Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Church Bloopers Are Legendary

Continuing with yesterdays topic of unfortunate typos and all our confessions of frustration with our self-editing, I thought I'd share my favorite church typo. Every discussion of typos includes the bloopers from church signs and bulletins. And yes...I did it and this is a true story.

A few years back, I did the weekly church bulletin. If you've ever worked in a church office, or with a church office, you know that its schedule is pretty feral. You never know what will come up or when you have to drop everything and switch gears. Serving a congregation is something that you can't over plan; consequently, it was sometimes difficult to get all the necessary information together and formatted in time.

On this particular Sunday, our church was having communion. Where some churches have rules about who may participate in the communion, our church is open to anyone taking part. To make sure they feel comfortable, we always printed "communion instructions" and placed them in the bulletin. The detailed instructions explained every step.

On Monday, my Pastor was smiling way too much when I went into the office. To tell the truth, he was a pretty happy and funny guy, so I didn't catch on at first. He began to tell me about one of the services and mentioned that they had more donations than usual at the altar after communion. 

The grin was still present; in fact, it was on the verge of a laugh.

Pastor picked up a bulletin and pointed at the instructions. The last line said, "after you receive the host and wine, you can go to the altar and pay."  Uh...it was supposed to say "pray."

He didn't necessarily want me to change it for the next communion service...after all, we have a building project. 

The good news is that I wasn't the person who left a letter out of the Youth T-Shirt Sale announcement (fortunately, that error was caught in time...but it's still a legend around the office...church people know how to laugh at themselves). 

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    1. Ghost writer or good editing?

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    2. Far too much profanity for one comment.
      I decided I should space it out more.
      ;-)

      I haven't forgotten about you, DOC.
      But I've been working some crazy hours. (Although I think it's about to settle down now.)

      ~ D-FensDogGie

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    3. Any profanity is too much. The flipside is a clean zone.

      Rest, rest, rest. The whole world looks different with adequate sleep. I'll just wait here....

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    4. Any profanity is too much. The flipside is a clean zone.

      Rest, rest, rest. The whole world looks different with adequate sleep. I'll just wait here....

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    5. Any profanity is too much. The flipside is a clean zone.

      Rest, rest, rest. The whole world looks different with adequate sleep. I'll just wait here....

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  2. Cherdo, I adore you, but I'm not touching this one... not even with someone else's 10 foot pole!

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    1. Your wisdom is showing, Jacquelune...ha ha. Love ya right back! :-)

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  3. Leave in the pay - brilliant!
    The t-shirt one is priceless. While our bulletins have had minor mistakes over the years, we've never had a funny one. Bummer.

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    1. If you're the one doing the bulletin, it is horrifying! And if anyone points out the error after the service, it's pointless - you'll never print the same one again.

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  4. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    What is it about the letter "r" that makes people forget to type it? The other day I left it out of "Cherdo" and, in your story, somebody left it out of "T-Shirt." :)

    True story. The pastor who performed the wedding ceremony when I married Mrs. Shady #1 finished his script with the encouraging words, "Let us play." :)

    Happy Tuesday, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. Hey, I never revealed.the omitted letter! Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I implore you to look at the transcript! Your honor, objection - speculation!

      I have a theory that if you keep really busy and involved with enough different kinds of people, you'll have enough fodder for a humor blog.

      Have a great day! :-)

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  5. I bet the t-shirt error would have helped sell t-shirts and all. Too funny!

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    1. I'm just glad I wasn't the one who did that one...it might have gone to print...

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  6. That is so awesome!!!! We have to laugh at human error!! I visited my grandmother a few weeks ago and she showed me the funniest slip of paper that she got before a medical procedure. In fact I was going to share it on my blog pretty soon. It says no snakes instead of snacks. Yikes!!

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    1. That is perfect! I'm going to email another blooper to you (from a doctor's recommendation). You'll get a kick out of it.

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    2. That is perfect! I'm going to email another blooper to you (from a doctor's recommendation). You'll get a kick out of it.

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  7. Maybe copy and paste would be a good idea with the communion instructions, but I do like "pay" if I can be the one holding the basket for donations. I won't say a word about the t-shirt. Except what I just wrote. Now I'm done. I could never be a church secretary. Errors would appear accidentally on purpose.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. That is why I'm not forwarding the job posting to you. It would be best for all involved. God bless. (Ha ha ha).

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  8. Of course he'd want to keep the 'pay' error ;P
    Too funny though!

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    1. He was a bit of a card...in a good way.

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  9. I'm glad your pastor had a sense of humor and wasn't all uptight about it all!

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    1. The time comes when we all have to laugh at ourselves. It makes our flaws bearable. :-)

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  10. When the typos are NOT ours, they offer comic relief. Sadly, I have plenty on record I will need a long time to pass before I will laugh about. Just made one today in a too-hasty comment on someone's blog.
    DD has made it her specialty to find such on road signs. You'd think someone would have caught those.

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    1. Welcome to the club....I say "welcome" because the club is SO large, we might not find you otherwise. :-)

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  11. You printed the truth and people appreciated it.

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  12. OK that is too funny and so many will pay as your pastor saw:) I also love the opening part-The church will help you-hahahaaaa

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  13. What's even funnier is that people fell for it and handed over their money. Ha!

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  14. Great post today ! Made me laugh.

    cheers, parsnip

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  15. First thought: Some churches will do ANYTHING for building projects.

    Second thought: Still remember after my mom died, our (Catholic) parish had several people over the next month or two have masses said for her. I honestly saw in that time the name Ursula misspelled three different ways, including "Urusual".

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  16. It helps to be able to laugh at yourself.

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  17. It's genius. I might tell people to pay after they read my blog and see what happens.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo