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From starting another year of Whirl Lectionary Sunday School from Sparkhouse to welcoming Bishop Lee Miller of the Upstate NY Synod to axe throwing, delicious potluck BBQ and an afternoon helping w**d at Schenectady Urban Farms, it was an AWESOME “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday! We’re so blessed to be one of over 8,900 congregations across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America participating in this national day of faith, fellowship and service!!

#GodsWorkOurHands #godsworkourhands2022 #elca #lutheran #rotterdamny #schenectady
May 26, 2022 KidLitQuoteOfTheDay: "I can always get another balloon. But I can never have another you. I miss you."--The Memory Box: A Book About Grief by Joanna Rowland, illustrated by Thea Baker Sparkhouse #Uvalde #heartbroken #SaveTheChildren Beaming Books
Welcome to your one-stop shop for Sunday School curriculum! We carry a large selection at competitive prices. We also take the stressing and guessing out of Sunday School prep with complimentary standing order plans tailored to the individual needs of your church✨

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Sparkhouse surprised me with a copy of my new book in the mail—and I’ve never felt such a rush of pride holding MY FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK in my hands for the first time!

It makes my heart smile to imagine the possibility of my poems and prayers blessing so many people across the country.

If you haven’t already, you can pre-order here:
https://bit.ly/PreOrderWeRiseHigher



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#WeRiseHigherBook
MY BIGGEST RELEASE YET!

I'm ecstatic to announce that in February 2022 Sparkhouse is publishing We Rise Higher: Poems and Prayers for Graduates.

The book is dedicated to the next generation of graduates who are showing the world just how high we can rise together. The new collection includes:

* Poems of joy and celebration
* Poems of praise and affirmation
* Poems for heavy emotions
* Poems for growth and new beginnings

Each poem features interactive content that invites creative responses and reflection by the graduate.

You can preorder the book now from Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3q3nNkH

If you want to buy from an independent publisher, you can buy the book from the Sparkhouse site, where you can receive a quantity discount: https://bit.ly/PreOrderWeRiseHigher

I absolutely cannot wait to finally release my first ever fully PUBLISHED book of poetry. It's a joy to celebrate with you!

#WeRiseHigherBook
#JoeDavisPoetry
MY BIGGEST RELEASE YET!

I'm ecstatic to announce that in February 2022 Sparkhouse is publishing We Rise Higher: Poems and Prayers for Graduates.

The book is dedicated to the next generation of graduates who are showing the world just how high we can rise together. The new collection includes:

* Poems of joy and celebration
* Poems of praise and affirmation
* Poems for heavy emotions
* Poems for growth and new beginnings

Each poem features interactive content that invites creative responses and reflection by the graduate.

You can preorder the book now from Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3q3nNkH

If you want to buy from an independent publisher, you can buy the book from the Sparkhouse site, where you can receive a quantity discount: https://bit.ly/PreOrderWeRiseHigher

I absolutely cannot wait to finally release my first ever fully PUBLISHED book of poetry. It's a joy to celebrate with you!

#WeRiseHigherBook
#JoeDavisPoetry
MY BIGGEST RELEASE YET!

I'm ecstatic to announce that in February 2022 Sparkhouse is publishing We Rise Higher: Poems and Prayers for Graduates.

The book is dedicated to the next generation of graduates who are showing the world just how high we can rise together. The new collection includes:

* Poems of joy and celebration
* Poems of praise and affirmation
* Poems for heavy emotions
* Poems for growth and new beginnings

Each poem features interactive content that invites creative responses and reflection by the graduate.

You can preorder the book now from Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3q3nNkH

If you want to buy from an independent publisher, you can buy the book from the Sparkhouse site, where you can receive a quantity discount: https://bit.ly/PreOrderWeRiseHigher

I absolutely cannot wait to finally release my first ever fully PUBLISHED book of poetry. It's a joy to celebrate with you!

#WeRiseHigherBook
#JoeDavisPoetry
This fall, our preK through 3rd graders are going to be using the highly imaginative curriculum from Sparkhouse, Holy Moly! Do you speak Holy Moly?

