Lutheran Church of Our Saviour

                                                                                       Tampa, FL


Dancing in fields of Grace - Description of Workshops

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Session 1—9:45 am-11:15 am—Pick One


A:   Becoming an Evangelizing People—What’s God up to in your life?  What’s God up to in the world?  How can we join him?  Come to this workshop and see new perspectives on evangelism.

       Leader:  Irene Flynn, Florida Bahamas Synod Specialist in Resource and Training


B:   Book of Faith—The ELCA Book of Faith initiative will expand our fluency in the first language of faith, the Bible. In this session we will study the Bible, sampling four different approaches to Bible study and concentrating on Lutheran insights for Bible Study. Learn what it means to be a Book of Faith congregation within a Book of Faith Synod. Discover again the rich tradition of Lutheran theological treasures.  Bring your Bibles!

Leaders:  Pastor John Hillmer, Grace Lutheran, Tampa  and  Pastor Wally Meyer, Christ Our Redeemer, Temple Terrace


C: I’m Excited about Liturgy:  Shall we Dance?—In this workshop for all who worship (whether musicians or non-musicians), David Ludwig will share  his own excitement about weekly liturgy by sharing stores from his own life, with the hope of kindling or re-kindling the flame of your own excitement too!.  No, we won’t literally dance in this workshop, but we’ll explore the liturgy as the dance of the people, of the organist, the pianist, the cantor, the lector, the preacher, the presider, the choirs, guitarists, drummers and musicians.  The goal is to leave this workshop refreshed and renewed, with a deeper understanding and lots of shared energy which will enliven and enrich our own worship in our own communities. 

Leader: David Ludwig, Cantor, St. John Lutheran Church, Winter Park


D: Spirituality Today—When Jesus was asked what commandment in the law was the greatest, he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind”  Matthew 22:37.  What does it mean to love, to agape, God?  How do we grow in our relationship with our loving God?  Open the door and get a glimpse to a potentially life changing experience.

Leader:  SueAnn Collinge, Associate in Ministry, Apostles Lutheran Church, Brandon


E: Can You Hear Me Now?:  Discerning God’s Call to Rostered/Lay Ministry—Discernment:  By definition, this involves the detection of something that already exists.  For people of faith, discernment means taking time to discover the will of God in one’s life at any given time and place.  This listening for God’s voice manifests itself in the silence of our hearts, words of other people, scripture, worship and the world.  It begs the question, are you connected?

Leader:  Pastor Rick Malivuk, All Saints Lutheran Church, Lutz


F: Safeguarding God’s Children—(Must be taken with Class F in Session 2) This is an in-depth educational and training program for preventing and responding to child sexual abuse in everyday life and in ministry training program in sexual abuse awareness.  This training is for rostered leaders, Sunday School teachers, nursery workers, youth workers and volunteers, and others who work with children and youth in our churches. Denise was trained by the Episcopal Church to lead these sessions when she was on special call in 2002-03.  She has taught the course more than fifty times and has trained over 1,000 people in this sensitive and necessary topic.

Leader:  Denise Baringer, Associate in Ministry




Session 2—11:30 am-1:00 pm—Pick One


G: Technology As Your Servant—How to define the content of your congregation, identify the technology that can publicize that content, and design media that “makes Christ known” in your community.

Leader:  Pastor Russell Meyer


H: Dancing in Fields of Grace:  Mixing Musical Styles in Worship—In this workshop designed especially for church musicians and worship leaders (but open to all), David Ludwig will share his love for mixing all sorts of musical styles in worship. We’ll try out some different musical styles and techniques together, figuring out why and when they work (or don’t work) to help the community worship. Techniques will be demonstrated for introducing “traditional” hymns into “contemporary” services, as well as introducing more “contemporary” songs and instruments into “traditional” services. We’ll pay particular attention to psalm singing in a variety of styles, demonstrating psalm settings and techniques that work well in almost any kind of service, with varied instrumentation. The goal is to leave with practical ideas and techniques for broadening and deepening worship and a new vocabulary for discussing the mixing of musical styles in worship.

Leader:  David Ludwig, Cantor, St. John Lutheran Church, Winter Park


I: Teaching Children goes beyond Sunday School—As parents and members of congregations, we promise God that we will do all we can to help that child on their faith journey. This workshop will focus on education beginning at baptism and continuing throughout a child’s growing up years.  We will share ideas on how congregations can develop family events to celebrate each milestone along the way.

Leaders:  SueAnn Collinge and Kit O’Rourke, Apostles Lutheran Church, Brandon


J: Caring for God’s Creation—Ideas and tips will be shared on how to beautify church grounds, what types of plants are sturdy and work well in commercial areas.  Weather permitting, there will be a tour of the Sanctuary Garden at Apostles that was designed by Ms. Whale. She loves nature and will graciously share her knowledge with all who attend her workshop. 

Leader:  JoAnne Whale, Apostles Lutheran Church, Brandon


K: Including Youth and Young Adults in the Whole Life of the Church—This workshop will look at lifting up the often unseen gifts and talents of youth and young adults in and around your congregation, as well as how to empower them to use those gifts. 

Leader:  Amy Santoriello, Florida Bahamas Synod, Youth and Young Adult Specialist


F: Safeguarding God’s Children—(Must be taken with Class F in Session 1)

See Workshop Description under Class F in Session 1

Leader:  Denise Baringer, Associate in Ministry


Youth Programs:   L:  K—Grade 2 M: Grade 3 to Grade 5 N:  Middle School O:  High School (encouraged to attend workshops)