Charlotte Announcements – 16 July 2011

Greetings from Charlotte,

As extreme weather continues to dominate the headlines, God is mercifully blessing the Work in the United States and around the world.  Mr. Ames’ Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations in Chicago and Milwaukee generated 114 visitors.  The special presentations were followed on Monday by a powerful “derecho” (violent windstorm) that left hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans without electricity this week.  But God didn’t allow the special presentations to be derailed!  Last week’s Australia and New Zealand Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations resulted in a very encouraging 286 visitors (55 in Adelaide, 110 in Perth, 7 in Brisbane, 114 in Auckland)Dr. Douglas Winnail is now in South Africa visiting congregations and conducting meetings, and will return to Charlotte early next week.  Mr. Mario Hernandez is in Europe, spending the Sabbath with brethren in Paris.  The Texas Pre-Teen camp concluded successfully last week, and it sounds like the hiking, kayaking, and rafting of the Maine Adventure camp concluded on Wednesday, although challenging, was a great success! (See below for full reports.)

Here in Charlotte, Dr. Meredith has been writing, conducting meetings and recording more material for the Behind the Work film.  Last week’s telecast, “The World’s Most Vital Need,” is expected to generate 3,100 responses.  Mr. Gerald Weston has been in the TV studio this week, recording upcoming China telecasts: “What Is Freedom” and “A Scientific Approach to Morality.”  Mr. Wallace Smith has also been in town, recording telecasts: “The Fight Over Hell” and “Will Christians Be Raptured?”  Please take note of the deadline for ordering personal hymnals (July 31), and the request for all brethren to register for Feast site activities and volunteer service by the same date (see announcements below).—RMc

Church Administration

Update from Dr. Douglas Winnail in Australia

I arrived in Cape Town, South Africa yesterday (Wednesday) safely after a 12-hour flight from Perth, Australia.  We have had a beautifully sunny “winter” day here at the Cape today, and we have a Bible Study scheduled for tonight.  Mr. and Mrs. Pieter van der Byl and I will fly to Johannesburg tomorrow (Friday) to conduct services in Pretoria on the Sabbath and then hold a short Regional Conference in Pretoria on Sunday, before I catch a flight back to Charlotte on Sunday night.  The trip has gone very well so far.  The responses to the TWSPs in New Zealand and Australia were very encouraging.  Thanks for your prayers.—Douglas Winnail

Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations

Chicago and Milwaukee: God certainly blessed the Tomorrow’s World Special Presentation held on July 9 in Chicago! Fifty enthusiastic local members welcomed 98 visitors for the exciting message provided by Mr. Ames.  Some excited subscribers mentioned how they were looking forward to attending services weekly and joining us in spreading the true Gospel message around the world.  Many guests mentioned that they had been watching the telecast and studying our literature for some time—many for two years or more.  This presentation gave them the opportunity to “take a step” in acting on the incredible Truth they have been receiving from the Church of God.

On Sunday, July 10, 52 members of the Milwaukee congregation were privileged to host 16 visitors who came to hear the powerful message from Mr. Ames.  Some drove from as far as an hour away to hear the message.  Many visitors stayed long after the presentation to visit and ask questions.  All indications show that we can expect many from both Chicago and Milwaukee to begin attending weekly services with us.  What a fantastic privilege it is to be given this awesome opportunity to preach the true message of hope to this dying world!  Your prayers for successful follow-up presentations are much appreciated.—Phil West

Adelaide, Australia: Here in Adelaide, 66 members were in attendance for services on the Sabbath of July 9 where Dr. Winnail spoke on “Important Lessons from the Early Church.”  Later that afternoon, Dr. Winnail spoke to an audience of 121 members and guests as he presented information on “What’s Ahead for Australia?”   Many of the 55 guests indicated that they would return for the follow-up presentation but not only that, we have had a number of people call the office who didn’t attend the first presentation but will be attending my follow-up on “Where Is God’s Church Today?”

This has been a great opportunity for those who came to the TWSPs as guests, but we have also seen a swell of zeal from our membership here in Australia who have also been greatly encouraged by the opportunity to see and speak with many whom God may be calling into the body of Christ here in Australia.  Some members even reconnected with old friends who they had no idea were even receiving our literature—you can imagine their surprise as they walked through the door.—Robert Tyler

Perth, Australia: We were very privileged to have Dr. Winnail visit our fair city here in Perth, Australia, as he delivered his Special Presentation entitled, “What’s Ahead for Australia?” on July 10. Though the weather was somewhat inclement, 110 guests and 39 members attended. This was a 6.2% attendance response from guests who were invited to the presentation.  In a very informative and exciting presentation, Dr. Winnail outlined the gradual slide towards greater sin, in Australia, and in the world in general. One could have heard a pin drop in the hall as people seemed to take on board and understand the seriousness of the message delivered by Dr. Winnail. No doubt many people were able to identify with his message as a result of the droughts and floods that have occurred recently around our country. There’s no doubt that the evening would not have gone as smoothly as it did, only for the wonderful effort carried out by our deacon and deaconess, Mr. and Mrs. Morfea and their efficient team. It was obvious to see that recent sermons encouraging us to implement teamwork had been taken “on board.” We look forward to some positive results from our follow-up presentation that will be delivered at 2:00 p.m. on the Sabbath of July 16.—Mal Jennings

Brisbane, Australia: The Brisbane follow-up Tomorrow’s World Special Presentation was held in the afternoon, after we held our regular Sabbath service in the morning of July 9 on this occasion.  We were expecting a much larger turnout for the follow-up presentation, and were quite disappointed with the low turnout of seven people. Five of the attendees asked some interesting questions, but some hidden agendas became evident.  Our guess is that perhaps two or three people will start attending, but their depth of understanding has yet to be plumbed. Those who did attend the presentations have certainly received a witness, and perhaps the fruit will ripen with time, and harvesting may occur at a later season.—Dayrell Tanner

Orders for Personal Hymnals Due July 31

If you would like to order a personal hymnal, please go to the website: http://hymnals.lcg.org.  Personal hymnals are in English, purple in color (to differentiate from the current hymnals) and have the option of standard or spiral binding, and option of standard size (same as current hymnal) or large print edition (9” x 11”). The cost per hymnal is $11, including shipping. It will take several months for printing and shipping, and we ask that each family purchase no more than six copies, as this is a limited print run.  Orders must be received by July 31.

To order personal hymnals, please carefully follow the directions on the http://hymnals.lcg.org ordering form regarding payment.  If you don’t have Internet access, please contact your Festival Advisor, who can download a paper form for you to fill out and mail in personally.  Personal hymnal orders must be received by July 31.

Brethren from International areas—if you would like to order a personal hymnal, please contact your Regional Office for specific instructions in your area. 

Living Youth Camp

Texas Pre-Teen Camp

The LYC Texas Pre-Teen Camp began with a rousing theme of “Gung ho—all for one, and one for all” on Sunday, July 3, with a total of 71 in attendance—including 26 enthusiastic campers!  Activities were planned with the hot weather in mind—making the camp experience both enjoyable and exciting.  Camp activities included riflery, archery, canoeing, life skills, team building, and Christian Living classes.

On Wednesday evening, Mr. Paul Derrick from the Central Texas Astronomical Society, gave an interesting introductory lesson on astronomy.  After a brief slide presentation, the pre-teens and staff moved to the outdoor field to view the night sky through two large and sophisticated telescopes.  Mr. Derrick pointed out several night time objects by the use of a green laser and continued to help answer questions as we peered through lenses of the telescopes.  Along with a cool evening and slight breeze, this activity was enjoyed by all.  Camp concluded Thursday evening with scrumptious banquet of Texas smoked beef brisket with all the trimmings followed by a fun show presented by the preteens and staff.

