Monthly Archives: August 2010

Bookstore

You would think the main purpose of this bookstore would be to sell books. I will admit that selling our product is very important. God expects us to be good stewards by paying our employees and keeping our bills paid on time. Yet our ministry is not just about the business of selling. We desire above all to be used of God to reach out to those who come into our store needing help.

We have customers wanting a book for a friend who has cancer. Maybe the request will be a book to give a child who has lost a parent. Quite often an adult will ask for a book to help a friend who has just lost a spouse or child. Many times we are asked for a book or gift to help a person who lost a loved one by suicide. In these times, the personnel in the bookstore become God’s hand reaching out to those who are hurting.

Another aspect of our ministry is to help Christian workers find products which will aid their ministry. Our former manager, Mae Dee LaRose, used to say we were the supply line for those on the front line. I agree with her. Whether it is a special Bible, book, or song, we strive to do our best to fill the request.

Like many other ministries, we, too, have been affected by the economy. Our sales have been affected by the creation of large chain stores, discount publishers, and internet sales. We are grateful to the churches and individuals who give us an opportunity to try for better deals.

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Finances

“Bills, payroll, statements, invoices, receipts — it all boils down to money. Lots of money. At the Herald and Banner office quite a bit of money passes through our accounts. Should I emphasize the passing through and not the accumulation? Like most parts of the Lord’s work, money does not pile up. We keep it too busy for that.”

Joy Cunningham is Accounting Manager at Herald and Banner Press and Bookstore, and it is her task to keep us going financially.

This requires a bit of ingenuity considering how often bills come before the checks do, but God works through her.

Please keep Herald and Banner Press and Bookstore in your prayers that we will continue our ministry and use the money God gives us to the best of our abilities.

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Production

If you have never taken the opportunity to visit the Herald and Banner Press, you are missing out on a very interesting tour.

You would probably enjoy seeing the computers, plates, presses, and huge rolls of paper.

While you are visiting, stop and chat with the ladies in the front of the building in the graphic design department or with the gentlemen running the big machines in the back. Perhaps you will begin to understand why so many talented people dedicate years to this ministry.

Please continue to pray for the people of the Herald and Banner production staff. Pray that God will give them wisdom and creativity as they strive to improve production quality while dealing with deteriorating equipment. Pray for production and general management as they try to improve the quality of production equipment.

Most importantly, pray that God will continue to bless this ministry.

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Ministry

Did you know that when you pick up a piece of The Way, Truth, and Life Sunday school material or an issue of The Church Herald and Holiness Banner, you are holding hundreds of hours of ministry?

But what about the many people who do that ministering? The writer, the editor, the graphic designer, the pressmen in their various tasks.

A great deal of work goes into every piece of literature we produce. This is our ministry for the Kingdom of God.

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An August August

According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, the word august (not the month) means “worthy of respect because of age.” It seems fitting then that the month of August is our celebration once again for what happens here at Herald and Banner Press and Bookstore.

Would you like to hear about the passions and challenges of our managers? You’ll have to grab a copy of The Church Herald and Holiness Banner. Stay tuned here for pictures and stories as the work goes on.

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“But God”

— by Michelle Avery, Editorial Assistant, Herald and Banner Press, Overland Park, KS.

Joseph’s brothers faked his death and sold him as a slave.
Saul hated David and chased him with the intent to kill him.
The people of Judah were surrounded by an army far too large for them to defeat.
Isaiah had the privilege of announcing the coming of enemies so numerous it would seem like a flood.
Paul was so highly educated and religiously pious he tried to kill people who disagreed with him.
Timothy was sick “nigh unto death.”

These are just a few of the scriptural instances where there seemed to be no possibility of a good ending. Then two words changed the whole attitude of the scene.

But God
“But God . . . hath made me a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.”
“But God delivered him.”
“But God . . . will be with you.”
“But God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off.”
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
“But God had mercy on him.”

These are simple situations. Family betrayal, threats, sure defeat, an onslaught of enemies, religion, and illness. Which makes it fitting that the fix to each situation is simple. God.

He changes everything.

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