Programs are offered for adults throughout the year at various times. Often short classes are offered that run for a few weeks to offers a special topics focus. Parlor Class discusses a range of topics and typically requires no preparation to participate. They meet at 9:00 in the Parlor and kick off the fall season September 18th. All are warmly welcomed to this class.
We love to gather in smaller groups to form more intimate bonds with each other. Our small groups are based on shared interests and change their topics of study on a rotating basis. Some groups meet during the day while others get together in the evenings. Two groups that are always open to new members are:
Lunch and Learn – meets on Monday from 12:00-1:00 via Zoom. The Fall 2022 class kicks off September 19th discussing Love Without Limits by Jacqueline A. Bussie. This book study will meet 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, and 10/31. In November and December, we will discuss Parker Palmer’s book The Active Life. The Zoom link is found on the Member Dashboard.
Wednesday Word – this class focuses on Biblical study. We will begin the fall season with a study from the ELCA entitled “Be Not Afraid.” This class also meets from 12:00-1:00 on Wednesdays via Zoom – link on Member Dashboard.
Synod Book Study – Join Pastor Ward and folks from all over the synod to read and discuss “The Color of Compromise” by Jemar Tisby. This class will be on Thursday evenings at 7:00 and will run for 6 weeks beginning October 13th. As soon as the link is available to sign up, it will be posted here.
If you are interested in joining a one of these groups, contact Carol Schierlmann at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many members of Advent are involved in Via de Cristo, a three-day retreat ministry which strengthens and renews the faith of Christians and helps them grow into leaders for Christ. Focus is on spiritual growth, study and action to change our environments for Christ.
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, a form of prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. It is drawn from ancient prayer practices of the Christian contemplative heritage, notably the Fathers and Mothers of the Desert, Lectio Divina (praying the Scriptures), The Cloud of Unknowing, and the writings of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila.
We will be led in an introduction to this practice by Pastor Dick Little on August 28th at 11:15. He will then offer a more in-depth workshop on September 25th. See details for both on our EVENTS page.
This practice, known as divine reading, is a means of focusing on a passage of scripture with time, prayer and attention. We will resume this practice during the seasons of Advent and Lent. Stay tuned for dates and times!