Camp started on the theme of unity and teamwork and it ended that way as well.  Thanks to all who sacrificed, worked together, and served to make this an outstanding camp for our preteens—an “all for one, and one for all” experience!—Dan Hall

Adventure Camp—Baxter State Park, Maine

Greetings from Maine!  We have just dropped off the last of the adventurers at the airport and are headed for home.  We had a very exciting and adventurous experience. Twenty-five excited backpackers started off the trip hiking up Mt. Katahdin and scaling the Chimney and Knife’s Edge up to Baxter Peak. The “trails” were full of boulder slides and the group did more rock scrambling than actually hiking on the trials. One team had a 21-hour non-stop hike up to the peak and back down Abol trail the next morning. It was a very tough trip. The hikers worked together to help each other and showed a real spirit of teamwork. We ended the hiking portion of the trip on Sunday by climbing up beautiful and picturesque DoubleTop Mountain.

A full day of whitewater kayaking lessons was next on the adventure team list. We started with lessons on how to roll over, wet exit and finished with paddling techniques. The second half of the day found us paddling down the Penobscot River and learning eddy turns and how to “surf” in our kayaks. This is where our training on wet exits became very useful for some! Two adventurers even learned the Eskimo Roll (roll over upside down and then right the kayak back up without exiting the boat). The guides were impressed with our quick mastery of some of the skills as well as the responsible hard-working example set by the group.

We completed our eight-day adventure with a whitewater rafting trip down the mighty Penobscot River. In the morning we conquered the lower half of the river, where Class 4 rapids were swirling around waiting to devour rafters.   Nesoudanhunk Falls took our first victims. Within minutes we had five rafters swimming. Our able guides pulled the smiling swimmers back into the raft with ease. These guides proved how skilled and well-trained they were all day long. After lunch it was time to get down to business—the Upper River. Two Class 5 rapids and a series of Class 4 rapids awaited us. We entered the gorge and the first Class 5 rapid “the Exterminator” was calling. Of the four boats that passed through, the Exterminator “tacoed” boat number two and claimed three rafters. It was a cold and exhilarating swim to say the least.   An expertly tossed rope, and our able guides rescued the last swimmer from the churning water.

The entire trip was a huge success. Everyone is headed home safely with no injuries other than scrapes and bruises. God provided beautiful weather for us to enjoy the activities and the beauty that surrounded us. The adventurers were challenged and had the time of their lives.

Feast of Tabernacles 2011

Feast Registration by July 31 (Repeat Announcement)

We are asking all brethren to sign up for Feast of Tabernacles activities and volunteer services by July 31.  This is important so that Festival Coordinators can adequately plan for the activities at each Feast site.  If you are having difficulty registering, please see your Festival Advisor.  If you haven’t already signed up, please log on to MyLCG (www.cogl.org) and sign up for the activities of your choice.  Thank you! 

New Feast Site: Lican Ray, Chile

The Feast of Tabernacles in Chile will be held in Lican Ray, a beautiful and small lakeside town of 3,000, some 500 miles south of Santiago. A more detailed description of this new site will soon be posted to the MyLCG section of www.cogl.org. The Feast will be held at Hotel Becker. The lodging cost per person, per day is USD$26. Three daily meals are USD$22 per day. Translation into English will not be available. Therefore, this site is only open to Spanish-speaking transfers. Those interested in transferring to Chile for the Feast should register at MyLCG and contact Madeleine Lincoln-Strange at mlincoln@lcg.org or at +1-704-844-1970  

Living University

Fall Semester 2011

Registration for Fall Semester/Semester I classes is underway. This semester we are offering more than 20 different courses—a few of them are described below.  For more information on this and to register for classes, please visit our website at www.livinguniv.com. For detailed questions, please contact Dr. Scott Winnail at swinnail@livinguniv.com.

HPRO 114 – Health and Wellness

This course aims to filter the vast array of health-related knowledge available in the world today through sound biblical principles. Emphasis is placed on lifestyle-related wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention.

NUTR 207 – Introductory Nutrition

Most everyone loves food and this basic nutrition course is designed to help students analyze and evaluate their eating habits and learn to determine which foods are healthiest and which are not.

ANTH 220 – Sociocultural Anthropology

This course introduces the nature of human culture. It will benefit theology students by helping them develop a deeper understanding of how cultures are studied and how culture impacts and influences events in society. 

Media

Heads Up Podcast: “Democracy Fails”

Last week’s Heads Up podcast is a repeat of “Democracy Fails,” first aired in April. In this program, Dr. Roderick Meredith discusses the current U.S. debt crisis and explains why democracy has failed.  Download or listen at www.headsupshow.org. 

Comments

What Can a Twelve-Year-Old Do?  When Jesus was only twelve years old, He was already growing in wisdom and focusing on doing His Father’s will (Luke 2:49, 52).  Other pre-teens in history have made important decisions—for good, or evil—at a young age.  Manasseh began his wicked reign at twelve (2 Kings 21:1).  His grandson, Josiah, took the throne even earlier—at eight years old—and reigned well, turning “to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to the Law of Moses” (2 Kings 23:25).

What can a twelve-year-old do?  A lot!  We may not always be tuned in to the pivotal changes and choices our pre-teens are facing.  But often they are struggling with the important questions of the Universe!  They are beginning to ask, “Why am I here?”  They are wrestling with the big issues of life:  truth, morality and the existence of God.  And many are beginning to build a personal relationship with our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ His Son.  My own Dad was convicted and began to keep the Sabbath at twelve years of age, in spite of opposition from his father.  God may have begun to call you at an early age, too.

As we watch our young people grow, let’s not forget the momentous issues they are facing.  Let’s give them attention, encouragement, and support.  God is working with them, too!

Have a safe and profitable Sabbath,

Rod McNair

Charlotte Announcements – 9 July 2011

Greetings from Charlotte,

It’s camp season!  Missouri Pre-Teen camp concluded successfully last weekend, with 50 pre-teen campers in attendance (see announcement below).  Texas Pre-Teen camp has been running all this week with an exciting array of activities—even including introductory astronomy! (For information about all the youth camps, check out www.livingyouth.org.)  Fifteen campers and ten staff participating in the Adventure Camp in Maine began their ascent up Mt. Katahdin on Thursday. What an exhilarating way for our young people to spend their summer!  We wish to thank all our staff and volunteers for the many long days they spend serving at these camps.

In parts of Arizona and New Mexico, brethren are enduring oppressive heat, fires and brownouts (see announcement below). Here in the office, Dr. Meredith recorded another segment for the upcoming Behind the Work film.  Responses from the semi-annual offer have now topped 38,000. Dr. Douglas Winnail is Down Under, spending several days in the Australian office with Mr. Bruce Tyler and other leaders. Dr. Winnail will conduct Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations in Adelaide and Perth this weekend.  Dr. Scott Winnail travelled to Adelaide this week to meet with the Regional Office staff and LU students regarding Living University.  Mr. Mario Hernandez left this week to visit brethren in Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, and Belgium.  Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ames are in Chicago and Milwaukee this weekend for TWSPs in both cities.  Please continue to pray for all these efforts, and for all our brethren suffering from serious illnesses, including Mr. Sergio Carvajal (see announcement)!—RMc

Church Administration

Update from Dr. Douglas Winnail in Australia

“I am in the Adelaide office right now.  Just wanted to let you know the trip is going well, in spite of the fact that it is winter down here and it has been a bit chilly!  The response to the TWSPs has been way beyond what was anticipated!  It appears that in Auckland we had a record attendance (360 total) and a record response (301 guests)!  The response in Brisbane and Melbourne resulted in standing-room only—which was very encouraging for the brethren here.  Your prayers are appreciated for the trip and these presentations.”

Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations

Auckland, New Zealand: Dr. Douglas Winnail started his trip to the Southern Hemisphere by conducting a TWSP in Auckland. This was keenly anticipated by local members who had been preparing for it for several months.

Saturday, July 2, dawned with a beautiful clear blue sky (in the middle of winter) and we knew God was blessing the weather for travellers. An hour before the designated start time of 2:00 p.m., the first visitors started arriving.

Dr. Winnail started his presentation with nearly every seat occupied and many people standing around the perimeter and others sitting on the floor. Hotel staff continued to wheel in racks of chairs to fill free floor space and try to seat as many as possible.  Finally, a total of 360 people were crammed into the ballroom. Of these, 301 were visitors with 59 excited members also in attendance. Our wildest hopes had been far exceeded. Of the subscribers who received invitations over 14% of them attended.

Dr. Winnail spoke on “What’s Ahead for New Zealand?” and the audience returned after a refreshment interval of tea and coffee to attentively listen to his whole presentation. Many stayed and chatted with Dr. Winnail and members, and promised to return next Sabbath for my follow-up presentation, “Where Is God’s Church Today?” Dr. Winnail was able to illustrate his PowerPoint presentation with recent photos of the earthquake devastation in Christchurch. The whole audience would have been keenly aware of how promised “earthquakes in diverse places” are already occurring in New Zealand. Interestingly, an earthquake was felt in parts of Auckland the day before the TWSP. Most Aucklanders would have never previously experienced an earthquake.

God has already favored the second presentation. We were faced with the possibility of asking members to not attend the follow-up because we expected too many people for the available space. Members were asked to pray for the situation and by Monday morning additional space had been freed and we will now have ample room.—Kinnear Penman

Brisbane, Australia: The Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, congregation excitedly welcomed Dr. Douglas Winnail as he delivered his “What’s Ahead for Australia?” presentation on a mild winter’s Sunday evening. We had 67 guests attend, as well as 42 local members, for a total of 109. Our hall was almost filled to capacity, and during the presentation there were many murmurs in agreement from many of the visitors when various points were mentioned by Dr. Winnail. Many of the visitors stayed afterwards for refreshments and asked questions of the members and ministry, and of course were eager to talk to Dr. Winnail. We extended invitations to our follow up presentation next Sabbath, on the subject of “Where Is God’s Church Today?” and most visitors picked up the invitation and directions to the venue next week. We are eagerly hoping for a good turn out next Sabbath afternoon. The brethren have been highly energized by this opportunity to be involved directly in God’s Work on the local level, as they learn to relate to individuals who are learning about true Christianity for the first time. It is daunting for us all, when we take stock and realize that our guests are, in all probability, coming into contact with true Christians for the very first time at these events. That is a sobering thought that carries a heavy responsibility.—Dayrell Tanner

Melbourne, Australia: What an incredible evening we experienced in Melbourne on Tuesday, July 5.  In spite of, or perhaps encouraged by, an earlier earthquake tremor of 4.2 on the Richter scale, which occurred at 11:30 a.m. and a further tremor at 7:15 p.m., gale force winds and rain, an audience of 203 people attended the presentation delivered by Dr. Douglas Winnail. The invited audience consisted of 175 people, plus a contingent of 28 people from the Melbourne congregation.  We had set up the Box Hill Town Hall venue for a maximum of 120 people, but with about 20 people registering by phone and webmail, we decided to increase the seating available to 140 people.  Imagine our surprise when the 140 seats were taken up and still the people were pouring in at our start time of 7:30 p.m.  Extra chairs were provided but we ended up with standing room only for about 20 people.

The audience was very attentive to Dr. Winnail’s powerful delivery and, judging by the interest shown, we expect a good response to the invitation to attend my follow-up TWSP on July 16 at the Marwal Community Centre in Balwyn North. Many favourable comments were received during the serving of refreshments at the conclusion of the presentation. One person was heard to remark that, after years of study, this presentation had now answered all of his previous doubts.—Michael Gill

Sergio Carvajal Arellano Update

The following is an update regarding local elder Sergio Carvajal’s health, sent by his son Sergio Jr.:  “The last three weeks my father has been through several medical exams regarding his diabetes, hypertension and the wound in his feet. My father’s health is not good. My father has a severe anemic state, his face has been yellow during this last weeks. The doctors thought that maybe he had internal bleeding or a tumor. But thanks to God there was no such thing.  On the other side, he can’t have treatment for his advanced diabetes because it can affect his liver, and this has caused him to have super-high glycaemia levels.  Currently, we have taken him to 2 or 3 medical centers to see what kind of treatment he can have for the wound in his feet that started 5 months ago.  They can’t amputate his right foot because exams have revealed that the blood flow is insufficient and it can’t heal once it has been amputated.  Right now the wound has dead tissue and it’s infectious and it can aggravate the situation.  One of the doctors said that we can take him to have several exams to see if he could have a by-pass operation and take one of his veins so as to have more irrigation in his leg and this will diminish the amputation size because according to doctors his wound is irreversible.  Last week we had another difficulty, he has fluid in one of his lungs and it makes it difficult for him to breathe and he is coughing constantly.  This has been a very difficult situation for my father and my family but with God’s help we are facing it with the hope that God will help us in the process.  In the end healing comes from God.”  Please be praying for Mr. Carvajal and his family in this critical time. Cards or letters can be sent to:

Sergio Carvajal Arellano
Pasaje Los Damascos 1253
Población El Teniente – Renca
Santiago, Chile
Phone: (56+2) 867-5273

Arizona-New Mexico Fires and Brownouts
For the last few weeks, many brethren in Arizona and New Mexico have been directly affected, to one degree or another, by what one official said is “almost a perfect-storm scenario.” Combinations of extremely dry fuels, rugged terrain, strong winds and high temperatures, have led to a record-breaking year for wildfires, dust storms and massive power outages.

One of our members in northern New Mexico wrote, “There is always concern that nuclear contamination in that area [from the Los Alamos Lab, where the first nuclear bomb was developed] could get thrown into the atmosphere….” In southern New Mexico and most of Arizona, smoke from the fires continues to pollute the skies. So far, more than one million acres have burned in both states. That is larger than Rhode Island or more than three times the size of Los Angeles City. Seventeen percent of the Apache National Forest, home to one of the largest ponderosa forests in the nation, has been damaged or destroyed. The news reported that “these so-called mega-fires may change the Southwest’s ecology.”

If that were not enough, last Thursday, June 30, the lights began flickering [in Phoenix], as the first in a series of power surges on the power grid occurred, with people increasingly using power to cool down from the excessive heat and also to filter-out smoke and dust, causing a transformer to literally explode! Billows of black smoke (adding to the already smoky skies) could be seen for miles. The ensuing fire set off a cascade of electrical failures, leaving about 150,000 homes and businesses without power on a sweltering summer afternoon. Hospitals had to use emergency generators, many business closed and companies sent thousands of workers home early. At one point, several members living in mobile homes found inside temperatures reaching about 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Most sought shelter in their air-conditioned cars or any place that had not lost power, only to see rolling brown-outs and blackouts occur there without notice. Whole sections of cities were dark and we could not buy anything, get gas or use ATMs—all run on power. Store shelves cleared quickly of water and other emergency supplies. This also created a major drain on water supplies, as people went to the next best cooling approach: water. We received a “Reverse 911” call and were told to conserve water supplies because major mechanisms to pump water were down or in limited use due to the blackouts. A stark reminder, that, though we have many years of aquifer water supply, we live a very fragile life, no matter where we live, depending so much on electrical power.

