UCM and Big Sandy plan to swap Feast speakers

HOOVER, Ala.--Representatives of United Christian Ministries (UCM) and the Church of God Big Sandy plan to exchange guest speakers at the 2001 Feast of Tabernacles.

"Ray Wooten [founder and director of UCM] will speak at our site in Angel Fire, N.M., and I will speak at the UCM site in Sevierville, Tenn," said Dave Havir, pastor of the Big Sandy congregation.

According to Mr. Havir, Mr. Wooten approached him about the idea of speaking at each other's site.

Mr. Havir told The Journal about another idea from UCM representatives.

"George Crow and other of my UCM friends called me and asked what I thought about UCM supporters being heavily involved at the Feast in Angel Fire," he said. "This will help UCM supporters who can't travel to the Smoky Mountains. Plus, this will help the Angel Fire site have a greater pool of servers."

Mr. Wooten told The Journal he enjoys seeing groups work together.

"The Church of God Big Sandy and the United Christian Ministries have much in common, and we welcome this opportunity to serve together at the Feast of Tabernacles," he said.

"UCM had considered hosting a site in the Colorado Rockies this year in order to accommodate a number of UCM supporters, et al. After learning that Big Sandy was planning Angel Fire again, we decided that we might be competing, and we prefer to cooperate. Cooperation is God's way; competition is not. The plan for next year is for UCM to host a site in the Colorado Rockies and Big Sandy to be heavily involved in that service."

This year the Big Sandy congregation will continue working with the same four sites as last year (Big Sandy, Angel Fire, Destin, Fla., and Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) with the addition of a site in Lihue, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Plans are for the Hawaii site to be replaced in 2002 with a site somewhere in Scotland.

"United Christian Ministries is excited to announce that the Sevierville Civic Center and Community Center in Sevierville, Tenn., has been selected to host the Feast of Tabernacles 2001," said Mr. Wooten.

Housing facilities are off site and range from hotel rooms to large condominiums and chalets. The property has an adjoining community center, offering a large indoor pool, fitness center, bowling, racquetball courts, gymnasium and a walking trail.

For more information about the Church of God Big Sandy, contact the congregation at P.O. Box 690, Big Sandy, Texas 75755, U.S.A.

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For more about UCM's site in Sevierville, contact UCM at P.O. Box 361725, Hoover, Ala. 35236, U.S.A.; (888) 985-9066; or Visit UCG on the Web

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