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Newsletter serves Northeastern brethren

MIDDLETON, Conn.--The premier issue of the bimonthly Northeastern Churches of God Newsletter is hot off the press. The publication serves Sabbatarians in New England, New York and Pennsylvania.

Publisher Rick Beltz said that a prototype of the periodical went to 125 people, primarily in the Northeast.

"Our goal is to reach out to and encourage our brethren, wherever they are, regardless of the Church of God affiliation," Mr. Beltz said.

To subscribe, write P.O. Box 674, Middletown, Conn. 06457, or

CEM offers Feast messages

TYLER, Texas--Festival messages from the Christian Educational Ministries Feast site at Destin, Fla., are available.

For a list of the topics and speakers, write CEM, P.O. Box 560, Whitehouse, Texas 75791, or call (903) 509-2999.

Archaeology site listed among best

CULLOWHEE, N.C.--Michael Germano's biblical-archaeology Web pages are listed among the top-10-visited sites in biblical archaeology and were chosen by librarians at St. Ambrose University for inclusion in The Best Information on the Net.

BibArch, Dr. Germano's site (, lets the viewer "explore the lands of the Bible, encounter their ancient cultures and learn more of biblical archaeology."

GTA going back on WGN

FLINT, Texas--Garner Ted Armstrong will be back on TV on superstation WGN, Chicago, Dec. 7. Mr. Armstrong's broadcast will be at 6 a.m. eastern time, costing the GTA Evangelistic Association $4,000 per half hour.

Mr. Armstrong said he may have to temporarily cancel other stations to help pay for it.

Mr. Armstrong also offers a free tape, "Christmas: the Untold Story," about the origins of many Christmas customs.

Write the Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association at P.O. Box 747, Flint, Texas 75762.

AU getting new name

PITTSBURGH, Pa.--A spokesman for LaRoche College, the Catholic school in the process of buying the Ambassador University grounds near Big Sandy, Texas, from the Worldwide Church of God, told The Journal last month that the new name for the campus will probably be Pacem in Terris University.

Pacem in Terris, Latin for "peace on earth," is the title of an encyclical issued by Pope John XXIII in 1963, the year of LaRoche's founding. LaRoche already has a program called Pacem in Terris, which educates students from war-torn and poor countries in how to be leaders when they return home.

The Roman Catholic order Sisters of Divine Providence operates LaRoche and plans to run the Big Sandy facility as a school for foreign students.

WCG discussion benefits UCG-Germany

BONN, Germany--Discussion within the Worldwide Church of God here over the last few months has led some WCG members to begin attending with the UCG, reports Paul Kieffer of the Bonn office. (The UCG-Germany is affiliated with the United Church of God, an International Association.)

"In more than one WCG congregation, the local congregation was polled to determine its desires about introducing a Christmas worship service," Mr. Kieffer said. "The Munich congregation, for example, voted to accept Christmas, whereas the congregations in northern Germany rejected the idea."

Discussion on the subject has "shocked" some into realizing that things have changed in the WCG, he said.

Mr. Kieffer said that among newcomers to services are former WCG pastor Martin Fekete and his wife, Denise, who attended in Duesseldorf recently.

Interactive study and teen lock-in planned

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--The Church of God of Central Arkansas, the Church of God of Hope, Ark., and the East Texas Church of God invite everyone to a "super-interactive Bible-study weekend and teen lock-in" to take place at the Greenleaf Plaza Hotel, 111 W. Pershing, in North Little Rock. The event will begin Thursday evening, Dec. 24, and end at noon Sunday, Dec. 27.

Room rates are $49 for a couple ($8 for each additional person over 5 years old) plus tax. This includes a full breakfast each day. Reservations can be made for the weekend, or any part of it, by contacting the Greenleaf by telephone at (501) 758-1440. On Saturday evening a talent show is planned.

For more information on the four days of fellowship, learning and fun, contact James Ussery in Arkansas at (870) 887-3373 or Ian Hufton in Texas at (903) 769-2309.

Come to Downers Grove

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.--Dave Havir, pastor of the independent United Church of God Big Sandy, is scheduled to speak Dec. 12 at the Church of God Downers Grove, near Chicago.

"All are invited and welcome to attend who so desire, although we do ask that you let us know how many in your group will be meeting with us so that enough seating can be provided," said Paul Blissard, who along with his wife, Laureen, is an organizer.

Drop a note to pastor Ken Svehla at (630) 968-6153 or mosaic2016@aol. For directions to the site, call (630) 969-5598.

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