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New Monthly Table Talks!
Gathered around the table in his home, Martin Luther talked freely and openly with his colleagues and students about matters of faith, theology, and varied aspects of daily life. In an effort to cultivate this kind of spirited discussion at St. Luke, the Rev. Dr. Mark Brocker will be hosting a Table Talk in the Conference Room at two different times: the last Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:00pm, and the last Saturday of each month from 11:00am–12noon.
- February’s Table Talk – “Reclaiming the E Word” by Debie Thomas.
In “Reclaiming the E Word” (Christian Century, February 2023) Debie Thomas acknowledges that “Evangelism has become a dirty word among progressive Christians.” She then, however, goes on to ask: “But don’t we have good news to share?” Thomas is the minister of lifelong formation at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, California. She makes a case that progressive churches have some beautiful, attractive values to share, values such as inclusiveness, hospitality, diversity, and openness. She affirms that Jesus embodied such values. She wonders why are we not more motivated to share the good news that living by these values leads to human flourishing and the healing of creation?
We belong to a denomination that includes the term “Evangelical” in its name: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In this Table Talk we will consider whether having “Evangelical” in our name is an asset or a liability. We will discuss what it means to be an Evangelical Lutheran in our time and place. What is the good news we have to share? What are the most and least effective ways of sharing that good news?
We will begin this Table Talk by reading Thomas’ brief article. I will make a couple of introductory comments. And then we will open up the conversation. We ask participants to abide by two basic guidelines:
- speak concisely with passion and conviction.
- be respectful in your speaking and your listening. We may raise more questions than we answer, but if we follow these guidelines, we are very likely to have a fruitful conversation.
Men's Breakfast Bible Study
Men’s Bible Study (Zoom)—Study scripture through the lens of various scholars and theologians. Tuesdays at 8am. Contact Dan Kidd at email@example.com for more information and the Zoom link.
Men’s Bible Study—Study the appointed texts for the coming Sunday. We meet at Miller’s Homestead Restaurant in Lake Oswego, across I-5 from Bridgeport Village. Contact Mark Dustan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Women's Breakfast Bible Study
Tuesday AM Women's Bible Study—meets weekly Tuesdays at 8am on Zoom to explore the Bible in the order that it was written. Contact Joan Snyder at email@example.com for more information and for the Zoom link.
More Ways to Learn and Connect:
Women of the ELCA/Women of St. Luke offers 4 different groups (circles) who meet monthly for study and fellowship using the Gather Magazine Bible Study.
These groups meet the 2nd week of each month:
Sunday evenings 6:30-8:00pm – St. Luke Library
Monday morning 9:30-11:00am – St. Luke Library
Tuesday afternoon 1:30-3:00pm – at host’s home. Contact Judy Christensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday morning 9:30-11am – Zoom
Good Words Book Group - meets monthly on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 9:15am in the St. Luke Library and discusses a different read each month. Contact: Goodwords1@iclould.com for more information!
FAB (Fifty and Beyond) – add to the intro blurb: Join us for fun and fellowship. We meet monthly. Contact Marsha Swantz at email@example.com for more information. The women’s circles strive to provide meaningful activities for growth in the spiritual and social aspects of our lives. All women, all generations are welcome! It is not necessary to be a member of St. Luke or belong to one of the circles to participate.
Time: various, monthly
If you'd like to be involved, contact us for information about the different circles and when and where they meet.
Mutual Support for parents! You are not alone in the struggle to raise healthy and compassionate kids! Upper Shalom House.
Time: Sundays, 10:15 - 11:15 am
Location: Upper Shalom Center
Good Words Book Group
Meets monthly on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 9:15am in the St. Luke Library and discusses a different read each month. Contact: Goodwords1@iclould.com for more information!
ChristCare members meet Jesus in their fellow group members, in the Scriptures, in their times of prayer and worship, and through their service.
FAB (Fifty & Beyond)
FAB is an active group of individuals age 50 and older who gather together for fellowship, service, and educational events.
Join us for fun and fellowship. We meet monthly. Contact Marsha Swantz at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Breast Cancer Support Group
Breast Cancer Support Group – meets the 2nd Sunday each month after the 10:30 service. Facilitated by Dr. Cindy Tortorelli, survivor and radiologist specializing in breast imaging/diagnostics.
Our next group meetings are off of the normal schedule: March 19th and April 2nd.