We get many calls from you needing permission to use the VBS music as background music for videos, for advertising purposes, etc. I wanted to let you know that you can request permission for this through our website at this address: http://www.lifeway.com/PermissionsRequest
I didn’t go to the SBC annual meeting this year (someone has to stay back at the office!), but have already heard great things about the pastors luncheon honoring 200 SBC churches that experienced the largest VBS enrollment increases over the past 5 years. Did you know that one in four baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention last year happened as a result of VBS?
I’m a little obsessed with Vacation Bible School – in my defense, it is kind of part of my job. (And I guess there are worse things to be obsessed with.) I’m so obsessed that I follow what people are twittering about VBS using tweet scan. It so interesting to me the different perspectives people have about VBS – tired teachers, thankful parents, frustrated tech guys, and people who know that the results of VBS are worth all of the work that goes into it!
Why am I telling you guys this? Because I believe that VBS makes a difference. And I know it’s hard work for VBS directors, teachers, and volunteers, but I know that the results make it worth all of the work that you do. So be encouraged, and when you get frustrated, or overwhelmed, or you just can’t get the Wiki Wiki song out of your head, remember the opportunity you have to change kids lives forever – and know that we at LifeWay are praying for you.
Oops! – Some of you are having trouble using the JPG clip art from the Decorating Made Easy book in applications like Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher. We’ve discovered that the JPG clip art files were saved differently this year (the graphic designers explained the problem to me, but I won’t try to repeat it – it’s all techno mumbo jumbo to me!!) which is why the clip art isn’t working like it has before. All that to say, we are putting the JPG clip art files from the Decorating Made Easy book up on our website in a format that should work like they have in prior years.
The clip art that is saved as other file types (EPS, PDF) on the CD in the Decorating Made Easy book are the same as before. PDFs will work with Microsoft Office, but you really need a graphics program (like photoshop or illustrator) to work with EPS files.
Here is a link to download the updated files.
Another way to fix these files so that they will work with Microsoft Word and Publisher is to open the clip art that you want to use in Paint (the graphic program that comes standard on most PCs) and then re-save it as a .PNG file. PNG (Portable Network Graphics) files are compatible with Microsoft Office.
So sorry for the mix-up – this won’t be a problem in future years!