We have had a very positive Council of Elders meeting this week here in Charlotte. The reports presented by the
Regional Directors and Regional Pastors have been very encouraging—especially the very inspiring comments on
this year’s Feast of Tabernacles, the positive attendance trends, several very generous special offerings and
the strong levels of financial support we have received this year. It appears that God is preparing His Work
to fulfill its mission of warning the world and preaching the exciting Gospel of the soon coming Kingdom of God.
I was also very glad to be able to lead many of the meetings. In my absence on two afternoons, Mr. Ames and
Dr. Winnail guided the meetings.
– Roderick C. Meredith
New Congregations November 14, 2008
Earlier this year, we broke the 300-mark in our number of official LCG church congregations worldwide. To date, we
have 306 congregations in 44 countries. About half of them are located in the United States, and slightly
more than half are located in other countries. Additionally, we have members scattered in several other
countries, where no official congregations have been organized yet. Since part of our mission is “To feed
the flock and to organize local Church congregations to provide for the spiritual and material needs of
our members as God makes it possible (1 Peter 5:1-4; John 21:15-18)”
(Official Statement of Fundamental Beliefs),
we are very happy to see that God is giving us growth and that more congregations are being organized as
a result. Our newest congregation is located in Billings, Montana, where a group of about a dozen will be
– Church Administration
This week at the officeOctober 7, 2008
Tuesday is the day the Executive Team usually has lunch with Dr. Meredith in his office to discuss Church business and to update him on various projects. Even though he is still recovering from his recent stroke, he was able to come in to the office for the luncheon today and conduct our meeting.
Dr. Meredith was in good spirits and enjoyed hearing what has been going on in his absence, while offering his guidance and comments on the various reports that were presented.
He did ask that we continue to pray for his complete recovery, since his progress is going much slower than he would like. His mental acuity is fine, but he is physically weak, and becomes fatigued easily. He is eager to get back to work and to serve with full vigor at the helm of the Church.
In the meantime, the Work is going well, with outstanding responses to the Tomorrow’s World television program. We can also report increased attendance in the USA and Canada, but attendance figures are incomplete for other International areas at this writing. Encouragingly, even in this uncertain economic climate, God’s people have responded to the needs of His Work, and as a result we are slightly ahead of budget for the Holy Day offering for Trumpets and regular income, year to date.
Have a wonderful Day of Atonement and an inspiring and bountiful Feast of Tabernacles.
– Richard Ames
This week at the officeAugust 19, 2008
This is shaping up to be a busy week at the office in many departments. The Feast of Tabernacles is now just eight weeks away and those involved in Festival planning are busy finalizing this year’s arrangements. The green Holy Day offering envelopes are being mailed out. The Council of Elders will meet by teleconference on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Dexter Wakefield will be in the office as part of the HQ Visit Program. The Wakefields serve in the ministry in South Florida. We are receiving comments on the new design of the lcg.org website. The feedback is greatly appreciated and encouraging to all.
LU Update: Classes BeginAugust 13, 2008
The third semester of classes for Living University began today with a total enrollment of more than 100 students from around the world. Student feedback about the classes has been very positive and encouraging. Late registration for the Fall 2008 semester closes on August 15.
– Douglas S. Winnail
Living Youth Camp: - MichiganAugust 8, 2008
The 2008 Living Youth Camp was a terrific success. From July 22 - 28 over 150 campers and staff enjoyed activities and fellowship at camp, located near the town of Pickford on Michigan upper peninsula. Below is a sampling of camp photos. More photographs will be posted on www.youth-web.org.
Internet Update: Bible Study Course in 96 CountriesAugust 1, 2008
We now have students in 96 countries enrolled online in the 24-lesson Tomorrow’s World Bible Study Course! Slovenia and the Netherlands Antilles are the most recent countries added to this list. Ten percent of those enrolling in the course online report that they first found out about the course from a friend. Your words and actions can and do have an impact in bringing others into contact with God’s Work (Matthew 5:14).
Much material was gathered at the LYC camp in Michigan for the youth website. Photographs and new content from camp will begin appearing on the site in the coming week, as those involved unpack their bags and catch their breath. Additionally, the finishing touches are now being applied to the Church website – www.lcg.org. The new design will be published on August 15.
