Christian Education for Adults
Parish Hall - Sundays at 9:30 AM
Faith Matters is an ongoing adult formation class facilitated by clergy and guest speakers on a variety of topics, including book studies, Bible study, theology, contemporary society and more. St. Andrew's is committed to lifelong formation, and this class encourages adults to search for answers to their questions of faith in a context of diversity of opinion. Classes are held weekly.
October 6 - Congregational Types & Sizes
How has St. Andrew’s changed in the last five years? How might the parish continue to change in the years to come? Join Rev. Grace for a class on how different congregations of different sizes are organized and what this means for St. Andrew’s.
October 13 - How We Got Here: MV Strategic Planning Process & Implementation
Members of the Mission and Vision Steering Committee will share with us their work over the year, and how it culminated in a recommendation to the Vestry which calls for St. Andrew’s to increase its staff in 2020 and beyond.
October 20 - A Conversation on Church Property
Join SAES Head of School Nancy Simpson and Vestry Member (and Jr. Warden) John Alexander as they discuss their roles in oversight and maintenance of church property. Learn from both how the church and school work together to maintain and update our buildings, what improvements have been made this year, and what is in store for the immediate future and beyond.
October 27 - Parish Finances 101 & Why Your Increased Pledge Matters
Where do my pledge dollars go? Does St. Andrew’s receive money from the Diocese of Texas to pay for its staff and the maintenance of its buildings? Why should I pledge? How is the 2020 budget different from this year’s budget? Join Volunteer Treasurer Greg Caudell as he answers these and other questions related to parish finances.
November 3 - Stewardship Q & A with Stewardship Committee Members
A strong stewardship campaign is critical for the overall health of St. Andrew’s. This year’s Stewardship Committee members will join Faith Matters to share insights from this year’s campaign and will be on hand to answer questions regarding pledging for 2020.
November 10 - Parish Elections
Education will pause this day for Parish Elections, which will be held in the Parish Hall.
November 17 - Helping Hands Ministry
In August 2019, St. Andrew’s rolled out its Helping Hands Ministry – a way for all parishioners to offer support to the chronically homeless living on our city streets. Members will share their stories – positive, tragic, and otherwise – as learn from each other what it means to personally connect with the homeless in our community.
November 24 - John Ibanez “The Making of the Bible”
Join parishioner John Ibanez as he walks us through a consolidated history of the Bible. Where did all those books come from? Who wrote them? What about all those other books that didn’t make it into the Bible? John will answer these, and many more questions.
If you have any questions, please contact The Rev. Jimmy Grace.
Adult Forum, The Gospel and Beyond
Classroom 1 - Sundays at 9:30 AM
This informal discussion group meets to reflect on the Gospel lesson and other current topics. With the help of scholarly resources prepared for lay people, the group discusses and learns while growing in God's Word. All are welcome to bring their thoughts and questions to this gathering. Classes are held weekly.
In anticipation of Bishop Monterosso’s visit October 27, a series of Inquirer’s Classes for adults are scheduled for Sunday mornings beginning September 22 and running through October 20. Each class will meet from 9:30 – 10:20 AM in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. The class will cover a range of topics and is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church or being confirmed or received by the Bishop.
Text: Walk in Love, Scott Gunn & Melody Wilson-Shobe
September 22 - Rev. Jimmy Grace, Walk in Love, Chapters 1 -5
September 29 - Rev. Bradley Varnell, Walk in Love, Chapters 6 – 10
October 6 - Steve Oprea, Walk in Love, Chapters 11 – 15
October 13 - Steve Oprea, Walk in Love, Chapters 16 – 20
October 20 - Rev. Bradley Varnell, Walk in Love, Chapters 21-26
Confirmation Rehearsal: Saturday, October 26 at 9 AM
Confirmation Date: October 27, 9:30 AM with Bishop Monteroso
To register , please email Trish Mehrkam, Parish Administrator, or call 713-861-5596.
Spiritual Reading Group
The Spiritual Reading Group explores thought-provoking books on Christian spirituality, offering stimulating discussion. The intent of the class is to broaden understanding of Christian spirituality and to deepen commitment to Christian living as we reflect on our faith and spiritual journey. This small group meets on the second Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at St. Andrew’s House. If you are unable to attend, you can participate by joining the SAEC Spiritual Reading Group Facebook group for a monitored discussion. For the newest reading selection, contact John Grothues or John Ibanez.
September 9 & October 14 - Jesus for the Non-Religious by John Shelby Spong
Among a small number of intelligent and the madness of religious fundamentalism, the voice of John Shelby Spong is articulating an interpretation and understanding of Christian history and story that honors and challenges the mind while it renews the heart. Jack Spong rejects the vacuous, angry imagery of literalist and fundamentalist Christianity in favor of a human Jesus; a Creator-God committed to the life and health of planet Earth; and a healing community of persons that embraces all people regardless of religion, race, gender, nation or lifestyle.
Men's Bible Study
All men are invited to join our weekly Bible Study led by Rev. Jimmy Grace on Wednesday mornings at St. Andrew's House. Bible Study begins at 6 AM and concludes by 7 AM. Coffee will be provided. Bible Study is a time for fellowship, study, prayer and accountability. Meetings resume August 28.
Women's Bible Study
All women are invited to join our weekly Bible study led by Rev. Jimmy Grace on Wednesday mornings in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. Bible Study begins at 8:30 AM and is a time for fellowship, study, prayer and fellowship. Meetings resume August 28.