BMH volunteers (from left) Jim Morrison, Jim and Rosalie Niederhouser, and Esther Morrison worked today in the BMH conference room to prepare a mailing that presents a special opportunity to friends and supporters of the Grace Brethren history and literature ministry. (Natalie Rummel photo)
Two new books on Brethren history are being readied for national conference in this 300th anniversary year of the Brethren movement, and all are welcome to participate by helping to finance their production.
BMH Books publisher Terry White explained that BMH hopes to raise a total of $14,000 in gifts — or $7,000 per book — to finance the editing, typesetting, graphics, printing, and distribution of the books to Grace Brethren churches and missionary personnel free of charge.
The first is Heroes Who Live On, Volume 3 by Viki Rife and Robert Cover, Sr. This is the third book in the “Heroes” series, and the personalities featured in this volume include Christopher Sauer, Amy Greenlun, Elizabeth Tyson, Floyd Taber, Herman Koontz, Bernard Schneider, James Boyer, Keith Altig, Angie Garber, Marguerite Dunning, Walter Fretz, and Raimundo Cardoso.
The other book, which originates from a doctoral dissertation written by Pastor Todd Scoles (Marysville, Ohio), is tentatively entitled Restoring the Household: The Heritage and Quest of the Grace Brethren Church. It is an insightful work that gives the historical context to the founding of the Brethren movement and of the Grace Brethren (1939 and following). It also includes excellent teaching on Brethren ordinances (trine immersion baptism, threefold communion).
All individuals who receive FGBC World will be receiving the participation letter. Anyone wishing to contribute toward the effort should send checks for their tax-deductible gift (made payable to Brethren Missionary Herald Co.) to BMH, P.O. Box 576, Winona Lake, IN 46590. A copy of each book will be sent to donors as a thank-you for participating along with a receipt, less actual cost of the book.
A gift of $25 or more (and affiliation with a Grace Brethren church) will make the donor a member of the BMH corporation, thus qualifying to participate in the annual corporation meeting that will be held during national conference in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday, July 27, 2008.
Questions about the project, or about BMH in general should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. All BMH books products may be browsed and purchased online at www.bmhbooks.com or by calling 1-800-348-2756.