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Charlotte Announcements – 27 April 2013

Greetings from Charlotte,

Inclement weather and disasters made headlines again this week as floods inundated areas of the American Midwest, a major earthquake killed hundreds in China and a building containing some 5,000 workers collapsed in Bangladesh. Prophecies in Matthew 24 have long warned that such events would mark the approaching end of the age. Continue reading

Charlotte Announcements – 20 April 2013

Greetings from Charlotte,

Americans were once again shocked by a brutal act of terror last Monday, near the finish line of the iconic Boston Marathon.  Three were killed and more than 170 wounded.  Further mayhem resulted Wednesday night in West, Texas, when a fertilizer plant exploded, leaving 15 dead and more than 150 wounded.  At a time when we need God’s protection more than ever, many in our world are turning their backs on Him with nothing but contempt and disgust for God’s way of life!

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Charlotte Announcements – 13 April 2013

Greetings from Charlotte,
 
This week Great Britain lost one of its strongest and most influential leaders in recent decades. Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher died last Monday, April 8 at the age of 87.  Don’t miss Mr. John Meakin’s timely commentary, “Margaret Thatcher, A Lady ‘Not for Turning!’” (www.lcg.org) in which he described the economic revolution she began—and the spiritual and moral revolution Britain and the rest of the world sorely need under the soon-coming reign of Jesus Christ! 

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Charlotte Announcements – 06 April 2013

Greetings from Charlotte,

Last weekend millions in the professing Christian world celebrated Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is sad that many today are simply unaware of the pagan origin of Easter celebrations and customs and the fact that Jesus Christ is going to return to reign on this earth instead of carrying believers off to an eternity of bliss in heaven. One of the reasons that Jesus is coming back is to judge a world that has turned away from God—and that dramatic event is destined to occur in the years just ahead of us. Continue reading

Charlotte Announcements – 23 March 2013

Greetings from Charlotte,

This coming week we will begin another Spring Holy Day season. As we observe the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread, let’s earnestly pray that God will help each of us to examine ourselves in the light of His word so we can be molded and fashioned into more effective instruments in His hands—to finish His end-time Work. As the world careens toward the climax of this age, millions need to hear the warning and the good news that God has allowed His Church to understand—just as we need to grow and prepare to show the world a better way in the coming Kingdom of God. This week Mr. Meredith finished another co-worker letter that has been mailed to more than 11,500 members and co-workers. Last week’s Tomorrow’s World program by Mr. Meredith, entitled, “Answered Prayer,” is expected to draw about 5,000 responses. The program the previous week by Mr. Meredith, entitled “How to Know When Christ Will Return!,” drew 5,725 responses. Mr. Ciesielka has returned from a very profitable trip working with our Internet coordinators in various countries in Europe. A number of ministers from Charlotte will be traveling to other cities and other countries to visit congregations during the Spring Holy Days. Your prayers are certainly needed for brethren who are facing trials at this time and for those who will be traveling during this period.—DSW

Church Administration

Travis Patrick Goddard, (March 16, 1990 – March 17, 2013)

As many of you have probably now heard, Travis Goddard died in a tragic motorcycle accident early Sunday morning, March 17, in Fisher, Indiana.   Travis was a baptized member of the Living Church of God and he had a love for the Truth.  God’s way, the Church and the brethren were a major part of his life.  He was an example to many, had an unforgettable laugh, and will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him.   Funeral arrangements have been made for Thursday, March 28, at the Cassidy Funeral Home in Tweed, Ontario, Canada.  Viewing is from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; funeral service is at 1:00 p.m.

Cards may be sent to the Goddard Family at:

302 Lower Oak Leaf Road, RR2
Lyndhurst, ON K0E 1N0
Canada

In lieu of flowers and memorials, the family has requested that donations be mailed to the Canadian Living Church of God on behalf of Travis Goddard—because that’s what he would have wanted.

Living Church of God
P.O. Box 409
Mississauga, ON  L5M 0P6
Canada
Re:  Travis Goddard

Living Youth Programs

No Online Teen Bible Studies on March 22 and 29
 
There will be no online Teen Bible Studies on March 22 and 29 because of the spring Holy Days. The next online Teen Bible Study is scheduled for Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern time). You can access previous Bible Studies in the archives on the Living Youth Web site www.livingyouth.org.—Josh Penman

 
Feast of Tabernacles 2013

2013 Festival Web Site “Live”—Repeat Announcement

The 2013 Festival Web site is “live!” Please note:  Festival Registration is not open until April 7.  You will not be able to register until April 7.  If you do not have Internet access, please contact your Festival Advisor to print off information for any site(s) you are interested in attending.  If you do not know who your Festival Advisor is, please check with your local Pastor.

To access the Festival Web Site, go to: www.fot2013.lcg.org.

(You can also access it by going to the Living Church of God Web site (www.lcg.org) and clicking on “Feast of Tabernacles.”)

Festival Advisors:  A “Festival Advisor’s Packet” is now available for you to download and print off, as well as registration and volunteer forms.  If you have any difficulty or questions, ask your pastor or e-mail festival@lcg.org.

Pastors (Repeat):  Please make sure that Headquarters has been updated with any changes in your local congregation rosters.  For example, please let us know of any Church Youths (CY) who have turned 18 and now should be listed as Prospective Members (PM).  Please also let us know of any other changes in status of any brethren in your area (i.e. baptisms, etc.) or if any brethren have moved to another congregation.  Send these status updates to records@lcg.org.

All brethren (Repeat):  Please make sure your MyLCG account is working.  This will be necessary for you to register on April 7.  To test it, go to www.cogl.org and sign in to MyLCG with your username and password.  If you don’t have an account, you will have the option of creating one.  If you have any problems logging into MyLCG (www.cogl.org), please write to websupport@tomorrowsworld.org.Festival Office

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A Time to Reflect and Change: The Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread provide us with an annual reminder of the important initial steps in God’s great Plan of Salvation. The Passover reminds us that Jesus Christ died for our sins. When we come to realize that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, we must also take time to examine ourselves (1 Corinthians 11:28-32) and make every effort to eliminate any sins that God allows us to see. We also need to remember that we are to examine ourselves and not sit in judgment of other people (Matthew 7:1-5). To effectively carry out this process, we need to remember the biblical definition of sin—that “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4, KJV). The Scriptures can help us identify sinful attitudes and actions if we read and meditate on the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) and consider the spiritual intent of God’s instructions (Matthew 5-7). If we do not use God’s
word as a guide we can deceive ourselves that we are OK—if our thoughts and behaviors are not  as bad as others in the world around us. The Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread are designed to help us in this vital process of reflection and change so we can become more like Jesus Christ.

Have a profitable Sabbath,
Douglas S. Winnail

Charlotte Announcements – 16 March 2013

Greetings from Charlotte,

This has been a busy week as God’s people around the world get ready to observe the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread. It is not surprising to see Satan increase his efforts at this time in an attempt to distract God’s people from the real focus of the Spring Holy Days—on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the sins of mankind and the process of examining ourselves in the light of God’s word. This week, Mr. Meredith held meetings and started to prepare another co-worker letter. On Wednesday afternoon, he chaired a short but productive phone meeting for the Council of Elders. Last week’s Tomorrow’s World program by Mr. Meredith, entitled “How To Know When Christ Will Return!,” is expected to draw more than 5,100 responses. The TW program the previous week by Mr. Wallace Smith, entitled “World War in the Middle East,” drew a total of 6,326 responses. Mr. Dexter Wakefield has returned from a productive visit to our offices in Costa Rica and Colombia. The Schaubeck family has been able to move to a much safer residence after their recent experience with assailants. Last weekend we held very inspiring combined Sabbath services and a Regional Conference in Tennessee. This week, Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka has been in Europe visiting our Web site directors and dealing with transportation delays caused by a late-winter snowstorm.—DSW

Church Administration

Passover 2013—U.S. Congregations (Repeat Announcement)

All Pastors: please let us know as soon as possible if any of the congregations you serve will need additional Passover Service supplies (bread trays, wine trays, or wine glasses) or a copy of the Passover Service recording. Also, let us know of any scattered members who are unable to keep the Passover with a congregation and who need to receive the Passover Service recording and letter instructions for observing it at home. (U.S. pastors will automatically receive one copy of the Passover Service recording.)

You can direct your requests to the Church Administration Department at cad@lcg.org. The Passover Service will be observed on Sunday evening, March 24.

Dennis Luker: Mr. Dennis Luker died of cancer on March 14. He was a long-time member of the Church of God and served most recently as the President of the United Church of God. He was at home in Seattle, Washington with his family when he died. Your prayers for his family will be appreciated.

Healing in Wisconsin: One of our members in Wisconsin was diagnosed with bladder cancer in early February. A CT Scan showed very clearly a cancerous mass on her bladder, and urine tests revealed the presence of cancer cells in her blood. An operation to remove the mass was scheduled. In the meantime, she asked for anointing to beseech God for healing. She went through with the scheduled procedure, but to the doctors’ surprise, there was no mass to remove! Not surprisingly, doctors then called for more tests to try to “explain” what happened to the cancer. When all tests were concluded, there was simply no trace of any cancer. Her four children and the members in this area couldn’t be more thrilled and thankful for God’s mercy and His healing!—Phil West

Myanmar Revisited

In early February, a Church member from Kuala Lumpur and I visited the brethren in Kalaymyo in northwest Myanmar. This is only our second visit to this long-established congregation faithfully pastored by Thomas Tial Hoe. We arrived at Yangon International Airport on Wednesday, 6 February and were able to get tickets to fly to Kalaymyo via Mandalay on Friday, 8 February. After a delay of two and a half hours due to fog, we arrived in Kalaymyo at 1:30 p.m. where we were greeted by our Church members who had been waiting all morning and who were very happy to see us again.

