1. Crossways Bible Study
Immanuel has been involved in Crossways Bible Study for the past three years, and almost ready to complete the 60-unit, Genesis – Revelation journey. We have had more than 60 participants in the study, with an average attendance of about 40. We currently have 49 people in this last section, which amounts to almost 50% of our worship attendance.
2. Adult Sunday School
The hour between ILC’s two services is set aside for Adult Sunday School. Attendance has gone in waves, from 30+ people in attendance down to half a dozen. Subjects range from a book of the Bible, to a Bible-related topic, to finances. We are currently using Dr. Mark Allan Powell’s DVD series on “How Lutherans Interpret the Bible.”
3. Lutheran Bible Institute Presentations
Twice each year we host a Bible Study sponsored by the Lutheran Bible Institute of California, for which we bring in a speaker to make presentations on the Bible, Luther, the Reformation, etc. Previous speakers have included: Drs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, Jim Nestingen, Mark Allan Powell, and Harry Wendt. Invited to the presentations are other local Lutheran congregations, as well to congregations served by our Interfaith Saratoga Clergy Ministerial Association. Attendance at these two-day events has ranged from 40-80.
4. Walk Thru the Bible Presentations
Each year we host a Walk Thru the Bible Seminar. We have been alternating between Old and New Testament presentations. Each five-hour seminar covers the major people, places and event of each Testament in an engaging fashion, making use of presentation, PowerPoint slides, and audience participation. Pastor Derek Engfelt has been a presenter of these seminars for more than 18 years, and leads them at ILC. Presentations are advertised throughout our community.
5. Thursday Morning Bible Study
Attended by only ten members of our congregation, this is the longest running Bible Study in the congregation, initiated more than 20 years ago. Usually a book of the Bible is chosen (we are currently completing the Gospel according to Luke, soon to begin Acts), and we focus on one chapter per week. The text is read, discussion follows. Conversations are interesting, people are engaged, and it is amazing how God unites people with greatly divergent ideologies through the power of His Holy Spirit.