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Beyond Today Television on the WORD Network

January 31, 2014

WORD Network Contract Completion

Beyond Today Logo - low resThe Beyond Today television program, produced by the United Church of God, began airing December 25, 2011, on the WORD Network. Since then, we have received nearly 7,600 responses from WORD Network viewers in the United States and many countries around the globe.

Although we have appreciated our relationship with the network, we completed our contract this past Thursday, January 30, 2014. The reason we will no longer air on WORD is that we have noted a steady increase in our cost per response over the past several months. Besides this, since we recently contracted with the ION Television network for a nationwide airtime test, we believe this would be a better expenditure of available funds.

Even though Beyond Today will no longer be seen on the WORD network we do encourage you to watch our weekly program on the ION and WGN America television networks in the United States.

Beyond Today on ION Television

For the ION network on cable, Beyond Today airs each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Eastern and Pacific time, and at 8:00 a.m. Central and Mountain. For satellite (DISH 216 and DirecTV 305) our program airs at 9:00 a.m. Eastern, 8:00 a.m. Central, 7:00 a.m. Mountain and 6:00 a.m. Pacific. To find the ION channel locations in your area, visit www.iontelevision.com and click on “Channel Finder” located on the top right corner of the webpage. Enter your zip code and it will provide the channel number(s) on which you can view ION television. Please note, Beyond Today is not airing in all cities where ION has a broadcast outlet, but we have contracted for 27 over-the-air stations.

Beyond Today on WGN America

Beyond Today also airs on WGN America on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, 7:30 a.m. Central, 6:30 a.m. Mountain and 5:30 a.m. Pacific. Please visit the WGN America website to find a station in your area. Insert your zip code in the “Channel Finder” box at the top of the website. Click on the triangle next to the zip code box to view a list of WGN America stations available to you.

Additionally, all programs can be viewed on-demand on dedicated Beyond Today television channels on Roku, YouTube, Vimeo, Wii and Xbox. Thank you for your unwavering support and prayers for our media efforts throughout the world.

Peter Eddington – Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

PS—Here is an early release of this coming Sunday morning’s program if you’d like to view it. A new piece of literature is also being offered.

January 31, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , | 3 Comments

UCG Prints 9 Millionth Booklet

January 31, 2014

tools for spiritual growthThis week the United Church of God passed another major milestone when we printed our 9 millionth English-language booklet!

With a second printing of the new booklet Tools for Spiritual Growth (reprinted much earlier than usual due to very high demand), we passed the 9 million mark.

To put this number in perspective, if all 9 million booklets (at our current size) were laid end to end, they would stretch almost 1,200 miles—the approximate distance from Cincinnati to Denver, Miami or San Antonio.

If put into a single stack, it would reach almost 60 miles high and weigh about 675 tons!

Our most-printed booklet at the moment is The Book of Revelation Unveiled (461,000 copies). The remainder of the top 10 booklets published are Are We Living in the Time of the End? (420,000 copies), You Can Understand Bible Prophecy (410,000 copies), What Happens After Death? and What Is Your Destiny? (405,000 each), The Middle East in Bible Prophecy (400,000 copies), Jesus Christ: The Real Story and The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy (370,000 each), The Ten Commandments (360,000 copies) and Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe? (350,000).

In most years we have printed or reprinted 500,000 to 700,000 booklets in response to reader requests. This averages about 42,000 booklet requests per month (not counting Internet downloads).

While the Internet, TV, The Good News and other forms of media are good at introducing people to God’s truth, booklets play a major role in helping people gain a deeper understanding of what the Bible teaches about various subjects. Thus our booklets play a crucial role in bringing people to greater understanding of the Bible and God’s plan and purpose for them.

We deeply appreciate the generosity and faithfulness of our members, coworkers and donors who make it possible to share God’s wonderful truths in this way!

Scott Ashley—Booklets managing editor

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January 31, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications | , , , , , | 11 Comments

Live Bible Study Webcast: Jesus Our Passover

January 21, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, January 22. The study continues at the new time of 7 p.m. ET and is available live via webcast.

