Cruce Tectum

Cruce tectum, hidden under the cross, a blog for Epiphany Lutheran Church, Dorr, Michigan

Location: Moscow, Idaho

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

An Important Resource

The Rev. Ernie Lassman, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Seattle, WA (and who also, incidentally, just happens to have been my bishop on vicarage), is the Synod's (unofficial) foremost authority on Adult Information Classes. What makes his Adult Information Class (AIC) so special? First, he runs a very effective direct mailing campaign to several zip codes in Seattle. I say "effective" because it is not uncommon for him to have a class of 30+ students. Second, he offers the class as a free, no-obligation, no-pressure opportunity to learn about the Christian faith, particularly, Lutheranism. The class can lead to membership, but it does not have to. Third, what really makes his AIC so special is... well, you just need to see it for yourself. And now you can!

Pr. Lassman and the members of Messiah have made the AIC available on an 8 DVDs for $20 ($25 if you can't pick them up in person). You can order the DVDs by writing to Messiah Lutheran Church, 7050 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115. But you can also watch all the AIC lessons for free online! Check it out at Messiah's website: <>. It is also available on YouTube.

Why are these videos such an important resource? 1. If your congregation doesn't have an AIC of some sort, you should start one. Messiah is a growing confessional, liturgical, conservative, unapologetically Lutheran congregation in liberal Seattle, all because they put on a good old-fashioned Adult Information Class. 2. If your congregation does have an AIC, you can view Pr. Lassman's video as part of your preparation for class (whether as student or teacher). 3. Whether you have an AIC or not, the videos make a great addition to your personal or congregational video library. 4. In a pinch, you can use Pr. Lassman's videos for Bible class and catechesis. My home congregation is currently vacant. My mother bought a copy of the videos for use in Bible class in the absence of a pastor.

A link to the Adult Information Class will be available from this blog as well.


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