Sunday Forum – Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

We Believe, Teach, and Confess: Augsburg Confession
Sundays, October 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 9:30 a.m.
online and in-person in the basement

A four-week conversation about the Lutheran communion’s primary confession of faith: The Augsburg Confession presented in 1530 by the 16th Century Reformers to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in Augsburg, Germany. Required by all churches who are members of the Lutheran World Federation, accepted by the Episcopal Church USA and the World Methodist Council, our interpretation of scripture, sacraments, church life and doctrine are framed by this document. Led by Pastor Derr (October 3, 10, 17) and Pastor Rodriguez (October 24). In-person in the basement Adult Classroom and Zoom.

As our congregation moves toward the ending (we pray) of the pandemic, into a new strategic plan and toward the calling of a new senior pastor, this is one of those “back to basics” conversations in which we hope many will participate.

Digital Materials:
Intro to We Believe, Teach, and Confess: Augsburg Confession Series PDF
Week One 10/3 PDF
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Zoom Bible Study Outline for September 16 – October 28

ZOOM BIBLE STUDY with Pastor Derr: September 16-October 28, 2021
(AUTO)BIOGRAPHY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Studies in Luke/Acts

Why Luke and Acts? Why the Holy Spirit?
1. Luke is the Gospel that will govern the next liturgical year beginning the First Sunday in Advent, November 28, 2021.
2. In our pandemic and post-pandemic world with fewer opportunities of in-person worship and study, interest in the role of the Holy Spirit and “things of the Spirit” have increased.
3. Portions of the Book of Acts are read every year during the 50 days of Easter.
4. Luke is my personal favorite Gospel.

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ORDINATION OF PASTORS AND DEACONS

from Sunday Forum, September 12, 2021   
presented by Amandus Derr, Interim Senior Pastor 

HISTORY

  1. Early Church
  2. By the time 1 Timothy 3:1-13 was written, (late first to mid-Second Century CE) an order of Bishops, Elders (Pastors), and Deacons seem to have already existed in most of the early church.
  3. Concerning the office of bishop (episkopos,meaning “overseer”), the author speaks of qualities of those seeking that office, but does not actually outline the responsibilities of the office. It includes some kind of administrative leadership since the person is supposed to be able to manage his own household as a prerequisite for his work in the church.
  4. There is more specificity for the duties of the presbyter (presbyteros,meaning “elder”). Presbyters have leadership functions of some kind, since at least some of them should be honored because they “rule well,” and some of them teach. There is a “council of elders” or presbytery (presbyterion, which the NRSV translates as “council of elders”) to which the elders belong and is responsible for ordinations (4:14). Whether the bishop belongs to the presbytery is not clear.
  5. The office of deacon (diakonos,“minister” or “servant”) appears to be assumed and may have to do primarily with social ministry, but the duties are not elaborated.

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Godly Play Open House – Sunday, September 12

Sunday, September 12 at 9:30 a.m.

Join us for the start of our new Sunday School year! Sunday School classes are offered for children aged 2 through high school. Children, youth, and parents will meet together for a short program recognizing this year’s teachers and classes.

All students will then have class pictures taken in the courtyard with games afterwards and parents will join to learn more about Godly Play and special COVID-19 safety procedures. Regular Godly Play classes will be offered every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

You may contact Marie Monroe or Deacon Remmert  with any questions.