of the Website
First we need to acknowledge Dave Seymour who maybe should be
called the "Founding Father of the Horseheads United Methodist
little history of how our church website was born might be in
order. Brad Smith had an idea years ago that it would be cool
for some young people to help with a class room website for the
7Th and 8Th graders. Jake M. son of Wanda M. and Wayne M. was
the inspiration as it is remembered. The student had his own site
at the time and was able to give the advise to Brad.
The kick-off of the new church site was kind of cool. As time
went on, it expanded and was approaching a respectable website.
As it grew it became hard to manage and after a year or so it
was shut down.
idea of a church website died.... or did it?
couple years later, Dave Seymour was encouraged by a committee
to help bring it to life. Dave took on the task and formulated
his ideas and made a written proposal back to the commitee. To
do this, he listened to what went wrong the first time and put
in place the necessary corrections. Then he added much more to
bring about the good organized website that we have now. I think
Dave would say that it was interesting and rewarding, but I can
assure you it wasn't easy.
pulled together what had to be done with equipment, connections,
and a website host. He worked with a local consultant, Dave G.,
who was helping on a volunteer basis. They put the physical system
together, much as it is today. Dave developed his vision and worked
with a consultant on the "look" of the web page. Specifically
the masthead, the menus, and the stain glass windows pick buttons
that you see is that initial work.
the preliminary plan was in place he recruited 2 people to assist
him in the site development and performing the weekly updates.
That was another piece that was missing in the beginning and why
the site closed down the first time. I can assure you that wasn't
always easy either. The three had different ideas during the time
of a new creation being developed from the ground up. Dave kept
the development steady and balanced the energy and ideas of the
others very effectively as the site came up into its own.
in the summer of 2006 the dedicated Laurna S. moved from the area.
Many times David S. stepped forward to take an extra week or to
take the heavier week so not to put more burden on the person
left. A sign of a true leader.
Dave S. was reminded that he had lead the team for nearly 4 years
and it is customary that a United Methodist leader leads for a
3 year term. Dave has now stepped down as leader in title, and
continued to serve on the committee. Dave nominated Brad S. as
the leader and within a week of thought, he accepted.
was leader in title and Dave was the assistant. Both shared the
work load keeping the webpage up to date with information. In
2008-2009 we experienced serious problems with the connection,
equipment, and software. We were able to keep the webpage up and
running with minor lapses of service. Eventually, with help of
Larry C. stability of the system was maintained.
In November 2009 Dave S. gave notice that he would need to part
ways because of a new church position that he is taking. He agreed
to stay on through December of 2009.
Also in November Rev. Dorothy-Yorke requested that a section for
"Small Groups" be developed for the site. A plan was
hatched for Brad to develop this section, while Dave kept the
normal updating progressing properly. With the "Dream Weaver
for Dumbies" book going home often, Brad was able to develop
the "Small Groups" area. Armed with new knowledge, Brad
made a church bulletin board and other enhancemence of the website.
We can call it the first major enhancement of the site from the