SHE Equip – July 25, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Roseanne Maas for our devotional this week

PHILIPPIANS 2: 12-18 NRSV

12 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

14 Do all things without murmuring and arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. 16 It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out as a libation over the sacrifice and the offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you— 18 and in the same way you also must be glad and rejoice with me.

Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians during his confinement as he waited for the time when he would stand trial before Caesar.  He’s most likely in chains (Ephesians 6:20 …for which I am an ambassador in chains).  I imagine the jail to be cold, dark and uncomfortable.

By comparison our lives are pleasant and comfortable.  Paul tells us to “do everything without complaining and arguing” (vs.14 NLT).  But do we?  How about the weather, traffic, food, etc?  We are in this battle together.

God knew Paul’s circumstances.  Paul’s attitude reflects this certainty.  Working out salvation does not mean “working for” salvation.  We are to produce the fruit of our salvation, that is, the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).  Verse 13 gives us confidence that God desires both to motivate and to enable us in all circumstances.  With that in mind we will shine for Him.

I want to share the lyrics of ‘This Little Light of Mine by Addison Road:

There’s a little flame inside us all
Some shine bright, some shine small
The rains will come and the waters rise
But don’t you ever lose your light
In this life you will know
Love and pain, joy and sorrow
So when it hurts, when times get hard
Don’t forget whose child you are

Chorus:
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

May you live each day with no regret
Make the most of every chance you get
Let your eyes get wide when you look at the stars
With the same sense of wonder as a child’s heart
With the ones you love treasure the time
And for those who are gone keep their memories alive
Hold on to your dreams don’t ever let go
There’s a fire inside you burning with hope

Chorus:
There will be days when you want to give up
When the clouds settle in
But after the rain comes the sun
Don’t you ever forget

One day there will be no more pain
And we will finally see Jesus’ face
So until then I’m gonna to try
To brave the dark and let my little light shine

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

There’s a little light inside us all

Prayer:
Help us to hear our own sinful habit of complaining.  Fill us with Your Holy Spirit so we will shine like stars in this world.  May we turn to You in prayer, Your Word and to praising You. In Jesus precious Name.  Amen

SHE Craft and Fellowship Event 
– gals mark your calendar and plan to attend the SHE Crafting event on Friday, August 11, from 6:00 to 10 pm and Saturday, August 12, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. We will meet in Rooms 218/219 (please use the Preschool/West Doors). Bring your scrapbooking, card making, quilting, sewing or latest Pinterest project and enjoy time with other women. Feel free to come and go as you wish during the day or come for just a couple hours if that works better for you. Bring a treat to share and meals are on your own. This event is free. Invite your friends to join you. Questions? Contact Pam Pixley, 763-441-5653 or Rachel Pederson, 763-241-2104

Lifetree Cafe
7/26 – Body language – what you say before you say a word
8/2 – Getting unstuck – practical ways to improve your life

SHE Mission Mondays
8/7 – Feed My Starving Children 9:30-11:30

Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, August 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Elk River Activity Center to talk about Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman. It is a heartwarming story about a socially awkward, fussy busybody Swedish woman who walks out on her cheating husband. She finds a job as a caretaker in a decrepit recreation center in a backwater town full of misfits, drunkards, and layabouts. Somehow she ends up coaching a supremely untalented children’s soccer team to victory. While it is a quirky and entertaining story, there is much to be learned from it. The books are already in the church office and at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings. They are $10.00 each. All women are welcome and to bring a friend.

And if you like series of books, Central’s library has one that you will enjoy. We have 8 in the series of the Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson which are about a mismatched diverse group of women who are often called to be out of their comfort zone. The books are humorous and light, but deal with real issues faced by women today. They do not need to be read in order to be enjoyed and they are on a shelf in the middle of the library right above the check-out system.

 


Dates: Oct. 13 & 14
Location: St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center – 10 4th Ave South, St. Cloud, MN 56301
Speakers: Lysa TerKeurst, Ann Voskamp, Bianca Juarez Olthoff, Peter & Carolyn Haas
Worship: River Valley Worship
Emcees: Susie Larson & Amber Gerstmann
Shopping, Thrive Girlfriends Party, Giveaways, and More!

Register by Sept. 30th to receive discounted tickets at $79. After that the price goes up $20 and then the price goes up again Oct. 1 – 15th to $99 per person. Additional discounts are offered for Military, single parents, and senior citizens. More details can be found on the website (click here).

