FAITH FORMATION & EDUCATION

No RSVP needed for any Faith Formation activities. You are always welcome to join us!
FIRST SUNDAYS ADULT EDUCATION  | 1st Sundays (as scheduled) | 11am-12 noon | Parlor
All ages are welcome to join us on the 1st Sunday of the month from 11am-12pm from October through May to learn, discuss and reflect on topics important to us as Christians including Bible studies, other religions, our Lutheran heritage, social issues and more. Come as you are able, no registration is needed.  All classes will be held in the Parlor following coffee hour.  
Coffee and hot water for tea will be provided. Childcare will be provided by request. Please contact the church office at 763-537-8481 or email Ann Tranvik at ann.tranvik@gmail.com by the Friday prior to the class.
  • December 3: Luther and Christmas
Presenter: Dr. Mark Tranvik, Augsburg College
Martin Luther loved the Christmas story and preached on it many times.  In this class we will look at how Luther made this familiar tale come alive in his preaching and teaching.  You will never look at Mary, Joseph, the angels, the shepherds, and Herod in the same way!
 
  • January 7, 2018: Parables 2.0 – Mathew 20: 1-16 or Bob Mondavi Manages a Vineyard
Presenter: Rev. Mark Hallonquist

In this session we will hear Jesus’ greatest parable about God and God’s grace – that grace is unmerited and unconditional. His parable also reveals our human nature to welcome grace for ourselves, and be resentful of grace given to others we deem “unworthy.”

 
  • February 4, 2018: Is Christianity the One True Religion? Exploring Some Theological Options
Presenter: Dr. Demian Wheeler, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

We live in a religiously pluralistic world, and America continues to grow more and more interreligious with the passing of time. How should Christians think about and practice their faith in relation to the other faiths?

  • March 4, 2018: Parables 2.0 – Mathew 20: 1-16 or Bob Mondavi Manages a Vineyard
Presenter: Rev. Mark Hallonquist

The myth of “the adolescent” has led us to believe certain stereotypes about youth are inevitable – they are undeveloped, they don’t know who they are, they are selfish, they are materialistic, etc. These stereotypes force society and the church into certain practices that perpetuate this myth and leave our youth in bondage to our low expectations. A vocational, rather than developmental, understanding of our youth is needed to liberate our young people.

  • April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday – No class
  • May 6, 2018: The Fabulous Five: Genesis to Deuteronomy
Presenter: Dr. Hollie Holt Woehl, Luther Seminary

Come and learn about the first five books in the Old Testament. The class will introduce you to the founding concepts of our Christian faith as we learn about God and God working in creation and in the lives of God’s people.

PHILOSOPHERS’ BOOK CLUB | We are taking a break and will return in January 2018. Watch for schedule.
One definition of theology is “faith seeking understanding”. There is a movement toward the “life of the mind” in Christian churches across the country where we explore our world and our theology, trying to integrate new knowledge into our faith life and our understanding.

In past years we have read authors like Marcus Borg, C.S. Lewis, Phillip Yancey, N.T. Wright, Elias Chacour, John Walton, Pope Francis, Michelle Alexander…the list goes on. We cover a broad spectrum of Christian and secular thought.

We meet most Sundays at 11:00 after church (and donuts) in the Fireside Room where we have very casual conversations. We read about 50 – 75 pages per week and cover a book in four or five sessions. And, about the name of the group; “philosophy” comes from the Greek, meaning “love of wisdom”, which sort of describes our motivation. Please join us for some great conversations.

Questions or information on our Philosophers Book List 2017, contact Harald Eriksen at h.eriksen@comcast.net
ELIM BIBLE STUDY | Every Thursday at 9:30am (schedules may adjust during Easter & Christmas months)
Located in our Reception Room, led by Pastor Marcia Rosa.
BIRDTOWN THEOLOGY PUB | Meet every 4th Thursdays at 7:00pm
NEW LOCATION – Broadway Pizza in Robbinsdale
An “Elim facilitated, not Elim owned” discussion group that takes place in a secular setting to help folks feel more at ease. If you want to talk about God or just listen, if you feel like you’re not “good enough” for church or that church isn’t right for you, if you think life’s messy, if you have a lot of questions, if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, if you just want some conversation … Birdtown Theology Pub hopes you will be a part of their group. Birdtown Theology Pub meets at 7pm every 4th Thursday at Broadway Pizza in Robbinsdale. Check out our feature on the local cable channel here.  For more info: Contact Harald Eriksen at h.eriksen@comcast.net.
WOMEN’S CIRCLES
Small-group Bible studies where the women of Elim gather to share word and ministry. The circles are part of the community of women in the ELCA. They meet once a month, September – May.
How to join: All women are welcome to visit one or more circles at any time. Just call the Chair of the Circle you are interested in attending. There is a directory of all Circle Chairs in the church foyer. Or feel free to call the church office at 763-537-8481.