SHE Equip – December 19, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Judy Hovis for our devotional this week.

The Candle of Joy is lit and brings light and life to all!

Central’s advent theme this year is Journey to the Unexpected.

From the start of this journey the word joy has jumped out at me as part of the word journey.

We are on a journey in which we will find joy!

What is joy?

  • As defined on a key chain I once owned, it said: Joy is not the absence of pain but the presence of God.
  • It is an inner peace deep within that tells me all is well when visually or physically nothing seems to be.
  • It is seeing God keep his word and promises over and over, that gives me an assurance of knowing he is in control of all the details of my life.
  • For the shepherds it could have been the angels words,”Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manager.” After the angels left, the shepherds left the sheep to go to Bethlehem to see this thing that had happened. They found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in the manger, just as they had heard from the angels. They returned to the fields glorifying and praising God for what they had heard and seen was just as they had been told. Imagine the joy of being among the first to know of the birth of Jesus and to see him!
  • For the Magi,upon seeing the appearance of the star, they were overjoyed and followed it to Bethlehem to find the baby in the stable. They bowed down and worshipped him and gave him gifts.
  • A joy overflowing from their heart.
  • For Mary, it may have been the visit from Angel Gabriel to tell her she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus. She only asks how because she is a virgin, Gabriel tells her the Holy Spirit will come upon you and the Most High will overshadow you. The child will be called the Son of God. For nothing is impossible for God. Mary says,”May it be to me as you have said.” On her Jesus journey, we often hear the words, she treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. I believe these are joy moments for her to remember in the painful days that would lie ahead.
  • For Simeon, a righteous, devout man filled with the Holy Spirit. It had been revealed to him through the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the spirit, he went to the temple the day that Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to present him to the Lord as custom required. Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God saying,” Sovereign Lord you have done as you promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace for my eyes gave seen your salvation which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel. What joy must have filled Simeon’s heart as the promise of God was fulfilled for him.
  • For Anna, a prophetess who lived in the temple worshipping, fasting and praying day and night. She too came to baby Jesus and gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. What joy for prayers answered and seeing God’s plan unveil in her lifetime.

Psalm 16 verse 11 says:

You have made known to me the path of life;

You will fill me with joy in your presence,

With eternal pleasures at your right hand.

As you sing Christmas Carols this Christmas season, listen to the words and be reminded of the joy that we receive at Christmas through the birth of Jesus. The message resounds through the words of: Joy to the World, Go Tell it on the Mountain, What Child is This, Angels we have Heard on High to mention a few.

As we light the candles let us remember out of Hope comes Love and Peace and through Peace Jesus comes and in him our joy is complete as we seek to know him, receive him, follow him and rest in Him.

Dear Jesus, Oh come and let us adore you, let us seek your light for our lives, that we will pray, praise and worship you each and every day, so as to be filled with the joy of you who lives within us and gives us peace. Amen


SHE Equip Devotional – If you would like to be involved in writing a devotional contact Kris Studniski at estudniski@aol.com


Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) – The study for this year is Romans
Join over 100 women from the surrounding area Monday nights 7:00-8:30 at Central. Contact Kris Studniski at estudniski@aol.com for more information.


Prayer – Monday evenings 5:45-6:45. Join Judy Hovis and Kris Studniski in the chapel.


Armor of God (Priscilla Shirer)

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life: the devil. If you are tired of being pushed around, this seven-week study is for you.

Tuesday evenings – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
January 9 through February 20
Led by: Pam Wagner
Cost: $13
Register by December 28


Finding I Am – (Lysa Turkherst)

What is the deep cry of your heart? The ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. This study will walk you through these struggles.

Monday mornings – 10:00 to 11:30 am
January 8 through February 5
Led by: Sonja Knutson
Cost: $12 per person
Register by December 28


Redefined

Our identity is the source from which we live and move each day. Believing in Jesus means that you’ve been given a new identity – one that cannot be shaken or changed because it is established in Christ. This six-week study is a look at what the Bible says on this new identity. We want to walk you through Scripture and promises from God that will redefine your identity and give you a new understanding of what it means to live as a daughter of Christ who knows whose she is and who she is.

