For the past several months we have offered FREE SHIPPING on orders of 12 or more copies of Prayer Book for the Armed Services. But, time is running out! The deadline for ordering copies and receiving the free shipping is Sunday, July 31!
At the end of June, I had the great privilege of attending and presenting at the annual ELCA Federal Chaplains Education Training event. This year’s conference was held in San Diego under the theme, “Healthy Chaplains, Healthy Chaplaincies,” with a mission to connect chaplaincy health, fitness, and well-being with effectiveness as a federal chaplain. Within my presentation, “Called to Serve: Vocation and Professional Development,” I shared current research on professional development, along with ideas for resources that can assist chaplains and the women and men they serve.
One of these resources is our Prayer Book for the Armed Services, published by Augsburg Fortress in 2013 and commended for use by action of the Church Council of the ELCA. I was delighted to learn about how the people of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Palm Desert, CA caught the vision of how this little book might be used.
Sensing a need among military chaplains, St John’s began raising funds to provide chaplains and members of the armed forces with copies of this Prayer Book. As awareness and support of the cause grew, St. John’s raised enough funds to send 300 prayer books to an air force base in Texas. Individuals and families bought copies to send to their loved ones—both those in active duty and veterans.
This was on top of other orders placed by St. John’s! Altogether, they have sent over 600 prayer books to service men and women and veterans across the country!
Pictured below from left to right are: Ruth Allen and Judy Burke from St. John’s; Navy Chaplain, Captain Russell P. Graef, CHC, USN, from Chesapeake, Virginia; retired Army Chaplain, and now Pastor of Our Savior in San Bernardino, Pastor Scottie Lloyd; and Bishop Murray D. Finck, Pacifica Synod and outgoing ELCA Federal Chaplaincy Advisory Board member.
If you or your congregation would like to purchase Prayer Book for the Armed Service and receive free shipping, visit augsburgfortress.org/prayerbook, add 12 or more copies to your cart, and enter promo code PRAYERBOOK12 at checkout.
But, remember…this Sunday, July 31 is the deadline for this free shipping option!
Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress