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Friday FAX, 08-17-07
August 17, 2007
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■ Hurricane Katrina Follow-up Help Needed
■ Rare Filing Window for New Full-Power FM Radio Stations
■ NEW “Adventist Channel” Launched on the Internet
■ Upcoming Events


■ HURRICANE KATRINA FOLLOW-UP HELP NEEDED — Volunteer Teams are needed to help with the rebuilding efforts in Southern Louisiana, affected by Hurricane Katrina. People who can pull nails out of wood, paint, swing a hammer, hang sheet rock, finish sheet rock, and many other volunteer opportunities, are needed to help. 

 Contact: Lavida Whitson, Arkansas-Louisiana Conference Adventist Community Service Disaster Response (ARKLA ACS/DR) Coordinator, at 501-317-0997.

 Fund Raising — Teams, youth groups, churches, are needed to raise funds for rebuilding projects.   For example, sponsor a yard or bake sale, or raise matching funds to help with a project. Send the money to the ARKLA Rebuild Projects, P O Box 31000, Shreveport, LA  71130-1000.

 Supplies needed — Supplies such as sheet rock, sheet rock mud, plumbing items, electric wiring, wood to build kitchen cabinets, nails, plywood, shingles, etc., are needed. Call the ARKLA ACS/DR Coordinator (501-317-0997) for more details. 

 ARKLA Adventist Community Services/Disaster Response has already helped hundreds of hurricane survivors by supplying funds and aid, but this is only the beginning. In the months and years ahead, ARKLA ACS/DR will continue to need help for the complex and lengthy recovery in South Louisiana.

 Contact the Adventist Community Services website at www.communityservices.org for a list of disaster sites that are currently scheduling volunteers.

■ RARE FILING WINDOW FOR NEW FM RADIO STATIONS — The Federal Communications Commission will open a rare filing window October 12-19 for applications for new full power noncommercial FM stations. Applicants must be nonprofit entities. Professionals in this field anticipate that most desirable frequencies for new noncommercial stations will be taken in this October’s filing window.

 These stations will be on the noncommercial frequencies below 92 MHz on the FM band. In contrast to the low power FM stations that are limited to 100 watts of power, full power stations could be authorized for power ranging from 100 watts to as much as 100,000 watts if enough open space is available without causing interference to other stations. 

 The cost of preparing and filing an application with assistance from appropriate legal and technical professionals will run in the range of US$4,000 to US$6,000. The FCC will not charge filing fees for these applications. Applicants will have 3 years in which to complete construction of the new station and place it in operation once an application is granted.  Although the FCC encourages stations to broadcast local programming, it is not required. There are multiple full-time sources of Adventist radio programming that could be utilized to program such stations. It is impossible to predict when there will be another such filing opportunity for noncommercial stations – perhaps not for several years.

 Contact: LifeTalk at 800-775-4673/ email office@lifetalk.net; or Don Martin at dempc@prodigy.net/  703-642-2344 for assistance and information. Both are on Eastern time.

■ NEW – “THE ADVENTIST CHANNEL” — The North American Division has launched "The Adventist Channel" on the Internet. The Channel is a video on-demand service that will allow viewers to chose from a growing list of top Adventist programming. Programs will be added weekly so that viewers are not overwhelmed with too many options initially.

 The service allows viewers of longer programs to interrupt their viewing and come back and start close to where they left off. In addition, viewers can watch any of the programs whenever they want.

 The company the Division is partnering with, BiggyTV, will also take some of the Church's programming and "push" it to some of its 2,500 affiliates. This will bring many more non-Adventist viewers to our programming than exist currently.

 The next step is to make the Adventist Channel available to selected Adventist Church Connect sites within the next few weeks.

 Contact: www.nadadventist.org to view the mini-player.


 A quick view of events sponsored by the North American Division

• ‘07 Revive! “Here We Stand: Foundations of Our Faith,” September 7-15, Lansing, Michigan -- www.07revive.com

• “From This Day Forward” Marriage Conferences, September 22, Denver, Colorado -- www.ftdf2007.org 

• Adult Ministries Festival Of The Laity – September 26-29, Orlando, Florida,

• Vervent Worship Conference: 3rd Annual United Christian Artists Association’s Music and Worship Conference, September 27-29, Baltimore, Maryland – www.ucaaonline.org 

• “Out of Thin Air” 4-day satellite series with Shawn Boonstra, September 28-October 1,

• National Conference on Innovation, September 30 to October 2, Columbus, Ohio – www.sdapartnersininnovation.org  

• Society of Adventist Communicators Convention, October 11-14, Nashville, Tennessee – www.plusline.org/events.php and www.adventistcommunicator.org/index.php 

• Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program, Level II, October 14-19, Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, Maryland --

• NET 2007, “HeartQuest: Finding the One Who Has Loved You All Along,” Satellite direct-to-church event with Mike Tucker, October 19 - November 3,

• Vervent Worship and the Arts Conference, October 25-27, Denver, Colorado –

• Cruise With a Mission, December 16-23, Carribean cruise: Florida, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico – www.cruisewithamission.org

• Christmas Mission Trip, "Impact Taiwan," December 24, 2007 - January 5, 2008 – http://www.wcycs.org/main/main.asp


Managing Editor – Lynetta Murdoch


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