– J. Charles Ogwyn
Media Update: Excellent ResponseJuly 28, 2008
This weekend we aired program # 305, "Will the Dead Live Again?" From Thursday through Sunday we received 2,876 live calls in Canada and the US. We are expecting the final count to gove over 4,300 by the end of the week.
– Wayne Pyle
Internet Update: New RecordJune 26, 2008
Last month we had a record 81,718 visitors on our www.tomorrowsworld.org website. To put this in context, in May 2007 we had 56,286 visitors. This represents a 45% increase in the number of people visiting the Tomorrow’s World website. These visitors came to our site from 193 countries and territories around the world. Each week our newest Tomorrow’s World television program is added to the website and twice weekly a written commentary is added.
– J. Charles Ogwyn
Living University CommencementMay 23, 2008
On Monday, May 19, 2008 the very first commencement exercises for Living University were held at the Living Church of God Auditorium. Six graduates from four countries received the Certificate in New Testament Studies.
Click here to see the commencement program and photos.
Internet Update: Study Course in 92 Countries!April 23, 2008
Just this week, a registration from the Turks & Caicos Islands (in the Caribbean) brought to 92 the number of countries where students are participating in the 24-lesson Tomorrow’s World Bible Study Course online. More than 4,500 students have registered for the online course since it was established in April 2007. For more information about print and online versions of the Bible Study Course, visit www.twbiblecourse.org.
– J. Charles Ogwyn
Internet Update: New RecordApril 2, 2008
Last month we had a record 75,208 visitors on our www.tomorrowsworld.org website. The previous record, set in January of this year, was 70,420 visitors. These visitors came to our site from 192 countries and territories around the globe. Each week our newest Tomorrow’s World television program is added to the website and twice weekly a written commentary is added.
– J. Charles Ogwyn
Looking Back: Top Ten Downloads - #1March 17, 2008
This week we take a look at the 1st most popular website download in several categories. Top 10 list of most popular downloads from our website.
Looking Back: Top Ten Downloads - #2March 10, 2008
This week we take a look at the 2nd most popular website download in several categories. Top 10 list of most popular downloads from our website.
Looking Back: Top Ten Downloads - #3March 3, 2008
This week we take a look at the 3rd most popular website download in several categories. Top 10 list of most popular downloads from our website.
Looking Back: Top Ten Downloads - #4February 25, 2008
This week we take a look at the 4th most popular website download in several categories. Top 10 list of most popular downloads from our website.
Looking Back: Top Ten Downloads - #5February 19, 2008
This week we take a look at the 5th most popular website download in several categories. Top 10 list of most popular downloads from our website.
Looking Back: Top Ten Downloads - #6February 11, 2008
This week we take a look at the 6th most popular website download in several categories. Top 10 list of most popular downloads from our website.
Congregation Locator UpdatedFebruary 8, 2008
The Congregation Locator has been updated and now includes a clickable map to assist with locating
congregations, and an address lookup where city, country or zip code can be used to find the closest
congregation on the map. Congregation listings have also been included to list the congregations by
Minister Name or Country. Click here to view.
Internet Update: Milestones ReachedFebruary 6, 2008
January was a very exciting month on our websites. Last month we reached two important milestones!
In January, we crossed the million mark with 1,077,864 pages read online. We passed the hundred
thousand mark with 100,862 people visiting our primary US websites last month. The previous record
for the number of people visiting our websites was 88,244 and was set this past November. Our reach
and impact through the Internet continues to grow as God opens doors of opportunity for us and
guides us forward.
- J. Charles Ogwyn
Looking Back: Top Ten Downloads - #7February 4, 2008
This week we take a look at the 7th most popular website download in several categories. Top 10 list of most popular downloads from our website.
Looking Back: Top Ten Downloads - #8January 28, 2008
This week we take a look at the #8 spot on our Top 10 list of most popular downloads from our website.
Website Update: New SoftwareJanuary 24, 2008
We have just completed an upgrade of the software for our News & Updates email list. The new
software provides much better performance in sending out the emails quickly and will give us
much greater control over the formatting of the email messages themselves. Those who are
subscribed to our News & Update list are the first to know about important announcements and
updates to our website. Subscribe today.
