Emoji and Non-Latin Characters Now Supported

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When worshipplanning.com launched in 2003, emoji didn’t exist. Instead, Internet users made use of ASCII characters to create “emoticons”.  The database driving our software used an encoding that was considered “best practices” at the time but had fallen a little out of date recently.  This past weekend, we performed a significant update to that database that provides support of “extended” character sets, including emoji, non-Latin-based characters, and “special” characters often used in desktop applications (like fancy quotes or dashes).  So, let your creative emoji juices flow and tell your international friends that worshipplanning.com is now extended-character friendly!

Free Song: “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (We Turn)” by Paul Baloche

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We’re excited to offer you another free song for the next 7 days, in partnership with WeAreWorship.com!

The song is “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (We Turn)” from Paul Baloche’s latest album “Your Mercy”.

CLICK HERE to download the MP3 and the chord charts for FREE! – Oops, the offer has expired. But be sure to sign up for our blog to learn about more free music downloads!

Free Song: “Gloria (Our Savior Found Us)”

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We’re excited to offer you another free song for the next 7 days, in partnership with WeAreWorship.com!

The song is “Gloria (Our Savior Found Us)” is a track off Majesty In A Manger by Various Integrity music artist, which was released today. This album has Great Christmas themed worship tunes, so be sure to check it out

CLICK HERE to download the MP3 and the chord charts for FREE! – Oops, the offer has expired. But be sure to sign up for our blog to learn about more free music downloads!

Update v5.4.0 Text Notifications, Location Management, and SongSelect Integration Improvements

This morning, worshipplanning.com was updated to version 5.4.0, and we wanted to share some of the exciting details.

Text Notifications
worshipplanning.com has offered SMS text notifications for several years (you can learn more about how it works here), but now team leaders and account admins can enable SMS Text messaging on behalf of users.  Before this update, only the end user could enable text notifications by logging into their own WP account.  The was done to reduce the risk of people being unexpectedly charged for text messages.  Now that “unlimited” texts is much more popular, and it is easy for recipients to stop messages, we feel the benefits outweigh the risks.

User SMS Settings

When an appropriately-privileged planner adds or edits a user, they will be able to indicate which number(s) support text messaging by using the corresponding checkbox.  Once checked, and the country is selected, a new communication method will be set up for the user without any validation being required.

Also, any SMS text recipient can stop all text messages from WP by replying “STOP” to any message (and restart the flow of messages by  replying “START” to any message from WP).

SongSelect™ Integration Improvement
Like text notifications, SongSelect integration has been part of worshipplanning.com for a number of years.  The integration has been per planner, meaning that if Jim Planner and Jill Planner both wanted to use the SongSelect integration in WP, they had to each authorize that integration.

The update we rolled out with version 5.4.0 adds a “church level” integration, meaning that church account admins now have the option to authorize an integration for use by all planners.  Technically only security level 1 (Worship Editors) and up could use the church-level SongSelect integration, since security level 0 users (Ministry Planners) can’t edit the worship flow or song library.

If both a church and an individual are integrated, WP will use the individual’s integration.  This allows churches to track specific usage (on the SongSelect side) for individual SongSelect accounts.

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More Location Settings
Also included in this update is greater management over your locations.  To start with, we’ve added a new “Locations Management” screen where admins can centrally add, delete and rename the various locations used by your church.

Next, we add “locations” as an attribute setting to your teams.  Perhaps you have a different worship team for each location.  You no longer have to shoehorn the name the location into the team name field, like “Worship Team – Downtown Campus”.

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And we’ve added a location filter on the team management page so that you can easily hide teams not at a specific location. By the the way, the location filter setting is remembered as you move about the site.  Finally, the People Scheduling page had its location filter upgraded in the following ways:

  1. Your filter setting will also show/hide teams based on their location settings, making it easier to figure out which teams are appropriate to schedule for that location.
  2. You can now filter by more than one location.  Perhaps you want to see the worship team schedule for this weekend, across two or three locations, at once.  Now you can.

We hope you find these updates useful in making your planning process simpler.  Our team continues to work on updates frequently asked for by customers.  And, as always, your feedback is welcome.

New Partnership with Church CO+OP

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We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Church CO+OP (http://churchco-op.org), a Texas-based non-profit whose mission is to “connect churches and non-profit ministries with reputable vendors and resources to save time and money on products, services, and education.”

As an approved vendor, worshipplanning.com provides a discount on all subscription plans to the 2000+ members of the CO+OP.  Be sure to check out our vendor page.

Free Song: “We Believe” by Travis Ryan

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We’re excited to offer you a free song for the next 7 days, in partnership with WeAreWorship.com!

This version of the popular song, “We Believe”, is a live recording from one of the writers of the song, Travis Ryan.

CLICK HERE to download the MP3 and the chord chart for FREE! (Oh no!  This offer has expired, but we’ll be offering another free song soon.  Subscribe to our blog if you don’t already.)

 

More Info In Reminder Summaries

We just deployed an update that builds a little more on the email redesign we rolled out a couple weeks ago.  The Assignment Reminder Notification Summary email (sent for teams with this setting enabled) now contains the assignment status at the time the reminder is sent.  Check out the sample below.

If you’d like to learn how to enable these super helpful reminders (and the team leader summaries), watch the short video at the bottom of this blog.

 

Assignment Reminder Summary

 

 

Email Redesign

You and your team members might noticed something a little different next time you receive an email notification fromworshipplanning.com.  This morning, we implemented a new design with the following benefits:

  • easier to read (simplier, more modern design)
  • lighter in payload
  • looks great on mobile and desktop email programs
  • more touch-friendly buttons and links

Additionally, if your church is a member of an organization that has partnered with worshipplanning.com, you’ll see the partnership logos in the banner section.

Here is an an example of the new look.  We welcome any feedback you have.

Schedule Assignment Email

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