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The next day, 37 members and children arrived at the hotel at 10:00 a.m. This was just the second time for the brethren to experience a Sabbath service in a hotel. They sang the hymns enthusiastically in their native Chin language. Thomas Tial Hoe has translated most of our hymns into their local tongue. We also enjoyed special music given by a few members. I provided updates on the Work and gave the sermon on “The Meaning of Passover,” which was translated by Thomas Tial Hoe. We ate and fellowshipped together till late in the afternoon.

During my visit last year, I met the first Burmese member in Kalaymyo, baptized in 1972. This year I was not able to see him as he had suffered a stroke. He is now 73 and lives 80 miles away. I talked to him over the phone and while he was on the line I prayed for his healing. This year, a long-time Church member walked 12 miles to visit us before getting a lift from a truck driver. Last year he walked 30 miles and took a bus 124 miles to see us.

On Sunday, 10 February, we were able to travel to visit other members in their home village. They were very happy to see us once again. We rode on a bullock cart to visit a member about two miles away. This was the first time I experienced the bullock cart drive. Other members walked through the paddy fields to get to his place where I gave a Bible Study on “How To Keep the Sabbath,” after which we had lunch and sang a few songs. The atmosphere of love and care was evident.
The next day all Church members came to Thomas Tial Hoe’s home for an interesting Bible Study on how to use the Holy Spirit in our lives. The nine-year-old daughter of a Church member has been bedridden with polio for three months. I prayed and anointed her for God’s healing.

On 13 February, after a few hours’ delay, we flew from Kalaymyo back to Yangon. We stayed one night at a budget hotel. This year all the hotels have raised the room rates about 100 percent. Many tourists from Europe and elsewhere are coming to visit Myanmar after a change of government policy. Myanmar is becoming more democratic and things seem to be changing. The next day we hired a van to take us to the Irrawaddy Delta region in the southwest of the country. We travelled the same road as last time, which is now much improved, but one hour before we reached Myaung Mya, the road disintegrated and become dusty, stony, potholed and bad! The following day we hired a motor boat and travelled about an hour down the river. On the river banks we saw people swimming and washing their clothes and eliminating in the dirty water.

We finally arrived at the village where our brethren live. Last year the village houses were old and dilapidated, but due to the generosity of the Living Church of God about ten houses have been repaired. All the brethren were very happy and thankful. I conducted a Bible Study on “Keeping the Sabbath” and encouraged the brethren to remain faithful. After visiting the brethren and seeing their newly repaired houses, we returned by boat to the hotel. On 16 February, we again visited the brethren and joined them for the Sabbath. I gave the sermon on the “Meaning of the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread.” The service lasted about three hours. I anointed a member’s son who has yellow fever. All the brethren thanked us for visiting them and shook hands with us as we departed. The following day, Sunday, 17 February, we left for Yangon. It was truly an unforgettable experience. We pray that God’s Kingdom will come soon to solve all the problems mankind is facing.—Rajan Moses

Behind the Work in Indonesia

We have developed three significant programs for our local congregations and the Indonesian Web site. They are as follows:

Children’s Bible Study Program: This program is designed and initiated to develop our children’s spiritual understanding, and to fulfill the Indonesian government requirement regarding children’s religious education. Indonesia tolerates five religions in the country, and each child who studies formally must show his or her spiritual belief by following a religious class. Since our children do not follow the regular Christian class, we must provide a comprehensive curriculum for their school so that the school understands what our children learn in Church. Five children benefit from this program that has been conducted for almost a year.

A Comprehensive English Course: One of the big challenges here in Indonesia is to teach our local congregation the English language. This is important as the brethren hope to communicate directly with visiting ministers and international guests in English. In order to accomplish this, an integrated communicative English course has been started and it is expected to reduce the communication barrier between the local congregation and the visiting guests.
A Richer Church Web Site and Monthly Bible Study: Since the Feast last year, the content of our Web site has received significant attention. Presently, we are focused on finishing the translation of the whole Bible Study Course. We are now finishing Lesson 17. We are also in the process of translating the Church commentaries into Indonesian. As the weekly commentary is a well favoured feature enjoyed by our Web visitors, more translations of these commentaries will bring more visitors. The local congregation has benefited from the monthly lessons presented to them originating from the LU class. Up to now, lessons have been prepared and routinely given on a monthly basis for the local congregation to understand biblical topics, such as the journeys of the Apostle Paul, the life and the teachings of Jesus Christ, the books of the Bible, the Roman world, and important biblical doctrines.—Arius Nusantara

Upstate South Carolina Spring Holy Day Weekend

Final Call: The Anderson, South Carolina, congregation invites you to join us for our sixth Upstate South Carolina Spring Holy Day Weekend scheduled for Friday, March 29, through Monday, April 1. The weekend promises to be filled with inspiring spiritual messages, uplifting fellowship, and fun activities. Come celebrate the conclusion to the Days of Unleavened Bread with us in Greenville, South Carolina. Please take time to register this weekend—even if you are only planning to attend Church services or the ball.

Planned events include: a Friday afternoon bike ride on the Swamp Rabbit Trail; a Friday evening opening dinner and Bible Study; brunch and services on the Sabbath; the “Carolina on My Mind” Banquet and Ball on Saturday night; a picnic and recreational activities, including a 5K road race and softball games, on Sunday; and Holy Day services on Monday, the Last Day of Unleavened Bread. Services and the Banquet and Ball will be held at the Hyatt Regency Greenville in downtown Greenville. A children’s activity will be held prior to Sabbath services.

Additionally, we invite those with musical talent to perform special music for the Sabbath or Holy Day services or to perform appropriate danceable music for the Ball. Please contact us with your proposed performance selection.

We have secured a room rate of $80 per night for guests staying at the Hyatt. This guaranteed rate expires March 16. Further details about the event, prices of meals, and registration instructions are located at our local Web site: http://lcganderson.org/ (not an official Church Web site). Or, you may contact Manuel Burdette for further information at 864-638-7719 or by e-mail at mhburdette@att.net.

We look forward to seeing you in Greenville for the best Spring Weekend ever!

North Florida Spring Holy Day Family Weekend (Repeat Announcement)

The congregations of North Florida invite you to our Spring Holy Day Family Weekend, Friday, March 29 to Monday, April 1. The event will take place at the beautiful lakefront Cerveny Conference Center in Live Oak, Florida. This is an especially peaceful setting with beautiful views and no distractions from God’s holy time.

This weekend will be an all-inclusive retreat with a focus on fellowshipping together. All meals, services, and activities will be hosted on-site, providing an excellent opportunity for spiritual growth with brethren. Events include: Friday night Bible Study; Sabbath Services on Saturday and a Family Fun Show Saturday night; Treasure Hunt and Bible Study on Sunday; and Holy Day services on Monday. Four congregations will be combining for services on the Sabbath and Holy Day.

Hotel rooms on-site are $60/night. And we have food costs down to $20/person for the entire weekend (includes six full meals and snacks).

Please visit www.LCGnorthflorida.com (not an official Church Web site) for more information and to register by March 15.

Singles Weekend in Australia

Greetings from Down Under!  On May 10–14, our third annual Singles Camp will be held again at Jenolan Cabins, in the majestic rugged Blue Mountains of New South Wales.  The self-contained cabins nestle amidst magnificent bushland, adjacent to national parks with abundant wildlife, including kangaroos.  The camp will start early afternoon on Friday with a Bible Study, followed by a three-course dinner enjoyed alfresco beside the campfire.  On Sabbath, there will be a Bible Study after breakfast, and services at Jenolan Caves, followed by a sumptuous dinner at a local heritage-listed restaurant.  Some of the activities planned for the rest of the Camp will include cave tours, orienteering, a barbecue, a Talent Night and an early morning walk to see the spectacular Kanangra Walls at sunrise.  If you are interested in finding out more details, please contact Mr. Graeme Hemphill at ghemphill@living.org.au. Don’t miss a great opportunity to see Australia. We look forward to hearing from you soon.—Robert Tyler

Internet Department

The Internet is filled with much that is ungodly or downright sinful.  But, the Tomorrow’s World Web sites and Social Media sites are a small but vital part of the Church of God boldly proclaiming the Ezekiel warning and also the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God to the world!  The Tomorrow’s World Facebook page recently surpassed 40,000 fans, and has also become a very “active” page, with often 8,000 to 10,000 people actively “talking about” the Tomorrow’s World Facebook page content at any given time!

