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Update on Letter from Chairman and President

October 8, 2010

To maintain accurate communication and address administrative issues in a timely way, the Church publishes online information in the “Letters from the Chairman and President” section on the members Web site, continuing a long-time communication practice from senior leadership.

It was brought to our attention that the document from me and Melvin Rhodes titled, “How do Members of the United Church of God Observe the Sabbath Day?”, involves matters that are still being reviewed by the Church relative  to a particular Sabbath observance question.

Consequently, that document has been removed from this section of our member’s Web site. The parties involved have sought counsel from the Church on this matter, and we want to allow time for the Church to fully evaluate the facts and circumstances and make an official position and recommendation to them for their situation.

Dennis Luker, president

October 8, 2010 - Posted by | Council of Elders, Home Office, President's Office |


  1. I appreciate the fact that you’re fully investigating this matter before making a decision. I really wish that you would reinstate Mr. Walker and Mr. Roybal until the situation is clarified and rectified. We need to show the brotherly love that Christ expects of us and also to remember that our brothers are not the enemy! We’re under attack and all of us need to pray diligently for God’s help. I’m in awe of our ministry and all of the collective years you’ve given to guide, instruct, and lead the brethern. Your burden is indeed heavy right now and more than ever you need to look to Jesus Christ to ease the load.

    Comment by Birdella Gaba | October 8, 2010 | Reply

  2. yes this question is important to me about the sabbath because my job requires me to answer emergencies on my call days. I am a maintenance worker. I answer for flood,fire,death,air or heat if weather is too hot or cold for an apartment complex . I have talked to our minister here in fort worth and he said as long as an emergencies and not every sabbath which i am not because most i can do after sabbath. i am not on call every sabbath. i do not get paid for this. i get time off so this question of the sabbath may effect a lot of people like those who work in hospitals as some i know do who have to take one weekend a month to answer emergencies.

    Comment by bob joyner | October 8, 2010 | Reply

  3. Thank you for being so open in sharing information
    concerning all of us

    Comment by Alvah Pyle | October 8, 2010 | Reply

  4. This question has been answered already in past papers. What is different?

    Comment by Bryan | October 8, 2010 | Reply

  5. What are the questions concerning the Sabbath? Did I miss the letter? Could you send me a link? As always, thanks for keeping us informed of updates. 🙂

    Comment by edenhomeandgarden | October 8, 2010 | Reply

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  7. It takes wisdom, courage and humility for leaders to be willing to take a step back and allow for the counsel of other wise men to inform a decision, rather than just sticking to their initial response. Thank you for demonstrating these virtuous traits!

    We will be praying that through God’s inspiration and holy written words you will all collectively come to a decision that strengthens the faith of the membership and ministry alike, and gives honor to our loving God and His word.

    Comment by Peace Maker | October 9, 2010 | Reply

  8. As we know when Jesus ascended to the right hand of His and our Father He gave gifts to men at Pentecost in those days and this has continued through the current time in those whom our Father has called in order that the Church may grow in strength and edification. As we know, “Counsel” is a gift from our Father and we must seek such in difficult situations concerning His Church – once the decision has been made our Father honors that decision so whatever His servants bind on earth will be bound in heaven – Church Governance is very important to the Father and the Son of man – by yielding to His government through His servants we show that we indeed TRUST and RELY on both the Father and the Son of man to lead us – as the Chief Shepherd we know He cares for His own just as He cared for His disciples while He walked with them on the earth in those days before us. Thank you and continue strengthening the brethren by your examples of living faith to which you have been called and charged with.

    Comment by dwight s. stewart | October 10, 2010 | Reply

  9. The letter thoroughly explained the churches stand on the subject,so why dose it have to be pulled – because of negative criticism? Do we have to float it by – dissidence, fist – to see if it fits!? Can’t we take a stand – make a mark, and stick with it!

    Comment by Paul Dzing | October 11, 2010 | Reply

  10. en la multitud de consejos esta la sabiduria …. sonbuenos los comentarios que edifican cuando dice multitud son muchos no pocos

    Comment by danieldeltransito | October 11, 2010 | Reply

  11. What happened to my question I posted before?

    I said: “It was my understanding that this particular situation was dealt with under the former administration. If we aren’t changing doctrine, why does this situation need to be dealt with again?”

    Comment by Craig | October 14, 2010 | Reply

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