Saturday mornings – 9:30 – 11:00 am
January 27 through March 10
Led by: Stacy Minor Cost $24 per person.
Register by January 15


Lifetree Cafe – 508 Freeport Ave Ste A (Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)

      12/20 – Mental Illness
      12/27 – Overcoming Hardship
       1/3 – Inside the Gun Debate


MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers are looking for more volunteers to help Thursday mornings at Central with childcare. Contact Bailey Gerdes for more information.


Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, January 9 at 1:30 at the Elk River Activity Center and the book will be Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez. Soon after the fall of the Taliban, the author went to Afghanistan to help this war-torn nation. Well meaning, flawed, and sometimes brazen, Rodriguez stumbled through language barriers, overstepped cultural customs, and constantly juggled the challenges of a postwar nation as she began the Kabul Beauty School, teaching Afghan women how to cut and color hair to become their family’s breadwinner. She is a frank and entertaining storyteller and the reader learns a great deal about Afghan women and women throughout all societies. The book is available at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings or at the church office for $5.00. All women are invited.


Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Equip – December 14, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Judy Hovis for our devotional this week.

The Candle of Joy is lit and brings light and life to all!

Central’s advent theme this year is Journey to the Unexpected.

From the start of this journey the word joy has jumped out at me as part of the word journey.

We are on a journey in which we will find joy!

What is joy?

  • As defined on a key chain I once owned, it said: Joy is not the absence of pain but the presence of God.
  • It is an inner peace deep within that tells me all is well when visually or physically nothing seems to be.
  • It is seeing God keep his word and promises over and over, that gives me an assurance of knowing he is in control of all the details of my life.
  • For the shepherds it could have been the angels words,”Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manager.” After the angels left, the shepherds left the sheep to go to Bethlehem to see this thing that had happened. They found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in the manger, just as they had heard from the angels. They returned to the fields glorifying and praising God for what they had heard and seen was just as they had been told. Imagine the joy of being among the first to know of the birth of Jesus and to see him!
  • For the Magi,upon seeing the appearance of the star, they were overjoyed and followed it to Bethlehem to find the baby in the stable. They bowed down and worshipped him and gave him gifts.
  • A joy overflowing from their heart.
  • For Mary, it may have been the visit from Angel Gabriel to tell her she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus. She only asks how because she is a virgin, Gabriel tells her the Holy Spirit will come upon you and the Most High will overshadow you. The child will be called the Son of God. For nothing is impossible for God. Mary says,”May it be to me as you have said.” On her Jesus journey, we often hear the words, she treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. I believe these are joy moments for her to remember in the painful days that would lie ahead.
  • For Simeon, a righteous, devout man filled with the Holy Spirit. It had been revealed to him through the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the spirit, he went to the temple the day that Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to present him to the Lord as custom required. Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God saying,” Sovereign Lord you have done as you promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace for my eyes gave seen your salvation which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel. What joy must have filled Simeon’s heart as the promise of God was fulfilled for him.
  • For Anna, a prophetess who lived in the temple worshipping, fasting and praying day and night. She too came to baby Jesus and gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. What joy for prayers answered and seeing God’s plan unveil in her lifetime.

Psalm 16 verse 11 says:

You have made known to me the path of life;

You will fill me with joy in your presence,

With eternal pleasures at your right hand.

As you sing Christmas Carols this Christmas season, listen to the words and be reminded of the joy that we receive at Christmas through the birth of Jesus. The message resounds through the words of: Joy to the World, Go Tell it on the Mountain, What Child is This, Angels we have Heard on High to mention a few.

As we light the candles let us remember out of Hope comes Love and Peace and through Peace Jesus comes and in him our joy is complete as we seek to know him, receive him, follow him and rest in Him.

