Dear Sisters in Christ,
Thank you to Linda Menth for our devotional this week.
Our focus for this Second Sunday of Advent is Luke 3:1-10
The Candle of Love
Isn’t that a beautiful title all by itself? Reading about John the Baptist, I felt he is giving
us a way to share this love and prepare our hearts. “Prepare the way for the Lord!”
He tells the people, if you have two coats, give one away to someone who has none;
do the same with food; be fair; be honest. Isn’t that the same message today and always
from Christ?! “Love one another as I have loved You” Not just for the season of Christmas
Love, but for every season.
With all the turmoil in the world, we need to be the hands and feet of Christ, show his love,
and let that candle glow in each of our hearts! The Comfort we have, the Hope we have
been given and the Love we share are what John was referring to. He told the people:
“I Baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” (v.16)
Let’s keep that fire burning with Hope and Love.
He is Sovereign!
Sovereign Lord, We pray for peace that only you can give us. Calm our troubled hearts
and teach us to share our love, not only in the Season of Christmas, but in every season
of our lives. Help us prepare the way for you. In Your Name, Emanuel, We Pray. Amen
Volunteers and items needed for Night in Bethlehem
We need many volunteers and donations – Please indicate how you can help by filling out this form on the Hub or contact Sonja Knutson at email@example.com.
SHE Equip Devotional – If you would like to be involved in writing a devotional contact Kris Studniski at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com for more information.
Prayer – Monday evenings 5:45-6:45. Join Judy Hovis and Kris Studniski in the chapel.
Armor of God (Priscilla Shirer)
All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life: the devil. If you are tired of being pushed around, this seven-week study is for you.
Tuesday evenings – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
January 9 through February 20
Led by: Pam Wagner
Register by December 28
Finding I Am – (Lysa Turkherst)
What is the deep cry of your heart? The ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. This study will walk you through these struggles.
Monday mornings – 10:00 to 11:30 am
January 8 through February 5
Led by: Sonja Knutson
Cost: $12 per person
Register by December 28
Our identity is the source from which we live and move each day. Believing in Jesus means that you’ve been given a new identity – one that cannot be shaken or changed because it is established in Christ. This six-week study is a look at what the Bible says on this new identity. We want to walk you through Scripture and promises from God that will redefine your identity and give you a new understanding of what it means to live as a daughter of Christ who knows whose she is and who she is.
Saturday mornings – 9:30 – 11:00 am
January 27 through March 10
Led by: Stacy Minor Cost $24 per person.
Register by January 15
Lifetree Cafe – 508 Freeport Ave Ste A (Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)
12/6 – Secrets of Finding Contentment
12/13 – Children with no place to call home
12/20 – Mental Illness
12/27 – Overcoming Hardship
1/3 – Inside the Gun Debate
Mothers of Preschoolers are looking for more volunteers to help Thursday mornings at Central with childcare. Contact Bailey Gerdes for more information.
Central Women’s next book discussion will be on Tuesday, January 9 at 1:30 at the Elk River Activity Center and the book will be Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez. Soon after the fall of the Taliban, the author went to Afghanistan to help this war-torn nation. Well meaning, flawed, and sometimes brazen, Rodriguez stumbled through language barriers, overstepped cultural customs, and constantly juggled the challenges of a postwar nation as she began the Kabul Beauty School, teaching Afghan women how to cut and color hair to become their family’s breadwinner. She is a frank and entertaining storyteller and the reader learns a great deal about Afghan women and women throughout all societies. The book is available at Holy Grounds on Sunday mornings or at the church office for $5.00. All women are invited.
Love, Peace, and Joy!
The She Leadership Team