Events Calendar

Events Calendar

October 2022

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Worship Young

Days/Times: 1st Sunday of the month at 9:00 & 10:30 AM This is an opportunity for children to be engaged in the worship service in leadership roles through reading, assisting with ushering or offering, and other important service opportunities in worship. Contact: Pastor Lillejord


Worship Times & Format Sunday 9:00 AM | Traditional  Familiar hymns and liturgy bring a sense of tradition at this service. Our 9:00 AM service music uses a spirited approach with a wide variety of hymns, liturgical music, and anthems that often draw from many musical styles: classical, spirituals, gospel, jazz, and both historic and contemporary hymnody.   At the 9:00 AM service, communion is celebrated first and third Sunday of the month. Sunday 10:30 AM | Contemporary We are excited to…

New Member Information Sessions

Interested in learning more about St. Andrew and becoming a member? New Member Information sessions provide information about St. Andrew, inform you about what we believe as an Lutheran congregation, and talk about the ministry opportunities we offer that will help you live out your faith in daily life. Join us on either Sunday morning, October 2 at 10:00AM (in-person) in Room 207 or Tuesday evening, October 4 at 7:00PM (virtual). Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson

Southwest Grief Coalition

Age Range: Teenagers and adults Description: Losing someone we love is one of life’s most challenging passages. The churches of the Southwest Grief Coalition have bound together to provide support and education for those who would like to come learn about the process of grief in a caring, supportive, and confidential setting. Learning about your grief leads to personal growth and healing. For up to date information and registration details visit the Southwest Grief Coalition website. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson

50+ Followers

Age Range: 55+ Aged women Description: Providing opportunities for building and nurturing supportive relationships among 55+ aged women through Christian study and service—with lots of fun and laughs in the process! We will be reading the book The Faithful—Bible Study Book: Heroes of the Old Testament. Contact: Grace Stewart

River Valley Alcohol Anonymous Group

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial and apolitical. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. Welcome to all who are in need. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson

Basketball (18+)

Join members and friends of St. Andrew for a friendly game of basketball and fellowship in the St. Andrew gym. Men and women are welcome. It is a great way to stay in shape, meet some new people, and bond over a shared interest in the sport. We plan to play weekly on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:15 PM starting September 13th. If interested, sign up using the registration link below or contact Mark Domyahn so that he can be in touch…

Loom Knitting Class

Are you interested in a class to knit hats for others? You don’t need to be an expert. Members of a small group at St. Andrew invites you to participate in this easy-to-learn knitting process that also serves as a good chance to connect with others from church as well as donate the hats to people in need. Class participants will be in two groups: those who have no or limited loom knitting experience, and those who have knitted 3…

Suicide Bereavement Support Group

Age Range: 18 or older Days/Times: 1st Tues & 3rd Thurs of each month, 7:00–9:00 PM Description: This support group aims to provide a safe, accepting and non-judgmental place for people struggling with the challenge of suicide loss. Leadership of this support group have experienced personal loss of their own and have received specialized training. All meetings are held virtually over Zoom. Please contact the facilitators if you would like the link. Contact: Tammy Sperr and Cheryl Harjes

Band of Brothers

Age Range: Mixed men Description: Join fellow Christian men each week to examine how faith affects our daily life and relationships. This group is involved in service projects both locally and farther away. Participate weekly, when you can, or when a service project that is announced interests you. Contact: Don Mussell

Early Risers Bible Study

Age Range: Mixed adults Description: Come for a lively discussion as we dive into the Word of God using books written by a variety of authors. Contact: Pastor Gail Bach

Sewing the Word

Age Range: Adult women Description: Would you like to learn how to quilt or how to help with the quilt group? We can use help with cutting, pinning, press¬ing, or sewing. We are happy to teach you. Our quilts have gone to an orphanage in Honduras, Haiti, Florida, Texas, battered women’s shelters, police departments, Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph Home, PROP, and many other places. Contact: Mary Ann Smith

St. Andrew Walking Group

Wednesday, September 28th Location The walking group is meeting at 1:30 PM on Wednesday 9/28 at The Landing in Shakopee. The address is 2187 County Rd 101  Shakopee. Text or call Shelley Luna with questions. 952-261-6104 Interested in getting to know some new people at St. Andrew? Want to get a little exercise in the process? You are welcome to join a St. Andrew’s fun walking group each Wednesday night this summer. We will gather at 6:30PM each Wednesday for introductions,…

