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Reminder: NEW Bible Study Series Starts Wednesday

June 1, 2015

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is starting a new bi-weekly Beyond Today Bible study series with the title: “The Churches of Revelation.” The series starts on Wednesday, June 3, at the time of 7 p.m. ET and is available live via webcast.

For the first study, Peter Eddington, operation manager for the United Church of God’s Media and Communications Services department, will present an introductory overview titled, “The Totality of the Church.” This Bible study will provide an introduction and overview of the churches of Revelation—giving especially some history, geography and context—so that as we study each congregation in detail in subsequent studies we will more fully appreciate what we are reading. The churches spoken of in Revelation 2 and 3 have multiple meanings and applications—both of the actual congregations of the first century A.D., and of our church down through time.

Here is the schedule for the new Revelation series:

  • June 3, 2015: Overview—The Totality of the Church – Peter Eddington
  • June 17, 2015: Ephesus—The Loveless Church – Darris McNeely
  • July 1, 2015: Smyrna—The Persecuted Church – Gary Petty
  • July 15, 2015: Pergamos—Where Satan Dwelt – Darris McNeely
  • July 29, 2015: Thyatira—The Corrupt Church – Steve Myers
  • August 12, 2015: Sardis—The Dead Church – Gary Petty
  • August 26, 2015: Philadelphia—The Faithful Church – Steve Myers
  • September 9, 2015: Laodicea—The Lukewarm Church – Darris McNeely

Seven Churches of Revelation

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, Cincinnati East, UCGIA

June 1, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Bible Study Series: The Churches of Revelation

May 28, 2015

The Totality of the Church

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is starting a new bi-weekly Beyond Today Bible study series with the title: “The Churches of Revelation.” The series starts on Wednesday, June 3, at the time of 7 p.m. ET and is available live via webcast. For the first study, Peter Eddington, operation manager for the United Church of God’s Media and Communications Services department, will present an introductory overview titled, “The Totality of the Church.” To complement this first study on the Churches of Revelation, a special, newly designed map of the Asia Minor area—showing the locations of the churches, including roads and rivers—will be distributed to those in attendance. It may also be made available as an electronic download to those watching the webcast. Here is the schedule for the new Revelation series:

  • June 3, 2015: Overview—The Totality of the Church – Peter Eddington
  • June 17, 2015: Ephesus—The Loveless Church – Darris McNeely
  • July 1, 2015: Smyrna—The Persecuted Church – Gary Petty
  • July 15, 2015: Pergamos—The Compromising Church – Darris McNeely
  • July 29, 2015: Thyatira—The Corrupt Church – Steve Myers
  • August 12, 2015: Sardis—The Dead Church – Gary Petty
  • August 26, 2015: Philadelphia—The Faithful Church – Steve Myers
  • September 9, 2015: Laodicea—The Lukewarm Church – Darris McNeely

Seven Churches of Revelation

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, Cincinnati East, UCGIA

May 28, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

NEW Ambassador Bible College Promotional Video Released

May 20, 2015

An engaging and entertaining video highlighting the benefits of attending Ambassador Bible College (ABC) has just been released. View a snapshot of a year at ABC and get to know some of the students. It is titled “Growing in Grace and Knowledge.”

This institution, sponsored by the United Church of God, leads students on a thorough study of the entire Bible. Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are still being accepted.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

May 20, 2015 Posted by | Ambassador Bible Center | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Good News Print Advertising Test to Reach 446,000 Households

May 6, 2015

Literature Ads to be Tested in 23 U.S. Sunday Newspapers on May 17, 2015

We are pleased to report that on Sunday, May 17, 2015 the United Church of God will place a total of 446,000 full-page literature advertisements in the coupon sections in twenty-three U.S. Sunday newspapers. Known in the industry as “free standing inserts,” these newspaper ad sections are often the most popular in Sunday newspapers.

Our experiment of this advertising method will not only serve as a witness in these geographic areas, but will also determine the potential response and cost-per-response we could expect if we consider a future roll-out into other cities. We will test two ads featuring our highly-popular Beyond Today Bible study aids: The Middle East in Bible Prophecy and How to Understand the Bible. Listed below are the cities, newspapers and circulation levels included in this effort.

