My Experience Behind the Scenes of the Online Church Service
Ed Grys, FPC Member
Recently, in response to a call for help with camera work for the online services, I volunteered. I had some experience with technology in our previous church – though not as sophisticated as at FPC. So, I came to learn.
To my amazement, of all the things I learned in the first few weeks of volunteering was how complicated it is to put together the service you can watch at home on Sunday morning.
Much of the service is filmed on Wednesday mornings. Our producer, Nancy Groeneveld, puts together a detailed flowchart that lists the order of service, the participants, and the pre-recorded music. The aim is to weave the theme of the pastor’s message throughout the service. Nancy also coordinates and schedules camera operators, audio techs, musicians, and chooses where each part of the service will be filmed.
Some of the parts of the service are shot at different times and in different locations – and most of the time many of our participants never see each other! It’s like fitting the pieces of a puzzle together, but each piece must fit with the previous section and tie into the next. Coordinating who will do each segment each week and letting them know who will come before them and the context of what they will be talking about and who will follow them and what context they will be referring to is a huge task. Sprinkle in a few ever-changing current event topics and prayer requests that can change some of the details at the last minute, and you can begin to see how dynamic and complex the project is!
Once our team talks through the overall plan for filming, recording begins. This does not always go smoothly! Sometimes a word or name is mispronounced, or a date misstated, or the microphone is slapped inadvertently while making an emphatic gesture. Retakes are common.
Once the filming is finished, videographer Joseph Berggren takes the memory card from the camera(s) and using a computer, creates the final version. He edits each of the segments, speakers, music recordings, children’s sermon, and graphics and combines them to make the seamless church service you enjoy at home on Sunday morning.
All of this time and effort is above and beyond the normal planning and preparation for our in-person church services. I have a new appreciation for Nancy Groeneveld and the entire tech team who put the pieces together to broadcast a meaningful service each Sunday. When you see these folks, remember to thank them for what they do.
On Site Producer – Nancy Groeneveld
Video Producer – Joseph Berggren
Audio Engineer – Bram Groeneveld
Audio/Video Assistant – Eric Ross, Ed Grys
Graphic Design – Janna Leslie
Are you interested in volunteering in video production or communications at FPC?
Camera Operators: Our online service video team is looking to add camera operators to our Wednesday morning recording sessions. This volunteer position requires experience with different camera settings and lighting situations, and some production experience would be helpful.
Communications Volunteer: Are you tech-savvy and interested in learning aspects of updating the FPC website and other entry-level tasks of communications at FPC? We are looking for someone high-school age or older for this internship-like position.
If you are interested in either of these opportunities, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
The church office will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, September 6.
Beginning the week of September 6, the fall/winter church office will be open Monday through Thursday, 10 am-4 pm for drop-ins. We look forward to helping you!
Help for Refugees
In conjunction with Team Rubicon, FPC is participating in a September Donation drive to benefit Afghan refugees. Nearly all Afghan families are arriving with only the clothes on their backs, so needs are immense. Drop off your donations in Fellowship Hall during church office hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 am-4 pm.
New and gently used items are being accepted. Below is a list of requested items.
- Summer/Fall clothes for men women and children
- unbranded, modest clothing
- socks, shoes, under garments
- Diapers and Wipes
Food/Water (individually packaged when possible)
- Bottled water
- Water-soluble vitamin powder/liquids
- Shelf stable, ready-to-eat foods
Hygiene (individually packaged)
- Bars of soap (no liquid soap)
- Shower Shoes
- Feminine Hygiene Products
Misc (all unbranded or minimally branded)
- Pillows and blankets
- Reusable water bottles
- Bug Spray
Supporting Afghan Individuals and Families at Fort McCoy
Many Wisconsinites are interested in helping the Afghan individuals and families. Refugees arrive with little beyond the clothes they are wearing and often are very unfamiliar with American ways of life. You can make a real difference by offering your time, skills and gifts to help welcome new Wisconsin residents from a refugee background. The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families has put together this PDF with practical ways for you to help.
Student Ministry Newsletter
Student are headed back to school, and that means the kickoff of all things Graceland! September 12 will be our first Sunday morning together in the Youth Space at 9:45 when students will connect with others, watch fun videos, and have meaningful discussions about the relevance of God in our lives today. Our Wednesday night Youth Group kicks off on September 15 at 7pm. Click on the button below to read more about fall opportunities in Student Ministry.
WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS | September 5, 2021
THIS SUNDAY September 5 | 9 am INDOOR Sanctuary Worship
September 12 – Our New Fall Schedule:
- 8:45 am Blended Service
- 10:45 am Contemporary Service
Back to School Blessing
Sunday, September 12 | During Both Services
4K-6th Grade Sunday School
Sunday, September 12 | 9:45–10:40 am
Jim Carlson wanted to share this happy news! On Saturday, August 29th, Jim’s daughter, Annie Richardson, gave birth to a son. His name is Akiel James Richardson. He weighed in at 6lbs. 7 oz. and was 19 3/4 inches long.
Congratulations to Mom & Dad, Annie and Akiel Richardson, and Grandpa Jim & Grandma Brenda! God Bless this precious family.
Tom & Bridget Stitgen are happy to announce the birth of their first grandson who made his debut on August 26th. Jax Oliver Ledford was born at 6:07 am weighing in at 7 lbs 9 oz and 20.5 inches long. Congratulations to grandma and grandpa, Tom & Bridget and mom and dad, Jacob Ledford and Jessica Ruhland. Jacob is Bridget’s son. God Bless this precious family.
Adult Sunday Morning Connection Group
Sunday, September 12 | 9:45 am
FPC Conference Room
Please join us for an Adult Sunday Morning Connection Group! We will meet in the Conference Room between services at the same time as Sunday School for Children and Students (9:45-10:40am.) All adults are welcome- topics will vary based on the interest and concerns of those involved, but we will start off on September 12th with “Creating a Culture of Belonging in our Homes.” Contact Christa Schmeelk with any questions: email@example.com
Tuesday, September 14 | 6:45pm
FPC Outdoor Family Space
M.O.P.S. is beginning again! If you are an early childhood mom (newborn- Kindergarten), please join us in a time of fun, connection, and support – on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:45pm in the FPC Outdoor Family Space! Contact Patricia Coley with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Back to Church Family Fire Pit
Friday, September 24 | 6:30-7:30pm
Bring your own chair and meet out back for some fun and connection with other FPC Families. Contact Christa Schmeelk with any questions: email@example.com
Stephen Ministry at FPC: Providing God’s Care to Hurting People
What is this ministry about?
Extensively trained and supervised Stephen Minister Caregivers provide high-quality, one-on-one confidential Christian care to anyone in need. They provide weekly visits and ongoing support as long as the care receiver needs. Should the care receiver have needs that are beyond the scope of a Stephen Minister Caregiver, they are referred to professional caregivers.
What kind of care is offered from a Stephen Minister?
- CRISIS CARE – For people experiencing change(s) that significantly challenge their ability to cope.
- FOLLOW-UP CARE – After the crisis event.
- CHRONIC CARE – For a person whose situation is unlikely to change.
- PREVENTIVE CARE – Providing care before a crisis occurs.
- SUPPORTIVE CARE – Care for the caregiver.
How can I find out more about this ministry?
Call the church office at 608-949-9445, or reach out to a pastor or deacon. Stephen Minister Caregivers don’t replace the care of pastors and deacons. They carry it a step further.
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