Coming in 2020!

Dear friends,

This fall I have been transitioning between calls, moving and selling a house while starting in a new congregation. At times it has been overwhelming. And at other times, it has been a blessed pause to reflect.

As I was packing and sorting, I came across a plastic show box filled with notes. For some reason, in my box, there was a card address to my daughter. It was a thank you note for sharing her gift of music in worship when she was in elementary school. That card was from a dear friend, Miss Charlotte, who sends a thank you card to people who blessed her in some way throughout the church year. How I envy Miss Charlotte’s dedication to hand written notes!

As we look ahead to 2020, the Christian Education Network of the ELCA presents… Learning Strategies for Intergenerational Ministry through the Seasons. We will cycle through the church year looking at ways we can:
  • Dwell in the seasons
  • Build teachable moments for the home and congregation
  • Equip all ages for faithful living

We are so very blessed with gifted leaders who are passionate about life-long faith formation. It is my hope that we can engage in conversation, support one another with resources, and encourage one another along the way. If you have an intergenerational project or program that you would be willing to share, drop us a note . If you have a success story, please share in our Facebook group ! If you have overcome obstacles and are willing to help guide others, let us know that, too. We are all in this together and together we can make a difference as we grow disciples of all ages.

As we look forward to a year focused on intergenerational ministry, who are the Miss Charlotte’s in your congregation? Those adults who make a point of including the children? Those who take the time to get on their level to have a conversation? How are you growing those relationships?

As the new year quickly enters in, take time for a blessed pause to reflect. Then be sure to take the time to send a thank you note to that person who has been a blessing great or small.

May your Christmas celebration be filled with blessings and joy!

Pastor Juli Lejman-Guy, President
Christian Education Network of the ELCA