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There’s no doubt the church is undergoing a massive cultural shift as people attend church less often, and even regular attenders show up less frequently than before.

As much as everything is changing and we need to respond to that, almost every church still holds weekend services and likely will for years to come. So, in the meantime, what can you do to help reach more people? What can you do to boost weekend church attendance? Before you think this is just a numbers game, realize it’s also a spiritual issue. To me, declining attendance is a spiritual issue because I believe that disconnected people rarely grow spiritually.

Connect people and they grow. Disconnect people, and they don’t. So, naturally, I’m motivated to connect people. Can we connect people outside Sunday? Absolutely. By all means connect people through groups, other gatherings, in local mission and so much more. And yet this truth remains: the weekend service is, functionally, a primary way most people connect with the church and connect with God. So to ignore Sundays is to ignore a reality that impacts hundreds of millions of people every week.

10 Changes You Can Make to Boost Weekend Attendance

So if you’re holding weekend services, what can you do to bump weekend attendance positively, knowing that it will help people connect better to God? 

Here are 10 ideas that are relatively simple to implement:

Looking for an inexpensive and affordable way to provide a dramatic atmosphere at your home this Halloween? Spook your trick-or-treaters, party guests, or both! We provide a simple solution that allows you to add stunning visuals to your Halloween night! Make your house the scariest and best one in your neighborhood!

You can also add your own music, using the same equipment as a the professionals. Renting high-quality professional lighting, effects, and sound equipment is the best way to add a scary mood to your Halloween -- and it's completely user friendly! Be the best house on the block!

You've put time and effort into your décor this Halloween. Make sure you've achieved the frightening look you want and have a great sounding system to really add value to your event!

What We Provide for Halloween:

Professional Sound Systems:
Prices range from only $150. Each includes two speakers, a mixer/power amp, a microphone, and all the cables and stands needed. Click here for sound system packages.

Color changing LED lighting, lasers, and a variety of other effects. Click here to see!

Fog Machines:
Rent one of our easy to use Chauvet Fog Machines to really add to the atmosphere of your Halloween party.

Easy Instructions:
If you know how to run music from your phone or laptop, then you already know most of what you have to do. The ability to turn the volume up is the second most complicated thing -- but it's no different than the one on your car radio.

Optional Delivery and Setup:
For a small additional fee, we will deliver, set up, and pick up the equipment at the end of the night or the following day!

Questions? Click here to contact us!

First things first: Getting your music on Spotify is easy.

If you have a label or aggregator, they'll get your music on Spotify for you. If you don't, Spotify has deals in place with a number of companies who can deliver your music to them and collect royalties for you.

These services handle the licensing and distribution of your music and also pay you royalties when your fans stream your music on Spotify. There's usually a small fee or percentage cut involved. Each service is unique, so be sure to do a little homework before picking one!

The internet has opened up endless possibilities to promote your music, and, while that may seem daunting, it really allows you to experiment and let your creativity run wild! The key is to learn from the promotions you run, make changes, and fine-tune them to your unique career. Let’s take a look at some basic strategies you could be using to promote your music right now:

1. Live Music Promotion

With everything moving more and more towards digital, it’s easy to forget about the value of the person-to-person interaction. These days, you can create great quality music, release it, distribute it, promote it, and even play live without ever leaving your room. But, just because you can release something entirely online doesn’t mean you should! In fact, these personal interactions are still extremely important in the music industry.

The live show is so much more than just performing. You can use gigs to promote your music, new album, or song. Tell your fans that you’ll be premiering a new song, or, if you want to go all out, tell them you’ll be playing the whole album at one show over the next month or two. The trick is not to tell anyone which is the lucky show.

If your fans really want to hear the album early, they’ll have to come to all the shows. You could also use gigs to grow a fanbase in new cities, states, or countries. Work with a local established band and propose a headline swap – you’ll open for them in their home town and they’ll open for you in your home town. Just make sure you pick a band with a similar musical style.

The Middle School dance is a tradition, almost a rite of passage. But let’s face it… Middle School Kids can be challenging on a good day. Trying to entertain them and keep them happy is difficult at best. Getting them excited about a school event is sometimes near impossible.

Here are some themes that will spark some enthusiasm in the kids. Choose one of these teen dance themes or come up with your own. Then follow these simple tips with any theme you choose to get kids excited to attend:

  • Announce your dance well in advance, custom banners are ideal for this.
  • Recruit as many kids as possible to participate in planning and decorating.
  • Make your event space look festive- If you’re on a budget use inexpensive balloons and streamers.
  • Set up activities, games & snack stations to match your theme.

Below you will find several popular themes for middle school dances. Or for those who want more of an “out of the box” solution, our theme designers have created some new middle school dance themes especially for this age group!

