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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.”

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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.

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.

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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.

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 | , , , | 14 Comments

Man to Man: Live Bible Study Webcast

March 13, 2014

Man to Man: How Does Jesus Define a “Man” Today?

Vertical Thought  Bible Study

God created both man and woman. What did He expect of the first man in the Garden of Eden? And what does Jesus Christ expect of you as a man today? Watch and listen as Randy Stiver and Matthew Fenchel show how to understand from Jesus Christ’s example and words how He defines a “man” today!

Join us on Friday night, March 14, at 8 p.m. EDT for the next Vertical Thought Bible Class (VTBC) titled “Man to Man.” 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. Be part of this exciting and insightful series addressing two key challenges facing teens and young adults today: true manhood and true womanhood.

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.

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Randy Stiver—Managing Editor, Vertical Thought

March 13, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications, Vertical Thought | , , , , , , , | 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

Podcast: Kubik and Webber Discuss Council Meetings

February 27, 2014

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

    1. 026Council of Elders chairman, Robin Webber, is in from Southern California for the February round of Council meetings. He and Victor Kubik discuss the meetings, working with one another and other Council members, and preparation for the upcoming meeting of the General Conference of Elders in May.
    2. 022—Earl Roemer is the senior pastor for the Philippines. His update on the Philippine work includes the gospel proclamation effort and the unique advantages and challenges of doing God’s work in the Philippines.
    3. 023—Earl Roemer returns to talk about the process of rebuilding Church members’ homes after the devastating typhoon Haiyan.
    4. 024—Lena VanAusdle coordinates the Good Works and Youth Corps projects for UCG. She talks about the real purpose for the Church’s charity work, some recent projects, and how you can get involved.
    5. 025—Jorge de Campos is the senior pastor for the Portuguese-speaking areas of the world, the largest of which is Brazil. Jorge’s update includes a Good Works agricultural project that will help church members and the community located in northern Brazil.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

February 27, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications, President's Office | , , | 2 Comments

Fun & Fellowship in the Twin Cities during Days of Unleavened Bread!

February 23, 2014

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Please make plans now to join United Church of God families from all over the U.S. at our 17th annual Families for God weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which will be held on the weekend between the Spring Holy Days, April 18 through 21.

Our theme this year is “The Hearts of the Fathers” from Malachi 4:6, and will feature exciting sermons, Bible studies and interactive workshops, with our special guest, Beyond Today presenter Steve Myers.

In addition to our signature teen prom, “Masquerade Ball,” we will also host a fun game show for the young and young-at-heart, a delectable festive dinner, a refreshing ice cream social, an open mic jam session, a young adult activity, and an optional family outing at the ever-popular Nickelodeon Universe Park at the Mall of America.

The weekend will be capped off with two services on the Last Day of Unleavened Bread.

The beautiful Minneapolis Marriott Northwest will again provide an upscale setting for hundreds of brethren who will enjoy specials and discounts in an all-suite environment with a complementary hot unleavened breakfast every morning for those who book rooms.2014FfGProm2

  • Saturday Festive Dinner, Fun Game Show & Open Mic Jam Session: After sunset, we will host a fun game show for the young and young-at-heart, followed by an open mic jam session. So, bring your instruments!
  • Saturday Teen Dinner & Prom: Calling all teens ages 13 – 19 (plus 12-year-olds who will turn 13 in 2014) to this year’s prom themed: “Masquerade Ball.” We expect over 50 teens to join in this memorable event, which includes honoring our graduating seniors. Each participant will receive a decorative mask upon arrival!
  • Saturday Late Night Young Adult Activity: A late evening of fun at Grand Slam in Coon Rapids: After the ice cream social, we will head to Coon Rapids until midnight and enjoy unlimited multi-level laser tag, unlimited mini-golf, unlimited crazy cars, four arcade tokens and one batting cage token. This active late evening is all the more fun with friends to enjoy it with! Since this activity is not at the hotel, every attempt to coordinate rides will be made.
  • Sunday Activity: Nickelodeon Universe Indoor Amusement Park (Mall of America). Fun for the entire family! Wristbands are good for 5 hours from first scan

For any inquiries, please contact:

Families from all over the U.S. will venture to the Twin Cities for a most memorable weekend! Will you be one of them?

Up-to-date information at twin-cities.ucg.org or familiesforgod.org!

Postmark your registration including payment by March 21 to save $5 per household!

Reserve your Marriott suite by March 21 to ensure availability at the preferred rate!

Please send in your registration forms at once! So, do not delay!

—David and Stephanie Morker

February 23, 2014 Posted by | Ministerial Services | , , , | Leave a comment

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.

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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.

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

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

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