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.
Many of the lessons include crafts or science experiments that require items from around the house or things you may want to pick up from the grocery store. You can find the materials list below. The list is separated for each lesson.
Series 7 – The Good Shepherd
There are over 600 references to sheep and shepherds in the Bible.
In our final series for this Wilderness Faith school year, we will focus on Jesus as the Good Shepherd. What does it mean to protect the flock and how are we transformed by the one who lays their own life down for us?
Holy Week Special Series
We have a special 2 part series. The Holy Week lesson offers small activities to do over the course of the week from Palm Sunday to Easter. An Easter Lesson involves a recipe for a tasty treat to celebrate the Resurrection!
Series 6 – God’s Covenants
Our lives can fill up very quickly. With responsibilities at school and at home, interests and hobbies, unexpected events, and countless distractions around us. It can be difficult to find time for the things that we say are important! The season of Lent invites us to reconnect and refocus our attention and our lives on God. In this series, we explore some of the Bible stories where God seeks to build relationship through covenants and promises.
Series 5 – We Are Called
When we are baptized, we make these promises to God – to live among God’s faithful people; hear the Word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper; proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed; serve all people following the example of Jesus; and strive for justice and peace in all the earth.
In this six-week series, we will explore what it means to be called into the life that God has given us.
Series 4 – Creator of Light and Life
During the Christmas Season, we ponder the magnificence of our Lord and the paradoxical fact that Jesus was born on this Earth to be with us and to die for us.
Series 3 – Advent Waiting
Our new Church year begins with the season of Advent. This is a season of intentional waiting and preparing for Jesus. In this series we will compare our faithful waiting with this restful waiting time of year in nature as the earth and its creatures prepare for the winter months ahead. We will discover that waiting involves more than just sitting patiently but engages us to be prepared and keep watch!
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 will begin a new discussion in January. Stay tuned for the next topic!
“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.