What is faith formation? Welcoming questions of all sorts.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds,

so that you may discern what is the will of God--what is good and acceptable and perfect.

The Apostle Paul to the Romans (12:2)


Too often theology or "talk about God" is viewed as stuff for hermits and marooned shipwreck victims. When there's nothing else to do, then is the time to ask abstract questions about God. Such a notion would have exasperated the apostle Paul. To him, theology was worthless unless it made a difference in how people lived. Paul did not live as an intellectual recluse. He applied his theology to life, a.k.a. practicing what he preached. In fact, the lofty book of Romans was written while he was also raising money for famine victims in Jerusalem (see Romans 15:25-27).


Martin Marty, pastor and Lutheran church historian, has stated: "Christian faith has to do less with what you know and more with whom you know, namely, God and God in Jesus Christ." And yet, the "what" of Christian knowledge also matters greatly because all kinds of stories, events, memories, doctrines, and programs enrich the faith. In faith as in the rest of life, a person grows in knowledge by asking questions.


Therefore, as Lutherans, we welcome questions of all sorts from every generation. 


Faith formation for everyone . . .


  • Confirmation

    A new Confirmation curriculum from Sparkhouse . . .

    Collaborate* is fearless faith formation . . . for 6th to 8th grade youth.

    Mondays from 7:00 PM to 8:10 PM (October thru May)


    Parent-Student Orientation: Monday, October 4th, 2021

    Confirmation classes will resume on Monday, October 11th, 2021

    Click on the Winking Luther to view the schedule.


    *A two-year commitment to hands-on interactive learning that leads to deep engagement with the Bible, church history, and Lutheran theology.

  • Bible Study

    Heaven and Hell--A bible study

    What scripture says and doesn't say about the afterlife.

    Thursdays @ 2:00 PM on Zoom

    Begins September 30th, October* 7, 14, 28, November 4, 11

    *No class on October 21st


    The language of heaven and hell reminds us that we are part

    of God’s grand scheme. God takes our lives and actions and

    our relationships seriously enough to consider them and give

    us feedback—feedback that will help us to grab hold of eternal life, 

    here and now and forever. 

     

    Here are just some of the questions we will consider in this five-week bible study beginning Thursday, September 30th:   If you grew up Christian, how important was an afterlife to the form of Christianity that you learned in childhood? How important is an afterlife to your present understanding of Christianity, the gospel, and the Christian message? Is it possible to believe that there is “a heaven” and reject the belief that there is “a hell”? What cultural and pop-theology images of heaven and hell have taken over the biblical teaching about the afterlife? Just what does the bible say about heaven and hell and what do Lutheran’s mean when they confess that Jesus “descended to hell”?


    *To join us for this bible study, please email Pastor Susan at HTLCHHPastor@gmail.com


  • Joyful Noise Worship Service

    2nd Sundays of each month @ Noon

    Click on the icon to see more information about this family worship service