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RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication, is a standard created to enable sharing of content across the internet. All of the news, events and blogs that appear on our website are consumable by an RSS aggregator, or in more simpler terms, an RSS reader. There are various applications that you can use to consume these feeds that our website provides for you. Most modern browsers incorporate bookmarking RSS feeds. However, if you would like to download a separate application, simply search for RSS Reader on Google
A podcast is a collection of files (usually audio but may include video) residing at a unique web feed address. We tell you this because you can "subscribe" to our Weekly Message
podcast by submitting the feeds address to an aggregator, like iTunes
. When new "episodes" become available they will be automatically be downloaded by iTunes
to your computer. The “My” Account
We encourage you to create your own “My” account
. This feature on our website provides you a single page that you can go to that provides you with the specific pieces of information you want. It also provides you with your own personalized calendar, event registrations, shopping cart transactions and more. It also speeds up the process when you register for an event because all of the base information that the form requires will be pre-populated based on the information in your profile.
To get a better understanding of how this feature can help, we will give you an example of a parent of two children. One is a teenager in Jr. High and the other is a toddler in 4th grade. When you create your account, you will be asked to check off the ministries at your church that you are interested in getting information on. You would check of Adult Ministries, Jr. High Ministries and Children’s Ministries. After confirming your account, you will be directed to your “My” page and you will see the news and events for all three ministries on one page. This page also has a link to your personalized calendar which places all of the events for these three ministries on one screen. This way, your time figuring out were little Sarah and young Tommy are to be is minimized. You also learn that there is a free picnic for any of the volunteers in adult ministries. Because you have been faithfully serving, you can’t miss that. By clicking on the event, you see that they are requiring you to register so that they know how much food to provide. Your “My” account automatically populates all the fields that are required so that you can simply click the register button and get your confirmation email.