SHE Equip – May 15, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Maria Dollansky for our devotional this week.

Expectations!!!
Acts 3: 1-11
Peter and John were headed up to the temple at the time of prayer. A crippled man from birth was put outside the temple called ‘Beautiful’, everyday to beg for money. When he saw Peter and John he asked them for money. They both looked straight at him and said, “look at us”! The man looked and expected something. Then Peter said, “silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk”. He stood up with given strength and was able to walk.

Having expectations is actually premeditated disappointment. We create our own perfect scenarios and expect God (or others) to come through for us in exactly the way we want them to. We set ourselves up for disappointment. We find ourselves weakened in faith. Do we really believe what God says about himself? Now, to live with expectancy is to look above our circumstances, knowing God is in our daily lives. To live with expectancy is to pray passionately, to have contentment in our circumstances, believing that our prayers matter. He’s a miracle working God, and He often breaks through in ways we couldn’t have imagined and at a time when we least expect Him to.

Father, so often we don’t pray for the big things, having little faith in what you can really do in our lives. Help us to realize the expectancy is worth so much more than we can imagine. Cuz Jesus changes our expectations! In your name we pray. Amen
       
Lifetree Café  new day of the week! ELK RIVER YMCA !!!!  Wednesdays at 7:00PM 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.

Mission Madness  Sunday May 21, 2017 – A day set aside to work on community projects. Contact Sonja Knutson.

Weekly prayer groups. 

  • Monday 4:30 in the chapel prayers for Central – Judy Hovis/Kris Studniski
  • Tuesday 8:00 a.m.  Moms in Prayer – Elk River High School
  • Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Moms in Prayer – College and Career

SHE Book/Bible Study The End of Me

     Thursdays 6:30

     The End of Me Study

In his award winning book, not a fan., Kyle Idleman challenged us to pick up our cross and die to our self. But what does that actually mean? Join Kyle as he explores the upside down paths that lead us to Jesus. Featuring the true testimonies of author and spoken word artist, Jefferson Bethke, NBA star, Landry Fields, Founder and director of Scarlet Hope, Rachelle Star, and the former US manager of Apple Records, Ken Mansfield – this cinematic journey unpacks the counterintuitive truths of Jesus:

You must be Broken to be Whole | You must Mourn to be Happy | You must be Authentic to be Accepted | You must be Empty to be Filled

Join Us!  Please RSVP in the the Hub.


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 May 13th to receive discounted tickets.  After Mother’s Day 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).

SHE Equip – May 11, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to LeeAnn Simonson for our devotional this week on John 4:1-38

JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING.

I recently returned from a visit to my son and his family who live in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  While there I attended the small Christian church where they worship.  I had worshiped there on my last trip, too, and watched as my son and his wife took their marriage vows at the same altar.  All three occasions had a great impact on me. How and why…since I could not understand their language and knew no one?

It was their JOY, JOY, JOY!  It showed in their faces, their movements, their animated stories. The children quietly sat on the floor in front of the church, then danced in the aisles to the music as everybody sang songs of praise.  Joy even showed as they followed along in their Bibles (or the Bible app on their cell phones!) as the Scripture was being read.  Believers would come up front to share their stories of how they had come to know Christ and people would clap and cheer for them.  

It was obvious to me that JESUS HAD CHANGED THEM.  I am certain that most of them were first-generation believers. Somehow and somewhere they had encountered Jesus, just as the Samaritan woman at the well had.  And just like her, they responded to Him, accepted Him, and then began worshipping and telling others. It was a radically different life for them, no longer worrying about appeasing the spirits in animism, or worrying about the karma in Buddhism. They celebrated the fact that Jesus means grace, undeserved forgiveness, and joy, regardless of circumstances.

My question for each of us is this:  Do we respond to Him in joy? Do we arise in the morning with this verse on our lips, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us REJOICE AND BE GLAD?”  After all, this same Jesus that lives in the poverty of Cambodia is the one that can change us, too.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come to you with great joy because of your love and grace for each of us. I pray that every morning we will respond to your call to repentance and then share the good news to those we meet.  I pray that Christians throughout the world will not be apathetic, but will listen to the Holy Spirit’s nudges to be joyful and eager to tell others about how Jesus has changed them.  Amen


Lifetree Café  new day of the week! ELK RIVER YMCA !!!!  Wednesdays at 7:00PM 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.

