Study 

 

Learning Is For Everyone for  L.I.F.E!

 

We gather to discuss a variety of topics before worship every Sunday at 9:00AM.

We offer a variety of learning styles - videos, discussion, small group, informational forums.

During the school year, the adult class is generally led by the Pastor. During the Summer, informal discussion or a DVD course may be offered.

New for 2017

Faith in ACTION

(Area Churches Together In Our Neighborhoods)

Pastors Sharon Brown (Salem Wooster) and Kristy Buyok (St. Paul Smithville) are building on the shared ministry we have been doing informally over the past few years, such as seasonal worship services and bringing Crossways Bible Study to Wooster and conducting Bible studies for people beyond our Salem members (summer 2017).

Our first ‘official’ joint endeavors include a weekly gathering for all ages on Wednesdays, aka Messy Church and a weekly Table Talk* Conversation “Lutheran Questions/Lutheran Answers.”

Faith in ACTION ministries are a way to join forces and use our strengths and resources together. This is just the beginning. We are hopeful that more churches and ministries will join together in shared ministry.It’s not some big organizational flow chart. We don’t have a board, and we don’t conduct meetings - We are just two pastors who love Jesus who want to find the best ways to invite people into his story.

Below is our current shared ministry schedule with St. Paul Lutheran Church in Smithville.Check the back of this sheet and the Resource Table in the Narthex for more details.

Sunday @ 9:00am - Adult Sunday School
@ Salem Lutheran

Tuesday @ 6:30pm - Crossways Bible Study
@ St. Paul in Smithville (could move to Zion or Salem in the spring)

Wednesday @ 5:30pm - Messy Church - for ALL AGES!
@ St. Paul in Smithville (see below for details)

Thursday @ 6:00pm - Table Talk Faith Conversations led by P. Sharon
@ Gathering Grounds Coffee House

Messy Church: What is it?

It is a movement that started in England.

It gives people a chance to engage with the stories of faith in a new way. Some people connect to a story through spoken word or sung music while others encounter a story in a new way when it is presented with hand-on activities and small group prayer.

It is a chance for people who do not have a formal church worship background to encounter God through Scripture story and community.

Jesus gave us the Great Commission to baptize and share the story of Christ with all. Messy Church is a chance to share that story with people who may not have heard.

St. Paul will offer Messy Church starting on September 20th

Wednesday meal at 5:30
- Messy Church at 6:00

This is for all ages! Young and old, single and families together - Generations in faith together! This gathering will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church - 777 South Summit Street in Smithville and the program director is Pastor Kristy Buyok. Pastor Sharon will serve in a leadership capacity, along with other volunteers. This is OUR ministry together - sharing our gifts across our two communities of faith. It is the recommended Christian Education option for families with children. We hope you will join us. Dinner and activities are prepared for you! All you need do is “show up” and enjoy fellowship and fun!


G.I.F.T - GROWING IN FAITH TOGETHER

Life-Long Learning is Cross-Generational

Our Learning is Traditional

Just being in worship, children will hear the major stories from the Old and New Testament.

We continue to seek out resources to support parents in continuing faith conversations in their homes. See Resources tab on this page.

New for 2017 - Faith in ACTION (
Area Churches Together In Our Neighborhoods)

Pastors Sharon Brown (Salem Wooster) and Kristy Buyok (St. Paul Smithville) are building on the shared ministry we have been doing informally over the past few years, such as seasonal worship services and bringing Crossways Bible Study to Wooster and conducting Bible studies for people beyond our Salem members (summer 2017). Our first ‘official’ joint endeavors include a weekly gathering for all ages on Wednesdays, aka Messy Church and a weekly Table Talk* Conversation “Lutheran Questions/Lutheran Answers.”

Faith in ACTION ministries are a way to join forces and use our strengths and resources together. This is just the beginning. We are hopeful that more churches and ministries will join together in shared ministry.It’s not some big organizational flow chart. We don’t have a board, and we don’t conduct meetings - We are just two pastors who love Jesus who want to find the best ways to invite people into his story.