Dear Jesus, Oh come and let us adore you, let us seek your light for our lives, that we will pray, praise and worship you each and every day, so as to be filled with the joy of you who lives within us and gives us peace. Amen


 

SHE Equip Devotional – If you would like to be involved in writing a devotional contact Kris Studniski at estudniski@aol.com


Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) – The study for this year is Romans
Join over 100 women from the surrounding area Monday nights 7:00-8:30 at Central. Contact Kris Studniski at estudniski@aol.com for more information.


Prayer – Monday evenings 5:45-6:45. Join Judy Hovis and Kris Studniski in the chapel.


Armor of God (Priscilla Shirer)

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life: the devil. If you are tired of being pushed around, this seven-week study is for you.

Tuesday evenings – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
January 9 through February 20
Led by: Pam Wagner
Cost: $13
Register by December 28


Finding I Am – (Lysa Turkherst)

What is the deep cry of your heart? The ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. This study will walk you through these struggles.

Monday mornings – 10:00 to 11:30 am
January 8 through February 5
Led by: Sonja Knutson
Cost: $12 per person
Register by December 28


Redefined

Our identity is the source from which we live and move each day. Believing in Jesus means that you’ve been given a new identity – one that cannot be shaken or changed because it is established in Christ. This six-week study is a look at what the Bible says on this new identity. We want to walk you through Scripture and promises from God that will redefine your identity and give you a new understanding of what it means to live as a daughter of Christ who knows whose she is and who she is.

Saturday mornings – 9:30 – 11:00 am
January 27 through March 10
Led by: Stacy Minor Cost $24 per person.
Register by January 15


Lifetree Cafe – 508 Freeport Ave Ste A (Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)

      12/20 – Mental Illness
      12/27 – Overcoming Hardship
       1/3 – Inside the Gun Debate


MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers are looking for more volunteers to help Thursday mornings at Central with childcare. Contact Bailey Gerdes for more information.


Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, January 9 at 1:30 at the Elk River Activity Center and the book will be Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez. Soon after the fall of the Taliban, the author went to Afghanistan to help this war-torn nation. Well meaning, flawed, and sometimes brazen, Rodriguez stumbled through language barriers, overstepped cultural customs, and constantly juggled the challenges of a postwar nation as she began the Kabul Beauty School, teaching Afghan women how to cut and color hair to become their family’s breadwinner. She is a frank and entertaining storyteller and the reader learns a great deal about Afghan women and women throughout all societies. The book is available at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings or at the church office for $5.00. All women are invited.


Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Equip – December 4, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

​Thank you to Linda Menth for our devotional this week.

Our focus for this Second Sunday of Advent is Luke 3:1-10
The Candle of Love

Isn’t that a beautiful title all by itself? Reading about John the Baptist, I felt he is giving
us a way to share this love and prepare our hearts. “Prepare the way for the Lord!”
He tells the people, if you have two coats, give one away to someone who has none;
do the same with food; be fair; be honest. Isn’t that the same message today and always
from Christ?! “Love one another as I have loved You” Not just for the season of Christmas
Love, but for every season.

With all the turmoil in the world, we need to be the hands and feet of Christ, show his love,
and let that candle glow in each of our hearts! The Comfort we have, the Hope we have
been given and the Love we share are what John was referring to. He told the people:
“I Baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” (v.16)
Let’s keep that fire burning with Hope and Love.
He is Sovereign!

Sovereign Lord, We pray for peace that only you can give us. Calm our troubled hearts
and teach us to share our love, not only in the Season of Christmas, but in every season
of our lives. Help us prepare the way for you. In Your Name, Emanuel, We Pray. Amen


Volunteers and items needed for Night in Bethlehem

​We need many volunteers and donations – Please indicate how you can help by filling out this form on the Hub or contact Sonja Knutson at sonja.knutson@clcelkriver.org.


SHE Equip Devotional – If you would like to be involved in writing a devotional contact Kris Studniski at estudniski@aol.com


Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) – The study for this year is Romans
Join over 100 women from the surrounding area Monday nights 7:00-8:30 at Central. Contact Kris Studniski at estudniski@aol.com for more information.