This ongoing electric problem left us unprepared for what occurred last night, July 5: one of the worst dust storms ever seen in Arizona moved from Tucson into Phoenix, closing many roads and reducing visibility to near zero in some places. As the excessive heat finally subsides, power remains off to many residences (as this is written)—just as smoke-filled skies had begun to clear yesterday, with firefighters finally gaining an upper hand over what has also been one of the worst fire seasons in both Arizona and New Mexico history! Many thanks to everyone for your sincere prayers as we weather these storms!—Rodger Bardo

Orders Now Taken for Personal Hymnals!

Brethren may now begin ordering personal hymnals!  To access the order form, please go to the website: http://hymnals.lcg.org.  Personal hymnals are in English, purple in color (to differentiate from the current hymnals) and have the option of standard or spiral binding, and option of standard size (same as current hymnal) or large print edition (9” x 11”). The cost per hymnal is $11, including shipping. It will take several months for printing and shipping, and we ask that each family only purchase six copies, as this is a limited print run.  Orders must be received by July 31.

To order personal hymnals, please carefully follow the directions on the http://hymnals.lcg.org ordering form regarding payment.  If you don’t have Internet access, please contact your Festival Advisor, who can download a paper form for you to fill out and mail in personally.  Personal hymnal orders must be received by July 31.

Brethren from International areas—if you would like to order a personal hymnal, please contact your Regional Office for specific instructions in your area.

Living Youth Camp

Missouri Pre-Teen Camp

From June 26 through July 3, the LYC Missouri Pre-Teen Camp once again met at Cuivre River State Park just northwest of St. Louis.  This year was our biggest year yet, as 50 pre-teen campers joined teen and adult staff and mini-campers for a wonderful week of making friends and enjoying new experiences.

Campers enjoyed camp staples such as archery, riflery, sports, and canoeing classes.  Riflery included moving targets this year, and archery students said their favorite part was shooting the “big bear”! Other classes included orienteering, sign language, woodworking, and sewing.  In Life Roles classes, girls hosted various staff members at tea parties, and the boys learned several knots for tying their ties and how to shine their shoes. Evening activities included several Missouri favorites, such as hot dogs and s’mores and the annual “Stop Goliath” water balloon event, where campers and staff enjoyed having their picture taken next to a scale drawing of Goliath and testing their strength by trying to pick up a “spear” that weighed the same as the ancient Philistine’s.

The camp was challenged at the beginning with a storm that temporarily knocked out power and at the end with some very warm days. Yet throughout the camp, God’s presence, assistance and blessings were abundant and obvious!  Our thanks to all who helped make this year’s Missouri Pre-Teen Camp one of the best ever!—Wallace Smith

Feast of Tabernacles 2011

Festival (Second Tithe) Assistance Requests—U.S. Only (Repeat Announcement)

Attention U.S. Pastors:  The deadline to submit Festival Assistance Request forms to the Church Administration Department is Friday, July 15. All forms should be properly completed by the members requesting second tithe assistance to attend the Feast this year. Then, the Area Pastors should write their recommendations/comments on the forms before submitting them to CAD.  Festival Assistance Request forms are available to ministers on the MyLCG website (www.cogl.org).

Please Register for Activities by July 31

We are asking all brethren to sign up for Feast of Tabernacles activities and volunteer services by July 31.  This is important so that Festival Coordinators can adequately plan for the activities at each Feast site.  If you are having difficulty registering, please see your Festival Advisor.  If you haven’t already signed up, please log on to MyLCG (www.cogl.org) and sign up for the activities of your choice.  Thank you!

Panama City Beach, Florida: For brethren attending the Feast of Tabernacles in Panama City Beach, the activity ticket order form is now online!  Send in your order soon, because some activities have limited space available. To order your tickets, follow the instructions on the form, and then mail it along with the appropriate payment. Please note that if you have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, you can fill in the form online and it will automatically calculate your ticket costs.  If you prefer, you may fill in the form by hand after printing it.  The Panama City Beach activity ticket order form can be found online on the MyLCG website (www.cogl.org).

Antigua, Guatemala: Our Feast of Tabernacles site in Guatemala (Antigua) has reached capacity and is now closed to transfers.

Living University

Fall Semester 2011

Registration for Fall Semester/Semester I classes has successfully begun. This semester we are offering more than 20 different courses and we will be sharing brief descriptions of each course with you over the next several weeks. LU Courses are open to everyone—even upper-level high school or secondary school students, through our “dual enrollment” program. For more information on this and to register for classes, please visit our website at www.livinguniv.com. For detailed questions, please contact Dr. Scott Winnail at swinnail@livinguniv.com.

THL 110ab – Tomorrow’s World Bible Study Course

This version of the Bible Study Course (BSC) is online and it includes lectures on related topics, and some additional readings. It will be more “in depth” than the paper-pencil or online version of the Bible Study Course, but it will use the original course as its backbone. The course is free to those who enroll. This two-semester course serves as an introduction to the Bible, its message, and its implications for successful Christian life in today’s world. Topics include: the nature of God, God’s plan for humankind, biblical prophecy, the Kingdom of God, the New Covenant, law and grace in the lives of Christians, the meaning of true conversion, practical Christian living and how to recognize God’s Church today. This course will be an excellent experience for those who have not completed the BSC or have not completed it recently.

THL 135 – Life, Ministry and Teachings of Jesus

THL 135 is one of LU’s foundational courses in theology. This exciting course covers the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus Christ as presented in the four Gospels, and takes a “harmony of the Gospels” approach to the subject. The course covers the Gospels in far more detail than is possible in our traditional Sabbath services. The Gospels are analyzed from the context of the social, political, and religious conditions of the first century. This background material results in a much more in-depth understanding of the topics. Students spend time reviewing the background, purpose, message, and themes of the Gospels and the significance of Jesus Christ in the first century and beyond. The lecture core of this course is a series of recorded lectures presented by Dr. Roderick Meredith.

THL 200 – Principles of Christian Living

This course covers topics that are closely related to our Christian lives. It includes the following topics: the purpose for human life; human nature; values, morality, and ethics; marriage and family; and career. Topics include values, beliefs, and mores; interpersonal communication, dating, courtship, marriage, and children. Because of the nature of the topics, course material is generally very interesting and immediately applicable to one’s life. The lecture core is a set of contemporary lectures by Dr. Douglas Winnail dealing with the foundations of Christian living for successful life in today’s world.

Media

Heads Up Podcast: “An Accident Waiting to Happen”

Last week’s Heads Up podcast is titled “An Accident Waiting to Happen.” In this program, special guest Gaylyn Bonjour discusses the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis in Japan.  We also look back at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and consider what could happen in the United States. Download or listen at www.headsupshow.org.

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Otto von Hapsburg Dies at 98.  The oldest son of Austria-Hungary’s last emperor died last Monday.  Otto von Hapsburg became the head of the Hapsburg family in 1922, at the age of nine, when Charles I, his father, died.  In the latter half of the 20th century, Otto von Hapsburg became a key force for the European integration we are seeing today.  European Commission President Barroso called him “a great European… who gave an important impetus to the European project throughout his rich life” (www.abc6.com).  As an acquaintance and guest of Mr. Herbert Armstrong, Otto von Hapsburg visited Ambassador College in the 1980s and shared his vision of a united Europe in interviews published in The Plain Truth magazine.

