06 Oct Marketing Operation to be Closed at End of 2017
The United Brethren National Office will discontinue its Marketing operation as of December 31, 2017. The Winter quarter will be the last quarter that the National Office will process orders for Sunday school curriculum. If you have a standing order, you will need to find a different source for your Spring quarter materials.
You can order most of your materials directly from manufacturers. Jane Seely (right), our Church Resources Manager, has sent customers a list of suppliers along with contact information.
You will still be able to order United Brethren materials–books, mugs, shirts, etc.–by calling the National Office toll-free: 888-622-3019.
For many decades, the Marketing department has ordered and shipped Sunday school materials to United Brethren churches every quarter. UB churches and pastors have also been able to order books, VBS materials, and other literature.
In the past, this department not only covered its budget but was a source of income. But times have changed. The internet, declines in Sunday school, free online resourcing, vendor-direct sales, and other factors have cut into sales. It became clear that it was time to discontinue this service.
Bishop Todd Fetters writes, “Jane Seely will leave the national office on December 22. She will be busy these next few months closing out the Sunday school literature shipping-and-receiving that we have provided to our churches for well over 50 years. I am grateful for Jane’s service to the United Brethren in Christ and to the broader evangelical church.”