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Issue 106

Onnie Thompson dies

ORLANDO, Fla.--Onnie Thompson, wife of United Church of God elder Richard Thompson, died Feb. 4 of a massive stroke.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Thompson is survived by sons Scot and Brett. Mr. Thompson receives mail at P.O. Box 1081, Mount Dora, Fla. 32756, U.S.A.

Web traffic doubles

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.--The Journal's Web site ( recently finished its busiest year ever with a record-setting month in terms of articles requested, reports webmaster Alan Ruth.

For December 2005 the site served 142,539 Web pages to 22,462 visitors. This represents a 160 percent jump in site materials delivered and a doubling of traffic compared with the same month in 2004.

For more information about Web traffic at the site, see

'Servants' News' is back

PORT AUSTIN, Mich.--Norm Edwards announces that his newsletter, Servants' News, is back in print and available through the mail and online.

Mr. Edwards requests that anyone who wishes to receive the print version of SN specifically request it. Such requests help the publication qualify for a cheaper postage rate.

Write Mr. Edwards at P.O. Box 474, Port Austin, Mich. 48467, U.S.A., or

'AR' back online

ALLEGAN, Mich.--Members of the Likeminds Internet forum, which regularly discusses Church of God-related topics, learned Jan. 18 that a controversial Web site called The Painful Truth, which archives copies of The Ambassador Report, is back online after its former Internet-service provider suspended it after a complaint.

Pam Dewey of Allegan, a Church of God member who operates the Field Guide to the Wild World of Religion Web site at, noted that The Painful Truth isn't for the faint of heart.

Her announcement, she said, "is not, of course, an endorsement of all the content of that site. The webmaster and many of the commentators there do not share the view of the Bible of the participants of this [Likeminds] forum, although LMers and they may well agree on an evaluation of the abuses of the past ... in the corporate COG world."

However, The Painful Truth, said Mrs. Dewey, is "the only place on the Web where one can access the Ambassador Report collection."

The Ambassador Report was a newsletter published and distributed for many years by John Trechak of Pasadena, Calif., who died in 1999.

The Painful Truth is operated by Mike Minton of Hot Springs, Ark. See Mr. Minton's Ambassador Report archives at

Stream on

AUBURN, Wash.--Kenneth Westby's Virtual Church will soon expand from being strictly a telephone network to broadcasting--in streaming audio and video--every Sabbath over the Internet.

The program can be accessed beginning in March through the Association for Christian Development's Web site,

The live Virtual Church service airs at 11 a.m. Pacific time each Saturday. The regular host is Mr. Westby, with guest speakers appearing about once a month.

The phone hookup is still at (918) 222-7158.

Christian Women's Conference

BIG SANDY, Texas--For the fifth year, a group of Church of God women who live in East Texas will sponsor a conference for women featuring topics and activities tailored to Christian women of all ages.

The conference will begin Friday, March 11, and continue through Sunday, March 13.

For more information, visit, or call Shelly Howell at (800) 946-5545.

College gets new name

EDMOND, Okla.--The Philadelphia Church of God's Imperial College is getting a new name, Herbert W. Armstrong College. For this and more PCG news, see the lead article beginning on page 1 of this issue.

Singles' retreat

BIGGS, Calif.--The National Singles Retreat sponsored by the Young Messianic Jewish Alliance is set for March 17-19 in Orlando, Fla., announced Mike Kawasaki, founder of the Sabbath Singles' Connection, a service for single Sabbatarian Christians.

For information, write the YMJA at P.O. Box 670973, Marietta, Ga. 30066, U.S.A., or, or visit

Positive and uplifting

SYDNEY, Australia--Craig White has sent out a reminder that his new blog may be found at

"It is time, as the saying goes, to establish a new blog, one that is positive and uplifting," said Mr. White, who describes himself as among "HWA apologists."

Card of thanks

BIG SANDY, Texas--The Journal's staff would like to thank an anonymous friend for sending the beautiful flowers.

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