Lindsay Drake, board member of The United Methodist Publishing House gave the report from Cokesbury. Brian Milford, President/CEO of the UM Publishing House, Robert Dean, Cokesbury Conference Resource Consultant for the Iowa UMC and Romper the River Otter puppet joined Drake in her presentation.
“Cokesbury can serve you in several ways: online at Cokesbury.com, by phone, or with a visit from one our Community Resource Consultants,” said Drake. “We invite you to stop by the Ministry Resource Center in Hall A which is organized around key ministry areas for congregations, Bishop’s recommendations, speakers’ resources and much more.”
“Coming in August, you’ll notice a brand-new look and a completely updated customer experience at Cokesbury.com,” she said.
Cokesbury has added hundreds of new products to serve churches of all sizes and thousands of items are available online with free shipping with purchases of $35 without any additional fees or memberships.
New and expanded resources available now include:
- Deep Blue Connects: At Home with God, a new children’s Sunday school program for Fall 2018. Children will explore families in the Bible, learn how today's faith families care for children as they grow, build loving relationships, and find out what it means to be part of God's family!
- The CEB Storytellers Biblethat helps you see the big themes and important truths of the Bible while also guiding you in how to tell all the stories in the Bible in contemporary language. The CEB Navigation Bible is an easy introduction to the challenging world of the Bible. Ideal for Bible study leaders, new believers, and young people.
- Confirm, a confirmation program that is the beginning of a conversation about what it means to be a Christian, living out your faith, your commitment, and God’s call.
- Faultlines: Holy Conversations about Human Sexuality and The United Methodist Church, which is a suite of new resources to encourage and inform robust conversations about challenging questions being debated by faithful United Methodists.
For more than 60 years The United Methodist Publishing House has made annual contributions to clergy pensions, amounting to over $50 million. Due to the combined economic impact of changing congregational practices, and our employee pension fund obligations, UMPH has had to suspend contributions as we work to rebuild assets and keep retirement pension and health care promises to hundreds of current and future retirees.