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NEW: “Beyond Today” to Air in Cape Town

September 22, 2014

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Starting in October, 2014, Beyond Today will be broadcast via Cape Town TV each Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Cape Town TV is broadcast on DSTV channel 263 and on open channels 32 and 67.

We will run one season (three months) until the end of December 2014. Depending on finances and responses we will then review proceeding further.

Cape Town TV currently has 2.4 million viewers a month via DSTV and it reaches several countries throughout Africa. The Beyond Today programmes also promote the Kingdom of God Bible seminars and The Good News magazine and other literature.

Your prayers for the success of this United Church of God South Africa effort to preach the good news of God’s Kingdom would be much appreciated.

Jason Webster—UCG South Africa

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September 22, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today | , , , | 2 Comments

“Beyond Today” Program Generates Highest Response this Fiscal Year

September 16, 2014

“Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns” Generates 1,842 Overall Responses

The United Church of God is pleased to report that its Beyond Today television episode, “Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns,” which aired September 7-14, 2014, generated the highest viewer response so far this fiscal year.

This program, hosted by Darris McNeely, generated 1,842 telephone and Internet responses and also produced the lowest cost per response this fiscal year.


People from around the world responded very well to “Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns.” Internet responses were recorded from viewers in Australia, Cambodia, Canada, England, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United States and Venezuela.

We honor God for His guidance and inspiration in making these wonderful results possible. We also thank you for your ongoing prayers and support.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

September 16, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LIVE Bible Study: “God’s Plan for You”

Why Were You Born? — Part 2

September 15, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is continuing its bi-weekly Bible studies. The study continues on Wednesday, September 17, at the time of 7:30 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.

Join Beyond Today hosts Steve Myers and Darris McNeely as they discuss God’s plan for you! This is a follow-up Bible study to the “Why Were You Born?” seminar. Tune in for “God’s Plan for You.”

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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

September 15, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Ministerial Services | , , , , , | 2 Comments

“Why Were You Born?” Event Draws 74 New People in Cincinnati

September 12, 2014

Ticket-bearing attendees began showing up at the Holiday Inn Eastgate nearly an hour before the 7:30 p.m. seminar Wednesday, Sept. 10, to hear pastor, Beyond Today host and author Gary Petty answer the question “Why were you born?

Attendance at the event was over 200, including some local United Church of God members and Ambassador Bible College students. (Due to space limitations, the majority of local church members were not able to attend.) In addition, almost 400 webcast connections watched the event live online—representing more than a 1,000 people.

Particularly encouraging, was that the seminar drew 74 new guests, most having reserved tickets ahead of time, with a few showing up at the door for the event. Everybody who attended received a free seminar-themed notebook with pen and a copy of the United Church of God booklet Why Were You Born? (which was previously titled What Is Your Destiny?).

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The one-hour seminar had been advertised locally in the greater Cincinnati area for a month. Eight striking, red billboards scattered around the city posed the “Why were you born?” question to commuters with a URL at the bottom and the date of the event. Pandora Internet radio ads also asked the question, creating 1 million impressions over four weeks. Television ads running on Time Warner Cable aired 746 times over two weeks (on Fox News, History, USA, Hallmark, National Geographic and TV Land).

For Internet advertising, Google ads created 85,000 impressions, with 1,010 click-throughs resulting in dozens of ticket “purchases;” social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook created interest using the hashtag #whywereyouborn; 5,400 letters from the president were sent to Cincinnati households on The Good News mailing list; and 28,530 e-mails were sent to Cincinnati residents, and a further 430 went to Good News subscriber e-mail addresses announcing the event.

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

Visit Why WereYouBorn.com to watch the presentation recording.

Steve Myers acted as host, introducing Mr. Petty at the beginning, and inviting everybody at the end to a follow-up seminar on Wednesday, September 17, to be held at the Church’s home office at 7:30 p.m. Seminar surveys were e-mailed to guests today, and those who signed up to attend but didn’t will receive information leading them to a video recording of the seminar.

Asked about his thoughts, one of the 74 seminar guests said, “Very inspiring, surprisingly well done, gave me a lot to think about.” Another guest said: “This is a lot to think about. Amazing what’s in the Bible.” Another guest said she didn’t get what she needed out of her current church and was very excited to learn more about developing her own personal relationship with God.

The entire presentation is archived online at http://www.ucg.org/webcast-bible-study/christian-living/why-were-you-born.

Peter Eddington & Mitchell Moss—Media and Communications Services, UCGIA

 

September 12, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , | 4 Comments

LIVE Webcast: “Why Were You Born?”

September 9, 2014

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Hundreds of guests have signed up for the United Church of God’s first “Why Were You Born?” seminar to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 10, at the Holiday Inn Eastgate. Plans are to expand the series across the United States as funds allow.

After advertising the event on Time Warner Cable, Pandora Internet radio, through e-mail campaigns and through online advertising, the Church is now expecting a good turnout for this special event featuring San Antonio and Austin, Texas, pastor and Beyond Today television host, Gary Petty.

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

Pandora tile, which has accompanying audio spot.

If you are not in Cincinnati, you can still join Gary Petty for this seminar live via webcast. The presentation will also be archived on the Church’s website.

Mr. Petty will ask his audience, “What’s your purpose in life?” The question comes when we least expect it. When we’re dazzled by the spectacle of a star-filled sky. Or when we gaze into the innocent eyes of a newborn child. Or when we’re in crisis and all seems lost. The Bible says you were created in the very image of God. What does that mean? The answer can change your life.

We invite you to tune into the seminar at 7:30 p.m. via the webcasting service, or watch the archive later.

Please pray for the ongoing success of the United Church of God as it does its part to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services, UCGIA

September 9, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications, President's Office | , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

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 | , , , , , | 14 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.

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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

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