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December 2013 Hot Products & Services

Every December, 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 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.

Displays2go offers this modern floor standing lectern that features an acrylic base with rubber feet, a 3/4" thick acrylic spacious desktop surface, and satin anodized aluminum sides to complete the body and give the pulpit its sleek look. Visit them online to view the hundreds of in-stock podiums available from their online catalog.

Eartec's extensive headset line now has even more choices! Combined with the COMSTAR revolutionary full duplex system, Eartec headsets allow 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. Up to eight can converse all at the same time. 

Contemporary Research
The QMOD-YPB2 is the first low-cost 2-channel HD modulator that broadcasts 1080i/720p cable & satellite channels that don't look low-cost. It uses next-gen dual-channel encoding, driven by the power of 2; 2 channels, RF and IPTV video outputs, AC-3 and stereo audio, 2 MTS language tracks, and rack-mounts 2-across. Dual sets of Component, Composite/CC, digital coax and stereo audio inputs capture video, audio, and Line 21 captioning.

Pilot Rock
Outdoor recreation sites need elements that accommodate persons with disabilities. Pilot Rock accessible products include an ADA-compliant charcoal grill. The ASW-20 accessible charcoal grill provides a swivel grate that can be moved with one hand and minimal force. Move the cooking grate over the fire or away, but the handle is never over the charcoals.

USA-made Screenflex Sunday School Dividers are serving tens of thousands of churches in several different ways every week. The portable, acoustical dividers easily roll into any area of your facility, unfold accordion style, and set up in seconds. Use them for Sunday School on Sundays , your child care program  during the week, and youth or adult ministries in the evenings. 

RØDE Microphones
The smartLav is a professional-grade wearable microphone designed for use in a wide range of scenarios wherever professional quality audio is required in a discreet, portable format without the complication and expense of additional wireless equipment. With the smartLav, the user simply mounts the microphone on the talent, connects it to a smartphone or tablet headset jack and records via the RØDE Rec app for iOS, or any other audio app of their choice.

Galaxy Audio
Galaxy Audio's Carbon Boom Microphones (CBM) Series is ideal for choirs, orchestral, and theatrical productions. The carbon shaft of the microphone makes them rigid and lightweight, yet they are portable and the element is easily positioned. Both the CBM3 and CBM5 include a 24" stand or a 67" microphone stand. The Carbon Boom Microphone series is also available as a dual microphone unit.

Hitachi's Installation and Professional Series projectors offer a versatile array of innovative, performance-enhancing features, along with Hitachi's patented advanced display technology, providing bold, brilliant colors and incredible image clarity and uniformity. A wide range of resolution formats and brightness options enables you to choose just the right model for your large venue application.

TLC Ministries
TLC Ministries leads Capital Campaigns with the Ministry Approach to enable churches to define their vision, raise maximum funds, and develop more responsive stewardship disciples. TLC offers the insightful booklet "When Your Church Needs to Build" to guide your building process. Download it FREE from their website.

If you're struggling with maintenance costs and expensive repairs or worried about safety and ADA compliance, SofSURFACES has answers for you. SofSURFACES has been engineering playground surfaces for over 20 years, and they know how to solve your problems. Engineered for performance, tested on site, and backed by a 10-year warranty, Durasafe brings industry leading solutions to your playground.

Chairs4Worship by Uniflex
The Theater Back Optima is the latest chair design from leading worship seating manufacturer, Chairs4Worship by Uniflex.  The refined style and performance embodies the finer elements of worship seating with special features to maximize comfort and durability.  The Theater Back Optima is the ideal chair to complement theater seats or for any worship environment that wants the look and feel of theater seats with the affordability and flexibility of chairs. 

The iGIVE Digital Donation Kiosk securely accept tithes and offerings via cash, check, credit card and online payment services. User-friendly touchscreen design provides 24/7 access to your website and displays dynamic video messaging when idle. iGIVE system software collects and compiles itemized donor information while also providing program listings, event registrations, online purchases and more.

Bertolini Sanctuary Seating
Bertolini Sanctuary Seating offers a large selection of superior USA-built church, banquet, auditorium, classroom chairs and many other quality products, including folding tables and chairs. If you are looking for the industry leader in innovation, unrivaled service and steadfast integrity, you will find it at here. From the quality of the materials they use, innovative assembly techniques, and rigorous testing process, the best church seating goes directly from them to you.

