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How to "White List" the Church Newsletters So They Get to Your Inbox

We've heard from more than a few people who are not receiving the church newsletters, even though they've signed up to receive them. More often than not, when we hear from these people, we find that they're using Gmail addresses, which have above average security protocols in place to protect users from spam and junk email. While this is a good thing, sometimes these protocols capture good email as well. The following is a step-by-step guide for setting up a filter for your Gmail account to ensure that email sent from the church makes it to your inbox every time.
  1. Log into Gmail's webmail interface at http://mail.google.com
  2. Click on the gear on the right side of the page, and select "Settings"White List Email Address Step 1
  3. Click on the "Filters" tab near the top of the page 
  4. Click the text link "Create a New Filter"
  5. In the "From" field, enter: wupdate@spencervillesda.org,prose@spencervillesda.org,office@spencervillesda.org, then click the text link below which says: "Create filter with this search". 
  6. On the next screen, check the box which says "Never send it to spam" and click the "Create filter" button. You've now created a "white-list" email filter, and all email from these addresses will make it to your inbox.
  7. There's one more step that you may want to take to ensure that you're seeing 100% of what comes into your inbox (especially if you're using 'webmail' instead of an email client like Outlook or Mac Mail). In the same "gear" menu on the right side, select "Configure inbox". 
  8. Uncheck the boxes next to "Social" and "Promotional" and click Save. 
That's it! You've now created a filter and removed the additional default categories in Gmail. You should now receive all email from the church directly to your inbox!