Mission Madness  Sunday May 21, 2017 – A day set aside to work on community projects.  Contact Sonja Knutson.

Weekly prayer groups.  

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

Tuesday 8:00 a.m.  Moms in Prayer – Elk River High School

Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Moms in Prayer – College and Career

SHE Book/Bible Study The End of Me

Thursdays 6:30

The End of Me Study

In his award winning book, not a fan., Kyle Idleman challenged us to pick up our cross and die to our self. But what does that actually mean? Join Kyle as he explores the upside down paths that lead us to Jesus. Featuring the true testimonies of author and spoken word artist, Jefferson Bethke, NBA star, Landry Fields, Founder and director of Scarlet Hope, Rachelle Star, and the former US manager of Apple Records, Ken Mansfield – this cinematic journey unpacks the counterintuitive truths of Jesus:

You must be Broken to be Whole | You must Mourn to be Happy | You must be Authentic to be Accepted | You must be Empty to be Filled 

Join Us!  Please RSVP in the Hub.

 

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 May 13th to receive discounted tickets.  After Mother’s Day 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).

Mission Madness – May 21st

Join Central for Mission madness Sunday, May 21st.  Sign up to serve others on Sunday in the lobby or contact Sonja Knutson (763.270.1135 ext.235). 

Central will serve the community through twenty projects consisting of yard work, painting projects, cleaning and landscaping.

Bring the family or invite your Journey Group. 

 

SHE Equip – May 8, 2017

Thank you to Katie Johnson for our devotional this week on Ephesians 2:1-7.

In this passage, Paul reminds us that in spite of our sinful selves, Christ offers us life.  Jesus changes everything for us when he sacrifices himself, on our behalf, and in spite of our unworthiness.  The kind of eternal life he offers is not conditional upon how good we are, or how hard we try to please him.  It is simply and profoundly this – a gift. 

What kind of a god would offer itself for its subjects?  Where else in history do we see a deity die for its followers? Additionally, where else can we find a divine being, who has infinite power and authority, who bestows this gift freely and lavishly?

We are made spiritually alive in Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection – given by grace and through faith.  Knowing this, we are invited to live our lives for Him – with confidence and joy!

Almighty God and Loving Father, what can we do or say today that will point others to your gift of eternal life?  Empower us with your Holy Spirit to speak light and love into those you place in our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  

Announcements

Lifetree Café  new day of the week! ELK RIVER YMCA !!!!  Wednesdays at 7:00PM 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.

Mission Madness  Sunday May 21, 2017 – A day set aside to work on community projects.  Contact Sonja Knutson.

Weekly prayer groups.  

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

Tuesday 8:00 a.m.  Moms in Prayer – Elk River High School

Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Moms in Prayer – College and Career

SHE Book/Bible Study The End of Me

Thursdays 6:30

The End of Me Study

In his award winning book, not a fan., Kyle Idleman challenged us to pick up our cross and die to our self. But what does that actually mean? Join Kyle as he explores the upside down paths that lead us to Jesus. Featuring the true testimonies of author and spoken word artist, Jefferson Bethke, NBA star, Landry Fields, Founder and director of Scarlet Hope, Rachelle Star, and the former US manager of Apple Records, Ken Mansfield – this cinematic journey unpacks the counterintuitive truths of Jesus:

You must be Broken to be Whole | You must Mourn to be Happy | You must be Authentic to be Accepted | You must be Empty to be Filled 

Join Us!  Please RSVP in the Hub.

Events

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 May 13th to receive discounted tickets.  After Mother’s Day 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).

 

SHE Equip – April 24, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Maggie Parish for our devotional this week.

Jesus changes our IDENTITY: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21.

Jesus changes everything.  Jesus changes my identity.   Years ago, I identified myself most often by my position of employment, or by a relationship to someone else; wife, mother, daughter, etc. None of those identities were bad or wrong but in 2003, I began to discover that my identity is first and foremost as a child of God. A beloved daughter of the King.  Jesus changes my identity, and He changes me! My identity is in Christ…because HE through his death and resurrection has reconciled me to my Heavenly Father.

