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: Jesus' Parables; 10:00-11:30

Faith Formation Bible Study: Jesus' Parables

Beginning on May 18, we will begin a study on Jesus’ Parables. Parables are stories using earthly images to reveal heavenly or spiritual morals or God’s truth. Since many of Jesus’ parables are in multiply gospels, we will discuss the differing viewpoints of each author. Come join us as you are able. We meet via ZOOM. Please contact Pastor Rick for a ZOOM link:  pastorricksjlc@bellsouth.net

Here is a list of Jesus’ Parables:

  • The Parable of the Sower: Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:4-15
  • The Parable of the Weeds: Matthew 13:24-30 (explained in Mt. 36-43)
  • The Parable of the Mustard Seed: Matthew 13:31-32; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18-19
  • The Parable of the Yeast: Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20-21
  • The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and Pearl: Matthew 13:44-46
  • The Parable of the Net: Matthew 13:47-52
  • The Parable of the Lost Sheep: Matthew 18:12-14; Luke 15:4-7
  • The Parable of the of the Unmerciful Servant: Matthew 18:21-35
  • The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard: Matthew 20:1-16
  • The Parable of the Two Sons: Matthew 21:28-32
  • The Parable of the Tenants: Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19
  • The Parable of the Wedding Banquet: Matthew 22:1-14; Luke 14:16-24
  • The Parable of the Ten Virgins: Matthew 25:1-13
  • The Parable of the Talents: Matthew 25:14-30; Luke (Ten Minas) 19:12-27
  • The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats: Matthew 25:31-46
  • The Parable of the Growing Seed: Mark 4:26-29
  • The Parable of the Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37
  • The Parable of the Rich Fool: Luke 12:13-21
  • The Parable of the Lost Coin: Luke 15:8-10
  • The Parable of the Lost (Prodigal) Son: Luke 15:11-32
  • The Parable of the Shrewd Manager: Luke 16:1-15
  • The Parable of the Persistent Widow: Luke 18:1-8
  • The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector: Luke 18:9-14
  • The Parable of the Ten Minas: Luke 19:11

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