Events Calendar

Events Calendar

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Events

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 December 2 Pastor’s Book Study on Rachel Held Evans’ “Wholehearted Faith” “Evans died at 37, but a beautiful new book captures her brave outlook. . . . I could not help but notice the poetry in Evans’s prose. . . . What readers…

Yoga & Devotions

Ages: Adults Description: 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 have 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. The 11:00 AM session is available in person…

Women of the Word—PM

Age Range: Adult women Description: It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way, a study written by Lysa TerKeurst. Lysa will help us navigate between expectations and life’s realities and help us remain steadfast in the face of difficulty. A women’s Bible study of faith and fellowship using DVD, workbook lessons, and small group discussions. For beginners and advanced! Contact: Lori Goble at 952.484.6963 or lgoble82@yahoo.com

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. Contact: Tammy Sperr and Cheryl Harjes

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. Childcare provided for a small fee. Contact: Kate Neiss

Sat. AM Dad’s Group

Age Range: 25-70-something-aged dads Description: With so many places to go and things to do, it’s often hard to take time for yourself. We want to gather men together to share experiences and wisdom about being a good dad, to provide men with networking and relationship-building opportunities, and to give one another a source of support, laughter, and lots of shared discussion! Contact: Gary Spears or Bill McMonigal

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…

Bread Baking 101

Always wanted to learn to bake bread? Want to develop a range of bread recipes from soda, wheat, sweet bread Challah? Pat Day (Minnesota State Fair ribbon-winning baker) and Pastor Peter return for another season of baking classes over Zoom that allows for all participants to bake from their own kitchens and interact with the instructors. Join us! Our plan this fall is to introduce and bake together three different breads. Participate in one, two or all three sessions. Participate…

Worship Sunday

Worship Sundays are on the first Sunday of each month where children are invited to worship with their families. Sunday School will not happen on these days. But children will have so many special opportunities instead! Children alone or along with their families will have the opportunity to greet, usher, serve communion or read the scripture. Worship bulletins designed just for children will be provided to help children get the most out of the service. Contact: Sarah Dorr

Worship

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.   Sunday 10:30 AM | Blended Our worship music style at this service utilizes both the best of today’s contemporary Christian music and the familiar…

Bluegrass Christmas

Bluegrass Christmas Sunday Sunday, December 5, 9:00 & 10:30 AM A few years ago, a new tradition was started here where we celebrate the Season with toe-tapping, finger picking renditions of your favorite Christmas music- prairie style!  Come and bring a friend!

A Merry Little Christmas Party

A Merry Little Christmas Party Sunday, December 5, 11:30 AM 6th–8th graders are invited to the Youth Room after morning worship on December 5 for a holiday celebration from 11:30AM–2:00PM! We will eat great food, decorate cookies, play a gifting game, and watch a Christmas movie. Bring a “White Elephant” gift to share. Search the attic or your grandma’s basement for something unusual, funny, or random that you can wrap it up and bring for our gift exchange—no purchasing allowed!…

Virtual Camp Counselor Training

Spirit in the Pines is looking for new and returning camp counselors and staff for Summer 2022! Join us via Zoom from 4:00–5:00 PM. Contact Sarah Blasing for the Zoom link. Hello Friends! I’m so excited to be joining the team at St. Andrew, and I’m already getting ready for camp next summer. At these two gatherings I’d love to meet anyone who wants to join the camp team. There will be pizza, and we will have time to chat…

Not-So-Silent Night Christmas Party

Not-So-Silent Night Christmas Party Sunday, December 5, 4:00–5:30 PM Join us in the Fellowship Hall from 4-5:30PM on December 5th for a Children’s Ministry Christmas Party (it won’t be a silent night). We will start off the evening by watching a Christmas film. Bring your blankets and other snuggly items! We will also have a special Christmas treat and hot chocolate to enjoy while watching the movie. Following the movie we will play board games. Challenge some old or new friends…

High School Bible Study

Ages: 9th–12th Grade Description: Connect with your friends and grow closer to each other in a small group Bible Study. You will connect with your group on deep and meaningful topics as you grow closer to God and each other. This is your chance to grow deeper in your faith and have fun while doing it. Contact: TJ Helgren

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! Please join us. Books will be available at the first meeting for purchase. We will choose a second book in January 2022. Contact: Grace Stewart or Nicki Mlynar

Chat N’ Chew

Description: Join all of your pastors for time to Chat N’ Chew. Breakfast snacks (donuts, bagels, and breads) and Eden Prairie’s best coffee will be provided. Conversation will be had. And we’ll even leave you with something spiritual—a devotion for your day and your week. We hope you’ll join us for a time to check-in, hear some good news, and connect with other people from the congregation. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson

