November 30, 2013
“It is with sadness that the Council of Elders, the staff and the members of the United Church of God note the death of Sheryl Meredith, the long-time wife and spiritual partner of Roderick C. Meredith,” said Victor Kubik, president of the United Church of God. “We all join with members of the Living Church of God in renewed prayer that God’s Kingdom come soon, marking the future happy and joyous time when Mrs. Meredith and many thousands like her will be resurrected as the literal children of God into an everlasting Kingdom.”
Mr. Kubik and his wife Beverly plan to attend the December 4th funeral of Mrs. Meredith in North Carolina as representatives of the United Church of God.
Mr. Kubik noted that the death of Mrs. Meredith was “especially poignant, given the fact that Dennis Luker had died in the faith less than a year ago.” Following the death of long-time minister and mutual friend Dibar Apartian, Mr. Luker, then the president of United, visited the headquarters of the Living Church of God before Mr. Luker’s death. Dr. Meredith had worked closely together with Mr. Luker on a number of occasions in their prior shared fellowship.
Prior to the death of Mrs. Meredith, Mr. Kubik had discussed the possibility of the Living Church of God and the United Church of God jointly providing aid to Church members afflicted by the recent typhoon in the Philippines. “We agreed to work together and it is now more fitting than ever that this joint effort should move forward,” Mr. Kubik said.
Victor Kubik—President, UCGIA; and Robin Webber—Chairman, UCGIA
November 23, 2013
We are very pleased to report that donations to the Philippines Disaster Relief fund are very encouraging and will help greatly in restoring the living conditions of our brethren.
The United Church of God’s “Good Works” program has collected more than $66,000 to help provide essential supplies to our Philippine brethren in dire need. Additional donations to LifeNets and the local Philippine disaster relief fund brings the grand total to almost $100,000.
Monies contributed will be used to provide aid and assistance to UCG members in the Philippines, and also to other Church of God members as funds allow. You can see a running “thermometer-scale” of money raised so far at goodworks.ucg.org/project/philippines-disaster-relief.
Please read a comprehensive report from the Philippine UCG office giving a timeline and photos of their relief effort and their work to locate our brethren.
—Media and Communications Services
November 13, 2013
We are very pleased to report that donations to the Philippines Disaster Relief fund are now coming in. The United Church of God’s “Good Works” program has collected more than $15,000 so far to help provide essential supplies to our Philippine brethren in dire need.
Funds contributed will be used to provide aid and assistance to UCG members in the Philippines, and also to other Church of God community members as funds allow.
You can see a running “thermometer-scale” of money raised so far online at goodworks.ucg.org/project/philippines-disaster-relief.
Thank your for your support for our fellow brethren. If you are able to make a financial contribution to provide essential, life-saving items please do so on our Good Works page.
November 11, 2013
The home office has released its eighth Focus on God’s Work video. This edition is by Aaron Dean in his new role as international advisor.
Mr. Dean gives an overview of the work now within his care in areas outside the United States. After outlining some history of service in the international areas, he then highlights what he hopes to accomplish as he serves the Church in this new responsibility.
As earlier announced, the plan is for various managers and employees of the United Church of God to give a report about their area of responsibility that may be of particular interest to our congregations. Pastors are asked to make the video links available to our membership, and most videos will be suitable to play in the sermonette timeslot at Sabbath services if desired.
Focus on God’s Work has it’s own menu selection on the member’s website under the “resources” tab at members.ucg.org/content/focus-gods-work. This is where a new video will be posted each month.
Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services
November 11, 2013
“Super-storm” typhoon Haiyan (also known as typhoon Yolanda) hit the island nation of the Philippines on November 7-8, 2013, leaving behind a trail of devastation. Possibly the strongest typhoon on record to make landfall, it has affected tens of thousands of people along the coastline.
The United Church of God is greatly concerned for the well-being of those affected by the storm, not just now, but as recovery begins and progresses. We are raising funds to aid in the recovery process. Because assessments of the damage are ongoing we will maintain contact with our associates in the region, who will help us determine how these funds will be most helpful to those affected.
A running blog has been created at www.ucg.org/blog/philippines-disaster-relief-and-updates to give news and information about relief progress. It also includes a link to the relief-funds gauge at goodworks.ucg.org/project/philippines-disaster-relief.
Thank you very much for your concern. Please pray for the peace, comfort, safety and relief of citizens affected by this terrible storm.
November 7, 2013
Join us this Friday night, November 8, at 8 p.m. ET for the next Vertical Thought Bible Class at verticalthought.org and click on Live Bible Class! Once again, this study is available live via webcast.
Childlike: To Be or Not to Be?
That is the question that instructor Matthew Fenchel will address at the Ambassador Bible Center Lecture Hall in Milford, Ohio. He will lead you to the practical answers that teach how to successfully mature as a true Christian—including a short list of key questions you can test yourself with.
Join teens and young adults from around the world connecting via live webcast to learn insightful and helpful lessons from the Bible. A useful handout with group discussion questions will be available for download just before the VT Bible Class webcast begins.
Vertical Thought magazine is very happy to sponsor these monthly Bible classes for their youth and young adult readers. Be sure to check out VT’s daily blogs, commentaries, articles and Vertical News items at verticalthought.org.
Remember, the Vertical Thought Bible Class is meant for teens, young adults and “young” adults of all ages!
Get together with your friends to watch the webcast, print a few handouts at the link, and afterward enjoy a pleasant discussion of the topic over coffee and snacks. It’s a delightful way to begin the Sabbath!
Randy Stiver—Managing Editor, Vertical Thought
November 4, 2013
The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, November 6. The study continues at the new time of 7 p.m. ET and is available live via webcast.
Gary Petty, a presenter on Beyond Today television and pastor of the San Antonio, Austin and Waco, Texas, congregations will be continuing the study of Hebrews chapter 12.
Plan to attend in person, or you can listen online. You can also view the Bible study using your smartphone Internet browser.
Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God Cincinnati East