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.)

How do you explain what you do?

Kermit the Frog once sang...

"It's not easy being green
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
And people tend to pass you over 'Cause you're not standing out
Like flashy sparkles in the water or stars in the sky"

One of the biggest complaints I hear from rostered ministers and lay leaders alike is about this season of green – this Ordinary season that seems to drag on all summer. It’s not easy when it seems so ordinary. 

One of the joys of serving a rural congregation is watching green things grow. Outside of my office window is a field. As I work, I am aware of the farmer at work. Tilling the soil as the dust cloud moves across the road. Planting in between the spring rains. Tending the fields as the crop begins to grow. Then waiting. And waiting...

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!

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Supporting lifelong faith formation in the home and congregation.

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Building a community which equips, encourages, and empowers those engaged in lifelong faith formation in a changing world.

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