Scriptures for December 10, 2017

Luke 3:1-18

The Proclamation of John the Baptist

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
    and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
    and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

10 And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” 11 In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” 12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”

15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

18 So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.

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SHE Equip – March 13, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

A sure sign that spring isn’t far away…we’ve achieved Daylight Savings time!

Our devotional this week is around the topic LEARNING TO RECEIVE! Psalm 40 and John 8:2-11.

As I read, and re-read these scripture passages there were a few key verses that stood out to me.   Psalms 40 verse 3 “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God”.  Every time I read that verse it just brings joy bubbling to the surface.  I think of all the times I’ve been upset, discouraged, wallowing in self pity or sin and when I finally turn it all over to God in prayer…there it comes.  That new song, the heart sings, and the spirit is at peace again.  I am learning to receive God’s love, mercy, and redemption and all the blessings He has for me.

John 8 verse 11  “No one, sir,” she said.“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”  This verse is so comforting, and yet it can be so difficult to really receive these words into my heart.  I think again of some of the times when I can just wallow in self pity or discouragement and just can’t seem to break free…until I am truly ready to receive the forgiveness I have in Jesus.  Paul, in Romans 8:1 echoes Jesus words. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”  Learning to receive.  Take it, own it, accept it.  Jesus forgives me immediately and completely when I repent.  Why do I take so long sometimes to forgive myself? 

It’s often said that we are our own worst enemies.  We hold onto our shame, our feelings of guilt. But that’s not what Jesus wants for us.  Let’s hold onto the words of Jesus .“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” Receive his forgiveness and move forward with His new song in your mouth!

Dear Jesus, You are always there, waiting for us to come to you with our discouragement, our shame, our guilt, our sin. You long to lift up our hearts and fill us with joy.  Thank you , Jesus.  Help us as we learn to receive all that you have to offer with joy.  Let us sing that new song you have for each of us!  In your precious name we pray.  Amen.

Maggie Parish
Mparish2003@gmail.com

Events

Central’s Women’s Book Discussion:  Our next one will be on Tuesday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Elk River Activity Center when we will talk about The Hummingbird by Stephen Kiernan.  The narrator is a hospice nurse, the patient is a grumpy old college professor, and the husband is a returnee from three deployments to Iraq and suffers badly from PTSD. Interwoven with that is the professor’s writings about a Japanese soldier who dropped a couple of fire bombs over Oregon during World War 2.  It is full of empathy, loving commitment, and absolution through wisdom and forgiveness.

The books are available in the church office and at Holy Grounds Coffee Shop on Sunday mornings.  Women of all ages are cordially invited to come and to bring a friend.

Women’s Craft and Fellowship March 31 and April 1

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

Announcements

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

Lifetree Café in their new location. ELK RIVER YMCA !!!!  Thursday at 7:00PM in Community Room A.  Gathering on neutral ground makes it easier for you to be able to bring a friend who may never agree to go with you to church. We appreciate all your prayers and continued prayer as we move forward in our mission to get God’s message out to the masses who will no longer go to a church to find it.

Save the Date

April 27th – She Night Out!

 

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

SHE Equip – February 28th, 2017

Dear Sisters in Christ,

As we move into this season of Lent, we pray that the each and every one of us will draw closer to Jesus, our Savior.  Walk through the Psalms and use them to worship and to pray while you are drawn into His presence.  Roberta Takle shares her thoughts with us this week as we enter Lent.  Thank you Roberta!

  I love the Psalms because they speak to us whether we’re glad, sad or mad.  When we can’t find words to express our feelings, we just need to open up the Psalms.  God is so good.

   On the first Sunday of Lent, Sonja Hinderlie will portray Katy Luther using Psalm 31.  This Psalm expresses both a cry for help and praise to the supreme helper.  God responds to cries of help in times of affliction, anguish of the soul, when in a trap.  God is our rock of refuge, a strong fortress sent to save us. 

   The Psalmist reminds us to call on the Lord to lead and guide us.  We are told to commit our spirit to the redeemer, our Lord and faithful God.  And then, we are to be glad and rejoice in God’s love.  He will be with us in distress, sorrow and grief.  Even when our earthly friends forsake us and we are seen as a broken vessel, we can trust in the Lord.  We can put all in God’s hands and ask for deliverance. 

   How great is God’s goodness, stored up for those who take refuge in him.  We will be sheltered and kept safe.  We are called to praise God for his wonderful love.

   “Love the Lord, all you his saints.  The Lord preserves the faithful…  Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.”  Ps. 31: 23a, 24

Redeemer, faithful and loving God, thank you for giving us words in the Psalms to express our fears and our hurts as well as words of praise.  Your words remind us you are there for us in all kinds of situations.  Praise and thanksgiving to you, our Lord and Savior.  Amen

Events

Central’s Women’s Book Discussion:  Our next one will be on Tuesday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Elk River Activity Center when we will talk about The Hummingbird by Stephen Kiernan.  The narrator is a hospice nurse, the patient is a grumpy old college professor, and the husband is a returnee from three deployments to Iraq and suffers badly from PTSD. Interwoven with that is the professor’s writings about a Japanese soldier who dropped a couple of fire bombs over Oregon during World War 2.  It is full of empathy, loving commitment, and absolution through wisdom and forgiveness.

The books are available in the church office and at Holy Grounds Coffee Shop on Sunday mornings.  Women of all ages are cordially invited to come and to bring a friend.

