FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES

“continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught” Colossians 2:6-7


What is Faith Formation?


Faith Formation is:

  • Living out our baptismal covenant: (+) to live among God’s faithful people, (+) to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper, (+) to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, (+) to serve all people, following the example of Jesus and (+) to strive for justice and peace in all the earth
  • Fostering community through connections that create a sense of belonging, and
  • Being grounded in the love of Jesus for being equipped to share the message of Christ with confidence.
Taking Faith Home

“Taking Faith Home” is a bulletin insert for every week of the church year and has been in use at Saint Andrew for the past few years. We are now providing the insert online so that you can use it at home if you are not able to bring a copy home this week.
“Taking Faith Home” … 

+ is based on the Revised Common Lectionary used at Saint Andrew
+ gives examples of each of the Four Key faith practices (caring conversations, devotions, service, and rituals and traditions)
+ includes a weekly prayer, Bible verse, mealtime prayer, and blessing.
+ offers suggested daily Bible readings and Hymn for the week.

Click on a 2020 date below to view the “Taking Faith Home” for that week:

December 2019: 12/1 | 12/8 | 12/15 | 12/22 | 12/25(Christmas) | 12/29
January: 1/1 (New Years) | 1/5 | 1/6 (Epiphany) | 1/12 | 1/19 | 1/26
February:  2/22/9 | 2/16  | 2/23 | 2/26 (Ash Wednesday)
March:  3/1 | 3/8 | 3/15 | 3/22  | 3/29
April: 4/5 | 4/9 (Holy Week) | 4/11 (Easter Vigil) | 4/12 (Easter) | 4/19 | 4/26
May: 5/3  | 5/10 | 5/17 | 5/21 (Ascension Day) |5/24 | 5/31
June: 6/7 | 6/14 | 6/21 | 6/28
July: 7/4 (Independence Day) | 7/5 | 7/12 | 7/19 | 7/26
Aug: 8/2 | 8/9 | 8/16 | 8/23| 8/30
Sept: 9/6 | 9/13 | 9/20 | 9/27
Oct: 10/4 | 10/11 | 10/18 | 10/25 | 10/25 (Reformation)
Nov: 11/1 | 11/1 (All Saint’s) | 11/8 | 11/15| 11/22  | 11/26 (Thanksgiving)

ELCA BLOGS

The ELCA website hosts a number of blogs which may help you in your faith and service journey. Each home page of a blog includes a section on the left side of the page to subscribe to the blog to receive notices of updates. For list of all the different ELCA Blogs Click Here. Below is a sampling of types of blogs out there!
Lutheran Disaster Response – Our response to disasters in the U.S. and around the world; look for sections of this blog related to specific disaster locations. Comments are welcomed and moderated.
ELCA Advocacy –  Advocacy ministries of the ELCA want to share stories and your voices about public policies and relevant advocacy issues that are of interest to you.
Faith Lens – Weekly Bible studies that engage youth and young adults in connecting world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life.
ELCA Young Adult – Young Adult Ministry of the ELCA offers inspiration, opportunities and resources for young adults.
ELCA Worship – Resources, stories and news from the ELCA Worship Office.

We Are Lutheran

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton talks about what it means to be a Lutheran in this 2018 Synod Assembly video.

Three Sides Monthly Podcast

Three Sides is a monthly podcast featuring stories from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As a church that believes God is calling us into the world – together, Three Sides will present diverse voices from across the ELCA. Listen as we share unique stories from the many expressions of this church.
+ From our members whose lives are grounded in faith, love of God and neighbor.
+ From our congregations that work every day to share the love of Christ with all God’s people.
+ From our global companions and partners that join us as we work to build up Christ’s church throughout the world.
Visit www.LivingLutheran.org/podcast for more information or to listen to a podcast.


Good Reading!

Below are some recent additions to our Library. Check them out!

Suggestions for Children

(Gerber)  E FIC GER
The gentle beasts of sky and earth prepare their stable for Christ’s birth.
(Young)  E 232.92 YOU
Teach your children the story of Christmas…starting from creation!  In this story children will discover that, from the beginning of time, God always had a plan for Christmas.  His plan was Jesus!
(Robinson)  E FIC ROB
The six horrible Herdmans, the worst children in the history of the world, take over the annual Christmas program.  But there’s a surprise ending.
The Nativity Story (DVD – PG rating)

Powerful, timeless and visually magnificent, The Nativity Story is a beautiful telling of one of the world’s most familiar stories.

 (Lowry)  783 LOW
This is a Christmas song addressing Mary, the mother of Jesus, and an illustrated book to go along with the CD.

Recent Additions

(Kammruth)  263.9 KAM
Don’t rush through the Christmas season without creating lasting holiday memories.  These easy-to-do activities provide creative ideas for families that want to build lifelong Christmas traditions.  Each idea focuses children and parents on the celebration of Christ’s birth
(Schaeffer)  263.9 SCH
This book takes us past the trappings and trimmings and into the wonder of the best gift of the season – the essence of Christmas.
(Freeman)  394 FRE
A holiday treasury of quotations and verses celebrating the spirit of Christmas.
(Nicholaus)  FIC NIC
Every once in awhile, a letter changes someone’s life forever.
(Roberts) E FIC ROB
On Christmas Eve, a brother and sister excitedly discuss the toys and gifts they hope to receive from Santa as they walk through town.  There, they spot Santa Claus entering the town church and follow him inside where they witness his humble prayer at the altar creche.  They listen in as he speaks from his heart about the gift he wants all children to receive – an understanding that Jesus is the focus at Christmas and throughout the year.
(Christopher)  E 232.92 CHR
This lyrical retelling of the birth of Jesus on that joyous night in Bethlehem is modeled after the classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”