Adult Ministry and Education


Pastor Cheryl Mathison

Teaching Pastor
cmathison@spdlc.org
763-475-7128

Pastor Valerie Strand Patterson

Adult Ministry
vstrand@spdlc.org
763-475-7126

St. Philip the Deacon is committed to supporting you in your on-going growth in discipleship. We regularly offer a range of learning opportunities designed to meet the varied needs, interests and learning styles of adults. Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter for regular event updates. Pastors Cheryl Mathison and Valerie Strand Patterson welcome your inquiries.

Small Groups
Caring Ministry
Topical Studies
Encounter
The Conversation
Book Club
Reformation Events
Bible Studies
Spirit Beads
Retreats
Prayer Ministry
Self-Study
Faith & Life Lecture Series

Small Groups

  • Women's Circles - Monthly gatherings for fellowship, service and study. Third week of the month at various days and times. The circles are named Joy, Miriam, Elizabeth, Rachel and Mary-Martha-Naomi.
  • Fully Devoted - Bible study and discussion. Mondays at 11 a.m. in the Heritage Room.
  • Men’s Discussion Group - Conversation on current events and issues led by Bruce Warner. Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. in the Heritage Room.
  • Men's Fellowship and Prayer - Led by Ed Wasz. Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. in the Heritage Room.
  • Men’s Bible Study - Led by Joel Malmberg. Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. in the Heritage Room.
  • Faith Talk - Bible study led by Joel Malmberg. Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Heritage Room.
  • Lectio Divina - A traditional Benedictine practice of scripture reading, meditation and prayer. Thursdays at 11 a.m. in the Learning Center.
  • Sunday Morning Book Discussion - Book study and discussion with Joel Malmberg. Sundays at 8:30 a.m. in the Heritage Room.
  • Circle of Friends - Gathers once a month with friends around the table in individual homes for refreshments and fellowship, taking time to grow in faith using a simple discussion guide on contemporary issues and Biblical themes.

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Caring Ministry

  • Healing Prayer - Meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 3 p.m. in the Nook. Focuses on prayers for healing in the world, and for those in need.
  • Grief Coalition - St. Philip the Deacon is a supporter of the West Suburban Grief Coalition. Each quarter, Grief Coalition meets at a different facility. (They are currently meeting at Messiah Methodist on County Rd. 6 on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.) This group offers support for those who are grieving. Learn more about Grief Coalition.
  • Caregivers - Meets weekly on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the Heritage Room. A time for discussion, prayer and support for those who are a primary caregiver for a loved one. Contact Pastor Valerie Strand Patterson for information.
  • SOS - Sanctuary of Survivors - A Christ-centered support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. We meet the first and third Thursdays of each month from 7-8 p.m. in the Heritage Room. Contact Pastor Valerie Strand Patterson for information
  • DivorceCare - A small group for those recovering from divorce. We host a group in the fall for women, and another in the spring for men. Contact Pastor Valerie Strand Patterson for information. Learn more about DivorceCare.
  • Lay Visitation Ministry - Members of St. Philip the Deacon who have been specially trained to be visitors to other members who are not able to regularly participate in the life of the church. Contact parish nurse Susan Path for information.

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Topical Studies

My Neighbor is Muslim
Thursdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Through plain-spoken, fact-based chapters, participants will explore the history and tenets of Islam. Facilitated by Joel Malmberg.

The Daniel Plan
Tues., Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6:30 p.m.

When you include God in the plan to make healthier choices you can move toward living the kind of lifestyle God intends you to live. Six sessions, including a special presentation by fitness expert Chris Freitag. Contact Susan Path at spath@spdlc.org.

Rising Strong in Christ
Weds., April  19, 26, May 3, 10 , 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Using Brené Brown’s Rising Strong curriculum, we will explore life’s critical moments and how the stories we create about them influence not only our self-understanding but also our actions and behaviors. Facilitated by Rev. Sarah Ciavarri, CDWF-C.

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Encounter

Periodic gatherings that offer new and creative ways to experience God's presence in your life.

Reformation Exhibit
Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Join us for a tour of the Reformation exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Meet at church at 11 a.m. and return late afternoon. Space is limited, so registration required. Cost is $20, which covers bus and guided tour. Contact Pastor Mathison

National Lutheran Choir Christmas Concert
Dec. 9, 6:30-10 p.m.

The theme for this year’s concert at the Basilica of St. Mary is “Angels Hovering Round.” The story of Christ’s birth is told through poetry, choral music and carols sung by all. The bus leaves SPD at 6:30 pm; concert is at 8 p.m. Cost is $25 per person for transportation and ticket. Registration is necessary. Contact Cindy Carlson.

Como Park Conservatory Garden Tour
Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

What could be better than the promise of spring in the middle of a Minnesota winter? Join us for a visit to the Como Park Conservatory Gardens for the Winter Flower Show. You’ll enjoy cyclamen, pansies, viola, cineraria, amaryllis, primula , azaleas, camellias, digitalis, velthemia with their pink flower spikes, and the ever fragrant oriental lilies and paperwhite narcissus. Cost is $15 for entrance fee and transportation. Contact Pastor Mathison.

Pizza and Game Night
March 17, 6-9 p.m.

All ages are invited to gather in the Center for Faith and Life for a pizza dinner and a night of games for all ages and abilities. Card games, board games and the gaga pit! Contact Pastor Mathison.

