August 2020

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

Dear friends,

Dear friends, Each year I block out two days in August for the following year. Those two days fill my heart and my notebook and this year was no different. Perhaps some of you also participated in those two days. For nearly 20 years, every August, I spend two days with the Global Leadership Summit. This year the format was different because of Covid, but the message was the same challenging, affirming, and thought provoking - especially if you didn't agree with the speaker. Throughout the two days I was texting friends with whom I would normally sit. We acknowledged that what we really missed was the companionship and conversation as we processed each block of messages. 

Paula Faris spoke on how to lead through life's resets. Many of us are having constant conversations about what worship and faith formation will look like in the months ahead. Some of us resumed a hybrid in-person worship only to return to online only as the number of confirmed cases rose. Whether we use the term pivot or reset, the idea is the same. We are now responsible for making decisions that we are not experienced enough or even qualified to make.

Continue reading Pastor Juli's message..


Practical Resources for Fall 2020


Keep Your Ministries Going Forward: Online Training Options

Gen On Ministries provides an overview of training options for volunteers who are doing on line ministries.

Engaging Volunteers for Fall Ministry

An article by CENetwork of the ELCA board member, Teresa Kaldor.  This is an up-to-date volunteer plan that keeps COVID-19 in mind.

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God's Work Our Hands

New resources for God's Work Our Hands going virtual are here.


Sparkhouse Conversation Cards

Free downloadable cards from Sparkhouse are available for faith conversations in the home: These Sparkhouse Conversation Cards are a fun way for families to engage in conversations about faith. Share them with families to print and use at home, or print and distribute them to families as part of an activity kit from your church.


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: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Author: Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship-and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Available on Amazon. There is a version adapted for young adult reading, as well as an instruction guide and questions for group study.


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Dear God, 

With a new school year upon us, we pray for our...

Students, that You would ease their anxiety about going back to school amidst the pandemic.

Parents and caregivers, that You would grant them wisdom and confidence about which schooling option to choose.

Teachers, administrators and school staff, that You would grant them discernment and peace of mind.

We pray for the safety of every staff person and student on every school campus.


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

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  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