The passing of this fascinating and influential man—the son of an emperor—reminds us of the pivotal times we are living in.  The world is waiting for one final king to rise over a united Europe, who will exercise great authority and will “continue a short time” (Revelation 17:10).  Ten other “kings” will give their sovereignty to him and fight against the returning Jesus Christ (verses 12-14).  But the “called, chosen, and faithful” saints will be with Christ, and share in His victory over this coming dictator.  Brethren, these are incredible and historic times!  As these events unfold, we must never lose sight of who we are, why we are here, and what’s just ahead!

Have a meaningful and profitable Sabbath,

Rod McNair

Charlotte Announcements – 2 July 2011

Greetings from Charlotte,

As the United States prepares to celebrate this year’s Independence Day on July 4th, ironically, America is anything but “free,” enslaved by an impossible debt burden.  Fireworks and parades cannot mask the growing uneasiness about the unthinkable—but increasingly possible—chance of a “technical default” on America’s soaring debt this summer.  Prophecy is truly being fulfilled before our eyes.

Meanwhile, through God’s mercy, the Work continues to surge here in the United States and around the world!  Last weekend, Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations were given in Belfast and Dublin, Ireland (Mr. Henry Cooper); two each in Edmonton and Grand Prairie, Alberta (Mr. Gerald Weston); and in Austin, Texas (Mr. Phil Sena).  These presentations generated 99 visitors, for which we are grateful.  This coming week, Mr. Dan Hall will conduct the Texas Pre-Teen Camp at Fort Parker State Park, just south of Dallas (see announcement below). The winners of the Living Youth Camp essay (and scholarship) contest have been announced on the www.livingyouth.org website. They are: Haley Ginn (first place), Wes Kendall (second place), Shawn Plagenza (third place), and Ariana Del Signore (honorable mention).  Congratulations to all the participants!

Dr. Douglas Winnail has arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, where it is a cool 7 degrees Centigrade (sounds kind of nice!).  More than 100 visitors are expected for his presentation on Saturday afternoon.  Please keep him and Mr. Mario Hernandez (who will be travelling to Europe next week), and all of our traveling ministers in your prayers.—RMc

Church Administration

Austin Follow-Up Tomorrow’s World Special Presentation

We were greatly pleased to have had 11 visitors for the Austin TWSP follow-up. Of those, six were repeats from the week before. I also had a couple of calls during the week from subscribers who said they would not be able to make it, but were interested in learning more about us. I informed them that we meet every week at the same time and location as the presentations, and they would be welcome to come when they are able. Our brethren were very encouraged by the number of visitors we had, and we are looking forward to seeing if we have any again this week when Wyatt Ciesielka will be giving a sermon about the Sabbath.—Phil Sena

Personal Hymnals

Final preparations are being made for the ordering of personal hymnals!  We will soon have a website up where brethren can make their order.  Personal hymnals will be purple in color (to differentiate from the blue congregational hymnals) and will have the option of standard or spiral binding, as well as options of standard size (same as current blue congregational hymnal) or large print edition (9” x 11”). The cost per hymnal will be around $10 per hymnal (possibly more for the large print edition), inclusive of shipping. It will take several months for printing and shipping, and we will ask that each family only purchase a limited quantity. To order personal hymnals, you will need to have a MyLCG account. Stay tuned!

French Update

Ministerial Appointment: We are pleased to announce that Dr. Meredith has approved Dr. Wilner Pierre, of the Charlotte congregation, to be appointed as Area Pastor for the French-speaking Caribbean islands of Martinique, Haiti, and Guadeloupe.  For a number of years, Dr. Pierre worked closely with Mr. Apartian, travelling periodically to help the local Church leadership in the French-speaking Caribbean areas, and will continue to do so in this new capacity.

Radio Broadcasts in Guadeloupe and Haiti: Our French radio program Le Monde Demain (past recordings made by the late Mr. Dibar Apartian) is now playing on a new radio station (104.9 FM) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, every Sunday at 7:00 a.m. We are also back on air with this radio program in Guadeloupe, in the French West Indies, from Monday through Friday at 6:15 a.m, on 99.4 FM.  We are very grateful for these doors that God has opened for the Gospel to be preached to French-speaking nations.

Belgium Singles Weekend

Thirty-six people attended the Pentecost weekend at Chevetogne, Belgium, representing 14 countries and 12 different languages! Sabbath services were held at the facility and the theme of “passing the baton” was present throughout.  For Pentecost services, we joined with the Charleroi congregation, boosting their numbers to 87. We enjoyed an excellent buffet meal prepared by local members and sermons from Mr. Ellis and Mr. Meakin.  Adding a remarkable European touch, Mr. Jean-Luc Pirotte led a captivating interactive Bible Study on Europe, highlighting numerous aspects such as its symbols, its emblems, its anthem and its currency—the euro. Activities included walks, horse riding, canoeing and mini-golf on the Monday. John Meakin commented: “The event was remarkable for the diversity of the group, yet [there was] unity, enthusiasm and friendliness. We made many new friends as we explored together different aspects of God’s Way of life. Thanks go to Rees and Fanny Ellis and their team of tireless helpers for a wonderful time over the Pentecost weekend.” We certainly look forward to a similar activity for Pentecost next year.

Correction: Attempted Robbery Account

The encouraging note last week about God protecting His people during a robbery attempt in Pensacola, Florida, was incorrectly attributed to Mr. Joseph Brown.  It should have been attributed to Mr. Ed Breaux, Area Pastor of the Mississippi and Pensacola, FL congregations.  Our apologies!

Living Youth Camp

Texas Pre-Teen Camp

Plans are well underway for an outstanding LYC Pre-Teen Camp at Fort Parker State Park in Mexia, Texas.  We still have room if parents would like to send their preteen(s) to the camp.  This year, we plan a full array of outdoor and indoor activities that include Christian Living, Life Skills, Field Sports, Canoeing, Team Building, and Astronomy.  And, our kitchen staff will be quite busy preparing delicious and nutritious meals to meet the needs of all the campers, volunteers and staff.  We appreciate all who have volunteered to serve this year—in many cases sacrificing their employment to give their time and expertise to help make this the most successful camp ever!  And, we appreciate your prayers for all the LYC camps!  If you are coming to Texas, we look forward to seeing you all this Sunday!—Dan Hall

Feast of Tabernacles 2011

Festival (Second Tithe) Assistance Requests—U.S. Only (Repeat Announcement)

Attention U.S. Pastors: The deadline to submit Festival Assistance Request forms to the Church Administration Department is Friday, July 15. All forms should be properly completed by the members requesting second tithe assistance to attend the Feast this year. Then, the Area Pastors should write their recommendations/comments on the forms before submitting them to CAD. Festival Assistance Request forms are available to ministers on the MyLCG website (www.cogl.org).

Please Register for Activities!

Hundreds of brethren have already signed up for activities and volunteer services, and we thank you!  But many more brethren have not signed up.  The Festival Coordinators have put in a lot of work to have their activities ready this early. Some of these activities require deposits in order to reserve the event, and those deadlines are coming up fast.  In order for the coordinators to finalize the events, we need to get an accurate count of how many are interested in the activities. If you haven’t already, please log on to MyLCG and sign up for the activities of your choice. Thank you!

Festival Advisors, please assist those who do not have computers or Internet access.  If you have any questions, please contact the Festival Office at festival@lcg.org.

