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Winter 2020 Classes

SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS  - Classes begin 01.12.2020

Then and Now + Pastor Blomenberg + Oesting Room

2020 will launch a celebration of God’s blessings to Immanuel in the 150 years since its founding.  What were the faith challenges that the founding families had to deal with, and how do they compare to the ones we face so many years later?  How did they use the Bible to face questions and problems then, and how does it speak to our needs?  More than a history lesson, this study will help us see the faithfulness of God then and now and help to equip us for what lies ahead. 

A Study of Colossians + Pastor Rodriguez + Walnut Room

New Christians in first-century Colossae were not all that different from Christians today. They, too, struggled to understand who Jesus is, how Jesus alone reconciles us to God, and why things aren't perfect in the Church.

In St. Paul's letter to these Christians he had never met, he doesn't say they should stop asking hard questions. He doesn't tell them to stop searching God's Word, to stop seeking spiritual wisdom, or to stop striving for unity within the Church. Instead, Paul focuses off of their questions and struggles on the Gospel of the mighty and mysterious God: the same God who created the universe revealed Himself among us and reclaimed us as His own through His Son, Jesus.

How to Read the Bible + Vicar Ronchetto + Oak Room

When it comes to reading the Bible, some parts are easier to get through than others. We enjoy the stories of David, Moses, and Jesus, and we retell the parables of Jesus. We enjoy the beauty of the psalms and the clarity of Paul’s epistles. But when it comes to the laws, long lists of genealogies, or dense prophetic writings, we can often be at a loss. In this class, we will learn how to read each book as a unique composition, as well as how these unique books fit together to form a beautiful whole!

What Do Lutherans Believe, and Why?
Pastor Bloch + Heritage Room (203)

This course will look at the essential teachings of the Bible about life, God, the world, and the future.  It provides the basic information needed for someone who is thinking about joining our church and can be a good review for members who have been here all their life.   We will look at the Bible's perspective on evil in a world God made good; how we can speak of God's creation in view of current scientific theory; and how Scriptures written long ago are reliable for us. We'll also address how we can  we be certain of salvation and how our beliefs are similar to and different from other Christians.  Using the Bible, a workbook, the Catechism, and discussion, we'll discover real answers for tough questions, including the ones you want to ask.  This class will prepare non-members to join the church, but there is no obligation to do so.  Begins Sunday, January 12th, 2020.

Death Defying Courage
Matt Nieman + Youth Room + Ages:  6-12th grades

Are there times you wish you had more courage?  Courage to face your fears; courage to stand up for someone who is being mistreated; courage to make things right?  This Bible study is all about courage!  We will look at six Biblical people who each demonstrated courage in one situation or another.  The funny thing is none of these people would claim to have courage in and of themselves.  Their courage was a gift God gave them; a gift born of the faith the Holy Spirit created in them.  The SAME faith the Holy Spirit created in you!

Sunday Evening Senior High Bible Study
Matt Nieman + Sundays 6-7:30 pm + Youth Room

Students in grades 9-12 (and friends!) are invited to meet at church on Sunday evenings for Bible study on various topics. 

Financial Peace University
Pastor Rodriguez, Kyle & Alyssa Gentry + Thursday + 6-7:30 pm + Fellowship Hall

Class runs  January 16 - March 12, 2020

It’s time to stop worrying about money! The nine-lesson Financial Peace University (FPU) course is the proven plan to help you keep a budget, beat debt, and build wealth! Dave Ramsey and his team of financial experts teaches every lesson with biblical wisdom, and you’ll get support and encouragement along the way. FPU includes your workbook and a free year of Financial Peace Membership, an online tool kit to support your journey. Contact the church office at 812-522-3118 for more information.

WEEKLY BIBLE STUDIES

MONDAY

Gospel of Mark: The 17:18 Series
Pastor Bloch + Monday 12 pm  + Heritage Room + Begins on 1/13/20

Unique to this type of study will be the students copying their version of the Gospel of Mark into their study guides and answering questions and gaining insights along the way.  All are welcome!   The class begins on January 13, 2020.

TUESDAY

Men of Immanuel
Vicar Ronchetto + Tuesday + 7am + Fellowship Hall

Join Vicar Ronchetto on Tuesday mornings, 7 AM, in the Fellowship Hall (breakfast provided by members on a rotating basis). We will be working through the Lectionary, the Sunday readings! Year A in the Lectionary focuses on Matthew’s Gospel account. So, come and journey through the Lectionary, and especially the Gospel of Matthew, as we follow Jesus’ journey from Bethlehem to Calvary. Come and be strengthened by the Word, encouraged and supported in fellowship with your fellow brothers, and fed and nourished with some great food!