All children ages 3 years through 3rd grade are invited to join in the fun, both in person and online, Sundays at 11:15 am.
This fall, we will be offering a faith formation class specially designed just for our tweens! Watch this video from the publisher, Sparkhouse, for a sneak peak into the class.

All 4th-6th graders are invited to join us, in person or online, Sunday mornings at 11:15am.
Looking to add to your book collection at church or need some inspiration for a children's message? Check out Sparkhouse's collection of children's books!
https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/store/search?c=286841&av000=705
Opportunity to test a new Sunday school curriculum from Sparkhouse:
For all our IPC kiddos (and kiddos at heart), a prayer from our Whirl friends at Sparkhouse
Lisa Kloskin (Broadleaf Books) presents: “How to get the most out of your relationship with your editor” at our next online conference for spiritual writers: https://writingforyourlife.com/2021-spring-wfyl-conference/

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Thanks for making my job easy Sparkhouse! We're still using our Spark Bibles to connect and learn in Zoom Sunday School.
It's a privilege to welcome Mike Baughman as a workshop leader for White Co-Conspirator Summit on March 19 & 20, 2021.

Mike Baughman is the Founding Pastor & Executive Director for Union Coffee, a new church start in Dallas, TX, that is primarily in ministry with emerging leaders under thirty-five years of age. He is the primary author for Flipping Church: How Successful Church Planters are Turning Conventional Wisdom Upside-Down. Baughman has contributed to, developed, and edited a long list of curricula for Sparkhouse Press and Cokesbury. He serves on the Board of Directors for Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation as well as Bishop Arts Theatre Center. Baughman is a third-generation United Methodist pastor married to a sixth-generation United Methodist pastor, named Rachel Baughman. None of their children are named Wesley.

Baughman's workshop is entitled, "The Cognitive Dissonance Experience: When Love Interrupts Your Racism."

Register today at https://scarrittbennett.org/summit2021.

#racialjustice #scarrittbennett #whitecoconspirator #nashville
Broadleaf Books presentation: “How to get the most out of your relationship with your editor”

Whether you’re hiring a freelance editor to help you polish your manuscript before querying or self-publishing, or working with your assigned editor after selling your book to a publishing house, you’ll want to make the most out of that editorial relationship. In this session, we’ll go over some of the common pitfalls and advantages to working with an editor, and give you the tools you need to advocate for yourself and your book.

https://writingforyourlife.com/2021-spring-wfyl-conference/

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Fortress Press Sparkhouse #getpublished #publishing #books #writing #writingconference

Follow us on Twitter @wearesparkhouse! sparkhouse is the ecumenical division of Augsburg Fortress, the publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in a America (ELCA).

At sparkhouse, we're creating a whole new class of faith formation resources created for today's Christians. We meet people where they are: using technology, language, and active learning concepts that match our 21st-century lifestyles. Every day we strive to make creativity, collaboration, and even humor synonymous with thought-provoking, Bible-based learning.

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Starting an Equity Audit of Your Children, Youth, and Family Ministry 09/22/2022

Starting an Equity Audit of Your Children, Youth, and Family Ministry

Equity has many dimensions. Here’s advice on how to get started on an equity audit of your children’s, youth, and young adult ministry: https://bit.ly/3xICYEK

Starting an Equity Audit of Your Children, Youth, and Family Ministry An equity audit is a process tool used to collect data that supports identifying and removing barriers to full participation, access, and opportunity.

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Our sale ends soon! Take $20 off an order of $75 or more with promo code FALL22, now through Friday, September 23. Offer only available on orders shipping within the contiguous U.S. Please allow at least 7-14 days for shipping. This offer cannot be combined with other promo codes, applied to digital subscriptions, or applied to previous orders. https://bit.ly/3eslsxJ

Marking the Year with the Church Seasons 09/20/2022

Marking the Year with the Church Seasons

Liturgical colors help tie us to the seasons of the church year. Read our blogger’s reflections here: https://bit.ly/3BRqwF1

Marking the Year with the Church Seasons Marking the church year with visual cues in our worship spaces gives us another opportunity to teach our children and one another about God.

