I can’t speak to everything Donner Lohnes, a member of Unitarian Universalists of Puerto Rico, mentions in his comment — and do read it if you you are a seminarian or care about new churches in the UUA — but I can address one thing he notes:
We canâ€™t afford the $200 for Pagemaker and donâ€™t even have Word.
You needn’t have to. Even for those use Microsoft Windows (and to a lesser degree, Mac OS X) as an operating system, you can still use mature and highly functional open-source software. This is software that is free to modify, and all of these cases free to own. (If you have poor bandwidth, it is often worth the few dollars to buy a CD from any number of entrepreneurs. eBay is a good place to find them.)
I’ve used open-source software on Linux for about three years now, and have found options to suit my needs. I’m so bold as to think everyone could benefit from the most popular office suite and graphics manipulation programs: OpenOffice.org and The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). OpenOffice.org comes pre-installed with the high-quality Vera family of Bitstream fonts, which this leading type foundry released under a liberal license. (Wikipedia page on Bitstream Vera)
For building websites, you could use nVu (“in vue”). In place of Pagemaker, I’d recommend the desktop publishing application Scribus but this is more than all congregations need. Newsletter templates in OpenOffice.org might do, and the open-source model should inspire churches that use it to make their templates available. (I’ve got an on-again, off-again project to integrate a church liturgical calendar with a order of service merge, but the new OpenOffice.org database application and mail merge wizards keep stumping me.) PDFCreator (see omnibus discs below) makes PDFs from any program you can print from. (OpenOffice.org has this feature built in.)
And everyone already has the Firefox browser already, right?
The WinLibre disc (151 MB; this Wikipedia page for an easy software listing) and TheOpenCD (675 MB; Wikipedia page) are omnibus open-source software discs for Windows. Again, if you have broadband or know someone who does, just download and burn your own disc.