Detailed Play PRO
Detailed Play PRO offers a full line of heavy-duty commercial playground equipment for children at park, school, church and daycare play sites. The products they deliver meet or exceed commercial playground equipment safety standards and are designed for constant use by children ages 2-12. Visit their website to learn how they can help add some play to your church or faith-based organization.

Instant Church Directory Online
Enjoy all the benefits of a commercial church photo-directory without the stress with Instant Church Directory Online, a no-hassle way to produce your own photo-directory.  Plus, now you and your members can sync your directory to your mobile devices! Start your absolutely FREE 30-day Trial today on their website.

Safeplay Systems
EcoPlay Playgrounds from Safeplay Systems address environmental stewardship, as they are manufactured from post-consumer, recycled milk jugs. The average structure keeps 35,000 milk jugs out of landfill. Being made of hardened plastic, EcoPlay Playgrounds are impermeable to water, cannot be eaten by insects, never need painting or sealing, and won't splinter, crack, swell, or rust.

Connect by MinistryResource is a new software that encourages church members and visitors alike to get engaged in programs and groups quickly. Utilizing touch-screen kiosks and tablet devices, Connect can be customized for your ministry's needs. Take your ministry marketing to the next level. Get "Connected" today!

Modernfold's Acousti-Seal Encore operable partitions provide an industry-leading acoustical performance level of 56 STC. Acousti-Seal Encore panels are completely trimless, allowing for seamless transitions into any space and also feature the new SureSet top and bottom seal mechanism, which eliminates the possibility of set-up errors and provides a superior sound seal for unmatched acoustical control.

Show Sage
Bring your service to life! Dataton WATCHOUT presentation software lets you orchestrate stills, animations, graphics, video, live feeds and sound across multiple display devices. Be creative and easily move from large seamless imagery to multiple images displayed and animated in concert. Contact premium partner Show Sage LLC for more information.

Freightliner Custom Chassis
You expect a chassis that delivers incredible maneuverability, superior braking, optimum power and maximum durability. You want equipment you can customize to meet your business requirements and count on to work for you every day. Fortunately, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) has exactly what you're looking for in the S2C and XB-P Powerliner chassis.

The ideal solution when the utmost in sound quality and a low profile is needed, the Earthworks FW730 FlexWand Choir Miking System combines a 30kHz microphone, stand and boom into a single, low-profile unit. The FlexWand's near perfect polar response allows for fewer microphones on choir with better sound quality, no spotlighting, and incredible rear rejection.

Synthetic Turf International
The SoftLawn series from Synthetic Turf International provides the ability to turn unusable spaces into virtually maintenance-free areas that become an oasis for numerous applications.  Designed for durability, aesthetics, and safety, you can comfortably turn to SoftLawn for all of your playground, landscaping, pet, and play area applications.

Enlighten your congregation with powerful, versatile, energy-efficient lighting and control systems from ELS. With over 20 years in the industry, including installations at San Diego's Skyline Church and San Marino Community Church, among others, ELS can provide the equipment, integration and expertise you need to match the quality of your lighting to the importance of your message.

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.

One Call Now 
One Call Now is a powerful, easy-to-use, cloud-based communication service that makes it easy for church leaders to send important voice, text, email and social media notifications. Leaders can send messages using a computer, tablet, smartphone, landline and the One Call Now and My Call Now mobile apps.

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.

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.

Navitar NuView projection lenses replace a projector's existing lens, allowing you to use the same projector for numerous applications. Need to increase projection distance, image size, or screen size? Replace the lens! Navitar has long-throw and wide-angle lenses to meet your needs, no matter what projector or facility size.

Soaring Adventures of America
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.

Manning Lighting
Manning Lighting celebrates its 65th year with the Planar series. The core of each product contains LED components that provide incredibly efficient illumination. Acrylic blades, available in a variety of shapes, are laser etched with an optical pattern that controls the light path to maximize LED output and minimize glare.

