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\title{Memoirs of a Bulletin}
\subtitle{The Long Road to Typeset Liturgies Made Straight}
\subtitle{The Voice of One Making Straight the Way for Well-Typeset Liturgies}
\author{Caleb Maclennan}
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\begin{abstract}
As long as today is called "today"\footnote{Hebrews 3:13}, Sunday will still
come every Sunday~\dots~but typesetting the bulletin doesn't have to be a
chore\footnote{Leviticus 23:3}, nor do the results have to be an eyesore. Even
for non-graphically-inclined people like myself there are ways to make the
process of producing well-typeset documents a relatively painless process.
As long as today is still called ``today''\footnote{Hebrews 3:13}, Sunday will
keep coming every Sunday~\dots~but typesetting the bulletin every week doesn't
have to be a chore\footnote{Leviticus 23:3}---nor do the results have to be an
eyesore! Even for people like myself who are not graphically inclined, there are
ways to make the process of producing well-typeset documents a relatively
painless process.
While the resulting system is painless, discovering these techniques and
applying them to the making of bulletins was not that easy for me. I write this
article to document my own findings in hopes that it will make the same journey
easier for any that would follow.
While the \emph{resulting} system may be relatively painless to use, discovering
these systems, learning the necessary techniques and applying them to the
process of producing bulletins is not so easy the first time around. I write
this article to document my own findings in hopes that it will make the same
journey easier for any that would follow.
\end{abstract}
\section*{Prologue}
\addcontentsline{toc}{section}{Prologue}
For all his immense love of books, the pastor I work with doesn't really
understand what properties transform text into effective communication. His
version of 'typesetting' is to underline everything, then bold a few things that
got lost in the lines.\footnote{To his credit he refrains from the
five-fonts-on-one-page routine, but I have seen five sizes.} We don't
have a church secretary. That leaves me---a programmer not a
designer---typesetting most of what we produce as a church. While this is less
than ideal, I found there are tools that make the job easier.
The pastor of my church has many great strengths. He has sound theology and,
shall we say, an appreciation for both the Word in partucular and printed words
in general. Yet for all his immense love of books, he does not really understand
typography or the art of what transforms raw text into effective communication.
His version of 'typesetting' is to underline everything, then bold a few
important bits that got lost in the lines.\footnote{To his credit, I've seen
much worse. While his choice of formatting combinations isn't always
well advised, he does refrain from heinous crimes like using five
different typefaces on a single page.} Our church does not have the
discinction of having a secretary.\footnote{Volunteers welcome! Brush up on your
Turkish and I'll put you to work.} That leaves me---a programmer not a
designer---typesetting most of the material we produce. While this is less than
ideal, I have found there are tools that make the work easier and keep me out of
too much trouble.
When I started down the road of typesetting our bulletins using \LaTeX, I was
unable to find much helpful documentation out there. \LaTeX itself is
extensively documented, but few of the examples available are applicable to the
special needs of bulletins. The system excels at books and articles, but needs
some extra love to produce smaller scale work with more formatting that content.
I found a few others online doing roughly the same thing, but for fear of this
reading like a hall of shame I will refrain from naming most of the
names\footnote{One entry went so far as to align footers on each page by
inserting fixed-height boxes in the body after the page content that had
been carefully measured to push the remainder to roughly the bottom of
each page!}. Most samples used booklet formatting that limited you to a
pre-defined number of pages.\footnote{Having that special service where your
liturgy runs over a page shouldn't destroy your publishing process; nor
should you have to remember that pages 1, 2, 3, and 4 of your document
are actually 4, 1, 2, and 3 respectively when printed.}
The system I outline in the following pages will not work for all churches. In
fact the contents, layout and usage of their bulletin is a tell: its bulletin
will tell you a lot about the church because it reflects in large part their
theology of worship. You will find a good deal of mine in the pages and some of
the techniques will be more or less useful to you depending on your church's
understanding of liturgy. I will make no apology for my own, how you adapt this
is your business.
some extra love to produce smaller scale work with more formatting than content.
I did find a few others online that had traveled the road before me. Some of
these will be credited in this text, but others will rename nameless for fear of
this reading like a hall of shame. Yes, some of them were that bad.\footnote{One
entry went so far as to align footers on each page by inserting empty
boxes in the body after the page content with hard coded heights that
had been carefully measured to push the remaining content to roughly the
bottom of each page!}. Most samples wanted te end up with a booklet
format, but the way they arrived at the desired output was not semantic and
cumbersome at best.\footnote{Having that special service where your liturgy runs
over your usual page length shouldn't destroy your publishing process;
nor should you have to remember that pages 1, 2, 3, and 4 of your
printed bulletin are actually saved in your source as 4, 1, 2, and 3
respectively.}
In the following pages I will outline the methods I came up with and the lessons
I learned. The system I came up with will not work for all churches. In many
cases your needs may be simpler. Some of you may have more complex requirements.
In one sense a church bulletin is nothing more than a priece of paper with a few
words outlining a service to keep everybody on the same page. Yet it is a kind
of `tell': the contents, layout and usage of a church's bulletin can tell you a
lot about the church because it reflects in large part their theology of
worship. You will find a good deal of my own theology in the following pages and
some of the techniques will be more or less useful to you depending on your
church's understanding of liturgy. I will make no apology for my own theology;
how you adapt this is your business. I present my system not expecting it to be
a drop in solution, but in the hopes that at least some of the pieces may be
adaptable to other church's needs.
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