Living University

Fall Semester 2011

Registration for the Fall Semester/Semester I Living University courses is now underway. This semester we are planning to offer 20 different courses, three of which are brand new! For those who have never taken LU courses before, be sure to visit our website at www.livinguniv.com and complete an Application for Admission to the university – this will allow you to then register for a class. The website also provides detailed information on our programs, fees, courses, and much more. We encourage you to consider taking a class for credit, if you want to work toward a degree or certificate. Or just “audit” a course if you desire the content without the stress of exams and papers. Those age 65 and over are eligible to “audit” one free course per semester. If you have questions, please send e-mail to swinnail@livinguniv.com or call Dr. Scott Winnail at 704-708-2292. Below we highlight three different courses being offered this semester.

CIS 101- Introduction to Computers

This course is extremely beneficial to those wishing to better understand how to use one of the most important innovations of the modern era. It introduces computer concepts, including fundamental functions and operations of the computer. Topics include identification of hardware components, basic computer operations, security issues, and use of software applications. Students will understand the role and function of computers and also use the computer to solve problems. Students will conclude the semester far more comfortable and confident in using the computer.

ENGL 111 – Written Expression

This course will be extremely helpful for those who have limited writing experience and who need to improve their abilities and written communication skills. It will also make future courses, where writing is a major component, easier. ENGL 111 is the required first course in a series of two designed to develop the ability to produce clear expository writing. Emphasis is on the writing process including audience analysis, topic selection, thesis support and development, editing, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

HIST 111 – Western Civilization to 1648

This fascinating and exciting course deals with the ancient Near East, classical Greece and Rome, Middle Ages, the Papacy, Renaissance and Reformation, early nation states and the Thirty Years’ War. It is designed to help students understand the history that both shaped our modern Western civilization and that was also occurring in parallel with biblical events. Students will learn to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in early Western civilization.

Media

Heads Up Podcast: “Yo-Yo Weather”

The June 24 Heads Up podcast is titled “Yo-Yo Weather?” with special guest Dr. Scott Winnail. Download or listen at www.headsupshow.org.

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Are You Behind the Curve? If your home is anything like ours, there are always plenty of things to do, and this is especially true in the summer.  Cutting the grass, weeding and hoeing the garden, picking vegetables, feeding and caring for animals, mending fences and fixing innumerable things—and those are just the outside projects!  If we procrastinate and put off tasks, the list can get very long, very quickly.  And we find ourselves getting “behind the curve,” so to speak, discouraged because we can’t catch up.

But think about it—does this ever happen spiritually?  Sometimes we procrastinate on the tasks God gives us to do.  Do we pray every day?  Do we study our Bibles every day, and spend time thinking about what we have read?  Do we fast from time to time?  If we are not doing these things, more than likely spiritual problems will pile up, and suddenly our list—of bad habits, improper attitudes and frustrations about life—will seem to bury us.  As we walk with God every day, He helps us stay on top of issues in our spiritual life. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:33-34).  If we deal with the issues at hand, we prevent today’s trouble from becoming tomorrow’s trouble, too!

Have a meaningful Sabbath,

Rod McNair

Charlotte Announcements – 25 June 2011

Greetings from Charlotte,

The world is certainly a dynamic place today—with economic and political uncertainty in Europe, turmoil in the Middle East and across North Africa, the United States and Britain facing major financial crises, volcanoes spewing ash in Siberia and Chile, earthquakes shaking New Zealand, and major flooding in China and Central North America, while wildfires burn in other areas. Jesus linked these very events to the end of the age, yet most major news sources ignore any connection to Bible prophecies.  However, a major part of our mission as God’s Church is to explain the prophetic significance of these events and show that we are living in very sobering times!

Here in Charlotte, we are still processing responses from Mr. Meredith’s latest semi-annual letter that was mailed to more than 310,000 subscribers, offering the DVD “The Antichrist and Spirit Wars.”  Mr. Meredith is in the midst of taping segments for this year’s “Behind the Work” film that will be shown at the Feast of Tabernacles.  Mr. Wayne Pyle reports that responses to the Tomorrow’s World television program have grown at an annualized rate of 16.5% each year for the last 12 years—which is very encouraging!  Last Sabbath, 21 new people attended the Tomorrow’s World Special Presentation that I conducted in Austin, Texas. In Mexico City, 64 visitors attended TWSPs given by Mr. Mario Hernandez—and several thousand connected to hear his presentation via the internet (see below)!  The month of July will be busy with pre-teen camps in Missouri and Texas and a Living Youth Adventure Program in Maine.  Mr. Mario Hernandez will travel to Europe and Mr. Ames will give TWSPs in Chicago and Milwaukee. Next Tuesday, I will head to New Zealand and Australia to give TWSPs in Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth before heading on to South Africa and then back to Charlotte.  Your prayers for all these efforts to serve God’s people and preach the Gospel will be much appreciated!—DSW

*Please read the announcement that Feast volunteer and activity registration begins this Sunday.

Church Administration

Tomorrow’s World Special Presentation in Austin

Greetings from warm and windy Austin, Texas where 21 hardy guests braved a record 105-degree day to attend last Sabbath’s Tomorrow’s World Special Presentation. Dr. Douglas Winnail flew in from Headquarters as guest presenter to deliver a very informative lecture on “What’s Ahead for America.”  Thirty-six dedicated brethren hosted Austin’s second TWSP (including two baptized members that began attending after Austin’s first presentation in 2008). Snacks and air conditioning were provided for a well-informed group of guests that eagerly sought additional Church literature. This week’s follow-up presentation will be conducted by South Texas Area Pastor Phil Sena, who will discuss “Where Is God’s Church Today?”—John Robinson

Spanish Update: Mexico City Presentations

Mr. Mario Hernandez was in Mexico City from June 9 through 20. On the Day of Pentecost, June 12, he presented to the public a live one-hour radio program about God’s Plan as revealed through the Holy Days. The congregation in Mexico City, as well as other brethren in Spanish-speaking countries, listened to the message as well via the radio station’s website. During his program, Mr. Hernandez invited listeners to request by phone an invitation to his Special Presentations the following Sabbath and Sunday, June 18 and 19. A total of 375 invitations were sent (325 by mail and 50 by e-mail). Sixty-four “new people” attended Mr. Hernandez’s two-part presentation, “A Love Story Written in Seven Chapters,” which elaborated on the theme of God’s Master Plan. In addition, 2,500 people on Saturday, and 3,500 on Sunday, connected to the live stream of these presentations via Justin TV and phone calls are still coming in requesting an audio recording of the presentations!

Caribbean Update

Mr. and Mrs. Fitzroy Greeman visited Guyana from June 3 to 7. On the Sabbath of June 4, 24 members were in attendance for services in Georgetown. Mr. Greeman gave two split sermons to the congregation, as well as lesson 20 of the Living Leadership Course. The following day, Mr. and Mrs. Greeman, accompanied by six other members, left Georgetown for a visit to two Amerindian villages, Aratak Village and Santa Mission, where a Feast activity is being planned.

Prayer Request: Sergio Carvajal

Our elder serving in Chile, Mr. Sergio Carvajal, has been suffering from diabetes for many years and, in the last few months, developed a foot infection that persists and is not healing. The tissue in his foot is now necrotic and he has constant pain. The doctors now fear the worst (possible amputation). Your fervent prayers for God’s powerful intervention for Mr. Carvajal’s health are appreciated.

