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The January 2008 edition of UCG’s United News arrived yesterday.

Here are several items from it:

In 2007, at least 293 new members were baptized around the world.  This compares to 335 reported in the January issue last year…

U.S. baptisms 2006 through December 181.
U.S. baptisms 2007through December 173…

UCG also reported:

On Jan. 4, 2008, the United Church of God signed the closing documents on the new property in Texas.

This purchase is an important step in relocating the home office, a decision that was first discussed during the Council of Elders meeting in December 2006, brought forward as a proposal and approved by the Council in February 2007 and ratified by the General Conference of Elders in May 2007… 

At 81.5 acres, we now have more acreage than is presently needed on which to build a home office complex. This assures that the Church will have the capacity into the distant future to expand its facilities to accommodate future growth God may give even beyond ways we can envision at this time.

The development currently on the planning table includes a building for administrative offices, an educational center for ministerial training and Ambassador Bible Center, an outreach support building (warehouse, mailing and shipping) and limited housing for those using the training center. Any future development would come in separate stages as needed.

UCG also reported:

Ralph Helge was ordained an elder on Dec. 14, 2007, by Larry W. Greider, the pastor of the Los Angeles, California, congregation.

The Helges first moved to Pasadena, California, in 1957 to be a part of the Church. After graduation in 1963 Mr. Helge, an attorney, began working for the Church and continued as legal counselor during the next several decades. Mr. Helge is well known for his work with selective service issues, as well as many court battles, including the receivership in the late 1970s.

Mr. Helge and his wife, Ingrid, still live in Pasadena, and Ingrid often performs special music.

Ralph Helge and I worked together, via telephone, on a couple of matters when he was legal counsel to the old WCG.

UCG also reported:

The total print order for the January/February 2008 Good News magazine is 529,565, a new record. The previous high was 526,173 in September of 2002.

UCG dropped down to between 300,000-400,000 copies of its flagship magazine for quite a while.

UCG also reported:

For 2007, total mail received at the home office was 592,354 pieces (up 25.6 percent from 2006), and 584,880 pieces of literature were sent out (up 26.5 percent). The literature mailed out does not include The Good News, World News and Prophecy, United News and other periodicals that are not mailed from the home office.

…11,721 responses came from the Beyond Today TV and radio program and Web site. Of these, 4,961 came in by telephone, and the rest through the Beyond Today Web site (6,422), a Yahoo Internet ad (101) and a Google Internet ad (237).

Total Internet responses were 180,596, down 0.9 percent.

UCG also reported:

As of mid-December, 18,322 responses had been recorded from cable-access television, radio and the Internet since Beyond Today first aired in December 2005. The average response per week currently stands at 183. Beyond Today is now airing on 185 cable-access television channels and broadcasting on 19 commercial radio stations in the United States.

UCG is certainly improving in this area.  And I do expect its responses to increase in the future (which will make it harder for people to realize that UCG’s priorities on the work are not hot)–as it announced increases in its budget for such purposes.

To put the above responses into perspective, perhaps I should report that although it has between 2 1/2 – 3.0 times the income and attendance of the Living Church of God, the Living Church of God has thus far been far more effective with television and radio.

LCG is on 219 television stations (Meredith RC. Member and Co-Worker Letter, October 15, 2007). For 2007, LCG was been averaging about 3,800 responses per week to its Tomorrow’s World program.  Furthermore, As of 11/09/07, our member files now show more than 2,600 baptisms from all sources in our U.S. and international Living Church of God congregations since January 1999.

Two articles of possibly related interest may include:

There are Many COGs: Why Support the Living Church of God?This is an article for those who wish to easily sort out the different COGs. It really should be a MUST READ for current and former WCG members or any interested in supporting the faithful church. It also explains a lot of what the COGs are all about.
Differences between the Living Church of God and United Church of God This article provides quotes information from the two largest groups which had their origins in WCG as well as commentary.

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