Thrive (4th & 5th Graders)

Wednesday Nights are centered around Love People. This is a time for community, connection, friendship and fellowship! We are going to play high energy games, have creative competitions, silly challenges and lots of laughs with friends, old and new! We’ll probably even get messy. There will be opportunities for service events to Love People outside of our community as well.  If you’re looking for something fun to do, Wednesday Night is the place for you! Contact: Pastor Lillejord

Shine (K-3rd Graders)

Wednesday Nights are centered around Love People. This is a time for community, connection, friendship and fellowship! We are going to play high energy games, have creative competitions, silly challenges and lots of laughs with friends, old and new! We’ll probably even get messy. There will be opportunities for service events to Love People outside of our community as well.  If you’re looking for something fun to do, Wednesday Night is the place for you! Contact: Pastor Lillejord

Wednesday Night Dinners

Wednesday Night Meals have begun! Put down the fry pan and join us on Wednesday evenings between 5:00–7:00 PM for stress-free, delicious dinners and wonderful community. Meals will always include the entre, side(s), salad bar, dessert and beverage. Small Portion—$7.00 Full Portion—$12.00

Ring of Fire

Age Range: 4th & 5th grade Description: Ring of Fire is a handbell experience for 4th and 5th graders focused on learning the basics of handbell technique. This choir is a great opportunity to make friends at church, learn a new instrument and grow your musical gifts! Ring of Fire will perform 2-3 times throughout the year in worship, including at the Sunday school Christmas program. No experience is necessary-everyone is welcome! Contact: Linnae Stole

Grace Notes (Intro to Handbells)

Age Range: Adults Description: St. Andrew member Vicki Grant will be leading Intro to Handbells this fall for adult-age beginning handbell ringers. This 10 week class is for adults and will cover all the basics and techniques of handbell ringing. They will meet from October 5 – mid-December. No experience with handbells is required but attendees should be able to read music. Contact: Vicki Grant

Peace bRingers

Age Range: 6th–12th Grade Description: Peace bRingers is a handbell choir for middle and high school students. We are a group that loves to have fun together while also making beautiful music! This group will explore both basic and advanced musical and handbell techniques and work on growing as an ensemble through the year. Peace bRingers performs 5-6 times throughout the year in worship, and with the possibility of one outside performance as a service opportunity. Prior handbell experience is…

Starlite Singers

Age Range: 3-year-olds–kindergarten Description: Starlite Singers welcomes the youngest children (3-year-olds–kindergarten) with a variety of activities. Children sing, dance, make music, and learn of Jesus’ love for them. Participate in worship approximately once per month, as well as additional Wiggle & Worship services. Parents are always invited to attend, and nursery care is available for younger siblings. Contact: Hannah Fleming

Sonshine Singers

Age Range: 1st–5th Grade Description: Sonshine Singers is an exciting and energetic children’s choir for 1st–5th Graders. Singers learn age-appropriate choral singing basics in a nurturing and fun environment. Kids will make new friends and have a blast with Jill Boyd. The choir sings during worship approximately once a month. Contact: Jill Boyd

Spirit Singers

Age Range: 6th–9th grade Description: The Spirit Singers, ages 6th-9th grade, sing approximately once a month in worship and for special services like Thanksgiving Eve and Christmas Eve. They sing anthems and descants for congregational hymns. Occasionally, they combine with the Canticle Choir, Sonshine Singers, and Starlite Singers. Contact: Sarah Gilbertson

Outside the Lines Small Group

Outside the Lines is a small group learning together about how we as individuals, families and the church can be a fully welcoming congregation by including the LGBTQ+ communities. Join leader Josh Eidem and others for Wednesday night supper (6:30–7:25 PM) and conversation the first Wednesdays of the month starting October 5. We will provide resources for discussion. No preparation is required, but feel free to come with questions. Contact: Josh Eidem

What’s Next?

