Lifelong learning for adults is part of the core value of Central Lutheran Church.
Lifelong Faith Formation for Adults
The autumn invitations for adult lifelong faith formation are creative and engaging. In some ways they are shaped by the Building Renewal Project and the limited space during construction. In many ways they are shaped by the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, and the invitation to grow deeper in prayer and a contemplative life. Please review the invitations and plan to attend as many as your schedule allows. Watch the Spirit weekly for more details.
Sundays After Worship
On Sunday mornings at 11:45 a.m., a variety of adult lifelong faith formation will be offered. Every third Sunday the Peace with Justice forum is offered, beginning on September 17. Beginning on September 24 and running through Reformation weekend, the pastors and cantors will offer an essay printed in the Spirit, with the opportunity for conversation on the topic at 11:45 a.m. The emphasis will be on the gifts of the Reformation that continue to impact worship, formation, community and generosity. Here are the dates and topics for the autumn on the way to the celebration of the 500th anniversary:
- September 24: Luther and the Catechism, led by Pastor Stephanie
- October 1: Luther and Worship, led by Pastor C
- October 8: Luther and Preaching, led by Pastor Peter
- October 15: Luther and the Neighbor, led by Pastor Melissa
- October 22: Luther and Music, led by Cantor Mark
- October 29: Luther and the Hymn of the Day, led by Cantor Jane
Monthly Listening for God, a time of contemplative prayer led by Pastor Peter
You are invited to join Pastor Peter for a monthly time of contemplative prayer. Pastor Peter and 12 people have been meeting each month for contemplative prayer and the opportunity to go deeper in faith and prayer. With the beginning of the Building Renewal Project, this prayer circle is enlarging, and all are invited. It is asked that you make a commitment to the group and the prayer time for the program year, September-April.
Pastor Peter will introduce and lead a different form of contemplative prayer each month. The prayer time is followed by the opportunity to reflect on the experience and to take home the prayer form to tend to a deeper spiritual life. The Listening for God time will meet on the third Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at Central. The first meeting will be on September 17. Here are the dates for you to review for your calendar, and while a monthly commitment is hoped for, of course there will be times when you cannot attend.
- Sunday, September 17
- Sunday, October 15
- Sunday, November 19
- Sunday, December 17
- Sunday, February 18
- Sunday, March 18
- Sunday, April 15
Art and Soul, a Contemplative Prayer Retreat
Saturday, September 30
Join artist Robyn Sand Anderson and the Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe for a day of listening for God through visual, tangible, and contemplative prayer forms. No art or prayer experience necessary. This day retreat will run from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and be held at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center. Details and the cost for the retreat will be published in the Spirit.
Autumn Wednesday Night Bible Study with Pastor Peter
Bible study is one of the keys for all adults and lifelong faith formation. This autumn we turn to Paul’s Letter to the Romans, especially given the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the impact of Romans on Martin Luther. The study meets on Wednesday nights from 6:00– 7:10 p.m., concluding in time for choir members to get to rehearsal. We will begin with evening prayer, with a special emphasis on the hymns of the Reformation.
We will meet at Central in the lower narthex, so participants will need to be able to use the stairs to access the Bible study. The Bible study materials will be available on September 30 or October 1, or at the first session on October 4. The study will meet on October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1 and 8.