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Joyful Journey Study

“Joy is the serious business of heaven.” C.S. Lewis

The Easter season brings us face to face with the resurrected Christ - and deep into all our doubts and questions. In a society that values cynicism over belief, we can be dubious about any statement that  begins, “I believe…” Further, when we allow our lives to be ruled by our doubts, we abandon our journey into the joy of God. This Easter season, learn what it means to follow Jesus, to glimpse our risen Lord and the world of joy into which we are called. The study follows the sermon topics listed below.

Discovering Joy: Apr. 28, DS*, & May 12, NS*: God’s joy can keep you from grounding your identity in doubt.

Discipleship of Joy: May 12, DS, & May 19, NS: Discipleship is more than a death-march into an ethical but boring life.

Delighted in by God: May 19, DS, & May 26, NS: Lewis says we are, “loved by God…delighted in as an artist delights in his work.”

Journey to Peace: May 26, DS, & June 2, NS: Joy leads us into peace as we live each moment in God’s presence.

Journey into Unity: June 2, DS, & June 9, NS: Joy leads us into unity with common values lived out humbly before God.

To start or join a small group studying Joyful Journey, click here, or contact Pastor Mary at mbauer@felc.com or 733-2303.

*DS=Downtown Site; NS=North Site

Joyful Journey Sermon Series

Sermon One Highlights: Discovering Joy

Sermon Two Highlights: Discipleship of Joy

Sermon Three Highlights: Delighted in by God

Sermon Four: Journey to Peace

Sermon Five: Journey into Unity


Fearless Faith

How do you deal with the chaos of life in the 20th century? In addition to daily frustrations and worries, eventually, we all encounter the larger fears that are part of being human: the fear of being alone; the fear of failure; and the fear of suffering. Our sermon-based study, “Fearless Faith”, is meant to give tools to help deal with the daily frustrations and the larger fears that are part of everyday life. The study uses ideas from the book, Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing by Soren Kierkegaard – an amazingly insightful look into Christian living. We will not use the book for the study, but for those who enjoy philosophy, it is well worth your time to read it. Don’t miss the first sermon in the series on Jan. 20 at the Downtown Site and Jan. 27 at the North Site.

Grab a group of friends and have some wonderful discussions as you consider how your faith affects some basic fears and worries of life. To start or join a small group studying Fearless Faith, contact Pastor Mary at mbauer@felc.com or 733-2303.


Small Group HOSTs

Thanks to all the small group HOSTs who attended the training class on Tuesday, Jan. 15If you were unable to come to the training, you can access our HOST instructional videos online here.

Download the Small Group Guidelines and Agreement.

Questions? Contact Pastor Mary Bauer at mbauer@felc.com.

Fearless Faith Sermons

As the sermon series unfolds, the sermons will be available to watch below.

Sermon One: Listening to Act for the Good

Sermon Two: What is the Good?

Sermon Three: The Fear of Loneliness

Sermon Four: The Fear of Failure

Sermon Five: The Fear of Suffering

Sermon Six: Willing One Thing