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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.

Adult Bible Study Survey

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Sunday Morning Bible Classes

April 8 – May 27, 2018
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 

Discovering Grace (New class begins on April 8)
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 - Pastor Russ & others

    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 are 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
    • Leader - 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 - Annex Assembly Room
    • Leader - Pat Carlson 

    Judges for Non-Native English Speakers 
    This study, currently going through Judges, 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 creation, His supremacy, grace, and love, as well as our individual sin nature and need for salvation, are emphasized 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 who is interested in basic Bible study, with the understanding that language skill and understanding development is a component of the class.

    • Location - Spanish classroom
    • Leader - Dennis Sierk

    Why You Can Trust the Bible 

    Many people today wrongly feel that truth is evolving and that any definition of “christianity” is equally valid. As followers of Jesus Christ, we turn to the Bible as the holy, inspired Word of God, infallible and unchanging. This class will look at evidence to support this position as we study scripture and review the writings of Erwin Lutzer, Seven Reasons Why You Can Trust the Bible, Josh McDowell, The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict, and David Limbaugh, Jesus on Trial

    • Location -  7th grade classroom
    • Kevin Pederson

    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 scripture in this transition. 

    • Location - Math classroom
    • Leaders: Elizabeth Lange and guest instructors

    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 have turned 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.