New book tells the Everence story of stewardship and mutual aid

‘Where the People Go’ by John D. Roth now available from Herald Press

GOSHEN, Indiana – Coinciding with the Everence® 75th anniversary, Herald Press is releasing a new book about the organization’s storied history. The book release marks the beginning of a year-long observance of how the Everence community has put faith into action for three quarters of a century.

Written by historian John D. Roth, Ph.D., Where the People Go tells the story of Anabaptist-Mennonite efforts to enable and empower communal forms of mutual aid, stewardship and generosity – deeply embedded values in the Christian Anabaptist faith tradition – as expressed in the emergence and growth in Everence as an organization.

Originally known as Mennonite Mutual Aid, the organization began in 1945, founded on the principle of sharing within a growing Mennonite denomination. The organization quickly grew, shifting its focus from mutual aid to stewardship and generosity, symbolized by a growing emphasis on socially responsible investment programs, holistic health and comprehensive financial services. Over the course of its history, leaders balanced spiritual commitments with an increasingly complex regulatory environment, national changes to health care, shifting sensibilities of customers and members, and organizational complexities of a multifaceted company.

Roth, who researched and gathered information for the book from the extensive Everence archives and interviews, brings the dynamic Everence story to life. The author and editor of several books, Roth also serves as Professor of History at Goshen College, director of the Mennonite Historical Library, and editor of The Mennonite Quarterly Review.

Available in both paperback and e-book formats, Where the People Go may be purchased from Herald Press and other booksellers.

Everence will formally kick off its 75th anniversary observance with a virtual event on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 3 p.m. (EDT). More information about the anniversary and Everence is available at

About Herald Press

The trade book imprint of MennoMedia, an agency of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, Herald Press is a Christian publisher known for transformative books on reconciliation, community, discipleship, mission, spirituality, theology, and Amish and Mennonite life and faith. To learn more, visit or call 800-245-7894.


About Everence

Everence helps individuals, organizations and congregations integrate finances with faith through a national team of professionals. Everence offers banking, insurance and financial services with community benefits and stewardship education. To learn more, visit or call 800-348-7468.

Securities offered through ProEquities Inc., a registered broker-dealer, member FINRA and SIPC. Investments and other products are not NCUA or otherwise federally insured, may involve loss of principal and have no credit union guarantee.

Products and services offered through Everence Trust Company and other Everence entities are independent of and are not guaranteed or endorsed by ProEquities, Inc., or its affiliates.


For more information:
Madalyn Metzger

Everence Vice President of Marketing

800-348-7468 ext. 3437

Leader Magazine provides free resources to assist churches

HARRISONBURG, Va.—To help meet the needs of congregations amid a global pandemic and time of racial reckoning, MennoMedia is releasing a COVID-19 issue of Leader magazine and offering a webinar on anti-racism, the latest in a series of new webinars.

“In mid-March, MennoMedia offered curriculum and periodicals digitally as a way to help churches meet an immediate need. Since then we’ve undertaken a larger process of reimagining the future with new products and webinars to the meet the ever-changing needs of churches,” said Amy Gingerich, executive director and publisher at MennoMedia. “Ours is a ministry of proclamation. We proclaim the gospel through publishing, and we at MennoMedia want to be part of what’s sustaining your congregation at this time.”

Leader magazine, published by MennoMedia, is releasing a free, extra edition of the publication digitally that is focused on COVID-19. Normally Leader magazine publishes quarterly in print and is available only to subscribers. However, this new digital edition is available for free to anyone. It’s an extra edition, making it the fifth issue this year for the normally quarterly publication.

The free digital issue of Leader Magazine contains articles and resources to help address pressing questions facing our churches. How can our Anabaptist biblical interpretation, faith, and practice inform a long-term strategy for ministry and mission for such a time as this? Articles are written by pastors and practitioners from the U.S. and Canada on topics including trauma and grief, how to keep church members connected, and pandemic pastoral care for marriages, among others.


Download the free issue at one of the following links:


Leader magazine started a monthly webinar series in May.

“These webinars grow out of the ‘practical, effective, Anabaptist’ tagline that’s core to the vision of Leader magazine. Subscribers know and value the content in Leader magazine, and creating these Adaptive Church webinars is a way to step up and make sure we are providing fresh content to meet the needs of churches,” Gingerich added.

“Expanding Our Witness: Equipping Ministry for Anti-Racist Change” is the next Adaptive Church webinar series at 2 p.m. ET Thursday, July 9. Important conversations around race have started with renewed vigor on national and global stages after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others. This webinar will focus on the perspectives of Black and African American communities that have been crying out “no justice, no peace.” To register for the free webinar, visit

Previous Adaptive Church webinars have focused on preaching to the screen and pastoral care at a distance. Recordings of those webinars are available on MennoMedia’s YouTube channel,

“The world is changing fast and we want to help churches flourish during this time,” Gingerich added.





Welcome Neighbor Sign Inspires Thousands

By Steve Carpenter

Have you seen the “Welcome Your Neighbor” sign with its three bright colors in three languages?

There are now more than 100,000 signs in yards and storefronts across the U.S. and Canada. Its message of welcome and hospitality, started by Mennonites in Harrisonburg, VA, has been inspiring thousands. It showed up on HuffPost, NPR, Relevant Magazine, and scores of local news outlets. There was even a news outlet in Spain reporting on the sign’s popularity.

 A United Church of Christ congregation in Lancaster, PA celebrated Pentecost by transformed the image of the signs into doves representing the Holy Spirit’s descent.

  When the Democratic and Republican primaries were just beginning in the summer of 2016, my small congregation, Immanuel Mennonite Church (IMC) in Harrisonburg, Virginia, decided to put up a sign proclaiming our shared value of welcoming foreigners. The wording for the sign came from our pastor Matthew Bucher and it was hand painted by another member of the congregation, Melissa Howard.

IMC’s neighbors speak many languages, but primarily English, Spanish and Arabic. Matthew said, “I hope that the sign is a marker to the community. And, I hope that folks leaving IMC after a service are reminded of who we are to be.”

Mennonites, as followers of Jesus, have traditionally refused to take up arms in self-defense or in national defense. Some have also chosen not to vote, deciding rather to remain separate from the political process. During the 2016 election Pastor Matthew Bucher at IMC, encouraged those in his faith community to put out a “We are glad you’re our neighbor” sign rather than a politically partisan sign. My wife and I put one in our front yard in August, 2016 and its still there.

While some in the U.S. government continue to press to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, fear of immigrants continues. Yet, others refuse to give in to fear but rather reach out in love. Matthew 25:35 reminds us that when we welcome others our heavenly Father will reward us. “I was a stranger and you welcomed me…Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

The sign is now available in 16 different language combinations. All are free to down-load and can be printed locally without infringing on any copyrights. You can also buy these signs and other “Welcome Your Neighbor” products online. Click here to link to the “Welcome Neighbors” site affiliated with Immanuel Mennonite Church, who originated this idea. 

If you have a sign in your yard and a story to tell post it here on the official “Welcome Neighbors Sign” FB page.

In January, 2018, we at MennoMedia will be publishing a Herald Press book on immigration titled Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World, by Sarah Quezada. We hope to encourage people to look beyond their fears and respond to immigrants, even undocumented ones, with love.

Blessings in your work, worship and witness,

Steve Carpenter
Director of Development and Church Relations