August 2017 (2)

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

From the President's Desk

Dear Friends,
We all know that in order to be more effective, we need time away. We also know the hassle of taking that time. We have to plan to be away. Then we have to catch up upon our return. Sometimes it simply does not seem worth it.
But we also know Jesus took time away to be by himself, to reflect, to pray and to listen. If it was important enough for Jesus, it should be a priority for us as well.
In my last ministry report, I had to explain to the Council that because of VBS, the WELCA Triennial Gathering, 4 funerals and regular activities, I took only one of my days off. I knew it wasn't good. I could feel the drain. I knew I was not at my best. So I did the most illogical thing. In the midst of fall preparations, I took 3 days off to play.
My friend and I went to an African Safari and fed animals. We took the ferry to Put-in-Bay and enjoyed the sights. We sat at the Marblehead lighthouse and watched the sun set into Lake Erie. That is, until a skunk decided to join us! We simply allowed the pressures of deadlines and to-do lists to sit and wait.
So, my wish and my prayer for each of you reading this is that you would be able to take some time to play in the midst of all that needs to be done. Take some time to read. Take a walk. Find a park or beach. Allow your mind and body to rest in God's presence. And may God's blessings wash over you like the waves at the lighthouse as you continue to minister to others.
Pastor Juli Lejman-Guy, President



Milestones Ministry


Milestones Ministry introduces four new Milestone Moments. There are now 16 Milestone Moments for the Home.
Milestone Moments offer a simple two-page design especially for the home. They provide a model for connecting significant occasions in people's lives with the ongoing journey of faith. A Milestone Moment brings family and friends together to mark a special time in their lives and to acknowledge and affirm God's presence in their midst. 
Just released:
  • Learning the Lord's Prayer
  • Transitioning to Assisted Living
  • First Home
  • Medicare Card
The Reformation Anniversary Milestone Moment can be downloaded at no cost.
Technology for Ministry

Leaders worldwide leverage Global Leadership Summit events to sharpen their skills and unleash the full potential of their teams. When cultivated in a culture of Christ-Centered leadership, your influence can change lives and the organizations in which you lead.

The official GLSnext app for iPhone, iPad and desktop presents videos from a world-class faculty including Bill Hybels, Susan Cain, Patrick Lencioni, Joseph Grenny, Wilfredo De Jesus, and Dr. Henry Cloud. Find hundreds of Global Leadership Summit videos (with more added each week).

The entire leadership library is at your fingertips and the GLSnext app updates every week with new videos from the GLS faculty from around the world.

With the GLSnext app you can instantly watch as many leadership videos as you want, as often as you want, anytime you want.


Good Reads


Faithful Families

Author: Traci Smith

Add family faith moments to your daily routine with little or no prep, and share meaningful spiritual experiences with your children! Traci Smith, a pastor and mother of three, offers ways to discover and develop new spiritual practices as a family, whether you're a new seeker or a lifelong follower. Faithful Families is brimming with easy, do-it-yourself ideas for transforming your family's everyday moments into sacred moments!
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Prayer Pause
Heavenly Father,
Guide us into the fall season. Be present with us as new learning opportunities arise. Lead our congregations as programs begin again. Walk  beside us in all we do. Help us to strengthen our relationship with you.  
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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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P.O. Box 9304
Rochester, MN 55903

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