Dear Church Family,

Sunday school for all ages resumes this coming Sunday, 9:30-10:30 am. In the life of the church, there are several opportunities for Christian discipleship, learning and growing in one’s faith, and fellowship; these are listed near the end of this email. Of course, the corporate worship of the church is the central and centering aspect of the life of the church (as we were reminded in the sermon from this past Sunday from 1 Corinthians 1:10-25, the preaching of the gospel is the engine of salvation). At the same time, Sunday school is also an important ministry of the church for continuing education in Scripture and the Christian life. And, it’s a ministry that provides a bit more informal and intimate place of fellowship for the whole family.

Resuming again this coming Sunday (January 21, 2018) at 9:30 am, nursery is provided while volunteer members of the church teach classes for the following age groups: toddlers, preschool/kindergarten, Elementary I, Elementary II, and teens (grades 7-12). Having concluded their study of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, the teen class will begin a new study on the distinctive characteristics of different Christian denominations and churches. All of the other classes will continue using the resources and curriculum of Great Commission Publications. Paul and Kathryn Wheeler do an excellent job planning, recruiting teachers, and overseeing this ministry of Christian education in the church. If you have any questions, they would be happy to speak with you.

In the adult Sunday school class, we are about half way through our series on “Turning Points in Church History.” At the end of the year, we concluded with the life of Martin Luther, particularly the turning point in church history that was the Diet of Worms (1521). This Sunday, we will pick up where we left off by examining some of Martin Luther’s major contributions to Christian doctrine and Church life: the doctrine of justification, the corporate worship of the church, the ‘theology of the cross,’ marriage, vocation, and the priesthood of believers.

I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity for you and your family to grow in Christian doctrine, holiness, and fellowship. See you at Sunday school!

The Lord be with you!
- Pastor Peter M. Dietsch