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December 18, 2015

This Blog to be Discontinued

With almost 1 million views since Inside United: Realtime was created in 2010, it is now time to discontinue this United Church of God management team blog.

We thank our 1,625 followers and subscribers. We also thank those who left more than a hundred comments and interacted with us. The majority of our viewers came from the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, Singapore, Germany, Philippines and France.

The content and news provided here at Inside United: Realtime will now appear and continue on the Beyond Today website of the United Church of God and also on the new members website of the Church.

Updates on the work of the Church’s media department, letters from the president, letters from the chairman, and reminders of webcast Bible studies and other events, will now all come from the Beyond Today and UCG Member sites.

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We recommend that you immediately sign up for e-mail updates of new material posted on these sites if you have not already done so. Simply go to http://www.ucg.org/email-subscribe and choose one or both of the available e-mail services.

Thank you for your support of the important work of preaching the gospel of the Kingdom and caring for those whom God calls into His flock.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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December 18, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Home Office, Media and Communications, Ministerial Services, President's Office, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , | 3 Comments

New Members Website

December 16, 2015

Exciting New Development

The United Church of God recently launched a major refresh to its main website, UCG.org. And now there is an exciting new change to the members website for members of the Church to find to articles, local church updates, a calendar of events happening within the Church and other information pertinent to them. The new website can be found at www.ucg.org/members. Watch the introductory video below.

The new members site is more usable and functional for mobile devices, with a simpler and cleaner look. The Web team is always working to take advantage of the constantly shifting and changing Internet, improving the website and making it better for everyone to navigate. Everything will work together: the members site, local websites, the main UCG.org and the Beyond Today section.

The search function

The search function works better than ever on the new UCG.org and members website. Any query searches all sections of the website. There are fewer drop-down menu tabs across the top of the page, so if you cannot find something that was there before, just search for it in the search engine. Since everything works together it’s easier to find what you’re looking for.

Local congregation websites

The local congregation websites are rolled into the main UCG.org site, streamlining the look and making it easier for new and prospective members to find information on congregations near them. In the local sites, members can find updates and see a calendar of activities that pertains to their congregation.

The community tab

On each local congregation page there is a tab labeled “Community.” Here, members can join a community that is just for people in their congregation—prayer requests, announcements, member-specific sermons and other information that might be sensitive in nature can be posted here with privacy so that only members who have been vetted by their pastor or the local congregation maintainer can see it.

United News

United News is now a Web-first publication—meaning that important updates, articles, calendar events, news items and other information will be published online at the members site continually, with a print edition continuing to be published bi-monthly. Check out uploaded articles in the “Latest Updates” section on the page, or go directly to www.ucg.org/united-news.

Where will sermons be?

All sermons—including those from every local congregation website—are now migrated to the new site at www.ucg.org/sermons. The updated site makes it easier to listen to on mobile devices. You can also subscribe to an RSS feed (www.ucg.org/sermons/rss) of the newest sermons uploaded.

UCG member e-mail updates

Members can now sign up for updates on the members site by following this link: www.ucg.org/email-subscribe. When you sign up you will receive an e-mail a few times a week with latest updates and articles posted to the members website (www.ucg.org/members). This update will include United Church of God member updates, announcements, events, United News content, sermons and more.

Can I Get Involved?

The Web team is always looking for more volunteers to help with posting sermons and material pertaining to their local congregation. If you would like to get involved and help out with your local congregation website, please talk with your minister about what you can do for the website.

There have been close to 300 local volunteer maintainers of the local congregation websites who have already been helping out. They have been valuable and helpful to the Web team, who could not possibly maintain all aspects of the Church’s various websites without them. The Web team would like to thank all those volunteers.

There is one Body with many members, and the members website is just one of the places where they can come together. It is an exciting new development for everyone to enjoy and utilize.

Linda Merrick—Associate Editor, United News

Aaron Booth—Internet Managing Editor

December 16, 2015 Posted by | Media and Communications, UCGIA on the Web | , , | 3 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

January 9, 2014 Posted by | UCGIA on the Web, Vertical Thought | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Record-Breaking Month at UCG.ORG

January 2, 2014

We are very pleased to report that December 2013 was a record-breaking month with more than 1 million unique visitors to the United Church of God‘s primary website at www.ucg.org.UCGIA Seal 072 dpi

A total of 1,026,510 unique visits were recorded—with more than 1.8 million page views. By way of comparison, the month of November, 2013, saw 682,653 unique visitors (also a very good number)—for an increase month-to-month of more than 50%!

December, 2012, was our best month-to-date at that time, and throughout 2013 we saw many months also reach that target. So, our prayer for 2014 is that more than 1 million unique visitors will become “the new monthly norm” for 2014 as well!

