Journey

A Pilgrim’s Journey Course Schedule

Sunday 8 am – 9 am Classes

Sept. 16 - Oct.18

Lutheranism 101

Oct. 23 - Oct. 30

History of the Reformation

Nov.6-Nov.27

Christians R Us

Dec.4-Jan.8

Haggai, Zachariah and Malachi - Waiting on the Lord with the Best of Them

Jan. 15 - Jan. 29

Christian Living: Forgiveness, Loving the Unlovable and the Gift of Disappointment

Sunday 10:15 am Classes

Sept. 16 - Nov. 27

Alpha

Dec. 4

New Member Welcome and Reception

Dec. 12 & Dec. 18

Parenting to Save Your Life

Jan. 1 - Jan. 29

Lutheranism 101

Feb. 2

New Member Welcome and Reception

Monday 6 – 8 pm Class

Sept. 19 - Oct. 24

Parenting with Love and Logic

Monday 6:30 – 7:30 pm Class

Nov. 7 & Dec. 24

Sacra-What?

Wednesday 8 – 9 pm Class

Dec. 7 - Dec. 21

Lutheranism 101

Wednesday 6 – 7 pm Class

Sept. 14 - Dec. 21

Confirmation

 

 

Course Descriptions

Confirmation

Confirmation at Living Faith is a unique and highly customizable experience. At the core of the process are the strongly held beliefs that:

1. Faith is most e ectively taught and modeled at home with parents managing their chil- dren’s discipleship,

  1. Every kid is different and requires different standards and expectations,

  2. Social and personal relationships with kids and adult leaders of their church are extremely beneficial for fostering the faith of young people and

  3. Service projects are especially important for young people to assist them in practicing their faith.

With these things in mind, Living Faith has crafted a confirmation process that has two main components: online instruction and weekly faith formation.

There is video course with questions on our online resource called the City. This course will cover in detail the components of the Small Catechism. Progress of the students will be managed by parents and, upon completion, the student is eligible to be individually confirmed on a Sunday morning of their choosing. Many students start the online coursework sometime around 6th or 7th grade, but parents are responsible to gauge how ready their child is for the coursework.

There are no age restrictions. This means that Wednesday evening groups are able to focus on social and spiritual interaction more than doctrinal education. Of course, leaders will always be prepared with topical discussions on scripture and faith - but because the online instruction is the primary source for the doctrinal content of Confirmation, our Wednesday evening leaders are free to work with contemporary issues and foster relationships within the group. Finally, throughout the year there will be opportunities to join your child in serving their church and their community to put their faith into action.

Age groups are: 3rd-4th grade, 5th-6th grade, 7th-8th-grade and 9th-12th grade. A full schedule of the classes and service projects is available in the sanctuary or on our website! All questions can be forwarded on to Pastor Luke!

Alpha

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, running for 11 consecutive weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe and everyone is welcome! This course is designed to foster a more personal relationship with your God. It will present the basic information of faith - but the goal is not necessarily that you know more OF God, but rather that you know God MORE. If God has felt distant, or if faith has seemed detached from daily life, this is the course for you! Classes run from Sept 18 – Nov. 27.

Registration is limited.

Cost: FREE. 

Lutheranism 101

New to the Missouri Synod? New to Lutheranism? New to Living Faith? This is the place to start! Lutheranism 101 is an overview of our doctrine and practice at Living Faith. Taught by Pastor Luke, it is an engaging look at who we are as Christians from a Lutheran perspective and how that di erentiates us from other Christian churches. This class is open to anyone and isn’t for new members only. It is also very beneficial to lifelong Lutherans who need to brush up on confirmation classes from decades past or just want to dive a little deeper into the doctrine of their faith!

Cost: $10.00 book fee. 

History of the Reformation

Our heritage as Lutherans is rooted in one of the most im- portant spiritual and emotional revolutions in history: the Reformation. A simple Catholic monk’s principled stance on the Bible and the Gospel of Jesus in 16th century Europe shaped much of the world as we know it today. Luther’s reforming of the church is a story of daring, bravery, murder, inquisition, scandal, kidnapping, innovation and rebellion on an epic scale! All are welcome to attend. Classes are on Oct. 23 and Oct. 30.

Cost: FREE.
Class is limited to 15 participants 

Christians R Us

What did the Calvinist say when he fell down the stairs? Thank God that’s over! If you want to know why that joke is funny, or why Baptists don’t baptize babies, or what the difference is between a Quaker and a Mennonite, Christians R Us is for you! This class is an overview of Christian and pseudo-christian denominations and even includes a few non-christian Eastern religions. We will consider both the historical antecedents of each faith as well as their modern expressions, and of course, deal with their foundational documents and doctrines. Taught by Pastor Luke, this class is intended to enlighten and inform the student on the particulars of different faiths - not to cast judgement on them. This class will be useful for those times when a co-worker mentions they are Russian Orthodox and you wished you knew what that meant! Or, those times when you’re out of town and you’re trying to decide if you should attend a ‘Gospel Free’ church down the road.

