Thank you God for a restful and invigorating summer. As we slowly move into fall, developing study plans for ourselves and our congregations, give us new eyes to see what you have in store for us, open hearts and courage to try something new and different, and please bless our ministries. Give us wisdom to take care of ourselves, to give ourselves needed rest and hydration for a healthy move into the new school year, and bless us in all we do. Amen.
Here are a couple of upcoming opportunities from
Host a Reformation 500 Bookstore!
The deadline to sign up is AUGUST 15.
It's free, you get 20 books (some are new!) to keep for free, but you must sign up.
"By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther's Small Catechism"
will be released August 15. "By Heart" is a richly illustrated, in-depth exploration of the Small Catechism. It is suitable for group discussion, an adult study or personal enrichment. There is an accompanying
facilitator guide and a DVD that highlights the book for use in a
Pre-order today, quantity discounts available when ordering 6 or more.
For more information or to pre-order, please click here:
REMEMBER to order your fall study materials soon, fall is coming, ready or not!
Children's Ministry we have Spark, Holy Moly, Connect, and the entire WHIRL program available for check-out
. It is a great way to try something new, borrowing from your Synod Resource center!
Here are some recommended adult study materials,
if you are looking for something a little different.
"Fierce: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation," by Alice Connor.
Women in the Bible aren't shy or retiring; they're fierce, funny, demanding, and relevant to the 21st-century people. Click here for more information, including a downloadable free reading guide, and a short video trailer.
"Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing," 2nd Edition, by Dennis A. Jacobsen.
Doing Justice introduces people of faith to congregation-based community organizing rooted in the day-to-day struggles and hopes of urban ministry. Dennis, A. Jacobsen weaves theological and biblical warrants for community organizing into concrete strategies for achieving justice in the public arena and discusses fundamental organizing principles like power, self-interest, and agitation. This second, updated edition includes a new preface and forewords, new sidebars by Grant Stevensen that draw the reader into conversation, an expanded list for further reading, and updated contact information on organizing networks and relevant websites.