Church bulletins usually include the name and address of the church, the title and passage of the sermon, and the pertinent announcements for the week. Many also include a schedule of service and give records for the fiscal period or a short inspirational message from a pastor or church member.
Christian bookstores sell preprinted bulletin covers with spiritual or inspirational quotes and graphics to brighten the front; church staff may print the church's information inside a professionally covered bulletin. Other churches choose to print their own covers, using a church logo or a given sermon theme. When necessary, an insert may be placed in bulletins for a specific announcement or information regarding the sermon; many churches place a "visiting family" insert in or along the edge of bulletins for visitors to fill out contact information during the service.
Some churches put a full order of service (including any songs, singers, hymn numbers, prayer leaders, the pastor's sermon title and the full text of his key passage) in the bulletin every Sunday; whereas other churches only put in the sermon title and scripture reference. Many churches place a calendar of upcoming events, age groups invited, kinds of volunteers needed and contact information for the event supervisors. A running tabulation of offerings received and how the money is being used is frequently included. Ongoing projects, fund raising goals and any church needs may also be listed in the bulletin.