Sunday 8:45-9:45 AM Sept 10 throu May 20 Christian History Made Easy
Sunday 6:30-8:30 PM Sept 10 though May 20 Paul's Letter to the Romans
Monday 7:15-8:45 PM Sept 11 through Nov 20 Abraham
Thursday 9:30-11 AM and 7:30-9:00 PM Ongong Jesus- the Messiah
Monday 7:15-8:45 PM Jan 8-Feb 12, 2018 Who is the Holy Spirit
Monday 7:15-8:45 PM Apr 9-May 21, 2018 7 Women
Christian History Made Easy is an on-going study of the church on Sunday mornings during the Sunday school term. Classes meet from 8:45-9:45 from September 10, 2017 - May 20, 2018. The history of Christianity is the story of reformers and revivalists, martyrs and crusaders. It’s the true story of how the good news of Jesus has spread around the globe. It’s the story of God’s Spirit working through ordinary people in extraordinary ways. This story enables God’s people to read their Bibles better, to evaluate their beliefs more wisely, and to understand why other Christians do what they do. The purpose of this study is to introduce you to this exciting story in a way that anyone can understand and enjoy. This course is taught by Don Shippy. There is no cost for this course.
Jesus-The Messiah uses a “harmonized” or chronological blending of the four gospel accounts for an in-depth look and Jesus’ life and ministry. This is Unit Six of an on-going series on the Bible in chronological sequence. Learn how each gospel writer tells his account of this greatest story, and how the four accounts blend to give the full understanding of Jesus’ life and ministry. There are two sessions of this course. There is no cost for this course. Don Shippy teaches both sessions of this course.
The Thursday morning session meets from 9:30-11:00 each Thursday in the Fellowship Hall. This on-going class is about to begin Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem. This class involves lots of discussion of the context and he questions raised by Jesus’ teaching and actions. New participants are welcome to join this group at any time.
The Thursday evening session meets from 7:30-9:00 each Thursday with breaks during Advent and Lent. The first session is on Thursday evening, September 7 in the Fellowship Hall. The group is just beginning this in-depth study by looking at the annunciations of John the Baptist and of Jesus the Messiah. We look at Jesus’ childhood, the political context in which Jesus begins His ministry, the factors influencing were and how He conducts His ministry, and much more that greatly enhances our understanding of the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus as Messiah.
Paul’s Letter to the Romans is an on-going on Sunday evenings as a small group. The group meets from 6:30-7:30 for dinner, and the in-depth study of Paul’s Letter to the Romans goes from 7:30-8:30. Classes meet from September 10, 2017 - May 20, 2018. In his Letter to the Romans, Paul sets forth an account of the gospel that he preaches--particularly about the saving work of God in Christ--and spells out its implications for the Christian life. He also writes concerning the salvation of the Jewish people and discusses some particulars of Christian conduct. Susan Weihs leads this study; Denny and Ruth Madden host the classes in their home. Contact Denny or Ruth Madden, Jim Christiansen, or Don Shippy if you are interested in joining this study. There is no cost for this course.
Who is the Holy Spirit? is a six-week introduction to the Holy Spirit and its role in a Christian’s faith life. Is the Spirit the dove at Jesus’ baptism, the tongues of fire at Pentecost, or what? Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Lutheran Christians often struggle to comprehend and explain this person of out Trinity. Learn what the Holy Spirit does in the life of a Christian and how He can help you grow to be more like Christ. Classes will meet from 7:30-9:00 on Monday evenings from January 8-February 12 in the Education Unit Lounge. There is no cost for this course. Don Shippy teaches this course.
The fall book study on Monday nights is on
Abraham: A Journey To The Heart Of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler. Class meets from 7:30-9:00 on Monday evenings beginning September 11; it concludes no later than Monday, November 20 to avoid conflicts with Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas. Both immediate and timeless, Abraham tells the powerful story of one man's search for the shared ancestor of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Traveling through war zones, braving violence at religious sites, and seeking out faith leaders, Bruce Feiler uncovers the defining, yet divisive, role that Abraham plays for half the world's believers. Provocative and uplifting, Abraham offers a thoughtful and inspiring vision of unity that redefines what we think about our neighbors, our future, and ourselves. Dae Di’Cenzo leads this discussion. Participants will pay for the $7.00 cost of their book.
7 Women is a seven-week book study from 7:30-9:00 on Monday evenings next spring - from April 9-May 21 in the Education Unit Lounge. New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas gives us captivating portraits of seven of history’s greatest women, each of whom changed the course of history by following God’s call upon their lives. Each of the world-changing figures — Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Sister Maria of Paris, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Teresa — is an exemplary model of true womanhood. Teenaged Joan of Arc followed God’s call and liberated her country, dying a heroic martyr’s death. Susanna Wesley had nineteen children and gave the world its most significant evangelist and its greatest hymn writer, her sons John and Charles. Corrie ten Boom, arrested for hiding Dutch Jews from the Nazis, survived the horrors of a concentration camp to astonish the world by forgiving her tormentors. And Rosa Parks’ deep sense of justice and unshakable dignity and faith helped launch the twentieth-century’s greatest social movement. Writing in his trademark conversational and engaging style, Eric Metaxas reveals how the extraordinary women profiled here achieved their greatness, inspiring readers to lives guided by a call beyond themselves. Participants will pay the cost of the paperback book – actual cost will be announced later. Ruth Madden is scheduled to teach this course.