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JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER

SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS INTRODUCES NEW TOPIC

The Sunday morning Bible class is nearly finished looking at Galatians. When we have completed that book, we will spend some time comparing the four gospels. Each gospel tells the events of our Lord’s life in its own unique way with its own emphases and yet complements what the other three gospels tell us about Jesus. We will look at what each gospel has to tell us about the major events and teachings of our Lord. We will note where the gospels are similar to each other and where they are not. We will consider why one gospel might emphasize a fact that another gospel might choose not to. We will also look at passages where the gospels seem to contradict each other and find some reasonable ways to reconcile them.

This Bible class will help you explore some books of the Bible that you have heard and read quite often—the four gospels—but may not have studied in great detail. And since the four gospels explain the most important matters of our Christian faith, since they are describing the life, teachings, ministry, and work of Christ, understanding these four gospels helps us to grow in our faith.

REMINDER ABOUT ASCENSION DAY SERVICE

As announced in last month’s newsletter, we will celebrate Ascension Day this Thursday (May 30) at 7:30 p.m. We will be joined by a number of members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lombard, along with their pastor, organist, and choir, who will assist us in worship. Please plan on attending!

THEOLOGY TODAY DISCUSSION GROUP

Today (May 26) our group begins discussing a very thought-provoking book: How (Not) to be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor by James K.A. Smith, which in turn is a condensation of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age. Today we are looking at the introductory material and chapter one; on June 30 we will look at chapters two and three (pages 47-78). Chapter one explores how modern secularism is ironically in part an accidental byproduct of the religious reforms of the late Middle Ages onward that intended to intensify Christian piety among the laity. Chapter two describes the intellectual currents of the past three centuries that gave rise to deism and ultimately to atheism, while chapter three explains how even in an age such as ours where the transcendent is routinely denied, many non-religious people are dissatisfied with explanations that exclude God from consideration—a fact that should give us believers in Christ hope that people can still be reached with the gospel.

NATIONAL OFFERING

Our denomination, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, is meeting later this summer (at the end of July) in Tampa. In advance of the convention, the Synod asks members of its congregations to consider making a special contribution to support its work in the upcoming three years. A brochure with an envelope that can be sent directly to St. Louis is found in the bulletin today.

LATER THIS SUMMER

  • First service in the basement, July 7—or on June 30 if the weather is extremely hot by then.
  • Church cookout, August 11 at 12:15 p.m.
  • Last service in the basement, August 25—or on September 1 if the weather remains extremely hot.
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk, Sep. 7 in Jackson Park—not in June as in some bygone years.