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The City Innovated Church Tech Had a 10 Year Life Span — October 5, 2019

The City Innovated Church Tech Had a 10 Year Life Span

There once was a popular church in Seattle with lots of people and they built a digital platform called The City to engage churchgoers. That was 2006. And it was a beautiful vision—

The City is driven by a compelling vision emanating from Matthew 5:14.

Having recently left his job at Amazon.com to become a pastor in his church, Zack Hubert was wrestling with ways of harnessing technology to facilitate the growth of a rapidly self-organizing and expanding church. He was inspired to create the original concept for The City after this passage in the Bible that says, “a city on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Since inception, we at The City have been driven to make it easier for churches to connect newcomers, build deeper community, equip leaders and unleash people to serve and make a lasting impact on their world with the Gospel.

The City has grown and is now being used by churches and organizations all over the world. As The City continues to grow, so does the vision, and we feel blessed to be along for the ride.

https://web.archive.org/web/20091123121845/http://www.onthecity.org/about/

The City Grew Larger and Larger

In November 2008, The City was bought up by Zondervan and grew its user base. A blog post briefly described the sale—

Zondervan, a world leader in Christian communications, has acquired The City, a propriety online community-building software program created by Seattle-based Mars Hill Church. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Developed over the past two years by Mars Hill pastor of technology, Zack Hubert, who spent eight years in management at Amazon.com, The City was created in response to the church’s need to improve communication, better engage with members, support small groups, build a stronger church community and free up administrative resources. Mars Hill launched The City earlier this year to create a dynamic, engaging interactive online community for its more than 7,000 members. Within two months of launch more than 85% of the church’s members had signed up and more than 75% visit the site every single day.

The City digital platform went from serving one church to hundreds of churches using the subscription cloud+based service. An article described its growth from 7,000 to 165,000 people using The City.

The City by Zondervan Enables Churches to Achieve their Mission through Robust Web Platform (Christian Newswire, October 2010)

Thousands of pastors today are seeking new engagement and organizational tools to further grow their ministries and build discipleship within their membership. Zondervan is helping churches of all sizes realize these goals by creating safe, open and fulfilling online environments through The City.


The City by Zondervan is an innovative web-based platform that is revolutionizing how churches communicate, organize ministries, build connections with members, and simplify organization, outreach and worship. The City’s comprehensive approach brings together everything from email, Facebook and Twitter to finance and administration all in one place.
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The City is currently used by more than 165,000 people and is effectively enabling church attendees to reach out to each other. During the month of September, more than 3.2 million emails were sent among members of The City, all without the risk of spam, phishing scams or email viruses.
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The City brings church to members beyond Sunday service by creating an online environment for church leadership and its congregation. It offers tools that help drive small-group management, empowering a church to achieve more effective discipleship among church attendees. It also helps leaders organize their ministries to enhance our communities and local culture.
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The City is now used in 12 countries around the world and has proven to be a valuable platform for both small and large churches. …

About The City

The City is a division of Zondervan and is located in Seattle. This innovative web-based platform is focused on empowering churches to realize their mission. The City enables churches to connect newcomers and regular congregants to meaningful community and discipleship, and uses social networking technology to help keep everyone in touch throughout the week, serving each other’s needs and sharing life together. The City also gives leaders powerful new ways to communicate to congregants and brings fresh insight to church administration, children’s ministry, and operational management.

3 Years Later, The City Gets a New Owner

In May 2011, Zondervan sold The City to ACS Technologies

Last Wednesday, ACS Technologies announced its acquisition of The City from Zondervan. This acquisition will allow ACS Technologies to combine The City’s innovative community and communication engagement tools with its vast portfolio of church office solutions.
The City is one of the most widely used church-focused social community with over 600 churches and over 200,000 people engaged nationwide. It was birthed by one of the country’s leading megachurches with an innovative spirit to serve the local church and to encourage community transformation from within a local church. The City allows churchgoers to engage with one another on their own terms, whether they’re scheduling events, sharing prayer requests or information, connecting for outreach, using a community calendar, giving, or keeping contact information accurate. The City has led the way in social community and communications innovation since 2008.