In verse 17 we read “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  The old is gone…the new is here…I don’t know about you, but for me that’s not always the case.  The old sneaks in all too often and the harmony between me and Jesus is strained or broken.  Not because Jesus gets angry with me or frustrated, but because I’m not truly living in Him.  I’ve chosen to go my own way…if even for just a short time.   So for me, every day I have to remember that in order to stay in harmony I must live in Him.  One of my memory verses this year is John 15:4 “Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”  Every day, and throughout the day I must often make that choice to live in Christ, and be that new creation.  I long to be the woman He designed me to be…every moment of every day. 

Dear Jesus, thank you so much for reconciling me to my Heavenly Father. You bring such joy and peace and love when I remain in You. Forgive me when I turn away and strain this relationship. I ask you to continue to change me into that new creation that you designed me to be. In your precious name, Amen.

Events

Join over 100 women from various churches at central in Monday nights for Bible Study Fellowship 6:50-8:20. We have two welcome nights (April 24 and May 1) as we finish the book of John.  In the fall we will be studying Romans.  Contact Kris Studniski estudniski@aol.com with questions.  

She Night Out – Spring Fling! SOLD OUT!

Thursday, April 27 6:00-9:00 pm at Central Lutheran Church. 

6:00 pm – Social and Sharing
6:30 pm – Dinner (Catered Meal)
7:30 pm – Entertainment (It’s a Guy Thing)

 

Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, May 2 at the Elk River Activity Center when we will talk about The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee. This New York Times Bestseller is the true story of a North Korean defector who at age of 17 escaped to China. She gives insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless dictatorships, who at a young age was forced to watch public executions of people who didn’t mourn loud enough for the death of Kim II-Sung.  But the story is much more than that; it tells of her new life in China and South Korea.  Twelve years after her escape she returns to the border in a daring and dangerous journey to get her mother and brother to join her in South Korea. The book will be available in Central’s office and at Holy Grounds Coffee Shop on Sunday morning. All women are cordially invited to attend.

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 May 13th to receive discounted tickets.  After Mother’s Day 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).

Announcements

Lifetree Café in their new location. ELK RIVER YMCA !!!!  Thursday at 7:00PM 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.

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Equip – April 17, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Angie Craft for our devotional this week.

Since there is no specific verse connected with this week’s message, I have been reflecting on Easter. What does it mean to live in the reality of the resurrection truth? Christ lived, died, and rose again so that we may too!

Colossians 3:1-4

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

How can the choices we make each day reflect our risen life? Our hearts speak through the ways we prioritize our time, interact with those around us, and respond to our own thoughts. We may believe and trust in Christ, yet can still be so easily distracted by what seems important in this world. Are we spending enough time with God to be able to speak His truths to ourselves and others?

While the calendar has moved on from Easter, may our focus on the resurrection continue so that our lives breathe witness to the power of the cross!

Precious Jesus, thank you for your sacrificial love. Continue to work in our lives, drawing us nearer and transforming us more like you. Amen.

Events

Join over 100 women from various churches at central in Monday nights for Bible Study Fellowship 6:50-8:20. We have two welcome nights (April 24 and May 1) as we finish the book of John.  In the fall we will be studying Romans.  Contact Kris Studniski estudniski@aol.com with questions.  

She Night Out – Spring Fling! Tickets $20.

Thursday, April 27 6:00-9:00 pm at Central Lutheran Church. 

6:00 pm – Social and Sharing
6:30 pm – Dinner (Catered Meal)
7:30 pm – Entertainment (It’s a Guy Thing)

 

Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, May 2 at the Elk River Activity Center when we will talk about The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee. This New York Times Bestseller is the true story of a North Korean defector who at age of 17 escaped to China. She gives insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless dictatorships, who at a young age was forced to watch public executions of people who didn’t mourn loud enough for the death of Kim II-Sung.  But the story is much more than that; it tells of her new life in China and South Korea.  Twelve years after her escape she returns to the border in a daring and dangerous journey to get her mother and brother to join her in South Korea. The book will be available in Central’s office and at Holy Grounds Coffee Shop on Sunday morning. All women are cordially invited to attend.

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 May 13th to receive discounted tickets.  After Mother’s Day 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).

 Announcements

Thank you to the amazing 35 women who have stepped up to be prayer warriors for the women of Central. If you are a member of Central, or a regular attender, know that you are being prayed for by a sister in Christ! God is good!

Lifetree Café in their new location. ELK RIVER YMCA !!!!  Thursday at 7:00PM 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.

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team
 

SHE Equip – April 11, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Julie Haugen for our devotional this week.

“Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia! Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia! Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia! Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!”

