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 are offering “Bible & Campfire” evenings – intergenerational events where we can hear 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 “Tree of Life” imagery in scripture. Previous focuses have included Revelation, the ELCA’s The Use of the Means of Grace, Genesis, and the book of Acts. Tuesday mornings, a men’s breakfast group gathers at The Virginian to look at the lectionary readings for the following Sunday. In the past, we’ve had a women’s group that met once a month to discuss a book by a contemporary theologian.
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.