New to Zion: the Adult Catechesis Series!

“In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.” We hear those words every single Sunday. For many of us, we take them for granted as merely the “starting point” of the worship service. But why do we call upon God’s name? What is the “official” word we use to describe it? Many people don’t know the answers to these questions, but it’s important that we do.

Think of examples in your own life. You know a LOT more about your hobbies and interests than someone who doesn’t share those same hobbies and interests! When we really love and appreciate something, we enjoy sharing that passion with others. The more we know about those passions, the more we love and appreciate them! Likewise, the more we know about and understand our Christian faith, the more we will enjoy sharing that passion with others; and the more confident we will be in doing so!

The answers to the questions above and many more will be discussed in our Adult Catechesis Series. The Adult Catechesis Series will be eight separate Bible Studies on fundamental doctrinal and historical issues of the Church. The eight classes will be offered throughout the year based on need and/or demand. Stay tuned for more information and posters around the Church that will give more information.

The classes are intended for those interested in joining Zion as members as well as for those members who desire a “refresher” on whichever topics peek their interest. Here are the eight topics:

1. History of the Church & the Lutheran Confessions: This study will take you through two thousand years of Church history that will give you a better understanding and perspective of what the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod is. This study also includes a synopsis of the Reformation.

2. Biblical Canon: This study will explain why our Bible has 66 books, briefly explaining the contents of each to help Christians become more acquainted with Scripture as well as the Apocrypha.

3. Theology of Worship & Law and Gospel: If you’re wondering why Lutherans worship the way we do and our method of interpreting Scripture in comparison to others’, this class is for you.

4. Sin & 10 Commandments: You may have thought the 10 Commandments were for little kids, but this class will explain God’s Law and sin in an enriching and refreshingly new way.

5. Creeds & Justification: This class will be the “heaviest” on doctrinal matters that flow out of the three parts of the Creed, including doctrines of justification, creation, the church, sanctification, and the resurrection.

6. Lord’s Prayer & Office of the Keys: This class will teach about prayer and the ministry of the Church by distinguishing the priesthood of all believers and pastors.

7. Baptism: This class covers all angles of the doctrine of Baptism and provides answers to some of the toughest questions Christians ask about its meaning and purpose.

8. Lord’s Supper: This class explains what the Bible says about the Sacrament of the Altar, and discusses difficult topics such as “Closed Communion” that Lutherans often struggle with.

It is my prayer that these courses provide an enriching and joyful experience in learning God’s Word as we, the Church, strive “to make disciples” of Christ (Matthew 28:19) and increase the faith of Christ’s sheep. Please consider joining us for one or more class from time to time. Oh, and as for the answers to the questions asked at the beginning, you’ll just have to come and find out!

Your Servant in Christ, Pastor Hromowyk

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Sunday Worship Services - 8:00 A.M. and 10:30 A.M.
Wednesday - 7:00 P.M.  Compline Service


 

COMMUNION SCHEDULE
 

8:00 A.M. First and Third Sundays

10:30 A.M. Second and Fourth Sundays

Fifth Sunday, Both Services

COMMUNION STATEMENT
Special note to our visitors and guests: Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, are kindly asked to refrain from partaking of the Sacrament until first speaking with one of our Pastors.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE/BIBLE STUDY

The Wednesday Services in November (November 1st & 8th only) will be Compline, and will begin at 7:00 PM; there will be a Bible Study following the Compline, in the Family Room. Private Confession and Absolution will be available from 6:15-6:45 PM, in Pastor Hromowyk’s Office.