Look here for suggsetions and resources to provide spiritual ways to lift your mood - especially during this challenging time of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sunday School Resources for Parents
Sparkhouse / Augsburg Fortress will be releasing free Sunday School materials every Tuesday so that families can do Sunday School together. This will include a video, Bible study based on the readings from the previous Sunday, illustrations, music, and more! Families, I hope that you find this to be a useful and fun resource! Click here for page link.
Faith Finder Fun
Need some more resources for your busy kids? Below is the YouTube link for Faith Finder Fun (the daily activities for kids from MN pastors). You get Backyard Monday, Treasure Tuesday, Creative Wednesday, Science Friday . . . . It looks like a blast for school-aged kids. It looks like people can subscribe to have these delivered to them. They can also be found on Facebook.
SKY Ranch Coloring Book
In this time of stay at home order, Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp would like to share some fun with you. It is a Sky Ranch Coloring Book! This is an easy and fun resource you can share with families in your congregation or anyone who may need a mental break from their computer screen!
We have asked staff members, campers and the community to share their favorite drawing(s) of camp. In doing so, we have created a Sky Ranch Coloring Book! This will be an ongoing project throughout the summer where we can bring a little camp to you during these difficult and unknowing times. The updated version of the coloring book can be found on our website. If you know of anyone who is interested in adding a page to the coloring book, let me know!
Our Board of Directors has unanimously approved hiring of the staff for this summer. While we do not know what the summer will look like, we do have 30 staff excited to bring camp to you in a new and fun way. Please let us know how we can support you during this time!
Many people use the "Serenity Prayer" as a method of centering prayer or to calm themselves in times of stress.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Daily Practice of Gratitude
Rev. Michael Guthrie - Morning Mindfulness:
A study from 2005 found the daily practice of gratitude impacted both the levels of the participants' happiness and depression. The practice is called 3 Good Things. Take time today to observe and identify 3 good things that occur, big or small. At the end of the day, reflect back, taking 30 minutes to write down those three good things and why they happened. This will help you reframe your day, move past the negative experiences and emotions you're holding on to, and embrace the most positive, good experiences of your day. Developing this as a daily practice is guaranteed to make you more resilient.
DAILY MEDITATION | APRIL 23, 2020
In Prayer We Present our Thoughts to God
To pray, I think, does not mean to think about God in contrast to thinking about other things, nor does it mean spending time with God instead of spending time with other people. As soon as we begin to divide our thoughts into thoughts about God and thoughts about other things, like people and events, we separate God from our daily life. At that point God is allocated to a pious little niche in some corner of our lives where we only think pious thoughts and experience pious feelings. Although it is important and even indispensable for our spiritual lives to set apart time for God and God alone, our prayer can only become unceasing [prayer] when all our thoughts—beautiful or ugly, high or low, proud or shameful, sorrowful or joyful—can be thought in the presence of the One who dwells in us and surrounds us. By trying to do this, our unceasing thinking is converted into unceasing prayer, moving us from a self-centered monologue to a God-centered dialogue. To do this we want to try to convert our thoughts into conversation. The main question, therefore, is not so much what we think, but to whom we present our thoughts.
The Labyrinth at Advent can be used for personal prayer and reflection even though the church BUILDING is closed. There are benches around the perimeter and everyone is welcome to use the labyrinth. We appreciate your doing social distancing and wearing mask if others are present.
You can also use this link to a Virtual Labyrinth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbtM5KYYvcg
"Now and Then" Podcast
Don’t miss this week’s Now & Then timely and engaging interview with John Dear – a peace activist jailed more than 80 times, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, author, and good friend of Henri Nouwen’s. Listen to the Podcast
Biblical perspectives and considerations regarding the major issues of the world around us.
From Jill Hartmann: I’ve been listening to this approximately 15 minute podcast about faith during this pandemic it has really helped me. Thought I would share in case you are interested, too! Here’s a link to the website: http://www.theendofhistory.net/category/christian-worldview/
Podcast by Brene Brown – a noted Sociologist on things to remember as we are locked in the house with our family. You can listen to the broadcast by using this link: https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-on-comparative-suffering-the-50-50-myth-and-settling-the-ball/?fbclid=IwAR3AAxncEombfy3FzK4M3zI8HeVONWtQnxHRGUwsPHJwQnPaVbdbToMS0xY