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Equip – July 17, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Judy Hovis for our devotional this week 

Phillipians 2:5-11

 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the nature of God did not concern himself with being better than God but instead he took on the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of man.

Verse 7 says he emptied himself. I love that word emptied. It means he took out, he left behind all that he had, his position, and his power to come as a baby in human form to be a servant to all mankind.

He didn’t come announcing… “Hey I’m here, I am Jesus, look at me, look at my credentials, I am the son of God, I am important, I came to save you sinners, so listen and learn.”

No Jesus came choosing a humbled spirit, he did not consider himself better than anyone else. 

Let’s remember… this is Jesus, who alongside his Father spoke and the water and land formed, the sun, moon and stars formed, and the earth and everything within it was created.

He left heaven with the purpose of serving people with a humble heart with the intent that people would come to know the Father and through his obedience, we would be saved.

Jesus put others needs in front of his, we see this continually throughout the bible in his relationship with others. To name a few:

  • The woman at the well.
  • The woman with bleeding issues who touched Jesus robe in the crowd.
  • The 4 men who lowered their friend through the roof on a mat so he could see and hear and be healed by Jesus.
  • Mary and Martha and the death of Lazarus. 
  • The lepers who asked Jesus if he could heal them. 

In each instance, he took the time to stop and listen, to see what was needed and to help and heal accordingly.

This is our daily challenge. To check our mindset, our attitude whenever God puts a person(s) or situations in our path. Do we see it as an inconvenience or are we willing to change our plans to help another person regardless of who they are, whether they have the means to repay us or not, to tend the sick, the hurting, the broken needs of others without judgement, no finger pointing, no malicious talk or gossiping conversations, no bragging spirit. 

We are asked to care, to share, to help one another with whatever God requests of us, doing it with a humbled heart, always elevating, encouraging, lifting, and building up the person(s) so that they may know there is a God who loves them; who sees them in his image; whose arms are always open waiting for them to come; has given the gift of forgiveness through his son… Jesus’ death on the cross; who see them as valuable, important, and significant. A God who loves them, loves them, loves them! and wants them to know this unconditional love!

God sent Jesus. Through his earthly life, we were given a reflection and insight into the mindset and attitude of God. Jesus who loved his Father, obediently went to the cross and gave up his life for each of us that we might seek, receive and believe in his name. That at the name of Jesus every knee would bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father, who is in heaven. 

Holy Father, we come smiling and thankful for who you are, your willingness to let your Son come and show us your mindset and attitude that we might learn and experience you in our hearts. So that our desire to love and help others will overflow from your love for us and we will put others before ourselves, being willing to share the good news of Jesus with them and trusting that you will be our voice and our hands when we don’t know what to say or do Empty us of all that gets in our way of seeing the needs and serving one anotherWe pray this in the name of Jesus… the name that is above all names. Amen

Lifetree Cafe
7/19 – What people really think of Christians and why
7/26 – Body language – what you say before you say a word
8/2 – Getting unstuck – practical ways to improve your life

SHE Mission Mondays
8/7 – Feed My Starving Children 9:30-11:30

Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, August 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Elk River Activity Center to talk about Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman. It is a heartwarming story about a socially awkward, fussy busybody Swedish woman who walks out on her cheating husband. She finds a job as a caretaker in a decrepit recreation center in a backwater town full of misfits, drunkards, and layabouts. Somehow she ends up coaching a supremely untalented children’s soccer team to victory. While it is a quirky and entertaining story, there is much to be learned from it. The books are already in the church office and at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings. They are $10.00 each. All women are welcome and to bring a friend.

And if you like series of books, Central’s library has one that you will enjoy. We have 8 in the series of the Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson which are about a mismatched diverse group of women who are often called to be out of their comfort zone. The books are humorous and light, but deal with real issues faced by women today. They do not need to be read in order to be enjoyed and they are on a shelf in the middle of the library right above the check-out system.

 


Dates: Oct. 13 & 14
Location: St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center – 10 4th Ave South, St. Cloud, MN 56301
Speakers: Lysa TerKeurst, Ann Voskamp, Bianca Juarez Olthoff, Peter & Carolyn Haas
Worship: River Valley Worship
Emcees: Susie Larson & Amber Gerstmann
Shopping, Thrive Girlfriends Party, Giveaways, and More!

