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December 28, 2018: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] now has 41 videos available on its YouTube channel. The videos have been viewed 209,000 times, including 69,000 views for the "Beyond Today" program titled "7 Prophecies prior to Christ's return". At the end of the year, 1580 people were following the "Gute Nachrichten" YouTube channel, a 90% increase in one year.
December 20, 2018: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces its first short video commentary, Das Passah erklärt ["The Passover explained"]. UCG-Germany elder Martin Fekete recorded the commentary at his home in Oberndorf near Salzburg, Austria.
December 13, 2018: The UCG-Germany National Council approved budget for 2019 includes total expenses of 255,000 €. Income is projected to be 215,000 €, with the deficit being paid from cash reserves. The budget provides funds to increase circulation of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine at 11,000 subscribers and to print one new booklet and reprint three current booklets.
December 6, 2018: In the first eleven months of 2018 UCG-Germany distributed 4211 ebooks via Amazon, the Google Play Store and Smashwords. The most requested booklet was "Das Buch der Offenbarung verständlich erklärt" ["The Book of Revelation Unveiled"] with 671 downloads.
November 28, 2018: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another video sermon, AOK. UCOG President Paul Kieffer gave the sermon during on the Last Great Day festival in Schluchsee, Germany.
November 21, 2018: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] publishes the booklet "Jesus Christus: Die wahre Geschichte" ["Jesus Christ: The true story"] for the first time as an eBook.
November 14, 2018: The November-December issue of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 9766 readers in 25 countries, a 0.5 percent increase over the 2017 November-December issue. The magazine was mailed to 7845 subscribers in Germany, 895 subscribers in Switzerland and 833 subscribers in Austria.
November 7, 2018: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces its tenth German-language "Beyond Today" telecast, Kirche und Staat: Eine tödliche Mischung ["Church and State: A deadly mixture"]. The UCG "Beyond Today" film team recorded UCOG President Paul Kieffer on locations in Aachen und Brussels and UCG-Germany did the film editing.
October 31, 2018: Regular donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first ten months of 2018 was 2.7 percent higher than last year's income from January-October. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 22.2 percent of UCG-Germany's income in the first ten months of 2018.
October 22, 2018: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another video sermon, Das Spiel des Lebens ["The game of life"]. UCOG President Paul Kieffer gave the sermon during the Feast of Tabernacles in Schluchsee, Germany.
October 9, 2018: The offering statistics for the Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day in the German-language region have been finalized. The offering on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles was 11,017 €, 1.2 percent more than last year. The offering (13,933 €) on the Last Great Day was 16.8 higher than 2017. The total offering on the seven annual Holy Days in 2018 was 3.2 percent lower than last year.
October 1, 2018: Today's Last Great Day services conclude the eight day biblical Feast of Tabernacles season, with 224 people from 10 countries having met since September 24 in Schluchsee in the southern Black Forest.
What's new in Germany & elsewhere?
News on events in
Europe and commentary
June 26, 2018: 50 years ago today 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 »
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 »