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Barbecue for friends
PINE LEVEL, N.C.--An annual barbecue get-together for families and friends is planned for Pine Level Aug. 29.
The food is free, and, "as in the past, Fred Toole is cooking the barbecue beef," announced organizer Neal Brantley. "We would like for you to bring your favorite dish or dishes and drinks to complete the meal. Homemade pies are always a big hit."
The meal and fellowship will take place at the American Legion Building, near Interstate 95 and U.S. 70. For more information call (919) 550-2052 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Bush links to Craig White
ARLINGTON, Va.--The official Web site of President Bush's reelection effort recently linked to Church of God member Craig White's Web site.
A visitor to the president's Web address informed Mr. White, who lives in Sydney, Australia, that Mr. Bush's site links to the text of Mr. White's www.originofnations.org posting of President Ronald Reagan's January 1975 speech "We Will Be a City Upon a Hill."
The link, from www.georgewbush.com, was still up at this writing.
CD taking off
SIMI VALLEY, Calif.--Randy Vild reports that his The World to Come CD "is really taking off." So far he has distributed 800 copies of the music disc that he says many people have told him "helps them to relax and think of the Kingdom."
"The Eternal Church of God has purchased hundreds of CDs and are giving them away free on their site," Mr. Vild said.
Visit the Eternal COG at www.eternalcog.org/Pages/music.html and Mr. Vild at www.vildproductions.com.
"My personal goal is to have 10,000 distributed," he said.
Mr. Vild wrote the theme song for The World to Come, the Eternal COG's telecast. The church, pastored by Art Braidic, is based in Sunland, Calif.
Feast in Winchester
WINCHESTER, England--The historic cathedral town of Winchester in the south of England will be UCG U.K.'s Feast site for 2004 beginning the evening of Sept. 29, announced Gerry Russell of Hopkinsville, Ky.
Area attractions include Stonehenge, Roman baths and Windsor Castle. For information contact Mr. Russell at (270) 885-3993 or email@example.com.
Feast sites confirmed
TYLER, Texas--Mark Armstrong of the Intercontinental Church of God announced that a Feast observance at French Lick, Ind., has been confirmed, as well as sites at Lake Tahoe, Calif., Kimberling City, Mo., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Panama City Beach, Fla.
For information write firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 1117, Tyler, Texas 74710, U.S.A. Visit the ICG on the Web at www.intercontinentalcog.org.
Scent-free Feast at Bluenose Inn
HALIFAX, N.S., Canada--Alex Nicholson announces that the Church of God Halifax's Feast of Tabernacles this year will be "scent-free" because some of the brethren "experience environmental illness." Therefore "we request everyone to refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or other scented products."
The Feast, which will begin Sept. 29 and continue through Oct. 7 in Halifax, will feature videotaped sermons delivered by the late Garner Ted Armstrong of the Intercontinental Church of God.
For reservations at Bluenose Inn & Suites call (800) 565-2301. For Feast registration call Mr. Nicholson at (902) 860-2880 or write him at email@example.com.
Mr. McNair's new site
SAN DIEGO, Calif.--Raymond McNair's new Web site is up and running at www.cog21.com and will soon feature literature including America and Britain in Prophecy, Make God Your Financial Partner and Ascent to Greatness.
Write Mr. McNair at firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 502435, San Diego, Calif. 92150, U.S.A.
German updates and Feast
BONN, Germany--Paul Kieffer announces the United Church of God Germany is discontinuing its E-mail updates. Instead, the updates are available at www.vkg.org/activities.php. The site also includes information about the Feast observance this year beginning the evening of Sept. 29 in Schluchsee, in the Black Forest.
First nonfiction book
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.--E. Joyce Moore, a former WCG and current UCG member, has written her first nonfiction book, Gettin' to the Good Wood, available at bookstores in New York and Indianapolis.
The volume includes essays and poetry about life and relationships and a discussion of how the Stockholm syndrome applies to black Americans.
Write Ms. Moore at email@example.com or P.O. Box 88403, Indianapolis, Ind. 46208, U.S.A. Or visit www.goodwood.bravehost.com.
