Help wanted Annisquam Village Church Tech Support Coordinator

Annisquam Village Church Tech Support Coordinator

Job Description
The AVC Tech Support Coordinator will be a part-time job of approximately 10hrs/week that will require production, editorial and online skills. Familiarity with Apple computers, Final Cut Pro, and Zoom online conferencing software will be needed, and supplemental training will be provided.
The TSC will work with the Pastor and the Music Director in planning and providing the weekly content, in addition to special events at the church. The TSC will coordinate the Tech Support Team of volunteers and report to the pastor.
This position requires availability on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and for church holidays and special events as requested.

1. Offer support and guidance for all worship services and church events involving technical production and assistance.
a) Collaborate with the Pastor and Director of Music in the production and development of our worship services, and other gatherings as necessary. In addition to onsite live streaming, this may include actual production of pre-recorded service elements.
b) Operate and oversee our tech systems.
c) Coordinate, schedule, train and supervise the volunteers who assist with tech services.
d) Regularly inventory all the equipment and secure it safely between rehearsals, performances and other events. Organize our storage spaces. Oversee the regular maintenance and repair of equipment, and recommend the purchase or replacement of equipment.
Ongoing tasks include preparing equipment in the sanctuary; performing video and sound checks (including gain settings, monitor mixes, volume settings and the EQ/mixing process); checking all computer and projector equipment; and creating written instructions and processes for other members of the Tech Team. Additionally, adjusting levels as directed during services and events; recording and live streaming services and
events; debriefing and troubleshooting following services and events; storing equipment
and noting maintenance needs; and preparing spaces for next gatherings.

Job Specifics
This is a multi-faceted media position for a person who primarily will help prepare
playback materials, and then facilitate the live presentation of the AVC Weekly Service
being presented on Zoom.
A. Preparation will require:
– Downloading and preparing for playback internet materials for the service.
– Possible video shooting of AVC Music live recordings, when it is deemed safe to do
so following Covid restrictions.
– Post Production of AVC Music recordings for service.
– Adding lyrics to hymns, and creating slide shows.
These skills require:
– The ability to be proficient on Apple computers for Video Editing using:
Final Cut Pro.
– The ability to operate and record a Video Camera.
– Operate and set levels on a field audio recorder/Mixer
– Proficiency in Garage Band would be helpful too.
– ** Supplemental training will be provided.
B.Live Streaming will require:
– Managing the Live Zoom feed:
– This will be done remotely during Covid restrictions, then live on site when
restrictions are lifted and public gatherings allowed.
Remote Zoom Service involves:
– Managing the service as a Zoom Co-Host
– Playback (Screen Sharing) of pre-recorded playback elements.
– Recording the Zoom Archive
– Managing screen spotlighting during the interactive portions of the service
with Zoom participants.
– Monitoring the chat channel.
On-Site Zoom service involves:
– Operation and switching of what will eventually become remote controlled
Video Camera(s)
– Live Monitoring/Mix of Audio with wireless audio board and virtual mixer.
– Playback of Pre-recorded segments
– Managing live Zoom interaction
– Recording service archive and uploading archive to Web Master.
– Shutdown and maintaining gear.

We are currently using a temporary production set-up for onsite zoom sessions. When the
permanent installation is in place the job will involve using a simple video switcher, most
likely the Black Magic Design ATEM Mini Pro with fixed PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) cameras and a
wireless Audio board with a virtual mixer. Pre-recorded materials will be played back from
a portable video recorder/player.
Job Type: Part-time
Rate: 20.00-25.00 per hour depending upon experience
Interested individuals should send a resume and cover letter by Mon. February 8, 2020
to Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault at

COVID-19 Vaccine UpdateNews from the office of Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante

COVID-19 Vaccine UpdateNews from the office of Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante
This week, Massachusetts residents age 75 and older became eligible to begin receiving vaccinations for COVID-19. When the applications for appointments opened last week, many were frustrated with the process, which was compounded by the high volume of individuals looking to fill a limited number of vaccination appointments.

As state representative, I have received many comments from individuals on Cape Ann expressing that frustration. As the caretaker of my own parents, I shared in the frustration myself. Those concerns and frustrations, along with those of many of my colleagues in the Legislature, have been shared with the Baker-Polito Administration in order to communicate the need for action on this issue. 

Starting today, Massachusetts residents can dial 2-1-1 and follow prompts to reach the Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line. Individuals ages 75 and older will be able to speak to a representative live on the phone to assist them with an appointment through the state’s online system.

