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CopticDroid – Android App


Newly released CopticDroid Android App!

Source:  http://coptic-android.blogspot.com/

Features:

  • Synaxarium (Lives of the Saints)
  • Katameros (Daily Church Readings)
  • Agpeya (Book of Hours)
  • Coptic Calendar

You can get it from the Android Market!

Screenshots

World Wide Coptic Orthodox Directory of Churches and Clergy


I would like to announce the launch of a new site which is an online worldwide Coptic Orthodox Directory.  It contains listings for Coptic Orthodox Church and Coptic Orthodox Clergy from all over the world.  I pray this site will be useful and fruitful.

Please check it out, submit updated/new information, send us feedback, comments, feature requests, etc…

http://directory.nihov.org

Screen shots below:

World Map of Coptic Churches

Directory of Coptic Orthodox Churches & Clergy- Home Page

Directory of Coptic Orthodox Churches & Clergy- Church Profile

Directory of Coptic Orthodox Churches & Clergy- Clergy Profile

iCoptic – iPhone App


Source: http://copticlibrary.net/icoptic.htm

CopticLibrary.net is proud to present ‘iCoptic’ – your spiritual resource on your iPhone and iPod touch.

iCoptic

Meditate on the daily liturgical readings of the Coptic Orthodox Church from the Katamerous (lectionary), Synexarium (lives of the saints), pray from the Agpeya (book of hours) and read the Holy Bible. No internet connection is necessary as all the readings are on your device!!

iCoptic App Demo Video

iCoptic Features:

  • ‘Today’ tab features the liturgical readings of the day including Vespers, Matins, Pauline, Catholic, Acts, & Gospel. You may also read ahead or if you missed yesterday’s reading, you may catch up! The corresponding season and hymn tune of the Church is also displayed along with the Gregorian and Coptic dates.
  • ‘Katamerous’ tab allows you to pick any day of the year (Coptic or Gregorian calendars) and it will view the readings for that specific day. Years (1971-2038) supported in the Gregorian calendar and years (1688-1752) supported in the Coptic Calendar.
  • ‘Synexarium’ tab allows you to read the lives of the Saints for that day. You may skip ahead or check yesterday’s reading as well. A search feature is also available in this section.
  • ‘Agpeya’ tab allows you to view the entire book of hours. You may view the complete hour at once or choose a specific pslam to pray. All readings are in modern day English.
  • ‘Bible’ tab allows you to read any book in the Bible including the Second Canonical Books! All readings are in modern day English except for the Second Canonical Books.

iCoptic in the App store

iCoptic: Version 1.0
iCoptic ver 1.0 has been released and may be found in the app store. Please note, all proceeds go into the development of this app and future applications and/or projects.

Coptic Agpeya – Android App


Source:  http://coptic-android.blogspot.com/

Newly released Coptic Agpeya App, the first Coptic App for Android.

It contains the complete Agpeya (Coptic Orthodox Book of Hours) for you to use when your are on the go. They would be happy to receive feature requests, bug reports (via csshenouda@googlemail.com).

Planned Features:

  • Improved text formatting
  • add French, German, etc…
  • more liturgical books

You can get it from the Android Market!

Screenshots

MicroGiving.com


MicroGiving Logo

MicroGiving.com Logo

Previously I blogged about Google Checkout and that it was the only way to receive free online donations. Well I recently came across another method using PayPal via a website called MicroGiving.com

Through that website you can receive free PayPal donations.  From what I understand the company absorbs the fees and costs because as we all know PayPal itself is not free.  I have not tried it out because I am happy with Google Checkout but I thought I would put it out there for those who are interested.

Here is a short how to for the process by Austin Spooner – http://www.austinspooner.com/2008/07/microgiving.html

Here is the Website Link for MicroGiving.com – http://www.microgiving.com/

Ctech’s Information Sharing Seminar


Ctech LogoHosted by H.G. Bishop David at the Archdiocese in Cedar Grove, NJ, Ctech held its first meeting. It was very successful! Topics discussed were: Google Checkout for Non-Profits, Free Web Hosting for churches, Fellowship One & ACS (Church Database Systems), Live Streaming Options, Website Development (Joomla or Drupal), and a SMS Massaging List.

Meeting Outcome:

  • A Google Group will be created to further communicate.
  • Further meetings were requested to be held quarterly.
  • Look for the next event in late August or early September…

What is Ctech?


