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Chris SwansonPretty exciting and important news arriving at Gutenberg. See the note below for the latest from Chris Swanson, Chairman of the Transition Committee and the new President of Gutenberg College.

 

Dear Friends of Gutenberg College,

I’m writing with very good news. Actually, two pieces of good news.

In March, Gutenberg’s board invited faculty members to reconstitute leadership at the college. I gathered a group of faculty, staff, and friends to form a Transition Committee. We had several tasks to accomplish, but the primary goal was to raise $150,000 by August 31, the end of Gutenberg’s fiscal year.

The Transition Committee was hopeful, but $150,000 was a lot of money to raise in a short amount of time. Yet, for the board to hand off leadership, the Transition Committee needed to find a way. We began contacting supporters. We told them about the transition. We asked advice. We invited them to join the Gutenberg transition. One of those contacts was with a donor named Frank Batten. During our phone call, Frank expressed a willingness to offer a substantial gift toward the transition. In May, Tim McIntosh and I flew to meet him in Virginia. We sat in Frank’s office and described our situation. After this chat, Frank said he wanted to support the transition. The Aimee and Frank Batten, Jr., Foundation contributed $50,000 plus an additional $50,000 as a matching donation. In other words, if Gutenberg can match the foundation’s matching donation, we will have hit our goal of $150,000.

We are overjoyed.

Since receiving word of this donation, Gutenberg supporters have already pledged $26,000. Thus, only $24,000 remains for the college to reach its goal of $150,000. The financial support we received during the past month accelerated our momentum. The transition is occurring more rapidly than we dared hope.

Here’s a second piece of big news: Because of our progress, Gutenberg’s board has agreed to begin transferring leadership to the Transition Committee. This means that the members of the Transition Committee have accepted responsibility for the leadership and operations of Gutenberg College. The next chapter in Gutenberg’s story is happening.

We’re grateful for the opportunity to invigorate an institution that has changed so many lives. And we’re thankful that, during this process, the outgoing board has demonstrated dedication and integrity toward the transition. Changeovers like this can easily be stymied, but we’ve received plenty of grace and support.

More hard work lies before us this summer. Here’s what we hope to accomplish before welcoming our next class of freshmen:

  • Deepen engagement with alumni, friends, and supporters.
  • Raise the outstanding $24,000 to complete our $150,000 fundraising goal by August 31, the end of Gutenberg’s fiscal year. The match applies to gifts received by the end of August that are in addition to regular monthly giving to the college. We are seeking 100 Donors to meet our goal. If you’d like to be one of our 100 Donors, the easiest path is through the Donate Online button. You may also contact the college.
  • Enlarge our incoming class. We’re aiming for six to ten freshman next year.
  • Seat a new board, a new president, and new office-holders.
  • Bolster our faculty roster with teachers who are dedicated to the biblical faith and to helping people pursue the deepest questions of human existence.
  • Host Summer Institute on August 4–6.

We owe many of you deep thanks. We’ve solicited your prayers, encouragement, donations, and labor—and you’ve responded. Thank you. Now, onward!

Sincerely yours,
Chris Swanson

P.S. We hope to see you at the Summer Institute in August.

 

Did You Know?

You can give to Gutenberg without donating your own funds. Here are two great ways:

AmazonSmile

eScripAmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Gutenberg College every time you shop—at no cost to you.

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The shopping experience is identical. You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, wish list, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the eligible charitable organization of your choice. 100% of the donation amount generated from your eligible purchase will be donated, and there is no cost to the charitable organization or to you.

If you shop on smile.amazon.com using an internet browser on your desktop or laptop computer, your mobile phone, or your tablet, then your purchases of eligible products (tens of millions of them marked “eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the detail pages) will result in donations. Purchases that are not made using an internet browser (for instance, using the Amazon Shopping App, Kindle Store, FireTV, Amazon Dash, or Amazon Echo) are not currently eligible for donations. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are also not currently eligible. The donation amounts generated by your purchases are combined with the donation amounts from all other customers who selected the same registered charitable organization, and each quarter the AmazonSmile Foundation gives them to the organization by electronic funds transfer.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), before you begin shopping, select Gutenberg College to receive donations from eligible purchases. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. Go to smile.amazon.com for more details about this great way to support Gutenberg College.

The eScrip Program

eScripThe eScrip fundraising program coordinates with local and online merchants to help non-profit organizations. Up to 8% of what you spend on groceries, clothing, airline tickets, dining-out, and other items can be donated to Gutenberg.

For example, if you shop at Market of Choice, the store will donate 2% to 4% of the amount you spend on your monthly purchases. The larger your grocery bill, the higher the percentage that the store will donate.

