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Jesus and Reconciliation: Live Webcast

February 18, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, February 19. The study continues at the time of 7 p.m. ET 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, “Jesus and Reconciliation.”

In Part 3 of Six Steps to Passover Mr. McNeely will show how grace and peace begin with being reconciled with God. Jesus Christ’s sacrifice is the key to reconciliation. The apostle Paul spoke of a ministry of reconciliation when he wrote to his congregations. This study explores what reconciliation means in our relationship to God and our friends. It is an important subject to understand.

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 18, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , | 3 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

Online: More “Inside United” Podcasts

February 11, 2014

Since our last blog post about the Inside United Podcast by the United Church of God, a number of new podcasts have been posted by Victor Kubik. Please see the listing below with links to each:

  1. 014—Ambassador Bible Center dean of students, Randy Stiver, explains the topic of the Vertical Thought Bible Class: “Dating True Love.”
  2. 015—Amanda Stiver, Web content editor for vertical thought.org, explains the purpose of Vertical Thought and you you can get involved.
  3. 016—Steve Myers, Beyond Today presenter and pastor of the Cincinnati East UCG congregation, discusses the new six-part Bible study series on preparing for the Passover.
  4. 017—Jonathan Magee tells the story of a recent Good Works project to a Guatemalan orphanage.
  5. 018—Charles Melear, conference planner for the United Church of God, talks about the annual Feast of Tabernacles observance and the Church’s Feast plans for 2014.
  6. 019United Church of God-Canada administrator, Anthony Wasikoff, gives an update on the Church’s work in Canada.
  7. 020—Roy Holladay stops by to talk about his job as operation manager of Ministerial and Member Services, as will as future plans for pastoral training.
  8. 021—Connie Seelig, manager of the Church’s mail processing department, talks about work load, volume and the job of physically sending the gospel message to the world.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

February 11, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications, President's Office | , , , | 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

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

Live Webcast: All Things to All People

February 6, 2014

How to Be All Things to All People

Vertical Thought  Bible Study

Paul wrote that he had become all things to all people, so that he might win some (1 Corinthians 9:19-22, paraphrased). What does it mean to be “all things to all people?” While Paul had a specific purpose in this verse—preaching the gospel for salvation—this concept is vital in all interactions with others. The Bible discusses various scenarios about “winning” (making progress) in different relationships and provides instruction on the importance of becoming “all things to all people.”

Join us on Friday night, February 7, at 8 p.m. EST for the next Vertical Thought Bible Class (VTBC) where instructor Matthew Fenchel will discuss how becoming “all things to all people” is an important component in all of our human relationships. 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 share this announcement with others who might be interested and download the handout that will be posted by start time on the website.

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Randy Stiver—Managing Editor, Vertical Thought

February 6, 2014 Posted by | Ambassador Bible Center, Vertical Thought | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Beyond Today Television on the WORD Network

January 31, 2014

WORD Network Contract Completion

Beyond Today Logo - low resThe Beyond Today television program, produced by the United Church of God, began airing December 25, 2011, on the WORD Network. Since then, we have received nearly 7,600 responses from WORD Network viewers in the United States and many countries around the globe.

Although we have appreciated our relationship with the network, we completed our contract this past Thursday, January 30, 2014. The reason we will no longer air on WORD is that we have noted a steady increase in our cost per response over the past several months. Besides this, since we recently contracted with the ION Television network for a nationwide airtime test, we believe this would be a better expenditure of available funds.

Even though Beyond Today will no longer be seen on the WORD network we do encourage you to watch our weekly program on the ION and WGN America television networks in the United States.

Beyond Today 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) our program 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, 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 view ION television. Please note, Beyond Today is not airing in all cities where ION has a broadcast outlet, but we have contracted for 27 over-the-air stations.

Beyond Today on WGN America

Beyond Today also airs on WGN America on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, 7:30 a.m. Central, 6:30 a.m. Mountain and 5:30 a.m. Pacific. Please visit the WGN America website to find a station in your area. Insert your zip code in the “Channel Finder” box at the top of the website. Click on the triangle next to the zip code box to view a list of WGN America stations available to you.

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 unwavering support and prayers for our media efforts throughout the world.

Peter Eddington – Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

PS—Here is an early release of this coming Sunday morning’s program if you’d like to view it. A new piece of literature is also being offered.

January 31, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , | 3 Comments

UCG Prints 9 Millionth Booklet

January 31, 2014

tools for spiritual growthThis week the United Church of God passed another major milestone when we printed our 9 millionth English-language booklet!

With a second printing of the new booklet Tools for Spiritual Growth (reprinted much earlier than usual due to very high demand), we passed the 9 million mark.

To put this number in perspective, if all 9 million booklets (at our current size) were laid end to end, they would stretch almost 1,200 miles—the approximate distance from Cincinnati to Denver, Miami or San Antonio.

If put into a single stack, it would reach almost 60 miles high and weigh about 675 tons!

Our most-printed booklet at the moment is The Book of Revelation Unveiled (461,000 copies). The remainder of the top 10 booklets published are Are We Living in the Time of the End? (420,000 copies), You Can Understand Bible Prophecy (410,000 copies), What Happens After Death? and What Is Your Destiny? (405,000 each), The Middle East in Bible Prophecy (400,000 copies), Jesus Christ: The Real Story and The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy (370,000 each), The Ten Commandments (360,000 copies) and Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe? (350,000).

In most years we have printed or reprinted 500,000 to 700,000 booklets in response to reader requests. This averages about 42,000 booklet requests per month (not counting Internet downloads).

While the Internet, TV, The Good News and other forms of media are good at introducing people to God’s truth, booklets play a major role in helping people gain a deeper understanding of what the Bible teaches about various subjects. Thus our booklets play a crucial role in bringing people to greater understanding of the Bible and God’s plan and purpose for them.

We deeply appreciate the generosity and faithfulness of our members, coworkers and donors who make it possible to share God’s wonderful truths in this way!

Scott Ashley—Booklets managing editor

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January 31, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications | , , , , , | 11 Comments

Live Bible Study Webcast: Jesus Our Passover

January 21, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, January 22. The study continues at the new time of 7 p.m. ET and is available live via webcast.

Steve Myers, a presenter on Beyond Today television, will be starting a new six-part series in preparation for the Passover.

The Bible reveals Jesus as Creator, Prophet, Priest, and King. It is said there are over 200 ways He is made known to us in Scripture. The first Bible study in our series will focus on Christ as the Lamb of God slain for the sins of the whole world and the deep meaning for each of us. He is Jesus, our Passover.

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

January 21, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gary Petty: Has God Lost Control?

January 15, 2014

We’re happy to introduce the thirteenth Inside United Podcast by the United Church of God.

In this episode President Victor Kubik is joined by Gary Petty, who explains why he chose the subject of “Has God Lost Control?” for this month’s Beyond Today recording.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

January 15, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, President's Office | , , , , , | 7 Comments

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