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.
January 6, 2019–April 14, 2019
“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. 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
One God, Many Gods
It's hard to give a defense of the Christian faith without knowing what you're up against! In this study, Christianity and fourteen other religions are examined and compared to identify central teachings and provide conversational tools for Christians who interact with people of other religions.
- Location: 8th Grade Room, Room 101A
- Leader: Dick Bradshaw
Growing as a Disciple
In a sermon series led by Pastor Gipson, we learned disciples Worship | Grow | Engage. In this class, we are going to explore further the what and how growth worked with the Disciples. We will take a deeper look at their growth within the Gospels and see how that growth works in our life today. Bring your Bibles.
- Location: 7th Grade Room, Room 102A
- Leader: Scott Miller
I am Not Afraid and Afraid
Explore with us the two books by LCMS Pastor Robert Bennet on Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare. The class is not a class that sensationalizes the topics but discusses them in real terms and walks through what the scriptures have to say about each topic. This study also walks through those topics aboard and in the United States. Bring your Bibles!
- Location: Annex Assembly Room, Room 104A
- Leader: Tommy Presley
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: 6th Grade Room, Room 103A
- Leader: Kevin Pedersen and Ken Ols
This 12-week study will lead us through 1 and 2 Samuel through reflection questions, Gospel highlights, connections to the Bible’s overarching story, and review of historic orthodox doctrine. We will receive insights into God’s character as we study the prophet Samuel and Israel’s first kings, Saul and David.
- Location: Parlor Room, Room 104 (Sanctuary Building)
- 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: Jack Tomkovich
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 Craig Camealy
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
- Leader: Tommy Presley
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, Mariib 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.