Adult Ministry

Here at Hope, we believe there are certain “Marks of Discipleship” that help us as Christians to grow in our faith in our relationship with God.

We believe that it’s important to: Pray daily; Worship weekly; Read the Bible regularly; Serve at and beyond Hope Lutheran Church; Be in Relationship to encourage spiritual growth in others; and Give of our time, talents and resources.

Here are some of the opportunities available to adults in our congregation to develop these “Marks of Discipleship.”

Bible Study

We offer various Bible studies and small group opportunities. The following is not a comprehensive list, but just a place to start.

Tuesday Bible Class:

This class is taking a summer break and will start back in the fall. Please check back for updates in August and/or September. This class will meet Tuesday mornings at 11 am in the Adult Classroom.

Wednesday Evening Adult Education:

The Wednesday night classes will not meet until PrimeTime starts back up in the Fall. Be sure and check back here in August 2017 for information on when the new class and PrimeTime program will be beginning.

Sunday Adult Class:

Last Sunday we discussed the question that Kathryn Schifferdecker raised in her essay “why do people suffer?”  Let’s continue our discussion this coming Sunday (July 23) by looking at the book of Job.  If you have time this week, skim through Job and read the first and last chapters, the introduction to Job’s three friends in 2:11-13, Job’s lament in 3:1-10, part of Eliphaz’s opening speech in 4:7-9, part of Job’s response to Eliphaz in 6:24-30, and chapter 38 which is part of what are sometimes called the divine discourses.  If you don’t have time, don’t worry about.  We’ll talk about it on Sunday.

There are three short recording we’ll listen to: “Job — Friendship and Suffering,” “God Speaks to Job,” and “Job’s Daughters.”

Here are some questions to think about.

  • What literary genre does Job represent?  What difference does it make?
  • What does the book of Job say about suffering?
  • Job gets pretty angry at God.  How does God respond?
  • How do Job’s friends try to help Job?  What did they do right?  What did they do wrong?
  • How does God respond to Job’s questions?
  • What can we learn from Job?

Grab your favorite beverage and join us. Newcomers are always encouraged! If you miss a week, don’t worry, just join us when you can.  Meet in the Conference Room from 9:45 to 10:45 am on Sunday mornings.

Friday Morning Men’s Bible Study:

BibleStudy

A weekly meeting of men gathering around tables for breakfast and discussing the reading for the week. The purpose is to leave this open discussion group with a better understanding of what God wants us to do with our lives. Just arrive on Fridays at Denny’s east of First street on 1110 E Shaw Ave at 6:45am for lively way to get your morning going as you are out at 7:45am. No reservations needed. We are currently using “Master Builders Bible for Men.” Oh one more thing…. bring your Bible.

Choir Ministry

The Choir will have their yearly Retreat on Friday, August 25 at 5 pm and Saturday, August 26 at 8 am in the Community Center and Music Room. Contact Tom Lindstrom at email below if you have any questions. If you are interested in joining the Choir, please attend this retreat.

All are invited to sing in the Hope Choir. The history of the Hope Choir goes back to the founding of Hope Lutheran Church. Our first choir director was the wife of the founding pastor, Ardis Natterstad. The Hope choir provides leadership in singing our liturgy and hymns as well as providing special music throughout the worship service.

We meet during PrimeTime Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. During our rehearsals we do more than sing and prepare our music. We also include devotions, prayer time, vocal warm-ups, and fellowship.

We welcome new members into the choir with open arms, a music folder, a robe, and a comfortable chair. The only requirement for membership is a love of quality choral music and the desire to make quality music. Our music includes choral works from the past to the present, Bach to Rock. We believe that God is our audience and that creates nurturing moments for all of us.

For more information please contact the church office or Tom Lindstrom at tclindstrom65@gmail.com.

Quilting Ministry

Another busy group of our congregation is our QuiltersQuilters. These women piece together quilt tops to be tied, make quilts for doll beds and make rag dolls; collect, repair and distribute blankets, comforters; make bags from heavier materials; make knitted caps and scarves; make pillowcase dresses and most of all have fun, share ideas and support each other. We don’t keep these projects for ourselves either. These quilts are distributed throughout the community such as the Bethel Home in Selma, the Fresno Rescue Mission, the Marjorie Mason Center, Project Access which is for homeless and/or foster children in the Fresno School District and many other worthwhile agencies. Sound like fun? We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 9:00 am in Classroom 4, through the church office. Stop by to learn more.