April Showers Bring May… Clergy Crates!

Whether your April was dry, rainy, or filled with snow, be assured that the May Clergy Crate will be on its way soon! It’s filled with items to brighten your day, whatever the weather. I’m hoping the items will be a resource to you throughout your ministries this summer.

What are your plans for this summer? Leading mission trips? Taking part in your church’s Vacation Bible School? Comment on this post for a chance to receive a bonus item in your May Clergy Crate!

There are just 6 May Clergy crates still available! Be sure to order soon to receive yours!

 

HOLY Week – Caring for Clergy Crate Kids

This past week I’ve heard several of my clergy friends say, “ahh! what do I get for my kids for Easter!?”

It’s tricky when you want to find items that are appropriate theologically and age-wise, but that are also fun. Also, if they can be ordered on Maundy Thursday and get here by Holy Saturday, that’s all the better! Amazon Prime is your friend! If you haven’t tried it yet, this is the perfect time for a free trial.*

To provide a bit of care for my clergy friends (and anyone else stuck in this predicament!) here’s a list of suggestions for various ages at various price points. I pray it will be helpful for you!:

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Remember, Christ came for you to have abundant life. (John 10:10). May your Easter Sunday afternoon (or evening if need be), be filled with napping!

 

*Believe it or not, I’m getting no sort of kick back from Amazon on this… I just genuinely like them that much!

Holy Week as Told by the Cast of Princess Bride

You know that feeling when you get soooo into a certain Biblical story everything seems like a sermon illustration? Yeah, that’s where my head is at this Holy Week… and today it happens to have come through in the story of:

Procession of Palms

Turning Tables

Last Supper

Garden of Gesthemane

Judas Betrayal

Mocked by Crowd

Pilate

Crucifixion

Holy Saturday

Easter

May your week indeed be holy.

Happy Shrove Tuesday! (from Clergy Crate and Sister Act)

I just spent the evening eating pancakes, giggling with church members of all ages (having a 7-month-old brings that out of people…), and getting ready to face my mortality!

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That odd combination in this life we lead means that today was Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday Eve, when we give our vices one last hurrah before hiding them away with the hallelujahs and the white paraments. So one last hallelujah before tomorrow…

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…because our subscribers have now all received their very first Clergy Crate!!!

It was a joy to put them together and it’s been such a thrill hearing back from many of you on how they have affected you and your ministry. Be sure to check out our Testimonials to find out how others have felt about their experience with Clergy Crate. If you are a subscriber, please help strengthen this project through your testimonials to clergycrate@gmail.com.

If you were not a subscriber, check out the photo below to see what was included:

setFun fact: the content of this mailing ended up with a value of over $50! Supplementary online materials on the site provided instructions, liturgy, and links to other items to enhance clergy life. Check out the pictures below to see the items in more detail. If you are interested in any of the items click on the picture and you will be linked to where you may purchase that item.

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This labyrinth was made by Handcrafted Pewter and are only sold wholesale. If you would like to purchase more or other sorts of labyrinth items, please email clergycrate@gmail.com.

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There was also a whole collection of resources (for use in ministry and personal spiritual life) provided by A Sanctified Art on a site they made just for Clergy Crate subscribers!

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It was a joy to put this collection together. Thanks to the investment of so many of you in both 2 mailing and 4 mailing subscriptions, I have been able to work ahead on the other crates for this year. Things are coming together quite well and I look forward to sending the next mailing out in May! If you’d like to receive the May mailing and are not already subscribed, please be sure to order here.

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Can’t wait till May? Be sure to check out our Event Crates and Life Awards!

I hope you have a penitent Lent and enjoy being reminded of your sin and mortality! (or whatever you’re supposed to wish someone in this season…)

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Know that you and your ministry are in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate this season of wilderness.

In hope,

Kathleen

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Clergy Crate Day!

I’ve heard from a number of you that your Clergy Crate has arrived. I’m so glad! It’s been a joy to hear your responses to this project after having it unfolding for a while just on my end. Each time I saw your names, through checking through orders, printing and applying labels, and filling each mailing, I said a prayer for you and for your ministry. It is my hope that those prayers are felt in the content of the mailing as you interact with it in the weeks and months to come.

If you ordered a Clergy Crate and have yet to receive it, please feel free to request your tracking number. I have a giant receipt that I can look through to find the number if need be.

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Cutest Quality Control around!

In a few days, I’ll post a picture of what all was received so that those still making up their minds about ordering for the next crate can have a better idea of what to expect.

Also, be sure to check out our other types of mailings, Event Crates and Life Awards, to bless the clergy in your life, or send a treat to yourself!

And for those who received this mailing, your testimonial responses (submitted on the bottom of the Subscribers page) will be very helpful while our company and brand are established.

 

Blessings!

Some exciting updates to the site…

The first mailing is getting closer and closer to being sent, with one more timely item in process at this very moment!

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As you await that, I wanted to be sure to loop you in on some exciting updates:

Special Events
We are now offering mailings for special events! While Clergy Crates are all about self-care, this is a way you can spread the love to other clergy people in your life for the special things going on in their lives (though you absolutely can send one to yourself!). This includes Ordination/Installation, Anniversary of Ordination/Pastorate/Installation, Vocational Transitions, Birthday, Wedding, New Baby, or the myriad other events that uniquely impact our lives.

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This will be a fun new venture because it will allow Clergy Crate to branch out a bit, while also not getting too bogged down all at once with the larger mailings. There’s also a range in pricing ($15-$40) that gives some flexibility, both in your ordering and in my fulfillment of orders.

Vendor Info
We have some genuinely great vendors (though I’m admittedly biased!) and it’s a joy to be able to feature their work in these crates. If you find something you like in the crates, be sure to check out the corresponding vendor to see what else they have available and see how they can support you and your ministry. We’ll be adding to the vendor list as the months go on. Have a suggestion of a vendor you would like to see? Please fill out the contact form. We’re grateful for tips on what makes your ministry life better.

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Praying you have a blessed sixth week of ordinary time!
(I’m sure you don’t get told that too often!)

And to start your weekday on an adorable note: