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Book about African Sabbatarians reviewed

GILLETTE, Wyoming--The March issue of Giving & Sharing Newsletter includes a review of a book about the history of the Sabbath in Africa.

The book, Sabbath Roots: The African Connection, contends that "black Africans have a unique proclivity toward accepting the seventh-day Sabbath. Historically, Ethiopia and many other parts of black Africa have been bastions of Sabbatarianism."

Reviewer Richard Nickels, founder of Giving & Sharing, continues: "According to reliable estimates, Africa has the world's largest concentration of Sabbath-keepers, some 20 million people, of whom only about three million are Seventh-day Adventists."

The book is available for $15 postpaid from Giving & Sharing, P.O. Box 100, Neck City, Mo. 64849, U.S.A.

Church plans for Pentecost

HAYS, Kan.--The Church of God High Plains plans a special Pentecost weekend starting Friday evening, June 9.

Organizers have secured Dream Camp, 40 miles southwest of Hays near Cedar Bluff Reservoir, for that weekend.

Accommodations are sleeping rooms with six bunk beds and mattresses in each, plus extra mattresses. A bathroom adjoins each room. Those attending must furnish their own bedding or sleeping bags.

The event will cost participants nothing except for the food they bring. The format will be interactive, along with singing and taped or live messages.

For more information, contact Bill Luecke at (785) 628-2603 or

Ron Dart to speak in Lexington

TYLER, Texas--Ronald Dart, founder of Christian Educational Ministries, will be in Lexington, Ky., for a "Meet the Teacher" seminar June 17 sponsored by the Independent Church of God Lexington.

The meeting will take place at Holiday Inn South, 5532 Athens-Boonesboro Rd., off Exit 104 on Interstate 75.

The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. The meeting will break for a lunch buffet. After lunch will be a keyboard presentation by Larry Keenan at 2 p.m., followed by Sabbath services.

For information contact James or Jeanette Hicks at (606) 266-8641 or 473 Lakeshore Dr., Lexington, Ky. 40502.

CGI adds another station

TYLER, Texas--The Armor of God television program, produced by the Church of God International, began airing on Fox KMSS-TV, Channel 33, in Shreveport, La., April 30. The station's coverage area includes Texarkana, on the Arkansas-Texas border.

The program, featuring a variety of presenters, will show each Sunday at 6:30 a.m.

For a listing of television and radio stations carrying the program, visit the CGI on the Web at

CGI leaders visit

TYLER, Texas--Church of God International leaders Ben Chapman and Charles Groce will speak in outlying areas in May.

Mr. Chapman will speak in Clanton, Ala., the Sabbath of May 13 at 1 p.m. Services will be at Shoney's Inn, 946 Lake Mitchell Rd. (Exit 208 off Interstate 65) in Clanton. For more information, contact Clint Mahoney at (205) 991-5082.

Mr. Groce will speak in Horn Lake, Miss., south of Memphis, Tenn., the Sabbath of May 20 at 2 p.m. Services will take place at Sleep Inn, 708 Desota Cove, Horn Lake. For more information contact James Throgmorton or (870) 892-3894.

Prophecy newsletter available

CINCINNATI, Ohio--The United Church of God's April-May edition of World News & Prophecy includes "Pope's Spiritual Journey Very Political," "Civil Unions: The Genesis of Untold Controversy" and "China-Taiwan Tinderbox."

To subscribe to the free publication, contact the UCG-AIA at (513) 576-9796 or P.O. Box 541027, Cincinnati, Ohio 45254, U.S.A.

Hymnal CDs available

LAKEWOOD, Ohio--Musician and composer Mark Graham has announced the availability of CD sets with the accompaniment for his hymnal Songs for the Family of God.

The cost for the three-CD set is $50 plus $5 shipping (and 7 percent sales tax for Ohio residents).

"I think you will be happy with the sound," Mr. Graham said. "The hymns were recorded digitally using a nine-foot Steinway grand in a large auditorium. I tried to record good, singable tempos. I hope the recordings will make the hymnal even more usable for you."

Make checks payable in U.S. funds to Mark Graham, P.O. Box 770261, Lakewood, Ohio 44107, U.S.A. He can also be reached at (216) 529-1380 or

Newsletter reports

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.--The Churches of God Newsletter, published by Rick and Eileen Beltz, published its annual report in the March-April issue.

The newsletter began in September 1998 with an initial mailing of 120.

"Through hard work and word of mouth, the circulation now stands at just under 300," said Mr. Beltz. The newsletter is free, but Mr. Beltz noted that contributions received in 1999 totaled $538.

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