About Our Lord's Lutheran Church

Adult Education and Fellowship

Tuesday Tea

Tuesday Tea Adult Education and Fellowship

This online fellowship group meets at 3:00pm each Tuesday, via Zoom, to discuss daily life, relevant topics, and to enjoy one another’s company. Zoom invitations can be found in our weekly congregational emails or through the church office. For more information, please contact Pastor Darla Ann.

Bible Crunchers

Bible Crunchers is an educational, adult study group meeting every Wednesday at 5:00pm in shelter 5 of Drost Park in Maryville (weather permitting) or in the commons area of the Worship Center. This pastor-led study guides participants to a deeper understanding of spiritual topics and books in the Bible. The latest study, resuming on Sept 8th, is a 3 week course of study of the book of Genesis. Everyone is welcome to participate. For more information, please contact Pastor Darla Ann.

Bible Crunchers Adult Education and Fellowship

Morning Glories Women's Bible Study

This Women’s Bible study meets at 10:00am in the Life Center conference room or in Our Lord’s outdoor Chapel in the Pines (weather permitting) the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. Using the study from the Women of the ELCA magazine “Gather,” this group enjoys togetherness, fellowship, and learning to grow in faith through scripture. This fall, this study will dive deeper into studying the Holy Spirit. Celtic Christians likened the Holy Spirit not to a dove, but to a goose. The Rev. Sara Olson-Smith, associate pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa, will lead the study on their own divine Wild Goose chase of sorts. They will track the Holy Spirit’s actions throughout the Bible and throughout their lives. They will explore how the Spirit moves God’s people into adventures and lives they would never dare risk on their own. Bible knowledge is not required. All women are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend. For more information, please contact Debby Gunderson.

New Members Class

This new members class, also called “Making Connections,” is a set of gatherings for both those interested in joining Our Lord's Lutheran Church as well as current members interested in developing a deeper relationship and understanding of Our Lord’s. This class meets on Mondays at 1:00pm in the Worship Center fellowship hall. This time of conversation and learning is truly for everyone. Since Pastor Kratzer’s entry into this congregation was disrupted by the pandemic, many members may want to participate in this course to discover what the pastor believes and teaches about our identity as Lutheran Christians and our work as the people of God in this place and time. Meeting in person is the goal but all but the final session of this course can be done on Zoom if participants prefer due to their own time restraints or health concerns. Contact Pastor Kratzer to indicate your interest or for more information.

Serendipity Book Club

The Serendipity Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of each month, at 11:30am, in the Life Center conference room, with an optional “brown bag lunch” and a cup of coffee to review and discuss a previously chosen book. The current book selection can be found in the latest Our Lord’s newsletter. Participants take turns selecting the next book to be read and sharing the duties of leading the discussion. This group also provides a Zoom option for participation. For more information, please contact Elaine Baden.

Men’s Bible Study

(Currently on HIATUS) This Men’s Bible Study meets monthly for a hot breakfast, coffee, and spiritual conversation. Fellowship and friendly support unfold as scripturally based, relevant topics are discussed. Bible knowledge is not required. All men are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend. For more information, please contact Mike Hester.

Men's Bible Study Adult Education and Fellowship

Sunday Morning Adult Education Hour

Our Sunday Morning Adult study meets in between Sunday morning worship services beginning at 9:15am in the Worship Center Conference Room. This study, beginning on September 12th, will address the question of "How Jesus Became God." The course will cover the transformation of Jesus from Jewish preacher to Lord God within its historical context, will look at the focal points of Jesus's ministry and whether he considered himself divine, will examine the key event that promoted the idea that Jesus was God, and will study the Christian theological persuasions of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th centuries. Grab a cup of coffee in the commons area and join the group for insightful, intriguing, lessons and discussion. For more information, please contact Dona Racich.

Sunday Morning Adult Education Hour Adult Education and Fellowship

Questions Bible Study

Questions Bible Study meets Monday mornings at 10:00am in the Life Center Conference Room. This class views various DVD courses from “The Great Courses” series featuring various Biblical topics and lecturers. Each session participants will view, discuss, and explore meaningful topics through in depth, insightful, spiritual discussion. The fall study will begin on Sept 13th, and it will explore the topic of "Thinking About Religion And Violence." It will explore the factors involved in the increase in religious violence, including the history of religious violence, its multiple manifestations, its scriptural justifications, and how its perpetrators perceive the world. For more information, please contact Dona Racich.

Late Boomers

Late Boomers Adult Education and Fellowship

This ministry was formed to meet the fellowship needs of the Baby Boomer generation within the congregation as members facilitate friendships, support one another, and participate in occasional service projects together. Once a month, a group member organizes a gathering for a meal and fun activity either at their home or local restaurant. These gatherings often have a seasonal, holiday, or other type of theme like Halloween, Chinese New Year, or Pirates Day. These gatherings the participants an opportunity to catch up with each other while having fun. Service projects are also often on the agenda. Most Late Boomers members are from the Baby Boomer generation but all are welcome to join. For more information, please contact Loretta Williams.

Senior Fellowship

(Currently on HIATUS) Our Lord's has an excellent way for our retired seniors in the congregation to connect. Gathering in the Life Center Conference room once a month, the seniors at Our Lord's congregate for an afternoon of great food, laughs, and warm fellowship. Tables full of games and friends await all who come. For more information, please contact Laura Shoenecker.

Senior Fellowship Adult Education and Fellowship