I wrote an apology in the editorial for the skipped January/February issue, as with both my orthodontic surgery and Christmas I had been to busy to get started on Parable. Having a bigger issue to give out, so full of information, was mentioned as a way of making up for the gap.
With one of the groups that meet in the hall closing, and the Church Secretary stepping down, I had to make changes to the static inside cover pages. I had lots of content to fit in: answers to the puzzles in the previous issue; advertisement for a charity event; information about two annual services; Sunday School annual reports; the borough's Church group Easter services; a busy two months worth of dates and events.
As I added and rearranged information, I saved one side of a page for a cover article. When I had added every item I had, it took me to 17 sides, and I considered putting the Sunday School reports on the cover. However, without a good title or image idea, it didn't feel like a front page item. I also had an idea for an aptly-timed article about our existance as a Church without a full time Minister, making more rearrangement for 16 page sides seem more than worthwhile.
The last challenge was finding an image. I had an idea in my head of an abstract photo of a minister, cassock and clerical collar, which I could not find free-to-use online. I pictured the the altar area, and it was not hard to find the word lectern, nor find free-to-use pictures of various lecterns. Steering away from other faith symbolism, such as stars of David, lecterns resembling Qu'ran stands and even clearly Catholic altar areas, I found many images of eagle lecterns and chose the one I found most a