Adult Ministry

At First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, we want each person to connect and grow in faith.

Discover some of the options available for you to grow in faith. Studies offered changes frequently.

If you’d like to start a new study or small group, we are happy to help you develop and establish a group!


Men’s Bible Studies

Tuesday morning (6:30 – 7:30 a.m.) – Founders Hall

All men are welcome to come share in Fellowship and teachings of the Bible.

Thursday Nights (6:30 p.m.) – Murphy’s Bar

All men are welcome to come share in Fellowship and teachings of the Bible.


Inherent in the Lord’s Prayer is all the strength and compassion of our Father in heaven. In this six week introduction to the truths of God’s Word, we will examine the Lord’s Prayer phrase by phrase in a clear, understandable way. – All men welcome!

Bible Studies

Wednesdays (6:15 – 7:45 p.m.)
Led by Craig & Lesa Kautz

Text: “John”

The Gospel of John is truly unique from the “Synoptic” Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  While the first three are very similar and focused on a single year of the ministry of Jesus, John covers 2.5 years of his ministry.  In addition, while the Synoptic Gospels tend to focus upon the “works” of Jesus, the focus of John is His “preaching.”  According to biblical commentator Sarah S. Henrich,  “ a wide consensus of scholars holds that the Gospel is a magnificent work in literary form and theological depth, exploring the mystery of deity in Jesus and the personal union of believers with him . . . “  This twelve-week study will focus on a study guide for reading the Gospel of John and in-class discussions. 

Precautions to avoid the spread of COVID19 (mask wearing and/or social distancing) will be in place unless circumstances dictate otherwise.       

Sundays (9:15 -10:00 a.m.) – Zoom Meeting

Led by Kim Remmers

Text: “Living a Life of True Worship”

A blended class…in person and via Zoom! Bring a Bible to mark up.    

This brand new Bible study series from beloved Bible teacher Kay Arthur and the teaching staff of Precept Ministries tackles important issues in brief, easy-to-grasp lessons you can benefit from personally or as part of a small group. Each book in the series includes six 40-minute studies designed to draw you into God’s Word through basic inductive Bible study. As Kay explains, “Rather than simply reading or listening to what others say about a subject, you are going to see for yourself what God says about it.”Join one of the world’s most respected Bible teachers in a study that will revolutionize your thinking–and your life.

There are as many viewpoints, styles, and preferences about worship as there are people who worship. And the Bible says worship is something everyone does. So how do you know which approach is best? And how do you make sure the goal of your worship is appropriate?
This helpful study examines what the Bible says about true worship. You’ll discover that we are created for the purpose of worship. And you’ll explore solid, biblical principles for making worship a lifestyle of grateful response to your Creator and Redeemer.
Let Kay Arthur and Bob and Diane Vereen guide you into the rich scriptural truths about this important subject.

Wednesdays (6:15 – 7:45 p.m.)
Led by Becky Mohling

Text: “Goliath Must Fall”

Everyone, couples, singles, are invited to the Bible Study; Goliath Must Fall, by Louie Giglio.  Leaders Becky Mohling and Jennifer Fleischer, plus Guest Speakers. The key to living free from our giants is keeping our eyes on Jesus. Put your hope in him and watch Goliath fall.


Women’s Bible Studies

Wednesdays (6:15 – 7:45 p.m.)
Led by Micki Buscher and Deb Stuehrenberg

Text: “The Rock, The Road and The Rabbi”

As a lifelong student of Scripture, Kathie Lee Gifford has always desired a deeper understanding of God’s Word and a deeper knowledge of God Himself. But it wasn’t until she began studying the biblical texts in their original Hebrew and Greek—along with actually hiking the ancient paths of Israel—that she found the fulfillment of those desires.

Now you can walk with Kathie on a journey through the spiritual foundations of her faith:

  • The Rock (Jesus Christ): Hear directly from Kathie about her life-changing and ever-deepening connection with Jesus, the Lover of her soul.
  • The Road (Israel): Explore dozens of ancient landmarks and historical sites from Israel, the promised land of God’s covenant.
  • The Rabbi (God’s Word): Go beyond a Sunday-school approach to the Bible by digging into the original languages and deeper meanings of the Holy Scriptures.

As you journey through The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi, you’ll also find additional content from Messianic Rabbi Jason Sobel throughout the book. Jason’s insight into the Hebrew language, culture, and heritage will open your eyes to the Bible like never before.

Wednesdays (6:15 – 7:45 p.m.)
Led by Jennifer Karl

Text: “ Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit ”


On the one hand, some very legalistic Christians stress the importance of keeping all the rules―that you must do this and never do that if you want to prove you are really a Christian. On the other hand, there are those who reject the whole idea of rules or traditions in the church and see the point of the Christian faith as setting us free from the institutionalized religious burden.
But Paul addresses these two competing views by showing us a far better way―a truly Christian way to live our lives. It is the way of the Spirit of God given to us through Christ: “Walk by the Spirit . . . led by the Spirit . . . live by the Spirit . . . keep in step with the Spirit.” That is the heart and soul of Christian living. It is the center and secret of what it means to be a person who belongs to Christ.
Pastor and scholar Christopher Wright invites us to live a life in step with the Spirit by cultivating the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
These nine chapters, each addressing a different fruit, each conclude with questions for contemplation or discussion.
Feed on the Word of God, grow in Christlikeness, and live a fruitful life.

Cross Makers

Wednesdays (6:30 – 9:00 p.m.) – Steve Mohling’s Woodshop
Led by Steve Mohling

Do you like to work with wood? The Crossmaker’s Ministry Team is looking for individuals of any age to join our team in making crosses!  We meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00. We have made over 16,000 crosses since we started in 2005, so please consider joining our ministry team and contact either the church office or Steve Mohling at 402-984-0602.


GriefShare

Thursdays (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.) – Youth & Family Ministry Center
Led by Belva Junker

Text: GriefShare Workbook

A new 13 week session will start on March 1st. GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. More information can be found at www.griefshare.org.


Lutheran Church Women (LCW)

Tuesdays/Wednesdays (Monthly) – Youth & Family Ministry Center
Led by Jeanne Loch

The First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Women of Hastings were created in the image of God, so we are called to be disciples for Jesus Christ empowered in the Holy Spirit. We commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness to the church, community, and the world.

Group 1: Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 a.m.
Group 2: Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m.
Group 3: Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m.


Compassionate Friends

Fourth Tuesday of Each Month – Youth & Family Ministry Center
Led by Michelle & Penny

When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or daughter, brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. For more information, please contact Michelle at (402-773-5669) or Penny at (402-756-3432).


Knit~Pray~Crochet/Prayer Shawl Ministry

First Tuesday of Each Month at 6:30 p.m. – Heritage Room
Led by Sonja Dittmer

Knit-Pray-Crochet is a ministry that combines Christian service and the love of knitting and crocheting into a prayer outreach ministry that provides handmade items to those in need.  Prayer shawls, blankets, hats and scarves are made for joyous occasions as well as for person in need of spiritual comfort.  This informal group meets on the first Monday of each month.  October – March @ 2:00 pm.  April – September @ 6:30 pm.  All are welcome.


Middle Mixers

Second Sunday of Each Month – Youth & Family Ministry Center
Led by Les Harms

Middle mixers is a time for middle aged adults to get connected with those around them. Members will focus on devotions, prayer, and intellectual and spiritual growth.


Stephen’s Ministry

Third Tuesday of Each Month – Youth & Family Ministry Center
Led by Becky Mohling

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

501 N Burlington Ave, Hastings, NE 68901