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Open letter to S&S.com subscribers

July 28th, 2015 by Beth A. Lewis

On behalf of the sundaysandseasons.com Team:

Dear valued sundaysandseasons.com users,
As we launched the new and improved sundaysandseasons.com you may have experienced some issues. The site was VERY SLOW until this afternoon. During our pre-launch testing the site had performed well. Once we noticed the slowness, we made extensive changes to both our hardware and the database, and the site is performing well now. We will continue to look for further improvements.

You may have had trouble finding your existing Worship Plans, Worship Templates, and Worship Texts. We were still migrating some of these as we launched, but those processes are complete now.

Your Worship Texts should be visible at the bottom of the Home page. (Click on the logo in the upper left hand corner of any page on the site to return to the Home page.)

Plans and Templates need to be imported. Go to the My Account area and scroll down the first panel (Account Settings and Information) until you see the section titled “Import Plans and Templates.” Click the button to see your future-dated Plans and all of your Templates. From there you can import any that you need on the new site. If you do not see the Plans, Templates, or Texts that you need, drop a line to webhelp@augsburgfortress.org.

We are truly sorry for any inconvenience or trouble this transition has caused. We know how important this tool is to your ministry. Thank you for your good humor and patience during this transition. If you have any questions or concerns, do write us at webhelp@augsburgfortress.org.

As you get to know the new site, consider attending one of our free webinars (gatherlearnlead.org) that will help you appreciate all of the improvements we have built into it!

 

Blessings,

Beth

@bethalewis

ceo@augsburgfortress.org

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Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

Book of Faith limited time discount offer!

July 27th, 2015 by Beth A. Lewis

The ELCA’s Book of Faith initiative continues to generate energy and enthusiasm across congregations, synods, and other gatherings of people who care passionately about how to engage with Scripture in their daily lives.  One of my recent favorites came from seeing the photos of the fabulous Book of Faith display at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit.  If you missed them, you can see a number of them on the Book of Faith Facebook page! (It’s also a great place to have conversations with others engaged in the Book of Faith initiative from all across the ELCA and ELCIC!)

As the publisher for resources for the Book of Faith initiative, I’m delighted to share with you this special offer for a 25% discount on our Book of Faith leading and learning resources, just in time for your fall Bible study groups!  This offer is good through September 10, 2015 with the special code at the end of this promotional flier: Book of Faith Promo 07.2015

If you need more information on the Book of Faith resources we publish, there are comprehensive descriptions and some samples on our Augsburg Fortress website.

Book of Faith

Blessings,

Beth

@bethalewis

ceo@augsburgfortress.org


Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

This is the weekend!

July 24th, 2015 by Beth A. Lewis

In July 2005, we broke new ground in resourcing congregations with the launch of both Sundaysandseasons.com and Herewestandconfirmation.org two web-based subscription resources for Lutheran worship planning and teaching Lutheran confirmation.  Both have proven to be very helpful over this past decade to congregational leaders. 

While the Sundaysandseasons.com content and look and feel have been updated almost constantly since then it is time for the underlying structure to be refreshed and renewed!  After all, ten years is a long time in the world of web-based subscription resources! 

This is an incredibly complex resource and we are confident that while sometimes change can be challenging, that the changes made on this site, based on 10 years of experience and feedback from you….pastors, church administrators, musicians and others engaged in worship planning….will be welcome changes. 

In order for this to be a smooth transition, you need to know three things:

  1. All of the content on the old site, including your saved worship plans, templates, and custom worship texts will be available on the new site.  Plus, there will be more content to use for your weekly worship planning!
  2. The site will be unavailable beginning 2 p.m. CDT on Sunday, July 26 (that is THIS Sunday afternoon) and the new site will be live by 8 a.m. CDT Monday, July 27. So, if you need to access something on Sundaysandseasons.com between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, please download it now. 
  3. We have been offering free webinars for users for several months. Those will continue over the coming weeks and months.  If you and your worship planning team haven’t yet found the time to attend one of these webinars, I strongly urge you to check out our free webinar calendar at gatherlearnlead.org and register for one ASAP!  It will make your transition go so much more smoothly than if you try to wing it!

In addition to knowing the three things above, you might want to know hat is going to be on the new Sundaysandseasons.com website. 

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My colleague, Eric Vollen, wrote this recently and as someone who tries to steward her time, I don’t think I need to rewrite his excellent description!  Here it is (thanks, Eric!):

“Subscribers will experience a fresh new look throughout the site, along with the ability to browse lectionary content more easily right from the home page. Deluxe subscribers will have the option for two new content modules: Preaching, featuring content from Sundays and Seasons: Preaching, and Worship Videos, featuring worship videos and loops by The Work of the People. Subscribers to both sundaysandseasons.com Deluxe and Prelude Music Planner now have shared integration between both planning tools.

The Preaching module is an all-new area available as an add-on for Deluxe subscribers, and includes all content from the new Sundays and Seasons: Preaching resource, along with content from the respected New Proclamation series. Also included are selected Day Resources written by Gail Ramshaw for easy use in combination with the other Preaching content.

Clip art that subscribers are used to using will now be accessed through the new Visuals module, including—for the first time—art from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship Graphics CD-ROM. Worship Videos, designed around the lectionary by The Work of the People, will be available as an add-on for Deluxe subscribers. The Work of the People produces visual prayers, visual poems, and visual benedictions—interpretive and contemplative pieces—as well as looped visual imagery for worship that are useful in practical ways and in various settings.

Prelude Music Planner is an online tool that makes planning music for worship easy and efficient, leaving you or your church musicians more time for making music. With new, enhanced integration between both planning tools, sundaysandseasons.com Deluxe subscribers and Prelude subscribers can now edit worship plans within each program.

As it has from the beginning, the Sunday and Seasons family of resources continues to support week-by-week planning for Lutherans with content and ideas shaped by the Revised Common Lectionary, the church year, and the assembly gathered around word and sacrament.

Augsburg Fortress is committed to creating innovative, secure online resources dedicated to helping subscribers use sundaysandseasons.com effectively. To learn more about Sundays and Seasons online worship planner, visit sundaysandseasons.com. To learn more about Prelude Music Planner, visit preludemusicplanner.org.”

 

So, remember…this is the weekend for our cut over from the current Sundaysandseasons.com to the new one.  The resource will not be available from 2 p.m. CDT on Sunday, July 26 to 8 a.m. CDT on Monday, July 27.  Thanks for your patience during this transition!
Blessings,

Beth

@bethalewis

ceo@augsburgfortress.org

 

 


Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress


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