MennoMedia seeks input toward projection edition of new hymnal

News release
October 31, 2017

MennoMedia seeks input toward projection edition of new hymnal

HARRISONBURG, Va.—In 2020, MennoMedia plans to release a new worship and song collection for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. This new collection will be available in multiple formats:

  • a bound hymnal designed for pew racks
  • a digital projection edition
  • an app edition

“This is an exciting time for us at MennoMedia. We know how to create bound books but we have never before created a projection edition or an app edition,” said Amy Gingerich, MennoMedia editorial director. “We want to consider the projection needs and preferences of each congregation.”

To create the new projection edition, MennoMedia invites congregations and individuals with AV experience in congregations to fill out a new survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ProjectionEdition.

The short survey asks questions about whether congregations currently project notated music, song texts, both, or neither; whether congregations project worship resources; and what formats they anticipate their congregations will want when the new collection is made available in 2020.

In addition to the multiple formats listed above for the worship and song collection, the full suite of products will also include an accompaniment book and a worship leader edition. Find out more about the new Mennonite Worship and Song Collection and the process toward developing a new hymnal at www.MennoMedia.org/Resonate.

–Staff release

Melodie Davis
MennoMedia
540-574-4874
MelodieD@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

 

 

Perry Yoder beams fresh light on ancient text of Leviticus

October 19, 2017

News release

Perry Yoder beams fresh light on ancient text of Leviticus
Volume 33 in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series rolls out

HARRISONBURG, Va.—In the 33rd volume of the Believers Church Bible Commentary series, Old Testament scholar Perry B. Yoder argues that the oft-neglected book of Leviticus illuminates valuable truths and symbols that appear in the New Testament.

Writing for pastors, laypersons, and scholars alike, Yoder uses recent scholarship “to encounter a gracious and holy God,” as endorser Melissa Florer-Bixler, pastor of Raleigh (N.C.) Mennonite Church, puts it.

Yoder examines the central question of : how God’s people are to live in light of God’s presence just outside their camp. “How do we begin to worship God? Where do we start?” writes Yoder. “Leviticus begins with rituals for pleasing God. This unadorned beginning reminds us that worship begins with God and our relationship to God, and not with ourselves.” The commentary portrays God as gracious, holy, and present. Leviticus, according to Yoder, unfurls critical characteristics of God in relation to humanity. In the commentary, Yoder traverses difficult interpretive territory such as the sacrificial system, purity laws, and priestly instructions.

David Janzen, associate professor of Old Testament at Durham University, says that Yoder’s commentary will help both pastors and laypersons who are “seeking to understand what can seem like a puzzling but fascinating biblical book.”

Gerald Gerbrandt, president emeritus and professor emeritus of Bible at Canadian Mennonite University, writes, “A consummate teacher, [Yoder has] a singular gift for illuminating the biblical text with an eye to how it informs the church today.”

Yoder is professor emeritus of Old Testament at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. His key interests are the Old Testament, particularly the Psalms; ecological responsibility; and peace and justice. He worked as People’s Teacher of the Word, traveling across North America doing Bible teaching, 1975–77; as associate secretary for Peace and Social Concerns for the General Conference Mennonite Church, 1977–78; and taught at Bluffton, Bethel, and Conrad Grebel Colleges before coming to AMBS in 1985. He retired in 2005 but continues to teach Anabaptist Short Courses online.

The Believers Church Bible Commentary series is a cooperative project of the Brethren in Christ Church, Brethren Church, Church of the Brethren, Mennonite Church Canada, and Mennonite Church USA.

The commentary is available for purchase from MennoMedia for $29.99 (paperback) and $23.99 (ebook) from 800‑245‑7894, the MennoMedia webstore at www.HeraldPress.com, Amazon, and other online sources. Canadian customers can order from CommonWord (877‑846‑1593), Parasource (800‑263‑2664), and elsewhere.

For more information or to schedule an interview with the author, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540‑908‑3941 or email LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.

—Staff release

Melodie Davis
MennoMedia
540‑574‑4874
MelodieD@mennomedia.org