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Adult Ministry

Since its very beginning, Grace Lutheran Church has been a leader in adult Bible classes. We love to study God’s word and discuss how a story written over 2,000 years ago can still be relevant to our lives. To continue meeting the needs of our congregation, we have developed a variety of small ministry groups that provide excellent ways to fellowship in the word.

Sunday Bible Classes

April 2 - June 25
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 

Discovering Grace 
If you’re looking for a new church home, would like to discover the distinctive philosophy that makes Grace Lutheran Church an exciting and alive community of believers, or just want to refresh your knowledge about the Christian faith, then join us. This twelve-week course meets every Sunday morning during the Sunday school hour. Please contact the church office for more information.

  • Location - Haag Church Library
  • Leader - Scott Jagger 

The Story – Getting to the Heart of God’s Story
The story of the Bible demonstrates the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. Our story, the lower story, is actually the many stories of men and women interacting with God in the daily course of life. Sometimes we get so mired in the lower story that we fail to recognize God’s presence breaking into our world. God’s story, the upper story, is the tale of His great overarching purpose that fits all the individual stories together like panels in one unified mural. God is real, He is present, and He is working on our behalf. Experience the joy that comes as you align your story with God’s.

  • Location - Fifth grade classroom
  • Leaders - Kenny Ols

The Life and Teaching of St. Paul 
Jesus said of Saul/Paul at his Damascus road conversion, “This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before Gentiles and kings”. Who was Saul/Paul? From Stephen’s stoning (Acts 7) he often admitted his intense hateful vengeance to destroy the church and to persecute to the death any follower of the Way. Saul/Paul was proud to boast that he was a blue blood “Hebrew of Hebrews” – legalistic and righteous beyond a fault. Yet when Jesus confronted Saul/Paul three years following his Easter resurrection and proclaimed: “Saul, Saul, I am Jesus whom you are persecuting”, the apostle’s life totally changed. His life’s passion now centered not on obedience to the Law as a self-righteous Pharisee but to know Christ as the “least of the apostles”. In our scriptural discussion we shall study Paul’s life and teaching from the Book of Acts and several of his NT letters; we will follow his missionary journeys. Bring your Bibles!

  • Location - Eighth grade classroom
  • Leader - Pat Carlson

Exodus, Geared for Non-English Native Speakers
This study, currently going through Exodus, is a basic Bible study. Being geared towards those whose native language is not English, about 30 percent of the class covers the pronunciation and definitions of the words used in each chapter. This is followed by Bible reading and discussion of the topics related to the current chapter. Key Christian concepts of God's deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, His leading them through the wilderness, His covenant with them, the building of the tabernacle and more. The course is available to anyone who is interested in basic Bible study, with the understanding that language skill & understanding development is a component of the class.

  • Location - Spanish Classroom
  • Leader - Dennis Sierk

Experiencing the Bible Yourself

Ray VanderLaan series Volume 2: Prophets and Kings. In ancient times, the Hebrews faced the decision daily: Whom shall I serve? The consequences of their choice are the stories that make up the Old Testament. We will explore the turbulent history of Israel's prophets and kings and learn from their story how to build our own devotion to God and our trust to Him. 

  • Location - Seventh grade classroom
  • Leader - Joe and Kelly Hoecherl

 Made in His Image - Exploring the complexities of the Human Body

Psalm 139:14 “I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” The institute for Creation Research explores evidence that the complex design of the human body is the result of God’s purposeful creation. This 4 week DVD series will feature medical, engineering, and other experts to present the most complex and miraculous creation on earth—us.

  • Location - Sixth grade classroom
  • Leader - June Kalange

Young Adult 

“Strong in science. Strong in faith. This ground breaking series presents the science of creation like you’ve never seen it”. This 12-week DVD series from the Institute for Creation Research provides insight that strengthens confidence in God’s word as well as practical knowledge for defending a biblical worldview within the context of creation science.

  • Location - Panera Bread Co. 
  • Leaders - Laura and Cameron Muelling

High School Bible Class: Living My Faith Every Day
How do I defend different aspects of my faith as I go through daily encounters that contradict scripture? How do I live my faith every day? How is God with me helping me to deal with whatever happens around me? Join us to share and learn.

  • Location - Youth Room
  • Leader - Tommy Presley

Faith Journey for Youth Confirmands
Faith Journey confirmation instruction for middle school students, 6th, 7th, or 8th grades is a time to explore your faith, grow in God’s love, develop relationships, and evaluate your commitment to living a life of Christian discipleship. If you have any questions or want more information about Faith Journey, please contact the church office. Please note that you do not need to be a member of Grace Lutheran to attend Faith Journey.

  • Location - 4th Grade Classroom
  • Leaders - Mark Nelson and Elizabeth Lange (Jack Tomkovich - assisting)

Senior Adult Ministry

Our senior adult ministry, Saints Alive, brings seniors (55 years and older) together for fellowship and outreach. We meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at the church. Our group often plans outings and service events in northern Alabama and southern Tennessee as well as hosts guest speakers throughout the year. For more information, please call the church office, or check out our ad in Grace Notes.

Small Groups

Grace Loving Care small groups increase the entry points into our church family as we invite those who have no church home to participate. Our groups meet regularly at different times and places during the week for prayer, Bible study, testimony, and fellowship. We want to provide ways to share the love of Christ with others and encourage one another to live out this love in our daily lives.