Notes and quotes

Lee Sefcak dies

LONGVIEW, Texas--Lee Sefcak, 93, died Oct. 10. Mr. Sefcak, an early member of the Radio/Worldwide Church of God at church headquarters in Pasadena, Calif., worked for many years for the church's printing department and was a local elder.

Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Catherwood of Big Sandy, a son, Gary Sefcak of Big Sandy, five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

COG U.K. pastor recovering

LINCOLN, England--James McBride, pastor of the Church of God United Kingdom and the Churches of God Outreach Ministries' representative in Britain, is recovering after open-heart surgery Oct. 9 to repair a heart valve. Mr. McBride went home Oct. 17.

James and Sarah McBride and family receive mail at and P.O. Box 2525, Lincoln LN5 7PF, England.

Global ad campaign

SAN DIEGO, Calif.--The news item titled "Global Ad Campaign" in "Notes and Quotes" in The Journal of Sept. 30 mentioned an incorrect name for a member of the Church of the Eternal God. The item should have said that Wray Zehrung, not Warren Zehrung, was making the announcement that the CEG's U.K. affiliate, the Global Church of God, had received 1,200 responses to a recent ad campaign to distribute the booklets God's Commanded Holy Days and Don't Keep Christmas.

For more church-related information see

Dave Havir to Michigan

GOBLES, Mich.--Church of God Big Sandy (Texas) pastor Dave Havir plans a trip to Michigan to speak to a group at a Sabbath service on Nov. 22, announced Roxanne Healy.

For detailed information contact Ms. Healy at or (269) 628-5118. She asks that E-mailers include the word "Havir" in the subject line because "I do not read mail that is not familiar to me."

Fellowship weekend

BIG SANDY, Texas--The Church of God Big Sandy plans its annual Family Fellowship Weekend to run Friday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 28.

Activities will include a variety show, family dance, four meals and several seminars.

Preceding the weekend will be two other activities. Monday through Thursday the congregation will sponsor its Titus 2 Camp for young ladies. Wednesday through Friday will be a young men's camp-out and hiking.

For more information see

Avoid human interpretation

CONROE, Texas--Church of God veteran Art Mokarow of Conroe plans his "Bible Workshop" in Big Sandy for Christmas day.

Mr. Mokarow says he has not decided to start observing the holiday, but Dec. 25 is convenient for many people because most businesses and schools are shut down for the day.

His workshop aims to help Bible scrutinizers learn how to "avoid human interpretation" in their understanding of the Bible.

The workshop is free and is scheduled for the meeting room at Hillcrest Manor, 406 McDonald St., Big Sandy, Texas, from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information write or call (936) 788-1550.

Nevada phone connection

CARSON CITY, Nev.--Church of God member Dean Neal, a frequent advertiser in Connections, The Journal's ad section, is starting up a live phone connection for Sabbath services.

To get in on the weekly discussion every Saturday at 8 a.m. Pacific time, dial (918) 222-7001. Wait for the recording, then enter 6444#.

For more information call Mr. Neal at (775) 882-3510.

Friends of the Sabbath Australia

SYDNEY, Australia--Craig White has resurrected his Friends of the Sabbath Australia Web site. Find it at

There is "still much work to be done on it including information on the highly successful seminars held in 1995 and 1996 which people are still raving about to this day," said Mr. White.

What next?

LONDON, England--Dave McDermott invites one and all to listen to What Next, a radio broadcast that's also available as an Internet audio stream or download. Mr. McDermott is the voice of the broadcast; John Jewell is director. Hear it at

Join prayer list

BISMARCK, N.D.--Darin and Laura Lee invite anyone interested to subscribe to their list of "prayer requests and updates." For more information visit To join by E-mail, send a message to and request an invitation to join the list.

Letters from old-timers appreciated

LOUISVILLE, Ohio--Susan Herrmann reports that her father, Kenneth Herrmann, had a heart attack a few days ago and is recuperating in a nursing home in the Dallas, Texas, area.

"He is asking for letters from old-timers," she said, "those who remember him from the early days of the college. He would appreciate cards from anyone, actually."

Mr. Herrmann's address: Kenneth Herrmann, 700 Custer Rd., No. 195, Richardson, Texas 75080, U.S.A.

See also a letter from Mr. Herrmann's daughter with a few more details in the online version of this month's "Letters From Readers."

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