Register by Sept. 30th to receive discounted tickets at $79. After that the price goes up $20 and then the price goes up again Oct. 1 – 15th to $99 per person. Additional discounts are offered for Military, single parents, and senior citizens. More details can be found on the website (click here).

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

Tanzania Needs for Girls

Sharon Ellis, Rosie Glover and I are making kits for our Secondary age girls in Tanzania so that when they menstruate they can still attend school.  We are sewing fabric shields which will hold a flannel washable liner.  We need to have women’s undies mostly size 5, 6, a few 7. The shields snap around the crotch of the undies. Otherwise they do not wear underwear. No bikini or thong types and preferably something that washes and dries quickly so not cotton. Please bring to the office by Thursday, July 20 so we can get the kits packed.

Blessings,

Bev Johnson

SHE Equip – July 9, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Kris Studniski for our devotional this week for Philippians 2:1-4

In reading this week’s text, I had previously highlighted in my bible “regard others as better than yourselves.” Think of others more important than yourself. Look at their needs more than your own. Put your own needs aside for theirs. This goes against human nature.

Pastor Ryan spoke last Sunday about going against the norm. Be that person who is a big tipper. Be that person who thinks lovingly of fellow drivers in crazy traffic. It goes against human nature. And people don’t get it.

In a Seinfeld episode, Elaine is upset because she finds out her boyfriend is religious. She says, “Lazy and stupid I understand. Religious I don’t.” Human nature may understand why people are lazy, but they may not understand when Jesus followers regard others as better than themselves. It goes against human nature and people don’t get it.

Let us all strive to be Christlike. Let us all humbly regard others as better than ourselves. Let us all look at needs of others rather than our own. Let us all be that big tipper at Perkins after church service. Let us all be Christ in crazy traffic. Let us all be Christians people “don’t get.” Let us all go against human nature and follow the example of our Lord and Savior who showed all of us how to live by the cross.

Dear Lord, we praise you and thank you for living in us and being our example. Forgive us when we fall short. Help us to notice the error of our ways and turn to you for guidance. We love you, Lord and we want to be like you. Bless us this day, In Your Name, Amen.

Lifetree Cafe
7/5 – The Majesty and Mystery of Nature – the awe of it all
7/12 – Ending the cycle of domestic violence – when love hurts
7/19 – What people really think of Christians and why
7/26 – Body language – what you say before you say a word
8/2 – Getting unstuck – practical ways to improve your life

SHE Mission Mondays
7/10 – CAER 9:30-noon
8/7 – Feed My Starving Children 9:30-11:30

Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, August 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Elk River Activity Center to talk about Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman. It is a heartwarming story about a socially awkward, fussy busybody Swedish woman who walks out on her cheating husband. She finds a job as a caretaker in a decrepit recreation center in a backwater town full of misfits, drunkards, and layabouts. Somehow she ends up coaching a supremely untalented children’s soccer team to victory. While it is a quirky and entertaining story, there is much to be learned from it. The books are already in the church office and at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings. They are $10.00 each. All women are welcome and to bring a friend.

And if you like series of books, Central’s library has one that you will enjoy. We have 8 in the series of the Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson which are about a mismatched diverse group of women who are often called to be out of their comfort zone. The books are humorous and light, but deal with real issues faced by women today. They do not need to be read in order to be enjoyed and they are on a shelf in the middle of the library right above the check-out system.

Community Bible Camp needs 30-50 more volunteers to help with the over 200 kiddos coming to camp. Their biggest needs are in the following areas:

Safety Team/Security
As a safety team volunteer your duties will be to keep our kiddos and Community Bible Camp staff safe during the week! This volunteer role is great for someone with a Law Enforcement background, Medical background, Military background, or someone who has a passion for safety.

Small Group Leader
As a small group pleader your duties will include leading a small group of children throughout the entire night. You will accompany your group to each station-craft, games, snack, storytelling, and worship. As well as providing general guidance and support to your small group. We try our best to have two leaders per group.

Floater
As a floater you duties will vary from night to night. You will assist in either crafts, snack, games, small group, or registration! This is a great role for someone who likes to spontaneity and learning several areas

If you or someone you know would be willing to help out, please contact Bailey Gerdes at 763-441-2363 or bailey.gerdes@clcelkriver.org.


Dates: Oct. 13 & 14
Location: St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center – 10 4th Ave South, St. Cloud, MN 56301
Speakers: Lysa TerKeurst, Ann Voskamp, Bianca Juarez Olthoff, Peter & Carolyn Haas
Worship: River Valley Worship
Emcees: Susie Larson & Amber Gerstmann
Shopping, Thrive Girlfriends Party, Giveaways, and More!

