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Year B, 2015 Resources on Sale!

April 7th, 2015 by Beth A. Lewis

Dear Worship Leaders:

Now that you have recovered from the frenzy of multiple worship services last week, you might be wanting an excuse to stay seated with your feet up while perusing resources to help you lead inspiring worship services throughout the rest of this church year!

In addition to your desire to stay seated with your computer or iPad in front of you, here’s another reason:

Prices on many of our best selling Year B, 2015 print resources were just reduced! Here are some of the bargains you’ll find for yourself or a colleague:

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Sundays and Seasons: Guide to Worship Planning / Year B, 2015 is $19.50, 50% off the regular price of $39!

Sundays and Seasons: Preaching / Year B, 2015 is $14.50, 50% off the regular price of $29!

Words for Worship / Year B, 2015 is $99.50, 50% off the regular price of $199!

Worship Planning Calendar / Year B, 2015 is $5.50, 75% off the regular price of $22!

Church Year Calendar / Year B, 2015 (print and PDF download) is 49 cents, 75% off the regular price of $1.95 for one (there are also sliding scale prices for more than one copy)

And, the ELCA Yearbook 2015 is $13.50, 50% off the regular price of $26.99.

So, if you want to enhance the resources on your desk as you continue to preach and plan worship this year, now is a great time take a look at these special offers!  But, the quantities are limited, so they are only available on a first come, first served basis!

Blessings,
Beth

ceo@augsburgfortress.org

@bethalewis

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Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

Connect with Storytelling

March 25th, 2015 by Beth A. Lewis

In my experience, one of the most vibrant and practical networks of support across the ELCA is the ELCA Children, Youth and Family Ministry Network. One the many ways they provide support and resourcing for congregational leaders engaged in this important ministry is through the publication of their journal, Connect. Their Winter 2015 issue recently landed in my inbox with the issue’s theme of “Story” prominently featured on the cover.

Since telling the most important story of all is at the center of what we do through our ministry of publishing, I was looking forward to reading this issue cover-to-cover!

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But, as I flipped through quickly, I became even more excited about reading it! On pages 12 and 13 is a terrific interview with my colleague, Aaron Christopher, Executive Producer for sparkhouse videos! It is a terrific interview (and I’m only slightly biased) where Aaron shares his passion for creating innovative, but theologically solid, videos to engage children, youth and adults in growing their faith.

After reading that article, I flipped to the next page and found an article written by my colleague Dawn Rundman, Director of Children’s Development for sparkhouse. Her article “Ten Great Ideas for Storytelling With Kids” provides concise, practical tips for both professional and volunteer faith formation leaders. While these can serve as standalone ideas, I know that Dawn and the fine team she leads, incorporate many, many similar practical ideas for working effectively with children in the sparkhouse curricula that they develop.

So, congratulations, Aaron & Dawn, for being featured in these ways in Connect magazine! And, congratulations to the fine folks in the ELCA Children, Youth and Family Ministry Network for the outstanding ways you support ministries all across the Church.  And, thanks for featuring two of my many talented colleagues and their work!

Blessings,

Beth

ceo@augsburgfortress.org

@bethalewis


Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

Something (cool) for nothing!

March 3rd, 2015 by Beth A. Lewis

If you read my blog, then you probably care deeply about being a follower of Jesus.

And, if you read my blog, you probably care deeply about passing on your faith to future generations.

And, most of us like to get something for nothing!

 

So, how about something for nothing that will help you pass along your faith and joy in following Jesus to future generations?   Now that’s a great combination!

Oh, and the “cool” part? It’s from sparkhouse, so you know it’s cool!

The something for nothing part is really simple; you may request a complete free lesson of any of the four children’s Sunday School resources published by sparkhouse. You’ll receive complete sets…one for each child in your class! Or, if you prefer youth ministry, you may request a complete free lesson of any of our four youth faith formation resources. Or, if you lead both kids Sunday School and youth faith formation at your congregation, you may request both!

Sample Lesson Sunday invites you to select from one of the four sparkhouse Sunday School curricula. Just register by no later than March 23 and you’ll receive everything you need to use on Sunday, April 12! Need help deciding which of the four great Sunday School curricula to try? We’re offering free webinars to help you determine which one would be best for your setting.

Sample Lesson Week invites you to select from one of the four sparkhouse youth/confirmation curricula. Just register by no later than April 10 and you’ll receive everything you need to use for the week of May 3-9! And, we have free webinars for Sample Lesson Week, too, if you need help deciding which curricula to try.

What’s to lose? It’s cool curricula to help you generate enthusiasm among kids and youth in your church and you can try it out for free! Plus, you can get free advice via our webinars!

But, because it is free, the timeline is limited, so be sure to register by March 23 for Sample Lesson Sunday (kids Sunday School) and by April 10 for Sample Lesson Week (youth/confirmation).

Blessings,

Beth

@bethalewis

ceo@augsburgfortress.org


Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress


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