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LIVE: Wednesday Night Bible Study Webcast

First Fruits

April 13, 2015

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study series “Let Us Keep the Feasts.” Tune in Wednesday, April 15, at the time of 7 p.m. EDT live via webcast.

For the sixth study, Steve Myers, Cincinnati East pastor and presenter on Beyond Today, will cover the topic: “First Fruits.”

Is it possible that God is only dealing with a few people today? There is a huge spiritual harvest to come, but what does the biblical Festival of Pentecost tell us about the plan of God? God uses the representation of the harvest of first fruits to make a powerful point as to the deep meaning of His purpose. In this study we’ll discuss the details of exactly what a first fruit is, and the responsibilities it carries. Join us for this in-depth examination of Pentecost and the first fruits.

Here is the schedule for the remainder of this series:

  • April 15, 2015: First Fruits – Steve Myers
  • April 29, 2015: The Power to Change – Darris McNeely
  • May 13, 2015: The Holy Spirit in Us – Steve Myers

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Plan to watch online. You can also view the Bible study using your smartphone Internet browser.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services, UCGIA

April 13, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NEW UCG.ORG Website to Launch

April 7, 2015

2nd Quarter 2015

UCG.org to Re-launch with Responsive Design and Other Improvements!

The Internet team at the United Church of God is always looking for ways to improve our visitor’s experience. Over the past several months we’ve been very busy building something that we think you’ll love! We’re very happy to say we’re almost ready to unveil the new UCG.org website!

Why a new website?

The Internet is constantly shifting in capabilities, browsing habits and tons of other factors. We like to stay as current as we can—so that we’re ready to give an answer when people are searching for God’s truths. We’ve thought long and hard about the best way to organize the new site, what it should look like, and how it will function. We didn’t want just a face-lift. We wanted a change that can be expanded and improved upon for years to come—with a strong backend and thoughtful organization. We think you’re going to love it!

What Can I Expect on the new site?

  1. New, mobile-friendly responsive design

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    Beta sample of new UCG.org home page

We’ve redesigned the site from the ground up to make it more accessible on your smart phone, tablet, television or any other device that you use. A responsive design means the site should be accessible no matter what screen size you’re on at the moment. Over 50 percent of our traffic is from mobile phones and tablets now, so it is important to us that everyone has a seamless experience when they visit the website.

  1. More deliberate focus on presenting who we are as a Church

The Internet has changed really quickly! For years the strategy was to put as much content on your homepage as possible so search engines could find your site and make sure that visitors could find the information they were looking for. With advances from search engines this isn’t the case anymore. We’re planning to move all gospel-preaching content off of the “United Church of God” section of the website, and really focus in on who we are as a Church.

We’re going to give visitors a much clearer way to find a congregation near them and a really good idea of what they can find when they get to services. We’ll show them our outreach efforts, sermons, and even invite them in to watch a webcast Sabbath service so they can answer God’s calling.

  1. More deliberate focus on presenting the gospel message
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Beta sample of home page for new UCG.org Beyond Today media section

Just because you won’t see all of our media content on the “United Church of God” section anymore doesn’t mean we’re shifting focus. The new “Beyond Today” media section of the website will be better than ever!

With the coming magazine name change from The Good News to Beyond Today, our gospel message will be more findable and more robust than ever. Beyond Today is not just a television program anymore. Beyond Today is a place where people can find all the wonderful truths of God’s way of life in tons of different ways—videos, Bible studies, blogs, booklets and study aids—and all mobile-friendly and accessible to millions around the world. With a clear focus on our gospel-preaching effort, we’ll have the opportunities to reach people in many new emerging markets and emerging devices.

  1. New Congregation Websites

Along with the other changes we plan on slowly rolling in our local congregation websites, with tons of new features. All the sites will be searchable and findable inside the main UCG.org site now, which means a seamless experience for the user and a much better interface for the local congregation website helpers. All posted sermons given in local congregations will be findable on our main UCG.org website for everyone to hear, and we have a lot of great things in mind for those as well.

  1. New Members’ Website

In Quarter 3, we also plan on integrating the members’ site into the new UCG.org. It will provide a much more seamless experience for our members looking for pertinent member content.

Other Changes

We’ve also been keeping an eye on feedback from users and we’re deciding to sunset a few things.

  1. Simplified user accounts without in-site friend requests or messages

Friend requests and personal messages in-site will not be in the new website. We found a vast majority of users are not using this functionality, and there are many other options for interactivity on the Internet today.

To replace messaging we will allow any user to configure their account with a contact form so others can send them an e-mail message. All e-mail addresses will be obscured for privacy on UCG.org and the function will be able to be turned off. This lets site visitors drop a note to their favorite UCG.org authors and start to build a relationship right away. You should archive any messages you wish to keep now because when the site rolls over you will not be able to access the archived messages.

