Cartwright’s Journal out: AC reunion, women’s conference, and the Feast of Tabernacles


The latest issue (says #194, print date April 30, 2017) of The Journal: News of the Churches of God was sent out electronically and just received. It was another relatively short issue.

There was information regarding AC Reunion, a women’s conference, and Feast of Tabernacles’ sites.

Here is some of what The Journal reported from a story elsewhere about CGI’s Ian Boyne:

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—An enthusiastic cadre of Ambassador Review/Ambassador Report ( AR ) supporters met March 16, 2017, in Las Vegas for an all- day reunion to reflect on the 23 years during which the publication was published. The reunion came one day after the big re- union of former students of all three Ambassador College campuses in the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas. Bill Hughes orchestrated the AR event and had created the framework to keep the event moving throughout the day. 40 attendees It was an honor to be with Bill Hughes, Bob and Connie Gerringer, Leonard and Margaret Zola, Jim and Jeanette Lea and others who were instrumental in launching and sustaining Ambassador Report, along with publisher John Trechak, who died in 1999.

The Journal had the following related to a reunion of former Ambassador College students in its previous issue:

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—They came from 46 U.S. states and 11 countries. A few were octogenerians who hadn’t seen each other since they were teenagers. Finally the dreams of the dozen or so organizers and 273 attendees were realized when registration began in the hospitality room of the Orleans Hotel here on March 12, 2017, for the kickoff of the first all-campus Ambassador College reunion. Quite a few reunions had occurred over the years, in California, England and Texas. But only one boasted organizers who were ambitious enough to officially include former students from Pasadena, Bricket Wood and Big Sandy: all three campuses of Ambassador College/University.

The Journal also reported about a women’s conference in Texas:

LINDALE, Texas—Timberline Camp near Lindale proved to be the perfect backdrop for the New Church Lady Conference: The Owner’s Manual March 3-5, 2017. Organized and sponsored by the Church of God International (CGI), Christian Educational Ministries (CEM) and Dynamic Christian Ministries, this year’s diverse group of women from Texas, Oklahoma and as far away as Michigan demonstrated that not every gathering of women is a protest of something. Registration began the evening of March 3, followed by a warm welcome message from Nancy White of Big Sandy, founder and creator of the New Church Lady Conference. Vision pressure When asked, “What was your vision in creating the New Church Lady Conference,” Mrs. White replied, “My Bible-study group pressured me into it.” A little later she elaborated: “This year’s theme [‘The Owner’s Manual’] was meant to help us focus on the fact that God gives us instruction on every aspect of our lives, right there in His Word, the Bible.”

Here are links related to CGI, CEM, and women’s roles:

Teachings of the Church of God, International This article focuses on where CGI differs from the old WCG.

Teachings of Christian Educational Ministries The Ronald Dart formed this confederation (which he insisted was not a church).

Women and the New Testament Church What roles did women play in the ministry of Jesus and the apostles? Did Jesus and the Apostle Paul violate Jewish traditions regarding their dealings with women? Do women have any biblical limitations on their role in the Church? Were there female prophets? Do women have any special responsibilities in terms of how they dress? What does the New Testament really teach about women? Here is a related sermon titled: New Testament Women.

The Journal once again reported numerous Feast of Tabernacles’ sites. I previously submitted the following to The Journal related to the Continuing Church of God sites:

Dear Dixon:
Saw you would like a list of Feast of Tabernacles sites to be sent in.
So, here is our current expected list (and yes, Oscar’s email and last name are intentionally spelled differently) in no particular order:
San Diego, California, USA. Continuing Church of God, contact Dr. Bob Thiel, email
Wichita, Kansas, USA, Continuing Church of God, contact Richard Close email
Ontario or Quebec Canada. Continuing Church of God, contact Herb Haddon email
Uzice, Serbia. Continuing Church of God, contact Aleksandar Veljic, email
Rotorua, New Zealand. Continuing Church of God, contact John Hickey, email
Silay City, Philippines. Continuing Church of God, contact Oscar Mediavilla, email
Gambella, Ethiopia. Continuing Church of God, contact Koang Deng, email
Ashanti, Suame-Kumasi, Ghana contact Samuel Ofosu Gyeabour
Ndhiwa, Kenya. Continuing Church of God, contact Evans Ochieng, email
Bomet, Kenya. Continuing Church of God, contact Evans Ochieng, email
Kitui, Kenya. Continuing Church of God, contact Evans Ochieng, email
Mau, Kenya. Continuing Church of God, contact Joseah Kipngetich, email
Nairobi, Kenya. Continuing Church of God, contact Evans Ochieng, email
Transmara, Kenya. Continuing Church of God, contact Evans Ochieng, email
Migawi, Malawi. Continuing Church of God contact Radson Mulozowa email
Mozambique, Continuing Church of God contact Radson Mulozowa email
Utegi, Tanzania. Continuing Church of God, contact Martin Wanga, email
Best regards,
Bob Thiel

Since the above letter, the CCOG site in Canada was finalized to be in  Kingston, Ontario. I suspect that we also may end up with a site this year in Uganda. More on sites can be found in the link: Feast of Tabernacles’ Sites for 2017.

As far as The Journal goes, it also had the usual letters to the editor and other advertisements, various comments, and opinion articles. The advertisements mainly seem to be from possibly Laodicean groups and/or individuals (not all seem to be COG) who seem to think that the ads are somehow doing the work of God. More of the real work that the COGs should be doing are in the article The Final Phase of the Work.

The Journal itself is available by paid subscription (though Dixon Cartwright says some subscriptions are free to those who cannot afford it). It tends to have a non-Philadelphian approach to many, but not all, matters.

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