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July 28, 2017: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another video sermon, German video sermon Der Weg, die Wahrheit und das Leben ["The way, the truth and life"]. UCOG President Paul Kieffer gave the sermon in Mörfelden near Frankfurt.

July 19, 2017: The "Beyond Today" film team from the United Church of God Home Office arrived in Berlin to begin a 10 day trip to record 6 English-language and 3 German-language "Beyond Today" telecasts. Film locations are in Berlin, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, the Wartburg castle, Aachen and Brussels, Belgium. United Church of God-Germany staff member Jesmina Allaoua made the logistical arrangements for the trip and obtained film permits for the desired locations.

July 12, 2017: The July-August issue Gute Nachrichten, July 2017 issue of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 9531 readers in 25 countries, a 6.4 percent increase over the 2016 July-August issue. The magazine was mailed to 7751 subscribers in Germany, 816 subscribers in Switzerland and 760 subscribers in Austria.

July 5, 2017: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another video sermon, German video sermon Die erste Liebe ["The first love"]. UCG-Germany elder Martin Fekete gave the sermon in Oberndorf near Salzburg, Austria.

June 30, 2017: In the first six months of 2017 UCG-Germany distributed 1477 ebooks via Amazon, the Google Play Store and Smashwords, including 481 downloads via the Apple store. The most requested booklet was "Das Buch der Offenbarung verständlich erklärt" ["The Book of Revelation Unveiled"] with 263 downloads.

June 21, 2017: Fundraising thermometer The United Christian Outreach Germany special fundraiser to provide $1000 for Armenien UCG member Mnazakan Poghossjan to attend this year's Feast of Tabernacles in Schluchsee, Germany has reached 50 percent of the goal. Mr. Poghassjan speaks fluent German and is the only member of the United Church of God in Armenia and has only limited income. Without additional financial assistance from the church, he would never be able to attend the Feast.

June 13, 2017: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces its seventh "Beyond Today" television program in German, German Beyond Today program Engel: Diener Gottes ["Angels: God's servants"]. A volunteer team translated the original English text and the scripture images, provided the German voice for the main "Beyond Today" speaker and dubbed the audio.

June 6, 2017: 193 people met in seven locations in the German-language region on Pentecost weekend. 81 people met in Arnheim (Netherlands), and the other locations were Berlin (10), Hamburg (9), Mörfelden (23), Plauen (5), Rosenheim (26) and Winterthur in Switzerland (34). The offering in the German-language region was 10,910 €, an 11.4 percent increase in comparison to last year's offering. The offering for the 3 spring Holy Days (Unleavened Bread, Pentecost) was 11.6 percent higher than last year.

May 31, 2017: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first five months of 2017 was 5.1 percent higher than in the same period last year. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 16.2 percent of UCG-Germany's income in January-May.

May 16, 2017: The May-Juni issue Gute Nachrichten, May 2017 issue of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 9394 readers in 25 countries, a 5.5 percent increase over the 2016 May-Juni issue. The magazine was mailed to 7669 subscribers in Germany, 795 subscribers in Switzerland and 741 subscribers in Austria.

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News on events in Europe and commentary
on diverse topics from Paul Kieffer's blog

March 24, 2017: What do we learn about a person's relationship to God when he goes through difficult times? Persecution, financial problems, sickness – and even death? For centuries some people have tended to view such things as evidence of a disturbed relationship to God. Read more »

March 10, 2017: What is the foundation of our relationship to God? Do we build on sand or rock? Those who build on rock live by the words of Jesus Christ. Read more »

February 24, 2017: Do you have special "double vision"? There is a small fish in Central and northern South America that has this ability. Our creator gave them large, protruding eyes that have an air lens on the upper side and a water lens on the lower side of the eye. Read more »

February 17, 2017: You can learn about the character of people who are experiencing serious problems or difficulties. What do they do to cope with their situation – or flee from it? Read more »

February 10, 2017: Are there "trivial sins"? To answer this question, we need to look at "trivial offenses" as they are called ("Kavaliersdelikt" in German). A trivial offense is doing something that is actually against the law, but the person doing it does it anyway out of convenience or a personal sense of justice. Read more »

January 27, 2017: 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 »

January 20, 2017: Disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, etc. often mean tragedy and death for many people and have us asking "Why?". On the other hand, the positive side of the human spirit is evident when disaster strikes, as people respond to help the victims. Read more »

January 6, 2017: Chris the sheep became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years. Of course, during this time his wool grew without anyone there to shear (shave) it. Read more »

December 30, 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 »