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March 31, 2018: 106 people met at seven locations to keep the Passover on March 29. Today on the first day of Unleavened Bread, 142 people attended services in six locations: Dormagen (25), Hamburg (7), Mörfelden (27), Mühldorf (23), Oberstaufen (34) and Winterthur in Switzerland (26). The offering was 14,748 €, which was 12.0% higher than last year's offering.

March 20, 2018: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another video sermon, German video sermon Das perfekte Wort Gottes ["The perfect word of God"]. UCG-Germany elder Martin Fekete gave the sermon in Oberndorf near Salzburg, Austria.

March 13, 2018: The March-April issue Gute Nachrichten, March 2018 issue of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 9854 readers in 25 countries, a 5.9 percent increase over the 2017 March-April issue. The magazine was mailed to 7965 subscribers in Germany, 872 subscribers in Switzerland and 814 subscribers in Austria.

March 6, 2018: In the first two months of 2018 UCG-Germany distributed 501 ebooks via Amazon, the Google Play Store and Smashwords, including 175 downloads via Amazon. The most requested booklet was "Das Buch der Offenbarung verständlich erklärt" ["The Book of Revelation Unveiled"] with 73 downloads.

February 27, 2018: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] adds 40 MP3 sermons to its sermon website for members and church attendees. 589 recorded sermons are currently available for listening and download.

February 20, 2018: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces an excerpted video clip from its recent "Beyond Today" telecast, German video clip Der Schächer am reuz ["The thief on the cross"]. UCOG President Paul Kieffer had recorded the original telecast at the United Church of God Home Office in Cincinnati.

February 13, 2018: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first month of 2018 was 48.7 percent lower than last year's strong income in January 2017. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 12.0 percent of UCG-Germany's income in January.

February 6, 2018: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United German Beyond Today telecast Church of God-Germany"] produces its ninth German-language "Beyond Today" telecast, Wer ist der Antichrist? ["Who is the Antichrist?"]. UCOG President Paul Kieffer recorded the telecast at the United Church of God Home Office in Cincinnati and UCG-Germany did the film editing.

January 27, 2018: For the year 2017 the Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["UCG-Germany"] distributed a total of 68,085 print publications in the German language, 7.2 percent less than in 2017. The booklets requested most often were "Nach dem Tode – was dann?" ["What happens after death?"], "Das Buch der Offenbarung verständlich erklärt" ["The Book of Revelation Unveiled"], and "Amerika und Großbritannien: Was sagt die Bibel über ihre Zukunft?" ["The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy"]. In addition, 3044 ebooks were downloaded from the Apple Store and Amazon. The booklet "Das Buch der Offenbarung verständlich erklärt" was downloaded 431 times.

January 17, 2018: The Gute Nachrichten, January 2018 issue January-February issue of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 9798 readers in 25 countries, a 6.6 percent increase over the 2017 January-February issue. The magazine was mailed to 7932 subscribers in Germany, 857 subscribers in Switzerland and 798 subscribers in Austria.

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

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 »

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