June 2019

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

From the President's Desk

The Faith Practices Initiative of the ELCA urges members of this church to "put their faith into practice" by living out the promises contained in the liturgy for the Affirmation of Baptism. In that promise, we pledge as members of the body of Christ through baptism to: 
  • live among God's faithful people  
  • hear the word of God and share in the Lord's supper  
  • proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed  
  • serve all people following the example of Jesus  
  • strive for justice and peace in all the earth 
( Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 236)

It is always interesting to hear Call Committee interview questions. Most include some form of: Pastor, what will you do to grow the youth in our congregation?


The Third Gift of Discipleship:
To Proclaim the Good News of God in Christ Through Word and Deed

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An Overview from 
the ELCA

We listen deeply as we hear, read and study God's word. As God's word speaks to us, it comes both as command and promise. We listen to see how the message challenges us and encourages us in our lives. We listen for God's call and God's guidance. And we listen to the words of the Lord's Supper to remind us that the body of Christ was given for us and the blood of Christ was shed for us.

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Proclaim: Evangelism Tips

These articles are available for download and distribution in full-page or bulletin insert format. Use for committee and council meetings; or copy and duplicate the bulletin inserts to distribute to the whole congregation in worship or in your newsletter.  

Other Activities and Resources

A Family Take-Home: A Talk About Baptism

Holy Spirit Dove Craft

Popsicles at the Playground: A family activity to show hospitality from Vibrant Faith @ Home

The CENetwork's website has many additional learning strategies for Living Our Baptism, including visual materials in various formats, background readings, and additional ideas for activities and events.

Good Reads  

Title: That Reminds Me: Family Story-Starters for Passing On the Faith

Author: Jean Brown Eittreim

In her unique book, Eittreim outlines the importance of family storytelling and then suggests ways to tell faith stories for: Holy Days, Holidays, Special Days, Special Times, Special People, Special Places, and Faith. 

Here is a treasury of ideas for sharing faith, building personal values and history, and creating a strong sense of family.

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Prayer Pause

I don't want to forget you just because we're off our normal school-year routine.

Keep close to us, Lord, and remind us that our relationship with you should never take a break.


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  Vision Statement

Building a community which equips, encourages, and empowers those engaged in lifelong faith formation in a changing world.



The CENetwork will:
  • Identify and evaluate resources and educational opportunities
  • Facilitate communication and conversation
  • Offer guidance, networking and mutual support
  • Nurture spiritual growth online and face to face


Contact Us

CENetwork of the ELCA 
P.O. Box 9304
Rochester, MN 55903

Phone messages may be left at 
(507) 721-0057