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Retired Lutheran Educators Network
Register for free participation in LEA's EncourAGEnet.

EncourAGEnet's purpose is linking, equipping, encouraging, and celebrating post-retirement service.


LEA EncourAGEnet was established in 2008. Among the Network's goals are to

  • prepare LEA members for post-retirement service

  • showcase examples of post-retirement service options

  • disseminate information about opportunities for service and resource people and  materials

  • encourage LEA connection to non-members by offering access to an e-mail distribution list and Web site

  • promote LEA membership by offering access to specific member benefits, e.g., resources, books, discounted registrations, etc.

Attention retired educators:

Register to participate on LEA EncourAGEnet's listserv.


Register for this webinar:
Thursday, September 11, 2014 2:00 p.m. (central)
Coordinating Your Retirement Funds & Estate with Your Lifetime Plan for Giving to Your Family and the Ministries You Love
Presented by Terry Gerdts, Senior Gift Planning Counselor, LCMS Foundation
In this webinar, you will learn how to put together a plan that will make the best gifts to your children and loved ones, as well as bless the ministries you love, so it will all bear fruit--fruit that will last. You will learn through a designing process, how to coordinate your retirement funds in your plan so that you are not making unnecessary gifts to Uncle Sam, probate court, and attorney fees. The goal of the planning is to make sure your family is strengthened and no one leaves their faith walk as a result of poor distributions at your death.

EncourAGEnet Leadership Team:

Dick Blatt, Naperville, IL
David Ebeling, Bloomington, IN
Lois Giordano, Cedarburg, WI
Tom Giordano, Cedarburg, WI
Sharolyn Sander, Lincoln, NE
Roger Walker, Winter Haven, FL

EncourAGEnet Bulletin

EncourAGEnet Bulletin will take July off. The listserv, however, remains open. You can continue to converse at 

What are you doing July 10? Consider the Witnessing Grandparents Webinar by Rich Bimler and LCMS.
More information here.

Do some thinking after reading the latest “
Just Watching” from Rich and Charlie Resources.

Don’t get swindled! See “
Phone Swindlers Tap Into Fear and a Sense of Duty” from The New York Times.

The Wall Street Journal has an article for you: “
Brain games that could pay off in retirement.” (Senior Newswire)

LEA members: Beat the rate increase. Take advantage of LEA membership rates before the first increase in 5 years takes effect on July 1. Save $11 on renewal of one year’s membership and up to $75 if you renew for either two or three years. Log on to Click the myLEA tab and follow the directions. Check your current information and modify, if necessary. If you need help, call us at 708-209-3343. Check out the
membership benefits to see what you get for $10 or less a month (at the new rates).

We’d like to see you. We’re bringing back Smile File, a feature from several years ago. Send us a jpg of you, smiling, of course. We will caption the photo with your name (but not your location—unless it appears in the background of your photo). We want to feature happy Lutheran educators—from all ages! Send to (This will be a gallery featured on LEA’s redeveloped website, coming later this summer.)

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EncourAGEnet Bulleting June 5, 2014 by ed.grube
Prayers, relational ministry, gardening, small talk, and more...
EncourAGEnet Bulletin May 22, 2014 by ed.grube
Learning from grandchildren, Bible resources, successful aging, and more...
EncourAGEnet Bulletin May 22, 2014 by ed.grube
Travel discounts, Senior Corps, Bibles and novels, and more...
EncourAGEnet Bulletin May 15, 2014 by ed.grube
Home safety, new magazine, the "elderly," and more...
Media Review

A media review by Dr. Charles Laabs for LEA EncourAGEnet

A recent best-seller book has dazzled many readers. As a world-wide sensation in 2008, The Last Lecture has brought the thoughts as well as the next-to-last experiences and adventures of the life of Randy Pausch, a 40+ year old university professor before his expected rather sudden death due to pancreatic cancer.

His themes include: the emphasis of quality of life rather than the efforts to extend life duration, showing of gratitude for life by one’s behavior, and the development of positive relationships.

In addition to reading this volume, one has easy access to the popular video of Randy Pausch’s actual last lecture. The viewer can be mesmerized by his noteworthy, positive delivery, which truly reflects his strategies when facing death. Whether the viewer is in a similar predicament as Randy Pausch, or not, he can profit with the identification of his last-days life styles and behaviors through humor, courage, and charm.

JUST PUBLISHED . . . Only a few years after Randy Pausch’s pancreatic cancer and death, his widow, Jai, authored a follow-up volume Dream New Dreams memoir about caring for her dying husband and three young children, and rebuilding their lives. This volume is also invaluable for any middle-aged or senior citizen regarding possible challenges one might face as one ages..

        The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch, Crown Archetype

        Dream New Dreams, Reimagining My Life after Loss, Jai Pausch, Crown Archetype

       Video, The Last Lecture


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