Prayer – Monday evenings 5:45-6:45. Join Judy Hovis and Kris Studniski in the chapel.


Armor of God (Priscilla Shirer)

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life: the devil. If you are tired of being pushed around, this seven-week study is for you.

Tuesday evenings – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
January 9 through February 20
Led by: Pam Wagner
Cost: $13
Register by December 28


Finding I Am – (Lysa Turkherst)

What is the deep cry of your heart? The ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. This study will walk you through these struggles.

Monday mornings – 10:00 to 11:30 am
January 8 through February 5
Led by: Sonja Knutson
Cost: $12 per person
Register by December 28


Redefined

Our identity is the source from which we live and move each day. Believing in Jesus means that you’ve been given a new identity – one that cannot be shaken or changed because it is established in Christ. This six-week study is a look at what the Bible says on this new identity. We want to walk you through Scripture and promises from God that will redefine your identity and give you a new understanding of what it means to live as a daughter of Christ who knows whose she is and who she is.

Saturday mornings – 9:30 – 11:00 am
January 27 through March 10
Led by: Stacy Minor Cost $24 per person.
Register by January 15


Lifetree Cafe – 508 Freeport Ave Ste A (Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)

      12/6 – Secrets of Finding Contentment
      12/13 – Children with no place to call home
      12/20 – Mental Illness
      12/27 – Overcoming Hardship
       1/3 – Inside the Gun Debate


MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers are looking for more volunteers to help Thursday mornings at Central with childcare. Contact Bailey Gerdes for more information.


Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, January 9 at 1:30 at the Elk River Activity Center and the book will be Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez. Soon after the fall of the Taliban, the author went to Afghanistan to help this war-torn nation. Well meaning, flawed, and sometimes brazen, Rodriguez stumbled through language barriers, overstepped cultural customs, and constantly juggled the challenges of a postwar nation as she began the Kabul Beauty School, teaching Afghan women how to cut and color hair to become their family’s breadwinner. She is a frank and entertaining storyteller and the reader learns a great deal about Afghan women and women throughout all societies. The book is available at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings or at the church office for $5.00. All women are invited.


 

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

My Promise to Give

Hello SHE friends,

Did you know you can make a difference? In this season of giving, I encourage you to give back.  Central offers many opportunities to be a blessing to others… Operation Christmas Child, Operation Military Christmas Spirit, Adopt a Family, Angel Tree, FMSC, GRFP, GRFIA, Young Life, and the list goes on and on. All important, all worthy of your personal giving, and all are connected to Central in some manner.  We are a giving body and we have much to be proud of in His kingdom work as we make a difference in the world around us.

Did you know you can also make a difference by returning your pledge card to Central?  His kingdom work continues in your financial commitment to this body.  For it is only through our commitments we can continue to grow our outward giving.

If you are receiving this email, then you have received a yellow “My Promise to Give” through the mail about a month ago. If you have misplaced it, or do not recall receiving it, you can pick one up in the church office.

Money pledged goes to the building and its needs, but it also goes to the work we do as a large family… HIS large family. So, if you call Central home, a place where you worship, where your family grows in faith, where your needs are fed, and you want to feed others, please return your pledge card.  God calls us to give and I ask you to commit as your heart moves you.

Blessings,

Sonja Knutson
Director of Mission
Central Lutheran Church
763-270-1135
sonja.knutson@clcelkriver.org

SHE Equip – November 29, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Sarah Holmgren for our devotional this week.

“Comfort, oh comfort my people,” says your God. Isaiah 40: 1

I was thrilled to be asked to write the first devotional for Advent – until after I read the bible verses for this week, Isaiah 40: 1-14. For a New Testament girl like myself, I was stumped. How was I supposed to tie those verses to the Candle of Hope when I could hardly get through them?! Then I realized what God was doing:

For those of you who don’t know me, let me give you some of the details in my life right now. (Trust me, like Pastor Ryan, this will circle back around.) Today, I am at the tail end of a divorce. As in, waiting for the judge to sign off after 19 months of hurt and revival. I am living with dear friends from here at Central, but know that God is pushing me to move out on my own. Trying to find a place has been much harder than I thought. The holidays are here and I need to figure out how and where to spend Christmas without my daughter. I have another area of my life where the enemy has a stronghold over me that I have to continually work on to break that chain. These details don’t really give a lot of hope, do they?

