Adult Education

Special Events

Living Wholeheartedly: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed To Be and Embrace Who You Are

“Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging … Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy …Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light – From The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Join us this February as the St. Andrew’s community comes together to learn about the important issues of belonging, identity and worthiness.  You’ve invited to attend one or all of the following events:

Kickoff Adult Education Event
Saturday, February 1, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Great Hall
$35 – includes coffee and lunch
Deadline to register is Monday, January 27. Register online

Join us at our kickoff event where we will hear from Rev. Sara Ciavarri, who will share Dr. Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly™ curriculum to practice wholeheartedness and the components of resiliency. Through short lectures, self-exploration and small group discussion we will learn new patterns of critical awareness and practices. Learn new patterns of critical awareness and recast your story the way God would tell it!

Rev. Sarah Ciavarri is a Certified Daring Greatly™ Facilitator-Consultant, Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and ELCA pastor. She supports congregations and church leaders by facilitating workshops and coaching. Also, Sarah is the Director of Spiritual Care at Augustana Care Health and Rehabilitation of Apple Valley, MN. She is a graduate of Luther Seminary where she was a Presidential Scholar.


Book Study: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown led by Pastor Kyle Jackson
Wednesdays Feb. 5, 12 and 19,  6 – 7 p.m.
Shoreline Lounge, St. Andrew’s Village
No cost

Join us at a book study on Brene Brown’s groundbreaking look at letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be, and instead, embracing who you are.  Please purchase/borrow and read The Gifts of Imperfection on your own to prepare for the discussion.

Centered Life Series at Luther Seminary
Dates; Wednesdays – February 5, 12 and 19 – attend one or all as your schedule allows
Time:  12:00 to 1:15 pm

Professor Lori Brandt Hale will be presenting on This Worldly Faith: Lessons from Bonhoeffer in Times of Change.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945) was a German pastor, theologian, ecumenist, and peace activist. He wrote about Christian faith, community, grace, and ethics, centered in one way or another on the question, who is Christ today? He lived through a time of unspeakable human suffering, Hitler, a world war and imprisonment. His life serves as a valuable resource for us today.

Lunch, coffee, beverages available at cost in the Seminary cafeteria.
Cost:  $15 per session – $45 for the series
Register online:
Place:  Luther Seminary in St Paul

Questions? Contact Sue Lennartson,

Aging Boldly!
February 20, 2020 – Great Hall
– 11:00 a.m.  – No cost

How can you enrich your life as you move into your later years?Join us as we discuss the many options available – from art classes to exercise and education – that are available in our community. Our partner Lyngblomsten will be presenting with us.  Questions? Contact Dana Gabor, Parish Nurse, 651. 762.9106

Celebration of Life Seminar
Thursday, May 7, 2020 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Great Hall
No cost

Are you interested in learning more about how to make end of life decisions that work best for you and your family?  Take the time now to help plan health and memorial options.

St. Andrew’s staff and several community partners will present on:

  • Arranging Memorial Services and Funerals
  • Mapping Your End of Life Choices With Health Directives
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Leaving a Legacy of Giving

Ongoing Classes and Studies

The Gospel on Monday

Mondays, 10 – 11 a.m. Great Hall

Join Pastor John Straiton for this Bible study as we look at the Scriptures for the following weekend worship. He will walk through each week’s readings to give us a deeper understanding of the lesson and Gospel readings. There is no cost for this class; however, please sign up online or by contacting Dianne Nash ( or 651.762.9141).
Listen to previous sessions here.

Men’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Pastor John Straiton
Great Hall. Open to all men. No fee. Registration is not necessary.
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 a.m., year-round

Women and the Word

Studying the Book of Acts
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Great Hall
Saturdays, 9:30 – 11:30, Sanctuary Rm 201

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