Saturday, August 14, 2010

Justin.tv trial run- Aug 14th

So as many have noticed the ads on Ustream.tv were getting pretty ridiculous. With the new pre-roll that that they do before you could watch the live stream it was getting very frustrating for many people. Sadly the number of free solutions is very limited and the ones without ads even more so (non-existent that I could find). Today, August 14th, we are trying Justin.TV. While it still has the ads at the bottom we have yet to see a pre-roll so that is already a plus in my opinion.

You may have already noticed that we have embedded the Justin.tv feed into the front page of the website and also switched the Ustream button to a Justin.tv button. If you would like to participate in chat please click the link below the embedded video or the button on the right. You will need to signup for a free Justin.tv account to participate in chat (very sorry for that).

There is a way for each individual to remove the ads if they wish by signing up for a Pro account but I do not suggest that anyone do that at this time. If after some testing we decide to switch services permanently then that will be up to you. 
Please email me to let me know which service you prefer or if you know of another service that we can try.
UPDATE: We tried it and it failed miserably. But I don't think it was a problem with Justin.tv at all. I'm pretty sure I have some settings wrong on the system sending the stream out. I will do some more testing through the week and we may give it another try in the coming weeks.
--Brian Gawith
   The Tulsa Church of God
   Webmaster

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shocked by the Bible Content

By popular demand we have revised the content and we will be keeping the site around until further notice. 

On the site you will find all the audio related to the Shocked by the Bible Event. As well as the flash ad that we ran on our main website during the week leading up to the event. 

A link is available on the front page on The Tulsa Church of God website (tulsachurchofgod.net) but can also be reached at tulsachurchofgod.net/shocked.

If you want to download any of the audio content you may right-click and choose Save As.. on any of the links on the page. Or find us in the iTunes store or Zune Marketplace.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Another update/change to online videos

So we have been looking to do something different with our video archive for a little bit now. With our internet connection and recently discovered power issues within our church building we have had issues in the past of problems with the streaming and when the streaming goes down it really disrupts the recording. So we are going to now start using a service called Vimeo for our video archive, as well as UStream.

Ustream will still be used for our live streaming and we will also continue to record with UStream so that there is new content up there available for anyone who may be doing searches within that service. The links in the Online Sermons section of the website will however start changing from UStream to Vimeo. For the first few weeks it will only be new content that is on Vimeo and all existing recording will still be hosted by UStream. But in the near future you will start to see that the archived videos will start switching over as well. 

There are several benefits and perks to switching to this new setup:

  • Content will be in multiple locations most of the time
  • Vimeo will be less prone to video glitches as the video is recorded locally and then uploaded
  • Support for a higher quality video
  • No ads on the recorded content
  • You can download the videos. (a Vimeo account is required but like UStream its free)
  • Speaker albums; once we get more messages up there we will be able to link to an album that contains all the messages by that speaker.

Just wanted to let it be know so there was no major confusion when things started changing. If anyone has any requests for any specific messages they would like uploaded please send an email to tulsachurchofgod@gmail.com and we will see what we can do to add that to top of the list.

 

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Easier Access to Video Sermons

Just made some changes to the Online Sermons section. On sermons that have both a video version as well as the standard audio I have added seperate links. This should provide much easier access to all the the available video messages without having to go dig through the USTREAM archives.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

New Commentary from Ron Willhoite

Ron Willhoite just posted a new commentary titled "Don't Forget!". So head over to his commentary section to read his latest post.

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Members Only Section in Beta

Just added a link to a Members Only section for the members of The Tulsa Church of God. This section is still under development but you may still request a username and password. Currently the sections available that have content are the Phone Directory as what was published at the beginning of 2009, and the Birthdays and Anniversaries Calendar is up and running.

The Phone Directory listings are the same that are in the January 2009 Phone Directory so there are plenty of changes that we need to get posted and as soon as we can we will get that done.

The Birthday and Anniversaries Calendar still currently only lists First Name and Last Inital. This will get changed over the course of the next few days.

There is also an announcement section where we will post announcements that we do not wish posted on the main announcements page. So this will mostly only include letting people know of address changes or things of a personal nature.

Also in the works is an Order of Services online form. The plan is to setup 1 to 2 online forms that will allow song leaders and speakers coordinate the song service; for example a speaker can choose from a list of topics that apply to their message and that will be submitted to the song leader so they can see a list of songs that may have a similar message. We hope to include a way to see how many times a particualr song has been sung and the last time it was used.

If you would like to signup to see this section of the website please see Brian Gawith at church and he will get you setup with a username and password.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Looking for any interested volunteers for Friday 04-16-2010

Ladies and gentlemen, members of the Tulsa Church of God,

Progress is looking good on the stage and sound system remodel.

We've completed the framing and rebuild of the stage, scheduled to have the carpet applied on Thursday morning.
The sound/video booth is coming along nicely, still a fair amount of work to finish it but we are trying to have it completed by Friday so that all the new connections for the sound and video can be put into place.

