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Special offers that never expire

Allied 100 – AED Superstore, one of our ShopWELS partners, has special offers that never expire for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for WELS organizations and individuals.

You can use coupon code WELS100 to receive $100 off the purchase of a new AED or AED Value Package. Or you can use coupon code WELSACC to receive 10% off the purchase of most AED replacement supplies and accessories if you already have an AED at your church or school. Contact Amber Neller by e-mail or call 800-991-6584.

For recent news and information about AEDs and heart health, check out the AED Superstore blogs at aedsuperstore.com/blogs.

Two ShopWELS specials that end soon

Hidden in plain sight

Our ShopWELS partner, Ad Quest Promotions, offers promotional, logoed items and has a fall sale until October 15, 2017. Anything and everything “camo” is on sale. Does your church or school hold a fall trip? Do your Pioneers or Girl Pioneers group need a promotional item at its next event? Contact Ad Quest Promotions for more details. These special prices won’t be around long before they go into hiding!

25% off Shepherd’s Staff 2017

Get the organizational tools you need so you can focus on what matters most—the spiritual care of your members. With these church management software features offered by Concordia Technology Solutions at your fingertips, you’ll save time, improve your record-keeping accuracy, and create detailed reports just when you need them. Learn more

Take a stand against sitting

Our ShopWELS partner, Complete Office of Wisconsin, is now stocking a Fellowes Lotus sit-stand workstation (black) and this is why . . .

Over the past 10 years study after study has confirmed sitting for prolonged periods of time is harmful to your health. Some of the negative effects include an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, links to high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol. As a proponent of workspace management solutions, Fellowes wanted to create a product for this problem. Their next generation sit-stand products combine a wealth of research and product development with their deep understanding of the office workspace. They’re designed to be easy to use, adjustable, and worry-free. Plus, they’re engineered with the durability to transition from sitting to standing multiple times a day. All this adds up to a better sit-stand experience and one you’ll want to use every day.

View a video highlighting the features and benefits of the Fellowes Lotus sit-stand workstation.

Contact our WELS rep, Melanie Lepper at Complete Office, if you are interested in learning more.

Acoustics, the spoken word, and music

The spoken word and acoustic music can “play nice together” in the worship space, while preserving the architectural beauty of the church. What is needed are well-designed sound systems and room acoustics that work well together as architectural elements in a balanced electro-acoustic system. DSH Audio Visions, a long standing partner of ShopWELS,  can help you put it all together. Contact David Hosbach at dhosbach@dshaudiovisions.com or visit the website at www.dshaudiovisions.com for more information.

FinalWeb specials

FinalWeb is a longstanding partner of ShopWELS and offers websites, live streaming services, and mobile apps for churches and schools. We are pleased to share the following specials available from FinalWeb through Oct. 1, 2017.

Bundled package for new customers:

  • Website, Live Streaming (250 hour plan), and Mobile App bundle for $49/month
  • Two free months of service for new signups

For more information, and to take advantage of these offers, visit www.finalweb.com/wels2017

Current customers:
Visit http://www.finalweb.com/new to test drive the new Finalweb 2.0 beta! This vastly improved website creation engine is now available for use with new features being added daily.

Learn more

ShopWELS at Synod Convention 2017

If you are attending the 64th Biennial Convention of WELS, welcome! We hope you have time to find the ShopWELS display table. Once there you will find a brief slideshow of the current ShopWELS partners as well as some of the specials being offered to you as a delegate.

There are also some giveaways from some of the partners. You might also be interested in putting your name in a drawing for things like: an iPad (FinalWeb), an ASUS Chromebook (Troxell Communications), a badminton game, a bag toss game, a horse shoe set, a spike ball game (School Specialty), or gift basket of office supplies (Complete Office of Wisconsin).

If you aren’t attending the 64th Biennial Convention of WELS, don’t feel left out. We have a webpage with the information that is being shared at the synod convention. We hope that on that page or any of the partner pages you find information that could save you, your church, school, or organization some money on items you may need to purchase in the near future. Learn more

Document software solutions for education

James Imaging Systems, a longstanding partner with ShopWELS, is offering Document Software Solutions for education.

Are your documents working for you, or is it the other way around? It is estimated that up to forty percent of the education sector’s activities are document driven. And many schools spend as much as ten percent of their funding on documents and related processes.

Document Software Solutions streamlines processes of your school with easier routing, reporting and tracking, improved mobile printing opportunities, converting paper to electronic editable formats, organizing documents, with security and version control.

Need help? A free, no obligation document management needs assessment is being offered by James Imaging Systems.

Learn more

Chromebooks managed with GoGuardian

Troxell Communications is eager to share an essential security product with our school Technology Directors and teachers in our growing 1:1 classroom settings—GoGuardian. In the classroom or off-campus, GoGuardian makes teaching and technology management easier, safer, and more fun.

