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 - These Classes Meet from 9:30–10:30 a.m.
August 12, 2018–November 18, 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, Room 104
- Leaders: Pastor Russ & others
God – As He Longs for You to See Him
This will be a study of the seven attributes of God based on the book by Chip Ingram. “There is a deep sense of unease in our rapidly changing world. Popular culture says that love means self-satisfaction and that status/appearance are what counts. Social media reinforces that it’s all about me… at the root of our problems lies a distorted view of God. We’ve created a god in our minds that comforts our emotions but is powerless to deliver us from evil or transform our lives – because our creation is actually an idol based on who we think God declares Himself to be. The Real God is an in-depth study of the seven attributes of God – His goodness, sovereignty, holiness, wisdom, justice, love, and faithfulness. You’ll see and understand Him in a whole new light...”
- Location: Meeting in the 6th Grade Room, Room 103A
- Leader: Kevin Pederson
The Life and Teaching of St. Paul
Our class discussion covers the final decade of Paul's life and ministry. He has completed three geographical missional journeys planting churches in Asia, Europe, and Greece. In Romans 15 the apostle writes: "from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum, I have proclaimed the gospel." What further mission plans does Christ have for his "chosen instrument"? Rome and Spain. We commence with Paul's final Jerusalem visit and his two year confinement in Caesarea before he travels to Rome and later westward to Spain. Finally during his second imprisonment in Rome the apostle is beheaded by Nero. Bring your Bibles!
- Location: Annex Assembly Room, Room 104A
- Leader: Pat Carlson (Begins September 9)
Two Studies: “David” and “Follow”
Two video series’ by Andy Stanley: “David” – Humble shepherd. Giant-slayer. Gifted poet. Mighty warrior. Flawed man. Legendary leader. In this series, you will explore the life of one of history’s most famous kings. “Follow” – You learn that Jesus’ invitation to his first-century audience was really an invitation to a relationship. It began with a simple request - follow me. Join this transformational journey through the Gospels as Andy traces Jesus’ teaching on what it means to follow, and prepare to see your faith radically change.
- Location: Meeting in the 7th Grade Room, Room 102A
- Leader: Rita Lange
One Christ, Many Creeds
It is easy to think all Christians believe the same doctrine, but the differences are astounding. Baptism, Communion, and free will are all examples of some of the major differences among Christian denominations. In this study, we will examine and compare the teachings of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and fifteen other Christian denominations. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the similarities as well as the differences that exist between Christian denominations.
- Meeting in the 8th Grade Room, Room 101A
- Leader: Jim Kirsch
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: Meeting in Youth Room, Room 107F
- 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: Meeting in the 4th Grade Classroom, Room 107A
- 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: Meeting in the Math Room, Room 113A
- 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
The two-year-old Sunday School meets in room 129 of the Child Development Center with Katie Hayden teaching. Hands-on activities help toddlers learn about God's love and care. Children who have turned two by August 31 are welcome to join.
The three-year-olds through pre-kindergarten meet in room 100 of the Child Development Center with Lorna Menzel teaching. Bible verses, music, and art activities are based on the weekly Bible lesson.
The kindergarten through 4th graders meet in the choir room of the Sanctuary building, room 101. Children are dropped off and picked up at this location. Children experience songs, crafts, and a lesson from the scripture. During the lesson time, the children are separated out into K-2nd graders and 3rd-4th graders in the 1st and 2nd grade school classrooms, rooms 106 and 107. Teachers include Karen Tomkovich, Tabby/Scott Jagger, Rebecca Armstrong, Elise Fulda, June Kalange, Nancy Rice, Craig Camealy, and Mairlyn Johnson.
The fifth graders Sunday School meets in the school library next to the assembly/annex room with Pam Ols teaching, room 105A. In this class the student begins the formal confirmation journey with a more in depth look at the bible.
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.
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.