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A well-used Lutheran Study Bible

March 2nd, 2015 by Beth A. Lewis

Last week, my husband, Rick Rouse, visited with an ecumenical group of leaders at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sacramento to plan a training event to be hosted by the North American Association for the Catechumenate (NAAC) October 1-3 at St. John’s with assistance from two other congregations in the area, The Episcopal Church of St. Martin in Davis and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento.  While meeting with the group, he met Frances Le Bas, one of the lay leaders at St. John’s.  He knew I would love to see her well-loved and well-used Lutheran Study Bible, so he took a quick photo and sent it to me.

Well-used LSB St John LC Sacramento

He knows me (and my Augsburg Fortress colleagues) well!  We do love to see photos like this.  Photos where the faith formation, worship and music resources we create touch the lives of people on their faith journey.  And, clearly, our Lutheran Study Bible has done that for Ms. Le Bas.  Our calling through this ministry of publishing is to create resources that make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities of faith.

Do you have a story and/or photo of Augsburg Fortress, sparkhouse or Fortress Press resources making a difference in your congregation?  In your family?  In your classroom? In your life? We’d love to see your photos and hear your stories!  Please send them to me at along with permission to post them via my blog and our social media sites.

Thank you!




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Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

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