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Humanity’s Most-asked Question: “Why Were You Born?”

August 27, 2014

Humanity’s Most-asked Question: “Why Were You Born?” to Be Addressed by Gary Petty at United Church of God public Bible Presentation on Sept. 10

From BBC research to legendary psychologists, the age-old question “why were you born?” shows up as the most-asked question in human history. “In the uncertain age that we live in, understanding the answer to the question ‘why was I born’ can help people find peace, meaning and real spiritual strength,” says national TV host and author Gary Petty, who will lead a major presentation in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sept. 10.

The above quote is a lead-in to a worldwide press release about the United Church of God’s Cincinnati “Why Were You Born?” public appearance campaign. A local, Cincinnati version of the press release has also been published. The PRWeb release can be accessed here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12124005.htm.fox19

News outlets in Cincinnati have already picked up on the release, including the FOX19 television channel: http://www.fox19.com/story/26379831/humanitys-most-asked-question-why-were-you-born-to-be-addressed-at-united-church-of-god-public-bible-presentation-on-sept-10

Here is the press release:

CINCINNATI – High-profile Interstate billboards and other media with the message “Why Were You Born?” (reflecting the most-asked question in human history) announced the upcoming United Church of God-sponsored public Bible presentation during the month of August. Set for Sept. 10 in east Cincinnati, the event will include a multi-media presentation featuring national Beyond Today television host Gary Petty.

“In the uncertain age that we live in, understanding the question ‘why was I born’ can help people find peace, meaning and real spiritual strength,” explained Petty, who pastors three Christian congregations in Texas in addition to his role as a Beyond Today TV host.

PR Web why-were-you-bornFrom research conducted by the BBC to legendary psychiatric professionals like Victor Frankel, the question ‘Why were you born’ and its variants ‘Why do I exist?’ or ‘Does my life have meaning or purpose?’ show up as the most asked in all of human history,” said Victor Kubik, president of the United Church of God. “The Bible includes a great deal of exciting information that answers these questions, so Gary will present critical biblical truth that many will find interesting, illuminating and practical.”

The Sept. 1o event will take place at the Holiday Inn Eastgate, just off of the I-275 on the eastern side of Cincinnati (4501 Eastgate Boulevard, Cincinnati, Ohio). The event will be begin at 7:30 and last a little over an hour, all presented free of charge to the public.

Understanding humanity’s purpose from a biblical perspective allows a person to better appreciate and tap the spiritual power available to Christians, continued Kubik. “God has a discoverable and definite purpose for each one of us, and this presentation will make that plain, as well offering practical advice to improve one’s life” he said.

While reservations are not required, they are encouraged so planners can provide adequate space and resources. More information about the event and a registration form is available at www.whywereyouborn.com.

In addition to Petty’s regular appearance on the Beyond Today national TV program, he also makes regular contributions to The Good News magazine, a free international Christian publication available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and other languages. He also authored and published a work on early Christian history, titled Plato’s Shadow: The Hellenizing of Christianity, which is available on Amazon and other retail outlets.

Guests can sign up at Why WereYouBorn.com for free tickets.

Guests can sign up at Why WereYouBorn.com for free tickets.

During the presentation Petty will be joined by Steve Myers, another host of the Beyond Today program, who also pastors a Cincinnati congregation of the United Church of God. Darris McNeely, the third Beyond Today host, will also be on hand at the event with others. The three men will be available, together with other Church officials, to answer additional questions at the event.

The “Why Were You Born” presentation is being made in the public interest. No collections for funding or appeals to join any organization will be made. “Jesus Christ instructed His disciples, ‘Freely received, freely given,’ and we follow that,” Kubik said. A free companion copy of the Church’s Bible study guide “Why Were You Born?” and other relevant handouts will be distributed free to attendees, he added.

The Church is considering producing additional public Bible presentations in cities across the United States and Canada.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, UCG Media and Communications Services

August 27, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications, President's Office | , , , , , | 7 Comments

Beyond Today Program: “Is God a Trinity?”

Episode Generates Highest Response for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year

August 18, 2014

The Beyond Today television program “Is God a Trinity?” produced by the United Church of God and hosted by Steve Myers aired August 10-16, 2014, on the ION Television network. A total of 907 telephone and Internet responses were generated, which makes this program the highest viewer response program aired so far this fiscal year (which began July 1, 2014). The previous first place position was held by Beyond Today episode “The Rich Man and Lazarus,” which aired the week of July 6-12, 2014.

Additionally, we are pleased to report that so far this fiscal year Beyond Today has received Internet responses from the following 26 countries and territories.

