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This week at the office March 27, 2014

Severe weather conditions continue to plague various parts of the world.  Heavy rains and a massive mud slide claimed an undetermined number of lives in the state of Washington, while serious drought conditions have hit the important agricultural region of California.  Drought conditions also prevail around the Black Sea and in parts of Argentina, Brazil, Africa and Australia. End-time Bible prophecies (Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:5-6) have long indicated that serious drought conditions would increase prior to the return of Jesus Christ.  Here in Charlotte, Dr. Meredith taped another new television program today and has held a number of meetings this week.  Mr. Ames reports that 52 visitors attended the TWP that he and Mr. Glen Harrison conducted last weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Mr. Weston also reports that 54 visitors attended the TWP held last weekend in Vic toria, BC, Canada.  Mr. Rand Millich is scheduled for a TWP in Independence, Missouri, this coming weekend. Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread will be here soon. Please pray that God will guide and strengthen His people as we approach these special days.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office March 20, 2014

Our world is becoming more violent by the day as nations invade other nations, airplanes full of people disappear, and people kill other people to make a statement.  The Scriptures have long foretold that violence would increase as we approach the end of this age (Matthew 24:6; 2 Timothy 3:1-3).  Yet, it is encouraging to know that the True Gospel is about a coming time of peace that Jesus Christ will establish on this earth. Here in Charlotte, Dr. Meredith has written a co-worker letter that was mailed to more than 12,000 people. Mr. and Mrs. Ames are off to New Orleans where Mr. Ames and Mr. Glen Harrison will make a Tomorrow's World Presentation this weekend.  Mr. Gerald Weston will also make a TWP in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada this weekend.  Last Sunday, Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka and Mr. Ron Poole made a TWP in Asheville, North Carolina that drew 24 new people on a rainy afternoon.  This week, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Elliott and Mr. Peter Nathan have been visiting the office in Charlotte. As we approach the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread, please pray that God will watch over and protect His people from Satan's attempts to discourage and divide the people of God.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office March 13, 2014

It is encouraging to report that last Sabbath we had a record attendance of 280 people here in Charlotte. Dr. Meredith had a very positive visit to our congregation in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, last weekend.  This week, he has been busy writing a letter to brethren, chairing a Council of Elders teleconference and holding a number of meetings. Last weekend, Mr. Hernandez and Mr. Armando Orrego visited our congregation in Lima, Peru. We hope to finalize a small Gulf Coast Feast Site soon that will primarily serve those living in the area and a limited number of transfers. We have been very encouraged by the new ministers and members who are coming with the Living Church of God to do the Work. The ministers we employ will work closely with Area Pastors or Regional Pastors where they will serve. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Meredith are in Florida for Feast work.  Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka was in Texas this w eek for a congregational visit and a technical conference.  This Sabbath, Mr. Wakefield will be speaking in Raleigh, NC, and I will be in Chattanooga, TN for services and a number of visits.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office March 6, 2014

The news today seems to be filled with reports about “wars and rumors of wars” from the Middle East to the South China Sea—as Jesus Christ predicted almost 2,000 years ago (Matthew 24:1-6). However, the Bible also contains the good news of the coming Kingdom of God that will bring an end to the strife and suffering that dominates the news today. This week, Dr. Meredith has been writing and holding meetings, and will visit family members in Florida this weekend. Mr. Ames, Mr. King and Mr. Wallace Smith taped new Tomorrow’s World programs this week. It has been a little noisy this week as we do some remodeling in the Executive Office area to make room for growth. It certainly has been exciting and inspiring to see the doors that God is opening with television and the Internet.  We are still working with arrangements for incorporating additional personnel into our operations. We are also trying to finalize Feast site plans for 2014, and we hope to add a small Gulf Coast site to reduce the driving time for those who live in that part of the country. We are scheduled to have a phone meeting for the Council of Elders next Wednesday, so we would appreciate your prayers for that meeting and for all of God’s people as they face challenges in their lives.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office February 27, 2014

As millions anguish over the growing strife and turmoil around the world, as governments grapple with widespread corruption and division, and so-called “Christian” nations turn away from and reject the laws of God, His Work continues to push forward.  This week in Charlotte, Dr. Meredith has taped a new Tomorrow’s World program and held a number of meetings.  Our representatives who attended the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee found the meetings to be very beneficial and returned with a number of exciting ideas.  It appears that we will have a number of ministers and members joining us from another COG group—more about that next week.  Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Weston and Mr. Rod King are currently visiting the office in Charlotte.  Mr. King will tape several new programs while he is here.  Dr. Meredi th plans to deliver the sermon this Sabbath here in Charlotte.  Please continue to pray that God will guide His Work and His people as we strive to follow His direction.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office February 20, 2014

Turbulence continues in Eastern Europe as Russia attempts to exercise more influence and the EU and the USA seem powerless to influence events... and Germany prepares to become more active on the world stage.  Events in Europe continue to move in the direction that Bible prophecies have long foretold.  Dr. Meredith has returned to Charlotte after profitable visits to Houston and the Austin, Texas area.  This week we mailed out more than 12,000 co-worker letters to our listing in the USA.  Mr. Ames, Mr. Weston, Mr. King and others will be attending the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee this coming Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  I had a very encouraging visit to Phoenix last weekend for services and a Regional Conference.  There are a lot of things happening at the moment among God's people.  Please pray that God will guide the decisions that many are having to make and that He will hear the prayers of those who are seeking His will.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office February 13, 2014

Extreme weather continues to make news with rains and flooding in southern England, snow and ice blanketing eastern portions of the United States and soaring temperatures in Australia—countries once blessed by God that are turning more and more away from Him and His ways!  Mr. Meredith spoke this past Sabbath in Houston, Texas and on Sunday; he and Pastor Rick Stafford saw 129 visitors attend their Tomorrow's World Presentation in Houston.  This coming Sabbath, Mr. Meredith will speak to the congregation in Austin, Texas where he will also be visiting with family.  Here in Charlotte, we have about 5-6 inches of snow that closed the office for several days.  I will be in Phoenix this coming weekend for the Sabbath and a conference on Sunday.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office February 6, 2014

Last Sabbath, Dr. Meredith gave the sermon here in Charlotte, entitled “Fear God,” and on Wednesday he did some taping in the TV studio.  This morning he left for Houston, Texas, where he will preach on the Sabbath.  On Sunday, Dr. Meredith and Pastor Rick Stafford will make a two-part Tomorrow’s World Presentation entitled “After Armageddon.”  My wife and I returned to Charlotte on Tuesday after very profitable visits with brethren and Church leaders in South Africa, Europe and the UK.  It has been encouraging to see the stability, focus and dedication of God’s people in different parts of the world.  Here in Charlotte, we are finalizing arrangements at a few remaining Feast sites in the USA, and we are making plans for the Spring Holy Days.  Please note and announce that camp registrations begin this Sunday, February 9.  Living University registration for second semester classes has leveled off at about 190 students, and we are accepting applications for on-site students in Charlotte for the fall semester of 2014.  Please continue to pray that God will guide His Work as we head into what could be a very interesting year ahead.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office January 30, 2014

The usually mild South got another taste of “real winter” this week as a storm with frigid temperatures wreaked havoc in Alabama and Georgia.  Thousands of motorists were stranded on metro roadways Tuesday night, with thousands of children having to spend the night in area schools.  It has been a reminder of how quickly we as human beings can lose control of situations for which we are not prepared.  How much more is the whole human race unprepared for the calamitous events ahead (Luke 21:35)?  Our job is to help them prepare! 

