The Internet

February 1, 2010 at 5:10 am (Events)

Over the past few months Mosaic has been experimenting with webcasting. I have been in charge of setting up the webcast and moderating the chat.

We have found there are some great advantages and disadvantages to webcasting. The best advantage is allowing more people to be a part of our discussion. The philosophy behind Mosaic is that when we discuss the various beliefs and theologies in existence and look at many options as a group we are more likely to find truth than trying to figure it out all on our own. Webcasting has allowed more people to give their input on various issues. We have even had Jehovah’s Witnesses in the chat room before.

There are also disadvantages to webcasting. The first is the poor sound quality. Currently we are using the built in mic on a macbook pro as our only microphone. It would cost around 300 dollars to buy the equipment needed to hook up high quality microphones to the computer, so for the time being we have to deal with the sound we have. The second disadvantage, is that people talk different on-line than they do in person. People will say things on-line they would never say to someones face, this is something that we just need to realize and deal with. Only maturity will change this. The third “disadvantage” is that the chat room is public. We cannot control who comes in the chat room or what they say. This comes with the territory of opening discussion up to everyone, which is what we do in our home, so why would we do anything different on-line? This last disadvantage is only a disadvantage when people are completely off topic. One night (I forget what we were talking about) when someone came on who we had never met or talked to and started telling us why Christmas is evil. That had NOTHING to do with what we were talking about, but we did our best to field those questions while attempting to continue the actual conversation. The exact same thing happens in our living room all the time. The person who is leading may have a plan, but when you allow the public to be a part of it things can easily change direction.

Now that I’ve addressed the overall issues with webcasting I’d like to address what happened tonight specifically. Tonight we had a lot of new people in the chat room who had never been in it before, many being college students who were friends with people at Mosaic. Part of the problem was that the discussion in our house was not as structured as it normally was, therefore the on-line discussion was even less structured. The other problem was that there was a lot sarcasm. To the people who consider themselves a regular part of Mosaic I’m going to say this, the same rules that apply at home apply on-line.

1. BE HUMBLE
2. BE MATURE
3. BE OPEN

Tonight the “Be Mature” rule was severely broken. It is not okay to make fun of anyone involved in Mosaic in anyway, whether serious orĀ  sarcastic. You wouldn’t say it here, don’t say it on-line.

The other issue tonight was that one of the new people forgot that they were on the internet. On the internet ANYTHING GOES. We use a third party website to broadcast through which means we have NO CONTROL over the chat room. If people say immature, rude, or crude things there is NOTHING Mosaic or myself can do to control it. I can’t block people from the chat room, or remove things they post. It is a 100% public forum. We intend to keep this format so that we are open to as many people as possible.

I would hope that people from Mosaic would not offend people coming to our page, but at the same time the people coming to the page need to realize that it is pubic page and anyone could be on there. Don’t assume the people on there are “Christian” and don’t expect “Christians” to act a certain way. We are all different, and we are all fallen.

– Allison

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And….. DISCUSS!

November 30, 2009 at 6:52 am (Theology) (, )

Matthew 27:50-53 – What is going on here!?

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. 52The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

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Something Right…

November 22, 2009 at 5:21 am (Uncategorized)

Lately at Mosaic all the talk has been about social justice and how messed up the world is and how we need to do something about it. I could go on and on about all the things Christians should be doing, but I’m not.

Today I saw people doing something right, saving lives. They may not have been humans, but they were lives. The best part was, I got to be a part of it.

When I arrived in Bloomingdale I expected a van with some dogs in it and a few people with a few cars. What I saw at first was chaos. People, crates, dogs, cars, and one gigantic van! I was a little overwhelmed, but parked and wandered over. I just wandered for a while taking in the sight of 100 dogs in crates, most of them crying and begging to be let out. Some crates had way more dogs in it than could fit, with dogs stepping on and harassing each other. One had about ten puppies crammed in it, 8 of them purebred golden retrievers. Many crates though only held one tiny, filthy, scared dog.

I couldn’t help but have tears well up in my eyes. These were dogs who just wanted food and a pat on the head and they were crammed in little boxes with no food or water and covered in their own waste. These dogs were no different from my own that I loved so dearly. Then I remembered, if they didn’t get put in these boxes and stuck in a van they would all be dead. That’s right all of them. They and I’m guessing many more who were not so lucky, were scheduled to be euthanized Monday.

