UCG credentials elder
GLADEWATER, Texas--The United Church of God has credentialed Joe Dobson of Olathe, Kan., as an elder, announced Ken Treybig, pastor of the United Church of God East Texas, which meets in Big Sandy.
Mr. Treybig wrote in an E-mail to members of his Texas congregation that Mr. Dobson "was credentialed as an elder in United back in May" of 2009, but "for some reason" the announcement of his credentialing "slipped through the cracks."
Mr. Dobson, an employee of the State of Kansas as an ombudsman for nursing-home residents, was a pastor in the Worldwide Church of God for more than 30 years, until the mid-1990s.
As of this writing, the UCG's headquarters apparently still has not mentioned Mr. Dobson's credentialing in its publications or on its Web site (ucg.org).
The new UCG elder lives with his wife, Pat, in Olathe, a Kansas City suburb.
COG group changes name
TYLER, Texas--The Tyler Church of God has announced a name change. It is now the Tyler Sabbath Fellowship.
Gary Woodring, a member of group's board, also announced that the fellowship will formally dedicate its new building in early 2010.
Winter Family Weekend
WEST CHESTER, Ohio--Organizer Jim O'Brien provided The Journal with a schedule of events for the annual Winter Family Weekend in Lexington, Ky., set for the last week in December. It will be sponsored by the Church of God Cincinnati and Church of God Lexington.
From Dec. 23 through 27, 2009, attendees can participate in adult and youth seminars, Sabbath classes, a homeschool meeting, karaoke, games including basketball, volleyball and bingo, a kids' carnival, and breakfasts and other meals.