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Growing & Learning at TOL

Sunday School

TOL offers Sunday School (Elementary to High School) on the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Classes begin at 9:45 AM.

For information regarding First Communion and Confirmation Classes, please contact the church office.

TOL's Annual Christmas Program

Bible Studies & Discussion Groups


First Peter - led by Pastor Fred

We will be discussing First Peter – this letter exhibits a triumphant conviction of faith.  Pastor Fred will lead this 6-week bible study from 10 -11:30 a.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church.  The classes will meet on September 10, 17, 24 and October 8, 15, 22.  A Zoom invite will be available too.  Hope to see you there!

World Religions and Traditions- led by Charlie Schmidtke

Mondays, 1 PM to 2:30 PM.  Classes will be held in the Fireside Lounge with a Zoom option for those who do not want to attend in person.  Please be sure to let Charlie know that you want to be included in teh Zoom invitation.

World Religions

Hinduism - September 13th and 20th

Buddhism - October 4th, 11th and 18th

Daoism - November 8th, 15th and 22nd

Abrahamic Religions (Starting in 2022)

Judaism- January 10th and 17th

Islam - January 31st, February 7th, 14th and 21st

"Other" Christianities - March 28th

Other Traditions

Native American - April 4th and 11th

Tribal African and Aboriginal - April 25th, May 2nd and 9th

Upcoming Topics for 2022-2023

Biblical Places | Fall 2022

Babel, Mount Mariah, Goshen (Egypt), Mount Sinai, Persepolis (Babylon), Qumran, Via Dolorosa

Paul's Cities and Regions | Winter and Spring 2023

Jerusalem, Antioch, Tarsus, Damascus, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae, Thessalonica, Rome

Wednesday Night Table Talk - led by Charlie Schmidtke

"My I's: Isms, Ignorance, Interrelationships and Insights"

A discussion group for Charlie Schmidtke's new book

The phrase "an unexamined life is not worth living" is a truism that became a guide for Charlie's journey of self-reflection.  This program is less about discussing Charlie's stories and more about how his stories and reflections can prompt discussions aimed at self-awareness in our lives.  Although reading the book is not a necessity for attending, it does serve as the basic resource for the discussion topics.  However, please join us even if you haven't read the book.

Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 PM at TOL

September 8th:  Discovering our racial prejudices

September 22nd:  Examining Religious Intolerance

October 6th:  Gender differences and our misunderstandings

October 20th:  Generational relationships and myths and realities of aging

November 3rd:  "Societal Griefism"  and its impact in our lives

November 17th:  Respect and love for the world and places in our lives

December 1st:  Respect and love for our family and friends

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