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Barnabas Ministries and Journal to present COG list

BIG SANDY, Texas--Barnabas Ministries of Detroit, Mich., and The Journal plan to present an updated listing of Church of God congregations compiled by Alan Ruth, founder of Barnabas. The list has grown to more than 200 separate groups, many of them splits from the Worldwide Church of God. It is scheduled to appear in The Journal within a few issues.

David Lewis to Australia

SYDNEY, Australia--Author and Church of God member Steven Collins of Sioux Falls, S.D., has canceled out on a planned speaking tour in Australia to talk about modern-day Israel in prophecy.

"However," announced organizer Craig White of Friends of the Sabbath Australia, "Dr. David Lewis, Ph.D., who has lectured for 30 years and deeply studied British-Israelism, will be coming instead."

Accompanying Dr. Lewis will be Melvin Rhodes, pastor of congregations of the United Church of God, an International Association, in Michigan.

Dr. Lewis is also a member of the UCG-AIA.

Mr. Collins had to cancel his trip because of chronic health problems. "Your continued prayers for the full recovery of Steven will be appreciated and for the success of the lecture tour by Melvin Rhodes and Dr. Lewis," said Mr. White.

Here is Dr. Lewis's itinerary: Brisbane, June 26, 1-4 p.m.; Sydney, July 3, 2-4 p.m., July 4, 10:30 a.m.­4 p.m.; Melbourne, Box Hill Community Arts Centre, July 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Melbourne, Elizabethan Lodge, July 11, 10:30 a.m.­4 p.m.

For more information about the Brisbane lecture, call (07) 3807 6087; for Sydney call (02) 9528 5049; for Melbourne call (03) 9436 1359. Write Mr. White at

YOU Alumni Association

FREDERICKSBURG, Va.--Roger Jacobs of Orange, Va., has announced the Youth Opportunities United Alumni Association (YOUAA), for former members of Youth Opportunities United (YOU), the youth group of the Worldwide Church of God.

"This association is not affiliated with or supported by any church or organization," said Mr. Jacobs. "Its sole intent is to provide a means for former YOU members to get in contact with each other through social events which are being scheduled and through a directory of alumni that we are preparing."

The YOUAA has a reunion scheduled for the Fredericksburg area the weekend of June 12-13.

"We have found that many of the kids who grew up in the church and were so much a part of YOU have a deep sense of connection to each other that they are not able to share with their other friends who were not part of the YOU experience," Mr. Jacobs said. "However, most have lost touch with each other over the years. Our goal is to try to help them renew contact with each other and perhaps rekindle some dormant friendships."

For more information, or to add your name to the YOUAA's list of former YOU members, visit the YOUAA's Web site at, or write Mr. Jacobs at or 416 E. Main St., Orange, Va. 22960, U.S.A.

Attention COG singles

BIG SANDY, Texas--If you're single you should attend the UCG Big Sandy Feast of Tabernacles in Destin, Fla., enthuses organizer Neil McIver. Activities will include a luau Tuesday night, Sept. 28, and a Sabbath-wear dinner and cruise Thursday night, Sept. 30.

Singles will also sponsor a cook-out for Feastgoing senior citizens, taste wine to learn more about the fruit of the vine, and participate in daily tae-bo and aerobics sessions on the beach.

For more information and to contribute your ideas, contact Mr. McIver at (800) 946-5545 or

Bible-study newsletter

BROOKS, Ga.--Focus on the Kingdom, a newsletter published by Restoration Fellowship and edited by Anthony Buzzard, is available by mail at 185 Summerville Dr., Brooks, Ga. 30205, U.S.A. Articles in a recent issue included "Defining the Kingdom of God in Matthew," an examination of Psalm 110:1, "Points to Ponder," and a radio log for the Focus on the Kingdom broadcast.

Family reunion

CHARLESTON, W.Va.--A Church of God congregation plans a picnic for June 20 for "all brethren, regardless of church affiliation." Described as a "family reunion" by residing elder George Hampton, it will take place at Ernie Turley Lions Park, on Coal River Road, and will include music, games and rafting.

"Bring your musical instruments and pick and grin with us," said Mr. Hampton, presiding elder of the Church of God of Southern West Virginia, "or do any special music that you might like to perform."

In other COGSWV news, the church and other area fellowships invited Dave Havir, pastor of United Church of God Big Sandy, to conduct a Bible study and deliver a sermon April 3.

Seventy-one people attended the service, which included four special-music pieces performed by members of the congregation.

The study and sermon are available on audio- or videotape. Allow six weeks for delivery of videos, said Mr. Hampton, or allow two weeks for audiotapes.

For information about the reunion picnic or to order tapes of Mr. Havir's sermon, write the COGSWV at P.O. Box 4472, Charleston, W.Va. 25304, U.S.A., or Or call (888) 293-2243.

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