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Did you forget anything when you made your curriculum order? Take $20 off an order of $75 or more with promo code FALL22, now through Friday, September 23. Offer only available on orders shipping within the contiguous U.S. Please allow at least 7-14 days for shipping. This offer cannot be combined with other promo codes, applied to digital subscriptions, or applied to previous orders. https://bit.ly/3QfqF9e

09/16/2022

Sparkhouse Digital

Sparkhouse Digital Access Restored.

We have been able to resolve the issues with our data center and connectivity is now restored to wearesparkhouse.org and SparkhouseDigital.com.
Our technical team worked through the night to restore a consistent connection. This outage was the result of a faulty connection point between our data center and the Internet, after extensive troubleshooting we were able to identify the faulty equipment and replace it to ensure our systems are able to connect. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Our phone lines are still experiencing some issues and we are still working to restore access to our ordering systems internally. So if you are looking to check and order status we are unable to answer those questions until our internals systems are fully functional later today.
Thank you for your patience as we work through these problems.

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09/15/2022

Connectivity issues impacting Sparkhouse Websites!
Updated: September 15, 2022
Technical issues at the data center hosting wearesparkhouse.org and SparkhouseDigital.com are impacting the speed and reliability of the access to these resources.
Our technical team is working to restore a consistent connection. Unfortunately, we do not yet have an estimate of when the data center and our technical support team will be able to fix a stable connection to these resources. We will post updates here as we are able. We apologize for this inconvenience. We are working diligently to bring everything back online as quickly as possible.

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New Fall Digital Activity Kits are available on Sparkhouse Digital, full of lots of new, age-appropriate activities for early childhood, children, and youth! If you don’t subscribe to Sparkhouse Digital, you can purchase the Series One Fall Digital Activity Kit here: https://bit.ly/3ekEaHe

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Preschool ministry classrooms should be accessible to all preschoolers, regardless of disability status. Here are some tips for improving accessibility: https://bit.ly/3RLT8oD

Children, Youth, and Family Ministry during COVID-19 and Monkeypox 09/08/2022

Children, Youth, and Family Ministry during COVID-19 and Monkeypox

Unfortunately, after multiple years spent dealing with the public health crisis of COVID-19, we’re now also confronting another public health crisis in the form of monkeypox. Here’s some advice from Jessica Davis Church Consulting for doing children’s and youth ministry safely: https://bit.ly/3BrYFet

Children, Youth, and Family Ministry during COVID-19 and Monkeypox Instead of waiting for the day when we can return to “normal,” we are facing a call to live into the realities of life as it is now.

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There are just a couple days left to use promo code BIBLES2022 to get free shipping on orders of 10+ Bibles! Free shipping only available on orders shipping within the contiguous U.S. Please allow at least 7-14 days for shipping. This offer cannot be combined with other promo codes, applied to digital subscriptions, or applied to previous orders. https://bit.ly/3B4BYM3

Sparkhouse Digital Director Training - Step 4 09/06/2022

Sparkhouse Digital Director Training - Step 4

The final Sparkhouse Digital webinar in our series is happening tomorrow, September 7! This final webinar can serve as basic training for all the Sparkhouse Digital Leaders in your congregation, including children’s and youth ministry volunteers. Register here: https://bit.ly/3wRLIrF

Sparkhouse Digital Director Training - Step 4 The Summer of 2022 series of Sparkhouse Digital Director Training webinars provides a step-by-step approach for setting up your subscription for use over the next cycle of faith formation classes come Fall. Directors can use this "Step 4" webinar as basic training for all their Leaders.

Responding to Young People's Mental Health Concerns 09/06/2022

Responding to Young People's Mental Health Concerns

Especially after the difficulties of the past two and a half years, many young people are experiencing mental health challenges. Here are some tips and resources for helping young people in your congregation: https://bit.ly/3cW29fz

Responding to Young People's Mental Health Concerns Youth who have external support systems frequently learn ways to address their mental health concerns in positive ways.

