September 2016 (2)

Our Mission:
Supporting lifelong faith formation in the home and congregation.

From the President's Desk

This issue gives ideas for some of the many resources available to observe the Reformation. As 2017 approaches and we reflect on what recognizing 500 years can mean for us, I get excited about the possibilities for all kinds of ways to honor the past and envision how we can be living the Reformation today in our congregations.
I invite you to share resources and ideas as well as glean new ideas from others in the CENetwork of the ELCA Facebook Group . It is a great place for questions and conversations about faith formation. I visit the Facebook Group often and each week we greet two to ten new people. We now have 900+ members in our Facebook Group who share conversations and help one another every day. Sometimes I sit and dream what 900+ members paying $50.00 a year to join the CENetwork could mean for us. I can envision so many new ways to support you and those you serve. I am wondering if there is a way that you, faithful members of our network, can help us get the word out.
Dreaming about $50 X 900 and what that could mean for our network,
Debbie Streicher
President of the CENetwork

Resources for Ministry
Reformation 500 Resources
Because every 500 years or so it's not a bad idea to
take a look at the roots of your identity.

Faith Inkubators has a website of Reformation 500 resources.

Luther: The Musical
Luther: The Graphic Novel
Luther: Coloring Books
Luther: Cross+Gen Table Talks
Luther: The Soundtrack

What would you think about doing these for a Sunday, a summer, a season or maybe even the entire 500th Reformation Anniversary year, 2017?
Reformation 500 Sourcebook

As congregations plan the ways they will observe the Reformation's five-hundredth anniversary, this Sourcebook from Augsburg Fortress will be an essential guide. Gathered in this Sourcebook will be a variety of ideas for planning worship services, education events, music festivals, service projects, and connections with other Christians. A CD-ROM of reproducible, customizable content is also included. 
In addition to the Sourcebook, Augsburg Fortress has many resources available in their online store for all your Reformation 500 needs.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America  has a dedicated website  for Reformaton 500 resources. The website includes events, news, items for purchase and a place to post your congregation's or synod's events. lists many Reformation 500 resources under the "seasonal resources" tab. Scroll down a bit and you'll find a Reformation rotation curriculum, a Cross+Gen study and a free Reformation anniversary milestones moment from Milestones Ministry.

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  Vision Statement

Building a community which equips, encourages, and empowers those engaged in lifelong faith  formation in a changing world by:
  • Providing resources and educational opportunities
  • Facilitating communication and conversation 
  • Offering networking, idea sharing, and mutual support
  • Nurturing spiritual growth
Prayer Pause
St. Michael and All Angels is September 29
Everlasting God, you have wonderfully established the ministries of angels and mortals.  Mercifully grant that as Michael and the angels contend against the cosmic forces of evil, so by your direction they may help and defend us here on earth, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God whom we worship and praise with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, now and forever.  Amen.  (ELW p. 58)


Rev. Elizabeth A. Cummings
CENetwork Chaplain




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Saturday, October 29, 2016
Engaging Adults

Spend a day exploring the possibilities...and discovering the resources, methods, and strategies for doing effective adult faith formation in the congregation.


Held in multiple locations.

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