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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 - These Classes Meet from 9:30–10:30 a.m.

November 25, 2018–December 30, 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 6)

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. Together we will explore our discipleship process of worship, grow, and engage. 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 and others

A Larger Look at Scripture Lessons from the Lectionary

Each week, we are blessed to have a sermon lesson on the scripture readings provided in the Sunday Services. However, the sermon, like Christ’s parables, gives us only a glimpse into the richness the scriptures have to offer. Join us each Sunday as we take a deeper dive into the scripture readings for that Sunday as Christ disciples did with their faith walk.

    • Location: Meeting in the 6th Grade Room, Room 103A
    • Leaders: Kevin Pederson and Ken Ols

    Single Sunday Lessons 

    Explore with us as we have a different lesson each Sunday that will help enrich your growth. Topics include; Church of Christ (continued from Many Creeds class), God in the Storm, Why the Book of Concord, A Mighty Fortress is Our God, and As We Forgive.

    • Location: Meeting in the 8th Grade Room, Room 101A
    • Leader: Various Leaders

    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! This class finishes on December 2.

    • Location: Meeting in the Annex Assembly Room, Room 104A
    • Leader: Pat Carlson

    A Study of the Incarnation – Begins on December 9

    Discover the greatest mystery on earth – the incarnation of Jesus Christ as God and man. It is a mystery too deep for the human mind to understand fully, yet it has enormous practical value for the Christian life. A Study of the Incarnation will help open up the wonder of the incarnation to you, that you may draw strength for your faith and daily life.

    • Location: Meeting in the Annex Assembly Room, Room 104A
    • Leader: Gene Menzel

    Growth Community

    Balancing Act 

    During the December, our community will look at different topics from the scripture related to the season.

    • Location: Meeting in the Parlor Room (Near Side Entry of Lower Grade Building), Room 104
    • Leader: Jordan and Kristin Haycock/Cameron and Laura 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: Meeting in Youth Room, Room 107F
    • Leaders: Tommy Presley & 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.

    • 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. (Not in session at this time.)

    • Location: Meeting in the Math Room, Room 113A
    • Leader: 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,” or contact Pam Lowe via email

    Children’s Sunday School

    The birth to two-year-old Sunday school meets in nursery room 131 of the Child Development Center, with Katie Hayden teaching.

    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 kindergartners through fourth graders meet in the choir room of the sanctuary building, room 101. You will drop off and pick up your children at this location. Children experience songs, craft, and a lesson from the scripture. During the lesson time, we will separate the children into K-2nd graders and 3rd-4th graders in the first and second grade school classrooms, rooms 106 and 107. Teachers include Karen Tomkovich, Tabby/Scott Jagger, Rebecca Armstrong, Elise Fulda, June Kalange, Nancy Rice, Craig Camealy, Marion 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.

    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.