Rather than a traditional Sunday School program, we encourage children to participate in worship, or “crash” a Bible study with their parents. We offer our young families faith formation activities to engage at home, and Pastor Inger is eager to help tailor materials to meet each child’s needs and interests. In the summer of 2019, we held “Bible & Campfire” evenings – intergenerational events where we heard the old stories in a new way. When young folk are ready for confirmation, students move through the curriculum at their own pace.
Adults have multiple education opportunities. On Sundays between services (9 am – 10 am), a lively group is currently exploring the prophets in scripture. In December, we will explore Advent through the lens of Narnia (reading C.S. Lewis’s classic The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.) Previous focuses have included Revelation, the ELCA’s The Use of the Means of Grace, Genesis, the book of Acts, and Tree of Life imagery. Tuesday mornings, a breakfast group gathers at The Virginian to look at the lectionary readings for the following Sunday. We also have a small women’s group that meets once a month to discuss a book by a contemporary theologian. We are finishing Rachel Held Evans’ Inspired.
From time to time, we hold special educational events from casual to more professional. We’ve viewed documentaries in small groups, or had travel slideshows by members. Especially memorable was a music workshop by composer Marty Haugen. Most recently, Krish Vignarajah, the president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, helped us better understand our government policies, the current border crisis and how churches can help.