July 2022
From the Director

Dear Friends of ABM,
As the summer gets into full swing and the weather gets better, I thought about the summer potlucks we used to have. I miss seeing all of you and want to bring it back. Our new home at John Knox has allowed us to have the social hall on August 24th from 4pm-6pm. We would love to share a meal with all of you and catch up. We also want to invite the people of John Knox to the potluck so they can meet us and learn more about our ministry.
As life is returning to normal, I would like to visit different churches and share the story of AUDIOBOOK Ministries and how we serve the visually impaired and disabled. If you think that we could serve people at your church, please let me know.
Lastly, I want to invite you all to pray about being a board member. Here is a list of a few experts that we are looking for: financial planners, lawyers, fundraisers, CPAs, and marketing. If you have this expertise and you think that you do not have time to be on the board, we would still love to hear from you. Many hands make light work.

Yours in Christ,

Laurie van der Roest

Save the Date
Summer potluck

August 24th, 4 pm-6 pm

Bring a dish to share

109 SW Normandy Rd
Seattle, WA 98166
Volunteer Spotlight

Connie Hemmer 
"Somewhere back in the late 90s, I retired from The Weyerhaeuser Company. I knew I was done with the 8-5 thing, but also knew I needed to have something to focus on. In conversations with a coworker she asked if I'd ever thought about recording books, and she told me about Tape Ministries NW, now AUDIOBOOK Ministries. I love to read and had been reading Scripture during church services, so was familiar with the concept.

I connected with TMN and began recording and volunteering in the office with Shirley Farris. Once we moved from the Seattle area, a nephew built a portable sound booth for me, which is where I hang out and record. I love bringing Christian and inspirational books to disabled listeners and hope to continue for a long while!  

My husband of 51 years, our two cats, and I live in McMinnville, Oregon."

Thank you, Connie, for your support and dedication over the last couple of decades. It has made a difference.
We need your help. We are looking for people experienced with financial planning, fundraising, and marketing; a lawyer would also be helpful. If you only have a few hours or tons of time, we need you at AUDIOBOOK Ministries to help us grow and serve. Email me at lvanderroest@audiobookministries.org
or call the office at 206-243-7377.
Fun Facts
We serve people all over the US and Canada. Do you know someone in another state that could benefit from our services?
Give them our information and have them call our office.
(206) 243-7377. Help us grow and serve.
Periodicals we offer
This daily devotional offers inspirational reflections on scripture for Christians who yearn for God’s presence in their lives. Every day.
Our Daily Bread – is enriched with God’s unfailing promises and blessings. 
This quarterly study presents stimulating lessons that explore the biblical message and how to apply it to daily life and helps adults move from a focus on the Word to reflection on personal, family, church, and community concerns. 
“The Evangelical Voice for Today” Decision Magazine features hard-hitting stories and cutting-edge commentary about the world around us from an evangelical Christian perspective.
The Upper Room daily devotional guide contains meditations that show real people struggling to live faithfully in real-life situations, with the Bible as the touchstone for and measure of faithful living. 
Our new address

Please make address changes to reflect our new home at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Normandy Park.

The new address:

How Purchases at Amazon Benefits AUDIOBOOK Ministries

Do you shop on Amazon? It's that time of the year when it is back to school and if you are planning to buy school supplies then you can shop and support ABM at the same time. Did you know that AUDIOBOOK Ministries can benefit from eligible purchases any time of year?

Simply go to Amazon Smile and sign in (or create an Amazon account). This will take you to Amazon Smile, and you can shop as you would normally do. Bookmark this website so you can be sure to order from www.smile.amazon.com every time you shop. AUDIOBOOK Ministries will receive 0.5% of eligible purchases.

Kroger Rewards Benefit AUDIOBOOK Ministries
If you shop at Fred Meyer stores and have a Rewards Card, you can now link your card to AUDIOBOOK Ministries so that we can benefit from the dollars that you spend shopping at Fred Meyer. Fred Meyer Community Rewards donates up to $625,000 per quarter to non-profits throughout Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Customers will continue to receive the Rewards Points, Rebates, and Fuel Points they're used to getting, but now their dollars will earn donations to ABM.
Signing up is simple: to link your card, click here and click on the purple "Link your Rewards card now" box. After logging in (or creating an online account), search for AUDIOBOOK MINISTRIES or enter our Non-profit Organization (NPO) number 86677. Complete the signup process, and you will be good to go! Feel free to share this information with anyone you know who also shops at Fred Meyer.
How You Can Help Us?
Matching Gifts: Your gift can be doubled, or even tripled if you or your spouse work for a company with a matching gift program. All you need to do is ask your human resources office for information.
Tribute Gifts: What better way to honor someone special than to make a donation to AUDIOBOOK Ministries? This works for celebrating a special birthday or other milestones as well as a memorial. We list these donations in our newsletter every quarter.

Bequests: Have you thought about where you would like to leave your legacy? A charitable bequest can be tailored to a variety of circumstances, and it provides an unlimited deduction for estate tax purposes. In a last will and testament, you may stipulate a specific cash donation to AUDIOBOOK Ministries, or state a percentage of your gross assets. We also accept stock donations; just contact our office for the correct procedure and forms. As always, we thank you!
Thank you to our donors
Roger & Joyelle Neubauer
James DeBruhl
George & Karen Pettingell
D.J. Watts
Robert Reeves
Stephen and Martha Wendover
Scott and Lorna Wallick
Carolyn Myers
Dale and Jinny Sewall
Julie Ausen
Steven Blow
Connie Hemmer
Bob Black

John Knox Presbyterian Church
Zion Lutheran Church
Highline Christian Church

Mission Statement
"To provide wholesome, inspirational recorded material for people who cannot read due to blindness, visual impairment, or other disabilities. We aim to share the pure joy of reading through books that inspire, entertain, and provide encouragement, comfort, and hope."
About Us

AUDIOBOOK MINISTRIES is a ministry dedicated to making Christian literature accessible for all. We are a Christian lending library with over 3,300 audio titles - inspirational, faith-based books, recorded by volunteers and mailed nationwide to share God's love and the joy of reading with people who have
reading-related disabilities.
Our services are free.

If you know of someone who can benefit from our services, please visit our  
for more information and an application.