Servants' News

July/August 1999

News from Local Congregations

News from Local Congregations

News from Local Congregations
This column includes information sent to us from a variety of groups. Servants’ News does not necessarily agree with the teachings or practices of these groups. Please ask about them before attending their functions.

Need a Few More Hymnals

We still have a few outstanding requests for the old purple WCG hymnal (Dwight Armstrong songs). If you know of extra hymnals not being used, please send them to us and we will send them on to those who have requested them. Let us help our brethren praise the Eternal in the way they best understand. — NSE

 

Church Assorted Flavors Website

The Assorted Flavors 7th Day Sabbatarians Directory has moved due to ISP change. If you have book marked it please take note of the new URL:

http://travel.to/Assorted-Flavors

If you link this address it will always take you to the current location.

— Mary Lois Bierman

 

CGI Hymnal Music on the Net

The new Church of God, International hymnal music is on the internet. The web address is

http://home.fuse.net/rust/hymnal.html

Most internet browsers are equipped to handle the MIDI file format for the music, but if you have any problems, please let me know. If you have already ordered a set of Burgundy Hymnal Tapes, they will be arriving soon. Hope you enjoy the music.

Vivian E. Rust

 

Arkansas Non-Aligned Group

You are welcome to come worship with a non-aligned Church of God group in Russellville, Arkansas at 10 a.m. each Sabbath at the United Rubberworkers’ Union Hall on Weir Road. For more information contact Gary Petit at 501-669-2659 or Rick Mars at 501-967-6680.

— Charles Green

 

Large Format Hymnal Available

I hope you enjoy my hymnal, “Songs for the Family of God”. I am having large (216×279 mm) spiral-bound copies made; they won’t be as beautifully printed as the small ones, but they will be good for those who want a book to open flat, or for those who need large print. They are $12 each (plus 7% tax for Ohio residents), including shipping, and should be ready July 1, 1999.

I will try to make a CD. It will take some time, both to record and to finance—it costs several thousands of dollars to produce. When it is ready, I will publicize it.

Because of the wording in one article about the hymnal, some of you sent for a “sample copy”. I am now sending out the real thing! One hymnal, post-paid is $6.00. Two to 20 hymnals are $5.00 each. (Ohio residents add 7% sales tax).

Mark Graham
PO Box 770261, Lakewood, Oh 44107-0019
216-529-1380

 

New Sabbatarian Singles Address

The Sabbatarian Singles List has a new address: 37 East 30th St.; Bayonne, NJ 07002. Write to get the July update if you are interested.

Michelle Ward

 

Long-Time Elder Stan Bass Dies

Stanley Bass, former Regional Pastor of the Caribbean, died on August 2, 1999 after a long struggle with cancer. During his later years, Mr. Bass taught at Ambassador University in Big Sandy until his retirement when the University closed. Mr. Bass was buried on August 6. Dave Orban, Pastor in Big Sandy requested prayers for his widow, Millie Bass.

Cards may be sent to Millicent Bass, 300 N. Lexington Dr., Big Sandy, TX 75755. Phone 903-636-4286.

— Mike Harkins

 

Big Sandy Campus Sale Is Off

Worldwide Church of God Pastor General, Joseph Tkach, Jr., announced August 21 that the planned sale of the former Ambassador College, Big Sandy, Texas campus will not take place. The group attempting to purchase the school was not able to arrange the anticipated financing. Mr. Tkach said that his organization had made secondary plans for this event, but did not say what those plans were. He also announced that his 1999 budget had counted on the sale of the campus, and that there would probably be a major shortfall at the end of the year.

As a philosophical editor’s note: Growing entities seek to save money so they can buy assets to increase the scope of their work. Dying entities sell or use up existing assets to pay current expenses. Let all of us pray that we may see the Eternal’s purpose, and to yield a 30, 60 or 100 fold harvest for Him (Matt 13:23).

— Norman Edwards

 

Open Letter from WCGR #5

Greetings and great hope from the Worldwide Church of God, Restored!

We send greetings to all the faithful around the world. God bless all of you for your courage in standing for the faith once delivered. We continue to hear from our friends and brethren. We appreciate your prayers, your encouragement, and your financial offerings. Thank you so very much.

Based on recent events, the Worldwide Church of God, Restored has come to an important decision. The decision is based on the words of Mr.Tkach that were written in response to our community. Two particular
statements are relevant:

1) Mr. Tkach stated that if “members create division in the church by persisting in teaching or promoting things that are contrary to church doctrine… then the church has the duty to rescind their membership.”

2) Mr. Tkach also states, “The Worldwide Church of God welcomes Sabbath-keepers to be full members of the church. We only expect them not to teach that Sabbath-keeping is commanded for Christians, because the Bible teaches that it isn’t.”

Mr. Tkach’s words are an indictment against himself. He has effectively demanded his own resignation. By his own criteria he has disqualified himself as the Pastor General. Mr. Tkach has presided over a truly historic division. Certainly the largest division of any religious organization in decades. Mr. Tkach has demanded that any faith which embraces the Sabbath be hidden. There is no such thing as a hidden faith.

Therefore:

We no longer recognize Mr. Tkach as our Pastor General. He has betrayed the faith that was once delivered to him. He has betrayed those he has led. He has openly and officially declared that we cannot keep our faith unless we hide it.