Steve Myers, a presenter on Beyond Today television, will be starting a new six-part series in preparation for the Passover.

The Bible reveals Jesus as Creator, Prophet, Priest, and King. It is said there are over 200 ways He is made known to us in Scripture. The first Bible study in our series will focus on Christ as the Lamb of God slain for the sins of the whole world and the deep meaning for each of us. He is Jesus, our Passover.

Live Bible Study

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

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Gary Petty: Has God Lost Control?

January 15, 2014

We’re happy to introduce the thirteenth Inside United Podcast by the United Church of God.

In this episode President Victor Kubik is joined by Gary Petty, who explains why he chose the subject of “Has God Lost Control?” for this month’s Beyond Today recording.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

January 15, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, President's Office | , , , , , | 7 Comments

“The Next World Superpower” Generates High Response

January 13, 2014

Beyond Today Program “The Next World Superpower” Generates Second-highest Response for the 2013-14 Fiscal Year

The Beyond Today television program “The Next World Superpower,” produced by the United Church of God and hosted by Steve Myers, aired January 5-11, 2014, on the WGN America and WORD networks.

A total of 1,710 telephone and Internet responses were generated, which makes this episode the second-highest viewer response program aired so far this fiscal year (which began July 1, 2013). The previous second-place position was held by the Beyond Today episode “Regifting Jesus,” which aired just two weeks ago.

Also, “The Next World Superpower,” procured the highest international response of all Beyond Today programs aired this fiscal year. Internet responses originated from the following 20 countries and territories around the globe:

  1. Australia
  2. Belgium
  3. Botswana
  4. Barbados
  5. Canada
  6. England
  7. France
  8. India
  9. Jamaica
  10. Japan
  11. Malaysia
  12. Philippines
  13. Puerto Rico
  14. Romania
  15. Scotland
  16. Singapore
  17. South Africa
  18. Sweden
  19. Trinidad and Tobago
  20. United States

Additionally, we are very pleased to report that so far this fiscal year Beyond Today has received Internet responses from the following 67 countries and territories.

  1. Abu Dhabi
  2. Antiqua and Barbuda
  3. Australia
  4. Argentina
  5. Barbados
  6. Belgium
  7. Belize
  8. Bengladesh
  9. Botswana
  10. Brazil
  11. Canada
  12. Colombia
  13. Cote d ‘ivoire
  14. Dominican Republic
  15. England
  16. Estonia
  17. Ethiopia
  18. Finland
  19. France
  20. Germany
  21. Ghana
  22. Greece
  23. Grenada
  24. Hungary
  25. India
  26. Ireland
  27. Italy
  28. Jamaica
  29. Japan
  30. Lativa
  31. Lesotho
  32. Luxembourg
  33. Malaysia
  34. Malta
  35. Mexico
  36. Moldova
  37. Morocco
  38. Namibia
  39. New Zealand
  40. Netherlands
  41. Nigeria
  42. Northern Ireland
  43. Norway
  44. Pakistan
  45. Panama
  46. Philippines
  47. Puerto Rico
  48. Romania
  49. Russia
  50. Scotland
  51. Singapore
  52. South Africa
  53. South Korea
  54. Spain
  55. Sri Lanka
  56. St. Kitts and Nevis
  57. St. Lucia
  58. Sweden
  59. Switzerland
  60. Taiwan
  61. Tanzania
  62. Thailand
  63. Trinidad/Tobago
  64. Uganda
  65. Ukraine
  66. United States
  67. Vietnam

Finally, please remember the forthcoming ten-week airing test of Beyond Today on the ION television network. It commences this coming Sunday, January 19, 2014.

We hope you will tune into the Beyond Today programs on ION and you will tell your family and friends about them. To find the ION channel locations in your area, please visit www.iontelevision.com and click on “Channel Finder” located on the top right corner of the webpage. Enter your zip code and it will provide the channel number(s) on which you can view ION television. We are on cable and satellite across the United States. Plus, for a list of the 27 ION broadcast television stations (not cable or satellite) that have been chosen to air our program too, please refer to last week’s blog post for the listing.

