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Prayer, shelter & music!

Central Ministers,

Who are the ministers of Central? Every Christ-follower in Central is a minister. Tonight I want to put in front of you 3 MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES for you participation.

THE MINISTRY OF PRAYER – Come to Central to pray for the 100 million Christians who are persecuted for their faith. Join us on Saturday, November 1, at 7:00PM in the Sanctuary for the International Day of Prayer Live Simulcast. For the first time ever, Open Doors is hosting a live simulcast to pray for persecuted Christians around the world. Martin Luther said, “Just as it is the work of the cobbler to make shoes, so it is the work of the Christian to pray.”

THE MINISTRY OF HOSPITALITY – This next week Central will be the host church for Great River Family Promise. We generally need about 70 ministers to provide hospitality during the week to the houseless families with children who need shelter in our community. We still are in need of a few remaining volunteers to step forward and help next week. The remaining openings are; Mon, Nov 3, need 1 guy and 1 gal to be overnight hosts 8:30 pm to 7:30 am; Sat, Nov 9, need 1 or 2 evening hosts 6:30 to 8:30 pm. If you can help please call the Church Office or email me and I will connect you to the right person. Thanks to so many who have already volunteered.

THE MINISTRY OF MUSIC – The following are some opportunities to utilize your God given gifts for His glory in and through Central’s music ministry:

Advent – Christmas Seasonal Choir. Brian Budahn, Central’s Choir Director for many years, will be leading an ADVENT-CHRISTMAS CHOIR on Tuesday evenings. This seasonal choir will be sharing their gift of music at the SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS on Sunday, December 21, and at one of the Christmas Eve worship services. Come and be blessed by the gift of singing together, meeting new friends, using your gifts to give glory to God and preparing your heart for Christ’s birth.

Rehearsals are the following Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30pm: November 4, 25, December 2, 9 & 16. A Thursday rehearsal is planned for December 18 at 7:00pm. A special thank you to Brian Budahn for sharing his gifts and stepping forward to lead this seasonal choir.

9:30 Worship Praise Team. The 9:30 Worship Praise Team rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30pm under the leadership, direction and guidance of Manny Cortez. You are welcome to join this team as they lead the 9:30 FAMILY WORSHIP. Speak to Manny after the 9:30 worship.

11:00 Worship Praise Team. The 11:00 Worship Praise Team rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00pm under the leadership, direction and guidance of Julie Beaver and Christie Lansdowne. You are welcome to join this team as they lead the 11:00 CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP. Speak to Julie or Christie after worship.

BELL CHOIR DIRECTOR. We continue to pray that God will raise up a Bell Choir Director. If you have an interest in this position or know of someone who could help lead this ministry, please contact Sonja Knutson, Director of Mission, at Sonja.knutson@clcelkriver.org.

And a BIG THANKS to Justin Lansdowne for leading Wednesday night Echo worship; Manny Cortez for leading the 1st – 5th grade Children’s Choir and Judy Hovis for leading the PreK – K kids choir. If you sense God calling you to share your God given gifts in Central’s music ministry with children and students please contact Sonja Knutson at Sonja.knutson@clcelkriver.org and she will be able to steer you in the right direction.

One of the gifts of the Reformation that we celebrated last Sunday is that every baptized Christian is a MINISTER! How are you living out your ministry?

Paul Johansson