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

SHE Equip – October 16, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to LeeAnn Simenson for our devotional this week.

Sola #5    Glory to God Alone

It is time for a vocabulary lesson:

SOLA means a slogan, a short phrase that is easy to remember.

GLORY:   Some Biblical words have always been precious to me, such as grace, salvation, refuge, but others not so much.  Glory is one the words that I had always glossed over, not thinking much about it. Somehow I connected it only with angels at Christmas time or the book of Revelation, which I don’t understand or even like much!  Only in the last few years, have I begun to understand the beauty and importance of it.  I like to think of glory as ultimate honor, worshipful praise, profound thanksgiving.  The Bible says that God created everything to give Him glory, meaning that nature and animals were created to glorify Him. It also says that we were created for the same purpose. (Isaiah 43:7 and 1 Corinthians 10:31.) Our task given to us from God Himself, is to give Him his due glory. And what a privilege it is!

ALONE:  no one else, nothing else, solo, single That is easy to understand, until it comes to glorifying God.  The basis of our faith is that there is only God, one God to worship, one God to serve. This is the God whom we should praise, but the reality is that we turn to many other gods. In our day, we don’t worship sculptures, pyramids, golden calves, but we may put our intellect, resources, charismatic personalities,  electronic devices, or spiritual leaders on a pedestal higher than God. Any time that God is not our first choice of whom to honor, that is idolatry and we are not giving glory to God alone.

This prayer is slightly revised from a hymn written by Martin Luther:

Dear Holy God, All glory be to you alone, For evermore the highest one, You are our sinful race’s friend, your grace and peace to us extend. May each of us see your goodwill, may our hearts with deep thanksgiving fill.  We praise you, God; your name we bless, and worship you in humbleness.  From day to day we glorify, our everlasting God on high.  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 estudniski@aol.com for more information.


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


Lifetree Cafe – new location starting on the 20th (508 Freeport Ave Ste A
(Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)
          10/11 – Toxic Faith – when religion hurts
          10/18 – Greater Confidence
          10/25 – Mysteries of Mental Illness


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

 

SHE Equip – October 10, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Katie Johnson for our devotional this week.

When my 6 AM alarm went off the morning of October 2, and WCCO’s top of the news breaking story was the massacre in Las Vegas, I, like I imagine so many others, felt like someone had punched me in the stomach before the work week even began. How could someone do something so horrific? The enormity of the suffering hit me in waves. I drove to work under leaden skies, which matched my spirits. I couldn’t bear to even talk about it with my co-workers. With each news report I felt like hundreds of pounds were being heaped on me.

That same evening, as I read the scripture passages for the first time in preparation for this devotion, I realized that God’s Word was, indeed, speaking to me just when I needed it. “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my fortress, I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62:1

Have I planted all of me firmly on God alone? Do I seek refuge in Him? And for that matter, how can this even be possible?

1 Corinthians 15: 17-22 tells me that because of Christ’s death and resurrection, all will be made alive. Salvation is real and forever, and I can rest in and on God and His promises. The world may change, bad things can happen and circumstances can allow evil to gain a footing. But knowing whose I am, and where my soul will be for eternity, strengthens me to move forward and to spread the Good News. Praise the Lord!

Almighty and Everlasting God, I claim you as my rock and my fortress in the name of my Savior, Christ Jesus, my Lord and my Redeemer. 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 estudniski@aol.com for more information.


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


Lifetree Cafe – new location starting on the 20th (508 Freeport Ave Ste A
(Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)
          10/11 – Toxic Faith – when religion hurts
          10/18 – Greater Confidence
          10/25 – Mysteries of Mental Illness


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

SHE Equip – October 2, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Maggie Parrish for our devotional this week.

Faith Alone  Ephesians 2:8-10 AMP version

8 For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; 9 not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation]. 10 For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].

I like this Amplified bible version for the way it expands on the simple words of grace, saved, etc. As I read and reread these verses I find that by making it personal it’s even more powerful.   For example, “For it is by grace(God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing me to Christ) that I have been saved. Isn’t that awesome?  Try reading it that way for yourself and see if that doesn’t just make you tingle down to your toes!