Announcements

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

Lifetree Café in their new location. ELK RIVER YMCA !!!!  Thursday at 7:00PM in Community Room A. Gathering on neutral ground makes it easier for you to be able to bring a friend who may never agree to go with you to church. We appreciate all your prayers and continued prayer as we move forward in our mission to get God’s message out to the masses who will no longer go to a church to find it.

Save the Date

April 27th – She Night Out!

 

Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team

 

CAER needs Holiday Baking Essentials

CAER needs essentials for holiday baking! Please add vanilla, chocolate chips, nuts, baking soda, baking powder and other festive holiday baking needs to your shopping list for CAER.

They also need mittens and gloves IN ALL SIZES, children and adults.

As always, thank you for your continued support of CAER!

If you can help, please drop off your items at CAER anytime we are open: M-W-F 10:00 am to 3:00 pm; Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

SHE Equip – November 21st, 2016

Dear Sisters in Christ,

This week is a week of preparation.  Not just preparation for Thanksgiving, but preparing our hearts for the Advent season.  Our writer this week is Lois Schmeckpeper, and when she sent the devotional she commented on how this season of Thanksgiving and Advent brings her such joy.  I know quite a few people that think about this upcoming season as one that stresses them out, and keeps them far busier than they want to be.  Let us “Be still” and savor the joy of Advent while we give thanks on Thanksgiving for all our blessings!  Thank you for your encouraging words Lois!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

In Luke 1:5-25 Paul writes about the beginning of God’s fulfillment of his great promise to his people.  We hear of the forthcoming birth of John the Baptist.  Zechariah, a priest, went into the holy place of the temple to burn incense and pray.  The angel Gabriel appeared to him proclaiming his prayers have been answered and his wife Elizabeth, who was barren, would have a son. His name was to be John, he would be great in the sight of the Lord and he would be filled with the Holy Spirit at birth.  John will make ready the way of the Lord.

Zechariah had great fear and doubt.  He questioned how this could be.  God then silenced him until after the birth of his child. Worshippers outside the temple knew that something huge had happened to him in the temple.

When the baby was born Zechariah’s voice and faith was restored. He was again obedient to God and shared the miraculous story with all those around him.  The prophecies of the Old Testament are being fulfilled. Hope is being brought to God’s people.

As we look forward to the first Sunday in Advent, let us remember how God was faithful to keep his promise and gave hope to his people for their salvation and life eternal through his son, Jesus Christ.  As we light the candle of prophecy and hope may we remember that this promise continues today. May we be the light that carries forth this promise to those around us. May we have trust that God will answer our prayers. 

Prayer:  Father, I thank you for being faithful to fulfill your promise of the gift of your son who gave us the blessing of forgiveness and salvation. Help us trust that you will answer our prayers, take away our fears and doubt. Enable us to be the light to the world sharing your promise to others and continue to do your work in and through us.

Lois Schmeckpeper
lois.schmeckpeper70@gmail.com

Events

Christmas Tea: Featuring SISTER! Friday, December 9th, 2016- Tickets will be $10 each. Come and bring a friend!  Enjoy tea, coffee and dessert at 6:30, the performance will start at 7:30 pm.  Sister!  is just a delightful group and you do NOT want to miss them!  What could be better than great music and good laughs and fellowship with your friends!

 

 

all-girl-filling-stationCentral Women’s  next book discussion will be on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Elk River Activity Center. The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg is a totally different book from last month’s choice.  It is a fun engaging story where family secrets unfurl and the past reshapes the present.  She has crafted a love letter to the courageous women who were the unsung heroines of World War II, the WASPS.  It is a novel that will lift your spirits and make you smile. This book is available in Central’s office during the week and in our coffee shop on Sunday mornings.  The cost is $4.28 (4.00 +tax.)  All women are invited to attend and to bring a friend. Contact LeeAnn Simenson (763.441.2440) for more information.

Announcements:

Lifetree Café: Thursday evenings at the Central Coffee Shop from 7PM to 8PM! We encourage you to introduce a friend that “doesn’t do church” to give Lifetree Cafe a try. They may find it’s a great fit for them! For more info or to view a trailer for the week’s topic go to www.lifetreecafe.com

Prayer Warriors Rise Up!  We have a team of women praying every week over prayer requests and specific women from our congregation. Prayer is the light switch to turn on the power of God!  The need for prayer has never been greater so if you’re a prayer warrior wanting to lift your voice with other women of Central please contact Allison Olson at aoinmn@hotmail.com. You will receive an email typically once a week and can pray whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you.

Families, please mark your calendar for…

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Blessings!

The SHE Leadership Team

 

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Kids Connect – Family Workshop this Saturday!


Hello Central Family!

We’re unrolling some new and creative ways to equip you to be the spiritual influence to your kids! Have you ever wondered if your kid really gets “faith” or if they are learning anything about God? Have you ever wondered how you can help them to pray, learn God’s story, and live like Jesus? This workshop is designed to help you and your kids connect to God while teaching you how to share in spiritual practices with your kids. At this Family Workshop, we’ll concentrate on what it means to be thankful by using the Homefront Monthly activities to guide our time.

Join us at Central Saturday, November 12, 9:30 – 11 am for this fun and hands on event! Parents and kids stay for this event.

RSVP to Joy by November 9!

Can’t wait to see you there!

Joy Goodwin, M.Div
Children and Family Ministry Director
Central Lutheran Church
763-270-1145
joy.goodwin@clcelkriver.org

Scriptures for Sunday, Sept. 18th, 2016

Genesis 12:1-9

The Call of Abram

12 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and invoked the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed on by stages toward the Negeb.

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