St. Mary Magdalene Parish’s first mass was held at the Apex Middle School in 1999, and until recently, the school gymnasium remained the congregation’s makeshift sanctuary. While grateful to its host, the congregation needed a home of its own. At last, after two years of construction, the lovely new St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church opened its doors this year, welcoming a capacity crowd of about 1,450 congregants. To worshippers’ delight, every word spoken from the pulpit and every note performed by the band and choir could be clearly heard, thanks to a new Renkus-Heinz ICONYX IC2 sound system designed and installed by Cary, North Carolina, design/build AV systems integration firm AVCON Inc.
LD Thomas Gerdon finds lighting solution in powerful IP65 Proteus Hybrid™
It has been 500 years since Martin Luther sparked the Reformation and the German city of Worms, which played a central role in the movement, has been marking the event throughout the year. From October 27th to November 1st, a spectacular “Ecumenical Bridge of Light” was cast between the city’s St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Luther Church using Elation Professional Proteus Hybrid™ moving heads.
Lighting designer Thomas Gerdon was contacted by the city to connect the lofty Catholic Cathedral with the Protestant Luther Church in a bridge of light intended to express the bond between Catholics and Protestants. “Even though they are separate religions, they are still connected by the Christian faith,” Gerdon says of the reason behind the project. “The bridge of light was meant to visualize this connection as a symbolic meeting of the two great faiths in partnership.”
As a non-denominational Christian House of Worship, Bellerose Assembly of God seeks to impact and renew its congregation with the transforming message of Jesus Christ through words and actions. With a casual atmosphere that helps put people at ease, church management wanted to ensure their message was reaching everyone with a high degree of clarity. To address this challenge, they recently upgraded their sound reinforcement system—drawing upon loudspeakers from the WorxAudio catalog of Baton Rouge, LA-based PreSonus Audio Electronics.
Audio Design Group of Ronkonkoma, NY, a design / build firm that is actively engaged in the House of Worship market and also operates production and rental divisions, was contracted to design and deploy a new sound reinforcement system for Bellerose Assembly of God. After meeting with church officials to ascertain their goals for the new sound system, company owner Phil Christie designed a system that incorporates a WorxAudio X3i-P all-in-one compact line array, two TL118SSi-P subwoofers, four W-8Ai and two W-12Ai enclosures from the company’s Wave Series product group. Christie discussed the project.
During the last quarter of the 19th century, German-speaking Mennonites from Russia began settling the area around what is now the city of Winkler in southeastern Manitoba, about 75 miles southwest of Winnipeg and a dozen miles north of Cavalier County, North Dakota. Mennonites continued to settle in the area and today constitute the overwhelming majority of the population. To serve this growing congregation, in 1981, Zion Mennonite Church built a new house of worship at Schanzenfeld, a small community a few miles south of Winkler.
The region has continued to grow, and Zion Mennonite Church’s congregation grew apace. To accommodate its increase, the congregation recently expanded its facility and equipped it with a new Renkus-Heinz sound system designed and installed by Golden West Sound Design of nearby Altona.
When a big-name act comes to town, they’re going to want a big sound – so when heavy metal band, Stryper was scheduled to play at The Liberty in Roswell, New Mexico, recently, John Pennell, owner of Total Productions, turned to FBT to supply a complete front-of-house rig. Thanks to a Mitus 206 line array and four Mitus 218A subs, the band was backed by a powerful system, and blew the audience away.
The Liberty is a popular venue with bands making their way from Texas to Albuquerque on their tours, but it’s also a rental space for private events. With this in mind, Pennell has always had to be mindful of the need for a versatile system. From day to day, staging is resized or removed altogether to accommodate the varying events booked at the venue, which has a standing capacity of 500 people. They currently have their own Mitus 206 line array, but Pennell supplements with additional boxes, as needed.
Since its humble beginning in 1953, Capitol City Church has expanded to two worship services and eleven Adult Bible Fellowships, along with a thriving Wednesday night ministry. The church offers a wide range of programs for its congregation and, to ensure the best possible music reproduction capabilities and a high level of speech intelligibility, they recently upgraded their sound reinforcement system. The new setup includes two TrueLine X2i-P All-In-One Compact Line Array enclosures from the catalog of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio® Technologies (www.worxaudio.com), a division of PreSonus® Audio Electronics, Inc. (www.presonus.com).
