Adult Education Opportunities

Adult Education

 

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Our Saviour’s Adult Education classes now come in different shapes and sizes! You can be fed during our one-hour “Main Course” classes - offered during several Sunday worship services or during the week. You can also taste test one of our brand new “Small Bites” classes - offered in between Sunday worship services (from 10:10 to 10:50 am). 

Main Course classes are a series of classes focused on one topic.

Small Bites classes are single classes – an interesting topic to learn about during one 50-minute session.

Note: Sunday School for kids will also be offered during the 10:10 to 10:50 am time-slot, so consider taking your kids or grandkids to Sunday School and then enjoy a “Small Bites” class of your own!

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To view a history of all of the Adult Education classes that have been offered at Our Saviour's from Fall 2009 to Summer 2016, click here

To complete the online registration for any of the current Adult Education classes, click here

To view the Spring 2017 Adult Education class description booklet, click here

Small Bites Classes:
Sundays, from 10:10 to 10:50 am (There is no need to register for Small Bites classes, just show up!)

Sunday, April 23
Planet Number 9
A new giant planet, still unseen, appears to be shaping the orbits of objects in the far outer Solar System beyond the planet Neptune. Computer simulations imply that Planet 9 has a mass 10 times that of the Earth, and orbits the Sun every 15,000 years! The race is on to confirm its existence by telescopic observation.

Sunday, April 30
The Exoplanet Next Door
After years of scrutinizing the closest star to Earth, a red dwarf known as Proxima Centauri, astronomers have finally found evidence for a planet, slightly bigger than Earth, well within the star’s habitable zone—the range of orbits in which liquid water could exist on its surface.

Sunday, May 7
A Hand Up, Not a Handout
Come learn from Craig Swanson how Habitat for Humanity changes lives and how you can help.  You may be surprised how much fun it is to be a volunteer.  Learn a new skill, make new friends and help a family own their first home.

Sunday, May 14
Creating Bright Tomorrows
Board Members Eric Draut and Walter Grandberry will share how Holy Family Ministries provides education and nurturing for pre-K through 8th-grade students on Chicago’s West Side. Come and learn about how HFM prepares students to succeed at competitive high schools and go on to live fulfilling lives.

Sunday, May 21
LSSI: the Church's Best Kept Secret
Responding to the Gospel Lutheran Social Services of Illinois brings healing, justice and wholeness  to people and communities. Come and learn more from Eric Draut about the Ministries of LSSI in these challenging times.

Sunday, May 28
"LBOWs" on the Table
Our Saviour's call is to "live beyond our walls'" by engaging our faith in the larger community. The LBOW Committee is a catalyst for our congregation to reach out into the community, partnering with other standing committees of the church to promote service projects, education, social events, and ecumenism.

 

 

Women's Activities

Women of the ELCA Circles

welcaWomen's Circle Meetings gather monthly and include Bible study, service opportunities, prayer, fellowship, advocacy, and spiritual growth. New members are always welcome! On-site child care in the church nursery is available only during Tuesday Morning Circle. All Circles meet at OSLC. To view a brochure that details the purpose and activities of Our Saviour's W/ELCA Circles, click here.

  • Monday Afternoon Circle, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday Morning Circle, 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Tuesday Evening Circle, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Thursday Morning Circle, 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Thursday Evening Circle, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

All women of the congregation (and friends!) are invited to three annual events: the Christmas Luncheon in December, the Retreat in February, and the Spring Dinner in May.

 

Annual OSLC Women's Retreat

2013 Annual Retreat

 

Quilting Circle

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In conjunction with Lutheran World Relief, this is a group of women who gather twice a month to design, create and assemble quilts made mostly from donated fabric from the congregation. The quilts distributed worldwide to those in greatest need.

 

Christian Service Circle

In response to the great need worldwide, this group of women gathers monthly to assemble school kits, health kits, and prison kits for people in need throughout the world.

 

Women's Fellowship and Bible Study

Page Turners Book Discussion

A group of women meet the first Tuesday evening of the month at 6:30 pm for a book discussion. The books may, or may not, be spiritually-based, but they're all fascinating reads that are sure to invite thoughtful discussions.

 

Celebrate the Journey

This group of women meets the second Saturday of each month, September through May, from 9:15-10:30 am at OSLC. Women of all ages are invited to experience the benefits of a small group that uses selected books as a springboard to discussion and spiritual growth.

 

Women at the Well

We meet at OSLC on the third Saturday of each month from 8:30-10:00 am to discuss certain books in the Bible to gain further insight and wisdom in a friendly group setting. All women are welcome. Bring your Bible and coffee mug!

