Publishing good news

Wendy McFadden speaking at Inspiration 2017.

By Wendy McFadden, publisher of Brethren Press and Communications

The other day, Esther, a faithful supporter of the denomination, called to say how much she liked the April issue of Messenger. A call like that is always a pleasure, but in this phone call I also learned two fun facts: 1) Esther was turning 100, and 2) she has a life subscription to Messenger magazine.

What is a life subscription? Well, long ago Messenger offered a couple of special prices—a two-year subscription for $5 and a life subscription for $25. At the time, Esther did the math and thought the life subscription sounded like a good deal, which it certainly was. For those with enough foresight to pony up, that subscription has paid dividends!

From the business side, life subscriptions were a short-sighted decision, and it’s no surprise that the offer didn’t last long. But I love encountering the folks who bought them so many years ago. They represent a long-term commitment not just to Messenger, but to the Church of the Brethren. When the communication staff prepare each issue of the magazine, we are heartened by feedback from readers like Esther.

While Messenger magazine is just about the oldest communication medium in our church, it’s not the only one. In fact, in recent years there’s been an explosion of ways to communicate with each other—print newsletters, electronic newsletters, emails by interest group, websites, blog posts, social media, video, podcasts, webinars, exhibits. Nobody sees everything, but everybody can see something. In a church with a wide range of ages and interests, it’s necessary to communicate through as many channels as we can.

The tools are up-to-the-minute, but the ministry of publishing is nothing new. After all, the Old Testament prophet reminds us: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns’” (Isaiah 52:7, RSV).

Even though life subscriptions no longer exist for Messenger, faithful supporters like you have life subscriptions to the great work we do together. When you give to the Church of the Brethren, you help publish good news. When you subscribe to Messenger, newsletters, or any of our emails, you share in bearing witness to the work of God among us. Together we “proclaim the good news” (Matthew 10:7, NRSV).

Will you give to the Church of the Brethren today?

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  3. Welcome home, oh fabulous one! How apt that you're wearing your legendary swimmers skirt and the tee shirt you're wearing with it is totally gorgeous.Your sister's pool is fantastic, I bet the kids never wanted to leave.Loved the opening ceremony (apart from Macca at the end, had to turn it off), made me quite emotional!xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. If the Heat are the Nazgul, does that make Lebron the Witch King of Angmar? I can just see a huge hologram poster of Lebron that changes from his trademark headband to the the huge iron-spiked crown of the Witch King!

  5. Mati, robila som ich a reakcie boli roznorode 🙂 najviac chutili sefovi a buducemu svokrovi 🙂 ostatni ochutnali iba raz :-))) ale to clovek musi asi mat rad zvlastne chute.

  6. Bill getting the amnesia wouldnt serve the story…Sookie wouldnt forgive him for what he did just becuse he doesn’t remember it, it wouldnt make sense.I remember when he said it would be Eric, so no worries.Oh, and Im with MAS about the time jump. Dont know how long it will be, but i think they will do it, seriously. I will eat my words if it doesnt happen, but I think it will.   0 likes

  7. how does this really work? It’s just seems strange to me : | I’ve been using cpap from and it has been very helpful. I must admit it was uncomfortable at first but it has benefited me a lot. This just seems really strange to me.

  8. reteta estein totalitatea de la soacra mea. Este un tort rapid, si delicios… doar ca se lucreaza cumva la foc automat 🙂 Ai grija la glazura ptr ca atunci cand pui caramelul se umpla.. Plus ca trebuie batut cu telul continuu. Pupici@Rocsy, asa este! Pupici

  9. A blog comment from Jackie (below) today tells of an electrical warming cord that can be wrapped around pipes and taped in place to keep the pipe from freezing. Home Depot is supposed to carry these. I’m going to check it out and if it looks like it’ll work on the pipe in the barn I’ll split a piece of PVC and glue it back around the pipe to keep Miss Mouse from eating it 🙂 Jackie says they haven’t had a pipe freeze since they began using it.

  10. i enjoyed listening to that !but i was distracted by the sound in the was like there were birds twittering o-oanyway, not the point x),i just wanted to say that you’re so right about those heels being “comfy” D:because i have no idea how they would be.but i guess taffy seemed comfy in them, which is good.

  11. Rhonda, your beautiful list reminds me of the Psalm about entering His courts with thanksgiving :)“(9) the strength of the body of Christ seen on this blog” <<Jesus, Paul and others were huge on strength & unity of the body…we're a sweet savor to Him:)

  12. Sač ja. Sem ga že parkrat delal. Najboljše meso: kuhano in pečeno obenem, zelenjava je pa itaq božanska. Ja, ljudje so največkrat tiho, so pa vzdihljaji prisotni, ja. PSTudi hobotnica izpod sača ni slaba.

  13. “Je fantastické, jak Duch svatý pÅ™ed naÅ¡ima očima každou chvíli zasáhne nÄ›koho přímo do srdce a kdo býval nejvÄ›tším atheistou, je nyní horlivým kÅ™esÅ¥anem. To je fakt síla. Bůh mÄ› nikdy nepÅ™estane udivovat.”Ono to vypadá, že se nejedná o přímý zásah do srdce ale rovnou do kebule. Viz jeden z posledních příspÄ›vků F. Tvrdého o atrofii hippokampu.

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