Congregational Ministries Publishing of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is highlighting several titles that are sound in the Reformed tradition as gifts for Christmas. 

Beginning in October 2011, the “Give a Gift with Spirit” electronic campaign has reached out to hundreds of pastors and Christian educators subscribed to the Congregational Ministries Publishing and We Believe e-newsletter lists. Fans of the publisher’s Facebook pages also are keeping up with the season’s most popular sellers in Reformed theology.

“E-mails and social media are a great way to communicate with educators in the church who are interested in materials designed specifically for Presbyterians,” said Robin Rueff, associate for promotions, Congregational Ministries Publishing. “We’re excited to see the response we receive from reaching out in such an economical and eco-friendly way.”

Several titles are being highlighted throughout the campaign, such as Reflections: Living in God’s Daily Presence, a book of daily devotions perfect for neighbors, loved ones, and educators. Beginning in January 2012 and moving through the calendar year, readings and Scripture passages ensure God’s daily presence in both promising times and in challenging ones.

Congregational Ministries Publishing is the denominational curriculum publisher of the PC(USA), bringing congregations the best in religious publishing with resources such as Wee Believe Preschool, We Believe Elementary, Faith Questions for youth, and the popular Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding for adults. It also is teaming up with the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation to produce Feasting on the Word Curriculum, based on the award-winning commentary Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary.

Witherspoon Press, an imprint of CMP, has released a number of well-received titles such as The Year of the Bible by James E. Davison and God’s Abundant Table by Cynthia M. Campbell. The 2012 Lenten study, Open to Me the Gates, by Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the PC(USA), is scheduled for release by Witherspoon Press next month. Exploring how gates are conceptually used throughout the Bible in regard to modern Christian practices and beliefs, Open to Me the Gates can be used for congregational study or personal reflection.

“Gradye opens the gates from the stories in Scripture that we might enter more fully into God’s presence,” said Laura Mendenhall, senior philanthropy advisor for the Texas Presbyterian Foundation and president emerita, Columbia Theological Seminary. “This Lenten guide invites you to take such a journey, offering hymns to sing along the way, that we might fully engage Christ’s ministry together.”

Learn more about resources from Congregational Ministries Publishing and its “Give a Gift with Spirit” campaign. To subscribe its e-letter click here and search for Congregational Ministries Publishing. Follow the same link to sign up for the We Believe e-newsletter, which focuses more on curriculum choices.

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