December 2012 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.
FundraisingRides.org is a national hot air balloon ride organization with over 200 pilots coast-to-coast. As part of its policy of "Giving Back," the company donates free balloon ride tickets to schools, churches and charities to offer in their live and silent auctions. Thousands of organizations have raised millions of dollars these past 10 years.
PowerChurch Plus is an all-in-one software solution that helps you streamline administrative tasks and manage your Membership, Contributions, Accounting, and Event Scheduling. With just a few clicks, you can access information about your members, their donations, your church's financial status, or upcoming events.
Aacer Flooring's experience in every part of the wood flooring industry makes it the perfect partner for any flooring project. The employees have logged, milled, manufactured, and even installed hard maple and oak flooring. This bottom-up knowledge of the business created the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility with an eye to quality, consistency, and customer satisfaction.
Height Adjustable TV Stand from Displays2Go
This mobile monitor display is a durable metal stand with eight different height settings that is designed to last for years. This LCD stand can hold a 32" – 60" LCD TV and tilts downwards 15 degrees for the perfect viewing angle. View their huge selection of TV stands online.
NewTek TriCaster 40
For video professionals and broadcasters who need basic HD live video production and Web streaming on a small budget, TriCaster 40 is a cart-or-carry, all-in-one solution that provides easy creation of a professional show, letting you reach viewers everywhere, whether broadcast or streamed – even without a complete, big-budget infrastructure.
The Durasign Sealed Face System – with Gas Hinges, Dual Industrial-strength Keyed Locks, Easy-lift Sealed Face and the thickest aluminum on the market – is designed to be the most user-friendly, attractive and durable sign in the industry. They custom build each sign to your specifications. Design to fabrication, installation and service – all under one roof. Serving you nationwide since 1951.
Eartec's new UltraLITE headset combined with its COMSTAR revolutionary full duplex system allows crews to converse simultaneously just like on a regular telephone…no buttons to push, no taking turns speaking. COMSTAR is not voice-activated, and there are no transmit buttons; to operate simply turn the system "ON" and talk. Up to eight can converse all at the same time.
SIGNARAMA Directional Signs
Use directional signs to help visitors find their way around your facility, reinforce brand identity or message awareness, and help new visitors feel comfortable and welcome. Whether you need an indoor or outdoor directional signage system, SIGNARAMA can design, develop, and install a cost-effective package for you.
Shepherd Media offers great new projectors from Hitachi and Christie, with special church discount pricing around $3,000.
• Hitachi CPX8150 / Christie LX501 (XGA / 5000 ansi lumens)
• Hitachi CPX8160 / Christie LX601i (XGA / 6000 ansi lumens)
• Hitachi CPWX8255 / Christie LW551i (WXGA / 5500 ansi lumens)
Mity-Lite's revolutionary Mesh∙One folding chair continues to exceed expectations for worship facilities around the world. Its patented mesh design minimizes pressure points and maximizes airflow, making it one of the most comfortable chairs of its kind. Durably constructed in the USA and backed by a 10-year warranty, Mesh∙One is now available in three new colors: White, Bone, and Titanium.
Pilot Rock Tables
Picnic tables are a perfect design complement for picnic areas and recreation facilities. Round tables require a small footprint but can seat eight people. Colorful thermoplastic coated steel tops and seats are impervious to the weather, and the surfaces dry quickly. Pilot Rock Park Equipment is designed and manufactured in the United States by R.J. Thomas Mfg. Co. Inc.
Wowza Media Server 3.5
Wowza Media Server 3.5 is one of the most trusted software platforms for streaming media to users anywhere, on any type of device. The latest version of the award-winning software now introduces new features such as HTTP origin, transcoder overlays, closed captioning, Silverlight Multicast Player, and digital rights management.
Full Compass is a national leader in Professional Audio, Professional Video, A/V, Lighting and Musical Instrument sales. Their goal is to provide the best possible value with exceptional customer service, and they offer over 700 top equipment brands. Full Compass is also an authorized service center and parts distributor for most of the major manufacturers they carry.
Create the rooms you need. Hufcor, a leading provider of temporary space division, offers an exciting variety of partitions that are affordable, easy-to-use, and look great, too. Reconfigure your space with Hufcor folding doors. Local factory-trained distributors offer design assistance or service if ever needed.
America's Christian Credit Union
America's Christian CU provides banking solutions to individuals and ministries, empowering them to reach their financial goals. Founded in 1958 and currently managing close to $500 million in assets, ACCU serves the economic needs of its individual, family, ministry and business members. Every dollar entrusted to the credit union gets reinvested to build churches and fund ministries.
Christie G Series
Offering high brightness and great color, the Christie G Series is the full package. Its single-lamp design lowers your cost of ownership without compromising image quality. Wireless connectivity creates easy connection and a clean presentation space. Three lens choices, input options, and 360 degree projection give you versatility and flexibility.
