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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 Morning Bible Classes

June 10, 2018—August 5, 2018
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

Discovering Grace (New class begins on August 12)

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
  • Leaders: Pastor Russ & others

    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: Annex Assembly Room
    • Leader: Pat Carlson (Ends June 24) 

    1 Samuel for Non-Native English Speakers

    This study, currently going through 1 Samuel, 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. Bible reading and discussion of the topics related to the current chapter will follow. Key Christian concepts of God's creation, His supremacy, grace and love, as well as our individual sin nature and need for salvation have emphasis throughout. The uniqueness of and truth of Christianity, along with salvation by grace through faith are additional key concepts highlighted through scripture. The course is available to anyone interested in a basic Bible study, with the understanding that language skill and understanding development is a component of the class. 

    • Location: Annex Math Classroom
    • Leader: Dennis Sierk

    The Holy Spirit

    As part of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit can seem difficult to comprehend. Yet, as Jesus proclaimed, He sent the Spirit to be our teacher and to be with us always. This study will identify who the Holy Spirit is and what He does. In addition to the scripture, the class will reference the book by Billy Graham, The Holy Spirit: Activating God’s Power in your Life

    • Location: Annex 5th Grade Classroom 
    • Leader: Kevin Pederson

    Worship

    Ever wonder why we perform the rituals in worship or where those rituals come from? In this nine-week study, we are going to look at the different aspects of worship and what is transpiring between us and God. In addition, we will look over some historical aspects of these rituals and some changes that have occurred as time moves forward.

    • Location: Annex Band/Music Room
    • Leaders: Scott Miller and Ken Royston

    One Truth, Many Lies: A Study of Heresies in the Church

    Heresies and false teachings have plagued the Christian Church from her earliest days, but few realize how these false teachings still impact the Church today. This Bible study explores significant false truths in the history of the Church and exposes them to the truth of the scriptures, following the three-part pattern of the Apostles’ Creed: Who God is and what He has said, The two natures of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and The work of the Holy Spirit, the gift of salvation, the ministry of the Church, and the resurrection of the dead.

    • Location: Annex Assembly Room
    • Leader: Jason Cuny (Starts July 1)

    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
    • Leaders: Pam and Karsten Lowe 

    Faith Journey for Confirmands

    Faith Journey confirmation instruction is for middle school students, 6th and 7th graders, 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 Jack Tomkovich

    Faith Journey Beyond Confirmation

    You are confirmed! Now what? This study helps 8th grade students understand the Church as we know it today from the end of Martin Luther’s era. We also cover topics that relate to the transition of middle to high school and how to apply the scriptures in this transition.

    • Location: Annex School Library
    • Leaders: Tommy Presley

    Young Adults: Pint-Sized Bible Class

    Meeting on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at The Nook (3305 Bob Wallace Avenue). Find our group on Facebook, “A Pint Sized Bible Study.” 

    Children’s Sunday School

    Two-Year-Olds (children who turn two by August 31)
    Location: Room 129 of the child development center
    Leader: Katie Hayden

    Three-Year-Olds Through Pre-Kindergarten
    Location: Room 100
    Leader: Lorna Menzel

    Kindergarten Through Fourth Grade
    Location: Third Grade Classroom
    Leaders: Marion Camealy, Elise Fulda, Rebecca Armstrong, and Karen Tomkovich

    Fifth Graders
    We begin the confirmation curriculum with a survey of the Bible.
    Location: School Library
    Leaders: Pam Ols and Craig Camealy (Kelly Jenks 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.