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Featured Posts Around Our Site

The entire site and our sister site StromanFamilyPhotos will be dedicated to the memory of Tommy Gil and Lionel Lindsey – Two of my best friends in this life. Read the article from the Charleston News and Courier.


In The Music Section

Tommy Gill – Jazz Compositions based on Gershwin Themes – My Nephew is featured in this section. He arranged several jazz pieces based on George Gershwin Themes a few years ago.

Ben has plenty of Music Videos including music played by his students – visit the Music Section of Randomly Thinking and see the selections.

See “The Oriental Flowers”Ben’s original piece recorded on his Kawaii Concert Performer and ” Daybreak at the Beach” with classical music background that he performs on the Kurzweil Electronic Piano at Glory of God Anglican Church in Cocoa.

Ben Stroman is putting together some music for new videos to be used in two new DVDs – read about the DVD projects and listen to the recordings, a couple so far – More to come soon.

Kameryn plays Piano

Kameryn plays Piano


Anatomy of a Piano Lesson – a few short videos and a short essay on my approach to teaching piano to young people – Featured on the Music Page

Our young piano student Kameryn plays her original Composition “The Flying Dutchman” on piano.


In The Video Section

We have added “Good Work Videos” There were several guys who come to our Food Ministry at Glory of God Anglican Church. I hired them to do some landscaping in the backyard the first part of this year. Here are some of the Videos.

Ben has A New Music Video ” Daybreak at the Beach” with classical music background played on the Kurzweil Electronic Piano at Glory of God Anglican Church in Cocoa.

Humming Birds are Wonderful

Humming Birds are Wonderful

The latest video is our New Spring Movie with music from the new piano. Click her to watch.

An older music video recently redone “The Lord’s Prayer” video is in both the Video and Music Sections

Also our winter Video – This one is “Humming Birds Are Wonderful” made on December 26 2009. Enjoy visits to the feeder on the day after Christmas, and a little Beethoven played by Ben Stroman.


In The Spirit Section


Photo Album for Church Office – I am trying a new brand of photo book – this is to stay in the church office to give visitors something to look through.

“I am Blessed” The Testimony of Ben Stroman – delivered to the congregation at Glory of God Anglican Church on May 1 2011. We pray it will be a blessing to you.

April 24, 2010 We have a beautiful new poem from the Writer’s Almanac for this day. Ode to Chocolate

We still have the Easter poem posted done by one of our dear friend Dorothy Oden, and we have new video and photos from Palm Sunday and Easter posted on the Church FaceBook Page


In The Photo Section

JIHS 50th Photos

JIHS 50th Photos

Just Posted is Humming Bird Photos taken Today – A Christmas Eve Visit from The Humming Birds
New – The Photos from Ben Stroman’s Fiftieth High School Reunion – Good Old – James Island High School Class of 1959 What a marvelous Re-gathering of our class, most of grew up through all twelve grades right in that neighborhood.



In The Technical Section

Calypso Kayaking has a Spiffy New Website – we were very pleased to work with a companay like this that conducts marvelous Eco-Tours in the Cocoa Beach area. If you want the adventure of your life, go to their convenient new website at CalypsoKayaking.Com or contact Owner, Phil Gallaway to book a tour today at 321 –639-7350.

If you are thinking of starting a New Business with a web presence, but you are hearing costs like thousands to set up and hundreds to run it – Please get in touch with us.

With the help of the links in the Technical area, you can probably build your own site using WordPress and some plug-ins – Visit the Technical Section for some Hints.



Visit Our Church Website
Visit Glory of God Church Site

Visit Glory of God Church Site

Visit Glory of God Church Site Every Sunday We add new audio and sometimes video and photography on the Glory of God Church site and there are so many features. What a great reflection on a wonderful small church here in Cocoa. The latest podcast and audio feed of the Rev. Paul W. Young’s sermons are posted almost immediately after Church ( or as soon as I can get it done!) Look for our latest photos on the Glory of God FaceBook Page

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New Photos

Just Added, More of our most recent Photos on December 24, 2009. We still have Photos by my Father, and plenty of new photographs by Ben Stroman.

Photography Page

Photography Page

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Brigid Brophy

Yesterday, June 12 was the birthday of Brigid Brophy, born in London (1929). She campaigned for the rights of women, animals, and prisoners, even while she was sick in bed with multiple sclerosis at the end of her life. She said, “Whenever people say, ‘We mustn’t be sentimental,’ you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, ‘We must be realistic,’ they mean they are going to make money out of it.”