Register by Sept. 30th to receive discounted tickets at $79. After that the price goes up $20 and then the price goes up again Oct. 1 – 15th to $99 per person. Additional discounts are offered for Military, single parents, and senior citizens. More details can be found on the website (click here).

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Equip – June 29, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Linda Menth for our devotional this week.

This week we are focusing on Phil 1:27-30. Paul is continuing to spread God’s message of being “Worthy of the Gospel”. What does this mean to us? We must keep striving to be Christlike. Last week, Pastor Paul’s message and Pam’s words were “to live is Christ, to die is gain” and this is where the Hands and Feet of Jesus come in. We need to have Hearts for others, Minds that want to be filled with the knowledge of God, and a Spirit and life that overflows with goodness. The only way we can reach this point is through His power and the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. This happens through faith and prayer. We just had a discussion the other day about keeping up with Prayer. It’s a tough one, isn’t it? We all have such “good intentions” and find the day gets away from us before it even starts. We wake up thinking about what needs to be done that day! It was mentioned that each of us, as we wake up say, “Good Morning God” and start our day with him. Such a wonderful way to begin our day – WITH HIM!! We know that the day will still have its struggles, but we have God walking beside us and our faith becomes renewed! – Struggles?? We can do it with Faith and God on our side!!! Through faith we will be saved! If you read Acts 14:22, we find that Paul spent time “strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith” “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God”, they said. We all need to continue in prayer and keep the faith!

Lord, we pray that you will send your spirit into our lives and hearts so Your light shines through us. Give us a heart, mind and spirit that overflows with you. Give us strength to remain true to the Faith. Guard our actions, so that in all things we do, it is only for your Glory! In Your name we pray. Amen

Lifetree Cafe
7/5 – The Majesty and Mystery of Nature – the awe of it all
7/12 – Ending the cycle of domestic violence – when love hurts
7/19 – What people really think of Christians and why
7/26 – Body language – what you say before you say a word
8/2 – Getting unstuck – practical ways to improve your life

SHE Mission Mondays
7/10 – CAER 9:30-noon
8/7 – Feed My Starving Children 9:30-11:30

Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, August 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Elk River Activity Center to talk about Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman. It is a heartwarming story about a socially awkward, fussy busybody Swedish woman who walks out on her cheating husband. She finds a job as a caretaker in a decrepit recreation center in a backwater town full of misfits, drunkards, and layabouts. Somehow she ends up coaching a supremely untalented children’s soccer team to victory. While it is a quirky and entertaining story, there is much to be learned from it. The books are already in the church office and at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings. They are $10.00 each. All women are welcome and to bring a friend.

And if you like series of books, Central’s library has one that you will enjoy. We have 8 in the series of the Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson which are about a mismatched diverse group of women who are often called to be out of their comfort zone. The books are humorous and light, but deal with real issues faced by women today. They do not need to be read in order to be enjoyed and they are on a shelf in the middle of the library right above the check-out system.

Community Bible Camp needs 30-50 more volunteers to help with the over 200 kiddos coming to camp. Their biggest needs are in the following areas:

Safety Team/Security
As a safety team volunteer your duties will be to keep our kiddos and Community Bible Camp staff safe during the week! This volunteer role is great for someone with a Law Enforcement background, Medical background, Military background, or someone who has a passion for safety.

Small Group Leader
As a small group pleader your duties will include leading a small group of children throughout the entire night. You will accompany your group to each station-craft, games, snack, storytelling, and worship. As well as providing general guidance and support to your small group. We try our best to have two leaders per group.

Floater
As a floater you duties will vary from night to night. You will assist in either crafts, snack, games, small group, or registration! This is a great role for someone who likes to spontaneity and learning several areas

If you or someone you know would be willing to help out, please contact Bailey Gerdes at 763-441-2363 or bailey.gerdes@clcelkriver.org.


Dates: Oct. 13 & 14
Location: St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center – 10 4th Ave South, St. Cloud, MN 56301
Speakers: Lysa TerKeurst, Ann Voskamp, Bianca Juarez Olthoff, Peter & Carolyn Haas
Worship: River Valley Worship
Emcees: Susie Larson & Amber Gerstmann
Shopping, Thrive Girlfriends Party, Giveaways, and More!

