Crazy Weekend!

This was weekend was absolutely exciting, hectic, bright, tiring, inspiring, and amazingly illuminous all at the same time. I came off exams last week and moved straight into turn at the tower. That continued into the weekend, but it went so well I was able to go to set up and take sunday off…

Saturday set up was interesting. We were able to set up some new lights for stage. We have depended on overhead gym lights for “wash” lighting on stage. These lights washed out the screens and left the stage in a dim florescent morgue-like light. The new lights allowed for the gym lights to be off and the stage to be lit in a nice bright light. We also had full control over the “house” lights.

There were some transitional fun items with the lights. They are causing some interference with the sound even though they are all being run on different circuits. I think we need to run the speakers and soundboard through a “de-hummer” or power cleaner. They are also EXTREMELY bright. I guess 1,500 watts of light being directed towards you via spot lights… yea thats gonna be bright. It reminded me of when I was at C3 at fellowship and sat in the “worship pit” during two sessions. We were actually sitting behind Ed and Bishop facing the audience and the lights. Fellowship has very similar spots around the auditorium focused on the stage and it was EXTREMELY bright because Fellowship’s Sony HD’s requires a lot of light!

We have dimmer packs on all of the lighting, but whenever the lights are not at full power the hum in the speakers is very loud. Once we get the humming out we will be able to tone the lights back to about 50-75% power, and it will help with the brightness.

Overall I was VERY pleased with Sunday. I know things could have been smoother and gone better -but- when you consider we had a new series starting, a TON of new lighting, a full set on stage, mothers day, second saturday service, and a busy week… I would say things went VERY well.

A lot of lessons were learned. We learned things with lights, but we also learned some things on the production end. There was suppose to be a Mothers Day video that had been filmed a week or two ago, but somehow the dv tape got lost in transition. We are overhauling our DV tape policies. It is well worth the cost of not reusing tape and buying new ones if it means that all tapes will get labeled, saved, protected, and not lost.

My Sunday afternoon was also interesting. I left from Discovery and drove straight to Raleigh. My mom and dad were there visiting family. Mom didn’t know I was coming! SO – I walked into my Aunts house in Raleigh and walked up behind her and put my arm around her. She looked to see who was beside her, and her jaw dropped because she thought that I had to work. It was a great surprise and mothers day gift! It was nice getting to see the family. My family is learning more and more the importance of spending time with each other.

My humongous weekend ended in a way it has never ended in at least 10 years! I went to bed at 9:30pm. I am glad I did because turn continued Monday morning at 8am!

Vanessa Whitwell…

Last sunday a friend of mine from Fellowship Church passed away due to a brain hemorrhage. Vanessa was an amazing multi-facetted person. I first saw Vanessa singing with Fellowship Church at the Creative Church conference in 2005. Many people from my church got to know Vanessa via her appearances on the In the Zone DVD singing “Kaching!” and her singing at the Christmas Eve Service at the American Airlines Center. I was fortunate enough to have dinner with her and her husband at the C3 conference in 2006. She was so very positive and encouraging. She was genuinely interested in my church, and was such a motivation to take what we were doing to the next level. She was very excited about her transitioning from music over to women’s ministries. Her “Bloom” events were some of the most creative and exciting women’s ministries I have ever seen. My thoughts and prayers are with Ed and everybody at fellowship during this difficult time.


The C3 Conference (that I blogged about earlier) down at Fellowship Church is airing there Celebration Nights LIVE on Daystar. I don’t get Daystar so I am watching via the internet

Check it out!

Port City Weekend Video…

This evening I check in on Port City Community Church’s website. While I was there I became excited after seeing that they had all of their messages on the website in VIDEO form. Check out their site at – I was able to attend all of their “What If” series.

In a YouTube world – almost everybody watches video online. Recently I watched Les Moonves talk about local CBS stations complaining about CBS’s Innertube. Innertube allows you to watch full episodes of our favorite CBS shows (basically CSI – are there any others?). Les boiled it down by saying that if CBS was going to survive then they would have to meet people where they are at, even if it takes away people from watching CBS in the traditonal TV form.

Some parts of the church world are actually ahead of the game for once, instead of trying to catch up like we normally have to do. Fellowship Church was one of the first to embed Windows Media Video into their website. This was way before embeded flash video or viral videos even existed. Since, Granger Community Church, Newspring Community, and many others have began broadcasting their services on the web.

Fellowship Church, after evolving from windows media to a short lived run with quicktime video, had their services available in three different qualities in flash video until their recent move to audio only. (More on Fellowship’s video evolution to come in a later post)

Unfortunately many churches don’t take the step into video and only feature audio clips of the sermon on the website. While Podcast have there place in the world – VIDEO is not the future… its the present.