It's taken me awhile to reply to your answer to my question re: resources! Thanks so much for the comments - especially your evaluation of the INTRODUCING JESUS OF NAZARETH video. This is exactly what I needed to hear. I am talking…"
"I learned much from what you presented as leader, Bernita, and also gained new insights from those commenting. At times, the discussion lead me in new directions then I had previously thought to consider. This format facilitated reflection in a…"
"Thanks, Bernita, for leading us in this thoughtful study.
Rejoicing certainly is throughout this chapter. What a comfort and word for us. I need to be reminded often to rejoice, keeping my focus on Christ's wonderful love and care.
"The part of vs 19 that says - "their minds are set on earthly things" also struck me. It seems that this is an easy thing for people (me) to do. Yet this is what causes us to faulter in our faith walk. I think often of the song -…"
"Thanks, Bernita and others, for these thoughts!
Verse 3 - "doing nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others better than yourselves. ...look to the interest of others" speaks loudly to me. I wrestle with this…"
"I am so thankful for the living faith of my mother and father. They gave to others freely and shared Christ's love in what they said and did. This influenced me greatly. They also encouraged discussion and wrestling with life's issues in…"
"One thing that strikes me is, in verse 9, Paul prays "that your love may overflow more and more with full insight". I connect this filling with Christ's love to what is said at the end of chapter 1; "standing firm in one spirit,…"
"Has anyone used in their congregation any of the downloadable videos that can enhance The book of Faith discussions - or other adult ed forums - from the ELCA? There are some that look very good. ie: Luther, etc. You do need Wi-Fy to use them free…"
What is the name of your congregation / organization?
What is your role in your congregation / organization?
teacher - adult education, volunteer
What is most challenging about engaging in Scripture?
finding people who really want to understand what scripture means in light of God's Grace and unconditional love and how to apply to daily life
Share a Bible passage that is especially meaningful to you.
Romans 8:35-39. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?...No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Hi Mary...Did you make it out to the Book of Faith workshop at Outlaw Ranch, or to any of the Assembly meetings in Rapid City? Have you heard any news or inspiration from the Synod level on Book of Faith? It's time to be making plans for Fall, and I'm looking for new ideas and/or encouragement of any kind! My Bible Study group is still making its way through a weekly study of Acts. It uses the Collegeville Bible Study Series I had mentioned in an earlier posting. We are really having fun with it, and going at a snail's pace, since it is strangely as if none of us has read it before...lots to research and discuss! Weekly Bible Study is amazing for the sense of community it builds within the group...as you know! It just makes you want for everyone to participate somehow...but hard to get the ball rolling. Hope your summer is off to a good start. Look forward to hearing from you.
Hi Mary...I'm wondering if you plan to attend the Book of Faith event at Outlaw Ranch the Thursday before Assembly begins. I haven't received any information directly, but was just looking through the program posted on the South Dakota Synod website. There hasn't been much activity recently. Have you heard anything?
Hi Mary...I hope you've had a good summer...closing too quickly for me! Were you able to participate in the BOF conference call? Any interesting news or thoughts to pass along? And I'd be interested in what you have planned for fall with your congregation. Here at Trinity I am working at expanding our Bible Study offerings. The small group I have been meeting with will begin a new study in September...a study of Luke, to be followed by Acts. We will be using study books published by Liturgical Press (Collegeville, MN, St. John's University). This will be the first time we've used this series, so I will let you know what we think after we've been with it a while. I am trying to establish a second class (alternate meeting time, same study) and have just advertised it in our newsletter. Our pastor plans to start a men's group, to meet early morning once a week...using the Lutheran Men of Mission Bible (I think it is called). Our co-pastor will be offering a study on Ephesians, two different meeting times, once a week. So I am pleased with these additions for our BOF program. And thinking, too, that we should be doing lots more to promote it. Folks don't seem to be seeking Bible Study activities...and yet, those of us who have been participating in them, find them to be key in our own growth in Faith. I am convinced that personal invitations will get people out. What are your thoughts on this...and what specifically do you have planned? ALSO...do you think it would be helpful if Jodi Hanson utilized the SD Synod BOF page to start a CONVERSATION on the page to share ideas? I think we need some inspiration and encouragement in this area. Hope to hear from you. God Bless.....Bernita
Hi Mary...thanks for your encouragement! I ran my proposal by
Jody Hanson, and she said "Go for it!" So I am making plans.
I plan to begin a Pilot Bible Study on BOF, with SD Synod group,
beginning April 20th. It will run 4 weeks. I will notify all members on April 13th, explaining the format and inviting all to participate or observe, as they wish. Then I will begin by posting
a first "Conversation" on April 20th...along with another
message "for all" to join in. So stay tuned! I'm excited about
it. I'm not an experienced Bible Study Leader, but will draw
from outlines in my Study Bibles...and rely on you and a few
others to participate. Thanks again...and yes, it would be
great for Connie to jump in with us. I so appreciate your support
on this...I really believe it could be an excellent method to
expand our efforts at opening scripture...via BOF.
