Discipleship Hour

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You are invited to join those who want to be energized in their life of discipleship as we continue to gather on Sunday mornings for Discipleship Hour. Children, youth, and adults – there is something for everyone! A new series of breakout classes begins on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Please read the following breakout descriptions, complete the registration sheet, turn it in to the office, in an offering plate, or to an usher, and plan to attend.

What to Expect


Join us for coffee, juice, and desserts from 9:00 AM – 9:25 AM in the gymnasium.


An adult opening will begin at 9:25 AM in the gymnasium; a children/youth opening will begin at 9:25 AM in the Early Childhood Center Activity Room on the second floor. Parents with children, make sure you take them to the activity room in time to be back in the gym for the adult opening (9:25 AM). Youth in grades 8 – 12 will begin in the 5th Grade classroom.


Adults will go to their designated Breakout Sessions and Children 3 years old – 3rd grade will participate in a VBS style learning experience with crafts, activities, and lessons. Youth in grades 4 – 7 will meet for age appropriate discipleship training with Alan Lull, and youth in grades 8 – 12 will meet with Bekah Karolus for discipleship training.

Winter Schedule

February 19—March 26 – Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session Descriptions


Led by Pastor Jeff Dorth & School Administrator Dawn Oldenettel

This study is meant to equip parents in their important role as spiritual leaders of their children. Participants will be provided practical tools for passing on the Christian faith from one generation to the next.

The Bible On Trial

Led by Brian Brauer, Teacher

Set in a courtroom, this video study through Lutheran Hour Ministries examines the contributions of biblical analysis, ancient historical voices, archeology, and the testimony of first-century followers of Jesus Christ in its quest to determine the reliability and accuracy of the Bible’s message. Those who are new to the faith may find this study of particular interest.


Led by Tom Engel, Lay Teacher

As the participants study Ephesians, the Lord will equip them for victory over temptation and strife, for victory over sin and Satan, so that they may serve God and His people in unity and joy. Ephesians can be read as God’s plan for your family, your pastor, and your congregation as you serve together according to God’s eternal purposes.

I Timothy

Led by Ron Oldenettel, Emeritus Pastor

In this Epistle, Paul offers sound teachings for young and old, men and women. As you study this letter, you will learn more about your calling and how you can use your vocation to serve others. God does not only challenge you to serve well, He equips you with sound teaching so you can pursue righteousness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness.

A Man Named Martin

Led by Dan Berres, Lay Teacher

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It was on October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five thesis on the door of the Wittenberg chapel. This video series is designed to help us appreciate God’s gift of this faithful reformer.

Special Breakout Sessions

Promises of Grace

Led by Chris Bruskiewicz, Assistant Pastor

This ten-week class is designed to help the participants grow in their understanding of what we believe and teach within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and to become familiar with the language we use at St. John’s to describe what we believe. Since this is a ten week class, it has already begun on January 22, 2017. If you missed the first sessions, you can still attend and we will catch you up. For those who are unable to attend on a Sunday morning, the same class is offered each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the lower fellowship hall in the church.

Baptism Class

Led by Debbie and Jeff Corbett

This breakout is offered on the fourth Sunday of each month and is designed to be one avenue of support for families who are considering baptism. Attendance is required before a baptism can be scheduled. Following the class, further guidance will be provided to families in their discipleship planning. Parents wishing to have their child(ren) baptized are encouraged to attend the class several months before the baptismal day.

Introduction to Foster Care

Led by Keith and Kay Traska

Have you ever considered becoming foster parents? Do you have questions about foster care, such as, does foster care lead to adoption? Would you like to learn more about the system so you can support others who are foster parents? Come hear about the Traska’s experience becoming a foster family and how we can all serve our community through foster care. This breakout will only be held on the first two Sundays, February 19 and 26.