From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Weekday Updates Now Available

Today I sent out the first official St. Paul’s weekday update. It’s been an interesting experience using Mailchimp, a free service that’s rather user friendly especially for a newbie like me.

The update contains information on last week’s attendance and offering, reminders of next Sunday’s usher/greeter type duties, and other updates on recent events, including hospitalizations, deaths, etc. So far the reception has been very positive.

The thing I wonder about is how deaf we’re becoming to communication. How many TV ads do you really pay attention to? For me at least, they eventually become wallpaper. I sort of half-hear them. Now I’m sure that ads aren’t meant to communicate as much as they’re meant to persuade or motivate. Still, as we learn to turn off to political and other ads just because we hear and see them so often, I wonder how effective our church communication is. I wonder if, for example, by sending email reminders of committee meetings we’re helping people become more forgetful of meeting dates and times – helping people become dependent on “reminders”.  We then start doing more and more to remind/persuade/cajole people to do what they promised to do in the first place!

At the same time, it’s good to get updates on information – some people could be helped by receiving information on hospitalizations, funerals, etc.

So  – if you’d like a weekday update, just email me at my church email address ( with “subscribe” in the subject line or in the message. We’ll keep you updated!


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