February 2017 (2)

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

From the President's Desk

Dear Partners in Faith,
We begin our Lenten journey with these familiar words from Joel 2...
Return to the Lord, your God
The reality is finding time with God during these weeks of extra services and activities is most difficult if we do not take care. So God reminds us that we need to constantly return. Return to God through prayer. Return to God through Scripture. Return through worship and service. Simply return.
The reality is our people learn from us. They watch us. If we say Bible study is important but are not in Bible study, they notice. If we say worship is important but are busy running around, they notice. So this Lent give up a little bit of time and return to the Lord.
May God who has called us forth from the dust of the earth, and claimed us as children of the light,
strengthen you on your journey into life renewed. (Sundays and Seasons)
Pastor Juli Lejman-Guy

Resources for the Lenten Journey
 Women of the ELCA
Women of the ELCA offers two free resources:

Lent: Penitence, Pilgrimage Preparation engages your imagination as you explore Lenten practices and our Christian history. Intended for use by a group, this resource also includes Lenten practices.

Looking into the Mirror: A Lenten Reflection focuses on looking into a metaphorical mirror. Use this resource as an aid in refocusing your faith life and realign your relationship with God. The discussion questions work in small groups, or can be used independently. Also available in Spanish.
Videos For Your Soul

Videosforyoursoul.com offers daily videos for the 40 days of Lent.
F lame
Flame is a great children's ministry blog. Among the many resources, Flame offers a wide variety of activities to explore Holy Week.


Good Reads


Make Room: A Child's Guide to Lent and Easter


Author: Laura Alary


Lent can be hard for children. It's travels through frightening places, loaded with themes of self-denial and death. How can children approach this season in a way that is meaningful and not frightening? Make Room presents Lent as a special time for creating a welcoming space for God.
It's a party!
A Facebook party!
We're starting a series of Facebook parties in 2017 and you're invited!

Hosted by one of our board members, Emily O'Brion Dalen, our Facebook parties will be a great way to learn from each other and meet others in the Christian education community. All Facebook parties begin at 8:00 p.m. Central in our Facebook group. Mark your calendars and join us!
Facebook Party Schedule
Tuesday, March 21: Technology and Children's Ministry
Tuesday, April 18: Involving Older Adults with Children's Ministry
Tuesday, Mary 16: Equipping Adults to Lead Small Groups
Our Facebook book study continues with new posts every Thursday!
This book study is lead by Pastor Dave Wasemann, Christian Education Network, Region 8 Advocate.  Look for a new post in our Facebook group each Thursday! The book is available on Amazon.com.
Prayer Pause
God of all, with wonderful diversity you created all people in your image. Free us from prejudice and fear, that we may see your face in the faces of people around the world. Break down the walls that divide us, unite us in bonds of love, as we strive to answer your call. 




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Upcoming Events
Christian Formation
Mon, Jun 12, 2017 to
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Each year, clergy, professional educators and countless volunteers come together to share the best formation practices, be inspired by great speakers and be rekindled for ministry.
Keynote Speaker: John Roberto

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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
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P.O. Box 9304
Rochester, MN 55903

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