  1. Look for us on other devices you use!

The future of the Internet is having your website’s content on whatever device someone uses—be it a smart TV, set top box, wearable, phone, or something we haven’t even considered yet. We’ve built the new site with this in mind and hope to jump onto emerging technology as quickly as possible. Our Roku channel is the first example of this, but we want to make sure we’re available on streaming devices everywhere that people have a question about the Bible.

We look forward to everyone’s feedback as we start rolling the project out live. You can expect the first round of updates sometime in Quarter 2 of this year, and more improvements throughout the rest of 2015. We really appreciate everyone’s prayers for God’s blessing on the project and the continued support of the entire Church.

Tom Disher—Senior Web Developer & Beyond Today Media Promoter, UCGIA

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April 7, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , | 13 Comments

DISH Network Changes Channel for ION Network

March 31, 2015

Here is an important update for those who watch the United Church of God’s Beyond Today TV program via satellite on DISH Network. DISH has moved ION to channel 250. It’s no longer on channel 216.

This is a unilateral decision by DISH and is a permanent change. It appears the change was made two Fridays ago. During the transition DISH has been airing a change notification. However, such a notice would not help those viewers who DVR the program, so if you have your recorder set for Friday mornings please update your settings.

A full station listing for Beyond Today can be found online at www.ucg.org/beyond-today/channels. (The DISH listing will be updated later today.)

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

March 31, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Beyond Today Program “Who is the Antichrist?”

March 16, 2015

Episode Obtains Fourth Highest Response for 2014-2015 Fiscal Year

The Beyond Today television program “Who is the Antichrist?” produced by the United Church of God and hosted by Steve Myers, aired March 6-12, 2015. We are pleased to report that a total of 1,035 telephone and Internet responses were generated. This makes “Who is the Antichrist?” the fourth-highest viewer response episode aired so far this fiscal year. Please see the “top ten” program listing below.

 Beyond Today –Top Ten Programs–2014-2015 Fiscal Year

Beyond Today Top Ten Programs 2014-2015

Internet responses for “Who is the Antichrist?” originated from the following thirteen countries: Australia, Canada, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad/Tobago and United States.

Please tune into Beyond Today on the ION television network Friday mornings here in the United States at 8:30 a.m. Eastern/Pacific, 7:30 a.m. Central/Mountain. To find the ION channels 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 you will be shown the channel number(s) on which ION television can be viewed in your area.

Also, Beyond Today continues to air regularly in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Trinidad/Tobago and South Africa—and soon in St Lucia. Please see our channel listing online at http://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/channels.

As always, we sincerely appreciate your prayers as the United Church of God continues preaching and publishing the good news of God’s coming Kingdom.

Peter Eddington – Operation Manager—Media and Communications Services

March 16, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

LIVE Bible Study Webcast on Wednesday

The Solution For Sin

February 16, 2015

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study series “Let Us Keep the Feasts.” Tune in on Wednesday, February 18, at the time of 7 p.m. ET. It is available live via webcast.

For the third study, Steve Myers, a presenter on Beyond Today and Cincinnati East pastor, will cover “The Solution For Sin.”

Here is the schedule for the remainder of this series:

  • February 18, 2015: The Solution for Sin – Steve Myers
  • March 4, 2015: What Is Sin? – Gary Petty
  • March 18, 2015: Why Should We Leave Sin? – Darris McNeely
  • April 15, 2015: First Fruits – Steve Myers
  • April 29, 2015: The Holy Spirit in Us – Gary Petty
  • May 13, 2015: Power to Change – Darris McNeely

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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.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services, UCGIA

February 16, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reenactment: The Two Witnesses

January 16, 2015

The Beyond Today production team staged a “pre-enactment” recently for the TV program airing this weekend “Who Are the Two Witnesses?” The full episode is online for viewing now.

To give the scene a realistic touch, Ambassador Bible College students formed an angry mob, pushing against a police barrier where the two dead witnesses lay. Several donned costumes to complete their look. Home office staff also participated, filling out the cast as the two witnesses themselves, policemen, reporters, cameramen, and even the beast and false prophet.

Watch the full episode on YouTube now.

Mitchell Moss—Editor, United News

January 16, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 12 Comments

New UCG Short Film: Jelly Learns the Feast Days

December 31, 2014

View this new short film from the United Church of God and the producers of Beyond Today television: “Jelly Learns the Feast Days.”

After spending two weeks with family, Jelly’s cousin Chips is heading home to London—but not before a little song and dance! Join Jelly and his friends as they learn about God’s Feast Days.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

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

Press Release About New Beyond Today Airtime

The following press release was generously posted today by Associated Media, our Beyond Today media buying agency

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/beyond-today-program-moves-to-full-network-television-300014040.html

Beyond Today Program Moves to Full Network Television

CINCINNATIDec. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Beyond Today television program has become known for practical solutions for today and real hope for tomorrow. Now the program is slated to move to a full network audience.

