Christian Education

Since the Holy Scriptures make us "wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:15), we offer several Bible and Lutheranism studies for your edification, and a wonderful Sunday School program for your children. Both members and visitors are always welcome, so come and join us as we "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18).

Adult Bible Study

Sunday Bible Class

Our main Bible class gathers together to read and discuss a portion of God's holy Word. Led by our pastor, this class brings the timeless truths of God's Word to the modern day Christian in a meaningful way and always includes good discussion, opportunities for questions, and application to one's life. This class meets in Luther Hall each Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. (following the Divine Service and coffee/fellowship).

Men's Bible Breakfast

Following a hearty breakfast for the body, participating men will dive into God's Word to feed and nourish their soul. The study and discussion is geared to help guide and support men in their vocations as husbands, fathers, workers, neighbors, and helpers at church. This study, led by our pastor, usually meets at a local restaurant every third Saturday of the month, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (see the church calendar).

Women's Bible Study

Conversation. Companionship. Care. Concern. That's what awaits the women who participate in this study of God's Word. Special emphasis is given to guiding and supporting women in their vocations as wives, mothers, workers, neighbors, and helpers at church. This study, led by our pastor, usually meets in Luther Hall on the second Tuesday of the month, beginning at 1:00 p.m. (see the church calendar).

Book of Concord Study

The Book of Concord of 1580 contains the confessions of the orthodox, evangelical Lutheran Church. Using Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions as our textbook, participants immerse themselves in the foundational teachings of Holy Scripture and our confession of faith as Lutherans. This study, led by our pastor, usually meets in Luther Hall on the third Tuesday of the month, beginning at 7:00 p.m. (see the church calendar).

Sunday School

Children are valuable to us here at Divine Shepherd because children are valuable to our Lord. Holy Scripture teaches us to "train up a child in the way he should go," with the promise that "when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6). Our Sunday School classes, led by a variety of knowledgeable and dedicated teachers, meet each Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. (following worship and treats).

  • Grades Pre-K
  • Sunday School Grades 1-2
  • Sunday School Grades 3-4
  • Sunday School Grades 5-8

Staff

Superintendent: Tim Parmenter

Teachers: Tim Parmenter, Denise Ziesemer, Teresa Pape, Katie Dobbs

Rally Day

At the beginning of each school year we hold a special worship service on Rally Day, which features prayers for the ongoing Christian education within our congregation, the installation of our superintendent, teachers, and assistants, and the presentation of new Bibles to our 3rd graders.

Christmas Program

Each Christmas the children get dressed up in costume and retell the Old Testament promises of a Savior and the New Testament fulfillment of those promises, focusing especially on Saint Luke's Christmas Gospel. The Christmas story is intermingled with Christmas songs and carols.

Retreat

Once a year the children gather together for a Saturday VBS-style retreat. Learning sessions are intermingled with projects, songs, food, and fun. Past retreats focused on Samson, the Apostle Paul, Martin Luther, and the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Catechesis

Catechesis means teaching the faith. In a sense every sermon and Bible study and Sunday School class is catechesis. Here at Divine Shepherd we also offer youth and adult classes that teach the foundational teachings of Holy Scripture.

Adult Catechesis (Instruction in the Christian Faith)

Those desiring to become members and receive the Lord's Supper here at Divine Shepherd are catechized in the Christian faith according to Holy Scripture and Luther's Small Catechism. Contact our pastor for more information.

Youth Catechesis (Confirmation Class)

Those youth who wish to confess their baptismal faith publicly (in the Rite of Confirmation) are catechized in the chief articles of the Christian faith according to Holy Scripture and Luther's Small Catechism. Contact our pastor for more information.

Youth Group

Our youth group is comprised of active junior-high and high school students. These dedicated youth meet regularly for Bible study, activities, munchies, and to plan various outings and service projects. All are welcome.

VBS

A week-long Vacation Bible School (VBS) is held each summer for members and visitors alike. Sessions include Bible study, music, crafts, games, and food. We'd love your children to join ours in learning more about the Christian faith during this awesome week.

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