Register by Sept. 30th to receive discounted tickets at $79. After that the price goes up $20 and then the price goes up again Oct. 1 – 15th to $99 per person. Additional discounts are offered for Military, single parents, and senior citizens. More details can be found on the website (click here).

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Equip – June 19, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Sarah Holmgren for our devotional this week.

As I pondered over this week’s verse for our devotional (Philippians 1:19-26), I was struck by Paul’s admission that he struggled between wanting to be in heaven & needing to stay here on earth. He was encouraging the people of Philippi in their ministry from prison. Have you ever wrestled with wanting to get to heaven? To leave behind all this world holds to be with Jesus? I have.

When Pastor Ryan spoke this past Sunday about there being meaning in the struggle, I was moved to tears. How painful is it here on earth, to go through the struggles we encounter? In our congregation alone, I thought of a woman who just met the first anniversary of a cancer diagnosis. Of another woman, navigating a divorce with 2 small children. Of a dear friend who stays home with 3 littles, doing Kingdom work, day in & day out. Do these struggles not make us long for paradise with our Savior? This is the same struggle Paul had in prison. Wanting to be in heaven with Christ & knowing his work here on earth wasn’t done. Paul alone wasn’t equipped for the struggles of this world & neither are we. But as Roger Schaar reminded us last week, God equips those He chooses.  This is the springboard for us to lean into the struggle. Trusting, like Paul did, that there is meaning in the struggle.

A wise counselor once told me, “You can only walk with someone as far as you’ve walked.” God placed us here, as He did Paul, for a purpose. Who are we to not trust Him, lean in & see where He takes us?

Heavenly Father, hold tight to us, in the places we are imprisoned in this world. Let us seek you & feel Your presence, so we can lean into our struggles. Let us move through them with you, so we may in turn walk with others who need us. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Lifetree Café Wednesday at 7:00 PM at the YMCA in Community Room A. Topic: The Church and Gays. One pastor’s dilemma.

SHE Mission Mondays
     7/10  – CAER 9:30-noon
     8/7  – Feed My Starving Children 9:30-11:30

Our next Central Women’s next book discussion:Small Great Things by Jodi Picault on Tuesday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Elk River Activity Center. The main character is an African American delivery nurse who is told by white supremacist parents that she cannot touch their child. The hospital agrees with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac arrest when she is alone with the child. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? In this new novel from Picault, she tackles race, our justice system, privilege, and compassion….and doesn’t offer any easy answers. The book will be available at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings or in the church office during the week. All women are invited.

 

 


Dates: Oct. 13 & 14

Location: St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center – 10 4th Ave South, St. Cloud, MN 56301

Speakers: Lysa TerKeurst, Ann Voskamp, Bianca Juarez Olthoff, Peter & Carolyn Haas

Worship: River Valley Worship

Emcees: Susie Larson & Amber Gerstmann

Shopping, Thrive Girlfriends Party, Giveaways, and More!

Register by Sept. 30th to receive discounted tickets at $79.  After that the price goes up $20 and then the price goes up again Oct. 1 – 15th to $99 per person.  Additional discounts are offered for Military, single parents, and senior citizens.  More details can be found on the website (click here).

Love, Peace, and Joy!

The She Leadership Team

 

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Deepest Wounds

Central,

Can your deepest wounds be healed? YES! NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR GOD!

In the Scriptures, there are countless stories of wounded people being restored by God. Sheila Walsh writes, “David had a child through adultery and had his lover’s husband murdered, yet he went on to become known as a man after God’s own heart. Mary Magdalene was possessed by demons, yet she was delivered from them and, later, was the first to see the risen Christ! The Samaritan woman had a long line of broken relationships, and her bad reputation made her a social outcast. But after she met Christ, she became the first missionary to her village.”

 

We could go on and one to make this point: GOD RESTORES PEOPLE. Last Sunday Roger Schaar stood in front of us and shared how God restored him. This Sunday another member of Central will share his story on God’s work in his life. There is no place so dark or despairing that the light and love of Christ can’t find you and heal you. 

This Summer we are journeying through the book of Philippians. This journey is titled ‘fromstuck​toFORWARD’. Paul writes, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6

 

Paul Johansson

SHE Equip – June 12, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Linda Sklenicka for our devotional this week.

