Trinity Lutheran Church launches Bible reading campaign |

Trinity Lutheran Church launches Bible reading campaign

Staff Reports

The Bible is the best-selling book in history, but how many people in Carson Valley are actually reading it?

A Gallup survey reports the average American household has four Bibles. However, research by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (2008) found that only 16 percent of Americans read the Bible every day.

Trinity Lutheran Church is hoping to reverse this trend, starting with its own congregation. Pastor Jim Beilstein believes that "The Story," a Zondervan best-seller, is the right tool to increase Biblical literacy, helping readers understand God's story from Genesis to Revelation.

"The Bible is central to our faith," said Beilstein," but many people are intimidated by its scope and size. 'The Story' gives us a way to journey from Genesis to Revelation together in 31 weeks so everyone understands God's story and how their story intersects with it."

Consisting of 31 chapters of carefully-selected scriptures sequenced in chronological order, Beilstein said "The Story" presents the word of God in an engaging format, reading like a novel.

"I want the people in my congregation, as well as the community of Carson Valley, to realize the incredible love God has for them and how their story is found in His story," Beilstein said.

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"The Story" church campaign is a program providing up to 31 weeks of curriculum for children, teen and adult Sunday school and up to 31 weeks of corresponding sermons, as well as opportunities for study during the week.

When accompanied by reading through the five age-related books ("The Story," "The Story: Teen Edition," "The Story for Kids," "The Story for Children" and "The Story for Little Ones"), the entire church can be literally on the same page for 31 weeks.

Trinity Lutheran Church plans to begin the experience on Sept. 14 with a kick-off celebration and meet the authors event at 9:30 a.m., followed by a church picnic at noon.

Saturday service is at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday services are at 8 and 10:45 a.m.

For more information, visit or call Holly Nelson at 782-8153.

For more information on "The Story," visit

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