Sometimes while scouring the net for TiVo news I find some interesting stuff.
For Red Oak Nazarene church, autumn attendance rises and falls on the Cleveland Browns’ football schedule.
“There’s nothing like preaching to a half-full sanctuary on opening day,” says pastor James Wilson. “Every September, we lose the men.”
This year Wilson bought a stack of TiVo players, placed them in the foyer and offered subsidized TiVo membership to any member in good standing. Seventy-five families so far have availed themselves of the offer.
As a result, “The men are back,” says Wilson. And they express a new camaraderie.
“Guys ask each other before church, ‘You set your TiVo?’” says one diehard Browns fan and church member.
The church now prints the Browns’ schedule in the bulletin for the coming week and offers a class on how to use the TiVo device.
Wilson is considering extending the offer to youth and women who miss their mid-week meetings to catch favorite shows.
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