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Free Shipping on “Prayer Book for the Armed Services” Expires July 31!

July 28th, 2016 by Beth A. Lewis

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.

Prayer Book



If you or your congregation would like to purchase Prayer Book for the Armed Service and receive free shipping, visit, 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

Exciting News from Augsburg Fortress!

June 28th, 2016 by Beth A. Lewis

Did you know that we at Augsburg Fortress are the proud inheritors of a Lutheran publishing tradition that extends back 200 years in North America?  Even though today we are more likely to deliver products digitally than by horse and buggy home delivery or even traditional brick and mortar bookstores, our mission really hasn’t changed. The use of current technologies for proclaiming the Gospel is in our Lutheran DNA.

But, our tradition is older than that! In 1517 Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation by posting the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. And, he quickly saw the power of the cool new technology of his day, the moveable type printing press, to enable sharing of Scripture, his sermons, tracts and the Catechisms with people well beyond his little university town.

Those of us who work in this publishing ministry and business have been beneficiaries of this great theological and technological tradition.  And, we continue to serve the Church and adapt to changing times by recommitting ourselves to our rich theological tradition and embracing an ever wider variety of media as we serve Lutherans and other Christians wherever they may be.

It is with that background that I am excited to share with you this letter announcing some important changes in the life of this organization. This letter was sent out via email to all ELCA rostered leaders and many other ministry partners and leaders all across the ELCA, ELCIC and ecumenically.

This is an exciting day for me personally and in our organization’s history because it marks in a very concrete way how far we have come, how grounded we are, and our optimism about the work we will continue to do for the ELCA and the larger Church for the sake of the world.

Thank you for your support of this ministry and business of publishing!





Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

Feedback on CoLABorate: Methodist

June 23rd, 2016 by Beth A. Lewis

We have three publishing units: Augsburg Fortress, Fortress Press and sparkhouse. Each of them is blessed by talented people focused on their specific work.  But, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t enthusiastic supporters of one another’s work!

Fortress Press Sales Manager for Educational Resources Grace Pardun Alworth sent me this note that she received from a UMC pastor friend, Dan Foster who serves at Clotho United Methodist Church in Long Prairie, MN:

“… I want you to know that the Collaborate Methodist is a beautiful thing. Will be using the history and doctrine book this summer.”

Clotho UMC

If his enthusiasm intrigues you as you think about your own confirmation class, you can try out a sample lesson for free with the downloadable lesson here. Or, if you aren’t UMC, but are Lutheran, you can download a free sample lesson of CoLABorate Lutheran Confirmation here. And, last, but not least, if you are simply looking for a solid and fun Bible Study resource for youth, you can download a free lesson of CoLABorate Bible Study hereThanks, Dan and Grace, for sharing these affirming words!




Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

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