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St. Luke’s To Host Informational Session Tuesday, Aug. 20

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will host an informational session regarding its Education for Ministry program on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the church undercroft, 410 N. Main St., Jamestown.

Participants are asked to enter by the Fourth Street door.

Current Education for Ministry group members will be on hand to share information about the program. The theme for the 2019-20 program year is entitled “Living as Spiritually Mature Christians” and will focus on group discernment of tradition, culture, action and beliefs relating to issues in the modern world. Registration is being accepted. Participants do not need to be members of St. Luke’s or an Episcopalian to enroll in the program.

The Education for Ministry program originated at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., as a way to help make scripture real and meaningful to people in their daily lives; to help them to see and recognize God’s presence in their own personal history and the histories of others and to help people to understand and live their faith. Often referred to as ‘not just another Bible study’, the small groups meet weekly to discuss and learn and to encourage each other in their own personal journeys of faith and discovery.

The four-year learning certificate program is sponsored locally by the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, with materials selected and provided by Sewanee. Seminars consist of four levels of learners who study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together as a small group.

“This seminar-style study program is designed for people who have felt that although they are familiar with the bible and its stories, they have difficulty translating those messages to coincide with their own personal experience,” said Cheri Maytum-Krull, mentor of the Southern Tier EfM seminar group. “Our diverse group has lively discussions on many pertinent subjects that are inspired by the yearly theme and weekly scripture, commentaries and texts that we read. This is a challenging and engaging program that does require a commitment, but the group will agree that the benefits are great.”

Weekly meetings will be held at St. Luke’s on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

For more information on the Education for Ministry program, visit www.efm.sewanee.edu For more information about the Southern Tier Education for Ministry seminar group, call Maytum-Krull at 664-0780 or email cm.krull@gmail.com.

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