Please continue to pray for our dedicated production staff and Web employees who work tirelessly to bring this about. We post several items of new content each day at UCG.org—ranking the Church’s website at number 13 in the entire world among Christian denomination websites (alexa.com).

May God bless us, and may the good news of His Kingdom reach fertile ground amongst our millions of readers and viewers.

Peter Eddington—Operation Mangar, Media and Communications Services

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January 2, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Record-breaking Quarter at UCG.ORG

October 9, 2013

We are very pleased to report that our website traffic at www.ucg.org continues to climb very favorably. The 2013 July-September quarter resulted in the highest number of unique website visitors in our history: more than 1.4 million. Please note that this is not the total number of visits, but the number of unique visitors. Many of these people visited multiple, multiple times throughout the same time period.

As a result, we are on track to log 5.5 million unique visitors for the 2013 calendar year. Please see the following chart that illustrates our website visitor growth over the past eight years. The final quarter of 2013 is a conservative estimate based on the average number of visitors for the first three quarters. It may actually be higher if the positive trend continues and if previous years’ Q4 are any indication.

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Please continue to pray for God’s blessing upon the United Church of God’s diligent effort to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God around the world with increasing reach and effectiveness. Also, please ask God that our Good News magazine readers and our Beyond Today television viewers will be inspired and feel compelled by the gospel message to become more involved in the work of God’s Church—as donors and coworkers, but especially as newly converted Christians part of Jesus Christ’s flock in this end-time Work.

We are presently in the middle of a further redesign of our website to gain the most opportunity from mobile Internet technology—especially for our readers and viewers who use smart phones and tablets (like the iPad). Our dedicated team of website professionals are hard at work on this new update. I’m sure they would appreciate your prayers to God on their behalf as well.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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October 9, 2013 Posted by | Beyond Today, Good News Magazine, Media and Communications, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Millions Visit United Church of God Website

4 Million Visits for 2012!

December 11, 2012

The United Church of God, an International Association’s, primary website at www.ucg.org is on track to complete the calendar year with an average of 1 million unique visitors per quarter, for a total of 4 million visits in 2012.

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UCG.ORG Unique Visitors
Per Quarter and TOTAL 2006-2012

As the above graph shows, since the combining of our websites under ucg.org in May of 2011, we are seeing a very dramatic and continual climb in visitors to our site. The month of November, 2012, saw the highest number of visitors on record! (December 2012 visitors are projected into the 4Q figure above.)

As we continue to enhance the online visit experience for our users, we expect to see this positive trend continue into 2013. Thank you for your support and prayers for this very important aspect of our work in preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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December 11, 2012 Posted by | Media and Communications, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , , | 13 Comments

UCG Launches New Website Search Tool

July 31, 2012

Today we are launching a new feature on the www.ucg.org website: a new search tool powered by Google.

This new feature is much faster than the old search engine and we believe it will provide you with more relevant and comprehensive results. Here is an example of a site search for “jesus christ.”

As you see above, as well as text results, responses can now contain images and graphics of relevant search material. And, the tool can also search and index PDF files on our site. The feature we are most excited about is the ability to search more than just the main ucg.org site. This new search will return results from bible.ucg.org, feast.ucg.org and uyc.ucg.org.

Plus, there are soon some more changes on the way that we hope will improve your experience on our main United Church of God website. So please try out the new search and tell others about it too!

Tory Trone—Web Developer

July 31, 2012 Posted by | Media and Communications, UCGIA on the Web, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book of John: Live Bible Study Webcast

May 29, 2012

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

The series on the Gospel of John will cover chapters 13 and 14. Presenters will be Gary Antion and Darris McNeely.

Plan to attend in person, or you can listen online. Also, please note that we have a mobile option. You can view the Bible study using your smartphone.

Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God Cincinnati East

May 29, 2012 Posted by | Ministerial Services, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book of John: Live Bible Study Webcast

March 20, 2012

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, March 21. The study begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.

The series on the Gospel of John will cover chapters 5 and 6. These chapters deal with several miracles done by Jesus, and give us some very good pre-Passover lessons about the Bread of Life. Presenters will be Peter Eddington and Darris McNeely.

Plan to attend in person, or you can listen online with hundreds of brethren from around the world. Also, please note that we have a mobile option. You can view the Bible study using your smartphone!

Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God Cincinnati East

March 20, 2012 Posted by | Ambassador Bible Center, Ministerial Services, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

VIDEO: How to Make Simple Unleavened Bread

March 14, 2012

A new United Church of God short film on how to make simple unleavened bread was shot and made available this week—very timely as we approach the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread.

For more leaven-free recipes that you can enjoy during the Days of Unleavened Bread, visit www.ucg.org/recipes/category/unleavened-recipes.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

March 14, 2012 Posted by | Media and Communications, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

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