September 2, 2021
Dear Mt. Zion Members,
In advance of the September 19 Congregational Meeting, the Technology Committee would like to give you an update on the upcoming technology request before us, and how we have arrived here.
As we and the world moved into the pandemic and learned to operate in a different way in all aspects of our lives, our worship service offering had to pivot and adapt as well. The Pastor and staff have done a remarkable job keeping online services available throughout this last 17 months, but with that experience it has also become abundantly clear that our sound and video infrastructure and delivery capabilities need to be upgraded to address the deferred maintenance and technical debt that has naturally occurred over time (example is that our audio system has not been updated since prior to 2010).
In order to continue to provide not only the quality service experience that we enjoy now but elevate it and take advantage of technology advances that ease the burden on the Pastor and staff for which the current delivery model is unsustainable, the committee led by Andy Yarrington solicited 3 bids to analyze options for improvement.
The 3 companies and associated initial bid values were:
·     WNAV – Bid value: $56,341.75
·     Audio Architects – Bid value: $53,563.48
·     Aufderworld – Bid value: $41,770.00
All three bid packages consisted of like items to address upgrades to the sanctuary, facilitate Livestreaming, Audio Feeds, Hearing Assistance and the capability to provide this while congregants are in the sanctuary, which is not possible today.
After careful consideration the committee chose Aufderworld as the best value to deliver and install what is needed for this exciting upgrade.
We know that there are likely many questions with regard to this effort, so we have attempted to address at least a few of these in advance with the FAQ sheet below. We encourage you to contact any of the Technology Committee members with your questions.  
We will be holding two informational sessions for our church members to explain the specifics of the technology upgrade and answer any questions you may have. 
Informational Sessions: 
Sunday, September 12 at 10:00 AM - in person in the fellowship hall
Thursday, September 16 at 5:30 PM - on Zoom
Congregational Meeting:
Sunday, September 19 at 10:00 AM - in person in the fellowship hall or you can access the meeting via Zoom (link below).
The Technology Committee
Andy Yarrington
Craig Gustafson
Paula Saunders
Chris Gustafson
Scott Johnson
Judy Meincke
Pastor Carolyn Staats



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