These representatives have the same access to appointments as those on the public website; it will not give individuals access to additional appointments. If no appointments are available, callers will have the option to be placed on a call back list for the mass vaccination sites. The caller will receive a call back when an appointment becomes available for them at a mass vaccination site, and the list will be called on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line is currently only for individuals ages 75 and older who cannot use or have difficulty accessing the internet and therefore are unable to schedule an appointment through the online platforms. The Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line is only able to support individuals with scheduling an appointment and representatives are not able to answer general questions about COVID-19 or provide individual health care advice.

I would also encourage residents to reach out to your community’s Health Department or Council on Aging to see if there are any COVID-19 vaccination clinics scheduled or planned, particularly if you may have issues reaching a vaccination site that is not on Cape Ann. Such clinics are organized for the residents of those communities and as such do not appear on the COVID-19 vaccination map. Additionally, veterans may have access to vaccination clinics according to federal vaccination guidelines through the VA. Please reach out to your community’s Veterans Services department for details.

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As Massachusetts moves through the current phase of vaccine distribution towards broader public availability, it is critical that the process is as streamlined and accessible as possible. With additional funding coming from FEMA to assist Massachusetts with its vaccine rollout, I will continue to advocate with my colleagues in the Legislature and the Administration for improvements to the process.

Another Fabulous Dinner at Oliver’s Harbor

We stopped at Oliver’s Harbor on Main Street recently for dinner. Virus restrictions are being followed so tables are spaced apart and staff are wearing masks while serving a limited capacity. I tried the apple martini as prepared by Scott (complete with cherry of course). It was nicely served and very tasty. Jim ordered the pork chop which was one of the specials and he thought it was GREAT. I was celebrating a small victory, so I ordered the filet mignon and it was PERFECTLY done. I couldn’t have asked for it to be better. The brussel sprouts were served chopped which I appreciated. Oliver’s is a secret gem on Main Street! Thank you Scott for the wonderful service.

GloucesterCast 466 with Russ Steeves, Chris McCarthy, Scottie Mac, Ralph DiGiorgio, Pat and Jim Dalpiaz and Joey C Taped 2/7/21


GloucesterCast 466 with Russ Steeves, Chris McCarthy, Scottie Mac, Ralph DiGiorgio, Pat and Jim Dalpiaz and Joey C Taped 2/7/21

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Topics Include:
Please share the podcast! If you share the podcast while we are taping we will write down your name and you will be entered into a drawing to win a prize that we will choose about 2/3 the way through the podcast.

What’s your most valuable adult possession? (left from last week–Scottie)

Gloucester Hockey Legends review/new subscribers!

Progress report gym (Nichole)

Larry King/Seinfeld battle (left from last week–Joey)

Who would book a cruise to Alaska and why? (left from last week–Joey)

Do couples start looking alike the longer they are together? (Scottie)

What supplies do you carry in your car for emergencies?  Or just generally carry with you in a purse, wallet, jacket

House behind Sudbays with letters on the lawn. Anyone know what the letters mean? GBA 19

New Gloucestercast logo!

Beth Israel/Lahey shoutout vaccination clinic (Paul)

Q of the week: where do you get the apples for your apple smoked bacon burgers?


12PM Parking Ban for Sunday, February 7

12PM Parking Ban for Sunday, February 7


A snow emergency parking ban will be in effect beginning Sunday, February 7 at 12 PM and will remain in effect until further notice due to an upcoming winter storm.   

Parking is available at all municipal and school parking lots but it is at your own risk. Due to the possibility of minor coastal flooding parking will not be available in the lower lot at Gloucester High School.  

The City of Gloucester will give residents ample notice when the parking ban is rescinded to allow for the removal of cars from off street parking areas before parking enforcement teams will begin ticketing and towing.

 All residents and businesses are reminded that they are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property. Please make every effort to shovel out hydrants at, or, near your homes, and please check on your elderly and disabled.   Your cooperation during this parking ban is necessary for efficient and safe snow removal efforts.


If you are in danger, call 911 for immediate assistance. Emergency teams are prepared to assist anyone in need so call 911 right away. We remind all to take caution while traveling and to make safety your top priority.  Thank you for your assistance and please use 911 for any emergency needs. Stay safe!


National Grid has been preparing for power outages in different areas across the North Shore, including Gloucester. If any outages do occur in your area, it is imperative that they be reported via the National Grid Customer Service or Outage Reporting phone lines as listed below. Every outage phone call that we receive is logged into our outage tracking system and better enables us to pinpoint the location of the issue. The sooner National Grid can identify the location of the issue, the quicker a response can be sent.

  • The Customer Service Line is: 1-800-322-3223
  • The Outage Reporting Line is: 1-800-465-1212