What’s Next? Navigating with Purpose Life’s Great Transitions Age range: Adults Are you about to retire or recently retired and desire greater focus? Are you about to be an empty nester? Are there some other changes on your horizon that give you pause? You have a lot in common with others. Join Pastor Peter Johnson for seminar on how to best navigate in faith the many changes that occur in life. Pastor Peter will utilize books like Bruce Feiler’s best…

Bells of Joy

Age Range: High School–Adult Description: This 5-octave handbell choir for adults meets once a week to rehearse and plays in worship about once a month. Being part of Bells of Joy is a small group opportunity for those who enjoy praising God through music. Ringing experience is helpful but not necessary, everyone is welcome! Contact: Tim Graf

Canticle Choir

The Canticle Choir singers lead the congregation at two 9:00 AM Sunday services a month and occasionally at the 10:30 AM service by singing the liturgy, special hymn arrangements, anthems, calls to worship, and the occasional major choral/orchestral compositions. Contact: Larry Bach

Wednesday Night Youth Group (WNYG)

High Schoolers are welcome to join in on fellowship and discussion every Wednesday night. Topics can range from Bible studies and social issues in a relaxed environment where everyone is always welcomed. For more information contact Zack and Kasey. You can find their information below.

Pastor’s Thursday AM Study

Ages: Adults Description: A Bible study led by the pastors to foster community, spiritual growth, and prayer support. Join us even if you have not yet participated. Drop-ins are always welcome. No experience necessary. New Study Starting September 15 Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way ,and Presence by Diana Butler Bass Join a St. Andrew pastor and other friends of St. Andrew for weekly discussion on a new-release book relevant to Christian living in today’s world.…

Yoga & Devotions

Ages: Adults Description: Open to adult men and women. Each session opens with scripture and closes with a devotion and prayer. No previous yoga experience necessary. Participants wear yoga type stretchy pants with a semi-fitted top that allows for movement and bring a yoga mat or beach towel. Classes are taught by an experienced certified yoga instructor. You are welcome to come once, twice, or any time that works in your schedule. There is no charge for participation. Contact: Carole…

Women of the Word—PM

Age Range: Adult women Description: The group will begin Fierce: Women of the Bible Who Changed the World by Jennifer Cowart on Thursday, September 15th. The word ‘fierce’ is used to describe women who are extreme athletes, high-level executives, and event supermodels. Women at the top of their game and making a difference in the world. The Bible is filled with great as well as lesser women who make changes in the world no matter their stature. Join us for…

FORE! The Guys Golf Retreat

Join Burke and Pastor Lillejord for a memorable time at a great place. Come for a couple of the days, or join us all weekend. Invite a friend or two, the more the merrier! This weekend is just for guys (age 19+) to enjoy golfing, conversation, maybe some fishing, relaxing, and just hanging out with other men at Spirit in the Pines Camp. Those who are able will meet Friday at church at 9:00 AM and head up to play…

Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack

Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack Weekend at St. Andrew Lutheran Church Times/Date: Friday and Saturday, October 7-8, various time slots available to serve Ages: Family friendly, 5 to 85 years old. Location: St. Andrew Lutheran Church sanctuary and Fellowship Hall  Description: Turn hunger into hope with your own two hands by packing nutritious meals for hungry children around the world. St. Andrew is hosting a Feed My Starving Children MobilePack on Friday and Saturday (October 7-8). Our goal is…

Band of Sisters

Age Range: 30–50-Something aged women Description: To connect 30-50-something aged women to Christ and to one another through book discussions and Bible studies. Focused on building authentic relationships, fun, and spiritual growth. Contact: Kate Neiss

Sat. AM Men’s Bible Study

Age Range: Adult men 40+ Description: The Saturday mornings men’s group is a light hearted bunch from several churches in the South West Metro that enjoys Christian fellowship and learning. We have a particular liking to Andy Stanley and other contemporary Christian preachers. We use videos and Bible studies as conversation starters on living a Christian man’s life in today’s world. Join us anytime you don’t need to wait until we start a new series. All Mature (from 40 to…

Sunday School

Age Range: 3 years old–5th grade Sunday Mornings will be centered on Love God. In Sunday School, we are going to experience the Wonder of God and God’s promises, love, and joy for us! This will happen through engaging activities, curious questions, and crafty fun! We will be meeting in groups and getting back into the small group tradition we know and love! There will be music. There will be Bible stories. There will be learning. Most of all, there will…

