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2014 Hot Products and 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 full color digitally printed custom graphic and roll up banner that is ready for use the moment it is received. The viewable area of the graphic measures 33-1/4"w x 81-1/2"h. The base and top bracket have an anodized aluminum construction. Visit them online to view the hundreds of in stock products available from their online catalog.

Take your team’s performance from ordinary to extraordinary.  Communicate at whisper levels with up to eight simultaneously and hands-free. COMSTAR is not voice activate,d so there is no delay, and there are no transmit buttons to push. The system includes lightweight Cyber headsets designed specifically to disappear under a cap or helmet.

Contemporary Research
Contemporary Research’s fourth generation 232-ATSC 4 HDTV Tuner adds new capabilities to the industry-standard 232-ATSC series. New features include tuning MPEG-4 TV programs, delivering up to 1080p video, and simplifying firmware updates. It can receive both analog and digital off-air and clear QAM cable channels, controllable via RS-232, Ethernet, and IR.

Shepherd Multimedia
Is your church looking to video record your worship service? You can stream the service online, make DVD copies for shut-ins, set up a video venue service, or just send the video feed to your lobby or nursery. Shepherd offers a complete three camera system with cameras, controller, mixer, and monitors for under $10,000.

Acoustics First
Tone Tiles from Acoustics First are acoustic absorber panels that support painting or printing directly on the surface. While they improve the acoustics of the room, they can either seamlessly blend in, or boldly stand out! New! Larger 2’ x 3’ Packs of Four! More Square Feet – Same Price.

Primera Technology
Today’s churches are spreading the word to their worshipers and those outside their congregation with DVDs produced on Bravo-series Discs Publishers from Primera Technology. Beyond distributing church services on disc, many churches are using Bravo Disc Publishers to reproduce ceremonies, special events, music/choir programs and educational and training materials.

Manning Lighting
Saving money on energy and maintenance costs are the benefits of new LED products from Manning Lighting. Available for new fixtures, or as retrofits for existing, they utilize the latest technology to deliver increased light levels and warm, comfortable illumination at a fraction of the cost of incandescent or fluorescent.

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. 

EVOX is the professional RCF answer to small satellite-subwoofer or column style portable speakers. EVOX, designed for live sound, the compact package easy for portability and set-up, providing the high powered performance for live applications. The EVOX package is self-contained with both pole mount and satellite cabinet fitting into the subwoofer for portability.

Pilot Rock
Round picnic tables fit anywhere! They are a perfect site complement for the patios, lobbies, common areas and outdoor classrooms. They require a small footprint but can easily seat 8 people. Colorful thermoplastic coated steel tops and seats are impervious to the weather, surfaces dry quickly, clean easily, and can be used for crafts, games and classwork.

The Platinum Profile LED by Elation is the first entry-level LED moving head with automated framing shutters for framing set elements and performers. It uses a 180W LED engine and emits 9,000 total lumens of output, comparable to a 575W discharge lamp. Creative features include 7 colors, two gobo wheels, and more.

Elite Screens
The CineGrey 5D is a large projection screen with superb “flat-panel” picture quality even with bright room lighting. The ambient light rejecting material eliminates the washout effects of ambient light while enhancing superior picture color clarity and contrast. It also has 3D polarization for when the occasion calls for it.

Tectonic Audio Labs
Tectonic Audio Labs is launching a revolution in live sound with its proprietary Resonant Mode Loudspeaker technologies. Distributed Mode Loudspeaker (DML) designs provide a highly compelling flat panel form factor and remarkable acoustic & financial benefits for both fixed and portable applications.

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.

Online Church Directory
Bringing new life and new benefits to your church member directory! Online Church Directory offers a multi-featured, custom-designed online member photo directory, allowing your members to easily connect and engage with one another.  The mobile app lets you access the directory while “on the go.” Members can update their own information and photos. Print options allow you to print all of part of the directory.  

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.

