Sunday School for children aged 3 through Grade 8 meets on Sundays at 9:45 am in our downstairs classrooms. From September to November, we'll learn about The Old Testament; God Protects His People in Egypt and the Exodus.
WEEKLY BIBLE STUDIES
Adult Bible Class meets on Sundays at 9:45 am. From September to November, we'll study Bible history in parallel with our Sunday School children, exploring how God Protects His People in Egypt and the Exodus.
LifeLight is a nine-week small-group study that meets multiple times during the week; it's held twice a year, beginning in September and in January. This fall, LifeLight will explore The Bible: An Overview. Classes will be held:
- Wednesdays at 6 pm, starting September 12th.
- Sunday mornings at 9:45 am, starting September 16th.
- Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am starting September 18th.
Topics covered will include:
- Jesus Christ: The Center of The Bible
- The Holy Scriptures: God's Word and How to Understand It
- Understanding the Bible's Figurative Languages, Symbols and Poetry
- Recognizing False Teaching
- Bible Translations
- Reading the Scriptures Regularly
OTHER BIBLE STUDIES
CARES (Caring, Active, Reaching, Encouraging Sisters in Christ) Women's Bible Study meets on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am, discussing the book Thank, Praise, Serve and Obey by William Weedon. Click here for a book sample!
W.O.W. (Women of the Word) meets on the second Monday of the month from 11:00 am-12:00 pm. This year, W.O.W. is discussing the book Forgiveness: Received from God, Extended to Others by Donna Pyle. Click here for a book sample!
Lutheranism 101 lays out what we believe, teach and confess according to God's Word! It's a great introduction if you're new to Messiah or Christianity; it's also a great refresher to brush up on the basics of the faith. Click here to find out more and register for the next class.
GriefShare is a 13-week support group opportunity we offer on an occasional basis. More information is available at www.griefshare.org.
Pre-Confirmation & Junior Confirmation
Pre-Confirmation and Junior Confirmation begin Monday, September 17 at 6 pm. Contact us for more information!
Pre-Confirmation is a program for students in grades 5-6 to become more deeply acquainted with the Biblical narrative, beyond what is offered in Sunday school, and to become familiar with portions of Luther's Small Catechism.
Students use the instructional book, One Hundred Bible Stories to learn the Biblical narrative of both the New and Old Testament. Students learn the books of the Bible so they can easily locate passages and accounts. This is supplemented by portions of Luther’s Small Catechism.
Junior Confirmation's goal is that those who have gone through instruction in Luther's Small Catechism would grow to have a firm faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Faith is the goal of this instruction, a faith based on the truths revealed in Holy Scripture. We want our children to know not what human wisdom teaches but that which God the Holy Spirit teaches.
Junior Confirmation Class consists of students in grades 7-8. Catechumens go through a two year period of instruction in Luther's Small Catechism utilizing the One In Christ – Applying Luther’s Catechism instructional materials. After satisfactorily completing the instruction students may become communing members of the congregation. (For a sample of One in Christ -- Applying Luther's Catechism, click here.)
Confirmation for second year students takes place on the first Sunday in May.
Memorization is an important part of instruction in Pre-Confirmation and Jr. Confirmation. Over and over again the Bible speaks of knowing Scripture, having it in one's heart. Memorization of texts of Scripture and the six chief parts of the Small Catechism provides the framework and basic building blocks of faith. See the article The Best Cardio Exercise for more about memorization.