Worshiping together is our primary means of adult formation. Through prayers, psalms, and hymns, through scripture and preaching, we are drawn more deeply into the life of faith – but there are many other opportunities in our common life to grow as Christian people.

Book groups, in-person or on Zoom

In September of 2021, join Pr. Adrianne for a discussion of The Cure for Sorrow: a Book of Blessings for Times of Grief by Jan Richardson. Richardson’s husband, Gary, never woke after what was supposed to be a routine surgery. Richardson had already been writing blessings for many years before meeting and then losing her spouse. But, according to the introduction to this small volume, writing became a way of coming to terms with and making sense of “the rending that came with Gary’s death.” You might find these discussions fruitful if you are coming to terms with your own personal loss, or contemplating the global loss due to COVID-19, or wanting to be more compassionate to others who are grieving. The book is divided into three sections which will be discussed Wednesdays at 7:30pm:
• September 1, “Getting the News: Blessings in the Rending”
• September 8, “The Sweetness that Remains: Solace Blessings”
• September 15, “What Fire Comes to Sing in You: Blessings of Hope”

Offered in a hybrid format, you can join the group at St. Thomas or via Zoom. Look for the link in the Weekly Announcements.

Sunday morning Adult Forum

Starting in September 2021, Pastor Adrianne will lead a six-week session on the social statements of the ELCA. Social statements are the teaching and policy documents of the ELCA. They help the church think and discuss social issues through the lens of our faith. These statements are written about issues ranging from race to sexism, abortion to genetics, criminal justice and the death penalty. We can, do, and should talk about these issues in church, and you are invited to participate in these conversations.

Adult Forums are held on Sunday mornings during the education hour throughout the academic year and are considerably varied in character. We’ve offered Living the Questions and Jesus Redux series, poetry readings, discussions about current issues, and guest speakers from local nonprofits, to name just a few. These programs might be led by the pastor, by St. Thomas laity, or by people from the community. Watch the Weekly Announcements for information about new Adult Forum opportunities.

Second Sundays – Women’s Bible Study

It is rumored that the Women’s Bible Study will begin again at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Indiana! Lutherans of all ages are pondering, can this be true! People of other denominations and faiths say, “Lutherans don’t study the Bible”. This is a false lead.

But, Ha! It is true!! The Lutherans of St. Thomas are indeed having a Bible Study. It is called the Women’s Bible Study, but men can come too. We begin on September 12, between the services. We will always meet on the second Sunday of the month. Let’s try to start as close to 9:45am as is possible after the first service. We will meet in the room off the kitchen (room 17). We will sit 3 to 6 feet apart with masks on. I will bring paper copies of the study and Bibles. If you wish to bring your own Bible, that is great too.

I am excited as the Fall Bible Study has the theme of: The Gift of the Spirit. September will be: Spirit of God: Revealer and Resource. October will be: Breath of God: Reviver and Reformer. November will be: Wind of God: Refiner and Re-Router.

It is rumored that the Women’s Bible Study will begin at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Indiana! Lutherans of all ages are pondering, can this be true! People of other denominations and faiths say, “Lutherans don’t study the Bible”. This is a false lead.

But, Ha! It is true!! The Lutheran of St. Thomas are indeed having a Bible Study. It is called the Women’s Bible Study, but men can come too. We begin on September 12, between the services. We will always meet on the second Sunday of the month. Let’s try to start as close to 9:45am as is possible after the first service. We will meet in the room off the kitchen (room 17). We will sit 3 to 6 feet apart with masks on. I will bring paper copies of the study and Bibles. If you wish to bring your own Bible, that is great too.

I am excited as the Fall Bible Study has the theme of: The Gift of the Spirit. September will be: Spirit of God: Revealer and Resource. October will be: Breath of God: Reviver and Reformer. November will be: Wind of God: Refiner and Re-Router. December will be: Advent Devotional.

Then from January to April will be: The kingdom of God. A 4 session study on the kingdom of God will kick off the New Year with a look at Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom of God, a present and future reality. Together we’ll look at Jesus’ parables, and other scriptures about the present, future and eternal life.

Yours in Christ, Kari Esarey

Any time – quiet places for study and prayer

Our parish library is open whenever the building is open. You are welcome to come and read or to bring a project of your own to work on. The sanctuary is open whenever the building is open. The Prayer Garden is a quiet, lovely place for reflection and prayer.

stlc prayer garden