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Roy McCarthy dies

SOMERSET WEST, South Africa--Roy McCarthy, 83, a member of the Worldwide Church of God and former director of the WCG's efforts in the Netherlands and South Africa, died March 23, 2008, apparently of pneumonia.

Jim Ussery dies

BIG SANDY, Texas--James D. "Jim" Ussery, a longtime Church of God member who served as a deacon, elder and lay pastor, died April 28, 2008, after an extended illness.

Mr. Ussery had been a member of the Worldwide Church of God and Church of God International and, in recent years, independent congregations in Arkansas and Texas. Most recently he was a member of the Texas Fellowship of Lindale, Texas.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Dorothy Ladnier Ussery; children Lorraine Witz, Minneapolis, Minn., Darlene Warren, Big Sandy, Donna Toombs, North Little Rock, Ark., Lydia Wiley, Terrell, Texas, Jay Ussery, Marco Island, Fla., and Sharon Jalil, Arlington, Texas; four sisters; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Ussery receives mail at 2475 Catalpa Rd., Big Sandy, Texas 75755, U.S.A.

Camp Outreach

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.--Organizers of Camp Outreach in central Minnesota encourage 12-year-olds and teenagers 13-18 years old not to miss the 2008 camp and service project.

From June 26 to 29, 2008, announced directors Dale and Dona Fehr, teens will participate in a three-day camp that will include a community service project, a worship service geared to topics of interest to young people and a boatload of fun activities such as water-skiing, fishing, canoeing, volleyball and campfires.


The cost is $75 per camper.

For applications and more information contact Mr. or Mrs. Fehr at Or download applications at

The gathering will be on Pomroy Lake, an hour and a half north of the Twin Cities. It will be sponsored by Building Bridges and LifeResource Ministries. Camp adviser is Bill Jacobs of Albuquerque, N.M.

169-acre Feast in 2008

PRESCOTT, Ariz.--Mike Bacon announces plans for the next Feast of Tabernacles observance. The dates: Oct. 13-23, 2008 (accommodating two calendar systems).

Participating will be several Sabbath-keeping fellowships in Arizona, Mr. Bacon said.

The observance will have a "Hebrew roots" flavor, and each congregational teaching session will include question-and-answer sessions.

The site is Camp Yavapines, a high-quality, quiet 169-acre spread among ponderosa pines adjoining the huge Prescott National Forest.

For more information write Mr. Bacon at Or visit

Class of 1978 reunion

MAYFLOWER, Ark.--Donna Toombs announces plans for a reunion of the Ambassador College class of 1978 Aug. 1-3, 2008, in the Dallas, Texas, area.

The get-together will take place in the DFW Airport Marriott Hotel North. For hotel information call (800) 228-9290.

For more information write Jonathan Miller at, or go to Or write Donna Ussery Toombs, 115 Matt Abbott Dr., North Little Rock, Ark. 72120, U.S.A.

English country dance

HARTVILLE, Mo.--Homeschool-Helpers announces its third annual Spring Formal English Country Dance, to be held in Lebanon, Mo., Thursday, May 29, 2008.

The dance is open to all homeschoolers ages 12 and up, their families and graduates.

More information is available at

"For the young adults attending the dance and wishing to make a weekend of it," Margie White told The Journal, "there will be additional activities planned for Friday, May 30, through noon Sunday, June 1."

Those will include volleyball, swimming, Bible games, praise music, Sabbath services and a bonfire cookout.

For more information write Dan and Margie White, 5017 McDaris Dr., Hartville, Mo. 65667, U.S.A., or

Louisiana pastor sentenced

NEW ORLEANS, La.--Tom Kerry, 55, pastor of the Church of God New Orleans, which meets in Gretna, La., was sentenced April 30, 2008, after a previous conviction of bankruptcy fraud.

The sentencing was announced by the U.S. attorney general's office's eastern district.

Mr. Kerry was convicted of failing to list all of his assets in the schedules that he was required to file in the bankruptcy case and of making false statements.

An investigation, according to a press release on the U.S. attorney general's Web site, revealed that Mr. Kerry knowingly and fraudulently concealed a money-market account with a balance in excess of $50,000 from the bankruptcy schedules and statements.

Mr. Kerry will serve six months in a halfway house, followed by six months of home incarceration, and pay a $3,000 fine as special conditions of his sentence.

The Journal reported on Mr. Kerry's legal battles, including statements from him to this newspaper, in the Jan. 31, 2008, issue.

2008 Sabbatarian calendar

PENTICTON, B.C., Canada—James A. Ludvigson is making available a 2008 calendar that features inspirational sayings and Bible verses on each month’s page. The calendars are $5 each. For more information write Mr. Ludvigson at or 101-171 Van Horne St., Penticton, B.C. V2A 4K1, Canada.

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