This week in the Work, Dr. Roderick C. Meredith held an all-staff meeting, urging everyone to consider, “Who are you?”  He exhorted us to focus on our training as the advance guard of God’s Kingdom, which will bring peace to the hundreds of millions suffering today.  Dr. Meredith also selected the cover for the March-April TW magazine this week.  Mr. Ames has been conducting meetings and considering important upgrades to our television editing suite software.  Dr. Doug Winnail reports that the Regional Conference meetings in Pretoria, South Africa, were very positive, and the brethren warm and welcoming.  Dr. Winnail has this week been making visits in Switzerland, Belgium, and Holland, and will be in London for services on the Sabbath.  Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka reports that the test version of the new Tomorrow’ s World Web site is now available at beta.tomorrowsworld.org!  We are grateful to report that Mr. Don Wood is home from the hospital, and is feeling much better.  Please continue praying for God’s Work around the world!


–Rod McNair
Around the World: January 2014 January 30, 2014


This week at the office January 23, 2014

A tropical depression struck the Philippines this week, forcing many Typhoon Haiyan victims to flee the temporary shelters they have been living in since November.  According to one insurance company, there were 41 billion-dollar weather disasters around the world in 2013.  For those with eyes to see, God is using the weather—and will use it more and more as Christ’s return draws near—to humble a sinning humanity.  Dr. Roderick C. Meredith addressed this subject in his telecast taping this week, program #471, entitled, “God Controls the Weather.”  He also conducted meetings and other business.  Mr. Richard Ames recorded a new program as well, #472, entitled “Sex and Sin.”  Both programs are scheduled to air in April.  Dr. Douglas Winnail flew to South Africa on Tuesday, where he will be holding meetings and conducting a regional conference.  Mr. Jim Meredith is on a Church visit in Cincinnati and will also be visiting the UCG offices on Friday at the request of UCG President Vic Kubik to discuss our respective disaster relief efforts in the Philippines.  We had a hundred in attendance in Christ Church, Barbados, last weekend where my wife and I had a profitable visit with our elder there, Mr. Clyde Skeete, and the brethren.  Elsewhere in the Work, we finished 2013 with 54 Tomorrow’s World presentations, with 1,621 visitors.  We are launching an exciting ad campaign in Liverpool, England.  Feast sites around the world are being finalized, and we are announcing the United States Feast sites this week.  Please pray for Mr. Don Wood, our elder in El Dorado, Arkansas, who is suffering from cancer.  Thank you for your prayers for all of God’s people around the globe.


–Rod McNair
This week at the office January 16, 2014

Severe weather continues to make headlines around the world.  In the United States, the upper Midwest has seen record low temperatures and snowfalls, while in Argentina, a heat wave is scorching Buenos Aires and surrounding areas. In Australia, following the hottest year on record, extremely hot weather and lightning strikes have spawned hundreds of fires. Volcanic eruptions, flash floods and landslides in Indonesia have forced more than 40,000 people to flee their homes. Bible prophecies about end-time conditions seem to come alive almost daily.  Here in Charlotte, Dr. Meredith has been conducting meetings and he preached a heartfelt sermon on the resurrection to the Headquarters congregation this past Sabbath.  Mr. Ames has written a co-worker letter that was mailed to more than 12,000 recipients. Last Sabbath, Mr. Hernandez made a profitable visit to the Atlanta, Georgia congregation, and I conducted a Regional Conference in Tyler, Texas with Mr. Dan Hall.  Living University classes began this week with a total enrollment of nearly 190 students.  This coming weekend, Mr. and Mrs. Rod McNair will be in Barbados for a congregational visit. Mr. and Mrs. King will be in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this Sabbath for services on their way to South Africa, where we will conduct a Regional Conference next weekend.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office January 9, 2014

Weather and the forces of nature are again making news. A record cold spell and heavy snows have frozen much of the United States, while high winds and 30-foot waves pounded the western coasts of England and Wales.  This week another volcano is threatening to erupt in Indonesia—which is located on the Ring of Fire around the Pacific Ocean. Here in Charlotte, Dr. Meredith has turned in another article for Tomorrow's World magazine.  The Tomorrow's World television program began airing in India the first week of January, and we have contracted to place the program on several more television stations—including BET (90 million households) and ION (50 million). Mr. Rod McNair reports that a new brochure is being developed for the Tomorrow's World Presentations in 2014. This is the final week to register for LU classes that begin on January 15. This weekend, Mr. Hernandez will make a congregational visit to Atlanta, Georgia, and I will be in Tyler, Texas for services and to conduct a Regional Conference with Mr. Dan Hall. Your prayers for these efforts to serve God's people and reach this world are needed and appreciated.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office January 2, 2014

This has been a quieter period around the office with the mid-week New Year's Day holiday.  Dr. Meredith has held several meetings and met with several visitors who toured the office.  We have been busy winding up year-end activities.  It looks like we will finish 2013 with about a 10 percent increase in offerings and donations for which we are very thankful.  This will enable us to expand the Work in important areas.  We are glad to report that the Tomorrow's World telecast began airing in India this week.  The program will also begin airing on the Faith TV channel that covers North Africa and Europe—including the Vatican.  Mr. Rod McNair and Dr. Scott Winnail and their families had a very positive visit to the Family Weekend in Kansas City.  I had a profitable visit to the Braselton and Atlanta congregations last weekend.  Please pray that God will continue to guide and bless His Work in the year ahead.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office December 26, 2013

At this time of year, church leaders speak of peace, light candles for peace and lead prayers for peace, yet that earnestly desired peace never seems to come.  Sadly, many today do not understand that the Bible reveals that mankind does not know the way to peace (Isaiah 59:8).  Peace will only come when Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, returns to this earth and shows the way to peace (Isaiah 9:6-7)—a way that involves learning to love and live by the laws of God (Psalm 119:165).  This week, Dr. Meredith has been writing and making a number of personal contacts.  We have received several very encouraging end-of-year financial gifts for which we are very grateful.  The Charlotte Family Weekend was well-attended and proved to be a very enjoyable experience for everyone.  This weekend, Mr. Rod McNair and family and Dr. Scott Winnail and family will attend the Kansas City Family Weekend.  I will make congregational visits to Braselton and Atlanta, Georgia.  Please pray that God will protect all those who are traveling at this time of year and that He will continue to guide and bless His Work.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office December 19, 2013

As much of the world prepares to celebrate Christmas with jingle bells and songs about peace on earth, the majority of mankind has little to celebrate.  In the Middle East, thousands are suffering and dying from warfare, terrorism, religious persecution and adverse weather conditions.  In much of Africa and Asia, fighting, corruption and political intrigue are the rule of the day.  Thousands in the Philippines are still struggling after the super-typhoon that killed more than 6,000, dislocated nearly 4 million people and caused an estimated $8.2 billion in damage.  The world doesn't need more Santa Clauses and reindeer.  What the world desperately needs is the return of Jesus Christ and His kingdom!  Here in Charlotte, Dr. Meredith has held a number of planning meetings that look ahead to next year.  Living University students are completing assignments and exams for this semester.  Mr. and Mrs. Ames have returned from an encouraging congregational visit to Ripley, West Virginia.  Mr. and Mrs. Rod McNair had a profitable visit with brethren in Barbados, in spite of flight delays caused by adverse weather conditions along the East Coast.  This weekend we anticipate more than 600 people will attend the Charlotte Family Weekend for services, a series of Bible Studies and seminars and other activities.  In this world of conflict and disparate contrasts, we have much to be thankful for—especially the knowledge of God's overall Plan for mankind—and we have much to prepare for!


