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:

At 11 am in the Adult Classroom Pastor Gary is leading the Gospel of Mark with the last class on February 6.

When was the last time you heard a good sermon preached from the Song of Solomon (sometimes called the Song of Songs)?  How about a bad sermon?  When was the last time you heard any sermon at all preached from this Old Testament book?  If you have hear a sermon from this book it may have been at a wedding since no parts of Song of Solomon appear anywhere in the three year cycle of scripture readings.

Come and explore this little known Bible book and discover why it is such a secret in the church.  Class begins on Tuesday, February 13 at 11:00 am in the adult classroom.

Wednesday Evening Adult Education:

Pastor Jim Carr is leading a study on the Apostles’ Creed at 6:15 pm in the Adult Classroom.  Come and discover why Lutheran believe in the power of God’s activity.

Sunday Adult Class:

Please join in the discussion on Sunday mornings starting on January 7 as the book entitled By Heart – Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism is explored.  

Written to awaken and affirm faith, the Small Catechism remains a helpful tool for households and congregations.

With vibrant illustrations, photos, and commentary, By Heart illuminates the theology and history behind the explanations and connects them to our lives today.

The schedule for this series is:

  • Jan 7 – Introduction to Luther’s Small Catechism
  • Jan 14 – Luther’s Small Catechism – Ten Commandments
  • Jan 21 – Luther’s Small Catechism – Apostles’ Creed
  • Jan 28 – Luther’s Small Catechism – Lord’s Prayer
  • Feb 4 – Luther’s Small Catechism – Baptism
  • Feb 11 – Luther’s Small Catechism – Eucharist
  • Feb 18 – Luther’s Small Catechism – Daily Prayer and the Household Chart

Last Sunday we discussed baptism.  This Sunday we’re going to talk about confession (end of chapter 5) and then about the Eucharist (chapter 6).  Here are some discussion questions to think about for this coming Sunday (Feb. 18).

  • What are some of the different names for the Sacrament of the Altar?
  • Where were some of the issues that arose around the Eucharist?
  • What did Luther mean when he insisted that Christ was really present in the Eucharist?
  • Who is allowed to partake in the Eucharist?
  • What does the Bible have to say about the Eucharist?
  • What are some of the differences between the practices of the early church regarding the Eucharist and the church today?
  • So to sum up, what’s the purpose of the Eucharist?

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.

Come explore C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” with a video presentation and discussion of the timeless material. This book is one of the top selling books each Christmas. Come participate, learn and enjoy!

Choir Ministry

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 our conneXions program on 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.