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 4:00 PM to 5:10 PM (October thru May)

    Confirmation classes will resume on Monday, October 17th

    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

    Grit and Grace: Six Heroic Women of the Bible

    A bible study on Miriam, Deborah, Ruth, Esther, Susannah, and Judith

    Thursdays @ 2:30 PM on Zoom

    Begins January 4th 2024, concludes on February 8th

    Although there are no books in the New Testament named for women, there are in Old Testament or Hebrew Bible. These women, and others, disprove the notion that only guys get to be heroes, have adventures, and make their mark in salvation history. These women kick aside every stereotype. Wily and clever, brave and bold, they include among them a prophetess or two, an army leader, and a princess. Their stories--some which are familiar and some which may new to us--will help us get a picture of what it looks like to say "yes" to God in our own time and place and that women are part of the greatest story ever told.

    To join the conversation or to receive the recorded version of the session, contact pastor Susan at htlchhpastor@gmail.com