March 2017 (2)

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

From the President's Desk

Dear Friends,
In preparing a sermon, I happened across this list:
  • On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom) -- "Do not turn upside down."
  • On Boot's Children's Cough Medicine -- "Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication." (Should 5-year-old kids be driving cars?)
  • On a Sears hairdryer -- "Do not use while sleeping."
  • On packaging for a Rowenta iron -- "Do not iron clothes on body."
  • On an American Airlines packet of nuts -- "Instructions: Open packet, eat nuts."
  • On a child's Superman costume -- "Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly."
I am sure each of these warnings comes with a story of a lesson hard learned.
Interestingly this year I have heard several people say that Lent/Holy Week is actually busier and crazier than the Christmas season. We have more services to plan. We have more activities to arrange. We have Confirmation classes and Bible Study. We have our own family. The list does seem endless.
I have also heard more church leaders talk about being burned out, exhausted, overwhelmed, frustrated, and not wanting to do one more thing. I am sure each feeling comes with a story.

One of my favorite quotes is from Martin Luther...
If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.
One of my favorite verses is from Psalm 46...
"Be still, and know that I am God! (v. 10 NRSV)
As we rush through this Lenten season, may you make time to be in prayer, be still and remember why we do what we do.
Blessings on your journey,
Pastor Juli Lejman-Guy
President, CENetwork

Home Practices

Many of us long to make Holy Week more meaningful in our households. We desire more than waiting for fancy new clothes, gorging on candy, and stressing about creating the perfect Pinterest-worthy tablescape. But where do we
start? And how do we make time in a busy week?

Building Faith offers a family activity written by Jerusalem Greer -- Maundy Thursday: Stripping the Table.

Technology for Ministry
Most people remember Daedalus as the maker of the wings his son, Icarus used to fly too close to the sun. But Daedalus also created the labyrinth that trapped the Minotaur. He's a fitting namesake
for Astrolog's Daedalus, a free maze creator, that can devise labyrinth mazes in just about any geometric shape.  Design a prayer labyrinth or create activity sheets.  

GenOn "Family 'round the Table" is a resource that provides your family with great ways to grow spiritually. The 99-cent  application is intended to guide parents in the creation of a meal, craft or game, Bible study and worship activity that are thematically linked to support the spiritual development of young children. 'Family' helps to connect parents and their kids in a family-based faith building experience right in their own home. 'Family 'round the Table' provides everything you need to get started with fun and faith.


Good Reads

The Book of Comic Prayer: Using Humor to Transform Youth Ministry
Author: Heather J. Annis

The Book of Comic Prayer takes a fresh look at prayer from an unexpected perspective: comic art, humor, and their relevance to today's youth. The book explores the role of prayer and faith in mainstream and underground comics, and provides resources for using comics and cartooning into curricula for children and youth.
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, April 18: Involving Older Adults with Children's Ministry
Tuesday, May 16: Equipping Adults to Lead Small Groups
Prayer Pause
March 25 was the Annunciation of Our Lord
Pour your grace into our hearts, O God, that we who have known the  incarnations of your son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; for he lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.  (ELW pg. 55)




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

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