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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

 

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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 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

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

LIVE Webcast: End Time Prophecy

Babylon the Great

December 3, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is continuing its new Bible study series titled “End-time Prophecy 101” on Wednesday, December 3, at the time of 7 p.m. ET and it is available live via webcast.

Darris McNeely, a presenter on Beyond Today and associate UCG media producer, will cover the third part of this series with, “Babylon the Great.”

The Bible shows us Babylon was a city, an empire and the personification of all that opposes the plan and purpose of God. The Book of Revelation shows an end-time global manifestation of this age-long system. It will be Satan’s final masterpiece of deception. What do the people of God need to understand about Babylon in order to “come out of her” and take no part in her sins (Revelation 18:4)? Join us in this fascinating look at “Babylon the Great.”

Join us for this series on the basics of end time prophecy. We’ll examine important prophecies that could have significant impact on your life. By delving into a study of God’s Word, we’ll find what a tremendous benefit and blessing it is to understand Bible prophecy!
 
Here is the schedule for the remainder of the prophecy series:

  • 
December 3, 2014: “Babylon the Great” – Darris McNeely
  • December 17, 2014: “The Two Witnesses” – Steve Myers
  • January 7, 2015: “False Prophets” – Gary Petty

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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

December 3, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

BT Program “Is the Rapture Real?” Generates Excellent Response

November 11, 2014

Back in April of this year, the Beyond Today television program “Is the Rapture Real?,” produced by the United Church of God and hosted by Gary Petty, aired on the ION television network. At that time it generated an excellent 1,387 telephone and Internet responses. The program was re-aired the week of November 2-8, 2014, and produced an even better response of 1,461.

Additionally, this episode logged Internet responses from people in the following countries and territories: Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, South Africa, Singapore and the United States.

As always, we are very appreciative of your vital prayers for the United Church of God as it works at carrying out its commission to teach about Jesus Christ and preach the Kingdom of God in all the world (Acts 28:31).

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

November 11, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Beyond Today” Program Generates Highest Response this Fiscal Year

September 16, 2014

“Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns” Generates 1,842 Overall Responses

The United Church of God is pleased to report that its Beyond Today television episode, “Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns,” which aired September 7-14, 2014, generated the highest viewer response so far this fiscal year.

This program, hosted by Darris McNeely, generated 1,842 telephone and Internet responses and also produced the lowest cost per response this fiscal year.


People from around the world responded very well to “Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns.” Internet responses were recorded from viewers in Australia, Cambodia, Canada, England, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United States and Venezuela.

We honor God for His guidance and inspiration in making these wonderful results possible. We also thank you for your ongoing prayers and support.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

September 16, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LIVE Bible Study: “God’s Plan for You”

Why Were You Born? — Part 2

September 15, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is continuing its bi-weekly Bible studies. The study continues on Wednesday, September 17, at the time of 7:30 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.

Join Beyond Today hosts Steve Myers and Darris McNeely as they discuss God’s plan for you! This is a follow-up Bible study to the “Why Were You Born?” seminar. Tune in for “God’s Plan for You.”

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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

September 15, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Ministerial Services | , , , , , | 2 Comments

NEW: Welcome Video for Cincinnati East Congregation

September 15, 2014

A welcome video for the United Church of God’s Cincinnati East congregation has been uploaded to the congregation’s home page. Steve Myers provides a warm welcome to those considering attending with us.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

September 15, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , | 8 Comments

“Why Were You Born?” Event Draws 74 New People in Cincinnati

September 12, 2014

Ticket-bearing attendees began showing up at the Holiday Inn Eastgate nearly an hour before the 7:30 p.m. seminar Wednesday, Sept. 10, to hear pastor, Beyond Today host and author Gary Petty answer the question “Why were you born?

Attendance at the event was over 200, including some local United Church of God members and Ambassador Bible College students. (Due to space limitations, the majority of local church members were not able to attend.) In addition, almost 400 webcast connections watched the event live online—representing more than a 1,000 people.

Particularly encouraging, was that the seminar drew 74 new guests, most having reserved tickets ahead of time, with a few showing up at the door for the event. Everybody who attended received a free seminar-themed notebook with pen and a copy of the United Church of God booklet Why Were You Born? (which was previously titled What Is Your Destiny?).

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The one-hour seminar had been advertised locally in the greater Cincinnati area for a month. Eight striking, red billboards scattered around the city posed the “Why were you born?” question to commuters with a URL at the bottom and the date of the event. Pandora Internet radio ads also asked the question, creating 1 million impressions over four weeks. Television ads running on Time Warner Cable aired 746 times over two weeks (on Fox News, History, USA, Hallmark, National Geographic and TV Land).

For Internet advertising, Google ads created 85,000 impressions, with 1,010 click-throughs resulting in dozens of ticket “purchases;” social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook created interest using the hashtag #whywereyouborn; 5,400 letters from the president were sent to Cincinnati households on The Good News mailing list; and 28,530 e-mails were sent to Cincinnati residents, and a further 430 went to Good News subscriber e-mail addresses announcing the event.

Guests can sign up at Why WereYouBorn.com for free tickets.

Visit Why WereYouBorn.com to watch the presentation recording.

Steve Myers acted as host, introducing Mr. Petty at the beginning, and inviting everybody at the end to a follow-up seminar on Wednesday, September 17, to be held at the Church’s home office at 7:30 p.m. Seminar surveys were e-mailed to guests today, and those who signed up to attend but didn’t will receive information leading them to a video recording of the seminar.

Asked about his thoughts, one of the 74 seminar guests said, “Very inspiring, surprisingly well done, gave me a lot to think about.” Another guest said: “This is a lot to think about. Amazing what’s in the Bible.” Another guest said she didn’t get what she needed out of her current church and was very excited to learn more about developing her own personal relationship with God.

The entire presentation is archived online at http://www.ucg.org/webcast-bible-study/christian-living/why-were-you-born.

Peter Eddington & Mitchell Moss—Media and Communications Services, UCGIA

 

September 12, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , | 4 Comments

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