As always, we are deeply thankful for your prayers as the United Church of God makes every effort to preach and publish the good news of His coming Kingdom.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

January 13, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

UPDATE: More Stations Added to ION Television Test

January 10, 2014

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Last week we reported on a new opportunity for Beyond Today to broadcast on the ION Television network beginning January 19. We now have additional details on this important United Church of God endeavor as we work diligently to preach the gospel of God’s Kingdom.

It’s a family effort

But first, let us emphasize that the work being done at the home office to preach the gospel of the Kingdom, is actually a family effort. It involves all of us as His children. The work is not done by only a few employees in Cincinnati—rather it is a collective task. We must be dedicated to His Way in our family project of preaching the “good news.”

So, please make sure you beseech God each day for His blessings on the work of our hands, as we reach out to the world with His message of hope for humanity. And, please ensure that you are close to Him in prayer, study and fasting—that He may truly bless our work, our joint family effort, in preparing for His Kingdom.

New developments

It appears from new developments this past week, that God is blessing our attempt to spend His money wisely. ION Television has sweetened their original offer by providing an additional 22 broadcast markets—in addition to the five previously announced being donated by our agency, Associated Media.

With further negotiated leveraging by Associated Media, we now have ION Media Network determined to make our ten-week test against WGN America a success. A total of 27 owned and operated (O&O) broadcast markets are included with the cable and satellite platform we’ve purchased. That is half of ION’s broadcast O&Os.

This additional broadcast placement means we will be reaching 20,586,240 households (HH) or 17.8* percent of the national U.S. population through free, over-the-air, non-subscription television. [*According to Nielsen.] Please see the channel listing down below for actual stations and channel numbers.

And, there is more being offered. While ION’s cable platform includes DISH Network & DirecTV, we were limited to 85 percent of the satellite environment (all related to packages people choose). But as of Wednesday, ION has made additional purchases to expand their satellite reach to become 100 percent. So now, anyone with either of these two satellite providers can receive Beyond Today! This increases total households by more than 5 million, and at no additional cost to us.

Fishes and loaves

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So, here is the total coverage: We will be reaching 75.6 million households: (55 million from the cable/satellite platform and 20.6 million O&O HH). By reaching nearly 76 million households, translating households to people, means we are potentially reaching about 227 million people in the U.S.

We have very limited financial resources to preach the gospel. We have to spend every cent wisely. But the blessings are there. As Scripture teaches us, and as Christ taught His disciples, He can multiply the equivalent “fishes and loaves” out of the meager budget we have. As we sow the seed and water it, He can provide the increase! But, we have to show Him that we, as a Church, are committed to follow-through with dedicated prayer and enthusiasm towards what He’d have us do.

And so, in ten days we start our 10-week A/B test.

The details

There may be a couple of exceptions, but generally the objective is for ION to place all of our Beyond Today programs to follow “In Touch Ministries” by Dr. Charles Stanley for this test period. So far ION has moved or pre-empted other programs to accommodate us, with only a few exceptions.

Here is a recap of airing times (depending on the media used):

National Cable Platform

  • Cable is a “triple feed” so it will show at 9 a.m. Eastern & Pacific, and at 8 a.m. Central & Mountain (same as on the national broadcast stations).
  • Satellite (DISH Network 216 & DirecTV 305) are single feed nationally so it will be 9 a.m. EST, 8 a.m. CST, 7 a.m. MST and 6 a.m. PST.
    • (Note: In the case of San Francisco, they have local–to–local coverage on a satellite provider! This extra coverage means that while the national ION feed on DirecTV 305 and DISH 216 would run at 9 a.m. EST, 7 a.m. MST and 6 a.m. PST time, the satellite homes in the markets with ION O&O broadcast stations have a second ION channel that is theirs too. On this local O&O channel position, the program would run at the same time as the broadcast station in the market. In this case, that would be 8 a.m. for MST and 9 a.m. for PST)

Telcos

  • AT&T U-Verse and Verizon’s FiOS vary depending on the market. But, mostly these are treated the same as cable—but there are exceptions, so consult the channel finder on www.iontelevison.com based on individual zip codes.

