Monthly Archives: September 2013

Religious Greeting Cards Trump the Top Five School Fundraiser Items

Religious Greeting Cards 2School envelopes with attractive catalogs – that can only mean its fundraiser time, and no doubt your child or grandchild wants to sell a lot (and perhaps outrank peers in a friendly competition to earn a fancy eraser pack or related prize).

This year, do something different for your school fundraiser and offer religious greeting cards for Christmas. They’re beautiful, useful, uplifting and help to share your faith. For example, cards from The Printery House are monastic-made in the same print shop that’s been operating for 60 years. Our online Catholic store has the answers to your school fundraising dilemma.

If you’re like many families, you need a little humor in your school week. Let’s consider the top five school fundraising items we’ve all purchased already, and the ways faith-filled greeting cards are better:

1. Frozen pizzas. Many of us with school-aged children have bought frozen pizzas with the promise of “brick oven” baked, only to realize that while we enjoy helping students, these closely resemble the pizzas available at bulk stock-up specials in our local grocery stores. While beautiful greeting cards can’t make much of an after-school snack, they can offer others the longer-lasting satisfaction and peace of reading scripture.

2. Oversized trash bags on rolls. These are useful, absolutely. They’re effective at doing their job. And it’s likely many of us have a few hundred waiting for the big leaf fall this year. Why not consider religious greeting cards instead? They can’t hold all your yard waste, they do have special and faith-inspired messages to help you remember you are loved by a wonderful Creator – who doesn’t make any trash.

3. Nuts. Nuts are healthy and tasty, but they’re also available in bulk at most of our shopping venues. They’re convenient, but they may lack a little pizzazz and they certainly lack staying power. Stationary, calendars and Christmas cards from The Printery House can be read, admired and read again while you’re enjoying a handful of lesser-priced nuts from your local store.

4. Popcorn. We all love popcorn – salty, sweet, chocolate covered. However, we don’t all love those “collectors” tins that are too pretty to just throw away, yet seem to pile up in basements, garages and storage rooms for the next garage sale. Throwing them away isn’t an option, either, since there’s a certain element of guilt at wondering if they should be recycled, and again, there’s usually a pretty picture of mountains on the side. Better choice:  Christmas cards or calendars that bring joy at the moment, and many times over, without collecting in a side room.

5. Flowers. Flowers are lovely, but they fade fast. A lovely set of Christmas cards from The Printery House can feature beautiful greenery and florals without need of water, and without the risk of luring a housecat or a pet into munching on them.  Religious greeting cards are a much more convenient and low-maintenance choice for your school or church fundraiser.

Contact The Printery House today to learn more about the school fundraising programs or affiliate fundraising programs. After all, everyone enjoys (and cherishes) a wonderful card or calendar that’s been monastic made – especially when the purchase helps support their school or church for years to come.

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Inspirational Cards & Homemade Goodies: What a College Student Loves to Get in the Mail

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It’s September, and just about everyone is back in school, including college students.  Whether this is the first year you’ve sent a child off to college or you’ve done it before, it’s always an exciting (and emotional) event.

Parents who want to encourage their college student, or those who’ve inspired that student along the way (such as Sunday School teachers) will want to start packing a care package. Kids in college will always welcome a package from home or a family friend. What makes for a great welcome gift box from home? Here are some suggestions:

First, pick out a selection of inspirational cards. Inspirational cards are available at Christian bookstores and they come in all sorts of styles and with all kinds of messages. Cards that encourage your student to lean on God, ones that remind them that God’s strength is available and sufficient or cards that let them know you are remembering them in daily prayer are perfect.  So are cards which bear the simple reminder “God Loves You”. These cards will be the anchor for all the other goodies you choose to send along.

Cash is always in short supply and is therefore, always welcome. It doesn’t have to be a lot of money. You can tuck a twenty dollar bill into a card along with a note that suggests using it for pizza or ice cream (or laundry). Getting a handwritten note from home with just a little fun money is a great way to surprise your college student.

College kids are expected to do a lot of reading, so a bookmark is another simple, but welcome gift that can be slipped inside an inspirational card. You can make the bookmark yourself or you can choose from a variety of bookmarks on sale at a Christian bookstore; either way the gift will be a regular reminder of the folks at home who are supporting the hard work of college. Desk or wall calendars also make great gifts that are easy to mail.

Gift cards are easily stuffed inside one of your inspirational cards. Gift cards that can be used at fast food chains, the gas station, the bookstore or even Wal-Mart (for dorm or school supplies) will bring a smile to your student’s face when he opens his mail. You could choose to send a different card every month. It will let your student know he is remembered and will make getting mail from home eagerly anticipated.

