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Sunday School Classes 

Classes are offered for all ages on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30.  Classes for children are grouped by grade level.
Classrooms not located on the main level can be accessed using the elevator next to the library in the main hallway.
 

2013-2014 SUNDAY SCHOOL LOCATIONS & PERSONNEL

(Sunday School meets every Sunday from 9:30-10:30 am)

TWO-YEAR & THREE-YEAR OLDS (Room 102A/B, Bottom Floor) Geraldine Lohuis & Vanena Lohuis

FOUR-YEAR OLDS (Room 103, Bottom Floor) Kimberly McGlaughlin, Wendy Machemer, Holly Schneider

KINDERGARTEN & FIRST GRADE (Room 308, Top Floor) Julie Dunlop, Hannah Gardner, Kimberly Guise

SECOND GRADE & THIRD GRADE (Room 307, Top Floor) Elizabeth Fair, Lori Steinour, Brienna Waybrant

FOURTH GRADE & FIFTH GRADE (Room 306, Top Floor) Michael Kolumban & Evelyn Kolumban

SIXTH GRADE (Room 301, Top Floor)Julie Keyser & TBA

SEVENTH GRADE (Dining Room, Bottom Floor) Beth Becker & Andrew Keyser

EIGHTH GRADE (Dining Room, Bottom Floor) Pastor Michael Allwein & Thomas Young

NINTH GRADE (Dining Room, Bottom Floor) Pastor Jeanette Leisk, Amy Christopher, Douglas Crist, Darryl Jones

SENIOR HIGH (Keyser-Foltz Youth House, 121/123 York St.) Sally Hoh

ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP (Room 200, Main Floor) Judith Leslie, contact

THE SEEKERS (Room 204, Main Floor) Lucinda Bringman, teacher/contact

WOMEN’S THEOLOGICAL GROUP (Room 300, Top Floor) Rebecca Brown, contact

NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS BEGINNING (Room 302, Top Floor) – James Dunlop, contact   [see info below]

GOOD SAMARITAN BIBLE STUDY CLASS (Room 303, Top Floor) Nina Dolly, contact

PARENTS’ CLASS (Room 309, Top Floor) Gary Shaffer, teacher/contact; Jack Bucher, president

SUNDAY SCHOOL SECRETARIES (Church Office, Main Floor) John Crist & Michael Guise

SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT – Shirley Sanders


New Sunday School Class Beginning!

A new class geared toward parents of younger children is starting in September!   There will be a kick-off picnic at the home of Jim and Julie Dunlop on Sunday, September 8 at 4:00 pm.  (Please RSVP to jamesadunlop@gmail.com by September 6.)  Class will begin on Sunday, September 22 at 9:30 am in Room 302 at St. James.  For this first year the class will be utilizing several different programs—some geared toward parenting and others toward spiritual growth.  The hope is that there will be good discussion and community.  Your input on what type of programs and areas of discussion would interest you is welcome!


 

Confirmation Ministry

Classes are offered to all baptized youth in grades 7, 8 and 9.  Classes are held during the Sunday School hour (9:30-10:30 a.m.) during the academic year.  Retreats and service activities are an important part of this ministry.

World Religions Class

 

We will begin a Sunday evening study on World Religions on October 7 at 6:30 pm in the church library. The DVD and discussion-based class will look at four of the major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism and compare the beliefs of each with those of Christianity. This six-week study deals openly and honestly with questions people ask about other religions, including why we should believe the claims of Christianity over those of other faiths. As part of the study, author and presenter Adam Hamilton interviews a religious leader from each tradition. He treats the world religions with great respect, recognizing the unique contributions of each.

 

“What Should Christians be Doing?”

 

A great deal of Christian history has been searching for ways to justify or rationalize our refusal to follow Jesus’ commands in the Sermon on the Mount. A number of Lutheran ethicists even say there is no such thing as a Christian morality. Yet we all ask continually, “What should we be doing?” We are looking at that question this fall, beginning with a study of Jesus’ famous sermon in Matthews 5-7. We’ll then decide whether to use Michael Sandel’s Justice: What is the Right Thing to Do or Timothy Keller’s Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just. Classes are on Mondays at 7:30 p.m., at the home of Pastor Emeritus Fritz Foltz, 38 East Broadway, Gettysburg.  All are welcome to attend as your schedule allows! 


Good Samaritan Bible Study Class
Contact Person, Nina Dolly

Join us in Room 303 as we use the Augsburg Adult Bible Studies.  Everyone is welcome to join these teachers for the month of September as your schedule allows:

Sept.  1          Pr. Mike                                                                            

Sept.  8         Susan Hill                                                                                                         

Sept. 15        John Fisher           

Sept. 22        Joe MacDowell

Sept. 29        Pr. Jerry Christianson


Adult Discussion Class
Contact Person, Judy Leslie 

Everyone is welcome to join us in Room 200 (main floor) for the month of September as your schedule allows:

Sept.  1         “Luther and Vocation” led by Pr. Jeanette

Sept.  8        “Lecture 8: Tomb of the First Emperor of China” by Prof. John R. Hale with discussion

Sept. 15        Don't Stop Believing - Hiking the Appalachian Trail by Ed Riggs

Sept. 22       Building for Worship” led by Dave Flesner

Sept. 29       “Lecture 9: Feasting with the Dead at Petra” by Prof. John R. Hale with discussion

Oct. 6 - "Work of PGL in Nicaragua" :  Adult Forum in the Worship Area

Oct. 13 - "Poverty in Adams County" led by Megan Shreve, Executive Director of SCCAP

Oct. 20 - "Luther on Poverty  (1)" led by Baird Tipson

Oct. 27 - "Luther on Poverty  (2)" led by Baird Tipson


Parents' Class
Contact Person, Gary Shaffer - (President, Jack Bucher)

Join this class in Room 309, comprised of older singles and parents, who begin with fellowship after which timely and relevant topics having a "current events" focus are led by Gary Shaffer.