For more information and to participate, go to www.escrip.com, where you can register to participate in eScrip by selecting the “Sign Up!” button. The website will take you through a few simple steps to register. When you are asked to “Select your school or nonprofit,” simply type “Gutenberg College.”

On the website, you will also find a list of participating local merchants or be able to shop online.

The eScrip program is administered by Electronic Scrip, Inc. (ESI), a registered corporation in the State of California. If you have questions about privacy and security, please read ESI’s privacy statement on the eScrip website.

 

“Righteous Sinners” Now an E-book

RS_Final“This book was born twenty-five years ago on a very bad night. As a young Christian (I converted at nineteen) I struggled greatly with the sin that was all too noticeable in my life. Some of my teachers at the time believed in the “victorious Christian life” theology. Victory over sin was mine, they taught, if I would just walk by the Spirit, if I would just “let go and let God.” I tried, with all the faith I could muster, to do just that. It didn’t seem to work. However I tried to “let go,” I found myself just as much a prisoner of selfishness and lust as I was before. One night—the bad night—I confessed this frankly to one of our leaders and asked for help. His answer changed my life.”

Thus begins the introduction to Righteous Sinners by Gutenberg tutor Ron Julian. Originally published in 1998 by NavPress, Righteous Sinners is now available as an e-book from Gutenberg College Press at Amazon.com.

J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College,  commends the book: “Biblically exact and pastorally profound, this book is a gem!”

Paperback copies of the original book are also available from Gutenberg College.

 

“Capella” Courses

Five courses are being offered by Gutenberg tutors. Students in Gutenberg College’s Caps Program can earn a “Capella” upon successfully completing the courses, but the courses are open to all interested individuals.

Dr. David Crabtree Dr. David Crabtree is offering three capella courses this fall. These courses will begin in October, but the exact starting date and class time will be negotiated with participates. (Participation via Skype is an option.) Courses will meet once per week for about 90 minutes. To participate in these courses, contact Dr. David Crabtree through the Gutenberg office: office@gutenberg.edu.

  • Translation of Acts. The class will translate through the book of Acts at a rate of about 30 verses per week. One or two years of Greek or the equivalent is a prerequisite.
  • Deuteronomy. This capella will take students through the whole book of Deuteronomy over the course of the year. Participants will study a chapter each week in preparation for class, and they will take turns presenting their work to the rest of the class. No knowledge of Hebrew is required.
  • Josephus’ The Jewish Wars (Part 2). This capella is a continuation of one that started last year. Participants will take turns teaching the class sections from Josephus’ work. The capella will begin with Book V.

Dr. Jack CrabtreeDr. Jack Crabtree is offering two capella courses this fall though Sound Interpretation Project.* Both courses involve individual study outside of class (homework). The location of the courses has yet to be determined. For those outside of Eugene who want to take the class by way of video-conferencing, that will be possible. If you are interested in the courses below, contact Dr. Jack Crabtree through the Gutenberg office: office@gutenberg.edu..

  • Introduction to Understanding New Testament Greek (SIP Course #99). One of the challenges to learning Greek is all the memorization required. Fortunately, modern computer technology has made it possible to translate the Greek New Testament without actually gaining fluency in the N.T. Greek language. This course is for people who want to learn how to study and translate the Greek New Testament without having to learn how to sight read Greek and be able to recognize all the grammatical forms. If you know absolutely nothing about N.T. Greek, this is the course for you.
    • The course will probably begin November 5, but this is subject to change.
    • The will be no fees charged for this course. However, you will need to invest in some computer software and resources (about $300) and perhaps a textbook.
  • The Content of Biblical Philosophy (SIP Course #1 and #2). For anyone who would like to digest a coherent, systematic presentation of the message and worldview of the Bible, Sound Interpretation Project is offering a course, beginning this fall, on The Content of Biblical Philosophy. The course involves studying Jack Crabtree’s notes on the subject and then engaging in dialogue about the content of those notes in a seminar environment.
    • The course will probably begin November 8 and continue throughout most of the school year (with appropriate holiday breaks, but this is subject to change.
    • The course will probably be held weekly on Sunday afternoons from about 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., but this is subject to change.
    • The will be no fees charged for this course. However, Dr. Crabtree’s notes will be emailed to you, and you will have the expense of printing them (a couple hundred pages), if you want a paper copy.

*The Sound Interpretation Project (SIP), a non-profit organization begun by Gutenberg tutor Dr. Jack Crabtree, is committed to promoting a sound understanding of the Bible and its message. In pursuit of that mission, SIP is offering a comprehensive series of courses in Biblical Philosophy and in the New Testament.

 

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