With Advent Lutheran, Morton, Illinois & Faith Lutheran, Washington, Illinois
What does the Bible really say? What is the main point? Is there only one main point? Who are the characters and what are the stories? What's the connection between the stories in the "old" testament and the "new" testament? Do I really need to read the whole thing to "get it"? Is there a connection between those stories and us?
Does it matter today?
Ultimately, that last question is a faith question and it's up to you. We're not here to tell you what to think or believe. But we are interested in sharing the stories of God's action in the world and talking together about how God's story impacts our stories.
We hope you'll join us in asking these and many more questions!
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Isn't the Bible just full of old myths?
The story that unfolds between Genesis and Revelation is not a remote one, buried under the layers of history. It is vital and ongoing -- and, today, we are at center stage.
Join us as we explore the Divine Drama, to see the connections between Old and New Testaments, to trace God's grace and love throughout the whole narrative and discover what it means for our own divine drama that's still in progress.
The Bible is big. How long is this going take?
It is big! It's actually a library of 66 different books, written over a massive number of years in many different literary styles. Like some of your favorite epic novels, once through is rarely enough to catch all the details. As an overview and discussion this is not a "read the Bible in a year" challenge. We will meet once a week starting in mid-September and will end in mid-May with a few weeks off during the Christmas holiday. 30 sessions total.
It is a time commitment. Even if you can't make every session we think you'll agree that it is worth your time!
When are you meeting and is there homework?
We will gather on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm Central Time via Zoom. Each session is 90-minutes long and includes small group discussions using the zoom break-out rooms.
To get the most out of the time there is some reading and thinking to do each week before we gather. Probably it is somewhere between 45-60 minutes per week. But don't let a busy week stop you from attending on Sunday! Everybody gets "lifed" now and then. Come and join us anyway. You'll still get something out of the time.
Is this for kids? Does it cost anything?
It is designed as an adult class. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the Bible or faith experience. Middle-school and high-school-aged can attend with a caring adult (and all would benefit from listening to each others' insights!)
Course materials are usually $30 but our cost is $20 for the whole study (30 sessions). We have scholarships available, too. If you don't have a Bible, we recommend www.biblegateway.com which is free and has the added benefit of being able to compare translations.
Class size is limited to 24 sets of materials. Groups of folks living together only need one set of materials.
Ellen is an ELCA deacon currently serving with Advent Lutheran Church in Morton.
You will probably get tired of hearing her say, "Oh I love this story" when it comes to the Bible.
She describes herself as a Michigan girl and a Southern woman now living in Illinois. She lives in Morton with Elmo, her exuberant puppy who is a mix of many breeds but probably is 80% velociraptor.
Becky (she/her/hers) serves as pastor at Advent Lutheran in Morton. She arrived just before the pandemic and is getting to know her way around without Google Maps.
She served in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Columbus, Ohio, and Holmen, Wisconsin before coming here.
She lives in Groveland with her partner Gary and her dog Freyja.
John Rothfusz serves as pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Washington. He has shared with that congregation for 14 years. He loves to hear how God speaks to people in unexpected ways through the Bible and worship.
He previously served at St. Peter Lutheran in Arenzville, IL, and went to school in Iowa and Minnesota. The world of Zoom is still strange country, but he is figuring it out.
He is married to Pastor Elise Rothfusz, and lives in Washington with 3 kids, a dog and a cat.
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