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October 17, 2016

Feast of Tabernacles 2016

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The beautiful Black Forest in Southern Germany was again the site of the Feast of Tabernacles for 210 brethren from eight countries met in the beautiful lakeside town of Schluchsee, Germany, a millennial setting. The village sits beside the largest lake in the Black Forest region, Lake Schluchsee. (more…)

September 28, 2015

Feast of Tabernacles 2015

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The beautiful Black Forest in Southern Germany was the site of the Feast of Tabernacles for 259 brethren from 10 different countries. (more…)

October 10, 2014

2014 Feast of Tabernacles in Germany

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The beautiful Black Forest in southern Germany was the site of the Feast for 224 brethren from 14 different countries. (more…)

August 13, 2014

UCG Hymnal Revision?

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After UCG-Germany members worked over a year to produce a one-to-one replication of the United Church of God English-language hymnal in 2009, I was amazed to learn that a revision of the English hymnal is being considered. (more…)

September 20, 2013

2013 Feast of Tabernacles in Germany

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The beautiful Black Forest in southern Germany was the site of the Feast for 223 brethren from 10 different countries. (more…)

August 28, 2013

"Gute Nachrichten" quoted in new book

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Information on the origin of Christmas originally published in the Gute Nachrichten magazine has been reprinted in a German book on the Roman Catholic Church. (more…)

August 5, 2013

Summer Camp 2013 in the UK

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11 young people from Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland attended this year's summer camp hosted by the United Church of God British Isles. Camp was in session from July 26 to August 4. (more…)

October 1, 2012

2012 Feast of Tabernacles in Schluchsee

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The town of Schluchsee in the southern Black Forest was again the site for our annual Feast of Tabernacles. (more…)

August 20, 2012

Unusual airport security in Cologne

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This morning's security at the Cologne-Bonn airport for my flight to Prague was a bit contradictory, at least to me. (more…)

June 21, 2012

"Gute Nachrichten" article reprinted

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An article by Mario Seiglie published in the Gute Nachrichten magazine has been reprinted in a German science book. (more…)

May 27, 2012

Pentecost fellowship weekend

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35 people from 4 congregations in 2 countries met on Pentecost weekend at a youth hostel in Herogen, Germany near the Dutch-German border. (more…)

April 6, 2012

"Night to be much observed"

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This evening I met some friends for our church’s traditional "Night to be much observed." (more…)

March 18, 2012

"Kingdom of God " seminars

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The United Church of God-Germany started its next round of "Kingdom of God" seminars yesterday in Munich and Stuttgart. (more…)

November 12, 2011

"Kingdom of God" seminars

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During the last three weeks, United Church of God–Germany held three Kingdom of God Bible Seminars: in Dormagen (near Cologne), Mörfelden (near Frankfurt) and Hamburg. (more…)

October 20, 2011

Feast of Tabernacles 2011

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228 people from 11 countries gathered to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles in the beautiful village of Schluchsee, Germany, in the heart of the Black Forest. (more…)

June 18, 2011

Service in Plauen

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Today we had a special all-day service in Plauen. (more…)

June 12, 2011

Pentecost picnic

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Following today’s service in Arnhem (Netherlands) we had a picnic at a rural estate. (more…)

April 11, 2011

New Printer for "Gute Nachrichten"?

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This time it looks like we have an interesting quote from a prospective printer for printing our magazine and booklets. (more…)

March 28, 2011

Another difficult birth

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Once again, this isn’t about a new arrival on the planet. Instead, it is about our "New Covenant" booklet, which isn’t going to be a booklet. (more…)

February 23, 2011

Interactive Bible Study via the Internet

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After a couple of tests earlier this month, today was our first regular UCG-Germany interactive Bible study via the internet. (more…)

February 5, 2011

Combined services in Schriesheim

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Today was the third annual combined winter service for the Darmstadt and Stuttgart congregations. (more…)

January 29, 2011

A slippery morning

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As I left for a church service in Arnhem (Netherlands) this morning, I could tell it might be slippery in places. (more…)

January 21, 2011

A difficult birth

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No, this isn’t about a new arrival on the planet. Instead, it is about our "Fundamental Beliefs" booklet. (more…)

