Entries by Paul Johansson

Softball, Guys Get Away and Man of Mercy Breakfast

Guys, SOFTBALL! Do you want to have a fun time playing softball with other guys from Central this summer? Sign up tomorrow at worship and someone from the team will contact you with all the details. GUYS GET AWAY on February 24-26! Sign up tomorrow at Central! Visit www.clcelkriver.org to get more information! MAN OF […]

Enemies? Is mercy kind to enemies?

Central, This Sunday we consider the 4th Mark of Mercy; MERCY IS KIND TO ENEMIES! To be a Christ-follower means to love one’s enemy. To be a follower of Jesus means to be a reconciler. At worship this Sunday we will reflect on Rick Warren’s SEVEN STEPS OF RECONCILIATION. What does it look like for […]


Central Ministers,  Last Sunday many members of Central shared their responses to two questions; What do you see? And What do you hear? In the pews tomorrow will be the 689 answers that people wrote down on the cards that were offered to the Lord during the reception of our tithes and offerings. It is […]

Mother Teresa and the Mercy Project

Central, Mercy is not doing nothing. The Greek word eleos suggests pouring out, the way we might pour out a flask of oil. Mercy is pouring out. Mercy is when I unscrew the lid on what is precious to me and pour it out on others. This Sunday our focus is MERCY HELPS THE HURTING. […]

Inauguration Prayers

Central, Today we gather as a nation for the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. Let us give thanks to God for outgoing President Barak Obama and promise our daily prayers for newly inaugurated President Donald Trump. I Timothy 2:1-4 teaches us; “First of all, then, I […]

A Day Of Remembrance

Central,  Today we remember the mission and ministry of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. In one sense of the word his prophetic vision of love in our society has never been more needed than it is today.  We desperately need his example: when people screamed insults at him, when they violently struck him, when he was […]

Where do we meet Mercy?

Central, GOD’S MERCY is His number one characteristic in the Bible! This Sunday we will reflect on the story of Jesus cleansing a leper in Mark 1:40-45. What is mercy?  The Hebrew word translated “mercy” is rachamin – from rechem, meaning “womb.” After a mother bears her child in her womb, she passionately seeks nothing […]

What are your dreams for 2017?

Central, What are your dreams for 2017? Or a better question would be, what are God’s dreams for you in 2017? God wants you to experience His MERCY! Did you know that mercy is God’s number one characteristic in the Bible? Last Sunday Kaycee, Sonja and Joy led us in offering our gifts of gold, […]

3 Days of Prayer in the LCMC

    Central, Today we begin a three day journey of prayer with our brothers and sisters in the LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ).  Please take time today, tomorrow and Thursday to pray for the different foci that are identified. Our 5th Annual Three Days of Prayer kicks off today!  The theme for […]

Celebrate New Years

Central, Soon we will greet one another with ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR’! Most predominantly white churches don’t have a New Year’s Eve service BUT in many African-American Churches they celebrate New Year’s Eve in remembrance of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation from January 1, 1863, and the way it symbolizes freedom. How will you spend New Year’s Eve? […]