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Free webinar: Best practices in use of videos for faith formation

November 12th, 2014 by Beth A. Lewis

Do you use videos for faith formation?  Or, are you thinking about adding them?  If so, knowing how to use them to best advantage so that the experience really has impact on the faith lives of children, youth and adults, is so important!

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That’s why my sparkhouse colleagues have put together a new webinar, Using Video to Engage Kids-Adults.  And, best of all, it’s free!  The next offering of this informative best practices webinar will be Thursday, November 13 10-11 a.m. CST.  You can learn more about this and many other free sparkhouse and Augsburg Fortress webinars at gatherlearnlead.org

Yesterday, my colleagues sent out an email sharing information about this webinar to a number of leaders across the Church.  We were delighted to receive this enthusiastic reply from Vicki Garvey, Associate for Lifelong Christian Formation in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.

“Many thanks for this info.  I hope to be able to attend and would find it very useful particularly when advising folk in congregations. 

Since I have your attention, I thought you’d like to know that our annual diocesan convention is next week and part of my responsibility for convention is adult workshops and putting together parallel programs for children and jr hi youth. Once again this year, I am making use of SparkHouse for both programs, with, of course attribution.  It’s one of the ways I can introduce programs and processes that I think are really worthwhile to the diocese.

So, many thanks for all you do to keep folks in positions like mine so on top of the quality programs that are out there so that we’re not only aware of but conversant with programs when we are consulting with folks at the local congregational level.”

Thanks so much for these affirming words, Vicki!  Not only regarind our webinars, but especially on our innovative faith formation resources for children, youth and adults from sparkhouse!

Blessings,
Beth

@bethalewis

ceo@augsburgortress.org

 

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Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

“Holy Moly!” say the kids at Gateway Trinity!

November 11th, 2014 by Beth A. Lewis

My colleagues and collaborators from all across the Church work really hard to make certain that we are creating faith formation resources that have a positive impact on the lives of children, youth and adults. It’s always a joy when someone who is using one of our resources stops and takes a moment to share their success stories with us!  The latest I have received comes from Jess Bunger, Associate in Ministry and Minister of Discipleship at Gateway Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Myers, FL who says:

“Our congregation has been using the Holy Moly curriculum for the past couple of years and I am so happy with the way so many of the children are connecting with the video portion in particular. They laugh, soak it in and REMEMBER the stories! My favorite part is when we start the lesson and they all say in unison, “HOLY MOLY!”

I am also a huge fan of Animate by the way — you all have been working hard!!

Keep up the great work!”

sparkhouse

Thanks so much, Jess!  I have confidence that my sparkhouse colleagues will, indeed, keep up the great work! We appreciate your affirming words!

Does your congregation have a sparkhouse resource success story to share? We’d love to hear from you….we especially love photos of our resources “in action” all across the USA and Canada!

Blessings,
Beth

@bethalewis

ceo@augsburgfortress.org

 


Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

AF warehouse will be closed for inventory & Thanksgiving

November 11th, 2014 by Beth A. Lewis

As you know from an earlier blog post and other communications, we relocated our inventory earlier this year from our former location in Grove City, OH to PBD in Bolingbrook, IL.  That was quite a project with over 2,100,000 items to be picked, packed, relocated, unpacked, sorted, labeled, etc.  Because of the complexity of this move, it is essential that we have a detailed inventory this year.  And, because of the scale, unfortunately, it requires that we close for three days, November 17, 18 & 19.  In addition, those hardworking PBD warehouse employees deserve a lovely time with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday.  So, they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 27 and the day after, November 28 giving them a well-deserved four day weekend.

Please feel take this into account as you plan your Advent orders from Augsburg Fortress, sparkhouse and Fortress Press.  And, of course, please share this information with your colleagues who need this information!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or call my Sales & Service team colleagues at 800-328-4648.

I apologize for any inconvenience these closures cause! Thank you for your partnership in ministry!

Blessings,
Beth

@bethalewis

ceo@augsburgfortress.org


Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress


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