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May 4, 2020: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first four months of 2020 was 2.0 percent higher than last year's income in the same period. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 19.4 percent of UCG-Germany's income.

April 29, 2020: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another short video commentary, German video sermon Können Sie bis drei zählen? ["Can you count to three?"]. UCOG President Paul Kieffer recorded the commentary at the Vereinte Kirche Gottes office near Bonn, Germany.

April 22, 2020: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] cancels its scheduled "Open House" church services in Vienna, Winterthur and Plauen, scheduled for April and May. Travel and lodging restrictions because of the corona pandemic made the cancellations necessary.

April 15, 2020: The offering today on the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread 10,526 €, a 4.8% increase over last year's offering. Members submitted their offering via bank transfer. Morning and afternoon services were streamed via the internet.

April 9, 2020: The offering today on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread 10,526 €, a 12.6% increase over last year's offering. Members submitted their offering via bank transfer. Morning and afternoon services were streamed via the internet, as well as on Passover evening, April 7.

March 30, 2020: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another short video commentary, German video sermon Gott existiert! ["God exists!"]. UCG-Germany elder Martin Fekete recorded the commentary at his home in Oberndorf near Salzburg, Austria.

March 21, 2020: As a result of the corona pandemic, the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] has canceled all worship services in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Services are being streamed every Sabbath via an audio link and via Zoom.

March 12, 2020: The March-April issue of the Gute Nachrichten, March 2020 issue "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 9916 readers in 25 countries, a 2.1 percent increase over the 2019 March-April issue. The magazine was mailed to 7929 subscribers in Germany, 930 subscribers in Switzerland and 868 subscribers in Austria.

March 5, 2020: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another short video commentary, German video sermon Ist Satan mächtiger als Gott? ["Is Satan stronger than God?"]. UCOG President Paul Kieffer recorded the commentary at the Vereinte Kirche Gottes office near Bonn, Germany.

February 27, 2020: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first two months of 2020 was 6.4 percent higher than last year's income in the same period. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 25.1 percent of UCG-Germany's income.

February 20, 2020: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] adds 40 MP3 sermons to its sermon website for members and church attendees. 686 recorded sermons are currently available for listening and download.

February 13, 2020: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another short video commentary, German video sermon Wozu sind Sie geboren? ["Why were you born?"]. UCG-Germany elder Martin Fekete recorded the commentary at his home in Oberndorf near Salzburg, Austria.

February 4, 2020: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first month of 2020 was 20.3 percent lower than last year's income in January 2019. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 34.8 percent of UCG-Germany's income in January.

January 29, 2020: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another short video commentary, German video sermon Satan der Verführer ["Satan the deceiver"]. UCG-Germany elder Martin Fekete recorded the commentary at his home in Oberndorf near Salzburg, Austria.

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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

June 26, 2018: 55 years ago President John F. Kennedy spoke the words most widely recognized today as being German: "Ich bin ein Berliner." A boisterous appreciative crowd of some 300,000 jammed Berlin's Schöneberg Rathaus square to hear Kennedy speak. Read more »

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 »

December 21, 2007: At midnight on Friday the Schengen zone in Europe was expanded eastward to include nine eastern European countries. A borderless European Union now extends from Russia all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Which country is the center of the Schengen zone? 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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