellowship with and explore the Bible. Whether you’re a stay at home mom, retired or have Friday’s off from work, you’ll find a wonderful group of women to welcome you into the group. We meet weekly on Friday mornings from 9:15-11am. Childcare is provided. After a brief period of visiting we delve into our study and share our insights, thoughts and experiences with others. Don’t feel like sharing? That's ok. Come and listen and meet a group of wonderful women! We look forward to seeing you there. The book we will be studying is "Life Lessons with Max Lucado – Books of Ruth & Esther".
Contact: Kate Springer
Disciple II: Into the Word into the World. A thirty-two week Bible study that aims at transformation, not just information.
Meets: Tuesday evenings 6-8:30 p.m. in the Adult I classroom.
The contact person is W.L. Mills
The second Saturday of each month, usually in the Intersection
The men’s group has a three-fold purpose: growing our faith in Jesus Christ, performing service projects at St. Andrew and in the community, and building strong relationships among the men of St. Andrew.
Contact: John Chapman, Dean Brusnighan or John Baldwin
The second Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Conference Room. (Note that we are not meeting in January or February.)
We are a group of women who are concerned with the mission field locally, nationally, and internationally. We come together to learn about what we can do to help others to have better lives. We try to cover a range of missions. We have studied about women and children who have been abducted both here and other countries and used as slaves. We have had discussions about how we can reach out to women who are trying to start small businesses. We find a variety of ways we can help in the community from providing cookies to Cary Home and to LUM to making gifts for Tippecanoe Villa. We have been gathering material and pillow cases to make pillow case dresses for Haiti and elsewhere. We also support our own St. Andrew community when food is required for a funeral. We are always looking for new women to come and join us!
Contact: Dorothy Taylor
Every six weeks or so on Sunday, 6-7:30 p.m. in Adult Room #1. See bulletin and newsletter for exact dates.
“Echoes of the Gospel” is St. Andrew's book club for adults of all ages and teens who are interested in reaching and discussing the books. We read a variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction, suggested by the participants. However, we try to look at these books from our faith perspective, and the books always have some relevance to our faith. About once a year, we have a special meeting devoted to picking books for the next year. Each person comes to that meeting with one or more suggested books. Well in advance of each regular meeting, we pick one book from the list of suggestions to read and discuss at the upcoming meeting. For each meeting, we have a discussion leader (usually the person who suggested that particular book), and participants try to read the book in advance of the meeting. We talk about the book -- whether we liked it, what it meant, how it relates to our faith, anything that particularly spoke to us -- and we have snacks, sometimes related to the theme of the book. “Echoes of the Gospel” started in 2005, when Lafayette first began the One Great Read program, and the first book discussed by the group was Fahrenheit 451, the One Great Read choice for 2005.
We are always happy to have newcomers and people who want to just check out the group. While we have many members who read pretty much every book and come to almost every meeting, we have others who come when they can and come even if they didn't have time to read the whole book. Not everyone is comfortable leading the discussion, but we would still like to have you participate at whatever level is right for you. It's a fun group, a good place to get to know some other people from the church, not too big, not too small.
Contact: Shirley Olson
Are you tired of being broke? Are you and your spouse paying for Christmas in July? Is there too much month left at the end of the money? Do you argue with your spouse about where the money goes? Then this course is for you. During this 12 week course, you will learn God’s way to secure your financial future. This is not a get rich quick course. It is an informational plan on money management. A call-out meeting is set for January 6 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew and classes are scheduled to begin January 23 and continue for 12 weeks. Child care is provided.
Contact: Dan Soposky
SUN: 8:45, 10:00, 11:15 Rev. Tim BurchillRev. Pat Sleeth
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