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Issue 121
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Carl Ponder dies

ATLANTA, Ga.--Carl Ponder, 67, an area pastor for the Living Church of God, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., died Aug. 12 of an apparent heart attack. He succumbed while singing and walking out of a cave after exploring it with a group of young people.

In recent years Mr. Ponder had pastored congregations in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lorene; a son, Ray Ponder; a daughter, Susie Burch; and three grandchildren.

Thailand Feast 2007

CHIANG MAI, Thailand--Leon Sexton of Legacy Institute invites fellow Church of God members to attend the Feast of Tabernacles at the four-star Empress Hotel in Chiang Mai.

For more information write Anita Showers of Dundee, Ohio, at, or phone her at (330) 852-2709.

Barn Party Weekend

HELENVILLE, Wis.--The Geiger family--Hal, Scarlet and Ammy--invites you to the Geigers' 13th annual Barn Party Weekend, set for Friday through Sunday, Oct. 19-21, 2007.

"Come join us for a weekend of fun and fellowship," Mr. Geiger said. "Bring along your homemade chili and cornbread or apple cider and favorite desserts. Or enter the dessert contest."

While you're at it, participate in the displays of talent and dancing or go for a hayride, Mr. Geiger encouraged. The meal begins Saturday about 6 p.m.

For more information, including a map, write the Geigers at N5396 Highway 0, Helenville, Wis. 53137, U.S.A., or Or call (262) 593-5637.

Silly question?

LINCOLN, England--Outreach newsletter, edited by James McBride, is out with the September-October 2007 issue, which includes an article titled "Is There One True Church?"

"The question sounds a bit silly," notes Mr. McBride of the Churches of God UK, affiliated with the Churches of God Outreach Ministries.

"Surely there must be one such Christian church. Isn't God consistent, unchanging? Would He set up a church and be comfortable with many conflicting interpretations of His guidelines for it?

"What, indeed, are His standards?"

To find out, subscribe to Outreach by writing Mr. McBride at or P.O. Box 2525, Lincoln LN4 4EG, England. See also

Homeschool Helpers

HARTVILLE, Mo.--Dan and Margie White of Homeschool Helpers and Pass It On Ministries announce issue No. 1 of HS7, a publication for Sabbatarian homeschool students and alumni.

To subscribe write or 5017 McDaris Dr., Hartville, Mo. 65667.

Listen to Mr. White's sermons at

CCG violated

AMARILLO, Texas--Jeff Booth, pastor of the Christian Church of God (CCG), reports a burglary of the church's building the evening of Aug. 12, 2007.

"Burglars disabled our security alarm at the church, smashed out a window in the back and ransacked the Lord's house," Mr. Booth wrote in a newsletter.

"They made off with our audio-video system, including our sound-system console, speakers, VCR and DVD recording equipment. They broke into desks and a filing cabinet, and they stole a small amount of tithe-and-offering cash."

Mr. Booth contacted the alarm-monitoring company to report the break-in, because, he said, the burglar-alarm system "failed."

A woman at the company told Mr. Booth that "the Lord would take care of those thieves."

"I know she meant it to comfort," he said, "but it led to a question I asked as to why, then, did we need their alarm service?"

Mr. Booth said he was "thankful to God that we only suffered material loss."

Chicago Feast

ITASCA, Ill.--The Church of God United of Itasca and Herald Ministries will sponsor a Feast of Tabernacles site in the Chicago area, with services each day Sept. 27 through Oct. 4.

Feastgoers will qualify for special room rates when making reservations with the Quality Inn at (630) 279-0700.

For more information contact Mr. Wiese at (630) 289-1863 or Or contact Jeff Cormany at (815) 498-3510 or

Services will be at the Quality Inn of Elmhurst, 933 S. Riverside Dr., east off Route 83 between Roosevelt Road and St. Charles Road.

Lost tribe arrives in Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel--A group of people, 174 strong, from a throng of thousands of people in India who believe they are one of the 10 lost tribes of Israel, landed in Tel Aviv in August, reported the Web site.

Many of the Indians were fulfilling a lifelong dream of returning to the nation they consider their homeland.

"I truly believe this is a miracle of immense historical and even biblical significance," said Michael Freund, an American who directs a Jerusalem-based organization, Shavei Israel, that works with the Indians.

Mr. Freund hopes to bring to the Jewish state the remaining 7,000 Indian citizens who believe they are descendants of Manasseh, one of the patriarch Joseph's two sons.

The Indians met with six rabbis to begin an official conversion process to test their knowledge of Judaism and assess their conviction. A total of 216 people have converted so far.

Happy 12th

CLINTON, N.C.--The Church of God Sabbath Day, which meets in Clinton, celebrated its 12th anniversary Aug. 25, 2007.

"It was truly a delight to see our friends and brethren who came out to be a part of this milestone and to share in the history of our small but devoted fellowship group," said John C. Strouth Sr.

Mr. Strouth invites one and all to Sabbath service and other functions of the congregation.

"Come when you can," he said. "The lights are always on."

Write Mr. Strouth and the Church of God Sabbath Day at P.O. Box 1308, Clinton, N.C. 28329, U.S.A., or

New video

MECHANICSVILLE, Va.--Todd Kallenbach announces a new video.

"I spent many years in the WCG and its split-offs and now host a small Bible-study group here called True Bread," Mr. Kallbenbach said.

The video is "very relevant to any still in or who have come out of the WCG since HWA's death," he said.

Watch Mr. Kallenbach's presentation at

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