The City ran for years, a long run with ACS, from 2011 to 2018… it’s home page had several designs, like—

When The City’s Technology Was Obsolete and Replaced

By February 2019, with ACS’ help, everyone had moved out of The City into something called Realm. This FAQ explained the why—

Words of Farewell: “Thank you for your long-time commitment to authentic church community and The City. It has been an honor to support your ministry with these communication and relationship tools. We have been helping churches using The City move to Realm®, our next-generation solution that not only includes tools for engagement like The City had, but also offers full administration functionality and much more. …”

back when iBelieve.com closed in October 2000 — October 4, 2019

back when iBelieve.com closed in October 2000

One early Christian community on the internet was iBelieve.com, launched in June 2000. Their vision statement was:

About iBelieve.com
Our Vision: We seek to be the preferred internet gathering place for Christians worldwide to come, experience, and grow in their faith.

However, by October 20, 2000, iBelieve.com suspended operations due to lack of funding.

Dear iBelieve.com members and visitors,

Despite a tremendous launch and site traffic that ranks as the leading Christian community on the Internet, iBelieve.com has not been able to secure additional funding to continue to keep the site up, and we are forced to close our virtual doors effective immediately.
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As you know, iBelieve.com has worked hard to create the leading Christian site on the Internet – a place where believers of all denominations could come, experience and grow in their faith. With 550,000 members, more than 2 million unique visitors, and 60 ministry partners, we have consistently exceeded our business and ministry objectives…except one: raising additional funding. Like many Internet companies, we were unable to raise capital given the current market conditions, and we are left without options.

Our prayer is that God has used iBelieve.com, in some way, to touch your life. We hope you have been encouraged, challenged, informed, and entertained along the way. Thank you so much for the feedback and encouragement you have provided to us over the past months.

We’d like to end our time on the Internet the same way we started… by giving glory and praise to our great and awesome God who holds all of history and the most intimate details of our lives in the palm of his hand….

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Here are two great features you will recognize from ePrayer.org: Daily Devotional and Prayer Request System. …

May God bless you!!
The iBelieve.com Family

After closing its virtual doors, they shortened their notice in January 2001 to —

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H MART AND INSTACART PARTNER TO OFFER SAME-DAY DELIVERY — June 20, 2019

H MART AND INSTACART PARTNER TO OFFER SAME-DAY DELIVERY

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H MART AND INSTACART PARTNER TO OFFER SAME-DAY DELIVERY

Now offering delivery from 65 store locations in as fast as one hour

June 20, 2019 – Instacart, a North American leader in online groceries, today announced an expanded partnership with beloved Asian-American grocer H Mart, adding same-day delivery services from an additional 59 stores across 12 states including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, California, Texas and Massachusetts.

“We’re proud to partner with H Mart to bring their loyal customers a new way to have groceries and everyday essentials – like kimchi, fresh seafood and specialty ingredients – delivered from the store to their door in as fast as an hour,” said Andrew Nodes, Vice President of Retail at Instacart. “H Mart is a household staple for many busy people and families and a great addition to Instacart’s marketplace. We’re excited that our expanded partnership allows H Mart customers to have the groceries they need delivered from the retailer they love.”

“H Mart is excited to partner with Instacart to deliver top quality Asian groceries to our customers,” said Brian Kwon, President of H Mart Companies Inc. “We hope that delivery of our fresh, delicious and healthy food will bring much joy and many smiles to our customers, families and friends.”

H Mart customers across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, California, Texas and Massachusetts can begin shopping by going online to https://www.instacart.com/store/HMart or opening the Instacart app on their mobile device. From there, customers select their city and store and can begin adding groceries to their Instacart grocery cart. An Instacart personal shopper will pick, pack and deliver the order within the customer’s designated time frame—in as fast as one hour or up to five days in advance.

For orders of $35 or more, the delivery fee is just $3.99. With an Instacart Express membership for $9.99/month or an annual fee of $99, customers get unlimited, free delivery on all orders over $35. First-time customers of H Mart on Instacart can enter the code HMART10OFF at checkout for $10 off their first order of $35 or more.