The need for powerful, easy-to-use device management tools is greater than ever. From device assignment and repair tracking, to helping with CIPA-compliant web filtering and classroom management, many schools often end up using a patchwork of tools and apps to accomplish their strategic technology goals.

With a full suite of position-tailored products designed and built just for Chromebooks, GoGuardian makes it easy for schools to manage large or small device deployments, keep your students safer online, and gain valuable insights into how your technology program is working. Learn more

Products:

  • GoGuardian Admin: Web content filtering, internet activity monitoring, and theft recovery
  • GoGuardian Teacher: Classroom management and collaboration
  • GoGuardian Fleet: Asset management for Chrome devices
  • GoGuardian Director: Education app usage and engagement analytics

Note: Licensing is per student Chromebook.

GoGuardian (PDF)

School Specialty partners with SOAR Life Products

School Specialty offers a carefully curated stable of specialty brands that provide innovative, best-in-class products and services designed to address the needs of students. They’ve invested heavily in creating curriculum and other educational content to help apply new thinking and trends in education. These products and services have made them a valuable ShopWELS partner over the years.

Recently School Specialty has partnered with SOAR Life Products—a company that offers products and services to help students sharpen cognitive skills and build mental, physical, and emotional well-being. The ShopWELS partnership with School Specialty, and now SOAR Life Products, allows up to 80% off of their product offerings.

Learn more

Complete Office supplies on sale

When you think about office products, things like copy paper, tape, and paper clips come to mind. But our ShopWELS partner for office supplies offers much more—

Hot/cold beverage cups, paper plates, paper towels, facial tissue, bathroom tissue, and a number of different styles of paper hand towels are just a few of the items available from Complete Office of Wisconsin.

These prices are exclusive to WELS members and are good through June 30, 2017.

Place your order online at www.cowiweb.com or contact Melanie Lepper at 715-254-1133. If you find lower prices with a different vendor on any of these items, contact Melanie as Complete Office strives to meet or beat any competitor price.

School Specialty and SOAR Life Products

School Specialty Inc and SOAR Life Products are partners of ShopWELS through Intalere. Intalere members can enjoy up to 80% off contracted items and an unprecedented selection of products for educational and healthcare facilities.

New Shepherd’s Staff WebTools

The 2017 version of Shepherd’s Staff introduces a new feature—web tools!

Shepherd’s Staff WebTools is a separate portal that you can log into through a web browser, and it allows you to complete certain tasks (like entering attendance and offerings) when you are away from your church computer.

Access WebTools from anywhere with an internet connection, even on a tablet or a Mac! No confidential data is stored online, and the data from the web easily syncs with what is stored on your computer.

WebTools is only available in the 2017 version of Shepherd’s Staff and requires a support contract. Buy now and save 25%! Offer ends May 31, 2017.

Using an older version of Shepherd’s Staff? Upgrade today at a discounted rate and begin using Shepherd’s Staff WebTools.

Welcome three ShopWELS partners

We are pleased to announce the addition of Church Mutual, Design Fugitives, and Suddath Relocation Systems to ShopWELS. All three of these companies have had relationships in WELS and requests were made from WELS members like you to have them become part of the ShopWELS family.

Church Mutual has been a partner of WELS since 1976 and has offered WELS organizations a 15 percent discount on package policies (in states where allowed). Besides exceptional customer service, Church Mutual representatives also offer recommendations on ways to prevent loss in your particular setting. Learn more

Design Fugitives has had a relationship with WELS since it began and is a collaboration of high-tech, architecturally-trained commercial artists who design and fabricate architectural-scale art that leaves a legacy. They specialize in suspended atrium sculptures, 3D wall coverings, ecclesiastic art, and LED fixtures—they work with churches, schools, businesses, and individuals to create thought provoking art. Learn more

Suddath Relocation Systems (previously Barrett Moving and Storage) is a home moving, relocation, and logistics company that takes moving personally—whether that’s transporting sensitive cargo around the world or moving your family around the corner. It is good to know that such a qualified relocation company has had a relationship with WELS for over 60 years. Learn more

Church Mutual

Church Mutual Insurance Company, the leading insurer of religious institutions, has partnered with WELS since 1976 and offers organizations a 15% discount on package policies (in states where allowed), as well as exceptional customer service and specialty expertise.

Design Fugitives

Design Fugitives is a collaboration of high-tech, architecturally-trained commercial artists who design and fabricate architectural-scale art that leaves a legacy. They specialize in suspended atrium sculptures, 3D wall coverings, ecclesiastic art, and LED fixtures—but will gladly consider any project that pushes the boundaries of what architectural art can communicate.

Suddath Relocation Systems

Suddath Relocation Systems (formerly Barrett Moving and Storage) has had a relationship with WELS for over 60 years and has recently become a part of ShopWELS.