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Life is hard. The world is in a mess. Peace seems so distant. Yet, Beyond Today sheds light on a way of living that is not focused on the now. It focuses on the future of life—and what is in store for humanity.

The program is expanding its popular viewing reach to cover the entire United States and its 210 TV markets via ION Television effective Friday, January 2, 2015.

The Beyond Today television program offers practical ways to help improve life right now, while pointing to a bright hope for all of humanity beyond today.

In a world of increasing personal and global trouble, Beyond Today is where can you find genuine answers to your questions about relationships, finances, conflict, religion, current events, life’s purpose, your future and much more.

Beyond Today hosts Darris McNeelySteve Myers and Gary Petty take you on a conservatively, moral-based exploration of positive solutions to today’s personal and world problems—while adding true understanding of the future.

Beginning Friday, January 2, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern/Pacific and 7:30 a.m. Central/Mountain, this already well-known international program will now reach the entire U.S. offering “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.”

“The Beyond Today television program offers practical ways to help you improve your life today while pointing to a bright hope for you, your family and all humanity tomorrow,” according to Victor Kubik, president of the United Church of God, an International Association, producers of the program.

Currently, the Beyond Today TV program can be viewed in approximately 70% of U.S. television households. By moving to Friday mornings beginning January 2, 100% of all TV markets across the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, will be able to view this program. Of course, the same program may also be viewed at any time online at www.BeyondToday.tv.

Beyond Today is also on satellite: As of January 2, every Friday – (DISH Network 216, DirecTV 305) 8:30 a.m. Eastern, 7:30 a.m. Central, 6:30 a.m. Mountain and 5:30 a.m. Pacific.

Local ION channel locations are listed at www.iontelevision.com. Click on “channel finder” on the top right of their webpage and enter your zip code.

Beyond Today is also on Roku 

More information about the Beyond Today TV Program is available online at www.BeyondToday.tv. It is possible to view current and previous episodes online.

About the United Church of God, an International Association: Basing its beliefs on the biblical practices of the original 1st Century Church, the United Church of God maintains congregations in more than 40 countries around the world. Following the recorded example of Jesus Christ and the first apostles, the Church observes the seventh-day Sabbath and the annual Holy Day seasons as outlined in the Old and New Testaments. The main offices of the Church are located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Church produces the Beyond Today television program and publishes the Good News magazine. For more information about the Church and its activities, visit http://www.ucg.org

Contact:
Peter Eddington
+1 513-576-9796
United Church of God 
Email

SOURCE United Church of God

 

December 29, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , | 6 Comments

Canadian “Beyond Today” TV Responses Reach Milestone

December 24, 2014

40,000 Responses, and Counting

It took just over 8 ½ years for UCG-Canada to reach a milestone in Beyond Today responses. After 448 weeks on the air, we reached 40,000 responses.Beyond Today Logo - low res

From the humble beginning back on May 21, 2006, when we had 20 responses, our audience has continued to grow. It took 201 weeks—nearly 4 years—to reach 10,000 responses. The next 10,000 responses only took 88 weeks. Another 83 weeks later we saw 30,000 responses and a mere 76 weeks after that we reached 40,000 responses. (A request for literature offered on the program is considered a response.)

Overall, the average number of responses stands at 89.3 per week. After our first year we averaged 33.9 responses per week. In our 9th year we’re averaging 126.6 responses per week.

About 48% of all the responses we’ve received to date are from people not in our database. They were added as a result of the Beyond Today program, either on television, on the Internet or by mail.

Viewers of the program on TV (Vision Television or Hope Television) account for over 80% of all the responses received in Canada.

Prophecy is one topic that consistently draws the attention of our viewers. Programs related to prophecy account for 7 of the 10 programs with the highest number of responses. Coincidentally, 7 of the programs with the highest number of responses also aired in this calendar year.

The program that aired on the Labour Day weekend in 2013 drew the highest responses. It was the first time the program called The Four Horsemen of Revelation aired and in Canada we recorded 369 responses.

In February 2014 the program called Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns saw the second-highest number of responses at 366. The second time that program aired in September 2014 we saw the sixth-highest number of responses at 247.

Other programs that have drawn good responses include The Power of the Holy Spirit. That program also aired last March and September with a total of 549 responses from both airings.

Several Canadian pastors report that they’ve received a number of inquiries about Sabbath services. Many of those inquiries are from people who responded to the program.
As we continue to air Beyond Today in Canada, we look forward to many more positive results and we continue to be grateful for the support we receive from the home office in Cincinnati, and the Media and Communications Services department.

United Church of God–Canada, Media Team.

 

December 24, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Good News Magazine and Beyond Today

December 18, 2014

In this new Inside United Podcast, United Church of God president, Victor Kubik, talks about the Church’s proclamation efforts and the recent approval by the Council of Elders to change the title of The Good News magazine to the Beyond Today magazine.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

December 18, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Good News Magazine, Media and Communications | , , , , | 44 Comments

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