THRIVENT HONORS FALLEN SERVICE MEMBER AT CHARLOTTE RACE THE MAY 29 COCA-COLA 600 NASCAR RACE honored fallen military members, including Thrivent member Andrew Krippner, an Army soldier killed at the age of 20. Each of the 40 cars in the race and the two pace cars carried the names of a military member killed in action, including Andy’s name and rank, “PFC Krippner,” on the windshield of the No. 95 Thrivent Financial Chevy. Andy was the only child of Thrivent members Ken and Pam Krippner, of Garland, Texas, who were guests of Thrivent at the race. Andy’s mom brought a “Little Green Andy” plastic oldier to ride as a passenger next to driver Michael McDowell. She said she’s given the figurines to Andy’s friends and family as a reminder to pray for her son, who was serving in Afghanistan when he was struck by an improvised explosive device in 2011. Before the race, his mom said, “We are quite humbled by all the efforts going into honoring Andy. Having this event to look forward to is taking some of the sadness out of the five-year anniversary.” In honor of Memorial Day, Thrivent matched any Thrivent Choice® funds our members directed during the weekend to Honor and Remember (a nonprofit that recognizes America’s military fallen heroes and their families). Honor and Remember flags flew throughout the Charlotte Motor Speedway during race weekend, and a personalized Honor and Remember flag was presented to the Krippners before the race. THRIVENT BOARD ELECTION: CHOOSE FROM MULTIPLE CANDIDATES EVERY FALL, THRIVENT BENEFIT MEMBERS GET TO VOTE for three members to serve on the national board of directors. All six candidates on this year’s ballot were nominated by their local chapter or Thrivent Member Network. If you signed up to vote by email, you’ll get an email ballot on Oct. 5. If not, you’ll get a paper ballot in the mail—one for each benefit member in your household, since each benefit member gets a vote. Voting runs through Nov. 25. Once the election opens, you also can vote online at Thrivent.com/vote. You’ll need your Thrivent.com user ID and password, or your member ID (found on statements or your member ID card) and date of birth. THRIVENT WINS EDUCATION AWARD; NINTH IN 8 YEARS THRIVENT RECEIVED AN Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) award—our ninth award in eight years—for our From Me to We workshop. The award was presented at the 11th annual Financial Education Conference by the Institute for Financial Literacy. From Me to We is a workshop for couples with dialogue led by a financial representative. The session covers identifying values, understanding childhood experiences, creating goals and developing a balanced spending plan. The awards promote the effective delivery of consumer financial products, services and education. Each year, the institute presents the EIFLE Awards to individuals and organizations that have shown exceptional innovation, dedication and commitment to the field of financial literacy education. Other award-winning workshops that members can lead include: Identity Theft, More Than Money Matters® and Do One Thing Differently. For more information, go to Thrivent.com/workshops-and-events. THRIVENT MEMBERS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS WALK FOR FREE: ST. JUDE WALK/RUN THRIVENT MEMBERS PASSIONATE ABOUT St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, along with family and friends, can join the national walk/run (happening in 61 cities on Sept. 17, 24, 25) for free! Just sign up at www. fundraising.stjude.org/thrivent. Click on “Participate in an event,” then find the location nearest to you. Follow the on-screen prompts. Enter the discount code GOLD (in all caps), and the registration fee will be waived. Whether you’re walking, running or just cheering on others, you’ll see the Thrivent Mutual Funds logo all around you. Be sure to visit the Thrivent Mutual Funds tent to participate in an activity or to learn more about how we help people be wise with money and live generously. MEMBER CALENDAR: ORDER YOURS FREE BY OCT. 10 IT’S TIME AGAIN FOR THE THRIVENT wall calendar, offered free to members via Thrivent magazine. In the 2017 calendar, members share photos depicting “Christianity Around the World.” Enjoy beautiful and distinctive photos every month of the year. To order a calendar, go to Thrivent.com/magazine/ calendar or return the reply card found in this issue of the magazine. (Please limit yourself to one calendar per member.) All orders are due by Oct. 10; we will mail calendars in November.
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