Follow Jesus by embracing upside-down values

News Release
February 3, 2017

Follow Jesus by embracing upside-down values
Six-part series explores living out a countercultural faith          

HARRISONBURG, Va.—It is easy for Christians to lose touch with God in the routine of everyday life. Herald Press has created Upside-Down Living, a six-part Bible study series that engages participants with questions about how to live out one’s Christian faith in ways that seem upside down in today’s culture. All are to be released in the first half of 2017.

The first two texts, each with six sessions, will be released February 7: Sabbath, by Anita Amstutz, discusses different perspectives on Sabbath and the benefits of practicing it in our fast-paced lives. Technology, by Becca J. R. Lachman, explores how to use technology responsibly in today’s changing world.

The next two studies in the series will be published April 4. Money uses biblical Jubilee economic practices to look at how we can use our money to further God’s kingdom. Identity and Aging explores how to age well and faithfully between different stages of life, as well as the changes in identity that accompany them. These studies are written by Leonard M. Dow and Eleanor Snyder, respectively.

The final two studies in the series will come out June 6: Violence discusses how to be peacekeepers in a violent world and is written by J. Fred Kauffman. Sharing Faith Stories, by April Yamasaki, helps readers learn how to use their own stories to share their faith.

Intended for small group Bible studies or adult Sunday school classes—and especially for busy Christians who may not feel they have time to study for a lesson—the series strives to explore modern, relevant themes with whomever shows up on a given Sunday.

According to Mary Ann Weber, managing editor of Upside-Down Living, a goal of the series was to “create practical studies that will challenge and inspire people to live their faith on a daily basis.” Topics were selected because “they are matters people regularly face,” said Weber. “We hope that by addressing them, people will be compelled to dig into Scripture to see how it connects with our lives today.”

The chapters are short and include visuals and easy-to-understand language. Each session uses Scripture references to address a specific theme within the topic of the study and discusses its connection to current life using anecdotes, analogies, and discussion of today’s culture. The guides include a discussion questions that invite readers to discuss or journal about their thoughts and to apply the lesson to their own lives.

The books in the Upside-Down Living series are available from MennoMedia at 800-245-7894, the MennoMedia webstore at www.HeraldPress.com, Amazon, and other online sources.

MennoMedia Intern Luisa Miller
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For sample copies or questions:
Contact LeAnn Hamby
Marketing Manager
Herald Press
(540) 908-3941 LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.

 

 

“Digging for Treasure” in Jesus’ parables

diggingtreasuresOctober 12, 2016
News release

“Digging for Treasure” in Jesus’ parables
MennoMedia 2017 Bible school curriculum ready for orders

HARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ont.—The parables of Jesus contain rich hidden gems. With the theme Digging for Treasure: Parables Revealed, the 2017 vacation Bible school series from MennoMedia gives children tools to find treasures of God’s kingdom.

“This year’s theme responds to a survey in which people said they would like to study parables during VBS,” writes project director Mary Ann Weber. A team of Kansas writers gathered to discuss Jesus’ parables before creating the materials. “The parables reveal things about the kingdom of heaven, about God, and about how much God loves us,” Weber writes in her introduction.

The five-day curriculum brings children both stories and activities about the sower and the seed, the lost sheep and lost coin, the mustard seed, and others. Through drama, worship, creative activities, and song, children will find the spiritual wealth in these ever-new stories from Jesus.

Children’s booklets, Treasure Map and My Book of Stories, and a CD of energetic worship songs help draw children into exploring the world of Jesus’ stories and teachings. Leader’s guides help teachers lead VBS for children from age 4 through grade 5. Adaptations for grades 6–8 are offered on a resource CD, a new feature in this year’s curriculum.

The CD provides additional helpful tools to publicize VBS, a Bible memory slide show, name tags, and other resources designed to equip leaders in implementing an effective, dynamic VBS program.  Digging for Treasure includes leader’s guides for active response, Bible response, creative response, and worship and drama.

MennoMedia’s vacation Bible school writing rotates among various Mennonite communities across the United States and Canada, and varies by year.

Digging for Treasure may be ordered in an all-in-one boxed set including everything needed for planning and preparation. All items are also available separately. More information is at: www.mennomedia.org/vbs.

MennoMedia Staff
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For more information on the news release:
Melodie Davis
MennoMedia
540-574-4874
MelodieD@mennomedia.org

Shine: Living in God’s Light looking for curriculum writers

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Shine: Living in God’s Light, the Sunday school curriculum produced by MennoMedia and Brethren Press, is accepting applications for curriculum writers. The curriculum is for children age three through grade 8.  Accepted writers must attend a Writers Conference in Virginia, March 2-5, 2017. Shine pays for meals and lodging during the conference and covers reasonable travel expenses.

More details are available at www.ShineCurriculum.com/writers. Application and sample session deadline is December 1, 2016.