For those of you who are active on Facebook, we encourage you to visit our page from time to time, “like” Tomorrow’s World content, and post a supportive comment on occasion.  Please use wisdom in what you post (cf. Colossians 4:6), but this is a small way that you can “let your light shine” (cf. Matthew 5:16).  Of course, the Church also operates a number of other Facebook and Twitter accounts, not only in English, but also in Spanish, French and other languages, as well as being engaged in powerful television and radio outreach and personal campaigns throughout the world.  We thank you for your prayers and we thank God for His continued blessing as the Living Church of God continues to dedicate itself to fulfilling the Great Commission with all of the power that God will grant us.—Wyatt Ciesielka

Living Youth Programs

No Online Teen Bible Studies on March 22 and 29

There will be no online Teen Bible Studies on March 22 and 29 because of the spring Holy Days. The next online Teen Bible Study is scheduled for Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern time). You can access the March 15 Bible Study about The Night To Be Much Observed and the Days of Unleavened Bread at the archives on the Living Youth Web site www.livingyouth.org.—Josh Penman

Texas Pre-Teen Camp, Dallas—Register now for the best week of summer!—Repeat Announcement
Registration is now open for summer fun at LYC Texas Pre-Teen Camp, June 16–21 at Camp Whispering Cedars in Dallas—six days of recreation, fellowship, sports and adventure for pre-teens and their families.

Campers ages 7–12 will participate in full days of challenging activities while making friendships that will last a lifetime. Mini campers ages 6 and under will take part in many of the activities their older siblings do, but with more unstructured time for games, crafts, and play. Older siblings, campers ages 13 and 14, will be a part of our camper/staff training program and have an opportunity to learn and practice skills needed to be an effective camp staff member while also partaking in many of the activities provided for the campers. Parents are always needed to fill our staff positions, and more importantly, to create the family atmosphere that has always been a big part of LYC Texas Pre-Teen Camp. We encourage all who are interested in attending to register by filling out the applications online at http://lyc.lcg.org/. If you are unable to apply online, you may receive a paper copy of the application by calling Jenny Penman at 704-844-1960, ext. 2283. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our Camp Director, Mr. Phil Sena, by phone at 512-535-6771, or by e-mail at psena@lcg.org.

Mail Processing Department

Attention Video Recipients (Repeat Announcement): The shipments of Holy Day sermons have been sent out. Please check these DVDs/CDs for the Holy Days when you receive them, to be sure that they play properly. If there are any problems, we will have time to send replacement copies.—Gaylyn Bonjour

Feast of Tabernacles 2013

2013 Festival Web Site “Live”

As of Friday, March 15, brethren will be able to access Feast site information on the 2013 Festival Web site.  Please note:  Festival Registration is not open until April 7.  You will not be able to register until April 7.  If you do not have Internet access, please contact your Festival Advisor to print off information for any site(s) you are interested in attending.  If you do not know who your Festival Advisor is, please check with your local Pastor.

To access the Festival Web Site, go to: www.fot2013.lcg.org.

(You can also access it by going to the Living Church of God website (www.lcg.org) and clicking on “Feast of Tabernacles.”)

All Ministers: We are now sending out notices of where you will be attending the Feast.  If you have any questions about where you are assigned, please contact cad@lcg.org or, in the case of international areas, your Regional Director.

Festival Advisors:  A “Festival Advisor’s Packet” is now available for you to download and print off, as well as registration and volunteer forms.  If you have any difficulty or questions, ask your pastor or e-mail festival@lcg.org.

Pastors (Repeat):  Please make sure that Headquarters has been updated with any changes in your local congregation rosters.  For example, please let us know of any Church Youths (CY) who have turned 18 and now should be listed as Prospective Members (PM).  Please also let us know of any other changes in status of any brethren in your area (i.e. baptisms, etc.) or if any brethren have moved to another congregation.  Send these status updates to records@lcg.org.

All brethren (Repeat):  Please make sure your MyLCG account is working.  This will be necessary for you to register on April 7.  To test it, go to www.cogl.org and sign in to MyLCG with your username and password.  If you don’t have one, you will have the option of creating one.  If you have any problems logging into MyLCG (www.cogl.org), please write to websupport@tomorrowsworld.org.Festival Office

Human Resources

Employment Opportunity: Information Technology Manager (Repeat Announcement)

The Headquarters Office is looking for an experienced IT professional to manage its IT Department.  The successful candidate will be a member of the Living Church of God, will have a strong background in network administration, database management and computer hardware, and will be expected to relocate to Charlotte (the Church will pay for reasonable moving expense).  Competencies with Microsoft Exchange Server, SQLServer and a MCSE certification (or better) are very desirable.  Supervisory and/or management experience and programming ability are a plus.  Please send your resume to Suzanne Pyle via e-mail at hr@lcg.org, or by fax to 704-844-1973, at the Human Resources Department.  We request that only those applicants who are able to legally work in the United States apply for this position.—Dexter Wakefield

Comments

World Events and God’s Plan: This week billions of people around the world watched the Roman Church select a new pope—who appears to be a humble servant of the people. Later this summer, Germany will hold national elections as the European Union struggles to maintain unity and momentum and the Middle East threatens to explode. Bible prophecies have long foretold that world conditions would reach a climax as we approach the end of the age (Matthew 24; 2 Timothy 3:1-5). Prophecies reveal that a religious leader of global prominence will influence a political leader of a revived European power with links to the ancient Roman Empire. This Beast power will eventually persecute true Christians and move into the Middle East, probably under the guise of attempting to bring peace to that troubled area (Daniel 11:40-45; Revelation 11 and 13). While critics may scoff, the Bible reveals that God is guiding world events according to His Plan that He is bringing to pass (Isaiah 46:8-11; Daniel 2:45). We need to watch world events so we can recognize events that are fulfilling Bible prophecies so we can be ready when Jesus Christ returns to set up His Kingdom on earth (Matthew 24:42-44).

Have a profitable Sabbath,
Douglas S. Winnail

Charlotte Announcements – 09 March 2013

Greetings from Charlotte,

The year 2013 could bring prophetically significant changes in the world.  A new pope will be selected who could impact more than just the Roman Church.  Germany will vote on a new Chancellor to lead the most dynamic nation in Europe.  The Middle East threatens to explode while political and territorial disputes involving China, Japan, the Philippines and the Koreas continue to increase—as world events shed light on end-time Bible prophecies.  Here in Charlotte, Mr. Meredith has been writing and holding meetings.  Messrs. Ames, King, Weston, Ciesielka and Ownby have returned from a very informative visit to the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.  Last week’s Tomorrow’s World television program by Mr. Wallace Smith, entitled “World War in the Middle East,” has drawn nearly 4,500 responses so far.  Mr. Ames’ program the previous week, entitled “The Prophesied Day of the Lord,” drew 8,032 total responses.  This was the second time we have received more than 8,000 responses to a program.  Mr. Dexter Wakefield is currently visiting Regional Offices in Costa Rica and Colombia to coordinate business procedures.  I will be in Sweetwater, Tennessee for a combined service and to conduct a Regional Conference.  Your prayers for these activities and for God’s people are much appreciated.—DSW

Church Administration

Passover 2013—U.S. Congregations (Repeat Announcement)

All Pastors:  please let us know as soon as possible if any of the congregations you serve will need additional Passover Service supplies (bread trays, wine trays, or wine glasses) or a copy of the Passover Service recording.  Also, let us know of any scattered members who are unable to keep the Passover with a congregation and who need to receive the Passover Service recording and letter instructions for observing it at home.  (U.S. pastors will automatically receive one copy of the Passover Service recording.)

You can direct your requests to the Church Administration Department at cad@lcg.org.  The Passover Service will be observed on Sunday evening, March 24.

Spanish Update

Thank you for your prayers for the Schaubeck family in Costa Rica. As reported in last week’s The World Ahead, Mrs. Schaubeck and her son Johann suffered a violent robbery in their home on February 24, while Mr. Schaubeck was away in El Salvador on a ministerial visit. The Schaubecks have now moved to another home, where the Church’s regional office will also resume its operations. Please continue to remember Mrs. Schaubeck and Johann in your prayers for a complete recovery.

Upstate South Carolina Spring Holy Day Weekend

The Anderson, South Carolina, congregation invites you to join us for our sixth Upstate South Carolina Spring Holy Day Weekend scheduled for Friday, March 29, through Monday, April 1.  The weekend promises to be filled with inspiring spiritual messages, uplifting fellowship, and fun activities.  Come celebrate the conclusion to the Days of Unleavened Bread with us in Greenville, South Carolina. Please take time to complete your registration this week. The registration deadline is March 15.

Planned events include: a Friday afternoon bike ride on the Swamp Rabbit Trail; a Friday evening opening dinner and Bible Study; brunch and services on the Sabbath; the “Carolina on My Mind” Banquet and Ball on Saturday night; a picnic and recreational activities, including a 5K road race and softball games, on Sunday; and Holy Day services on Monday, the Last Day of Unleavened Bread.  Services and the Banquet and Ball will be held at the Hyatt Regency Greenville in downtown Greenville.  A children’s activity will be held prior to Sabbath services.

Additionally, we invite those with musical talent to perform special music for the Sabbath or Holy Day services or to perform appropriate danceable music for the Ball.  Please contact us with your proposed performance selection.

We have secured a room rate of $80 per night for guests staying at the Hyatt. Further details about the event, prices of meals, and registration instructions are located at our local website: http://lcganderson.org/ (not an official Church Web site). Or, you may contact Manuel Burdette for further information at 864-638-7719 or by e-mail at mhburdette@att.net.

We look forward to seeing you in Greenville for the best Spring Weekend ever!

