August, 2023

Fall Bible Studies

Life Light: Genesis

Please mark your calendars for the start of the Life Light study on Thursday, August 31 at 7:00pm. The class will begin studying the book of Genesis. Genesis means "Beginnings". It tells us about the nature of things from the beginning and why things are the way they are today.  And it also provides us with the "beginning" of the Gospel proclamation to the world, and how God was bringing about that salvation through the people of His own choosing.

Sunday Morning: Hebrews

Please also mark your calendars for the start of our Sunday Morning Bible Class on September 10 at 11:15am following Divine Service. The Book of Hebrews deals with the question of remaining in the faith while suffering persecution by the devil and the world, or if it would be better to take the easy road and abandoning the faith for the sake of a peaceful life. This was what the Jewish converts to Christianity asked themselves, and many abandoned Jesus. The writer patiently reveals the One who is far greater than all others as he encourages the faith and resolve of the people then, and now.

Wednesday Evening: The Smalcald Articles and the Treatis on the Power and Primacy of the Pope

Another calendar marker for you that I pray you will also take advantage this Fall. The start date depends on the conclusion to the current Adult Instruction Class, but it be on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. That sounds a bit like a course out of the seminary, however, the contents of the Smalcald Articles are down to earth and quite practical for us. Even the Treatis on the Power and Primacy of the Pope reminds us not only from where we have come, but also reminds us of the ways that the Gospel has been perverted even to this day. These documents, along with the others found in the Book of Concord, are what all our LCMS pastors and congregations declare to be their faith in the face of opposition to the Word of God.

Thursday Rotational Study

The 1st, 3rd, and 4th Thursday of each month offers the opportunity to participate in various studies on a variety of topics. The “Rotation” means that the study meets in three different locations with the pastor of the host congregation leading the worship time and leading the topic study. The locations, pastors and topic are:

  • 1st Thursday        Dexter                 Rev Jeffrey Keuning           The Apology of the Augsburg Confession
  • 3rd Thursday        Des Moines       Rev. Michael Barnes           LSB: Companion to the Services
  • 4th Thursday        Carlisle               Rev. Kevin Johnson            Various Theological Documents

The day's schedule:

  • 9:00am     Fellowship
  • 9:30am     Worship
  • 10:30am   Study
  • Noon         Meal at local restaurant