Notes and quotes

Lawson Briggs dies

PASADENA, Calif.-Lawson Briggs, church historian, writer and researcher, died June 12 after a long bout with cancer. Mr. Briggs was noted for his work What Became of the Church Jesus Built? and was one of the primary authors of the Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course. Richard Nickels of Gillette, Wyo., director of Giving & Sharing, said Mr. Briggs "was my friend and mentor. He instilled in me a love for church history." Giving & Sharing plans to reprint Mr. Briggs' writings.

Elise Herrmann

GLADEWATER, Texas-Elise Herrmann, a longtime member of the Worldwide Church of God, died July 27 in a hospital. A native of Arkansas, she had lived here 24 years, moving from Pasadena, Calif. Mrs. Herrmann is survived by her husband, Kenneth C. Herrmann, and five children. The Herrmanns had been married 45 years. They had wed as students at Ambassador College in 1952.

CGI minister to visit Australia

TYLER, Texas-Ben Chapman, a Church of God International elder, will conduct a series of special meetings in Australia next month.

Mr. Chapman, who lives in Utah and operates a computer-systems business, is scheduled to speak in Sydney Aug. 16, Melbourne Aug. 19 and Brisbane Aug. 23.

Help wanted

PASADENA, Calif.-WCG pastor general Joseph Tkach Jr. announced in a "dear friend" letter dated July 1997 that the church wants to hire a few good men. "... We do ask for your faithful financial support during this period. We do need to hire a few full-time pastors."

To apply for the positions, write the WCG at P.O. Box 111, Pasadena, Calif. 91123.

CGI on the Web

The CGI has established a Web site on the Internet at E-mail reaches the CGI at Through the site, with the proper software, visitors may listen to the latest Garner Ted Armstrong television program; check festival information; download literature; hear sermons in their entirety; keep up with current events; and read news about the CGI. Or write P.O. Box 2525, Tyler, Texas 75710, or call (903) 825-2525.

Ronald Dart offers tape

on God family

WHITEHOUSE, Texas-Ronald Dart of Christian Educational Ministries is offering a free tape of his sermon "Is God Really a Family?" Mr. Dart plans to record the sermon at the latest in his series of Christian Renewal Conferences the weekend of Aug. 2 in Chicago, Ill. For a free copy of the tape, write CEM at P.O. Box 560, Whitehouse, Texas 75791, or call (903) 509-2999.

Quarterly newslette r

A publication by Unity Christian Fellowship (UCF) of Watertown, Conn., is available free to requesters. Write editor F. Paul Haney for a subscription to The Fellowship Commentator, which comes out every three months.

The newsletter includes essays, questions and answers, and letters to the editor.

Write UCF at P.O. Box 370, Watertown, Conn. 06795.

Conversion tape release d

TYLER, Texas-The Church of God International announced June 20 the availability of a sermon tape on "conversion." The audio cassette is the recording of a sermon by CGI elder Vance Stinson before an audience at Guntersville, Ala., on the Sabbath of June 14. Order the tape from the CGI at P.O. Box 2525, Tyler, Texas 75710.

Bible basic s

TULSA, Okla.-Bible Basics, a study course by correspondence, is available from the Churches of God Outreach Ministries, P.O. Box 54621, Tulsa, Okla. 74155. Lessons are regularly being added; the fourth in the series was announced July 10 by Richard Gawith of the COGOM.

The new lesson is "What Is Man?" To order the lessons available so far and get on the COGOM's mailing list, write the above address, or call (800)


Plans for Ambassador Center announced

PASADENA, Calif.-Plans for an "Ambassador Center," to be based at Azusa Pacific University, 25 miles east of Worldwide Church of God headquarters here, have been announced.

Russell Duke, Ambassador University's last president, will head the new center and teach classes, including a course on the doctrines of the WCG.

"From our Ambassador Center at Azusa, graduate and undergraduate students will assist as counselors and leaders at Christian camps," said Dr. Duke, according to The Worldwide News.

"The Ambassador Center will also serve as a repository of the cultural heritage of 50 years of Ambassador University."

He said that goals of the Ambassador Center include leadership training, intercultural and interdenominational education, a scholarship program and to maintain the cultural heritage of Ambassador University and the records of its 50 years.

Old correspondence

course online

A Web site has published the old Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course, lessons 1-32, available to read online or download:

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