With all the construction, we've created a good amount of dust on everything and we need to have the sanctuary, fellowship hall etc, cleaned before services for Sabbath.

If you have some time available on Friday and would like to volunteer to help, we would be glad to see you visit us to help clean and straighten things up!

I don't really have any firm time in mind, but chances are we can use a little help throughout the day. If you are interested in coming by, you can call us here at the church 438-7777 or call me at 640-0631 and I can let you know how things are going and whether we still need help or not.

Or if you just want to have a sneak peak at the new layout, feel free to drop in. But take note, it's still a work in progress and we might just put you to work!!

Regards,

Richard J. Gawith

 

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Photo Gallery - Sanctuary Remodel

Progress is still taking place on the sanctuary remodel but things are looking positive to be fully ready for this Sabbath. In the meantime we have a few pictures up for everyone to see the progress we have made so far. Head over to the Photo Gallery to see all the pictures.
I just want to point out one specific picture that really fit today. I took the picture below today about 15 minutes after we put the last screw into the new stage decking.
The purpose of it all

Matt Steel wrote this directly behind the new location for the podium. It summed up the purpose of this whole venture. It wasn't to make waves, or simple change or find a way to spend money, it was to better do what Paul told Timothy he and we must do. We must watch in all things, endure to the end and above all else "make full proof of thy ministry".
The Tulsa Church of God is a very blessed congregation. We have have many speakers knowledgeable in a wide range of topics and skill sets. We have singers, musicians, choirs and a little bit of anything else you can think of. We have people who work relentlessly to bring the congregation spiritual food every week and others who help send that to the world at large.
The attempt is to provide all the necessary tools and room for individuals and groups "make full proof of thy ministry". Whether it be the ministry through sermons, or the ministry of music, or whatever, the goal is to make it easier, enjoyable and fulfilling. I can't think of any reason that an increase in sound and appropriate ministry is a bad thing.
Brian Gawith
The Tulsa Church of God

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Commentary from Ron Willhoite

Ron Willhoite recently posted a new commentary titled "The 3-Fold Cord Method" So head over to his commentary section to read his latest post.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New Commentary from Curtis Whiteley

Curtis Whiteley just posted a new commentary titled "THE JOY OF THE LORD'S SALVATION". So head on over to his commentary section to read his latest post.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Dave Antion Seminars Online

David Antion's seminars from April 4th, 2010 are available online on the UStream Channel (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tulsa-church-of-god).
 
The morning seminar, "From Health to Sickness and Back Again", can be found directly at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/5959776 the handouts referenced in the seminar can be found at http://tulsachurchofgod.net/Going_from_Health_to_Sickness_and_Back_Again.pdf.
 
The afternoon seminar, "Building Family Loyalty", can be found at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/5963996 and the handout for this seminar can be found at http://tulsachurchofgod.net/Building_Family_Loyalty.pdf.

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

TCOG on Facebook

In out attempt to connect to the larger online world we have setup a Facebook page. Head over to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tulsa-OK/The-Tulsa-Church-of-God/225155832041?ref=nf and become a fan. The more fans we have the greater the audience we can reach.

The Facebook page will keep you current on events as well as be a source for people to post relevant information.

We will use to the Events posts as well as things are scheduled so anyone can RSVP to the events and be kept up to date as there are changes or more information provided.

We are sure there will be other functions we use on Facebook that we haven't even thought of yet so stay tuned for updates.

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Events Calendar now using Google Calendar

Check out the updated Events calendar. By using the Google calendar we hope to keep the calendar more up-to-date as well as allowing you to add it you your own Google Calendar if you use Gmail or any other Google service. It also allows reoccurring events to be setup and with less need for human intervention it means more accuracy and less forgetfulness.

There are some many other useful features such as allowing you to change the way you see the calendar such as switching it from Agenda (default) to Month, or Week. Also an easy print button has been added so you can print the calendar for offline use.

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We now have a USTREAM channel

USTREAM is an online service that allows us to stream our services live across the world without having to have a lot of specialized equipment other than a computer with a capture card. Check the Bulletin page for the link to our channel or to view it within our website. By visiting the channel you have the opportunity to chat with other viewers as well as watch previously recorded messages.

 

Enjoy and spread the Word.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pastor's Commentary Back

Forgot to mention it after it was fixed but the Pastor's Commentary Page is back online. No new content yet but soon I hope. Stay tuned for more details.

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Pastor's Commentary returning soon

Just want to apologize. Yesterday I took down the Pastor's Commentary section of our website. I was working on a few changes and may have gotten a little trigger happy and made a change that was not fully setup yet.
The still have all the content so no loss it is just currently unavailable. Everything should be back into proper working order by this evening.
If you haven't seen the commentary section of our website yet run over to http://tulsachurchofgod.net/ and click on Commentary on the right navigation.
Brian Gawith
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