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Midnight Oil Productions
volume 2, Number 4; August 11, 2003

In this Issue
spark* 2 Now Available
Media in Worship Seminar
MO Website Growing
spark* Wins an Award- Maybe...

Redefining the Art of Worship Graphics. Agan.
Spark Volume 2 Now Available
We're proud to announce the release of the much-anticipated spark* volume 2 worship graphics CD-ROM. spark* is a growing library of professional-quality images to be used in a worship or teaching setting. But spark* is not your usual worship graphics collection, as a many of you know.

One reason is our emphasis on metaphor. Rather than the standard compilation of nature footage and palm branches we have tried to create imagery that both models Jesus' style of preaching through parables and also speaks in a visual language that communicates to today's congregations.

Second is our rich set of features. In addition to "ready-to-go" (.BMP) files that can drop into a standard program like PowerPoint, we offer layered Adobe (.PSD) files, so that users can create their own customized variations on our themes. This reflects our conviction to equip churches to create media that works in their own setting.

Third is our quality and price. We have heard repeatedly from users around the world that the quality of our work far surpasses what is currently created for the church. We're even giving one of the image sets away for free! Click here for a free sample.

Each of the 30 metaphors on spark* 2 comes with a set of full-screen graphics, ready to drop right into your favorite worship presentation software program. We provide a sample theme graphic, with our title; a point/blank background, in case you have your own preferred title for your sermon or worship service (or want to create matching sermon points); and a song background, which is a muted and blurred version suitable for placing behind songs, under announcements or illustrations or for whatever you want.

Available for only $45.00, check out spark volume 2 online now. And if you're wondering about flame volume 2, it should be out sometime this fall. Anyone who purchases spark volume 2 thorugh our web store may receive the bundle discount of $10 off on flame 2 when it ships!

Professional Quality Worship Graphics at a Price Your Church Can Afford!

The Digital Storytellers Fall 2003 Tour
Media in Worship Seminar
With 10 events in less than two months, this fall is shaping up to be our biggest travel schedule yet. And we're pumped. Because we get excited about spreading the good news of using digital media to spread the Good News. Check us out at these locations:

Sept 18-20 Lumicon Institute at SMU, Dallas, TX
Sept 23 Trinity Lutheran Church, Willard, OH
Sept 25 Stillwater United Methodist Church, Dayton, OH
Sept 30-Oct 1 Cedar Ridge Community Church, Baltimore, MD
Oct 18 Christian Church at Cogan Station, Cogan Station, PA
Oct 20 Paramount Terrace Christian Church, Amarillo, TX
Oct 29 Harlem United Methodist Church, Augusta, GA
Oct 30 Peachtree City United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA
Nov 4 First United Methodist Church, Iowa City, IA
Nov 11 Golden Valley Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN

If you've never been to a Digital Storytellers seminar, you're in for a ministry-altering experience. Click here to read what others are saying about the power of this all-day event. If you've been before, this is your chance to bring your teams and get your church moving toward digital culture. Check out dates, locations, and much more on our new Digital Storytellers web section, or register now to attend!

MO Website Growing
Speaking of Digital Storytellers, make sure and visit our website, with many new changes, including an all-new Digital Storytellers section and many new pages throughout the site. As always, we want to serve your ministry. Let us know what you like and don't like using our signup page.

spark* Wins an Award - Maybe...
Once again Photospin, one of our favorite stock photo resources, is holding its annual Spinner Awards contest. The contest is judged by some of the top names in the world of digital art. It's their job to name the "Top Spinner" in three categories: Illustration, Web and Print. Another award, Spinner's Choice, is decided by popular vote from Photospin visitors and subscribers. This means you can support Midnight Oil by casting your vote (and get some free spark* graphics, too)!

Here's what to do:
  1. Go to http://www.photospin.com/
  2. Look for the Spinner Awards icon, as seen above.
  3. Agree to the terms of use in the View Entries section.
  4. Look for R Jason Moore under the Best of Illustration.
  5. Pick your favorite MO graphic.
  6. Cast your vote (beginning Wednesday, August 13).
Besides supporting Midnight Oil, voting earns you free graphics! Clicking on the thumbnail images for each entry brings up full-resolution versions in the browser window. If you'd like to use an image in worship, simply right-click on one to download it to your hard drvie. (As owners, we give you permission to do this- but only to our images!) Our four entries, as seen below, are from spark* volumes 1, 2 and the yet to be released volume 3:

Last year we entered 4 images from spark* volume 1, and won honorable mention for the What's Inside X-ray graphic. This year with your vote maybe we can be the Top Spinner!

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