Below is our current shared ministry schedule with St. Paul Lutheran Church in Smithville.Check the back of this sheet and the Resource Table in the Narthex for more details.

Sunday @ 9:00am - Adult Sunday School
@ Salem Lutheran

Tuesday @ 6:30pm - Crossways Bible Study
@ St. Paul in Smithville (could move to Zion or Salem in the spring)

Wednesday @ 5:30pm - Messy Church - for ALL AGES!
@ St. Paul in Smithville

Thursday @ 6:00pm - Table Talk Faith Conversations led by P. Sharon
@ Gathering Grounds Coffee House

Messy Church: What is it?

St. Paul will offer Messy Church starting on September 20th

Wednesday meal at 5:30
- Messy Church at 6:00

This is for all ages! Young and old, single and families together - Generations in faith together! This gathering will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church - 777 South Summit Street in Smithville and the program director is Pastor Kristy Buyok. Pastor Sharon will serve in a leadership capacity, along with other volunteers. This is OUR ministry together - sharing our gifts across our two communities of faith. It is the recommended Christian Education option for families with children. We hope you will join us. Dinner and activities are prepared for you! All you need do is “show up” and enjoy fellowship and fun!

What is the Narrative Lectionary?


The Narrative Lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. On the Sundays from September through May each year the texts follow the sweep of the biblical story, from Creation through the early Christian church. During the Summer months, the pastor chooses a particular theme or book of the Bible to focus on.

The texts show the breadth and variety of voices within Scripture. They invite people to hear the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the prophets, Jesus, and Paul. Listening to the many different voices within Scripture enriches preaching and the life of faith.

Daily devotional readings are listed in the weekly bulletin insert, and available on a number of blogs. (During Sept - May)


Daily Reading

FIND Devotional Blog or Daily Devotions at the links below (Available September - May):

Toward a Sane Faith

Daily Devotions


faith formation

HOW DO WE NAVIGATE A LIFE OF FAITH?

PREPARATION FOR BAPTISM and LIVING OUR FAITH

Our commitment to Life-Long Learning is summed up in 4 easily memorized words related to our mission statement, that also guide our faith formation and learning.

Believing – Hearing (God’s Story/My Story)
Belonging – Sharing God’s Grace - (Promises)
Becoming – Praying for God’s Guidance (Life with God)
Beyond Belief – Serving God’s Children

Course titles may change, but all classes and fellowship groups fit into one (or more) of the categories described below. Talk with Pastor about which of these study groups would be the best fit for where you are in your spiritual journey and your desire to join in the mission of Salem Lutheran. Those classes that are ongoing are marked with an asterisk. The others are offered periodically, either during the Sunday School hour, or in other formats to accommodate a variety of schedules.

God's Story/My Story - Reflect on your own story and the biblical story. Bring your questions about God, faith, and the church as you seek to find meaning in your life. Forming or joining a Faith Life Group is also a great way to engage your questions in community.

Promises (part 1) - For those preparing for baptism or affirmation of baptism. This class explores the baptismal covenant, reflecting on what God promises through baptism and what the believer's response in faith is to be. This is also the class for parents desiring baptism for their children.

Promises (part 2) - For those preparing for their first communion or who wish to join our community of faith. This class explores the covenant of the Lord's Supper (aka Eucharist), reflecting on what God promises through this holy meal of community and our response to those promises. This is also a helpful class for parents of children preparing for first communion or who seek resources about communion for their younger children.

Life with God* - Reflect on the Christian life: worship, service, prayer, mission and community. Discussion based on scripture, particularly in study of the scripture readings used in Sunday worship from the Narrative Lectionary. This may happen in a Faith Life Groups, Sunday School or other traditional class.

Beyond Belief - Participants reflect on the sacraments of baptism and communion, and on the mystery and meaning of Christ's death and resurrection. How do these events shape your life and empower you for ministry in daily life? This may also include spiritual gifts discernment and opportunities for ministry as you live out baptism in relationships in your daily life.

