On rummage sales and simplicity

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March 18, 2019

In this morning’s Fruit of the Vine, Pam Ferguson admits that she hates rummage sales: “Our Friends meeting holds two each year with proceeds going either to a Friends mission site or to local ministries such as the community food pantry.” These sales support meaningful work, and they make basic items available and affordable while helping the members of Pam’s meeting to recycle their unneeded possessions that might otherwise end up in landfills.

So what’s to hate?

“As an outward discipline,” Pam writes, the Quaker testimony of simplicity “is about my lifestyle and the stuff I spend my life’s energy to acquire and maintain. And as a communal discipline, it is about how I live and how my choices matter in a world where there are people who struggle to find enough to eat.” 

These twice-a-year sales reveal just how much people have that they don’t need. These sales unveil the reality of how people live in spite of their stated values. For instance, Friends know that when we “nurture the inward discipline of simplicity, the need for stuff quickly disappears,” Pam writes. But we still have a lot of stuff.

This is a challenge for Friends.

Today, I’m accepting this challenge and joining Pam in praying that God will “make my life richer in spirit and less cluttered in soul.”

Also, I’m grateful for you. Four donors offered to match the first $3,000 of donations that came in over this last four weeks, and we made it! As of this morning, we received $3,271 from 10 first-time donors and 29 total donors.

Thank you!

Eric Muhr

P.S. Barclay Press is a non-profit ministry of Friends, and we are only able to do the work we do because of your support. You can join in supporting the continuing work of Barclay Press by clicking DONATE at barclaypress.com, or by sending a check to Barclay Press, 211 N Meridian St #101, Newberg OR 97132.





 
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Friends and strangers

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March 11, 2019

We have just one week left in the fund-raising push to raise $3,000 for the ministry of Barclay Press. Four private donors offered to match that amount, effectively doubling the total raised, and as of this morning, twenty donors have given $1,782, putting us within $1,218 of our goal. We have until next Monday – a week from today – to raise that $1,218.

If you can join in supporting the continuing work of Barclay Press, now is the time to make a one-time or monthly donation. Just click on DONATE at barclaypress.com, or mail a check to Barclay Press, 211 N Meridian St #101, Newberg OR 97132.

In this morning’s Fruit of the Vine, Doc Arnett recounts a story from a fishing trip with his son on the Eleven Point River in southern Missouri. “My son Daniel and I saw a boat of other fishermen catching one trout after another. . . . As we paddled by, Dan called out, ‘Hey, guys, looks like y’all are really hauling them in! Would you mind telling me what you’re using for bait?’”

To Doc’s surprise, the men answered Dan’s question. “The guide knew that there were thousands of trout in the river. . . . [Similarly], God’s storehouse is far greater than a single river in the Ozarks, [and] God’s love for us is far greater than the hospitality of an experienced fisherman.”

I’ve been thinking about Doc’s story in light of our needs at Barclay Press, not to mention all the need that exists in my neighborhood and in the world. And I’m praying that God will keep reminding me to trust in God’s love, knowing that it often shows up through the generosity (and hospitality) of friends and strangers.

Doc offers his own prayer at the end of his reflection: “Thank you, Lord, for the love and grace that you continually show us in supplying all of our needs.”


Eric Muhr





 
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We’re better together

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March 4, 2019

Two weeks ago I made an announcement that four private donors had offered to “match every donation that comes in over the next four weeks, up to $3,000.” As of this morning, ten donors have given $1,102, putting us more than one third of the way toward our goal. 

And you might be wondering, “What happens with that money?”

I’m glad you asked!

Of the thousands of copies of Illuminate Bible study guides and Fruit of the Vine devotional readers we print each year, many go to small Friends churches, monthly meetings, or worship groups with extremely tight budgets. We have extended credit and occasionally provide materials for free in order to support the work of Friends in those communities.


We publish at least two titles each year that are important for Friends as a resource and that wouldn’t generate enough sales to earn the interest of other Christian publishers. In addition, we have gone to great lengths to keep older titles in print or to bring them back into print when no other equivalent work is available. Some of these books do eventually pay for themselves, but the up-front investment is significant.

Because the Christian Education Commission was laid down, we no longer receive financial support from EFC-NA, but Barclay Press continues to provide at-cost, short-run print services, web development, communications support, and in-house design for a number of Quaker organizations and Friends churches. In 2017 and 2018, we also provided closed-captioning for two video projects and nearly a dozen training sessions for churches looking to improve their communications systems.

What it comes down to is that we’re better together. This is why we pool our resources of skills, energy, time, and money. The little bit I offer goes farther and accomplishes more when it’s added to the little bit that you bring.


Eric Muhr

P.S. If you can join in supporting the continuing work of Barclay Press and would like to see your donated dollars doubled, now is the time to make a one-time or monthly donation. Just click on DONATE at barclaypress.com, or mail a check to Barclay Press, 211 N Meridian St #101, Newberg OR 97132.





 
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