Soon I started noticing other things, none of them showed a hint of aggression, very few were anxious, and for hungry dirty puppies, they were behaving amazing well.

All of these animals had been pulled out of high kill shelters in Kentucky, the heart of puppy mill country. They all came to Illinois driving overnight in a huge sprinter van. From there they were being sent to various shelters all over the midwest. Some shelters were able to drive out and pick up the dogs in Bloomingdale, but many could not. That’s where people like me came in. We picked up car loads of dogs and drove them on another leg of their journey.

As dogs were loaded into cars the choas started to fade. I was one of the later cars to leave and I had two groups of six dogs in my car. One going to Minneapolis, and one going to Madison.

The group going to Minneapolis I was dropping off in Mauston, Wisconsin, where another volunteer would bring them the rest of the way. In that group there was a shi-tzu, a terrier mix, a dog they called a pug (but obviously was not), and three tiny tiny puppies. In the other group there were four german shepherd puppies, a medium mixed breed, and a huge yellow lab. They didn’t have enough crates so they lab, buddy, got the back seat to himself.

As we were loading we fed the puppies, and walked and watered the adults. The dogs were so noisy at this point, crying and barking like crazy, but as soon as I turned on the car and shut the door it was complete silence…. and it stayed that way. For ninety percent of the long trip they dogs behaved perfectly. I swore they knew I was saving them. It was incredible.

Today I got to see an example of people doing something right. It was like seeing God here on earth, taking the lowliest of creatures, a sick filthy animal and sparing its life.

What was the last thing you saw that was right?

 

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Ace’s Thoughts On Sunday

November 9, 2009 at 10:59 pm (Uncategorized)

Below is a except from Ace’s most recent post over at http://throughcloudedglass.wordpress.com. Post your thoughts on Sunday’s discussion, or respond to Ace’s.

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Movie Night!

November 4, 2009 at 2:28 am (Uncategorized)

Wednesday night is I Heart Film: We’re All in This Together. We have 8 people going so far, but there are still tickets available! Those of you who are going can either meet at our house at 5:30, or at the theater at 6:00!

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All Hallows Eve

October 27, 2009 at 9:06 pm (Events) (, , , )

This year on the infamous October 31st Mosaic will be hosting an service/outreach to the mill creek neighborhood! I’d like to run from 2:30-7:30! Our main goal will be to provide a resting point for Parents and their kids. We will be opening our restroom, and be proving FREE coffee, hot drinks, and snacks! We will also have a GIANT BUCKET OF CANDY (which is almost full and I must say is AMAZING) and games for the kids to play while their parents drink their coffee. Also we will be promoting Mosaic and letting people know what is right here in thier own neighborhood, as well as handing out God centered comic books to all kids old enough to read. I’m really looking forward to this and I think its going to be a lot of fun! I need a few people to help me. I need two people to run games, two people to escort people to the bathroom, and two people to take care of coffee and food (one who can drive to get more coffee). If you are interested (*chough* MIKE *chough*) let me know!!!! This will be a great time, you don’t want to miss it!

– Allison

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The I Heart Film

October 26, 2009 at 3:06 am (Events)

A Group of us will be going to see the “I Heart Revolution Film: We’re All in is Together” made by Hillsong United on Nov 4th at 6:30. It is a film inspired by their travels around the world to visit churches and play concerts. You can watch the trailer at http://www.theiheartfilm.com/. The cost is twenty dollars and we need the money ASAP so we can by tickets before they sell out.

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Mosic Blog

October 24, 2009 at 7:52 pm (Uncategorized)

Mosiac now has a blog, I hope to use this to communicate general info about events, and also to discuss ideas outside of Sundays. Anyone can post a question or idea or event, just e-mail me at childrens . minister @ g mail . com (remove all spaces).

Hopefully I will get a thought provoking post up here soon. Until then look for info on what we will be doing on Halloween.

– Allison Waters

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New Blog!

August 27, 2009 at 3:00 am (Uncategorized)

Mosaic now has a group blog. I hope to post updates on spcific events on here as well as host disscussions and post entries by several memebers of the community. If you have something you would like to post on the website email me, Allison, at Childrens . Minister @ gmail . com (remove the spaces). Any ideas or pictures you would like to have posted just send to me!! Thanks!

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Hello world!

August 27, 2009 at 2:56 am (Uncategorized)

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

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