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vistaprint.com (about $13.00 ea)
Surprisingly economical, lawn signs are great ways to highlight the mission and remind people of the event. And because it's a bit different, people take notice. The best designs (like most things graphic in nature) are those without a lot of text and simply calls attention to a singular event, highlighted with color and image. Parishes will put them on the campus and ask parishioners to place in their yards as well!
I bring these and give out at mission
During the actual mission, everyone recites a common prayer to close out each evening presentation. We call this the mission prayer.
A nice way to anticipate, raise awareness of and, most of all, ensure a successful mission, is to invoke God's blessing in prayer leading up to it. So a short prayer is printed and placed in the pews (or missalette). It becomes the closing prayer at the Sunday liturgies 3 weeks prior to mission.
Social Network Platforms
(about $500 for 1000 full color)
Postcards are easy way to personally invite every (registered) parishioner to the mission. The fact that it is not bundled with other material or included amongst additional information makes it stand out and suggests a degree of importance. Could it be a letter saying the same? Yes, but again, the more creative and imaginative the material, the more it will succeed in its purpose.
Large Format Posters
uprinting.com (about $8.00 each if ordering 10 or more)
There's no better way to catch the eye and attention of someone walking into church than a colorful, oversized poster placed against the doors leading them in. Or you can secure it to a styrophoam board and place it on an easel in the vestibule. One at each doorway.
And don't forget the meeting spaces, school, offices and bathrooms (really).
Some parishes have a social network of connecting parishioners with one another and diseminating information about what's going on in the parish. There's facebook and twitter, of course, but more universal is what you already have: the church website. Like the bulletin, instead of a text inclusion or line item about mission, make the mission announcement a big color graphic: bold and in their face; something that is impossible to avoid.
I've seen where parishes printed up t-shirts and asked members of the youth/young adult group/s to wear them the weeks before mission. Many of the active adults and staff would also want to participate! The week before mission the t-shirt brigade would be the special greeters and ushers at all the masses: welcome people, take up the collection, bring up the gifts, etc. In essence, they become walking billborads-- and have a fun time doing it. Again- it's different, creative, fun and suggests the mission will be the same.
vistaprint.com ($7.00 ea, white shirt with your logo and words)