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October 12, 2016: 88 people met at four locations in the German-language region for church services today on the Day of Atonement. In Dormagen the attendance was 31. 23 people met in Mörfelden (near Frankfurt), and 17 were in attendance Munich. In Winterthur, Switzerland the attendance was also 17.

October 3, 2016: 132 people met at six locations in the German-language region for church services today on the Feast of Trumpets. 10 people met for services in Berlin. In Dormagen the attendance was 41. 22 people met in Mörfelden (near Frankfurt), and 25 were in attendance in Winterthur, Switzerland. In Rosenheim the attendance was 24. 10 people attended the afternoon service in Hamburg.

September 30, 2016: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first nine months of 2016 was 6.4 percent higher than the same period last year. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 14.6 percent of UCG-Germany's income in the first nine months of the year.

September 21, 2016: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces its first German-language "Beyond Today" telecast, German video sermon Ist Gott eine Dreieinigkeit? ["Is God a Trinity"]. UCOG President Paul Kieffer recorded the telecast at the United Church of God Home Office in Cincinnati and UCG-Germany did the film editing.

September 13, 2016: The September-October issue Gute Nachrichten, September 2016 issue of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to a record 9011 readers in 25 countries, a 4.5 percent increase over the 2015 September-Oktober issue. The magazine was mailed to 7420 subscribers in Germany, 741 subscribers in Switzerland and 695 subscribers in Austria. The issue included a full page ad for "Open House" services in November.

September 6, 2016: In July-August 2016 UCG-Germany distributed 482 ebooks via Amazon, the Google Play Store and Smashwords, including 158 downloads via the Apple store. The most requested booklet was "Das Buch der Offenbarung verständlich erklärt" ["The Book of Revelation Unveiled"] with 96 downloads.

August 31, 2016: In July and August a total of 60,978 unique visitors were counted on the Gute Nachrichten website, an average of 983 visitors daily. In July and August the MP3 sermons posted to the website were downloaded 386 times.

August 24, 2016: The UCG-Germany editorial staff completed a 30 month project to proofread all previously posted ebooks available on the Gute Nachrichten website. The goal was to standardize certain wording styles in all published material and remove previously unnoticed extra characters inserted by the ebook software used to produce UCG-Germany's ebooks.

August 15, 2016: The bi-monthly publication Intern ["United News" in German] was mailed to 725 subscribers. A circulation of 1,000 subscribers in Germany would qualify "Intern" for a special mailing rate and reduce mailing costs within Germany by 60 percent. "Intern" is being actively promoted to achieve this circulation goal.

August 8, 2016: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first seven months of 2016 was 8.2 percent less than the same period last year. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 16.7 percent of UCG-Germany's income in the first seven months of the year.

July 26, 2016: Typesetting has been completed for the new booklet "Tools for Spiritual Growth" and the booklet has been sent to UCG-Germany's volunteer staff of proofreaders for final editing. The German title of the booklet will be determined via a member survey.

July 19, 2016: 341 people are now "followers" of UCG-Germany's Twitter messages, a 34 Prozent increase in one year.

July 12, 2016: The July-August issue Gute Nachrichten, July 2016 issue of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 8957 readers in 25 countries, a 3.9 percent increase over the 2015 July-August issue. The magazine was mailed to 7345 subscribers in Germany, 725 subscribers in Switzerland and 695 subscribers in Austria. The editorial commented on June's Brexit vote in the United Kingdom.

July 5, 2016: In May-June 2016 UCG-Germany distributed 426 ebooks via Amazon, the Google Play Store and Smashwords, including 156 downloads via the Apple store.

June 27, 2016: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another video sermon, German video sermon "Wir, die wir leben und übrig bleiben" ["We who are alive and remain"]. UCOG President Paul Kieffer gave the sermon in Hamburg.

June 21, 2016: UCOG President Paul Kieffer filmed two German-language "Beyond Today" television programs at the Home Office of the United Church of God in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are the first "Beyond Today" telecasts produced directly in the German language. The recordings will be edited for release on YouTube by UCG-Germany.

June 13, 2016: 142 people met in seven locations in the German-language region on Pentecost weekend. 34 people met in Dormagen, and the other locations were Berlin (13), Hamburg (11), Mörfelden (29), Plauen (5), Rosenheim (23) and Winterthur in Switzerland (27). The offering in the German-language region was 9796 €, a 3.2 percent decrease in comparison to last year's offering. The offering for the 3 spring Holy Days (Unleavened Bread, Pentecost) was 3.8 percent less than last year.

