472 – 364 Days of Thanksgiving

Welcome to Thanksgiving week on WELSTech. We are thankful that you joined us! Just like every week, Martin and Sallie share lots of reasons to be thankful for technology in ministry, including the popular 364 Days of Thanksgiving blog and book, a special WELS Missions issue of Forward in Christ magazine, and the ability to support the synod while you shop with Amazon Smile.

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The interview & discussion:

Counting our blessings – Martin and Sallie recently talked with Pastor Andrew Schroer from Redeemer in Edna, TX about his popular book, blog and syndicated newspaper column, 364 Days of Thanksgiving (Facebook | Twitter). Learn how the daily exercise of journaling your reasons for giving thanks can focus your attention on our triune God, the giver of all good things.

News in tech:

Snapchat unveils $130 connected sunglasses

WELS now:

WELS Missions and You – Bonus Issue of Forward in Christ magazine – Request a free copy

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Ministry resources:

Purchase 364 Days of Thanksgiving from Northwestern Publishing House or Amazon

Featured video:

From WELS’ Moments with Missionaries album on Vimeo, learn more about our outreach efforts in Vancouver, British Columbia, the newest addition on the WELSTech “Likes” list on Vimeo.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 473 – Teacher extraordinaire Rachel Feld is back to talk Makerspaces in education. Release date: Wednesday, November 30.

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471 – 200 Pixels

We’ve arrived at another community feedback week on WELSTech, and the sites and resources shared are functional, friendly, free, and favorable for furtherance of ministry. 😀 Sallie’s coding Minecraft sheep to produce diamonds, Martin’s scanning historic photos with his smart phone, and WELS has a new youth ministry resource worth checking out. Listen & learn!

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Tab-palooza – Sallie’s loaded up a whopping 27 tabs of WELSTech goodness for this week’s WELSTech community feedback discussion. From G Suite tricks and updates to ministry tech ideas for the upcoming Advent and Christmas season to a tool for creating virtual reality scenes, there’s something for everyone!

News in tech:

WhatsApp Video Calling

WELS now:

Forward in Christ archive

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Ministry resources:

New Youth Ministry Resource AvailableOrder from NPH

Featured video:

Learn more about the Transformed program for Youth Ministry by watching Pastor Jon Enter’s 2016 Youth Rally Transformed Workshop, the newest addition on the WELSTech “Likes” list on Vimeo.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 472 – We’re giving thanks WELSTech-style as we talk with Pastor Andrew Schroer, author of 364 Days of Thanksgiving. Release date: Wednesday, November 23.

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470 – Social Media in Ministry: Twitter

This week on WELSTech Martin and Sallie broadcast from the new WELS Center for Mission and Ministry Welcome Center and discuss one of the biggest social networks that congregations don’t know quite what to do with…Twitter. Tune in for ideas on building a Twitter following for your organization and helping your members “spread the Word.”

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Twitter for MinistryWelcome to Twitter – The latest installment in the WELSTech Social Media for Ministry series focuses on the micro-blogging platform, Twitter. Check out the Twitter for Ministry infographic for tips on the why, what, who and how of Twitter.

News in tech:

WELS now:

Follow WELS on Twitter – @WELStweets

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Follow Concordia Technology on Twitter – @ConcordiaTech

Featured video:

Visit Getting Started with Twitter for 6 short video overviews on using Twitter.

Twitter Help

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 471 – Tweet @WELSTech or #WELSTech and be part of Community Feedback week! Release date: Wednesday, November 16.

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469 – Addiction

On this week’s WELSTech we tackle a difficult topic, Internet addictions including the use of pornography. Learn some practical tips and resources to help yourself or others you are close to who may suffer from some type of internet addiction. Martin test drives a new, affordable computer solution, and we share a brand new lectionary for the upcoming Church Year A.

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The interview & discussion:

Too much or inappropriate use of technology – Martin and Sallie discuss the many types of addictions which can come from use of technology. Staff Minister Dan Schoeffel shares his experience working on the Conquerors Through Christ initiative to support those struggling with the sin of pornography.

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Ministry resources:

Church Year A Lectionary from the Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV) of the Bible by the Wartburg Project

Featured video:

This week we’ve added video of a 4-year-old’s ABC Bible Verses to the WELSTech Presentation/Teaching Videos Playlist on YouTube. Download the verses from Homeschool Creations.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 470 – Martin and Sallie are side by side in the lovely WELS Studio to share ideas on Twitter for Ministry. Release date: Wednesday, November 9.

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468 – Coding Literacy with Jason

Tune in for a coding in education discussion on this week’s WELSTech. Jason Schmidt guest hosts with Martin and Sallie as we look at the trends detailed in the NMC K-12 Horizon Report 2016, and how the adoption of computational thinking across the curriculum might look in our WELS classrooms.

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Coding as a Literacy – Jason Schmidt makes his 2016-17 season debut on WELSTech, bringing his own brand of sunshine to the edtech discussion space. Today we look at the New Media Consortium K-12 Horizon Report 2016 and specifically the short-term trend of coding as a literacy.

