education

In the community of Bethlehem we believe that growing in our faith is a life-long process. One opportunity to be intentional in our learning is to attend one or more of our Faith Formation Classes.

Youth Christian Education

Sunday School for our elementary age children is on a rotational basis, meaning we review the same Bible story for 4 weeks. We believe that we can support different kinds of learning in each child in hearing and seeing the lesson through activities such as art, science, cooking, movies, and story-telling. We also appreciate that if a child misses a week or two, he/she does not miss the lesson. This class meets at 8:30 to 9:15 Sunday mornings. Our current rotation is the bible story of Zaccheaus

High School and Middle School youth are focusing on discussions that are scripture based that enrich their everyday faith lives. This class is facilitated by Pastor Nicolé and Ray Ferry with various adult support. This class meets at 8:30 to 9:15 Sunday mornings.

Adult Christian Education

Life-long learning means that we also have several adult classes for the year:

Philip Yancy’s newest book—“Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News?” is led by Pastor Bruce Kuenzel and this class meets in the conference room at 8:30 to 9:15 am on Sunday mornings.

Adult Bible Study of First Corinthians is Paul’s letter to Christians who are struggling to figure out what it means to live the gospel. (Sound familiar to today’s world?) This class is led by Isa Spoonheim and Charles Ferenbaugh and will include a lively discussion, lots of questions, maybe some answers. All welcome! Bring your coffee and your Bible. This class meets in the southwest corner of Gibson Hall from 11:00 am to 11:45 am Sundays.

Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm Pastor Bruce Kuenzel and Joyce Guzik are leading a class on the Reformation. 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Reformation and the Lutheran Church. For the next few years we will take this opportunity to dig deeper into the history, theology, and future of the Lutheran way of being a Christian. We will be studying the classic work on the history of the Reformation, a book by Diarmaid MacCullough, simply titled “The Reformation.” We will also discuss pertinent articles from The Lutheran magazine once each month. Please join us in the sacristy next to the sanctuary. Call the church for further information.

Tuesday morning Bible Study meets at 10:00 am in the Gathering Space Library. This class is supported by Pastor Nicolé and group members take turns facilitating the discussion. We are currently studying the book of James.