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Sabbath and Holy Day Observance Statement by the Council of Elders

STATEMENT BY THE COUNCIL OF ELDERS

Seventh-day Sabbath and Holy Day Observance

January 4, 2011

After studying the material that has been provided from a couple in Chile, the Council of Elders, after full review and rendering due diligence, is prepared to issue the following statement in regards to observing the Seventh-day Sabbath and Holy Days in a proper manner to uphold the Fourth Commandment.

The United Church of God, an International Association, has a long-standing teaching on the subject of owner-operated businesses in relation to the observance of the Sabbath and biblical Holy Days. If a business is solely or majority owned by a Church member, then the business should close on the Sabbath and the Holy Days.

There are some exceptions, as Jesus Christ gave Sabbath-keeping principles in Scripture in this regard, which would apply to healthcare and retirement facilities and dealing with dairies and farm animals. But, day-care centers and schools do not fall under these categories. Therefore, the Council of Elders stands by the authority of Scripture in our lives and the consistent position of the Church which requires that such businesses, as long as they are solely or majority owned by a Church member, be closed on the Sabbath and the Holy Days.

We deeply appreciate the sincere request of the members in Chile in asking for the Council of Elders to render a judgment.

Melvin Rhodes—Chairman, on behalf of the Council of Elders

January 4, 2011 Posted by | Council of Elders | | 55 Comments

GIANTS!

January 4, 2011

Giants aren’t fairytale creatures sprung from an overactive imagination. They existed once, and they exist today as trials that loom over and threaten to crush us. We find the secret to overcoming them in the story of a ruddy-faced shepherd boy who struck down a giant thousands of years ago—reminding us that with God, all things are possible..

The following short video, titled “Giants,” was produced by our Beyond Today production staff to illustrate our need to trust God through difficult times. Thanks go to Jonathan Magee, Jamie Schreiber and Jeremy Lallier for their creative efforts.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

January 4, 2011 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | | 15 Comments

Beyond Today: The Day After Christmas

January 4, 2011

Our first “Holidays” Beyond Today program which aired last week, “The Day After Christmas,” drew the fourth highest response on WGN America out of 25 programs aired so far. The program obtained 941 total responses on WGN at an excellent cost per response of $12.75.

Congratulations to the production staff and presenters, and special thanks to God for His blessings and encouragement.

Here are the top five programs since we began airing on WGN America in July of 2010:

  1. The Rapture: Fact or Fiction (repeat) — 1,145
  2. Will I Go to Hell? — 1,001
  3. The Rapture: Fact or Fiction — 959
  4. The Day After Christmas — 941
  5. God’s Holy Day Plan: Blueprint for Salvation (repeat) — 924

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services


January 4, 2011 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | | 3 Comments