Classes are January 28-February 11
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Caring for Ourselves and Others Through the Storm of Life
Most of us will experience times of struggle and traumatic loss during our lifetimes. The storms of life can come unexpectedly and affect us in ways we never imagined possible. This class will explore ways to respond to stress and effective methods of self-care, including how to develop an individual care plan.
As Christians, we are also called to care for others who are struggling in life. How do we do so in a truly helpful way? Through discussion, practical exercises, and role-playing, participants will learn several effective caregiving skills. We will also explore how children grieve and how we can care for them effectively.
Don Burgess, a former police and hospice chaplain, will lead the class and begin each session with prayer and a short devotional. Scriptural references will support the discussion of these critical issues from a Christian perspective. Don served hundreds of patients and families in his 12 years with Hospice of the Valley as a grief counselor and chaplain.
A Judge, a General, and a Homemaker Save Israel
How can three people save Israel from their oppressor? As Romans 8:31 tells us, If God is for us, who will be against us? And God was with Judge Deborah, General Barak, and Jael, a homemaker. Each one had a very different mission and purpose but when they followed God’s direction, extraordinary things happened! We, too, can be part of God’s plan. Join Liz Lucas as she facilitates this 3-week mini-series taken from the pages of Judges 4 and 5.
Giving an Answer
Why are you a Christian? Why do you believe in Jesus and the Bible? If you have not been confronted with these questions, you will be. Have you stumbled in your witness or just had no idea what to say when asked to prove Christianity is the true religion? Pastor Jim Obermeyer will cover this topic, called apologetics, to help you formulate your own answers to these important questions. The apostle Peter said, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15) This class will help you do that and strengthen your own faith as well. You will learn how to answer tough questions and overcome your shyness about your faith.
Martin Luther: On the Bondage of the Will
Why was Martin Luther so passionate about the church’s understanding of humanity’s will? Led by Pastor Arne Markland, come share in a discussion of Luther’s incisive reply to a lengthy theological attack on the subject of free will by Rome’s golden-haired boy, the humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam.
Erasmus argued positively for free will, a phrase not found in Scripture but which Erasmus understood as a “power by which a person can turn toward that which leads to salvation.” Erasmus admitted such power was indeed small, but he believed it left some room for cooperation between God’s grace and human will.
Luther’s view was that when it came to establishing a relationship with God, humankind was a virtual slave to wickedness because of the sinful nature, free only to sin (by lack of trust and pride) unless God’s grace intervened. Luther considered Bondage one of his best writings (along with his Small Catechism). This two-session course will also include a look at two of Luther’s major affirmations.
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