Wednesdays, 10:00 am
The life of the Church appears quite messy to the human eye. Yet beneath the ragged and bloodied clothes of the Church’s history is the ongoing glorious work of God to proclaim His grace, even as He uses frail mortals to extend the Kingdom.
The present study is entitled The Collapse, which delves into the issues of the 1300-1500. This era is studied under four broad headings: 1] The New Conditions (e.g., western economic development, plague, nationalism, Hundred Years’ War); 2] The Papacy under the Shadow of France (e.g., the Babylonian Captivity of the Church); 3] The Great Western Schism (the policies that allowed cardinals to elect two popes simultaneously); and 4] Readings of Primary Sources (e.g. Dogma – Fourth Lateran Council; Mysticism – Walter Hilton and Meister Eckhart; Christian Life – Pope Eugenius on the Seven Sacraments).
A study guide is provided.
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00 pm
Trinity Women’s Group Bible Study meets on the first and third Wednesday evenings of the month. All women are welcome to gather for a “bring your own meal” with fellow congregation members in the Parish Hall at 6 pm, followed by the Women’s Bible Study at 7 pm. Together, we enjoy study of the Word, prayer, fellowship, as well as a variety of service activities. Bible Studies cover varying topics and are led by different women who desire to share their gifts of teaching and leadership.
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00 pm
The men’s fellowship in the Word will be a study of the Book of Acts. A study guide will be provided.
Fridays, 8:00 am; please call first
Though called “The Pastoral Epistles” due to their recipients, these letters of St. Paul are significant for pastors and people alike. St. Paul is not writing a “how to” manual on what it takes to be a “good pastor” or have a “good church”. Rather in these epistles he clearly sets forth the importance of first knowing, and then preaching, teaching and practicing sound doctrine in order to clearly confess The One True Faith. Specifically Paul addresses the following false teachings that were confronting The Church:  Myths and Geneologies (1 Timothy 1:3-7; 6:3-5,20),  Subjection to the Law (1 Timothy 1:7)  Asceticism—(1 Timothy 4:1-5); and  Denial of Christ and His Atoning Work—(2 Timothy 2:17ff).
Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m.
For 90 minutes we read the upcoming Sunday Gospel in Greek and discuss the text’s grammar and meaning.
The aim of Christian education in Trinity is never just to teach a “subject,” but a living faith. This faith centers in Christ and our life in the Body of Christ, the Church.
Since this life has its source and growth in Baptism and the Holy Communion Service, we never look upon Christian education as something separated from the Church’s worship. Rather, all our education aims at participation in the church services, primarily the Holy Communion Service. The Christian education and training of children is the duty of parents.
Topics vary from contemporary issues to biblical books to doctrinal studies. Books of the Bible are studied as well as various topics pertinent to our Christian faith. At various times there are adult instruction/review courses for those desiring to review the faith.
Sunday school classes meet every Sunday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. There are classes for children who are 2 (with parent) through grade 12. Our dedicated teachers and helpers strive to provide Christian instruction through Bible stories and how they apply to the children’s every day life.
During the last week of July / first week of August the congregation hosts a vacation Bible school
Classes are conducted for the people of God, whatever their ages. Sunday school is held for the children, and Bible classes are offered for young people and adults. The Sunday school is not worship, but instruction and edification in the Christian faith. With our arrangement, everyone has the opportunity to attend both Sunday school and church every Sunday.
Catechism classes are conducted on Sundays and according to the schedules of the families; the sessions run concurrently with the school year.
The first year of catechism, 6th grade, studies the chief teachings of the Church, as summarized in Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism; at the conclusion of the year, the catechumen is examined to determine if he or she is able to prepare oneself for the Holy Communion.
The second year takes the catechumen through an overview of the Old Testament and the Catechism and the third year studies the New Testament and reviews the Small Catechism.
Upon completion of catechesis, which concludes with a pastor-catechumen examination and an essay, the catechumen is deemed ready for the rite of Confirmation. However, confirmation is in no sense a “graduation from school.” It is the beginning of a greater expression of membership with all its duties, privileges, and blessings. Among these duties is the continuation of Christian education.
Membership Classes for Adults
In these classes, the teachings and the worship of the Church are discussed. By attending them, adults are given the opportunity to become understanding members of the Lutheran Church. The classes also serve as a “refresher” course for those who were confirmed in the Lutheran Church as children.
Weekday Bible Classes for Adults
Various adult Bible classes throughout the week are conducted. All members should also devoutly read the Bible daily at home. Other suggested reading includes The Lutheran Witness, the various periodicals to which the library subscribes, the many volumes in the church library, as well as the helpful books published by the LCMS.