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office December 12, 2013

Dr. Meredith’s live on-line Tomorrow’s World Presentation last Sunday entitled “Prophetic Events Leading up to the Return of Christ” was viewed by an estimated 7,000 to 7,500 people who watched the presentation on more than 2,600 connections.  This week Dr. Meredith has written a co-worker letter that will be mailed to more than 13,000 recipients.  This weekend, Mr. and Mrs. Ames will visit our Ripley, West Virginia congregation for services and an activity. Mr. and Mrs. Rod McNair will be in Barbados for a congregational visit this weekend.  The Regional Conference we conducted last weekend in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was a very profitable experience for all who attended.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office December 5, 2013

This has been an eventful week here in Charlotte. Mr. Richard Ames conducted the funeral service for Mrs. Sheryl Meredith on Wednesday, where he delivered to more than 200 guests a very encouraging message on the hope of the resurrection. It was good to reconnect with many individuals who traveled to Charlotte for the funeral. In addition to friends, many members of Dr. Meredith’s family have been able to visit with him during this time.  Last weekend, 111 visitors attended the Tomorrow's World Presentations conducted by Mr. Ames and Mr. Rodger Bardo in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. Both members and visitors found the presentations themed around “The Gathering Storm” to be very inspiring! This weekend, my wife and I will travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a Regional Conference that will be held on Sunday. Living University enrollment for classes next semester continues.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office November 27, 2013

This week Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving, yet many who sit down to dinners of turkey and dressing in an increasingly secular America may not realize the role that biblical values played in the lives of pilgrims who came to this country seeking religious freedom. Today, long-standing American religious traditions like prayer and giving thanks to God are threatened by groups promoting “Freedom from Religion.” The prophets have much to say about unthankful nations that have “forsaken” God and “forgotten” their Creator (Jeremiah 5:19; Hosea 8:1, 14). Here in Charlotte we will be doing some remodeling and upgrading in the television studio over the next several days. Mr. Meredith has been holding meetings and dealing with administrative matters. Mr. and Mrs. Ames will be in Arizona this weekend, where Mr. Ames and Mr. Rodger Bardo will make Tomorrow’s World Presentations in Phoenix and Tucson. It is very encouraging to see that nearly 150 guests have already registered to attend. Registration for next semester Living University classes continues. Please remember to keep Mrs. Meredith and others in your prayers who are in need of God’s mercy, healing and deliverance at this time.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office November 21, 2013

In recent weeks the weather has been on a rampage. The central Philippines has been ravaged by several major earthquakes that killed hundreds in addition to the super typhoon that has claimed the lives of thousands and displaced nearly a million people. This week a severe storm system (the worst in a century) devastated the Midwestern portion of the United States. The violent storm system spawned numerous tornadoes with winds of nearly 200 miles per hour as it roared across 12 states—killing 12 people and causing a billion dollars in damage. Also this week, the Mediterranean island of Sardinia was drenched by a freak rainstorm of “apocalyptic” proportions that dumped more than 17 inches of rain in 24 hours—submerging homes, downing bridges and killing at least 18 people. The Scriptures have long foretold that such “fearful sights” would mark the approaching end of the age (Matthew 24:3-8; Luke 21:7-11.) Thankfully, all of our members in the Philippines and in the Midwest have survived these catastrophic situations. Here in Charlotte, Dr. Meredith has been conducting meetings, and Mr. Ames is preparing for Tomorrow’s World Presentations next weekend in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. Mr. King taped several new television programs before he and his wife began their trip back to the UK on Wednesday. We are also working on details for the Feast of Tabernacles 2014, next month’s Winter Weekend, and preparing for Living University classes to be offered next semester. Our prayers—including “Thy Kingdom come”—can be offered for the thousands of people that have been impacted by these recent catastrophes.


–Douglas S. Winnail
Typhoon Haiyan Update November 20, 2013

We are now able to confirm that all of our members affected by the typhoon are alive and well! Some of our members and ministers have been able to make it to the disaster area and have located the last unaccounted for members. In spite of the massive strength and devastation cause by the typhoon, we have no reports of even any injuries! We have been able to get emergency supplies to many of the brethren. Additionally, we have been able to help some of the brethren relocate to other islands and settle in with family members and/or Church brethren. We thank God for His mercy and protection of His children. 

There is still a long road ahead to help the brethren repair, rebuild and/or relocate. We thank the many of you who have donated to our disaster relief fund; this will allow us to help those affected. If anyone is interested in helping these brethren rebuild their lives, you may make a tax deductible donation by clicking here -http://www.lcg.org/church-news.shtml . Thank you for your continued prayers and support in this time of need.


Jim Meredith
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This week at the office November 14, 2013

As the people of the central Philippines strive to deal with the devastation caused by the biggest typhoon ever to strike that part of the world, and governments around the globe struggle with internal divisions and seemingly insurmountable problems, the Living Church of God Council of Elders meetings this week were marked by a strong sense of purpose and a spirit of unity. Dr. Meredith led most of the meetings. We heard reports from around the world, and we addressed a number of practical and doctrinal issues. We also discussed the challenge of preaching the Gospel in an increasingly secular world and considered a number of ideas for utilizing television, the Internet and other media, Tomorrow's World Presentations and Living University to accomplish our end-time mission more effectively. It was very encouraging to see how God is opening powerful new doors for doing His Work. Mr. Jim Meredith was appointed to serve as the Disaster Relief Coordinator for the LCG to work with local and regional Church leaders in addressing needs created by unexpected events. Mr. Rod King has remained in Charlotte after the Council meetings to tape new Tomorrow's World television programs. Mrs. Meredith is at home as she deals with the late stages of cancer. Please continue to pray that God will hear the prayers of His people and strengthen all who are facing serious challenges in their lives.


–Douglas S. Winnail
Tacloban update November 13, 2013

Mr. Bruce Tyler reports that some members are trying to go to Tacloban to help Church members and family in that area who survived the typhoon.  We still do not have an update on all of our membership as of this time.  As previously reported, the Living Church of God Headquarters office is preparing to help our brethren in the Philippines financially from the Disaster Relief Fund here in Charlotte, which brethren can contribute to if they wish.


–Church Administration
Typhoon Haiyan update November 11, 2013

Our ministry in Manila has established communications with some of the brethren in Tacloban and environs, but we have not yet been able to reach others.  We wanted to let you all know that HQ is preparing to help our brethren in the Philippines financially from the Disaster Relief Fund here in Charlotte, which brethren can contribute to if they wish.  As communications are re-established, it will become more clear how best our brethren can be helped. Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines, for their safety and protection in this difficult situation.


