There is one additional field included in the member query–current zip code.
Zip had already been available in the Family/Household query, but this brings a little more convenience to gather info about individuals.
Couple of points:
It is not necessary to enter an entire zip–if you enter 1234, the program will find persons in 12340, 12341, … , 12349.
The term “current zip” means that the query is aware of whether that person is residing at the primary or secondary address. For example, if the primary address is within zip code 12345, with the secondary address at 98765–if the person is currently at the secondary address, asking for 12345 will not include that person.
Asked for, and now delivered–the ability to send text messages from ShalomCloud.
Apparently text messages reach over 95% of their intended audience, whereas email is doing well to reach 30%. Therefore, for short, time-sensitive announcements (service time changes, reminders about classes and events), this might be your preferred channel for reaching a selection of congregants quickly and effectively.
If you’d like to specify custom marginson your hard-copy letter templates, that is now available. The adjustment goes down to 1/72nd of an inch–in other words, to declare a two-inch left margin, you’d put 144 (2 x 72) as the left margin; to specify a one-inch right margin, enter 72, etc.
Some other minor additional capabilities:
Bold, italic, and bold+italic characters in any of the available fonts.
Ability to suppress ShalomCloud-generated headers.
Ability to suppress ShalomCloud-generated footers.
Ability to print current date in various representations, such as June 30, 2018 and 6/20/18.
If you wish to gain a finer designation of family members, beyond what can be inferred from age alone, we now offer a field that we’re calling Role within Family. Typical values would be Parent, Minor child, Adult child, and perhaps others such as Elderly parent.
You may then use these fields within the queries and reports–for example, to find all the minor children not enrolled in religious school.
Below is a 3 1/2 minute video illustrating the feature.