Carol Sing

Carol Sing Tuesday, December 7 10:00 AM & 6:30 PM It has been a minute since we’ve been able to sing together. Join together, socially distant, in our sanctuary, with a few people to sing along with some of the greatest carols of our Christmas tradition. There will also be time to hear a couple sung for us. May our voices ring in the season together. Hot Cocoa and treats will be provided following the singing. Contact: Pastor Matthew Fleming

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. On August 4 we begin a study on the book of Exodus. This is a 10-week study and you can join at any time. Contact: Pastor Gail Bach

Sewing the Word

Age Range: Adult women Description: Would you like to learn how to quilt or how to help out with the quilt group? We can use help with cutting, pinning, pressing, 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

Women of the Word—AM

Age Range: Adult Women Description: Women of the Word’s first study is The CHOSEN – What Does It Mean to Be Chosen. During this study we will watch the groundbreaking television series about the life of Jesus and complete the official companion study to season 1. Being chosen by Jesus has beautiful and far-reaching implications – although it says even more about the chooser than the chosen. We are loved because He’s love. We are saved because He’s merciful. We…

Peace bRingers

Age Range: 8th–12th Grade Peace bRingers provides a bell choir experience for high school students and is a wonderful opportunity for fun, fellowship, and service! The handbell ensemble rings during worship about once a month. No experience is necessary! Contact: Linnae Stole

Wednesday Night Dinners

It has been almost two years since we have been able to offer meals on Wednesday evenings at St. Andrew. But beginning Wednesday, September 29th, our Wednesday meals will be returning. We will be trying a couple new vendors this fall as well as bringing back a few of your favorites. The punch card system will be our preferred way to pay for the meals again this year, but we will also have the kiosk available for those “I forgot…

Bible Blasters

Age Range: 3rd–5th Grade Bible Blasters does not meet on Nov. 24, Dec. 22, Dec. 29, Mar. 23, and Apr. 3. Description: Bible Blasters is a great way for older children, 3rd through 5th graders, to connect with one another and God! Children should bring their Bibles, curiosity, questions and friends. We will start in Room 208 at 5:30-5:45 PM to blast into the Bible and pray. Then we’ll move to the Gym to play games to from 5:45-6:00 PM. St. Andrew…

Bible & Boogie

Age Range: Kindergarten–2nd graders Bible & Boogie does not meet on Nov. 24, Dec. 22, Dec. 29, Mar. 23, and Apr. 3. Description: Bible and Boogie is a children’s group designed for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders. Children will have fun the Gym where they will boogie and play games from 5:30-5:45 PM. Then we’ll move into Room 208 while digging into a Bible story and praying together from 5:45-6:00 PM. St. Andrew is following the Eden Prairie School District’s COVID-19 Plan…

Ring of Fire

Age Range: 4th–7th Grade Ring of Fire is a great opportunity for both instrumentalists and singers to learn and play handbells. This lively group has an amazing and contagious sense of camaraderie! The handbell ensemble rings during worship about once a month. No experience is necessary! Contact: Linnae Stole

Sonshine Singers

Age Range: 1st–5th Grade Sonshine Singers is an exciting and energetic children’s choir. Singers learn age-appropriate choral singing basics in a nurturing and fun environment . Members learn to read choral music and healthy singing habits. The choir sings during worship approximately once a month. Fall rehearsals will be held outdoors (weather permitting) until children are fully vaccinated and can safely sing together indoors without masks. Contact: Hannah Fleming

Spirit Singers

Age Range: 6th–9th Grade The Spirit Singers 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. A variety of instruments accompany the Spirit Singers. Contact: Sarah Gilbertson

An Evening with Krystal Queen, The Friendship Project

An Evening with Krystal Queen, The Friendship Project for Single Parents challenges of economic insecurity, the pace of parenting three growing boys, all the while sacrificing most of her own personal needs. As a result of her challenges and the strong desire to help other single parents in a similar plight, she launched The Friendship Project. It is a nonprofit organization that supports single parent households and low-income families by building bridges within the community. As a part of A…

Bells of Joy

Age Range: High school–adult 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

Wednesday Night Youth Group

Ages: 9th–12th Grade Description: Connect with other high school students from around the southwest metro at Wednesday Night Youth Group and monthly special events! On Wednesday nights, students will connect with God while connecting with one another through inspiring Bible studies, rewarding service projects, and ridiculously fun fellowship nights. Come for special events too like paintball, Timberwolves game and more! Invite your friends­—All are welcome! Follow @StAndrewHS on Instagram or join our WNYG groupme for the latest updates. Contact: TJ…

