May 2018 Resources

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Supporting lifelong faith formation in the home and congregation.

From the President's Desk
Dear Friends,
There is a wonderful book that I use with my high school students called Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris. One of the stories talks about elephants who stay put with a single rope around an ankle because they are trained over the years with shackles. They have learned to give in to the circumstances of their life.
Then Amos answered Amaziah, "I am no prophet, nor a prophet's son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel." Amos 7:14-15
How many times have you felt like Amos? How many times have you thought that you were not qualified to do what God has asked you to do? Scripture is filled with everyday people like Amos, like you and me, who are called by God to a special task yet feel unqualified. It is easy to get shackled with the constraints of not enough money or staff or space or time; the home life of our children; the amount of paperwork and any number of things. Yet God has called you to be where you are, to do what you do to the best of your ability, knowing you will do the best you can with what you have - your love, your faith and your passion. So, go in peace to love and serve those whom God has entrusted to you trusting that God will provide!
Blessings and Joy!

Pastor Juli Lejman-Guy, President
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Self-Care for Ministry Leaders

134 Activities You Can Add to Your Self-Care Plan

Next time you find yourself saying, "I really need to do something for myself," browse this list and pick something that speaks to you. Be silly, be caring to others, and make your self-care a priority! In most cases, taking care of yourself doesn't even have to cost anything. Self-care is as unique as the individual performing it!

Work/Life Balance
Achieving work/life balance means having equilibrium among all the priorities in your life - this state of balance is different for every person. But, as difficult as work/life balance is to define, most of us know when we're out of balance. To find out more about your own personal balance, take this quiz from the Canadian Mental Health Association.

What Does the Bible Say About Self-Care?

" Sometimes the most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest."  - Ashleigh Brilliant

One Heart's Journey is an excellent faith-based blog. Check out the author's entry on the Biblical basis for self-care.




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Good Reads
Title: Leading the Congregation: Caring for Yourself While Serving the People

Authors: Roger Heuser and Norman Shawchuck

With sections devoted to "Leading from Within," 'Leading with Others," and "Leading for Transformation," this book is one of the most comprehensive introductions to the complex dynamics of congregational leadership, showing how a leader's inner qualities, emotional competencies, task capabilities, leader instincts, and managerial skills combine to create effectiveness.

Available on Amazon.
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Visit of Mary to Elizabeth
Mighty God, by whose grace Elizabeth rejoiced with Mary and greeted her as the mother of the Lord: Look with favor on your lowly servants that, with Mary, we may magnify your holy name and rejoice to acclaim her Son as our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit  one God, now and forever.  
Amen. (ELW pg. 56)
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