About H Mart:

H Mart is the largest Asian supermarket chain in America and is the pioneer of Asian food in America. Starting in 1982 with a single store in Woodside, Queens, H Mart has grown to include more than 67 stores across the United States. H Mart is America’s premier Asian food destination and provides groceries and everyday essential needs as well as upscale products. H Mart offers a full line of Asian foods with a broad range of Western groceries to complement its full scale offering to that of a traditional supermarket. H Mart is also known for its innovative new food halls which are an extension of over 35 years of providing eateries in its stores.

H Mart is recognized as one of the fastest growing retailers in the National Retail Federation’s HOT 100 RETAILERS (#13 H Mart). Supermarket News has listed H Mart as one of the Top 50 Small Chains and Independents in the United States & Canada.

About Instacart:

Instacart is a North American leader in online groceries and one of the fastest growing companies in e-commerce. Instacart’s same-day delivery and pickup service bring everyday essentials and fresh groceries to consumers in the U.S. and Canada in as fast as an hour. Instacart has partnered with the most popular national and regional retailers such as Albertsons, ALDI, Costco, CVS, Kroger, Loblaw, Publix, Sam’s Club, Sprouts and Wegmans, among others. The Instacart marketplace offers more than 300 retailers and trusted local grocers that customers love. The company’s cutting-edge technology powers some of the world’s biggest retail players by supporting their e-commerce marketplace and delivery solutions. Instacart also offers an Express Membership program, giving customers unlimited free delivery from available stores on orders over $35. For more information, please visit www.instacart.com.

Media Contact:
Instacart
press@instacart.com

H Mart
201-636-5250

Does InsomniaX work with macOS Mojave? — May 29, 2019

Does InsomniaX work with macOS Mojave?

When transferring large files, there are times when I want to close the lid on my MacBook Pro laptop. It’s running on Mac OSX Mojave 10.14.5 and after several minutes of research, there’s not a built-in function to disable laptop sleep. Apple may have very good reasons for that.

But there are times when we can manage the risk of a closed lid with a running laptop.

Here’s the solution. Install and run the free utility InsomniaX- Keep your Mac awake the easy way. I downloaded it from download.cnet.com/InsomniaX/3000-2094_4-97713.html – but, it’s an older piece of software that was last updated 3 years ago, i.e. 2016.

However, there are 2 caveats:

Installing InsomniaX On OSX 10.12 and afterward

It seems that on systems with gatekeeper active, the kext module is not correctly loaded, if when the option Disable Lid Sleep is pressed the icon doesn’t change you are most likely affected. In that case use the following workaround [ed.note: Spotlight > Terminal]:

  1. Disable Gatekeeper: sudo spctl --master-disable
  2. Launch InsomniaX and enable the option disable lid sleep, fill out the administration password prompt if needed
  3. Rejoice, InsomniaX should be working and the kext should now be trusted by the system
  4. Re-Enable Gatekeeper:
  • Either use: sudo spctl --master-enable
  • Or change the selector in Preferences->Security & Privacy->Generic back to AppStore & Signed Apps (Or even the more strict AppStore Only)

Thank You Andrew James

Thank you Andrew James for creating this very awesome utility!

How to Print from Windows 10 to Airport Extreme USB Printer — May 10, 2019

How to Print from Windows 10 to Airport Extreme USB Printer

Looking for a way to print wirelessly over wifi from a Windows 10 laptop to an Airport Extreme (version 7.7.8) base station with a USB printer connected. The printer is a Canon MX330 series.

I’m able to print from other Mac’s using the wifi network, including an iMac 27″, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro. Haven’t yet figured out how to print from the Windows 10 laptop.

Here’s what answers I’ve found thru web searches and will update this blog post with what works and what doesn’t, after I try them:

Airport Extreme Printing via Windows 8.1 and Windows RT

has detailed instructions [this one uses adding a printer onto a TCP/IP Port]

Windows 10 connecting to apple airport printer

says Apple changed the port they use from 9100 to 9101 [essentially, in Windows, add printer, use port number 9101] and the thread also refers to this 2013 video, Windows Printing For Apple AirPort Extreme without Bonjour Wireless wifi. (and in the video's comment thread, people have said it worked with Windows 8, 10, 7..)

To be continued…

Stay tuned and I’ll update this blog post after I test these solutions and see if any of them work, or if I have to do something different..