You may want to file this helpful information from the March/April 1999 Children’s Ministry magazine:

Please note that if you show videos to children [other audiences too!], consider purchasing the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) Umbrella License for the public performance of home videos. The license costs $95 per year, and it allows your church to show copyrighted videos legally. Their address is 5455 Centinela Ave., P.O. Box 66970, Los Angeles, CA 90066-6970. Or call 800-462-8855.

Last year’s Advent/Christmas issue (RW 49) brought more responses than we could print, especially in appreciation of “Roll Call of Light Bearers” (see p. 48). Who would have thought that Roger Visker’s creative ideas highlighting a “simple” genealogy in Matthew 1 would have sparked so many equally creative adaptations in churches large and small? (He was “humbled and amazed” when we sent him some of these replies.) While one church wrote that they could never consider that service because “it’s for a cast of more people than we have in church on Sunday morning,” another very small congregation adapted it with only two people doing the readings.

We are grateful that RW can share so many helpful resources with our readers, though we receive far more than we can print. Please continue to send us your fresh service planning ideas as well as your feedback on how you used or adapted ones we print in RW.



Wheaton, IL, September 10-11, 1999
Second annual Church Pianists’ Institute at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Contact: Wheaton Convservatory of Music, Wheaton College, 501 College Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187; (603) 752-5099;

Chicago IL, October 10-12
The Sacred Voice in the New Millennium: Steering the Course in a Sea of Change. Co-sponsored by the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Presenters: Edith Blumhofer, Edward Foley, Marilyn Keiser, Martin E. Marty, Paul Westermeyer, John D. Witvliet. Contact: AGO, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115;

Fort Lauderdale, FL, January 5-9, 2000
25th annual Church Music Explosion. Contact: Darryl Miller, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, 5555 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954-771-8841x192; fax 954-491-7374; e-mail

Grand Rapids MI, January 14-15, 2000
Thirteenth Annual Symposium on Worship and the Arts at Calvin College. Contact: Department of Music, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI 49546; 616-957-6253; fax 616-957-6266;

1999 Renew Your Worship! Workshops
One-day workshops with Robert Webber on blending contemporary and traditional worship. He has devoted several years to covering most of North America with these leadership training workshops. Contact: Institute for Worship Studies, Box 894, Wheaton, IL 60189; 630-510-8905; fax 630-510-0601;

Reformed Worship 53 © September 1999, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Used by permission.