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Dinner Church or Meal Church?

Our church is thinking of starting a once monthly service where we eat a meal together, including communion, and also have our worship service. Any of you doing that?

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Because

Have you noticed the “shorthand” way people are using the word “because” now? I don’t know where it started but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was on Twitter. I thought of this new usage of the word “because” as I listened to a series of sermons our pastor, Brad Smith, gave recently.

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Are You Mobile?

Wherever you look, people are peering, or talking, or singing along, or listening as they walk, ride, fly — whatever. What about you and your church? Are you going mobile?

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Tablets in Church?

Looking back on technology in 2013, tablets were a pretty important item. Are you or those you know using tablets at work? At home? How about at church?

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What Do You Think?

As the new year starts, it is also the start (well, restart) of my stint as a guide for the Church & Web Network. What would you like to talk about? I don’t have nearly all the answers, but I can definitely pose questions, find some information or sources of information, and solicit discussion. See the list of topics in the blog - pick from there or come up with your own! Let's talk.

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God, He's Huge!

Why does it feel like a good thing to be reminded how big God is and how small I am? Well, I’ll tell you why it feels like a blessing to me, and I’d love to hear why it does — or doesn’t — to you.

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Hello, again!

This is Mavis Moon, signing in again as the guide for the Church & Web Network. I look forward to connecting with you on anything related to technology and your church. What questions do you have? What topics would you like us to discuss?

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Something From Nothing

I have to admit, sometimes I look around at our small congregation and see only the gaps in the pews instead of the blessed people sitting between those gaps. Have you ever thought of the hours you spent preparing for worship and wondered, “Why did I bother?”

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Sacred Space at Home

I like the liturgical calendar. I think the idea of a year-round pattern for worship used by believers throughout the world is cool. And, just to be more childlike about it, I like the colors. For years now I’ve had this thought that I’d like to create a space in my home for worship and prayer. I’d like to use those liturgical colors to remind myself of what season...

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'Til We Meet Again

“How time do fly,” my dad sometimes jokes. It’s been a year since I started as the guide for The Network’s Church & Web section, and I will be saying so long, until we meet again -- which I’m sure we will, right here in The Network.

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Texting — A Churchly Activity

Do any of you use texting in your church? I think it’s a promising idea. Some churches encourage texting during church services, some use it for sending news, encouragement, prayer requests, whatever information they wish to share.

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Craigslist — It's For Churches, Too

Our church has used craigslist for projector light bulbs and sound equipment. Craigslist goes beyond the garage sale concept. It is also a way to find workers or services, or to look for work. It’s really almost unlimited what you can find on craigslist.

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Going to the Show

When her parents are getting her ready for church, my little 3-year-old granddaughter asks, “Are we going to the show?” That’s what she calls church -- “the show.” At her church, the service is shown via streaming video to the nursery where she goes each Sunday. Makes me wonder, how will “doing church” be different for future generations?

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Technology That Redeems Downtime

Today I'd like to direct you to an article from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship called "Technology that Redeems Downtime." The article gives examples of the ways you and your church can use technology to "support a lifestyle of worship."

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Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

An article by Joyce Suh reminds us that being “wired” presents a danger “of gradually cutting ourselves off from the blessing that comes with being face-to-face with another human being and from being face-to-face with God.” As we begin the Christmas season, it is good to remind ourselves of what is the most important in our lives, and to “turn our eyes upon Jesus.”

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Blogging for God?

A few weeks back I wrote about technology as a devotional tool and received some excellent suggestions of devotions available online from several of you. How about blogs? Have you found some good ones that you find help you grow in faith?

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What Do You Know About Video?

What do you know about video? Well, if you’re Andrew Nutma, quite a bit. Andrew posted an entry in the forum called “Video Record 101.” You’ll learn about the low cost solution he found for video recording his church’s services. Has your church started video recording? 

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Thoughtful Use & Non-Use of Technology

I love technology. If you’re reading this blog, you may enjoy it, too. But, even though I appreciate the use of technology, I also appreciate it when people are thoughtful about its use -- or non-use. Opposite decisions about whether or not to use technology can both be "right."

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Online File Storage

An online storage site is an easy way to share files with groups of people—such as teams or committees. There are many free and low-priced services for online storage.

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