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

SHE Equip – August 18, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Sandy Breed for our devotional this week.

Philippians 4:1-3

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

I plead with Euodia and with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion (yokefellow), help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

 Paul has thanked the people of Philipi for their partnership in the gospel. He recognizes that they have brought many people to Christ but he is concerned about their relationships with one another.

Chapter 4 begins with two women, Euodia and Syntyche. They seem to be at odds with each other. We don’t know the issue. Did one of them do something wrong? Is there some grudge being held? Are feelings hurt? Paul asks his companion to help them.

Two women and a guy in the middle trying to help. Could this be tricky? Maybe, but they have already worked together and demonstrated love, compassion, caring and generosity. These women have been equals in the effort to tell others about Christ. Step back, pray together and ask God to make things clear is Paul’s instruction in previous chapters and one they likely would follow. Working things out together usually is the better way.

WWJD What Would Jesus Do? This is a phrase we think of today. We teach children about Jesus. In his short life, he did no wrong. He wasn’t tempted by the things we see as choices and our willingness to make the wrong ones.

Paul says these women are in the book of life with all the others. They put their trust in Christ to save them. Our Bible study group watched a video by David Jeremiah. If I remember right, he talked about our book of life. He said the whole point of God’s plan for Christ is to allow Him to be the forgiveness of our sins but also the way to make us righteous. If we accept Christ, He covers all of our sins, past, present and future and gives us His righteousness. Do we stop sinning? Try as we might, we don’t. We are righteous by our faith In God and try to live as Jesus did. In the end, God will look at our life and see Jesus and hold us righteous. The cover of our book will be Jesus. That is what God sees, not the mess we made on the inside pages. I found this explanation helpful.

Dear God,

Help us to stand firm in what you’ve shown us through Jesus’ life. You are with us through the Holy Spirit every minute of our days. Give us the courage to do things right. Help us show others the peace they can find in you even when days get complicated. Amen


Lifetree Cafe
     8/23 They hijacked my life
     8/30 Concussions

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 7, 2016

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Roberta Takle for our devotional this week.

Philippians 3:15-21 

 To understand this section of Philippians we need to start with 3:14, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Then verse 15a says, “All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things.” (NIV) Thinking of these verses and on through the end of chapter 3 left me full of questions:

  • Are we mature? 
  • Are we listening to God?
  • Are we allowing God to guide us in thinking differently than the world around us?
  • Do we live up to what we have already attained?
  • Are we standing up to the enemies of the cross of Christ?
  • Are we standing up to the ones whose minds are on earthly things?

In the ego-centric world we live in, these questions are often difficult to answer the way Christ would want us to answer. BUT, Paul reminds us that our citizenship is in heaven and we are to eagerly await our Savior, Jesus Christ, who will transform us as we live for him here on earth and when we join him in heaven, where we will receive a glorious body like his.

Lord, thank you for being with us when we are faced with difficult questions and hard things put in front of us in the world in which we live. Guide us to always press toward the goal of life living for you here on earth and toward life in heaven when our journey on earth ends.

In Christ’s name, Amen.

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

Lifetree Cafe
     8/9 Science and Religion

     8/16 Coping with Grief

     8/23 They hijacked my life

     8/30 Concussions

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.

 

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

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

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

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

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Equip – August 1, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Pat Hackman for our devotional this week on Philippians 3:1-14.

This summer as we study Philippians we have been learning how to move from stuck to forward. As we read through these verses there is an overarching message of ‘rejoicing’ or ‘joy’. These words can actually be found 16 times as we read through the four chapters of Philippians.

Chapter 3 leads off with “Finally my brothers, rejoice in the Lord!” (3:1). The dictionary defines Rejoice as a verb meaning to give or receive joy. The dictionary defines Joy as a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Hmm. The dictionary committee must have failed to read Philippians before they posted that one.

You see, happiness is often mistaken for joy, but they are definitely not the same thing. Joy comes from within, it is knowing and trusting God. Joy is ever lasting, we can have joy in spite of our problems and circumstances. Happiness is external. It comes as a result of pleasant conditions or situations. It is temporary and based on what happens to us.

Paul could rejoice because he didn’t rely on his circumstances for joy, he knew and trusted God in his heart. That was something no one could take away from him.

How do we move forward when we are feeling stuck? Be joyful in all circumstances. Rejoice in the Lord!

 Lord, Fill my heart and life with joy and let me remember it in all circumstances. Praise be to you. Amen

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

Lifetree Cafe
     8/2 – Getting unstuck – practical ways to improve your life

SHE Mission Mondays

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

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.

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

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


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

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

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Equip – July 27, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to MariAnne Medin for our devotional this week

PHILIPPIANS 2: 19-30

This bible passage is about Paul, who was in prison, writing to the Christians at Philippi and thanking them for the gift they had sent him and to encourage and strengthen those believers.

But, these verses also reveal the close relationship that Paul has with Timothy as a mentor and fellow believer in Christ. Paul had taken Timothy under his wing and taught and showed him how to live for Christ and now Paul was so confident of him that he wanted to send Timothy to Philippi to help and encourage the Christians at Philippi.

Ryan had preached a sermon not long ago about “old wizards” and “young bucks” – and that if we are the “old wizards” we should show God’s love to the “young bucks” to help and encourage them, and to pass on the wisdom and insight we’ve gained from our own experiences.

I believe that God has prepared each and every one of us to do His work to further His kingdom. Some of the experiences you’ve had that may have brought you great pain – will be the perfect way to connect with someone else to help them in their situation.

Genesis 50:20 says: ”You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (NIV)

So, use those painful experiences in your life, those hard-learned lessons, to bring about something good.

So, this begs the question….

Who have you taken under your wing – to help and encourage and mentor?

How are you using the experiences in your life to help someone else?

PRAYER: Father God, I thank you for the experiences in my life that have prepared me to serve others in your name. Open my eyes and my heart to what you want me to do, and to whom you want me to show your love to today.

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

Lifetree Cafe
     8/2 – Getting unstuck – practical ways to improve your life

SHE Mission Mondays

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

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.

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

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


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

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

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Equip – July 25, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Roseanne Maas for our devotional this week

PHILIPPIANS 2: 12-18 NRSV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There’s a little light inside us all

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Equip – July 17, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Thank you to Judy Hovis for our devotional this week 

Phillipians 2:5-11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

Tanzania Needs for Girls

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

Blessings,

Bev Johnson