Bulletins in MS Word Format

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Re: Bulletins in MS Word Format

Postby donnabaer » Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:32 am

Hi, I'm making our Sacrament Meeting bulletin for the first time this week (short notice). Am I understanding you correctly? I cannot use a Snippet of the church logo on the bulletin?

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Re: Bulletins in MS Word Format

Postby eblood66 » Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:35 am

donnabaer wrote:Hi, I'm making our Sacrament Meeting bulletin for the first time this week (short notice). Am I understanding you correctly? I cannot use a Snippet of the church logo on the bulletin?

That is correct. You may use the full name of the church if used in connection with the local unit name but you cannot use the logo or try to make the full name of the church look similar the logo.

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Postby superstarshel » Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:52 pm

Do you have this available to share in another format other than PDF?

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Re: sharing this?

Postby superstarshel » Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:54 pm

seguetester-p40 wrote:OK, I will throw my template in to the mix too. I have been doing the program for about 3 years now. It has gone through about 5 or 6 format changes and is in a constant state of flux. Its current format as attached has been in use for a few months. We no longer have a printed stake directory/calendar so you will note lots of contact information and stake calendar items that attempt to compensate for this.

It takes me about 45 minutes to update all of the content and about 20 minutes to print 75 copies. Prints are double sided of course and are on 8.5"x14" paper. I can fold the programs as fast as they come out of the printer so it takes about 70 minutes start to finish for the entire tasks...on a good week. I do fold each program individually and each program receives 2 fold of course. The printed content boxes make folding easy since you know exactly where both folds need to be made.

And yes, I am aware that I am using the official logo. Is it a correct or authorized use....I am not sure. But, my bishop is fine with it so I am too.

I love it! Can you share in its source format?

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Re: Bulletins in MS Word Format

Postby KirkOakes » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:16 am

I being in the church all my life and only having tiny callings. I can say this one is at least the most fitting for my talents since I am a graphic designer and a small business owner that does screen printing and embroidery. I came on here since everyone always has an opinion to how you do things when it isn't them doing it. I came to look at the rules of using the church's name on the programs since I have to look at the whole copyright issues in my line of work. This gave me the info; which I printed, so I can show anyone that wants to argue with me in the ward about how I design the layouts each week/month. For those of you that are looking for help on a layout template; I am including an Adobe Illustrator file that I have come up with to make life easier. All you have to do is subscribe to Adobe Illustrator's creative cloud version and you have full access to how to use this template. I am keeping a running build to the template so I can cycle through the layouts over time. This is done by selecting layers and turning the eyeball to that layer on or off. Just fill in your info and viola you have a very quick template. This allows you to design the front and that is where you should spend your talents to make things interesting like a book cover of sorts. Since I just got called as of yesterday, this only has 2 different front covers. Sorry I don't have more for you folks. This at least will get you started with creative juices.

Again once I create a new cover on a new layer I put that layer into the Front layer and then into the Themes sub-layer. This way I just go to the Themes and turn on/off the layers that I want. then I save over the template as a new template so it continues to grow for me.
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Re: Bulletins in MS Word Format

Postby bcjbcj » Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:17 am

I might as well throw my hat into the ring as well. Here is my sample bulletin that I do. As you can see I have replaced specific info with generic names; in bold, italic, and red font. I just threw it together to show a BASIC example, which was meant strictly to show the layout of the bulletin. SEE ATTACHED FILE.
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Re: Bulletins in MS Word Format

Postby kathyf » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:47 am

My ward started a digital bulletin recently along with the print version. The Bishopric provided email addresses to start with. I keep a notice in the bulletin asking if someone wants to be added, to send me their email address at the bulletin email. I get them from time to time. I especially like the digital version because we can add as many announcements and fliers as we want, or as are requested to be added, without ever running out of space. I even have created my own "fliers" for holidays, like mother's day, and use a quote from a general authority.

I download pictures from the Church's media pages for images on the covers, cropping as needed. That way I know I'm never violating copyright.

Attached is a generic version of today's bulletin, both the print version and the digital version. I took out all names and phone numbers but left the formatting. We were printing 100 bulletins a week and they'd all be used. Since we started using the digital bulletin, we print 50. I've asked around and most of the ward is using the digital version and liking it a lot.

When I email the bulletin, I put this in the body of the email:

Good Morning!

Attached is the digital version of the program for today.

Thank you for using the digital version at church so that visitors and those who do not use electronic devices will have the printed program available to them.

Kathy Fowkes
Ward Bulletin Specialist

I send it out as a PDF. At the Bishop's request, I've tracked the number of times the attachment is being opened, and it averages about 95. It's interesting to note how many people are opening it throughout the week.
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