Here’s what Martin Luther had to say about 1 John, “This is an outstanding epistle … so beautifully and gently does it picture Christ to us.”
1 John provides us with insight into the early Christian community … where beliefs were deeply rooted in their understanding of the good news … and then expressed in the living out of their daily lives. “We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)”
Here’s the schedule for this exploration of 1 John …
September 9 … DSQ Kick-off
September 16 … Chapter 1
September 23 … No Class as Pastor is on vacation
September 30 … Chapter 2
October 7 … Chapter 3
October 14 … Chapter 4
October 21 … Chapter 5
JOIN US AT 10:15 AM IN THE LOUNGE!
|Mary Martha Circle||1st Thursday at 1:30 p.m||419-734-4343||~ Betty Christiansen|
|Naomi Circle||3rd Monday at 9:00 a.m.||419-635-2506||~ Doris Libben|
|Priscilla Circle||3rd Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.||419-732-2900||~ Marcia Bloom|
|Rachel Circle||2nd Monday at 6:30 p.m.||419-734-2448||~ Pat Gip|
On Sunday, September 9 … Pastor Jim will be hosting our annual Confirmation Ministry Orientation. (I know it is depressing to hear that summer is speeding by!)
Returning and prospective Confirmation Ministry Participants are invited to be present at 4:30 pm. You are guaranteed to be out the door and on your way in one hour!
We will review how we do Confirmation Ministry; review some tweaks and changes, be introduced to our focus for this year; receive schedules for the coming year; and have the chance to answer all of your pressing questions.
Confirmation Ministry “normally” begins when youth reach 6th Grade. However, if you are older than that, and just didn’t get started then, for one reason or another, you are most welcome to join this community of young persons who are learning about faith and life. We have youth in a wide range of ages, so come and learn more!
PLEASE NOTE THAT WITH THIS PROGRAM YEAR … Classes will be held (for the most part) on the first and third Sundays of each month; beginning at 4:30 pm. Each time we gather there will be two classes, a meal and activities with the whole youth ministry group. The evening will conclude at 7:00 pm.
Classes will begin on Sunday, September 16 from 4:30-7:00pm. Complete schedules for the year will be available at the Orientation.
COMMUNITY NEEDS … PLUS YEAR PROJECT
On Wednesday, August 29 at 6:30 pm … Plus Year Confirmation Participants, Parents and Mentors are in invited to gather for a time of brainstorming and planning! The focus is to identify a need in our community, and then plan a way for us … together … to respond to that need.
This is a chance to live out … “you fed me when I was hungry … you visited me when I was sick … (see Matthew 25 for a fuller description.)
Youth and Parents will be receiving an invitation by letter in the very near future. Mentors will also be receiving a special invitation, as well as details about expectations for your time together.
Any questions or conflicts, please contact Pastor Jim.
Faith is a journey.
Folks of all ages are on a quest that begins in the waters of Baptism, and continues throughout life as we all seek to grow in faith and in our practice of the things that disciples do. Many of which can be practiced during this hour dedicated to Christian nurture on Sunday mornings (for example Reading the Bible, Praying, Giving and Encouraging one another.)
Our Kick-Off Sunday for DSQ
is September 9 at10:15 am.
CALL THE CHURCH TO GET A DSQ REGISTRATION FORM FOR YOUR CHILDREN!
Come join us
On Sunday mornings at 10:15 am, there’s room for all on the Disciple-Ship Quest!
We have a great crew of teachers who faithfully share God’s Love as students and teachers gather around God’s Word and grow as disciples of Jesus. Classes are available for all ages from 3 year old through adult.
On Sunday, November 26 we welcomed three children as they have joined us at the Lord's Table ... Emma Johnson ... Eliza Stout ... Jessica Toris.
Classes are held for those who are seeking to learn more about Christian faith and for those who are coming from other faith traditions. Contact the Church Office (419.734.5548) to find out about the next scheduled class.
LECTIONARY TEXTS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
September 1 and 2 James 1:17-27
Pentecost 15 Psalm 15
Green Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
September 8 and 9 James 2:1-10, 14-17
Pentecost 16 Psalm 146
Green Mark 7:24-37
September 15 and 16 James 3:1-12
Pentecost 17 Psalm 116:1-9
Green Mark 8:27-38
September 22 and 23 James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Pentecost 18 Psalm 54
Green Mark 9:30-37
September 29 and 30 James 5:13-20
Pentecost 19 Psalm 19:7-14
Green Mark 9:38-50