North Florida Spring Holy Day Family Weekend (Repeat Announcement)

The congregations of North Florida invite you to our Spring Holy Day Family Weekend, Friday, March 29 to Monday, April 1. The event will take place at the beautiful lakefront Cerveny Conference Center in Live Oak, Florida. This is an especially peaceful setting with beautiful views and no distractions from God’s holy time.

This weekend will be an all-inclusive retreat with a focus on fellowshipping together. All meals, services, and activities will be hosted on-site, providing an excellent opportunity for spiritual growth with brethren. Events include: Friday night Bible Study; Sabbath Services on Saturday and a Family Fun Show Saturday night; Treasure Hunt and Bible Study on Sunday; and Holy Day services on Monday.  Four congregations will be combining for services on the Sabbath and Holy Day.

Hotel rooms on-site are $60/night. And we have food costs down to $20/person for the entire weekend (includes six full meals and snacks).

Please visit www.LCGnorthflorida.com (not an official Church Web site) for more information and to register by March 15.

Living Youth Programs

Online Teen Bible Study—Friday Evening

This Friday evening, March 8, at 8:00 p.m. EST (USA), the Bible Study will be on the Passover and will be presented by Mr. Sheldon Monson.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to join us for one of 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. (EST) and the Bible Study runs from 8:00-9:00 p.m.  You can access this Bible Study at www.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, can also be found on the Living Youth Web site.—Josh Penman

Texas Pre-Teen Camp, Dallas—Register now for the best week of summer!
Registration is now open to summer fun at LYC Texas Pre-Teen Camp, June 16–21 at Camp Whispering Cedars in Dallas—six days of recreation, fellowship, sports and adventure for pre-teens and their families.

Campers ages 7–12 will participate in full days of challenging activities while making friendships that will last a lifetime. Mini campers ages 6 and under will take part in many of the activities their older siblings do, but with more unstructured time for games, crafts, and play. Older siblings, campers ages 13 and 14, will be a part of our camper/staff training program and have an opportunity to learn and practice skills needed to be an effective camp staff member while also partaking in many of the activities provided for the campers. Parents are always needed to fill our staff positions, and more importantly, to create the family atmosphere that has always been a big part of LYC Texas Pre-Teen Camp. We encourage all who are interested in attending to register by filling out the applications online at http://lyc.lcg.org/. If you are unable to apply online, you may receive a paper copy of the application by calling Jenny Penman at 704-844-1960, ext. 2283. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our Camp Director, Mr. Phil Sena, by phone at 512-535-6771, or by e-mail at psena@lcg.org.

Feast of Tabernacles 2013

2013 Registration (Repeat Announcement)

Festival Registration for 2013 will begin Sunday, April 7, at 12:00 noon (EDT): Please do not make housing reservations until you have been given confirmation of your acceptance to your requested Feast site. If you are registering for your assigned site, you will in most cases be given the “go-ahead” to make housing reservations right after completing registration. If you are transferring to another site, approval may take a little while longer.  Thank you for your cooperation and your patience. 

For those without Internet access, please contact your Festival Advisor for assistance. All information about this year’s Feast sites will be posted on the Church’s Festival Web site by March 15—stay tuned for more details.—Festival Office

In preparation for registration on April 7, we would like to ask the following:

All pastors: Please make sure that Headquarters has been updated with any changes in your local church rosters.  For example, please let us know of any Church Youths (CY) who have turned 18 and now should be listed as Prospective Members (PM).  Please also let us know of any other changes in status of any brethren in your area (i.e. baptisms, etc.) or if any brethren have moved to another congregation.  Send these status updates to records@lcg.org.

All brethren:  Please make sure your MyLCG account is working.  This will be necessary for you to register on April 7.  To test it, go to www.cogl.org and sign in to MyLCG with your username and password.  If you don’t have one, you will have the option of creating one.  If you have any problems logging into MyLCG (www.cogl.org), please write to websupport@tomorrowsworld.org.

Mail Processing Department

Attention Video Recipients: The shipments of Holy Day sermons were sent out last week.  Please check the DVDs/CDs when you receive them, to be sure that they play properly.  If there are any problems, we will have time to send replacement copies.—Gaylyn Bonjour

Human Resources

Employment Opportunity: Information Technology Manager (Repeat Announcement)

The Headquarters Office is looking for an experienced IT professional to manage its IT Department.  The successful candidate will be a member of the Living Church of God, will have a strong background in network administration, database management and computer hardware, and will be expected to relocate to Charlotte (the Church will pay for reasonable moving expense).  Competencies with Microsoft Exchange Server, SQLServer and a MCSE certification (or better) are very desirable.  Supervisory and/or management experience and programming ability are a plus.  Please send your resume to Suzanne Pyle via e-mail at hr@lcg.org, or by fax to 704-844-1973, at the Human Resources Department.  We request that only those applicants who are able to legally work in the United States apply for this position.—Dexter Wakefield

Comments

The Value of Counsel: One of the common pitfalls of life is trusting in our own judgment when we only see part of a picture.  When we make decisions or take actions based on how we see a problem, the results can be costly to ourselves and to others.  This is why Solomon wrote in Proverbs 3:5, “lean not on your own understanding” and in Proverbs 3:7, “Do not be wise in your own eyes” and again in Proverbs 28:26, “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool.”  Solomon also warned in Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”  To help us avoid making serious mistakes in life, God inspired Solomon to write in Proverbs 11:14, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” and again in Proverbs 15:22, “Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.”  We can obtain wise and valuable advice by prayerfully studying the book of Proverbs and by seeking counsel from parents, the ministry and from more experienced friends and associates who can be objective and help us see a bigger picture than we perceive on our own.

Have a profitable Sabbath,

Douglas S. Winnail

Charlotte Announcements – 02 March 2013

Greetings from Charlotte,


Extreme weather continues to afflict backsliding Israelite nations. The northeastern portion of the USA was recently hit by a major snowstorm, and this week the midwest was buried under more than a foot of snow. However, central California (where a considerable amount of produce is grown) is worried about a dry summer due to a very light snow-pack on the mountains. God said anciently that conditions like this would develop when His people turn away from Him (see Amos 4:7-8). Prophesied end-time violence (2 Timothy 3:1-4) struck the home of Mr. Schaubeck and his family this week in Costa Rica (see announcement below). Here in Charlotte, Mr. Meredith has been writing and holding meetings. The Tomorrow’s World television program last weekend by Mr. Ames, entitled “The Prophesied Day of the Lord,” has received over 7,000 responses so far.  Mr. Glen Harrison reports that 45 visitors attended the follow-up Tomorrow’s World presentations in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana. I had a very profitable visit to Sacramento, California last weekend for a combined service and our first Area Conference for 2013. We plan to have a number of Area Conferences in the coming year. Your prayers for God’s Work and for His people are needed and appreciated.—DSW



Church Administration


Passover 2013—U.S. Congregations—Repeat Announcement


All Pastors: please let us know as soon as possible if any of the congregations you serve will need additional Passover Service supplies (bread trays, wine trays, or wine glasses) or a copy of the Passover Service recording. Also, let us know of any scattered members who are unable to keep the Passover with a congregation and who need to receive the Passover Service recording and letter instructions for observing it at home. (U.S. pastors will automatically receive one copy of the Passover Service recording.)


To ensure timely delivery and to save on shipping costs, please let us know this information as soon as possible and before March 7. You can direct your requests to the Church Administration Department at cad@lcg.org. The Passover Service will be observed on Sunday evening, March 24.


Tomorrow’s World Presents


Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana: Mr. Glen Harrison gave follow-up presentations in Baton Rouge and Lafayette on Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24. There were nine brand new people who came to these lectures, plus about three dozen who came to the initial presentations by Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka last weekend and returned to hear the second presentations this weekend. Mr. Harrison said that the comments and questions were good and that a number of people are interested in attending services.



Attack in Central America
 
On Sunday evening, two armed robbers broke into the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Schaubeck, our elder in Costa Rica, while he was visiting a congregation in El Salvador. The thieves attacked his wife and adult son. His son was beaten badly and stabbed, and his wife was hurt. The thieves then made off with some of the house contents.  The Schaubecks have lived in the same peaceful neighborhood for 40 years, but are now looking for another place to live. Please keep the Schaubecks in your prayers.



Health Updates 
 
Mr. Fitzroy Greeman, our Area Pastor in Trinidad, reports that he is feeling much better after several rounds of kidney dialysis and that he was able to give the sermon last Sabbath in Trinidad. Mrs. Nancy Hall, wife of Regional Pastor Dan Hall in Dallas, sends her thanks for the encouragement she has received, and requests continued prayers for her healing.



North Florida Spring Holy Day Family Weekend—March 29–April 1


The congregations of North Florida invite you to our Spring Holy Day Family Weekend, Friday, March 29 to Monday, April 1. The event will take place at the beautiful lakefront Cerveny Conference Center in Live Oak, FL. This is an especially peaceful setting with beautiful views and no distractions from God’s holy time.


This weekend will be an all-inclusive retreat with a focus on fellowshipping together. All meals, services, and activities will be hosted on-site, providing an excellent opportunity for spiritual growth with brethren. Events include: Friday night Bible Study; Sabbath Services on Saturday and a Family Fun Show Saturday night; Treasure Hunt and Bible Study on Sunday; and Holy Day services on Monday. Four congregations will be combining for services on the Sabbath and Holy Day.


