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August 10, 2010

We all know that many people in our society are searching for practical solutions to personal and family troubles. Not only that, but many are seeking real hope for their future in a world where there seems to be very little. We know that God’s Word offers the true answers to personal problems as well as the superb hope of the coming Kingdom of God. With Jesus Christ’s vital help and power, we as a Church are striving to awaken people to the true, Bible-based knowledge that will change their lives for the better.

A great door to help accomplish our mission opened recently on WGN America television. By the end of the year the number of households reached by this cable and satellite giant will rise to 80 million. Viewer response for the first four week’s of Beyond Today programming on WGN America, Vision TV in Canada and on US cable-access stations has topped 2,600. This is very encouraging and we expect response to rise in the autumn and winter months when people tend to spend more time indoors. Of course we don’t want to simply consider response or Web traffic in our analysis, but also the number of “eyes and ears” that now have access to our program. Many people won’t call or write but they will watch! This is all part of our “reach” with the Gospel.

In this regard, there is a way that we can all get involved in helping people become aware of our program on WGN. Please see the attached Beyond Today “personal advertisement” post cards. You can explain and promote Beyond Today to family members, neighbors, friends, fellow employees, acquaintances and others. Ladies can maintain a small supply of the ads in their purses and gentlemen can keep a few in their pocket or in a briefcase. Each of us can play a part in this effort by offering an advertisement to those who might be interested. Additionally, these ads could be placed on public bulletin boards and in other locations where permissible.

Now, we realize that some brethren in the Pacific time zone may be disappointed that Beyond Today airs Sundays at 5:30 a.m. So, here is something about which we can all pray: WGN is considering airing our program at 8:30 a.m. in that time zone. Although they have no immediate plans to make this change, your prayers about it could potentially open that door for us in the future.

We hope you will take the time to print a supply of ads on 8 ½” x 11” card-stock or paper from your PC. You can then cut the ads into four equal sizes using a paper cutter for better accuracy. Cut lines are included on the sheet).

We hope these small “personal advertisements” can be a valuable means by which everyone in the Church, both young and old, can participate in helping preach the Gospel to a society too often filled with hopelessness. It’s something practical and positive we can all do.

Thank you in advance for your help and especially for your diligent prayers for all of the Church’s media efforts. We appreciate it deeply.

All the best,

Peter Eddington—Operation Manger, Media and Communications Services

August 10, 2010 - Posted by | Beyond Today, Home Office, Media and Communications |


  1. Great idea. Any way to get this Canadianized????? I’m sure that we would have several here in Canada who would love to get involved by advertising the Vision and Grace channels.

    Comment by Linda Wasilkoff | August 10, 2010 | Reply

  2. I believe it is necessary to advertise “Beyond Today”
    UCG has many blessings and opertunities to…. THINK BIG!
    “GOOD NEWS” magazine is “THINK BIG”…. YES!
    Summer Camps for the youth is “THINK BIG”…. YES!
    Publications explaining doctrine is “THINK BIG”… YES!
    Booklets in other languages is “THINK BIG”…. YES!
    The ABC Program is “THINK BIG”…. YES!
    Congregations with Real Shepherds is “THINK BIG”…. YES!
    Each UCG Congregation should “THINK BIG”… YES!
    A little piece of paper is “NOT THINK BIG”…. YES!
    Congregations rent…. Billboards….”THINK BIG”… YES!
    UCG Corporate people should design Billboard messages and then contract with nation wide owners of Billboards to obtain “Big bang for the Dollar” incouraging local congregations for support.”THINK BIG”…..YES! YES! YES!
    “THINK BIG”………… DO IT!…………YES! YES! YES!
    Jim on the Hill

    Comment by Jim Lapp | August 10, 2010 | Reply

  3. I really appreciate this opportunity, and I think that it is a great start in getting the general membership involved in spreading of the gospel in a tangible way. Of course we all could do this on our own, but the official suggestion coupled with the fact that you have provided the cards for us will give people that extra push that they may have needed.

    I tend to agree with Jim insofar as I think that there should be more “cookie-cutter” methods for local congregations to help promote our proclamation efforts. For instance, there was an article in the United News a while back about how some of the brethren in the Philippines set up a booth at a local mall and all pitched in to sign up people for GN subscriptions. If the home office would put together “packages” for activities with instructions and basic materials (i.e. pre-made ads such as the Beyond Today cards) to get the congregations started in a structured way, I think that people would be interested. As for billboards, I would again leave it in the hands of the local congregation to decide if they wanted to sponsor one and work out all of the details locally.

