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Succession Planning at 1517 Media

November 3rd, 2016 by Beth A. Lewis

Earlier today, 1517 Media Board of Trustees Chair Mark Brokering and I met with the entire staff of this ministry and business of publishing to make an announcement that is important in the life of this organization.

We announced that I have decided to step down from my current role as President and CEO when my current contract ends 22 months from now, on August 31, 2018. And, Mr. Brokering shared with the staff the succession planning and interview process that has been conducted by the Board of Trustees leading to the selection of Tim Blevins, currently Senior Vice President and Publisher for 1517 Media as the President & CEO-elect effective September 1, 2018.

Here is the press release sent out late today:

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Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

Resources for Lutherans and Catholics Together!

November 1st, 2016 by Beth A. Lewis

Yesterday’s commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation between Lutherans and Catholics in Lund, Sweden was an historic event! With dignitaries from around the world under the theme of “From Conflict to Communion….Together in Hope” we have an opportunity to move forward doing God’s work together both globally and locally.If you missed it or would just like to watch again, here is a link to the video on YouTube.

Munib and Pope Francis

If your Lutheran congregation wants to explore how you might study, commemorate the Reformation, and partner in mission and ministry with your Catholic neighbors….or vice versa….we have recently published several resources to assist you.

First, co-published with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist.

Second, co-published between Augsburg Fortress and Liturgical Press and written by a team of three Catholic writers and theologians and three Lutheran writers and theologians specifically for congregational use,  is One Hope: Re-Membering the Body of Christ.

And, if you are interested in exploring not just Lutheran and Catholic relationships and ministry partnerships, Honoring our Neighbor’s Faith, Revised Edition is a superb resource for reference or study.

No time like the 500th anniversary to start anew with building relationships and partnering to serve God’s people in the world!





Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

Teach God’s Love from the Very Beginning….with a free offer from Sparkhouse!

October 1st, 2016 by Beth A. Lewis

When is the last time you told your toddler…the one in your family or one who attends your church… how much God loves them?

At Sparkhouse, we believe it’s never too early to teach children about God.

And, we think that Christian faith is essential to early childhood development.

It’s because of these two beliefs that we are excited to tell you about a FREE OFFER for congregations who want to use our newest online faith-formation resource Frolic, a new way to help children take their first steps of faith!  When your congregation signs up for Frolic Online before October 31, 2016, you will receive a full year of this great resource for free!

Frolic Online Free

By connecting Christian faith with developmental milestones, Frolic helps lay a foundation for faith that lasts a lifetime. Frolic is designed to nurture young children in their first three years both in church and at home. Frolic helps children relate to Bible stories and faith lessons by introducing age-appropriate faith concepts that help our youngest children understand God, themselves, and the world around them.

So how does Frolic work? Frolic helps churches support families through a curriculum that pairs online and print resources. Frolic Online and Frolic Print Resources equip your church to:

  • Connect with families by sending them monthly personalized enewsletters with helpful articles, tips, and activities centered around faith and child development.
  • Transform your nursery into an intentional ministry site with the Frolic Nursery Guide.
  • Support parents by inviting them and their little ones to Frolic Faith Development Classes.

Who can use Frolic? Frolic is a simple but profound curriculum designed for church leaders, volunteers, and parents to teach children about God’s love. And, there are a whole selection of board books, read-to-me books and the Frolic First Bible to connect church and home!

Frolic First BibleFrolic God Made Us AllFrolic Hal and the New Kid
To learn more, see Frolic samples on our website!

Another great way to learn more about how Frolic can transform your birth-to-three ministry is to attend one of our free webinars! Register at

And, don’t forget….when you see those precious little ones next, be sure to tell them “God loves you!”






Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

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