What Do You Think of Confirmation?

luthers-small-catechismThis week we’ve been talking a lot about the catechism, particularly as it’s used in confirmation.  I’ll mention a few interesting things from the week, but I’d like to ask you some questions this week and get some feedback on confirmation. [Read more…]

Forever Young is Sponsoring Lunch

  forever youngForever Young is going to St. Matthew Lutheran Church for a Meet & Greet. We will serving lunch on Saturday March 29th. We will meet at Family of Christ at 11 a.m. and Pastor Dave will drive the bus. If you plan to attend, please sign up in the narthex and email Carol if you have any questions at gcgoebel@aol.com.

Forever Young Trip to See the Manatees

Manatee_Side_ViewSaturday, January 25 – the Family of Christ Forever Young group visited Florida Power’s Manatee Observation complex at the Apollo Beach plant. All left with high assurances the manatee would be forever protected. The day’s estimate for beasts present was upwards of 300 animals basking in the warmed power plant discharge waters.

Associated with the raised boardwalk-style viewing platform, called the Tidal Walk, are a small museum, a gift shop, and an extended walkway leading toward the Tampa Bay shallows—the Coastal Habitat Nature Trail. The stroll takes guests through a trimmed-out “tunnel” of trees, a pathway which passes through a mangrove / beach berm ecosystem. The way is placarded with an assortment of educational signs describing various aspects of the flora and fauna inhabiting the area. Afterward our group ate lunch at the Sunset Grill in the Resort and Club area at Little Harbor .

Christian Ed Begins at Home

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

dad-and-daughter-reading-bibleHow do we, as parents, train up our children in the way they should go?

I may be a Vicar (pastor in training), but I’m a parent as well.  The faith of my child, especially as she grows into adulthood, is of utmost importance to me.  I’m sure you feel the same way about your children.  The question isn’t whether I want my child brought up in the faith.  The question is how do I bring my child up in the faith.

  • How do should my child be taught?
  • How should my child be trained?
  • Who should be doing these things? [Read more…]

New Class: Teaching the Faith

adult-bible-study-CovenantPresMBChristian education is a lifelong endeavour, one we engage in both in the church and at home.  This week we begin a new class focused on teaching the faith. Personally, I’m particularly excited about this class.  I’m a learner at heart and also enjoy teaching a lot.  So, I’m looking forward to learning about becoming a better teacher.  So, what, exactly, will this class be about? [Read more…]

Lent and Easter Schedule

CrossThe season of Lent has arrived as we prepare for the death and resurrection of our Lord.  We will be having special services for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter.

Below is the schedule for the worship services: [Read more…]

photo by: Justin Marty

Proclaiming the Word

pastor-preachingPerhaps the most public aspect of of the pastoral ministry, preaching was the topic of our most recent class.  We discussed things like the purpose of preaching, the practice of preaching, preparation for preaching, and what the pastor’s role is. [Read more…]

God Comes to Us

2010 October,Owen Baptism.In our fifth class we covered the means of grace, the divinely instituted means by which God promised to give forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.  It is true that our salvation comes solely from the Gospel; however, the sacraments are the Word joined with visible elements (water or bread and wine) and God has promised to bring forgiveness, life, and salvation through the sacraments.

Like so many of the classes we’ve taken, a single blog post doesn’t really do the content of the class justice, but I’ll do my best to touch on the topics and key points of the class. [Read more…]

photo by: gardener41

Lutheran Distinctions

pouring-colorsMuch of what distinguishes the Lutheran church from other Christian denominations are the distinctions we make about various theological concepts.  By distinctions, I mean that we keep certain things separated from other things.  For example, the Lutheran church keeps Law and Gospel as distinct things.  Law and Gospel are closely related and we cannot keep one without the other, but they are not the same and they should not be confused.  So, what are the primary Lutheran distinctions and how do they influence our beliefs? [Read more…]

The Creed

I-believe-in-GodWhat does it mean to believe in God?  What does the church believe?  What do you believe?

SMP 103 – Creedal Beliefs

In our third class we looked at the beliefs of the church as confessed in the creeds (Apostle’s Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athenasian Creed).  What we confess in these creeds is no small thing.  These beliefs are firmly founded in Scripture and form our understanding of who God is and who we are in Christ.

Why Do We Have Creeds? [Read more…]