–Church Administration
Prayer Request for Brethren in Path of Hurricane Haiyan November 10, 2013

Please be praying for our Filipino brethren in Leyte and Samar.  According to the most recent reports from Mssrs. Tyler, Tanner, and Penman, there is still no communication coming out of the areas hit hardest by the devastating hurricane that leveled Tacloban city on Friday.  Our hope and prayer is that all the brethren made it to evacuation centers.  Those centers themselves may also have been damaged or may be lacking food and water, as trees are down and many roads are impassible for emergency crews all over the region.  Please be praying for our brethren there, in congregations of Tacloban, Naval, Hinabangan, and Borongan.  And please do pass this on to others, for their prayers as well.


–Rod McNair
This week at the office November 7, 2013

As world leaders struggle to deal with burgeoning problems, the Work of God continues to focus on the mission that God has given to His Church—to preach the Gospel in all the world. This week, Dr. Meredith and Mr. Ames have recorded new Tomorrow's World television programs. Last week, Mr. Ames, Mr. Weston and I conducted a two-day Regional Conference for the Canadian ministry in Mississauga, Ontario. Mr. Ames also taped three new programs in the Canadian TV studio while he was there. Also last weekend, Mr. Rod McNair and Mr. Dan Friz conducted two Tomorrow's World Presentations—in Monroe and Shreveport, Louisiana—that drew a total of 108 guests. Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka reports that the LCG YouTube site has been visited by more than two million viewers since the site was launched just over a year ago—which is very exciting news! This coming week, members of the Council of Elders will gather here in Charlotte for three days of meetings. We are also working on finalizing various details for the 2014 Feast of Tabernacles. Registration for Living University classes for next semester begins this coming Monday, November 11. Your prayers for the Council meetings and our continuing efforts to do the Work of God are much appreciated.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office October 31, 2013

Parents and children all over the United States are observing Halloween this week, misguidedly honoring the god of this age, Satan the devil.  But against this background of corruption and death, God's Work continues: The Tomorrow's World television program continues to air on more than 140 stations around the world.  And Dr. Meredith's semi-annual letter is being mailed to more than 440,000 Tomorrow's World magazine subscribers in 188 different countries! We have much to be thankful for—and much more work to do, as Dr. Meredith reminded the office staff in a general meeting this week.  In other news, Mr. Richard Ames and Dr. Douglas Winnail are in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada this weekend for the Canadian Regional Conference.  One hundred and sixty visitors attended the Tomorrow's World presentations in Cincinnati and Columbus last week.  We were also sobered to hear of the death of a long-time servant of God and minister in His Work, Mr. Charles Knowlton.  Please keep Mrs. Knowlton in your prayers, as well as all of those who are suffering or have family suffering from health trials.


–Rod McNair
This week at the office October 24, 2013

This week, Dr. Meredith completed a semi-annual letter that will be mailed to our global mailing list of more than 440,000 subscribers. While we have just completed the 2013 Feast of Tabernacles, Mr. Jim Meredith is busy finalizing plans for Feast sites for 2014 and 2015. Mr. Ciesielka's trip to the U.K. has gone well, visiting the U.K. office and our U.K. call center and exploring some potentially exciting television opportunities in Europe. Mr. Wallace Smith will make two Tomorrow's World Presentations this weekend in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, and Mr. Rod McNair will make a congregational visit to Minneapolis, Minnesota. This coming week, Mr. and Mrs. Ames will visit the Canadian Office in the Toronto area, where Mr. Ames will tape several new television programs for Hong Kong television. Later next week, I will join Mr. Ames and Mr. Gerald Weston for a Canadian Ministerial Conference. Please keep these efforts to carry on God's Work and the needs of God's people in your prayers.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office October 17, 2013

While the United States Congress' argument over the budget nearly shut down the government, a major earthquake (magnitude 7.1) devastated two islands in the central Philippines, killing at least 161 people and destroying thousands of buildings (thankfully, we have no members that were injured or suffered damage—see announcement below). In Europe, smoldering discontent with the EU could bring major changes to a continent that is also struggling with the effects of a financial crisis. Here in Charlotte, Dr. Meredith completed a co-worker letter that was mailed out to over 12,000 recipients. We are also working on plans for future Tomorrow's World Presentations and next year's Behind the Work film. Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka is in the U.K. for talks about the Internetand other matters. Mr. Hernandez's first telecast on the new Spanish-language station that covers Central and South America aired this week. Last weekend, Mr. Sheldon Monson and I conducted a very positive Regional Conference in Winchester, VA.  This weekend, my wife and I will be in Pawtucket, RI for a congregational visit and other activities. Please keep Mrs. Meredith, and others who are facing serious trials, in your prayers.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office October 10, 2013

We are getting back into more normal routines here in Charlotte as everyone is back safely from Feast travels. Our preliminary figures indicate that about 9,500 individuals attended services or watched the live-streaming from the Feast of Tabernacles this year. This represents about a 1% increase in attendance in the USA, while attendance was down a bit in some international areas. Dr. Meredith has indicated he would like to start planning for a General Ministerial Conference to be held here in Charlotte on May 5-7, 2014. Mr. Rod King called this morning and said he had some positive news from his recent medical tests. This coming weekend I will be in the Washington, DC area for services and to conduct a Regional Conference in Winchester, Virginia on Sunday. Your prayers are needed for God's people who are facing various trials at this time and for our nation and the nations of this world that are locked in bitter partisan battles that are going to have ominous consequences in the coming months and years. We can pray that God will enable His Work to go forward with an ever more powerful and relevant message that this world needs to hear.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office October 3, 2013

Reports we are receiving indicate that the Feast of Tabernacles for 2013 was a very encouraging and inspiring experience for brethren around the world—with powerful messages and warm fellowship. Dr. Meredith spent the Feast in California. Mr. Ames and I were able to visit three different Feast sites in the U.S. this year, and our brethren who traveled to Israel have returned safely after a very informative Feast. As we return home, the world appears to be heading for difficult times as violence continues in the Middle East, uncertainty clouds the future in Europe and America, and disasters occur around the globe. We need to stay focused on our mission to warn this world of the prophesied events ahead and spread the good news of the return of Jesus Christ to usher in the coming Kingdom of God. Please keep Mrs. Meredith in your prayers as her cancer has returned and she is not doing well. We need to beseech God to intervene mercifully for all His people who are facing trials and difficulties, and we need to continually seek God's guidance and direction for His end-time Work.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office September 12, 2013

This past weekend, Dr. and Mrs. Meredith visited the congregation in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Meredith spoke on the Feast of Trumpets and also on the Sabbath and then met with the leaders in the Kansas City congregation. There were 286 in attendance on Trumpets. Mr. and Mrs. Ames visited the Dallas, Texas, congregation on Trumpets then flew to Little Rock, Arkansas, for the Sabbath. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Meredith visited the Atlanta, Georgia,  congregation on Trumpets and Dr. Douglas Winnail visited the Atlanta congregation on the Sabbath after Trumpets. Several other ministers from Headquarters were able to travel out to local congregations during the same time period. This coming Sabbath is the Day of Atonement, and next week many brethren will travel to nearly 50 Feast of Tabernacles sites around the world. It is truly a privilege to be called at this time to understand God's Great Plan of Salvation for mankind. As we see human governments grappling with seemingly insurmountable problems and secular leaders rejecting any semblance of biblical values, it is exciting and encouraging to know that Jesus Christ is going to return to this earth with His army of saints to restore the knowledge of God's True Way of Life for all people on this planet. Please pray that God will protect His people as they travel and that He will bless the Festival sites with inspiring messages, with warm fellowship and weather that is conducive to celebrating His Feast of Tabernacles.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office August 29, 2013

War clouds continue to gather over the Middle East as long-prophesied events appear to be looming on the horizon! At the same time, in once-professing-Christian nations, practices that have long been considered illegal, evil and perverted are now being promoted as legal, acceptable and even normal—in spite of what the Bible clearly reveals. Here in Charlotte, Dr. Meredith has been writing and holding meetings this week. He also guided an encouraging Council of Elders teleconference where we heard updates from Regional Directors and Regional Pastors from around the world. Today, Mr. Ames is taping a new Tomorrow's World program. The latest Living Church of God “Around the World” video is now online—see announcement below. Living University classes are off to a good start this semester. Last weekend’s Regional Conference in the Cincinnati area went very well. It is always helpful to spend time with brethren and interact with leaders in our local congregations. We are also watching the Middle East situation carefully, as we have a Feast site in Israel this year. Please pray that God will guide and protect His people wherever they observe His Holy Days.


