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Beyond Today Program “Is the Rapture Real?” Generates Fourth-lowest Cost Per Response

April 28, 2014

Watch the Newest Beyond Today Commercial Now Airing on the ION Television Network

 

The Beyond Today television program “Is the Rapture Real?,” produced by the United Church of God and hosted by Gary Petty, aired April 20-26, 2014, on the ION television network. This episode generated an excellent 1,387 telephone and Internet responses. In terms of cost per response this program ranks fourth-lowest in cost per response out of all those aired this fiscal year.

Also, the previous week’s episode “Three Days and Three Nights” hosted by Steve Myers generated a very favorable 981 responses, which placed it eighth out of all programs aired this fiscal year. We are exceptionally pleased with viewer response to Beyond Today on the ION network which has now aired our programs for the past fourteen weeks.

In addition, we welcome you to check out our newest Beyond Today commercial now airing on the ION television network. It was produced by our home office video editors and is an important effort to promote our programs to millions of ION television viewers.

We encourage you to personally tune into Beyond Today on ION and tell others about our programs. 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.

As always, we are truly grateful for your steady prayers for the United Church of God as it strives to carry out Christ’s commission to “go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone” (Mark 16:15, New Century Version).

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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April 29, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NEWS: Cincinnati East Webcast Now on Roku

April 28, 2014

We are very pleased to report that the Cincinnati East congregation weekly Sabbath service webcast broadcast by the United Church of God now has a dedicated Roku channel.

Appearing in the “Religion and Spirituality” category, Roku users can now conveniently watch Sabbath services “live” in high definition on their television sets, and also browse through dozens of archived sermons.

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Here is a description about Roku from the company’s “about” page:

Roku…is…the market leader in streaming entertainment devices for the TV with millions of units sold. Roku has always believed that anything you want to watch, listen to, and enjoy should simply be there on your TV, whenever you want it. Roku streaming players are renowned for their simplicity, variety of entertainment choices, and exceptional value.

If you have a Roku unit, add the United Church of God to your channel listing now. You can watch each week’s Sabbath service live—and archives as soon as they’re posted—in the comfort of your living room or with a larger gathering of church members.

We pray that this additional electronic outlet for our members and the preaching of God’s Kingdom will bear fruit and further the work of the Gospel.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

April 28, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications, Ministerial Services, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

New Bible Study Webcast Series

The Power to Change

April 24, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, April 30. The study continues at the time of 7 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.

Gary Petty, a presenter on Beyond Today television and UCG pastor in San Antonio, Texas, will kick off the new three-part series titled “The Power to Change.” This series is to help in preparation for the Feast of Pentecost and the first topic will be “The Work of the Holy Spirit.”

Join us for the next three live, webcast Bible studies on the following topics:

  • April 30: “The Work of the Holy Spirit” presented by Gary Petty
  • May 14: “Inside Out” presented by Darris McNeely
  • May 28: “The Spirit of Love” presented by Steve Myers

Some have said that the hardest thing to do in life is to change. We need more than just willpower. We need the power of God in our life. This Bible study series will focus on how change is possible through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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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

April 24, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Spring Festival Press Release Exceeds Expectations

April 23, 2014

On April 7, Media and Communications Services posted a press release about the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread. It was titled:  “Christian Passover – Reviving Ancient Biblical Principles.” A slightly modified version also appeared on the United Church of God website at www.ucg.org/blog/christian-passover-reviving-ancient-biblical-truth.PRWEB Press release

Collective results have now set a new record for responses for media releases for Holy Day seasons, surpassing all of the Feast of Tabernacles prior releases posted in 2011, 2012 and 2013 for full page reads, downloads and interactions.

This was the first time the Passover (and Days of Unleavened Bread) were featured. As of yesterday, a total of 1,331 release full page reads and downloads have taken place with 179 digital interactions. (One release distributed in January 2011 for the Kingdom of God Bible Seminars holds the all-time record with more than 1,600 downloads).