Earn a free night at a Choice Hotel

Through April 27, when travelers stay twice at any Choice Hotels® location, they’ll earn enough points for a free night. Qualifying for the promotion is easy:

  • Become a Choice Privileges member
  • Register for the promotion at ChoiceHotels.com/FreeNight
  • Stay two separate times with us through April 27 and receive enough points to redeem for a free night. Travelers can continue to book with your corporate rate and still qualify for the promotion.

Learn more about Choice Hotels

Today only Amazon donates five percent

In case you were thinking about making a purchase through Amazon soon, you may want to make that purchase today. Here’s why—

“Customers just ranked Amazon #1 in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) with a score of 86. ACSI surveyed over 10,000 customers to measure perceptions of quality and value across retailers nationwide. This comes right on the heels of movies from Amazon Studios winning three Oscars and Amazon being ranked #1 in corporate reputation by the Harris Poll.

Amazon wants to celebrate the recognition, and say thank you for your support.

On Thursday, March 16 only, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times their usual donation rate) of the purchase price of eligible products you buy at AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) to charity. AmazonSmile is a way to shop that offers the same shopping experience as Amazon.com, but every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com helps support a charity of your choice. To date, Amazon has donated over $46 million.

To take advantage of this offer—and to ensure that your shopping throughout the year benefits your favorite charitable organization—just start your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

Thank you. And, be assured, Amazon will continue working hard for you every day.”

WELS thanks you for donating while you shop.

How visible is your brand?

Do you consistently use your church or school logo as a brand mark? That graphic image when included in websites, social media, newspaper ads, and other materials you distribute helps the community associate it with the message that you are preaching, teaching and living. Whether it is an upcoming church or school event or just part of your on-going advertising efforts, promotional products provide the best return on investment of all marketing and brand awareness efforts.

ShopWELS partner Ad Quest Promotions understands the importance of your “brand” and can help you reinforce it with logoed products of all kinds. Pens in the pew. Coffee/travel mugs. Wearables: T-shirts to ties. There are nearly a million promo items from which to choose.

A sampling of specials now available through the end of April can be found on the Ad Quest Promotions website.  They also can assist you in your research and answer any questions that you might have about promotional products that work well and meet your budget.

Contact information:
E-mail: ShopWELS@adquestinc.com
Website: adquestinc.com
Facebook: facebook.com/adquestpromotions

Office supplies at Complete Office

Did you know that when you order your supplies through Complete Office you will typically receive your items the next business day? And there are no shipping fees or minimum order requirements. If you are unsure of a product you found on the Complete Office website, or if you found a product at a lower cost with a competitor, Melanie Lepper is great to work with and aims to meet or beat any competitors price, so call her at 715-254-1133. And as though this isn’t enough—if an item is not what you expected, you can return it within 30 days at no cost to you.

Once logged into www.cowiweb.com, the “quick lists” in the upper right hand corner are tailored to WELS ordering patterns. Don’t forget to check out the “Complete Value Products” and the “Blowout Specials” on the home page. Sale flyers are also posted on the Complete Office page of ShopWELS from time to time.

And remember that even though Complete Office is in the Midwest, they work with anyone in the continental U.S.

Church360° limited time offer

Now through the end of February, Concordia Technology Solutions is offering Church360° with no startup fee.  E-mail or call 800-325-2399 to talk with the Concordia Technology Solutions team. Request a free live demo today.

Did you know that there are training webinars available for Concordia Technology Solutions church management software? Consider attending a training webinar soon—

ASUS Chromebooks for education

If you are currently in the market for Chromebooks for your school, Troxell recommends the ASUS C202. The reason? The ASUS C202 is ruggedized, it comes with a spill proof keyboard, the processor is fast, and it has an 11-hour battery that gets through the school day. Cost: $175 each.  See ASUS C202 (PDF).

If you are starting to consider needs for an 11.6-inch screen, touch sensitive Chromebook in the 2017-18 school year, you will want to keep the new ASUS C213 in mind. The ASUS C213 is ruggedized (best in class military spec drop test), touch sensitive, has a 12-hour battery, has 4GB, and is outfitted with gorilla glass. It is so new that ASUS has not released the pricing yet. See ASUS C213 (PDF).

A few things you might like to know about ASUS as a product provider through Troxell:

  • ASUS provides great service on broken or defective Chromebooks; they offer a 1-year warranty on all their Chromebooks. See ASUS service program (PDF).
  • ASUS offers bulk pricing on all WELS orders no-matter the size of the purchase. (This is the only manufacturer that Troxell works with that is willing to partner with WELS at this level of commitment).

For further information or to place an order, contact Chris Hunt—our Troxell account executive—at chris.hunt@trox.com or 262-228-7628.

Enterprise and National

WELS has negotiated corporate rates with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National. Any WELS member is free to rent using these special rates for both business and personal use.

Concordia Technology Solutions

Concordia Technology Solutions offers church management software that works faster, smarter, and within budget.