Fruitful Living and Serving Devotions

Fruitful Living and Serving Devotions 2021:  This series of 12 devotions, written by Past CENetwork President and retired Deacon Diane Shallue, helps councils, ministry teams, and small groups reflect on what it means to be a gathered and scattered church loved by God and called to love our neighbors. It is shared with you as part of our Learning Strategies for the Life of Faith Initiative, download and enjoy!  (Note: when printing the booklet, select landscape orientation, two-sided, flip on short side.)

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These summer days are filled with laughter and joy as families and friends reunite. What I have noticed is that they are also filled with grief – so palpable yet so difficult to define. We want to be done with Covid and Covid protocols even as we hear news of the Delta variant. We want to be done with masks but know that some of those in our midst have not been able to be vaccinated – some by choice, some by age, some by other medical conditions. We want to put 2020 in the past, tucked in a box on the shelf of memories. All the while, family and friends are finally gathering to bury loved ones...

To read the rest of Juli's June letter, please go to the Learning Strategies for the Life of Faith Initiative page and look under Background Information!  To join in the Faith Formation Conversation on Facebook, go to the Christian Education Network of the ELCA's Facebook group page!

Our Mission

Supporting lifelong faith formation in the home and congregation.

Our Vision

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

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