New: Reflection on Holy Scripture
A new offering on Wednesday nights invites all who enjoy reading scripture with a small group in the format of lectio divina. The ancient form of lectio divina allows for personal reading and praying on scripture guided by a trained leader. Participants meet in the basement youth room 6:15–6:55 p.m. with Vespers in the nave at 7:00 p.m.
Spirituality and Your Life Story
Dr. Bradley Hanson will teach a three week course on the connection of spirituality and the individual life story. His new book Spirituality and Your Life Story with Archway Publishing, Simon and Schuster (2014) will serve as text and structure for the study. The class will take place Wednesdays, January 14, 21, and 28 at 6:15-6:55 p.m. in the third floor conference room. The book can be purchased through Archway Publishing or as e-book. A few copies will be available for $20 on the book cart in the narthex. Participants are asked to read the first three chapters before the first class. ) The Writing Life Stories class with Anna Fay Williams will break during these weeks and resume February 4.
Bradley Hanson is professor emeritus of religion and co-director of Grace Institute for Spiritual Formation at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Kristine Wallace’s Church History course will meet on January 14. We will consider Gonzalez Chapters 24 and 25: The Pietist Option; The Thirteen Colonies. This concludes Part II of the book.
The Women in Jesus’ Family Tree: Four Week Bible Study on the Old Testament
Biblical genealogies do not usually include women ancestors. However the gospel of Matthew starts out with a genealogy of Jesus including four women in addition to Mary: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bath-sheba. We will ask about the significance of their mention and study the stories of these four women and their relation to Israel and the story of salvation. Pastor Liebster will lead the class January 21, 28, February 4, and 11, 6:15-6:55 p.m. in the council room.