Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Color Bulletin Covers for the Historic Lectionary

The esteemed Fr. Stuckwisch aside, Gottesdienst encourages the use of the historic "series of lessions" (Ap. XXIV.1) of Epistles and Gospels. It is a great blessing that LSB has produced a full range of resources for the historic Church year (even if they took some liberties in lengthening the Introits), and the LSB selections for additional readings from the OT are, in my opinion, a great improvement over previous attempts.

Alas, CPH did not see fit to support the LSB Historic Lectionary when it came to bulletin covers. Many parishes that use the Historic Lectionary have come up with other options: no cover, black and white clip art from Higher Things (which is very good, by the way - is this CD still for sale? I can't find a link...), or clip art of their own devising. But up until now, those who wanted quality, full-color bulletin art for the Historic Lectionary were out of luck.

So kudos to the good folks at Pax Domini Press for saving the day. Their CD-ROM includes ready to print pdf versions of full color bulletin covers (examples above and below) and the same bulletin covers with the introit (LSB lengthened style), gradual, verse, and collect on the back (NKJV). While you're on their website, check out Pax Domini's offerings for VBS and Sunday School - also highly recommended.

They are practically giving the bulletin cover CD away at $50. Currently my parish pays CPH $161 per quarter for Sunday bulletins. (Why do we still use them since we're on the Historic Lectionary? Long story. But now Pax Domini has saved me from images of aluminum trays with plastic cups and AARP clip art of grandpa with balloons.)

You will definitely need a color laser printer to make a go of printing these. An inkjet would be too slow and would rob you of a lot of the beauty of the art. If you are currently purchasing full color bulletins, I think you will at least break even with your printing costs. The bulletins are designed to print on 8.5 x 11" paper (landscape), but with a little finagling in Adobe or Foxit Reader you can get them to print on legal size paper as well.

+HRC

8 comments:

  1. I was pleased when Pax Domini made this resource available, and I looked forward to having full color, but then I learned that a color laser printer is the best way to produce them--something we lack and probably wouldn't even find in the whole town. We do use Pax Domini's Sunday school curriculum on the 1 yr lectionary--buy it! CPH puts little messages in the Growing in Christ lessons that tell the kids to ask their pastor how their congregation might become more involved with the exciting Ablaze! (TM) movement.

    If I might, I'd wish to add that if you're looking for something to use for free, Rev. Mike McCoy still offers bulletin covers for every Sunday (including feasts) on www.scholia.net. Free download.

    Rev Keith Reeder

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  2. All good points from Pr. Reeder - I should have remembered to include scholia.net. They have A LOT of stuff over there that is very useful.

    That's funny about Ablaze and CPH Sunday School. I didn't know that. We use it without problems - I've got very good teachers who wouldn't know what Ablaze was anyway. The main reason that we keep on with CPH Sunday School over Pax Domini (whom we use exclusively for VBS) is the CD that comes out each quarter. Maybe they sell them separately. . . I should look into that.

    +HRC

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  3. It was actually one of my teachers that pointed out to me the Ablaze stuff, and that it was in the student workbooks--not just the teacher guide. I would have none of that, so I cancelled our subscription. I remembered the Pax Domini ad in Logia, so I called them. Their materials are outstanding.

    I was also surprised to learn how much congregations spend on bulletins. I would not have known, as I've been using the same covers for the third year now (I need only change the dates for the Sundays before printing). I guess the downside is that you do end up printing off the bulletins yourself and folding them. If it means, however, that it's free and you determine what's in them, it makes for a good deal.

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  4. I think the choice of the NKJV was a combination of preference on the part of the Pax Domini folks and issues of copyright permissions on a product that is to be sold for a profit.

    +HRC

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  5. when and where was the ablaze comment in the CPH sunday school materials?

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  6. I did not keep copies of the material, but I recall the plug for Ablaze being in the middle/upper-grade workbook sometime during the 2007-08 school year. My Sunday school teacher showed it to me, and if memory serves me, it stated the goal of reaching 100 million people and encouraged the students to find out how the congregation might become more involved.

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