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November 3, 2020, 2:38 PM

Technology is great when it works and an expensive paperweight when it does not. As most of you know, the Sanctuary service has had technical glitches for the last several Sundays. Bill and Deb Faulkner, Robert Richards, and Jeff Hillery, plus AV Pro have been consistently working to get those straightened out each week. And thanks to our Elders – Anne Rowe, Lori Sutherland, Suszette White and Peggy Hillery - they have been improvising to work around the problems each Sunday to make worship happen in the Sanctuary! I am very appreciative of all of them for their work each week to serve the needs of our Sanctuary worshippers!

In college, my Accounting and Business major friends were often carrying around bundles of computer cards to feed into the bigger computers on campus. They each had their appointment time when they were able to go in and feed “the monster” computer with their stack of cards – hoping the cards were in the correct order and that their program was correct. The occasional tragedy happened when either someone’s rubber band broke (holding their stack of computer cards together) or they accidently dropped them on the ground where the bundle exploded like a water balloon hitting the floor. In either case, it meant restacking and getting them in order immediately and skipping whatever else we had planned. “The Monster” computers were state of the art and filled up an entire room. The magazine Popular Science predicted a time in the future when we would have computers small enough to sit on our desks and that story was right next to the one about flying cars like the Jetsons.

Five years later in Seminary, my Dad gave Dani and I one of the first Mac computers, called a “Big Mac,” and it did sit on the desk. It had that wonderful dot-matrix printer which made Dani extremely popular with our fellow students when to was time to turn in class papers. I think, at the time, we might have been the only ones with a computer in our seminary apartment complex. Using the mouse to click on the screen icons was about all one needed to know. After seminary, I think we progressed with different computers every time my Dad bought a new one for himself, we got one of the hand-me-downs. When we were in Iowa, I remember us having at least three old computers in their boxes up in the attic. I used them primarily as advanced typewriters for sermons and Bible studies I put together, all stored on those little hard floppy discs. They are now fossilized because the technology is outdated, and I do not have a system that will access the discs. 

When we were in East Texas, we had to get a new car and bought a Dodge Neon. The salesman touted this car as having more onboard computer systems than the Gemini Space capsule had. We thought that was a plus at the time! Technology has continued to get more powerful, more complex, and smaller. Micro-circuits have gone past my early electronics training which means I am dependent now upon folks like Bill and Deb, Robert, Jeff and Glenn to address computer issues when they arise, and obviously they keeping coming up!

So, thank you AV folks for your know-how and your willingness to keep plugging away at tech issues! And thank you again for those who lead us -- willing and able to adapt when the technology does not work, and we must go “old school” and use candles, pencil, and paper!