ADULT FAITH FORMATION

 

Every week adults from the Peace Lutheran Church gather together to study the Bible, develop friendships, pursue wholeness, and share life experiences. Are you ready to join in? Learn more about a sampling of our groups and classes here, or contact us at 512.258.2293 or info@peaceaustin.org to explore what may be your next steps.

Sunday Morning Opportunities

Community Connections
Each Sunday morning, from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM you will find wide array of learning opportunities for adults of all generations. Adults may choose between these classes or simply join friends new and old for a cup of coffee in the narthex. The schedule for upcoming Community Connections is below:

1/5/20

Love Thy Neighbor – Part 1
Facilitator: Matt Bloom
Location: Ed 206
 
Book Discussion – Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor’s Struggle for Home in Rural America by Virji M.D., Ayaz and Alan Eisenstock
Love Thy Neighbor is a powerful true story about a Muslim doctor’s service to small-town America and the hope of overcoming the country’s climate of hostility and fear. In 2013, Dr. Ayaz Virji left a comfortable job at an East Coast hospital and moved to a town of 1,400 in Minnesota, feeling called to address the shortage of doctors in rural America. But in 2016, this decision was tested when the reliably blue, working-class county swung for Donald Trump. Virji watched in horror as his children faced anti-Muslim remarks at school and some of his most loyal patients began questioning whether he belonged in the community. The session will begin with a summary of the chapters, so please come even if you have not read all of chapters 1 through 6.

1/12/20

Love Thy Neighbor – Part 
Facilitator: Matt Bloom
Location: Ed 206
 
Book Discussion – Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor’s Struggle for Home in Rural America by Virji M.D., Ayaz and Alan Eisenstock
In Love Thy Neighbor, Dr. Ayaz Virji relates his story confronting religious and cultural tensions in rural Minnesota in a gripping, unforgettable narrative that shows the human consequences of our toxic politics, the power of faith and personal conviction, and the potential for a renewal of understanding in America. The book is an outgrowth of a lecture series Dr. Virji participates in with Pastor Mandy France around the United States. The session will begin with a summary of chapters 7-12, so please come even if you have not read the entire book.

1/19/20

Stewardship
Facilitator: Tom Winn
Location: Ed 206
 
Our January Stewardship theme is that we are Stewards of God’s Mission. Please come to our Stewardship Community Connections cluster on January 19, to learn about how you can use your spiritual gifts to help fulfill God’s mission in our world.
 

1/26/20

Astrophotography
Facilitator: Bob Van Gulick
Location: Ed 206
 
We will be exploring Gods universe through photographs of the heavens I have taken through my telescope. I will provide details on how images are captured and processed. It’s amazing how small we are but God gives us the opportunity to look into the past through images of light millions of years old. Come and learn about the wonders of His universe!

2/2/20

A Network of Care – The Critical Role of Resettlement Agencies
Facilitators: John & Mary Beth Foster
Location: Ed 206
 
Some refugees are permitted to come to the US to begin a new life. There are agencies and organizations that help. The cost of coming here must be repaid by the refugee. Remarkably, most of them are able to find employment and move off of public assistance within 6 months of arrival. In this regard they may defy your expectations. What other remarkable facts will we discover about the process of resettling?
Dates for following sessions on refugees: March 1, March 29, and May 3.

2/9/20

Crafts
Facilitator: Jan Massa
Location: Ed 206
 
Come and explore your creative side.
Supplies will be provided to make up to three cards. Yes it’s old fashioned, but there is nothing but joy when I have something in the mail that is not a bill! Keep one and send one or two.

2/16/20

Stewardship
Facilitator: Tom Winn
Location: Ed 206
 
Our responsibility as God’s stewards is to use the resources that God has entrusted to our care to love God and our neighbors. We recognize that the concept of neighbors includes those that are near, and also persons that are far away. This month, we emphasize that we are Stewards of Global Community, and we will discuss some practical ways that we can do that.

2/23/20

Pancake Breakfast
Facilitator: Confirmation Class
Location: Ed 206
 
Please join us for pancakes, bacon and sausage. Gluten free pancakes will be available. All proceeds go towards camp scholarships.
 
Scholarships are available to students who want to attend retreats or Summer Camp if cost is an issue.

Weekday Opportunities

Women’s Bible Study
All women are welcome for Bible Study on the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30 AM in the narthex. Bring your Bible as we dive into God’s word through the study published in Gather, the ELCA women’s publication.
 
Wednesday Evening Adult Bible Study
All are invited to bring your Bibles and join us in Education Room 206 on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 PM.