Church Achieves ‘Beauty for Ashes’ With Transformative AVL Install

Six-month project at Washington church comprised of Hitachi projectors, Chroma-Q houselights, CHAUVET Professional production lighting, L-Acoustics speakers, and a High End Systems HedgeHog 4 lighting console.

Church Achieves ‘Beauty for Ashes’ With Transformative AVL Install
Members of the congregation at Our Savior Lutheran Church stand during a recent worship service, with the projection provided by four Hitachi CPX-9111 projectors, each 10,000 lumens offering XGA resolution, with the sound provided by a series of L-Acoustics speakers, including ARCS Wide and ARCS Focus speakers, and lighting created by Chroma-Q Inspire RGBW houselights.

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Church Achieves ‘Beauty for Ashes’ With Transformative AVL Install

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To help the church be prepared once the project was finalized, Gathany explained that, “We provided all the training. There were some follow ups, to get them ready for the first services, for lighting looks and environmental projection.” Learning EP, Kees noted, “was not as complicated as I thought; the learning curve was not too steep.”

While Kees added that he is responsible for the majority of the lighting design and environmental projection, he added that he is still in the process of training other “staff and technicians in those aspects,” but that overall, the expectations related to the install had been exceeded.

Most notable in how those expectations were surpassed; Kees cited the lighting in the space. There was staff that “had no idea about the lighting, what it could do. The houselighting and production lighting that we had installed, until they actually could see it, it even surprised some skeptics.” By incorporating environmental projection with the help of the Hitachi projectors, he added, “We had some people who might have been (originally) opposed to it, but then came up to us to tell us how it helped enforce the emotional connection during worship.”

The lighting changes also caught the attention of the congregation, explained Kees, particularly during the church’s Vacation Bible School. During that recent event, he said, “we used the entire front wall. We animated clip art that was part of the theme, and made the experience pretty exceptional for the kids.”

As the install work was being completed at Our Savior Lutheran, aside from a manufacturing delay with the house lights, Kees said that there were “a few challenges from week to week, but nothing major. Once was the system was up and running, it was relatively smooth sailing.” Gathany agreed, adding, “House lights are the bane of our existence. While there were always sequences of things happening (on site), it was pretty normal in most regards.”

Following the completion of the install, Gathany added, “I’ve only heard positive (reactions) … that we hit the target.” 

Even though members of the CCI Solutions staff have been on site to make some system adjustments since the install, they have amounted to “mostly minor things,” explained Gathany. “Most of it is programming-related. When you live in a space, you see that you can change this and that.” The modifications were nothing unusual, added Kees, noting that “it’s all part of the process of fine tuning things, to make sure the systems are dialed in.”




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Andres Caamano is the site editor for Worship Tech Director, which aims to inform tech directors, audio, video or lighting directors, creative directors, music directors and worship leaders about the latest technology, while also bringing to the forefront some of the most notable examples of leadership and completed projects that can be of benefit to houses of worship of all sizes. Andres joined WTD in 2015, and is focused on taking an engaged approach to the market; one that is encouraging, creative and set toward ministry purpose.
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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.


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