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:

Beginning Tuesday, October 24 at 11 am in the Adult Classroom will be the book of Ezekiel led by Abraham Terian.

The book of Ezekiel – Tuesdays at 11 am in Adult Classroom
October 24 Introduction The theology of the Pentateuch as background
November 7 Chapters  1 – 7 The prophet’s call (1-3) Jerusalem’s doom (4-7)
November 14 Chapters  8 – 12 The corrupted temple abandoned
November 14 Chapters  13 – 24 Oracles of judgement against Jerusalem
November 21 Chapters  25 – 32 Oracles of judgement against the nations
November 28 Chapters  33 – 39 Reversal:  from fall to restoration
December 5 Chapters  40 – 48 The great restoration

 

Wednesday Evening Adult Education:

On Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in the Adult Classroom, Pastor Gary leads this class using the book “By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism” which aspires to experiencing the Small Catechism in a new way.

Sunday Adult Class:

Protestant Reformation Series — Began Sunday, September 17

Do you want to know more about the Reformation as we approach its 500th anniversary on October 31st? Rick Steves’ Luther and the Reformation will be shown as well as another historical account of the Reformation — This Changed Everything.

You may Click here for Luther’s 95 Theses.

There wasn’t just one Protestant Reformation.  We talked about the Lutheran Reformation, the Reformed Reformation (Zwingli and Calvin), and the English Reformation.

Last Sunday we discussed John Calvin and Calvinism.  This coming Sunday (Nov. 26) we’ll return to the English Reformation after the death of Henry VIII in 1547.  Eventually the Puritans emerged in opposition to Queen Elizabeth who ruled from 1558 to her death in 1603.  The Puritans left England and came to America in search of religious freedom.

Here are some discussion questions to think about for next Sunday.

  • What were some of the personal and religious factors that influenced the English Reformation both before and after the death of Henry VIII in 1547?
  • What was the role of Thomas Cranmer during this time?
  • After Henry’s death, Edward and Mary ruled for five or six years each.  Elizabeth had a much longer reign of 45 years.  How did Elizabeth deal with the question of whether England would be Protestant or Catholic?
  • There was a period of about 100 years of wars in Europe from the mid-sixteenth to the mid seventeenth-centuries culminating in the Thirty Years War from 1618 to 1648.  What does this say about the willingness of nations to engage in warfare over religious and political issues?
  • The Thirty Years War ended in 1648 with the Peace of Westphalia.  What was the significance of the Peace of Westphalia in addition to ending this devastating war?

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

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.