The hymnist seems to be able to express only short phrases before bursting out with another Alleluia! How well I remember this treasured hymn of my youth. It has become only sweeter through the years as I’ve become increasingly aware of the depravity of humankind and the great price that Jesus paid for all of our sins!

As we enter Holy Week, we who live on this side of the cross are well aware that it culminates in triumph. However, the Marys who devotedly journeyed to the tomb to anoint the dead body of their beloved friend didn’t even know how they were going to get to it. I can only begin to imagine their joy as they found an empty tomb and were told of a risen Savior!

However, experiencing an earthquake, seeing an angel, and stepping around guards who had been overcome by fear produced a certain amount of fear in the women themselves. Still they were eager to deliver the angel’s message to the disciples.

Though none of us will ever be in their circumstances, we have occasion to feel both fear and joy every time we are called to a new step of faith – fear of the unknown, but also the joy of obedience.

Father God, thank you for the ultimate gift of salvation through your Son! In gratitude, may we be generous in sharing that great news with others. In the precious Name of Jesus, Amen!

Volunteer Opportunities

Fresh Food, Fresh Faith is a program hosted by Central each Wednesday morning

The mission of this organization is to feed those among us who are hungry and thirsty while making Jesus known.    We provide quality and healthy fresh fruits, vegetables,and  bread with the Word of God at no cost to those in hardship situations. 

Our attendance averages about 50 families per week (including Russian and Spanish speaking guests).  We serve breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and food distribution begins at 9 a.m.  Volunteers take care to interact and encourage clients during this first hour.  We sit, eat, and visit with clients forming encouraging relationships.  Additionally, we ask our attendees if they would like prayer for any of their needs and life situations.   Many of our volunteers started out as attendees. 

Although people come to receive food, it has become a gathering place that builds relationships.  A guest came recently for the first time and said she came for free food Wednesdays and received so much more.  We strive as a mission to build, connect and empower all involved in the process whether one is serving or being served.

Areas to serve in this ministry:  (please contact Kris Studniski, estudniski@aol.com).  Tues and/or Friday 9:30 pick up donations at Caribou and Chipotle and deliver to Central.  Wednesday mornings: 7:00 pick up donations at Cub and Coborns, 7:00 set up, 8:00 visit, listen, pray, 9:00 distribute food, 9:15 a.m. – clean up

Events

She Night Out – Spring Fling! Tickets $20.

Thursday, April 27 6:00-9:00 pm at Central Lutheran Church. 

6:00 pm – Social and Sharing
6:30 pm – Dinner (Catered Meal)
7:30 pm – Entertainment (It’s a Guy Thing)

 

Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, May 2 at the Elk River Activity Center when we will talk about The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee. This New York Times Bestseller is the true story of a North Korean defector who at age of 17 escaped to China. She gives insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless dictatorships, who at a young age was forced to watch public executions of people who didn’t mourn loud enough for the death of Kim II-Sung.  But the story is much more than that; it tells of her new life in China and South Korea.  Twelve years after her escape she returns to the border in a daring and dangerous journey to get her mother and brother to join her in South Korea. The book will be available in Central’s office and at Holy Grounds Coffee Shop on Sunday morning. All women are cordially invited to attend.

 

Dates: Oct. 13 & 14

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

Speakers: Lysa TerKeurstAnn 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 May 13th to receive discounted tickets.  After Mother’s Day 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).

 Announcements

Thank you to the amazing 35 women who have stepped up to be prayer warriors for the women of Central. If you are a member of Central, or a regular attender, know that you are being prayed for by a sister in Christ! God is good!

Lifetree Café in their new location. ELK RIVER YMCA !!!!  Thursday at 7:00PM 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.

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Equip – April 3, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Alaina Just for our devotional this week.

Jesus’ Entry into the Holy City

This week we look at Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. As I read the various passages describing Jesus’ arrival, I can’t help but feel a “bittersweet” feeling. On one hand, the entrance represents joy and happiness with the presence of God. “Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Mark 11:8-10. People were excited to welcome Jesus, as he was thought to be their king and the Romans would no longer rule. As I read this however, I couldn’t help but think about the ultimate ending of this week and the switch in peoples’ thoughts towards Jesus.

