Adult Faith Formation

Spring Sunday Morning Adult Faith Formation is on Zoom from 10:45am-11:45am.  

 

Spring Class 4: From the 95 Theses to the Small Catechism

April 11, 18, 25

In 1517, Martin Luther posted his “95 Theses”.  This set off a firestorm of controversy in Europe, that raged fiercely at first and sporadically into the 20th century.  Twelve years later, Luther published the “Small Catechism”, which is still being used for Lutheran faith formation today.  The in-between years were rich in theological discussion, dispute, and intrigue.

What happened in between?  What is the significance of these two documents?  How did Luther go from protester to leader?  Who were the other thinkers and leaders who influenced Luther?  Why do these documents, and the intervening years, still matter today?

The Zoom link is available each week via the newsletter.  Contact Pastor Will for more information.

Past Classes:

Spring Class 1: Who Is Saved?

January 10 and 17

Join us for two weeks in January as we kick off our Spring Adult Faith Formation by tackling the question: “Who Is Saved?”  We’ll do a quick but deep dive into the Christian theology of salvation and how it is viewed differently among different Christian denominations.  We’ll pull pieces from Luther’s Small Catechism, especially our understanding of Baptism, exploring what it means “to be saved”, how this comes about, and who is “in”.

 

Spring Class 2: Minor Prophets – the Book of Joel

February 14 and 21

Join us on February 14 and 21 as we read and discuss the book of Joel in the Old Testament.  We will look at the history, culture, and events around the time that Joel prophesied, and see how centuries later Luke interpreted Joel’s words in the book of Acts.

Spring Class 3: The Bible Stories We Never Hear

February 28, March 7, 14, and 21

Do you wonder what things don’t make it in a children’s Bible, and the stories that never show up as readings in church? Do you want to hear the juicy details of stories that middle schoolers are excited to read, and the passages that are sometimes intentionally forgotten about?  Join us on Sundays from February 28-March 21 to learn about “The Bible Stories We Never Hear”.  Each week we’ll take a look at two or three stories that are rarely read.

Fall Class 5: Comparing the Gospel: Advent Bible Study

November 29-December 20                 

What do each of the Gospels say about Jesus’ birth?  As we prepare for Christmas, what does the Bible say about it?  Over the four weeks of Advent, we will dive into the four Gospels – one each week – and what the writers chose to focus on and their description of Jesus’ birth and early life.

Fall Class 4: Looking to the Future Series: Wise Retirement Strategy

In order to register for this class by Thrivent, please click this link. Once you register for the class, an email will be sent to you with the link to the class.  You can register up to the moment the class begins.

November 15 – College Planning 101
College-bound students and their families will learn the value of college and having a plan, the basics of financial aid, and tips to lower the cost of college.

November 22 – Financial Aid 101

College is an investment. Learn how to decode the financial aid award letter and understand financial aid formulas and options to cover the gap in financial aid.

 

Fall Class 3: The Creeds: The Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian

October 25 – November 8 

Over three weeks we will look at the three ecumenical Creeds that we confess as Lutherans: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.  We will explore the history, context, terminology, and what they mean for how Christians have lived out their faith in the past, and how we are called to live out our faith today.

Fall Class 2: Looking to the Future Series: Wise Retirement Strategy

In order to register for this class by Thrivent, please click this link.  Once you register for the class, an email will be sent to you with the link to the class.  You can register up to the moment the class begins.

October 11 – Building Your Retirement Foundation
Description: Wondering how much you should save and what type of accounts you should have? Be confident in how you’re saving for retirement by learning how to build a strong, adaptable financial strategy.

October 18 – 5 Keys to Retiring Fearlessly
Description: What will be your sources of retirement income? How can you help protect yourself from “what ifs?” Learn ways to help you achieve your goals in retirement with confidence.

Fall Class 1: How We Choose Scripture for Worship: The Revised Common Lectionary

September 13, 20, and October 4
Have you ever wondered why we read certain Scripture on Sunday morning in worship, how this is chosen, and how it related to the seasons of the Church year?  Join us on September 13, 20, and October 4 as Pastor Will leads a study delving into the Revised Common Lectionary.  We’ll explore what the Revised Common Lectionary is, who put it together and why, what is included in it, what is not, and what that means for who we are as the Church.