December 2010 Hot Products and Services
Every December, to round out another year, we give you our roundup of the hottest products and services that came across our desks from manufacturers and dealers in the church market.
This year's list spans an impressive amount of categories, including software, A/V, playground, signage, finance, and curriculum.
This issue should be your church's wish list going into the new year, as you continue to evaluate and select products to help you operate your worship facility more effectively and efficiently.
In every issue through the year, every single product or service we cover in the magazine is there because we think it's something that you will find useful, so we're excited about each and every one in all of our issues. Our sole mission is to help you make purchasing decisions, so we're all about products, all the time. This list reflects the "best of the best."
It is a great time to be a church leader, because the market is overflowing with options for great products and services for your church.
Here are some of the products and services that stood out to us this year.
Christie E Series
These 1-chip DLP projectors provide exceptional brightness, image quality, and value in a compact chassis with reliable, long-life performance. The dust-sealed, filter-free design ensures that image quality is maintained and maintenance costs are low. Perfect for medium-sized congregations, you can choose between the Christie DHD670-E (1920 x 1080) and Christie DWU670-E (1920 x 1200) models.
Yellow Jacket Cable Protectors
For 26 years, Yellow Jacket Inc. has been the developer and manufacturer of the original cable protector for use around the world. Yellow Jacket continues to be a leader in innovation by producing American-made high-quality cable protectors made of polyurethane and cast-molded for 100% solidity.
Galil from Galilee Church Seating
The Galil seat combines the best features of both traditional pews and theater seats. It has the look of a traditional pew with a continuous back, with every worshipper having their own individual seat. The rows can be straight or radial or a combination. The self-rising seats have no springs to break or make noise. Unique design can increase seating capacity and reduce cost by 20% or more.
Hitachi CP-WUX645 Projector
The Hitachi Full HD Series CP-WUX645 3LCD projector offers WUXGA resolution, making it ideal for environments where high-definition capability is required. It can display 1080p content and more, while offering a brightness of 4,200 ANSI Lumens. The CP-WUX645's Perfect Fit function enables precise adjustment of the projected image by providing the ability to move the four corners individually.
Clergy Relocation from Federal Companies
Federal Companies, an agent for Allied Van Lines, Clergy Relocation division, specializes on moving clergy members locally, domestically, and internationally. Their experience of 97 years, state-of –the-art technology, and vision "To Be The Customer's #1 Choice" helps to ensure your satisfaction.
iPodium from Little Mountain
Little Mountain remains on the cutting edge of technology with the development of the iPodium. For use with tablet devices, iPodium is ideal for church check-in, event registration, information centers and speakers. It is available with a beautiful hardwood top and base or solid aircraft aluminum.
Stewart Church Signs
Since 1968, Stewart Church Signs has been providing the best means of communication between a church, its members, and the community. Their signs make the drive-by congregation of today your church members of tomorrow. They offer LED and changeable copy signs that are reliable, dynamic, and backed by a Lifetime Warranty.
TLC leads church capital campaigns from a relational perspective that is both ministry-oriented and spiritually-dynamic. They are founded upon stewardship principles and raise a high ratio of funds while developing more responsive disciples. Visit their website to request the free booklet "When Your Church Needs to Build."
Pilot Rock SQT-4 Series Tables
To really enjoy outdoor events, your congregation needs comfortable seating to relax, visit, play games, and eat. The SQT-4 Series square tables from Pilot Rock provide a friendly face-to-face seating arrangement. The 48" square top easily fits eight adults, or you can extend one side for ADA-compliant wheelchair access. Choose wood or colorful recycled plastic planks.
EcoPlay Playgrounds from Safeplay Systems
EcoPlay Playgrounds from Safeplay Systems are made of post-consumer, recycled HDPE plastic (milk jugs). EcoPlay is impermeable to water, cannot be eaten by insects, never needs painting or sealing, and won't splinter, crack, swell, or rust, making it virtually maintenance free. EcoPlay Playgrounds come with a 50-year warranty and they meet/exceed all applicable safety and accessibility guidelines.
MyGIVINGSOLUTIONS.com is a revolutionary web-based donor management software designed to increase member communication, giving and reporting while decreasing administrative expense. "Every church that desires to move forward with stewardship promotion and development needs to prayerfully look at this product," says Dr. Jimmy Draper, president emeritus, LifeWay Christian Resources.
Mitsubishi's WD8200U is a dual-lamp installation projectors using DLP technology for the most demanding wide-screen impact in sanctuaries and classrooms. It offers a host of options to meet the most demanding environments that can operate in either single or dual lamp mode for a sharp and bright image.
You have the content. TriCast it. TriCaster portable live production systems provide a full range of professional video tools: multi-channel switching, titling, audio mixing, and editing…everything for one person or a small team to simultaneously broadcast, live stream, project, and record network-quality video.
