Faith Formation


Christian education is important to Lutherans, everywhere. Gethsemane Lutheran Church offers many education opportunities for members of all ages - from preschool to adult. These study opportunities help us to grow in our relationship with God, ourselves, and with others in our lives.

Our Faith Formation Team's Sunday School teachers lead these groups, with the exception of Confirmation study. Pastor CJ teaches that group of students who are preparing for confirmation.

Bible Study and other study groups are these:

Ruth Bible Study

All women of the congregation are welcome to attend Ruth Bible Study. The group meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at members' homes, and the locations rotate. Be sure to check the calendar for the current location, or call the church office.

Our study materials come from "Lutheran Women Today." Materials are provided at each study group meeting.

Miriam Bible Study

All Gethsemane Church women are welcome to attend Miriam Bible Study. We meet on the third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Meeting locations rotate among members' homes. For the current month's location, check either the calendar, or call the church office.

We use "Lutheran Women Today" for our study materials. Materials are provided.

Daily Discipleship

Each Thursday, members of the congregation are invited to gather at church at 9:30 a.m. to study the current Sunday morning's gospel reading.

The group is open to anyone who wants to attend, and is group led. The purpose of the study group is to encourage us, through study, prayer, and fellowship, wherever we are in our faith journey, to follow Jesus daily.

Men's Bible Study

The men of Gethsemane Lutheran Church gather every Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the church library, where they study the current Sunday morning Gospel reading, while enjoying coffee and (occasionally) a roll and the fellowship of other men.

Youth Sunday School

Our seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-grade students meet at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday in the youth room to explore God’s love and light in their lives. They use Bible study materials from Daily Discipleship and Faith Lens. The group is led by one of our Sunday school teachers.

Children's Sunday School

Our students of preschool, kindergarten, and elementary age meet every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. during the school year in the youth room for Bible Study from Spark and Connect.

They also enjoy arts and crafts projects, music – and FUN! – as they grow in their knowledge and understanding of God's Word.

Confirmation Class

Pastor CJ leads seventh, eighth, and ninth-grade who are preparing for Confirmation. They meet every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. during the school year. Throughout the three years of study, students study the entire Bible, as well as Luther's Small Catechism, and they participate in a variety of service opportunities.

Students publicly affirm their faith on Reformation Sunday in the Fall of their 10th-grade year.