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MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 11, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
On January 18, in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, communities across the country will host projects and events celebrating a King Day of Service. To plan a King Day project in your community, visit www.mlkday.gov for tips to get started, to help organize and to build partnerships. You’ll also find project examples and marketing tools to help promote your project.
 

Completing the Tabs for Your Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, January 08, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
To add Volunteer Opportunities (or Projects) with the HelpRoot Volunteer manager, you’ll click the “plus” sign and then be taken to the editor, where you will begin by completing the fields under four tabs – Contact, Location, Distribution, Requirements and Search. 
 
Contact is where you will add the name, email and telephone number (if desired) that the potential volunteer will use to contact the person responsible for the opportunity. Location is, naturally, the location of the opportunity. This is important to help someone know if volunteering is even possible, particularly if  the opportunity is being published globally on HelpRoot.com and not just a church site.  Speaking of which… the Distribution tab is where you’ll decide whether to publish the opportunity on the public HelpRoot.com site or just keep it to your own site. You can also set dates for when you’ll accept applications for the opportunity, as well as the date and time for the work to be accomplished.
 
“Requirements” is where you can note any particular prerequisites to serve in the volunteer position. This could be helpful in, say, medical missions seeking trained medical personnel. But it’s also the place to note any financial responsibilities that would come with the opportunity. Finally, the “Search” tab is where you will add the key words and summary description that people will use when searching for opportunities on your site or within www.HelpRoot.com.
 

How to Create Your Volunteer Page

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Need a little more volunteer help to run the programs in your church? Announcements during the worship service, messages in the church newsletter, and encouragement during Sunday school are all options for getting the word out. But you’ve also got the option to use the HelpRoot Volunteer manager, the tool E-zekiel.com makes available to customers (Essentials plan and above) to promote and manage volunteer activities.
 
To get started, go to your control panel and click on the HelpRoot Volunteer icon. There, you’ll be able to fill in the fields in your Manager settings, including whether to add the link to the site menu and who you’ll allow to submit volunteer requests and to access the volunteer portal. In the Editor section, you could give an overview of your church’s mission and philosophy of volunteerism – or simply highlight the particular areas you are seeking to fill (lay leadership positions, for example). The search fields themselves come with default text that explains the search process.
 
Once your page is created, you’re ready to start adding specific opportunities for which your members can review and sign up.
 

How Were the 2000s?

Thursday, December 31, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Results from a survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press reveal that Americans don’t tend to view the 2000s with a sense of nostalgia for a good time gone by. Of Americans giving their view of the last decade, 50% saw it in a negative light, while 27% had a positive view. Of the others, 21% saw it as neither positive nor negative, while 2% “don’t know.”
 
However, the majority are seeing certain technological advances in a positive light. Cell phones (69%), email (65%), Internet (65%), Blackberries/iPhones (56%), online shopping (54%) are seen as changes for the better.
 
Oh, and looking ahead, 59% say the 2010s will be better, 32% say they’ll will be worse.
 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Today, more than 8,000 churches, organizations and businesses are using the E-zekiel content management platform, and we’re proud to partner with you in your ministries and missions. We appreciate your business, and we also appreciate what you do for the people in your community and around the globe who need to hear about the hope of our Savior.
 
We wish for you a joyous Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
 
Please note: Our customer service team will be off on December 24 and 25 and January 1.
 

Customer Support Holiday Schedule

Monday, December 21, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Questions about E-zekiel? We’re glad to help, but please be aware that our customer support staff will be taking time off during Christmas and New Year.
 

Christmas

Support by phone and email will not be available on December 24 and December 25. Customer support will again be available on Monday, December 28.
 

New Year

Support by phone and email will not be available on Friday, January 1, 2008. Customer support will again be available on Monday, January 4.

Adding Info with Your Media Files

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Sharing audio and video files on your Web site are great options for offering compelling messages – and yet with the natural limits (10 minutes for video, 30 minutes for audio), sometimes you’ve got more to tell. Fortunately, E-zekiel.tv gives you two options for providing more information with each media file.
 
If you’re using E-zekeil.com’s Media Manager, after you click the “Add Media” button, the page where you will select the audio or video file you want to upload will also display several other fields. One of these is called “Related File for Download.” Here’s where you can add documents or images that the visitor can download to go along with your video or audio message. Sermon notes are a great example, but you can also add instructions, diagrams or other types of content that will be useful to the visitor.
 
The next field, “Website,” gives each media file a unique link so that someone who views, say, a promotional video about a Christmas program can simply click that link to go to a page on your Web site that provides times, ticket information, parking instructions and anything else anyone needs to know.
 

Human Rights Day - Dec. 10

Thursday, December 10, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Human Rights Day 2009 is being held across the globe on December 10. This is a day set aside by the United Nations that dates back to 1950 and commemorates the December 10, 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. According to the U.N. Web site, the promotion and protection of human rights grew out of the founding nations' resolve that the horrors of The Second World War should never be allowed to recur. The theme this year is non-discrimination.
 

Reducing Video File Sizes

Tuesday, December 08, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
If you’re creating and sharing videos on your Web site, you’ve seen that file size affects upload time. And some files really are too big to handle. With E-zekiel.tv, video uploads are limited to 100MB and ten minutes in length. Also keep in mind that E-zekiel.tv resamples video files to 320 pixels by 240 pixels, which means that uploading files with larger dimensions doesn’t improve quality, but does lengthen upload time.
 
There are various formats for video files, including AVI, QuickTime and MPEG. Whatever format you’re using, your video editor can be used to reduce the file size and optimize the dimensions before uploading. You can also trim or crop unneeded parts of your video for a shorter play time.
 

Adding Audio to Your Site

Wednesday, December 02, 2009 View Comments Comments (0)
Did you know that E-zekiel.tv is not just a tool to upload and share videos, but that you can also upload audio?  The process is pretty much the same. If you’re using E-zekiel.com’s Media Manager, you click the “Add Media” button, select the audio file from your hard drive, fill in the other fields and click “upload” at the bottom. Audio files can be as long as 30 minutes in length.  A number of types of audio files can be uploaded, including:
 
AAC: Advanced Audio Coding (Macintosh)
AIFF: Audio Interchange File Format
AU: Sun Audio
OGA: Ogg Audio
MP2: MPEG Layer 2
MP3: MPEG Layer-1 Audio
WAV: Microsoft WAVE file
WMA: Windows Media Audio (Windows)