–Douglas S. Winnail
Around the World: August 2013 August 29, 2013


This week at the office August 22, 2013

Disasters and violence continue to make the news. Wild fires are burning thousands of acres in the United States, flooding waters have swamped thousands in the Philippine city of Manila, poison gas has apparently killed hundreds in the Syrian civil war and hundreds have died in the strife in Egypt. We certainly need to pray that God's Kingdom will come! Here in Charlotte things have been busy this week. Mr. Wallace Smith is here to tape new Tomorrow's World programs after conducting a very successful Tomorrow's World Presentation in St. Louis last weekend. Mr. Gerald Weston and two television staff members from the Canadian regional office are also here to explore ways to work with our television production crew here in Charlotte. Mr. Ames will also tape a new program. Dr. Meredith has held a number of meetings and he chaired a productive Living University Board Meeting. Mr. Hernandez has returned from a very profitable trip to Central America, and Mr. Rod McNair has returned from a congregational visit to Trinidad. I will be in Cincinnati this weekend for a congregational visit and to conduct a Regional Conference with Mr. Lambert Greer.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office August 15, 2013

The pace of activity here is beginning to pick up again after what seems to have been a very short summer! Dr. Meredith finished another co-worker letter that will be mailed this week to about 13,000 members and co-workers. Dr. and Mrs. Meredith were both very inspired by their visit to the Living Youth Teen Camp in Ohio where they observed the activities of about 280 campers and staff. Living University started its seventh year of operation when classes began this week. This semester we have a total enrollment of about 170 students from all around the world—including seven on-site students here in Charlotte. Mr. Hernandez is currently making congregational visits in Central America. This weekend Mr. Rod McNair will be in Trinidad and Mr. Wallace Smith will make a Tomorrow's World presentation in Saint Louis, Missouri. The European Summer Camp in Belgium will begin this weekend. With the fall Holy Days just around the corner, please pray that God will continue to guide and bless His people as we prepare for these important events and strive to do His Work.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office August 8, 2013

While many view August as a time for vacations, world events and Bible prophecy continue to march ahead. Europe is still struggling with its economic problems that could eventually bring major changes in the EU, and Germany will hold elections in September. The Arab world continues to seethe in ferment that will eventually give rise to a King of the South. China's economy is contracting, but its military is growing. Russia is increasingly at odds with Europe and America—and the Israelite nations continue down the toboggan slide of moral decline. Here in Charlotte, Dr. Meredith has been writing and holding meetings. The Family Camp in West Virginia was a very positive event; the Teen Camp in Ohio is going very well. Last weekend 62 visitors attended the Tomorrow's World Presentation in Concord, California (San Francisco Bay area). Next weekend, Mr. Wallace Smith will make a TWP in the St. Louis area. Living University classes will begin next week and the Fall Holy Days are just around the corner. Let's continue to pray that God will watch over His people and bless His work.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office August 1, 2013

Summer here in the northern hemisphere seems to be rapidly slipping away and the fall Holy Days are just around the corner! Here in Charlotte, Dr. Meredith has been writing and holding meetings. Mr. Ames has recorded a special message for the Houston, Texas congregation that will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend as the Global-Living Church of God. Last weekend, I was able to visit congregations in Braselton and Atlanta, Georgia. The Living Youth Camp (for teens) in Ohio and the Family Camp for pre-teens in West Virginia both got off to a good start this week. Mr. Ciesielka reports that the News & Prophecy e-zine that is posted on the Internet every Friday now has a circulation approaching 20,000—which is very encouraging! This is the same N&P that is attached to The World Ahead every week. It will arrive on your computer every Friday if you subscribe. This coming Saturday, Dr. Jeff Fall and Mr. Harold Way will make back-to-back Tomorrow’s World presentations in Concord, California (near San Francisco), entitled “The Gathering Storm” and “God Promises—You Can Be Protected!” Your prayers for these presentations are important and are much appreciated. Living University classes will begin soon—on August 14. I would encourage as many as possible to enroll in these informative and practical classes. Remember that senior citizens are eligible to audit one class each semester for free. Please pray that God will continue to guide and bless His work and that He will remember His children who are in need.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office July 25, 2013

While some critics and self-appointed prophets and apostles continue to predict the imminent demise of the Living Church of God, these predictions are simply not connected to reality. This week the Tomorrow's World television program began airing in Russia on four powerful satellite stations, and just this week another major door has opened for the program to reach all of Europe on Sky TV. In September, the Tomorrow's World program will begin airing again over the entire southern African region. We have also contracted with a new cable station in the Philippines and for new stations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Houston, Texas. Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka reports that our Internet and Social Media sites are seeing very strong growth. The income is also showing improvement along with a number of generous special offerings. Mr. Mario Hernandez has returned from a very productive trip to Europe, and preparations for the fall Holy Days and the Feast of Tabernacles are well underway. The Living Youth Camp (for teens) begins next week in Ohio, as does the Family Camp for pre-teens in West Virginia. Next month, Living University will begin its seventh year of operation, with seven on-site students and well over a hundred students around the world taking online classes. In addition, dozens of men and women are involved in the Advanced Leadership Training Program diligently preparing to serve God's people more effectively. Please continue to pray that God will enable His Church to powerfully warn this world of the sobering events ahead and preach the exciting news of the coming Kingdom of God (Mark 16:15).


–Douglas S. Winnail
Around the World: June 2013 July 18, 2013


This week at the office July 18, 2013

This week the Mail Processing Department sent out nearly 12,000 copies of Mr. Ames’ July co-worker letter. It was also encouraging to learn that more than 61,000 people have requested the DVD of Dr. Meredith’s online Tomorrow’s World Presentation, “What’s Ahead for America and the World?” that was offered in the recent semi-annual letter. In addition to the 9,500 individuals who watched Dr. Meredith’s online presentation live, more than 34,000 have watched it since on YouTube. We are also seeing very strong growth for all Living Church of God Social Media and Internet sites. Mr. Gary Ownby reports that responses to Tomorrow’s World television programs remain strong. Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka reports that the Tomorrow’s World television program will begin airing on July 24 all over Russia on four powerful satellites. The Adventure Trip in the California National Parks went smoothly and was enjoyed by everyone. This coming weekend, Mr. Gerald Weston will make Tomorrow’s World Presentations in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Also this weekend we have a number of visitors coming through the office including Mr. Damian Weekes, who is an elder serving in Trinidad and other parts of the Caribbean. Please remember your brothers and sisters who need God’s intervention in their lives and continue to thank God and ask for His continued blessing on all these activities to fulfill the commission He has given to His Church to warn this world of what lies ahead and spread the good news of His coming Kingdom!