Bridgestone Multimedia Group (BMG)
Bridgestone Multimedia Group is dedicated to inspiring, educating, and entertaining families through the development, production, and distribution of high-quality, faith-based entertainment products, including feature films, documentaries, and children's videos.
CDH Partners is an integrated design firm of planners, architects, engineers, and interior designers with 35 years of experience designing over 600 churches. The mission of CDH is to shape your facility to your ministries using stewardship-driven principles and to maximize a church's resources.
Freightliner Custom Chassis
As a leading manufacturer of commercial bus chassis, Freightliner Custom Chassis delivers the safety, power, and durability you expect and need in your vehicle. And, with six different diesel-powered platforms to choose from, they have exactly what you're looking for.
The Optima from Chairs4Worship
The Optima brings together the optimal balance of quality craftsmanship, luxury features, and long-lasting comfort at an affordable price. The Optima sets itself apart by creating a peaceful and relaxed seating posture for absolute comfort designed to enhance the overall spiritual experience. The Optima is the latest addition to the worship seating collection offered by Chairs4Worship by Uniflex that has been setting the standard for quality backed by their lifetime warranty for almost 30 years.
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, house of worship, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company's purpose-built factory in Denmark.
SICO Dual Height Stages
The Dual-Height / Single Height SICO 1800 series offers all the advantages of a mobile folding stage, plus the added simplicity and speed of built-in height adjustability. They are designed to be set up and taken down by one person, resulting in considerable savings in labor and time.
Screenflex Portable Acoustical Walls
Screenflex makes Portable Acoustical Walls for your ministries. Church leaders, do you need to make more efficient use of your space in an attractive, cost-efficient manner? Perhaps Screenflex can help. For complete information regarding how U.S.A.-made Screenflex Portable Acoustical walls are helping church leaders across the globe, visit them online.
TheBusCenter.com is the best place to search online for new and used buses. You can easily view their extensive listings of buses and other transportation options. Most importantly, they offer post-sales support and service that is unmatched in the bus business.
Chairtex Infinity 655
The Infinity 655 blends comfort and value in this incredibly durable design. From its highly desirable rolled waterfall seat design that comes standard with Dual-Density OptiFoam to its ErgoMax Triple-Foam Back Support System that integrates an additional lumbar support for unmatched comfort, this chair is built to exceed your expectations.
The custom-engineered COVERMATE II represents a breakthrough in gymnasium safety. The system's main attractions are the retractable outriggers that reduce the risk of tipping. Also, the yellow roller end collars prevent fingers from getting pinched. Special safety bolts that attach each roller bracket to the main frame hold the roller captive to prevent it from popping up.
MMBB is a Christian financial services organization that provides employee benefits for churches and other faith-based groups. They make employee benefits affordable, easy to set up, and simple to manage. Real planning, real solutions. That's their calling. Visit them online for a copy of their free brochure.
Consolidated Plastics has sold entryway mats, logo mats and anti-fatigue mats to more than 30,000 churches since 1981. Stop renting and save money by purchasing your floor mats. Keep your facility clean and dry with their Aquasorb entrance mats.
Audix PH5-VS Powered Speakers
Audix PH5-VS powered speakers are now available in white. Perfect for lobby or quiet room sound reinforcement. The Audix PH5-VS powered speakers are now available in both black and white models. Mounting is easy with the optional SWB-101 wall or ceiling mount swivel brackets. Featuring a 25 watt built-in stereo amplifier and lightweight construction, they represent the latest in speaker technology.
Christian Community Credit Union
Get record-low church loan rates and save money! Christian Community Credit Union is your single source solution for your lending needs. Save money for your church with affordable financing and lower banking fees. Ask about their free banking services cost analysis. Apply for your church loan today!
Signs 4 Less
Since 1997, Signs 4 Less has been providing high-quality signs, banners, and vehicle graphics to customers nationwide. Their creative approach, consistent quality, and dependable turnaround times are what have kept people coming back time and time again to collaborate with them on their non-illuminated sign projects.
EcoPlay Playgrounds from Safeplay Systems
Winner of a 2012 Innovation in Plastics Recycling Award, EcoPlay Playgrounds from Safeplay Systems keep an average of 35,000 milk jugs out of landfill per play structure. EcoPlay is impermeable to water, cannot be eaten by insects, never needs painting or sealing, and won't splinter, crack, swell, or rust. EcoPlay Playgrounds are PVC-Free and meet/exceed ASTM, CPSC, and ADA guidelines.
Tone Tiles from Acoustics First
The Acoustics First team has designed a new paintable panel system named Tone Tiles. Tone Tile acoustical panels are now ready to be shipped and deployed into any application requiring sound control. This new acoustical system offers acoustical absorption with limitless design potential and installation possibilities.