God Protects His People: Attempted Robbery Account

On the Sabbath of June 11, God’s protection was evident for His people in Pensacola, Florida. The local congregation came out of Sabbath services to find that the establishment where they meet had experienced an attempted robbery. The robber entered the premises, held a gun to the head of the desk clerk, and afterwards ran off on foot. When brethren came out of the meeting hall, they found the parking lot full of police cars and the front lobby full of policemen interviewing the clerk.  Many of the brethren there commented on how God had shielded and protected them by not allowing them to come out of the hall earlier. Thankfully no one was injured. It is wonderful to have God’s protection for His people during these troublesome times.—Joseph Brown

Omaha Flood

We have had several inquiries about flood waters in and around Omaha, Nebraska.  There are two nuclear plants nearby on the Missouri River.  The Fort Calhoun plant is situated 20 minutes north of Omaha.  It is in cold shutdown due to refueling.  Two “unusual events” have been declared—one due to the rising flood, and the other due to a fire.  The Cooper plant to the south has also declared an “unusual event” due to the flooding.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is closely monitoring both plants.  Although they are on the lowest level of alert, there are several inspectors at Fort Calhoun providing around the clock updates.

Senators from both Iowa and Nebraska have met with FEMA regarding flood insurance. Gavins Point Dam in southeast South Dakota is set to release 160,000 cubic feet of water per second.  Residents in part of North Omaha have been told to prepare to evacuate, along with some of the residents of Council Bluffs, Iowa (across the river from Omaha), and Carter Lake, Iowa.  We have just been told that one-third of the area of Paradise Lakes, near Bellevue, NE, has been evacuated.  Today 660 were evacuated from Hamburg, a town in southwest Iowa near the Missouri and Nebraska state lines.  Plattsmouth, Nebraska is trying to protect its water treatment plant, while portable toilets have been set up.

There are nine mobile pumping units keeping the road passable from downtown Omaha to the city airport.  Eppley Airport is narrowly escaping closure.  Many interstates, highways, and roads have already been closed and it appears that it will become more difficult to travel in the coming days. At this point, the brethren and their property all are safe.   Prayers to our God for their continued safety are much appreciated.—Brian Pomicter

Feast of Tabernacles 2011

Festival (Second Tithe) Assistance Requests—U.S. Only (Repeat Announcement)

Attention U.S. Pastors: The deadline to submit Festival Assistance Request forms to the Church Administration Department is Friday, July 15. All forms should be properly completed by the members requesting second tithe assistance to attend the Feast this year. Then, the Area Pastors should write their recommendations/comments on the forms before submitting them to CAD. Festival Assistance Request forms are available to ministers on the MyLCG website (www.cogl.org).

Feast Activity and Volunteer Registration this Sunday!

This is it!  Activity and Volunteer Registration will begin this Sunday, June 26 at 12:00 noon Eastern Daylight Time.  All brethren planning to attend the Feast of Tabernacles at LCG Feast sites in 2011 are encouraged to go back on the MyLCG website (www.cogl.org) on June 26 to sign up for activities and volunteer opportunities.  This greatly helps the coordinators as they plan for the Feast. Festival Advisors are asked to assist those who do not have computers or Internet access.  If you have any questions, please contact the Festival Office at festival@lcg.org.

Human Resources

Employment Opportunities: please review and announce the following job descriptions and openings.

Record Specialist

Record Specialist in Record Information Services. Candidate must be familiar with data entry and general office procedures.  Duties include entering a variety of standard and/or complex coded or un-coded business and statistical source data into the computer; taking orders over the phone and routing office calls; reading, coding and routing mail. Job requires a high school diploma with 2-5 years of experience in the field or in a related area.

Anyone interested in this position in the Record Information Services Department should send a résumé to: Living Church of God, Human Resources Department, attention: Suzanne Pyle, PO Box 3810, Charlotte, NC 28227. Fax: 704-844-1973; e-mail: hr@lcg.org.

Secretary/Clerk (Repeat Announcement)

The Office of Legal Affairs and Risk Management is looking for someone to provide secretarial and clerical support in a very busy administrative office.  Duties include: research; organize, maintain and archive files, working-copy binders, and unique information databases; schedule and/or track events, deadlines and required filings (for multiple organizational entities); interface with and assist field personnel; track contractual agreements, and other documents; assembling and analyzing information or data; produce correspondence and otherwise relieve the administrative assistant and the administrator of minor to moderately complex administrative and business detail by performing a variety of tasks.  Ideal candidate is very organized and detail-oriented; able to work under pressure with moderate supervision, has good communication skills and is familiar with standard business concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field, which could include: Business Management, Law, Banking, Insurance, Nonprofit Management, Property Management or Contract Administration.  This is a position of trust and has a high level of confidentiality and discretion involved.  An ideal applicant has a college degree and/or equivalent work experience (a minimum high school diploma with 2-4 years of secretarial or administrative assistant experience in a field will be considered).  Experience as a secretary or clerk would be helpful, but is not required.

Résumés / CVs may be sent to Human Resources via e-mail at hr@lcg.org, or by fax to 704-844-1973.

Media

Heads Up Podcast: “America’s Power Declines: Why?”

This week’s Heads Up podcast is titled “America’s Power Declines: Why?” with special guest Dr. Roderick C. Meredith. Download or listen at www.headsupshow.org. Heads Up is a weekly digital show that provides fresh perspectives and provocative answers to the underlying causes behind today’s news headlines, along with exciting and insightful commentary.

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Thankful for the Truth? The Sabbath is a good time to reflect on an important question: Are you thankful for the Truth?  If you are a long-time member or if you grew up in the Church, it is easy to take the Truth for granted!  Yet, Jesus said that no one can come to a real understanding of the Truth unless they are called and their minds have been opened (John 6:44).  The capacity to understand the plan of God, the purpose of life and the true way of life is a gift that God is making available to only a few at this time (1 Corinthians 1:26-27).  These precious truths are a mystery to the world (1 Corinthians 2:7-8) because Satan—“the god of this age”—has blinded the eyes of most people (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).  Jesus stressed that it is a great privilege to be given an understanding of the Truth (Matthew 13:10-17).  The Apostle Paul said that to be called out of darkness into the light of the Truth is something for which we should be extremely thankful (Ephesians 5:8-20).  Paul also mentions that when people reject or let go of truth that can be understood, they then embrace faulty ideas generated by human reason—and that brings serious consequences (Romans 1:18-32).  Let’s never forget to be thankful for the opportunity to understand the Truth of God that “endures to all generations” (Psalm 100:1-5).

Have a profitable Sabbath,

Douglas S. Winnail

Charlotte Announcements – 18 June 2011

Greetings from Charlotte,

Reports coming in indicate that the Day of Pentecost was a very inspiring and uplifting experience for Living Church of God members around the world!  Mr. and Mrs. Meredith had a very encouraging visit with congregations in the area of Toronto and were able to tour the new Canadian office.  Mr. and Mrs. Ames were in Gainesville, Georgia for a combined service.  I appreciated the opportunity to share the Holy Day with congregations in the Washington, DC area (see reports below).  Mr. and Mrs. Davy Crockett were in Asheville, North Carolina; Mr. Mario Hernandez was in Mexico City and Dr. Scott Winnail was in Guyana. Dr. and Mrs. Wilner Pierre had a very positive visit to Martinique.  This week, Mr. Meredith has finished a co-worker letter that will be mailed out tomorrow.  This weekend, I will head to Austin, Texas for services and a Tomorrow’s World Special Presentation. Mr. Hernandez will also be giving Special Presentations in Mexico City this Saturday and Sunday.  We also received encouraging news last week that Dr. and Mrs. Germano sold their home in the North Carolina mountains and will be moving to Charlotte in time for the beginning of the fall semester of Living University’s fifth year of operation.  Your prayers for the continued growth of God’s Work are deeply appreciated.—DSW

Church Administration

Tomorrow’s World Telecast Airs in Hong Kong and China

June 4 marked an exciting step forward for preaching the Gospel throughout the world.  At 8:55 that morning, HKTVB Pearl broadcast the first Tomorrow’s World program in Hong Kong, reaching a portion of China.  Due to restrictive censorship laws, an entirely new program has been produced with Evangelist Gerald Weston serving as presenter.  Some programs from the regular telecast featuring Mr. Richard Ames are being re-edited to fit the requirements for broadcasting in that region of the world.

