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  1. 1. Vol. 13, No. 2 For Friends and Customers of Northwestern Publishing House Spring 2007 NPH Has a Presence in Europe Dear NPH, I hope this shows how your A WELS World Mission Thank you for the shipments books are getting put to good friendly counselor of books that you have sent use. Because of your ship- (missionary) wrote this me during my time in ments, news of your mission letter. In order to share Sweden. I, in turn, have and Christ-centered products the word about the latest shared the books with the is spreading. In fact, I have products and services, pastors here and have also helped several pastors and the NPH Marketing used them to promote NPH church members place orders Department frequently on your behalf. with NPH, which is further sends out review copies Before passing along the proof that your products are of selected new materials books to others, I read being used here. Thanks to pastors in every WELS them myself. My wife and again for the packages. district and world mission I especially appreciate the field. These copies are often devotion books, which we shared at pastoral confer- often use with our evening ences so that other pastors, meal. When I finish reading in turn, can spread the the books, I then distribute word at their respec- them to other pastors, tive churches. The seminary students, and letter here shows congregation members. I just how far that also take them to pastoral word can spread. conferences as well as Next time you use frequently share with an NPH book or pastors in Finland, Norway, product, consider Latvia, and Ukraine books sharing it with or that I think they will find recommending it topically interesting. After to someone else the books make the rounds, as part of their I donate them to a pastor personal ministry. Thank You... in our fellowship in Europe or to a seminary library for even more readers to appreciate. Do you have an interesting story about an NPH product? Please let us know, and we may print your story in a future issue of Inside Journal. Perhaps by reading your article, other congregations will get ideas to help them “Proclaim Peace through Jesus.”
  2. 2. Prepublication Offer for New Daily Devotional bulletin boards so until after August 1, First there was Meditations, the quarterly devotion booklet that church leaders 2007, NPH will begin from NPH. Since its beginning can easily tally bulk taking orders in 50 years ago, the devotional congregational orders. March (through booklet has supplied readers April 15) for 10 Meditations has pro- with daily encouragement in or more copies at ven to be one of the God’s Word, and its popularity 40% OFF the regular most visible products and readership have grown. price of $19.99. from Northwestern Now, five decades later, (Note: This special Publishing House. Meditations on Favorite prepublication offer is not Why? People from many Scriptures commemorates available at; different denominations 50 years of Meditations in please call 1-800-662-6022 subscribe to the periodical, an attractive hard cover book. or visit the retail store.) The and people in all walks of life This special anniversary volume savings of $8 per copy will rely on the devotions’ gospel compiles some of the best- certainly make this an attractive messages. Now Meditations loved meditations—updated offer for congregations that on Favorite Scriptures will and revised for easier reading— wish to pass along the savings shepherd you through a year from the archives of the popular to their members through a with the familiar touch of the periodical. Every reading in the church bulk order. A special periodical. This new keepsake new daily devotional centers on packet of information will be volume also makes a great gift a portion of favorite Scripture mailed in March to all WELS for any occasion! and offers the comfort and and ELS churches. Included in guidance of God’s Holy Word. Want more information about the packet will be a letter, copy While Meditations on Favorite subscribing to Meditations? masters, and a sign-up sheet Scriptures will not be available Visit for posting on church or school FYI Faith Foundations St. Paul Lutheran Church, pages (with answers) as well as optional teaching materials. New Ulm, MN—Saturday, June 30 Faith Faith Foundations also Foundations: St. Paul Lutheran Church, incorporates a component to Catechism Onalaska, WI—Sunday, July 1 stimulate spiritual discussion Lessons—The Mount Olive Lutheran Church, among students and parents. Basic Truths of Appleton, WI—Saturday, July 14 the Bible is the Star of Bethlehem Lutheran new Christ- Light catechism Church, New Berlin, WI— curriculum for fifth and sixth Saturday, July 21 grades. Course 1 of the A special choral music work- curriculum is due for release shop will be held at NPH in April 2007, and Course 2 Christian Books and Gifts is scheduled for April 2008. in Milwaukee on Saturday, NPH will conduct New While this curriculum uses August 11, 2007, from Music Reading Workshops the same basic lesson schedule 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. in summer 2007 to give church as Catechism Lessons musicians a chance to review For more information, contact (IJ07N2149–51) by Adolph Cheryl Nolte by phone at and purchase recent choir and Fehlauer, the look and pres- (800) 662-6093, ext. 5763 or keyboard music from NPH and entation of the materials are (414) 615-5763 or by e-mail quite different. For example, other publishers. at replacing the hardcover text- Workshops will be presented Workshop information, book is a wire-bound, 210-page, at the following: including online registration, full-color workbook (one for Michigan Lutheran Seminary, is also available at each year). The Teacher’s Guide Saginaw, MI—Saturday, June 16 contains copies of the student