Philippians 1:12-18

In this letter from Paul, he is writing from prison. It is one of his happier letters. With Paul being out of the way all thought the message of the Messiah would be quiet, however it was just the opposite. Paul tells us that preachers of every king were all over telling about the Messiah. Some Paul agreed with and some not so much. However, his letter said that as long as the word of the Messiah was getting out, he was happy.

As I read this I think of the many preachers we have and can listen to on the radio, television, in person and how their message is all about the Messiah but there are many ways to bring the message. During our time in Mexico this year we met some pretty interesting people; all who proclaimed the love of Christ to others. I would like to share with you a few.

The Old Man in Madero who has health issues – he chooses to wear old ratty clothes that make him scary to many. Unshaved, lack of a shower, not a pleasant man… but when you see him he walks along singing and dancing and praising God for what he has done for him.

A group of women in Molva, which is the colonia at the bottom of the City dump, who are the poorest of the poor. They gather on Wednesdays with their younger children to learn about and praise Christ. They may not have much but they do know they have the love of Christ.

I met a pulmonia driver named Tito this year. We talked and he told me he could come to the US to work and make much more money than in Mazatlán, but he has a family so he stays and does his best there. As he dropped me off at my destination, he prayed for me and praised me for what we were doing.

To the many church groups that come to doctor, pray, and teach the word of Christ to the people of the Colonia’s whose testimonials are many and their praise for Christ is amazing.

Snowbirds from all walks of life who have so much, women who worry about their watches and shoes matching their outfits. Who talk about the many closets of clothes they have… come to help make the weekly meal for those who work at the city dump and go in their matching outfits to help serve and bring them clean cool water. They coordinate generous bags for the women in many Colonia’s on Mother’s Day and Christmas gifts for the kids.

I think of the many people who just don’t see or picture themselves going on a mission trip themselves. They still share the message of the Messiah by donating funds, helping with things on this side of the trip and surely praying for the people who go and the people we serve…. we are all sharing and preaching the Messiah.

So as Paul would say, “Pray, teach, give someone a high five, help give your time, go on a mission trip always proclaiming that Christ is King.”

Lifetree Café Wednesday at 7:00 PM at the YMCA in Community Room A. Topic: The Church and Gays. One pastor’s dilemma.

SHE Mission Mondays
     7/10  – CAER 9:30-noon
     8/7  – Feed My Starving Children 9:30-11:30

Our next Central Women’s next book discussion:Small Great Things by Jodi Picault on Tuesday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Elk River Activity Center. The main character is an African American delivery nurse who is told by white supremacist parents that she cannot touch their child. The hospital agrees with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac arrest when she is alone with the child. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? In this new novel from Picault, she tackles race, our justice system, privilege, and compassion….and doesn’t offer any easy answers. The book will be available at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings or in the church office during the week. All women are invited.

 

 


Dates: Oct. 13 & 14

Location: St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center – 10 4th Ave South, St. Cloud, MN 56301

Speakers: Lysa TerKeurst, Ann Voskamp, Bianca Juarez Olthoff, Peter & Carolyn Haas

Worship: River Valley Worship

Emcees: Susie Larson & Amber Gerstmann

Shopping, Thrive Girlfriends Party, Giveaways, and More!

Register by Sept. 30th to receive discounted tickets at $79.  After that the price goes up $20 and then the price goes up again Oct. 1 – 15th to $99 per person.  Additional discounts are offered for Military, single parents, and senior citizens.  More details can be found on the website (click here).

Love, Peace, and Joy!

The She Leadership Team

 

Sunday Worship

8:15 am – Traditional
9:30 am – Blended
11:00 am – Innovations

Learn more about Worship

 

Central Lutheran Church
1103 School Street

Elk River, MN 55330

(763) 441-2363

www.clcelkriver.org


SHE Equip – June 7, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Tami Thoreson for our devotional this week.

Philippians 1:1-11

1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons.[2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

This message is full of thanksgiving, joy and hope for those who are working for Christ.  Sometimes we have unfinished projects or unfulfilled dreams that don’t seem to be coming to completion.  The Lord puts something on our hearts and then we run out of steam before we see it to the end.  This happened to a few of us when we were starting Great River Family Promise.  After five years of trying to get enough churches to agree to be host sites, some of us were running out of steam.  But the Lord promises “that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion”, he raised up more workers within our church and throughout the community.  Praise God that it was His work, because we could not do this without His help.  Central was the first church to agree to be a host site and I thank God every time I remember this.  We are a body of partners in the gospel, working together on God’s projects, so we will not fail.  God always keeps his promises.  Do not give up praying and thanking God for giving you ideas and projects that are in process.

