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Greetings from Lindsborg, KS!

June 5th, 2009 by Beth A. Lewis

Greetings from Lindsborg, KS! Home of Bethany College, one of the 28 ELCA colleges & universities, and this weekend, home of the ELCA Central States Synod Assembly. I have the privilege of being the ELCA churchwide representative for this gathering of approximately 500 Lutherans from across Missouri and Kansas.

I came in early so that I could present our new Book of Faith adult Bible study resources and our new Spark kids Bibles and Spark Sunday School curriculum at a workshop. I was pleased to have almost 50 people in attendance! They were very enthusiastic about the resources….both those they have already used, such Opening the Book of Faith, Rediscovering the Book of Faith, the Book of Faith 40-day Lenten Journey, and Lutheran Study Bible.

And, they were delighted to learn about the Spark Sunday School curriculum and accompanying Bibles. It seemed that most of them hadn’t yet heard of these new resources. Several pastors chatted with me after the event with great energy about this Bible-centered, flexible curriculum. Several of them noted that they have been wanting something that they could tie to the lectionary, but that would also have a wide range of crafts and other activity-based learning ideas, especially for the younger children.

The Assembly was informally kicked off last night by a well attended concert by Peter Mayer and his son, Brendan. Peter is not only a fine musician, but also has co-authored with Pastor Ron Glusenkamp of Bethany Lutheran Church in Denver, CO one of our Book of Faith adult Bible study resources, God’s Standard or Gold Standard: Studies in Proverbs, which will be published in July. Peter’s wonderful music to accompany this forthcoming Bible study is available for download on Peter’s website.

Lindsborg is a charming town, settled by Swedish immigrants. I am certain that I have never seen so many dala horses (they are in front of many shops in the small downtown district and decorating the fronts of a large percentage of the homes throughout town). And, lingonberries and Swedish meatballs seem to be the order of the day for meals!

Throughout the weekend, I will be sending occasional “tweets” via Twitter. So, if you want to learn what is happening at this assembly, please follow me at


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Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

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