Adult Education at Holy Trinity includes book studies, Bible studies, and video and discussion series. We strive to provide education from diverse viewpoints and encourage respectful communication so all have a chance to share their viewpoints and be heard. Adult Forum involves some reading between sessions, but Sunday school is a drop in experience for anyone who wants to give it a try! Opportunities change frequently, here is what we have scheduled right now:
1:00-2:30 pm first and third Tuesdays of the month, September-June at Lakefront Plaza Community Room: First meeting of fall is on Tuesday, September 19. Current study is On This Spirit Walk by Henrietta Mann and Anita Phillips. New participants are welcome any time! Enter Lakefront Plaza by the main door and buzz the Community Room to enter.
The adult forum study has sessions in fall and spring. The fall study begins on September 28 and is on the book Fear of the Other; No Fear in Love by Will Willimon. The group meets Thursdays, with a choice of morning (10:30-12:30 am) or evening (6:30-8:30 pm) options. Participants meet at The Parsonage next door to the church (enter by front door or use the side door for ramp access). You can obtain your own copy of the book, or inquire at the church office (952-447-2990) to purchase or borrow one of ours.
Adult Sunday School
You are cordially invited to attend the Adult Sunday School class, which begins at 9:30 am in The Parsonage (the house next door to the main building). Each week we will have interesting videos and lively discussions. Come when you can! The coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are always on. The current course offering is below. Note: We have ordered extra books for each series that has a book. If you’d like to borrow one ahead of time or during the series, check with us! We look forward to having you join us for any or all sessions!
September 17-October 8: Nooma by Rob Bell. Nooma is a series of short films featuring Rob Bell promoting spiritual reflections on individual life experiences. The name NOOMA (or pneuma) comes from a phonetic spelling of the Greek word πνευμα, meaning “wind”, “spirit”, or “breath. Each week we will cover a different aspect of how we can enhance our spiritual reflections on everyday life experiences. We will be revisiting Nooma in February.
October 15- November 19: The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Skeptics dismiss the Jesus of the Gospels by claiming there is no evidence in the case for Christ. Lee Strobel disagrees. The former legal journalist and one-time atheist knows how to ask tough questions. His own search for truth about Jesus led him to faith in Christ. In this revised six-session study participants will journey along with Strobel on a quest for the truth about Jesus. Rejecting easy answers, you will sift through fascinating historical evidence as you weigh compelling expert testimony. In the end, groups may very well see Jesus in a new way—and even, like Strobel, find their life transformed.
- The Investigation of a Lifetime
- Eyewitness Evidence
- Evidence Outside the Bible
- Analyzing Jesus
- Evidence for the Resurrection
- Reaching Your Verdict
November 26-December 17 (Advent Study): Faithful: Christmas through the Eyes of Joseph by Adam Hamilton. We’re not that different from Joseph. True, we may not be part of a story that will be remembered for all time, but like Joseph, we encounter circumstances that we’d never choose for ourselves. At times, it can be tempting just to walk away, but Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don’t understand, faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides. In this Advent study Adam Hamilton examines Christmas through the eyes of Joseph so that we can learn to accept and glorify God’s will even when our situation makes it difficult to do so.
Chapter topics include:
- A Carpenter Named Joseph
- Whose Child is This?
- Raising a Child Not Your Own
- The Journey to Bethlehem
January 7-February 11: When God Doesn’t Fix It by Laura Story. Christian singer Laura Story’s life took an unexpected turn when her husband, Martin, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The devastating news forever changed their lives and brought Laura’s dreams of a fairy-tale life to an end. Yet her struggles to accept her new situation also brought her deeper joy and intimacy with God as she allowed him to rewrite her story. In this five-session curriculum, Laura examines the twists and turns that took place not only in her own life but also in the lives of many of the heroes of the faith. She reveals how God used crises in the lives of people such as Abraham, Sarah, David, and Paul to bring them closer to him and set them on the path he wanted them to take. She also shows how God used each of these individuals in spite of their flaws and brokenness. God may not fix everything in our lives. In fact, our situation might not ever change or get better. But we can know that God will lead us to a place where we are better because of it.
- Don’t Be Surprised by Trouble
- Best-Made Plans
- When God Doesn’t Fix It
- Why? The Question on Replay
- A Better Broken
February 18-25 Revisiting Nooma with Rob Bell. If you were here at the beginning of our Sunday School season, you are already familiar with Nooma. This is a series of short films promoting spiritual reflections on individual life experiences. The name NOOMA (or pneuma) comes from a phonetic spelling of the Greek word πνευμα, meaning “wind”, “spirit”, or “breath. Each week we will cover a different aspect of how we can enhance our spiritual reflections on everyday life experiences.
March 4-March 25 (Lenten Study) Final Words from the Cross by Adam Hamilton. In this year’s Lenten Study, Final Words from the Cross, Adam Hamilton examines Christ’s dying hours and his final words as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of those who stood near the cross. This small-group study DVD features Hamilton providing fresh insight into Jesus’ final words at the cross through the perspective of those who witnessed the crucifixion. Then, he moves beyond the cross to Jesus’ words to the disciples on the road to Emmaus and to those who were witnesses to the Resurrection.
- Father Forgive Them
- Today You Will Be with Me in Paradise
- Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother
- My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?
- I Thirst
- It Is Finished…Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit
April 8- April 29 Why in the World? by Andy Stanley. In this four-session video Bible study, bestselling author and pastor Andy Stanley takes a closer look at one of the unique things Christians believe: God became one of us. Why in the world would God do that? Why would God leave the comfort and recognition of heaven to live on this ball of dirt in a time before morphine and indoor plumbing when the best of conditions barely paralleled the worst of modern-day conditions? Why? We think we know why He died. But what compelled him to live as one of us?
May 6-May 20 Movie – All Saints (originally released fall of 2017) All Saints is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.
After trading in his corporate sales career to become a pastor, Michael’s first assignment is All Saints, a quaint country church with a dozen members. It comes with a catch: he has to close the church doors for good and sell the prime piece of land on which it sits. While developers eagerly eye the property and the congregation mourns the inevitable, Michael and his family look forward to moving on to an established church where they can put down roots. But when the church hesitantly begins welcoming Karen (kuh-REN) refugees from Burma—former farmers striving for a fresh start in America—Michael feels called to an improbable new mission. Toiling alongside the Karen people, the congregation attempts to turn their fertile land into a working farm to pay the church’s bills and feed its newest people. Jeopardizing his family’s future by ignoring his superiors, Michael must choose between completing what he was assigned to do—close the church and sell the property—or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community.