From Ministerial Services
August 26, 2010
An early Feast of Tabernacles is upon us. We wish you and all our brethren a rewarding time to rejoice and “learn to fear the LORD your God always” (Deuteronomy 14:23). Feast schedules are in place for speakers and speakers have been sharing their sermon content with one another in teleconferences.
Our Leadership Workshop is all set, as Richard and Mary Pinelli plan a 4-1/2-day program again here at the home office over Labor Day weekend. All of us are looking forward to being with the 15 couples from all over the United States who will be here for this program.
Our youth camp season ended its 16th season with Camp Heritage in Pennsylvania. Ken Treybig, United Youth Camps coordinator, tells us that, like all of the other camps this summer, it went exceptionally well. He was very grateful for the dedicated staff members who volunteer their time each year to focus on our campers and establish a zone of peace and safety at each of our camps. He also appreciates the prayers and support of many who are unable to attend, but recognize the wonderful blessing our camp program is to our Church youth. Remember to also pray for Winter Camp, which runs at the end of December.
While we are still focusing on the Feast of Tabernacles, I thought I‘d mention the Winter Family Weekend, one of the Church‘s energizing events that draws more than 2,000 people each year in Louisville, Kentucky. This year the events run from Friday evening, Dec. 24, through late Tuesday night, Dec. 28. We plan to have World News and Prophecy seminars on Sunday, Dec. 26, and Ambassador Bible Center continuing education classes on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 27 and 28. Much more information will be coming after the Feast. Mark Winner has done a superb job in coordinating this fun and educational event for the Church.
On an international note, Dennis Luker has decided to bring all our Portuguese language work under the coordination of Jorge de Campos, a UCG elder currently working at the home office in the international mail area. Jorge has been coordinating the Portuguese efforts, including translation of booklets, the Portuguese Good News supplement, personal correspondence and the Feast in Portugal. Jorge has also been pastoring the brethren in Portugal and Portuguese Autonomous Regions. He will now also care for the Brazilian brethren.
I have been greatly encouraged working with our president, Dennis Luker. The recent transition has not been easy, but we are optimistic about the future. We know that Christ is the Living Head of His Church. He continually tests our minds and attitudes. Christ knows everyone‘s heart and is working His plan through all of us, no matter where we think we stand on various matters. In our ministerial careers we have seen Christ‘s direction and intervention in His Church again and again. Denny Luker and I pray together often on our knees, asking God to help us with the challenges that we are now encountering. I am confident that as we yield and trust our Savior, He will once again bring us deliverance, but in His way.
Again, from Ministerial Services we wish you a wonderful Fall Festival season. May God bring you back safely.
Beverly and I are leaving for Malawi and Zambia on Sunday after the Feast of Trumpets and look forward to being with the brethren in those two countries, to whom we‘ve become quite attached over the past 14 years.
Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
In Christ‘s service,
Victor Kubik—Operation Manager, Ministerial Services