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Jack Elliott dies

GLADEWATER, Texas--Longtime Church of God elder and former WCG employee Jack R. Elliott died July 24, 2011, after an extended illness.

Mr. Elliott, a member of the UCG, had worked with Herbert W. Armstrong in developing the California campus of Ambassador College. He was founder of Ambassador and Spokesman clubs and later served as an elder for many years in Texas.

Survivors include Mr. Elliott's wife, Anne.

See the full obituary in this issue of The Journal.

UCG's Winter Family Weekend

MILFORD, Ohio--The United Church of God's Winter Family Weekend is set for Dec. 23-27, 2011. The theme will be "Family, Friends, Fellowship and Fun."

The events will take place at the Great Wolf Lodge, a new rustic resort and conference center in Mason, Ohio, near Cincinnati.

"This facility boasts a 78,000-square-foot indoor water park with 11 water slides, a giant wave pool, six swimming pools, a lazy river and a 30-person hot tub," states a press release from the UCG.

Activities will include seminars for adults, teens and preteens; Sabbath services; an Ambassador College reunion; dances; games; basketball, volleyball and flag football; a family fun night; karaoke and a jam session; and movies.

Gary Antion and Roy Holladay are event coordinators.

See the Winter Family Weekend Web site for more information at

The darkness at the crucifixion

SYDNEY, Australia--Friends of the Sabbath Australia is offering a book by the late Anthony Alfieri, The Darkness at the Crucifixion, announced Craig White.

"A kind member has scanned the entire book for you to enjoy," Mr. White said. He said the book is "a must-read."

View or download a PDF of Darkness, as well as several other files, at

Bible quiz reaches 1,000 questions

ARROYO GRANDE, Calif.--Michael Thiel is constantly expanding his online Who Wants to Be a Biblical Millionaire? game. The game now has more than 1,000 questions.

"Think of it as an entertaining way to assist your doctrinal memory," said his father, Dr. Robert Thiel, who runs the site.

Michael has other games and quizzes on the site, including:

  • A self-grading Bible quiz of 15 questions and a report card when you finish.
  • The Good Samaritan: not a game but a public-domain claymation for young people.
  • A Bible crossword puzzle.
  • The Antichrist Quiz: How much do you know about the Antichrist?
  • Michael's Feasts and Fasts: 15 questions with amusing wrong-answer screens.
  • Bible Hangman: Michael's most interactive Bible game.

Collins book back as E-book

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.--Steven Collins' first book, The "Lost" Ten Tribes of Israel, which sold out after four printings but has been out of print for years, is available as a downloadable E-book at

"After noticing that used copies of this book were selling in the secondary market for $150 to $250," Mr. Collins told The Journal, "a major project was undertaken to convert it to an E-book as it had not originally been printed via any electronic media."

The E-book is available for $12.99, half the price of the original paper version.

"The E-book is the same as the original printed book, but due to its being reformatted for a computer screen, it now contains over 600 pages of well-documented information about the migrations, empires and modern locations of the 10 tribes of Israel after their exile," Mr. Collins said.

Articles, research papers, blogs and speeches of Mr. Collins are available at Recent interviews have aired on satellite- and shortwave-radio networks, and many of these can be heard at the Web site.

A recent article, "A New Look at the Seven Churches of Revelation," and a new audio message, "How Many Will God Save?," are also available.

Write Mr. Collins at 3901 S. Crescent Dr., Sioux Falls, S.D. 57106, U.S.A., or

Feast and presenter auditions

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn.--The Church of God Worldwide Ministries, home of The World Tomorrow on Internet television, will sponsor a Feast of Tabernacles observance Oct. 12-20, 2011, at the church's office building, 1965 Chapman Highway, in Sevierville, announced Bill Hillebrenner.

The CGWM is also auditioning men trained in Spokesman Club (the speech club of the old Worldwide Church of God) as presenters for the telecast.

Write the CGWM at or P.O. Box 6879, Sevierville, Tenn. 37864, U.S.A.


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