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Vol 4, Number 1 | January 05
2005--Outfitting Ministry for the New Year
Apparel is here!
Seminar Update
Design Matters 4 Online
Monthly Media Download
Bethlehem Star Contest Winner
Volume 3 Update
Apparel is Here
You asked for it (well some of you), and we responded! For almost 3 years now we’ve been outfitting your ministry teams with resources to make your worship more visual and effective. Now we’re ready to outfit you with something that will both build stronger community within your media teams and make a grand fashion statement at the same time.

Media ministry is like a sport! Look the part with our new Media Ministry t-shirts and hats.

The art features sports-style logos covering all aspects of your favorite ministry, including computer, lighting, sound and video.

Black Media Ministry t-shirts include all 4 logos across the chest and are available in short and long sleeves and with sizes ranging from small to 2XL. Orders over 20 receive a 20% discount, making it more affordable for entire ministry teams to get outfitted together.

Flexfit Media Ministry hats feature the logo of your choice and come in small/medium and large/extra large. These high quality hats have the look and feel of fitted ball caps.

Please Note: Media Ministry Apparel doesn’t include the Midnight Oil logo in any form.

Last but not least…now you can support MO with your very own Midnight Oil hat, too! This high quality hat is beautifully stitched and is sure to keep the blinding projector light out of your eyes.

2005 Digital Storytellers Seminar Tour
We’ve caught our breath, and are gearing up for our 2005 Digital Storytellers tour. We’re still building our 05 calendar, but the winter and spring dates will be starting soon. Here are just some of the places we’ll be this year:

Feb 12 Anahiem, CA NRB Convention "Boot Camp"
Feb 19 Milwaukee, WI Digital Storytellers Seminar
Feb 26 Scottsdale, AZ Digital Storytellers Seminar
Mar 1-3 Melbourne, FL Institute of Preaching
Apr 16 Cleveland, OH Digital Storytellers Seminar
Apr 18 Lewes, DE Digital Storytellers Seminar
Apr 19-20 Las Vegas, NV NAB Convention
Apr 28 Joshua, TX (DFW area) Digital Storytellers Seminar
May 21 Charleston, SC Digital Storytellers Seminar
May 23-26 Charlotte, NC Inspiration Conference

If we’re not where you’d like us to be, and would like to bring us to your area, you can learn more here, or by emailing us here.
Design Matters 4: Composition
Our latest article, written for Church Production Magazine, is one of the most critical reads in our Design Matters series. This fourth chapter covers the all important principle of composition.

Learning how to effectively layout (or compose) an image is fundamental to becoming a good designer. This article points out many of the basics, and provides other valuable insights that will take your design process to the next level.

Check out Design Matters: Composition, and if you’ve missed out on the first 3 articles you can get caught up in our reading section.
The Monthly Media Download
The New Year is a time of resolutions and new beginnings. There is no better new beginning than the grace and forgiveness of God's love in Jesus Christ. Our new gameboard image, from spark volume 3, is a great way to setup the idea of Fresh Starts.

This Monthly Media Freebie includes the complete worship graphics set, including layered PSD file for editing and flattened BMP graphics with title, without title, and a blurred song background. For more on Midnight Oil's collection of worship graphics.

And don’t forget that you can get all of 2004’s Monthly Media Freebie’s on our Monthly Media Freebie Collection CD. But you have to act fast. This CD will only be available until January 31st, and will not be offered again. You can learn all about this offer right here.

Bethlehem Star Contest Winner
Well, Christmas may be over, and most of us may have taken our trees down by now, but there is one last remnant of the season to celebrate. We’re happy to announce the winner of our Bethlehem Star Tutorial that ran in November and December of last year.

There were a lot of great images submitted to us for consideration, all of which can be seen here in the gallery, but the image created by Pastor Tim Coombs took the top spot in our contest.

Tim will receive a free copy of our Monthly Media Collection 2004 for his winning submission. We asked him to share a bit about himself and his experience with the contest. Here’s what he had to say:

How long have you been creating media?
I've been creating media ever since my internship/sabbatical at Lumicon Productions in 2001. That time was my introduction to all things digital.

We remember that--what fun! What is your position at your church?
I have two half-time church jobs (yes, I know "half-time church job" is an oxymoron). I am co-pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, NY and contract staff for Congregational Health and Transformation for Albany Presbytery, a position in which I am exposing congregations to digital worship ministries.

You’re a busy guy. What was the most challenging thing about the Bethlehem Tutorial?
For me it was just making artistic decisions about how much or how little lighting effects I wanted to use. How bright would the star of Bethlehem shine on the earth? To me, that is as much a theological as a physical question.

That’s right. We hope everyone brings this kind of depth to their creativity. How long did it take you to complete the image?
I completed the basic graphic in about an hour or two. However, I did return to tweak it a few times.

Since this is an award contest, do you have anyone you'd like to thank?
Well, I owe a personal debt of gratitude to the Midnight Oil guys who allowed me to look over their shoulder while they were the Lumicon guys. Of course, there is Tom Boomershine and Amelia Cooper, the Network of Biblical Storytellers. Lastly, Apple Computers -- though maybe they should be thanking me!

I don’t think Apple reads our newsletters, but ya never know! Thanks and congrats Tim. You’ve come a long way since that internship years ago!
spark and flame volume 3 update
Believe it or not, Spark and Flame 3 will be out in the near future. A series of unexpected delays including a major hard drive crash (where we lost 20GB of data), relocating our main office, and the holiday season has wreaked havoc on our production plans.

If you are a preorder customer, you’re first on the list to get your order the moment they’re in our hands. We’re even going to include a special gift for to reward your patience during the long delay.

Thanks for your patience and support of our ministry.
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