Hymnal volunteer hours valued at $296,280 annually

News Release

August 29, 2018                                                                                                                  Hymnal volunteer hours valued at $296,280 annually

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Producing a new hymnal is a major undertaking. A project of this significance takes many hours and substantial funding. Before the Voices Together hymnal is ever produced, MennoMedia will spend approximately $700,000 in production and development costs.

As this significant monetary figure is one crucial part of the momentum behind Voices Together, it is worth remembering that many in-kind donations are essential for completing a project of this magnitude. The volunteer Mennonite Worship and Song Committee is contributing extraordinary levels of time and expertise to bring Voices Together to fruition. In addition to the 12 committee members, more than 50 other volunteers have contributed directly to the collection on subcommittees and as consultants, with many others making their voices heard through surveys, community events, and financial contributions to the project.

2016 photo of the volunteer Worship and Song Committee. At the far left are project director Bradley Kauffman and Amy Gingerich, executive director and publisher at MennoMedia, quoted in this news release.

The 12 members of the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee have committed many hours to collection work. “Committee members and affiliated networks of scholars, writers, pastors, and musicians are donating an estimated 12,000 hours annually,” said Bradley Kauffman, project director for Voices Together. “Frequent video conferences, independent work, and three in-person meetings per year add up to a life-altering level of volunteer commitment for each member. They are giving an extraordinary gift to the Mennonite church.” The number of hours is likely to climb as the committee begins its third and most labor-intensive year of work in September.

The organization Independent Sector values volunteer time at $24.69 per hour. Applying this approximation to volunteer hours brings the annual monetary value of hours donated to the hymnal project to roughly $296,280.

“Every member of the committee is highly dedicated to this project, and each one brings expertise in specific areas. It has been amazing to see them bring their many gifts together for the benefit of the church,” said Amy Gingerich, executive director and publisher at MennoMedia. “As a small church agency, this project would not be possible without their volunteer hours, and we are so grateful for their work.”

MennoMedia is accepting donations for the new hymnal collection by check or online at VoicesTogetherHymnal.org.

For more information about the Mennonite Worship and Song Collection project or to schedule an interview with Bradley Kauffman, project director, contact LeAnn Hamby at (540) 908-3941 or email LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.

New logo for church publisher heralds the new year

January 19, 2018

New logo for church publisher heralds the new year

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Herald Press rolled out a new logo and look in early 2018 to match increased efforts to expand its audience both within and outside the Mennonite church.

The gray, yellow, and white design includes a stylized horn in the logo with a short banner threading through the letter H enclosed in a circle. The horn also appears in the word Herald when Herald Press is spelled out, also in gray and yellow.

“We have worked hard in the last several years to build recognition of the Herald Press brand,” said publisher Amy Gingerich. “As our name becomes recognized in the larger book marketplace, our authors become known for prophetic contributions on cultural topics including peacemaking, identity, or immigration, as well as on Amish and Mennonite thought and life. The new logo lets both authors and customers identify visually that Herald Press books offer a vital impact.”

Magnetry Design, a website design company, was contracted to “create a new store website for Herald Press and design a new logo,” explained Joe Questel, who worked with Magnetry on the new logo and website design. Questel is marketing and sales director for Herald Press and its parent organization, MennoMedia, and says the new Herald Press website is expected to launch later this year.

1940s spine treatment: name only

Herald Press has been publisher for the Mennonite church since 1908 and the name has been used as a brand name for the trade book division since the 1940s. Herald Press first began using a dove logo and the initials HP on the spines of books and elsewhere in 1964 (before that, books were only imprinted with the name Herald Press). In 1997, a logo that consisted only of a stylized dove came into use, and was swapped out in 2004 to incorporate the new Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada dove logo.

Varied logos through the years, with new logo far right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MennoMedia is an agency of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, and seeks to engage and shape church and society with resources for living Christian faith from an Anabaptist perspective. The head office relocated in late 2017 to downtown Harrisonburg at 100 South Mason Street, with the customer service department remaining in Newton, Kansas, at 800-245-7894.

For more information, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540 908 3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.

 

MennoMedia appoints new executive director and publisher

MennoMedia appoints new executive director and publisher

Amy Gingerich, new executive director and publisher for MennoMedia and book imprint Herald Press

HARRISONBURG, Va.—The MennoMedia Board has named Amy Gingerich as the new executive director and publisher at MennoMedia and its book imprint Herald Press, effective early 2018.

Gingerich has served as editor at Herald Press books and editorial director at MennoMedia since 2009. Under her leadership Herald Press has targeted its book publishing in two veins: one that helps describe Amish and Mennonites to tourist markets and one that helps Christians unpack implicit Anabaptist values such as community and discipleship. Recent bestselling Herald Press titles she has acquired include the Mennonite Girls Can Cook series, Anabaptist Essentials: Ten Signs of a Unique Christian Faith, Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism and Very Married: Field Notes on Love and Fidelity. Her work also involves oversight of Sunday school curricula, periodicals, and the forthcoming Mennonite hymnal to be released in 2020.

“We are convinced that Amy’s experience and track record with MennoMedia and Herald Press during the past decade are the best preparation for the agency’s needs for its next chapter,” said Lee Schmucker, MennoMedia Board Chair. “We were looking for someone who has a track record in creating Christian formation resources and publishing religious books as well as someone who understood Anabaptism and its potential markets.”

“I am honored to be asked to lead MennoMedia into the future. This is a challenging time for publishers but an equally exciting time as we hone our messages and create fresh content,” Gingerich added.

Gingerich’s appointment has already been approved by the boards of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.

Prior to her work as editorial director, Gingerich was managing editor of the Gather ’Round Sunday school curriculum co-published by Mennonite Publishing Network and Brethren Press. She also worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in California for five years.

Gingerich lives in Hudson, Ohio, with her husband Ryan Claassen and their two children. She attends Friendship Mennonite Church in Bedford Heights, Ohio. She will continue to work primarily from Ohio.

MennoMedia is an agency of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, publishing church and Sunday school curricula, hymnals, periodicals, religious trade books under the Herald Press imprint, and the Third Way website.

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Lee Schmucker
MennoMedia Board Chair
lee@schmuckertraining.com
316-258-4441

Melodie Davis
News manager
MennoMedia
melodied@mennomedia.org
540-574-4874