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Midnight Oil Productions
volume 3, Number 1; January, 2004

In this Issue

Now That's Starpower
Over 2000 churches around the world used the "Follow the Star" Christmas video clip download offer from our December newsletter! Excited web surfer Mark Albrecht of West Allis, WI, wrote us to say,

I can't believe I opened this up tonight. I am doing a whole service this Sunday based on the star. This will be the PERFECT backdrop for this service. Can't wait to see what you have!!!

Another user, Darla Day of Bowling Green, KY, was visiting a neighbor church in her area, saw the clip used at a Christmas program and liked it so much she went to the church leadership and they referred her to us, where she downloaded it for her own service.

If you have your own story of using the Bethlehem Star video in worship, we'd love to hear it. Click here to tell us how you used the clip in your setting.

So, with such an incredible response, we've decided offer another video download at no charge!

Another Video From Midnight Oil
Apparently a lot of us like videos for worship. As another exclusive to our newsletter subscribers and as a way to celebrate the release of flame Volume 2, we're offering one of our new videos at absolutely no charge.

This moving minute-long clip, driven by a soulful rendition of "Amazing Grace," is a meditation on the cross. The "Ken Burns" style movement across several compelling photos, mixed with the grungy film look, will make an meaningful impact on your worship, whether you're talking about salvation, the power of the cross, social action, or whatever is happening in your church community.

Just click here to go to our download page and get the clip now!

We call the piece "Grace Period." If you prefer your own title, or need still images to match for worship, check out our spark* and flame volume 2 resources available through our store now, or for a better value, get the entire library (see below).

Preview other Flame 2 clips here.

The Complete spark*/flame library now shipping
Save $30 off the retail price of individual volumes of Midnight Oil's original, high-quality worship media with the full spark* and flame library. Each volume of spark* worship images contains 30 sets of professionally rendered graphics based on metaphors from our everyday lives. Matching volumes of flame bring 10 of the themes to life in short videos averages about a minute in length. Check out this popular package of worship media.

The library offer consists of 2 complete volumes of spark* and flame, which total 60 image sets and 20 videos for worship, for only $150, or $30 off the individual retail price of $45 per volume. Click here to learn more about the library deal at our store.

Make a Resolution to Learn and Grow in 2004
Is your New Year's resolution to lose a few extra pounds, stop playing so much X-Box, or nix some other bad habit? We can't help you with the video game addiction, but if your resolution is to learn more about communicating the Gospel in today's culture, or if you want to improve your skills in media ministry, we've got ways to help make it happen.

Church Production Magazine Subscription
One the best ways to learn and grow in the field of media ministry is to stay on top of the latest in what other churches are doing. Church Production magazine highlights the best of what churches around the country are doing in the technical and creative application of media in ministry, from installations to new products and services to help your ministry.

The magazine is paid for by advertisers, which means it costs nothing for you to subscribe! You can't get a better deal than that. Click here to learn more about Church Production magazine and to access their subscription sign up page.

Another important way to stay on top of the ever-changing world of media in ministry is to stay plugged into a community of other like-minded ministry servants and professionals. The best online forum we know of exists at http://www.churchmedia.net.

Our friend Tim Eason manages an online community of thousands of people who share stories, exchange ideas, and support one another in ministry. We encourage you to join this community today and make 2004 your best year of ministry ever.

Digital Storytellers seminar
Any effective program for continuing education in media and worship includes attending seminars and workshops. One of the most important opportunities available today (if we do say so ourselves) is the Digital Storytellers seminar conducted at various churches and conferences around the country.

We will guarantee that your entire view of using media in worship will be overturned in this powerful one-day seminar, which covers the gamut of doing ministry through worship in our digital age. Click here to learn more about this seminar, which has received rave reviews around the country since its inception in Sept 2001. And be on the lookout for us in your area at one of these dates soon (with more being booked every month!):

January 23-24 Dallas, Texas
February 28 Madison, WI
March 5 New York, NY
March 6 Huntsville, AL
March 22 Dayton, OH
March 23-25 Columbus, OH
March 27 Spring Arbor, MI
Apr 29 Dallas, TX
May 11-13 Charlotte, NC

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