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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

Live Bible Study Webcast Reminder

Why the Exodus Matters

February 3, 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 4, at the time of 7 p.m. ET. It is available live via webcast.

For the second study, Darris McNeely, a presenter on Beyond Today, will cover “Why the Exodus Matters.”

Did the Exodus happen and why is it important? The story of the Exodus is critical in understanding the history of Israel and the existence of Moses, Abraham and others. Did it happen as Scripture says it did? Is there evidence from archaeology and history to substantiate the biblical account? This story lays a foundation for our understanding of the first Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread as told in Exodus.

Here is the schedule for the remainder of this series:

  • 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

why the exodus matters

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 3, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Families for God” Weekend: Twin Cities—March 13–15!

January 29, 2015

Please reserve the date and make plans to join teens, singles, couples, and families from across the United States at our 18th annual Families for God weekend in the Twin Cities, Minnesota:

God’s Family Dynamics

Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15!

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Our theme this year is “God’s Family Dynamics” and will feature a Bible study, Sabbath Services and a dynamic, interactive workshop.

In addition to our signature teen prom, “City Lights,” we will also host an entertaining game show for the young and young-at-heart, a delectable festive dinner, a refreshing ice cream social, and a family outing at the ever-popular Nickelodeon Universe Park at the Mall of America.

The beautiful Minneapolis Marriott Northwest will again provide a memorable setting for hundreds of brethren who will enjoy specials and discounts in an all-suite environment with a complementary hot breakfast every morning for those staying at the hotel.

We are pleased to offer a family cap of $100 for Saturday night’s dinner, prom and ice cream social (for parents and their minor children). Postmark your registration by March 1 to participate in the various activities! Up-to-date information and registration form may be found at www.familiesforgod.org.

In an effort to make the signature weekend as memorable and festive as possible, a beautiful hotel setting was chosen to again serve as a safe haven for our families.

In close cooperation with the Marriott, we are pleased to offer the suites as well as each of the catered meals at significant savings over the regular, customary rates. Also, we are encouraged by the compassion and generosity of brethren serving one another by contributing to those who would otherwise not be able to participate in the meals and activities. As we follow the example of the early church, let’s “continue in the Apostles’ doctrine, and fellowship, and breaking of bread, and prayers” (Acts 2:42). The weekend’s activities will provide ample opportunity to do so.

Saturday Night Festive Dinner

  • Adults: Caesar salad, smoked chicken medallion with smoked Gouda cream sauce, medallion of sirloin with a rosemary demi, mashed potatoes, spring vegetable medley
  • Youth: Fresh fruit cup, chicken fingers, French fries
  • Attire: Semi-formal or Sabbath
  • Cash Bar
  • Ice Cream Bar: Vanilla and chocolate ice cream (two scoops), chocolate sauce, butterscotch sauce, whipped cream, chocolate balls and various other treats

Saturday Night Teen Dinner / Prom & Dance

Calling all teens ages 12 to graduating seniors to this year’s prom themed: “City Lights.” We expect teens from numerous states to join in this memorable event, which includes honoring our graduating seniors.

  • Dinner: Caesar salad, fried chicken medallion, medallion of sirloin with rosemary demi, mashed potatoes, spring vegetable medley
  • Ice Cream Bar: Vanilla and chocolate ice cream (two scoops), chocolate sauce, butterscotch sauce, whipped cream, chocolate balls and various other treats
  • Attire: Formal, Semi-formal or Sabbath

Sunday Activity @ Nickelodeon Indoor Amusement Park – Mall of America

Fun for the entire family! Wristbands are good for 5 hours from first scan

Location & Housing

Due to popular demand and wonderful feedback from prior years’ participants, we are excited to return to the all-suite, Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel (7025 Northland Drive North, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428).

The suites comfortably accommodate up to 6 guests at a most attractive price of $99 per night (plus tax) including a hot breakfast to meet our special dietary needs. The price includes 4 breakfasts per suite. Couples are encouraged to donate their extra tickets to large families staying at the hotel.

The complimentary hot breakfast includes scrambled eggs with cheese, turkey bacon/sausage (alternate bacon & sausage each day), fresh sliced fruit, assorted breakfast breads served with butter, preserves, assorted cereal, orange juice, coffee and tea.

We have asked the hotel to set aside 40 suites and we encourage the brethren to stay at the hotel, as many activities run late into the night!

Let’s plan to spend extra time together, having our lodging in the evening just steps away from our fellowship!

For any inquiries, please contact:

  • Brian & ReNae Shaw: bpshaw1@gmail.com or (763) 689-2892
    David & Stephanie Mörker: dsmorker@yahoo.com or (952) 237-9816

Families from across the U.S. will venture to the Twin Cities for a most memorable weekend! Will you be one of them? Please send in your registration forms at once! So, do not delay!

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January 29, 2015 Posted by | Ministerial Services, United Youth Camps | , , | Leave a comment

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

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

End-time Prophecy and False Prophets

False Prophets

January 5, 2015

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is concluding its Bible study series, “End-time Prophecy 101,” on Wednesday, January 7, at the time of 7 p.m. ET. The study will be available live via webcast.

Gary Petty, a presenter on Beyond Today and San Antonio, Texas, UCG pastor, will cover the fifth part of this series with, “False Prophets.”

In the Olivet Prophesy Jesus said that at the end time, “false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, as to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” Join us as we explore a number of end time deceptions that are already extant in our world today.

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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

January 5, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

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

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