Calendar and Publicity Request

Church leaders,

As we work to improve our First Church communications and calendaring process, we have developed this process for submitting calendar items, room booking requests, and requests for the weekly e-news and for the First Things First section of the worship bulletin. Please note the following.

Room Requests:

If you are requesting space at the church, note that you will be asked for your first, second, and third choice of rooms. Please allow three days for us to reserve and confirm room assignments.
If your event is cancelled or rescheduled, please notify Candi Boutwell (; 847-864-6181) ASAP.

Publicity Requests:

The goal of church communications, as affirmed by the Communications Committee, is to support the mission of First Church: First United Methodist Church is a community of Christians inviting all people to grow in their relationship with God and to live their faith in the world.

This goal will inform decision making around publicity including content (what to include) and format (in which communication channel: Weekly e-news? First Things First section for the bulletin? Realm communication? Website? Other? If the material is targeted at a specific audience that is fairly small and easily identifiable (i.e., 5th and 6th grade families; folks on a particular group list; etc.), it may not be included in FTF or the weekly e-news, but I will help you get the material communicated another way.

In general, please note the following criteria for inclusion in the weekly e-news and First Things First section of the bulletin:

• Material must be timely and related to our current ministry
• Material generally must be relevant to 50% of the audience
• Material is included with recognition that our audience includes visitors/new folks (about 15% of the worshipping community)
• Material is chosen to show a balanced array of programs

Material must be submitted by Tuesday 11 AM for the week's communications cycle. No exceptions.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Candi Boutwell, Church Business Administrator

Mary Taylor-Johnson, Director of Communications and Membership Engagement
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