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Promotional video demonstrates merit of MPN and Third Way Media merger


Philip Rainard tells his mother, Ann, that he won’t be home for dinner in a scene from the new promotional video for the new Herald Press book Whatever Happened to Dinner? The Rainards, of Dayton, Va., are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Mennonite Church Canada/Mennonite Publishing Network joint release
November 15, 2010
-John Longhurst

WATERLOO, Ont. and SCOTTDALE, Pa.— A short promotional video for the new Herald Press book, Whatever Happened to Dinner, can now be found on YouTube, courtesy of Wayne Gehman, a video producer at Third Way Media.

“Our goal is to use whatever means possible to let people know about our products,” says Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) Executive Director Ron Rempel of the video, which went live on November 2.

Sheri Hartzler, current interim co-director of Third Way Media, said that the book itself is a joint effort between the two organizations—it was written by Melodie Davis of Third Way Media and published by MPN. 

“The energy and creativity that projects like this generate gives us great hope for the future,” she added.

For Rempel, the video illustrates the merit of merging MPN and Third Way Media.

“It shows how we can work together to utilize various forms of media,” he says, noting that in the past MPN had to contract with external producers to make videos.

The decision to merge MPN and Third Way Media was affirmed in September by the boards of the two organizations, and by the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. In October Mennonite Church Canada Formation Council recommended approval of the merger to the Mennonite Church Canada General Board, who did so at their Fall Leadership Assembly on Nov. 12, 2010 after stating their appreciation for the solid effort that had gone into exploring the new entity. 

The video for Whatever Happened to Dinner? can be viewed online at

Herald Press is the book imprint of Mennonite Publishing Network, the publishing ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.