Keyword searches were way up for this release, with phrases including the words “lamb of God” and “Christian Passover” topping the list. Also for the first time, Bing search engine surpassed Google and Yahoo for most searches that led to the Christian Passover release.

Countries (apart from the United States) where full page reads and downloads took place were (to date):

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Portugal
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom (Britain)
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

The release can be viewed online at www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11742682.htm. Our thanks to Michael Snyder for preparing and posting the release for the Church.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

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April 23, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Podcast: Class on Dangers of Alcoholism

April 22, 2014

Since our last blog post about the Inside United Podcast by the United Church of God, a number of new podcasts have been posted by Victor Kubik. For the complete listing, please visit our podcast page at ucg.org/blog/inside-united-audio-podcast.

In podcast 039, Merna Leisure-Eppick talks about her Ambassador Bible Center class on alcoholism. She instructs people on how to best help people who are struggling with the disease of alcoholism. Learn more about Ambassador Bible Center and its Bible-centered curriculum at abc.ucg.org.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

April 22, 2014 Posted by | Ambassador Bible Center, President's Office | , , , , | 1 Comment

Update: ION Television and the Subject of Easter

April 8, 2014

what easter doesn't tell youWe are pleased to report that responses to airing of Beyond Today exclusively on the ION Television network are starting out very favorably. The March 30 program hosted by Gary Petty, “I Believe, Help My Unbelief,” was repeated from an earlier airing on WGN America from July 21, 2013, and it brought in higher responses this second time around on ION. So, that is a very positive development and we are reaching a new group of people—a new audience—on Sunday mornings. Also, the April 6 repeat-airing of “How Christian is Easter?“, is on track to be one of our lowest-cost response programs so far this fiscal year.

How to find Beyond Today on ION Television

At the United Church of God home office in Cincinnati, we are receiving a number of phone calls and e-mail messages asking where Beyond Today can now be viewed since it’s no longer available on WGN America. As announced earlier, we are now exclusively on the ION Television network. We can be viewed on cable, satellite, and on 30 of ION’s 67 over-the-air broadcast stations. Our coverage is greater than it was with WGN America. However, there are still some areas where we cannot be seen. To see a listing of channels, please see our channel listing—and don’t forget that Beyond Today also airs nationwide across Canada, Australia and New Zealand!

In addition, here is some further information to help explain how to find us. If you live in the United States, enter your zip code in the ION Television channel finder at iontelevision.com and see what ION options there are in your city. If there is an “over the air” broadcast station in your city and you’re using cable for your viewing, then what will most likely happen is that the local cable TV companies will take that local ION broadcast to use on their cable feed—not the nationwide ION feed that we purchased. And, since we have purchased only 30 of the 67 ION over-the-air stations (please see the listing of those we did purchase at www.ucg.org/beyond-today/channels) and if your city is not one of them, then the best way to watch Beyond Today in your area is via satellite through DirectTV or Dish, on our Roku channel, on our YouTube channel, or on our Beyond Today website.

Your prayers needed

Please continue to pray for the ongoing success of this, and all of our efforts to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. Please beseech God to guide the hearts and minds of our readers and viewers—that they will respond and become more involved in the work of His Church.

Thank you very much,

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

April 8, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Resurrection and Christ In You

April 7, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, April 9. The study continues at the time of 7 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.

Darris McNeely, a presenter on Beyond Today television, will be continuing this six-part series in preparation for the Passover with the topic, “The Resurrection: Christ In You.”

In Part 6 of Six Steps to Passover Mr. McNeely will show the resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to the faith and life of a Christian. The apostle Paul tells us “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty…and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:14-17). After three days and three nights in the grave Christ was resurrected on the third day of Unleavened Bread. As we examine ourselves and “keep the feast” let us be sure that Christ is in us. This study will help you prepare to effectively “keep the feast.”

Six Steps to Passover-step 6

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

April 7, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , | 1 Comment