Faith formation is a lifelong journey. BSLC education programs include study, discussions on topics relevant in our daily lives, guest speakers, and fellowship. Education programs coordinate with the school year running September through June.
The Parables of Jesus
Begins Monday Sept 18th and goes through Nov. 20th! Meet in the sanctuary at 7:00 PM. Retired pastor Phil Yokers will be our guide.
Adult Faith Formation hour
Begins Sunday September 17th 2017 in the Fellowship Hall. Each Sunday between services from 10:00-10:45 am Fuller Seminarian Christa Cordova will lead us through a year of reflection on health and our lives as disciples.
Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey
This class will begin again Winter 2018
Weekday Bible Study
Every Wednesday at 10:30am. Join Pastor Chris and other’s as we continue our study of Marcus Borg’s Evolution of the Word.
Women’s Spiritual Practices Study
Begins in January 2018.
WOMEN’S RETREAT IN FEBRUARY!
Join us for the 2018 Women’s Retreat at the beautiful Menucha Retreat Center in Corbett, Oregon! The theme for this year’s retreat is “Sacred Ordinary Days,” and we’ll be considering how God can use the rhythms of our daily experiences to shape, redeem, sustain and transform us. We’ll worship together, learn together, eat wonderful food and have time for fellowship and peaceful relaxation. The retreat will take place February 9-11, 2018 (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast) and the $225 cost will include two nights of lodging, all meals and all materials. Scholarships are available (contact Pastor Chris if you need more information about this option). Please register by November 10 and submit a $100 non-refundable deposit, then plan to pay the remaining balance no later than January 10, 2018. Use this form to sign up! https://bslcvancouver.wufoo.com/forms/mvrzod714msm92/
Our first fall Pub Theology gathering will be October 26h Location TBD! We will gather the 4th Thursday of each month for this discussion based study in a local establishment! Bring your friends!
Faith on Foot
Next Hike! Heartbreaker hike in February! Stay tuned!!!
Wednesday night at church Adult Study time
6:30 PM Jenn Barnes is this year’s leader!
Gather Bible Study
The WELCA (Women of the ELCA) weekly study. Meets each Thursday from 10:00am-11:00am in the large classroom. Nancy Kingston leads this interactive time of prayer and study.
Social Justice Reading Group
Join Pastor Chris and Martha Gordon for this study group that meets the third Thursday of each month beginning October 19th at 6:00 PM in the BSLC sanctuary. We will use resource materials to guide us as we consider issues such as white privilege, economic justice, incarceration, care of creation and other topics of the day. Our first book will be Waking up White by Debby Irving. (participants should order the book and bring it to the first session, see Pastor Chris if you need financial assistance).
Excellent Blogs to check out
Below are some online resources for those who are seeking time for prayer and contemplation. These can be used “on the go” or studied for a more in depth experience.
Lutheran Prayer ventures
A resource list of prayers and meditations from the ELCA
Daily Meditation & Reflection from Henri Nouwen
Drawn from a wide range of Henri Nouwen’s writing, these short meditations inspire and guide people’s mind and heart. Each reflection takes less than a minute to read and yet can set the tone for the day. It is sent via email in the early morning.
God Pause e-mail devotions are short, meaningful reflections on the following Sunday’s lessons and gospel delivered directly to your e-mail box. By Sunday, you’ll be ready for an extra meaningful worship experience.
Upper Room Daily Reflections
Each Daily Reflection includes a quote from an Upper Room book or magazine, scripture reading, and a meditation time with prayer. Sign-up at the website to received Daily Reflections.