June 6, 2016: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first five months of 2016 was 12 percent less than the same period last year. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 17.3 percent of UCG-Germany's income in the first five months of the year.

May 27, 2016: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["UCG-Germany"] How to Understand the Bible, German version reprints the booklet "Schlüssel zum Verständnis der Bibel" ["How to Understand the Bible?"] for the third time since its original printing in 1999. For reprinting, the text of the booklet was adapted to the new German spelling rules and layout was adapted to the English version of the booklet. The cover was redone in German by UCG-Germany.

May 20, 2016: The number of coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) now totals 102. Coworkers and donors receive a quarterly newsletter with information about UCG-Germany's efforts to preach the gospel in the German-language area.

May 13, 2016: The May-June issue Gute Nachrichten,  May 2016 issue of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 8904 readers in 25 countries, a 3.4 percent increase over the 2015 May-June issue. The magazine was mailed to 7345 subscribers in Germany, 716 subscribers in Switzerland and 691 subscribers in Austria. The unique cover page was supplied by the United Church of God.

May 6, 2016: In March-April 2016 UCG-Germany distributed 433 ebooks via Amazon, the Google Play Store and Smashwords, including 194 downloads via the Apple store. The most requested booklet was "Das Buch der Offenbarung verständlich erklärt" ["The Book of Revelation Unveiled"].

April 30, 2016: On the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, 125 people attended services in six locations: Berlin (9), Dormagen (33), Hamburg (10), Mörfelden (21), Munich (25) and Winterthur in Switzerland (27). The offering (8517 €) was 15.6% higher than in 2015.

April 24, 2016: 107 people met at seven locations to keep the Passover on April 21st. On the first day of Unleavened Bread, 140 people attended services in six locations: Dormagen (28), Hamburg (12), Mörfelden (30), Mühldorf (25), Plauen (7) and Winterthur in Switzerland (38). The offering was 13,344 €, which was 13.5% less than last year's offering.

April 17, 2016: At today's National Council meeting of the Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"], plans for this year's Feast of Tabernacles in Schluchsee were finalized with the selection of a musician for the dance evening and approval of the festival activity schedule.

April 2, 2016: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] streams it first worship service as an internet video broadcast from today's church service in Oberndorf, Austria (near Salzburg). All services in Oberndorf will now be streamed live, and the video broadcast is available to church members.

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September 16, 2016: It should not surprise us that the apostle Paul compared the life of a Christian to a race run by a trained athlete competing for a prize. Athletic contests were popular in ancient Greece, and the Corinthians knew exactly what he meant when he wrote about the race for a crown. Read more »

September 10, 2016: Unemployment among young people in the European Union, especially in southern Europe, remains a problem even five years after the critical situation was first highlighted. Read more »

August 26, 2016: With the number of Muslims in Germany numbering some four million (about five percent of Germany's population), it is no surprise that the number of mosques has increased in recent years. The question now is: "How big should Muslim mosques be?" Read more »

August 19, 2016:You wouldn't know it by watching me, but my family was musical – at least some of my six brothers. My mother took care of that with her preference for classical music and her sense of rhythm and timing. Read more »

August 12, 2016: For a research project an author once interviewed 24 people who had been prisoners of war during World War II. None of them had been tortured or in any other manner physically mistreated. Nevertheless, during their imprisonment they did suffer from cold, hunger, isolation and uncertainty concerning their own personal future. Read more »

August 5, 2016: The well-known English saying "Good things come to those who wait" was probably derived from a poem written by English author Violet Fane in 1892. In meaning it is similar to the German idiom, "Was lange währt, wird endlich gut". Read more »

July 22, 2016: Richard Nixon is the only president in American history to have resigned from his office. He became the victim of his own recording system. During the hearings on the Watergate affair, a White House staff member was asked if the president's office was equipped with a recording system. Read more »

July 1, 2016: Years ago someone told me that a person isn't necessarily what he seems to be when he is around people – the way he acts when others are around or the impression he wants to make on others. Read more »

June 3, 2016: Before taking office in January 2009 the newly elected president Barack Obama, a member of the Democrat party, reached out to Republicans to emphasize his desire to work together to make things happen. When he called a Republican member of Congress from Florida, she hung up on him because she thought it was a prank call. Read more »

