INFANTS and TODDLERS
The Blessing Place: “Nurturing Families – Sharing Jesus”
Jesus has a loving, nurturing heart for young children and their families and so do we! The Blessing Place nursery offers care for infants through 36 months old during all three worship services and Sunday Morning Bible classes. The team is committed to quality care in a safe, nurturing, Christian environment serving members and guests by presenting a vibrant and enthusiastic infant/toddler ministry leading to new areas of faith building! Our goal is to support families as they share and grow in their faith.
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL
Superintendents: Kevin and Sherri West
Sunday School for children begins with a Parent’s & 2′s class, and includes classes for each age group through the 5th grade. The Sunday School hour offers exciting age-appropriate Bible lessons, music, and crafts. Each grade uses the same biblical text for its lessons. Stop by the Sunday School office for more information
JUNIOR YOUTH BIBLE CLASS (Meets in Gym)
Led by Pam Amey
Our Junior Youth Bible class, 6th-8th graders, meets on Sunday mornings from 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Our goal is that each of our youth in 6th through 8th grade will use this opportunity to grow in the love and trust in Jesus Christ through this time together. This winter our youth will study God’s truths using age appropriate and engaging content focusing on God’s Big Story, our I-dentity, and how we are better together.
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH (Meets in Lighthouse)
The Passion of the Christ
Led by Brian Amey
Using video clips from the popular movie, our youth will explore the people of the passion, the places of the passion, and the terrible pain Christ went through so that we, as believers, can have eternal life and forgiveness. Each youth will look into their own life and see how their own sin put Jesus on the Cross. This movie puts each viewer into the story of Christ, so I hope all of our high school students will join us for this study.
JESUS… LEGEND OR LORD?
Led by Pastor Snow (along with Dr. Paul Maier-via DVD)
Jesus is one of the most written about and debated figures in the world. We will invite Dr. Maier to be with us (via DVD) to explore the past through the disciplines of Archaeology, History and Geography. Along the journey, we look back to the world that Jesus Himself saw as He moved toward the cross.
History and Archaeology: God’s “Back-up Systems.” Most Christians assume that all information about the people and events that gave birth to our faith derives from the Bible. But ancient history and archaeology provide fascinating additional details, which not only correlate admirably with Scriptures, but also add fresh dimensions to them.
New Perspectives on the Life of Jesus. The Biblical record can be tested and then supplemented by history and archaeology for a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth at Bethlehem, His youth in Nazareth and His public ministry.
The Crucifixion and Resurrection Revisited. Although barely hinted at in the Gospels, the politics behind the Crucifixion help explain Pontius Pilate’s strange conduct on Good Friday. And the Easter event, which stands at the very core of our faith, can be supported with evidence entirely outside of the New Testament!
The Explosion of Christianity. “Fall-out” from Pentecost can be detected throughout the missionary journeys of St. Paul in Asia Minor and Greece, and the founding of the church at Rome. The secular evidence also explains why the Book of Acts ends so abruptly, and why Nero persecuted the church so horribly after the Great fire of Rome.
Bring your own Bible and join us as we explore Jesus… Legend or Lord?, through discussion, Bible study and from additional historical sources.
THE GOSPEL OF LUKE – Continued
Led by Pastor Myers
Prepare during Lent; celebrate during Easter; grow in faith and knowledge as we read and learn from the familiar and not so familiar stories of Luke’s Gospel account. This class will read through and discuss God’s precious Word given to us from Dr. Luke, including 15 parables found only in Luke among other unique sections, and post-resurrection accounts that bless us and strengthen our faith and life.
1 & 2 THESSALONIANS & TITUS
Facilitated by Kent Stephens
The joys and struggles of everyday life, and encouragement for the future are what Paul addresses in these three letters. Paul wrote them to some pretty colorful people (like us)! Join us for this informal, conversational study this spring!
ADULT INFORMATION CLASS
Led by Scott Smith
This class is designed as an instruction for those who would like to learn about the basic teachings of the Lutheran Church and as a preparation for communicant church membership. It is also a good refresher course for those who are already communicant members. All are welcome. We’ll use the workbook That I May Know Him and Luther’s Small Catechism as well as the Bible.
ROMANS – THE REVELATION OF CHRIST TO ROME
Led by Lionel Alford
The Church in Rome was the foremost and most important outgrowth of the Gospel. After less than 30 years, the group that called themselves teen Hodos (the Way) and that was called by the Greeks “Christians” was established in the belly of the beast—Rome. Paul realized how important this was for the Gospel, and although he had little part in establishing the Church in Rome, his encouragement, through his epistle, set it in a place of permanence. So great was Paul’s influence that he traditionally lost his life there, and also, by tradition, Peter established some degree of presence. Rome, the home of the emperors and the gods, became the residence of prophets and preachers. Somehow the power of the gospel as communicated through the church resonated powerfully enough that it pierced the beast and conquered an empire. The epistle to the Romans represents and is the foundation for this power. This epistle gives us insight into the early church—especially the Romans in the early church who were allowed into “The Way.” Through the epistle of Romans, we will look at the Greek language and by comparison, the Greco-Hebrew culture, history, literature, and geography of the first century. We will learn the basis for our historical understanding of the early church as well as how other works in antiquity support this letter’s historical accuracy.
Led by Chad and Stephanie Skaggs
Come together for an interactive experience that features real people’s real stories on film, guided conversation, Biblical truths and time to build relationships. Lifetree Café tackles the topics people struggle with everyday including making life’s toughest choices, the gun debate, identity theft and many others—a new one every week!