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Who was Rasmus?

This project is named after Rasmus Jensen, the first Lutheran pastor in North America.

Pastor Jensen was the chaplain of an expedition sent in the spring of 1619 by King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway to search for the Northwest Passage to India. The expedition landed on the shore of Hudson Bay at the present day site of Churchill Manitoba in the fall of 1619.

His commemoration date is February 20.

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September 29, 2000

The team has been chugging away on the coding and equipment install. Some shortages for some pieces of the equipment have meant that we are still waiting for installation of the server environment. I understand that the final piece needed for the initial set up has reached Toronto so it shouldn't be too much longer.

We do have a test server set up with a few workstations (including a MAC) connected up to facilitate testing and related work. I have worked through the Contact list once and will have a go through the others in the near future. I have also been asking others from national office to have a look around it.

The Contact list, Human resource and Event registration databases are ready for testing. Congregational membership and two support databases - congregational list/statistics and the nationwide member list are nearing completion. We had two programmers working on this project but are now down to one. Deb Chornick gave birth to a bouncing baby boy over the weekend. Jeryl Altares continues to put flesh on the bones of our ideas in her absence.

Rhonda and I have begun organizing the help database for the custom programs - which we are writing. You will more information about Rasmus going in the latest issues of Communique and Canada Lutheran. I am working on a Rasmus FAQ for the website and a link to the IBM/ELCIC affinity program - an attempt to make upgrading a more reasonable prospect.

I have been working on data import. We have completed the import of the Canada Lutheran subscription list into the Contact list. Next on the list is the Human Resource from the existing database into the new one. Synods have been asked to send samples of their lists so that import protocols can be developed for them. Alberta and Saskatchewan have sent us files to work with.

National Church Council approved the expenditure to help the synods each have a local server which will replicate with the national. This will greatly improve the utility of the system for synodical office users. Church Council is looking forward to using the system to sustain their communication between meetings.

I have been working on readying the webpage to be hosted on our own server. The initial test of the site on the test server looks very promising.

So that was my summer - and is my autumn. I will continue to report periodic updates now that we are getting closer to the rollout. If you would like to receive them by email, drop me a line at mkrieger@elcic.ca.

Mary Krieger
Program Coordinator
Discipleship/Worship
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

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