Jesus:  A Study of the Words of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
Pastor Bloch +  1, 2, 4, 5 Tuesdays from 9:30- 10:30am + Walnut Room

Begins 1/7/20

There are differences in each of the Gospel accounts. Together, the four paint a complete picture of Jesus. In Jesus: A Study of the Words of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John follow the Prince of Peace from the eternal existence of the Son of God to His glorious resurrection and ascension. This comprehensive Bible study includes 24 sessions that use passages from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to encompass Jesus’ saving mission. Invite participants to enjoy deep background information, focus on theology, and delve deeply into each Gospel.  The class begins on January 7, 2020.

LifeLight:  Wilderness Wanderings
Pastor Bloch + Walnut Room + Tuesday evenings 7:00-8:30pm + Begins 1/7/20

This study is part of the LifeLight Bible study series of in-depth studies of Bible books and examines the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The goal of LifeLight is that through a regular program of in-depth personal and group study of Scripture, more and more Christian adults may grow in their personal faith in Jesus Christ.  Topics include:  Making Offerings, Priestly Ministry, Clean and Unclean, Atonement, Holiness, Festivals, and much more.  Plan to join us and invite a Friend!

WEDNESDAY

What Do Lutherans Believe, and Why?
Pastor Bloch + Wednesday + 7:00pm + Heritage Room (203) + Begins 1/8/2020

This course will look at the essential teachings of the Bible about life, God, the world, and the future.  It provides the basic information needed for someone who is thinking about joining our church and can be a good review for members who have been here all their life.   We will look at the Bible's perspective on evil in a world God made good; how we can speak of God's creation in view of current scientific theory; and how Scriptures written long ago are reliable for us. We'll also address how we can  we be certain of salvation and how our beliefs are similar to and different from other Christians.  Using the Bible, a workbook, the Catechism, and discussion, we'll discover real answers for tough questions, including the ones you want to ask.  This class will prepare non-members to join the church, but there is no obligation to do so.  Begins Wednesday, January 8th, 2020.

Women’s Bible Study
A STUDY OF ROMANS CONTINUES: The RIGHTEOUS by FAITH Shall LIVE
Patti Miller + Wednesday + 6:30 pm + Walnut Room + Class Begins 1/8/20

The Righteous by Faith Shall Live? What does this mean? Who is Paul, and why did he write to the Church in Rome? What good is it for us today? As women loved by God, we will begin to unwrap this rich epistle and discover our unrighteousness that is covered by the Righteousness of God. We will meet each week to hear more about God’s judgment and the Law, justification, God’s everlasting love, and of living life in the Spirit. Join in to begin your study or to deepen what you may already understand about this chief book of the New Testament. Classes begin 1/8/20 

THURSDAY

Lunch with Pastor
Pastor Blomenberg + Thursdays  12 Noon  + Fellowship Hall

Whether retired or working in town, you are welcome to Lunch with Pastor on Thursdays!   We allow time for people to get here from work and return to work as they need, so our class time is from 12:15-12:45.  Bring your own lunch, if you would like.  We are currently discussing “Christianity and the Competition,” where we compare what we believe about God, salvation, heaven, and other topics to other religions, such as Islam, Mormons, Judaism, and others.  Begins 1/9/2020.

FRIDAY

Jesus:  A Study of the Words of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
Pastor Bloch +  Fridays from 10:30—11:30am + Walnut Room + Begins 1/10/20

There are differences in each of the Gospel accounts. Together, the four paint a complete picture of Jesus. In Jesus: A Study of the Words of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John follow the Prince of Peace from the eternal existence of the Son of God to His glorious resurrection and ascension. This comprehensive Bible study includes 24 sessions that use passages from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to encompass Jesus’ saving mission. Invite participants to enjoy deep background information, focus on theology, and delve deeply into each Gospel.  The class begins on January 10, 2020.

FOURTH THURSDAY

Holy Hops
Vicar Ronchetto +  Fourth Thursday + 7:00pm + Poplar Street Restaurant

Looking for a way to fellowship and study God’s Word on a weekday evening? Well look no further! We are gathering every fourth Thursday night at 7 PM at Poplar Street Restaurant (513 South Poplar Street). Come for a casual time of fellowship, conversation, and a couple beers with brothers and sisters in Christ as we focus on relevant and current issues and topics and then seeing what God’s Word has to say regarding these issues! These gatherings are open to the community, as well, so invite your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or a random person you run into at the grocery store!