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On Friday, November 16 St. Paul’s Howards Grove rolled out their new website. It was done by Sun Graphics in Sheboygan, WI. Several people on their crew worked tirelessly to make it happen: Callah, Jared, Casey, Justin, and Emma. Preliminaries began in February 2018 and work intensified from summer through November. The Sun Graphics crew was incredible to work with and curtailed the site to meet all of our expectations.
Those expectations were this: a website that professionally reflected St. Paul’s and our ministry, allow video integration for our sermons, audio and podcast options, ease of access to bulletin information and newsletters, host a 3D tour of our facilities, enable it for donations, and the ability to push information simply to Facebook, Google plus, LinkedIn, and basic email sharing. It needed to have easy calendar access for 4 different calendars. We also needed it for parents of students to access grades, or even for interested parents to register their child for the upcoming year.
The website additionally includes links to WELS Daily Devotions and Your Time of Grace Videos. Individuals are able to sign up for announcements or newsletters. The latest Facebook posts are linked right to our site so that people don’t need a Facebook account to see recent posted news. There are history sections of both our church and school. It also allows for people to see the Teachers, Helpers, Pastors, and Workers who daily serve at St. Paul’s. Emails and phone ability exists to more readily contact these people as well. Many active groups are on display and if someone seeks to contact them the possibility exists directly through the group. There are a number of videos all with various intent: a welcome video to the site/church, there is a church testimonial, two school testimonials (one for K4 and the other generally for the whole school education), there is a K4 video with Mrs. Ann Marohn welcoming you to her classroom. There is also a Living Nativity video, Grandparents Day recap and ones about upcoming music.
Where there aren’t videos, there are pictures of events that have happened or informing you of upcoming events.
The final logo was developed by Seth Pahmeier, a son of St. Paul’s congregation, and selected overall by input from various people at St. Paul’s over several months and adopted by the Council. The logo has layers of meaning for God’s people:
The Lord tremendously blessed these efforts and certainly the final product. We couldn’t be happier with the work Sun Graphics did. Several people from our own congregation were also instrumental: Nathan, Lisa, Luther, Ed & Sandy, Kathleen, Jim and Mary, Todd, and Long Range Planning, and a number of boards/committees at church. Thank you for all your work!