Powr-Flite Green Floorcare
The all-new Predator 14 (with a 14-inch cleaning path) automatic scrubber is a low-moisture machine that uses less water and less chemical than comparable traditional scrubbers, making it healthier for the environment. Further, its parabolic squeegee system mounted just one inch behind the pad ensures that solution, contaminants, and soils are recovered instantly even when making 180-degree turns.
Ardent Giving Solutions
Ardent Giving Solutions equips ministries with unique, low-cost, electronic giving solutions. Optional "Debit Card Only Online Giving" empowers churches with a choice to accept only debit card donations online. Ardent Giving Solutions offers a full range of services that make giving more convenient while matching your values, budget, and mission.
Douglas Fir and Cedar Wood Outdoor Furniture from Belson
Be the first to get the brand new line of wood products just recently unveiled at the NRPA Congress & Exposition 2010. This innovative collection of picnic tables, park benches, and trash receptacles features expertly crafted smooth, rounded edges on Douglas Fir or Cedar slats that will instantly give your facility comfort and safety with a modern, yet timeless feel.
Founded in 2003, KORKAT's success is reflected in three primary commitments: to provide remarkable customer service, to be a reliable and accurate consultant on any playground endeavor you undertake, and to offer the highest safety standards in the industry. KORKAT offers a wide array energetic, inventive, and supportive play. From grading to setup and even future service of the equipment, KORKAT doesn't disappear after the sale.
Apantac is a designer and developer of high-quality, cost-effective image and signal processing equipment. The Apantac product line includes: TAHOMA Series of Multiviewers; MAZAMA series of fiber optic extenders; and CRESCENT series of compact DA's, converters, and audio de-embedders.
PolyEngraved Signs from EZSignsOnline
The new PolyEngraved signs are an extremely durable UV stabilized signboard material that will withstand the harshest weather and are vandal-resistant. This high density polyethylene material won't fade in direct sunlight, is impact-resistant, and can withstand the elements. They are perfect for church, business, and school signs.
The Eartec MC-1000 is a single-channel, multi-station, wireless transceiver that allows unlimited users to communicate within a one-mile range. To operate, just turn the units on and talk through the headsets. The system is an invaluable tool for busy crews who need to increase productivity by efficiently managing time, personnel, and materials.
CDH Partners is an integrated design team of planners, architects, engineers, and interior designers that assists churches by designing facilities uniquely suited to a church's ministry. With 33 years of experience on more than 500 church facilities, CDH employs stewardship-driven principles to help churches make the most of their resources.
Standard Publishing's Inside Out & Upside Down from on Main Street
Get kids into the parables Jesus taught. Kids will love Inside Out & Upside Down on Main Street this year. Kids will learn that Jesus makes a difference every day and so can they. Tons of strong Bible lessons as well as fun games, crafts, service projects, and easy-to-use material make this a great item to have for your church.
SofTILE from SofSURFACES
SofTILE is an exceptionally durable playground surfacing system that locks in place, and is vandal-resistant and class A fire rated. SofTILE offers fall protection ratings that exceed national standards by up to 50 percent. SofTILE carries a 10-year warranty, including guaranteed compliance with fall protection standards.
Shepherd's Watch Background Checks & Screening Essentials
Background checks and careful screening techniques are your first line of defense when protecting the most vulnerable people in your church. These practices discourage predators from slipping into positions where they can hurt others. Shepherd's Watch, a part of Group, offers peace of mind with a simple, proven plan.
MBCI's NuRoof Retrofit Roofing System
MBCI's NuRoof Retrofit Roofing System is a complete, light gauge structural system that includes framing, bracing and a new metal roofing system. Regardless of your existing roof type, the NuRoof system can be designed to provide a long-lasting roof that will satisfy your needs and requirements, including lowering maintenance and energy costs and preventing leaking roofs.
MediaShout Version 4.5
MediaShout Version 4.5 provides your ministry with the presentation tools you need in a streamlined workspace, familiar to any Windows user. With new features like QuickTime support, Countdown Clock, PDF cues, and a helpful Start Page, Version 4.5 continues to give your team new ways to communicate Life's Most Important Message to any size audience.
Full Compass Exotics
Full Compass Exotics includes an extensive offering of microphones and mic preamplifiers for both live and studio applications. Featuring unique designs and cutting-edge technology from around the world, these products provide innovative audio solutions for even the most discriminating of audio professionals.
Primera's Bravo SE Disc Publisher
The Bravo SE Disc Publisher from Primera is an automated CD/DVD/BD duplicator and printer that produces up to 20-discs per job hands-free. A 4800 dpi printer prints full-color, photo-quality images directly onto the surface of the disc.
Church Windows is full-featured, easy-to-use software you've been waiting for—the "Just Right Solution" for your church. With modules that include Membership, Attendance, Contribution, Accounting, and Payroll, be assured that your information is in good hands with Church Windows.