But hope is always here. It’s the candle in the room that sometimes burns brightly. Other times it is so dimly lit that you have to really focus on the flame to be sure it’s still lit. And when was the last time you tried to walk with a candle? You have to cup your hand around the flame to prevent it from going out as you walk.

Right now, out in the wilderness of uncertainty, perhaps you are like me. Holding the candle of hope close and cupping your hand around the flame so it will not go out. Advent is one of the best seasons to guard that flame. God is sending His only Son into a broken, hurting, busy world. Isaiah 40:1 says, “Comfort, oh comfort my people,” says God. He is the one who comforts and ignites the flame.

(Thank you to my dear friend Chrissy for helping me to see and understand the candle reference.)

Heavenly Father, as we await the birth of your Son this season, we surrender to you all of our brokenness. You are the sole place for hope in the wilderness. Remind us in this busy season to guard the flame so we know that we are wrapped in you loving arms. In Jesus’ name we pray. 


Volunteers and items needed for Night in Bethlehem

​We need many volunteers and donations – Please indicate how you can help by filling out this form on the Hub or contact Sonja Knutson at sonja.knutson@clcelkriver.org.


SHE Equip Devotional – If you would like to be involved in writing a devotional contact Kris Studniski at estudniski@aol.com


Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) – The study for this year is Romans
Join over 100 women from the surrounding area Monday nights 7:00-8:30 at Central. Contact Kris Studniski at estudniski@aol.com for more information.


Prayer – Monday evenings 5:45-6:45. Join Judy Hovis and Kris Studniski in the chapel.


Armor of God (Priscilla Shirer)

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life: the devil. If you are tired of being pushed around, this seven-week study is for you.

Tuesday evenings – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
January 9 through February 20
Led by: Pam Wagner
Cost: $13
Register by December 28


Finding I Am – (Lysa Turkherst)

What is the deep cry of your heart? The ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. This study will walk you through these struggles.

Monday mornings – 10:00 to 11:30 am
January 8 through February 5
Led by: Sonja Knutson
Cost: $12 per person
Register by December 28


Redefined

Our identity is the source from which we live and move each day. Believing in Jesus means that you’ve been given a new identity – one that cannot be shaken or changed because it is established in Christ. This six-week study is a look at what the Bible says on this new identity. We want to walk you through Scripture and promises from God that will redefine your identity and give you a new understanding of what it means to live as a daughter of Christ who knows whose she is and who she is.

Saturday mornings – 9:30 – 11:00 am
January 27 through March 10
Led by: Stacy Minor Cost $24 per person.
Register by January 15


Lifetree Cafe – 508 Freeport Ave Ste A (Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)

      12/6 – Secrets of Finding Contentment
      12/13 – Children with no place to call home
      12/20 – Mental Illness
      12/27 – Overcoming Hardship
       1/3 – Inside the Gun Debate


MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers are looking for more volunteers to help Thursday mornings at Central with childcare. Contact Bailey Gerdes for more information.


Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, January 9 at 1:30 at the Elk River Activity Center and the book will be Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez. Soon after the fall of the Taliban, the author went to Afghanistan to help this war-torn nation. Well meaning, flawed, and sometimes brazen, Rodriguez stumbled through language barriers, overstepped cultural customs, and constantly juggled the challenges of a postwar nation as she began the Kabul Beauty School, teaching Afghan women how to cut and color hair to become their family’s breadwinner. She is a frank and entertaining storyteller and the reader learns a great deal about Afghan women and women throughout all societies. The book is available at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings or at the church office for $5.00. All women are invited.


Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Christmas Tea

 

Do you have your ticket yet?  It’s not too late!  You can purchase your ticket online in the Hub. Click here to purchase yours!

Love, peace and joy, 

The SHE Leadership Team

SHE Equip – November 27, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Please accept my apology for the delay in sending this out as I had a family situation that prevented me from getting this to you last week.   Jill B.

Thank you to Linda Sklenicka for our devotional this week.

Christ the King Sunday
Matthew 25:31-46

This has been one of my favorite passages for as long as I can remember. Serving in the mission field you always feel you are a sheep.

You see the hungry you feed them.
Thirsty, you offer them water.
Homeless, you provide or find them shelter.
Cold, you offer them clothing.
The sick, you pray.
In Prison, you visit with a kind word.

Have you ever thought all those people were Christ? Until I read this I just thought I was doing what was the right thing to do, not realizing because Christ is in all of us, I myself was serving Christ. In the mission field this just seems like the reason you are there, the work that needs to be done. If you have been there I think you would agree with me.

What happens when we come home? Do we continue on as sheep or take on more of a goat like presence? Do we look at those around us in our own city as the poor to feed, offer water to someone who may need a drink of water? Would we go out of our way to help someone who is homeless – maybe offer them a night in our homes or help them find a warm shelter to go to? Would you offer your coat to someone who maybe cold and not have a coat knowing we could purchase a new one? Do you pray for those who are sick, did you think about buying for those kids who have parents in Prison?  Do our busy lives at come to the forefront of what God is asking of us? Can we and do we have the “Me first” attitude when it comes to those less fortunate? 

The way my heart feels about these verses is that our mission field needs to come home with us. You can’t be a sheep during the mission and a goat at home.

Christ is in all of us …….Be the sheep that saves the goats

Share your love of Christ to All…Always.

Lord, make us more like you…put in our hearts daily the mission to follow you and be your sheep. Give our hearts the love you give us to share with those less fortunate. Let’s make this Christmas one of giving and blessing to others…..In your name, Amen


Volunteers and items needed for Night in Bethlehem

​We need many volunteers and donations – Please indicate how you can help by filling out this form on the Hub or contact Sonja Knutson at sonja.knutson@clcelkriver.org.


SHE Equip Devotional – If you would like to be involved in writing a devotional contact Kris Studniski at estudniski@aol.com


Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) – The study for this year is Romans
Join over 100 women from the surrounding area Monday nights 7:00-8:30 at Central. Contact Kris Studniski at estudniski@aol.com for more information.


Prayer – Monday evenings 5:45-6:45. Join Judy Hovis and Kris Studniski in the chapel.


Armor of God (Priscilla Shirer)

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life: the devil. If you are tired of being pushed around, this seven-week study is for you.

Tuesday evenings – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
January 9 through February 20
Led by: Pam Wagner
Cost: $13
Register by December 28


Finding I Am – (Lysa Turkherst)

What is the deep cry of your heart? The ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. This study will walk you through these struggles.

Monday mornings – 10:00 to 11:30 am
January 8 through February 5
Led by: Sonja Knutson
Cost: $12 per person
Register by December 28


 

Lifetree Cafe – 508 Freeport Ave Ste A (Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)

          11/22 – Lonely – secrets learned in solitary confinement
           11/29 – Religious Freedom – standing up for what you believe


MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers are looking for more volunteers to help Thursday mornings at Central with childcare. Contact Bailey Gerdes for more information.


Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, January 9 at 1:30 at the Elk River Activity Center and the book will be Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez. Soon after the fall of the Taliban, the author went to Afghanistan to help this war-torn nation. Well meaning, flawed, and sometimes brazen, Rodriguez stumbled through language barriers, overstepped cultural customs, and constantly juggled the challenges of a postwar nation as she began the Kabul Beauty School, teaching Afghan women how to cut and color hair to become their family’s breadwinner. She is a frank and entertaining storyteller and the reader learns a great deal about Afghan women and women throughout all societies. The book is available at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings or at the church office for $5.00. All women are invited.


Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Equip – November 16, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Tami Thoreson for our devotional this week.

Matthew 18:15-20. “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. I will tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.”

This scripture passage is always a little uncomfortable for me because I am a conflict avoider. In these difficult situations I have just let things stew, talked to other people, and downright avoided being around the person who wronged me. All of these ways make things worse and it is not how I would want to be treated if I had done something to hurt someone. Scripture again and again tells us how to live our lives, even settle conflicts, it is the book of life. When I go to the person and talk it out, there has always been a good resolution. Scripture says to go to that person and share your concerns, if they do not own up to their part in it, then and only then do you go to other people, and finally, to the church. We are a community where we need to forgive others who have wronged us and be forgiven for our wrongs. The best part of this verse is the promise that Jesus gives us: Whenever two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.

Thank you Father for helping us with these hard issues in life. You spell out the best ways to live and we strive every day to be more and more like you. Please help us be loving, firm but forgiving, and blameless at the end of the day. In Jesus holy name we pray, Amen. 


 


SHE Equip Devotional – If you would like to be involved in writing a devotional contact Kris Studniski at estudniski@aol.com


Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) – The study for this year is Romans
Join over 100 women from the surrounding area Monday nights 7:00-8:30 at Central. Contact Kris Studniski at estudniski@aol.com for more information.


Prayer – Monday evenings 5:45-6:45. Join Judy Hovis and Kris Studniski in the chapel.


Armor of God (Priscilla Shirer)

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life: the devil. If you are tired of being pushed around, this seven-week study is for you.

Tuesday evenings – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
January 9 through February 20
Led by: Pam Wagner
Cost: $13
Register by December 28


Finding I Am – (Lysa Turkherst)

What is the deep cry of your heart? The ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. This study will walk you through these struggles.

Monday mornings – 10:00 to 11:30 am
January 8 through February 5
Led by: Sonja Knutson
Cost: $12 per person
Register by December 28


 Lifetree Cafe – 508 Freeport Ave Ste A (Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)

          11/22 – Lonely – secrets learned in solitary confinement
           11/29 – Religious Freedom – standing up for what you believe


MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers are looking for more volunteers to help Thursday mornings at Central with childcare. Contact Bailey Gerdes for more information.


Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, January 9 at 1:30 at the Elk River Activity Center and the book will be Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez. Soon after the fall of the Taliban, the author went to Afghanistan to help this war-torn nation. Well meaning, flawed, and sometimes brazen, Rodriguez stumbled through language barriers, overstepped cultural customs, and constantly juggled the challenges of a postwar nation as she began the Kabul Beauty School, teaching Afghan women how to cut and color hair to become their family’s breadwinner. She is a frank and entertaining storyteller and the reader learns a great deal about Afghan women and women throughout all societies. The book is available at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings or at the church office for $5.00. All women are invited.


Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Equip – November 8, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Jane Kvalheim for our devotional this week.

In Matthew 16:13-19, Peter declares Jesus is the Messiah. “But what about you?” Jesus asks Simon Peter, “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man but by my Father in heaven.”

Have you ever been talking or praying with someone and the words coming out of your mouth even surprise yourself? (In a good way.) You might be thinking, “Whoa! Where did that come from?” Somehow the words just flow and provide a message that someone needs to hear.

Mind you this does not happen to me frequently, (Just ask my journey group as they hear me fumble while trying to master praying out loud.) but when it does I recognize that God has a message for someone and he is using me to deliver it.

I think the same thing happened to Peter when Jesus asked him “Who do you say that I am?” The other disciples speculated with guesses such as John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or a prophet. Peter just knew; revealed to him by no one but God. I think this message from God delighted Jesus for in v. 18 Jesus proclaims, “And I tell you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build My church.”

In the verses that follow Jesus predicts His death and revels to his disciples that things are about to get bad…really bad. Simon Peter is scared and confused and has just been told that he is in going to be the one left in charge. But God’s message to Peter also come with a promise; v19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.”

