During this liturgical year, many of our Gospel lessons will be from the book of Matthew. There’s a reason why this is the first book of the New Testament, it was written to prove that Jesus Christ is the long-awaited, promised Messiah, the King of all the earth.  Matthew emphasizes the Old Testament prophecies that Jesus fulfills, from His birth through His ministry and right up to His death and resurrection. There is more material in this book of the Bible than we will ever be able to cover on Sunday mornings.  With this in mind, we have developed tools to help you to explore deeper into the book of Matthew. 

  • There are monthly Intergenerational studies for the entire family which will be offered on the first Sunday of the month following the worship service.
  • The Wednesday Word group will also study this book in their weekly Zoom meetings from noon to 1pm beginning January 18. Here is a link for the Zoom  for Wednesday Word (accessible by website login).

We realize, however, that there are many who would like to learn more about Matthew but are unable to participate in either of these groups.  With that in mind, we have made available a series of videos viewable at your convenience using this link Matthew Weekly Video and Readings.  We do hope many of you will take advantage of one of the learning opportunities available.

Thank you, Pastor Ward


Parlor Class

No Sunday classes through September. All are invited to “Wine & Wisdom” which is continuing through September on Tuesdays at 7pm, at the Wine Vault in University Place, 9009 J M Keynes Dr. Many varied topics.

Ninefold Study of the Beatitudes Starts 9/17

Study of the Beatitudes (also known as Nine-Fold Path of Jesus). Starts 9/17 in sanctuary after worship for all ages. Will be 2 Sundays a month.

Mondays, Lunch and Learn — 12 noon via zoom

Returns September 11 with study of “Wholehearted Faith” by Rachel Held Evans

Wednesdays, “Wednesday Word” — 12 noon via zoom and in person Room 134

Returns September 13 with continuation of the study led by Fred Strickert on the Book of Acts

For more information contact Carol Schierlmann @ spiritualdev@adventlu.org


The Children’s Church program will resume on Sunday, September 10, using Godly Play each week and with some enhancements. The time is being expanded as well. Pastor Ward will call for the children, ages 3 and up, to go to Children’s Church after the sharing of the peace, and they will return after the sermon and before communion. The leader will bring the children back to the sanctuary. This additional time gives the leaders of Godly Play time to fully complete the lesson and allow for discussion among the children. There will be 2 adults in attendance each Sunday and a youth helper.

We will be offering “Godly Play” each Sunday through December except December 10th which will be the Children’s Christmas Program, December 17, and December 24th. The classes will be held in the Godly Play Room which is on the educational wing hallway, first room on the left from the gym.

Anyone who has an interest in helping with this program is welcome to do so. Just let Deloris Bainbridge (youthandmilestones@adventlu.org) know so you can be worked into the rotation of helpers. The class itself is lead by persons trained in Godly Play and you are welcome to be a part of that also if you wish.


Below is the schedule of upcoming activities for study and fellowship for families for the September through October.

9/10 – God’s Work Our Hands – following worship

9/16 – Movie Night 6pm – “Greatest Showman”

9/17 – Ninefold Beat following worship

9/24 – Ninefold Beat following worship

10/1 – Ninefold Beat following worship

10/8 – Ninefold Beat following worship

10/14 – Rural Hill Amazing Maize 2pm – RSVP to Deloris

10/15 – Sabbath Sunday – no activities

10/21 – Movie Night 6pm – “Hotel Transylvania”

10/22 – Crop Walk with Faith Friends

10/29 – Ninefold Beat following worship

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