Of course, home-baked goodies are a staple of the college gift package. Brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and other homemade treats will make a wonderful surprise. But even better than the snack food and money will be the words you write. This is your chance to tell your child how much you believe in them. Inspirational cards with uplifting messages are valuable, but not more than the words that flow from a mother or father’s pen.

So send along regular care packages, but always include some heartfelt words of encouragement and praise. They mean more than you know and will be remembered for years to come. If you wonder where to buy great inspirational cards, check out our selection at the The Printery House. We offer a variety of cards that can help brighten the day of your college student.

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Encouragement From a Care Package: Religious Gift Ideas

 

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It’s nice to open packages on your birthday and Christmas. It’s fun to receive gifts
at wedding showers and baby showers. But there is a lot of life lived in between those standard gift-giving occasions and, frankly, there are lots of days when a small present could really make the trek a bit more cheerful. An unexpected care package is fun to put together and when you use some of our religious gift ideas, it can also become an opportunity for ministry.

College kids are packing up or have already gone. Moms and dads did their best to fully equip their scholars before they left, but chances are something was forgotten. Put it in a care package along with some other ‘just for fun’ items. Microwave popcorn, a Starbucks gift card and a daily devotional that takes just a minute or two to read (Jesus Calling is one example) and a bottle of multivitamins turn a school-supply package into
a hug-from-home.

When friends are feeling under the weather or are recovering from surgery, it’s a great time for a care package. The package can start with a great Get Well card that includes words from Scripture. But your sick friend might enjoy getting a new Christian music CD along with some tea bags. You could go one step further and whip up a batch of Russian tea mix and tuck that inside.

A friend’s (or co-worker’s) move is another care package opportunity. Along with a home made casserole – if the person lives in town, these care packages could include a book of Blessings and Prayers, message blocks that read Peace To This House, or lovely hand-crafted soaps.

Just Because care packages are perhaps the most fun to assemble. They can include religious gift ideas such as a new journal, a book of printed prayers or a Psalter, bookmarks with bible verses printed on them, or a printed copy of your favorite Christian blog post. If your friend likes to cook, send along a new kitchen gadget, a great new recipe and a stack of recipe cards.

If your friend is musical send an iTunes gift card, new earphones and the printed words to a favorite hymn or praise chorus. Some friends share our passions for things like chocolate or coffee. Chocolate-covered coffee beans, small packages of flavored coffees and a decadent chocolate bar would make anyone’s day better.

Care packages for in-town delivery can include fresh or frozen food items. For loved ones too far to visit in person, consider wrapping each little item individually and tying it with a pretty bow to make the experience last. Use enough bubble pack/peanuts/crumpled newspaper to protect the items you send.

Finally, it isn’t only the religious gift ideas you come up with that will make your care package meaningful. It will also be the prayer that you pray over the package before you mail it or deliver it that will bring blessing. If you need some religious gift
inspiration, visit The Printery House and find your own ideas for creating your one-of-a-kind care package.

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Best Baby Christening Gift Ideas: Welcome Little One

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A baby christening is one of those milestone moments you won’t want to forget in the life of your child or godchild.

Christening signifies that the child bears a first tangible demonstration of the Holy Spirit and sets the tone for the child to take part in sacraments as they grow in their faith. Gifts exchanged during this special time are sure to be kept and may even be passed down from a child to their own child one day.

If you’re wondering what are the best baby christening gift ideas, here are some simple suggestions:

1. Personalized picture frame with the child’s name and the date of the christening event help to capture the special moment. This can remain a statement of God’s love for years.
2. Children’s jewelry with religious emblems for infant girls is something they will treasure. A dainty bracelet or necklace (as a keepsake, not necessarily to be worn right away) is also memorable and a special choice.
3. A keepsake jewelry box also makes a great baby christening gift for a girl.
4. A special bible with a handwritten note will guide them in their faith for years to come.  Honor and celebrate a baby’s baptism with a bible made even more special with your handwritten message of faith.
5. Decorative crosses like the Noah’s Ark Cross make a bright and cheerful addition to either a boy or a girl’s room, and will serve as a constant reminder that God keeps His promises.
6. The line of endearing Willow Tree sculptures includes several designs with a loving adult figure and a child, which is an excellent gift choice as a godparent or grandparent.

Scripturally, this is a great season of life to remind yourself, and also in any handwritten cards or notes you may send to the family, that God speaks highly and often of children in the Bible.

Even in Genesis, God tells parents to “be fruitful and multiply” and says that children are a blessing, a gift and a very significant responsibility.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise…

2 Timothy 3:14-15 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Find all of your baby christening gift ideas, cards and other items to share in a child’s faith at The Printery House – now celebrating 60 years of cards and gifts, with all cards made on-site at Conception Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery.

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