My resolution, our resolution

A friend texted me last night: “Any resolutions for the new year?”

“The publishing non-profit I manage,” I texted back, “I want to keep it running for at least another year.”

I recognized later that what I’d shared wasn’t so much a resolution for me as it is a resolution for us.  For sixty years, Barclay Press has continued to publish Friends books and curriculum with the financial support of the yearly meetings it serves. As those yearly meetings make cuts to their budgets, Barclay Press has also cut its staff and its services. I serve as a half-time employee. Our bookkeeper maintains our production calendar and is also our archivist, an editor, and a project manager. Our shipping clerk is also our database manager, our graphic designer, our IT expert, and (for at least one project) our staff photographer.

On January 8, 2000, a task force met to determine the future of Barclay Press. That task force included Joe Gerick, Harlow Ankeny, Margaret Lemmons, Dave Hampton, Paul Anderson, Arthur Roberts, Dick Sleeper, Mark Ankeny, Dan McCracken, Susan Fawver, Ken Beebe, Floyd Watson, Leroy Benham, Dan Cammack, Dea Cox, Alice Maurer, and Stan Muhr (my dad!). The members of the task force agreed that Barclay Press should remain “a publisher of truth for many years to come” and that its “financial situation had to be improved if we hope to have any ministry in publishing/printing in the future.”

If I were to gather a similar task force today, it would likely come to the same conclusion.

I’ve written a few letters like this in the past, and many of you have responded generously. In the last month, seven individual donors have given $1,140 to support the work of Barclay Press. Which is awesome! Over this next year, I need to raise $25,000 in order to stay ahead of long-term debt, maintain equipment, pay staff, and support new projects. If you’ve benefited from the work of Barclay Press, or if you want to support the continuing work of Barclay Press as “a publisher of truth for many years to come,” I wonder if you might consider one or more of the following:

  • A one-time or monthly donation – just click on DONATE at barclaypress.com.
  • Talk to your church or monthly meeting about making support for Barclay Press a part of your budget.
  • Bring us your next project. This last year, we reproduced glossy, full-color bulletin inserts for a fund-raiser concert; we helped to print a church photo directory; we designed posters, bulletin inserts, and a curriculum guide for Evangelical Friends Mission; we designed and set up three websites; we provided stock photography and managed three weekly newsletters.
  • Pray for Barclay Press and for the work that we do.

Thank you,
Eric Muhr