March 2020

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


From the President's Desk
 


Dear Friends in Christ,

As I write this, the clock approaches midnight. I just had a phone call that the Ohio elections have been extended until June. Tomorrow the Church gym will sit silent filled with polling machines, signs and evidence of an election that will not happen on March 17.
  • In 19 hours, my Congregation Council will most likely vote to suspend our worship services.
  • The daycare sits silent, smelling of bleach.
  • The Baked Steak Dinner posters advertise a fundraising event that has been cancelled.
  • I have members recovering from Influenza A and B. One is in a hospital that I can no longer visit. Members in the care center, just steps from our church door, long for a visit from a loved one, but their doors are "barricaded" trying to keep them safe.
  • Our Narthex is filled with food to help feed our village students who are on free/reduced lunch while the schools are closed indefinitely.
Read Pastor Juli's full letter here.
 




Resources for Ministry


 


 
The Coronavirus Conversations Milestone Moment provides an  opportunity for f amilies and friends to talk about the pandemic and to recognize God's presence. This Milestone Moment uses a simple structure that includes naming, equipping, blessing, gifting and reinforcing so that the Milestone Moment has a greater chance to take deeper root and nurture lifelong faith formation.

Egg Hunt Reimagined in Times of Covid-19



Deacon and CENetwork member Carole Joyce invites you to reimage how your Holy week and Easter traditions can carry on in this challenging time. Read about it here.





Bible Studies from the ELCA

lent elca.org

The CENetwork's website has many additional resources, including visual materials in various formats, background readings, and additional ideas for activities and events.





Good Reads  
 
 


A group of caring and creative pastors and youth leaders created this family resource called  Pandemic Hope .



 

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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.

 

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

 PRAYER PAUSE

For the sick and infected: God, heal and help. Sustain bodies and spirits. Contain the spread of infection.

For our vulnerable populations: God, protect our elderly and those suffering from chronic disease. Provide for the poor, especially the uninsured.

For frontline health care workers, we thank you for their vocational call to serve us.

For the sick and infected: God, heal and help. Sustain bodies and spirits. Contain the spread of infection.

For our vulnerable populations: God, protect our elderly and those suffering from chronic disease. Provide for the poor, especially the uninsured.

For business leaders making difficult decisions that affect the lives of their employees: God, give these women and men wisdom, and help them to lead self-sacrificially.

For workers in a variety of industries facing layoffs and financial hardship: God, keep them from panic, and inspire your church to generously support them.

For families with young children at home for the foreseeable future: God, help mothers and fathers to partner together creatively for the care and flourishing of their children. For single mothers and fathers, grow their networks of support.

For parents who cannot stay home from work but must find care for their children: God, present them with creative solutions.

For those with mental health challenges who feel isolated, anxious, and helpless: God, provide them every necessary support.

For the homeless, unable to practice the protocols of social distancing in the shelter system: Protect them from disease, and provide isolation shelters in every city.

For pastors and church leaders faced with the challenges of social distancing: God, help them to creatively imagine how to pastor their congregants and love their cities well.

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

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