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Enduring Church of God

CHANDLER, Texas--Charles E. Bryce, lately of the Living Church of God but now directing the new Enduring Church of God, announces plans for services during the Days of Unleavened Bread in De Soto, Texas, near Dallas.

Services on the last holy day, on Monday, April 9, will be at the De Soto Civic Center, 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd.

For more information write Mr. Bryce at the ECG, P.O. Box 1317, Chandler, Texas 75758, U.S.A.

Sending help to El Salvador

BIG SANDY, Texas--The board of the Church of God Big Sandy has announced a way to facilitate donations money to the Church of God El Salvador.

Donors may make contributions (tax-deductible in the United States) to the COG El Salvador in care of the COG Big Sandy at P.O. Box 690, Big Sandy, Texas 75755, U.S.A.

"Funds will be restricted and will be sent to El Salvador via wire transfer," said Bernie Monsalvo, a member of the Big Sandy board.

See a related article on page 1.

Living University

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--The Living Church of God announced Feb. 16, 2007, the founding of Living University.

Roderick Meredith, presiding evangelist of the LCG, quoted in a church press release, envisions LU as "a means of preparing men and women for Christian leadership, service and ministry."

President of the new school will be Michael P. Germano of Cullowhee, N.C., a former faculty member and dean of academic instruction at Ambassador University, Big Sandy, and Ambassador College, Pasadena.

According to the release, students will take courses through an Internet-based connection to the school's offices at the church's Charlotte headquarters.

Dr. Meredith stated in a coworker letter that "the goal of this University will be to provide accredited degrees, as well as diplomas and certificates, through distance learning courses."

New-church information

CINCINNATI, Ohio--Brian Tinkler has notified The Journal of a personnel change in the Church of God Worldwide Ministries.

It is "now headed up by Earl Timmons, not George Trent," Mr. Tinkler said recently.

Mr. Trent is with a new group, Church of God New World Ministries, on the Web at, Mr. Tinkler said. Most people involved with both groups are former members of the Intercontinental Church of God.

The CGNWM has fellowships in Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Write it at P.O. Box 5536, Sevierville, Tenn. 37864, U.S.A.

Leroy Neff sermons

SYDNEY, Australia--Craig White of Origin of Nations and Friends of the Sabbath Australia announces that several audio files of sermons by Leroy Neff have been added to the Web site.

To listen to sermons by Mr. Neff--who lives in retirement in Big Sandy, Texas--and several other Church of God speakers, visit

Members die in murder-suicide

LAKE PEEKSKILL, N.Y.--A Church of God member is blamed in a double murder and suicide discovered Feb. 19.

According to news reports, police have concluded that Steven Lessard, 51, strangled his wife, Kathy Lessard, 48, and their 14-year-old daughter, Linda, around Feb. 16 in their home in Lake Peekskill, then killed himself with a knife.

Jeff Broadnax, a minister in the Worldwide Church of God, said the family left the WCG in the 1990s, about the same time the church joined an evangelical association.

Reports quoted relatives as saying the Lessards continued to read their Bibles and eschew traditional holidays but also said Mr. Lessard was worried about losing his job as a nuclear engineer and was under psychiatric treatment for emotional problems.

Look, heed and listen

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--Tony Contos announces the availability of a video presentation to "help with the church's position" on the ordination of women as elders at

"I believe, had this information been viewed, all churches would have been better prepared to engage in this controversy," Mr. Contos said.

(For readers who, after viewing the video, wonder what Mr. Contos could possibly look like, see a photo of him on page 4 of this issue of The Journal.)

School at home

HARTVILLE, Mo.--Homeschool Helpers announces its second annual Spring Formal English Country Dance, to take place in Lebanon, Mo., May 31, 2007, from 6 to 10 p.m.

"This dance is open to all Christian homeschoolers, alumni and their parents from the ages of 12 to 112," announced Margie White.

Dan and Margie White sponsor classes, sports gatherings and monthly country dances to provide fellowship for families of homeschoolers.

For more information about homeschooling, see Write the Whites at 5017 McDaris Dr., Hartville, Mo. 65667, U.S.A.

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