2023 Summer Learning Opportunities

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Too Busy NOT To Pray by Bill Hybels
(3 sessions) Tuesday, July 11, 18, and 25 at 6:30 pm
Leaders: St. John’s Congregation Council | Location: St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Most of us have trouble finding time to pray. There’s church and school and neighborhood and job and friends and recreation. And then the crisis hits! Time for prayer seems impossible to find. Hybels made the hard discovery that prayer doesn’t happen on the run. He decided he was too busy NOT to pray. The ideas in this practical book can help us to learn to slow down to be with God as well.

Reclaiming the “L” Word – Renewing the Church from Its Lutheran Core by Kelly A. Fryer
(2 sessions) Thursday, July 27 and August 3 at 6:30 pm
Leaders: Pastor Bob, Becky Scheiry, and Shannon Omlor | Location: St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Fryer is persuaded that the Lutheran Church has much to offer the searching people of our day. It does not need to dumb down its tradition, suppress its sacraments, nor adjust itself to the prevailing winds of the latest religious fad in America. It should rather wake up to use the treasures that it has. Readers will hear echoes of Martin Luther in this book, and not simply in the area of theological content. Fryer speaks with the same fresh directness with which Luther’s treatises of 1519 and 1520 spoke to a generation of European Christians who were longing for reform, but had almost given up hope for a credible renewal of the church.

Praying for the Whole World – A Handbook for Intercessors by Gail Ramshaw
(3 sessions) Tuesday, August 8, 15, and 22 at 6:30 pm
Leader: Ros Moatz | Location: St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
In the intercessions, the assembly asks God to respond to the needs of the whole world. Through these petitions, worshipers enact their baptismal calling to intercede for the well-being of all things. In many congregations, laypersons prepare the prayers of intercession. In this concise, charming, down to earth handbook, Ramshaw proposes seven steps, from Monday through Sunday, to assist our crafting of the prayers of the faithful.

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
(3 sessions) Thursday, August 10, 17, and 24 at 6:30 pm
Leader: Brian Moatz | Location: St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Chambers’ devotional book will deepen your love and understanding of God. Over the decades, millions have found the words of Oswald Chambers speaking right to them, challenging, and encouraging individual readers to be the person God designed them to be. We will use his masterwork, which provides 366 thought-provoking, scripture-based meditations. Let them ignite your passion for Christ each day of the year.

Becoming Barnabas – A Ministry of Coming Alongside by Robert E. Logan & Tara Miller
(2 sessions) Tuesday, September 19 and 26 at 6:30 pm
Leader: Pastor Bob | Location: Conference Room

This book is about the Barnabases in our world: the people who are instrumental in developing others, the people we haven’t heard of, the people who are rarely in the spotlight themselves but make that spotlight a reality for others. By learning about the quiet but tremendous power of Barnabas ministry, you can make a difference for the Kingdom of God.


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