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Erica Tape

Erica is a writer and editor in St. Louis with grand plans to write award-winning literary novels and to visit all seven continents. She was previously a copywriter at CPH and now works in the advancement office at Concordia Seminary. She is also currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Lindenwood University.

Recent Posts by Erica Tape

Keeping the Reformation Relevant after the Anniversary

Many churches have been building up to the Reformation for months—but after today, how can we keep the Reformation relevant in our members’ minds? How can we help them see that the five-hundredth anniversary wasn’t just a cool “year” milestone everyone can now stop thinking about?

14,000-Person Reformation Service: LCMS Michigan District

This year’s Reformation anniversary gives Christians a wonderful opportunity to come together and celebrate their shared faith. The Michigan District of the LCMS is doing just that. On October 15, the District is holding a 14,000-person worship service at the Breslin Center at Michigan State University.

Meet the Composers: Reformation Divine Service Settings

Here’s your fun fact of the day: Divine Service, Setting Five was actually prepared by Martin Luther! So in honor of the Reformation anniversary, CPH Music published two new festival settings of Setting Five.

Loved+Sent Servant Event: Christ Memorial Lutheran Church

The Loved+Sent Servant Event happens annually at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in St. Louis. But this year, the event is being made more special because of the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation.

Renaissance Reformation Concert: Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School

Churches and schools are approaching a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for their students. The five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation is on October 31, 2017, and this is an ideal time to teach students the history and significance of the Reformation.

Your Church Office’s Mid-Lent Check-In

You’re at the point where the heavy pre-Lenten planning is done, but Holy Week is still a few weeks out. Now is the time to look ahead to your Holy Week plans to see what you can or need to get done in advance. Here are questions your church office should ask itself this week to make sure your Easter planning is on track.

How Welcoming Is Your Church?

“Are the church people judging me for not being a Christian?” “Are they staring at me because I’m the only person sitting alone?” “What if I’m the only young/non-American/divorced/unemployed person here?”

How Church Workers Can Stay Sane While Planning for Lent

Out of the Christmas frying pan and into the Lenten fire! A few months ago, you might have read my post about planning for Advent and Christmas. Here’s some advice for Lent and Easter on how church workers can stay focused during the busy season and keep their stress levels low.

Advent and Christmas Planning Checklist for Churches

The time of Advent and Christmas is a joyful season in the Church, but for church leaders and volunteers, it can also be an incredibly busy and stressful time. With so much to do and such a short timeline, sometimes you forget things or you just don’t know where to start. Here’s some planning advice to make sure every Advent candle, service-time announcement, and Christmas-program child gets where they need to be, when they need to be there.

Tips and Resources for Prepping for a Reformation 500 Event

Four hundred ninety-nine years down, one to go! The 500th anniversary of the Reformation has been a long time coming, but some people in the pews might not know it’s here or why it’s important. And that makes planning your big Reformation event much more difficult. Here are some tips and resources for educating your members about the Reformation, building momentum toward the anniversary, and getting them on board for your Reformation 500 event.