These verses carry so many wonderful messages of God’s love. You and I are all saved by grace, through faith. Jesus did all the work for us.  Nothing we  do influences our salvation. It is a free gift (best gift ever!) that we simply have to receive. That is an upside down idea in our culture.  In this culture, we are rewarded based on what we do.  We receive promotions and or salary increases if we do our jobs well. We receive awards of recognition for doing good things.  We receive the approval of others for leadership. The list goes on and on, we do well…we receive.We are achievement/reward oriented.

When I think about these verses, I think of a conversation with my Mom.  Mom worked, raised a family, took care of all the household tasks, served the church and the community through various groups and organizations. She was always busy and served others with much of her “spare” time.  Yet, toward the end of her life she was not sure of her salvation because she wasn’t “good enough”.  We talked at length about that and these verses, and I do believe that she understood that she was saved by grace through faith, not by her works. She believed, but in times of doubt, she struggled with relying on faith alone. It’s one of the things I’ve struggled with and so has my daughter. Being good, doing good things for others. Isn’t that how we’re brought up?  How do we “unlearn” this mindset? Through prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit we can all unlearn.  It really is Faith Alone.

Dear Father, I know that I am saved by your love and precious gift of your son’s death and resurrection, taking all my sin unto himself. I know that with my head, but sometimes my heart forgets. Help me always remember that Jesus did it all, the gift of salvation is mine through faith alone. I could never earn eternal life on my merits.  Thank you for this most precious gift.  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 estudniski@aol.com for more information.


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


Lifetree Cafe – new location starting on the 20th (508 Freeport Ave Ste A
(Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)

          10/4 – Making life’s toughest Decision
          10/11 – Toxic Faith – when religion hurts
          10/18 – Greater Confidence
          10/25 – Mysteries of Mental Illness


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.



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!

Price Oct. 1 – 15th is $99 per person.  Discounts are offered for Military, single parents, and senior citizens.  More details can be found on the website (click here).

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

SHE Equip – September 27, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Angie Craft for our devotional this week.

Luke 15:11-31

In the Parable of the Lost Son, Jesus is telling us that it is never too late for forgiveness. As Paul reminds us in Romans 8, nothing we could ever do could create an impenetrable barrier to God’s love. He offers new grace at every turn, and as errant humans, we rely on this continually.

However, this parable is also directed to an audience that relates more to the elder brother. At the beginning of the chapter, we learn “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ Then, Jesus told them this parable…” (1-3). Jesus goes on to teach through three parables, all about what was lost being found and celebrated: a sheep, a coin, and a son.

As Jesus wraps up the Parable of the Lost Son, he shares the elder brother’s perspective, who is angry and withholds from the celebration. Then, the father tells him, “You are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found” (31-32).

It can be so easy to judge others and withhold grace. How do we treat the “sinners and tax collectors” of our era? Do we grumble and distance ourselves like the pharisees, or embrace with grace as Jesus did? The Fruit of the Spirit should become such a part of our character that we can’t help but extend grace (Gal. 5:22).

If it is never too late to receive God’s grace and forgiveness, shouldn’t it never be too late to receive ours as well? Forgiveness doesn’t always mean “turning the other cheek”, but it does mean that we let go of our anger and reach out God’s grace. We do this not by our strength, but by His.

Heavenly Father, thank you for being a rock of forgiving and restoring grace. Humble us to bring our failures to you and embrace the mercies you offer so willingly. May we then freely extend your grace to the hurting world around us. 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 estudniski@aol.com for more information.


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


Lifetree Cafe – new location starting on the 20th (508 Freeport Ave Ste A
(Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)

     9/27 Forgiving the unforgivable – a son confronts his mother’s killer


MOPS

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

     Time: 9:10am-11:15am

     If you are interested in learning more please contact at Bailey Gerdes or 763-232-3068.


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.



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

SHE Equip – September 18, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Julie Haugen for our devotional this week.

Scripture Alone – Going To the Source

When writing only periodically for a publication, one does not often have the opportunity to pick up right where she left off. However, that is where I find myself this third week in September. The last devotional that I wrote, during Holy Week of this year, centered on the amazing experience of the women who devotedly went to the tomb of their beloved friend, Jesus, only to discover that it was empty!