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • England
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Guam
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad/Tobago
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • Zimbabwe

We are sincerely grateful for your prayers as the United Church of God continues carrying on its vital mission to teach about Jesus Christ and His coming, marvelous Kingdom.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

August 18, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

“Mary, Martha and Lazarus:” LIVE Bible Study Webcast

Mary, Martha and Lazarus

August 18, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is continuing its bi-weekly Bible studies with the series: “How To Be God’s Friend.” The study continues on Wednesday, August 20, at the time of 7 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.

Steve Myers, a presenter on Beyond Today television and Cincinnati East UCG pastor, will discuss “Mary, Martha and Lazarus.” This is a rescheduling from an earlier cancellation in the Bible study series.

Friendship implies a relationship that is intimate and trusting. Friends have influence over one another and hold each other accountable for their actions. They respect and accept each other. In this study we’ll examine these traits in the example of a family in the Book of John. We’ll notice that Martha served, Mary anointed Jesus’ feet and Lazarus died.

Join us as we discover how their friendship with Jesus intersects our lives.

mary martha lazarus

Plan to attend in person, or you can listen online. You can also view the Bible study using your smartphone Internet browser.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services, UCGIA

August 18, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why Were You Born? — Video Tease

August 15, 2014

As a prelude to the United Church of God’sWhy Were You Born?” public appearance campaign, a short video tease has been prepared to share. The full video will be shown during the seminar on September 10, which will take place at the Holiday Inn Eastgate. Beyond Today host Gary Petty will serve as the featured speaker.

We asked Cincinnati residents just one question: Why were you born? Here’s a preview:

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

August 15, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Why Were You Born” Public Appearance Campaign Set

August 5, 2014

Answering Humanity’s Most Asked Question

Campaign billboard on I-71 in Cincinnati.

Campaign billboard on I-71 in Cincinnati.

Large Interstate-highway and downtown city billboards started going up around Cincinnati on August 3, marking the launch of inviting area residents to attend the United Church of God’s first major public appearance campaign on Sept. 10.

Asking the question, “Why Were You Born?”, the campaign focuses on humanity’s incredible potential of becoming literal Children of God in the God Family—all within the coming Kingdom of God.

Beyond Today host Gary Petty will serve as the featured speaker for the first event, which will take place at the Holiday Inn Eastgate, a full-service hotel on the east side of Cincinnati.

In addition to billboards, the Church will air TV spot invitations locally on the History Channel, Fox News, the National Geographic channel, USA network and others; and radio spots and illustrated messages will appear on Pandora Internet Radio in the region, all directing people to visit the seminar website at www.WhyWereYouBorn.com.

“Using the same principle that both the apostle Paul first used in preaching the Gospel to the Athenians and that the church later deployed successfully in the 20th century, the campaign will quickly lead directly into a powerful and exciting message about the Kingdom of God,” said Victor Kubik, Church president. “We have spent a number of months prayerfully preparing for this, exploring different ideas, formats, and opportunities. This is the first time the United Church of God has organized a high-impact public event of this magnitude and we know we’re up against the varsity, so prayers from all for the powerful preaching of the gospel will be much appreciated.”

Guests can sign up at Why WereYouBorn.com for free tickets.

Guests can sign up at Why WereYouBorn.com for free tickets.

The Sept. 10 event is expected to increase awareness of both the gospel message of the Kingdom of God and the presence of the United Church of God in the greater Cincinnati area. The event will feature a special edition of the Bible study guide What Is Your Destiny, and a live video feed is expected to be available for Church members in the area who would like to view the proceedings. A follow-up special Bible study will be conducted for new attendees and Church members at the home office before the Feast of Tabernacles.

“The video, Web and print production staff at the home office have done a great job in putting together the key elements for this, and the Church was able to leverage negotiated discounts for the media,” explained Mr. Kubik. “If this event is as successful as we hope and expect it to be, we will consider plans to later expand the format into different cities around the United States and Canada.”

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

Pandora Internet radio tile, which will have accompanying audio spot.

Pandora Internet Radio tile, which will have accompanying audio spot.

August 5, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 13 Comments

LIVE Bible Study Webcast

David

August 5, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is continuing its bi-weekly Bible studies with the series: “How To Be God’s Friend.” The study continues on Wednesday, August 6, at the time of 7 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.

Gary Petty, a presenter on Beyond Today television and UCG pastor in San Antonio, Texas, will discuss “David.” This is the fourth part in the Bible study series.

King David was “a man after God’s Own heart,” a man of great faith and obedience and conversely a man who made terrible mistakes. Through it all, he was a man God could work with because of his “heart.” Wednesday night we’ll look at some of the high points and low points of David’s life and see why he is a friend of God. The lessons from his life can help each of us in our daily relationship with God.

