First Congregational Church

Fremont, Michigan
  714 Hillcrest Ave, Fremont, Michigan 49412   †  231.924.4710

  Worship Service 10 am Sunday † Reverend Ray Dekker, Minister

THE BLOG IS BACK!

Congo family;
It is a given fact that there are many unique and diverse ideas and opinions held by our family members. Are you interested in sharing you're perspectives on past, current or future spiritual, moral, or cultural events or trends? Let us all glean from each other and learn from each other what our life experiences and visions are.
Proverbs 27:17 states "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." (NIV) This is a web-page for you to express yourself.
 
(Please note: The editor will have the discretion to screen for impropriety and also asks for restraint concerning political content.) 
jack

Comments

Submitted by jack on

I could really use some suggestions for improvements in the content and/or structure of the website.

 

What new features would you like to see on it - e.g. a Help Wanted page, Prayers Wanted, a childrens page, more photos, less photos, etc?

 

Just log in and add your thoughts here. Be sure to go to the bottom and save when you are finished. It's that simple!

 

Jack

Submitted by morehouselake on

Hi Jack! I didn't forget and now have my account set up.  Cool idea!  Would love to see a help wanted and for sale (I wanna get rid of....) area.  Would love to see more photos of current happenings, potlucks (yum!), etc.  Time to trash old photos?  I think that 1 year should be sufficient and then replace them with more current stuff.  Jean Morehouse    Holy cow!  That save button is a looooong way down!

Submitted by jacks on

Thanks Jean. I was beginning to wonder if maybe it didn't work.

Happy to have your thoughts on photo retention. Coincidentally, I happen to agree on the one year retention. I wonder what others think on the subject? Too bad more people haven't looked at the blog.

Let's be patient a little longer and see if anybody else wants to chime in before we act. There are a number of photos on the site which are candidates for removal already.

Good comment on the SAVE button. I'll see if I can figure out something better.

Glad you are here - Jack

 

Submitted by jacks on

One of the oft discussed issues about our website is "How Long Should Photographs of an Event, such as a trip to a baseball game, be retained"?

 

It won't be much longer until some of our photos, submitted by members, will be 2 years old.

 

Are we still interested in viewing them or should they be trashed in maybe 1 year?

Submitted by rammjet3461 on

Perhaps we need to be more aware of photo ops in order to be more timely on the website.

Submitted by jack on

Thanks for the thought

 

Sure agree with that. We need more volunteers and coordinated effort to make this evolve really well. There are several of you who often send me photos of various things. Often times the photos are without context and I am left wondering what the sender had in mind.

 

It would really help to have a website ministry which focused on maximizing the benefit which we get from the site. A good starting point would be photo coverage and coordination. At the moment our site is enormously underutilized in contrast with what it could do for us.

 

Jack

Submitted by congo1979 on

I agree with Jeannie - one year for pictures is probably long enough; of course, the rate I am going you won't get the pictures until a year after they are taken:-)

 

On another note, I hope that everyone in the congregation will come to some of the events that Mat is planning.  They are a great way to get to know our fellow sisters/brothers in Christ and are lots of fun besides!  I especially hope that people will plan to go to Gregory's this coming Sunday.  He is putting a lot of time, money and effort into that event!

Becky

Submitted by jacks on

Thanks for helping to energize the blog Becky.

We are intending to be at Greg's if all else goes as planned. It sounds very special.

I'm laughing at your comment about getting pictures together. I think a lot of us have the same trouble.

Sandy put some in on Wednesday, this week, from Tuesday's gathering. That is probably a record for speedy turn-around :)

Glad you found the blog Becky. Tell others!

Jack

Submitted by congo1979 on

I just had a thought - though maybe it won't happen till you get back in the spring.  You should do a presentation at 60s plus and let people try the church blog right there.  If you can put this page up on the screen, they could even watch you do it first.  We could bring our laptop and perhaps Ray could also bring his, so we could have a couple of computers at least for people to practice on.  Then you could talk with people about the possibilities for the website.  If they knew that they could get help or get rid of stuff, maybe more of them would use it.

Becky

Submitted by jack on

I think that might be very helpful Becky. Hope that Dick and Judy see this. I will mention it to them next time I see them.

