|The Adventist Book Center (ABC) has grown over the years from one small store to a chain of more than 50 book centers. In Michigan we serve members at two main locations:
1. 320 W. St. Joseph, Lansing, MI 48933 (1-800-UR-MY-ABC or 517 316-1502);
The first two Sundays each month, 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
If a holiday week-end comes on one of the first two Sundays of the month, the Lansing ABC will be closed that Sunday.
2. 8998 US 31, Berrien Springs, MI 49103 (1-877-227-4800).
Every Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Berrien Springs store is open every Sunday and most holidays EXCEPT Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.
There is more to the ABC than the name suggests. It is actually the resource center of the local church. In addition to a full range of reading material, it handles all the Sabbath School supplies and stocks magazines, music, compact discs, felts, games, gifts, Bibles, DVDs, story CDs,VBS programs, health foods and more. Health foods are available only at the Lansing ABC. Many books, CDs, DVDs, Bibles, and Bible lessons are available in Spanish.
As a resource center, the ABC works closely with each department in the conference office. Educational books for our schools are handled by the ABC. Bibles and study guides used in the Lay Bible Ministries program are ordered through the ABC. Many of the workshops and training seminars held around the state are supported with a display of materials set up by the ABC.
Also, no matter where you live, there is now an Adventist Book Center at your fingertips.Adventistbookcenter.com is a secure e-commerce site where you can use your credit card to order hundreds of items, from classics such as a complete line of Spirit of Prophecy books, to the latest compact disc (CD) of your favorite musical group. Adventistbookcenter.com is the first on-line bookstore representing all the stores in the ABC chain. What’s more, this on-line ordering system uses the Berrien Springs ABC as a depot to fill your order. You can place a secure order on-line and benefit from direct shipment from the Michigan ABC-Berrien Springs, thus saving time and shipping costs. It’s easy, it’s quick, it’s safe, and it’s convenient.
You can browse the web site using its powerful search engines. Enter an author’s name, or a title, or any part of a title, and you will be shown all the items available that fit the category. Or, if music is what interests you, you can use the search engine the same way to search all the music on the site. If you’re looking for a favorite kind of music, click on the Chapel Music button to search by category. Many of the albums have a sample sound wave available so you can hear a segment of the music. If you want to know the names of all the songs on a CD, there’s a button for that, too.
Adventistbookcenter.com also invites you to subscribe to its exclusive “E-mail Alert” service. Sign up to get updated information on new products the minute they come off the press. And you can do this with the assurance that your name and e-mail address will never be sold or given to anyone without your permission.
So, for those who have access to the Internet, why not become an adventistbookcenter.com user today. We’re here to serve you.
Timothy R. Castañón is general manager of the Michigan Adventist Book Center, located in Lansing, Battle Creek, Berrien Springs, and Cicero, Indiana. He graduated from Davenport University in Kalamazoo, MI, in 1995 with a BBA in Accounting. His background has been diverse with experience driving local delivery trucks for a DME company, working in the construction trades, serving as the convention manager and finance manager for an international psychology trade association, and serving as the finance manager and sales manager for a small manufacturing company.
His initial responsibilities in the ABC centered in the Lansing store, but in 1991 he moved to Buchanan, MI, and assumed the management of the Berrien Springs ABC as well. In 1999 he opened a small satellite store in Battle Creek at the community service center at Battle Creek Tabernacle church, and in 2005 began management of the Indiana ABC located in Cicero, IN.
He and his wife, Karen, have been married over 40 years, and enjoy the blessings of 1 married son and 2 grandsons.