St. Andrew University: Upcoming Opportunities


Welcome to St. Andrew University, a diverse faith-based collection of courses and small groups opportunities for person-to-person, fellowship, education and faith-development. Presented in a myriad of small group, lecture-based learning, web-based engagement, as well as other formats, we hope members of the church and community will grow and widen their relationships with others, God, and with the world.


Bloom Where You Are Planted

Age Range: Adults and teenagers

Day/Time:  Wednesday, January 10, 6:30-7:30 pm

Presenter: Linda Wilson, Consultant

Description: Linda Wilson, St. Andrew member and independent consultant who has worked closely to teach hospitality to Disney cast members, will invite us to think about blooming wherever we have been planted. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to practice leadership in your own life, whether in your family, place of employment, or community.


World Religions: Faith & Feeling

In order to build friendship, common purpose, or shared humanity, we must first understand one another. This January, you won’t want to miss a single session of our Wednesday night seminar, where we will feature presentations about the real-life spirituality of our faithful neighbors. We will be focusing on the three monotheisms, Judaism, Global Christianity, and Islam.

For only $20, you can hear from engaging speakers about their sense of spirituality, learn about shared tenets and virtues, and engage in conversation about the lively differences that our neighbors bring to their lives of faith. Register online or in person at the Welcome Desk.

World Christianity
Wednesday, January 17, 6:30-7:30 pm
Dr. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson
How well do we understand the 2 billion Christians in the world? Author of A Guide to Pentecostal Movements for Lutherans and editor of the Lutheran Forum, Dr. Wilson introduces us to a Christianity we thought we knew.

Wednesday, January 31, 6:30-7:30 pm
Dr. Abdul Durdery

Islamic cleric and professor originally from Egypt, Dr. Durdery returns to St. Andrew to share with us the ‘spirituality’ and ‘experience of faith’ in the Islamic tradition and how it shapes a Muslim’s daily life.


Wednesday, February 7, 6:30-7:30 pm
Rabbi Sim Glaser

Rabbi Sim Glaser of Temple Israel, Minneapolis, brings his knowledge of Torah, Kabbalah, and Israeli culture; a passion for social justice; a love of Jewish music; an entertaining teaching and preaching style; and a wicked sense of humor.

Registration available soon. Contact Pastor Peter with questions.


Joe Schmit Speaks about Silent Impact

Speaker: Joe Schmit – sports caster, author, keynote speaker, story teller

Description: Join us at St. Andrew Lutheran Church on January 24, 2018 for an event for the whole family. Joe Schmit will present on our silent impact, leading a life of significance by positively impacting others and the world around us. Schmit’s book, Silent Impact, is in its third edition and will be available for sale.

Great leaders are the happiest, most productive people because they have discovered how to lead a life of significance. It’s all about making an impact. Schmit has been interviewing and researching influential people discovering the factors that truly make an impact in the lives of others.  He is a storyteller who has spent 30 years as sports anchor for KSTP-TV (ABC-Minneapolis/St. Paul) and has been awarded 17 Emmy’s and a National Headliner Award.

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Location: St. Andrew sanctuary

Details: Pastor Peter Johnson at


Wine and the Word

Age Range: Adults

Days/Times: Determined by individual small groups

Description: Wine and the Word is a home-based small group learning and fellowship opportunity for all members of St. Andrew looking to deepen relationships and their faith. Meet with a group of 6–10 people for one of three options:

  1. One Question. Simple conversation starter for information and friendly conversation.
  2. Faith Talk. Short video by a pastor with conversation about living faith in daily life.
  3. Difficult Questions. Dig deep with challenging topics and thought provoking questions.

You choose which is right for your group. We challenge everyone to join or host a wine and the word group!

Registration and Further Information: Wine and the Word

Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at


Parenting Forum

Age Range: Parents of middle school and high school kids

Days/Times: Various evening times

Description: Parenting is a forum for parents to receive experienced and faith-based counsel on raising middle and high school youth in today’s complicated world. Topics include “What is on Your Kid’s Phone?” and “How to Talk to Your Kid and Get Them to Respond”. Large group presentations and small group discussion are planned.

Content Level: 101 (introductory, basic)

Further Information:  Parenting Forum

Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at



Age Range: Teenager–adult

Days/Times: Various evening times

Description: St. Andrew University is committed to bringing to St. Andrew Lutheran Church highly trained and experienced presenters on matter of faith and life. These courses are taught by seminary and university/college professors or notable professionals. Seminar durations are one evening sessions to multiple evenings sessions. To defray costs, participants pay a modest fee to participate. Scholarships are available.

Further Information:  Seminars

Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at