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

Arch Books published by Concordia are a well-loved series for children tells Bible stories in an enjoyable, memorable way.

A number of fun Berenstain Bears books are available for check out!

DVDs to check out include various Veggie Tales DVDs and Classic Mr. Rodgers DVDs.

Recent Additions

by Philip Yancey

In his classic book “Where Is God When It Hurts”, Philip Yancey gave us permission to doubt, reasons not to abandon faith, and practical ways to reach out to hurting people.

And now, thirty years after writing his first book, Yancey revisits our cry of “Why, God” in three places stunned into silence by the calamities that have devastated them. At some point all of us will face the challenges to faith Yancey writes about and look for the comfort and hope he describes.

There are reasons to ask, once again, the question that never goes away: Where is God when we suffer? And Yancey, once again, leads us to find faith when it is most severely put to the test.

by Dave Stone

Creative ideas, real-life stories, and Scriptural guidance for being the family that loves being together.

This book is the second in the Faithful Family series where Dave applies his practical, conversational, and humorous approach to the challenge of building strong spiritual ties to each other as a family. Topics include: Contentment, Security, Loyalty, Gratitude, Spontaneity, Communication, and more.

Preaching is his gift, but Pastor Dave Stone’s family is his life’s blessing. And after raising three kids of his own, as well as shepherding the diverse families of his congregation, his heart and passion for building strong families rings louder than ever. He knows that raising faithful families is a key to the future of the church.

by John Ortberg 

We seek the wisdom of business gurus, health experts and battlefield greats but one person, more than anyone else
in history, radically changed the world we live in. Discover that person and be changed by him through John Ortberg’s captivating book!

by Max Lucado

Big pressures, big choices, and an even bigger future. You wonder if you are able to keep up. Sometimes you wonder if you even measure up. But bestselling author Max Lucado offers a close look at God’s answer for the confusion of life—grace.

God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A whitewater, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. Grace can change your life in powerful ways, even when that life is messed up, off track, or in trouble. Discover what this grace is all about. Listen to true stories of how grace changed the lives of other teens, and learn how it can work on you and through you.

by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, Brad M. Griffin

Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year- olds and as a result are growing–spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with both research and practical ideas, Growing Young shows pastors and ministry leaders how to position their churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes vitality, life, and energy into the whole church.

by Melissa Fleming

This book chronicles the life of Doaa, a Syrian girl whose life was upended in 2011 by the onset of her country’s brutal civil war. Doaa and her fiance, Bassem, decide to flee to Europe to seek safety and an education, but four days after setting sail on a smuggler’s dilapidated fishing vessel along with five hundred other refugees, their boat is struck and begins to sink. This is the moment when Doaa’s struggle for survival really begins.

This emotionally charged, eye-opening true story that represents the millions of unheard voices of refugees who risk everything in a desperate search for the promise of a safe future. In the midst of the most pressing international humanitarian crisis of our time, Melissa Fleming paints a vivid, unforgettable portrait of the triiumph of the human spirit.

Recent Additions

by Philip Yancey

In his classic book “Where Is God When It Hurts”, Philip Yancey gave us permission to doubt, reasons not to abandon faith, and practical ways to reach out to hurting people.

And now, thirty years after writing his first book, Yancey revisits our cry of “Why, God” in three places stunned into silence by the calamities that have devastated them. At some point all of us will face the challenges to faith Yancey writes about and look for the comfort and hope he describes.

There are reasons to ask, once again, the question that never goes away: Where is God when we suffer? And Yancey, once again, leads us to find faith when it is most severely put to the test.

by Dave Stone

Creative ideas, real-life stories, and Scriptural guidance for being the family that loves being together.

This book is the second in the Faithful Family series where Dave applies his practical, conversational, and humorous approach to the challenge of building strong spiritual ties to each other as a family. Topics include: Contentment, Security, Loyalty, Gratitude, Spontaneity, Communication, and more.

Preaching is his gift, but Pastor Dave Stone’s family is his life’s blessing. And after raising three kids of his own, as well as shepherding the diverse families of his congregation, his heart and passion for building strong families rings louder than ever. He knows that raising faithful families is a key to the future of the church.

by John Ortberg 

We seek the wisdom of business gurus, health experts and battlefield greats but one person, more than anyone else
in history, radically changed the world we live in. Discover that person and be changed by him through John Ortberg’s captivating book!

by Max Lucado

Big pressures, big choices, and an even bigger future. You wonder if you are able to keep up. Sometimes you wonder if you even measure up. But bestselling author Max Lucado offers a close look at God’s answer for the confusion of life—grace.

God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A whitewater, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. Grace can change your life in powerful ways, even when that life is messed up, off track, or in trouble. Discover what this grace is all about. Listen to true stories of how grace changed the lives of other teens, and learn how it can work on you and through you.

by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, Brad M. Griffin

Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year- olds and as a result are growing–spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with both research and practical ideas, Growing Young shows pastors and ministry leaders how to position their churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes vitality, life, and energy into the whole church.

by Melissa Fleming

This book chronicles the life of Doaa, a Syrian girl whose life was upended in 2011 by the onset of her country’s brutal civil war. Doaa and her fiance, Bassem, decide to flee to Europe to seek safety and an education, but four days after setting sail on a smuggler’s dilapidated fishing vessel along with five hundred other refugees, their boat is struck and begins to sink. This is the moment when Doaa’s struggle for survival really begins.

This emotionally charged, eye-opening true story that represents the millions of unheard voices of refugees who risk everything in a desperate search for the promise of a safe future. In the midst of the most pressing international humanitarian crisis of our time, Melissa Fleming paints a vivid, unforgettable portrait of the triiumph of the human spirit.