1. Personally identifiable information the Church collects
2. Personally identifiable information third parties collect through the Web site
3. How the Church uses the information.
4. With whom the Church may share user information.
5. Choices available to users regarding collection, use and distribution of the information.
6. Security procedures in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under the Church’s control.
7. How users can correct any inaccuracies in the information.
Information Collection and Use
The Church is the sole owner of the information collected on www.newthing.org . The Church collects information from our users at several different points on our Web site.
This site has features for registered and non-registered users.
Non-registered users may leave comments on the site. An email address is not required to do so. To receive notifications when someone else comments on the same topic, an email address is required, but users have the option to hide it or show it. Registration is required to post to our forum. A valid email address IS required for registration. After registering, your email address won't appear on the site directly unless you choose to allow it. When filling out or changing your profile, answering "Allow your email address to appear on your posts?" with "Yes" does NOT change this arrangement. The site is designed to either hide your address, or give you the option to show it. Registered members will be able to send other registered members email, but even then your email address is hidden. The email is sent using a form on the site that only shows your name. When you make a post the site will create a link to your profile, which doesn't show your email address (the email link on your profile just brings up the above-mentioned form).
The eStore (estore.communitychristian.org) also collects account set up information in order to make purchases. Customer Account information is securely protected and is never shared, accept for shipping information used for shippable products.
We store information that we collect through cookies, log files, and/or third parties to create a profile of our users. A profile is stored information that we keep on individual users that contains the information users enter when filling in their personal profile. This information is stored in a database on the web server, and displayed in the Members section of the web site.
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s computer tied to information about the user. We use both session ID cookies [and] persistent cookies. For the session ID cookie, once users close the browser, the cookie simply terminates. A persistent cookie is a small text file stored on the user’s hard drive for an extended period of time. By setting a cookie on our site, users would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. If users reject the cookie, they may still use our site. The only drawback to this is that the user will be limited in some areas of our site. For example, the user will not be able to post to a group forum.
Like most standard Web site servers we use log files. This includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personally identifiable information.
Communications from the Site
Users who have posted to the site can choose to receive email when someone responds. Users can choose not to receive these emails, or opt out at any time.
If a user wishes to subscribe to one of our newsletters, we ask for an e-mail address. Out of respect for our users privacy we provide a way to opt-out of these communications.
On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a Church attendee or service related announcement. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.
We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regards to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone, in accordance with the users wishes.
Legal Disclaimer Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on our Web site.
In the event The Church goes through a transition, such as a merging with another church, or dissolution as a church, being acquired by another company, or selling a portion of its assets, users’ personal information will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred. Users will be notified via email prior to a change of ownership or control of their personal information. If as a result of the transition, the users’ personally identifiable information will be used in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection they will be given choice consistent with our notification of changes section.
Users who no longer wish to receive our newsletters may opt-out of receiving these communications by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of the email or by using the Subscriptions form.
This Web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we, The Church, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.
From time-to-time our site may requests information from users via surveys. Participation in these surveys or contests will be completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site, or for use in activities relating to Ridge Point’s mission (such as research for a message series). Users’ personally identifiable information is not shared with third parties unless we give prior notice and choice.
If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our site, we ask them for the friend’s name and email address. The Church will automatically send the friend a one-time email inviting them to visit the site. The Church uses this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email.
This Web site takes every precaution to protect our users’ information. When users submit sensitive information via the Web site, their information is protected both online and off-line. All of our users’ information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees or volunteers who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. Visitors with questions about the security at our Web site can contact us at
Correcting/Updating/Deleting/Deactivating Personal Information
If a user’s personally identifiable information changes (such as zip code, phone, email or postal address), or if a user no longer desires our service, we provide a way to correct, update or delete/deactivate users’ personally identifiable information. This can be done by modifying profiles in the Members section of the site, or by e-mailing
Notification of Changes