Canticle Choir

Age Range: Adults The Canticle Choir singers lead the congregation at three 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

Grace Notes (Intro to Handbells)

Age Range: Adult St . Andrew member Vicki Grant will be leading Intro to Handbells this fall for 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 8–December 15. No experience with handbells is required but attendees should be able to read music. Contact: Vicki Grant

Sunday School

Age Range: 3 years old–5th grade Sunday School does not meet on the first Sunday of the month, instead, join us in worship for Worship Sunday. There is no Sunday School Dec. 19, Dec. 26, or Apr. 17. Description: Welcome back to Sunday School! This past year has brought upon us a lot of change… whether we were ready for it or not. Due to the many changes and continuous change Sunday School is going to look different this school year. We…

Ugly Sweater Sunday

Ugly Sweater Sunday Sunday, December 12 Show your holiday spirit by breaking out your best (or worst?) Christmas sweaters!  Creativity and flair are always welcome and prizes will be awarded!  Join us for the fun! 5th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest Dust off those ugly Christmas sweaters, hair tinsel, and your Santa hat, and join us for our 5th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest! The Uglier the better!

Camp Counselor Training

Spirit in the Pines is looking for new and returning camp counselors and staff for Summer 2022! Join us in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, November 14 and/or Sunday, December 12 from 6:00–7:30 pm for pizza and conversation. You will also get to meet Sarah Blasing, our new Director of Youth Leadership & Outdoor Ministries. Hello Friends! I’m so excited to be joining the team at St. Andrew, and I’m already getting ready for camp next summer. At these two…

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. 2021–2022 Upcoming Reads: December 13: The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd January 10: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett February 7: The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton March 14: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett April TBD: Hidden Valley Road…

Christmas Through the Carols

Christmas through the Carols Tuesday, December 14, 10:00 AM & 6:30 PM Join Pastor Matthew and explore the stories behind some of our most beloved Christmas carols! We’ll listen together to some remarkable interpretations, explore the stories behind the texts, and even hear about some surprising songs along the way. Hot Cocoa and treats will be provided following the presentation. Contact: Pastor Matthew Fleming

St. Andrew Family Christmas Party

St. Andrew Family Christmas Party Wednesday, December 15, 5:00–7:00 PM All families welcome to this Wednesday evening Christmas celebration. There will be music, food, and merry-making. Bring your family or bring yourself. All are welcome. Contact: Pastor Matthew Fleming

Christmas Organ & Vocal Solo Recital

Christmas Organ & Vocal Solo Recital Thursday, December 16, 1:00 PM Did you know that our organ is a remarkable instrument, capable of filling our sanctuary with resplendent sound. In a 45-minute recital, experience in your bones the sound of the king of instruments along with some beautiful solo singing. Hot Cocoa and treats will be provided following the recital. Contact: Pastor Matthew Fleming

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 Dec. 16: Chanhassen Brewery (951 W. 78th Street in…

Timberwolves Game

Join us at Target Center as we watch your Minnesota Timberwolves, take on the Los Angeles Lakers. We will see some of the biggest stars in the game play and hopefully a Timberwolves win. This is going to be a great game and our tickets are half the price of tickets in the same section. Do not miss out on your chance to see all of these great athletes. We will see you on December 17th at 7:00 pm. We…

Messiah Food Baskets

Messiah Food Baskets Age Range: All ages—families welcomed and encouraged Days/Times: Saturday morning before Thanksgiving, Christmas (December 18), and Easter (April 16, 2022) Description: Collate and distribute food bags containing the holiday meal ingredients through Community Bridge and Messiah Lutheran Church at the Center for Changing Lives on Park Avenue in Minneapolis. Contact: Kathy Olson at kathyolson39@hotmail.com

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

“The Savior’s Birth” Christmas Program

“The Savior’s Birth” Christmas Program The beloved song of Mary, the Magnificat, proclaims great praise and joy at God’s coming. Jesus’ birth is truly the heart of the Christmas season and the very reason we celebrate!  We hear the joy of the Lord reflected in our favorite carols and we see the joy of the Lord in the face of every child!  “Joy to the world, the Lord is come!” Christmas Program Narrators Signup The Christmas Program is coming soon,…

Prime Timers Christmas Party

Age Range: 62+ Mixed adults Description: Bring food to share for our lunch & a small dessert! We will enjoy some Christmas Trivia, white elephant gift exchange & wonderful fellowship plus lots of laughter! Sign up at the Receptionist’s desk using the White Prime Timer’s Binder – ask receptionist for it! We’ll gather in the fellowship hall. Feel free to invite friends to join in any of our events. Contact: Pastor Roger Schindel