September 2018 Resources

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

From the President's Desk
Dear friends,
Last week I had the privilege of attending the event, The Christian Education Network presents... How to Create A Safety Plan for Your Church. Those few hours have already impacted the congregation I serve as I listen to the next steps. It was a big idea that took many people countless hours to publish, a financial sponsor who believed, and one amazing presenter. Thank you to all who participated. And thank you to all who made it possible.
As Christian Educators we are blessed with a rich treasury of resources. The Book of Faith Initiative, Faith Practices and Women of the ELCA have Bible studies and resources. 1517 Media, our publishing house, offers a multitude of curricula, books and Bibles. The CENetwork is working hard to curate resources such as our Pinterest boards and our Facebook Group.  
In October, the Christian Education Network board will gather in Chicago for our annual meeting. Part of the time will be spent working on the 2019 Big Idea. As we do so, we covet your prayers.
Fifteen years ago, the Lutheran Association of Christian Educators was formed for the purpose of supporting and encouraging you who are in the congregation. That was before social media and instant answers. It was when we mailed print newsletters and formed chapters to meet for mutual support. But times have changed. Our name has changed. Our media has changed. But our purpose and our mission are the same: to encourage one another as we build up the body of Christ.
As we gather in Chicago, know that you and your ministry are in our prayers as we seek where God is calling us in the future.
Blessings on your journey,
Pastor Juli Lejman-Guy, President
CENetwork of the ELCA

for Ministry Leaders
3rd Tuesday Podcast




The 3rd Tuesday Conversation (3TC) has relaunched as a  monthly podcast! Every month (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) a new podcast is released. Some months the podcast will be a discussion about a ministry issue; other months it may be an interview with someone that you may want to hear from. 3TC used to be available exclusively to members of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network, but as of September, 3rd Tuesday Conversation will be available to anyone who would like to download it. In addition,  the archive of all past 3rd Tuesday Conversation webinars is open and available to anyone.

Advent and Christmas




Families Celebrate Advent & Christmas is a colorful deck of cards that is full of rituals, prayers and reflections. Endlessly flexible for busy schedules, you can create a new after-meal ritual, use them as decorations, or carry them on the go. Explore the entire season from Advent to Christmas through Epiphany. These make a great gift for families in your congregation! 
You can download the free promotional pack to help you best use this resource in your congregation or small groups. This pack will include coloring sheets, postcards, labels to edit and put on card packs and much more. A PDF with fun ideas to incorporate Families Celebrate Advent & Christmas Cards into worship will also be included. 
Available from Augsburg Fortress.
Flame offers 25 Advent activities for children.  Check them out here.

Good Reads
Title: Celebrating Abundance: Devotions for Advent

Author: Walter Brueggemann

This powerful devotional by best-selling author Walter Brueggemann includes daily reflections on the Scriptures and stories of Advent in order to invite us to see beyond the world's faux extravagance. Twelve prayers are also included for the twelve days of Christmas.

Available from Amazon.





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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)
Elizabeth Cummings
Chaplain, CENetwork

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