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Adult Ministry 

Adult Sunday School

9:30 a.m. on Sundays 

From the weekend after Labor Day to the weekend prior to Memorial Day 

All adults are encouraged to continually grow in their faith and their relationship with God through learning.  Join us one or more weeks for Sunday School. 

  • One class is taught by Tim Gotwald and held in the Parlor on the first floor. 
  • The second class is taught by Pastor and held in Meeting Room #2 on the first floor. 

Current Sunday School Topics

FAITH

If you ask me, ‘Is God Real?’ I first have to ask, ‘Which God are we talking about?’”  With these words Brian McLaren gives voice to a common struggle among people of faith – who exactly is this God we worship? 

  • Is God a mighty fortress, solid and unchanging? 
  • Is God a mystical, unknowable force that floats around us like a vapor? 
  • How can we speak of faith if we can’t even speak of God with any certainty? 
  • How can we chart a course through the often murky waters of Christian tradition and find our way to God?

Embark on a journey of faith with the help of gifted and unique 21st century theologians (via videos).  The topics for our conversation on faith will include:  God, Religion, Jesus, Salvation, Cross, Bible, and Church.  You don’t need to have lots of knowledge to have faith – come and grow/share yours!  Sundays at 9:30 beginning September 8 in Meeting Room 2.  Facilitated by Pastor Nicholson. 

LUTHER’S SMALL CATECHISM FOR ADULTS

Getting back to the basics is nothing new for Christians.  That is why centuries ago they invented the idea of catechism.  A catechism is a guide for people in need of instruction – novices and veterans, the old and the young alike – in the fundamentals of Christian faith.  Luther often said that no one outgrows the need to study the catechism.  With this in mind, please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the Parlor beginning September 8.  Taught by Tim Gotwald

Monday Book Study

INSPIRED: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans will be discussed on Monday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. in the fall of 2019.  Joyce Ray and Nancy Fricke are our leaders for this discussion group. 

Women of the ELCA Circle Bible Study

Women of the ELCA is our congregation’s women’s organization. All women are welcome to attend our Circle Bible Study and fellowship gatherings.
“Circles” gather In September, November, January, February, April, and June.  In  October, December, and March we all meet together for special presentations on the first Tuesday of the month.  See Women’s page for more information. 

Fellowship Ministry

Our Parish Life committee strives to bring people together for fun and fellowship. Each year we host Covered Dish dinners, a Game Night, an Easter Breakfast and our after Church Luncheons. One Sunday every June we have morning worship at Caledonia State Park followed by our annual church picnic with fried chicken and all the fixins’! 

Prayer Ministry

A group of members participate in a prayer “chain.” Marcia Hunt receives information about folks who are in need of special care and prayers for healing. Some are from our church family, and other relatives, friends, or neighbors of our members. Emails are sent to persons in the chain. who then pray for the person in need.  A note to let the person know we are praying for them is sent to everyone on the prayer list.  These notes are greatly appreciated. 

Membership Classes

If you have worshiped with us regularly for a period of time and have an interest in learning more about being a member of First Lutheran, please contact the pastor. New members may be received at different times throughout the year. 

Church Library

Our church library is located behind the chapel. We have many books for you to enjoy reading as well as many reference books for the Bible.   

Baptism

God, who is rich in mercy and love, gives us a new birth into a living hope through the sacrament of baptism. By water and the Word God delivers us from sin and death and raises us to new life in Jesus Christ. We are united with all the baptized in the one body of Christ, anointed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and joined in God’s mission for the life of the world. Please contact the pastor if you would like yourself or your child to be baptized. 

BECOME INVOLVED

Every Christian has been given spiritual gifts to use in service to the body of Christ. We use the gifts we have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. There’s a role here at First Lutheran for everyone! For more information on how you can use your gifts and talents here, contact the church office at 717-264-2015 or email FELCCoffice@gmail.com