Have a blessed Easter.....Bernita
Hi Mary...I was pleased that you indicated some interest in the
SD Synod group experimenting with an on-line Bible Study through BOF. Two others members have also expressed interest. I plan to propose to Jodi Hanson that we get something going after Easter. I am willing to act as "leader"...and I believe that Philippians would provide a good starting point...4 chapters in 4 weeks. I would write an introductory piece each week...ask a
question or two...and participants would respond as they wish...
inviting further comments. I'm thinking if there are perhaps
four of us, we might get it to work. I'd invite members of SD Synod to participate if they wish...or simply observe. I guess
you might think of it as presenting a MODEL to be learned from.
My question to you is, if this sounds feasible, could I count on you
to participate as a respondent? I'd like to name a few members
who will see it through (4 weeks...maybe beginning April 20th).
I wouldn't think it would require a great deal of time on your part...responding to conversation about scripture 2 or 3 times
during the week...at your convenience. Think it over and get
back to me. If you'd prefer a telephone visit about this, you
may call me at (605) 665-4428. Thanks for your consideration
on this...and perhaps you have some suggestions. I'd be eager
to hear anything you might be thinking on these lines.
Hi Mary...It was good to hear from you. My, your life has certainly been impacted by all these snow storms! That's SD for you!
Your experience with BOF with your congregation...interesting indeed! We will probably initiate a Bible Study at Trinity in the Fall...perhaps some trial runs over the summer.
So as I get further into the planning, I'll probably
want to consult with you again. I often
think that our Lutheran members don't always understand how a
"Lutheran Position" fits into more visible expressions of Christianity that they become familiar with...ie. Baptist positions.
And so many folks prefer a "black-and-white" answer to Life's
dilemmas...instead of wrestling with different points of view.
I so appreciate your faithfulness in working through some of those
frustrations. I haven't come up with a plan to test an ON LINE
Bible Study yet...but I'm thinking maybe a 4 week study on
one Book of the Bible...break it into 4 sections, introduce each
section (weekly), ask a question, invite responses, and further
responses to those. And just see how it goes. Since we have a
ready-made GROUP...SD Synod...use that as our base. I'll look
more closely at how the Afton, MN study appears to work, and
perhaps contact their pastor (leader) for some hints on setting it
up. We wouldn't require participation by everyone in the SD Synod...but if a half dozen of us went into it, surely we'd learn
a lot...plus enjoy getting to know one another. Incidentally, you
and Kathleen West are the only responses to my "fishing expedition" so far. I'll let you know how much interest is shown.
Thanks for your response...it is encouraging to me. And isn't
that also what this whole networking should be about?
God bless us all in our efforts...and keep in touch...
I know you have been working hard at getting some BOF studies
going in your congregation. I have been trying to introduce the
BOF Initiative to my congregation through our monthly parish
newsletter...trying to pique peoples' curiousity. I have registered
our congregation...but have not received any response from anyone??? In fact, I've been a little disappointed with South Dakota's SLOW START! I just sent a message out to all SD synod
members...I think. Of course I'm not sure myself how to best
use the site...but I'm so excited about the possibilities.
I'm hoping to receive some comments on my post...but have
sent a personal message to you as a test of whether the TO ALL
post actually gets around. So if you'd respond to this when you
get time, I'd appreciate it.
So are you all dug out out there? There are flurries in the air
here this morning (good grief)...I guess Spring was just teasing
us with that warm spell a couple of weeks ago. Of course all
our hearts go out to folks dealing with the misery and uncertainty
of the flooding in all the Dakotas.
Looking forward to hearing from you.....
We haven't done anything as a youth group as of yet. I have to admit that part of it is because I am having surgery to repair a broken ankle on Monday and I have been distracted and not getting around well the last few months. Hopefully when this is over we can begin to work more with it.
Thanks for asking and the interest. I always feel that interest in what others are doing is great!!!! I love any ideas to use in our group.
Hi Mary...It was so nice to hear from you...and isn't it a small
world (especially so in South Dakota) to hear about your connections with Yankton and Trinity Lutheran. I am a long time
member here, so was sitting in church with you back then! HA!
And Mt. Marty College is near and dear to our hearts.
Are you still teaching? Involved in nursing out there?
I'm looking forward to the BOF programs. We haven't started
anything yet...but I am keeping my ear to the ground...and am
willing to jump in when I see just how we might fit. Is your
congregation getting involved...and in what ways do you see
this internet web site working for your small groups...or for
you personally? I'm just getting acquainted with the program...
thinking there may be some internet studies for us as individuals...and certainly already are ways for us to share our
experiences. Very cool!
I am currently participating in a Bible Study group that is meeting
once a week. We have been following several different reading
lists...right now our topic is Prayers in the Bible. It has really
prompted a lot of discussion on our personal understanding of
what prayer is...and how it helps us to grow in our faith life.
We bring a variety of Study Bibles with us, and together dig
into historical references and parallel themes. We end up
learning together and sharing so much...it is good.
And so that is what I feel all of us could gain from trying
different approaches to Bible Study. I am so glad the ELCA
has taken on this project. I expect it to grow and grow!
And us along with it.
On a personal note...what congregation do you belong to out there? Do you know any other folks from Yankton? Are you
related to Kyle and Susan Repp here in Yankton?
My husband Glenn and I try to get out to the Black Hills at least
once a year...we love hiking and biking the Mickelson Trail...
and it is a favorite vacation spot for the whole family.
Would love to get to know you better...reminds me of pen pals!
Thanks again for the Welcome into the SD Synod group...
and hope to hear from you again.
Have a lovely Thanksgiving....Bernita Mannes, Yankton, SD
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