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'Discipleship' classes

GLADEWATER, Texas--Tim and Angie Kelley announce a Bible-study "Discipleship" series of classes that will continue for 14 weeks near Gladewater beginning April 28.

"We will look at and compare the biblical covenants, review difficult teachings of Paul and research the unique unity of Jewish and non-Jewish believers in the Messiah," Mr. Kelley said.

For more information write the Kelleys at or call them at (903) 769-2750.

Friends' reunion

BIG SANDY, Texas--A reunion for present and former members of the Worldwide Church of God is scheduled for July 31 at 1:30 p.m. in the building owned by the Church of God Big Sandy.

An organizer of the event, Judy Biggs of Big Sandy, said the theme, "Remember When," will feature music of the 1940s through 1960s, games, a potluck meal and fellowship.

For more information contact Mrs. Biggs at 10730 Hwy. 155 N., Big Sandy, Texas 75755, U.S.A., or Lee Stolley at Or phone Mrs. Biggs at (903) 636-2236.

Greater Phoenix

MESA, Ariz.--The Greater Phoenix Church of God sponsored a fourth annual Sabbath of worship and fellowship in Scottsdale March 5. Bob Simpson announced that 105 brethren attended, including David and Molly Antion of Guardian Ministries, Pasadena, Calif., and Jarvis and Betty Windom of Wheatland, Wyo.

Flexible Feast

CANBERRA, Australia--If you are observing an "early" Feast this year and would like to keep it in beautiful surroundings, you could not do better than to come to Bright in northeastern Victoria, announced Walter Steensby.

The dates will be Sept. 17-25, and "depending on demand we will extend the period for people on slightly different calendars," Mr. Steensby said.

For more information see

Identity and relevance

AUCKLAND, New Zealand--Writing from "wintry New Zealand," John and Rosemary Morton announce a "nonaligned Church of God" Web site, featuring a keynote article titled "Children of the Promises."

It "deals with the identity and relevance of the tribes of ancient Israel in the modern world," wrote Mr. and Mrs. Morton.


More than a dozen

STOW, Ohio--Members of the Akron Fellowship are local sponsors of Kenneth Westby's latest One God Seminars, set for near Akron, Ohio, June 24-26.

Mel Hershberger announced that presentations by more than a dozen speakers will argue for the "oneness" of God, in contrast to the twoness of binitarianism and ditheism or the threeness of the Trinity.

(Doug Ward, a university professor and Church of God member from Oxford, Ohio, will serve as this year's presenter against the "unitarian" view.)

For more information contact Mr. Hershberger at (330) 688-1761 or See also Mr. Westby's announcement on page 30 of this issue of The Journal.

Mr. Hershberger said drop-ins are welcome. If you can attend only part of the time, your fee will reduce accordingly.

Journal's Web traffic up

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.--The Journal's Web site experienced "an outstanding increase in traffic for the first quarter of 2005," announced webmaster Alan Ruth.

Mr. Ruth attributed the growth to continued enhancement and expansion of the site's content and specifically to "The Journal's unbiased, professional coverage of the Living Church of God shooting" in Wisconsin March 12.

From January to March the site ( had 275,979 of its Web pages accessed (page views) by 59,745 "actual visitors," Mr. Ruth said. "Compared to the same period in 2004, this represents an increase of 376 percent in pages viewed and a 397 percent jump in number of site visitors."

The Journal "uses the Internet advertising standard of page-view counts to measure and report its site traffic," Mr. Ruth said. "It does not use the inflated and grossly inaccurate so-called hit counts used by some sites."

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