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Updates to Online Worship

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The availability of Central's worship services online has been a valuable resource for several years now. It not only allows those unable to be present on Sunday mornings an opportunity to worship with us "live" online, but also can be an uplifting and encouraging mid-week blessing, available anytime and anyplace you have internet access. 

Obviously, since March of this year the importance of providing the best viewing experience possible has increased significantly. While many people have reported how much they have really enjoyed our livestream, there is always room for improvement. There are no guarantees of course - there are simply too many variables involved well outside of our control - but our goal is to make every viewer feel welcomed, appreciated, and engaged with worship.

To this end, by the end of June we will be transitioning to a new streaming partner, moving from the Livestream platform to Vimeo. Last week we simulcast on both platforms, and it was very successful. We will be doing the same thing this week, and by July plan to fully transition to Vimeo.

So, what does this mean for you?

  • If you currently view Central's worship services on our website, you DO NOT need to make any changes. Our services will remain accessible at www.centralpres.com/live.

  • If you prefer joining us on Facebook Live, you DO NOT need to make any changes. We will continue to simulcast to Facebook from Vimeo, just as we are now from Livestream.

  • If you are currently using the Livestream app (on your phone, tablet, or smart t.v.), you WILL NEED to download  the Vimeo app. By the end of June, our services will no longer be aired live on Livestream.

  • If you currently access past services/sermons on via our website, you DO NOT need to make any changes. The links will be redirected to our new Vimeo archive.

  • If you currently access past services by going directly to Livestream, you will need to update your links/bookmarks to go to Vimeo. More information will be shared about this as we get deeper into the transition.
  • In the coming weeks, Central will also be launching our own YouTube channel. Did you know YouTube is the second most popular website in the world? While Vimeo will be our primary video archive, containing all our our video content, we will simulcast our full worship services to YouTube, as well as share out some of our other video content such as daily devotionals, sermon excerpts, etc. Watch for more info coming out later this month about this exciting addition. 

We are confident this transition will make Central's worship services even more accessible than they are now, and also provide our viewers with a better overall experience. There are numerous "behind the scenes" benefits as well as some new features that will be rolled out over time for our viewers as well. Thanks in advance for your patience during this time of transition. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to send us an email

Posted by Jeff Brown

Building Bridges with Food

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There are times when coffee and a pastry are more than a light breakfast, and bacon is more than just a tasty treat. The food at Central's summer brunches is always delicious – "Julie & Co." does an amazing job preparing the menu each week, but the purpose behind the brunches is much sweeter than even the aromas emanating from the kitchen.

Food has always been an easy and convenient ice-breaker. Whether it's getting to know someone, having a business meeting, or catching up with long-lost friends, sharing a meal is a great way to get to know people. There are two ways the summer brunches can help with this.

Central is blessed to have a large and vibrant community. But, even in a church the size of Central, it can be easy to fall into schedules and habits which leave us feeling isolated. Summer brunches give us a chance to enjoy a new routine. Reconnect with old friends or meet new ones over a great meal. Sunday mornings can be hectic for many families, and the brunches also give families a chance to slow down a little and enjoy a meal together.

Summer brunches are also an easy way to invite friends and family to Central. We all have people in our lives who don't attend any church. Maybe you've invited them before or perhaps you've felt uncomfortable doing so. It can often be scary or awkward inviting someone if you are unsure of how they'll respond. It's hard to say "no" to bacon and French toast, though. We encourage you to prayerfully think of someone God has placed in your life that you could invite to Central this month. 

Summer brunches are from 9:30 until 11am Sunday mornings, beginning this week and continuing throughout the month of July. There is no cost for the meals, although donations are welcome.

Posted by Jeff Brown

The Power of Video in a Pastoral Search

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One of the primary tools developed by JobfitMatters, the executive search firm Central engaged to assist with our search for a new Senior Pastor, is an introductory video. The piece provides a brief history of Central, as well as reflections from a number of members, elders, and staff. Why was a video important? Did you know that in 2015:

  • Online video now accounts for 50% of all mobile traffic?1
  • 65% of video viewers watch more than 3/4 of a video?2
  • 78% of people watch video online every week. 55% of people watch online videos every day.3
  • In 2015, experts  believe video will take up 57% of consumer internet traffic. That's nearly 4x as much as web browsing and email. By 2017, video is projected to consume 69% of internet traffic, and by 2018, it's projected to rise to 79%.3
  • 80% of senior executives watch more online video today than they did a year ago.4
  • Simply using the word "video" in an email subject line boosts open rates by 19% and increase click-through rates by 65%.5

We invite you to check out our new video below. We hope you enjoy it!

1. www.merchantmarketinggroup.com/blog/merchants-2015-digital-marketing-predictions/
2. www.reelnreel.com/10-video-marketing-predictions-2015/
3. https://www.grouponworks.co.uk/blog/marketing/why-video-should-be-a-part-of-your-2014-marketing-strategy/
4. images.forbes.com/forbesinsights/StudyPDFs/Video_in_the_CSuite.pdf
5. syndacast.com/video-marketing-statistics-trends-2015/

 

Posted by Jeff Brown

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