Charlotte Announcements – 25 May 2013

Greetings from Charlotte,
 
The Feast of Pentecost appears to have gone very well this year. Mr. and Mrs. Meredith were in Houston for the Holy Day, Mr. and Mrs. Ames were in Toronto and my wife and I were in Louisiana. Mr. Rod McNair and his wife have returned from a profitable trip to Jamaica, after a visit made by Mr. McNair to Haiti the week before. Mr. Hernandez and Dr. Wil Pierre are currently in the Caribbean and will be returning tomorrow. Mr. Hernandez gave Tomorrow’s World presentations in Guadeloupe and Martinique that drew more than 60 people. Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka will make TWPs this weekend in Nashville and Memphis. Many of you have heard that a powerful tornado devastated the area south of Oklahoma City this week. Mr. Gene Hilgenberg, our minister in that area, thankfully reports that none of our members were directly affected. I will be leaving this afternoon for a ministerial conference in the UK that will begin this weekend. Mr. King reports that he has been having a difficult time right now and that he would appreciate your prayers. Please continue to beseech God for His intervention and healing of His people.—DSW
 
 
Church Administration
 
Growth in Haiti and Jamaica
 
God is granting the Living Church of God good growth in the Caribbean.  I saw this first-hand during a recent Church visit to Haiti and Jamaica.  The first visit was to Haiti, accompanied by Area Pastor Wil Pierre.  On the Sabbath of May 11, we had 44 in attendance in Port-au-Prince, including a new family of six.  Several brethren from our new congregation in l’Asile, two hours to the south, were also visiting for the Sabbath.  Our host in l’Asile first found the LCG on the Internet, after reading Mr. Armstrong’s literature for years.  Seeds sown many years ago are bearing fruit!  While this country is still suffering from economic malaise and the after-effects of the 2010 earthquake, God is opening up opportunities and the potential for growth in His Work is great.
 
The Church in Jamaica is also experiencing growth.  Combined attendance in the three congregations in the last three years has grown by 34 percent, from 103 to 139.  The Tomorrow’s World telecast has been on in Jamaica for the last 12 years, and in 2012 generated 2,004 first-time callers.  It has reached many members of the public—including a taxi driver and security guard I happened to speak with.  Area Pastor Lascelles Fraser reports that six new members have been baptized within the last year.  My wife and I were in Kingston on the day of Pentecost, and we had 107 brethren in attendance—everyone excited to be keeping the Feast and thrilled to be part of the Work.  We pray for continued growth as God directs the efforts of our leaders and brethren in this part of the world.—Rod McNair   
 
 
Omaha, Nebraska, Zoo Trip
 
Where is the world’s largest open-air aviary with exotic birds from all over the world?  Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel Web site, has given this Omaha attraction a No. 1 ranking, citing the Desert Dome and Lied Jungle as two of the reasons for its choice. Join the Omaha, Nebraska, congregation for a visit to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo on July 14. The Omaha brethren also invite you to join them for services and a covered dish meal on the Sabbath of July 13, at 1:30 p.m., at Ralston High School, 8969 Park Drive, Omaha, NB, 68127. The following morning we will visit Omaha’s renowned Henry Doorly Zoo and have an opportunity to tour all of the spectacular exhibits. 
 
The zoo is giving us their group rate:
  • Children (2 and under):  no admission charge
  • Children (ages 3 – 11):  $ 9.00
  • Adults (ages 12 and over):  $14.50
  • Seniors (ages 65 and over):  $13.00
Payment is to be made in person Sunday morning at the zoo entrance and Mr. Pomicter will then make a single payment to the zoo for the group.
 
Guests wishing to stay with brethren may e-mail housing coordinator Mrs. JoAnn Tieken at jtieken1@cox.net or call 402-339-0213.   Space may be limited.
 
Those wishing to stay at a hotel may make their own reservations. A block of rooms at discounted rates has been reserved at the Travelodge, 7101 Grover Street, Omaha, NE 68106. The Web site is  http://www.travelodge.com/omaha-travelodge.  Make sure to mention that you are with the Living Church of God when you speak to Veronica at 402-391-5757. A room with a king bed is $53 per night.  A room with two Queen beds is $65 per night.  Reservations must be made before June 30 in order for these rates to apply.
 
You won’t want to miss this opportunity to join us on a visit to this outstanding zoo. To register for the weekend’s activities, contact us via e-mail at zootrip@lcgomaha.org or call Alex Pomicter at 402-250-7806 or Brian Pomicter at 402-650-1614.—Brian Pomicter
 
 
Living Youth Programs
 
Online Teen Bible Study—Friday Evening
 
The Bible Study Friday evening, May 31, will be on “Marriage” and will be presented by Mr. Sheldon Monson. If you haven’t had the opportunity to join us for the online Bible Studies yet, I encourage you to do so. It is a wonderful way to start the Sabbath Day. 
 
The chat room is open at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) and the Bible Study runs from 8:00-9:00 p.m. You can access this Bible Study at livingyouth.org. We hope as many of our youth as possible will join us for this wonderful opportunity for godly fellowship and learning. For those of you who are unable to make it to the study, archives of previous Living Youth Bible Studies, including last evening’s on “Church Eras—Lessons from the Seven Churches,” can be found on the Living Youth Web site.—Josh Penman
                                                                                                                                 
 
West Virginia Family/Pre-Teen Camp—July 28-August 2—Repeat Announcement
 
Registration is open for the West Virginia Family/Pre-Teen Camp to be held at the beautiful Glenwood Recreational Park and 4-H Camp in Princeton, West Virginia. The grounds encompass 325 acres including a 55-acre lake. Camp is open to families with one or more children between the ages of 8 and 13. While the activities are geared to the pre-teens, a significant effort has been made to include parents and younger children in the program. Most of the campers are accompanied by their families or a designated adult. Activities include Christian Living, Archery, Canoeing, Life Lessons, Music/Guitar, Sports and Team Building. You may register online at lyc.lcg.org. If you need a hard copy of the application, you may request one from Jenny Penman at jennypenman@lcg.org. For further questions, contact Mr. Paul Shumway, the Camp Director, at 304-425-0025 or pshumway@lcg.org.
 