SKB's Ultimate Platinum Plush 3i-4217-18 Watertight Injection Molded ATA Acoustic Guitar Case is molded of ultra-high strength polypropylene copolymer resin, with a gasketed, water and dust-proof seal, stainless steel hinge pins, patented "trigger release" latches, two with TSA locks, and comfortable snap-down rubber over-molded cushion grip handles, and in-line skate wheels to protect and transport your Acoustic guitar.

CDH Partners
Since 1977, CDH Partners, a Marietta, Georgia-based architectural design firm, has been creating remarkable buildings, spaces, and campuses for hospitals, schools, churches, and more. This award-winning integrated firm is also known for its innovative designs, team collaboration, and client satisfaction. Nine out of ten clients return asking for assistance on a future project.

Sony's VPL-FHZ55 is the world's first 3LCD laser light source projector, delivering 4,000 lumens of color light output at WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200) for bright and vivid color reproduction, and up to 20,000 hours of maintenance free operation (with the auto light dimming feature enabled).

With over 2,000 products to choose from, Korkat, Inc. offers the best in playground equipment and site amenities. They are proud to introduce the hottest product line in the industry, and it's all about movement. X-wave 2 is an example of how they are redefining the traditional playground. You can download a complimentary catalog from their website.

Bulb Direct
Bulb Direct offers specialty bulbs, including OEM replacements for LCD projectors with 60 day warranty, or Diamond replacements with 120 day warranty. They provide brilliant service, brand-name products, competitive pricing and prompt delivery. Bulb Direct will not leave you in the dark.  Visit their website for pricing.

Quik Stage
Buy a custom looking stage at factory direct prices. Change the appearance of your new Quik Stage portable stage just by adding curved or angle corners. Buy portable staging and accessories factory direct from Quik Stage, the church stage specialist and save. 

Featuring MityLite's hallmark durable lightweight attributes, ADAPT stacking chairs provide comfort and style for assembly, dining hall, classroom, or other meeting-oriented spaces. At only eight pounds, these chairs are easy to handle, stack up to 15 chairs high, and feature a flexible, ventilated seat and backrest that alleviate distracting pressure points. Stocked in 5 standard colors.

DPA Microphones
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones for professional applications. DPA's ultimate goal is to provide the absolute finest possible microphone solutions. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design or manufacturing process, and is globally praised for their exceptional clarity, unparalleled specifications, and uncolored sound.

SnapLock offers the industry's first modular flooring system to incorporate a patented absorbent sub-structure. Sixteen individual shock absorbers ensure a consistent playing surface and excellent coefficient of friction to keep the surface in place. The patented "shock" technology was designed with performance and safety in mind. The built-in shock deflection offers exceptional impact control and provides excellent rolling load support.

The Source Four LED outperforms other LED spotlights for efficiency. The x7 Color System provides unmatched color-mixing in four arrays to naturally illuminate skin tones, and can work alongside conventional fixtures. It accepts a range of interchangeable lenses, or the Source Four LED CYC adapter for full coverage of backdrops.

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. 

Shepherd Media
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)

Royal Basket Trucks
Royal Basket Trucks believes that carts should be made to fit into your environment to improve your workflow and efficiencies. For this reason, they build every cart to order ship on a short timeline of 7 business days. Organizing becomes easy when you have mobile storage solutions. Sorting, collecting, cleaning, organizing, athletic and aquatic equipment, recycling….the list is endless. Their carts help you organize and move a variety of materials in your environment.

Stadium Seating Enterprises
Stadium Seating Enterprises, Inc. (SSE) is the industry pioneer for the design and manufacture of prefabricated EPS Geofoam tiered stadium seating riser solutions. SSE PREFoam EPS Geofoam Tiered Stadium Seating Riser Systems are the most cost-effective and efficient systems available to design or enhance audience viewing by creating a fast and easy method of providing levels of tiered seating riser platforms to offer an unobstructed view for the audience.

Central Holidays
Central Holidays designs custom religious group tours to spiritual destinations across the globe. Since 1972, they have brought the faithful to see sacred biblical sites, follow the footsteps of Jesus, and worship at magnificent cathedrals. Central Holidays delivers quality, flexibility, and value, and works with parish leaders to create religious tours that fit the needs of your congregation.

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