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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, RLC was expecting a challenging year in meeting its budget goals and obligations.  RLC had planned on addressing those challenges through a combination of stewardship and community outreach grants.  Despite these financial challenges, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Juneau, the church stepped up and created RLC Live! Worship which streams its services not only to its congregation but to others who cannot attend church.  Additionally. RLC Live! Meetings provides a safe, social distancing virtual-meeting space (live-streaming, Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx) for itself and the community.  RLC Live! Meetings! has created a safe, social distancing rehearsal/performing/recording space (live stream, Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx) for the community.

RLC was the first worship community (on 3/22) in Juneau to respond to the State’s mandate closing worship gatherings by live streaming its worship services from its sanctuary.  It has continued to do so since then and is currently in the process of a major upgrade of its production capabilities, live streaming in high-definition with eight cameras, eight-track/48-channel audio, six-person production staff and five-person worship team.  During the pandemic, the congregation has focused on sharing its streaming worship service on the internet with those outside the congregation who cannot attend church.

RLC believes it has created a unique hybrid live-event in-person/online-worship experience (analogous with the National Cathedral Episcopal service from Washington DC, which has about 12,000 viewers/week).  Using this multi-camera/audio channel audio studio in its large sanctuary, RLC has developed meeting and event video conferencing (live-streaming, Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx) capabilities which allow for social distancing for community groups and organizations who use the church’s meeting facilities.  Additionally, these capabilities will allow Juneau’s performing organizations to return to rehearsing and performing at the church.

To date, the equipment necessary to stream worship services and provide online social distancing meeting facilities been temporarily loaned or purchased by congregation members.  RLC needs to reimburse/replace/purchase this equipment and acquire additional equipment for which the church has already received a grant of $1,500 from the ELCA Alaska Synod (maximum available).  All donations go to support the RLC Live! ministry through RLC’s general budget and are deeply appreciated.