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Live Bible Study Webcast: Dating True Love

January 9, 2014

Dating True Love

How do you find your one true love?  How do you identify the soul mate that God has prepared for you? True love may seem elusive, improbable or just a blind hope—but it can be found!

Join us this Friday night January 10, 2014, at 8 p.m. EST for the next Vertical Thought Bible Class (VTBC) where instructor Randy Stiver will help you learn all about “Dating True Love.” This live webcast will originate from the Ambassador Bible Center lecture hall in the home office of the United Church of God in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Vertical Thought Bible Class is produced especially for teens, young adults and “young” adults of all ages. Just go to verticalthought.org and click on “Live Bible Class.”  Note: please feel free to share this announcement with others who might be interested.

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Randy Stiver—Managing Editor, Vertical Thought

January 9, 2014 Posted by | UCGIA on the Web, Vertical Thought | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Record-Breaking Month at UCG.ORG

January 2, 2014

We are very pleased to report that December 2013 was a record-breaking month with more than 1 million unique visitors to the United Church of God‘s primary website at www.ucg.org.UCGIA Seal 072 dpi

A total of 1,026,510 unique visits were recorded—with more than 1.8 million page views. By way of comparison, the month of November, 2013, saw 682,653 unique visitors (also a very good number)—for an increase month-to-month of more than 50%!

December, 2012, was our best month-to-date at that time, and throughout 2013 we saw many months also reach that target. So, our prayer for 2014 is that more than 1 million unique visitors will become “the new monthly norm” for 2014 as well!

Please continue to pray for our dedicated production staff and Web employees who work tirelessly to bring this about. We post several items of new content each day at UCG.org—ranking the Church’s website at number 13 in the entire world among Christian denomination websites (alexa.com).

May God bless us, and may the good news of His Kingdom reach fertile ground amongst our millions of readers and viewers.

Peter Eddington—Operation Mangar, Media and Communications Services

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January 2, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Record-breaking Quarter at UCG.ORG

October 9, 2013

We are very pleased to report that our website traffic at www.ucg.org continues to climb very favorably. The 2013 July-September quarter resulted in the highest number of unique website visitors in our history: more than 1.4 million. Please note that this is not the total number of visits, but the number of unique visitors. Many of these people visited multiple, multiple times throughout the same time period.

As a result, we are on track to log 5.5 million unique visitors for the 2013 calendar year. Please see the following chart that illustrates our website visitor growth over the past eight years. The final quarter of 2013 is a conservative estimate based on the average number of visitors for the first three quarters. It may actually be higher if the positive trend continues and if previous years’ Q4 are any indication.

UCG.ORG Unique Visitors

Please continue to pray for God’s blessing upon the United Church of God’s diligent effort to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God around the world with increasing reach and effectiveness. Also, please ask God that our Good News magazine readers and our Beyond Today television viewers will be inspired and feel compelled by the gospel message to become more involved in the work of God’s Church—as donors and coworkers, but especially as newly converted Christians part of Jesus Christ’s flock in this end-time Work.

We are presently in the middle of a further redesign of our website to gain the most opportunity from mobile Internet technology—especially for our readers and viewers who use smart phones and tablets (like the iPad). Our dedicated team of website professionals are hard at work on this new update. I’m sure they would appreciate your prayers to God on their behalf as well.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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October 9, 2013 Posted by | Beyond Today, Good News Magazine, Media and Communications, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Millions Visit United Church of God Website

4 Million Visits for 2012!

December 11, 2012

The United Church of God, an International Association’s, primary website at www.ucg.org is on track to complete the calendar year with an average of 1 million unique visitors per quarter, for a total of 4 million visits in 2012.

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UCG.ORG Unique Visitors
Per Quarter and TOTAL 2006-2012

As the above graph shows, since the combining of our websites under ucg.org in May of 2011, we are seeing a very dramatic and continual climb in visitors to our site. The month of November, 2012, saw the highest number of visitors on record! (December 2012 visitors are projected into the 4Q figure above.)

As we continue to enhance the online visit experience for our users, we expect to see this positive trend continue into 2013. Thank you for your support and prayers for this very important aspect of our work in preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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December 11, 2012 Posted by | Media and Communications, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , , | 13 Comments

UCG Launches New Website Search Tool

July 31, 2012

Today we are launching a new feature on the www.ucg.org website: a new search tool powered by Google.

This new feature is much faster than the old search engine and we believe it will provide you with more relevant and comprehensive results. Here is an example of a site search for “jesus christ.”

As you see above, as well as text results, responses can now contain images and graphics of relevant search material. And, the tool can also search and index PDF files on our site. The feature we are most excited about is the ability to search more than just the main ucg.org site. This new search will return results from bible.ucg.org, feast.ucg.org and uyc.ucg.org.

Plus, there are soon some more changes on the way that we hope will improve your experience on our main United Church of God website. So please try out the new search and tell others about it too!

Tory Trone—Web Developer

July 31, 2012 Posted by | Media and Communications, UCGIA on the Web, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book of John: Live Bible Study Webcast

May 29, 2012

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, May 30. The study begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.