Heavenly father, you are so gracious to us. You give us unmerited divine assistance and there is nothing we cannot do with your help.   Jesus, please lead and guide us as we work together, loving others in your name.  Amen

Lifetree Café Wednesday at 7:00 PM at the YMCA in Community Room A. Topic: The Church and Gays. One pastor’s dilemma.

SHE Mission Mondays
     6/5  – Great River Family Promise at Central 5-7
     7/10  – CAER 9:30-noon
     8/7  – Feed My Starving Children 9:30-11:30

Our next Central Women’s next book discussion:Small Great Things by Jodi Picault on Tuesday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Elk River Activity Center. The main character is an African American delivery nurse who is told by white supremacist parents that she cannot touch their child. The hospital agrees with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac arrest when she is alone with the child. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? In this new novel from Picault, she tackles race, our justice system, privilege, and compassion….and doesn’t offer any easy answers. The book will be available at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings or in the church office during the week. All women are invited.

 

Dates: Oct. 13 & 14

Location: St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center – 10 4th Ave South, St. Cloud, MN 56301

Speakers: Lysa TerKeurst, Ann Voskamp, Bianca Juarez Olthoff, Peter & Carolyn Haas

Worship: River Valley Worship

Emcees: Susie Larson & Amber Gerstmann

Shopping, Thrive Girlfriends Party, Giveaways, and More!

Register by Sept. 30th to receive discounted tickets at $79.  After that the price goes up $20 and then the price goes up again Oct. 1 – 15th to $99 per person.  Additional discounts are offered for Military, single parents, and senior citizens.  More details can be found on the website (click here).

Love, Peace, and Joy!

The She Leadership Team

 

SHE Equip – June 1, 2017

 Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Jane Kvalheim for our devotional this week.

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles.

“Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.” Acts  2:2.  

“When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.” Acts 2:6

My NIV bible lists 17 different languages that were melded into one on that amazing day. “…we hear them declaring the wonder of God in our own tongues!”  “Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another “What does this mean?” Acts 2:11-12.

What does this mean?  I think it means that no matter how different we are from each other His message is for all.  It is not just meant for me or for people who live their life like me, it is for everyone. We can get in God’s way of delivering this message when we disassociate or shun people who do not dress, think or live their lives like us.

How beautiful it must have been to hear the wonders of God in their own language. I imagine it felt like a personal invitation from the Almighty to know Him better.  “And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2: 38-39.

Heavenly Father : Thank you for  the gift of the Holy Spirit and the invitation  know you better. Give us the strength to be that personal invite to someone who does not know you. Amen.

Lifetree Café Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at the YMCA in Community Room A. Gathering on neutral ground makes it easier for you to be able to bring a friend who may never agree to go with you to church. We appreciate all your prayers and continued prayer as we move forward in our mission to get God’s message out to the masses who will no longer go to a church to find it.

TAKE A LEAP – Join a Journey Group – A small group of women who commit themselves to each other for the course of a year to meet regularly and talk about faith and life. Contact Ryan Braley.

Weekly prayer group – Monday 4:30 in the chapel prayers for Central – Judy Hovis/Kris Studniski.

 
Our next Central Women’s next book discussion: Small Great Things by Jodi Picault on Tuesday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Elk River Activity Center. The main character is an African American delivery nurse who is told by white supremacist parents that she cannot touch their child. The hospital agrees with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac arrest when she is alone with the child. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? In this new novel from Picault, she tackles race, our justice system, privilege, and compassion….and doesn’t offer any easy answers. The book will be available at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings or in the church office during the week. All women are invited.

 
 
Dates: Oct. 13 & 14

Location: St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center – 10 4th Ave South, St. Cloud, MN 56301

Speakers: Lysa TerKeurst, Ann Voskamp, Bianca Juarez Olthoff, Peter & Carolyn Haas

Worship: River Valley Worship

Emcees: Susie Larson & Amber Gerstmann

Shopping, Thrive Girlfriends Party, Giveaways, and More!

Register by Sept. 30th to receive discounted tickets at $79.  After that the price goes up $20 and then the price goes up again Oct. 1 – 15th to $99 per person.  Additional discounts are offered for Military, single parents, and senior citizens.  More details can be found on the website (click here).

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team