Before tonight, the only time I’ve been on tv was a horrible experience. I was a sophomore in high school, our baseball team had a big game with state playoff implications, and the television cameras were there. We were losing late in the game, I was on first base, and somebody on our team hit a shot in the gap. I rounded second, came flying into third, was planning to score…and my coach held me up right as I touched third base. Trying to stop, I fell on the ground, got caught in a rundown and got tagged out between third and home. The rally ended, and we lost.
The next day, I’m at school, and our star shortstop is one of the first guys I see. He just starts laughing, and pointing, and laughing. “I saw you on tv! You looked like an idiot, falling down, flailing around! You got on tv!”
Do you see the pain I’ve overcome in my life? 😉
Tonight was a much better experience, as our church got some great coverage on KOIN 6 news, the Portland CBS affiliate. Liz, a faithful blog reader, goes to our church and works at KOIN. She heard they wanted to do a story about churches using the web, and mentioned that we podcast our services. Long story short, they sent a reporter and cameraman out to our church. The best part was that Alan Akins, our sound guy who made the podcasts happen, got some great recognition. They filmed him at his house uploading today’s service to the web. I was really glad for Alan, and for our church. (Side note: we are by no means cutting edge with web technology. Lots of churches do way more cool stuff than we do, and I told the reporter that when they called to ask about the story. But I guess they felt better doing the story about us because of Liz, so thanks Liz!)
Once we get permission to get a video clip of the story on the web, I’ll post a link. But I gotta share one more thing that happened. The camera guy and reporter were filming our second service from up in the balcony. Since I wasn’t preaching, I sat with Elaine up in the balcony, too. In the prayer right before the offering, I heard this loud whispering coming from their general direction, and I was mad. I’d been worried they would be really distracting, and up to this point, they had been really unobtrusive. What were they whispering so loudly for?
I looked over, and my irritation at them turned into complete embarrassment and mortification. One of our ushers, I realized, was recruiting the reporter to collect the offering on the other side of the balcony. The reporter was great. He was ready to do it, but I couldn’t handle it. I went over to him. “I am SO sorry!” I said. “I’ll do this. I can’t believe he asked you to do this.”
After the service, I went over and apologized again. “It’s like the worst stereotype. Some new person shows up at church, and it’s all about the money!” He just smiled and said, “Hey, if you ever need some help up here on other weeks, give me a call!”
It felt like a Seinfeld moment.