This week finds me in Luke 24:13-32 where two men unknowingly encounter the risen Savior and attempt to fill Him in on the events of the week. Jesus proceeds to “quote them passage after passage of the prophets, beginning with Genesis, explaining what the passages meant and what they said about Himself.” Now here’s a textbook example of an original source!

Though we do not have the privilege of having the person of Jesus to enlighten us about Himself, we have the very same Scriptures that He used to instruct these Emmaus travelers! And not only the writings of the prophets, but those of disciples who had walked with Him and were first-hand witnesses of the Gospel unfolding before them.

As the Apostle Paul tells Timothy in his second letter, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness.” Now, that’s the very kind of source that I desire!

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us your Word! Please forgive us when we seek other sources before going to the one that you so graciously have provided for us. May we be so well-acquainted with it that we know your character and are trained in righteousness. In the Mighty Name of Jesus, 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 estudniski@aol.com for more information.


Lifetree Cafe – new location starting on the 20th (508 Freeport Ave Ste A
(Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)

     9/20 Is church obsolete – has God left the building

     9/27 Forgiving the unforgivable – a son confronts his mother’s killer


MOPS

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

     Time: 9:10am-11:15am

     If you are interested in learning more please contact at Bailey Gerdes or 763-232-3068.


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 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

SHE Equip – September 12, 2017

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!

Dear God,

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 estudniski@aol.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


MOPS

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

     Time: 9:10am-11:15am

     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

SHE Equip – August 29, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Kris Studniski for our devotional this week.

Philippians 4:11

For I have learned to be content with whatever I have. Think about that for a while. For I have learned to be content with whatever I have. Are we content? Are we trusting Him with what He has given us?

Think about our thoughts, words, and actions. Do they reflect our contentment? Are we trusting Him with what we have been given?

Think about the person you love the most in this world. Is it a child, spouse, parent, or friend? As much as we love that person, God loves them wider, deeper, longer, and stronger (Eph. 3:18).

Think about what we want for our beloved person. Words maybe can’t describe what we want for them. And that is what God wants for us.

He has a specific plan for each and every one of us. He knows us like no one else. Who better to put our trust in?

Trust that what you have is what is best for you in your earthly home. Be content in what He has given you. And use it to your potential for His glory.

Dear Father, thank you for loving us so much that it is beyond human understanding. Thank you for all you do for us. Forgive our discontent. Forgive us when we don’t put our trust in you. Help us be content in what you have given us. Help us reflect that in our actions, words, thoughts, and relationships. Help us trust in you with all of our heart (Prov. 3:5).

Lifetree Cafe

  •      8/23 They hijacked my life
  •      8/30 Concussions
  •      9/6 Getting past your past – and making the most of your future
  •      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

MOPS

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
  •      Time: 9:10am-11:15am

     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

SHE Equip – August 22, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Tonya Marthaier for our devotional this week.

Philippians 4:4-9

What struck me while reading these verses was that Paul does not promise us answered prayers. He promises us peace. Paul tells us to “present our requests to God with thanksgiving and we will receive peace that transcends understanding.”

As much as I like the Bible verse that says, “ask and you shall receive,” we live in a broken world. Our prayers are not always answered. But God promises to give us peace and guard our hearts and minds. What an amazing blessing!!

Paul also tells us to “rejoice in the Lord always.” In some ways that is easier to do when life is great. However, I’ve found that when tragedy hits and we experience peace that transcends understanding “rejoicing in the Lord” is a beautiful gift.

I love that verses 8 and 9 instruct us on how to work with God to guard our hearts and minds. We learn what “to do” not what “not to do.” We are called to actively keep our minds on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.

Philippians is all about loving and praising God regardless of our circumstances. Mercy Me’s song “Even If” says, “Even if you choose to leave mountains unmovable, Lord give me the strength to be able to say it is well with my soul.” For me this song (its youtube link is below) teaches us to acknowledge that God is able and we are called to love and honor Him regardless of what happens in our life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvxdzdK8Dl0

Dear Lord, Thank you for your promise to bless us with peace. Thank you for guarding our hearts and minds. Amen

Lifetree Cafe

  •      8/23 They hijacked my life
  •      8/30 Concussions
  •      9/6 Getting past your past – and making the most of your future
  •      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

MOPS

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
  •      Time: 9:10am-11:15am

     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