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Growing Our Faith Together Over a Lifetime

As disciples of Jesus, who recognize and respond to our call to transform the world for the sake of the gospel, we are lifelong learners. We acknowledge we all come into this learning endeavor at different points from different perspectives with different beliefs, questions, doubts, and traditions. We learn as community and in community. God invites us all to wrestle through the mysteries of the scripture to discover God’s love and redemption, even when it seems confusing or contradictory. Through our lifelong learning, we are drawn into the living word of God and sent out to live our faith in the world.

Early Childhood

Birth - 2 Years Old

“Shaping a lasting foundation of faith in your child doesn’t require you to make sweeping changes to your family life - only to open up to seeing how everyday family life viewed through a faith lens and then adjusted to incorporate faith moments into these everyday times.” - Dawn Rudman

Walking Wet Parent Class

Walking Wet Parent Class

Classes for parents of newborns-2 year olds who are looking for ways to incorporate faith into their daily family routine without a lot of extra work and fulfill promises they made at their child’s baptism. 4-6 week sessions will be offered on Sunday mornings in the fall and spring.

Childhood

3 years – 5th Grade

The basic tenet of learning for this stage is "God loves you." The elements they learn during these years form the foundation of discipleship they will develop throughout the rest of their lives.

FaithTrek

Sundays 9:30-10:30 AM

FaithTrek

Sundays 9:30-10:30 AM

FaithTrek is the Sunday School/Christian Education program for 3 year olds through 5th graders. It focuses on experiential learning, asking questions and having fun. The curriculum brings scripture to life to help us grow as disciples.

FaithTrek for Preschoolers

FaithTrek Overview 2019-2020

Complete the 2019-2020 Registration Form

“We are Disciples for the Sake of the World” Video

FaithTrek Family Resource – December 2019

A FaithTrek Student and Mother Reflect on November’s Word of the Month

Vacation Bible School

Annually in the Summer

Vacation Bible School

Annually in the Summer

Experience Bible stories through crafts, games, community engagement activities, music and story – challenging kids, ages 3-5th grade, to grow in their calling as disciples of Christ.

 

 

Preschool/Elementary Youth Group and Parent Discussion Group

1st Sunday 4:30-6:00 PM

Preschool/Elementary Youth Group and Parent Discussion Group

1st Sunday 4:30-6:00 PM

Kids from ages 3 through 5th grade gather once a month to connect and build relationships as members of a faith community. There is also a learning activity or service project each month. While the kids are gathered together, parents meet to talk about issues related to their child’s faith formation.

Adolescents

6th – 8th Grade

During the adolescent, or middle school, years learning shifts the discussion to intentional conversations around how one relates through different relationship spheres and faith practices.

Middle School Learning

Sundays 9:30-10:30 AM

Middle School Learning

Sundays 9:30-10:30 AM

Our 6-8th graders gather weekly during the school year to grow in their faith as they develop their identity as disciples of Jesus Christ through prayer, Bible study, reflection on issues facing middle schoolers and visiting other faith traditions.

2019-2020 Syllabus for Middle School Learning

Complete the 2019-2020 Registration Form

Complete Your Discipleship Form for 2020

Confirmation: Dinner + Learning

1st and 3rd Wednesday 6:00-7:30 PM

Confirmation: Dinner + Learning

1st and 3rd Wednesday 6:00-7:30 PM

“Dinner + Learning” is for 7th & 8th graders and their parents/families during the school year to deepen their relationship through conversations around life issues and topics of faith from a Lutheran perspective. We eat and learn together!

Learn More About Our Confirmation Ministry

Middle School Youth Group

Monthly on Sundays

Middle School Youth Group

Monthly on Sundays

Gather monthly to connect with and learn more about fellow youth to build relationships, do service projects, engage in Bible study and grow in your discipleship.

Youth Accompaniment Experiences (Mission Trips)

Annually in the Summer

Youth Accompaniment Experiences (Mission Trips)

Annually in the Summer

A trip outside of familiar territory leads to a journey outside of comfort zones and experiencing God at the margins in life. This summer trip has more to do with how our young people are in the world and less about the projects accomplished. In the summer of 2019, our high school youth traveled to Puerto Rico and our middle school youth were in Lake Traverse, South Dakota.

Memories of Puerto Rico Accompaniment Experience

Memories of South Dakota Accompaniment Experience

Teens to Early Adulthood

High School Through College

From the teenage years to early adulthood, Christian education focuses on self-reflection and critical thinking about faith. We use language that reminds learners and educators that faith is not an individual journey, but requires accompaniment to actively engage and live our faith in the world.

High School Learning

Sundays 9:30-10:30 AM

High School Learning

Sundays 9:30-10:30 AM

So often high schoolers wrestle with how to live and use their faith in the public sphere, especially when the world presents challenges. On a weekly basis during the school year our high school youth wade through a variety of topics, including current events, cultural awareness, Bible study, God in daily life and other difficult topics.

2019-20 Syllabus

Complete the 2019-2020 Registration Form

Complete Your Discipleship Form for 2020

Confirmation: Adult Edition

1st and 3rd Wednesday 6:00-7:30 PM

Confirmation: Adult Edition

1st and 3rd Wednesday 6:00-7:30 PM

An opportunity to build relationships with other adult disciples, share and grow in faith together, instead of just learning Lutheran teachings. Learn new pieces or revisit previously learned concepts, but from an adult perspective. Your life experiences will serve as a lens through which you will experience this learning.

Overview of Confirmation: Adult Edition

High School Youth Group

Sundays 6:00-8:00 PM

High School Youth Group

Sundays 6:00-8:00 PM

Our high schoolers gather weekly during the school year for food, fun and fellowship on Sunday evenings. The evening program varies and leaves plenty of room for laughter, conversation and playing! Join us as we grow as disciples together.

