New Fall Classes

Wednesday Night Adult Forums and 7th Grade Confirmands learn together - beginning Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m., in the Den. Pastor Jeff will spend the first 15 minutes (6:30-6:45) setting the stage for each session in the Den with the Adults, while all 7th grade confirmation students attend an opening worship in the sanctuary. Then, 6:45 – 7:15, the Adults will be joined by our 7th grade confirmands as Pastor Jeff shares the main teaching points for the evening. And finally, 7:15 – 7:30, the confirmands will break into small group discussion with their Shepherds, and Adults will step across the hall into the Friendship Room for 15-30 minutes, small group discussion – facilitated by Pastor Jeff and/or Pastor John. The topics for the first two weeks are: 
•    Sept. 19 “An Introduction to the Bible”
•    Sept. 26 “Beginnings/Creation” (Genesis 1&2)

Thursday Night “Fireside Forums” The first "Fireside Forum" will be held in the Friendship Room on Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Pastor John Christopherson will offer a forum on "The Two Fathoms of Mark Twain."

Augustana University President, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, will present her previously announced Forum on Thursday evening, Nov. 15, addressing the question of what it means to be a Christian university in the 21st century - especially in a time that is so emotionally and politically charged ... when "the civil are no longer religious and the religious are no longer civil" (Martin Marty).

Adult Scripture First. Classes will be held at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m., but due to changes with our Sunday morning fellowship time, Scripture First for Adults will be held in the Friendship Room, downstairs next to the choir rehearsal room. Teachers include First Lutheran pastors, as well as Luther House of Study teachers and students. 

Coming in October: Veritas Lecture Series. Lectures will be held Thursdays, Oct. 4 and Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Dr. Stephen Paulson will be addressing what Martin Luther calls “the two monsters” of theology; namely, evil and predestination.

Read more in the September issue of First Word. 
 

Daily Readings

Revised Common Lectionary (Year B)

Sun., 9/16 Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 116, James 3:1-12, Mark 8:27-38

Mon., 9/17 Psalm 119:169-176; 1 Kings 13:1-10; Romans 3:9-20

Tue., 9/18 Psalm 119:169-176; 1 Kings 13:11-25; Col 3:1-11

Wed., 9/19 Psalm 119:169-176; Isaiah 10:12-20; John 7:25-36

Thu., 9/20 Psalm 54; Judges 6:1-10; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Fri., 9/21 Psalm 54; 1 Kings 22:24-40; Romans 11:25-32

Sat., 9/22 Psalm 54; 2 Kings 17:5-18; Matthew 23:29-39

Sun., 9/23 Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalm 54; James 3:13–4:3, 7-8a;
Mark 9:30-37

Mon., 9/24 Psalm 139:1-18; 2 Kings 5:1-14; James 4:8-17

Tue., 9/25 Psalm139:1-18; 2 Kings 11:21-12:16; James 5:1-6

Wed., 9/26 Psalm 139:1-18; Jeremiah 1:4-10; John 8:21-38

Thu., 9/27 Psalm 19:7-14; Exodus 18:13-27; Acts 4:13-31

Fri., 9/28 Psalm 19:7-14; Deuteronomy 1:1-18; Acts 12:20-25

Sat., 9/29 Psalm 19:7-14; Deut 27:1-10; Matthew 5:13-20

Sun., 9/30 Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Psalm 19:7-14;
James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50

Mon., 10/1 Psalm 5; Zechariah 6:9-15; 1 Peter 1:3-9

Tue., 10/2 Psalm 5; Zechariah 8:18-23; 1 John 2:18-25

Wed., 10/3 Psalm 5; Zechariah 10:1-12; Matthew 18:6-9

Thu., 10/4 Psalm 8; Genesis 20:1-18; Galatians 3:23-29

Fri., 10/5 Psalm 8; Genesis 21:22-34; Romans 8:1-11

Sat., 10/6 Psalm 8; Genesis 23:1-20; Luke 16:14-18

Sun., 10/7 Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 8; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12;
Mark 10:2-16