Visit Our New Spirit Page for more Inspirational Thought

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Audio of Sermon

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Sermon June 7 2009
Sermon June 7 2009

We are still working away on the church’s new website – more audio experimentation.  Same Audio from the sermon of June 7, 2009. We used a   video file from the sevice and filtered with software.

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Horses at Midnight

Horses At Midnight Without A Moon

by Jack Gilbert

Our heart wanders lost in the dark woods.
Our dream wrestles in the castle of doubt.
But there’s music in us. Hope is pushed down
but the angel flies up again taking us with her.

An excerpt from the June 6, 2009 Writer’s Almanac

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Gospel Jazz Program Streaming Audio

The Mark Sterbank Jazz Group

The Mark Sterbank Jazz Group

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Selected pieces from a Concert that took place in Charleston, South Carolina at Charleston Southern University onr January 16, 2005 in Lightsey Chapel Auditorium. Mr. Fred Wesley Featured on Trombone.

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A Great Video by Jon Steinmeier

Watch Jon Steinmeier’s “Page Turner’s Big Break” on our New Page Featuring Video by others

Page Turner's Big Break

Page Turner's Big Break

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Bible Readings for testing Church Website

We have been working on Bible Readings in order to test the podcasting and streaming audio from the Church Website. I made several videos of short (2-6 minute) bible Readings. Some were directly transfered to audio and posted as mp3 files for online listening or for podcast. Jan made several recordings also. The Church Website’s Audio Page.

Bible Readings

Bible Readings

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The Question of Facebook

Because of the possible interest in using a FaceBook Page for communication between church members, and personal communication between Christions, I posed the following question:

“A Question About FaceBook? I know lots of Christians, active church members, friends that are concerned with the spiritual side of life, and some clergy and pastors, who are on FaceBook. There are also FaceBook Pages for Churches and Church Functions. I am working on a website for our church, and the question has come up with the Elders and our Rector about also using FaceBook as a Commication Tool. I am wondering how some of you feel about FaceBook. I can see it a very useful communication tool – you can uplift and support others. Offer a word of encouragement, learn of others who are in need of prayer, it just seems that there are many opportunities available for believers in the way of fellowship. What is your feeling on this subject. …. Thanks, Ben”

Responses So Far

Chris Gill (My Nephew, ex-marine Med-Evac Helicopter crewmember in Iraq, currently in Alabama)

My feeling on this is that, like anything else on the internet, it can be a double edged sword. Discernment, temperance and mutual accountablity is important to all facets of a Church body and is, all the more, critical to keeping something like facebook from becoming a descructive force in that body. People are always more willing to write something unkind or spread gossip in these kinds of forums and will often use language they would never use when face-to-face. (This is not just a middle school problem) Following Paul’s advice in Romans about guarding against division is key. Another pitfall is allowing it to replace personal fellowship. Messages and greetings can quickly replace phone calls and personal visits which will make a community spiritually dry very quickly. However, it can be very useful for announcing events, giving a discussion forum about ideas for those events that allow everyone to have input without the headache of having to plan meetings around everyone’s schedule
and a way to just say a quick hello when your personal time is just too busy. (sometimes life, work, etc can get that way) Like any other new idea that is introduced to a Church body, it must be tested by the Spirit and scripture and if it fails must be discarded. I hope this helps. It is good to see that kind of concern among other believers and churches. All-too-often these kinds of ideas are implemented for the sake of relevance without weighing the consequences, to the peril of the body and our faith as a whole. God bless,

Chris

Response by Jan McLarty, Graphic Designer and Internet Communications Specialist.

Like all other media, Facebook is a vehicle. In fact, it is a place of mass transit. Whether it is a destructive force, or helpful mode of transport depends upon the individuals behind their little steering wheels. For those who reflect the Lord, it is a place to shine, share, support, and care in a global capacity. For the mean-spirited, as in any social environment, it can be a place to shoot their poison arrows.

Jan

From Ellen Nueves, lifetime friend of the Stroman Family

Chris, you’re a child of God, and its heartwarming to read your opinion. So true of the ease of the internet greeting replacing the personal communication and visits, but it also keeps doors open when there there might not be any communication at all between old and cherished friends/relatives.

Then there is that terrible other side of the double edged sword.

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Picasno Test

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