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office July 11, 2013

We are shifting somewhat into a “summer mode” here at the office in Charlotte, but that actually means getting ready for the fall Holy Days, the Feast of Tabernacles and the beginning of another semester of Living University classes! The Adventure Program in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks in California and the Missouri Pre-Teen Camp both got underway this week. Results from Dr. Meredith’s online Tomorrow’s World Presentation indicate that about 3,000 members and 6,100 new people viewed the presentation. We are also beginning to plan for both local and Internet Tomorrow’s World Presentations for next year. The Media Department reports that the Tomorrow’s World program will go on Russian television later this month.  Plans are also in the works to begin broadcasting the program in India in the near future. For our television presenters (Dr. Meredith, Mr. Ames, Mr. Smith, Mr. King and Mr. Weston) these so-called “lazy days of summer” are also a time for preparing new programs that will be taped and aired during the coming year. Your prayers for all these important activities will be deeply appreciated.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office July 3, 2013

We have received very positive comments about Dr. Meredith’s powerful Tomorrow’s World online presentation last Sunday, entitled “Prophecy and the Decline of the Western Nations.” The presentation was viewed by more than 9,100 people. Last weekend, I had a very inspiring visit with our Lansing, Michigan, congregation on the Sabbath. On Saturday evening and on Sunday, Mr. Lambert Greer and I conducted a Regional Conference for our leaders in Michigan and northern Indiana. Mr. Gerald Weston reports very positive responses to recent Tomorrow’s World presentations in Lethbridge, Alberta and in Salmon Arm and Kelowna, British Columbia. Registration is now open for Living University classes that will begin on August 14, 2013. Your prayers will be appreciated for the Living Youth Pre-Teen Camp in Missouri and the Adventure Trip to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks in California that both begin next week. Also, please remember in your prayers your brothers and sisters around the world who have serious needs at this time and that the Work of God will be able to go through the doors that are open to us.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office June 27, 2013

As Israelite nations continue to despise God’s way and openly embrace pagan practices—condoning corruption, greed, immorality, homosexuality and same-sex marriage—few today understand the connection between these sinful behaviors and the growing problems plaguing our nations. This Sunday, Dr. Meredith will point out that connection in a live hour-long Tomorrow’s World online Presentation, entitled “Prophecy and the Decline of the Western Nations” (3:30-4:30 p.m. EDT). As of today, nearly 9,000 people have registered to view this important message. This week Dr. Meredith also recorded his Last Great Day sermon that will be given at the Feast of Tabernacles. Mr. and Mrs. Ames have returned from a profitable congregational visit in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Hernandez is currently visiting congregations in Europe. I had a very profitable trip to Tannersville, Pennsylvania, last weekend for a Sabbath service and a Regional Conference with leaders from the Northeastern Region. Registration begins next week (July 1) for Living University classes that will begin on August 14, 2013. First Semester classes are listed on the new LU Web site, www.livinguniv.com.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office June 20, 2013

This week Mr. Meredith taped his Opening Night Message for the Feast of Tabernacles and also his segment for the “Behind the Work” film that will be shown at the Feast. Mr. Rod King and his wife have returned safely to the UK after being in Australia for the funeral of his father. Our elder and office manager in Costa Rica, Mr. George Schaubeck, reports that he is feeling much better. Mr. Jonathan McNair reports that 34 visitors attended a Tomorrow’s World Presentation that he made last weekend in Buffalo, New York. This Sunday, Dr. Jeff Fall and Mr. Darrell Lovelady will make a Tomorrow’s World Presentation in Glendale, California. Mr. and Mrs. Ames will make a congregational visit in Florida this weekend, and I will be in Pennsylvania for a congregational visit and a Regional Conference. Your prayers for these activities to preach the Gospel and for the needs of God’s people are greatly appreciated. Please remember Mr. Dan Hall and his family, as his wife Nancy died on Thursday after a battle with cancer.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office June 13, 2013

In spite of rumors that critics like to spread, the Work of God continues to grow. In the last two weekends, more than 300 visitors attended Tomorrow's World Presentations in Brooklyn, New York; Springfield, Missouri; and Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama. The print run for the next issue of Tomorrow's World magazine will be more than 450,000 and our Internet and social media efforts are growing and reaching many thousands of people. Here in Charlotte, Mr. Meredith has completed a co-worker letter that was mailed this week to almost 12,000 individuals. Plans are coming together for summer camps and for the Fall Festival. Last weekend I was able to conduct a Regional Conference in Joplin, Missouri for nearly 100 elders and leaders in that part of the country. Please continue to ask for God's blessing and guidance on His Work and for those who are seeking His intervention on their behalf.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office June 6, 2013

This week serious flooding has inundated parts of Germany and Eastern Europe, anti-government riots continue in Turkey and scandals continue to plague the current administration in Washington. The world certainly needs the return of Jesus Christ to bring peace and right government. Here in Charlotte, Mr. Meredith has been holding meetings and writing. Mr. Gerald Weston was in Charlotte this week to tape a segment for the 2013 “Behind the Work” film. Mr. Hernandez was in Mexico and Mr. Ames is heading to New York City for a Tomorrow’s World Presentation. I got back from a very profitable trip to the UK on Monday and left today for Missouri to make a Tomorrow’s World Presentation in Springfield and conduct a Regional Conference in Joplin. It is encouraging to report that more than 185 visitors attended Tomorrow’s World Presentations that were conducted on the last two weekends in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama; Fresno, California and Peterborough, Ontario. Please pray that God will continue to bless these efforts to preach the Gospel and that He will hear the prayers on behalf of His people.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office May 30, 2013

The first homosexual marriage in France took place this week, with the officiating mayor of Montpellier proclaiming, “This is a historic moment in your own lives... and a historic moment for our country.”  These are indeed historic times, much more than he can imagine!  As the moral and religious confusion spreads, the urgency for God’s Work done by His Church increases as well.  This week, Dr. Roderick Meredith has been conducting meetings and writing.  Mr. Dexter Wakefield just returned from a trip to the United Kingdom to view Church office operations there.  Dr. Douglas Winnail is still in the U.K., and reports that the just-completed ministerial conference there was a success.  Last week’s Tomorrow’s World Presentations in Nashville and Memphis resulted in 42 guests and there will be follow-ups this weekend. Also this weekend, there will be TWPs in Fresno, California; and in Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama.  Mr. Dan Hall reports that his wife Nancy is back in a hospice facility, unable to eat, and growing weaker.  Please beseech God for His intervention and mercy towards Mrs. Hall and others who are ill. And please continue to pray that God continues to move His Work forward in these last days!


