Desert Cross is offering education opportunities during the year as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
  • The Sacraments:  Holy Baptism
    Monday   7:00-8:00 pm   Desert Cross Tempe Community Center Adult Classroom
    September 11-October 9
    Some of us were brought for Baptism as infants.  Some of us experienced Baptism as adults.
    Join Denise McClellan for a study of this Sacrament.  We'll explore the power of the Word and the Water in our lives.
    We'll read and discuss No Greater Jewel:  Thinking about Baptism with Luther by Kirsi Stjerna, a book from the Lutheran Voices Series.
    Book Fee:  $12.00   Scholarships Available
    To register, contact Denise McClellan
    dmcclellan@desertcross.org or 480-730-8600

  • The Reformation and the Rise of Denominationalism:
    How Come there are so Many Divisions among Christians?
    Tuesday   7:00 pm   Desert Cross Tempe Sanctuary
    September 12-October 3
    Pastor Steve Holm is serving as our Teaching Pastor and leading Reformation Studies.
    During these four sessions we'll first take a look at the pre-reformation splits in the Catholic Church and the modern denominations that those divisions produced.
    Our next step will be to describe and trace the post-reformation divisions in Europe and North America.
    Finally we'll tackle the intricacies of Lutheranism and try to understand all its internecine struggles up to the present time.
    Suggested reading (but not required):  The Augsburg Confession
    Available on Kindle and NOOK
    Link to Online pdf Available
    For questions about the class, contact Pastor Steve
    sholm90@gmail.com
    To register or for the online pdf link, contact Denise McClellan
    dmcclellan@desertcross.org or 480-730-8600

  • Reformation 500:  An Evening with Martin Luther
    Sunday   6:00-8:15 pm   Desert Cross Gilbert
    October 1

    We'll gather for a screening of Luther and the Reformation with Rick Steves.  The one-hour PBS special was produced in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
    Following the video, Pastor Andrea will lead us in a discussion of the material.
    We'll have dessert too!
    For questions, contact Denise McClellan
    dmcclellan@desertcross.org or 480-730-8600

  • The Ninety-five Theses:  The 16th Century Equivalent of Tweeting!
    Tuesday   7:00 pm   Desert Cross Tempe Sanctuary
    October 17 & 24
    In these two sessions, Pastor Steve Holm will lead us through the Ninety-five Theses and help us understand why their posting provoked a revolution that transformed the face of Europe.  Those who take the class will receive a plenary indulgence.
    Suggested reading (but not required):  The Ninety-five Theses
    Copies Provided
    For questions about the class, contact Pastor Steve
    sholm90@gmail.com
    To register, contact Denise McClellan
    dmcclellan@desertcross.org or 480-730-8600

  • The Sacraments:  Holy Communion
    Monday   7:00-8:00 pm   Desert Cross Tempe Community Center Adult Classroom
    October 30-November 20
    Many report that Holy Communion is a powerful time in the Worship Service for them.
    Join Denise McClellan for a study of Holy Communion.  We'll explore the power of God's gift of forgiveness.
    We'll read and discuss Given for You:  Reflections on the Meaning of the Lord's Supper by Louis W. Accola, a book from the Lutheran Voices Series.
    Book Fee:  $12.00   Scholarships Available
    To register, contact Denise McClellan
    dmcclellan@desertcross.org or 480-730-8600

  • Meandering through Advent:  Luther's Teachings on the Last Times and Christmas
    Tuesday   7:00 pm   Tempe Sanctuary
    November 28, December 5 & 12

    Pastor Steve Holm will lead us in this study of Luther and Advent.
    Because Luther believed he was living in the Last Times, he had a deep love of Christmas, themes which on the surface may seem antithetical.
    During these sessions, we'll look at what Luther taught and reflect a bit about the place of preparation as we look to the future.
    For questions about the class, contact Pastor Steve
    sholm90@gmail.com
    To register, contact Denise McClellan
    dmcclellan@desertcross.org or 480-730-8600