Christian Education

Zoom Bible Study – Wednesdays at 12 pm; followed by Virtual Communion at 1 pm

We’ve launched a weekly Zoom Bible study on Wednesdays at 12 pm – discussing the coming week’s Lectionary Scripture readings. Please email Pastor Jen at pastor@stjohnslutheran.church if you would like to receive the Zoom invitation to join us. 

Zoom’s basic program is free, they have several features designed to keep meetings secure, and I’ve found Zoom to be a good resource for connecting with others during this time of physical distancing.

Our Youth Coordinator, Molly Farrin, has recorded this video tutorial – https://youtu.be/ol7Rn0US62Y – and you can visit their website, Zoom.us, to sign up and for more information. Molly is also available to guide you through using Zoom – send her an email at youth@stjohnslutheran.church.

 

Additional Spiritual Growth Resources

~ Prayer Resources available here.

~ “Christ in our Home” daily devotional available here.

 

Youth Education

 

Confirmation (Grades 6,7,8)

– taking a break for the Summer

Youth Bible study (High School and College)

– taking place virtually at this time. Join us as we explore the faith together, share times of fellowship, and grow in God’s grace.

Sunday School – materials being sent weekly online

– Molly is sending out weekly worship material for our “Little Lutherans.”

 

Contact Molly Farrin at youth@stjohnslutheran.church for more information.

 

 

Women’s Bible Study

The Ruth Circle of the Women’s Group is meeting the first Saturday of every month at 9 am via Zoom. Please email Pastor Jen at pastor@stjohnslutheran.church for more information.

All women we welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

Men’s Bible Study – on break for the Summer

The Men’s Club meets 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.

 

 

Adult Education Archive

ELCA Social Statements

Thank you to everyone who participated in this important and illuminating discussion!

Week 1 – “The Church in Society” – class video available here – class notes available here.

Week 2 – “Caring for Creation” – class video available here – Social Statement available here.

Week 3 – “For Peace in God’s World” – class video available here – Social Statement available here.

Week 4 – “Race, Ethnicity, and Culture” – class video available here – Social Statement available here.

Week 5 – “Immigration” – class videos available, part one, here; part two, here – Social Message available here.

Week 6 – “Abortion” – class video available here – Social Statement available here.

Week 7 – “Caring for Health” – class video available here – Social Statement available here.

As Christians, we are called to go into the world and proclaim the good news of life and salvation in Christ. How might we continue to do so in a faithful and gracious way? How are we, personally and as the St. John’s community, to participate in the public arena? Why and how should the church participate in society?

The Social Statements of the ELCA seek to address these questions. They are “teaching and policy documents that provide broad frameworks” to assist in discussing social engagement in the context of faith. They are meant to help individuals and communities with spiritual formation, discernment, and thoughtful engagement regarding the challenging issues of our contemporary society (from Church in Society: A Lutheran Prospective Social Statement Summary).

“Come, Holy Spirit”

~ Week One class video here and the class outline here.

~ Week Two class video here and class outline here.

~ Week Three class video here and outline here.

Week Four class video here and outline here.

Week Five class video here and outline here.

Week Six class video here and outline here.

Week Seven class video here and outline here.

 

“The Story of Jesus: from Birth to Death to Life”

The class notes for this chronological journey through the life of Jesus Christ are available here.

World Religions

The class notes for this five-part series on the religions of the world are available here.

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

The St. John’s study of the ELCA Social Statement “Women and Justice,” is available as a free download at http://elca.org/womenandjustice.

“Holy Conversations”: Sharing Jesus Christ with the People in our Lives (Spring 2018)

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 called to have ‘holy conversations’ with others. This study was based on the book “Holy Conversation: Talking About God in Everyday Life” by Richard Peace. Class outline is available here.

Class on “The Bible and Homosexuality”

In winter 2017, 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 here.

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

Class outline available here Freedom Of A Christian Class 2017.

 

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