Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church to host classes this month

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In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, members of the community are invited to participate in a seven-session class called “By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism,” offered by Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Using video, discussion and the book of the same name, Pastor Russ Sorensen will lead participants in exploring the biblical and historical context of Luther’s Small Catechism, the concise and accessible teaching guide he wrote for use in the family home. Luther left a rich and complex legacy through his life’s work, founded on his affirmation of the doctrine of justification “by grace alone, through faith alone, according to scripture alone.” In the 16th century, his church promoted new ideas and practices that many Christians take for granted today, including worship and scripture in the language of the common people, congregational hymn-singing, and the vocation of lay people in service to God.

While the course is centered on Lutheran theology and spirituality, it is hoped that participants of all faith traditions will gain a greater understanding of Reformation history and of the many points of unity between Lutherans and other Christians.

The free class is intended for adults through middle- and high-school students, and two identical sessions are offered each week: Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m., beginning on Sept. 10, and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. beginning on Sept. 13. Discussion groups for youth participants will be led by Pastor Nicolé Ferry. Purchase of the “By Heart” student book ($14.50) is recommended.

All sessions will be held at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road in Los Alamos. Child care for preschoolers is available on Sundays only. Pre-registration is not required, but the church appreciates an expression of interest to ensure sufficient materials. For more information, contact the church office at 662-5151 or office@bethluth.com. Contact Person: Becky Chamberlin at rmc6608@gmail.com, 695-5742 or 412-5578.