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OurChurch.Com Webmaster Newsletter
August 2007

Back to School Month

Hello OurChurch.Com webmasters,

It's the most wonderful time of the year... No, not the Christmas season. It's time for kids to head back to school. And so, OurChurch.Com has declared August to be Back to School Month. If you're in any way connected with a school - as a teacher, administrator, parent, student, or a part of a church that has a school - we think you'll find this month's newsletter particularly helpful.

Please post comments and questions concerning this newsletter in our forums. You can also view this message on the web with color and graphics in our newsletter archives.

IN THIS ISSUE
1) Back to School Month
2) Save on the Ad-free Option
3) New Custom CMS Express for Schools
4) Inside Look at Church Website Development
5) Prayers and Best Wishes for Lisa

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1) BACK TO SCHOOL MONTH
This month OurChurch.Com is focusing on helping Christian schools communicate effectively using the web. Principals and school board members, we're discussing issues and providing resources to improve your school website so it helps to foster better communication and relationships between teachers, parents, and schools. Teachers, we're talking about how you can develop better communication with parents regardless of whether your school website facilitates it or not. Parents and students, this is an opportunity for you to see what your schools and teachers could be doing, forward information on to them, and encourage them to move ahead.

2) SAVE ON THE AD-FREE OPTION
The last thing any student needs is more distractions, so if you manage a website for a school or class it's a very good idea to upgrade to the Ad-Free Option and have those distracting ads removed from your site. This month you can get a year of the Ad-free Option for just $75 or two years for only $129. This special is available to anyone, not just schools and teachers but only during the month of August.

3) NEW CUSTOM CMS EXPRESS FOR SCHOOLS
OCC has introduced a new content management system designed specifically for schools. Consider how much communication and efficiency would improve at your school if your website included:

  • A unique, attractive, custom design.
  • A section for each class, which that teacher could update easily any time.
  • A private, password protected page for each student which only the student's parents and teacher could see and only the teacher could edit.
  • A comprehensive calendar with all school events, sports schedules, field trips, etc shown.
  • Online event registration for anything that requires students, parents, teachers, or volunteers to sign-up for something.
  • A school-wide e-newsletter plus unlimited other newsletters for each class, sports teams, extra curricular activities, etc.
  • Online tuition and lunch payment system.
For more information on this powerful, yet affordable website system go to the Custom CMS Express for Schools page.

4) INSIDE LOOK AT CHURCH WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT
Paul Steinbrueck, OCC's CEO, has started a new series of blog articles giving you an inside look at his experience leading his church's effort to have their website redesigned by OurChurch.Com. Paul has asked the OCC staff to treat him like any other client. Join us as Paul shares accounts of his interactions with our staff, design decisions, working with the church staff and boards, and getting the congregation to embrace the new site.

5) PRAYERS AND BEST WISHES FOR LISA
After more than a year of providing support to OurChurch.Com members, Friday was Lisa's last regular day at OCC. She is going back to school to pursue a degree and other career aspirations. Join us in the forums as we thank Lisa and wish her well.

Thanks for hosting your website at OurChurch.Com. Please post comments and questions concerning this newsletter in our forums.

In His Service,
OurChurch.Com

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Having fresh, current, accurate information on your site is critical. Schedule a specific time into your schedule - the same time each week - to update your site. Your visitors will love you for it.
Website Spotlight
Immanuel Lutheran School Second Grade


Immanuel Lutheran School Second Grade

Judy Steinbrueck, who teaches second grade at Immanuel Lutheran School in Brandon, FL has had a website specifically for her class for 6 years. The site was created using OurChurch.Com's Beacon web builder and is hosted in a Domain package with the Ad-free option. The site is updated weekly with homework assignments, Bible memory verses, and vocabulary words. The website also includes links to useful educational resources.

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