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Richard Nickels dies

GILLETTE, Wyo.--Richard Nickels, 58, founder of the popular Giving & Sharing ministry and nonprofit bookstore, died peacefully June 4 with his wife, Shirley, at his side. Mr. Nickels had been diagnosed with adrenal cancer in March.

Mr. Nickels was baptized in 1969 and was employed by the Worldwide Church of God from 1971 to 1973 in festival-site construction and church administration.

At the time of his death he worked for a coal-mining company as an accountant and computer consultant.

He wrote numerous articles and books after starting Giving & Sharing in 1978, including a history of the Sabbatarian Churches of God.

He served as president of the 63-year-old Bible Sabbath Association from 1996 to 1999 and 2004 to 2006.

Besides his wife he is survived by daughters Barbara Parada of Houston, Texas, Rachel Nickels of Everett, Wash., and Amanda Byrd of Eugene, Ore.

Write Mrs. Nickels at 3316 Alberta Dr., Gillette, Wyo. 82718, U.S.A.

Rob Elliott dies

ORLANDO, Fla.--Robert Elliott, 62, founder and pastor of God's Church Worldwide (GCW), based in Sorrento, Fla., died June 21 after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Elliott is survived by his wife, Micki, and daughters Shawna and Tanya.

Mr. Elliott, a 1972 graduate of Ambassador College, Bricket Wood, England, was a native of Northern Ireland who served in the Worldwide Church of God as an elder in Canada and the United States.

He founded the GCW in 1995.

Mrs. Elliott receives mail at P.O. Box 544, Sorrento, Fla. 32776, U.S.A.

Port Austin Bible Campus Feast

PORT AUSTIN, Mich.--Norman Edwards announces that he expects an attendance increase at the Feast of Tabernacles observance on the Port Austin Bible Campus this year. The dates are Oct. 6-14, but Feastgoers who observe various dates for the Feast are welcome on the campus too.

The theme this year will be "Be Doers of the Word."

"We will talk about how Sabbatarian Christians, both old and young, can apply this command today," Mr. Edwards said.

The campus kitchen will provide three meals a day, of mostly campus-grown organic food.

Mr. Edwards also announced that "Port Austin Bible Campus has no ties with others keeping the Feast in the area: Port Austin Bible Center, Carolyn Smith-Kizer or the Philadelphia Church Port Austin, a small independent group unrelated to Gerald Flurry's Philadelphia Church of God."

Contact Mr. Edwards at or P.O. Box 474, Port Austin, Mich. 48467, U.S.A. Phone him at (989) 738-7700.

Legacy tour

CHIANG MAI, Thailand--Leon and Gloria Sexton, founders and operators of Legacy Institute, a Church of God ministry based in Thailand, announced their plans for a speaking tour of parts of the United States.

Following are the applicable dates, sponsoring group, city and contact name, phone number and E-mail address for each of the five stops on the tour:

Aug. 5: Central Texas Church of God, Waco, Texas, Ben Mauldin, (254) 982-4223, Aug. 12: Church of God Terre Haute, Terre Haute, Ind., Jeff Osborn, (888) 526-5710, Aug. 18: Legacy Institute Update 2006 Potluck, Dallas, Texas, Jim and Becky Shrode, (214) 415-0307, Aug. 19: Tyler (Texas) Church of God, Linda Benton, (903) 509-2999. Aug. 26: Believers in Christ Church of God, Redwood City, Calif., Jeff Henderson, (800) 384-0998,

See the article on page 1 of this issue about Mr. and Mrs. Sexton's recent visit with the king and queen of Thailand.

Labor Day rest

BIG SANDY, Texas--The Church of God Big Sandy invites everybody to a picnic and other family-oriented activities on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, from 4 to 9 p.m.

The event will include a free meal at 6 p.m. consisting of a hotdog barbecue. Beginning at 7 o'clock three music groups will play and sing.

The COG Big Sandy is on Highway 80 just west of the city limits. For more information visit or call (800) 946-5545.

Feast at Keystone

WOODSTOCK, Ill.--Truth on the Web Ministries invites you to its Feast site near Tulsa, Okla., at Keystone State Park, beginning the evening of Oct. 8.

"This park makes for close-knit fellowship," said organizer Brian Hoeck. "All are welcome."

Activities will include a group picnic, Mr. Hoeck said.

Visit, or write Mr. Hoeck at or 511 Meadow Ave., Woodstock, Ill. 60098, U.S.A.

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