Education

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd offers Christian education programs for children through adults.


Please select any of the following topics for more information on individual programs…

Sunday School

Sunday School is available for ages 3 years old through high school. Classes run from 10:15am to  11:15am Sunday mornings September to May.        

All are welcome!

Registration and signed Medical Release Forms are required for all children, even if they have attended in the past.

Program Goals

Tie God’s Word and the teachings of Martin Luther into the daily lives of the children; guide the children to grow and live in faith; teach of God’s love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ; and walk alongside parents and support them in this important responsibility.

Curriculum

The curriculum is customized to meet the specific needs of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. The weekly lessons follow the ELCA Lectionary and Luther’s Small Catechism.  Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade will usually study the same Bible stories taught in worship service.  Families can then share the lesson and grow in faith together as individuals and families.

In addition to a weekly Bible story, the children will learn Lutheran traditions and beliefs through discussion, games, and activities. They will continue to review and build on their knowledge each year.

Class Locations

  • Preschool — basement below the A-Frame
  • Kindergarten-2nd Grade — basement below the offices
  • 3rd-5th Grades — basement below the sanctuary
  • 6th-8th Grades — basement below the sanctuary
  • High School — A-Frame

For more information contact Lori Wilson.

Adult Education

Adult Education spans a wide array of topics. Adult Ed classes are offered during the school year (September through May) on Sunday mornings during the Sunday School hour (10:15-11:30) as well as at other times during the week. Check back for information on future offerings.

Ongoing Classes & Bible Study

Select any of these topics to learn more…

Route 66

Pastor Steve teaches a two year overview of the Bible. We cover an average of one book of the Bible each week. Class is held Thursday 10:00-11:30 am September to May with breaks for holidays. Call the office for details.

Suggested Readings:  Understanding the Bible by Stephen Harris (This is a college textbook.  Used copies and older editions work fine.  The book provides more in-depth consideration of the material we cover in class).

Route 66 New Testament recordings 

The Bible Study is currently finishing the Old Testament.

Pastor Steve created a New Testament Timeline you can download it here.  NT timeline

Below are audio recordings of last year’s Old Testament classes.  Just click and listen.  If you need the file to download to your own device please send Pastor Steve an email and he will work with you to make it available.

 (Right-click on the link above to save file to your computer. How to get MP3 files to play on your iPad)

King's Men

The King’s Men is a weekly Bible study group that meets on Thursdays at 9am. All men are welcome!

Spiritual Practices

Pastor Kay teaches participants to delve deeper into meditative practices to enrich their private spiritual lives. Sessions are Tuesdays at 12:00pm, Contact Pastor Kay if you are interested.

WELCA Circles

The Women of the ELCA (WELCA) sponsors circles (small groups) for women to gather for fellowship and Bible study.

Circles are Bible study groups for women of all ages. The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd currently has nine circles, most meeting once/month (except one that meets every Friday morning before work). Circles meet in the church or in homes or other places in the community. All women are welcome to join these groups.

Most study from the monthly “Gather” magazine. Extra copies of this magazine can be found by the women’s bulletin board near the bathrooms in the narthex. Please feel free to use the magazine for the meeting, then return it so others may be able to explore this same possibility.

A list of the circles (when and where they meet, and a contact person for each) is posted on the women’s bulletin board.  Try out a circle and see what you think!  All women are invited!

If you think you would like to join a circle, let someone in that circle know, and the LCGS Women will give you a free one-year subscription to the “Gather” magazine! Hope to see you there!

Confirmation Classes

Confirmation begins at Grade 7 and is completed in the fall of the 9th grade year.  Held on Wednesdays, students can choose the 3:40-4:40 p.m class with a snack or the 6:00-7:30 p.m class that begins with dinner.  Contact Pastor Kay Wittman or call 656-1080 with any questions.