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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

Please take a moment to complete this survey, intended solely to support the future selection of Grace adult Bible study classes. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Sunday Morning Bible Classes

January 7 – 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 January 7)
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

Living a New Identity of Christ in Us
Is God disappointed with me? Am I living up to my calling? What is God’s will for me? As our culture pressures us to be a light, drawing people to Jesus Christ, we can easily feel like we are falling short. One of Paul’s messages is the freedom Christ provides for us as He has given us a new identity. Our old self is our old identity of sin. It is our body of flesh, with a long history of failures, destined to struggle as we try to do better next time. The reconciliation of Christ changes everything. We have the indwelling Spirit of God who fills our heart, directs our path, and gives us freedom to have and share love, peace, joy, and patience. Jesus provides a fullness of life. Join us as we study our new identity of Christ in us.

  • Location - Seventh grade classroom
  • Leader - Kevin Pedersen

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 

Numbers and Deuteronomy for Non-Native English Speakers
This study, currently going through Numbers and Deuteronomy, is a basic Bible study. We have geared the study towards those whose native language is not English and about 30 percent of the class covers the pronunciation and definitions of the words used in each chapter. Then we will have Bible reading and discussion of the topics related to the current chapter. We try to emphasize the key Christian concepts of God's creation, His supremacy, grace and love, as well as our individual sin nature and need for salvation. 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

Young Adult Bible Class
The young adult class is taking a break this fall. Watch for a new start in 2018! Feel free to join one of the other adult classes this winter.

High School Bible Class: Living My Faith Every Day
During the spring 2018 quarter, we are going to go through an apologetics course provided by Answers in Genesis. Join us to share and learn.

  • Location - Youth room
  • Leaders - Pam and Karsten Lowe

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

Faith Journey for Confirmands
Faith journey confirmation instruction for middle school students in sixth, seventh, or eighth 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 - Fourth grade classroom
  • Leaders: Mark Nelson and Jack Tomkovich

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.