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Ervin Stutzman and 104-year-old genealogist Rachel Kreider speak on Jacob's Choice

Ervin Stutzman, author of the historical novel Jacob’s Choice and numerous other books, was joined by 104-year-old historian and genealogist Rachel Kreider at Greencroft Goshen’s Community Center on March 28 for an overflow crowd.

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Denominational youth/young adult minister publishes first book

Managed chaos. That’s how Rachel Gerber describes parenting three young sons. Gerber is currently head of youth ministries for Mennonite Church USA and earlier worked in ministerial positions in Mennonite congregations in Colorado and Indiana. Herald Press has recently published her first book, a devotional memoir, Ordinary Miracles: Awakening to the Holy Work of Parenting.

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New book helps elderly and families make better end-of-life decisions

A new book, Living Thoughtfully, Dying Well: A Doctor Explains How to Make Death a Natural Part of Life, is designed to help elderly persons and their families complete the practical and spiritual groundwork necessary to have a good death. As a survivor of two heart attacks, a cardiac arrest and bypass surgery, author and medical doctor Glen E. Miller of Goshen, Indiana, writes from his medical work in Internal Medicine, hospital administration, and personal experience in the U.S. and several other countries.

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Descendant of Jacob Hochstetler writes first novel of historical trilogy

A new novel extensively researched by Mennonite Church USA Executive Director Ervin Stutzman has many ancestors of Jacob Hochstetler anxious to read it. Based on actual events, Jacob’s Choice, Book 1 of the Return to Northkill series, tells the dramatic story known among Amish and Mennonites as the “Hochstetler Massacre.” Northkill was the first Amish settlement in America.

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Three new staff at MennoMedia

Three women have joined MennoMedia in various capacities over recent months including a new editor for Rejoice!, a managing editor, and a director of finance and operations.

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Canada office of MennoMedia/Herald Press moves to new location

Craig Anderson is the new manager of MennoMedia’s Canadian headquarters at the newly relocated office/warehouse space for MennoMedia in Canada, housed with MCC Ontario offices at 50 Kent Street in Kitchener.

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Translation of Who Are the Mennonites? video to American Sign Language completed

Five Core Media, a video production firm in Goshen, Indiana, has produced an American Sign Language (ASL) version of Who Are the Mennonites?, a DVD/video originally produced by a predecessor agency of MennoMedia and sent free to all Mennonite Church USA congregations in 2010.

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Bonnet Strings author featured on PBSs The Amish: Shunned February 4

In her first volume of memoir Why I Left the Amish (Michigan State University Press, 2011), Saloma Miller Furlong told of growing up in a strict Amish community with a violent, mentally ill father and a sexually abusive brother, and fleeing to a new life in Vermont. Her new book, Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two Worlds (Herald Press, $15.99 paper, February 3, 2014), recounts how she returned for a few years but was able to finally break away through the love of the non-Amish man she would eventually marry. 

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MennoMedia reinstates Canadian pricing

Beginning January 1, MennoMedia will increase its prices in Canada 10 percent. This is due to increased costs of doing business in Canada including shipping costs, as well as a year-long drop in the Canadian-U.S. dollar exchange rate.

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Good News: Ohio couple pledges $100,000 for new Shine curriculum for children

MennoMedia, which produces Sunday school curriculum to help children form an Anabaptist faith, recently received a $25,000 donation and a pledge of an additional $75,000, to help fund the new curriculum development now underway for MennoMedia and Brethren Press.

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