“In Search of Success” brought 78 unique visitors to a Tomorrow’s World site created specifically for Hong Kong and China.  The second program, “Rethinking Darwin?” saw an increase to 91 unique visitors and has produced our first GOTO!  One challenge facing the program is that we are only permitted to advertise the featured literature at the very end of the program which has a negative effect on the number of responses.  However, we can know that those who have responded watched the program through to the end.

Several members have inquired about watching the Hong Kong version of the telecast.  A page has been added to the Canadian website for this specific purpose—visit www.lcgCanada.org/hk.php. Please pray that God will continue to provide an increase in response, that He will provide good fruit through this program and that He will supply the means to serve any individuals He may call in that region of the world.—Michael Heykoop

Visit to Ontario, Canada

Brethren throughout the Province of Ontario offered a warm Canadian welcome to Dr. Roderick Meredith as he visited the Toronto area for weekly Sabbath services and Pentecost. Seven congregations combined for Pentecost with 258 members and guests present to learn from sermons delivered by Dr. Meredith and Canadian Regional Director Mr. Gerald Weston. On the Friday and Monday surrounding the Sabbaths, Dr. Meredith visited the new Canadian regional office, where he had lunch with the staff and conducted meetings with Mr. Weston. While there, he also reviewed the Tomorrow’s World telecast specially made for China that is produced and edited in Canada and is now in its third week of airing in Hong Kong. The international visit was a true demonstration of how God’s Work transcends borders and brings His people together in a Spirit of unity to fulfill His purpose.—James Ginn

Visit to Georgia, U.S.

Gainesville, Georgia was the location on the Day of Pentecost for the Braselton, Georgia, congregation to host the Anderson, South Carolina, and the Blairsville, Georgia, congregations, as well as some brethren from the Atlanta congregation. It was the first anniversary of the start of the Braselton congregation, to the day, on Pentecost, June 12. One hundred and thirty six joyful brethren met in the Gainesville Civic Center for a very inspiring Holy Day that included enthusiastic song services, an inspiring offertory message and offertory music, special music by the Braselton choir and other messages focused on the Feast. The afternoon service and the Holy Day were capped off by the main message by Mr. Richard Ames titled, “By My Spirit,” in which he gave an overview of the meaning of the Day of Pentecost and 15 characteristics of God’s Holy Spirit. The special opportunity for these congregations to meet provided God’s Spirit a way to flow among those called to be firstfruits. Many expressed their hopes to combine again in the near future.—Ron Poole

Visit to Maryland

The Baltimore, Maryland; Washington, DC; and Winchester, Virginia, congregations would like to thank Dr. Douglas Winnail for his visit and messages over the Pentecost weekend.  He spoke in Winchester on the Sabbath, and he gave the afternoon sermon titled, “Pentecost and the Power of God,” on Pentecost in Frederick, Maryland.  One hundred and eighty brethren attended the combined services that were held at the beautiful Ceresville Mansion.  Brethren enjoyed a noon meal outside on the patio between services.  One hundred and eighty one people were in attendance.  The messages, music, and fellowship were outstanding!—Sheldon Monson

Visit to Martinique

Dr. and Mrs. Wilner Pierre arrived in Martinique on Thursday, June 9. On Friday evening, 30 brethren attended a Bible study given by Dr. Pierre.  On June 11, 34 brethren attended Sabbath services. Following services, Dr. Pierre met with the leading men of the congregation to discuss the format for Sabbath services and also how to prepare and present sermonettes.

Thirty-nine brethren attended morning services on Pentecost.  The sermon titled, “Pentecost and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit,” was given by Dr. Pierre.  A covered-dish meal was served between morning and afternoon services. There was plenty of laughter and excitement during lunch as the true meaning of Pentecost was felt by everyone.  The brethren were deeply moved by the ordination of two local Church members, Mrs. Chantal Duval and Mrs. Jeanine Hodebar, as deaconesses. Both ladies have served the congregation faithfully with their husbands, who are both deacons, for several years. Mrs. Duval and Mrs. Hodebar are the first deaconess to be ordained in the French-speaking Caribbean since the beginning of the Living Church of God.

Feast of Tabernacles 2011

Feast Activity and Volunteer Registration Just One Week Away!

Don’t forget!  Activity and Volunteer Registration will begin on Sunday, June 26 at 12:00 noon Eastern Daylight Time.  All brethren planning to attend the Feast of Tabernacles at LCG Feast sites in 2011 are encouraged to go back on the MyLCG website (www.cogl.org) on June 26 to sign up for activities and volunteer opportunities.  This greatly helps the coordinators as they plan for the Feast. Festival Advisors are asked to assist those who do not have computers or Internet access.  If you have any questions, please contact the Festival Office at festival@lcg.org.

Human Resources

Secretary/Clerk

The Office of Legal Affairs and Risk Management is looking for someone to provide secretarial and clerical support in a very busy administrative office.  Duties include: research; organize, maintain and archive files, working-copy binders, and unique information databases; schedule and/or track events, deadlines and required filings (for multiple organizational entities); interface with and assist field personnel; track contractual agreements, and other documents; assembling and analyzing information or data; produce correspondence and otherwise relieve the administrative assistant and the administrator of minor to moderately complex administrative and business detail by performing a variety of tasks.  Ideal candidate is very organized and detail-oriented; able to work under pressure with moderate supervision, has good communication skills and is familiar with standard business concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field, which could include: Business Management, Law, Banking, Insurance, Nonprofit Management, Property Management or Contract Administration.  This is a position of trust and has a high level of confidentially and discretion involved.  An ideal applicant has a college degree and/or equivalent work experience (a minimum high school diploma with 2-4 years of secretarial or administrative assistant experience in a field will be considered).  Experience as a secretary or clerk would be helpful, but is not required.  A more complete job description is available upon request.

Résumés / CVs may be sent to Human Resources via e-mail at humanresources@lcg.org, or by fax to 704-844-1973.

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Real Philadelphia Christians: The book of Revelation describes Philadelphia Christians as having a strong desire to carry out the mission that Jesus Christ gave to His Church.  According to the Scriptures, that mission involved preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to this world and especially to the Israelite nations (Mark 1:14-15; Matthew 10:1-7), warning the world about the difficult times that will arise at the end of the age (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21) and preparing a people to reign with Jesus Christ in the coming government of God (Luke 1:17).  However, as the name “Philadelphia” means “brotherly love,” true Philadelphians will also strive to follow Jesus’ admonition to “love one another” (John 15:17).  They understand that showing unselfish, outgoing concern for others (versus sitting in judgment of others) is one of the distinguishing marks of a real Philadelphia Christian (John 13:34-35).  The capacity to show real love to others is also one of the most important fruits that indicate that we have and are using God’s Spirit (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:22-25).  Let’s all look for ways to show “brotherly love” to others.

Have a profitable Sabbath,

Douglas S. Winnail