Subject: BVCMS Newsletter #28


Newsletter #28

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As we go into this week of Thanksgiving, let us think and ponder on all the things we have to be thankful for: our family, our friends, our work, our country, our city, our homes, our health and the list goes on.  We have so much to be thankful for and most of the time we tend to think on the positives.  But what about the trials and tribulations we have been through this year?  We are reminded in the following verses to be thankful for those as well.

James 1:2  (ESV)
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

James 1:12 (ESV)
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised him to those who love him.

When we focus on these words, we realize that these trials bring about so much more in our lives that lead to even greater things to be thankful for.  All of which points us to Jesus who deserves our highest level of thankfulness and praise.

We pray that you and your family enjoy a wonderful time of Thanksgiving during this week and into the Christmas season!

Holiday Schedule for Support

BVCMS will be closed Thursday, November 27 – Sunday, November 30 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will reopen Monday, December 1.  If you have any support requests during this time, please enter them through the "?Help" button in the top right corner of your screen in BVCMS.  We will have someone on call to answer only those that have an urgency of  "Urgent, I need an answer ASAP".  You should use this urgency only if it absolutely cannot wait until Monday.  All other requests will be responded to after we return. 

For Christmas, we will be closed Wednesday, December 24 – Sunday, December 28.

Make Your Records Matter

Thank You to Pastor Kevin Parker at First Baptist Church in Aztec, NM for the wonderful example of how you are making records matter in your church.  We love to hear real life examples of how churches are using BVCMS in ministry.  If you have not had a chance to read the article, click here

We greatly appreciate the time spent on writing the article without our request or knowledge of its content.  We want to hear from your church as well.  If you have a good example of how BVCMS is helping you in ministry, we would love to hear about it.  It drives us to do more when we hear such exciting ways of how it is being used and making a difference.

New Branding Coming

As mentioned in our October newsletter, we are continuing to work on our rebranding initiative.  Stay tuned as we roll out a new name and marketing website at the end of the year.

New App Coming

We will be releasing a new iPhone and Android App for BVCMS in early 2015. This App will be geared towards both the regular church member or guest as well as staff and lay leaders. Functionality will be added throughout the year in phases including features like online giving, videos, podcasts, maps, custom pages, prayer forums, staff-only functionality, dashboard metrics and more. Stay tuned for updates.

Recent Blog Posts
  • New Special Online Giving Option - This is a great way to publicize one fund for a special campaign or for special seasonal giving without changing anything on your regular online giving.
  • Online Registration "Save Progress" and Multi-Line Text FieldBoth of these features are wonderful additions for online registrations. They are especially helpful for mission trips.
  • Mailing Address Option - This is perfect for areas with PO Boxes and for those in nursing homes, or anyone whose mail should be sent to an address other than their physical address.

For Admins

  • Failed Giving Notices - This new feature allows you to determine which staff users receive these notices.
  • Meeting Feature - You can now change the meeting date/time when meetings are created incorrectly.

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