Adult Eduction

Adult Sunday School Class

Adult Discussion Session – Christ Hall
Sundays September 18 & 25

This fall we begin the year with a discussion format to engage those new to Christian faith as well as those who have been involved for a life-time. In September we will draw from two short articles each week. The articles will be read in class. The articles are from The Christian Century magazine featuring current authors. A designated discussion leader will start the conversation helping to make connections with faith and life. References to the biblical witness will be identified as well as theological themes. The hope is that we will deepen our relationships with one another, develop a vocabulary reflective of our Christian faith, and be drawn more deeply into life in Christ Jesus.

September 18

     Attending to Others, Peter W. Marty
     Faith by Proxy, Brian Bantum

September 25

     The Gift of Tears, Peter W. Marty
    Communion Tears, Isaac S. Villegas

Upcoming in October: “On Being a Christian” Led by Pastor William Snyder – Christ Hall, 9:15 a.m. Sundays

What does it mean to be a Christian today? Or to use Pastor Reep’s language: What does it mean for us to live a “kingdom life”? In this course we will explore this question by examining perspectives built around “seeking, faith, and loving” God and others. The five weeks will explore the following themes:

1.Seeking God
2.Seeking the Other in Community (Being Curious)
3.Faith in God (Affirming the Creeds)
4.Loving God in Liturgy: Gathered to Worship
5. Loving Neighbor in Liturgy: Sent to Serve

This course is inspired by the work of Robert Jenson and a commencement speech given by Carrie Newcomer at Goshen College in 2015.  “Be True. Be Kind, Pay Attention,”  We will draw upon Scripture, Augustine, Luther, and others, as well as a little-known master’s thesis.  “Eucharist, Sacrifice and Trinity”, by Pastor Snyder.

Wednesday Scripture Study – Christ Hall

We will delve into the readings for the upcoming Sunday. We begin with the prophet Habukkuk and 2nd Timothy. We will read from Luke and hear the apostles asking the Lord to “Increase our faith!” The Biblical witness is lush with images that push our imaginations, brimming full with stories that call our motives into question, and comforting words of acceptance, love and grace which sustain us throughout our daily life. Please do plan to join in the reading, discussion, and Christian fellowship as we prepare ourselves for Sunday worship through Wednesday Bible study in Christ Hall at 10:30 a.m.

Please enter the building through the Springettsbury Avenue lobby.

***Reminder that the first Wednesday of each month is street sweeping so please park in one of the lots and not on Springettsbury Avenue.

Gods Work our Hands—September 11, 2022

Annually the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) observes Gods Work our Handson the second Sunday of September.  Over the years we have used our hands to; clean up trash and debris littering the neighborhood, prepare health kits to give aid to those in disaster struck regions, and assemble school kits for children in developing nations.   This year our service project is assembling and packing 1,000 personal and baby care kits for Lutheran World Relief.  These kits will provide much needed self-care for people in situations of fear and uncertainty around the world.  All items that are needed to complete the kits were provided through a Benevolence Fund Grant through St. Paul’s.  The congregation will assemble the kits and pack them for LWR.  Physical help is needed.  If you have any questions, please contact Miss Kelly.  If you would like to help with the organization and set up/tear down of this project, please let Miss Kelly or the church office know.  Join us on September 11!

Daily Devotional ReadingsThe new quarterly devotional book called Christ in our Home is available at all entrances to the church.   Augsburg Fortress is offering Christ in Our Home as a free email subscription.  Click on the following link: to sign up.   This devotional has a bible reading, thoughts and prayer for each day.  Are you more of an electronic reader?  Try God Pause from Luther Seminary in St. Paul’s Minnesota.  Sign up and you will receive a daily email with a scripture reading, reflection and prayer.  To sign up, click this link or type it into your computer search bar

Small Groups

Are you interested in being part of a small group?  Would you like to discuss social justice issues, Bible studies, family/parenting ideas or any other topic?  Contact the church office with your ideas!