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Mrs. Billingsley dies

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif.--Madeline Billingsley, wife of Church of God Faithful Flock pastor Alton "Don" Billingsley, died Oct. 29.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Billingsley is survived by a daughter, Jeanne Louie of Phoenix, Ariz., and four grandchildren.

Mr. Billingsley receives mail at P.O Box 8819, Modesto, Calif. 95357, U.S.A.

See Mr. Billingsley's tribute to his wife on page 22 of this issue of The Journal.

Winter Family Weekend

MILFORD, Ohio--The United Church of God announced that its 2007 Winter Family Weekend is set for Dec. 21-25 in Louisville, Ky.

Activities will include Sabbath services, sports tournaments, dances, games and seminars.

For more information see, or write the UCG at P.O. Box 541027, Cincinnati, Ohio 45254.

Winter Family Tournament

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio--The COG Cincinnati and COG Lexington announce their 11th annual Winter Family Tournament, set for Dec. 21-24, 2007, in Lexington, Ky.

Activities will include sports events, children's games, family dances and other activities.

For more information contact Jim O'Brien at P.O. Box 1811, West Chester, Ohio 45071. See also

Family Fellowship Weekend

BIG SANDY, Texas--The Church of God Big Sandy has scheduled its 2007 Family Fellowship Weekend for Dec. 29-30 in the church-owned building in Big Sandy.

"Some of you might want to begin making plans to participate in the Family Variety Show," stated a recent church bulletin.

For more information as it becomes available, see the bulletin posted each week at Or call (800) 946-5545.

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.

Just what do you mean ghosts?

SAN DIEGO, Calif.--According to a new book, Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush, by Robert Draper, Mr. Bush says he has seen ghosts emerge from the Lincoln bedroom in the White House.

President Reagan reportedly told the story that his dog was scared and refused to enter the Lincoln bedroom, suggesting that President Lincoln's ghost was residing there.

Vladimir Putin is said to have claimed that Russian cosmonauts have seen ghosts in outer space.

What should Christians believe about ghosts?

Norbert Link of the Church of the Eternal God answers this question on a segment of the CEG's Standing Watch broadcast viewable at

Write the CEG at P.O. Box 270519, San Diego, Calif. 92198, U.S.A., or visit

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 services 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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