Greetings from Charlotte,
World events continue to move in the direction of fulfilling long-standing Bible prophecies. The European Union appears to be on the edge of coming apart, the Middle East seems ready to explode and America is in deep trouble economically and is facing a critical election. Here in Charlotte, Mr. Meredith has been writing and holding meetings. Mr. Rod King is here to tape a television program and a sermon. Responses to last week’s Tomorrow’s World program entitled, “The Prophesied Beast,” presented by Mr. Richard Ames, are expected to exceed 6,000. Living University classes are under way with about 230 students enrolled for this semester. This is the highest enrollment we have had since the University started. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Meredith and I had a very encouraging visit last week with more than 220 campers and staff at the Living Youth Camp in Columbus, Ohio. God certainly blessed the activities and the weather for the two-week period of camp. Photos and videos of the camp can be viewed on the Internet (see announcement below). Last weekend, more than 150 visitors attended Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations in Arkansas and Winnipeg, Canada. This weekend, Mr. Gene Hilgenberg will make follow-up presentations in Arkansas, and I will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a Sabbath service and a TWSP. Mr. Hernandez and Dr. Pierre are currently visiting congregations in the French-speaking Caribbean and will conduct a TWSP in Guadeloupe. Your prayers for all these endeavors are much appreciated.—DSW
Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations
Fayetteville and Ft. Smith, Arkansas: The Fayetteville and Ft. Smith, Arkansas, congregations held very successful TWSPs last weekend with Mr. Rod McNair presenting “The Gathering Storm.” Seventy-five attended the Fayetteville TWSP, 32 visitors and 43 members from five different congregations. In Ft. Smith, 65 attended—29 visitors and 36 members. We want to thank all of the members that attended from other congregations for their support. At both TWSPs the visitors stayed and fellowshipped long after the presentation was over. Many had former Church of God backgrounds. We are looking forward to the follow-ups this Sabbath.—Gene Hilgenberg
20th Anniversary Celebration in Charlotte
All brethren from around the world are cordially invited to attend a 20th Anniversary Celebration in Charlotte. This coming December marks the 20th anniversary of the Global/Living Church of God. A long weekend of special activities for all ages is being planned. Arrival will be Friday, December 21, and departure will be Tuesday, December 25. Bible Study, Sabbath services, and a dinner-dance will be held at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel. A special group rate has been negotiated at the Renaissance Suites and other area hotels. Plans are underway for a full day of sports games and tournaments, complete with a BBQ lunch, on Sunday. On Monday morning we will be having various seminars for teens, singles, and married couples, followed by singles and youth activities in the afternoon. More details will be announced in the coming weeks. Please start planning now to join us for a “December to Remember”!—Jim Meredith
Feast of Tabernacles 2012
2012 Kauai, Hawaii, Feast Site
If any of you have not yet made up your mind where to attend the Feast this year, our site on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai would make an excellent choice. There is still plenty of room for additional attendees and we would love to have you join us. Currently, prices for airfare and hotels are at the lowest I have seen this year. For more information on this site, go to the Festival website: http://fot2012.lcg.org.—Jim Meredith
Feast of Tabernacles Sermon CDs (Repeat Announcement)
Attention Pastors: Please send Mrs. Dorothy McNair, at firstname.lastname@example.org, the names of those in your congregation(s) who will be unable to attend the Feast and will need to receive the Feast of Tabernacles sermons on CD. The deadline to submit these requests is August 31 for recipients in the U.S. Note: Feast sermons will also be uploaded (one per day) during the Feast at www.lcg.org, for those who have Internet access.
Activity Payment (Repeat Announcement)
Feast of Tabernacles activity payment is now open for those Feast sites that are using the online payment system. Please go to www.LCG.org, click on the “Feast of Tabernacles” link and select your location. Click on the “Activities” tab and you will be prompted to log in to your MyLCG account. Once logged in, you can register and pay for activities of your choice.
Living Youth Programs
Living Youth Camp 2012: Camp Lazarus, Ohio—Teen Camp
We have now completed another successful summer camp program at Camp Lazarus, Ohio. The administrative staff would like to thank the 228 campers and staff members in attendance for their participation, enthusiasm, and support. We would like to give special thanks to all of those on the faculty and staff who sacrificed money and time, and who worked countless hours to serve the young people in God’s Church. Your dedication to upholding Godly standards, your commitment to excellence, and your love for one another was evident throughout the camp.
We hope you will come back again next year! We will continue to work hard, and with God’s blessing and guidance have the best Youth Program on the planet!—Sheldon Monson
LYC Ohio Media Available
The LYC Media staff worked particularly hard this year, and in addition to photographing and videotaping all the activities, they also put together for us a high-quality 22-page hard-cover book that is available for purchase to anyone who would like to have a memento from camp this year. The photo book includes pictures of every camper, mini-camper and staff that was at the Ohio camp, and costs approximately US$27 to order. The book can be ordered, as well as viewed in its entirety, by following links from either the Living Youth Website (http://www.livingyouth.org) or from our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/
In addition to the photo book, we have 19 videos, and more than 300 of the best photographs taken or produced at LYC Ohio this year. These can all currently be viewed from our Facebook page, and will be available shortly on the Living Youth site.—Joshua Penman
Teen Bible Study—Sunday Evening
This Sunday evening the topic is “Naaman’s Servant Girl—The Impact of One Small Act,” presented by Mr. Phil West. The chat room is open at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) and the Bible Study runs from 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Hall Rentals (U.S.): October hall rental vouchers should be faxed or mailed to Accounts Payable by September 14 to ensure processing before the Feast of Tabernacles.
Payments (U.S.): Please note that our last scheduled day to print reimbursement checks will be Monday, September 24. We will not be able to print any checks again until Tuesday, October 16. Any invoices we receive before September 20 will be paid before the break. Any invoices we receive after September 20 will not be able to be paid until October 16. If you have any questions in regards to specific invoices or payments, please contact Samanthia Kreis in the Accounts Payable Department at 704-844-1960 ext. 2236 or send e-mail to email@example.com.—Jerry Ruddlesden
The Importance of Kindness: Jesus told His disciples that we glorify God when we “bear much fruit” (John 15:8). One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit that God is looking for in the lives of Christians is kindness (Galatians 5:22). The Scriptures tell us that Christians are “children of God” who are to grow to become “like Him” (1 John 3:1-3). The Scriptures also tell us that God is “gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness” (Nehemiah 9:17). David wrote that God “has shown me His marvelous kindness” (Psalm 31:21). Solomon describes the virtuous woman, “on her tongue is the law of kindness” (Proverbs 31:26). Jesus said that God is even “kind to the unthankful” (Luke 6:35). In 1 Corinthians 13:4 we learn that “love suffers long and is kind,” and that anyone who ministers to others should be “longsuffering” and “[kind]” (2 Corinthians 6:6). This is why the Apostle Peter urged believers to “add to your faith…brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love” (2 Peter 1:5-7). If we hope to become like God and be in the Kingdom of God, we need to develop and exercise this important quality of kindness.
Have a profitable Sabbath,
Douglas S. Winnail