Viking Football & Families

Looking to enjoy a Vikings game and connect with other young families? Join Allison and Mike Purkey at their home for a family-friend viewing of Viking home games. We will begin on Sunday, October 9 at 11:45 AM. As we keep meeting, other families can host. The host family would make the soup. Guests can bring a snack/appetizer to share. BYOB. Contact: Alison and Mike Purkey ( or

Job Transition Support

Just starting the search for a new company or not having your current job search efforts work the way you want them to go? How do you find jobs that are not advertised? What are the best ways to network? One of our members, Rich Gruenhagen, is available to help provide direction and support in getting your search process moving forward. Please plan to join a Zoom virtual meeting on the second Monday of September, October, and November at 10:00AM.…

St. Andrew Book Group

Age Range: Mixed adults Description: Book Group meetings are held in Room 207 at St. Andrew. Participants are welcome on a regular or drop-in basis. Please join us for a lively discussion and small group fellowship. 2022–2023 Upcoming Reads: October 10: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins November 14: Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker December 5: Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce January 9: West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge February 13: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann…

Faith Anew

Join Pastor Matthew Fleming, St. Andrew’s Teaching Pastor, for a dynamic, thoughtful, and energizing series on the joy of keeping our faith alive, growing, and making a difference in our families, community, and world. Faith Anew will use scripture, our stories of the faith, and compelling speakers to encourage us follow the call of God to be both committed and growing Christians. Contact: Pastor Matthew Fleming at

Patio Crawl

Age Range: Adults Description: Looking for an easy way to connect with others from St. Andrew in a friendly and relaxed setting? In order for us to grow in our friendships and Christian faith, we are encouraged to engage with others from our church community. Join St. Andrew staff and other members and friends for casual conversation and easy discussion topics. No preparation is needed. Come as you are. Upcoming Locations Thursday, Oct. 13, 6:30 PM: Boom Island Brewing Contact:…

Sat. AM Men’s Group

Age Range: 25-70-something-aged dads Description: With so many places to go and things to do, it is often hard to take time for yourself. We want to gather men together to share experiences and wisdom about life and being a good dad, husband and Christian. The group uses various faith-based resources to stimulate conversation and learning. We provide men with networking and relationship-building opportunities, giving one another a source of support, laughter, and a chance to share their faith. Contact:…

3rd Sat. Women’s Bible Study

Age Range: Adult women Description: Come study the Word of the Lord with other women who are passionate about learning. Scripture lessons are read and discussed. No preparations necessary, just bring a Bible. Women of all ages and walks of life are welcome. Contact: Judy Burke

Men Who Love Old Cars

Old Cars Men’s Group is meant to merge together interest in refurbished old cars and the faith we share. Join classic car enthusiast David Lerseth (a retired ELCA pastor) for monthly gatherings at St. Andrew to share your car and discuss basic Christian teaching and spirituality through easy conversation. Contact: David Lerseth

Pickleball for Beginners

Age Range: 10 years old to adult Come join the fun! Like tennis, learn to play this growing-in-popularity sport. Curt and Bob have years of experience in the sport. In this introductory session (or those with basic experience), you will be taught the basics and get some hands-on practice. Leaders will be setting up two pickleball courts in the gym at St. Andrew. No paddles or balls are needed. Just wear athletic shoes, dress for a moderate workout, bring a…

Bread Baking for the Holidays

Bread Baking for the Holidays with Pastor Peter and Pat Day Always wanted to learn to bake bread? Looking to provide something new to the Thanksgiving of Christmas table? Join Pastor Peter Johnsons and Pat Day (Minnesota State Fair ribbon-winning baker) as they return for another bread baking session over Zoom. This allows for all participants to bake from their own kitchens and interact with the instructors. Join us! On Saturday, November 5 beginning at 9AM, we will be baking two…

Bread Baking for the Holidays with Pastor Peter and Pat Day

Have you always wanted to learn to bake bread? Are you looking to provide something new to the Thanksgiving of Christmas table? Join Pastor Peter Johnsons and Pat Day (Minnesota State Fair ribbon-winning baker) as they return for another bread baking session over Zoom. This allows for all participants to bake from their own kitchens and interact with the instructors. Join us! On Saturday, November 5 beginning at 9 AM, come bake two different breads – you can choose which…