The Middle East in Bible Prophecy ad placement

     City                                                    Newspaper                             Circulation

  • South Bend, IN                                 Tribune                                  68,000
  • Elkhart, IN                                        Truth                                     21,000
  • Benton Harbor, MI                              Herald-Palladium                     16,000
  • Ottumwa, IA                                      Courier                                  11,000
  • Sioux City, IA                                     Journal                                  31,000
  • Ft. Dodge, IA                                     Messenger                               15,000
  • Waterloo/Cedar Falls, IA                      Courier                                    39,000
  • Mason City, IA                                   Globe-Gazette                           16,000

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How to Understand the Bible ad placement

City                                                    Newspaper                             Circulation

  • Ann Arbor, MI                                 News                                       32,000
  • Washtenaw, MI                                Now                                        11,000
  • Port Huron, MI                                Times-Herald                             23,000
  • Adrian, MI                                      Telegram                                  15,000
  • Smyth County, VA                            News & Messenger                     5,000
  • Bristol, VA                                       Mountain Planner                     21,000
  • Smyth County, VA                            Mountain Planner                       9,000
  • Nacogdoches, TX                             Sentinel                                    9,000
  • Henderson, TX                                 Daily News                                7,000
  • Palestine, TX                                    Herald-Press                              6,000
  • Tyler, TX                                         Morning Telegraph                    23,000
  • Longview, TX                                   News-Journal                           24,000
  • Texarkana, TX                                  Gazette                                   27,000
  • Lufkin, TX                                        News                                     11,000
  • Marshall, TX                                     News Messenger                         6,000

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We are very grateful for your vital prayers for our various advertising campaigns. With God’s guidance and blessings, the work of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God will continue moving forward.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

May 6, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , | 4 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

TONIGHT: Live Bible Study Webcast

Why Should We Leave Sin?

March 18, 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 TONIGHT, Wednesday, March 18, at the time of 7 p.m. ET live via webcast.

For the fifth study, Darris McNeely, a presenter on Beyond Today, will cover the topic: “Why Should We Leave Sin?” “Why is Egypt a type of sin? God was determined to deliver Israel from the shackles of Egyptian slavery and plant them in a land of promise. Why was this event so important to Israel’s history? The tyranny of Egyptian culture enslaved not only the Israelites but the Egyptian people as well. As we prepare for the spring Holy Days we’ll explore many spiritual lessons from this account.

Here is the schedule for the remainder of this series:

  • March 18, 2015: Why Should We Leave Sin? – Darris McNeely
  • 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

March 18, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

TONIGHT: Bible Study Webcast — Let Us Keep the Feasts

What Is Sin?

March 4, 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 TONIGHT, Wednesday, March 4, at the time of 7 p.m. ET via webcast.

For the fourth study, Gary Petty, a presenter on Beyond Today and San Antonio/Austin/Waco, Texas, pastor says: “We’ve all heard of sin. It’s a very religious sounding word. But, what do the Days of Unleavened Bread teach us about sin and its dangerously pervasive consequences in our lives?” Join Gary as he explores “What is Sin?

Here is the schedule for the remainder of this series:

  • 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

 

what is sin

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

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services, UCGIA

March 4, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Church Media Showing Record-breaking Growth

February 6, 2015

The year of 2014 saw the highest number of visitors ever to the United Church of God website at UCG.org—6.89 million unique visitors! This is up from the previous high in 2013 of 6.4 million unique visitors—a 7.6% increase. And currently, Alexa.com ranks UCG.org in the top 20 in the world among Christian denomination websites!

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Our goal, and a rather challenging one, is for UCG.org to become the leading online Christian content source. To accomplish this requires God’s blessing, talent, teamwork, employee involvement, member involvement and hard work. We pray that we will continue to make good progress in this regard.

The 2014 calendar year saw more than 48,000 responses to our Beyond Today broadcast. This is the best year so far, and a 17% increase over 2013.

Here are some encouraging figures as of January 31 this year:

  • United News circulation is the highest it’s been in almost 4 years—13,301.
  • Our coworker count is now the highest it’s ever been—3,694 (17% higher than a year ago).
  • Our donor list now includes 7,258 people. That’s a 50% increase over the same time last year.
  • Combined with our coworkers, we now have more of our readers and viewers contributing to the work of the Church than the total number of members in the U.S.
  • 2014 was an all-time record for the number of personal correspondence (PC) answers sent.
  • Pieces of mail containing donations for December 2014 were the highest since United began—8,233—an 82% increase over December 2013.

Please continue your ongoing prayers for success in preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God around the world, and for God’s blessing on the work of His Church in this age.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

February 6, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , | 6 Comments

New Bible Study Series: Let Us Keep the Feasts

Celebrate the Feasts

January 20, 2015

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is starting a new bi-weekly Bible study series with the title: “Let Us Keep the Feasts.” The series starts on Wednesday, January 21, at the time of 7 p.m. ET and is available live via webcast.

For the first study, Steve Myers, a presenter on Beyond Today and Cincinnati East UCG pastor, will cover “Celebrate the Feasts.”

Should we observe the biblical festivals? In this study we’ll examine the biblical teaching of Christ and the disciples. Our discussion will also pose the question: Are these days necessary for Christians today? Join Steve Myers as he digs into Scripture to find the example of the New Testament Church.

Here is the schedule for the new festival series:

  • January 21, 2015: Celebrate the Feasts – Steve Myers
  • February 4, 2015: Why the Exodus Matters – Darris McNeely
  • 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

January 20, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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