January 2018 (1)

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

From the President's Desk
Emily Dalen, our Region 4 Network Advocate, introduces us to James Hersch. Emily met James at Rainbow Trail Lutheran camp. She writes, "his music allows us to hear the faith stories of others and connect to our own experience."
So take a few moments and meet James over 6 questions and a cup of your favorite beverage. Then check out his website!
Blessings and songs on your journey,
Pastor Juli Lejman-Guy,

6 Questions and a Cup of Coffee with...James Hersh
In all the ways music moves us, I want to be right there. I'm about music's power to reach us, hold us and keep us together. I sing in the small room, the big room, the patient's room and the classroom. Under a big sky, over the campfire, on a stage. I worked as a songwriter in Los Angeles and Nashville, finding out they were not the places I belonged. I try to put my heart into the songs I write and I reach out with my work.
1. Can you describe your call to ministry?

As I became a husband and father, music became a pathway to purpose for me. I left behind the notions that the music industry had instilled in me, and took up the mission that I had something to offer people in certain settings and circumstances. I believe songs uniquely tell a story, and live music can connect powerfully when hearts are open. I've tried to become the best live music provider I can be, while writing story songs that have the message of faith.

2. What is the best part of your ministry now?

No one invites me to entertain an audience. I'm asked to plow into emotions, memories and hearts.

3. What is one fact about you that would surprise people?

I have been a busker on Venice Beach (CA) and London.
4. What are three things Christian educators need to keep their eye on?

How technology is changing our relationships (for the better and the worse); how the arts set the attitudes (music and film, particularly); and paths to youth isolation
5. What are some of your favorite resources?

American Songwriter Magazine, National PublicRadio, Spotify and Pandora (finding new inspiration).
6. How can we pray for you?

To simply serve as a conduit of Grace to the children of God.


Facebook Parties are back!!

Our next Facebook party will be on Tuesday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m. Central.

Emily Dalen, our Region 4 Advocate, is the host and the topic is self-care! Join us!


Contact Us

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

  Phone messages may be left at 
(507) 721-0057     
Prayer Pause
God of new beginnings,
Be present with us in this New Year. We ask you to provide us with guidance and support for our various resolutions and to help us listen more closely for the ways you are calling us to be your hands and feet in the world. 
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Christian Education Network of the ELCA
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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