Sparkhouse Digital Director Training - Step 4 09/02/2022

Sparkhouse Digital Director Training - Step 4

The fourth Sparkhouse Digital webinar of the year is coming up next Wednesday, September 7! This final webinar can serve as basic training for all the Sparkhouse Digital Leaders in your congregation, including children’s and youth ministry volunteers. Register here: https://bit.ly/3q7SZQ8

Sparkhouse Digital Director Training - Step 4 The Summer of 2022 series of Sparkhouse Digital Director Training webinars provides a step-by-step approach for setting up your subscription for use over the next cycle of faith formation classes come Fall. Directors can use this "Step 4" webinar as basic training for all their Leaders.

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Remember that free shipping on 10+ Bibles is still going. This offer ends September 9, so get your orders in soon using promo code BIBLES2022! Free shipping only available on orders shipping within the contiguous U.S. Please allow at least 7-14 days for shipping. This offer cannot be combined with other promo codes, applied to digital subscriptions, or applied to previous orders. https://bit.ly/3AecnRi

Inclusive Language to Talk about Family 08/30/2022

Inclusive Language to Talk about Family

Last month we had a post about using inclusive language when talking to preschoolers about family, but the truth is that all of us need to use inclusive language, not just those of us who work with preschoolers! Here are some more suggestions: https://bit.ly/3AVyzA2

Inclusive Language to Talk about Family When it comes to supporting children and their families, using inclusive language for people can help create a culture of welcome.

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The Series 2 Fall Digital Activity Kits are now available on Sparkhouse Digital! Check out these activities for kids and families in the Bonus Content section of your subscription. If you don’t subscribe to Sparkhouse Digital, you can buy the Series 1 Fall Digital Activity Kit here: https://bit.ly/3bu6kia.

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Whether you already use Frolic or you're searching for a great new early childhood curriculum, sign up for our email series here: https://bit.ly/3pDRGbx

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We know it’s still August, but Families Celebrate Advent & Christmas cards are available! These cards are great for helping the families in your ministry celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons! https://bit.ly/3Qbnxfc

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The third webinar for Sparkhouse Digital Directors is tomorrow! Get the first two webinars in this series on demand, and register for the third one, here: https://bit.ly/3JqfIzU

Creating Routines for Preschoolers 08/16/2022

Creating Routines for Preschoolers

While it’s important to be flexible when working with young children, it’s also important to create some sort of routine that preschoolers can rely on. Here’s some guidance: https://bit.ly/3dAGY2L

Creating Routines for Preschoolers Establishing a good routine takes time, but it’s an investment worth making.

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Get free shipping on orders of 10 or more Bibles, now through September 9, using promo code BIBLES2022! Free shipping only available on orders shipping within the contiguous U.S. Please allow at least 7-14 days for shipping. This offer cannot be combined with other promo codes, applied to digital subscriptions, or applied to previous orders. https://bit.ly/3vTPSig

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Tomorrow is the last day to get free shipping on orders of $100 or more! Offer available now through August 12. Free shipping valid on pre-tax purchases over $100 and only available on orders shipping within the contiguous U.S. Please allow at least 7-14 days for shipping. This offer cannot be combined with other promo codes, applied to digital subscriptions, or applied to previous orders. https://bit.ly/3QecSjA

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Trying to figure out what you need to order for your next program year? Our Curriculum Order Builder makes it easy! https://bit.ly/3Skoljs

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The third webinar for Sparkhouse Digital Directors is next Wednesday! Get the first two webinars in this series on demand, and register for the third one, here: https://bit.ly/3Qdgbre

Keeping Tweens Engaged in Church 08/09/2022

Keeping Tweens Engaged in Church

Working with preteens can be tough but rewarding. Here are some ways to make it easier: https://bit.ly/3BSBNVN

Keeping Tweens Engaged in Church Being a kid is a great job. Growing out of that part of life toward teen years is a wonderful time to include tweens in new ways in the life of the church.

Five Favourite Children’s Bible Story Books 08/08/2022

Five Favourite Children’s Bible Story Books

We're very proud that our Spark Story Bible has made this list of five favorite children's Bibles! https://bit.ly/3vQ6R4N

Five Favourite Children’s Bible Story Books Your Advocate Ministry Team has been enjoying sharing our series of five favourites with you this summer. Today’s list of five favourite children’s bible storybooks took very little time to assemble as we kept interrupting each other trying to get our personal favourites onto the list. As with o...

