“How earnestly God commanded us to teach our children."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, 1546
The following Christian education and faith formation (Sunday School) activities are currently taking place online or via Zoom. Please join us!
The Faith & Life class meets Thursdays at 10 am. The current topic is "Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition." We will watch a 30-minute video lecture by Grinnell College religion professor Tyler Roberts followed by discussion. Its central theme revolves around 'religion and modernity' from the time of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment through all manner of 19th and 20th century movements. It will focus on such thinkers as Descartes, Kant, Schleiermacker, Marx, Freud and Barth, to name but a few.
"Can you be a committed Christian without having to condemn or convert people of other faiths? Is it possible to affirm other religious traditions without watering down your own?" The Luther Forum will be discussing these provocative questions in its study this spring. Using Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World, by Brian McLaren, as its springboard, the class will reflect on how Christians should relate to other faith traditions in an increasingly pluralistic religious culture. The class meets in the Campus Center at 8:45 am on Sundays. Participants should get the book in the format of their choice. Some may prefer to join the class via Zoom; Bill will be sharing a Zoom link with those who are presently in the class. If you would like to be added to that list, or would like for him to obtain a book for you, please send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning Thursday evening, October 7, 2021, the Blacksburg-Radford Fellowship is offering a Men's Bible Study at 7 pm. The group will meet via Zoom for now, and is hoping to meet in person in the future. To obtain the Zoom link, please email Pastor Monica.
Persons who identify as male are invited to gather on Friday mornings by Zoom from
8 - 9 am for prayer, mutual support, and to discuss insights into the Gospel reading for each coming Sunday. To obtain the Zoom link, please email the Church Office Manager.
Stay tuned to find out when we will have our next Women's Bible Study!
Stay tuned to find out about Vacation Bible School in 2022!
The Virginia Synod offers many programs throughout the year for youth and young adults. More information about these events and registration forms can be found here.
Pastor Monica offers instruction on
the Christian faith and the Lutheran church denomination; preparing for the holy sacraments of baptism and first communion; and a review of Lutheran doctrine for
persons who transfer to the Blacksburg area, as preparation for membership at
Luther Memorial. Please contact Pastor Monica for more information.
The following programs are not currently being held - please visit often to get updates on all of our programs.
Parents are encouraged to grab an Activity Bag for their young children. Activity Bags are filled with coloring sheets and crayons for use during worship. If you need to comfort your child, we provide a quiet room off the Sanctuary where you may listen to worship.
During Sunday worship, Pastor Monica invites children through age 11 to participate in a weekly Children’s Sermon, then they are escorted into Fellowship Hall for Children’s Church, led by volunteers. Children’s Church blends story, drama, music, cooking and art projects to illustrate each week’s Gospel reading. Children are escorted back to the Sanctuary prior to Holy Communion.
Confirmation instruction led by Pastor Monica is designed to teach middle-schoolers about the Bible and the Lutheran faith, including
God’s baptismal covenant, the sacrament
of Holy Communion and how to live as a Christian in an ever-secular world. Our Confirmation program engages students in vibrant ways through retreats, Campfirmation at LutheRidge, teaching partnerships with
area ELCA congregations, and a special Confirmation Project.
Pastor Monica leads our Senior High youth in a casual discussion format designed to prepare young Christians for entry into the larger world. Topics include Peer Pressure; Global Activism; Poverty & Social Justice; Teen Suicide; and more. This class also supervises a Kiva Micro-Loan program, lending funds to small business owners in Third-World nations.