January 2020

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

From the President's Desk
Dear Friends,

By now, many of you are on your way to the E! or preparing to attend Ignite the Church in February. Excitement brews for the Youth Gathering (Be sure to check out the theme song competition). The Women of the ELCA are preparing for the summer Gathering followed by the Rostered Ministers Gathering. Meanwhile, back in the parish, we are looking forward to Lent, Easter, Confirmation and perhaps, even First Communion Classes while planning begins for VBS and summer camps!

The Christian Education Network's vision is: Building a community which equips, encourages, and empowers those engaged in lifelong faith formation in a changing world.

To do that, we continue to focus on resources to assist you in your planning, teaching and growing disciples of all ages. Be sure to check out FaithfulTeaching,org as new resources are added every month. There is also an article from Diana McGeoch introducing the intergenerational resources for 2020. The Facebook Group continues to be active in supporting one another. I am pretty sure I have gleaned more ideas than I will ever be able to use!

The CEN Board meets monthly and prays daily as we strive to be faithful stewards of the mission to which we are called to serve. We appreciate  your prayers as we seek new ways to empower others in the ministry to which they have been called.

Over the last year, we have had some difficult conversations concerning organizational restructuring. In order to be more effective, we are proposing a restructuring of the board moving from a representative board to a smaller working board model. Currently, we are working on the necessary bylaw and handbook  changes. Once completed, the entire membership will be asked to vote on these bylaw changes. If you have any questions or concerns along the way, please reach out to one of us. We will keep you informed along the way.

Finally, if you are still looking for a great devotional to assist you on the journey, check out the Daily Texts 2020 (book or app). Each week offers Scripture, prayers and hymns to guide you throughout the day. Martin Luther once said about reading Scripture: "Don't take too much upon yourself lest the spirit should get tired. It is sufficient to grasp one part of a Bible verse or even half a part from which you can strike a spark in your heart. For the soul can think more in one moment than the tongue can speak in ten hours and the pen can write in ten days." (Daily Texts 2019, p. 175)

We can't do everything on our own but together we can help grow the Kingdom!

Blessings on the journey!

Pastor Juli Lejman-Guy, President

Resources for Ministry

Introduction and Invitation from the CENetwork's Diane McGeoch.


Intergenerational Ministry is a broad topic and it is helpful to define what it means for your ministry setting. This  article from Building Faith outlines some  approaches for evaluating current programming through a lens of intergenerational ministry.

Lent is a season for reflection and contemplation.  Lent can also be fun, and  Shrove Tuesday Party Packs provide everything you need for a party on Shrove Tuesday (February 25th) or any time before Lent.  he party can be done in a church or home setting.

Wendy Claire Barrie has written an Ash Wednesday Liturgy

suitable for people of all ages.

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  

Title: The Intergenerational Church: Understanding Congregations from WWII to Www.com

Author:  Peter Menconi

In The Intergenerational Church, Peter Menconi shows you why understanding today's generations is crucial for the survival and thrival of the local church. 

Available from Amazon.
Contact Us

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

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


Prayer Pause
Dear God,

Enable this church to do Your will 
Make it vulnerable that it may speak with calm humility;
Make it outward looking that it may care deeply;
Make it a community of peacemakers and bridge builders 
In the midst of turbulence let the church make space 
for the hearing of Your voice.

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 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


How You Can Support the Christian Education Network

You can become a member or make a one-time donation via PayPal on our website; or, y ou can purchase from AmazonSmile and designate The Christian Education Network as your charity. We receive a percentage of the proceeds!

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