August 2019

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

From the President's Desk

To Serve All People Following the Example of Jesus 

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
  • h ear 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)
Serve all people. What an overwhelming thought. Serve all people following the example of Jesus. It may seem impossible. Yet following the example of Jesus is precisely what it means to live out our baptism. 



The Fourth Gift of Discipleship:
T o Serve All People Following the Example of Jesus

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For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45 NRSV)

Serving is at the heart of Jesus' ministry. Making the connection between Jesus feeding the five thousand and setting up a food pantry is easy. God serves others through us. Jesus calls us to be more than good waitstaff. The ministry of feeding is commendable, but there is more to serving.  

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Doing Good Together

Starting - and sustaining - your family's 
kindness practice has never been easier.

Charting Family Service: Rename your family chore chart as family service. We serve our family to show our love and thanks to God

Other Activities and Resources
Background Reading:  Serving the Neighbor in Need

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: Love and Serve: A Youth Group Learns Compassion in Visiting Aging Adults

Author:  Roberta Dodds-Ingersoll

This article details an amazing youth group activity from First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore, Texas. It pairs middle school youth with adults. Together, they make monthly visits to senior adults in the church.

The youth are given conversation starters and a devotional to offer during the visits. Skills are developed, faith is shared, multiple relationships are built.

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

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

Prayer Pause
Heavenly Father,

Look down on all the children returning to school and send your Holy Spirit to guide and protect them.

May their hearts be filled with Your presence. Help us, as parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers, to help them learn and grow strong

We entrust our children to you, 
O God.

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