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Adults put the Bible into their summer vacation

Iowa congregation offers adult education

At Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City, Iowa, vacation Bible school isn't just for kids. While the children gather in June for Bible school, the adults meet mornings during the second week of August.

The idea for an adult vacation Bible school came to Naomi Hanson in 2009 as a way of encouraging more adults to read and study Scripture. She approached Mark Pries, pastor of Zion, and was told, "Go for it."

Iowa City has the advantage of being driving distance from both Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, and Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. So in this third year of the adult program, Zion will again call on a professor to teach — Gwen Sayler from the seminary.

Adults at Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa
Adults at Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City, Iowa, enjoy making stepping stones for their craft project during adult Bible school: Naomi (left) and Gene Hanson, Lesley Pries and Connie Brinton.

Participants (25 the first year, 35 the second) gather at 8:30 a.m. for coffee, followed by an opening led by Preis and his wife, Lesley, who have backgrounds in outdoor ministries. So these older students have a chance to sing lively songs. It is Bible school, after all ....

The guest professor gives two 45-minute lectures, with a coffee break in between.


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