• on May 26, 2021

From the Pastor

Thank You to Adam Zipple
Rev. William Bills
May 26, 2021

As we prepare to return to our sanctuary for worship services I would like us all to recognize the work that Adam Zipple has done for our church. In the middle of March 2020, Bishop Bard asked us to discontinue services in the sanctuary due to the pandemic. We tried to make a quick move to live streaming on Facebook. I can honestly say that I had no idea what we were doing. The first attempt wasn’t very good. Fortunately, Kim Zipple saw what we were trying to do online and suggested that I contact her son, Adam. That was a lifesaver!

Adam quickly stepped in and told us what kind of video equipment we needed to purchase. Kim applied for a grant from our endowment committee to purchase the equipment. Adam put his MSU education and experience to work right away and the quality of our online worship services dramatically improved in one week. They have continued to get better each week!

Many others have done a great deal as well. Parker Garman created REACH band music videos. Susan and Fred Stinson learned how to produce choir videos. Sara Cardinal produced children’s sermon videos. Kim Depew produced graphics for worship and posted the services to the internet. Connie Gamage and our choir scholarship students from MSU made music videos for us. People sang solos at home, recorded readings and served as liturgists. Many people worked hard to produce high quality services. Adam pulled it all together into one seamless service every week. He rarely got a week off. You would be surprised to know how much time it takes to produce and edit a one hour service.

Adam is the son of Pete and Kim Zipple. Rev. Keith and Robbe Pohl are his grandparents. Adam says he enjoys meeting people who know his grandparents. He also has enjoyed working at the church Keith and Robbe served for many years. I am grateful to Adam for his work. I am also grateful for many other people who did their part each week. I am sorry if I left anyone out. Many different people performed music, preached or did behind the scenes work. Each week Adam pulled it together into one high quality video.

We are making the transition to live streaming our services. You can continue to watch them on YouTube when we resume sanctuary worship on June 13th. In the meantime, I hope you will thank Adam. You can send him a card at 6239 Karen Lee, Lansing, MI 48917. Adam has started his own video business now, too. If you have a need for his services contact the church office and we will put you in touch.

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