 

I don't know how many people own portable computers but I think it could work to have as many people bring their own computers as can do so.

 

Maybe we ought to consider doing something outside of 60±. Wonder who might have a thought on how to do that?

 

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Submitted by Jack Butterick on

Sunday 8:50am ... I so thankful to be part of FCC and look forward to seeing everone in an hour!

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Submitted by Jack Butterick on

Mary and I have been pals with a group of a dozen couples since we arrived in Fremont fifty years ago.  We've celebrated the birth of children, graduations from high school and college, marriages, the arrival of grand children.  Now, the first of us, Wayne Wolfsen, has passed away and we're celebrating his life with us, though with sadness and heavy hearts.  Wayne's passing and Pastor Ray's sermon today remind me that today is the day that the Lord hath made and I should be glad, rejoice in it, show caring to people in my extended family and hug those I love.  Shalom.  jb

Submitted by jacks on

As I talk with members of other churches and acquire more knowledge of what they are doing, I have come to believe that we are missing out on many opportunities presented in today's world by our failure to have a good video projection system in our sanctuary. The only negative which I can see is the esthetics and I'm certain that we are sufficiently talented and resourceful to design a screen installation which is invisible when not in use.

 

I am very aware that we have members who both favor and oppose audio/visual material being used in the sanctuary. It was not practical until recently and we sure don't like any change :) What do you think? Why don't you weigh in here and share your thoughts.

 

Jack

 

Submitted by jacks on

I would like to propose the formation of a "Website Ministry" dedicated to the maintenance and evolution of the FCC Website. There are many additional tools and attractions which we could implement through our website and I think they would be implemented in the best interests of our church through the guidance and governance of a Ministry dedicated to those purposes.

 

What do you think?

 

Jack Stewart

Submitted by jacks on

Thanks Ted. Wish I knew how to go about it.

The idea actually came from Ray in a conversation we were having. Frankly I don't know where to start so I thought I'd toss the thought into the blog and see who has some thoughts on the matter.

I think it is important to the continuity of the site that a body from the Congo assume some responsibility for the site.

Thanks for your comment. Hoping others might chime in as well.

Jack

Submitted by jack on

Fran and I find the "Congo Pictorial Directory" very helpful for any number of reasons. We found it especially helpful in learning everyone's name when we first joined this congregation.

I suggest that we consider doing an update of it. I think it could probably be easily accomplished and at little or no cost to the church. I imagine that many of us would enjoy having a current version.

Jack

Submitted by jacks on

I think it is obvious that our Church membership has almost no interest in expressing themselves via a blog.

 

I am going to suggest that we kill the blog along with a lot of the activity areas where, after an initial flurry of contributions, there have been zero to very few contributions recently.

 

I wonder what our membership sees as the best uses of this website. WE own it together.

 

I'm wondering if anybody will respond to this. It won't take long to find out :)

 

Jack

 

P.S. I very much enjoyed a recent book available on Amazon and others: "Autopsy of a Deceased Church" by Thom Rainer.

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Submitted by Jack Butterick on

Hi Jack S et al.  How do we continue regular meetings, dialog in winter?  Until mid-January four of us can meet in Pastor's office and call you on the speaker phone.  After mid-January when I'm in Florida, I can call Pastor, Jill or Dean cellphones, then can put their on speaker and near the land-line speaker phone; I'll be connected.   What a productive and fun group.  Thx for including me.  jb

 

Submitted by jack on

Thanks for your marvelous support Jack. I agree, but consider the source, I think it is and will be a lot of fun. I like the feel of keeping it a little on the casual side which I hope will make people feel uninhibited about suggesting new ideas and paths which we can go down.

 

BTW, speaking of "not new ideas" which we weren't, I have been trying for a long time to cause this Blog to sort in reverse chronological order  so that the latest entry is on top. I am not opposing the idea, I simply haven't yet been able to get it working. I hope that I will soon.

 

If you like, we could use the blog for on-going Website Ministry group communications. My initial thought is, so what if other people happen to tune in to us. We could also put up a dedicated Blog, or if all else fails we can use email or, perish forbid, we couls talk on the phone :)

 

Looks like we will be heading West Tuesday AM - on plan.

 

Jack

Submitted by LakesideLuke on

Just want to say hi to the blog members and give it a bump....