Cost: FREE

Haggai, Zachariah and Malachi – Waiting on the Lord with the Best of Them

Advent is a time of waiting upon the Lord. It is a time to remember when the world was getting ready for the advent of the messiah and a time to appreciate what it is to await the second coming of the messiah at the end of time. It’s easy to forget that there was a time when the people of God were waiting for Jesus to arrive for the first time! Israel was a people of prophets and temple worship and the dignity of being the chosen people of God...but they too had to wait for the Lord to fulfill his promises.  In our day and age we complain about the months or years we have to wait to see the Lord work out his goodness among us.  But in the time of these minor prophets in the Old Testament, the people had waited centuries - even millennia - for the Lord to act as he promised. In this class we will study the best of the best at waiting on the Lord. We will explore the promises he made to his people then and now and discover ways to see them accomplished in our lives. We will learn to patiently hope in the Lord and expectantly look for his mercies. Classes are led by Pastor Luke.

Cost: $10.00 book fee.

Parenting to Save your Life

Every parent feels at some point as if their life is being run by their kids. And, in many ways, it is! It
is an exhausting and demanding task to raise kids in today’s world - but it’s never been easy! It shouldn’t surprise us then that the scriptures, the church and the world over an overwhelming amount or resources to better parent our kids. In this class, Pastor Luke and Joni Timm will cover their perspective on the best techniques to employ for the most common childrearing considerations from their experience in raising young children, professional input from Joni’s profession as an occupational therapist, and their time working with junior-high and high-school kids in ministry. Topics include - but are not limited to - disciplining kids of all ages, behavioral modification, teaching the faith, sex, drugs and rock and roll (for parents of junior-high to senior-high kids), education, etc. Parents of kids ages birth through high school will benefit from Parenting to Save your Life.

Cost: $15.00 per child for childcare; FREE for those who don’t need childcare. 

Christian Living: Forgiveness, Loving the Unlovable and the Gift of Disappointment


It might be a family member. It might be a friend. It might be a co-worker. Whoever it is, we all know someone who is really, really hard to love. Jesus commands us to love our enemies, but just because he tells us to DO it doesn’t make it easy or fun. This class will give you the Biblically based tools to manage your own stress and anxiety level when needing to engage with such people and even equip you to find love in your heart for people you just plain don’t like. This class is taught by Pastor Luke - chief of the unlovable!
Cost: FREE. 

Parenting with Love and Logic


Since 1977, the Love and Logic Institute has been dedicated to making parenting and teaching fun and rewarding, instead of stressful and chaotic. We provide practical tools and techniques that help adults achieve respectful, healthy relationships with their preschool through elementary-age children and help them prepare their kids for the real world. All of our work is based on a psychologically sound parenting and teaching philosophy called Love and Logic.

Parenting Classes: 6 week course on Monday nights from 6-8 pm.
Cost: $15.00 per couple*
Sign up by contacting Sandy Nelson at 556-5576. Facilitator: Sandy Nelson has been the Preschool Director at Little Friends of Living Faith, in Clive, for 12 years and is also an independent facilitator for Parenting the Love and Logic Way®.

*A limited number of childcare slots are available on site. Cost is $15.00 per night, per child.
To sign up for child care contact Mrs. Amanda Wallace at 249-3634.

Sacra-what?

The Catholic church has seven. Most Lutheran churches have two. A few have three. Some Christians don’t have any...but what the heck IS a sacrament? It’s not a scriptural word, but it’s a scriptural concept. God delivers his grace to us in ways we can taste, touch and feel because we are tactile creatures accustomed to physical interactions with those we love. And so God, in his limitless love for us, has given to us physical manifestations of his grace. In this single session class we will explore some of the ner points of our understanding of Sacraments. This class will be very benecial for those seeking to have their children baptized at Living Faith, those who come from a di erent church background who may not understand what we are doing with infants in baptism and anyone who wonders about who should take communion at Living Faith. It’s also a great opportunity for those already familiar with baptism and the Lord’s supper to have an even greater appreciation for these means of grace. Taught by Pastor Luke this one session class meets Monday Nov. 7 and Monday Dec. 19 from 6:30-7:30 pm.
Cost: FREE.

The Path to Membership

Part of the very DNA of Living Faith is that we want people whoarenewtoustofeelas though they belong to our family regardless of their membership status. There is no rush to make it o cial! However, there is a natural progression of belonging to a church that includes that moment where people go from visiting often to feeling like Living Faith should be their church home. When that describes you, it’s time to walk the member- ship path! Whether you are a long time Lutheran, or have no idea what that word means, it is recommended that you attend a Lutheran 101 class. If you are unable to attend any of those class- es, it is possible for you to take an online new member course. Upon completion of either path, you will be welcomed (along with other new members) on a New Member Sunday, complete with a reception in your honor, where you will get a chance to meet many leaders and laypeople of our church. Please note that all of the ministry and volunteer opportunities at Living Faith are open to you before you complete the courses, with the exception of serving as an Elder, Council member and voting in the con- gregational meetings (you are always welcome and encouraged to attend and o er your input.