having church in a snowstorm- part 2

Well, we made it!  The online campus of Mission Church has been successfully launched!  Whew!  After a long night of post-production (something having to do with videos and seams and downloads), we got a little bit of sleep before the sun rose Sunday morning.  We all stayed in our pajamas, ate a little bit of breakfast, and nervously waited for church to start.  Brent got the computer all ready and we just watched the countdown on the screen and prayed like crazy that everything would work.

Then, lo and behold, it worked!  Woo hoo!  There were a few little delay bumps here and there, but it was still a great success.  The songs could be heard, the lyrics could be read, the announcement videos played, and the sermon was great (as always, in my completely biased opinion).  All the rest of the bells and whistles passed the test, too.  There were chats, and prayers, and responses, and sermon notes, and communication cards, and an offering.

My favorite part was singing along to the worship team with the kids and parents all snuggled on the couch.  I also liked reading some of the comments from our online hosts.  I thought they did a great job of moderating the whole event.  Brent showed me a lot of comments on Facebook about attending online.  People seemed to be excited about this new project.  It will be fascinating to see what God has in mind for it.

the snow on Friday morning

the snow on Friday morning

The snow on Saturday morning, can you see the difference?

The snow on Saturday morning, can you see the difference?

ready for some church!

ready for some church!

the supplies are ready: a notepad and some hot tea

the supplies are ready: a notepad and some hot tea

up and running

up and running

a mom and her boy

a mom and her boy

sermon notes

sermon notes

Now this weekend we get to see how it all works when we don’t have the entire church family watching from home (including the staff and leaders).  We’re making it one step at a time.  Some steps seem bigger than others, but we just keep stepping in the direction that God is leading along the path that he has created for us.

having church in a snowstorm- part 1

The weather has been nonstop snow for the last three days!  It’s just been snow, snow, and more snow.  It’s beautiful and fun, but it’s also not easy to get around on the snowy roads.  Our snowplows still have a lot of work to do before all the roads are cleared.

So what do you do when it’s time for church but most of the people in your church family can’t get there?  Well, I’m so glad you asked!  The answer is, thanks to technology, you  bring the church service right to them!  Providentially, this is the weekend that Mission Church planned on launching our online campus, which means that anyone with internet could watch our services online.  And not just watch, but also worship, interact in a chat room, respond to the message, receive prayer support, and even give.

When we knew that our regular services probably weren’t going to happen, we still wanted to make the online experience happen.  On a regular weekend (whatever that is!), we would just broadcast a recording of a live service.  But today, we didn’t have that.  So we just pulled together the worship team (musicians and singers) and the production team (sound, light, and camera technicians).  Then we all met at the building and had church!  Church musicians often say that we perform for “an audience of one.”  This means that we’re singing for the Lord, and what we do is an offering to him, above all else.  We definitely got a chance to put that into practice tonight.  Almost all the seats in the congregation section were empty, but we knew that there would be people worshipping with us on their computers all around town the next morning, or even all around the country, or the world.  You just never know!

If you would like to worship with us in the morning, here is the address:

http://www.experiencethehighlife.tv

The service times are the same as our regularly scheduled services:  9am  and 10:45 am Pacific Standard Time.  We’ll be watching here at our house.  I must admit that I’m kind of nervous, since I got to be on the worship team this weekend.  But it’s all recorded now and getting ready for the internet.  Oh boy!

Here are some pics from tonight:

An almost empty room.  But we still had a great time.

An almost empty room. But we still had a great time.

The tech team is getting ready.

The tech team is getting ready.

Looking to see if everything recorded correctly.

Looking to see if everything recorded correctly.

There's always a little post production to do.

There’s always a little post production to do.

Wherever you go tomorrow, even if it’s online, may you have a blessed worship experience with the body of Christ, his Church!

back to the blog

Some of you probably thought that I had given up on this blog.  Not true!  But I did take a good long break.  There is no sappy or sentimental or even practical reason why.  I just stayed focused on a bunch of other things.  But the break is over and it’s time to get back to it!

Right now Brent and the kids are headed up to the mountain for the first day of ski school.  They are all very excited about getting back to the slopes!  Down here in town, there is a light snow falling.  It’s very picturesque and peaceful.  In the house, it’s just the cat and I hanging out by the fire, enjoying the winter setting.  All I need is some hot cocoa and a book and all will be right with the world.  Oh the bliss!

I hope to give some updates about the kids and about church in the coming days.  Here it is in a nutshell:  everyone is healthy, the kids are growing, Brent is busy but hopefully not too busy, and I still have the world’s greatest job, which is to be wife and mom is this family.  That’s it.  More details to come.  And just for fun, here are some shots that Emma took when she stole my phone one day.  You can see out little friend, Weston, in the background.  A whole lot of goofiness and fun!

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