Dear Sisters in Christ,
Thank you to Angie Craft for our devotional this week.
In the Parable of the Lost Son, Jesus is telling us that it is never too late for forgiveness. As Paul reminds us in Romans 8, nothing we could ever do could create an impenetrable barrier to God’s love. He offers new grace at every turn, and as errant humans, we rely on this continually.
However, this parable is also directed to an audience that relates more to the elder brother. At the beginning of the chapter, we learn “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ Then, Jesus told them this parable…” (1-3). Jesus goes on to teach through three parables, all about what was lost being found and celebrated: a sheep, a coin, and a son.
As Jesus wraps up the Parable of the Lost Son, he shares the elder brother’s perspective, who is angry and withholds from the celebration. Then, the father tells him, “You are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found” (31-32).
It can be so easy to judge others and withhold grace. How do we treat the “sinners and tax collectors” of our era? Do we grumble and distance ourselves like the pharisees, or embrace with grace as Jesus did? The Fruit of the Spirit should become such a part of our character that we can’t help but extend grace (Gal. 5:22).
If it is never too late to receive God’s grace and forgiveness, shouldn’t it never be too late to receive ours as well? Forgiveness doesn’t always mean “turning the other cheek”, but it does mean that we let go of our anger and reach out God’s grace. We do this not by our strength, but by His.
Heavenly Father, thank you for being a rock of forgiving and restoring grace. Humble us to bring our failures to you and embrace the mercies you offer so willingly. May we then freely extend your grace to the hurting world around us. 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 email@example.com 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)
9/27 Forgiving the unforgivable – a son confronts his mother’s killer
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
If you are interested in learning more please contact at Bailey Gerdes or 763-232-3068.
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.
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