Christian Education at Emmanuel Lutheran
The Mission Statement of the Christian Education Committee is "to provide educational opportunities for spiritual growth to all who would hear the Word... [with] programs for children, youth and adults that proclaim the Good News, go beyond cultural boundaries, and challenge all to walk humbly with our Lord in gratitude, witness and hope as true disciples of our Lord."
The Christian Education program at Emmanuel provides educational programs for both children and adults. We have a variety of opportunities for every need and we illustrate education in all its forms, from hands-on learning to intentional study. Our program schedules change throughout the year, so please contact the Church Office if you have any questions.
Christian Education for Youth
Sunday School is held throughout the school year at Emmanuel on Sunday mornings from 10:00 am until 10:50 am.
We offer have a two-year program of activities for our younger children, ages 2-4. For kids in pre-kindergarten up to 5th grade, we utilize the Spark lectionary curriculum that makes use of each Sunday's Bible readings. For our older youth, the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade class focuses their studying on Bible ancestors. The High School class curriculum is centered around Bible readings, with additional service-oriented activities that are designed to enrich both the youth and the community.
Confirmation is a two-year program geared toward 7th and 8th graders. They spend one year on Bible study and another year on study of Luther’s Small Catechism and Lutheran Theology. Confirmands also participate in retreats, outreach activities and field trips. If you have questions about the confirmation program at Emmanuel, or to register, please contact the Church Office.
Throughout the year we enrich our Christian education with special Sunday school programs during the Spring and at Christmas and Easter. We also plan special activities for to engage entire families in strengthening our Christian learning. Lastly, we have a Milestone Program that seeks to recognize significant events in the lives of children and youth of Emmanuel.
Christian Education for Adults
The Sunday Morning Adult Forum provides the opportunity to discuss freely in a Christian context a variety of issues and topics of interest. You are invited to express and share your concerns, thoughts, and insights on local and world issues as well as ethical and moral ones. Join us at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning in the Fellowship Hall for a lively, far-ranging discussion of ideas, views, concerns, news events, books, articles, cartoons, and anything you feel influences our lives as Christians.
The Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study meets in the Parlor at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday morning. Using the text of the Bible as a study guide, the group looks at prayer in the Bible by analyzing the ten different prayers that are taught in the Bible. Feel free to bring your own Bible, or pick one up from the shelves in the Parlor, and come join the study.
Wednesday Morning Bible Studies, led by Pastor Lookingbill, ususallybegin at 10:30 AM and are followed by a brown bag luncheon--it's bring your sandwich! Typically one book from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament are studied each year.
Wednesday Evening Studies are led by Pastor Lookingbill and usually feature a close look at a book chosen for the particular multiple-week study. The evenings begin with a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m., following the study discussion at 7:30 p.m.