Welcome to LIFEU! We are so glad you’re here.
We’re excited to expand our LIFEU programming in 2022-23 and are inviting you into deeper connection with one another. Starting this fall, we will launch:
- LIFE Talks – Wednesday night speaker series in the Fellowship Hall (NEW LOCATION!) 6:30 – 7:15 pm. This is our adult education programming. Schedule of topics and speakers below. LIFE Talks are also broadcast live and available to watch on demand!
- LIFE Groups – We are launching a NEW small group initiative in tandem with LIFE Talks to connect more deeply with one another.
We serve – courageously and generously
LIFE Talk Speaker: Rev. Kelly Chatman
Oct. 5 – Welcome, Safety & Belonging
Oct. 12 – The Power and Influence of Worldview
Oct 19 – God’s Intervention in Cycles of Oppression
Oct. 26 – Courageous Conversations
Pastor Kelly Chatman currently serves as Pastor of Community Engagement at St. Andrew’s and Director of the Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement, a new nonprofit that mobilizes congregations and leaders as powerful neighborhood-based agents for positive social change. CLNE offers transformative learning experiences, coaching, and training to connect and support churches, nonprofits, and their neighborhoods. (Learn more at http://www.clne-mn.org.) Kelly is also frequently sought by church and nonprofit organizations as a teacher and speaker in the areas of multicultural leadership, community engagement, and congregational revitalization.
We tend to Scripture – faithfully and fruitfully
LIFE Talk Speaker: Dr. Kristofer Phan Coffman
Nov. 2- We Hear Scripture
Nov. 9 – We Read Scripture
Nov. 16 – We Eat Scripture
Dr. Kristofer Phan Coffman is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He completed a Ph.D. in Classical and Near Eastern Religions and Culture at the University of Minnesota, the first person of Cambodian descent to receive a Ph.D. in biblical studies. He is the author of several publications, including a book chapter “Christmas Cookies in Cambodia: The Bible and Race in America.” With an interest in food and farming, he has written popular articles on responsible consumption and agriculture, translated recipes for awarding-winning Nordic chef Mikkel Karstad, and served as copy editor and translation consultant on a forthcoming cookbook on Cambodian cuisine by chef Rotanak Ros.
We share our faith story – authentically and compellingly
LIFE Talk Speaker: Pastor Andrea Roske-Metcalfe
Jan. 4 – The Theology of Storytelling
Jan. 11 – The Imagination of Storytelling
Jan. 18 – The Power of Storytelling
Jan. 25 – Questions for the Storyteller
Pastor Andrea Roske-Metcalfe is a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the ELCA. She’s the founder of the Pray-Ground movement and a Moth GrandSLAM champion, teaching workshops on the craft of storytelling for churches and other organizations in the Twin Cities and beyond. She lives with her family in south Minneapolis, where she serves as Director of Children’s Ministry at Christ Church Lutheran.
We engage in worship and prayer – frequently and fervently
LIFE Talk Speakers from Christos Center for Spiritual Formation
Feb. 1 – Praying in Thirds: Ready, Set, Flow
Speaker: Sam Rahberg
Samuel Rahberg is a husband and father of two who serves the Christian church by supporting its leaders. He is Director of the Certificate in Spiritual Direction at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary and co-founder of Wood & Water Retreats. (Learn more at http://www.samuelrahberg.com.)
Feb. 8 – Making Space for God: Spiritual Practices Great and Small
Speaker: Pastor Jeannette Bakke
LOCATION: Fellowship Hall
Dr. Jeannette Bakke is a longtime spiritual director, author (Holy Invitations: Exploring Spiritual Direction) and seminary professor. Jeannette teaches and volunteers at Christos Center for Spiritual Formation in Lino Lakes.
Feb. 15 – Spiritual Practices for the Lenten Journey
Speakers: Sue Lennartson and Pastor Brian Norsman
LOCATION: Fellowship Hall
Sue Lennartson is Director of Adult Ministries at St. Andrew’s, a spiritual director, and volunteer chaplain for Washington County Sheriff’s Department. With a passion for adult ministry, intergenerational connections, travel, adventure, and humor, she is a seasoned speaker, author, and retreat leader.
Pastor Brian Norsman is a spiritual director and St. Andrew’s Pastor of Spiritual Formation. After a career in the banking and travel industry, at age 30 God called him to be a youth pastor. Currently his inward joy is to companion people contemplatively in the trenches of care and spiritual direction.
NEW! We’re launching LIFE Groups, a small group ministry built around our weekly Wednesday night LIFE Talks. We’ve heard from many people who desire to dive deeper into faith with their peers and feel more connected to others in their church family. So, we invite you to join this exciting new ministry!
LIFE Groups will begin in early January 2023 and run through mid-February. The group gathering is usually 45-60 minutes long, with time for getting to know each other, conversation and reflection on the week’s theme and LIFE Talk, and prayer. Leave feeling inspired, challenged, and encouraged for the days ahead!
Options will be available in-person on Wednesday evenings before or after LIFE Talks in the Sanctuary or other days and times through the week. Online options may also be available. Group meeting times are based on the LIFE Group facilitator schedules.
Ready to take the next step? Visit our registration page for details and to sign up!
Interested in being a LIFE Group facilitator? Contact Sue Lennartson at 612-868-2427 or firstname.lastname@example.org.