–Rod McNair
This week at the office May 23, 2013

The Feast of Pentecost appears to have gone very well this year. Mr. and Mrs. Meredith were in Houston for the Holy Day, Mr. and Mrs. Ames were in Toronto and my wife and I were in Louisiana. Mr. Rod McNair and his wife have returned from a profitable trip to Jamaica, after a visit made by Mr. McNair to Haiti the week before. Mr. Hernandez and Dr. Wil Pierre are currently in the Caribbean and will be returning tomorrow. Mr. Hernandez gave Tomorrow's World presentations in Guadeloupe and Martinique that drew more than 60 people. Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka will make TWPs this weekend in Nashville and Memphis. Many of you have heard that a powerful tornado devastated the area south of Oklahoma City this week. Mr. Gene Hilgenberg, our minister in that area, thankfully reports that none of our members were directly affected. I will be leaving this afternoon for a ministerial conference in the UK that will begin this weekend. Mr. King reports that he has been having a difficult time right now and that he would appreciate your prayers. Please continue to beseech God for His intervention and healing of His people.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office May 15, 2013

This coming weekend we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost that pictures the dramatic beginning of the New Testament Church—that Jesus said would continue to exist down through the ages in spite of difficulties and persecution (Acts 2; Matthew 16:18). Jesus also foretold that His disciples would carry His message “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8)—which is happening today through the media and the travels of God’s ministers. Mr. Meredith’s semi-annual letter was mailed to more than 400,000 recipients, Mr. Ames’ recent Tomorrow’s World television program entitled “Vital Keys to Bible Study” drew nearly 7,000 responses, and this week we mailed out multiple thousands of invitations to Tomorrow’s World Presentations that are being held around the world.  On Monday we held a Living University graduation that marked the sixth year of operation. This weekend, a number of speakers from Charlotte will travel to cities in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean to observe the Sabbath and the Day of Pentecost with local congregations. Please continue to ask for God’s blessing on these efforts to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to a world that needs to hear His message.


–Douglas S. Winnail
Around the World: April 2013 May 9, 2013


This week at the office May 9, 2013

We have just finished a very encouraging Council of Elders meeting here in Charlotte. Mr. Meredith guided the three-day meeting which focused on addressing the challenge of preaching the Gospel in a world that is increasingly moving away from God and His way of life. In spite of rumors that some uninformed critics like to spread, we have a strong sense of unity and purpose among the members of the Council. Responses to the Tomorrow's World television program continue in the 5,000 range. Next Monday we will hold another graduation here in Charlotte for 14 Living University students who have completed their programs. We are also looking ahead to Pentecost next weekend. Mr. Mario Hernandez will give Tomorrow's World presentations in Guadeloupe and Martinique and be in Martinique for the Holy Day. Mr. Rod McNair and Dr. Wil Pierre will also be in the Caribbean for the Holy Day. Others from Charlotte will also be travelling out to spend the Pentecost weekend with other congregations. Please pray that God will bless these efforts to serve God's people, and that God will hear our prayers on behalf of His people.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office May 2, 2013

World events continue to move in prophetically significant directions. The influence of the United States continues to wane on the world scene. In Europe, Germany is again becoming the dominant nation, and the new Pope intends to pursue Roman Catholic efforts to unite all churches. In the turbulent Middle East, Islamic fundamentalists continue their quest to extend their influence and gain more power. These trends all point toward the fulfillment of the prophesied end-time struggle between a king of the North and a king of the South. Here in Charlotte, Mr. Meredith has finished a semi-annual letter that will be mailed to more than 400,000 people. Mr. Ames is taping a new Tomorrow's World program today. The Spring semester of Living University classes will conclude this week, and we are also busy preparing for a Council of Elders meeting next week. Please continue to ask God to bless His Work and hear our prayers on behalf of His people.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office April 25, 2013

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. Here in Charlotte, Mr. Meredith has been writing and holding meetings. Plans are proceeding for summer camps and the Feast of Tabernacles. We are in the final stages of office renovations here in Charlotte so everyone is getting back to more normal routines.  Mr. Rod McNair reports that the Tomorrow's World Presentations went well in Appleton and Green Bay, Wisconsin with more than 50 people responding to invitations. Mr. Phil West will make follow-up presentations this coming weekend.  Mr. Hernandez and I are back in Charlotte after visiting with brethren in several South American countries and holding a very positive conference in Medellin, Colombia. It was very inspiring to see the dedication and experience the warmth of our brethren and leaders in that part of the world. It was also very encouraging to see that we had a worldwide average attendance of about 8,460 in March, which was up about 3.1 percent over March 2012.


–Douglas S. Winnail
Around the World: March 2013 April 18, 2013


This week at the office April 18, 2013

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!

These calamities—and the real hope that God holds out for mankind—make the Work we're doing even more urgent.  In furthering this Work, Dr. Meredith conducted various meetings this week and finished the new co-worker letter, which was mailed out to 11,683 co-workers.  The Editorial Department reports that R.R. Donnelley began mailing the May-June 2013 issue of the Tomorrow's World magazine this week, the first issue with our newly updated layout.  Dr. Douglas Winnail and Mr. Mario Hernandez report that the three days of ministerial meetings in Medellin, Colombia, were very successful.  This was the first time most of the Spanish-speaking elders and wives of Living Church of God have been together in one place, and it was very exciting!  Dr. Winnail returns to Charlotte today and Mr. Hernandez plans to return next week. The Tomorrow's World Facebook page continues to expand, now surpassing 42,000 fans. Dr. Scott Winnail has been in San Francisco, California this week attending Distance Education and Training Council meetings (related to Living University).  Please continue to pray for Mrs. Nancy Hall, who entered hospice last week.  Please also pray for Regional Director Rod King, who was recently hospitalized in Charleroi, Belgium.


–Rod McNair
This week at the office April 11, 2013

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! 

This week in Charlotte, Dr. Meredith has been holding various meetings, including a discussion about the upcoming semi-annual offer.  Mr. Ames has been taping a new telecast.  Festival registration has started off well, with more than 3,000 people registered in the first 24 hours.  The income is on an upward trend, for which we are thankful.  Last week’s telecast by Mr. Rod King, entitled “Will the Beast Rise in Europe?,” has drawn 4,355 responses. Dr. Douglas Winnail will be in Lima, Peru, for meetings and Sabbath services, and then meet Mr. Mario Hernandez in Colombia for a regional conference with elders from all over South and Central America.  Mr. Rod King will also be conducting regional leadership meetings in Charleroi, Belgium, on Sunday.  In more sobering news, Mr. Dan Hall reports that doctors are not expecting his wife Nancy to live long—she is now entering hospice care.  Mr. and Mrs. Hall are praying for her healing but accepting of God’s plan for her, and they deeply appreciate the outpouring of love and support from so many brethren.  Please continue to ask for God’s mercy on their behalf, as well as other brethren who need God’s intervention.


–Rod McNair
This week at the office April 4, 2013

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. From reports coming into Charlotte, the Spring Holy Days commemorating the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the need to eliminate sin from our lives have been instructive and inspiring for many. A number have mentioned that the visits of ministers from Charlotte to local congregations were much appreciated. Most of the traveling ministers will be arriving back in the office by this weekend. Last week’s Tomorrow’s World program by Mr. Meredith, entitled “Does God Heal Today?,” has drawn over 4,100 responses so far. The program the previous week by Mr. Ames on “Modern Dangers of the Occult” drew 5,475 responses. Please remember that on-line registration for the 2013 Feast of Tabernacles begins this coming Sunday, April 7 at 12:00 noon (EST).


