Dear Sisters in Christ,
Thank you to Alaina Just for our devotional this week.
Ezekiel 37:1-14 Why is Reformation Important?
This scripture paints a vivid picture of what death and resurrection looks like. The scripture starts by describing a big valley full of dry bones, bones that were obviously void of life. The Lord instructs the man walking with him to tell the bones that the Lord will put the bones back to together, give them breath and life. After this is complete, we are to know that the Lord is our leader and life-giver.
The first thing that stood out to me was that the Lord spoke to the man in the scripture and instructed this man to deliver the Lord’s message. To me, this is a model for the relationship He wants to have with each of us. We are to know that God is in control and has a plan, we are to be quiet, listen and act according to his will. Because this man listened to God and obeyed instructions, God’s will was carried out. The bones came together and were given breath.
Next, the Lord reveals that these bones are the people of Israel. These people were dead, dry and hopeless. Though seemingly impossible, the Lord was able to take this dire situation and restore life. It illustrates the power of believing that God is ruler over all and the power of having faith to carry out his work. If we rely on other power besides God, life can be sucked out of us leaving us lost and unsure of our future.
I am sure that the Reformation is important for many reasons. But I think that overall, the Reformation was a turning point in deciding to follow God and name Him the only ruler of our lives and faith. This story illustrates what can happen if we don’t follow God and if we allow our faith to be placed on others. The Reformation is a reminder to set our whole selves on God and name him our Lord!
Please help us to remember how big and awesome your power is. Help us to understand that you are at the center of our lives and the world. You alone deserve all of our praise, worship and faithfulness. Remind us in our daily lives to let go of our control and give it to you. Amen
Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) – The study for this year is Romans
Starting tonight! Join over 100 women from the surrounding area Monday nights 7:00-8:30 at Central. Contact Kris Studniski at email@example.com for more information.
Lifetree Cafe – new location starting on the 20th (508 Freeport Ave Ste A
(Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)
9/13 A safe place – confronting child abuse in your corner of the world
9/20 Is church obsolete – has God left the building
9/27 Forgiving the unforgivable – a son confronts his mother’s killer
Calling all women who are looking for a chance to snuggle babies, play with preschoolers, and share God’s love with kiddos ages 6 months to 5 years old! MOPS is looking for you! Here is a quick snap shot of what they are looking for!
Who: Elk River MOPS
What: Nursery & Preschool Volunteers Needed
Where: Central Lutheran Church
When: Thursdays starting in September and ending in Early May
If you are interested in learning more please contact at Bailey Gerdes or 763-232-3068.
Bible (Art) Journaling
Want to learn to artistically journal in your Bible? Stacy Minor will teach techniques
and share tools to provide this skill. It will be wrapped in worship, prayer and creativity.
Tuesday evenings – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
September 12 through October 31
Led by: Stacy Minor
Cost $20 per person.
Register by August 27
Unglued – (Lysa Terkeurst)
In this six-session small group Bible study, Lysa Terkeurst teaches participants how to process emotions and resolve conflicts in ways that lead to a much more peaceful life.
Monday mornings – 10:00 to 11:30 am
September 11 through October 16
Led by: Sonja Knutson
Cost: $12 per person
Register by August 30
Seamless – (Angie Smith)
In seven sessions, Seamless covers the people, places and promises of the Bible, tying them together into the greater story of Scripture. Whether you’ve grown up hearing Bible stories or you’re exploring Scripture for the first time, the full story of the Bible can be overwhelming.
Tuesday evenings – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
September 12 through October 31
Led by: Pam Wagner
Cost: $13 per person
Register by August 30
Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, September 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Elk River Activity Center when we will talk about OUR SOULS AT NIGHT by Kent Haruf, a novel in which 2 widowed people decide to confront their loneliness in an unconventional way. That leads to much gossip in their small town and struggles with their adult children. It is a bittersweet, tender, and intense story that each of us can relate to.
The books are available at the Holy Grounds Coffee Shop for $10.00 each.
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!
Pre-order your lunch for Saturday.
All lunches are $12.25. Choices are:
- Ham & Turkey Combo Sandwich (Multi-grain bread, ham & smoked turkey, Swiss cheese, sandwich fixings), side of Italian Pasta, fruit wedges, and cookie.
- Club Wrap (Garlic herb tortilla with turkey, ham, bacon, cheddar cheese, and toppings), side of Italian Pasta, fruit wedges, and cookie.
- Chicken Cordon Blue Salad* (Mixed greens chicken, ham, Swiss cheese, eggs, onion, salad dressing on the side) and cookie. *Gluten Free option.
Sorry, no substitutions. Pre-order your lunch by filling out this form.
Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team