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Update: ION Television and the Subject of Easter

April 8, 2014

what easter doesn't tell youWe are pleased to report that responses to airing of Beyond Today exclusively on the ION Television network are starting out very favorably. The March 30 program hosted by Gary Petty, “I Believe, Help My Unbelief,” was repeated from an earlier airing on WGN America from July 21, 2013, and it brought in higher responses this second time around on ION. So, that is a very positive development and we are reaching a new group of people—a new audience—on Sunday mornings. Also, the April 6 repeat-airing of “How Christian is Easter?“, is on track to be one of our lowest-cost response programs so far this fiscal year.

How to find Beyond Today on ION Television

At the United Church of God home office in Cincinnati, we are receiving a number of phone calls and e-mail messages asking where Beyond Today can now be viewed since it’s no longer available on WGN America. As announced earlier, we are now exclusively on the ION Television network. We can be viewed on cable, satellite, and on 30 of ION’s 67 over-the-air broadcast stations. Our coverage is greater than it was with WGN America. However, there are still some areas where we cannot be seen. To see a listing of channels, please see our channel listing—and don’t forget that Beyond Today also airs nationwide across Canada, Australia and New Zealand!

In addition, here is some further information to help explain how to find us. If you live in the United States, enter your zip code in the ION Television channel finder at iontelevision.com and see what ION options there are in your city. If there is an “over the air” broadcast station in your city and you’re using cable for your viewing, then what will most likely happen is that the local cable TV companies will take that local ION broadcast to use on their cable feed—not the nationwide ION feed that we purchased. And, since we have purchased only 30 of the 67 ION over-the-air stations (please see the listing of those we did purchase at www.ucg.org/beyond-today/channels) and if your city is not one of them, then the best way to watch Beyond Today in your area is via satellite through DirectTV or Dish, on our Roku channel, on our YouTube channel, or on our Beyond Today website.

Your prayers needed

Please continue to pray for the ongoing success of this, and all of our efforts to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. Please beseech God to guide the hearts and minds of our readers and viewers—that they will respond and become more involved in the work of His Church.

Thank you very much,

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

April 8, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Resurrection and Christ In You

April 7, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, April 9. The study continues at the time of 7 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.

Darris McNeely, a presenter on Beyond Today television, will be continuing this six-part series in preparation for the Passover with the topic, “The Resurrection: Christ In You.”

In Part 6 of Six Steps to Passover Mr. McNeely will show the resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to the faith and life of a Christian. The apostle Paul tells us “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty…and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:14-17). After three days and three nights in the grave Christ was resurrected on the third day of Unleavened Bread. As we examine ourselves and “keep the feast” let us be sure that Christ is in us. This study will help you prepare to effectively “keep the feast.”

Six Steps to Passover-step 6

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

Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God-Cincinnati East

April 7, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Live Webcast: Six Steps to Passover—The Suffering Servant

March 24, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, March 26. The study continues at the time of 7 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.

Steve Myers, a presenter on Beyond Today television and UCG pastor in Cincinnati, will be continuing this six-part series in preparation for the Passover with the topic, “The Suffering Servant: Footwashing.”

In Part 5 of Six Steps to Passover Mr. Myers will show an important aspect of observing the New Testament Passover is washing each other’s feet. Jesus said “I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” Introducing footwashing into Passover observance was something new. Why did Jesus institute this portion of the evening? What does Bible show? This study will look at footwashing from a different point of view as we consider three observations and examine three lessons.

footwashing

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

Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God-Cincinnati East

March 24, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ION Television Network Awarded Contract Extension to Air Beyond Today

March 20, 2014

Beyond Today on WGN America will be seen for final time on Sunday, March 23, 2014

After a successful viewer response test of Beyond Today on ION television, the United Church of God is pleased to announce it has extended its telecast contract with the network through December 2014. The ION network provides widespread coverage—reaching nearly 76 million households, equaling a potential audience of approximately 227 million people. Beginning Sunday, March 30, 2014, our programs will air in the United States exclusively on the ION television cable and satellite platforms and on 30 local over-the-air stations.

Beyond Today Logo - low resOn the WGN America network Beyond Today television programs began airing July 11, 2010. Since then our episodes have been watched by multiple millions of viewers and we have received nearly 107,000 telephone and Internet responses. Although the Church has greatly valued its association with WGN America, our final program on this network will air on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

We are moving Beyond Today programming to ION because this network proved fruitful in the response test versus WGN America. Besides helping us save money per future viewer response, our move to ION makes it possible to reach a new audience. Viewers who watch Beyond Today on ION would not have necessarily have seen our programs on WGN America. Shifting to ION gives us the opportunity to help fulfill our commission to preach the gospel “as a witness” to many additional people (Matthew 24:14). Furthermore, ION provides us with an outstanding Sunday, 9:00 a.m. airtime on the West Coast which was not available with WGN America.