This passage, and other Palm Sunday passages (Matthew 21:1-10, Luke 19:28-40, John 12:12-19), are a celebration of the time when so many people viewed Jesus as their savior. Jesus was “popular” and welcomed with open arms. As we know, this love for Jesus turns negative and by the end of the week, we see a very different attitude towards Jesus. Our relationship with Jesus may go through the same changes. When times are good and things seem to be going our way (when Jesus is “popular”), it is easy for us to celebrate Jesus with joy. Do we continue to praise and worship when things aren’t going as well? Do we continue to feel as the Jewish people did during Jesus’ entry into the Holy City (welcoming, excitement, love, praise) during the tough times and the easy times? Or, do we sometimes choose to go down their same path of change from praise to resentment when things get tough (or when it is not popular to love God)? This fork in the road is something to think about as we continue our relationship with God.

When Jesus arrived in the city, the people thought their savior had arrived and life would be greatly improved. However, God had a different plan for Jesus after he arrived in Jerusalem. This plan was VERY different than the plan that the Jewish people had for Jesus. This is another reminder that our lives are God’s and are under his control. Whether we are experiencing good or bad times, everything is always part of his plan. Jesus experienced two very extreme experiences starting with his entrance into Jerusalem. He experienced pure joy and love when he arrived, and the week ended in complete despair. Through this whole range of experiences, Jesus allowed God to work in his life and followed him completely. This story provided us a great example of how we need to follow God and continually search for his direction.

Dear God, as we get closer and closer to Easter, help us to study and focus on your life as an example for ours. With this focus, open up to us your will and direction in our lives. Help us to recognize you in both our daily lives and in the overall plan for our lives. In the joy of the Easter season and spring, let us be renewed and empowered in you.  Amen.

Volunteer Opportunities

Fresh Food, Fresh Faith is a program hosted by Central each Wednesday morning

The mission of this organization is to feed those among us who are hungry and thirsty while making Jesus known.    We provide quality and healthy fresh fruits, vegetables,and  bread with the Word of God at no cost to those in hardship situations. 

Our attendance averages about 50 families per week (including Russian and Spanish speaking guests).  We serve breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and food distribution begins at 9 a.m.  Volunteers take care to interact and encourage clients during this first hour.  We sit, eat, and visit with clients forming encouraging relationships.  Additionally, we ask our attendees if they would like prayer for any of their needs and life situations.   Many of our volunteers started out as attendees. 

Although people come to receive food, it has become a gathering place that builds relationships.  A guest came recently for the first time and said she came for free food Wednesdays and received so much more.  We strive as a mission to build, connect and empower all involved in the process whether one is serving or being served.

Areas to serve in this ministry:  (please contact Kris Studniski, estudniski@aol.com).  Tues and/or Friday 9:30 pick up donations at Caribou and Chipotle and deliver to Central.  Wednesday mornings: 7:00 pick up donations at Cub and Coborns, 7:00 set up, 8:00 visit, listen, pray, 9:00 distribute food, 9:15 a.m. – clean up

 

Events

She Night Out – Spring Fling! 

Thursday, April 27 6:00-9:00 pm at Central Lutheran Church. 

6:00 pm – Social and Sharing
6:30 pm – Dinner (Catered Meal)
7:30 pm – Entertainment (It’s a Guy Thing)

Tickets: $20 per person, on sale starting March 26

 

Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, May 2 at the Elk River Activity Center when we will talk about The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee. This New York Times Bestseller is the true story of a North Korean defector who at age of 17 escaped to China. She gives insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless dictatorships, who at a young age was forced to watch public executions of people who didn’t mourn loud enough for the death of Kim II-Sung.  But the story is much more than that; it tells of her new life in China and South Korea.  Twelve years after her escape she returns to the border in a daring and dangerous journey to get her mother and brother to join her in South Korea. The book will be available in Central’s office and at Holy Grounds Coffee Shop on Sunday morning. All women are cordially invited to attend.

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 May 13th to receive discounted tickets.  After Mother’s Day 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).

Announcements

Needed… 6 more women who can pray!!
We are still in need of 8 more women to pray for other women at Central! You will receive a list of women and be asked to pray for them throughout 2017. This is a perfect opportunity for those of you who want to be involved, but never find the time! You can pray from wherever you are, whenever it fits into your schedule! You simply have to commit to prayer. Please contact Pat Hackman at hackman@charter.net to be added to the list of Women Prayer Warriors!

Lifetree Café in their new location. ELK RIVER YMCA !!!!  Thursday at 7:00PM 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.