Entertainment Lighting Services (ELS)
ELS is a Los Angeles-based provider of creative lighting solutions for special events, live theatre, and architecture, both indoors and outdoors. With two decades of providing outstanding service nationwide and a huge inventory containing literally thousands of products, ELS prides itself on lighting houses of worship in ways that are affordable, efficient, and environmentally aware.
Audix CabGrabber XL
The Audix CabGrabber is a revolutionary way to mic your guitar cabinet. It clamps onto your guitar cabinet or amp for fast and perfect positioning every time. Audix has now introduced the CabGrabber XL, an extended version handling larger size cabinets from 14 to 20 inches in depth.
Consolidated Plastics has been serving churches and businesses for 30 years. They have sold mats to over 28,000 churches. Prevent slip and falls and keep your congregation safe by making sure you have the best mats. With a full line of indoor mats to keep your floors clean and dry, outdoor mats, and logo mats, they are your matting experts.
Autoscript's Presidential Conference System
Discover a new level of ease and opportunity in your sermons and conferences with Autoscript's Presidential Conference System. These unobtrusive, discreet teleprompters let you deliver a perfect presentation every time. Highly customizable, these multi-language prompters run scripts for multiple users from any laptop. Programmable motorized stands adjust their height automatically.
Barnes Design Group, Church Architects
"The day for building your walls will come, the day for extending your boundaries," Micah 7:11. Is your church considering a building project or renovation? God provides vision. Barnes Design Group transforms it into reality. Come along for the journey with a Bible-based Christian architectural firm that has 30 years of experience serving growing churches like yours.
Harlequin Liberty LatchLoc
Harlequin Liberty LatchLoc sprung dance floor panels can be used as a sub-floor for all types of dance. In houses of worship where a raised floor is needed, Liberty LatchLoc panels are the perfect choice. A suitable Harlequin vinyl dance surface must be used on top of the panels.
Presentations/Sanctuary Solutions "Camber" Pew
The "CAMBER" is the latest introduction of a softer line pew design. It is practical and elegant and available in straight or curved layouts with continuous or individual seats. It is customized for the requirements of your space, large or small, with full consideration of your congregation's body and soul.
The Auditorium Chair by McCourt stacks for easy storage and gangs together for seamless seating. It is a 2 ¾" thick, 20" wide seat with lumbar back support. Rear access Bookrack and Communion Cup Holder are standard. It has been load tested to more than 1,500 pounds.
Economical Room Dividers from Screenflex
Church leaders, do you ever need economical easy to move Room Dividers to help create separate meeting/teaching areas in the open spaces of your church? Screenflex Portable Room Dividers have been helping administrators better manage space for over two decades. Available in six heights, six lengths, and a host of 30 plus colors, Screenflex products satisfy your needs.
PhoneTree VoiceWave Online
PhoneTree's newest product, VoiceWave Online, meets your voice, text, and email messaging needs anytime, anywhere. Use it alone for a total solution or in conjunction with a PhoneTree desktop system to improve communication. From family to mega-churches, their solutions provide a fast, affordable way to stay connected.
Bulb and Battery
Hybrid Projector Lamps. Genuine original bulbs inside new lamp modules. You get the exact same performance light and life as the original because it is the original bulb inside, but at a huge discount compared to the original.
Chairs for Worship by Uniflex is pleased to announce the addition of a new metal church chair to their Vista series. The Vista 313e chair possesses quality components and features found only in higher end chairs, but at an affordable price.
Headrick Signs and Crosses
Headrick has taken pride in designing, manufacturing and installing high-quality commercial signage since 1927. This sign pictured is a contemporary blend of church building architecture with "tried and true" sign elements sure to catch the eye. The sign stands 23' tall and contains a 4' tall by 11' wide full color 20mm pitch Daktronics electronic message center..
Speaker Lectern from Prestige Pulpits
Prestige Pulpits has introduced the Speaker Lectern. Featuring a minimalist but still elegant glass body construction on an oak base (with a choice of eight stains), the Speaker Lectern is available in clear or smoked glass and includes your own custom logo. This lectern is perfect as a second sanctuary piece or as a primary pulpit for more intimate sanctuaries.
Casio GREEN SLIM Projectors
Casio America has expanded the company's revolutionary GREEN SLIM Projector line with four new models with increased brightness: XJ-A255V, XJ-A250, XJ-A155V and XJ-A150. Developed under the company's "clean and green" concept, the new projectors eliminate the need for mercury bulbs with the production of a long-lasting light source.
Arena from Shelby Systems
Arena is Shelby Systems' web-based Church Management Software. Includes hosting freedom, superior reporting tools, simple grouping, search options, and membership & contact management. Arena is designed around the elements necessary to build community: Communication, Coordination, Connection & Creativity. Because the Arena philosophy is people-oriented, it begins with the end in mind – empowering the church.