Forty years ago today, on the first Sunday of March, 1975, a crew of volunteers flipped the switch to begin broadcasting our weekly church services live to those who cannot attend in person. Through this ministry, which includes continuous weekly broadcasts/webcasts, 28 years on broadcast television and 12 years of live internet streaming, this dedicated crew of volunteers continues to produce this weekly outreach ministry that enhances the lives and worship experiences of thousands of people each year.
To recognize the tireless work of this amazing volunteer-driven ministry, we have declared March 2015 as Media Ministry Month. Celebrate along with us as we share clips of interviews with current and past volunteers, vintage photos and footage, and stories, reflections, and insights gained through 40 years of sharing the message of our church beyond our walls. Follow this blog weekly as the launch of our new Sunday Night Serial video series coming to your inbox every Sunday night at 6:00 pm to offer special insight into the people and programs of our FUMCFW faith community. If you know of a story that needs to be told — or someone you’d like to hear from, send your thoughts and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s how it all began:
Introduced by a vintage graphic created by veteran crew member and director Barry Hudson and founder Buddy Brutsche’s classic voice-over that opened each week’s live TV broadcast, this vintage interview with Former Senior Pastor Dr. Walter Underwood traces the origins of this exciting ministry.