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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

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” 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

Top 15 Beyond Today TV Programs

July 8, 2014

Beyond Today Television:

Top 15 Programs 2013-2014 Fiscal Year

Beyond Today television programs, sponsored by the United Church of God, continue to reach viewers with the message of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God.

Beyond Today program “Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns” hosted by Darris McNeely, holds the top position in terms of response for programs telecast during the now-concluded 2013-2014 fiscal year. This episode, which aired in February 2014, logged an outstanding 3,306 responses. Please see the chart down below showing the top 15 programs and responses from each.

 

Also, viewer response from all 52 telecasts this past fiscal year totaled 48,286. This is the highest annual response ever recorded for Beyond Today.

 

2013-2014 Top 15 Programs

Global Internet Responses to Beyond Today

We are very pleased to report that Internet response to Beyond Today continues at steady pace. During the 2013-2014 fiscal year Internet response alone totaled 15,063—which came from the following 86 countries and territories:

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Antiqua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Argentina
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bengladesh
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cote d ‘lvoire
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Lativa
  • Lesotho
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saint Maarten
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Trinidad/Tobago
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Wales
  • Vietnam

As always, we are very grateful of your continual prayers, support and encouragement for God’s blessing on this important work.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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

New “Beyond Today” TV Commercial

June 19, 2014

Watch the Newest Beyond Today Commercial Now Airing on the ION Television Network

We welcome you to check out our newest Beyond Today commercial now airing on the ION television network. It was produced by our United Church of God home office video editors, and is an important element in promoting our program to millions of ION television viewers.

In addition, here is the playlist containing all three of our ION commercials—featuring each of the Beyond Today presenters giving a different approach in each case. Click on the “playlist” menu tab in the top left corner to see a link to all three.

We encourage you to personally tune into Beyond Today on ION and tell others about our programs. To find the ION channel locations in your area, please 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.

As always, we are truly grateful for your steady prayers for the United Church of God as it strives to carry out Christ’s commission to “go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone” (Mark 16:15, New Century Version).

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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June 19, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Beyond Today Program “Is the Rapture Real?” Generates Fourth-lowest Cost Per Response

April 28, 2014

Watch the Newest Beyond Today Commercial Now Airing on the ION Television Network

 

The Beyond Today television program “Is the Rapture Real?,” produced by the United Church of God and hosted by Gary Petty, aired April 20-26, 2014, on the ION television network. This episode generated an excellent 1,387 telephone and Internet responses. In terms of cost per response this program ranks fourth-lowest in cost per response out of all those aired this fiscal year.

Also, the previous week’s episode “Three Days and Three Nights” hosted by Steve Myers generated a very favorable 981 responses, which placed it eighth out of all programs aired this fiscal year. We are exceptionally pleased with viewer response to Beyond Today on the ION network which has now aired our programs for the past fourteen weeks.

In addition, we welcome you to check out our newest Beyond Today commercial now airing on the ION television network. It was produced by our home office video editors and is an important effort to promote our programs to millions of ION television viewers.

We encourage you to personally tune into Beyond Today on ION and tell others about our programs. To find the ION channel locations in your area, please 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.

As always, we are truly grateful for your steady prayers for the United Church of God as it strives to carry out Christ’s commission to “go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone” (Mark 16:15, New Century Version).

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

Peter Eddington

April 29, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , | 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

“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

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Daniel and Linda Porteous

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

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