    In any case, I find it very exciting that we are on the upswing in terms of our effort to preach the gospel, and I pray that God will bless the work that He has given us to do.

    Comment by Steven Britt | August 10, 2010 | Reply

  4. What a great idea! Before I read the post I saw the ad and thought, hey I should print that out for my friends. I laughed at myself after reading the post.

    Comment by Lorelei Nettles | August 10, 2010 | Reply

  5. The other day I was at a take-out section within a restaurant and someone had placed a business card sized invitation on a side counter to meet with their church.

    Now something like that might go against company policy and I had the thought of telling the hostess just down the hall about it. But I figure if it were me and God judges those outside the Church, then…

    Anyhow in comparing what they were offering to what the UCG plan involves, there is a distinct difference.

    They were asking people to meet with their group, which for an individual can be rather intimidating, when one person or a couple may have to confront a much larger group. Whereas all the UCG plan does is allow people to decide whether or not to view the good news in the privacy and protection of their own home.

    I believe the UCG with this stragedy is showing a lot of wisdom in its’ approach.

    Comment by Norbert | August 11, 2010 | Reply

  6. It would help to have an email sent to members or people interested with a send message….several websites use this as an EASY way to have busy people link up their site to other people.

    Having a link to click on with the above message then taking you to a screen where you can key in names and addresses of people you want the message to be sent to….then having the program send the message in the format desired w/o having all the addresses and names appear in the message (only the one recipients would appear)….

    I can print off and hand out but I can reach hundreds with something on the net as I have described.

    Thanks for considering! 🙂

    Comment by Robin | August 11, 2010 | Reply

  7. Asking to leave a stack of cards or an advert in a business establishment is a fine idea. But carrying post cards around and just handing them out to people is another. That smacks of proselytizing.

    Comment by JoAnna | August 11, 2010 | Reply

    • From the information I understand, even members from the big mainstream churches shutter when the Jehovah Witnesses show up at the front door at their home. I have made it a point to offer them some CoG literature first, sometimes they make a quick exit. YMMV

      Personally I wouldn’t be standing on the street corner and handing them out, nor especially be going door to door. However any old timer would remember the P.T. magazine procedure which was acceptable to numerous store owners.

      Perhaps some tips and wisdom can be pointed out eventually as those who are motivated to follow through with this share their experiences.

      Comment by Norbert | August 11, 2010 | Reply

  8. #2 Continued………………………………………..
    It is still necessary to advertise “Beyond Today”… YES!
    UCG have many blessings and opertunities…YES!
    Some time algo the Arm chair people in the church assured us that the innernet was the wave of the future replacing Radio and TV with good intentions. They were not really sure because they continued to dabble in TV on local and cheap cable outlets that no one knew existed or cared about prior. In the Flint area UCG did run “Beyond Today” on one of these cable outlets that was no better than smoke signals in a Kansas Tornato! Religion today is not respected. Paper handed out with good intentions may be kindly received by those who would say “YOU HAVE DONE YOUR DUTY” then toss it or at worse think…. “SOME KIND OF WIERDO ARE YOU”? Paper unsoliciated is a thing of the fifties when religion did not have baggage.Today religion teaches “Give Your Heart to the Lord and your Wallet to the preacher” Any paper today is soiled with justifiable contempt. Church people in all organizations have been around the block many times with feel good activities.Having a booth at the State Fair or at the Local UAW Annual Sober Festival is OK only but we don’t stand out! A Bill Board is a “Durable Consumer Item” that receives many viewings before replacment getting attention before being removed. The “Beyond Today” on UGN is Big Time!Lets go with Bill Boards that a local UCG congregation can point to, “Feel Good” and say to all… that is us!
    Jim on the Hill

    Comment by Jim Lapp | August 11, 2010 | Reply

  9. I don’t think it is intended that we randomly toss these out to strangers on a street corner. I know my friends outside the church are curious about my beliefs and this would give them the opportunity to see a bit of what UCGIA teaches.

    Plus if this were set beside a magazine in a doctors office or something, God could use this to lead others. I have heard of people being led to the church by picking up a magazine out of the trash. I myself, along with my husband, discovered the church by flipping a channel and finding Mr. Armstrong. We do not know in what ways God will lead those he is calling. Making available any and all opportunities are a must in my opinion.

    Comment by Lorelei Nettles | August 11, 2010 | Reply

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