June 3, 2016: Before taking office in January 2009 the newly elected president Barack Obama, a member of the Democrat party, reached out to Republicans to emphasize his desire to work together to make things happen. When he called a Republican member of Congress from Florida, she hung up on him because she thought it was a prank call. Read more »

May 27, 2016: Most members are familiar with the social network Facebook, and some are active Facebook members, having even Facebook friends among their church brethren. Read more »

May 13, 2016: In his epistle to the church in Corinth the apostle Paul emphasized how important true love is in a Christian's life. In 1 Corinthians 13 he says that great faith, wealth and knowledge are of no benefit to us if we do not have love. Read more »

May 6, 2016: The spring festival reminds us of God's wonderful gift of forgiveness through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. At baptism God no longer associates us with our old sins, so should we put the past behind us. Read more »

April 15, 2016: When the Israelites stood near the shore of the Red Sea and saw Pharaoh's army approaching – a symbol for sin – the Israelites were filled with fear. Perhaps they thought to themselves: "We are not going to make it!" Read more »

April 8, 2016: Most people would describe love as a romantic feeling, as deeply caring for someone or something. Or they would equate love with sexual attraction. What kind of love did Jesus Christ have in mind when He spoke about loving our neighbor? Read more »

April 1, 2016: We do not now see the Kingdom of God on the earth, but God tells us it will be a reality. We will inherit the Kingdom via the resurrection to eternal life at Christ's return (1 Corinthians 15:50-52). Our belief in this coming Kingdom is, in itself, an act and expression of faith. Read more »

March 25, 2016: The news can give us cause to ask about the times in which we live. Or perhaps more precisely: about the course of events relative to biblical prophecy. Read more »

March 18, 2016: The divorce statistics in western countries are reason enough for some to joke about changing the traditional marriage vow from "Till death do us part" to "Till the judge parts us". Read more »

March 11, 2016: We are familiar with Jesus' exhortation concerning judgment in Matthew 7, verses 1-2: "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you." Read more »

March 4, 2016: Members of the European Parliament, labor organizations and mainstream churches are uniting to promote EU legislation promoting Sunday as EU’s official day of rest. If passed, what will this mean for religious minorities that keep the biblical Sabbath? Read more »

February 26, 2016: Some people who have great achievements to their credit seek fame. And sometimes their achievements are readily recognized by others. Images of famous people honored for what they have done have appeared on postage stamps. Some have monuments erected to honor them, others have streets, squares or schools named after them. Read more »

February 19, 2016: In Luke 10 Jesus rejoices over the knowledge that God was revealing through Him: "At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure." Read more »

February 12, 2016: Longsuffering is no longer an everyday word, but it is a virtue needed more than ever when impatience, intolerance, oversensitivity and impulsive anger are so prevalent. If we are growing as Christians, "longsuffering" will be part of our character, since it is part of the fruit of the spirit. Read more »

February 5, 2016: 33 years ago my family and attended the church's winter camp in Austria as guests. Sport in the winter for me as a child and youth meant ice skating and ice hockey, but not skiing. Nevertheless, one day we went cross country skiing with other families who were at the camp. Read more »

January 29, 2016: In his epistles the apostle Paul exhorted Christians to be tolerant of one another in their fellowship. Have you ever thought about the fact that God also "bears with us"? Read more »

January 22, 2016: As an associate pastor 38 years ago I got to know a young married couple that asked me for advice. They were having financial difficulties because their expenses were at times higher than their income. The husband had a good job with a good salary. What was the problem? Read more »

January 15, 2016: Who can say that he never has problems? We can have them when we least expect them or are not prepared for them. Sometimes they can make us feel like we are on a roller coaster. Read more »

January 8, 2016: There is a similarity between eyesight and faith simply in the effect that they have – one on the physical, the other on the spiritual. "Seeing is believing", man says. People learn from what they see and it helps to shape their life. Seeing in this sense can also mean experience; we learn from experience. Read more »

January 1, 2016: Jesus, the righteous judge, does not base His judgment on the way things seem to be, but on the way they really are. He expects those who will assist Him as kings and priests in the world tomorrow to do the same: "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." Read more »

December 25, 2015: As Christians we all know that prayer is an important part of our relationship with God. In the parable of the unrighteous judge, Jesus describes the righteous in this manner: "And will God not grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night?" Read more »

December 18, 2015: In the parable of the sower and the seed, Jesus said that persecution often arises when people begin to turn to God. The same thing occurred in the apostle Paul's life. Paul had an active role in the persecution of Stephen and the early Church. Read more »