Strengthening Faith

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Strengthening Faith 2017-06-28T18:19:47+00:00

We welcome all to strengthen faith by learning to live Christ-like lives!  We are a body of believers hungry for God, and willing to use the gifts and discipline that strengthen our faith.

Bibe and Biscuits

Bible and Biscuits

Every Tuesday morning at 8:00 a dedicated group meets to eat breakfast and study the scripture lessons for the following Sunday. Sharing a meal provides a time for fun and fellowship, and sharing God’s Word provides a time to connect with each other on a deeper level. At the conclusion of the study, the group comes up with the sermon title for the following Sunday. An offering is taken each week and it goes into the “Good Samaritan Fund” – a discretionary fund that our pastor uses to meet urgent needs of individuals and families within our congregation and in our community.

The “Bible and Biscuiteers” also serve! This group provided the coordination for sponsoring a refugee family – a Montagnard family from Viet Nam. Funds for the family’s resettlement expenses were raised through a yard sale organized by this group. On Shrove Tuesday, the Bible and Biscuit folks are often found in the CLC kitchen preparing a pancake supper. God’s work. Our hands!

Book Club

Join the Community Lutheran Church Book Club. We meet the 1st Monday of every month to discuss our monthly selection. Our discussions are lively and fun, but we always look at the crisis in the book through the eyes of faith. So much of modern fiction parallels the headlines in the news. Being able to discuss our fears and sadness in the safety of friends with similar values, boosts your own faith in unexpected ways. We’d love to have you join us.

Confirmation

Confirmation

At Baptism, parents promise to teach and encourage the faith formation of their child. Confirmation is a process to prepare middle-school youth to affirm their Baptism, where the responsibility to participate in life-long faith formation moves from the parents to the youth. Faith is a gift from God and we are led to live our faith by the Holy Spirit. Confirmation seeks to inform confirmands about God’s Word, and provide theological education that includes a in-depth study of the 10 Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostle’s Creed, and the Sacraments on Baptism and Holy Communion. Confirmation classes are held every Sunday morning from 9:45a.m. – 10:45a.m. Confirmands are also expected to participate in areas of worship and service, as well as attend a week of confirmation camp in the summer.

Dinner and Discipleship

Dinner and Discipleship offers an opportunity to strengthen our faith and join others in Christian fellowship. The sharing of meals and our time together allows us to grow closer while we share our joys and concerns. We meet Wednesday nights from September through May for dinner at 6:15 with discussion and study from 7:00 until 8:30. Our studies have consisted of Bible studies and studies of Christian themed books. Prayer is always a vital part of our time together.

Faith and Film

During the summer we take a break from Dinner and Discipleship and join others in Christian Fellowship for popcorn, snacks, movies and discussion. Join us during the summer for a mid week Faith boost at 6:30 on Wednesday evenings.

Fellowship

Fellowship Activities

The Fellowship Committee plans and hosts events and celebrations for the congregation.  These fun events give members the opportunity to cultivate a spirit of Christian harmony, promote friendships, to foster an atmosphere of caring and acceptance, and to get to know each other better in a social setting.

Dinners, picnics, Fellowship Sunday, Fellowship on the Road, Music in the Park, Chili Cook-Off, and P.E.P. (People Enjoying People) are some of the activities organized by this committee.

Sunday School

Sunday School/Faith Formation is provided for children and adults of all ages every Sunday from 9:45a.m. – 10:45a.m. Curriculum is developmentally age-appropriate and is selected by the Faith Formation team made up of parents and professional educators.

The goal of faith formation is to encourage the faith of each individual, so that they are able to see God at work in all areas of their lives. Faith formation is the work of the Holy Spirit, and is not limited to one-hour on a Sunday morning. On Sundays children and adults can expect a welcoming and accepting community where God’s Word is explored and questions and discussions are encouraged.

VBS

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is an event for the whole community! VBS at Community is an opportunity for the community at large to spend the day together having a blast learning about God’s Words. There are games, crafts, snacks, skits, and lots of fun music to encourage learning and fellowship. Community partners with Prince of Peace Lutheran church to provide an amazing day for all children. It is not to be missed, please join us!

Via de Cristo

Literally meaning “way of Christ”, Via de Cristo is a short course in Christianity that is designed to provide all Christians with a significant foundation for individual and community spiritual growth. Grace and growth are combined in an exciting and energetic way on the three day weekend. The three days are a triple encounter: with Christ, with Christian brothers and sisters, and with a Christian community.

There is an active Via de Cristo community at Community Lutheran!

Women of the Community

The Women of Community, or WOC, meet the third Tuesday of each month, at 10:00 in the morning, for Bible study and fellowship. Although we usually meet at the church, we do occasionally meet at someone’s home. We also gather on the first Tuesday of each month to clean the church and, on the last Tuesday, to plan our future studies and ministries. Our ministries include a birthday party in November for residents of Countryside Manor, food collection for Good Samaritan Ministries of Stokesdale, participating in the Backpack Ministry of Oak Ridge, Summerfield and Stokesdale, a yard sale in the spring, financial assistance for Emmanuel, a student in Rwanda, as well as many other mission support ministries. Proceeds from the spring yard sale are equally divided between the Good Samaritan Ministries of Stokesdale and the Backpack Ministry of Oak Ridge, Summerfield and Stokesdale, both of which work to alleviate hunger. We also have shared summer day retreats at Belews Lake, birthday celebrations, and luncheons at Christmas. All women are invited to join us in our studies, ministries and fellowship.