A Second Look
Contact Person, G. Ronald Couchman

Join this class in Room 301, comprised of people of all ages who study in greater depth, the church Scripture readings assigned for the day and discuss ways to apply those readings to our current lives.  Starting on Sunday, October 14 from 9:30-10:30 am, Sunday Morning Bible Study & Prayer Group will study in greater depth, the church scripture readings assigned for the day and will discuss ways to apply those readings to our current lives. The class meets in room 301. All are welcome to join us on any Sunday as you are directed by the Holy Spirit and as your schedule permits. For more information please contact Ron Couchman at 334-1847 or at bvrn32@gmail.com.


Women's Theological Discussion Group
Contact Person, Rebecca Brown

Join this class in Room 300 as this group whose study centers around theological and spiritual concerns frequently using writings with women's perspectives. 


Seekers' Class
Contact Person, Lucinda Bringman

Join this class as they journey together as friends on a deeper walk of faith.  They explore discipleship through Bible study, through inspirational books, through spiritual practices, and discussion.  The Seekers will begin the study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic book of Christian community:  Life Together.



Weekday Classes 

Monday

"What Should Christians be Doing?"
Contact Person, Emeritus Pastor Fritz Foltz

A great deal of Christian history has been searching for ways to justify or rationalize our refusal to follow Jesus' commands in the Sermons on the Mount.  A number of Lutheran ethicists even say there is no such thing as a Christian morality.  Yet we all ask continually, "What should we be doing?"  We are looking at that question this fall, beginning with a study of Jesus' famous sermon in Matthew 5-7.  We'll then decide whether to use Michael Sandel's Justice: What is the Right Thing to Do or Timothy Keller's Generous Justice:  How God's Grace Makes Us Just.  Classes are on Mondays at 7:30pm at the home of Pastor Emeritus Fritz Foltz, 38 East Broadway, Gettysburg. All are welcome to attend as your schedule allows!

Wednesday

LSS Bible Study Group
Contact Person, Pastor Mike Allwein

Pastor Mike Allwein leads the LSS Bible Study Group which meets the second and third Wednesdays of every month at 2:00 p.m. in Fellowship Room B at the Gettysburg Lutheran Retirement Village, 1075 Old Harrisburg Road in Gettysburg.  What an exciting opportunity to reconnect and remain connected with members of St. James and others in the Lutheran Social Services community.


Wednesday Noon Bible Study - The Book of Ruth
Contact Person, Pastor Jeanette Leisk

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY – New Class Beginning April 24 – The Greatest Story:  Jesus

In this study, participants will journey through the Gospel narratives - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - in this exciting exploration of the life and ministry of Jesus.  Yes – there is a DVD and sand art drawings to go along with each session!  We will meet in the church library at 11:00 am from April 24-June 5. Course books are available for those who are interested for $14Please RSVP on the sign-up sheet in the gathering area no later than Wednesday, April 10. 


Thursday

Thursday Morning Bible Study

 

This informal group is studying Exodus in the Gathering Area. They enjoy fellowship with light refreshments at 9:30 a.m. and study begins at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome!

 

Friday

Friday Morning Breakfast Bible Study
Contact Person, Pastor Jeanette Leisk 

Pastor Jeanette leads discussion of the texts for the coming weekend.  This group meets at the Lincoln Diner (note place change), one block north of the square on Carlisle Street in Gettysburg every Friday morning from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and conversation about upcoming Sunday Bible readings.  New people always welcome around the table!  
 
 
Sunday Evening
 
World Religions Class
Contact Person, Pastor Jeanette Leisk
 
We will begin a Sunday evening study on World Religions on October 7 at 6:30pm in the church library.  The DVD and discussion-based class will look at four of the major world religions:  Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism and compare the beliefs of each with those of Christianity.  This six-week study deals openly and honestly with questions people ask about other religions, including why we should beleive the claims of Christianity over those of other faiths.  As part of the study, author and presenter Adam Hamilton interviews a religious leader from each tradition.  He treats the world religions with great respect, recognizing the unique contributions of each.
 
 
 
 
 



Sacrament of Holy Baptism 

Pr. Mike or Pr. Jeanette would love to speak to you about baptism! Young or infant children of active members of the congregation are invited to the font as well as adults and older children who have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and declare their faith. Those who wish to join the church through baptism are to call the church office (334-2012) to schedule a home visitation with a pastor and to provide pertinent information. 


First Communion Instruction

Once again, Pr. Mike or Pr. Jeanette would enjoy having a conversation with your family about Holy Communion. St. James welcomes children to the table when they are three years old. 


New Member Classes

Classes are offered periodically for those who wish to join St. James. These classes are offered but not required.  If you would like to join St. James, simply speak with a pastor and schedule a home visit.

Pre-Marital Retreat 

This half-day retreat is offered twice a year for couples who are to be married by a pastor of St. James.  Please contact the church office to pre-register (334-2012). 

Sacrament of
Holy Baptism
Historic Baptismal Font






New Baptismal Font

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