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.
August 9, 2020
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
Grace Spiritual Formation Ministry seeks to provide opportunities for people to grow individually and in communities through Bible study. We offer Bible studies for all ages so God through the Holy Spirit can transform each person into a new creation in Christ.
Sunday Morning classes are 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Additional classes are offered during the week at various times.
Current Adult Bible Studies
Go Ye Therefore - with Conviction and Answers
Jesus' instruction, just before he ascended to heaven, was for his followers to make disciples. That applies to all of us. This course is a video series that provides instruction as to how to do that, as well as cover answers to the key questions that sometimes come up. Weekly classes will alternate between evangelism and apologetics.
Location: Meeting in the Grade 5 Classroom
Leader: Dennis Sierk
Christianity and the Reformation
What does it mean to be a Lutheran? Luther's teaching was simply, “We have peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” What makes a Lutheran a Lutheran is that he relies completely on God's grace in Christ for his salvation. A Lutheran doesn't try explain why God poured grace on him. A Lutheran doesn't feel that he has to prove by good works that God loves him. The individual who follows Martin Luther knows, because he knows Christ, that God is loving and gracious toward him. During this course, we will examine Christian history beginning with Apostolic times to understand the conditions and beliefs that Luther faced at the beginning of the 16th century, and how, after his own scriptural revelations, his writings and doctrines completely changed attitudes and practices of the existing church with the objective of returning Christianity back to the beliefs of the early Church, and our reliance on the Trinity only for all things temporal and eternal. Our course goal is that through study of scripture, doctrine, and history; our faith will continue to grow in what God has done for us and continues to do daily. You can participate in this class on Zoom. Each week, the class will be reading through Bob's prepared notes. If you are watching from home and want a copy of Bob's notes, please let him know via email. This class is also accessible virtually via Zoom. If you do not receive Pastor’s weekly email, complete the connect card in the left hand margin of the homepage on our church’s website.
Location: Annex Assembly Room
Leader: Bob Wank
Sunday Morning Communities
The Balancing Act is a Sunday Morning Community at Grace Lutheran Church. It is a place where those whose lives are a “balancing act” can intentionally grow in their faith together. Juggling jobs, children, parents, hobbies, and a myriad of other responsibilities and activities can make it difficult to find time to grow in your faith. However, this community will prayerfully be a place where those who are a part of it can do so together, and we would like to invite you to join us. We are currently taking a slow stroll through Romans. You can also access this class via Skype. We send out the link each week.
Location: Meeting in the Band Room (Annex Building)
Leaders: Jordan and Kristin Haycock; Cameron and Laura Muelling
A group for empty nesters, almost empty nesters, nearing retirement, recently retired, we are a people who once had a life filled with commitments, like raising our children, putting in long hours, etc. Now, the busyness of our lives has changed or is changing, and we find ourselves asking, "now what?" Join us on Sunday mornings during the discipleship hour as we take a deeper dive into scripture, grow friendships, and enjoy food and fellowship. Since we still have those commitments. You will always be welcome to join in whenever you can. Our faith focus will be taking a deeper dive into the assigned scriptures for each week and how they relate to our life. Now What starts on Sunday, May 16.
Location: Meeting in the Family Life Center Cafeteria
Leaders: Jeff & Delaine Schiestel and Kenny & Pam Ols
Young Adult Group
This is a group for those in the 20’s and 30’s! We meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays in the church library and are using the book Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible: A Guide to Reading the Bible Well for our current study. You can start the study with us without feeling like you have missed anything. We extend an invitation to join us, and we'd like to see you Sunday.
Location: Meeting in the Church Library (Sanctuary Building)
Leaders: Kyle Schikore, Matt Weiland, & Amanda Fee
Old Testament for Non-native English Speakers
This class is 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. 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. The course is available to anyone with the understanding that language skill & understanding development is a component of the class.
Location: Meeting in the Grade 8 Classroom
Leader: Phil and Kleone Nelson
Weekday/Weeknight Bible Studies
Women’s Bible Study Group
We are starting a new study using a book called Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss on March 18. If you want to join this group, please contact Christina Sereda via email or call her at (908) 565-4744.
Young Adult Fellowship
We are working on forming this group, which will begin meeting on April 18. If you want to join this group or have questions, contact the church office at (256) 881-0552.
Youth Bible Studies
High School: Living My Faith Every Day
How do I defend different aspects of my faith as I go through daily encounters that contradict scripture? How is God with me helping me to deal with whatever happens around me? Join us to share and learn.
Location: Youth Room, Room 107F
Leader: Pam Lowe
Faith Journey for Confirmands
Faith Journey confirmation instruction is for middle school students, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, to explore your faith, grow in God’s love, develop relationships, and evaluate your commitment to living a life of Christian discipleship.
Location: 4th Grade Classroom, Room 107A
Leaders: Mark Nelson and Elizabeth Reeves
Children’s Bible Studies
0–2 Year Old
Meeting in Nursery Room 131 of the Child Development Center
Leader: Katie Hayden
Bible verses, music, and art activities are based on the weekly Bible Lesson.
Location: Meeting in Room 129 of the Child Development Center
Leaders: Megan Zecher
Children experience songs, craft, and a lesson from the scripture.
Location: Drop off and pick up children in the Choir Room (Room 101) of the Sanctuary building.
Leaders: Karen Tomkovich, Tabby and Scott Jagger, Rebecca Armstrong, Nancy Steeve, June Kalange, Nancy Rice, Craig and Marion Camealy, and Mairlyn Johnson.
Students begin the formal Confirmation journey with a more in depth look at the Bible. We use Adventure Bible Curriculum to provide a Biblical foundation on which our students can build for the rest of their lives.
Location: Meeting in Room 105A (School Library) next to the Assembly/Annex room
Leaders: Pam Ols and Kyle Schikore