Please make a note of the remaining series topic and presentation date:

  • August 20: “Mary, Martha and Lazarus” by Steve Myers (postponed from July 23).

 

david

Plan to attend in person, or you can listen online. You can also view the Bible study using your smartphone Internet browser.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services, UCGIA

August 5, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Being God’s Friend: LIVE Bible Study Webcast

Mary, Martha and Lazarus

July 21, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is continuing its bi-weekly Bible studies with the series: “How To Be God’s Friend.” The study continues on Wednesday, July 23, at the time of 7 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.

Steve Myers, a presenter on Beyond Today television and Cincinnati East UCG pastor, will discuss “Mary, Martha and Lazarus.” This is the fourth part in the Bible study series.

Friendship implies a relationship that is intimate and trusting. Friends have influence over one another and hold each other accountable for their actions. They respect and accept each other. In this study we’ll examine these traits in the example of a family in the Book of John. We’ll notice that Martha served, Mary anointed Jesus’ feet and Lazarus died.

Join us as we discover how their friendship with Jesus intersects our lives. And, please make a note of the remaining series topic and presentation date:

  • August 6: “David” by Gary Petty”

mary martha lazarus

Plan to attend in person, or you can listen online. You can also view the Bible study using your smartphone Internet browser.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services, UCGIA

July 21, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Podcast: The Ambassador Bible Center Library

July 17, 2014

A new Inside United Podcast by the United Church of God has been posted by Victor Kubik.

In podcast 040Katherine Rowland talks about the Ambassador Bible Center (ABC) library at the Church’s home office. The library has gone through significant reorganization and improvements in the past year. She talks about how the library uniquely serves the Church’s ministry and the local congregations.

For the complete listing, please visit our podcast page at ucg.org/blog/inside-united-audio-podcast.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

July 17, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications, President's Office | , , , , , | 2 Comments

“Beyond Today” TV en Español now broadcasting in México

July 11, 2014

We are pleased to announce that as of June 2014, the Mexican TV station Genesis TV has started broadcasting Beyond Today en Español to over 100,000 homes, with a potential reach of 400,000 people. The signal currently reaches Ciudad de Matamoros and the Municipalities of General Bravo and China in Nuevo León, Mexico. The show is broadcast on Mondays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and on Tuesdays at 2 a.m.

This initiative started in 2010 with a group of United Church of God brethren in Colombia willing to record Spanish voice-over to the English Beyond Today programs. Currently they have translated over 40 shows and they are all available  online at espanol.ucg.org/beyond-today/archivos.

A few months ago, after watching the show online, the producers of Genesis TV contacted us for permission to broadcast the show on their TV station at no cost. They were impressed by the content and excellence of the show and felt very blessed to be able to distribute such a message to areas in Mexico that are are gravely affected by various violent conflicts.

Genesis TV has plans to expand to other areas in the near future and we look forward to providing more content. We thank God for this new door that has opened to preach the gospel in this new territory. We appreciate your prayers that He opens the minds and hearts of the listeners to hear His calling.

Gabriel Garcia and Debbie Orsak—UCG Spanish-language Editors

July 11, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Good News Print Ad Campaign Reached Over Six Million U.S. Households

July 10, 2014

Over 26,000 Good News Subscriptions Added During 2013-2014 Fiscal Year

In December 2013 we reported that our United Church of God print advertising campaign for the 2013-2014 fiscal year would reach 6,200,000 households in the United States. You may recall that additional, un-budgeted funds were approved and allocated for this special campaign.

Through “card pack” advertising, potential subscribers had the option of mailing a postage-paid card or visiting our website to obtain a one-year subscription to The Good News. They also had the opportunity to order a subscription to Las Buenas Noticias, the Spanish language version of The Good News. Additionally, potential readers could order one or more of the following seven booklets:ET digest

  1. Are We Living in the Time of the End?
  2. Heaven and Hell: What Does the Bible Really Teach?
  3. How to Understand the Bible
  4. Jesus Christ: The Real Story
  5. The Middle East in Bible Prophecy
  6. The Book of Revelation Unveiled
  7. What Happens After Death?

We are pleased to report that subscriber response to this campaign has been excellent. With reply cards and Internet inquiries still arriving at our home office, the current subscription count is 26,235, which equates to a very low cost per response.

Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers for our advertising campaigns. With your help and with God’s abundant blessings, the work of spreading the good news of His coming Kingdom will continue moving ahead successfully.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

July 10, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications | , , , | 4 Comments

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