November 2023

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

When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll, Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.


Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control, That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate, and hath shed his own blood for my soul.


He lives, oh the bliss of this glorious thought, my sin not in part, but the whole, Is nailed to his cross and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!


Lord, hasten the day when our faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll, The trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall descend, even so it is well with my soul.


A Message from Our President, Diane McGeoch


This is the final month of our curation of resources under the theme IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.

Throughout this year, we’ve been exploring aspects of mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health, and accompanying spiritual practices. The themes of Grief and Community resonate deeply in my life, as I’ve been journeying through grief continually since losing two family members five days apart in 2021.

Community can mean different things at different times. We are nourished and supported through many communities. We have communities of friends and family, faith communities which we serve, broader communities of interconnectedness. There are communities of learning, and communities of careers, and communities of common interests. Our churches and neighborhoods help to develop our practices of welcome, inclusion and hospitality.

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It is Well with My Soul

Grief Resources

A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance: Help for the Losses in Life is available from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans via email or 800.847.4836. This book explores how grief affects our lives and the lives of those around us. Chapters include personal stories, quotes, and scripture. Topics include suicide, death of a spouse, child, or sibling.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) offers diverse materials for all ages are available from NASP, to assist children, youth and adults in their grieving journeys and situations.

The Crisis Management Institute (CMI) is an organization that provides ongoing support and debriefing after school shootings, and worked with the communities of Sandy Hook, Connecticut and Uvalde, Texas. CMI also has curriculum for social emotional learning, and the program “Five Radical Minutes” which teaches listening skills.

Reactions: A Workbook to Help Young People Who are Experiencing Trauma and Grief – By Alison Salloum, BCSW

Project Linus provides personalized quilts and prayer shawls for the bereaved.

The Hospice Foundation website features materials on all facets of grief and end of life compassionate care.

Great TED talk!

Good Reads

Title: Cry Heart, But Never Break

Author:Glenn Ringtved

Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away. But Death does arrive all the same, as it must. He comes gently, naturally. And he comes with enough time to share a story with the children that helps them to realize the value of loss to life and the importance of being able to say goodbye.

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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

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