News in tech:

WELS now:

There’s still time to participate, but these events are ending this week:

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Ministry resources:

Free Bible Images for Advent and Christmas

Featured video:

We celebrate the 499th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation with this week’s music video, A Mighty Fortress is Our God by Koine, from the WELSTech Music YouTube playlist.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 469 – Staff Minister Dan Schoeffel joins the conversation to share information on Internet addictions. Release date: Wednesday, November 2.

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467 – The Joy of Community Feedback

Welcome back to WELSTech. This week we share your community feedback covering technology plans, social network tips, and church year calendars. Throw in a 3D printed WELS Logo plus a large dose of doctrine joy, and there is something for everyone. Join the conversation!

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The discussion:

3D printing meets ministry – Martin and Sallie open real and virtual mail bags to share listener’s helpful resources and ideas for using tech in public and personal ministry.

News in tech:

The Table Project is ending December 31, 2016. Possible alternatives:

WELS now:

Check out Martin’s Digital Christianship presentation, part of the Gospel Outreach with Media Fall 2016 online conference which runs through October 31.

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Ministry resources:

Essay files at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary – Doctrine joy!

Featured video:

The newest addition on the WELSTech “Likes” list on Vimeo, features our very own Martin Spriggs in a Together technology video update.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 468 – Jason Schmidt is back in the guest host chair, with a healthy dose of sunshine in tow, as we dive into the latest Horizon Report for K-12 educational technology. Release date: Wednesday, September 28.

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466: Social Media for Ministry: Pinterest

WELSTech is back with episode 466, a look at the social media platform Pinterest and how it can be used to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. It’s installment two of our year-long look at social media for ministry. We also bring you news of Christmas outreach resources, a free online conference, and an easy way to design verse images.

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Pinning away – The Social Media for Ministry series is back, and this month’s focus is the media rich bookmarking app Pinterest (Martin’s favorite). View the full-size Pinterest for Ministry infographic, and check out the links below for more details.

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

Christmas 2016 outreach postcards – Order by October 26

Featured video:

This week we’ve added What’s Pinterest?, just one of the many helpful videos on the Pinterest YouTube channel, to the WELSTech Product Demo playlist.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 467 – It’s Community Feedback week! Tune in because there’s always something new and helpful to explore. Release date: Wednesday, October 19.

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465 – Private

WELSTech is back, and Martin and Sallie are talking about simple steps to guard against security breaches of personal information and avoid identity theft on all fronts. Google Apps has a new name, it’s Pastor Appreciation Month, and we’ve got lots of coffee!

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The discussion:

12 of 66 – Martin and Sallie share a preview of Consumer Report’s 66 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Right Now. These simple, common-sense tips are worth review and could save you a lot of heartache!

News in tech:

WELS now:

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Ministry resources:

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Featured video:

Enjoy the Christian Worship hymn Lord, You I Love With All My Heart (text) on the WELSTech Music Playlist.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 466 – Martin is in the spotlight as he schools us on using Pinterest for Ministry! Release date: Wednesday, October 12.

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464 – Rachel to the Rescue

This week on WELSTech, Martin is joined by teacher Rachel Feld, who makes her debut as WELSTech’s newest guest host. They talk edtech, particularly in the Apple space, and share news of Yahoo’s recent security breach, plus picks and a Reformation resource sure to thrill elementary educators.

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Goodbye and hello – After 8 years of guest hosting on WELSTech, Gail Potratz, Technology Director at Emanuel in New London, WI, has laid down her microphone to make room for others. Fortunately for our WELSTech community, Martin, and Sallie, we have a new “semi-regular classroom technology correspondent” to introduce, Rachel Feld, 1st and 2nd grade teacher from Bethany in Kenosha, WI. This week we get to know Rachel and learn more about iPads in her classroom.

News in tech:

What Consumers Need to Know About Yahoo Security Breach

WELS now:

Martin Luther College Speaker’s Bureau

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Ministry resources:

Reformation Flannelgraph

Featured video:

Brand new on the WELSTech Product Demo YouTube playlist is the Bloomz Overview video.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 465 – Join Martin and Sallie for a discussion on privacy. Release date: Wednesday, October 5.

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463 – Feedback From You

On WELSTech this week, Martin and Sallie open the virtual mail bag and share tips and tricks from listeners, including the announcement of a free Fall conference focused on gospel outreach and technology, two things near and dear to every WELSTech-er. There’s also web hosting advice, typing tutors, and fun ways to create color palettes for your next project.

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Community feedback feast – Martin and Sallie share all sorts of tech-in-ministry goodness from WELSTech-ers!

News in tech:

Week 2 of Apple updates – new mobile operating systems:

WELS now:

Just in time for Reformation …. “What does this mean? The continuing importance of Luther’s Small Catechism” is the title of the current Interactive Faith series led by Rev. John Braun. Tune in on Wednesdays at 6 or 8 pm Central, September 21 – October 26.

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

Zoom.us video conferencing

Featured video:

Replay the Martin Luther College live streamed presentation by Mahtob Mahmoody, author of My Name is Mahtob and daughter of Betty Mahmoody who wrote Not Without My Daughter.

Mahtob Mahmoody live stream

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 464 – We welcome Rachel Feld from Bethany in Kenosha, WI to the Semi-Regular Classroom Technology Correspondent (a.k.a., Guest Host) chair! Release date: Wednesday, September 28.

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