Further, we will no longer offer any portion of our tithes and offerings to Mr. Tkach. Our community will not offer any support to those who have openly and officially attacked the faith and practice of the original church and the Apostles.

Sincerely,

—A Community of Believers in the Worldwide Church of God, Restored
805-527-2810; wcgr@juno.com

 

[What started on Pentecost this year as the WCGR “third alternative”—staying in the WCG, but meeting separately and keeping old WCG doctrines—has now become a church group. Our previous commentary on this group indicated that it was not likely to last long. “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” (Amos 3:3). Nevertheless, it is good that people are making a conscious decision to attend the group that they firmly understand to be teaching the truth of the Bible. This is so much better than studying a group’s doctrines at the beginning, joining it, and then going along with whatever they teach. Servants’ News readers might want to encourage friends who have been in the WCG all these years but skeptical of the “new doctrines” to contact this group. It would be a good “first step”.— NSE]

 

Origin of Nations Forum

History Research Projects, publisher of “Origins of Nations” magazine, distributor of many fine books and which also runs seminars on historical/prophetic subjects, invites you to subscribe to a free e-mail discussion forum. Just click on: www.onelist.com/community/origin, answer a few questions, and away you go!

The forum values any positive and uplifting discussion or news on: identity of the world’s nations and peoples, lost tribes of Israel, prophecy, world news, anthropology, human cultures, genetics, Genesis 10 research and such like.

Positive, well-thought out and quality discussions are sought after.

Extreme, radical, silly or attacking e-mails are not permitted.

So please go right ahead and subscribe and don’t forget to tell your friends about it. It should be fun.

— Craig White

 

Australian Lectures Successful

The Australian lecture tour on The Lost Tribes of Israel—Found was a resounding success.

The author is a founder member of the Sydney UCG, member of the History Research Projects organizing committee and is a solicitor with the Commonwealth Government.

For the second year running History Research Projects (Publisher of the Origins of Nations magazine, GPO Box 864, Sydney, Australia 2001) with the cooperation of the UCG in Australia has presented a highly successful lecture series dealing with the identity of Israel in the modern world and related topics. Last year Dr. Rick Sherrod toured Australia and New Zealand under the sponsorship of HRP presenting lectures in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland on the identity of modern Israel.

This year the series was continued with UCG Pastor Melvin Rhodes and another UCG member who prefers not to be named in print, giving presentations.The lectures were again devised to build bridges between the many CoG groups and advertised to the general public as an evangelizing opportunity. The topics presented by Melvin Rhodes included talks on “Daniel 7—an overview of world history”, “The Multitude of Nations—the free world’s first line of defense”, “Decolonization and its consequences” and “European Unity—past and present”.

The other lecturer spoke on “The Call, Purpose and History of Israel up to the captivity”, “The migrations of Israel from the captivity to North West Europe”, “The promises to the Patriarchs” and “Jacob’s Trouble”.

The attendances at the various venues compared favorably with those achieved last year though in Sydney the attendance was down a little.The attendances at the most popular sessions were Brisbane: 145, Sydney: 125, Melbourne: 120 and Auckland, New Zealand: 53. In Sydney the lower numbers from last year were mainly due to a UCG service being conducted in a nearby city. However, at the Sydney lectures there were in attendance members of no fewer than 8 CoG groups and the other sites reported similar attendance patterns with CoG members very happy with the opportunity to meet up with old friends from other groups or independent members they had not seen for quite a while and who would only meet under a neutral umbrella.

As further evidence of bridge-building with other like-minded CoGs, an elder with the Global Church of God, Rob Barnett, acted as an MC for one of the four sessions in the Sydney conference. Those attending included members of WCG still pursuing the faith as well as members of the public completely new to this essential information. During the course of the lectures a great deal of free literature from UCG was taken up by non UCG attendees and free literature from other CoG groups was also available and much taken.

Sample copies of various well-researched books on the subject (including Steven Collins’ book) and various maps and other objects of interest were displayed.

While History Research Projects and the independent organizing committee raised the lion’s share of the funds to cover expenses, a great deal of thanks goes to the congregations pastored by Melvin Rhodes, Ann Arbor and Lansing, Michigan, for meeting the cost of Mr. Rhode’s return airfares to Australia. Thanks also go to the UCG Council of Elders for allowing Mr. Rhodes the opportunity to speak at these lectures and both the Australian National Council and New Zealand Board for their overwhelming support. Both Melvin Rhodes and Dr. Lewis were enthusiastically received at all venues with very positive feedback on the content of the talks and the rivetting speaking of both.

So successful has this lecture format been over the past two years that HRP and the organizing committee are already up and running on the year 2000 lecture series and are thinking of making it a pre-Olympic event and have several speakers in mind.

—Murray Allatt

 

Send Us Your News!

Believe it or not, publication editors are not people who automatically “know what’s going on”. The only way we know about significant events is by somebody telling us, by reading a publication or by asking various groups what they are planning. We simply do not have time to contact numerous groups before each issue to get their current news. We receive a lot of publications, but cannot read all of them. Many groups do not have a publication.
The most effective way for us to provide timely news is for you to send an announcement 2 to 3 months before a special event takes place, or send a report a week or so after it occurs. Thank you very much for your help.


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