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February 9, 2017: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces its second German-language "Beyond Today" telecast, German video sermon Wer sind die zwei Zeugen? ["Who are the Two Witnesses"]. UCOG President Paul Kieffer recorded the telecast at the United Church of God Home Office in Cincinnati and UCG-Germany did the film editing.

February 2, 2017: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first month of 2017 was 37.5 percent higher than in January 2016. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 8.7 percent of UCG-Germany's income in January.

January 25, 2017: For the year 2016 the Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["UCG-Germany"] distributed a total of 63,500 print publications in the German language, 3.3 percent more than in 2015. The booklets requested most often were "Nach dem Tode – was dann?" ["What happens after death?"], "Jesus Christus: Die wahre Geschichte" ["Jesus Christ: The real story"] and "Biblische Prophezeiung: Ein Blick in Ihre Zukunft?" ["You Can Understand Bible Prophecy"]. In addition, 2924 ebooks were downloaded from the Apple Store and Amazon. The booklet "Das Buch der Offenbarung verständlich erklärt" ["The Book of Revelation Unveiled"] was downloaded 349 times.

January 16, 2017: The January-February issue Gute Nachrichten, January 2017 issue of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 9193 readers in 25 countries, a 4.9 percent increase over the 2016 January-February issue. The magazine was mailed to 7549 subscribers in Germany, 764 subscribers in Switzerland and 713 subscribers in Austria. A unique cover was used to highlight the current discussion in Europe on the "Brexit".

January 9, 2017: During the year 2016 the "Gute Nachrichten" website had 424,432 visitors, 57 percent more than in 2015.

January 2, 2017: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] in 2016 was 9 percent lower than in 2016. Regular mail income was 25 percent higher, and Holy Day offerings decreased by 15 percent. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 15.1 percent of UCG-Germany's regular mail income in 2016.

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What's new in Germany & elsewhere? 

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

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 »

December 23, 2016: Can you imagine that beautiful scenery could ever become boring? Probably not. That's what a young couple thought that moved to one of Canada's vacation paradises, surrounded by majestic mountains in the Canadian Rockies. Read more »

December 16, 2016: While it is true that we learn the importance of preparing for the foreseeable future from the ant (Proverbs 6:6-8), we live our lives – including that preparation – now, not yesterday or tomorrow, but today. Read more »

December 9, 2016: In his poem "The Lover's Complaint" the English poet William Shakespeare declared that a grievance shared divides its weight (or burden), which in German is the proverb "Geteiltes Leid ist halbes Leid". Human experience confirms the playwright's declaration. Read more »

November 18, 2016: In the sermon on the mount Jesus emphasized the quality of being a peacemaker for those who will enter the kingdom of God: "Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9). Read more »