In keeping with the parish-wide theme Love God, Love Neighbor, our faith formation is going to attempt to explore what it means to Know God, Know Love, and Know Neighbor. To do this, we are taking a deep dive into scripture. A comprehensive study of over 1000 churches compiled in 2004 showed that among all the programs and projects undertaken by these communities, the practice most effective in fostering spiritual transformation was the practice of Bible study and engaging Scripture. To that end, instead of having multiple topical series during the 9AM hour, we are instead offering two concurrent groups focusing on engaging the scriptures. (If you’re a fan of great speakers, we still plan to host 3 or 4 speakers throughout the year to bring us insight on our parish theme. Stay tuned for announcements of who these speakers will be.)
The Cafe pairs the lectionary gospel lesson for each Sunday with a relevant news article. This group meets in the Meditation Room.
Feasting on the Word focuses on a more “historical-critical” approach to scripture. This group meets in the Fireside Room.
Both will invite us to more deeply know and appreciate what the Bible teaches us about God, Love, and our Neighbor. Both groups will be led and facilitated by parish clergy and lay theologians. Both are open to youth and adults. (Childcare for children ages 4 and under is available in the Nursery beginning at 8:45 am. For children older than 4, Children’s Choir begins at 9 am in the music room.)
Basics Classes begin Sept 25 and are offered for new members, those preparing for a sacrament, or anyone looking to refresh their knowledge of the Christian faith. They meet at 11:45am on Sundays in the Fireside Room. Lunch is served. Contact Lea Anne Schmidt if you are interested.
Faithful Parenting meets on the first Sunday of each month at 9am in the Green Room for conversation and support on Christian parenting. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and all others who care about kids are invited.
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