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

 

SHE Equip – March 28, 2016

Dear Sisters in Christ,

The writing this week made me really stop and think about how I bristle at being inconvenienced.  Learning to ‘go with the flow” is still a challenge especially when it comes to interrupting my schedule.  Thank you Lindsey for sharing your thoughts this week!

Psalm 36 and Luke 14:7-14

Inconvenience…..Here is a word that most of us can probably relate to every single day. We have such easy access to EVERYTHING these days that almost anything could be looked at as inconvenient. You can so easily check your email, your Facebook page, grab a snack from your cupboard, and get food almost instantly through a drive through and on and on. However, how many times a day do we feel that these very easy things are inconvenient? Our internet is not loading, we haven’t gone to the grocery store so we need to actually make something, or the line in the drive through is taking TOO long when it’s really only been a few minutes.

This title instantly jumped out at me because being a parent is almost never ‘convenient’. Remember the days where you could spend your own quiet time showering, doing your make up and your hair and being able to get out of the house on time!?! Now, I feel like it takes thought, time management, usually a little fighting because someone’s pants or shoes don’t fit just right. Just when I thought I had things somewhat figured out on getting out of the house on time we added a new addition to our family. Becoming a mom of two was so much harder than I ever anticipated it to be. I mean we have one, we’ve managed, how much harder can it be with two? Ha! These days I’ve surely learned to embrace inconvenience. Our newest addition has challenged me mentally; physically and spiritually more than I’ve ever been challenged before. I have learned to pray more, give God my worries and embrace inconvenience, because really there is not much about a newborn that is convenient.

Do you think that God wants our spiritual life to be convenient? I mean, really if it was do you think we would have a closer relationship with him? Of course God is always there to love us and forgive us of our sins, but that is not it! God wants us to walk with Him, grow with Him, and teach others about Him! That is not always convenient. It’s not always convenient to sit down and work on a bible study when you could be catching up on sleep, or let’s be honest catching up on a TV show. It’s not always convenient to try and get ready on a Sunday morning to get to church on time (or try to!). I was thinking about Ryan’s sermon from this past Sunday about find an ‘old wizard’ but then also find someone to be an ‘old wizard’ to. Sitting down and having an awkward conversation with a teenager may not be convenient. However, what if you are the ONLY person in that kids life that will talk to them about God? What if because of what you did they start coming to church more and praying more? What is because of you they go on a Mission Trip and help out the poor?  What if because of you when they get married and have children they continue to come to church and are now teaching their children about the LOVE that God has for us! This is exactly the work that God needs us to do!

So I challenge everyone this week to embrace the inconvenience, however that may look in your life. Look at it as positive and think about how many times Jesus was ‘inconvenienced’ but continued to do that work that God needed Him to do! My prayer for each of you this week is that you can notice AND embrace the inconvenience. I pray that we can each slow down a little and not worry so much if we are getting this life ‘right’, but that we can each spend a little more time in prayer to really understand what God is doing in our lives and where he wants us to grow!

Lindsey Beard
1craftybeard@gmail.com

Events

Women’s Craft and Fellowship March 31 and April 1

Do you need a mini-getaway? Have unfinished craft projects? Graduation photos to prepare? Join us, Friday, March 31, 6:00 to 10:00 pm, and Saturday, April 1, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. We will meet in Rooms 218/219. Please use the west parking lot doors. You can come for the whole time or just an hour or two. You can leave your projects set up on Friday evening. Bring your own lunch or money for a lunch run. Saturday supper is provided. This is a free activity so please invite your friends to join you. Questions, Contact Pam Pixley, 763-441-5653 or Rachel Pederson, 763-241-2104.

She Night Out – Spring Fling

Thursday, April 27 6:00-9:00 pm at Central Lutheran Church. 

6:00 pm – Social and Sharing
6:30 pm – Dinner (Catered Meal)
7:30 pm – Entertainment (It’s a Guy Thing)

Tickets: $20 per person, on sale starting March 26

 

Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, May 2 at the Elk River Activity Center when we will talk about The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee. This New York Times Bestseller is the true story of a North Korean defector who at age of 17 escaped to China. She gives insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless dictatorships, who at a young age was forced to watch public executions of people who didn’t mourn loud enough for the death of Kim II-Sung.  But the story is much more than that; it tells of her new life in China and South Korea.  Twelve years after her escape she returns to the border in a daring and dangerous journey to get her mother and brother to join her in South Korea. The book will be available in Central’s office and at Holy Grounds Coffee Shop on Sunday morning. All women are cordially invited to attend.