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for guiding our words and thoughts. Help us to trust you even when things are bad…really bad. Help us to keep our eyes focused on you. Do not let fear block the view of your beautiful promises. Amen


SHE Equip Devotional – If you would like to be involved in writing a devotional contact Kris Studniski at estudniski@aol.com


Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) – The study for this year is Romans
Join over 100 women from the surrounding area Monday nights 7:00-8:30 at Central. Contact Kris Studniski at estudniski@aol.com for more information.


Prayer – Monday evenings 5:45-6:45. Join Judy Hovis and Kris Studniski in the chapel.


Lifetree Cafe – 508 Freeport Ave Ste A (Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)
          11/8 – Triumph over Trauma – one women’s struggle with anorexia
          11/16 – Smile even when you think you can’t


MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers are looking for more volunteers to help Thursday mornings at Central with childcare. Contact Bailey Gerdes for more information.


 

 

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Equip – October 23, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Maria Bourgeois for our devotional this week.

A SAVING FAITH

As a young girl, I would get really afraid when I thought about dying and what was next. Even more afraid when the whole world was gone, what was there gonna be, just darkness. (Seriously, what weren’t my parents teaching me?) Where was my Faith?

I love what Faith means: It is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith is not a fruit of the Spirit received from God, it is Faith through which God saves us at the moment we realize salvation through Christ is true and our notions of salvation by any other means are false.

Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For it is by Grace you have been saved, through Faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 for we are Gods handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

When you look at two very popular verses in the Bible through the lens of history, understanding their meaning has had great impact on modern Christianity. The verses, Ephesian 2:8-9, are a simple, but profound statement about the gift of God that He has given to humanity. However, there are some that suggest that what these two verses teach is justification for a theological system of interpretation that has historically and practically lead to tragic consequences. (Cuz, seriously people feel if they just be good and do good that they are saved.) wrong!!

It’s simple: we conclude that our salvation is a gift from God that no man can earn!

Dear Father, what a wonderful gift you have given us, by choice we can choose an unending life with you. Let us reach out to those with little or no Faith, to let them believe without seeing. For that would be a good works, to,share salvation with others. Amen

🙏🏻👐🏻GLORY!!! 👐🏻🙏🏻


Confirmation Class – If you are interested in sending cards from Central to our recent confirmands contact Kris Studniski. estudniski@aol.com​


Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) – The study for this year is Romans
Join over 100 women from the surrounding area Monday nights 7:00-8:30 at Central. Contact Kris Studniski at estudniski@aol.com for more information.


Prayer – Monday evenings 5:45-6:45. Join Judy Hovis and Kris Studniski in the chapel.


Lifetree Cafe – 508 Freeport Ave Ste A (Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)
          10/25 – racism – will we ever live in a colorblind world
          11/1 – Mysteries of Mental Illness
          11/8 – Triumph over Trauma – one women’s struggle with anorexia
          11/16 – Smile even when you think you can’t


MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers are looking for more volunteers to help Thursday mornings at Central with childcare. Contact Bailey Gerdes for more information.


The Quest – (Beth Moore)

In this six-session Bible study, delve into Scripture to explore how God created us to seek after Him—a God who desires to be found and known. In this lifelong quest of faith, learn to develop your intimacy with Him and embrace the adventure that comes with living a life for God.

Tuesday evenings – 7:00 to 8:30 pm
November 7 through December 12
Led by: Stacy Minor
Cost: $15.00 per person
Register by October 15


Central Women’s next book discussion will be Tuesday, November 7 at 1:30 p.m.at the Elk River Activity Center. The book will be Rosemary, The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson. This New York Times Bestseller is the true story of the intellectually disabled daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy, her father’s decision to have a lobotomy performed on her at age 23, and the family’s complicity in keeping the secret. Only years later, did the Kennedy siblings begin to understand what had happened to her, and thus began their quest to improve the plights of the developmentally disabled in America.

The book is on sale at Holy Grounds Coffee Shop on Sunday mornings and at the church office during the week. Women of all ages are welcome.

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team