The series on the Gospel of John will cover chapters 13 and 14. Presenters will be Gary Antion and Darris McNeely.

Plan to attend in person, or you can listen online. Also, please note that we have a mobile option. You can view the Bible study using your smartphone.

Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God Cincinnati East

May 29, 2012 Posted by | Ministerial Services, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book of John: Live Bible Study Webcast

March 20, 2012

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, March 21. The study begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.

The series on the Gospel of John will cover chapters 5 and 6. These chapters deal with several miracles done by Jesus, and give us some very good pre-Passover lessons about the Bread of Life. Presenters will be Peter Eddington and Darris McNeely.

Plan to attend in person, or you can listen online with hundreds of brethren from around the world. Also, please note that we have a mobile option. You can view the Bible study using your smartphone!

Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God Cincinnati East

March 20, 2012 Posted by | Ambassador Bible Center, Ministerial Services, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

VIDEO: How to Make Simple Unleavened Bread

March 14, 2012

A new United Church of God short film on how to make simple unleavened bread was shot and made available this week—very timely as we approach the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread.

For more leaven-free recipes that you can enjoy during the Days of Unleavened Bread, visit www.ucg.org/recipes/category/unleavened-recipes.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

March 14, 2012 Posted by | Media and Communications, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

New Dutch Booklets Published

February 13, 2012

Voluntary teamwork in the Netherlands serves the Dutch speaking nations around the world

Last week UCG-Netherlands printed it’s eighth translated booklet “Is er leven na de dood?” (“What happens after death?”). The ninth booklet, “Schepping of Evolutie: Maakt het uit wat u gelooft?” (“Creation or Evolution”) will follow within the next couple of weeks.

In addition to the booklets, UCG-Netherlands has also posted all 12 lessons of the Bible Study Course in the Dutch language online. The first print version of the lessons will be available later this year. Furthermore, our Dutch brethren have produced Dutch supplements for the last 10 years that have been distributed with the English Good News magazine to subscribers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Dutch speaking areas in the Caribbean. GN circulation for the Dutch speaking area is around 1,500 copies.

From the beginning the editorial work has been a highly motivated voluntary teamwork effort by the small flock in the Netherlands. UCG-Netherlands on average has a church attendance of about 30 to 40 people. Dutch members work on various publications as a team of translators, typesetters and proofreaders. The volunteers work on their projects as they are able to and their daily schedules permit. Jamie de Moei does the initial typesetting and enters the editorial changes, and Paul Kieffer, pastor of the Dutch and German speaking region, assists with the final typesetting.

The Dutch booklets are also available online: www.ucg-holland.nl.

For the year 2012, UCG-Netherlands plans to have Kingdom of God Bible Seminars in Reeuwijk, Maarn and Antwerpen. The speakers will be the resident elder Marcos Rosales, Martin Arendsen and Wim Dekker, both members of the national board.

The team effort to preach the gospel in the Dutch language has strengthened and unified the flock in the Netherlands, providing satisfaction and joy to church members.

Jesmina Allaoua—German Office

February 13, 2012 Posted by | Good News Magazine, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Update: UCG Booklets on Amazon. We Need Your Help

February 8, 2012

As posted on January 6, 2012, the United Church of God is offering its booklets in electronic format at the Amazon and Kindle online bookstores. This will allow those who own an Amazon Kindle or use the Kindle App on their smartphone or tablet an easy way to download our e-books from the Kindle Store.

Amazon does not allow us to offer our e-books for free when we first upload them, and so they are initially offered for 99 cents. However, we then inform Amazon about a lower price (free) and Amazon is now matching that and offering our booklets at no charge. (Please read the past blog post “UCG Booklets Becoming Available on Amazon.com“.)

As of today, we have 10 e-books available at Amazon.com—nine of which are now listed for free. Last week we added two more e-books to the store. So far over 6,000 have been downloaded from the Kindle bookstore. The vast majority of these were downloaded for free.

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Here are our top three titles and the number of downloads (as of February 6, 2012):

  • What Happens After Death? – 1,445
  • You Can Understand Bible Prophecy – 858
  • Jesus Christ: The Real Story – 791

It is really exciting to see the number of downloads in such a short amount of time. Some UCG e-booklets are now listed on Amazon’s Best Sellers list for free e-books. For instance three booklets are listed as “Best Sellers in Christian Education – Top 100 Free” and are in the top five range!

We Need Your Help

When we post a new e-book to Amazon we need your help to let them know its available at other online locations for FREE. Right now we have one e-book that is still listed for 99 cents—How to Understand the Bible.

We need just a few minutes of your time. All you need to do is have an Amazon.com account and follow the instructions listed on our Amazon volunteer webpage or visit our main How Can I Help? volunteer page (under the “I have free time” section). Once the e-book is listed for free at Amazon.com we will remove the request for that particular e-book.

You can also help by submitting a review of any of our e-books and leaving a comment that you feel would be helpful to any potential readers.

Please take a few minutes and help us with this project. It will really help our Web team at the homeoffice!

Aaron Booth—Internet Manager

February 8, 2012 Posted by | Media and Communications, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

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