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January 10, 2018 During the year 2017 the "Gute Nachrichten" website had 475,517 visitors, 12 percent more than in 2016.

January 3, 2018: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] in 2017 was 0.6 percent lower than in 2016. Regular mail income was 8.2 percent lower, and Holy Day offerings increased by 15.1 percent. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 21.5 percent of UCG-Germany's regular mail income in 2017.

December 28, 2017: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] now has 22 video sermons, 8 "Beyond Today" videos and a festival video available on its YouTube channel. The videos have been viewed 106,074 times, including 35,000 views for the "Beyond Today" program titled "7 Prophecies prior to Christ's return".

December 21, 2017: At the end of the year, 18 ebooks produced by the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] are available in the Apple iTunes store, the Google Play Store, via the ebook distributor Smashwords, the European ebook distributor Xinxii and German ebook distributors Thalia, bücher.de and Weltbild. 24 booklets are available in print, as well as all 12 lessons of the Bible Study Course.

December 12, 2017: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another video sermon, German video sermon Wenn Gottes Volk betet ["When God's people pray"]. UCG-Germany elder Martin Fekete gave the sermon in Oberndorf, Austria.

December 5, 2017: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the period January-November 2017 declined by 6.2 percent compared to same period last year. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 20.4 percent of UCG-Germany's regular donation income in the first eleven months of the year.

November 28 2017: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces its eighth German-language "Beyond Today" telecast, German Beyond Today telecast Der Himmel auf Erden? ["Heaven on Earth?"]. UCOG President Paul Kieffer recorded the telecast at the United Church of God Home Office in Cincinnati and UCG-Germany did the film editing.

November 20, 2017: UCG-Germany begins preparations to have its websites updated to be in compliance with the new European Union Privacy Policy, scheduled to take effect on May 25, 2018.

November 13, 2017: The November-December issue Gute Nachrichten, November 2017 issue of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 9721 readers in 25 countries, a 6.6 percent increase over the 2016 November-December issue. The magazine was mailed to 7860 subscribers in Germany, 842 subscribers in Switzerland and 790 subscribers in Austria.

November 6, 2017: In the first ten months of 2017 UCG-Germany distributed 2680 ebooks via Amazon, the Google Play Store and Smashwords, including 780 downloads via the Apple store. The most requested booklet was "Das Buch der Offenbarung verständlich erklärt" ["The Book of Revelation Unveiled"] with 331 downloads.

October 31, 2017: In September and October the MP3 sermons posted to the Gute Nachrichten website were downloaded 384 times. 3 sermons are available for public access and a new sermon is posted each week.

October 20, 2017: The UCG-Germany National Council approved budget for 2018 includes total expenses of 235,000 €. Income is projected to be 195,000 €, with the deficit being paid from cash reserves. The budget provides funds to maintain circulation of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine at 10,000 subscribers and to print one new booklet and reprint three current booklets.

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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 24, 2012: Is Germany using the debt crisis to conquer Europe? That is what some Europeans think, especially among the British press. But Germany’s integration in a European framework is exactly what its neigbors, especially France, wanted after World War II. Read more »

October 12, 2011: A stunning move by the Swiss National Bank in September signals the opening round of a currency war as Switzerland sets exchange limits to protect its domestic economy. Currency wars can lead to trade wars. But what comes after trade wars? Read more »

August 19, 2011: For over 1500 years the pope in Rome has claimed authority over the entire Christian church. That claim remains a source of controversy and division, even during the ecumenical movement. Is Jesus responsible for the division by appointing Peter as pope? Read more »

June 29, 2011: While many economic experts have focused on the Greek debt crisis and the future of the euro, the plight of unemployed youth in Europe has received less attention. Their rising numbers may eventually lead to a rise of political extremism. Read more »

November 16, 2010: Populist sentiment may be just a groundswell of discontent and concern among a minority, but it can also affect major political developments, depending on its momentum and the issues involved. A case study is growing Islamic influence in Europe. Read more »

September 21, 2010: Over the last 50 years change has come slowly within the European Union. However, the impact of the worldwide financial crisis forced the European Union to respond much faster than would have been the case in "normal" economic times. Read more »

August 28, 2010: With birthrates among traditional Europeans in decline and population growth in Europe’s Muslim communities soaring, one persistent European voice asks whether Europe wants to preserve its traditional cultural and religious identity. Read more »

March 25, 2010: Members of the European Parliament, labor organizations and mainstream churches unite to promote EU legislation promoting Sunday as EU’s official day of rest. If passed, what will this mean for religious minorities that keep the biblical Sabbath? Read more »

February 23, 2010: Controversies over minarets and burkas highlight the clash of cultures and whether Europe’s traditional religious heritage should be defended in the face of a fast-growing Muslim minority. Will Islam eventually displace Christianity in Europe? Read more »

September 17, 2009: The 50th anniversary of the NATO alliance in 1999 was a celebration of the successful defense of the free world during the Cold War. Just ten years later there are signs of serious trouble within the alliance. Will NATO survive the next ten years? Read more »

August 17, 2009: 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 »

October 30, 2008: The ongoing financial crisis means a lot more than worry for individual investors in different countries around the world. A major shift in world financial power centers is on the horizon. America is on the decline, while Asia and Europe are on the rise. Read more »

February 19, 2007: For years Germany’s Mardi Gras Monday ["Rosenmontag"] float designers have used the occasion to poke fun at German and international politicians and the world scene. Today’s Rosenmontag parade in Düsseldorf was no exception. Read more »

November 15, 2004: The Gregorian calendar in common use in the Western world has peculiarities that complicate trade and commerce. Despite all attempts to alter this calendar, the seven-day weekly cycle has been preserved. Will the Catholic church allow it to be changed? Read more »

August 20, 1999: The department store Kaufhof opens on Sunday in Berlin to challenge Germany’s "store closing law" which establishes Sunday as a protected day of rest from gainful employment. What does the future hold for the "store closing law"? Read more »

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