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Winter social

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz.--Eighty-five scattered brethren enjoyed a potluck meal and otherwise participated in the 24th annual Northern Arizona Winter Social Saturday evening, March 3, reports Dennis Benson.

The group included members of the Worldwide Church of God, United Church of God, Living Church of God and Christian Biblical Church of God, as well as at least five independent or in-home fellowships.

"A great time was had byall, and many friendshipswere renewed after a separation of about six years," Mr. Benson said.

40th anniversary

WICHITA, Kan.--The Wichita congregation of the Worldwide Church of God plans to observe its 40th anniversary April 28 and is inviting all who have attended here to participate. For information contact Lyle or Faye Campbell at (620) 463-2323 or

CEM announces Feast site

TYLER, Texas--Christian Educational Ministries announces it will again sponsor a Feast of Tabernacles site in Niceville, Fla.

Thanks to responses to a survey at last year's Feast, the CEM plans some new activities for Feastgoers. They include:

  • Activities especially for festival attenders 20-25 years old.
  • A dance for adults.
  • Children's activities for all age-groups, including "lively and animated" Sabbath-school classes for five age-groups.

To volunteer to help out with activities at the site, call Carl Dillenback at (860) 653-4659, or E-mail him at

For a list of affordable housing near the site contact CEM at P.O. Box 560, Whitehouse, Texas 75791, U.S.A., or write

CEM broadcasts daily at 5:30 p.m.

TYLER, Texas--Christian Educational Ministries announces that its Born to Win broadcast airs over radio station KLJT, 102.3 FM, in nearby Jacksonville, Texas, Monday through Friday at 5:30 p.m. The signal reaches Tyler, Big Sandy and surrounding areas.

"KLJT is the leading contemporary-Christian-music station in the Tyler area and is heard over a very large part of East Texas," said Larry Watkins. "Up till now this station has carried only contemporary-Christian music with no voice programming. The Born to Win program is its first such program."

Ron Dart, founder of CEM,is the speaker on thebroadcast.

Income down for 2001

PASADENA, Calif.--Donations were down 12 percent in January 2001 compared with January 2000, announced treasurer Ron Kelly of the Worldwide Church of God.

Writing in the March issue of The Worldwide News, Mr. Kelly acknowledged that "hope always springs eternal" but the church must live with reality. The reality is that this year's January income from "regular mail donations" was $1.25 million, compared with $1.43 million a year ago.

The treasurer said the church, in budgeting for 2001, allocated funds from a reserve account "to maintain our current level of ministers, employees and congregations," and "we keep looking for the completion of the [church headquarters] property sale so that we can earnestly begin our reorganization plan."

Guarding the Sabbath

FAIRVIEW, Okla.--The Sabbath Sentinel, the magazine of the Bible Sabbath Association, is in the mail. The March-April issue includes "Cars Don't Grow From the Ground," by BSA vice president Ken Westby; "Preserving the Sabbath for the Next 100 Years," by Eva June Narber; and "What Part of the New Covenant Is Part of the Old Covenant?," by John Sash.

The issue also includes a farewell by editor Royce Mitchell. For more on Mr. Mitchell's reasons for leaving the Sentinel, see page 1 of Feb. 28 issue of The Journal.

Gnosticism now and then

GILLETTE, Wyo.--Seventh-day Adventist James Arrabito claims that gnostic "cult theology" is dominant in Protestant and Catholic theology.

Mr. Arrabito elaborates in a videotaped presentation, "Gnosticism, Past and Present."

Watch out, says Mr. Arrabito, for Christians who allegorize or mythologize Scripture to fit preconceived ideas, minimize sin and miracles, "spiritualize away" the Word of God and hate "Jewish law."

Buy the video from the Bible Sabbath Association, 3316 Alberta Dr., Gillette, Wyo. 82718, U.S.A., for $15, or rent it for $5 for 14 days.

COG newsletter

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--Rick and Eileen Beltz's publication, The Churches of God Newsletter, includes in its March-April issue articles about whether repentance is necessary to enter the Kingdom of God and an article by Arlan Weight on whether disfellowshipping is a Christian practice. It also contains Mr. Beltz's interview with the publisher of The Journal. To subscribe write P.O. Box 30272, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27130, U.S.A.

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