Vu omnidirectional headworn microphones are ideally suited for vocal and spoken word applications. Their flexible, lightweight design allows total freedom of movement, and they are virtually invisible. Available with attached or detachable cable and choice of four connectors, these headmics are easily configured for the most popular wireless systems.

AudioScience designs and manufactures advanced DSP based digital audio peripherals for the OEM, broadcast, installed sound, and entertainment markets. They support industry standards such as PCI, PCI Express, MPEG audio compression, CobraNet, Livewire and AVnu AVB audio networking, and the Windows and Linux operating systems.

Now an even brighter star joins the world’s first 3LCD laserlight source projector. The 7000 lumen VPL-FHZ700L delivers exquisite 3LCD pictures for an even wider range of sanctuaries, overflow rooms and classrooms, with no costly lamps to replace. It’s time to expect more from your projector. Visit them online to discover why 3LCD laser is right for your faith-based services.

The Assimilation Seminar
Save 75% on best-selling resource! Don’t let your first-time guests walk out and not return! It’s not enough to attract guests – you must learn how to make them part of the life of your church! In this practical, three-hour audio resource from Nelson Searcy, you will learn how to WOW your guests from the moment they come in contact with your church.

CDH Partners
CDH Partners is an integrated design firm with over 35 years of experience. They provide high-performance solutions for neighborhoods, communities, and ultimately our country. Each Sunday, over 500,000 people worship in churches they have designed. They transform common building materials and ordinary spaces into places of worship and hope.

Modernfold has produced space division products to facilitate optimal space utilization since 1925.  Whether you need acoustic control, versatility or profitability for your existing building spaces, Modernfold has an innovative product solution to meet your demands.

At eChurchGiving and Pushpay, they know how hard you work as a church team to build and maintain an inclusive community. What they have done is invested to create the first all-inclusive giving solution for churches. Give in 10 seconds, every time. Ask them about our 5% annual increase guarantee.

Hitachi America has introduced its CP-AX2503, CP-AX3503, CP-AW2503 and CP-AW3003 Ultra Short Throw projectors. These four high-performance models are ideally suited for delivering large images in limited spaces. The new 3LCD projectors offer improved image quality, flexible connectivity including powered focus, and wireless networking plus a host of useful convenience features.

SwingSetMall.com can design, produce, and install the Custom Tube Slide of your dreams! For both indoor and outdoor settings, as a fun feature for your church recreation facility – they have the expertise to accomplish the project. Choose from pre-designed options, or contact them for a FREE quote and drawing for your custom project.

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. 

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.

Church management and accounting software has been proven in the workplace for over 20 years. It is a complete church membership and accounting solution in an all-in-one system. CP is the ideal church software. With this church financial software, you can track your donations, do payroll and manage your checkbook. Their membership software will help you keep records of all your members.

The APEX2016 mobile stage sets the standard for versatility, quick setup, and ease of use in small stages.  A bumper pull hitch is standard and it can be easily hauled by a one-ton pickup. With a 20’ x 16’ stage area, this unit is the only fully-enclosed, fully-hydraulic, portable stage in its size. With tons of features, a budget friendly price, and APEX quality, it is the perfect fit for smaller venues!

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.

The Essentia from Chairs4Worship offers quality and style at a great value price. The ergonomic design and improved features make the New Essentia best in class Economy chair. The Essentia is designed for ultimate versatility in your sanctuary, education, and multi-purpose spaces.

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.

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.

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. Their carts help you organize and move a variety of materials in your environment.

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. From the outside to the inside, down to the budget, it is a matter of heart.

Best Bus Sales 
The Glaval Titan II Low Floor bus completely eliminates need for clanking, tedious, and oftentimes intimidating wheelchair lifts. The bus carriage gently lowers deploying an ADA compliant boarding ramp. Wheelchairs, walkers, and all others board quickly without incident. The 21-passenger rated vehicle has conversion features to accommodate up to 5 wheelchair passengers.

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