National Broadcast Owned & Operated Stations (54 possible)

  • We have 27 O&Os contracted, which are half of ION’s O&O stations. These over-the-air broadcast stations are free and not subscriber-based. These are available on cable and over-the-air at 9 a.m. Eastern & Pacific, and at 8 a.m. Central & Mountain. Below is a channel listing of ION stations currently contracted to air Beyond Today starting January 19. Please click on the image for a larger view.

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ION Media Network is a unique system and is growing rapidly. However, they are not in every market with every media platform. So to find your channel position for ION TV where you live, please go to www.iontelevision.com and use the Web tool on the home page called “Channel Finder.” Enter your zip code and you can find how to view it.

If it shows you cannot see it where you live, it will suggest that you go to your cable carrier (it shows the phone number) and call them to ask if they will carry ION TV. (Sometimes when cable providers are asked by enough people, they may accommodate their customers.)

Thank you for your prayers

Here at the home office, and in particular in Media and Communications Services, we thank you for your prayer and diligent support for our humble work to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God. Please don’t underestimate the effect you have in God’s work. Please continue to pray for God’s blessings. We thank you very much for being a part of this “family effort!”

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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January 10, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Live Bible Study Webcast: Dating True Love

January 9, 2014

Dating True Love

How do you find your one true love?  How do you identify the soul mate that God has prepared for you? True love may seem elusive, improbable or just a blind hope—but it can be found!

Join us this Friday night January 10, 2014, at 8 p.m. EST for the next Vertical Thought Bible Class (VTBC) where instructor Randy Stiver will help you learn all about “Dating True Love.” This live webcast will originate from the Ambassador Bible Center lecture hall in the home office of the United Church of God in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Vertical Thought Bible Class is produced especially for teens, young adults and “young” adults of all ages. Just go to verticalthought.org and click on “Live Bible Class.”  Note: please feel free to share this announcement with others who might be interested.

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Randy Stiver—Managing Editor, Vertical Thought

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Webcast: Wednesday Night Bible Study

January 8, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, January 8. The study continues at the new time of 7 p.m. ET and is available live via webcast.

Darris McNeely, a presenter on Beyond Today television, will be continuing the study of the Book of Hebrews.

Live Bible Study

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

January 8, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

More Inside United Podcasts Now Online

January 7, 2014

Since our last blog post about the new Inside United Podcast by the United Church of God, three new podcasts have been posted by Victor Kubik:

  1. 009—Interview with Rainer Salooma, chairman of the UCG Canadian National Council.
  2. 010—Interview with Rick Shabi, UCG Treasurer.
  3. 011—Interview with Peter Eddington about record number of unique visits to UCG.org in December.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

January 7, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications, President's Office | , , , | 5 Comments

2014 Feast in Brazil: Details Announced

January 6, 2014

Eco Park BrazilWe are pleased to inform everyone of the new 2014 Feast of Tabernacles site in the environmental Ecological Park (Eco Park) of Boa Vista, State of Roraima, Brazil.

This Feast site was chosen to specifically provide the opportunity for the local brethren from Maloca de Moscow to gather with members from other areas in Brazil and from overseas. We also expect a few brethren from neighboring Guyana.

This site is 20 miles (35 kms) outside of Boa Vista on the road to Alto Alegre and it is a water entertainment park in the State of Roraima. It contains 44 cottages, of which 24 are brand new.
All cottages and the auditorium where services will be held are air-conditioned and free wi-fi is available on site. The facilities include a water reservoir for swimming with water park activities for children, water slides, canoeing, kayaking and fields for soccer, volleyball and water volley.

For more information about Eco-Park visit the website at www.ecoparkbv.com.br. This page is in Portuguese, but it will give you a visual idea of the site.

For more details in English about the Festival location, accommodation, prices, etc., please go to the following link: membros.revistaboanova.org/feast. For any further questions, please contact the festival coordinator, Jorge de Campos, at jorge_decampos@ucg.org

Jorge de Campos—Portuguese Festival Coordinator

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January 6, 2014 Posted by | Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments