Since we put these new signs out two weeks ago, I’ve wanted to post pictures here. Then I was thinking I should definitely link this to Matt McKee at Remix of Children’s Ministry as a shout out to Sign Wednesday… or is it Thursday??? About 7 weeks agoÃ‚Â my churchdecided to add another venue at my campus. We needed another big room which would seat 400-600 more people. That place just happened to be where my 3rd-5th grade had church. It certainly wasn’t one of those “Kids always get the shaft” deals, but more of a “taking one for the team” opportunities. Quite frankly, we’re out of seats, but we’re still growing. What did that mean for CT Kids? Well, we were given an area of our facility that isn’t used as much. It’s the newest section of our building which consisted of two large rooms. This was a great opportunity for the kids. We got a full remodel, new lights, new carpet, new chairs, new everything. I’ll post pictures of our new space sometime soon. The only downside is that the area is on the other side of our auditorium… meaning that it is separated from the rest of the kids and the only way to get to it is to walk outside… around the auditorium. So far, this hasn’t been a big deal… but it hasn’t rained yet....Read More
I’ve really been out of the blogging scene all summer, so some may have already circulated this video around the blogosphere. I’ve already had 3 different people from my church send me links to it in my email and it’s at the top of the charts at GodTube… so if you’ve been there you’ve probably seen it. The first few minutes had me skeptical, but I must admit that the last moments of this presentation got me teary eyed. What power and passion is illustrated through this skit. I wouldn’t sat this video is for every kid. The main character experiences some real life issues that some of our younger kids don’t really need to be exposed to yet (ie. cutting and suicide). However, I know of some 4th and 5th graders who have mentioned this video to me and how it had a profound effect on them. At the very least, I know it will bless you when you watch it. It is the “Everything” Skit by Lifehouse. It appears to have been performed at Winterfest this last...Read More
In case you forgot, the US Constitution turned 220 today. Unfortunately, most people forgot. The only reason I knew was because my wife and I had a very random discussion a few weeks ago and I looked it up. For all of us fellow Americans, we should remember this day. July 4th was a huge defining moment. That was when we decided to throw off the chains of tyranny and we decided who we no longer wanted to be. However, September 17 too was a defining moment. On this day we as a nation decided who we wanted to be. Yeah, it isn’t perfect… but it’s better than a lot of other places. So today I’m thankful for my right to share the love of God with kids as a citizen of this great country. Happy Birtday US Constitution! I’ll leave you with the preamble: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of...Read More
Okay, here is my favorite web app of all time right now. It it literally changing the way I prepare for church and even has some great application for personally use. The program is called Folder Share and it free. I think it used to be called file taxi or something, but Microsoft bought them out and they seem to be running the show (don’t let that scare you off yet, the application is really cool). Folder Share is about replicating data to folders on different machines. I was first introduced to this idea of data replication when we first went to the multi-site model here at Cross Timbers. Rather than have one server stored at one campus with all the files on it (and everyone on the other campuses would have to connect remotely to it), the IT director installed a server on every campus and every server has the same directory structure and set-up. The IT team then installed some kind of replication engine that synced all the files from every server to each other. Now, when I go to work, I only access files on my local server. However, when I make any changes, my local server sends those changes to the other servers in the background. That way fellow staff members can access what I’ve modified or created. Folder Share is the same thing but...Read More
I’ve recently come across two killer apps that I absolutely LOVE. I’ll share the first one with you today and the other one tomorrow. The first one is Simplify Media. It adds great new functionality to your iTunes. Unless you have multiple computers at home running iTunes or you work in an office setting where you would be with many other users who may have iTunes running, you may have noticed that you can see other people’s iTunes library. In the preferences, you can set up music sharing for yourself and tell your iTunes to look for others as well. You can also tell iTunes what folders you are willing to share. (Unfortunately, you cannot listen to someone’s music if they bought it from iTunes, thanks to DRM. However, if they put the music on their computer by ripping it off a CD, happened to buy non-DRM music or if they have actually activated your computer to listen to their music… by entering their user name and password… then you can enjoy their music) The downside has been the iTunes only lets you share music over a local network. We use VPN all the time at Cross Timbers. I can be home and VPN connect to the office and to everyone else in the office, I appear to be in the office as well. All our campus sites are...Read More
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