Sundays @ 9:30 a.m.
In this Advent Bible study, part of the Together in Advent collection, we will explore the biblical backgrounds of being present, sending peace, sharing joy and wrapping in love in preparation for Christ’s birth this Advent. Study and discussion questions, prayers and reflections help students see that beyond the buying presents, sharing cookies and wrapping gifts is the giving and receiving of the Good News of salvation.
Tuesdays @ 11:30 a.m.
Joseph: Carpenter of Steel (**During Advent beginning November 28th**)
By: Rev. Gregory Seltz
The man driving the Christmas story in this Bible study is none other than Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus. Join us as host Rev. Gregory Seltz, Speaker for The Lutheran Hour, sheds light on one of the New Testament’s unsung heroes in Joseph: Carpenter of Steel. Adding historical perspective to this study is scholar and best-selling author Dr. Paul L. Maier.
These religious leaders challenged Jesus about allowing His disciples to pluck grain on the Sabbath and about Him healing a man on the Sabbath. Some among the Pharisees even went so far as to accuse Jesus of casting out demons “by Beelzebub, the ruler of demons” (Matthew 12:24). The episode signaled a turning point in Jesus’ teaching style. Whereas before He had taught sermons peppered with prophetic texts from the Old Testament, He would now only speak in parables when He taught publicly.”
Join Holly Nelson as we explore many of the parables Jesus told in the Gospels. As we examine these stories, you will discover how Jesus used this teaching style to clarify the truth with those with “ears to hear” but hide the truth from those who rejected His message.
We will spend two weeks on each lesson.
- October 17/24: One Ominous Day in Galilee (Matthew 12)
- October 31/November 7: A Lesson About Receiving the Word (The Sower)
- November 14/21: A Lesson About the Cost of Discipleship (Hidden Treasure)
We will take a break from “Parables” during the season of Advent and Christmas and do a short study on “Joseph: Carpenter of Steel.” (Beginning Tuesday, November 28)
- January 9/16: A Lesson About Justice and Grace (The Vineyard)
- January 23/30: A Lesson About Neighborly Love (The Good Samaritan)
- February 6/13: A Lesson About Justification by Faith (The Pharisee and the Tax Collector)
- February 20th: No Class
- February 27/March 6: A Lesson About Faithfulness (The Ten Virgins/The Talents)
- March 13/20: A Lesson About Serpentine Wisdom (The Unjust Steward)
- March 27: No Class
- April 3: No Class
- April 10/17: A Lesson About Heaven and Hell (The Rich Man and Lazarus)
- April 24/May 1: A Lesson About Persistence in Prayer (The Persistent Widow)
- May 8/15: A Lesson About God’s Love (The Prodigal Son)
Thursdays: @ 7:00 p.m. – Join Pastor Russ and Cecile Howen.
November 30 – “The Voyage to Rome”
The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Maier, the Russell H. Siebert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University, will give a visual presentation, which will include Biblical material from the Book of Acts and Paul’s Letters, as well as geographical, archaeological and secular literary evidence to provide a fully dimensional portrait of Saint Paul, the man and his mission.
Pastor Russ and Cecile Howen will lead the class in additional Bible study, including areas for discussion as well as other helpful materials.
Christ Care Groups – (meets in homes)
Two small groups, with a variety of goals, are active in this ministry. Each group is under the direction of a small group leader who has received 40 hours of training. Each group decides when and where to meet and how often. Some concentrate on increasing their spiritual growth and Biblical knowledge, while others concentrate on providing spiritual support and fellowship.
Come study the book of Revelations Fridays at 9 am. We meet at the home of Audrey Klienhans.
The 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s at 1 pm we are studying “You’ll Get Through This” by Max Lucado.
This is a study of hope and help for those turbulent times. This study follows the trials of Joseph. His life offers this lesson: in God’s hands intended evil becomes ultimate good.
This Bible study is also at the home of Audrey Klienhans – please call 783-9082 for more information.