News from Sunshine Mountain
CHATAWA, Miss.--Sunshine Mountain Home Seventh Day Baptist Church at 1070 St. Mary Rd., founded in 1976, invites you to Sabbath services. For more information write firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 37, Sunshine Mountain Rd., Chatawa, Miss. 39632, U.S.A. Or phone (601) 783-3426.
HARTFORD, Wis.--The Church of God Berean Fellowship plans to sponsor Dean and Susan Wheelock of Lakewood, Wis., publishers of Hebrew Roots magazine, to speak July 23 and 24.
"They will shed light on the profound symbolism of the Hebrew wedding," announced Don Wales of Hartford.
For information about the cybercast of the presentation, see www.thinkgod.org.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--Warren Zehrung announced plans to broadcast over KAAY, AM 1090 radio, in Little Rock. The name of the program: The Proclamation of Jesus Christ.
"We aim to proclaim the message Jesus brought," Mr. Zehrung said. "As soon as the schedule is firmly established, we will post it."
For that information write Mr. Zehrung at email@example.com.
CHESTER, England--The North West Church of God announces its Feast of Tabernacles observance for 2004 but hasn't yet announced a firm date for the Feast.
The problem is "that, because the illumination of the moon on Sept. 15 is only 1.3 percent, the chance of its visibility in Jerusalem is borderline," said pastor Gerald Kirby. "If the moon is not sighted then, the Feast will be one day later, Friday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Oct. 8, which is why Leviticus 23:4 concludes 'in their season.'"
For announcements concerning the final date of the observance, which will take place at Windermere, Cumbria, England, see www.nwchurch-of-god.org.uk, or phone Mr. Kirby at 01490 460 414.
Make your San Antonio plans now
SAN ANTONIO, Texas--Pastor Julian Cruz of the Church of God San Antonio urges people who are thinking about attending the Feast site his church sponsors to hurry and make their reservations.
"If you are planning to attend with us and you have not yet made reservations at the Comfort Inn hotel, it would be helpful to us if you would make your reservations so we can know the approximate number of people attending," he said.
Write Mr. Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone him at (210) 333-7229.
Colorado Springs invitation
EDGEWOOD, N.M.--The Western Region Church of God, pastored by Phill Dunagan, invites you to its Feast of Tabernacles observance in Colorado Springs.
"We will be hosting the Feast from Sept. 30 through Oct. 7," Mr. Dunagan said. "God has blessed us with an inspiring as well as convenient location."
Meetings will take place at Park Plaza, 505 Popes Bluff Trail, in Colorado Springs. Rooms will be $45 per night plus tax. For reservations phone the hotel at (719) 598-7856.
The Western Region COG is a "nonaffiliated" group based in Albuquerque with an "open-door policy," he said.
"Some of our brethren with the Church of God Worldwide Ministries will be celebrating the Feast with us also," the pastor announced.
For more information, phone Phill or Jeanette Dunagan at (505) 286-0991, or write them at email@example.com.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.--The Christian Church of God (CCG) of Grand Junction will again sponsor a Feast of Tabernacles observance, announced Rich Traver.
The site will be sponsored by a group that split from the Worldwide Church of God in 2002.
For more information write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law, grace and Paul
LOVELAND, Colo.--David R. Kenders announces the availability of an 80-page study of "all the comments the apostle Paul made on the subject of law and grace."
Mr. Kenders, author of the study, called it a "must-read for all the serious Bible students who are tired of the weak arguments of the no-law segment of Christianity."
For a free copy, write Word of Truth Ministry, 7411 WCR 24H, Loveland, Colo. 80538, U.S.A., or email@example.com. Or phone (970) 667-6616.
POCAHONTAS, Ark.--The International Congregation of Yahweh announces a Feast of Tabernacles observance for Sept. 29 through Oct. 6 at Branson, Mo.
For more information contact Gary Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 892-5419. Visit the ICY on the Web at www.icyahweh.org.
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.--Alan Ruth reports that his Barnabas Ministries Web site is still fielding questions from members of the public about biblical topics.
Recent questions include: If God doesn't like sin, why didn't He kill the devil at the time he rebelled? Why did Jesus tell people He healed not to talk about their healing? Why did Moses show a symbol of the serpent to the children of Israel in the wilderness?
To ask a question, or read the answers, visit www.biblestudy.org.