|Photo by Glenn Riegel|
|The webcasting of worship services and business sessions from Annual Conference is made possible by a group of dedicated people including Enten Eller (shown here, working at webcasting from the 2011 Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.), David Sollenberger and a team of videographers, and Church of the Brethren communications staff who are responsible for the denominational website at www.brethren.org.|
“Join us in Charlotte…over the Web!” says an invitation from the Conference Office. For church members who cannot attend the 2013 Annual Conference in person, arrangements are being made for significant portions to be webcast again this year. The links to webcasts will be found at at www.brethren.org/AC2013 during and after the Annual Conference takes place from June 29-July 3.
All Annual Conference worship services and business sessions will be streamed live over the Internet, with recordings of these sessions to also be posted so that all Brethren may participate regardless of time or distance. Also to be webcast is the concert by the La Verne Church of the Brethren Sanctuary Choir on the opening evening of the Conference.
Of special interest to many Brethren will be the Sunday morning worship service starting at 9 a.m. (eastern time) on June 30, when noted theologian and author Philip Yancey will preach. Congregations are invited to project the Annual Conference worship service during their own morning worship service that Sunday, so that Brethren across the country may worship together. The streaming broadcast is designed to be started at any time after 9 a.m. eastern time, in order to accommodate any time zone or worship schedule. Viewers will be able to pause or rewind the live stream at any point. This year, the Conference will have an upgraded Internet connection that will prevent drops of the live streaming.
New this year, the Conference Office requests congregations who join the worship service on Sunday morning June 30 to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org at the end of the morning giving the number of worshipers who were in attendance. The Conference will then be able to celebrate how many Brethren worshiped together from across the country, and even in other nations.
The Sunday morning worship bulletins will be available a week prior to the service, download from www.brethren.org/ac . Also at that website will be detailed instructions for connecting your congregation to the Annual Conference webcasts. For more information or questions about Conference webcasting contact email@example.com or call 800-323-8039 ext. 365.