Christian Education

Spring 2018 Adult Ed Series


“Holy Conversations”: Sharing Jesus Christ with the People in our Lives (May 2-June 7)

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are all called to share his good news in our words and actions, in our community, in how we live our lives; in other words, we are all evangelists – a word that comes from the Greek euangelion and means ‘messenger of good news.’ And while it can be difficult, for many different reasons, to talk about our experience of God with others, it is a wholly worthwhile endeavor – because knowing Jesus Christ changes lives.

Join us as we discuss sharing our faith in Christ as ‘holy conversations’ with others in our everyday life. In this six-session study, we’ll explore Scripture, discuss theological insights, share our own stories of faith, and be equipped and encouraged as we fulfill our call to go and tell the story of Jesus and his love.

The first Holy Conversations class will take place on Wed, May 2 at 9 am; repeated on Thurs, May 3 at 7 pm – and will continue through June 6 and 7. We’ll meet in the Fellowship Hall. This study is based on the book “Holy Conversation: Talking About God in Everyday Life” by Richard Peace. You don’t need a copy to participate, but the book is available for purchase online.

“Women and Justice”: ELCA Draft Social Statement for Study and Response

Join us as we discuss the draft of the ELCA Social Statement “Women and Justice,” which will be reviewed at the Churchwide Assembly in Aug, 2019. This is an opportunity to engage in a conversation about biblical and social views and practices that significantly affect both women and men, and provide feedback to Churchwide on this proposed Social Statement. The draft is available as a free download at Please download and review the statement as you prepare for the study.

The Women and Justice study will take place in two sessions on Weds, June 13 and 20 at 9 am; repeated on Thurs, June 14 and 21 at 7 pm. We’ll meet in the Fellowship Hall.

All are welcome at both studies! Please let Pastor Jen know if you have any questions. She can be reached through the church office

We look forward to seeing you there!


Class on “The Bible and Homosexuality”

This winter, Pastor Jen led a six-session Bible study on “The Bible and Homosexuality,” as we continue to have an open, gracious, respectful, Biblically-based, Christ-centered conversation on this subject. Please let Pastor Jen know if you have questions or would like additional information. She can be reached through the church office.

Notes are available below…

class outline and bibliography, are available here

first session, on Christ and the Moral Vision of Scripture, are available here.

second session, on How the Church has Changed, are available here.

third session, on Sodom & Gomorrah and Gibeah, are available here.

fourth session, on Holiness Codes (in Leviticus) and Vice Lists (in Paul’s Letters), are available here.

fifth session, on Creation and Marriage (Genesis 1 & 2), are available here.

sixth session, on Nature and Choice (Romans 1), are available here.


Reformation Study – Luther’s “The Freedom of a Christian”

Class outline available here Freedom Of A Christian Class 2017.


Confirmation and Youth Bible Study

Our Confirmation and Youth Bible study classes take place from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm (after the 11 am Worship Service). Join us as we explore the faith together, share times of fellowship, and grow in God’s grace. Contact Molly Farrin though the Church Office (760-345-2122) for more information.

Kid’s Church

St. John’s offers Children’s Church every Sunday during our 11:00 am Worship Service. We gather together in Worship, and then have a break-out session in our Ministry Center that includes Bible study, various crafts, and educational activities. We then rejoin the Worship Service for Communion.

Women’s Bible Study – Two Opportunities to Gather

The Martha Circle of the Women’s Group meets the first Wednesday of every month in the Fellowship Hall, beginning with Bible Study at 9 am, and continuing at 10:15 am with a business meeting, fellowship, and prayer.

The Ruth Circle of the Women’s Group meets the first Saturday of every month in the Ministry Center at 8 am. Pastor Jen is currently leading the group in a study on the draft of the ELCA Social Statement, “Women and Justice.”

All women we welcome at both Circles!

Men’s Bible Study

The men of St. John’s meet the third Saturday of every month at 8 am in the Fellowship Hall, beginning with fellowship and a business meeting. They continue with a Bible study together. This group breaks for the Summer; meetings will resume in October, 2018.



















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42-575 Washington Street,
Palm Desert, CA 92211

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Saturday, 4 PM
Sunday, 9 AM and 11 AM

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