Well, I'm far from being an expert, but the uses you've described are really basic, so almost any laptop as far as i know should be enough. I'd go for a light weight computer, 40 or 60GB of hardrive are more than enough, Processor could be very basic and 512MB of RAM are also sufficient. Further a CD-RW/DVD-ROM could come up handy.
About buying, with my experience shopping online is mostly much cheaper and my service experience is also positive, but i live in Europe, so about that you'd better get some advice from someone in the US.
Good luck, Boaz
Hi, I'm buying a laptop for my church, but I have no idea where to start. We rent a building, so I need something portable. We had a desktop, but I think that all the moving around every week damaged it. I need it to have enough power to hold hundreds of songs and have the basic Word programs...Please tell me whether I should buy it online or at a store and how much space do i need on my hard drive and Ram...I'm clueless! Thank you, I would greatly appreciate it!