When we started planning our wedding, one of the first decisions my husband and I made was to handle the music ourselves via our trusty iPods. Music is integral to both of our identities, something we’ve always shared—we were writing, exchanging mixes, and going to concerts together long before we realized we were something more than friends—and we wanted to extend that to our wedding. The key word that we both seized on when describing the music for this important night was “personal”; the unspoken expectation was that the right combination of the right songs, through some kind of alchemy of sentiment and aesthetic, would converge into a perfect expression of ourselves and our relationship, infusing each moment with meaning, like the best movie soundtrack of all time.

We assumed that the playlist project would be one of “the fun parts” of wedding planning, something we could do to relax in between all the horrible, stressful bits we’d been told to expect. As it turned out, our strong feelings about music made the whole process surprisingly fraught—in fact, the playlist was the only aspect of wedding planning that actually ended up causing stress and friction for us. As much as we thought it should all have come together easily, magically, we kept finding ourselves baffled by each other’s choices and increasingly defensive about our own.

What helped, finally, was sitting down and actually talking through what we were trying to accomplish. We realized that we had been approaching this project with two very different definitions of what “personal” meant to us: I was racking my brains for songs with lyrics that best represented my hopes for how our wedding and our marriage would feel, while he was focused on songs he associated with memories of moments in our history. With this context, we were able to understand each other’s choices and agree on a few strategies that would work for us both.

Who Is Responsible For Paying For A Wedding | Wedding Financial Costs Between Bride Groom and Families

While planning your wedding, the question of who is responsible for covering what costs will surely be one of the first to cross your mind. Depending on your family's own traditional backgrounds and etiquette, locations and items that you may already have at your disposal, and simply the changing of the times, there really is no completely "correct" answer or outline as to who is expected to pay for what items, costs, and other services. In this article, you will find some basic guidelines and simple references to keep in mind that have been common throughout the years, although nothing is set in stone when it comes to funding your wedding.

It is also important to remember that the cost of a wedding has grown substantially in more recent years. With couples marrying later, many times after having successful careers of their own, it's become more common for the bride and groom themselves to contribute heavily (if not completely) to the cost of their wedding. The parents of the groom are also much more commonly involved nowadays in the finances of the wedding. A modern popular opinion is to have the couple themselves, along with each of their families to each contribute one-third.

Here is a basic layout to begin planning the financial costs of your wedding:

The Jerry Garcia Foundation has collaborated with guitar maker Tom Lieber, the co-creator of Jerry Garcia's iconic "Tiger" guitar, to design a plastic-free, sustainable guitar named "Ocean."

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 1, 2017 -- In honor of Jerry Garcia's 75th Birthday, the Jerry Garcia Foundation has commissioned luthier and artist Tom Lieber to create an eco-friendly, plastic-free electric guitar. The new guitar named "Ocean" is made from sustainable maple and features a fingerboard inlay image of Jerry Garcia's etching titled "Fish." The instrument will be played at benefit events to support causes that were meaningful to Jerry such as coral reef preservation.

After an extensive two-year search for a guitar maker who had the expertise to create a plastic-free instrument, Jerry's daughter, Keelin and wife, Manasha were delighted to meet luthier Tom Lieber at a recent Foundation benefit.

SEATTLE, July 31, 2017 -- The following statement is being issued by GCG regarding Ferrick et al., v. Spotify USA Inc.


If you own a copyright that has been registered with the U.S. Copyright Office (or for which an application of registration has been filed) for a musical composition that was made available on Spotify's service for interactive streaming and/or limited downloading between December 28, 2012 and June 29, 2017, and you contend that Spotify did so without a license, your rights may be affected by a proposed class action settlement, and you may be eligible to receive benefits from a class action settlement.  

If the court approves the settlement, Spotify will:

Destination Weddings are more affordable than many engaged couples realize, according to WEDtalk, available exclusively on the new travel site Vacation

NEW YORK, July 20, 2017 /The average age of engaged couples is on the rise and so is the average cost of a local wedding in major U.S. cities. That's why nearly 25 percent of engaged couples today are choosing a destination wedding, according to Vacation (www.vacation.com) a new travel site centered around the emotional reasons why people travel. These couples discover that the costs and convenience of a destination wedding is equivalent to, or less than, that of a local wedding, especially when many of them are already settled into their careers and may no longer be living in the same state as their childhood friends and family.

WEDtalk is a new podcast series designed to help couples navigate the complex process of planning their honeymoon and/or destination wedding. WEDtalk, a tool to help couples weigh their options from the moment they consider walking down the aisle overseas or at any domestic destination away from home, makes the decision-making process easier by answering common questions engaged couples tend to have.

First in the WEDtalk series (http://bit.ly/2uz6H3g), available exclusively on Vacation, is a conversation with a newlywed bride about why she found it to be more cost-effective to have a destination wedding versus a local wedding. The cost savings available with a destination wedding are addressed, and listeners learn why more couples than ever are choosing to travel for their wedding.

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