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 May 13th to receive discounted tickets.  After Mother’s Day 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).

 Announcements

Needed… 6 more women who can pray!!
We are still in need of 8 more women to pray for other women at Central! You will receive a list of women and be asked to pray for them throughout 2017. This is a perfect opportunity for those of you who want to be involved, but never find the time! You can pray from wherever you are, whenever it fits into your schedule! You simply have to commit to prayer. Please contact Pat Hackman at hackman@charter.net to be added to the list of Women Prayer Warriors!

Lifetree Café in their new location. ELK RIVER YMCA !!!!  Thursday at 7:00PM 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.

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

Please join in prayer and thanksgiving for the work Maggie has done the past 5 years in SHE ministry. Thank you Maggie! You have been a blessing!

SHE Equip – March 21, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Spring is here!  This season is so special to me. Spring is new life; we begin to see the earth come alive with crocus first, sometimes even resting in the snow.  New bugs, new chicks, new leaves, the list goes on and on. Then on Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection and new, eternal life in Christ.

 Koinonia is our topic this week and it’s a word I hear every once in a while but always forget what it means. Thank you Allison for describing Koinonia in a way that is much easier to understand and remember!

Koinonia is “an interactive relationship between God and believers who are sharing new life through Christ”.   Psalm 25 and Mark 8:31-38 give us a glimpse into what God has in mind for that relationship.

For God’s part in this relationship, He will show us, guide us, instruct and teach us, confide in us, be loving and faithful to us, make His covenant known to us, be our refuge and deliver us.  (Psalm 25)

For our part, we are to obey Him, fear Him (have proper reverence for the God of the universe, Lord of lords, King of Kings) (Psalm 25), consider not the thoughts of men but those of God (given to us in His word), give up our self and our desires, take up our cross, have life by losing it and follow Jesus. (Mark 8)

God doing His part, and our doing our part, provides us loving fellowship with the triune God and each other.  Real Koinonia in practice, day by day, with each other and Him, relying on Him.   And it all starts with trust in Him, reliance on Him. (Psalm 25:1) 

God our Father, we pray that you will build and strengthen our knowledge of your word and our fellowship, our “koinonia” together with you and with each other in Christ. Help us to do our part in this relationship through your son Jesus. Forgive us when we fall short and encourage us to try again. We thank you for your amazing love that reaches out to have this relationship with us. Help us never take it for granted, help us live it out in fellowship with You and loving community with each other. Amen.

Allison Olson
aoinmn@hotmail.com

Events

Women’s Craft and Fellowship March 31 and April 1

Do you need a mini-getaway? Have unfinished craft projects? Graduation photos to prepare? Join us, Friday, March 31, 6:00 to 10:00 pm, and Saturday, April 1, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. We will meet in Rooms 218/219. Please use the west parking lot doors. You can come for the whole time or just an hour or two. You can leave your projects set up on Friday evening. Bring your own lunch or money for a lunch run. Saturday supper is provided. This is a free activity so please invite your friends to join you. Questions, Contact Pam Pixley, 763-441-5653 or Rachel Pederson, 763-241-2104.


She Night Out – Spring Fling!
 

Thursday, April 27 6:00-9:00 pm at Central Lutheran Church. 

6:00 pm – Social and Sharing
6:30 pm – Dinner (Catered Meal)
7:30 pm – Entertainment (It’s a Guy Thing)

Tickets: $20 per person, on sale starting March 26


Dates: Oct. 13 & 14

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

Speakers: Lysa TerKeurstAnn 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 May 13th to receive discounted tickets.  After Mother’s Day 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).

 Announcements

Needed… 8 more women who can pray!!
We are still in need of 8 more women to pray for other women at Central! You will receive a list of women and be asked to pray for them throughout 2017. This is a perfect opportunity for those of you who want to be involved, but never find the time! You can pray from wherever you are, whenever it fits into your schedule! You simply have to commit to prayer. Please contact Pat Hackman at hackman@charter.net to be added to the list of Women Prayer Warriors!

Lifetree Café in their new location. ELK RIVER YMCA !!!!  Thursday at 7:00PM 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.

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team