New Member Class at Trinity Lutheran Church

Are you looking for a church home?

Do you love learning about the Bible, theology, and Church history?

Do you want to know more about what your child is learning at Trinity Lutheran School?

On Tuesday, September 17, Pastor John Preus will begin teaching a New Members Class in the Trinity Lutheran Church undercroft (social hall).

The class will meet every Tuesday from 5:30 to about 6:30 PM for the next twelve weeks. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, you can email Pastor Preus with this link, call him at (307) 222-8299, or just show up!

If these times will not work with your schedule, don’t worry— Pastor will be starting another class in January. Please contact him to discuss some times that would work well for you.

The class is completely free, and an intention to join the Lutheran Church is not a pre-requisite. All are welcome: inquirers (those who are simply interested in learning more about Lutheran doctrine), catechumens (those who are preparing for baptism or confirmation in the Lutheran Church), and Lutherans who just want a refresher course. If you’re not sure which category you’re in, that’s fine! Pastor Preus would be happy to speak with you about that. In the meantime, come ready to search the Scriptures, learn about the Lutheran Church, and grow in godly wisdom.

What does the New Members Class cover?

The six chief parts of Dr. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism provide the basic sequence and content for the class: the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, the Office of the Keys and Confession, and the Sacrament of the Altar. However, you might be surprised at just how much can be included under these headings! Sub-topics include…

  • Vocation & the Three Estates: Family, Church, & State
  • The Two Kingdoms: God’s Reign on Earth through the Law & the Gospel
  • The Three Uses of God’s Law
  • Saving Doctrine: The Content of the Christian Faith
  • Orthodoxy & Doxology: Lutheran Doctrine & Lutheran Worship
  • The “Catholic” Faith: What Does This Mean?
  • The Reformation
  • Praying as a Child of God
  • “The Mutual Conversation and Consolation of the Brethren”: Life in the Household of Faith
  • Birth from Above & the Gift of the Holy Spirit: Baptismal Regeneration
  • The Blessing of Private Confession & Absolution
  • Christ for You in the Lord’s Supper: Forgiveness, Life, & Salvation
  • Communion & Church Fellowship

… and more.

If there’s anything in particular that you’re curious about, you will have ample opportunity to ask Pastor Preus questions— in advance, or as they come to you during class.

An Allegory of the Old and New Testaments
Hans Holbein the Younger, c. 1530, oil on panel