Dear Sisters in Christ,
Thank you to Tami Thoreson for our devotional this week.
Matthew 18:15-20. “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. I will tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.”
This scripture passage is always a little uncomfortable for me because I am a conflict avoider. In these difficult situations I have just let things stew, talked to other people, and downright avoided being around the person who wronged me. All of these ways make things worse and it is not how I would want to be treated if I had done something to hurt someone. Scripture again and again tells us how to live our lives, even settle conflicts, it is the book of life. When I go to the person and talk it out, there has always been a good resolution. Scripture says to go to that person and share your concerns, if they do not own up to their part in it, then and only then do you go to other people, and finally, to the church. We are a community where we need to forgive others who have wronged us and be forgiven for our wrongs. The best part of this verse is the promise that Jesus gives us: Whenever two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.
Thank you Father for helping us with these hard issues in life. You spell out the best ways to live and we strive every day to be more and more like you. Please help us be loving, firm but forgiving, and blameless at the end of the day. In Jesus holy name we pray, Amen.
SHE Equip Devotional – If you would like to be involved in writing a devotional contact Kris Studniski at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Lifetree Cafe – 508 Freeport Ave Ste A (Guardian Angels Corporate Office board room)
11/22 – Lonely – secrets learned in solitary confinement
11/29 – Religious Freedom – standing up for what you believe
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