 

Tuesday Morning Bible Study (for all women and men)

Tuesdays, from 9:00 to 10:30 am, the upcoming week's Scripture readings are explored with one of the pastors.

 

Men's Fellowship and Bible Study

Men's Fellowship

Men's Bible Fellowship meets at Our Saviour's on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 am for a light breakfast and fellowship (September through May). Beginning on Saturday, September 17, 2016, each session will include a study of "Bible Soul Brothers". These Brothers are men we may have grown up with, but we don't really know as well as we could. This study is an invitation to understand them better so that their souls may touch our own. For more information, contact Bruce Cruz at 847-255-3508.

 

Men's Bible Study

Beginning in September the Men's Bible Study Ministry meets at Our Saviour's the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 am (September through May).  This year Men's Bible Study will continue to focus on "Comparative Religions".  The first meeting will be on Saturday, September 10, 2016.  

Each session will be pastor-led with Bible readings, group discussion, and short video (DVD) presentations by Prof. Charles Kimball, Presidential Professor and Director of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. Prof. Kimball is an expert analyst on issues related to Islam, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations. All participants will get a chance to ponder, reflect, offer thoughts and questions, and learn together, renewing our understanding and experience of Christian community within our wider world. 

All men are welcome, first-timers or veteran. These occasions are an opportunity to make new friendships and renew old ones. For more information, please contact Dan Wertz at 847-398-7755.

 

Tuesday Morning Bible Study (for all women and men)

Tuesdays from 9:00 to 10:30 am, the upcoming week's Scripture readings are explored with one of the pastors.

 

Older Adult Ministry

Current Older Adult Ministry News

Click here for the Older Adult Ministry pages from the April Parish Memo. icon

Click here for the Older Adult Ministry pages from the May Parish Memo. icon

 

Older Adult Ministry (for women and men)

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The Older Adult Ministry of Our Saviour's is a fellowship of retirees (couples and singles) who meet to enjoy each other's company; go on interesting day-trips; listen and participate in panel discussions, spirituality discussions; and hear book reviews. This Ministry is the coordinating force behind the Prayer Shawl Ministry. For more information regarding Our Saviour's Older Adult Ministry programs, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 847-255-8700, ext 233.

Harper Lifelong Learning Institute at Our Saviour's is one of the satellite locations for the 100+ classes offered through Harper’s Lifelong Learning Institute. Topics cover a vibrant range of educational experiences where a member can explore politics, humanities, current events, or history—with qualified instructors—with no exams! Most classes are completed in one or two sessions. Membership in the Institute is $35 per year, which reduces your fee for any classes for which you register. Anyone over 50 is welcome to join!

Pastoral Care Ministry is wide-ranging in its work, and includes helping members through visitation in homes, hospitals, phone contacts, or through referrals. Weekly visitation schedules are prepared so the Pastors and several lay visitors bring care and concern to those persons who are ill, hospitalized, or who may not be able to participate in the full life of the church.

 

Chair Exercise

Chair Yoga
If you can breathe, you can do chair yoga! Inhale, exhale, stretch and bend as you release your stress with this yoga practice! This class is done seated and/or standing up, holding onto your chair. You do not have to go down to the floor. You will notice improved flexibility and increased mobility of stiff joints. Chair yoga is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and physical conditions. This is a drop-in class; no registration or prior experience is required.  Wear comfortable clothes (the class is usually done without shoes) and bring a water bottle.  Mats are provided, but you may bring your own if you prefer. A $3 free-will offering is suggested for each class. Chair Yoga meets from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Wednesdays–check the church calendar! Contact Lois Nelson for more information about Chair Yoga, 847-255-8700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Sit and Be Fit
This fun, low impact class will keep your muscles and joints moving. It will incorporate chair exercises that will help make your everyday activities easier. You will work on posture and core strength as well as muscle strength and endurance, flexibility, coordination, circulation and reaction time, all while sitting in or standing next to your chair. Come join this fun class! This is a drop-in class; no registration or prior experience is required. Wear comfortable clothes. Gym shoes are preferred. Bring a water bottle. A $3 free-will offering is suggested for each class. Sit and Be Fit meets from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Thursdays–check the church calendar! Contact Lois Nelson for more information about Chair Yoga, 847-255-8700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Adult Social Opportunities

Adult Mixed Bowling

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The Mixed Bowling League bowls the third Saturday of each month at a local bowling alley. It is a great activity for fellowship in a friendly and fun and relaxed setting. If you wish to join the Our Saviour's Bowling League, please contact the Congregational Operations Officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Bridge Group

The Bridge Group meets on a Friday night for a game of bridge and fellowship.