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Kansas City picnic slated

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--The fourth annual Kansas City fellowship picnic and potluck meal will take place at Baumgardner Park in Blue Springs, Mo., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12.

Baumgardner Park has volleyball and tennis courts, a children's play area, a covered picnic shelter and horseshoe pits. Last year more than 100 attended.

For more information contact Lenny or Diane Cacchio at (816) 524-2442, or by E-mail at

Servants' News moving

CHARLOTTE, Mich.--Servants' News, an independent publication serving members of the Sabbatarian Churches of God, and its sister publication for the general public, Shelter in the Word, will soon be published from a new location.

The two publications originate in Charlotte, but editor and publisher Norm Edwards and his wife, Marleen, have decided to move 50 miles away to Perry, where they found a residence with more space.

Servants' News' new mailing address is P.O. Box 107, Perry, Mich. 48872, U.S.A.

Fire and brimstone

ST. LOUIS, Mo.--One of the performers on a compact music disc called Sudden Destruction says the CD "is trumpeting a warning to the world of the impending calamities that must take place prior to the millennial rule of the Messiah."

Barry Gannon, the 46-year-old Church of God member who wrote the songs, plays guitar and harmonica and sings on the CD, says members of his "hot, soft rock" band Brimstone "dedicate this work to the honor and glory of God the Father, who will soon reveal to the whole world the glory of His Son."

Mr. Gannon lives here with his wife, Elise, and four kids: Jesse, 19 (also a band member), Kimberly, 14, Joseph, 11, and Mikaela, 1.

For ordering information, call Mr. Gannon at (314) 428-5808, or write him at P.O. Box 2452, St. Louis, Mo. 63114, U.S.A., or Or see Brimstone's ad in this issue of Connections, page 25.

Musical note

TULSA, Okla.--The music director for a Feast of Tabernacles site in Destin, Fla., is looking for singers and musicians. Ray Kurr of Tulsa plans to coordinate music for services and a special-music program at the United Church of God Big Sandy's site in Florida.

"We're trying to make this the feast of music as well as the Feast of Tabernacles," Mr. Kurr said. "We are encouraging musicians to come to Destin and participate in the choir and an evening of entertainment."

The site has about "15 slots" open for vocalists and musicians, he said. The festival observance begins the evening of Sept. 24.

Mr. Kurr invites soloists to send sample cassette tapes of their work to him at 7446 Adams Rd., Mounds, Okla. 74047. For more information call him at (918) 827-4599, or write

Singles' bash planned

HOUSTON, Texas--Some members of a United Church of God congregation are planning an event for Sabbath-keeping singles Dec. 23-27 at an area resort, announced Rob Stanchi, an organizer.

"We are planning on having a fun singles' event crossing all Church of God boundaries," Mr. Stanchi told The Journal. "All such singles are invited. Expected attendance will be between 150 and 250."

Off-season rates are available at Del Lago Resort (, he said. For air travelers he expects group rates to be available from Continental Airlines.

Music will be by singer, composer and guitarist Marty Yale of Hawkins, Texas, and his band.

For more information call Mr. Stanchi at (281) 970-8148, or E-mail him at

New Feast in Australia

CANBERRA, Australia--A Canberra discussion group that follows a nonpostponed calendar is arranging a Feast of Tabernacles site at Bermagui on the south coast of New South Wales, announced Walter Steensby July 18.

The site consists of holiday cottages in a quiet countryside 10 kilometers south of Bermagui proper, close to surf beaches and fishing. Tourist towns such as Bega and Narooma are within easy reach.

Emphasis will be on interactive Bible discussion accompanied by fellowship including group activities and barbecues, Mr. Steensby said.

For information contact Walter or Cindy Steensby at (02) 6254 3881, or E-mail them at

Post-Feast reports invited

BIG SANDY, Texas--The Journal invites you to keep your church newspaper in mind when you go to the Feast of Tabernacles this year. The Journal plans once again, in the issues immediately after the Feast, to run brief reports from readers who have just returned from festival sites around the world.

Photographs as well as articles--preferably typed--are welcome. Photos may be black and white or color. Pictures of people are preferred.

Please include names of everyone shown in photos, and include the name of the photographer. Please also include a phone number for follow-up questions.

Send articles on paper or diskette to The Journal, P.O. Box 1020, Big Sandy, Texas 75755, U.S.A. Or E-mail them to

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