LYON (Lutheran Youth of Nebraska) Retreat and Trip

Ongoing

LYON (Lutheran Youth of Nebraska) Retreat and Trip

Ongoing

Connect with Lutheran youth across Nebraska for Synod-wide activities and engagement.

Youth Accompaniment Experiences (Mission Trips)

Annually in the Summer

Youth Accompaniment Experiences (Mission Trips)

Annually in the Summer

A trip outside of familiar territory leads to a journey outside of comfort zones and experiencing God at the margins in life. This summer trip has more to do with how our young people are in the world and less about the projects accomplished. In the summer of 2019, our high school youth traveled to Puerto Rico and our middle school youth were in Lake Traverse, South Dakota.

Memories of Puerto Rico Accompaniment Experience

Memories of South Dakota Accompaniment Experience

Early Adulthood to Mature Adulthood

Beyond College

We grow in our knowledge and understanding of our faith, and our spiritual journey, to last a lifetime. We aim to appeal both to the mind and the soul, to engage and learn together, growing as disciples who serve one another and the world around us.

Confirmation: Adult Edition

1st and 3rd Wednesday 6:00-7:30 PM

Confirmation: Adult Edition

1st and 3rd Wednesday 6:00-7:30 PM

An opportunity to build relationships with other adult disciples, share and grow in faith together, instead of just learning Lutheran teachings. Learn new pieces or revisit previously learned concepts, but from an adult perspective. Your life experiences will serve as a lens through which you will experience this learning.

Overview of Confirmation: Adult Edition

Adult Forum

Sundays 9:30-10:30 AM

Adult Forum

Sundays 9:30-10:30 AM

Adult Forum is a Sunday morning learning opportunity with presentations on timely topics aimed at helping us live as caring, compassionate, open and grounded disciples in the world.

December Schedule

 

Seniors Ministry

Quarterly

Seniors Ministry

Quarterly

Seniors and retirees are a vibrant and important part of the community and considered our wise elders. The quarterly potluck lunch and program, with periodic special events, provide opportunities for fellowship, learning and serving.

Creation Care Workshops

Ongoing

Creation Care Workshops

Ongoing

God calls us to care for all of creation.Through education, awareness building and action, the Creation Care Team works to empower and equip the church to be good stewards of all God’s creation.

Spiritual Formation Workshops

Ongoing

Spiritual Formation Workshops

Ongoing

Come and deepen your spirituality. Past topics have included Prayer Beads, Prayer Flags, Praying in Color and more.

English Tutoring

Ongoing

English Tutoring

Ongoing

Partner with an English Language Learner as a English tutor/teacher on Sundays during the learning hour of 9:30-10:30 AM or during the week.

Adult Accompaniment Trips

Ongoing

Adult Accompaniment Trips

Ongoing

Join members and friends of the Nebraska Synod on a journey to the Holy Land, Tanzania, Argentina and Uruguay. Offered through the Nebraska Synod, Nebraska Synod Accompaniment and the Synod Global Mission Team.

Book Discussion

Monthly

Book Discussion

Monthly

See faith in the real world and in the lives of characters in best sellers and “everyone is reading” books. Authors and topics vary monthly.

Join the conversation on Monday, November 18, at 6:00 pm, as we dig in to A Beautiful Poison, by Lydia Kang, who is a physician in Omaha. Amazon offers this: “Just beyond the Gilded Age, in the mist-covered streets of New York, the deadly Spanish influenza ripples through the city. But with so many victims in her close circle, poisoned—and every death was accompanied by a mysterious note.”

 

Harbor Coffee Talk

Mondays 1:30-2:30 PM

Harbor Coffee Talk

Mondays 1:30-2:30 PM

Monday at The Harbor Coffeehouse (located at 1265 S. Cotner Blvd) is about faith talk. The Holy Spirit takes us where we need to go on Sunday’s text, Nebraska’s weather, current events or our joys and concerns. No reservations needed.

A Few Good Men

Tuesdays 6:30 AM

A Few Good Men

Tuesdays 6:30 AM

It’s a morning jump start with coffee, a light breakfast and man-to-man conversation about life, faith or a book they might be reading together.

Faith To Go!

2nd & 4th Wednesdays 6:30 AM

Faith To Go!

2nd & 4th Wednesdays 6:30 AM

Early risers learn from each other as they share stories of faith in daily living. Each session features a congregational member who shares life experiences and where they have seen God’s hand in their life.

Saturday with the Guys

2nd Saturday 8:00 AM

Saturday with the Guys

2nd Saturday 8:00 AM

Enjoy a light breakfast, cup of good coffee and join the discussion centered on a book, article or video clip. The discussions are open and thought provoking. Open to men of all ages.

The group is currently reading The Immortal Diamond by Richard Roth.

Women of the ELCA Circles

Monthly

Women of the ELCA Circles

Monthly

Women’s small groups, called “Circles”, meet monthly for fellowship, relationship building, projects and spiritual development. Lydia Circle meets 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 pm in a member’s home. Martha Circle meets 3rd Wednesday of month at 9:30 am at church. Esther Circle meets 3rd Thursday of month at 10:00 am at church.

Women’s Bible Study

3rd Thursday 10:30 AM

Women’s Bible Study

3rd Thursday 10:30 AM

The women’s monthly Bible study uses “Gather” magazine as the base for the study and conversation with women gathered in community to grow in faith and live their faith through ministry and action.

Bible Study Groups

Tuesdays 5:45 PM & Wednesdays 10:45 AM

Bible Study Groups

Tuesdays 5:45 PM & Wednesdays 10:45 AM

Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning studies are designed for those wanting study the Bible chapter by chapter. Conversation centers on the devotional, historical, literary and Lutheran context of the lesson. Join in anytime!

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