Hotel rooms on-site are $60/night. And we have food costs down to $20/person for the entire weekend (includes six full meals and snacks).


Please visit www.LCGnorthflorida.com (not an official Church Web site) for more information and to register by March 15.



Living Youth Programs


Online Teen Bible Study—Friday Evening


This year we are conducting weekly Living Youth Bible Studies on the subject of the fundamental doctrines of the Living Church of God. The Bible Studies have been moved from Sunday evening to Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. EST (USA). If you haven’t had the opportunity to join us for one of 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. (EST) and the Bible Study runs from 8:00-9:00 p.m. You can access this Bible Study at www.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, “Clean and Unclean Meats,” can also be found on the Living Youth Web site.—Josh Penman




Feast of Tabernacles 2013


2013 Registration


Festival Registration for 2013 will begin Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 12:00 noon (EDT): Please do not make housing reservations until you have been given confirmation of your acceptance to your requested Feast site.  If you are registering for your assigned site, you will in most cases be given the “go-ahead” to make housing reservations right after completing registration.  If you are transferring to another site, approval may take a little while longer.  Thank you for your cooperation and your patience.


For those without Internet access, please contact your Festival Advisor for assistance.  (Festival Advisors—we will be contacting you soon with more information for you to pass on to the brethren.)  All information about this year’s Feast sites will be posted on the Church’s Festival Web site by March 15—stay tuned for more details.—Festival Office



Congregation Site Assignments—Repeat Announcement


Once again this year, brethren in the Living Church of God will be assigned to a Feast site by congregation, not by home address.  Each congregation in the USA is assigned to one of the eleven American Feast sites for 2013.  Please note below the congregation you attend, and your corresponding Feast site assignment. International areas, please check with your Regional Office if you do not know what Feast site your congregation is assigned to.—Festival Office


ANCHORAGE, AK
Alaska: Anchorage


BOERNE, TX
Louisiana: Baton Rouge, Ferriday, Lafayette, Monroe, New Orleans, Shreveport
New Mexico: El Paso/Las Cruces
Texas: Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Hawkins, Houston, Lufkin, Midland, San Antonio, Temple


CHATTANOOGA, TN
Alabama:  Athens, Birmingham, Montgomery
Georgia: Atlanta, Augusta, Blairsville, Braselton, Columbus, Macon
Kentucky:  Berea, Louisville
Mississippi: Columbus, Jackson, Laurel, Ocean Springs
South Carolina: Anderson
Tennessee:  Chattanooga, Clarksville, Crossville, Knoxville, Nashville


INDIAN WELLS, CA
Arizona: Phoenix, Prescott Valley, Tucson
California: Arroyo Grande, Concord, Fresno, Garden Grove, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Diego
Hawaii
Nevada:  Las Vegas, Reno


LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO
Arkansas: El Dorado, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Harrison, Little Rock, Russellville
Iowa: Des Moines
Kansas: Chanute, Wichita
Missouri: Columbia, Joplin, Kansas City, Rolla, Springfield, St. Joseph, St. Louis
Nebraska: Omaha
Oklahoma: Oklahoma City, Tulsa
Tennessee: Memphis
NEWPORT, OR
California: Eureka, Redding
Idaho: Boise
Oregon: Grants Pass, Portland
Washington: Richland, Seattle/Tacoma, Tonasket


PALM HARBOR, FL
Florida: Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Lake City, Ocala, Pensacola, Tampa
Georgia: Thomasville
Puerto Rico: San Juan
South Carolina:  Walterboro



PARK CITY, UT
Colorado: Colorado Springs, Denver, Meeker
Montana: Great Falls, Helena
New Mexico: Albuquerque, Santa Fe
Utah: Layton
Wyoming: Casper, Saratoga, Wheatland
SNOWSHOE, WV
DC:  Washington
Maryland: Baltimore, Salisbury
North Carolina: Asheboro, Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Statesville, Wilmington
Ohio: Akron, Cincinnati, Columbus, Lima
Pennsylvania:  Pittsburgh
Virginia: Bristol, Norfolk, Richmond, Williamsburg, Winchester
West Virginia: Bluefield, Logan, Ripley
TANNERSVILLE, PA
Connecticut
Delaware
Massachusetts: Auburn
Maine:  Bangor, Freeport
New Hampshire:  Lebanon
New Jersey: Cranford, Hammonton
New York: Albany, Corning, Melville, New York City, Rochester
Pennsylvania: Harrisburg, Stroudsburg
Rhode Island:  Providence
WISCONSIN DELLS, WI
Iowa: Dubuque
Illinois: Chicago, Peoria
Indiana: Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Knox, Terre Haute
Michigan: Detroit, Kalamazoo, Lansing, McMillan, Traverse City
Minnesota: Duluth, Minneapolis
North Dakota: Bismarck
Wisconsin: Appleton, Merrill, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Dells
South Dakota



Mail Processing Department


The shipments of Holy Day sermons are being sent out this week. Please check the DVDs/CDs when you receive them, to be sure that they play properly. If there are any problems, we will have time to send replacement copies.—Gaylyn Bonjour



Human Resources


Employment Opportunity: Information Technology Manager


The Headquarters Office is looking for an experienced IT professional to manage its IT Department.  The successful candidate will be a member of the Living Church of God, will have a strong background in network administration, database management and computer hardware, and will be expected to relocate to Charlotte (the Church will pay for reasonable moving expense).  Competencies with Microsoft Exchange Server, SQLServer and a MCSE certification (or better) are very desirable.  Supervisory and/or management experience and programming ability are a plus.  Please send your resume to Suzanne Pyle via e-mail at hr@lcg.org, or by fax to 704-844-1973, at the Human Resources Department.  We request that only those applicants who are able to legally work in the United States apply for this position.—Dexter Wakefield



Comments


Are You a Positive or Negative Person? What is your outlook on people, events and life? Do you grumble and complain about things and find fault with people and decisions made by others?
Or do you see positive aspects of people and situations? The Apostle Paul emphasized that real Christians are positive people with a positive outlook on life. He wrote, “we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” and “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:28, 31). Paul encouraged Christians, “Rejoice in the Lord always” and think on those things that are noble and good and pure (Philippians 4:4, 8). He also admonished Christians, “Do all things without complaining and disputing” (without grumbling, arguing and finding fault with others) (Philippians 2:14). Long ago Solomon wrote, “An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a burning fire” (Proverbs 16:27). Jude warns Christians that people who murmur and complain—and cause divisions—do not have, or are not being led by, God’s Spirit (Jude 16-19). Even in the Church of God, we may forget that when we make or listen to accusations about other people, we can become tools in the hands of “the accuser of our brethren” himself, Satan the devil (Revelation 12:10). Let’s remember these biblical admonitions to be positive and resist temptations to make or repeat negative comments and accusations about others.


Have a profitable Sabbath,
Douglas S. Winnail

Charlotte Announcements – 23 February 2013

From the Presiding Evangelist

Dear Brethren and Friends,

Thank you for the enthusiastic response so many of you have shown for the coming Church fast! As Passover approaches, we certainly do need to draw very close to God, examine ourselves and be sure that we are truly in the very center of God’s will—as best we can. Even since my last message to you indicating that we have some serious problems and weaknesses here at Headquarters, I have received word from Mr. Gerald Weston that—like at Headquarters—Satan appears to be striking directly at the television area in Canada. Because we do not have enough “Canadian content,” we are being put off of our third best station there. Also, because of “doctrinal differences,” we are being put off of our second best station in Canada. Then, on top of that, our overwhelmingly major station in Canada, VISION Network, is in danger because of certain governmental regulations that are being changed.

The “prince of the power of the air” is striking directly at the major center of our media efforts in God’s Work today—our television program! We would be stupid not to realize this. All kinds of other “excuses” can be factored in. But in the end, it is obvious to me that Satan is directly involved—as it is to a number of others who know all the circumstances. So we need to seek God our Father in heaven and ask Him to intervene, to “fight our battles” and to help us do everything we can do to get these things straightened out so that Christ’s message may go out with increasing power on television, on the Internet, in publishing, and in every other way. We will deeply appreciate your fervent prayers, dear brethren, that God will intervene and help us do everything we can do and should do so that He can bless us and deliver us in all these situations.

Additionally, we have just heard that Mrs. Dan Hall has come down with a very serious degree of cancer. She certainly needs our earnest prayers as well as do many others who have serious illnesses at this time.

Therefore, as a Church—the Body of Christ—let us cry out to our Father and ask Him to intervene more than ever to heal His own people, to apply the stripes of Jesus Christ to our bodies and to make us well. As a family, we need to love one another, support one another and pray together for all these things. Please do cry out that God will deliver us from all these trials and—more than ever—bless us in healings, in our financial income and media production, and in every other way that we may glorify His name. This coming day of fasting is certainly a powerful “tool” to make all of this possible. Let us draw truly close to God with all of our hearts and seek God at this time in a special way for His help and for His intervention. Thank you, dear brethren, for your help and your support.

