Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study – In an informal setting, adults explore various books of the Bible and how they address the religious, moral, ethical, and social issues faced by Lutheran Christians today. Discussion/class topics are publicized in the weekly church bulletins and monthly newsletters. Discussions begin on Sunday, September 17th, at 9:15 a.m. in the Library.
This year’s Adult Education will discuss the following areas:
Martin Luther and the Reformation – September 1 thru November 19, 2017: Since October 31, 2017, is the 500th anniversary of the day Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Church, thus beginning the Protestant Reformation, we will spend 10 weeks in the fall studying Luther’s life and theology. After viewing two classic DVDs about Luther’s life and work, we will spend the rest of the course studying and discussing Luther’s teaching regarding the Gospel, the abuses of the medieval church including indulgences, faith and works, grace and justification, and the meaning and use of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
“The Screwtape Letters” – December 3, 2017, thru February 4, 2018: Written by C.S. Lewis, these are a series of letters from a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew, a junior demon, named Wormwood. The letters contain advice for Wormwood on methods to use to turn a man away from God and toward the Devil. “The Screwtape Letters” has been adapted to comic book, stage, audio drama, and has even been released as a film. Join us we listen and discuss the audio version as C.S. Lewis reveals the many temptations that we are faced with as struggle to remain true to our Christian faith.
The Life of the Apostle Paul – February 18, 2018: In this hour-long video, Rick Steves gives an overview of Paul’s life and ministry by travelling to the places where Paul lived and served.
Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians – February 25 thru May 13, 2018: 1st Corinthians is the second longest letter of Paul in the Bible, and by addressing in it problems which had arisen in the church at Corinth, Paul develops a theology which is pertinent for us today. We will spend 10 weeks studying this letter, using as a basis a DVD series of lectures by the noted theologian Pastor Kenneth Bailey. The letter, course and discussions revolve around five themes: the cross and Christian unity, the roles of men and women in the family, the roles of men and women in the church, relationships between Christians and non-Christians, and Jesus’ resurrection.
The Life of the Apostle Peter – May 20, 2018: Rick Steves hosts a half-hour video in which he gives an overview of the life and ministry of Peter by visiting the places where Peter lived and served.
Everyone is welcome! No experience is necessary! These studies are conducted throughout the year on Sunday mornings. Unless otherwise noted, there will be no Sunday Adult Education on the following dates: Thanksgiving Break, November 26th; Christmas Break, December 24th and 31st; the Fat Sunday Pancake Breakfast, February 11th; Palm Sunday, March 25th; and Easter Sunday, April 1st.
For more information, please contact Laura Conry, Dwight Cruikshank, Glenna & Bruce Gunderson, Betty Hinkelman, or Eva Schindhelm.
Theology on Tap – Do you enjoy a great brew, a glass of wine, or an ice cold soda? Would you like to talk about issues of faith in a fun, laid back atmosphere? Then this might be for you. Theology on Tap meets every third Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Badger Burger Company in Mukwonago.
Our first gathering will be Monday, October 16th. Other dates are: November 20th, December 18th, January 15th, February 19th, March 19th, and April 16th.
Theology on Tap is open to everyone 21 years of age and older. For more information, please contact Pr. Scot.
Weekly Text Study – On Wednesday mornings from 9-10:30 a.m., you are invited to join Pr. Scot in learning and discussing the Bible reading for the upcoming Sunday worship. Contact Pr. Scot for more information.
Crossways – The Wednesday night Bible study group (aka “Crossways”) will resume on September 6th. As you know, we meet in the Fellowship Hall from 6:30-8 p.m.
For the first eight sessions, from September 6th through October 25th, we will have a series on “Prayer,” led by Betty Hinkelman. Topics will include 1) What is Prayer?, 2) The community in prayer, 3) The Lord’s Prayer, 4) The body and senses in prayer, 5) Meditative, contemplative and centering prayer, 6) Discernment and paying attention to God, 7) Praying for others-petitions, and 8) Praying the Psalms.
From November 1st to December 13th, we will be studying the person and teachings of Martin Luther, as 2017 is the 500th anniversary of when Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Church, thus launching the Protestant Reformation. We will view two classic DVDs about Luther’s life, and then listen to a lecture series on Luther’s teachings on such subjects as the Gospel, the medieval church and its abuses including indulgences, faith and works, the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, grace and justification.
Between January 3rd and Ash Wednesday, we will do a six-week course on 1st Corinthians, based on a DVD series by Pastor Kenneth Bailey. After our Lenten break and Easter, we will do another Ken Bailey series, this one a six-week course on “Women in the New Testament.” For those of you who attended last year, you will remember Ken Bailey from his course we did on the parables of Jesus, which everyone really liked.
Each of these courses can be taken separately from the others. Please join as you are able. If you have any questions, please contact Dwight Cruikshank.
Looking for an opportunity to explore and share your faith with others? Please join us for a low key, no experience needed discussion. This once a month study and discussion group meets in the Mount Olive Narthex at 9:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month and uses Gather magazine as a resource. The first session is Tuesday, September 12th.
This year’s monthly topics are as follows:
- Tuesday, September 12th, Tuesday, October 10th and Tuesday, November 14th: “The Apostles’ Creed:” In“The Apostles’ Creed,” Bible study author Julia Seymour, pastor at Lutheran Church of Hope, Anchorage, Alaska, writes: “Beyond preferences or evenly deeply held convictions, the theological underpinnings of a religious community are the structure for teaching, preaching and action. For our life of faith together, creeds are more than just words. They are vessels for carrying one another through doubt, joy and sorrow.”
- No December Session
- Tuesday, January 9th, Tuesday, February 13th, Tuesday, March 13th, and Tuesday, April 10th: “Multiple Meanings: Learning from other interpretations”
This study is written by Mark Allan Powell and will explore what Biblical stories mean to people around the world. Powell, a professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, has taught at seminaries in Estonia, Russia and Tanzania.
This year’s 2017-18 All Team Nights will be held on the following Mondays at 7 p.m.: October 2nd, December 4th, February 5th, and May 7th. The next “Ponder Anew” is on
Monday, January 29, 2018, @ 6 p.m.