 
Thank You for Youth Fund Donations—Repeat Announcement
 
We would like to thank all of you who have so generously sent donations to support the Youth Program. We are going to be able to help several with scholarships, purchase new equipment, and offset growing camp costs as a result of your generosity. 
 
We are still accepting donations should you still wish to help. You can send the check to the Living Church of God and designate the check for the Youth Program. Your donations will be greatly appreciated. This is considered a charitable donation and you will receive a receipt at the end of the year for tax purposes.—Jerry Ruddlesden and Sheldon Monson
 
 
Feast of Tabernacles
 
2013 Israel Feast Tour—Please Announce
 
Due to the large response to the last announcement about a few spaces being available to attend the Israel Feast Tour in 2013, we now have enough people to add another tour coach. This new configuration of coaches for the Festival Tour will allow us to add a few more people while keeping the total of passengers per coach comfortable.  If you are interested, please e-mail Jim Meredith at jmeredith@lcg.org  right away.
 
 
Registration for 2014 Israel Feast Tour—Repeat Announcement
 
Registration is now open for the 2014 Feast Tour. If you are interested in going on this trip to the Holy Land, make sure you sign up soon. The tour for 2014 will be very similar to the 2013 Feast tour. You can see the information regarding this year’s trip on the Jerusalem, Israel page of the fot2013.lcg.org Web site. A more complete and downloadable description, including this year’s costs for the tour, are on the My LCG section of the cogl.org Web site. If you can afford the time and money to go on this tour of a lifetime, get ready to sign up.—Jim Meredith
 
 
Internet
 
Tomorrow’s World Presents:  Dr. Meredith online, June 30!
 
Please remember to register at TomorrowsWorld.org/online-TWP for Dr. Meredith’s next live on-line presentation. It will be titled “Prophecy and the Decline of the Western Nations.”  This live event is scheduled for June 30 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time USA.  We also again ask everyone to please pray for the success of this event—that God will bless it as another one of our efforts to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God around the world.  Again, the live-stream will begin at 3:30 Eastern Time, USA on June 30.  Please make plans to join us for this important event.—Wyatt Ciesielka
 
 
Living University
 
LU Commencement Exercises Video
 
Living University just completed its fifth Commencement Exercises. For those interested in viewing a video of the exercises, please visit our Web site at www.livinguniv.com, or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/livinguniversity.
 
 
Summer Class Available—Repeat Announcement
 
For those interested, Living University is offering one course this summer—THL 332: The Biblical Text.  This three-credit course will be delivered over an abridged, eight-week period.  It focuses on the authority, inspiration, canonization, literary unity, and textual criticism of the Bible.  Emphasis is on Bible translations, versions, textual analysis, exegesis, and research.  THL 332 is integral to several certificate programs, as well as the Diploma in Biblical Studies and our Associate and Bachelor programs.  The class will not be offered during the 2013-2014 academic year.  It begins on May 29 and ends on July 23.  Interested students should register online as soon as possible. Because of the shortened duration of this course, students should plan to spend more weekly time on the course than they would on a traditional, 16-week, regular-semester class.
 
 
Human Resources
 
Employment Opportunity: Secretary/Clerk (Repeat Announcement)
 
The office of Legal Affairs and Risk Management is looking for someone to provide secretarial and clerical support in a busy administrative office. Duties include: research; working with and maintaining files and unique information databases; schedule and/or track events, deadlines, meetings and filings; assist field personnel; track contractual agreements and other documents;   relieve administrator of typical clerical and administrative tasks. The ideal candidate is veryorganized and detail-oriented, able to work under pressure with moderate supervision, and has good communication skills. Familiarity with standard business concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field (i.e.: Business Administration, Law, Banking, Insurance, Nonprofit Management, Human Resources or Contract Administration) is helpful. This is a position of trust and involves a high level of confidentiality. An ideal applicant has some college and/or equivalent work experience (a minimum high school diploma with two years of administrative 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. This job is in Charlotte, NC.  The Church will pay for reasonable moving expenses.  Applicant must meet the legal requirements to work in the United States. Résumés / CVs may be sent to Human Resources: e-mail HR@lcg.org, or fax to 704-844-1973.
 
 
Comments
 
Keys to Working Together: Jesus referred to His disciples as His “friends” and encouraged them to “love one another” (John 15:12-17). The Apostle Paul referred to those who assisted him in his ministry as “my fellow workers” (Romans 16:3). He also referred to members of God’s Church as “God’s fellow workers” (1 Corinthians 3:9) and “workers together [co-workers] with him” (2 Corinthians 6:1). These are exciting opportunities that also carry an important responsibility. In the Scriptures we find practical guidelines about how to work together. We are instructed to “be perfectly joined together in the same mind” and not let contentions divide us (1 Corinthians 1:10-13). We are also advised to learn to get along and live in harmony, to avoid being haughty and conceited or ambitious for a position, but to be humble and do what is right, and to strive to live and work together peacefully (Romans 12:16-18). We are told that repeating rumors disrupts friendships (Proverbs 17:9), that a “soft answer” avoids stirring up anger (Proverbs 15:1) and that a converted person is “easy to be entreated” (James 3:17). If we learn to “love one another” and treat each other as “friends” we will be more effective “fellow workers” for the Kingdom of God.
 
Have a profitable Sabbath!
Douglas S. Winnail