Zygo Integrated Solutions of Urbandale, IA—a sound, video, and lighting systems integration company aiding churches in the intelligible and effective presentation of the Gospel—was contracted to handle the facility upgrade. After meeting with church management to ascertain their requirements, Eric Bishop, CEO and Lead Consultant for the company, elected to deploy two WorxAudio X2i-P line arrays. Bishop discussed the project and his reason for selecting the WorxAudio loudspeaker enclosures.
CMOS-Equipped Unicam HD Cameras Connect Rapidly Growing House of Worship to Attendees Onsite and Online
When a house of worship keeps growing at the rate of Crossroads Church, it can be hard for new campuses to keep pace with the number of attendees. For this Ohio-based church with eight locations and counting, the answer was Crossroads Anywhere, an online presence that engages viewers with the precise imagery of Ikegami CMOS cameras.
Patrick Buescher, Director of Experience Innovation and Infrastructure for Crossroads Church, oversaw a video upgrade that called for eight Ikegami HDK-95C/4K Full Digital Portable CMOS cameras in their Oakley, OH campus and two Ikegami HC-HD300 CMOS Camera Systems at their Uptown campus in Cincinnati. “We are a church of many sites,” Buescher says. “However, it’s really not scalable to keep constructing multimillion dollar buildings. Crossroads Anywhere is how we can best create a church community outside of our Metro area network.”
Founded in January 1969, First Church Coral Springs has experienced dramatic growth over the years. While the original church—known as Robey Hall—continues to serve a number of important roles on campus, a larger sanctuary was constructed and, these days, serves as the primary worship space. Rain accompanied by lightning are routine occurrences in Southern Florida and, occasionally, lightning strikes cause electrical outages and related issues. Such was the case recently, which required the replacement of the church’s projectors—resulting in the deployment of new equipment drawn from the catalog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA-based Eiki International, Inc.
Creative Sound and Lighting Solutions of Cape Coral, FL, an AV installation company that is primarily focused on the House of Worship market, was contracted to specify and deploy the church’s new equipment. After meeting with church management to ascertain their goals and objectives, the team decided to deploy a combination of two Eiki EK-600U 6,000 Lumen DLP projectors, one EK-601W 5,500 Lumen DLP projector, and an LC-WBS500 5,100 Lumen LCD projector. Rob Robinson, Creative Sound and Lighting Solutions’ system designer, discussed the project.
When Ashland Christian Fellowship set out to do a complete lighting and architectural upgrade to its sanctuary, the pastors of the church decided the upgrade should include switching from a single, central projector, to a two-projector double screen set up. With the help of Pastor of Worship Rob Mackinnon, Ashland Christian Fellowship decided to install two Hitachi LP-WU9750B laser projectors in the new space. Mackinnon, with the help of David McLain of CCI Solutions, decided that Hitachi was the best choice for the job.
Ashland Christian Fellowship is a medium size church with three buildings and an outdoor courtyard that’s used for church services during the summer months. With a sanctuary built to host 500, the overall congregation at the church including multiple services is around 1,000. Earlier this year, Ashland Christian Fellowship began a series of sanctuary renovations to upgrade the interior, including the installation of a two-projector system. Mackinnon sought out the help of David McLain from CCI Solutions to ensure that Ashland Christian Fellowship got the best projector for the space and for the best price.
In a unique example of an EDM-style lighting fixture in a House of Worship, Nate Nohling, Lead Lighting Designer at Eagle Brook Church, a large ministry with six campuses across Minnesota, chose 156 ACL 360 Bar™ LED battens as the staple of a new lighting design.
“The number one thing I was shooting for when designing this set was impact,” Nohling explains. “I wanted to have a large quantity of fixtures that had the ability to create the impact we were looking for. That meant we needed a fixture that fit a price point that allowed us to have enough across all of our campuses to make an impact and a powerful beam from each fixture. We looked at a lot of different fixtures and the ACL 360 Bars were a great solution for what we needed.”