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Teach God’s Love from the Very Beginning….with a free offer from Sparkhouse!

October 1st, 2016 by Beth A. Lewis

When is the last time you told your toddler…the one in your family or one who attends your church… how much God loves them?

At Sparkhouse, we believe it’s never too early to teach children about God.

And, we think that Christian faith is essential to early childhood development.

It’s because of these two beliefs that we are excited to tell you about a FREE OFFER for congregations who want to use our newest online faith-formation resource Frolic, a new way to help children take their first steps of faith!  When your congregation signs up for Frolic Online before October 31, 2016, you will receive a full year of this great resource for free!

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By connecting Christian faith with developmental milestones, Frolic helps lay a foundation for faith that lasts a lifetime. Frolic is designed to nurture young children in their first three years both in church and at home. Frolic helps children relate to Bible stories and faith lessons by introducing age-appropriate faith concepts that help our youngest children understand God, themselves, and the world around them.

So how does Frolic work? Frolic helps churches support families through a curriculum that pairs online and print resources. Frolic Online and Frolic Print Resources equip your church to:

  • Connect with families by sending them monthly personalized enewsletters with helpful articles, tips, and activities centered around faith and child development.
  • Transform your nursery into an intentional ministry site with the Frolic Nursery Guide.
  • Support parents by inviting them and their little ones to Frolic Faith Development Classes.

Who can use Frolic? Frolic is a simple but profound curriculum designed for church leaders, volunteers, and parents to teach children about God’s love. And, there are a whole selection of board books, read-to-me books and the Frolic First Bible to connect church and home!

Frolic First BibleFrolic God Made Us AllFrolic Hal and the New Kid
To learn more, see Frolic samples on our website!

Another great way to learn more about how Frolic can transform your birth-to-three ministry is to attend one of our free webinars! Register at

And, don’t forget….when you see those precious little ones next, be sure to tell them “God loves you!”







Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

You asked….we listened!

August 24th, 2016 by Beth A. Lewis

Do you wonder if Augsburg Fortress listens to the requests of our partners in ministry across the Church?

We do!

We love how you are successfully using the resources we create. We love to hear what would make them even better in your context. And, we love to deliver on those requests when we are able to do so (but, like all organizations, we have limits to our human and financial resources, so can’t do everything everyone asks of us!)

But, I have great news for those of you who use our very popular worship planning resource! A number of you have asked that we not only offer our current format 4:3 aspect ratio for content to be projected on screens, but that we also add an option for the wide screen format, 16:9 aspect ratio.

Great news! You asked….we listened!

Beginning this Advent (November 27, 2016), all of the weekly PowerPoint slides available for download from (based on the lectionary readings and designed to complement our print bulletin line) will be offered in both formats! You’ll see these uploaded to starting on Tuesday, September 6.

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Something for you to look forward to in your worship planning after you return to work following the Labor Day weekend (or Labour Day weekend for our ELCIC friends).




Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

Enthusiastic Little Sister!

August 23rd, 2016 by Beth A. Lewis

Based on my experience in my role as Grandma Beth, I know that little brothers and sisters not only learn by following what their parents say and do, but are even more inclined to enthusiastically mimic older siblings! I received a cute email and photo from my friend, Sue Edison-Swift a couple of days ago. Three year old granddaughter, Sally, opened a box and excitedly exclaimed,”I got a BIBLE just like Walter!” It just doesn’t get any better than that!

Sally and Frolic

Sue went on to share that “Walter, who will turn 5 in October, loves his Whirl Bible. The storybooks have all been read twice. Such a big hit!”

Thanks for passing on this terrific photo and story of siblings learning to read and love the Gospel together, Sue!

Are there little Sally’s and Walter’s you think would enjoy engaging and age-appropriate books and Bibles like these?  If so, you should encourage your congregation to sign up for our free Sparkhouse Family Book Fair! Registration ends September 21!







Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

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