A few of my (FREE) favorite things

If you have a website or blog, it can be hard to find decent images. The best solution is to take your own photos (or hire them done). But that’s not always practical.

Enter stock photography.

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Luckily, there are a number of great websites out there that offer free (or next-to-free) photos. Several even specialize in Christian images. Here is a list of the websites that are currently on my list of go-to sources.

https://picjumbo.com/

http://jaymantri.com/

http://nos.twnsnd.co/

http://snapwiresnaps.tumblr.com/

http://nomoreclipart.com/

http://www.lifeofpix.com/

http://freelyphotos.com/

http://www.gratisography.com/

http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/75-free-stock-photos-im-ht?utm_campaign=blog-rss-emails&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=17142879

https://stocksnap.io/

http://www.creationswap.com/

https://www.lightstock.com/

http://www.stockvault.net/

What great resources do you use frequently? Add to this list in the comments below.

Church announcements: Just the facts!

Loved this article from Church Marketing Sucks about writing better church announcements. Check out this example:

BEFORE:

If you are married or planning to get married the Renewed Marriage Seminar is for you and your spouse. Join our senior pastor and his wife, John and Jane Smith, for this incredible time of renewal and refreshing in your marriage. Having been married 20 years, they will be teaching marriage principles from the Bible as well as from their own experiences. The registration fee is $35 which includes study materials, lunch and snacks. Childcare will be provided. The seminar is on March 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The seminar will be in the fellowship hall. Lunch and refreshments will be served in the atrium. Register at the table in the atrium after the service or call Dorothy at the church office.

AFTER:

Renewed Marriage Seminar // Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. // Fellowship Hall // Pastor John and Jane Smith are leading the seminar. You can register for $35 (includes materials, lunch and childcare) in the atrium or by contacting Dorothy at 555-555-1234 or dorothy@church.org.

BOOM! Keep it simple.

See more at: http://www.churchmarketingsucks.com/2013/03/how-to-write-church-announcements/#sthash.bFQGtBwf.dpuf