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:

On Tuesday, October 3 at 11:00 am in the Adult Classroom Pastor Gary will lead this class on the Gospel of Mark for three weeks. On October 24 Abraham Terian will begin his class on the Book of Ezekiel.

Wednesday Evening Adult Education:

Beginning Wednesday, September 27 Pastor Gary will lead a 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 — Begins 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.

Last Sunday we began talking about the Reformation and watched the first half of the Rick Steves’ video on Luther and the Reformation.  We’ll watch the second half this Sunday, Sept. 24.

Here are some discussion questions to think about for Sunday.

  • Why has there always been a tension between orthodoxy and reform?
  • What were the major contributions of Luther?
  • What are some of the important changes that the Reformation brought about?
  • What have been some of the attempts in the last hundred years or so to heal the splits in the church and achieve some degree of unity?

The timeline of Luther’s life might be helpful for the discussion can be viewed by clicking here. For a copy of a Luther trivia quiz, click here.

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.