With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith
Church Administration

Greetings from Charlotte,

World events continue to move in interesting directions. Meteor displays in Russia, more strife in the Middle East, America facing another budget crisis, and China is now being accused of hacking into American computers—and we are barely into a new year! This weekend we will hold a Church-wide fast to seek God’s guidance and blessing on His Work and that He will hear the needs of His people. Last week’s Tomorrow’s World television program, entitled “How Can You Know God?,” by Mr. Meredith has received 4,577 responses so far. Mr. King’s program the previous week, entitled “Where Would Jesus Go To Church?,” received 4,951 responses. The Tomorrow’s World Presentations last week in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana by Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka drew 76 guests. This weekend I will be in Sacramento, California for a Ministerial Conference.—DSW

Passover 2013—U.S. Congregations—Repeat Announcement

All Pastors: please let us know as soon as possible if any of the congregations you serve will need additional Passover Service supplies (bread trays, wine trays, or wine glasses) or a copy of the Passover Service recording. Also, let us know of any scattered members who are unable to keep the Passover with a congregation and who need to receive the Passover Service recording and letter instructions for observing it at home. (U.S. pastors will automatically receive one copy of the Passover Service recording.)

To ensure timely delivery and to save on shipping costs, please let us know this information as soon as possible and before March 7. You can direct your requests to the Church Administration Department at cad@lcg.org. The Passover Service will be observed on Sunday evening, March 24.

Tomorrow’s World Presents

Tampa, Florida: Dr. Wilner Pierre was invited to give a presentation in French to a group of Haitians in Tampa on January 26. Seventeen people attended. The group has been studying the Bible together and has come to realize that the Living Church of God teaches what they read in Scripture.
San Juan, Puerto Rico: On Sunday, February 10, Mr. Raúl Colón (pastor of our Puerto Rico congregation) and I gave two Tomorrow’s World presentations in one afternoon, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Out of approximately 300 English-version Tomorrow’s World subscribers (and a small number of Spanish-language El Mundo de Mañana subscribers), we had nine visitors.  Eleven local brethren also attended.  The guests were very knowledgeable about the Bible and seemed interested to know what the Church had to say.  Mrs. Annie Colón provided Spanish-language translation for a few guests who requested it.  The brethren did a fantastic job in welcoming our guests and providing logistical support.  After Mr. Colón’s presentation we had a break to fellowship for about half an hour and then we gathered again and watched Dr. Meredith’s powerful online presentation on the big screen—perfect timing!—Rod McNair

Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana: Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka gave presentations to 40 visitors in Baton Rouge last Saturday and 36 visitors in Lafayette last Sunday. Mr. Glen Harrison plans to give follow-up presentations in those two cities Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Mr. Rod King reports that the follow up presentation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday, February 17, went very well, with 16 keen attendees eager to learn more about God’s truth and, “We now have to plan how to best look after them.”  Mr. King gave an earlier presentation there in December. He is now in South Africa for a short ministerial conference on Friday.

French Work Update

We are excited to announce that the Tomorrow’s World magazine in French, Le Monde de Demain, which debuted in 2012 as an online publication, is now available in print! The first issue of 2013 was mailed last week to more than 10,000 people in 93 countries. Those who would like to subscribe to it can do so by contacting LCG Headquarters or one of our international regional offices, or by filling out the subscription form online at www.MondeDemain.org/abonnement. The magazine is also available online at www.MondeDemain.org/revues. Your continued prayers for this project and for the Work in French are greatly appreciated!

Upstate South Carolina Holy Day Weekend—Greenville, SC—March 29–April 1

The Anderson, South Carolina, congregation invites you to join us for our sixth Upstate South Carolina Spring Holy Day Weekend scheduled for Friday, March 29 through Monday, April 1. The weekend promises to be filled with inspiring spiritual messages, uplifting fellowship, and fun activities. Come celebrate the conclusion to the Days of Unleavened Bread with us in Greenville, SC. Only three weeks remain to register, so please take time to complete your registration this week.

Planned events include: a Friday afternoon bike ride on the Swamp Rabbit Trail; a Friday evening opening dinner and Bible Study; brunch and services on the Sabbath; the Carolina on My Mind Banquet and Ball on Saturday night; a picnic and recreational activities, including a 5K road race and softball games, on Sunday; and Holy Day services on Monday, the Last Day of Unleavened Bread. Services and the Banquet and Ball will be held at the Hyatt Regency Greenville in downtown Greenville. A children’s activity will be held prior to Sabbath services.

Additionally, we invite those with musical talent to perform special music for the Sabbath or Holy Day services or to perform appropriate danceable music for the Ball. Please contact us with your proposed performance selection.

We have secured a room rate of $80 per night for guests staying at the Hyatt. Further details about the event, prices of meals, and registration instructions are located at our local Web site: http://lcganderson.org/ (not an official Church Web site). Or, you may contact Manuel Burdette for further information at 864-638-7719 or by e-mail at mhburdette@att.net. We look forward to seeing you in Greenville for the best Spring Weekend ever!

Carolina Singles Weekend 2013

The Charlotte singles would like to welcome you back this Memorial Day for Carolina Singles Weekend 2013! We are excited to have had so many people come in over these last three years. Won’t you join us for this exciting event? The dates are Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27. We will be having lots of wonderful messages, exciting activities, great fellowship and delicious food. A schedule can be found on our local Web site http://charlottelcg.org (not an official Church Web site). More detailed information on cost, housing and transportation will be coming soon and registration will open in the near future.   If you have any questions, feel free to contact Darren Brinson at Darren.Brinson@hotmail.comWe hope to see y’all there!—Darren Brinson

Living for Tomorrow (L4T) Cancellation—Repeat Announcement—Please Announce

Thanks to those who signed up for our L4T in the Catskill Mountains this year. Regrettably, we didn’t meet our number quota for the facility we are using, so we’ll have to cancel the program planned for March 25-29 and make arrangements for another time.  Thanks again to those who expressed interest in coming.—Jonathan McNair

Living Youth Programs

Online Teen Bible Study—Friday Evening

This year we are conducting weekly Living Youth Bible Studies on the subject of the fundamental doctrines of the Living Church of God. The Bible Studies have been moved from Sunday evening to Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. EST (USA). If you haven’t had the opportunity to join us for one of the online Bible Studies yet, I encourage you to do so. It is a wonderful way to start the Sabbath day.

Next Friday, March 1, Mr. Sheldon Monson plans to present a Bible Study titled, “Clean and Unclean Meats.” The chat room is open at 7:30 p.m. (EST) and the Bible Study runs from 8:00-9:00 p.m. You can access this Bible Study at www.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, “Tithing,” can also be found on the Living Youth Web site.—Josh Penman

Youth Program Updates

Due to overwhelming interest in the Adventure Camp in California—we’ve had twice as many people apply as we can accept—we’ve added an “essay” portion to the camper application process.  If you applied to the Adventure Camp as a camper, you should have received an e-mail.  However, if you didn’t receive it for some reason, we are asking you to submit an up-to one-page essay on why you want to attend the adventure camp and e-mail it to youth@lcg.org.  The deadline for this is Monday, February 25, at midnight Pacific time (3:00 a.m. EST).

Additionally, if you haven’t had a chance to check out our two Web sites, I would like to encourage you to do so!  There is a wealth of information about our Living Youth Camps for the upcoming year at http://lyc.lcg.org.  At http://www.livingyouth.org you will find Bible Studies for the youth, as well as archives of LYC camps from previous years and other information.  We’re constantly adding new content to both sites, so be sure to take a look.—Josh Penman

LYC European Teen Summer Camp—Chevetogne, Belgium

The dates for this year’s camp are arrival on Friday, August 16 and departure on Sunday, August 25. The cost for each person attending will be £120 sterling/€150 euros. Accommodation is in a dormitory where also Sabbath services, Bible Studies, meals and sing-alongs will take place. See http://www.domainedechevetogne.be/fr/new_maison_foret.php?style=stylebase, the resort Web site, for more information about the facility.

Schedule permitting, activities will include hiking/orienteering, water-skiing, leather work, music, Bible and Christian education, volleyball, football, badminton, basketball, nature discovery, PowerPoint Presentation skills, speech and initiative training. We have two Sabbaths for relaxation and spiritual instruction, and the week will culminate with a special Sabbath dinner followed by a sing-along.

Application Forms are available from the LCG office in the UK, livingcog@btconnect.com, or from Mr. Rees Ellis in Belgium, rellis@lcg.org. Camper and staff applications are to be sent to the UK Office with a copy e-mailed to Mr. Rees Ellis. Deadline for applications to be handed in to your local minister is March 23.

Tomorrow’s World Television Department

In addition to a number of Tomorrow’s World telecast enhancements that you will start to see over the coming months, we are excited to announce that we are now beginning distribution of the Tomorrow’s World telecast in high definition to a select number of network stations, beginning with CW-Plus, BET and Impact!  We intend to expand high def distribution to more of our regional and national networks over the coming months.—Wyatt Ciesielka
Feast of Tabernacles 2013

2013 Registration

Festival Registration for 2013 will begin Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 12:00 noon (EDT).  Please do not make housing reservations until you have been given confirmation of your acceptance to your requested Feast site.  For those without Internet access, please contact your Festival Advisor for assistance.  (Festival Advisors—we will be contacting you soon with more information for you to pass on to the brethren).  All information about this year’s Feast sites will be posted on the Church’s Festival Web site by March 15—stay tuned for more details.  Pastors:  If you have not yet filled out your Ministerial Site Preference survey please do so right away.

