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609 – Military Ministry

This week on WELSTech we wrap up our summer focus on WELS Congregational Services with a look at the important work done by the Military Services Committee. We also have feedback, advice, and picks on a variety of topics including online giving, counting files in Google Drive, setting up a new computer, and a collaborative programming platform.

The discussion:

Serving those who serve our country – Pastor Paul Ziemer joins Martin and Sallie to share details on his role as WELS Civilian Chaplain to the military and the work of the WELS Military Services.

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Featured video:

Get an insider’s look at Glitch in this Welcome to Glitch! video.

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608 – For The Generations To Come

The WELSTech Summer series continues this week with an interview with the Coordinator of WELS Congregational Services. Sallie’s learning new programming skills on her phone while Martin is keeping things doubly secure with Google. In the Community Feedback segment, one listener shares his experience with an affordable digital display solution.

The discussion:

Congregational Services – Pastor Jon Hein serves as both Director of WELS Commission on Congregational Counseling and Coordinator of WELS Congregational Services. Martin and Sallie chat with him about another important job he filled at the recent Synod Convention, that of convention essayist (with a modern twist). He also shares info on several new initiatives in Congregational Services.

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Featured video:

Watch Pastor Jon Hein’s Synod Convention presentation.

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605 – Prison Ministry

This week the WELSTech summer series on WELS Congregational Services focuses on Prison Ministry, part of Special Ministries. Plus, there’s afterglow to enjoy related to the recent Education, Technology, and Leadership Summit, including presenter resources and photos. Community feedback covers social media ideas, QR codes, and multiple monitors for worship.

The discussion:

Prison Ministry – Dave Hochmuth, WELS Prison Ministry Administrator, shares some of the history of the group and the current blessings and challenges of ministry to prisoners in the digital age.

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Featured video:

Check out the EdTechLead19 photo album and this slideshow video of the event.

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432 – With All Your Heart: Ch 6

This week’s WELSTech features a discussion of the key role volunteers play in the work of faith-based organizations. Leaders of the Member Ministry team at St. Paul’s, New Ulm, share their experience with nurturing spiritual gifts of congregants. Sallie shares an image hack that doesn’t require Photoshop, and there’s a special Lenten video in the Ministry Resources segment of the show.

The discussion and interview:

volunteers145x125Volunteers- Martin and Sallie write the next chapter of With All Your Heart, this season’s DIY book discussion. Many church and school projects are entirely dependent on the work of volunteers in the organization.  Turning those volunteers from renters to owners of the project is key to motivation and success. The good news is there are many tech tools to help!

Linette Scharlemann and Jeff Boyce, part of the Member Ministry team at St. Paul’s, New Ulm, share their experience (and awesome resources) with Discovery Workshops, which help members find out who they are in Christ and live that out to God’s glory each day .

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News in tech:

Twitter changes on the way

WELS now:

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Ministry resources:

What is Lent video from Concordia Publishing House

Featured video:

Enjoy Do Something from the St. Paul’s, New Ulm, Member Ministry team. We’ve added it to the YouTube Promo playlist.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 433 – Next week Martin and Sallie dip into the WELSTech mailbag to share a variety of community feedback. Release date: Wednesday, February 24

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211 – Digital Thanks

This week the WELSTech Podcast celebrates Thanksgiving with lots of ideas for showing thanks to volunteers.

The discussion:

Thanksgiving WELSTech-style – Martin and Sallie are in thankful moods, particularly for the superb WELSTech community of listeners!  Listen for lots of “techie” ideas for saying thanks to congregation and school volunteers including using social channels to broadcast thanks and setting up a regular system for spreading your thankfulness.

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Of interest:

(25:22) Mark your calendars for streaming Christmas concerts

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Coming up on WELSTech:

(38:43) Episode 212 – Gail Potratz joins Martin and Sallie for a discussion of the online classroom platform, Schoology. (Release date – 11/30/11)

The featured artist:

(39:28) We close the podcast with the music of Stephen Bautista (www.stephenbautistamusic.com or stephenbautista on Twitter) – You Came to Live in Me from his CD titled “Abandon”

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154 – Getting and Keeping Volunteers

This week the WELSTech Podcast is again focusing on the work of the church and school office, particularly the job of managing and motivating volunteers.

The discussion:

Happy to help – Continuing the focus on the church and school office, Martin and Sallie share ideas for recruiting volunteers and motivating them to come back for future service.

The interview:

Neil Hankwitz(17:33) Volunteering for missions – Imagine managing 3,000 volunteers per year. The staff of WELS Kingdom Workers (WKW) including Communication Manager, Neil Hankwitz, do just that. Neil joins Martin and Sallie to share stories from his 18+ years of experience coordinating home and world mission volunteers.  Hear how WKW is planning to “go social” on their updated web site, connecting like-mined volunteers with stories of service in missions.

Ministry resources:

(30:24) Installment 1 of Martin’s “Facebook for Churches” journey

Picks of the week:

  • (32:34) The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd – Eight seasons of family friendly podcast available for free download
  • Maximizing productivity with multiple monitors
    • How-to Guide from Epinions
    • Use two of the same monitors or at least use the same screen size and resolution – Example HP 20″ Monitor
    • Laptops need …
    • Desktops need …
      • A graphics card with two VGA heads

WELS.net feature:

(43:02) Lectionary on Google Calendar

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(55:33) Episode 155 – Gail Potratz joins Martin and Sallie to discuss highlights from the Minnesota and Wisconsin teachers’ conferences.  (Release date 10/27/10)

The featured artist:

(56:35) This week we close with the beautiful piano music of Dawn Gehlhar – All through the Night from her CD titled ”Inspirations”

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