Wednesday Night Alive!

Eating, learning, singing, playing instruments, studying, praying and so much more

Evening Vespers  
The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Resilient Reformer: The Life and Thought of Martin Luther
Life Stories

Children’s Programs and Music Opportunities

Evening Vespers at 7:05 p.m. in the Nave
After WNA dinner and classes, join us for a moment of centering prayer either to conclude the night or before choir rehearsals. This midweek prayer service offers a preview to Sunday readings, poetry, silence and shared intercessions.

Book Reading Group The Cross and the Lynching Tree
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m., 3rd floor
cross_and_the_lynching_tree-taken-from-elca-website-articles-137This is a new year with many religious and ethical questions claiming space in the “public square.” 2017 is, of course, the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. As with 1517, there are global dynamics that are shaping our faith-life questions more than we recognize. It is certainly important that we rehearse the central themes of our Lutheran witness. It is also surely important, as many are doing, to read, if not for the first time, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s witness to our Lutheran roots in his cultural-political situation that required clear Christian witness.

This reading group led by Pastor Duane will consider all the issues just noted. But we will do so by paying focused attention to theology written recently in the American context and attending to one of the most important ongoing and troubling questions facing our society. That question is racism. And the book we will read is the most important and challenging exercise in Black Theology written in the last decade, The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James Cone. The book is available on Amazon.

Follow Luther’s Footsteps from Eisleben to that Church door in Wittenberg and Beyond
Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m., council room
martin-lutherThis year, 2017, will bring the 500th anniversary of an academic action in Wittenberg which had many consequences, including Christ the King Church. Now is the time to study the professor himself, Martin Luther. Kristine Wallace will lead a class in reading and reflecting on Timothy F. Lull and Derek R. Nelson’s book, Resilient Reformer: The Life and Thought of Martin Luther (Fortress Press 2015). As the authors ask: How did the grandson of a peasant and son of a miner become so important? What could he have taught to generate both such loyalty and such hostility? How did he survive the powerful forces of church government that were against him?

Life Stories Resumes with February-March Sessions
Wednesdays beginning February 1, 4:00 p.m
The Life Stories Workshop will resume with sessions during February and March from 4:00-5:30 p.m as part of the Wednesday Night Live! program. The first session on February 1 will be an organizational session to determine the interests of those in the group.
Co-facilitators for the sessions will be Sharon Ostwald and Anna Fay Williams. For more information contact Anna Fay Williams. Please note: The new meeting time is earlier to provide more time for the meals that are part of the Wednesday Night Alive! program and the other classes that begin at 6:00 p.m.
Participation does not require any prior writing experience. We welcome newcomers and their many different life stories that can be shared in memoirs, photo books, genealogical research, family histories, and autobiographical book projects.

Confirmation Class
Confirmation class resumes this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in room 204. The semester the group will study the Old Testament.

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