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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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