  3. 3. Christ-Light Field Test 2006 2 In summer 2006, the NPH • Options for increased in the Prek-K lessons was more student involvement Marketing Department worked grade appropriate than the art in with the Christ-Light staff to the current Christ-Light lessons • New Bible story pictures gather feedback about a revised and that the new materials were for the Prek-K level Christ-Light curriculum (CL2). well written and user friendly. Thanks to all the field test Field-testing CL2 lessons would Teachers also indicated that participants and to our Christ- help determine their strengths certain changes in organization Light customers for providing and needed improvements. and layout aided instruction— us with recommendations. Throughout the summer, bolded words, dual text color, We value your opinions and Sunday school and Lutheran and the use of icons and feedback about our curriculum. elementary school teachers were paragraph form. Teachers also Your input helps us determine randomly contacted to assemble appreciated the new, research- ways to improve our product a list of interested field test based teaching strategies. line for new generations of participants. Free lesson Christ-Light users. This field test was not a samples, a questionnaire, and scientific study; rather, it instructions were sent to each was focus group research. participant, who was to teach Questionnaires were loosely and review the materials and structured to allow participants return the questionnaire. The to respond as they wished. Marketing Department then documented, analyzed, and Although opinions and summarized the responses for responses did not represent the Christ-Light staff. those of the entire market, they were helpful. Here are some Responses were mixed but features NPH is considering very positive overall. Feedback for the revised Christ-Light: touched on artwork, Bible lesson content, student activities, • Full-color student lessons teaching options, design, layout, • Simplified student activities and more. Many teachers agreed • Short lessons that the new Bible story artwork NPH on the Lookout for False Doctrine NPH serves its customers not product is received, NPH mails it If you ever come across a only by publishing its own product purchased from NPH to a WELS reviewer along with a products but also by making that you think is doctrinally review form and instructions on available for sale materials from unsound, please bring it to the the reviewing process. After other Christian publishers. attention of John Braun, vice reviewing a particular product, These other president of publishing at NPH, the reviewer fills out the form publishers along with the details—title, with comments about send NPH author, page number(s), and the contents, about a nature of the problem(s). The especially thousand product will then be noting products reevaluated, and a decision will any false each year for be made to continue or doctrine consideration. discontinue selling the product. present in any part of the material. On the In order to ensure form, the reviewer that NPH sells only also recommends If you are a called worker in doctrinally sound whether or not NPH should sell the WELS and wish to serve products in keeping the product. The review form is as a reviewer for NPH, please with its mission, WELS returned to an NPH editor, who contact Eileen Schlavensky at pastors and teachers are further evaluates the product 414-615-5743, or e-mail her called upon to review all based on all form comments at products received from outside before ordering. publishers. When an outside
  4. 4. New Releases from NPH Inside Journal People’s Bible Teachings series Lord’s Supper: The Lamb’s High Christ: He Is My Lord by Harlyn J. Feast by Arnold J. Koelpin. is a publication of the marketing Kuschel. IJ15N0622, $13.99. IJ15N0621, $12.99. department of Northwestern Heaven and Hell: Eternal Life, Publishing House. Its purpose is to provide our customers with Eternal Punishment by Brian R. a regular source of information Keller. IJ15N0620, $14.99. about products and services. Editor: Mark Buske For additional information on these products, go to Choose Designer: Pamela Dunn the search scope Catalog Item Number, insert the item number, and click Copy Editor: Jeanne Fehlauer on “GO.” You may also contact NPH Order Services at 1-800-662-6022 Contributing Writers: Mark Buske, (Milwaukee area 414-475-6600, ext. 5800) 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. CT weekdays. Owen Dorn, Cory Grassell, Clif Koeller, Carl Nolte, Ray Schumacher Call! Send comments/suggestions to Mark Buske: inal F Northwestern Publishing House 1250 North 113th Street Milwaukee, WI 53226-3284 Permission is granted for any original article in Don’t Inside Journal to be photocopied or electronically transmitted for use in a WELS church, school, Making Tracks materials or organization, provided that the copies are dis- make planning and conducting Delay! tributed free and reference Inside Journal as the a VBS program convenient and source. Any photograph or other artwork may not be reproduced except in the context of its article. easy! Designed to ease the stress of For other copyright questions, contact NPH planning around uncertain enrollment Copyrights and Permissions at (414) 454-2112 numbers, a new Student Lesson CD-ROM is available to help you or e-mail engineer a VBS suited to your congregation. Making Tracks also includes materials for conducting one-, two-, and five-day VBS programs. And a teen/adult Bible study offers an opportunity to involve the entire congregation. Visit for a full listing of available Making Tracks materials and to sample lessons, logos, and music. Bring your congregation aboard! Order VBS materials today by calling 1-800-662-6022 or visiting A nonreturnable Sample Kit is available (SC10N1522,$15.00). Price is subject to change without notice. All orders are subject to shipping and handling costs and sales tax where applicable.