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Just eight days left to use code FREESHIP22 to get free shipping on purchases over $100! Offer available now through August 12. Free shipping valid on pre-tax purchases over $100 and only available on orders shipping within the contiguous U.S. Please allow at least 7-14 days for shipping. This offer cannot be combined with other promo codes, applied to digital subscriptions, or applied to previous orders. https://bit.ly/3cWV4uV

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Last week we announced a new Vacation Bible School curriculum! Based on the artwork and theology of Daniel Erlander, Operation Restoration inspires kids to participate in the mending of God’s world. https://bit.ly/3BDQfkn

A Brief Introduction to Sparkhouse Digital 07/28/2022

A Brief Introduction to Sparkhouse Digital

If you’ve thought about subscribing to Sparkhouse Digital but haven’t been quite sure what it is or what the benefits would be, check out this blog post: https://bit.ly/3PYBOLQ

A Brief Introduction to Sparkhouse Digital Sparkhouse Digital is an online platform that gives subscribers access to Sparkhouse curriculum, as well as bonus content.

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Don’t forget to use code FREESHIP22 to get free shipping on orders of Sparkhouse curriculum of $100 or more! Offer available now through August 12. Free shipping valid on pre-tax purchases over $100 and only available on orders shipping within the contiguous U.S. Please allow at least 7-14 days for shipping. This offer cannot be combined with other promo codes, applied to digital subscriptions, or applied to previous orders. https://bit.ly/3ahyMmC

Using a Rotation-Model Sunday School to Cultivate Volunteer Teachers 07/27/2022

Using a Rotation-Model Sunday School to Cultivate Volunteer Teachers

Have you tried rotation-model Sunday school? Our blogger Ruth has, and she’s found that it helps with volunteer recruitment! https://bit.ly/3JeX1iA

Using a Rotation-Model Sunday School to Cultivate Volunteer Teachers While a full year of teaching one grade or group might be daunting, a four-to-six-week commitment teaching a specific workshop is more manageable.

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Wondering how to figure out what you need to buy for Sunday school or confirmation? Use our curriculum order builder! https://bit.ly/3NzhyPh

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Announcing a new Vacation Bible School curriculum! Operation Restoration teaches kids how to participate in God’s mending of the world. Check out all Operation Restoration has to offer!

https://bit.ly/3oz6fMQ

Sparkhouse Digital Director Training - Step 2 07/26/2022

Sparkhouse Digital Director Training - Step 2

The second Sparkhouse Digital Director Training webinar is TOMORROW! Register now: https://bit.ly/3yzYTyB

If you missed the first webinar in this series, get caught up here: https://bit.ly/3ODiseO

Sparkhouse Digital Director Training - Step 2 The Summer of 2022 series of Sparkhouse Digital Director Training webinars provide a step-by-step approach for setting your subscription up for use over the next cycle of faith formation classes come Fall. The "Step 2" live webinar helps directors make the best use of the "Planner" and "Calendar."

Talking about Family with Preschoolers 07/21/2022

Talking about Family with Preschoolers

Families come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can change over time! To include all the kids in your ministry, here are tips for moving beyond the language of “your mommy and daddy” and helping your kids learn about family types other than theirs: https://bit.ly/3yWW75r

Talking about Family with Preschoolers When we work to include all sorts of families, we help children feel safe and seen in our presence. Here are a few tips for family inclusiveness.

Sparkhouse Digital Director Training - Step 2 07/20/2022

Sparkhouse Digital Director Training - Step 2

The second Sparkhouse Digital Director Training webinar is one week away, so there’s still time to register and get caught up on the content from the first webinar! Register: https://bit.ly/3uhpzBP

Get caught up: https://bit.ly/3NAw6OA

Sparkhouse Digital Director Training - Step 2 The Summer of 2022 series of Sparkhouse Digital Director Training webinars provide a step-by-step approach for setting your subscription up for use over the next cycle of faith formation classes come Fall. The "Step 2" live webinar helps directors make the best use of the "Planner" and "Calendar."

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