First Unitarian’s weekly email and monthly newsletter can help you stay up-to-date on what’s new at church—from upcoming social events and celebrations, to group activities and new classes. Our Order of Service services as a program for worship services every Sunday, and includes a calendar of events for the upcoming week.
The eBroadsheet (weekly)
Distributed via email every Thursday, the eBroadsheet focuses on the upcoming week—the topics of Sunday’s sermons, Explorations, Forum, and children’s and youth religious education classes; church-affiliated and –sponsored events; volunteer opportunities; and the joys and concerns of our congregation.
The Messenger (monthly)
This eight-page newsletter is primarily distributed via email, with a hard copy option available. In addition to the contemplative Minister’s letter on the front page, shorter articles cover Sunday services, upcoming church-affiliated and -sponsored activities, Religious Education curricula, Board meetings, and more. The “Ongoing Groups” feature provides a meeting schedule for open clubs and groups; “We Light a Candle” offers a space to share joys and concerns. Click here for a sample issue.
Order of Service (Sunday Mornings)
The Order of Service is distributed prior to the start of every service. It lists hymns and readings, and contains the words to that week’s unison affirmation and to our doxology, which we sing every week in English and Spanish.
We also include a sermon summary for the following week, and brief, late-breaking announcements. The calendar on the back page lists events and activities for the upcoming week. Click here to see a typical Order of Service.
Submission Guidelines for Publications
Deadline: Wednesday at noon.
Content: Church-sponsored and –affiliated events coming up in the next two weeks. Occasionally we publish a “Save the Date” announcement for future events. With few exceptions, news items will run for two consecutive weeks.
Word Limit: 100 words or less. We love photos!
Contact: email@example.com. Please include “eBroadsheet” in the subject line.
Deadline: The 15th of the month.
Content: Church-sponsored and –affiliated events coming up in the next month. Occasionally we publish a “Save the Date” announcement for future events. News items may be published once.
Word Limit: 130 words or less. Longer articles will be edited, and edits will be sent to the author for approval whenever possible. Feel free to email a photo with your article, and we’ll use it if we have room. No need to format your content—we’ll take care of that!
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Messenger” in the subject line.
Order of Service
Deadline: Tuesday at noon, but the sooner, the better—the Order of Service fills up quickly.
Content: Church-sponsored and –affiliated events coming up in the next week, or urgent needs (e.g., volunteers or donations). With few exceptions, news items will run for one week.
Word Limit: 30 words or less. Longer submissions will be edited, and edits will be sent to the author for approval whenever possible. If the Order of Service is already full for that week, we’ll work with you to find an alternative means of publishing your announcement.
Contact: email@example.com. Please include “Order of Service” in the subject line.