Adult Education

Sundays at 9:00am

Adult Forum meets in the parish building lounge
All are welcome. Please join us! 

Sundays  April 28 – May 26: Christian Care at Life’s End

In March 2019, both houses of New Jersey’s legislature passed bills to legalize assisted suicide in our state, in certain circumstances.

Pastor Erhardt will lead a study of what Christian theology tells us about how to love a person as they near death. We will use the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR)’s 1993 report,  Christian Care at Life’s End, to guide our discussion.  The report is available at here and on the back pew (just the pages we’ll study).  On April 28, we will read Cases A-D on pp. 3-9, so you may want to read them ahead of time. We’ll meet on the top floor of the parish building. Please join us!

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Welcome to Messiah! If you attend Messiah regularly and have not yet participated in a Welcome to Messiah class, please consider it. Pastor Erhardt typically teaches the four week class on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. each January/February. The class covers how Lutherans understand what it means to be Christian, how we worship, opportunities to serve, congregational organization and governance, and Q & A. All are welcome. The class is essential for anyone wishing to become a member of the congregation. Attending the class will not oblige you to become a member. If you have questions and/or plan to attend, please inform Pastor Erhardt (lcmprinceton@gmail.com).

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Past Adult Forum Topics:

Spring 2019:
April 14: Augustine’s Confessions – Paul Rorem                                                                                                                                                                                                                      March 17 – April 7: At the Crossroads – Justin Hylden                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Feb. 10 – March 3:  Where is God in Suffering? – Justin Hylden

Winter 2018/2019:
November:  Christian Engagement in the Public Sphere – Justin Hylden
December: Redemption and Hope in A Christmas Carol and in Scripture – Pastor Erhardt
January: Welcome to Messiah  – Pastor Erhardt 

Fall 2018:
September:  Does Your Work Matter to God – Justin Hylden
October: Mr. Bad Example: Four Bible Characters We Love to Point our Fingers At  – Pastor Erhardt

Spring 2018:
March:  Growing in Love: A Study of 1 John  – Pastor Erhardt
April: The Lord’s Prayer  – Kyle Sorkness
May:  Looking Forward to a Summer in Mark  – Pastor Erhardt

Winter 2017/2018:
December:  Repentance and Conversion  – Kyle Sorkness
January:  Welcome to Messiah  – Pastor Erhardt 

Fall 2017:
September 10, 17, 24 : The Apostle Paul’s First and Second Missionary Journeys (Acts 13:1 – 18:22).
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 : Reformation at 500: What It’s (Still) About  Kyle Sorkness

Spring 2017:
April 30 – May 7: What Does the Bible Say about Anger?
May 14 – 28: Immigrants Among Us
April 23: Why Work? (Part II) 

Winter 2017:
March 5 – April 9:  Choose Life: A Lenten Look at How We Spend Time, Treasure, and Talent
Jan. 8 & 15, 2017: Nationalism, Patriotism, and Christianity
Jan. 22: The Nicene Creed – Paul Rorem
Jan 29 – Feb 19: Welcome to Messiah 

Fall 2016:
Sept. 4 – Oct. 9: Are Lutherans Catholic? A View from the Augsburg Confession
Oct. 16 – Nov. 20: Growing into Salvation: A Study of 1 Peter
Nov. 27 – Dec. 18: Recognizing Scripture in Advent Hymns

The Adult Forum schedule is subject to the interests of participants. If there is a particular topic you want to be sure not to miss, please tell Pastor Erhardt so he can take that into account. If you’d like to suggest study topics for the future, please send them to Pastor Erhardt.