Royal EZ from ChurchPartner
Introducing the ROYAL EZ (REZ)! This exciting innovation is designed to provide facilities, such as churches and senior living centers, with a practical solution to a mealtime problem. When attached to any standard dining chair, the REZ enables a caregiver to gently move a seated person to and away from the table easily and safely.
ETC Source Four LED Spotlight
The ETC Source Four LED Spotlight offers exceptional energy savings and beautiful light output. A "green" spotlight for houses of worship, ETC's Source Four LED, winner of the PLASA 2012 Sustainability Award, performs at 30 to over 40 lumens per watt. Powerful but not power-consuming, the spotlight brings color and artistry to worship production, studio, and architectural application.
Pearl's EPro Live drums offer the most realistic playing experience available from electronic drums. Real Pearl shell sizes featuring TruTrac heads for true stick response, EClassic metal cymbals and the redbox controller that holds 100 hd kits at the ready. Download new kits at redboxsoundshop.com. EPro also quickly converts to an acoustic kit, a complete live experience.
Bravo 4100-Series Disc Printers and Publishers are the fastest in their class. Full-color discs with near-perfect print quality are printed in just 6 seconds each. With built-in high-speed recorders and direct-to-disc printing, they automate the process of burning and printing CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. Features include individual CMYK ink cartridges, 4800 dpi print quality, and 300% faster robotics than previous models.
Manning Lighting LED
Manning Lighting's LED fixtures provides exceptional energy savings along with an ultra-long life for lower maintenance costs. The LED downlight matches the output of a 300 watt incandescent yet uses less than 50 watts. And, with an expected life of 50,000 hours, maintenance is almost non-existent.
SofTILE is a highly durable, interlocking, vandal resistant, and fire rated playground safety surfacing system. The new Durasafe series that has been specifically engineered to provide the highest safety performance ratings available in a playground surface. Available in 9 thicknesses and unlimited custom color options, SofTILE provides a firm, slip resistant, ADA-accessible and maintenance-free surfacing solution.
ChurchBus.com is a Christian-owned company and a division of the largest dealer of buses in America (Midwest Transit Equipment). With a sales team representing 50+ years of pastoral experience, they understand the unique transportation needs of churches. They stock a large inventory of church equipped buses to allow for quick delivery.
Churches by Daniels Construction
Churches by Daniels Construction is a Construction Manager, General Contractor and Design Builder. They serve pastors, churches and commercial developers from coast to coast. Committed to excellence and design, their heritage is craftsmanship. Some people think a contractor is only concerned with how the building looks on the outside, but they build with the knowledge and experience that keeps you in mind. From the outside to the inside, down to the budget, it is a matter of heart.
Retailing at $2990, the Contemporary Research QMOD-SDI HD-SDI Modulator is the first affordable digital QAM modulator for HD/SD-SDI applications. Driven by NTT-quality encoding, the QMOD-SDI auto-syncs SDI audio/video, and includes Component, Composite, stereo and digital audio inputs, and EAS AV alert broadcasting.
Church Windows is the full-featured, easy-to-use software designed with you in mind. Proven integrated packages or individual modules include Membership, Scheduler, Attendance, Donations, Accounting and Payroll. Church Windows works to make your job easier. Available in Desktop or Web-based versions. Free Working Trial available!
Connor Sport Court
Sport Court has introduced Maple Select, part of the Response High-Gloss (HG) family of products. Maple Select features a real wood look and SportGuard surface technology that provides exceptional performance and durability to keep your floor looking like new. Maple Select is safe, easy to maintain, and affordable.
Electrosonic's unique lamp program eliminates the hassle of procuring, storing, and purchasing projector lamps. The program's annual contract locks in your lamp price, ensures there is a lamp ready to ship to you, starts the warranty on the day you install the lamp, and handles recycling.
Galaxy CBM Series
Galaxy Audio has released their new Carbon Boom Microphone (CBM) Series. The carbon shaft of the microphone makes them rigid and lightweight, yet they are portable and the element is easily positioned. The CBM series has two element choices: the CBM5 and the CBM3. The CBM5 has a 1/2" gold plated element, and the CBM3 consists of three interchangeable elements (Omni, Cardioid, and Super Cardioid).
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. In short, it is a turnkey operation. Products include commercial and indoor playgrounds, shade structures, and surfacing, and much more.
NASB Topical Reference Bible
The NASB Topical Reference Bible contains over 20,000 topics and sub-topics cross referenced to over 50,000 verses. Topics were researched and prepared by Biblical scholars and include topics relevant to today's issues. It also includes a 4,200 entry dictionary/concordance and 95,000 cross-references to enrich your reading.