Ctech Logo

Ctech stands for Coptic Technology. Ctech refers to all the technology that can be implemented in both our churches and their ministry.

The Mission Statement of Ctech is the sharing of knowledge and experience between all of our churches. It is a forum for the communication and dissemination of information pertaining to technology, its use, and application in church ministry.

To that end, with the blessings of H.G. Bishop David, Ctech will host events in which church representatives can present information or ideas to the Coptic Tech Community.

Ctech’s Objective

The objective of Ctech is the sharing of technological knowledge and experience between all of our churches. It is a forum for the communication and dissemination of information pertaining to technology, its use, and application in church ministry.

Ctech’s Goals:

  • To connect our Churches through technology.
  • To network the Tech Specialists of our Churches.
  • To provide a forum and communication method for collaboration on projects and joint tech initiatives.

Ctech Informational Brochure

Google Checkout for Non-Profits


Did you know that Google Checkout offers free online donation processing for Non-Profits? So your church can accept online donations at no cost whatsoever to the church! The funds will automatically be transferred to the bank account you specify and verify through Google Checkout. TO BE RECOGNIZED AS A NON-PROFIT FOR GOOGLE:

1. Sign up at https://checkout.google.com/sell/

2. When you sign up*:

  • Use your 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization’s address.
  • Make sure your EIN matches your non-profit organization’s Tax ID number.Donate Button With Google Checkout

*You need the IRS Official:

  • Church Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Church EIN (Tax ID Num)

Also, the: Checking Account Number & Bank Routing Number

3. After you sign up, select Non-Profit (IRS certified 501c3) as your Primary Product Type on the ‘Settings’ page, then click Save profile.

To Verify this in order to not be deducted 2% transaction fee on all donations they require:

Email a scanned copy of the first page of your organization’s latest Federal IRS 990 Tax form or A LETTER OF DETERMINATION from the IRS, plus a cover letter with your merchant ID, to checkout-nonprofit@google.com. You may also fax this information to 888 522 6614. (Takes about 1 Week After Submittal)

VERY IMPORTANT – Scanned copy of most recently filed IRS Form 990 (you probably don’t have this because as a church we are exempt from filing this form) or a copy of a Letter of Determination from the IRS. If we don’t have one of these to verify our tax-exempt status they will deduct 2% from every transaction. If you can’t get one of these, you can fill out the form 990 (The Church Treasurer should be able to do this. The form is readily available online.) or (Church Board Member or authorized party) call IRS number for non-profits (1-877-829-5500) and ask them to mail you “a letter of affirmation” (of the letter of determination) (Takes 10-14 Business Days).

IRS Telephone Assistance for Exempt Organizations

Toll-Free, 1-877-829-5500

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Central Time.

4. Complete Bank Verification Process – Specify Bank Account Number and Bank Routing Number

They will deposit some cents into account you must then login and tell them how much to verify that you own this account (Takes about 3-5 Business Days)

Coptic Presentations (CP)


Coptic Cross WB

Coptic Presentations is a software package which bundles together all the text of the services of the Coptic Orthodox Church. It was initiated and founded in 2000 by a small group of dedicated youth from St. George & St. Shenouda Coptic Orthodox Church in Jersey City, NJ under the direction of Hegomen Fr. David Bebawy. They are dedicated to providing the PowerPoint presentations for all our Coptic Orthodox Church services on the computer for free. With many years of hard work and dedication we happily invite all to use this software for the glory of God.

Click Here to proceed to the Downloads Section – PowerPoint Presentations

CP FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Stay updated with the CP Updates RSS Feed
Contact CP

Currently Available in the Coptic Presentations Software:
Required fonts to view: Athanasius & CS New Athanasius.
The Offering of Incense
The Liturgies of St. Basil, St. Cyril, & St. Gregory
The Annual, Lenten, Paschal, & Pentecostal Katameros Readings
The Coptic Pascha Services Presentations
The Synaxarion
The Annual, Kiahk, Lenten, Palm Sunday, & Pentecostal Psalmodies
The Book of the Hours
The Unction
The Wedding Ceremony
Spiritual Songs
Altar Consecration
Funeral Services for Priests, Deacons, Men, Women, Boys, & Girls.
As well as other church services…
Many more to come soon…