In researching and fact checking, I found things that I didn't know, such as the Latin name for Lent, and that Lent is from the colloquial word for Spring. The issue of when Lent ends has always been a hot topic for debate in my Church, and although I am of a set opinion on the matter, I tried to keep that out of this article, for another forum or another year.
Putting this article in the finished magazine caused me two image dilemmas: finding a piece of clipart or free image of Mardi Gras suitable for a Church, family, and possibly sensitive audience, and selecting a cover image that related to Lent. I found a piece of carnival mask clipart and chose a cross, linking the imagery instead to Good Friday, which is what Lent is leading up to, after all.
Unfortunately, I didn't receive much from Church members this time. The Church Secretary gave me the Preaching Plan, which was for the whole of 2013 and means for I have that information for every issue and right from the start. A member of the youth choir and teenage Sunday School group resent me an article which had been lost, presumably in my email's junk folder, when he first sent it to me in September.
Feeling a little behind time, as this Parable will be out on the first Sunday of March, rather than the last Sunday of February, I included a contributions deadline and issue due date before going to print.