Congregations Site Assignments

Once again this year, brethren in the Living Church of God will be assigned to a Feast site by congregation, not by home address.  Each congregation in the USA is assigned to one of the eleven American Feast sites for 2013.  Please note below the congregation you attend, and your corresponding Feast site assignment. International areas, please check with your Regional Office if you do not know what Feast site your congregation is assigned to.—Festival Office

ANCHORAGE, AK
Alaska: Anchorage

BOERNE, TX
Louisiana: Baton Rouge, Ferriday, Lafayette, Monroe, New Orleans, Shreveport
New Mexico: El Paso/Las Cruces
Texas: Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Hawkins, Houston, Lufkin, Midland, San Antonio, Temple

CHATTANOOGA, TN
Alabama:  Athens, Birmingham, Montgomery
Georgia: Atlanta, Augusta, Blairsville, Braselton, Columbus, Macon
Kentucky:  Berea, Louisville
Mississippi:  Columbus, Jackson, Laurel, Ocean Springs
South Carolina: Anderson
Tennessee:  Chattanooga, Clarksville, Crossville, Knoxville, Nashville

INDIAN WELLS, CA
Arizona: Phoenix, Prescott Valley, Tucson
California: Arroyo Grande, Concord, Fresno, Garden Grove, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Diego
Hawaii
Nevada:  Las Vegas, Reno

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO
Arkansas: El Dorado, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Harrison, Little Rock, Russellville
Iowa: Des Moines
Kansas: Chanute, Wichita
Missouri: Columbia, Joplin, Kansas City, Rolla, Springfield, St. Joseph, St. Louis
Nebraska: Omaha
Oklahoma: Oklahoma City, Tulsa
Tennessee: Memphis

NEWPORT, OR
California: Eureka, Redding
Idaho: Boise
Oregon: Grants Pass, Portland
Washington: Richland, Seattle/Tacoma, Tonasket

PALM HARBOR, FL
Florida: Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Lake City, Ocala, Pensacola, Tampa
Georgia: Thomasville
Puerto Rico: San Juan
South Carolina:  Walterboro

PARK CITY, UT
Colorado: Colorado Springs, Denver, Meeker
Montana: Great Falls, Helena
New Mexico: Albuquerque, Santa Fe
Utah: Layton
Wyoming: Casper, Saratoga, Wheatland

SNOWSHOE, WV
DC:  Washington
Maryland: Baltimore, Salisbury
North Carolina: Asheboro, Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Statesville, Wilmington
Ohio: Akron, Cincinnati, Columbus, Lima
Pennsylvania:  Pittsburgh
Virginia: Bristol, Norfolk, Richmond, Williamsburg, Winchester
West Virginia: Bluefield, Logan, Ripley

TANNERSVILLE, PA
Connecticut
Delaware
Massachusetts: Auburn
Maine:  Bangor, Freeport
New Hampshire:  Lebanon
New Jersey: Cranford, Hammonton
New York: Albany, Corning, Melville, New York City, Rochester
Pennsylvania: Harrisburg, Stroudsburg
Rhode Island:  Providence

WISCONSIN DELLS, WI
Iowa: Dubuque
Illinois: Chicago, Peoria
Indiana: Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Knox, Terre Haute
Michigan: Detroit, Kalamazoo, Lansing, McMillan, Traverse City
Minnesota: Duluth, Minneapolis
North Dakota: Bismarck
Wisconsin: Appleton, Merrill, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Dells
South Dakota

Israel Feast Tour 2013

If you have been accepted for the 2013 Feast tour in Israel, you should have received an e-mail with some updates this week. There is some important information in that message, so if you did not receive it, please e-mail Jim Meredith at jmeredith@lcg.org as soon as possible. You should also be receiving an e-mail from the Travel Gallery in the next few days with more updates, information and reminders. There is another deposit due on March 1, and this e-mail will include that reminder. If you do not hear from them in the next week, please let me know.—Jim Meredith

Human Resources

Employment Opportunity: Information Technology Manager

The Headquarters Office is looking for an experienced IT professional to manage its IT Department.  The successful candidate will be a member of the Living Church of God, will have a strong background in network administration, database management and computer hardware, and will be expected to relocate to Charlotte (the Church will pay for reasonable moving expense).  Competencies with Microsoft Exchange Server, SQLServer and a MCSE certification (or better) are very desirable.  Supervisory and/or management experience and programming ability are a plus.  Please send your resume to Suzanne Pyle via e-mail hr@lcg.org, or fax 704-844-1973, at the Human Resources Department.  We request that only those applicants who are able to legally work in the United States apply for this position.—Dexter Wakefield

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Trials Test Our Faith: The Apostle Paul warned, “know this, that in the last days perilous times will come” (2 Timothy 3:1). Jesus wondered aloud, “when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8), and He prayed that Peter’s faith would not fail when he encountered trials and tribulation (Luke 22:32). When the challenges of life begin to mount, we need to remember that faith is one of the fruits of God’s Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and that God gives His Spirit to those who trust Him and obey His instructions (Acts 5:32). We must do our part to stir up God’s Spirit to help us overcome our trials and fears (2 Timothy 1:6-7). We can also ask for more faith (Luke 17:5). We need to remember that faith comes from hearing (and studying) God’s word (Romans 10:17), which states plainly that God is faithful (Deuteronomy 7:9) and that He is like a rock and a fortress that protects and preserves His faithful people (Psalm 31:3, 23). James wrote, “the testing of our faith produces patience” (James 1:3-4). Let’s do our part to build faith by studying the examples of faith recorded in Hebrews 11, as we strive to please God and stay focused on His plan.

Have a profitable Sabbath,
Douglas S. Winnail

Charlotte Announcements – 16 February 2013

From the Presiding Evangelist

Dear Brethren and Friends,

With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, prophetic events in Europe and elsewhere will no doubt speed up a great deal! Mankind is in desperate need of God’s Kingdom and His righteous way of life. Here in the United States, with President Obama’s obvious approval of so-called “same-sex” marriage, the homosexual agenda is continuing to heavily influence nearly every facet of society. Maryland has become the eighth state to approve same-sex marriage. And in Great Britain, the House of Commons has just voted to approve this abomination. Even the French—normally thought of as a “romantic people”—are preparing to join in this satanic push to bring much of the formerly professing “Christian” world into line with ancient Sodom and Gomorrah!

How much longer until God Himself puts a final stop to this egregious behavior? As Almighty God looks down from heaven, He is looking for men and women with the genuine faith and courage to boldly proclaim His Truth. God declares that the modern “house of Israel has become dross to Me” (Ezekiel 22:18). Regarding our modern “mainstream” ministers, God states, “Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them” (v. 26). Indeed, it is sorrowful to realize that hundreds of millions of formerly professing Christians have been led down this road! Untold millions of our young people have somehow been led to totally confuse what is “clean” and what is “unclean.” They have not been taught that by professing ministers of God.

So Almighty God is looking for “a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one” (v. 30). Dear brethren, let that not be our epitaph—that we were not willing to “stand in the gap” and powerfully warn our peoples of what is just ahead unless we profoundly repent of our horrifying behaviors! We are now being cleverly led into these things by Satan the Devil—often with the connivance of false ministers.

As all of you know, we in this Work are doing our very best to proclaim the Truth. Just this past Sunday, we presented a powerful “live” Tomorrow’s World Presentation wherein I strongly proclaimed God’s Truth, “warned” our peoples against homosexuality and the other abominations of the land. And I tried to help our people realize the absolute necessity for the return of Christ as King of kings. Our Father in heaven has certainly blessed this Work over the last several years. This past year, God granted us 12 percent financial increase for which we thank Him deeply. We have had a great deal of unity and loyalty throughout our congregations and in this Work as a whole. Within the last two months, Mr. Richard Ames and I have added a number of very fine television stations to the roster of those stations carrying the Tomorrow’s World program. Our impact is increasing weekly. We do have much to be thankful for.

But Satan the Devil knows that we are now on the verge of doing a far more powerful Work than ever. So Satan is stirring up trouble and trying to divide and confuse God’s people.

Within the last few weeks, the income for this Work has dropped somewhat, and a spiritual malaise has appeared to set in among a number of people. They have apparently “taken for granted” all the work we are doing and the blessings God has given. Some have “let down their hair”—spiritually speaking—and are becoming easy victims for Satan’s devices. We sincerely love these people. We fervently pray for them for their spiritual salvation. But we—as a Church—must rouse ourselves to draw even closer to God and to honor His name in every way so that He may use us even more powerfully to proclaim His Truth and to “finish the Work” as Almighty God certainly wants us to do.

In this semi-public letter, I certainly do not want to go into details or name names. But I hope all of you who are aware of my ministry for the past 60 years will have enough faith that God is guiding me in this Work that you will join me and our Headquarters team in praying fervently that God will help us overcome any weaknesses that are appearing in our spiritual “armor”! Our Father in heaven wants us to “reflect Jesus Christ” in everything we think, say and do. Most of our ministers and brethren are certainly doing this. But Satan is on the prowl. God’s word tells us that he is constantly watching and waiting to destroy the people of God. In his letter near the end of his life, the Apostle Peter warned, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world” (1 Peter 5:8-9).