We have made a number of subtle changes to the site recently including the addition of an
About Us page and a reorganization of the
Booklets section of the website. We welcome your feedback.
- J. Charles Ogwyn
Looking Back: Top Ten Downloads - #9January 21, 2008
This week we look at the next spot on our Top Ten Downloads list - #9. Have you seen what everyone
was looking at on our site last year? Next week we'll look at the #9 slot on our top ten list from 2007.
Living Youth Camp: - VanuatuJanuary 16, 2008
The first-ever camp for youths of the Living Church of God was recently held in Vanuatu. Nineteen youths living on the island of Malekula came to Orap for a camp of four days between 18 - 21 December.
They enjoyed activities and lessons presented by Elder Jerry Sam and parents of the youths. There were bible studies and also lessons of a very practical nature.
Noel Meten gave instruction and a fascinating field demonstration on the correct planting of yams which are a very important staple food crop. Fathers guided children on the proper slaughter and butchering of a young bullock. We all enjoyed the subsequent dishes of veal.
The young people were accommodated in housing which local members have been building during regular, weekly working-bees. This housing is also available for visitors who will be made very welcome during the Feast of Tabernacles. Any overseas families who would like to attend please contact Kinnear Penman in New Zealand.
Looking Back: Most Popular DownloadsJanuary 14, 2008
As we begin 2008, let's take a look back at the most popular downloads on our website in 2007.
This week we look at the 10th most popular download in several different categories.
Take a look at what everyone was watching and reading on our site last year.
Internet Update: 83 CountriesJanuary 9, 2008
The online version of the TW Bible Study Course now has students enrolled from 83 countries around
the world. Columbia and Nepal are the most recent countries added to this list. The TW Bible Study
Course was featured on the back cover of the most recent Tomorrow’s World magazine and as a result
the number of people enrolling in the course online each week has doubled!
- J. Charles Ogwyn
Media Update: Strong Response
This weekend we began the new year with program #321, “2008 and Prophecy,” offering Prophecy Fulfilled:
God’s Hand in World Affairs. From Thursday through Sunday, we received 2,837 phone calls. We are
expecting the total count for the week to go over 3,500. Our highest new-year’s program, “2005 and
Prophecy,” generated 3,727 responses. So, this week’s response-count is the second highest for a
- Wayne Pyle
Internet Update: Looking Back On 2007January 3, 2008
In many ways, 2007 was a record year for reach and response through our various websites. Our primary
US websites were visited 1,763,015 times in 2007. Those visitors downloaded a total of 9,727,286
pages, not counting telecasts, sermons, and booklets from these websites. Over the past year we have
averaged 80,488 unique visitors per month. In June we reached a major milestone with Google - over
1,000,000 visitors to our site as a direct result of our AdWords campaigns. It took 5 years and 4
days to reach this milestone with Google. God has greatly blessed our efforts on the Internet and
as He continues to open doors and guide us forward, our reach and impact will continue to grow.
- J. Charles Ogwyn
Anniversary Weekend: Huge SuccessJanuary 2, 2008
The celebration and activities this past weekend, commemorating the 15th Anniversary of the Global/Living
Work of God, were a huge success! On Friday afternoon a marriage seminar was held at the HQ building
along with special activities for teens and also for small children. The teens enjoyed the opportunity
to see several “behind the scenes” aspects of the Work, including the television set, the audio studio,
and the mail room. A high point of the teen activity on Friday was the chance to actually run the
television set – including the camera! For Sabbath services, there were 505 present and the atmosphere
was like that of the Feast! Saturday evening there was much fellowship over a banquet and later a dance.
On Sunday there were activities for all age groups – children, teens, singles, and adults. For all who
contributed to the success of this wonderful weekend – a warm thank you.
- Davy Crockett
Media Update: Milestone Reached
We are happy to report that this past week's response pushed our annual worldwide TV total over 200,000.
This is the first time for the Tomorrow's World television program to generate 200,000 responses in a
year's time. To add a little perspective to this, it took the Work's first four years and three months
to bring in the first 200,000 responses! The television program's worldwide response has grown at an
average annual rate of 22 percent per year over the past eight years. We thank God and Jesus Christ
for this tremendous growth. It is a great way to end the calendar year of 2007.