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Not Just for Kids

by Barb MazarakosNot Just for Kids

We’ve been seeing the ads since before we watched the fireworks light up our July sky- the kids are going back to school. By now, bus routes have been settled (hopefully!), new shoes have been broken in, and some of us may have already experienced our first homework-induced meltdown of the year. While you are getting your schedule set and filling in your calendar boxes with kids’ activities (and let’s be honest- some of us have a LOT of activities on the schedule already), take a second look. What is on the calendar for YOU? Not things like work, or family parties, or running kids to soccer practice. Those are all fulfilling and necessary in their own right, but do they really fill your soul?


Most of us already know that Christ Lutheran offers wonderful programs for the youth of the church during the school year, such as Sunday School, Confirmation Class, LYTES and VOYAGERS (look for more information on this group in our Education Corner article), but what about for adults? You may be surprised to find out there are a number of soul-bucket filling opportunities for you here as well. Just look at these classes, which will all begin over the next few weeks:


Adult Bible Study – Facilitated by Brian Alexander, this class meets in the Fellowship Hall (under the church sanctuary) on Sunday mornings at 9:30, beginning on September 20th. The study, entitled “Things They Didn’t Teach You in Sunday School” will begin with a 10 minute video followed by discussion focusing on Genesis 23. No materials are needed for this study, and a discussion guide will be provided.


Faith and Congregation Class will meet on Sunday evenings for five weeks from 6:00 to 7:30, beginning Sunday, October 4.  Led by Pastor Rohlfs, the class will discuss the basics of our Christian and Lutheran faith and the parish life of Christ Lutheran.  Many past class members have appreciated the unique presentation of our Lutheran teachings, the ecumenical spirit of the class and the guided tours of our church stained glass, art and facilities.  The class serves to prepare those with non-Lutheran backgrounds for membership in the congregation and as a good refresher for current members.  All interested people are welcome in the class, and there is no expectation of membership at its conclusion.  Please call the Church Office to pre-register.


Women’s Scripture and Prayer Group – The Women’s Scripture and Prayer Group will begin this parish year on Wednesday, September 9, meeting each week from 9:30am to 10:45am in the Church Office conference room.  The topic will be Philip Yancey’s “The Jesus I Never Knew” Bible study guide and instructional DVD.   Pastor Ray will lead the group.   Faithful conversation, koinonia and prayer will be blessings to all who attend.  Just drop by with your favorite Bible or Bible app or pre-register by phoning the Church Office.  The study guide will be provided at no cost.   Noted Christian author Philip Yancey’s study of Jesus began with a class he taught at LaSalle Street Church in Chicago and grew into his best-selling book and, then, study guide.  Yancey wrote, “The more I studied Jesus, the more difficult it became to pigeonhole him…. As theologian Walter Wink has said, ‘If Jesus had never lived, we would not have been able to invent him.'”


Saturday Men’s Bible Study meets every other Saturday morning from 7-9am all year long (unless a holiday happens to fall on a Saturday). The first 30 minutes consist of a light breakfast and fellowship (in the fellowship hall under the sanctuary). The current study focuses on the Holy Spirit. You don’t need to bring anything other than yourself (though if you wanted to bring a Bible from home you certainly could). Group member Pete Schrank says, “I look forward to sparking into action the work of the Holy Spirit in all those who hear and understand God’s Message to all (to love the Lord and make disciples of all nations).Men who are both members and non-members are welcome to join the group.


So be sure to set some time aside for yourself as you fill out your fall calendar, and join us for one (or more!) of these Bible study opportunities. Consider it fuel for your soul- if you don’t fill up now and then, you certainly won’t have the energy to keep up with all of the expectations the rest of the world holds for you. Learning isn’t just for kids, after all!