It’s unlikely Mal McCawley will forget the 2014 Worship Facilities Expo any time soon. During the show, McCawley visited the Draper booth and entered a prize drawing, never imagining his name would be drawn.

“Everyone at church is very happy,” McCawley, the Pastor of Worship Ministries at Bentonville, Arkansas Nazarene Church, says, “and amazed that we would win such a thing in a drawing!”

Bentonville_2What Bentonville actually wound up winning was a credit of up to $5000 toward a projection screen, plus a free consultation from Shepherd Multimedia, multimedia solutions provider to churches and a Draper dealer. They also received a $2000 credit toward the purchase of a new projector from Shepherd.

The timing of the drawing couldn’t have been better, as Bentonville was considering an upgrade to their facilities.

“The screen is used for Sunday worship for two English services and one Spanish service,” McCawley says of the Premier tab-tensioned screen his church chose. “It’s also used by our preschool for two chapel services during the week.”

The 16 foot wide Matt White XT1000V screen is in the church’s main sanctuary. Matt White XT1000V is a member of Draper’s OptiFlex family of viewing surfaces, meaning it is held extremely flat through the tab tensioning system. It works well in this context because ambient light can be reasonably controlled. XT1000V reflects a uniformly bright image over a 180° viewing cone, so all of Bentonville’s worshippers get the same bright image. McCawley says it works great and church members couldn’t be happier.

“This allowed us to update to HD format, which we are very happy about,” he says, adding “We finally caught up with the rest of the world.”

In addition to the Draper Premier, Bentonville installed a new Hitachi CPWX8255 Projector and replaced their media PC with a 27” iMac running Pro Presenter.

Bentonville_1“There were no challenges that we couldn’t figure out,” McCawley says of the installation project, which church members completed themselves. “The instructions were very straight forward.”

When one first sees the screen in the space, it certainly looks impressive, commanding a large presence at the front of the sanctuary.

“The screen actually looks bigger in the room than we expected,” McCawley admits. “However, we’d rather err to bigger than be too small!”

Draper will return to the Worship Facilities Expo later this week. This year’s show is in Nashville, Tennessee on November 19-20. During the show Draper will be showing off our award-winning Optically Seamless TecVision line of viewing surfaces. Specifically, we’ll have our MS1000X Grey, which is great for use in high ambient light conditions. Like all of our TecVision surfaces, MS1000X Grey is 4K ready and certified by the Imaging Science Foundation for color accuracy! And our award-winning Optically Seamless Technology allows us to make TecVision in sizes up to 69 feet wide—and we guarantee that if you can see the Optically Seamless TecVision seam from five feet away, we’ll take back the screen!

In addition, Draper will have shade samples on hand, and products designed to make it easier for churches who are in temporary quarters and having to set up and tear down each week.

So if you’re in Nashville later this week for WFX, be sure to stop by booth 1021 and say hello!

For more information on TecVision, click here!

To learn more about Bentonville Nazarene, click here to visit their website.

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