I hope the school year is off to a good start for all of you with kids in school! Both of my kids ended up coming down with a weird virus, so for the first time ever, both of them missed part of their first week back. It was not ideal, but it was fine. The church is starting to be bustling and busy. We had our first full staff meeting on Wednesday; it was good to be back together all at the same time!
By no means do I have as many updates as I have previously, but there are a few things that I’d like you to know:
The calendar that’s embedded in the website is from Breeze; previously it was a WordPress plugin, but it was lacking a few functions, like the ability to cancel recurring activities. The goal is to have it as accurate as possible, to include information on funerals and other events (including parking information as needed), and to allow anyone with Breeze to add items to the calendar. If you want to import the calendar into your own so you can see it on your phone, this is the url you can use to add it to your iCal or Google Calendar. Just copy the entire address and paste it in. Done and done!
Another thing that’s new that you need to know about is that we now have lids for the coffee cups in the lower lobby. Putting a lid on your coffee or tea will help cut down on the number of spills and stains, some of which end up being very hard to remove. Spills can also result in sticky hands at the best and burns at the worst. To remind you, Janine and I came up with a cute little sign that’s hanging up right by the coffee pot. I think you “otter” laugh when you see it!
After much thought and discussion in staff meetings, and me poking around the interwebs for ideas, I pulled together an event planning template. By no means is it the final version, but there are some really good items included that will help you, your group, or your committee plan a successful event. You can download a copy here: EventPlanningTemplate; if you have any ideas for things you’d like to see included or any other feedback (well, constructive feedback), let me know!
Additionally, Janine and I really like using the new bulletin layout, and we hope you do too. However, it does mean that space is at a premium on the back side. To address this, the list of activities and events that need volunteers has been condensed. I need to again underscore the importance of grabbing a monthly calendar and/or looking at the website, especially for ongoing things, like book study or bible study. We simply no longer have the room to include everything all of the time. It also means that sometimes bulletin submissions will need to be edited for length and clarity and may not have the exact length or run you’d ideally prefer. That would be our last resort, but still something that may happen from time to time.
And finally, related to the bulletin and the calendars, please make sure you always have your bulletin items and your church email items in to both me and Janine by Thursday morning at 9am. Late inclusions can’t always be accommodated. Monthly paper calendars are generated the last Wednesday of the month, so make sure you alert us to and additions, changes, or deletions. Not sure? Look at the the online calendar and make sure it’s accurate to the best of your knowledge.
I hope you have a safe and happy weekend. As always, if there’s a concern I can address or a problem I can solve, I’m a phone call or an email away.