Incredible Week – Day 2

Things really heated up today for the Town Hall for Hope event.  Some members of the Fox team and Dave Ramsey’s team arrived today.  The staging arrived. Lights started to get mounted.  The LED wall was assembled.  Here’s some pictures.  Enjoy.

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Incredible Week – Day 2

Incredible Week – Day 1

The team dove into it today.  They removed our cameras from the auditorium and removed the lights around the foot of the stage.  Fox will be utilizing their own cameras.  We’re adding some TVs in the Green Room and in another room that the Fox team and Dave Ramsey’s staff will use.  We’re also lining up the electricians and a boom lift that we’ll need tomorrow.  I’m told at least sixty more lights will be added to our existing lights.  A larger stage will also get installed tomorrow.

We received a very detailed outline of the event from Fox today, which they call the Operations Book.  They think of everything.  They even had a plan for an emergency evacuation of their crew, if necessary.

I’m very excited to see things start to take shape tomorrow.

Incredible Week – Day 1

Incredible Week Begins Now

If you haven’t heard, LifeChurch.tv Oklahoma City Campus will serve as the broadcast location for the Dave Ramsey Town Hall for Hope event. This event will be streamed to 6100 locations in the US and will be broadcast on Fox Business Network. It will be broadcast live on Thursday, April 23.

We’ve been interacting with Dave Ramsey’s folks for about 3 weeks and after a few face to face meetings, hundreds of phone calls, and millions of emails, it all comes down to this.

I can’t wait. I am so excited to see how God is going to use this. I am thrilled to play a very small part of what maybe the largest webcast in history.

There are a lot of people working on this event. This week, I’ll be writing on what the Tech Team is involved in. So stay tuned. If you feel led, please pray about this event and pray for Dave Ramsey’s team and LifeChurch.tv team.

Incredible Week Begins Now

LifeChurch.tv adds its 14th campus

After months of planning, today, we had our first experience at our 14th LifeChurch.tv campus in Owasso, Oklahoma.  Owasso is a suburb just north of Tulsa.  This is a portable campus that meets in a elementary school on Sundays.  The Owasso campus becomes our 3rd campus in the metro Tulsa area.  It joins the existing Tulsa and South Tulsa (Bixby) campuses.

The Tech Team, along with many others, put a ton of hours in to get everything setup.  Their hard work has paid off.  We saw over 450 people at our sneak peek experience this weekend.  What’s really exciting is we saw 9 people come to Christ today.  Next Sunday is our official grand opening.  If you live in the Tulsa area and are looking for a church, feel free to check us out.

Here are some pictures of the Owasso campus launch.

In Nov. 08, the Tech Team does their first site survey of the school where the campus will meet.
In Nov. 08, the Tech Team does their first site survey of the school where the campus will meet.
The Tech Team installs trussing that will remain at the school.
In late Jan. 09, the Tech Team installs trussing that will remain at the school.
Our new road cases, complete with the LC logo.
Our new road cases, complete with the LC logo.
The volunteers assemble the trussing that gets setup every week.
The volunteers assemble the trussing that gets setup every week.

 

The trussing goes up.
The trussing goes up.
The completed stage.
The completed stage.

 

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My favorite picture.

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LifeChurch.tv adds its 14th campus

Expanded Lobby and Auditorium Opens at the Edmond Campus

One of the largest LifeChurch.tv campuses just expanded their auditorium and lobby.  If you’ve visited the Edmond, Oklahoma campus you know that the old lobby was woefully inadequate.  It wasn’t really a lobby; more like a glorified hallway.  The Tech Team was responsible for installing sound speakers in the new auditorium sections, the lobby and outside of the building.  We also installed TVs and stage light fixtures  in the lobby.

Many people worked hard to make the new space look awesome.  Here are some of the pictures I took this past weekend.

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Expanded Lobby and Auditorium Opens at the Edmond Campus

One Year in Oklahoma

Another anniversary that we just celebrated was the one year anniversary of our move from Illinois to Oklahoma.  It was this time last year that we packed up our belongings in a semi truck and moved to Oklahoma.  It’s been a challenging and rewarding year.

Some of the challenges that we have faced included ice storms, tornadoes, missing my family, and getting lost more often than I would like.

But for the most part the move has been good for us.  The people here in Oklahoma are very friendly.  The school system has been great for our kids.  Traffic is not bad here.  Because of a well laid out road system, I can get to anywhere I need to within 15 minutes.   Other than the occasional tornado, the weather is a lot nicer here than in Illinois.  The cost of living is lower here as well.

So even though, I miss my family, friends, and real deep dish pizza, the move has been a good one and I’m happy to be an Oklahoman.  But I don’t think I’ll ever understand my fellow Oklahomans’ obsession with college football.  

One Year in Oklahoma

I’m Back

Hi everyone.  From a blogging perspective, I’ve taken the entire month of November.  That’s not good.  I didn’t mean to.  I’m realizing that I need to make the time to blog.  Like so many things in life, it’s not going to happen on its own.  Thanks for sticking with me during this break.

There are a couple of anniversaries that have occurred over the past few days.  Over the next few days, I’ll writing about each of them.

Today, I’m writing about my one year anniversary with no TV.  At the end of November 2007, my wife and I made the decision to no longer have cable TV.   We don’t have an antenna either.   We still own a TV, but we just watch DVDs when we want to watch something.  I’ve also started watching Battlestar Galactica on Hulu.com.  So more accurately, we don’t watch live TV anymore.  I’ve noticed that since we’re not watching live TV any longer, our overall TV watching has greatly decreased.  Instead of watching 2-3 hours of TV a night, it is now 1-2 hours of TV a week.  My wife and I have used this extra time to spend with the kids, read, exercise or  just talk with each other.  It’s been awesome. 

So while I’ve never watched a episode of American Idol, Lost, 24, or Grey’s Anatomy, I don’t feel I’ve missed out.  On the contrary, I’ve gained so much more.

How about you?  How much TV do you watch?  Have you tried cutting back?

I’m Back

After the Insane Week

Thank you so much for your prayers and kind words.  I survived the insane week.  Actually, it was a great event for me.  The tech team did really well.  I am so thankful to be working on a team with some very gifted and dedicated people.  There were some challenges in supporting this event.  One of the challenges was having to setup and teardown the tech gear in four different locations around town.  The other challenge was getting a three screen rear projection system to work on a stage that was never designed for that.

As you can see from the pictures below, it didn’t just work, it was awesome.  In case you are wondering, we rented a Catalyst Media Server to display the images and manage the projectors.  Click here for more info on it.

Enjoy the pictures.

Setting up. Complete with popcorn and Dr. Pepper
Setting up. Complete with popcorn and Dr. Pepper

My favorite picture.
My favorite picture.

After the Insane Week