Bible Studies

Whether you are brand new to the Christian faith or are an experienced theologian, there is a place for you here at Spirit of Hope. The Word of God is like an inexhaustible well. No matter where we are on our faith journey, God will take us deeper and deeper into His Word.  Here are the studies currently being offered at Spirit of Hope. Check back frequently as we rotate classes often and develop new ones regularly.

(Sundays at 11:00 am Beginning September 10th)

“Luther and His Small Cat!”
Elementary Lessons About Faith Through the Small Catechism

Elementary-aged students will enjoy time together as they learn the basics of the Christian faith through age-appropriate lessons about Luther’s Small Catechism. Utilizing the “Luther’s Small Cat” series by Sola Publishing, students will learn about baptism, The Lord’s Prayer, The Ten Commandments, The Apostle’s Creed, Communion, and Confession. Students will have fun with “Luther’s Cat” and will also enjoy games, crafts, activities, and more.

Adult Sunday School
Begins September 10th After Worship
“The Life and Times of Martin Luther”

Our Adult Sunday School class will start the year learning about “The Life and Times of Luther”. This class was developed by Harry Kottcamp and will be taught by Harry and Pastor Wendy. This class will cover the life of Martin Luther, the key protagonists and antagonists of the Reformation, as well as the reformers who chose to expand beyond the initial Reformation and thus challenged Luther and his contemporaries. This course will also highlight photos from travel tours to important Reformation sites in Germany. 

(Tuesdays 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Resumes this Fall)

Join Pastor Wendy and Intern Joy as we dig deeper into Sunday’s sermon text. Often, the questions we have about the text will lead us to other texts and other theological questions. Everything is on the table and there is no such thing as a bad question! You’re welcome to bring a lunch!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! You can sign up at the information table inside of our entryway or reach out to Pastor Wendy via the “Contact Us” page on this website.

Spirit of Hope is now a “Bethel Congregation”! This means that we have become part of a family of congregations around the world that offers the Bethel Bible Series (which we will just call Bethel) to its members and to our community. Our first two-year-long Bethel course will begin on September 13th and will be on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm.

The Bethel Series will equip you to:

  • Comprehend the major themes that run
    throughout the Old and New Testaments by
    drawing together biblical stories and passages that
    otherwise seem disjointed.
  • Understand the radical differences between
    Hebrew thought and Western-thought that impact
    how we view the Bible and its content.
  • See the various parts of Biblical messages in direct
    relationship to its historical context.
  • Interpret Scriptures in its relationship to the whole
    of God’s revelation, and not in isolation.

Who should take the Bethel class? Everyone! Whether you are a new Christian or a theologian, whether you are new to Bethel or have taken the class before, God will use this time to draw you closer to him in profound ways.

Who will be teaching our first Bethel class? Bethel is taught by teachers who have not only gone through the Bethel class before but who embark on additional studies that equip them to teach the course. Spirit of Hope currently has four trained Bethel teachers: Wayne Schultz, Ken and Anne Carpenter, and Pastor Wendy.

The cost of the Bethel notebook (examples are on our information table) is $60 (checks payable to Spirit of Hope with “Adult Ed” in the memo line). Financial assistance is available, so please do not let the cost of the book deter you from participating. Couples are welcome to share a Bethel notebook and can each use a separate regular notebook for note-taking. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Pastor Wendy.