September 2022
Our Mission: Supporting lifelong faith formation in the home and congregation
Prayer Pause
Dear God,

Thank you for the amazing teachers who have given their lives to serve our children. As they prepare for the new year, fill them with strength to lead, grace to guide and hope to thrive in their classrooms. Bless them beyond measure for their willingness to pour into the next generation through education.

A Message from Our President, Diane McGeoch


The mission statement for the Christian Education Network is, “supporting lifelong faith in the home and congregation.” A large part of this is supporting the leaders who are equipping homes and congregations and people in lifelong faith. We are focusing a lot of our mission on training opportunities for faith formation leaders. Whatever your ministry, we are here for YOU – part time, full time, volunteer, paid staff, rostered individual, paraprofessional – we want to provide the training that you need to be effective and last for the long haul.   

We are planning webinars and other opportunities throughout 2023 to live out this mission. We all need to be in relationship with each other as we face new challenges and live out our calls. Whenever I’ve attended conferences or workshops, I’ve experienced a benefit beyond the actual content or program at the conference. This benefit is the many relationships that are formed during the conference or event. I am still connected to people from conferences I’ve attended years ago, because we share common challenges. 
Boundless Into the Fall Resources

St. Francis Day Blessing of the Stuffed Animals

Many churches offer a Blessing of the Animals in honor of the Feast of St. Francis, on or near October 4th. We bless our pets because we love them. This blessing can be more far-reaching and impactful if extended even further: to stuffed animals. The Blessing of Stuffed Animals can be
used as a stand-alone event, as part of worship, or integrated into a Blessing of the Animals event.

Fall Faith-at-Home Bags

These take-home bags for the fall and upcoming holidays include saint days, devotions, calendar of events, and sabbath note cards adapted from the book, Faithful Families by Traci Smith. 

Following Jesus

Following Jesus is a new curriculum by Rick Lawrence, Executive Director of Vibrant Faith Ministries. The 40 lessons are interactive experiences suitable for youth, young adults, and mixed age groups.

Thanksgiving Resources

Creative Communications for the Parish offers a collection of resources with discussion starters, questions, prayers, and scripture references on gratitude. These resources include a napkin ring holder with discussion starters for meals and a table tent centerpiece with prayers on each side.

Advent and Christmas

An alphabetical listing of Advent resources is provided by Practical Resources for Churches. The collection includes ideas for carols, wreaths, pageants, games, and the Jesse Tree. There is an outline for a Blue Christmas worship service.

Good Reads

Title: The Reformation Devotional

Authors: Mark Odland, Martin Luther
Albrecht Durer (illustrations)

This book features two of the greatest minds of the Reformation. Theologian Martin Luther, and Renaissance Artist, Albrecht Dürer. Although they may have never met, their journeys of life and faith overlapped in profound ways. With the invention of the printing press, both Luther's writings and Dürer's woodcuts were distributed far and wide to not only the German people, but to all of Europe; and by doing so turned the world upside down. In a time of political strife, religious upheaval, and rampant disease and war, their message of hope carries on to this day. Namely, that we are saved by faith in Christ alone. In this powerful devotional book, Luther's words and Dürer's art are paired together, creating dynamic and thought provoking meditations for any Christian yearning to experience the presence of our gracious God.
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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 conversations
  • 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, you can purchase from AmazonSmile and designate The Christian Education Network as your charity. We receive a percentage of the proceeds!

Contact Us

CENetwork of the ELCA
PO Box 250009
Holly Hill, FL 32125