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541 – Back to the Basics: Calendars & Tasks

WELSTech’s “back to the basics” March focus continues with a look at two favorite tools – calendars and task managers. Perhaps tips shared for each will unlock listener’s super powers! And you won’t want to miss the lively discussion of technology in worship based on a recent article by Pastor Caleb Bassett.

The discussion:

Trusted systems – At the center of personal and professional productivity are two basic tools – calendars and task managers. Martin and Sallie share their recommendations for each as well as ideas for churches and schools to capitalize on the power of these basic tools.

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

Print My Cal

Community feedback:

Let’s rethink how we think about technology in worship

Featured video:

Watch Pastor Caleb Bassett’s Worship Conference presentation, Screens in Worship: Dos and don’ts – but mostly don’ts

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 542 – Jason Schmidt helps Martin and Sallie close out “Back to the Basics” month with a discussion of Presentations. Release date: Wednesday, March 28.

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527 – An Example: Planning with Trello

Friends of WELSTech should be no stranger to Trello by now. It is one of our favorite project management tools. Today Martin and Sallie walk through a likely scenario of how this powerful web application could change the way you plan and execute projects. Even if you don’t use Trello, there is plenty of great conversation about arranging meetings, versatile mice, tablets, and an impressive response from Google to a very important question!

The discussion:

Working the plan – Martin and Sallie pick up with part 2 of the discussion of sample ministry event planning Trello board by demonstrating the many features which can help you track your ministry tasks on Trello. They cover due dates, checklists, images, labels, attachments, filters and more!

News in tech:

Docs.com is going away on December 15

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

Doodle

Community feedback:

  • From Christ Our Savior in Rockford, MI, we discovered “Ok Google … How do I get to heaven?”
  • Kevin Smith from Christ in Zumbrota, MN asks about setting up transferrable Trello accounts for church council members.

Featured video:

Enjoy a Christmas addition to the WELSTech Music playlist on YouTube, Koine’s Mary Did You Know.

 Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 528 – WELSTech brings you a special episode for Christmas week featuring an interview with newly installed WELS Director of Discipleship, Rev. Donn Dobberstein. Release date: Wednesday, December 20.

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526 – Um…Let’s Plan!

It’s time to plan again on WELSTech! Does your organization have a good handle on all it’s events for the year? What tool would be best? In December, Martin and Sallie talk through, and give examples, of excellent tools and approaches that will have you feeling better prepared than ever to take on the events of 2018!

The discussion:

Proactive planning – As the new year approaches, it seems like a good time to take a broad look at the full year of activities ahead in your church or school. Martin and Sallie share a sample ministry event planning Trello board which you may copy and modify to meet your planning needs.

News in tech:

WELS now:

Christmas concert at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

The State of Chromebooks in the Office

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Relive the Martin Luther College Christmas Concert.

 Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 527 – The big-picture planning discussion continues as Martin and Sallie demo the planning process using their master event Trello board. Release date: Wednesday, December 13.

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509 – Calendars, Conventions, and Communications

Fresh off a great experience at the WELS Synod Convention, the WELSTech team returns to their summer series of Ministry Resources. If you use Google Calendar, you won’t want to miss this one. Also, listen for some interesting uses for Trello and an exciting announcement regarding an upcoming conference in Wisconsin Dells!

The discussion:

Upping the Google Calendar ante – WELSTech followers will know that Google Calendar is a highly-recommended tool for collaborative management of church and school events. On today’s show, we share an online utility, Print My Cal, that enhances the printed version of Google Calendar for newsletters and bulletin boards.

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Check all of the Synod Convention video updates including this one, featuring Pastor Michael Herbst from our sister synod in Germany.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 510 – Tune in to learn about the new Called Worker Compensation Calculator which debuted at Synod Convention. Release date: Wednesday, August 16.

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Christian Worship Lectionary for Google Calendar

Google Calendar is a popular platform for personal, family, group, and organization use. The Christian Worship Lectionary for Google Calendar has lectionary notes for Christian Worship as well as Christian Worship Supplement. For each Sunday and Major Festival of the church year the calendar entry includes

  • Lessons and Psalm, including the Supplemental Readings
  • Prayer of the Day
  • Verse of the Day
  • Hymn of the Day
  • Church year color

Application/audience

Worship planning is a big task centered around the prescribed readings for the day. Certainly pastors benefit from having the readings and hymn of the day easily accessible. In addition, the church musicians and choral directors will appreciate the ability to make music selections which are complementary to the readings for the day. Even the altar guild will appreciate knowing he seasonal colors so paraments can correspond correctly. Google Calendar is widely used and conveniently accessible from computers as well as mobile devices, making the Christian Worship Lectionary for Google Calendar a very useful tool.

Besides personal use, Google Calendars can be embedded on websites. Having the lectionary available for members on the church website gives members the opportunity to prepare for service by studying the readings they will hear.

Related resources

In addition to the Christian Worship Lectionary for Google Calendar, WELS also provides a weekly devotional series titled Worship Helps. New devotions are released each Monday and include the lectionary readings for the upcoming weekend as well as some questions and answers regarding each reading for consideration and discussion. You may subscribe to receive Worship Helps via e-mail.

