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New forum is pro-HWA

SYDNEY, Australia--The sponsor of a new Internet forum wants to combat anti-Armstrong sentiment in the Churches of God.

Craig White, sponsor of the forum, said that "anti-HWA and anti-WCG statements will not be allowed on this forum."

To join "a very positive, warm and uplifting group," said Mr. White, visit

Regional pastors dies

PASADENA, Calif.--Atsu Dravie, 57-year-old regional pastor for the Worldwide Church of God for the West African countries of Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso, died Sept. 16, announced The Worldwide News, a WCG member newsletter, in its November edition.

Newsletter moves to North Carolina

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--The Churches of God Newsletter marked its third year of publication by publishing its summer-fall 2000 issue from a new location.

Founding editors and publishers Rick and Eileen Beltz report that they moved from Connecticut to North Carolina for many reasons, including lower cost of living and a shift in Connecticut's economic base from government contracts and the defense industry to tourism and gambling.

The newsletter has grown from an initial circulation of 120 issues in September 1998 to a current circulation of about 325. In addition to readers in the United States, the newsletter reaches Canada, Fiji, the Philippines, France, England, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Australia, Africa and Guyana.

Write P.O. Box 30272, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27130, U.S.A., or E-mail the Beltzes at

WCG finance update

PASADENA, Calif.--The treasurer of the Worldwide Church of God reports a $6 million deficit for 2000. In the November issue of The Worldwide News Ronald Kelly says $31 million in expenses will exceed projected income by $6 million for the calendar year.

Mr. Kelly also announced that the church expects escrow to close on the sale of the Pasadena church property in January, February or March of 2000.

"This sale will make it possible to fund a long-needed employee-retirement fund as well as relocate our offices to a much smaller and more efficient facility," he said.

CG7 meets at 2:22

FORT WORTH, Texas--The Church of God (Seventh Day) has established a congregation here. The group holds regular services at Best Western Executive Inn, 2000 Beach St., beginning at 2:22 p.m. each Sabbath.

Elder Larry Brooks said the congregation was established in response to growth in the western part of the Dallas­Fort Worth area.

Tennessee brethren hold "Fifth Sabbath"

JACKSON, Tenn.--Scattered brethren in western Tennessee hold a "Fifth Sabbath" get-together every so often. It's called Fifth Sabbath because they conduct combined services in months that have a fifth Saturday.

On July 29 about 60 in attendance heard Ray Bankston of the Last Ages Church of God; Bill Allen of the Church of God Bethel; and Ray Wooten of United Christian Ministries. A potluck followed.

Rick Eckert, Jimmy Ketchum and Bill Shults were scheduled to speak Sept. 30, when they held a combined Feast of Trumpets service with Seventh-day Adventists in Jackson.

Norman Edwards of Charlotte, Mich., publisher of Servants' News, is scheduled to speak Dec. 30.

For more information contact Mr. Shults at 46 Locust Ln., Jackson, Tenn. 38301, U.S.A.

CEM offers 'No More Prophets'

WHITEHOUSE, Texas--Ronald Dart's Christian Educational Ministries offers a free tape, "No More Prophets," on which Mr. Dart speculates on prophecy including whether a major prophet will appear before the return of Jesus. He argues that God may have already given the world all His prophetic messages through the pages of the Bible.

For a free copy write CEM, P.O. Box 560, Whitehouse, Texas 75791, U.S.A., or phone (903) 509-2999. Or sendE-mail to

GTA offers booklet on the devil

FLINT, Texas--The Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association, based here, has released a new brochure, Did God Create a Devil?

Mr. Armstrong said the brochure answers questions including: Where did the devil come from? Is he immortal? Will God destroy him? What is his ultimate fate? Does he have a spirit by which he can reach out anywhere? Can the devil tempt you and at the same time be tempting someone else thousands of miles away? Did God create a devil to tempt us?

To request a free copy, write the Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association, P.O. Box 747, Flint, Texas 75762, U.S.A., or call (903) 561-7070.

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