Faith Formation

Faith Formation is held each Sunday at 9 a.m. starting in mid-September and concluding in June. Classes are available for young children, teens and adults, and nursery care for infants through toddlers is provided.

CoS CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

9:00 a.m. – CoS CommunityKids!

Fall Theme: God’s Greatness and Our Gratitude

• Weekly rotation of fun activities: Music, Arts & Crafts, Creative Expression/Drama, and God’s Great Family

CoS CommunityKids! will nurture your child’s innate sense of God’s presence in a creative, participatory environment in which children may discover truths about God and the world. CoS CommunityKids! will capture your child’s imagination and cultivate a sense of wonder in the goodness of life. It will foster tenderness of heart and love for the breadth, depth, and diversity of God’s family

10:00 a.m. – CoS Children’s Worship!

CoS Childrens Worship! provides both family worship and age-appropriate formation in the Christian faith. Following the Gospel reading and Children’s Moments each Sunday, children engage in an atmosphere that takes seriously each child’s faith journey. Children are formed in Scripture, liturgy, the rhythms of the Gospel through the church year, and the significance of Christian community.

CoS TWEENS/TEEN MINISTRY

Introducing 3rd Sunday Brunch!

Every 3rd Sunday, starting October 15th, tweens and teens are invited for a light breakfast at 9 a.m. and discussions about current experiences and how God’s Word speaks to us today. Between-times there will be online discussion groups to keep connected to one another and to encourage each other to grow in faith. Hope to see you there!

ADULT FAITH FORMATION SCHEDULE 2018

January 7

Jesus’ Baptism and Ours, led by Pastor Doug Cullum

Faith Formation kicks off for the adults with a special session on the significance of the sacrament of baptism for the Christian life, with a focus on theology and practice of baptism at Community of the Savior.

January 14-March18

Gracism: The Art of Inclusion

This Epiphany season, CoS joins with the Anglican Multi-Ethnic Network (A.M.E.N.) in exploring how the reconciling love of Christ can heal racial divisions. This special series of Faith Formation sessions is based on the book of the same title by Dr. David Anderson. From Gracism: “A ‘gracist’ reaches across ethnic lines and racial borders to lend assistance and ‘extra grace’ to those who are different, on the fringe or marginalized.”

ADULT FAITH FORMATION FALL SCHEDULE

September 17, 24, and October 1

Sabbath as a Model for Biblical Rest, led by Rev. Dr. Rebecca Letterman

This three-week faith formation series will examine the scriptures to learn about Sabbath as a way to understand God’s invitation to us to rest. Our culture values productivity, hard work, and making things happen. We often are led to feel as though resting is being “lazy” or “disconnected,” instead of understanding rest as a crucial aspect of engagement. We will explore together the ministry of Jesus as enabling true Sabbath, Old Testament Sabbath as pointing towards God’s vision for communal rest, and practical ways we can practice rest in its fullness.

October 8th

Current Issues in Immigration and the Church’s Response, led by Bishop Roller, FMCUSA

October 15, 22, and 29

Romans 12 and Holistic Salvation, led by Rev. Dr. Paul Livermore

Since the Reformation, Christian salvation has generally been described in legal and juridical terms. How can God invite into heaven people who are guilty of sin? Paul’s letter to the Romans is often seen as a showcase example of the human narrative. A formative and developmental view, however, paints a different picture. Here the emphasis falls on the multiple and complex ways a person gradually grows into the one God created and intended. We will take a deeper look at Romans 12 from this perspective to see whether this model works.

November 5, 12, and 19

Interpreting Violent Images of God from the Old Testament, led by Rev. Dr. Josef Sykora

How can one make sense of divinely sanctioned violence in the Old Testament? How can the instruction to destroy a group of people including women and children fit with the image of a benevolent God? Focusing on the command to annihilate the Canaanites in Deuteronomy 7 and its realization in the book of Joshua as a case study, the class will present various options how to handle this thorny question. As a result, the class will hopefully provide several fruitful ways how to read these difficult passages as Christian Scripture.

November 26

Reign of Christ Sunday

“The History and Meaning of Christ the King Sunday (alternately called Reign of Christ Sunday)” led by Pastor Barb Isaman-Bushart. The last Sunday of Ordinary Time is a hinge that celebrates the lordship of Christ, looking back to the Ascension, Easter, and the Transfiguration and points ahead to the appearing in glory of the King of kings and Lord of lords. In the gospels, Jesus spoke frequently about his kingdom that had already appeared, but few saw or understood it in his day; it is often still an under-appreciated teaching of Christ. What does it mean for us as individuals and the local church that God has exalted Christ to rule over the whole universe as the sovereign king? Please join the discussion as we explore this topic together!

December 3, 10, and 17 – Celebrating Advent: Finding God in the Waiting

• December 3: “Waiting in Hope” with Priscilla Varland

Hope and waiting are intertwined during Advent. Come and dig deeper into what it means to wait in hope as the Lord beckons us into this pregnant Advent time. How do we foster this hope and fertile waiting in ourselves and with those we love?

• December 10: “Waiting in Joy” led by Julio Nieves

Joy to the world! The Lord is coming! So, we wait in “joy,” but what does that mean? What does it look like to wait in joy?  Let’s join together as we wrestle, during this time of expectant waiting . . . with joy.

• December 17: “Waiting in Faith” led by Elizabeth Guckenbiehl-Lang

Hope, joy and faith represent the three strands in the braid of waiting, which are woven together and inseparable from one another. This last session of the Advent season will explore how to hold onto faith when the “wait” is long.

December 24 and 31

No Faith Formation