Uniontown Bible Church now spreads the word over the airwaves

September 02, 1992|By Cindy Parr | Cindy Parr,Contributing writer

LINWOOD -- Uniontown Bible Church is sending God's word over the airwaves.

"The Joyful Sound-Witness of God's Grace," a new television ministry, is being produced by Uniontown Bible Church member Michael Armacost for broadcast on Channel 55, Carroll County's community access cable station.

The programs began airing regularly in August. They appear on Channel 55 at noon Saturdays and Tuesdays and again at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

Mr. Armacost, a 35-year-old Westminster resident, became eligible to videotape the church's Sunday service after he completed a video production course offered by Carroll Community Television.

"I went into the course with the idea that I wanted to tape our Sunday service and get the message out to the public," Mr. Armacost said. "The broadcast includes singing by the choir, congregational singing, special music and, of course, the sermon that day."

"These programs offer a little bit of variety for those who have access to cable," Pastor Mitchell Dillon said. "In our church, we have individuals and families who are involved in Sunday school and nursery, and do not have the opportunity to come to the Sunday service. They enjoy being able to watch the service on cable.

"It also gives our church and the gospel itself some additional exposure," he said.

The Uniontown church service is one of three religious broadcasts that Channel 55 airs regularly.

Tom Crowl, interim director of Carroll Community Television, said Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster and a sponsor's production, "The Living Way," provide the other two.

"I believe Mike is the first to do what he is doing," Mr. Crowl said of Mr. Armacost's work. "He is using our equipment to videotape the service and then bringing the tape back here to be edited for broadcast. He is able to do this because he took the television production course and he is certified to use the equipment."

The 12-week course, which costs $30, teaches students the fundamentals of videotape production.

"Everything from pre-production, script writing, field production, lighting and studio editing are taught," Mr. Crowl said. "The courses are taught . . . at Carroll Community College by their director of television, and they [the students] end up in our studio for editing."

Once students complete the course, they are eligible to use the equipment through Channel 55.

"People can make a program on anything they like and air it for free, Mr. Crowl said. "The only thing we ask is that they take the course."

So far, Mr. Armacost has been pleased with the results of his venture.

"Everyone at church is really excited about it. They like sharing what we have with the people," he said. "I have enjoyed it because I have been able to use the skills that I have learned and bring glory to God."

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