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2016 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.

Give+ Mobile
Put the power of smartphone giving directly in your congregation's hands with the Give+ Mobile app from Vanco Payment Solutions. Give+ Mobile is included at no charge with Vanco's credit and debit card processing, and the app is free to download at the App Store search for "give plus church" to quickly find it. Plus, Give+ Mobile seamlessly integrates with Vanco reporting, so there's no additional software to learn or integrate.

E.D.I Travel
E.D.I Travel specializes in Christian and Jewish tours to Israel from North America, combining two decades of professional guiding and travel expertise with fresh and innovative touring ideas. Their main and only goal is to provide each and every customer with and extraordinary Israel experience.

RUSHWORKS' PTX Universal PanTilt Head opens a whole new universe of possibilities by integrating video cameras with DMX lighting consoles and software. PTX heads provide robotic control of the Blackmagic Micro Studio 4K camera, as well as most cameras supporting LANC Remote control and Panasonic analog remote control. They connect using standard 3-pin DMX daisy-chain control protocol.

Displays2go is your one-stop-shop. They offer an expansive selection of display products ideal for religious organizations and educational environments, including pulpits and podiums, literature holders, prize wheels and games, custom banners, exhibit booths and more. Visit them online to view their entire selection of quality products.

AudioScience, a leader of professional audio peripherals in the installed sound and radio broadcast industries, has announced the availability of its Hono Audio-Video-Bridging (AVB) Controller, featuring unique abilities not found in other AVB controllers on the market. Introduced at InfoComm 2016, the Hono AVB Controller is intended for use with the AudioScience Hono family of AVB products and other 3rd party AVB devices.

ProjectorLamps.com specializes in selling only high-quality lamps with original bulbs. With a stock of over 10,000 unique items, they ship lamps to customers all over the United States and beyond. ProjectorLamps.com is dedicated to providing our customers with a simple buying experience supported by unparalleled customer service. Their experienced and highly knowledgeable staff is an excellent resource for sales, service, and technical questions.

Maranatha Custom Churches
Whether your church needs an addition, renovation or totally new facility, Maranatha can help. They provide the very finest in Master Planning, Architectural Design, Construction Services and Construction Management. The Maranatha building is easily expanded from 250 to 1,500 or from 500 up to 3,000. Their clients save up to 30 to 50% on construction, 50 to 75% on energy, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in wise "Strategic Master Planning."

The dignified Patriot Height Adjustable Lectern from AmpliVox features a silent, push-button lift mechanism. It can be set between 36 and 56 inches while maintaining its attractive appearance. The Patriot's elegant design complements any pulpit or other presentation space and can be outfitted with wired or wireless sound systems.

USA made Screenflex Portable Room Dividers divide space, absorb sound, and create displays in minutes. These tackable panels roll on self-leveling caster to help you accomplish your room dividing needs. Use to maximize space in the classroom, Sunday school, weekly programs, or evening ministries.

EMOTION is a compact yet powerful moving head digital luminaire with next generation digital lighting technology and an all-new price to performance ratio. Features include an on-board media server, royalty-free digital art/videos and uploadable custom content. Easy to use, it does not require an abundance of DMX channels to operate.

Chairtex designs and builds excellence into all the church pew chairs, banquet chairs, stacking chairs, and plastic chairs they manufacture. Chairtex's sanctuary seating is known for the beauty, comfort and durability it provides to congregations around the world. Chairtex church seating is available in hundreds of fabrics to suit every taste, whether it is classical or contemporary.

Thrivent Financial's Church & Institution Financing provides mortgage financing and refinancing to Christian churches and nonprofits C customized to the needs and mission of your ministry C offering terms up to 30 years and competitive fixed and resetting rates. Providing you with solutions that help your ministry thrive.

Morton Buildings
From new church construction to an activity center or classroom addition, Morton Buildings' team of worship facility experts will work with your building committee to develop a plan that fits the budget and future needs of your congregation. Discover their difference.

iTOUCH-P Tablets are powered by inLighten's PETE software and can be easily managed from anywhere at any time using an intuitive, web-based, control interface, making it possible to point to targeted URLs, update content choices, schedule availability and establish permissions for an inviting, user-friendly, interactive experience in any environment.

All Campus Security
Need help with improving or expanding your current security system? Or are you building one from scratch? All Campus Security has what you need to take control of your video surveillance and door control systems. With the ACS team's help, advice and professional-level products, you'll be able to have exactly the security system you want. ACS can help your budget by enabling your DIY installation, or can source local professionals as needed.

Excel Dryer
Excel Dryer has introduced the new ThinAir Hand Dryer, a high-efficiency surface-mounted model that protrudes no more than four inches from the wall making it ADA-Compliant. ThinAir dries hands in 15 seconds, operates on 960 watts and is a quick and easy retrofit solution for any facility looking to save money and easily maintain a cleaner restroom.

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 Acoustics First Double Duty Diffuser is an acoustic diffuser as well as a low frequency absorber. They range from 2'x2' up to 4'x8' and are available wrapped in fabric and backed with additional absorption to help tame the acoustics in any number of different sized spaces.

Landscape Structures
Landscape Structures will help you create a church playground to meet the needs of your congregation. They have playground equipment for every age and ability, plus the planning materials, fundraising programs and installation options to make your playground process as easy as 1-2-3. Find your local Landscape Structures playground consultant online.

Control room acoustics with Versare's Sound Stones. These ultra-affordable sound panels feature a premium, eco-friendly construction that will ensure effective acoustical control. Sound Stones will hang gracefully from your ceiling or across your wall to eliminate room echo and greatly improve verbal communication. With over twenty color options, these affordable acoustic panels will integrate easily anywhere.

Wick Buildings
Start your church building design process with DESIGN 3D by Wick Buildings.  With DESIGN 3D, you can visualize your new building before you actually build it. Just go to WickBuildings.com and click on the DESIGN 3D graphic, and you'll be designing your own gathering place for free in minutes. Save it when you're done and share it with your planning team and local Wick Builder.

Listen Technologies
Houses of worship are beautiful structures, but they oftentimes don't have the best acoustics. Make sure everyone can connect to inspirational messages and music by providing assistive listening and language interpretation solutions. Listen Technologies makes revolutionary receivers for assistive listening. The iDSP Receiver is available in 72 MHz, 216 MHz, and Infrared (IR) models, ensuring exceptional experiences for venues and users.

Projector Screen Store
Enlighten your faith! Projector Screen Store is the Web's leading authority for projectors and screens. Their team of professionals has over 25 years of experience in the Pro Audio/Visual market, offering thousands of products from top brands! Including Da-Lite, Epson, Draper, Sony, Canon, Elite Screens, Panasonic and Alltec Screens. Transform your house of worship with cutting-edge presentation solutions.

CDH Partners
For ministries seeking a responsive design partner, CDH provides a passionate and team-oriented experience. Clients across the nation trust their design-focus and client-centered solutions. Their purpose-driven culture, developed over four decades, places real value on the lives they touch.  The resulting facilities serve 650,000 church members every week.  Imagine More.

Rolltop Desk control centers aesthetically and ergonomically blend the mixers, controllers and video displays we use and protect them when we leave. HSA desks are available in many configurations and options, including as shown here with the new Stainless Steel rolltop tambours and SFIC compliant, institutional grade locks.

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.

BnC Electronics
BnC Electronics was started by former Long's Electronics employees, with combined experience of 95 years in the consumer electronics industry.  They felt they can still fulfill a need in church ministries, classroom teaching and presentation solutions. They operate their call center and warehouse from Springville, Alabama. Getting your message or presentation heard is their goal!

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