Mixed Groups

Tuesday Bible Study

Beginning on January 2 we will continue our study of the Gospel of Mark. This is a fascinating, fast paced Gospel. Mark sets out to prove that Jesus is the Messiah through His actions and by what was said in Old Testament Scripture.

On February 6 we will begin the study of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. The faith of the Christians living in Corinth was being tested. This was a city very much like our cities today. We can all learn a great deal from what Paul tells us in his letter.  

   All are welcome to come any time. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner in Bible study or are have studied Scripture for many years. Each week something new is learned. We meet each Tuesday morning at 9:15 at Westview Acres and at 7:00 pm at Faith in the Fireside room. Choose the time that best fits your schedule. 

 Contact information: Mary Westlund at (952)657-2239 or HERE

Dinner for 8.

8 people.   4 times.  2 hours.

Good food.  Good friends.  Good conversation. 

You know you have to eat anyway, so why not do it while building relationships at Faith Lutheran Church?  Casually connect with 7 other adults (3 other families) once/ month (during the months of January through April) for 2-hour potlucks rotating in homes or local eateries.  Register on the website under “Small Groups” (with or without kids!), and we’ll match you up with 3 other singles/families in a similar age and stage of life.  Groups will launch in January, 2018.  You will take turns hosting one potluck in each of your four homes.  Participants determine what night works.  Couples, singles or families are welcome.  Register on-line here:  

Register for Dinner for 8 Groups here.

Contact Sharon Hermanson at email for more information. 

“Dinner for 8” Groups Return to Faith Lutheran

Surveys say that Americans have become some of the loneliest people in the world.  We interact with MORE people than ever before, but on the most superficial of levels. 

  • The number of social evenings we spend with friends has dropped by 1/3rd in just two decades.
  • 7 in 10 of us report not knowing their neighbors (Gallup).
  • Americans in 2004 invited friends over to their home 60% less often than those surveyed in 1978 (Putnam).

How can we go about “loving our neighbors as ourselves” when we don’t even KNOW who they ARE?  Unfortunately, many of us have become afraid to extend hospitality to our neighbors.  Martha Stewart and Pinterest have convinced us that if we WANT to invite people into our lives, the counters must be granite, the place settings should be seasonal, and the wine parings…perfectly matched.  The kitchen should be uncluttered, and the food gourmet.   For many of us, this means that no one’s coming to dinner…ever. 

Here at Faith Lutheran, we have started a revolution.  Over the past two winters, over 240 of us have signed up to get to know one another in the “old-fashioned way” – by sharing a small Lutheran potluck in our homes.  We call it “Dinner for 8.”     

“Dinner for 8” is a simple program where we group individuals and/or families with other individuals and families in a similar age and stage of life for 4 simple potlucks rotating in homes (or restaurants) for the months of January, February, March, and April.   Individuals who register will be grouped with 7 other adults and will take turns hosting a monthly potluck in your home or in a local restaurant.  Families are welcome to participate with other families and will be grouped with families with similarly-aged children.   Remember:  potlucks are not a competitive sport!  We urge participants to keep it simple, and to meet only for two hours.  House cleaning is optional!  Sign up in the fellowship area or on our website under “small groups,” and indicate your group preferences.  We’ll pair you the first 2 weeks in January, and groups will launch in late January or February.  Thank you for standing against this culture of isolation, and bon appetit!   

Pastor’s Thursday afternoon Book Study

Age Range: Mixed Adults
Days/Time: Thursday Afternoons from 1:00-2:00pm in the Fireside Room
:  Beginning January 25th for 6 weeks.  Drop-ins Welcome!
Cost: $16 for Hardcover Book (Available for Purchase at Welcome Center)
Come join Pastor Dale and Pastor Christine as you are able Thursday Afternoons from 1:00-2:00pm for their Pastor’s Book Discussion of Alan Jacob’s new provocative book, “How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds.”  While this book isn’t explicitly Christian, it will empower us to rescue our inner lives from the chaos of modern life.
As a celebrated writer for national publications like The Atlantic and Harper’s, Alan Jacobs has spent his adult life belonging to communities that often clash in America’s culture wars. As he has confronted the many issues that divide us politically, socially, religiously—Jacobs has learned that our worst disputes often occur because the people involved simply aren’t thinking. 
Jacob’s entertaining and engaging book will help us diagnose the many forces that prevent thinking.  Drawing on British philosophers like John Stuart Mill and Christian theologians, like C.S. Lewis, Jacobs offers hope that each of us can reclaim our mental lives from the impediments that plague us all, hoping that if we can learn to think together, we might live, more peacefully, in community together! Come for a great discussion.