Current Classes


Table Talk Bible Study returns September 22nd on Tuesdays at 6:00pm!

We will meet at Gathering Grounds 131 N Market St. We will look at questions of faith using a variety of resources, beginning with "Lutheran Questions, Lutheran Answers" by Martin Marty. No need to purchase a book. We will spend about an hour talking about how to be in the world as a follower of Jesus.

Promises (part 1) - This class explores the baptismal covenant, reflecting on what God promises through baptism and what the believer's response in faith is to be. This is also the class for parents desiring baptism for their children or those preparing for baptism or affirmation of baptism.

Promises (part 2) - This class explores the covenant of the Lord's Supper (aka Eucharist), reflecting on what God promises through this holy meal of community and our response to those promises. This is also a helpful class for parents of children preparing for first communion or who seek resources about communion for their younger children and for those who wish to join our community of faith or learn more about sacraments in the life of the congregation.


RETURNING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th -- Pr. Landis Coffman will be leading the second year of Crossways, beginning with the time between the Old and New Testament, and the New Testament. Location will be St. Paul Lutheran in Smithville - Tuesdays @ 6:30.



Sunday Mornings @ 9:00AM - Adult/High School and Up - Sunday School!
Starting September 17 - Genesis to Revelation - Great Courses with Craig Koester. These 30 minute video presentations will help fill in the scripture we will be talking about in worship - at least through the Old Testament. Join us!

LIVING THE WORD

 

WOMEN OF FAITH meet Wednesdays @ 10am for fellowship, conversation and service.


FAITH/LIFE GROUPS: Community is so important to your spiritual life.

Find a group with similar interests – or start a group. Use the “Living the Word” small group study on the readings from the Narrative Lectionary, or a book you’ve been meaning to read. Pastor also has a number of resources to recommend.

In Faith/Life Groups ...

  • You Share God’s Grace - talk about what's going on in your lives.
  • You Hear God’s Word - Studying the Bible, a book, a video series, etc.
  • You Pray for God’s Guidance –you pray for one another.
  • You Serve Together – serve where you see a need in your community.
  • You Play Together - Every 4-6 weeks have a fun event!
Daily and Sunday Readings / reflections / devotions

Daily Reading

Faith Link:
RECEIVE a daily text with a link to daily devotions
Join here: https://www.remind.com/join/slcdaily

Or visit Devotional Blogs using the links below:
Toward a Sane Faith - based on the Sunday Readings during the program year.

Daily Devotions from ClergyStuff
(follows the readings in our bulletin inserts September - May; summer readings may not match up)




General BIBLE Resources

Enter the Bible
- a resource from Luther Seminary

Who is Enter the Bible for?

If you want to grow in your faith, add depth to your Bible study or truly discover the people, places and events in the Bible, then this resource is for you. You may have studied the Bible for years. Or you may a new reader. Either way you'll find information that will deepen your understanding of the Bible.

This resource is

  • Designed to help you to understand more about the Bible and how it relates to your faith and life.
  • Written by Luther Seminary faculty. It's information you can trust.
  • Contains information and context for your group study or personal devotions.

Explore the Bible Project

The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. We create videos, podcasts, and study guides that explore the Bible’s unified story.

The Bible is a divine-human book that speaks God’s word to his people. We believe it ultimately points us to Jesus, who has the power to change individuals and whole communities when we let the biblical story speak for itself.

We focus on the Bible's overarching themes and each book’s literary design and are committed to understanding the Bible in its historical context.

Vibrant Faith @ Home
-supports families who are intentional about their faith and religious practice as they raise the next generation of committed Christians.

Their goal is to equip and empower households to:

  • TALK with each other about their faith
  • REACH OUT in service and support of others.
  • RITUALIZE their important moments
  • PRAY together in ways that are comfortable and comforting

The resources on Vibrant Faith @ Home are free, and you you do not need to log in to download the activities.

More than 60 faith activities are published each season -- spring, summer, fall, and winter. This resource is not connected to the Narrative Lectionary readings. Wander around the site and click on what interests you.

Table Talk


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