We believe that Christian Education is a vital part of being a disciple of Jesus.  To follow Jesus is to learn from his example of love that he has for the world, but it is also a call to be in community with other Christians.  Just as the disciples formed relationships with Jesus, they also formed relationships with one another and supported each other as they proclaimed the gospel in the world.  We, too, at St. James gather together not only in worship, but also in a community to learn more about God, more about faith, and more about one another.

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Adult Forum Series

The Series is being led by Laura Trombley and Pastor Martha, and is following worship service on Sundays.

Time will be given for all to join fellowship in the Narthex, and then we will gather back in the Sanctuary to begin a new and exciting study.  We have chosen a curriculum entitled “Faith Link” with a new topic either each week or every few weeks.  Faith Link connects our faith to the serious issues that make the headlines each week to fun topics such as “Fifty Years of Mr. Rogers.”  In other words, you won’t want to miss a single a week and risk missing an exciting conversation.

Come add your thoughts to our collection as we as we continue to learn this upcoming Sunday!

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Thursday Book Study

The Thursday Study Group meets the first Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm.

This year we begin with the great East/West Schism that happened in 1054.  At that time ‘the church’ history becomes mostly European as the Roman church moves to sending missionaries north and west and the Greek church concentrates on the eastern world of the time.  William the Conqueror of Normandy takes England in 1066 and it is not long before the greatest theologian of the time, Anselm, become the Bishop of Canterbury.  We will also discuss how the first Crusade that was meant to unite the church, created many of the problems with other faiths that we have today.  Our reference books this year will be The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History by Curtis Land and Petersen and Turning Points by Mark A. Noll as well as other sources.  Please plan to join us.

Please plan to join us on the first Thursday of each month.

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Pub Theology

Do you have questions about life, or faith, or God?  Are you afraid to ask them in church?  Are you looking for a community of people who will gather around you and wrestle with those tough questions?  If you answered yes, then we invite you to check out Pub Theology.  We talk about questions and matters of faith in a bar over drinks and food, and we invite you to come and join us.  We meet the first and third Tuesdays of the month at The Grand River Marketplace.  Contact the Church Office for more information, or click on this link.

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Confirmation

Confirmation meets the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 3:30 pm and rotates between St James, Immanuel Lutheran Church and Christ Lutheran Church.

Confirmation is a two-year period of instruction for youth usually in 7th and 8th grades (though some students can be younger or older).  St. James joins with our two sister congregations Christ Lutheran Church in Michigan Center and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Jackson to form what we call CSI:  Confirmation.

The material alternates each year, so each student will have the chance to learn it all. Last year, we focused on the Bible and its relevance for our Christian life. This year, we’ll cover the Small Catechism, including the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostle’s Creed, and the sacraments of baptism and communion.

At the end of their second year, students go through the Rite of Confirmation at a special worship service where they affirm their baptism, share a Bible verse that reflects their faith, receive the prayers and support of the church, and are welcomed as adult members.

For more information, please contact the Church Office.

 

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