More Society cutbacks - Society says "screw you" to the publishers yet again

by sir82 113 Replies latest jw friends

  • sir82

    At our service meeting it was announced that there is a change in the manner in which magazines are now to be delivered to the congregations.

    Up until now, magazines were sent to each Kingdom Hall via UPS. In years past magazines were sent to each congregation PO's home address via UPS.

    Going forward, magazines will be sent only as far as the Assembly Hall. It is the responsibility of each Kingdom Hall to send brother(s) twice a month to drive out there, pick up the magazines, and return.

    This of course saves a little bit of money for the Society - shipping larger packages to fewer addresses will cost less.

    However, what about the expense to the local congregations?

    A typical Assembly Hall probably has 20-25 circuits assigned to it. Each of those circuits has 20-25 congregations.

    That's 400-600 congregations, maybe 200 or 250 Kingdom Halls shared among them. Each of those Kingdom Halls now has to send, twice a month, a van or truck to the assembly hall to pick up the magazines.

    Our Kingdom Hall is only about 40 or so miles from the Assembly Hall - but what about congregations out in the sticks? Maybe they are 150, 200, 300 miles away from their assembly hall. Think of the expense - the gasoline alone could run into the hundreds of dollars per month. Multiply that by the hundreds of Kingdom Halls assigned to each assembly hall, then think of the dozens of assembly halls in use in the USA.

    As usual, the Society acts to save itself a little money, and in the process, sneeringly gives the finger to the congregations that support it.

  • ziddina

    And the edifice erodes a bit more...

    Looks like that "Watchtower" was built upon sand...


  • Titus

    What? I will have to go in Bethel to get my magazines?

  • ballistic

    It's not good for the environment.

  • Soldier77

    I'm tellin ya, pretty soon they are gonna tell everyone, look, you can download your own magazines now since you all like the internet so much.

  • Bangalore

    They seem to be doing quite a bit of cost cutting these days.


  • Finally-Free

    And, of course, no one will reimburse Joe Publisherâ„¢ for his gas, mileage, etc.

    They should do themselves and the rest of the world a favour and stop shipments altogether. If someone wants to read a watchtower they should drive to Bethel and pick one up.


  • wasblind

    Ditto soldier


    Oh yeah, in this day and age why not pick the absolute worst way to go for the environment?

    Jehovah will clean up the earth as soon as he is done killing all of those sinful babies.


    bet whoever does the driving will take an unbaptised dub with them to count the time. 5 hour round trip twice a month = average hours. If i was still in I'd volunteer for that - FS that easy is worth paying for

  • WalkTall

    I wonder what they will do for those areas that do not have their own assembly hall but use rented facilities. Is it business as usual for them?

  • darthfader

    I can see it now...

    They decentralize the printing of magazines -- they ask each of the circuits to pay for this "special" printing press which is the size of a small car and yet costs as much as a house. This press will only print magazines "beamed" from the Bethel. It's now up to the local congregations to feed it paper, ink and power -- an out comes shiny new Watchtowers and Awakes each month -- and maybe an odd tract here and there.

    Hey, it worked really for the USA Today newspaper...

  • blondie

    Back in the mid 80's, there was a procedure for congregations to go to the assembly hall to pick up their magazines. I think they still had WTS trucks back then that dropped them off. Each congregation was responsible to send someone down from their congregation. I had to go down there weekly anyway, so they stooped to having a sister pick them up (no mention of my supposedly being weaker physically). So I did. So they are going back to that now? I sometimes picked up for 2 other congregations...

  • sacolton

    Assembly Hall? I'm not exactly sure where one is in Oklahoma. Never heard of an "assembly hall".

  • undercover
    And, of course, no one will reimburse Joe Publisherâ„¢ for his gas, mileage, etc.

    That was my thought as well. They'll get some MS to "volunteer" to drive to the AH to pick up the order twice a month and he'll dutifully do it and never get reimbursed for gas or wear/tear on his personal vehicle.

    The cloeset AH to my area is a 45 minute drive... that's a two hour round trip, counting the time to sign in and load up.

    If only one person is assigned (and he has a secular job during the week), there goes half his Saturdays of the month, thus cutting his hours of field service, forcing him to do more Sunday field service.

  • WuzLovesDubs

    Didnt they discontinue the bookstudy "because of the cost of gas" to the "friends"? Could they POSSIBLY be any cheaper?? Of course they are going to dump this expense on the sheep. Just like the food at assemblies which now everybody has to bring on their own as if they didnt already have enough shit to carry to those things, now they have to bring coolers and milk and babyfood. But they dont want them leaving the assembly site to go to lunch either.

    So now the Kingdom Halls will all have to cooperate with each other and take turns sending someone to drive to the Assembly Halls to pick up these magazines. How long do you suppose it will be before the magazines start to PILE UP at those Assembly sites?

    Nobody wants your stupid magazines BORG!

    I love this is just another sign that things are going into the dumpster. Its not like this is a temporary situation. They never have reversed any of these "money saving" "Jehovahs loving provision" type cheap out changes to date. Its a ONE WAY TICKET to becoming Waco.

  • undercover

    Reading Blondie's post jogged my memory. I remember shipments of something having to be picked up as well, now that you mention it. I remember MSs taking turns driving down (I was out as MS at the time, thus not allowed to participate, like I really wanted to...).

  • Room 215
    Room 215

    ...maybe it's worth it to him/her to make the trip to avoid Saturday service, and maybe they'll let him/her count the time!

  • bohm

    I read the headline and i got to admit that i think many single pioneer sisters in their 50s will be happy for this loving arrangement!

  • slimboyfat

    Oh yeah, and they cancelled the Book Study groups because they didn't want the brothers to have to spend so much on gas.

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