One name for "#" is “hashtag” and it’s become rather significant in the social networking world. Do you think it could be useful in church, too?
I live in San Jose, California, and attend San Jose Christian Reformed Church. I work as the IT Director of Pivot Interiors, a Herman Miller office furniture company.
I grew up in the Air Force, where my dad was a chaplain, so I lived in several places during my childhood, including Michigan, Alaska, Washington, Texas, Florida and Arizona. I went to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I met my husband Randy.
We have lived in San Jose for over 30 years now. I have 3 adult children and two grandchildren who are, of course, the cutest things ever.
I am a self-confessed nerd, and not just in technology. I love many kinds of techie things, especially databases, but I am also a bookworm and have been a bit nerdy about that since I was a kid. Currently I'm in 3 book clubs, 2 of which I started.
In addition to reading, I'm starting to explore writing -- I have started several blogs, one to chronicle the books I'm reading, another to recount some memories and one just for musing.
Another hobby, which my husband and I enjoy together, is traveling, whether it's day trips or longer vacations. There are many great places to go quite near to us -- San Francisco, Monterey, Yosemite, the redwoods, Tahoe, the wine country, the list goes on. We enjoy longer road trips, too, and have visited several national parks around the U.S. and hope to see more.
They (whoever “they” are) have been saying for a while now, “The world’s going mobile,” and it sure seems they are right, doesn’t it? 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?
Looking back on technology in 2013, tablets were a pretty important item. The first Apple iPad was released in 2010, so the tablets have been around a while now, but it seems to me that they were still quite newsworthy throughout 2013. If not newsworthy, they were at least penetrating more and more into our lives, including our work lives. Have you found this to be true? Are you or those you know using tablets at work? At home? How about at church?
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.
One question is, 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. I find comfort in knowing that what I do and say is infinitesimally small in the grand scheme of things...
So, I'll tell you my story, then you tell me yours. This is the story of the trials, tribulations and travails we experienced at my church as we went through the process of upgrading our projection technology. After you read it, I would love to hear your story. Have you gone through similar trials and travails as you move into new solutions and technologies?
This is Mavis Moon, signing in again as the guide for the Church & Web Network. Many thanks to Jerod Clark, who’s been the guide most recently. We won’t say good-bye to Jerod because we’ll be reading some of his work as part of the content for the Church & Web Network in the future. 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?
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?”...
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...
Good point. I took your comment as something hurtful and it sounds like you only meant to be satirical.
I thought Pastor Mary’s talk was amazing, too! I listened to it twice now – the second time to refresh my memory before writing a response here.
By the way, I am a “boomer.” CRC for life...
I think it would be good if we all tried to think the best of each other and what they write or say, rather than look for things to criticize. I'm not saying I am always perfect at this myself,...
I also like the "Salt of the Earth" calendar that Joyce refers to (http://christiancalendar.squarespace.com/). It is not something you can download and print, but you can order it and it is a...posted on: Printable Church Year Calendar?
Update: I just read an article on an app that CRCNA is putting out, and I'm trying it now on my phone. I am going to ask our secretary about using that app rather than Planning Center for our...posted on: Thoughts on Easy Worship?
For our replacement of Power Point, our church tried Easy Worship and Pro Presenter by having our "Power Point team" try using them for a couple weeks. We ended up not going with either but...posted on: Thoughts on Easy Worship?
I heard Trevor Noah's interview on Fresh Air. It was good. I haven't read the book yet, but now I will. Your questions look great and I plan to return to discuss. Thanks!
I highly recommend When Breath Becomes Air, too. I listened to it, but reading or listening, it's great!posted on: What's On Your Summer Reading List?
Just read News of the World by Paulette Jiles and really enjoyed it. Two on my to be read list: Ruined by Ruth Everhart and La Rose by Louise Erdrich.posted on: What's On Your Summer Reading List?
I'm not sure I understand what this would look like. Can you give some examples of what you are talking about? Such as: "preach[ing] co-illumining Bible/creation-based sermons and catechiz[ing] ...posted on: What If God Has Something New for the CRC?