Bible Study

Please email or call the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for contact information of facilitators. Unless otherwise noted, groups meet at Messiah's Hazel Dell campus. Most small groups take a summer break.

Meeting Weekly

Prayer Breakfast 2019.09.03 for WebBible Study/Breakfast with Pastor Peter

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Participants:
Adults
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 6:00-7:05a

The Tuesday Morning Small Group meets at 6:00a at Panera Bread Co. on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Facilitated by Pr. Peter, each session begins with prayer and the study ends when the first group member has to leave for work, usually around 7:05a.
The group alternates between reading a book of the Bible over several weeks and reading interesting contemporary works by Christian authors. Previous guided readings have included A Year of Biblical Womanhood (© 2012) by Rachel Held Evans, The Phoenix Affirmations (© 2006) by Eric Elnes, A New Kind of Christianity (© 2011) by Brian McLaren, Names for the Messiah (© 2016) by Walter Breuggemann, The Great Emergence (© 2012) by Phyllis Tickle,  The Jesus I Never Knew (© 1994) by Philip Yancey, ( Pastrix (© 2013) by Nadia Bolz-Weber, Searching for Sunday (© 2015) by Rachel Held Evans, Awaiting the Already by Magrey R. deVega, A World Awaits, selected readings by C.S. Lewis, An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus’ Rhythms of Work and Rest (© 2013) by Alan Fadling, God is in the Manger (© 2010) collected letters and writings by Dietrich Bonheoffer, Sabbath as Resistance (© 2014) by Walter Brueggemann, Jesus, The Final Days (© 2009) by Craig Evans and N.T. Wright, The Prodigal God (© 2011) by Tim Keller, Take this Bread (© 2008) by Sara Miles, The Vanishing Neighbor by Marc Dunkelman (© 2014), Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White (© 2012) by Adam Hamilton. For more information or to find out what the group is currently studying, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (574-7081). There is always an open seat at the table for newcomers and guests. Everyone is welcome.

Adult Bible Study Class

Facilitator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Messiah's Pastoral Intern
Participants:
Adults
Day & Time: Wednesdays at 10:00-11:30a and 6:35-7:30p

Fall 2019
No Worries Adult Bible Study: A Survey of the Gospel of Matthew
9-sessions starting Sept. 18

These are anxious times—read any news feed or watch any news broadcast. What might we take from the Gospel where Jesus says five times, “Do not worry?” Pr. Peter and Intern Pastor will lead a survey of Matthew’s best material, including Jesus’ injunctions not to worry. Email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or leave a voicemail (360-574-7081) with Administrative Assistant Sally Dost to register.

Meeting Monthly

Martha CircleMartha Circle

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Participants: Women
Day & Time: 2nd Thursday of each month
Time: 10:00a
Location: Hazel Dell campus fellowship hall
Study Resource: Gather, by Women of the Lutheran Church in America

Are you at loose ends on Thursday mornings? Martha Circle women’s Bible study meets at 10:00 on the second Thursday morning of the month in the fellowship hall. Gather, a magazine published by Women of the ELCA is used for the study. Great treats and fellowship are included along with local benevolence projects and a Christmas brunch. Contact Sandy Grafton for more information.

Ladies Night Out for WebMessiah Breakfast Club and Ladies Night Out

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Participants: Women
Day & Time: Once-a-month breakfast group meeting the last Friday of every month at 9:00a with Ladies Night Out happening quarterly.
Location: Off site
Liz is leading a once-a-month group for moms that meets for breakfast at a variety of eateries in Vancouver. The group also plans regular Ladies Night Out events and retreats.

