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The meetings held over this past Monday and Tuesday were fruitful. Some tedious organizing of responsibilities and schedules took place but the main emphasis was on the development of the website. Steve Andrews will head up a think tank comprised of a cross section of people with a range of skills and abilities in order to explore the various options of message relevance and how best to promote that message to the world of today. Steve Cegelski has generously offered his time and expertise to help co-ordinate ideas for the requirements and esthetic look of the new and expanded site. Ben Orchard is as you know working with a whole team on the technical side.
With regard to the Feast of Tabernacles, there is something we need you to do. As announced on the website, we would like to ask all of you who plan to attend our festival site in the U.S. to let us know by sending an email, as soon as possible, to Marshall Stiver at email@example.com Please include the names and ages of festival goers attending with you. Mr. Stiver has been asked to serve as Festival Coordinator this year. As far as the festival site is concerned, no final decision has been made. This projected attendance figure that we are asking you to help us with will be an important factor.
Work is being done to improve the quality of transmission of Zoom Bible Studies and Services. Unfortunately last Sabbath a number of factors coincided which were out of our control at the hotel location – our apologies for the quality of the transmission. There were two great messages so please take the time to hear them from the website – both MP3 and transcript are available. John Prohs has been in contact with the Zoom people with some recommendations that they could make to improve their service. We are also working on our end to increase upload capacity and to bypass reliance on wi-fi offered by the hotels we meet in. With the advent of an upgraded website consideration is being given to other streaming alternatives.
One initiative being worked on is the option of simultaneous audio directly from our website. If the video is poor, then it will give the option of switching to good quality audio. Hopefully we will be able to announce that next week. John Prohs is on his way to my home to facilitate some new equipment so hopefully you will see some improvement tonight.
With the implementation of daylight saving time on Saturday night, we will move the Bible Study time from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm Pacific time. It was thought this would better serve the majority of members during the summer months. Studies will still be uploaded as quickly as possible for those who need or prefer to catch up later.
The goal to develop "The Fathers Call" website was discussed this afternoon. As we seek the will of our Father and start to find our footing a question came up as to what the website could look like ... ONE YEAR FROM NOW.
We realized that many of you now utilizing this site may have imaginative ideas and suggestions that we can implement as we begin to brainstorm and soon expand the existing site.
The purpose of the site will be to continue to equip the saints and prepare the way. It will be open to the public to inform instruct and to inspire.
In the spirit of not reinventing the wheel we would welcome your input and feedback in the development of this site:
- Do you like the name "the Fathers call? Other ideas?
- Have you been to websites that have a structure that you think might work well for our message? Send us the links.
- As a member or as someone looking for the truth, what content would you expect to find on this site?
Please send in your ideas and suggestions no later than March 10th.
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Feast of Tabernacles 2014
During the course of our conference meetings on Tuesday we discussed the upcoming Feast of Tabernacles 2014. We have realized that we need to get a more accurate view of the numbers planning to attend the Feast with us this year. That figure is, of course, key in entering into a contract for a Festival location. We would therefore like to ask all of you who do plan to attend our festival site to let us know that by sending an email to Mr. Marshall Stiver at firstname.lastname@example.org including your name and the number of festival goers attending with you. (Mr. Stiver has been asked to serve as Festival Coordinator this year.)
As far as the festival site is concerned, no final decision has been made. This projected attendance figure that we are asking you to help us with will be an important factor.
Once again, if you are planning to attend the Feast of Tabernacles with us this year, please send an email to Marshall Stiver at email@example.com including your name and the number of participants. We would appreciate it if you could take care of this right away.
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Given the current configuration of members and available ministers, consideration has been given this week to providing ministerial service to the members.
For now, the full time ministers are Marshall Stiver, Cliff Veal and Brian Orchard. They are assisted by Steve Andrews (part time), Bill Hutchison (Ohio), Chip Capo (Long Island), Don Day (Iowa), Bill Hendricks (Oklahoma), Herb Van Curen (Oklahoma), Fred Watson (Texas) Richard Emery (Texas), Ray Perez (Texas), Bill Eastburn (Idaho), Pete Wolf (California), Ken Vail (California) and Maurice Frohn (U.K.).
Steve Andrews will oversee all administrative areas and act as a roving ambassador to assist with speaking and church visits as needed. He will also initially provide ministerial oversight for Phoenix.
Bill Hutchison and Chip Capo are available to assist members in the Eastern states while Marshall Stiver will continue to pastor the North Central Region. He will also assist with Phoenix, Roswell and El Paso along with occasional visits to Oklahoma and Texas.
Brian Orchard will pastor the West Coast, including Pasadena, along with Oklahoma and Texas. He will also be the main contact with Australasia.
Cliff Veal will remain in Europe to serve the members in the UK, Germany and Madagascar plus any French speaking members in other areas. The Veals are very familiar with the brethren in the South Eastern part of the US and are very happy to assist in any way they can.
These are roughly designated areas and members in any location are free to contact any minister anywhere. There are no firm boundaries.