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.


Parenting Forum: “What Kids Keep Telling Me”

Forum Leader: Jeff Thelen, Eden Prairie Public School Teacher and Coach

Description: Starting off on the right foot as school begins this fall is a common goal for all parents. Would you like some new, practical suggestions about parenting practices to start the new school?

For this session of Parenting Forum, we welcome Jeff Thelen, a teacher and academic coach within the Eden Prairie Public Schools. In his over 15 years working with youth in the community, he has developed a thoughtful and pointed list of observations youth make about their parents.  What do parents do that is helpful? What do parents do that is not helpful? What do I wish my parents would say/do more? Mr. Thelen will present these topics and reflect with us on how we as parents might engage with our kids in a new way this fall.

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 29th from 6:30-8 PM

Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at


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The Shelter of God’s Promises by Sheila Walsh

Title: A book study of The Shelter of God’s Promise by Sheila Walsh

Date/Time: Wednesdays, June 14, 21; July 12, 19, 26; August 2 from 9:30-11am

Description: You are invited to join us in a 6-week study of God’s promises based on the book The Shelter of God’s Promises by Sheila Walsh.  God’s promises are real.  They are relevant and they provide the foundation for daily confidence, joy and hope.  Shelia writes:  “Savor the warmth of God’s presence as you invite Him to show you the blessing of His shelter.”  This book opens your heart to the fact you are always in God’s hands. This is a women’s study.

Contact: Mary Hanson at


Parenting Forum

Age Range: Parents of middle and high school kids

Days/Times: Every 6-8 weeks, TBD

Description: Parenting Forum provides parents experienced and faith-based counsel on raising middle and high school youth in today’s complicated world. Topics by experts and community leaders include “Managing School Transitions,” “What is on My Kid’s Phone?”, “How to Talk to Your Kid and Get Them to Respond” and “Human Trafficking is Real: An EP Detective’s Story from the Front Lines”. The format includes large group presentations by pastors and community leaders as well as small group discussion.

Content Level: 101 (introductory, basic)

Webpage:  Parenting Forum

Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at


Wine and the Word

Age Range: Adults

Days/Times: Established by individual small groups

Description: Faith was never meant to be an individual thing. Wine and the Word is designed to be a simple and faith-building opportunity for small group gatherings. View the monthly, web-based video presentation (5-8 minutes long) by a St. Andrew pastor on scripture or faith and life issues with a group of friends at a time and place of your convenience.

Content Level: 101 (introductory, basic)

Registration and Further Information: Wine and the Word

Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at


Early Risers Bible Study

Age Range: Mixed adults

Days/Times: Weekly on Wednesday mornings, 7:00-8:00 AM

Description: Come for a lively discussion and to dive into the Word of God. Studies in the past have included “Where is God When it Hurts?” by Phillip Yancey. Drop-ins welcome.

Content Level: 201 (intermediate)

Contact Information: Gail Bach at


Pastor’s Thursday AM Bible Study on Luther’s Small Catechism

Age Range: Mixed adults

Days/Times: Weekly Thursday mornings from 9:00-10:00 AM

Description: A Bible study led by the pastors to foster community, spiritual growth, and prayer support. Starting after Easter, we will be reading and discussing Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. Join us even if you have not yet participated. Drop-ins are always welcome. Bring your Bible. No experience necessary.

Content Level: 201 (intermediate)

Contact: Pastor Matthew Fleming at