Adult Couples Group

Days: 3rd Thursdays of each month
Time: 7:00p
Location: Homes of group members
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Study Resource: Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart: How to Relate to Those Who Are Suffering

Brewed Theology (formerly known as Theology on Tap)

God. Conversation. Beer.
Mill Creek Pub Battle Groundat Mill Creek Pub in Battle GroundFacilitators: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Participants: Adults
Days: usually the fourth Tuesday or third Thursday of the month (on break July and August)
Time: 7:00-8:30p
Location: Local craft breweries and pubs in North Portland and Clark County
Purposes:

  1. to engage in relaxed and guided conversation about interesting and often profound theological topics;
  2. to enjoy some of the finest craft beers anywhere;
  3. and to do it with some of the best people around.

Untapped Pubat Untapped Pub, PortlandBrewed Theology meets at local craft breweries and pubs in North Portland or Clark County. The meeting days are typically the fourth Tuesday or Thursday of the month. The location, dates, and topic are disclosed in a monthly email from Pr. Peter and our pastoral intern. They also provide the Preparatory Homework in the form of readings and/or videos accessed on the internet. If you are not already on the distribution list, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will add your email to the list.

Previous topics have included:

  • Democracy and Civility: Can the first exist without the other?
  • Truth. Fake News. Gospel
  • I'm Sorry: Good, Bad, and Misguided Forms of Apology
  • Talking about Death as a Faithful Act of Living
  • Take and Give: The Paradox of Generosity
  • How to Have Difficult Conversations
  • Videos. Violence. Victims. Examining how screen time impacts behavior in the young and old.
  • Mission Critical: Right. Wrong. Reimagined
  • Trivia on Tap
  • What's Next? Respawning. Resuscitation. Reabsorption. Reincarnation. Resurrection.
  • Lent: Discipleship, Discipline, of just a Drag
  • Is it "A Mad, Mad, World" or the Nex Great?
  • Sola Scriptura
  • In the Image
  • Theories and Theology: Faithful, Informed, & Christian
  • What's so Amazing about Grace
  • Is 'white' a color?: races in our spaces
  • The Meaning of Money
  • Déjà vu all over again (only faster): from Gutenberg to Google – the challenge of being a flesh and blood church in a digital world.
  • Lucky LabClose Encounter of the Divine Kind: Angels, Messengers, Messages, and You
  • God of Heaven and Mirth: God, The Bible, and Holy Humor
  • Dying Well
  • God and Sports: Silly or Serious?
  • Ready ... Set ... Stop? The War on Rest, and the Need for Sabbath
  • Affluenza: Where can I find the vaccine?
  • Incoming Call: ... God? Call, Vocation, Purpose ... and other ways to think about what the heck you are doing here, and why what you do counts
  • Space, Aliens, & Jesus Christ: Wanna? Be an Astro Theologian?
  • The Gifts of Imperfection
  • Losing My Religion
  • Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One that Isn't
  • A Christian Response to Panhandlers
  • Christian Faith and Mental Illness6/26/2014 at Intern Joe's big back yard with Heathen Brewing Co. Vancouver, WAat Intern's big back yard with Heathen Brewing Co. Vancouver
  • Angels and Demons
  • What Happens When You Die?— Reincarnation, Resuscitation, Re-absorption, Replenishment... or Resurrection?
  • If God is so close, why is God so hard to find?
  • Money, Culture, and You
  • Death and Dying: The Ethics and Challenges of End-of-Life Decisions
  • Forgiveness—What is it exactly... or not so exactly?
  • Spiritual, but not Religious—Stop Boring Me
Pubs and breweries visited:
  • Flyboy Brewing
  • Feral Public House - Heathen Brewing
  • Uptown Barrel Room
  • Ghost Runners Brewery and Taproom
  • Untapped Pub
  • Heathen Brewing Night in the Big Backyard of the Intern House
  • Loowit Brewing Co.
  • Dirty Hands Brewing Co.
  • Mill Creek Pub
  • Total Wine and More nights in the homes of Ted & Julie Johnson and Intern Joe
  • Lucky Labrador Brewing
  • Laurelwood Brewery
  • MacTarnahan’s Taproom at the Portland Brewing Co.
  • Amnesia Brewing
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery
  • Rail Side Brewing
  • The Brickhouse
  • Grapes and Growlers