Even though Beyond Today will no longer be seen on WGN America after March 23, 2014, we encourage you to watch our weekly programs on ION television. For the ION network on cable, Beyond Today airs each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Eastern and Pacific time and at 8:00 a.m. Central and Mountain. For satellite (DISH 216 and DirecTV 305) Beyond Today airs at 9:00 a.m. Eastern, 8:00 a.m. Central, 7:00 a.m. Mountain and 6:00 a.m. Pacific. To find the ION channel locations in your area, including the 30 over-the-air stations mentioned above, visit www.iontelevision.com and click on “Channel Finder” located on the top right corner of the webpage. Enter your zip code and it will provide the channel number(s) on which you can watch ION television.

Additionally, all programs can be viewed on-demand on dedicated Beyond Today television channels on Roku, YouTube, Vimeo, Wii and Xbox.

Thank you for your vital prayers for the success of the Church’s ongoing television opportunities and our other efforts to spread the message of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God throughout the globe.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

March 20, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , | 16 Comments

Live Webcast: Six Steps to Passover—The Bread and the Wine

March 11, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, March 12. The study continues 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 be continuing this six-part series in preparation for the Passover with the topic, “The Bread and the Wine.”

In Part 4 of Six Steps to Passover Mr. Petty will show how in the Old Testament the Israelites were commanded to eat a lamb as part of their Passover observance. But, Jesus made a dramatic change in how His followers were to keep this important ceremony. In the fourth study in this series, we’ll explore why Jesus commanded His disciples to drink wine and eat bread in commemoration of Him as the Passover Lamb.

Live Bible Study

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

Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God-Cincinnati East

March 11, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Ministerial Services | Leave a comment

“BT” TV Episode About Holy Spirit Produces Excellent Response

March 10, 2014

“The Power of the Holy Spirit” Generates 2,192 Viewer Responses

 “The Holy Spirit is a power, and it is a very potent power, like fire. And it has to be nurtured and ‘stirred up’ to be an effective tool that God uses to impart qualities we need for a successful life.” So said Darris McNeely in a Beyond Today episode “The Power of the Holy Spirit,” which he hosted and which aired on television networks March 2-8, 2014, in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and on the Internet throughout the world.

In the United States alone, this United Church of God TV program generated 2,192 viewer telephone calls and Internet inquiries. This response quantity is the third highest this fiscal year and the fourth lowest in cost per response.

Additionally, the program prompted Internet responses from viewers in fourteen countries and territories including Australia, Canada, Chile, England, New Zealand, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, United States and the US Virgin Islands. So far this fiscal year we have received Beyond Today viewer responses from 80 countries and territories.

As always, we are deeply appreciative of your prayers, support and encouragement.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

March 10, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

“Beyond Today” to Air in New Zealand

February 28, 2014

The United Church of God in New Zealand is excited to announce that a one year contract has now been signed to air Beyond Today on national television throughout the country.

prime tv nzOur programming will start on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 7 a.m. Coverage will be on Prime Television. The Prime channel is broadcast via free-to-air in New Zealand and simulcast on Sky’s satellite platform.

I believe God has blessed us with a very good time slot on this national station. We would all appreciate your continued prayers for the complete success of this initiative.

Daniel Porteous—UCG New Zealand

Daniel and Linda Porteous

Daniel and Linda Porteous

February 28, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today | , , , | 6 Comments

New “Beyond Today” TV Ad for ION

February 12, 2014

Take a quick look at the new Beyond Today commercial produced by our United Church of God video editors for airing on the ION television network. It’s to promote our new Sunday morning airtime!

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

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

“Beyond Today” Prophecy Program Generates Highest-Ever Response

February 10, 2014

“Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns” Obtains 3,306 Responses

 The highest-ever response to a Beyond Today program, produced by the United Church of God, was recorded last week. Hosted by Darris McNeely, “Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns” aired on February 2, 2014. Telephone and Internet response from the WGN America and ION television networks totaled an amazing 3,306. Additionally this episode about prophecy generated our second lowest cost per response.

Furthermore, the program encouraged Internet responses from viewers in thirteen countries and territories including Australia, Canada, England, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Romania, South Africa, St. Maarten and the United States.

Finally, we are now in the fourth of our ten week airing test on the ION television network. Viewer’s response metrics are being registered and analyzed after each airing. We anticipate providing you with an update as we near the end of our testing and research.

Beyond Today presenters, Gary Petty, Darris McNeely, Steve Myers and all our media staff are immensely grateful for your continuing prayers. Please keep them coming as we all work together in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God through the powerful guidance and direction of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

Peter Eddington

February 10, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Jesus the Second Adam: Live Webcast

February 4, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, February 5. The study continues at the time of 7 p.m. ET and is available live via webcast.

Gary Petty, a presenter on Beyond Today television and pastor from San Antionio, Texas, will be continuing this six-part series in preparation for the Passover.

Mr. Petty will explain why Paul called Jesus the “Second Adam” (1 Corinthians 15). In Part 2 of Six Steps to Passover we’ll look at how Jesus came as the Second Adam to defeat Satan, sin and death. He is Jesus, the Second Adam.

Live Bible Study

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

Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God-Cincinnati East

February 4, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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