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office March 28, 2013

The Spring Holy Days appear to have gotten off to a good start, in spite of Satan’s efforts to create discouragement at this time of year. It is sobering to watch God’s people examining themselves to eliminate sin, while the so-called Christian nations of the world are busy re-defining marriage and promoting behaviors that God says plainly are sinful and an abomination in His sight. As we will see in the days ahead, the “handwriting is on the wall” for nations that reject and despise the laws of God. Dr. Meredith is visiting congregations in California, Mr. Ames is in Texas, Mr. Rod McNair is in the Caribbean and Mr. Hernandez is “somewhere” in South America encouraging God’s people during the Spring Holy Days. Last week’s Tomorrow’s World program by Mr. Ames, entitled “Modern Dangers of the Occult,” drew just over 5,000 responses. The program the previous week by Mr. Meredith, entitled “Answered Prayer,” generated a total of 6,161 responses. Mr. Dan Hall reports that doctors have commented on some remarkable improvements in his wife Nancy’s condition. Mr. McNair reports that Mr. Fitzroy Greeman is also improving. Please keep your brothers and sisters who are facing trials in your prayers.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office March 21, 2013

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.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office March 14, 2013

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.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office March 7, 2013

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.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office February 28, 2013

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. 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.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office February 21, 2013

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.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office February 14, 2013

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.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office February 07, 2013

This week, a major tsunami (generated by an undersea earthquake) struck the Solomon Islands in the Pacific, while America and Britain continue to move away from God and biblical values. In Britain, the House of Commons has voted to approve same-sex marriage. In America, the Boy Scouts are being pressured to accept homosexual Scouts and Scout leaders into their organization. Both these moves ignore and reject the fact that the Bible calls these behaviors “abominations” in the sight of God (see Leviticus 18:22). Sadly, it is the leaders in government, education, the legal system and even religion who are pushing this “anti-biblical” agenda under the guise of equality, compassion and progress. Here in Charlotte, Mr. Meredith has been writing, holding meetings and preparing for his Tomorrow’s World presentation on the Internet this coming Sunday, entitled “What’s Ahead for America and the World?” Last weekend’s Tomorrow’s World television program by Mr. Ames, entitled “The Sabbath Controversy,” is expected to generate more than 5,000 responses. Mr. Meredith’s program the previous week, entitled “The Soon-Coming Utopia,” drew 5,007 responses. This past Sabbath, February 2, there was a live online transmission of Spanish language Sabbath Services to the congregations of Latin America and scattered brethren in the United States and Europe This coming weekend, Mr. Rod McNair will be in Puerto Rico to make a Tomorrow’s World presentation entitled “The Gathering Storm.” Please pray that God will inspire and bless the results of these important efforts to preach the Gospel.  We have some exciting youth activities planned for the summer.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office January 31, 2013

On the world scene, violence and strife continue to plague nations in the Middle East and Africa and uncertainty clouds the future of the European Union, while heavy storms in the central USA damaged property and claimed several lives and America continues to grapple with national budget issues that appear unsolvable. Here in Charlotte, Mr. Meredith has been writing and holding meetings. Mr. Meredith’s Tomorrow’s World program last weekend, entitled “The Soon-Coming Utopia,” is expected to draw more than 4,700 responses—in spite of a cable malfunction in several eastern states. The previous weekend’s program by Mr. Wallace Smith, entitled “The Four Horsemen Ride!,” drew 6,522 responses. This week we have some exciting announcements about the Summer Adventure Camp and the Teen Camp in Ohio. We are also very encouraged to see the response to Mr. Meredith’s on-line Tomorrow’s World presentation that is scheduled for Sunday, February 10.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office January 24, 2013

Plans are coming together for Mr. Meredith’s special, on-line, live Tomorrow’s World Presentation entitled “What’s Ahead for America and the World” that is scheduled for Sunday, February 10 at 3:30 p.m. EST (USA). Last weekend Mr. Meredith had an intestinal bug but he  is now feeling fine. This week, Mr. Meredith and Mr. Ames have conducted a number of meetings. Last week’s Tomorrow’s World program by Mr. Wallace Smith, entitled “The Four Horsemen Ride,” is expected to draw more than 6,100 responses. Mr. Ames’ program the previous week, entitled “Can You Trust Bible Prophecy?,” drew 6,573 responses. It is also encouraging to report the print run for the January-February 2013 issue of Tomorrow’s World magazine was just over 400,000 and the number of subscribers for the News & Prophecy e-zine is now over 16,300.    Living University classes are off to a good start. This semester we have 12 students in residence:  eight in Charlotte and four in Australia. I am looking forward to making a church visit to Bluefield, West Virginia this Sabbath.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office January 17, 2013

This week Mr. Meredith conducted meetings and completed a Co-Worker letter that was mailed to more than 11,470 individuals. The Tomorrow’s World program this past weekend by Mr. Ames, entitled “Can You Trust Bible Prophecy?,” is expected to draw more than 6,200 responses. Mr. Meredith’s program the previous week on the Great Tribulation received a total of 6,259 responses. We are finalizing Feast sites for 2013 and making decisions on assigned sites for local congregations. Living University classes for the Spring Semester began this week with 208 students enrolled, which represents a 5.6 percent increase over the Spring Semester last year. Dr. Germano released a very encouraging Annual Report for Living University.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office January 10, 2013

On the world scene this week, wildfires and searing heat are scorching the “gay-friendly” nation of Australia (see “News and Prophecy” article), refugees from war-torn Syria are struggling with mud and freezing rains in Jordanian camps, Britain is preparing to leave (and perhaps help reshape) the EU, and America continues to spend money it does not have—in what promises to be a very interesting new year! Here in Charlotte, Mr. Meredith has been writing and holding meetings. His Tomorrow’s World program last weekend, entitled “The Soon-Coming Great Tribulation,” is expected to draw more than 4,800 responses. Mr. King’s program the previous week, entitled “The Apostles’ Amazing Journeys,” received a total of 5,347 responses. Mr. Meredith is also preparing to do a live Tomorrow’s World Online Presentation, entitled “What’s Ahead for America and the World,” scheduled for Sunday, February 10. Mr. Mario Hernandez has returned safely from visits in Guatemala and Mexico. He reports that brethren are very positive in spite of dangerous conditions in parts of those countries. Living University classes will begin next Wednesday, January 16, and we are looking forward to another very positive semester.


–Douglas S. Winnail
This week at the office January 3, 2013

More than 450 brethren from various parts of the USA gathered in Kansas City last weekend for several days of fellowship and fun amidst “moderate” winter temperatures. Mr. Phil West gave a Friday evening Bible Study on the “Family” and I gave the sermon on the Sabbath on the topic of “What Does it Mean To Be a Chosen People?” As we look back over the past year, it is good to see the world did not end on the several dates that were predicted, but the year for God’s Work was one of growth on many fronts—in membership, income, television stations, magazine circulation, Internet exposure and Tomorrow’s World Presentations. We are indeed grateful to God for these expanding opportunities to preach the Gospel and feed the flock that He is calling. Here in Charlotte, Mr. Meredith has been writing and holding meetings. The Tomorrow’s World program last weekend by Mr. King, entitled “The Apostles Prophetic Journeys II,” is expected to draw more than 4,800 responses. Mr. Ames’ program the previous week on Christmas received more than 7,000 responses from an estimated one million listeners. Dr. Scott Winnail has returned safely from very encouraging visits with brethren in Guyana, Brazil, Trinidad and Barbados. Mr. Mario Hernandez will be in Mexico this Sabbath and will return to Charlotte on Monday. Please pray that God will continue to bless and guide His Work in the coming year.


–Douglas S. Winnail
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