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December Council of Elders Meeting

[The following message with details about the upcoming Council of Elders Meeting was sent to the United Church of God ministry by chairman Melvin Rhodes.]

December 3, 2010

Greetings Fellow Ministers,

The Council of Elders will hold its December meetings in a few days, from Monday, Dec. 6, through Thursday, Dec. 9. As always, each of us on the Council seeks your prayers for God’s presence during our deliberations, and that His Holy Spirit will guide us in seeking and doing His will.

2010-2011 Council of Elders

Writing to the Colossians, the apostle Paul said: “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9-10).

The elements of the prayers that Paul and his associates raised to God for the Colossians are particularly relevant to the work of the Council of Elders—wisdom, spiritual understanding, walking in a way that is pleasing to God and being fruitful in what we do are all essential in this challenging time for the United Church of God. In a world that is following paths contrary to the way of God, we need to heed even more the admonition of Proverbs 3:5 that we “trust in the Lord with all [our] heart, and lean not on [our] own understanding.”

Your prayers will not only be appreciated, they are needed!

Some of the items on the agenda for the meetings are the regular reports from the president, operation managers and Council committees. These reports cover the many aspects of our commission of preaching the gospel and caring for those God calls. An important session will be the presentation by the treasurer, Aaron Dean. We are operating in a difficult financial environment in the United States, and the Church is not immune from its effects. Careful consideration of the income and expenditure budgets for 2010/2011 is an important part of the fiduciary responsibility of the Council.

The Roles and Rules Committee has a number of items on the agenda, including the proposed amendment to Bylaw articles 9.1 and 9.2, development of a procedure for submitting resolutions seeking 25 percent support of GCE members, an update on the review of UCG’s governing documents, plus some routine administrative matters.

We are in a challenging time for United, and part of our meeting will be devoted to discussing the discord and division that is of deep concern to Church members, as well as the ministry. We will also be getting updates on the Latin American situation, home office remodeling, progress with the sale of the Denton property, the status of the two-year ministerial training program, the sexual misconduct policy and preliminary planning for the 2011 General Conference. Of necessity there will be some time spent in Executive Session to discuss matters affecting personnel or of another confidential nature.

As always, we will endeavor to provide you with timely and meaningful reports of all our open sessions. New Council reporter Randy Stiver has undertaken this demanding task.

The apostle John recorded something that is very relevant to the times in which we live. In 1 John 2:17 he said, “And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” The world around us is fraught with seemingly insoluble problems, but if individually and collectively we are constantly seeking the will of God, our spiritual future is assured.

Sincerely, in God’s service,

Melvin Rhodes—Chairman, Council of Elders

December 3, 2010 - Posted by | Council of Elders |

9 Comments »

  1. Thanks for holding strong and being here for all of us. We do appreciate it.

    Comment by Ellen Smith | December 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. All of you are in my daily prayers, as well as your wives and families. Thank you for making all of our days profitable. Charlie

    Comment by Charlie | December 3, 2010 | Reply

  3. Thank you, all, for your diligent, loving, and sometimes, painful, service to our Loving Father in heaven and the sacrifices you and your families make for Him. We are grateful for your example of steadfast faith, enduring to the end, and committing yourselves to His will and His will only. You are in our prayers and we will continue to bring you into the presence of our Loving Father.

    With thanks,
    Ralph, Pam, and Britton Redline

    Comment by Pam Redline | December 3, 2010 | Reply

  4. Thank you for your service, and work for the church. Please we beseech you to show mercy, forgiveness, and patience with the field ministry. None of us want to divide or be separated from our church family. Maybe there has been a bit too much “rush to judgment” in some recent decisions. Minister we respect as God’s servants teach us to love each other. Perhaps now is your chance to show brotherly love and mercy to each other and to the loyal ministers in the field. Communication and openness will go along way in healing the breach that has developed in the church. We respectfully honor you office in the church and pray for God’s blessing on your efforts.

    Roger & Linda

    Comment by Roger & Linda Williams | December 3, 2010 | Reply

  5. Thank you for your dedication and service to God and his Church. Our prayers are with you in these challenging times and as we move forward to proclaiming the gospel. It is never easy having to make difficult decisions but they are necessary. Please continue to remain focused and not be deterred by some who are critical.

    Comment by Bill Dimovski | December 4, 2010 | Reply

  6. Brethren, while we may be living in trying times of the Work of God and His Holy One, Jesus of Nazareth, and a whole host of other names ascribed to His glory, we are reminded that our Father who called us and placed us in His Church is the one who took away the covering cast and the veil from our human spirit and gave to us His Holy Spirit to accomplish all things according to His perfect will in Jesus Christ who is indeed our Living Head to the Church.

    We are indeed living in the end of this age before the Kingdom of God is ushered in. We need only to look around us at what is happening in the world. God has been restoring the “THE TENTS OF JUDAH” (Joel Ch. 3)and will continue to do so until the appointed time has been fulfilled. We need only to review Zechariah 13:7-9 to know that Judah truly has been REFINED and TRIED and that their set time for returning to the land of Israel is almost now complete. And in another place the prophet Zechariah was inspired to write through the Holy Spirit, saying, “THE LORD ALSO SHALL SAVE “THE TENTS OF JUDAH FIRST”, THAT THE GLORY OF THE HOUSE OF DAVID AND THE GLORY OF THE INHABITANTS OF JERUSALEM DO NOT MAGNIFY THEMSELVES AGAINST JUDAH……………(ZECHARIAH 12:7-14).” We are now living near the fulfillment of these prophecies. As we all know the tabernacle of David will soon be restored in great glory and David himself also resurrected with the saints (Amos 9:11-15; Hosea 3:4-5; Ezekiel 34:23-31; Ezekiel 37:24-27; Jeremiah 30:7-9).

    Satan, will SOON make the world like a WILDERNESS and DESTROY ITS CITIES as he has not and will not open the house of his prisoners (Isaiah 14:12-17). The WORLD MUST KNOW, THROUGH OUR FATHER’S CHURCH, WITH GREAT POWER AND STRENGTH, THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHAT THE 2 WITNESSES ALSO CALLED THE 2 OLIVE BRANCHES, ALSO CALLED THE 2 OLIVE TREES, ALSO CALLED THE 2 ANOINTED ONES WHO STAND BESIDE THE LORD OF THE WHOLE EARTH, ALSO CALLED THE 2 PROPHETS, ALSO CALLED THE 2 CANDLESTICKS STANDING BEFORE THE GOD OF THE EARTH (ZECHARIAH CH. 4 AND REVELATION CH. 11).

    Brethren, I urge you, through the Holy Spirit, be you reconciled one to another, and have salt among yourselves, and walk peaceably with one another to which we all have been called to do and continue to admonish the flock not to criticize one another or the government within the Church which the Son of man has approved. I say this with GREAT LOVE which I have for you and the holy flock of our Father, the firstfruits, as we endure unto the end.

    Comment by dwight stanley stewart | December 4, 2010 | Reply

  7. ADD AT THE END OF THE LAST LINE NEXT TO THE LAST PARAGRAPH “WILL BE DOING”

    Comment by dwight stanley stewart | December 4, 2010 | Reply

  8. 8. We pray that you will abound in our Father’s wisdom, love, patience and joy as He inspires you in the decisions you make and the direction in which you are to go.

    Comment by Larry/Vicki Scher | December 6, 2010 | Reply

  9. It is amazing to me that any questions of concern are removed; God sees the hearts of all involved. It is unrealistic to think there isn’t anything to ‘work’ on in a positive manner. When posts are written respectfully, they should be left up.

    Comment by Robin | December 7, 2010 | Reply


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