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Bethany Lutheran Church & Early Childhood Ministry - Saginaw, MI

(989) 793-9579
5051 McCarty Road
(at the corner of Center & McCarty)

Saginaw, MI  48603


Bible Studies
Bethany's Bible Classes

Different topics offered in manageable segments.

Our Bible study year is divided into three modules when different topics of study are offered:
♦ Winter (Jan-May)
♦ Summer (June-Aug)
♦ Fall (Sept-Dec)

Our Fall module of classes begins on Sept 24th. More details are below.
9:00 am Sunday Mornings: Classes for Youth, Teens, Adults.

During the Fall and Winter modules, we offer Bible Classes for all ages, from 3 to 103 years old. Bible studies run from 9:00 to 9:45 am (prior to our 10:00 am worship service). We affectionately call this study time our "Bible Class Bistro" because we offer "bottomless cups of coffee" and "endless servings of friendship." In other words, our Bible Class Bistro is when God's Word is served in the smaller settings of age-appropriate Bible study. We offer the following age groupings:
 ♦ Littles (3 years to 2nd grade)
 ♦ Middles (grades 3—6)
 ♦ Teens, Collegiates & Adults, combined

The Fall Module of classes begins Sept 24th.
Sunday Mornings, 9:00-9:45 am
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Lessons from Luther Yesterday & Today
By Pastor Mike, held in the Sanctuary

In 1530 the Reformation of the Christian church was in full swing. Martin Luther’s popularity had pushed his writings to the top of the best-seller list. What if you had a chance to hear him speak? What if you could sit at the feet of this scholar of Scripture who taught crowds of not just princes but also peasants? Well, you can. In this  Bible study, Lessons from Luther Yesterday and Today, you will engage with this master teacher in the study of topics such as prayer, marriage, the Lord’s Supper, and teaching children—topics still at the heart of your Christian faith today. Join us at the feet of Luther!

     Teens are encouraged to attend Pastor Mike's classes on Sunday mornings.
     Also, watch for information about a new Pathfinders group that will provide Bible Class opportunities for teens.

Kids & Youth Classes: Preschool to 6th grade
Focusing on the Bible’s main people & events.

   • Littles (3 yrs to 2nd grade) meeting in 3-
      year-old Preschool Room (East side)


   • Middles (grades 3—6) meeting in 4-year-
      old Preschool Room (West side)


Women's Bible Study
Tuesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Held in Pastor's Office
Beginning Sept 26  
Reformation: Grace, Faith, Scripture (with video introductions)  |  Led by Rose Oelberg

What does it mean to be a Lutheran Christian? Martin Luther sparked the Reformation when he nailed his protest to the door of the Castle Church in 1517. That protest had the one goal: bring the church back to the foundation of the Bible. To be a Lutheran Christian means to base our teaching and practice on the Bible alone. Our new study, Reformation: Grace, Faith, Scripture, presents important biblical principles that are still important to us and all Bible-believing Christians today.

â–º To study each Reformation principle, a video clip from the new WELS Reformation movie will be shown that introduces the focus of the study. Then the class will explore from scripture why and how this Bible truth is a timeless blessing from God. Each class will last about 70 minutes.

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Bible Information Class (BIC) 
Pastor's "Bible Information Clas" answers all those questions you've been longing to know, but unable to ask... until now!

The BIC Class is Pastor's most popular class because it simultaneously offers an in-depth study of the major truths of the Bible while sharing these teachings in an easy-to-follow presentation that's comfortable for all people. Whether someone is brand-new to the Bible, or if someone is an experienced student of the Bible, this class will capture your interest and feed your soul (or as Pastor Mike says, "If the class doesn't meet your needs, just let me know-- no harm, no foul!")

The BIC class is Pastor's core repeating class because it's taught repeatedly and frequently in personal settings (in the comfort of one's home), as well as in group settings held at church. 

The BIC class is Pastor's core repeating class that covers the core (central) teachings of the Bible. This is in fact the main purpose of the class: to introduce people to the major teachings of the Bible that compose the historic Christian faith.

People who wish to explore communicant membership with Bethany also use this class as a way to discover what we teach and believe.

And there are no commitments or obligations for anyone to attend this class (or to attend any of our Bethany Bible classes).

Topics include a study of creation in comparison to evolution; pondering how numerous prophecies written centuries beforehand were fulfilled in the person and life of Jesus Christ; learning what God says about death, the resurrection and heaven; grasping how God inspired different men to write a Bible that's true and inerrant; why baptism and communion are neither magical nor meaningless, but powerful sacraments that "demand faith and give the faith that's demanded." And there's so much more, all of which is explained in an embracing, relevant and interesting style. And all materials are freely supplied.


Private, In-Home Meetings 

Because so many people have difficult schedules and cannot attend a class being held at church in a group setting, Pastor Mike is pleased to offer this class in the convenience of your home, according to your weekly schedule. At their kitchen table or in their living room is how most people are able to attend this class. Not only does this allow for flexibility in scheduling classes, it allows people to ask questions of the pastor that they may not feel comfortable asking in front of other people. Please request an in-home visit and a sample of how this class is taught. To do so, simply call, text or email Pastor Mike to set up a sample class in the convenience of your home!

Thinking about asking for a trial, personal class? Send a quick note here: mike.nitz@bethanysaginaw.com

During a private, in-home BIC class the cat naps on a Bible while watching the lesson on pastor's laptop.
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