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The Golden Ratio

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I am a woodworker and use the concept of Golden Ratios in my wood projects all the time. For years I used a free app which functions very similarly to this one—input the known dimension, with the short or long length and the app would provide the correct ratio. It went away, so I created this one.

Instructions

This app is straightforward. Select which ratio you would like: Golden, Silver, or Bronze (there are others, these ratios are the most used). Provide the known dimension, either the short side or long side and press calculate, and the app will provide the other proportion of the ratio you have selected.

You can view the results of the calculation in inches (well, feet too), centimeters, or millimeters dynamically, just select how you would like to view the results.

Please keep in mind that I chose to round up the result to the nearest 10th as this app is designed to provide a value to meet the eye rather than an engineering exactitude.

The Golden Ratio does a simple task, and you do not need access to the Internet to use it!

Happy Woodworking!

Magdalene Prayer

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The inspiration for this app comes from an adult education program we had at Holy Cross on prayer. My dear friend and colleague at Holy Cross, The Rev. Martha Kuhlmann, brought her Mary Magdalene Anglican prayer beads to share with our group. I was so taken by the thought of a prayer bead meditation tool around one of my patron saints, Mary Magdalene, I immediately set out to create this app, as I was not inclined to haul around prayer beads with me wherever I go, and my phone is always with me! A perfect match!

The genesis of Anglican Prayer Beads is a gift to the world from the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in the later 20th century. Unlike its Roman Catholic cousin, the Anglican version has 33 beads, divided into four groups of seven beads called weeks.

The image I chose for each day of the weeks is a red egg. This egg image is to pay homage to the wonderful story of Mary of Magdala sharing the gospel with Caesar. The Roman Ruler declared that Jesus could no more rise from the dead than the egg Mary held could turn to red. And before their eyes, it turned bright red.

The prayers I chose for this app are the prayers that are regularly on my heart. The app is designed to provide space to tap and pray! I specifically decided not to add any background music, so there is no concern of disturbing other passengers on a daily commute.

I hope you can find space in your day to say your prayers.

Golden Ratio
Magdalene Prayers

Church Register

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The Church Register App is designed to track and record a congregation’s worship registry on your iPhone or iPad. It is the App that I have had in my head since returning to coding several years ago.

Note that this is version 1.0 of the App and I do have plans for future updates, including exporting the registry to a CSV file or PDF, among other features. I wanted to get this version out before the new year so clergy can start to input a full year’s worship statistics and then utilize future feature updates as they become available.

At a glance, the Registry Screen (second Tab Bar icon from the left) will provide all the worship attendance numbers and statistics you need for the annual Episcopal Church Parochial Report, including the current Average Sunday Attendance (ASA). No more carrying numbers from page to page, or sitting at the end of the year with the red Registry book and a calculator! Of course, presiders/officiants and preachers cannot sign the app, so I expect the book will need to be maintained in the sacristy or vestry for signatures.

Instructions

The first time the App launches, the app will take you to the Set-up screen (third Tab Bar icon from the left) which currently maintains the congregation’s name and address information. This saved information will be used in future reports. Saving the Set-up information will allow future start-ups of the app to go directly to the Enter Data screen (first Tab Bar icon on the left).

Scroll the wheels to select the date and time of the service to record and then scroll the wheel to select the service to record. Note that the fields to record attendance and communion will hide or become visible depending on the service chosen. I did not include “Sunday and Saturday Evening Holy Eucharist” as I assumed clergy knew Sunday also included Saturday evening, and the app will automatically include them in the serial statistics for the report.

If recording a eucharistic visit or home communion, flip the switch and provide attendance and communion figures. The app will automatically take care of recording all the serial statistics.

The Submit button will turn read again to remind the user to input an attendance count, empty all the entry fields, and return the service section to “Select Service.” I chose to leave the date selection alone, as I expect users will want add multiple services on a given day.

For suggestions or bug reports, please send requests to the web page link below.

Blessings,

—Mark

Senior Priest, Holy Cross Episcopal Church
Castro Valley CA
Diocese of California

Holy Cross Guide App

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The Holy Cross Guide app is designed to give a 30,000--foot view of our ministries and campus at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Castro Valley California. It is not intended to be all-encompassing, there are numerous pictures and text content about our ministries and programs on the Holy Cross Web site.

The notes pages on the app provide a secure place to jot down your thoughts and questions about that particular program, ministry or space. The Realm database that contains these personal notes is stored on the phone and at no time is ever uploaded to an online server by the app.

Church Register
Holy Cross Guide

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