Adult Sunday School   10:15am - 11:15am

St. John’s Faith Formation Ministry

Beginning on Sunday, March 6, we will begin a new Faith Formation Class on:

Helping us Recognize, Understand, and Overcome the Difficult Issues of Life.

Based on the wonderful learning opportunity at our recent Youth Retreat on Prejudice and Discrimination, and the ensuing discussions we have had during Sunday School and Bible studies, many of you requested we have an in-depth discussion/study on the difficult issues of life we all face. As with all of our Faith Formation Classes, our goal is to nurture and build our relationship with God and each other.

To help me prepare for this class, I need your help. Please send me a list of the issues you would like for us to discuss. During our class time, we will define those issues. We will see, how, at times, we have all experienced those issues; either by causing them, or being affected by them. We will then, look at how God will help us overcome those issues; help us change our lives and the lives of those around us; and help us to be more loving, caring, and accepting of all people; all, to help us partner with God to bring more hope and peace into our world.

Our Class meets 10:15-11:15 on ZOOM on most Sunday Mornings. If you are viewing this on our website and want to join in this discussion, please email me for a ZOOM link invite: pastorricksjlc@bellsouth.net

Pastor Rick

Wednesday Morning ZOOM Bible Study: The Gospel of John; 10:00-11:30

Beginning on August 17, 2022 we will begin an in-depth study on the Gospel of John. I believe the Gospel of John, from the very beginning of his gospel, which begins before the beginning of creation, shows the fullness of Jesus as "The Christ", as God, more so than the other Gospel writers.

John helps us see Jesus’ "All means all" (all-inclusive, all-affirming, all-welcoming, and all-inviting) view of God’s love for the world that we so proudly "believe" at St. John’s. Speaking of the word, "believe", many scholars believe the main purpose for John’s gospel is to help all people "believe" in God’s love for the world; i.e., John 3:16; 20:31.

Our in-depth study of John’s Gospel will help us see how Jesus, as God, created the world (actually, the entire cosmos) in love, for love. If, as we believe, Jesus, as God, created everything "out of nothing"; then, every "thing" of all creation is a part of Jesus, The Christ, and God. With that belief, we will see in this study how Jesus, always, attacked the "sin" and never the "sinner"; again, by lovingly welcoming, inviting, affirming, and being very inclusive in loving and forgiving all people.,

The goal of this study is to help us, yes, to help us "believe" in Jesus’, God’s all-inclusive love. As God helps us to see and "believe" in Jesus’ love for all, the other goal of this study is to help us live and share God’s all-affirming, all-inclusive love to the world God so loves.

You are invited to join us each Wednesday morning at 10:00am on ZOOM for this in-depth study on John’s gospel. At the end of each class, we have a time of Prayer and celebrate Holy Communion. Come join us. All are welcome. Here is the ZOOM link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89820616687?pwd=WUh3TFNGbDNxdDFlODVxc0QyckNOZz09
Meeting ID: 898 2061 6687 Passcode: 273055
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Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Monday Evening ZOOM Discussion/Learning Opportunity:

The Social Statements of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Beginning on Monday, May 2, 6:30-7:30pm, we will begin an ongoing discussion/learning opportunity on our ELCA Social Statements. Social Statements help guide us in the faithful living of Jesus’ Great Commission to bring healing, reconciliation, wholeness, hope, and peace to all people.

We will begin with, Race, ethnicity, and culture.

Here is what the ELCA says about Social Statements: (hover over and click on the following)

"The Church in Society: A Lutheran Perspective"
"Policies and Procedures of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for Addressing Social Concerns."

ELCA Social Statements:

We meet each Monday night on ZOOM, 6:30-8:00pm.

If you want to join us, please email Pastor Rick for a ZOOM link at: pastorricksjlc@bellsouth.net

Come join us. All are welcome.

Wednesday Evening ZOOM Bible Study/Worship

6:30-7:00pm

Each Wednesday we discuss at least one of the Bible Readings for the upcoming Sunday worship. This is a wonderful way to learn more about God’s Word, to prepare for Sunday’s worship, and to focus on God’s will for our lives. Come join us for this short time of learning; helping us to best live our lives of faith. We also have a time of Prayer and celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. All are welcome.

You are invited to join us for our ZOOM Bible Study. If you want to join us, please email Pastor Rick at pastorricksjlc@bellsouth.net

BIBLE STUDY