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The Conversation

A monthly gathering for fellowship and faithful conversation. Second Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.

  • Oct. 11 - Review of the Germany trip and plans for celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation
  • Nov. 8 - Election Day! We host two precincts here at St. Philip the Deacon, so we won't have The Conversation this month.
  • Dec. 13 - Christmas celebration
  • Jan. 10
  • Feb. 14
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 9

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Book Club

Book Club meets monthly from September through May, on the third Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., to discuss current books on various faith-related topics. Each month a different book is read, enjoyed and discussed. Learn more about Book Club.

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Reformation Events

October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The following events are scheduled with that important anniversary in mind.

Highlights from the SPD Lutheran Heritage Tour
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m.

Pastor Mathison will share highlights and stories from the SPD Germany trip at The Conversation. Refreshments and fellowship at 1 p.m.; presentation at 1:30 p.m.

Movie Night: Martin Luther
Oct. 28, 6:30 p.
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PBS’s film Martin Luther is the epic tale of the great Protestant revolutionary whose belief in his faith would overthrow the Catholic Church and reshape Medieval Europe. Join Luther as he recalls his life, from his initial crisis of faith in a storm-wracked forest that led him to become a monk, to his heady confrontation with the great powers of Europe. Popcorn will be served—of course!

Reformation Exhibit
Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Join us for a tour of the Reformation exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Meet at church at 11 a.m. and return late afternoon. Space is limited, so registration required. Cost is $20, which covers bus and guided tour. Contact Pastor Mathison

The Cranach Altar Piece
Nov. 9 and 16, 6:30 p.m.

One of the highlights of the SPD Germany trip was to see the Cranach Altarpiece in Wittenberg. Join Dr. Mark Tranvik for an introduction to the Reformation using the Cranach altarpiece.

Lenten Exploration: Luther’s Small Catechism
Designed as a teaching tool of faith by Martin Luther, the Small Catechism lends itself as a framework for our midweek worship during the season of Lent. We will explore the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles Creed and the sacraments of Baptism and Communion.

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Bible Studies

Jesus Calling: Experiencing God’s Presence
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2 and 9

The Jesus Calling devotions invite you to slow down, be quiet and still, and explore Bible passages that reveal the presence of God.  Contact Pastor Mathison.

Winter Bible Study
Winter Wednesdays beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Join Tim Johnson and Ed Wasz for a mid-week Bible study on Wednesdays in late winter. Details and dates will be available after the new year.

Sing the Bible
Spring Worship Date TBA

We will sing and learn the history and the stories behind some of our best loved hymns.

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Spirit Beads

Creative fun, fellowship and tactile meditation allows Spirit Beaders to create meaningful pieces of art and enhance their spiritual practices.

Sound Wave Beads
Tuesday, Oct. 25, either 3:30-5 p.m. or 6:30-8 p.m.

Create a bead that represents the sound wave of you speaking your favorite Bible verse or prayer.

Prayer Chain
Tuesday, Nov. 29, either 3:30-5 p.m. or 6:30-8 p.m.

Create a chain of beads that will guide you through a brief prayer liturgy for your daily meditations.

The Ephod of Aaron
Tuesday, Jan. 31, either 3:30-5 p.m. or 6:30-8 p.m.

We’ll create a pendant using beads the colors of the Ephod of Aaron, described in Exodus.

Lenten Theme Polymer Beads
Tuesday, March 28, 3:30-5 p.m. or 6:30-8 p.m.

Design beads using millefiori cane technique to explore the symbols of our Lenten journey.

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Retreats

Expressions of Faith: An Introduction to Bible Art Journaling
Feb. 3-5 at Camp Courage

Join Pastor Mathison and Amanda Berger for a weekend introduction to Bible Art Journaling in a retreat setting. Participants receive a new art journaling Bible, instruction on the method, and time to experiment, create, pray and learn. Registration will open in November. Contact Pastor Mathison or Amanda Berger at aberger@spdlc.org.

Women’s Retreat
March 10-12

Our annual Women’s Retreat at Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo, Minn. Take time to relax, pray, learn and create.

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Prayer Ministry

Healing Prayer - Meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 3 p.m. in the Nook. Focuses on prayers for healing in the world, and for those in need.

Lectio Divina - A traditional Benedictine practice of scripture reading, meditation and prayer. Thursdays at 11 a.m. in the Learning Center.

Oasis - On the third Monday of each month, our regularly scheduled worship time—7 p.m.—takes on a peaceful and contemplative atmosphere. "Oasis: Making Space for Silence" is a worship experience that seeks to offer an environment that allows you to listen for God's comfort and guidance. Some months there is a particular prayer theme, but all prayers are encouraged and welcome. Learn more about Oasis.

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Self-Directed Study Links

The following are some links you may find helpful to help you grow in your faith. If you know of other resources to share, please let us know! Contact Pastor Mathison.

Faith and Life Lecture Series

The Faith & Life Lecture Series exists to create welcoming and accessible public forums for members of the Twin Cities community to hear nationally known speakers reflect on how Christian faith is related to different dimensions of everyday life. The talks are always free public events.
 
The lectures typically last about 50 minutes, followed by a brief period for Q&A after the presentation by the speaker. After the Q&A, speakers are generally available for one-on-one discussion with members of the audience during an informal reception. For more information contact Pastor Westermeyer at twestermeyer@spdlc.org or visit the Faith & Life website or the Faith & Life Facebook page.