What is Wilderness Faith?
Throughout the Bible, the wilderness has shaped God’s people. The wilderness has been a place of uncertainty and trial, where the people may have felt abandoned or alone but God remained with them. The wilderness has been a place of retreat, renewal, and ministry as well. The wilderness is also a place to get closer to God!
It is important to remember that in our own moments of uncertainty and stress, God is with us. The wilderness allows us to discover new ways of experiencing our relationship with God, with others and living our faith in the world.
What are We Doing?
We are kicking off our new year of Sunday School at 12:00pm on Sunday, September 13th over Zoom with a special student/teacher blessing and an introduction to our new format. We had a wonderful VBS experience this summer and it will help us structure our Sunday School engagement for the coming year. Weekly lessons will be a mix of family interaction and activities, with an opportunity to connect via Zoom about once a month. These lessons will be shared via email as well as posted on our website. Future meeting dates may change. Since this will have a family component to it, all ages are welcome to participate but the focus will be on our kids in Pre-K to 6th Grade.
Series 2 – Saints and Celebrations
Our new Wilderness Faith series, “Saints and Celebrations,” takes a look at some of the holidays and “Holy Days” we celebrate in this season together, as well as some of the people we turn to for inspiration along our faith journey. Saints are not perfect. Saints are real people, sometimes revered by the Church for their acts or belief, sometimes impacting lives on the margins and out of view from the spotlight. Saints remind us that we are not alone on our spiritual journey. We have them to look to, inspire us, and help us to see and honor the holy around and within.
Series 1 – “Life is Hard”
As 2020 has made obvious, sometimes life throws us curveballs. During this series of lessons, families will focus on dealing with difficulties in life
(such as people hurting us, unfairness, feeling sorry for others, etc.) and we will be using the some of the Bible stories assigned for our Sunday worship to guide us. You will be able to hear them during the Kitchen Table Gathering (Sundays at 10:30am on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/elcserves) and revisit them during the week with your family.
Adult Faith Discussion on Zoom: Thursdays at 8:00pm
We are engaged in a much needed discussion with the help of Ibram X. Kendi’s book “How to Be an Anti-Racist.” Each week we explore a chapter of his book and reflect on issues in our world and the sin of racism that has shaped us and our environments. We engage this holy work with grace and the knowledge that Christ is here walking with us along the constant journey towards anti-racism for the sake of all of God’s children.
If you would like to participate, and are not on the church email list, contact Pastor Dave for more information.
“In The Water” Sunday School
Following Holy Communion, the children gather by the baptismal font and head down to the classrooms to engage in storytelling, experience yoga, make a craft, or play games related to a rotating selection of Bible stories.
Morning Brew Adult Discussion
Feel free to grab a cup of coffee and pull up a chair in the fellowship hall for a morning discussion of the day’s Gospel text or topic of interest. The time is an opportunity to explore and question and see where the conversation takes us.