Parish Education


         We study together the Holy Word of God and the testimonies of his great witnesses.  

          In addition we explore the great issues facing our world.  All of this is to enhance our understanding and perfect our discipleship today.  



          Adult......................9:00 to 10:00 am

          Children/Youth.....9:00 to 10:00 am

               (No children's classes during summer recess.)


          Morning Bible Study....10:00 am


          Evening Bible Study......7:30 pm


          "With the Mind" (book discussion, see below)

                         3-5 pm, every fourth Saturday



With the Mind


Readings in Contemporary Theology with Pastor Marshall

in the Church Lounge, 3-5 pm, the fourth Saturday of each month.



Sept. 22        Richard Watson, Cogito Ergo Sum: The Life of René Descartes (2002).

Oct. 27         Jon Krakauer, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (2004).

Nov. 24        Mark Johnston, Saving God: Religion After Idolatry (2009).

Dec. 29         W. A. Dembski, M. R. Licona, ed., Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science (2010).

Jan. 26         Carl E. Braaten, Who Is Jesus? Disputed Questions and Answers (2011).

Feb. 23         Chandra Manning, What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War (2007).

Mar. 23        Michael Lewis, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (2004).

Apr. 27        Stephen King, Desperation: A Novel (1996).

May 25        Michael S. Gazzaniga, Who’s In Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain (2012).






The Ministry of Acolyte

First Lutheran Church of West Seattle


2012 marked the 65th anniversary of the Ministry of Acolytes in our parish.  This ministry was begun in 1947 by the Rev. Norris R. Halvorson our 7th pastor (1945-1959).  Pastor Halvorson trained the acolytes the years he served as our pastor.  He also formed the Altar Guild and the Altar Sewing Guild.

    In 1959 the Rev. M. Donald Hinderlie was called as our 8th pastor. Pastor Hinderlie continued the acolyte program but assigned the teaching to the interns (seminarians) serving our parish.  In the summer of 1968 Rev. Hinderlie asked Dean Hard, our then Assis-tant Choirmaster and Youth Advisor, to take over the training of acolytes.  Forty plus years later Dean continues this teaching ministry.

    Most Lutheran church’s have acolytes.  In most cases the acolytes are shown how to light candles in "one easy lesson" and little else.  Our program is unique in the Lutheran Church in that it requires of each student a commitment of eight 1½ hour classes of instruction, required reading, practice time, and the satisfactory completion of a two hour written exam.  The subjects covered are:     Acolytes:  The Who, What, Why and How.  2.   Lutheran Worship:  A Historical Overview.  3.   Vestments:  The Things We Wear.  4.   The Sacraments:  Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.  5.   Church Architecture:  Liturgical Space/Holy Ground.  6.  Holy Objects:  How We Handle Them.

Our best estimation is that over 200 of the youth from First Lutheran Church of West Seattle have been instructed by our Parish Deacon to serve at the altar of our church as acolytes.