ADULT FAITH FORMATION

Every week adults from 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, email office@peaceaustin.org to explore what may be your next steps. 

Sunday Morning Opportunities

Community Connections on Sundays at 1:00 pm on Zoom. See the listings below for more about the weekly sessions or email us with any questions. The Zoom link is published in the calendar and weekly email.

Weekday Opportunities

Book Discussion on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm on GoToMeeting. Starting July 14 and continuing for 11 weeks we are discussing Rev. Lenny Duncan’s book Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US.  Email us for the link or more information.
 
Women’s Bible Study on the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am on ZoomAll women are welcome for Bible Study. Bring your Bible as we dive into God’s word through the study published in Gather, the ELCA women’s publication. See the weekly email for the link or email us.

 Community Connections Sessions

11/1/20 – 1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:28
Paul encourages the Thessalonians to live a life pleasing to God.
 
Each session will begin with readings of each passage to study followed by a time to reflect. Then we will explore the passages, think about how each passage relates to our lives, and consider how we can apply these insights to our lives in the coming days or weeks.


10/25/20 – 1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13
During Paul’s time, Thessalonica was a major trade center and capital of the Roman province of Macedonia—now part of the northern region of modern Greece.
 
Each session will begin with readings of each passage to study followed by a time to reflect. Then we will explore the passages, think about how each passage relates to our lives, and consider how we can apply these insights to our lives in the coming days or weeks.


10/18/20 – Budget Forum

Here’s your chance to dive deep into the financials for the congregation and to ask any questions that you might have before the congregational meeting on November 8. The Peace finance team will be available to discuss the council’s approved ministry plan for 2021 and the outlook for 2020 and beyond. Join us on Zoom.
 
If you’d like to have the detailed spreadsheets that went into the summary that’s in the meeting reports, just email us.


10/11/20 – 1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:16
We will be looking at Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. In this letter, the earliest we have from Paul, Paul shows his relationship with the young church in Thessalonica and his wish to visit it again.
 
Each session will begin with readings of each passage to study followed by a time to reflect. Then we will explore the passages, think about how each passage relates to our lives, and consider how we can apply these insights to our lives in the coming days or weeks.


10/4/20 – Philippians

Philippians 3:12-4:23
On October 4, we will complete our discussion of Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. It is a letter of thanksgiving for the Philippians’ material support of Paul’s ministry. Paul’s thanks, however, are combined with the belief in God’s grace for both himself and the Philippians, and therefore God deserves the ultimate thanks. Paul expresses his warmest feelings for the Philippians, the freedom of joy in the Lord even as he is in chains, and he encourages them to be of one mind in Christ.
Facilitators: Matt Bloom & Darrell Bailey


9/27/20 – Refuge Crisis Followup

 
 
In a final session on Refugees, Mary Beth and John Foster will review the key points we have learned. Then they will share information about one of the local refugee agencies: Refugee Services of Texas. While one might assume that they have less to do, given the current political situation, they are actually very busy. Peace is looking at ways we can help. Come learn more! 
Facilitators: John & Mary Beth Foster


9/20/20 – Philippians

Philippians 2:12-3:11
On September 20, we will continue looking at Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. It is a letter of thanksgiving for the Philippians’ material support of Paul’s ministry. Paul’s thanks, however, are combined with the belief in God’s grace for both himself and the Philippians, and therefore God deserves the ultimate thanks. Paul expresses his warmest feelings for the Philippians, the freedom of joy in the Lord even as he is in chains, and he encourages them to be of one mind in Christ.
Facilitators: Matt Bloom & Darrell Bailey


9/13/20 – Philippians

Philippians 1:1-2:11
On September 13, we will begin looking at Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. It is a letter of thanksgiving for the Philippians’ material support of Paul’s ministry. Paul’s thanks, however, are combined with the belief in God’s grace for both himself and the Philippians, and therefore God deserves the ultimate thanks. Paul expresses his warmest feelings for the Philippians, the freedom of joy in the Lord even as he is in chains, and he encourages them to be of one mind in Christ.
Facilitators: Matt Bloom & Darrell Bailey


New Testament Studies

In Community Connections from September through May, we will have the opportunity to study books of the New Testament. Three Sundays a month, we will look at a specific book from the New Testament or a series of passages around a single theme.

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8/30/20 – Dialogue on Race

The Work Continues
Join Young Adult Community Builder, Fatima Mann, and Pastor Carolyn to reflect on how our learnings from the Dialogues on Race series can grow toward transformation and healing – both inwardly and outwardly. Fatima will guide us in processing our learning and reflecting on what we might do next.
 
This session will also offer an introduction and invitation into a 5-part series Fatima will be leading. You won’t want to miss this opportunity!
*See the calendar or weekly email for the link or email us.

Facilitators: Fatima Mann & Pastor Carolyn



8/23/20 – Dialogue on Race

A New Heaven and a New Earth – The Problem with Racial Reconciliation
After a lot of learning and listening, it is time to think about next steps and action to take toward racial restoration. We will consider how we can spur the rest of the congregation on to make our church a bold witness in rejecting and dismantling racist structures in the world while building the kin-dom of heaven on earth.
*See the calendar or weekly email for the link or email us.

Facilitators: Vaike O’Grady & Lisa Pursiheimo



8/16/20 – Dialogue on Race

Two Christianities – American Religion in Black and White
The focus of this week’s conversation is the racial divide in American Christianity and a historical analysis of black Christianity as a response to the pro-slavery, segregated, white supremacist attitudes of white Christianity in the early centuries of the British colonies and the USA. You will start to see how white supremacy is woven into the structure of the church far more tightly than they ever realized.
*See the calendar or weekly email for the link or email us.

Facilitators: Vaike O’Grady & Lisa Pursiheimo