Additional church year resources:

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427 – With All Your Heart: Ch 5

Tune in to WELSTech this week for chapter five of WELSTech’s very own project management book for faith-based organizations, With All Your Heart. The focus is scheduling and the chapter includes an interview with some calendaring gurus from Kettle Moraine Luther High School. The show also includes a look at a new, multi-angle video camera and tips for starting great Bible-reading habits.

The discussion and interview:

time 371226 145x125Scheduling – Martin and Sallie are back with a {timely} discussion of chapter five of With All Your Heart, the WELSTech DIY book on project management for churches, Christian schools and other faith-based organizations. Taking a cue from Nehemiah, we share ideas to survey a project for all tasks, map dependencies and meet project milestones. The chapter includes an interview with some uber Google Calendar users from Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, WI, Joshua Schoeneck, Erin Laabs and Melanie Schoeneck.

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News in tech:

WELS now:

WELSTech Photo Challenge for January 2016

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

7 Days to Your New Bible Habit

Featured video:

New to the WELSTech Product Demo playlist on YouTube is this overview of the FollowUpThen e-mail reminder service.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 428 – On location at MLC … Martin and Sallie talk with Dr. Jim Grunwald and Prof. James Carlovsky about MLC’s “Teaching with Tech” training. Release date: Thursday, January 21 (A day late, but worth the wait!)

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299 – EBook Ch 6: Embeddables

This week on WELSTech we return to our summer series on church and school website content and share ideas for enhancing your web site easily by embedding great photo, calendar and video content from across the web. And if you are in the market for cabling, you won’t want to miss Martin’s pick this week!

The discussion:

Photos, videos, calendars and more – You don’t have to re-invent the wheel to have great Church & School Website Content. Take advantage of many embeddable web resources to enhance your web site with multi-media content, calendars and even automatic links to Bible verses.

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Of interest:

(26:55) WELSTech Camp is coming up on September 14 at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Register and attend the free event to be in the drawings for a Mimio Teach Bar ($800 value) and 16GB iPad ($500 value)!!

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(36:05) Episode 300 – Join Martin and Sallie as we celebrate WELSTech’s 300th episode, live from Synod Convention in New Ulm, MN at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Watch live at livestream.com/welslive. (Release date – 07/30/13)

The featured artist:

(37:20) We close this week’s WELSTech with the music of The Branches Band (www.branchesband.com|Facebook) – The Mountain

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241 – Summer Software Showcase: Google Calendar

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we take an in-depth look at all the ways Google calendar can make life easier.

The discussion:

Calendaring – Continuing the 2012 Summer Software Showcase series, Martin and Sallie discuss the free Google Calendar tool and it’s many church, school and personal uses.

Ministry Uses

  1. Church and school event management and communication – web embed & print
  2. Meeting scheduling
  3. Resource scheduling
  4. Specialty calendaring
  5. Mobile access

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 242 – Next up in the WELSTech Summer Software Showcase is Schoology for online learning, classroom management and social networking. (Release date – 06/27/12)

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

(27:37) FinalWeb training – This summer we’re offering online training on web site creation and maintenance using the FinalWeb system.   And, for the first time, we’ll be using Google Hangouts.  Hurry, registration closes July 24th!!

Community feedback:

The featured artist:

(42:18)  This week we close the podcast with the music of Koine (www.koinemusic.com | Facebook) – Built on the Rock 

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202 – Sign Me Up

This week the WELSTech Podcast discussion topic is centered around calendar utilities.

The discussion:

Calendar solutions – The heartbeat of the church and school office is the event calendar. Listen as Martin and Sallie share utilities to make working with your calendar and scheduling appointments, events, volunteers and resources a breeze.

News in tech:

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(40:59) Episode 203 – It’s our first tech-in-education podcast in the new school year! We welcome back Gail Potratz to the conversation as well as chat with teacher Kurt Gosdeck regarding the 1-to-1 computer implementation in his classroom. (Release date – 09/28/11)

The featured artist:

(42:01) We close the podcast with the music of Cross to Glory – I Have Ev’ry Reason from their CD titled “Life’s Song”

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178 – April Showers: Webmaster Resources

This week on the WELSTech Podcast the “April Showers” series kick-off focuses on all aspects of web site creation.

WELSTech Webmaster Shower

The discussion:

Raining Resources for your Web Site – Across the 3.5 years of WELSTech archives you will find discussion of a plethora of webmaster tools.  Today Martin and Sallie share all you need to set up and maintain your church or school web site in one (long) list!  Enjoy the rain!!

Ministry resources:

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

(48:22) FinalWeb Training in New Ulm, MN and Milwaukee, WI

  • FinalWeb for Teachers in New Ulm on June 27 and Milwaukee on August 1 – bit.ly/fw4teachers
  • FinalWeb for Dummies in New Ulm June 28-30 and Milwaukee August 2-4 – bit.ly/fw4dummies

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(55:30) Episode 179 – Get ready for an “April Shower” of Bible teaching resources.  (Release date – 04/13/11)

The featured artist:

(56:50) We close the podcast with the music of Dawn Michelle Williams (www.dawnmichellewilliams.comTwitterFacebookMy Space) – Beautiful Savior from her CD titled ”Inspirations”

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