(256) 721-0041 info@mlutheran.org

Christian Education

The Bible is God’s Great Gift for mankind to open, read and learn from, not just while we are school aged, or going through confirmation, but for our whole life. From the cradle to grave, studying God’s work in the company of others will be a source of blessing.   It is His Great Heritage and shall remain so when we pass this Great Gift to children or grandchildren, family, friends and strangers.  Explore the many ways Messiah Lutheran Church can help you or your family open this gift. 

All are welcome, including guests and friends. Our Sunday School program always has room to grow and we encourage everyone to join at any time during the year!  A wide variety of Sunday School classes for ages 2 to adult are offered each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. August through May.

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 Sunday School at Messiah Lutheran Church

Registering Your Child

Please complete this Sunday School Registration Form and return to the church office.   You can also download the form, sign and then e-mail it back to office@mlutheran.org

It is not necessary to register visiting children or friends.   Please let the Sunday School teacher know if a guest or friend has any physical, behavioral or health/diet limitations or restrictions.

Sunday School Calendar (2018-2019)

Printable Copy (July 11, 2018) 

Sunday School will meet every Sunday from August 5th, 2018  to May 19th, 2019 except on the following dates: 

  • September 2 – Labor Day
  • October 14 – Fall Break
  • November 25  – Thanksgiving Break
  • December 23 and 30 – Christmas Break
  • March 17 – Spring Break
  • April 21 – Easter (but there is a Senior Youth Pancake Breakfast during the Sunday School Hour so please come to that!)

Last day of Sunday School is May 19th, 2019

Fall 2018 Sunday School – Adults 

 Sunday School / Bible Study with Dottie Hanson meets in Room 1.   Note: Dottie Hanson’s class will not meet on November 18th or 25th, or on December 23rd or 30th.   

Mission Crafter’s  Group:  Meeting in Room 3

Adult Sunday School Classes are continuous.   All Welcome! 


Conversation Cafe for Adults: 

Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ 

by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale begins Sep 16 in the Parish Hall.

This class will extend the learning which took place in “Everyday Questions”  and   The course will run approximately 12 weeks and includes video presentations and discussions.   The course is based on the book by Zacharias / Vitale but for our class, we will use the accompanying Study Guide, which you can order in Paperback   OR extended e-reader edition  (e-reader edition includes the video content!)  Cost is approx $15.50 (tax&shipping)

View The Course Syllabus and Schedule

See the updated Course Schedule, below! 

Related Content (External) 

It’s Getting Harder to Talk About God  by John Merritt (NY Times Opinion Post) 


Week Date Facilitators
1 – Be Prepared (A) Sep 23 Heideman/Kilby
1 – Be Prepared (B) Sep 30 Heideman/Kilby/Machamer
2 – Atheism & Scientism (A) Oct 07 Heideman/Kilby/Machamer
2 – Atheism & Scientism (B) Oct 14 Heideman/Kilby/Machamer
3 – Pluralism (A) Oct 21 Heideman/Kilby/Machamer
Town Hall/Poverty Discussion Oct 28 No class today
3 – Pluralism (B) Nov 04 Kilby/Heideman
4 – Humanism & Relativism (A) Nov 11 Heideman/Machamer
4 – Humanism & Relativism (B) Nov 18 Heideman/Machamer
5 – Hedonism (A) Dec 02 Heideman/Kilby/Machamer
5 – Hedonism (B) Dec 09 Heideman/Kilby/Machamer
Children’s Sunday School Program Dec 16 No class today 
6 – Conversations that Count (A) Jan 06 Heideman/Kilby/Machamer
6 – Conversations that Count (B) Jan 13 Heideman/Kilby/Machamer
 Possible Study Wrap Up  Jan 20 TBD
No class on Nov 25, Dec 16, Dec 23 or Dec 30 updates on mlutheran.org/education    


First Communion Instruction

First Communion classes are offered for youth 10 years of age or older, or close.  Communion classes typically run consecutively for three weeks, are approximately 30 minutes in length and take place following the late service.  Specific details concerning First Communion, it’s instruction and celebration are announced annually in December.  

If you are interested in First Communion classes for yourself or your child, please talk to Pastor Peterson or call the Church Office at 721-0041. 

Confirmation Program

At Messiah, we sponsor a two-year confirmation program for eighth and ninth grade students. Confirmation at Messiah is about faith formation, not simply faith information. We focus on being the church, not teaching about the church. Our program includes learning events, fellowship events, service events,  and worship events.  If you are interested in Confirmation classes for yourself or your child, please talk to Pastor Peterson or call the Church Office at 721-0041.



Sara Galyon,
Director of Youth and Education Ministries

Janell Zesinger
Council Representative for Education and Youth

Devonee Woods
Sunday School Superintendent office@mlutheran.org

 Pre-K to Grade 12 Classes & Teachers

Preschool in the Nursery – Deidre Hopkin
Pre-K & K in Room 6 – Julia Naefe 
1st & 2nd in Room 10 – Kari Pitchko
3rd & 4th in Rooms 11 & 12 – Juanita Florio
5th in Room 7 – Glen Long
6th – 8th in Room – 4 Sara Galyon
High School – Chris Berry 




 About Sara Galyon


Sara relocated to the area with her husband, a fellow Youth Director, in June of 2016. She moved here from the Memphis TN area where she completed her Masters of Arts in Youth ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary. She is originally from the east coast where she grew up in the Delaware/Maryland Synod of the ELCA, and has an undergraduate degree in Spanish and International Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

 Sara has a passion for working with young people, and has been in professional youth ministry for the past 7 years and has worked with teenagers in some capacity for the past 15. She enjoys helping students realize that God is very active in the world around them, and helping them find their place in God’s action. She also enjoys working with families as they navigate aiding their teenagers’ transition into college/career years.

 Outside of her role as Director of Youth and Christian Education Ministries,  Sara loves to travel, read, and spend time with her husband Philip, sons Andrew and Christopher and Nathan.


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