All of our leading ministers here at Headquarters join me in asking all of you brethren to join us in a spiritual fast a week from this coming Sabbath—which will be on the Sabbath of February 23. I ask that all of our ministers and elders and leaders of various little groups around the world show complete fidelity and join with us in leading your brethren to fast and seek God’s help beginning Friday evening at sunset and ending Saturday evening at sunset on February 22 and 23. We know that a few local Church picnics, activities, parties, etc. will no doubt be interrupted. But we do not need to “wait” before seeking God, as Satan is certainly not “waiting” before attacking the very Church of the living God at this time!

Passover is coming. We all need to draw closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to God our Father in every way. We all need to realize our great need to look to the sacrifice of Christ to cover the sins and transgressions we have all committed. We also need to look to Jesus Christ the living Head of God’s true Church (Ephesians 1:22-23) to inspire, guide and deliver us from every trial and test in this life and bring us into God’s everlasting Kingdom. He is our Savior. He is our Head and High Priest. He was sent here by the Father Himself to set us the example of the perfect life all of us should be living—totally surrendered and walking with God in every way.

Dear brethren, this Work will carry on with increasing power as it always has—if we do our part. But I do ask you, in Jesus’ name, to heartfeltly join with us “seeking God” and earnestly giving of yourselves in this period of fasting and prayer that God will rebuke and chasten, cleanse and purge and then empower all of us—individually and collectively—to “finish the course” and fully prepare ourselves and the Church of God for Christ’s coming Kingdom. Thank you, dear brethren, for your love, for your loyalty, your support and your extra help at this time.

With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith
Church Administration

Greetings from Charlotte,

This has been quite a week! A major winter storm dumped 2–3 feet of snow on the New England states that disrupted transportation and left thousands without electrical power, a violent tornado hit central Mississippi, the pope resigned and lightning struck the dome of St. Peter’s in the Vatican. Amidst these major events, it was very encouraging to see that more than 10,000 people heard Mr. Meredith’s powerful online Tomorrow’s World presentation last Sunday afternoon. Mr. Rod McNair and Mr. Raúl Colón also made TW presentations on Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This week, Mr. Wallace Smith is in Charlotte to tape several new television programs. Mr. Gaylyn Bonjour reports that the next press run for Tomorrow’s World magazine will be 431,000. Last weekend’s Tomorrow’s World television program by Mr. King, entitled “Where Would Jesus Go To Church?,” is expected to draw about 4,900 responses. Mr. Ames’ program the previous week, entitled “The Sabbath Controversy,” received 6,151 responses. This coming Sunday, Mr. Rod King will be in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to make a Tomorrow’s World presentation on the subject of “The Beasts of Revelation and Your Life.” Please pray that God will continue to watch over His people, guide His Work and bless these growing efforts to preach the Gospel of His coming Kingdom.—DSW 

*Please make sure to announce the Church-wide Fast for Saturday, February 23, 2013 that Mr. Meredith mentions in his letter.
Passover 2013—U.S. Congregations

All Pastors: please let us know as soon as possible if any of the congregations you serve will need additional Passover Service supplies (bread trays, wine trays, or wine glasses) or a copy of the Passover Service recording. Also, let us know of any scattered members who are unable to keep the Passover with a congregation and who need to receive the Passover Service recording and letter instructions for observing it at home. (U.S. pastors will automatically receive one copy of the Passover Service recording.)

To ensure timely delivery and to save on shipping costs, please let us know this information as soon as possible and before March 7. You can direct your requests to the Church Administration Department at cad@lcg.org. The Passover Service will be observed on Sunday evening, March 24.
Tornado Hits Mississippi

I want to give you a report on our brethren in the South Central Mississippi area. Despite the fact that the tornado which hit this area was an EF-4 in size and destroyed more than 600 homes and businesses in the area, which has a combined population of 55,000, God spared our brethren. As of my last report, none of our brethren were hurt or had damage to their property. It does look like bombs went off through the path of destruction.—Ed Breaux
Unleavened Bread—Young Adults Weekend in the UK

If you are between the ages of 18 and 30, you are cordially invited to attend a special “Unleavened Bread—Young Adults Weekend” at the beautiful Carroty Wood Centre in Kent from March 29 through April 2. The weekend will begin with a Bible Study Friday evening. Sabbath morning there will be a hymn sing and services in the afternoon will begin at 2:00. That evening there will be a Bible Quiz followed by warm fellowship by the bonfire. Sunday will be a day of outdoor activities. The Last Day of Unleavened Bread will begin Sunday evening and on Monday there will be two services, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The cost for the weekend is £100, which covers all meals and accommodations. Please register by February 15 by sending an e-mail to Jamie Meakin, jmeakin@btconnect.com.

Please include your personal preference for the special Sunday outdoor activity: abseiling… archery… canoeing… rock climbing… high ropes. Based on your input, we will choose an activity that will best serve the group. Even though the deadline has passed, those who still want to go should contact us immediately.  We hope to see you there!—Adam West and Jamie Meakin
Living for Tomorrow (L4T) Cancellation—Please Announce

Thanks to those who signed up for our L4T in the Catskill Mountains this year. Regrettably, we didn’t meet our number quota for the facility we are using, so we’ll have to cancel the program planned for March 25-29 and make arrangements for another time.  Thanks again to those who expressed interest in coming.—Jonathan McNair
Internet Operations

Tomorrow’s World Presents: Dr. Meredith online, February 10!

We thank God for blessing this inaugural event beyond our expectations!  More than 10,000 people from all around the world “virtually attended” Dr. Meredith’s powerful, live online Tomorrow’s World Internet Presentation via their computers, Smart TVs, Apple TVs, Google TVs, Mobile devices and Roku!  It appears that this number comprised more than 3,000 members and more than 7,000 non-attendees.  Dr. Meredith powerfully warned the world about events to come, preached repentance from sin and a return to original Christianity, and powerfully proclaimed the Good News of Christ’s return and the Kingdom of God.  We have already processed many hundred requests for booklets and follow-up ministerial conversations.

Some were not able to connect to the live-stream due to technical problems, but we have now made the video available from the TomorrowsWorld.org web site at http://www.tomorrowsworld.org/page/tw-presentation. We will also send DVD copies to our local Church congregations.  Since we have posted a high-quality, official version, we would appreciate people not posting their own copies on YouTube because private copies will not be as high definition and won’t include the booklets links.  Thank you again for your prayers and support for this event.  Although everything went well overall, technically, we did learn a few things from this inaugural webcast and we are already preparing for our next on-line event which should be an even better production!—Wyatt Ciesielka
Living Youth Programs

Online Teen Bible Study—Friday Evening
 
This year we are conducting weekly Living Youth Bible Studies on the subject of the fundamental doctrines of the Living Church of God. The Bible Studies have been moved from Sunday evening to Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. EST (USA). If you haven’t had the opportunity to join us for one of the online Bible Studies yet, I encourage you to do so. With changing to Friday evening, it is a wonderful way to start the Sabbath day.

Next Friday, February 22, Mr. Sheldon Monson plans to present a Bible Study titled, “Tithing.”   The chat room is open at 7:30 p.m. (EST) and the Bible Study runs from 8:00-9:00 p.m. You can access this Bible Study at www.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, “The Sabbath,” can also be found on the Living Youth Web site.—Josh Penman

Pre-Teen Camp in Missouri—Repeat Announcement
The LYC Pre-Teen Camp in Missouri will be returning to Cuivre River State Park in 2013! Our activities are still being planned but will include archery, riflery, sports, boys and girls crafts, Christian Living classes, sing-alongs, hot dog roasts and s’mores, and, back because you demanded it, the return of the camp quiz!
Camp will be a little later in the year than usual, running from Sunday, July 7, through Friday, July 12.  Applications for campers ages 8-12 and for staff members ages 15 and older are now being accepted.  Adult staff who must bring mini-campers (younger than 8) or sibling campers (ages 13 or 14) must also submit an application for each of their children. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Missouri. Registration is open now, so be sure to apply at http://lyc.lcg.org soon!—Wallace Smith
Feast of Tabernacles 2013

Festival Registration

All Pastors: Thank you for responding to the Festival Advisor survey e-mail and the Ministerial Preference survey e-mail. If you have not responded to both of these, please do so right away! Your help is greatly appreciated.

Please note: Costa Rica has been added to the list of International Feast sites. We will soon be announcing the date for online Festival registration for U.S. and international sites. Please look for future announcements in The World Ahead.
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Where Is Your Heart? Jesus urged His disciples to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). He said, “My food [My nourishment, what motivates Me] is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34). Jesus was a mission-oriented person who challenged His disciples to follow in His footsteps (Matthew 4:18-22). Truly dedicated members of the Living Church of God are committed to that same mission—preaching the Gospel, warning the world, feeding the flock and being real Christian lights and examples (Matthew 10:6-7; Matthew 24; 1 Timothy 4:12; 1 John 2:15-19). They don’t have time to get sidetracked on peripheral issues or twiggy ideas about doctrine (2 Timothy 2:14-19). They don’t let personal agendas—romantic, economic or political—pull them off course (Matthew 13:18-23). They don’t listen to rumors and don’t sit around and complain—they focus on what is good and what is positive (Philippians 4:8). They don’t let interpersonal differences hinder their spiritual growth (Romans 12:14-18) or keep them from developing the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5-11). The Sabbath is a good time to ponder the question—Where is your heart?

Have a profitable Sabbath,
Douglas S. Winnail