Faith Formation for Adults

One of our goals for our members is to provide opportunities to learn and grow on their faith journeys. We offer several opportunities to read, hear, discuss and share information and experiences. Please explore these opportunities and join us!

 

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Sunday Adult Forums
Adult Bible Studies
Retreats

 

 

Adult Forums

During our learning hour (9:15–10:05 a.m.), the Adult forum meets in the Fireside room or the Fellowship hall to discuss various books, topics, or videos. Occasionally, we have guest speakers who relate additional ideas regarding faith formation.

 

Adult Forums for January

An epiphany is the manifestation of a divine being made. The season of Epiphany is our celebration God made manifest. We begin the celebration in worship with the story of the magi travelling to see the infant Jesus. The season quickly morphs into Lent and Easter and the rest of the year. Not this year! We will spend the season of Epiphany discussing What We Talk About When We Talk About God during Adult Forum. Our content will come from Rob Bell's book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God. If you do not have time to read the book but want to contemplate how God is manifest and how we talk about God, please come on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. anyway!

If you are unable to participate in Adult Forum but are interested in the book and discussion, contact Pastor Katie (katie@bethlehem-lutheran.net)!

January 5: Budget Forum (Gene S.)

January  12: What We Talk About When We Talk About God: Ch 1 - Hum

January  19: Final Budget Forum (Gene S.)

January  26: What We Talk About When We Talk About God: Ch 2 - Open

 

Please continue to check the weekly bulletins and our website (https://www.bethlehem-lutheran.net/faith-formation/adult.html) for updated schedules.

 

  

The Revelation Christmas Story

Did you know the book of Revelation holds a second Christmas story? Traditionally when we think of Advent, we think of waiting for the baby to arrive to the manager, the known nativity. This second Christmas story takes us on a journey from that manger to the promise of the Christ that is to come.

In Chapter 12 of Revelation, we get to experience another of John's visions. This time it ties to a more familiar story. From being prophesied in the Old Testament to being fulfilled in the New Testament, the story of Christ's birth is a story of a baby born in a manager. We are reminded that we are called into this season of waiting, not just for waiting, but of hopeful waiting.

A little more background history of how this came to be. During the fall of 2018, I had the opportunity to take a class on the book of Revelation. Our professor asked each of us to design a congregational study series as a final class project. The story of the second Christmas Story sparked my interest. As I contemplated this text, my creativity took me on an adventure of wonder, beyond a traditional study, and found me creating more of a Christmas Pageant of sorts. As adults, I think we need opportunities to reimagine the things we have learned.

Come ready to engage with one another, sing a little bit, and to act out this unfamiliar yet familiar story. (Spoiler alert: There is a red dragon!) I hope you will join me for some fun and learning as we go beyond the nativity to looking at how Christ shows up to us in our everyday situations and lives...perhaps in new ways in which we have never before imagined.

~Your Seminarian, Andrea Kragerud

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Adult Bible Studies

ff a bsTh 2015 LSB1Bethlehem has a number of Bible Studies meeting on different days and discussing various parts of the Bible. All are welcome and encouraged to find a group that allows growth in faith. Discussions and questions are not only welcome but expected! Check out the various current Bible studies for more details.

 

The Daily Walk Bible Study

Lutherans have a rich heritage of reading the Bible. Martin Luther translated the Bible into everyday language so we have the opportunity to read and study God’s Word. Please join us as we read through God’s Word during 2019.

 

“This Bible...is God’s story of His love for mankind. It’s His guidebook for everyone who seeks Him and who will follow His Son, Jesus...Our prayer is that you will be one of those who read it, for it will change your life. The Daily Walk Bible gives you a reading plan that intersperses brief explanatory and inspirational teaching between the segments of Scripture, guiding you through the Bible day by day...When you step into God’s story, you’ll encounter the true and living God and your life will be changed forever. “ (Paula Kirk, editorial director or Walk Thru the Bible Ministries)

 

Our Daily Walk group meets on occasion and we would love to have you join us. Contact Colleen Beyer (cabeyer7@gmail.com) for more information.

 

 

Promise Keepers

This group of men meets on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. in the Bethlehem Peace Fellowship Hall. For more information, contact the church office.

 

Manna Bible Study Begins New Study in January

Manna Bible study would like to encourage new faces to join us in the new year, 2020. We will start the new year with a 9-week study by Jen Wilkin entitled Sermon on the Mount. Cost of books and videos for each participant is estimated to be somewhere between $20–$25, depending on the number of participants. A brief description of the study is provided below:

"What does it mean to be a citizen of the kingdom of Heaven? Matthew's gospel opens with three chapters containing Jesus' longest recorded message–a sermon given to His disciples early in His ministry to articulate what the life of a Christ-follower would look like."

We hope you will join us starting January 6 at 9:00 a.m. Location to be announced. If interested, please contact Phyllis W. (pkwright1360@gmail.com, 303-772-1360) or Pat W. (wilder.patr@eagle.uwlax.edu, 608-385-1613) for location and more information.

 

All women are welcome! Contact Phyllis Wright or Colleen Beyer for the location of the next meeting or if you would like more information.

 

 

Naomi Circle

The Naomi Circle meets at 9:15 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month (except for July and August) in the Peace Fellowship Hall for fellowship and snacks and then for study. Our study will follow the ELCA Gather Bible study series in the Lutheran Gather magazine and is led by our pastor and some volunteers. The studies are written by Lutheran women clergy and theologians. Our membership is open to all who are interested in joining us.

We also participate in various service projects during the year—creating layettes, serving lunch at the OUR Center, putting together school kits, and serving lunch to Habitat for Humanity workers. Many of our members join in quilting at the church on Thursdays, 9:00–11:30 a.m.

 

Our membership is open to all who are interested in joining us. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, January 14, at 9:15–11:00 a.m. All ladies are invited to come and bring a friend for wonderful Christian fellowship. Hope to see you there!

Contact Linda H. (holstell@outlook.com, 563-370-8464), Sue S.(suesmith512@msn.com, 863-326-4000) or the church office for further information on the above.

 

Friday Morning Men's Group

The Friday Morning Men's Bible Study group meets on Friday mornings at 6:30–8:00 a.m. at various members' homes for breakfast and study. Contact Jerry Phipps if you would like more information.

 

 

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Retreats

We have retreats during the year for different groups. The Women's Retreat in 2014 went to the Abbey of St. Walburga; the Women's Retreat in 2015 went to the YMCA of the Rockies and invited Ruth Bachman, founder of The Hourglass Fund Project, as the guest speaker. More details about past and future retreats can be found below. If you have an idea for a retreat, contact Deaconess Kristen.

 

2019 Women's Retreat: Now taking registrations

October 4–6, 2019 at Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp. Contact Deaconess Kristen with comments, suggestions and ideas.

 

"Get Wired" at BLC

Bring anything with power cords for recycling–old home phones, radios, computers, etc. You can even bring in non-working strings of Christmas lights, as  long as all the bulbs are removed. There is a box in the narthex marked "Get Wired." All proceeds will benefit the women's retreat fund. This will be an ongong fundraiser. Now is the time to start your spring cleaning and bring in those old, unwanted items with wires. For more information, check out www.wiserecycling.com or contact Bev Coody or Deaconess Kristen Baltrum.

 

 

 

 

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