January 15, 2011

Film evening in Dormagen

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After today’s church service in Dormagen we had a potluck dinner and a film evening. (more…)

January 6, 2011

Lesson 1, German Bible Course

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We are updating the statistics in lesson 1 of our Bible correspondence course. (more…)

November 16, 2010

Youth work works

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Having been involved to one degree or another in church youth work for over 35 years now, Youth camp 1974 sometimes you look back on the efforts made to reach young people and wonder whether they have had any lasting effect. For example, take this summer camp photo from 1974 in Germany. Today we would call the camp a "pre-teen" camp since most of the young people in attendance at this 1974 activity were not yet teenagers, like the three girls in the photo. This camp was one of the first organized in Germany for our young people, and it in retrospect it was probably a bit strict. The first item on the daily agenda – before breakfast! – was a vigorous round of calisthenics. However, the children did not seem to mind and they had a lot of fun. In later years the camps became more sophisticated with various activities. By the way, you might be wondering who the girl highlighted in the red box is. She is proof that youth work does work! (more…)

October 23, 2010

Happy birth Alfred!

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Happy birthday Alfred!

At church services today we honored my friend Alfred, who just had his 90th birthday recently. (more…)

September 27, 2010

Festival video from Cincinnati

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This year’s Feast of Tabernacles sermon video is a joint presentation by United Church of God Council of Elders chairman Melvin Rhodes and UCG President Dennis Luker. (more…)

September 24, 2010

Translating at the Feast

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One of the challenges we have at our Schluchsee Feast of Tabernacles site is to provide a quality simultaneous translation for our German-language members and foreign visitors. (more…)

September 21, 2010

Arrival in Schluchsee

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Today was our travel day to Schluchsee in the southern Black Forest for this year’s Feast of Tabernacles. (more…)

September 6, 2010

Thanks to our "Middle East" translator

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Jesmina Allaoua and I met with the man who translated the United Church of God "Middle East" booklet into Arabic to thank him for his work. (more…)

August 22, 2010

Another rough day at the "office"

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My "office" is where I work, which can be at home, on a train or at church activities, like today’s 13 km walk along the shore of Starnberg lake near Munich. (more…)

August 13, 2010

50 km on a bike

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Today’s activity for the European youth attending the "Dutch Down" was 50 km (33 mile) bike ride. (more…)

August 5, 2010

A visit with my friend Carmelo

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I went to Italy yesterday to encourage my friend Carmelo Anastasi and would up being encouraged by him! (more…)

July 30, 2010

Swiss pride and airport security

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Our group of eight youth departed today from Düsseldorf for the United Church of God British Isles summer camp near Manchester, but not without some Swiss pride being questioned at the security checkpoint. (more…)

May 20, 2010

More Stops on My Journey

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This Pentecost weekend means a few more stops on my journey in serving the members in the German-language region. (more…)

April 27, 2010

"You have grown taller!"

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No, Mrs. Paulowitz, we both may have shrunk, but you have shrunk more than I have! (more…)

March 30, 2010

Church service in Zwickau

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For the first time in 15 years the church of God conducted church services again in Zwickau, in eastern Germany. (more…)

February 28, 2010

UCG member in Haitian relief effort

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UCG member Norbert Haase, who works for the German Red Cross, arrived in Haiti 48 hours after the January 12 earthquake there. (more…)

January 26, 2010

The Arabic Middle East

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"That’s nothing new," you might think. But I am talking about a new booklet titled "The Middle East in Bible Prophecy." (more…)

January 14, 2010

Funeral in Berlin

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My first assignment after returning to Germany was a funeral in Berlin. (more…)

November 4, 2009

Farewell to Heinz Pistorius

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The funeral for pioneer East German Church of God member Heinz Pistorius was held today in Zwickau, Germany. (more…)

October 12, 2009

Melvin Rhodes visits Bonn

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World News & Prophecy editor Melvin Rhodes is visiting Bonn. (more…)

October 3, 2009

Feast of Tabernacles in Schluchsee

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Today’s afternoon service provided a chance to see where all our Feast guests call home. (more…)

October 2, 2009

New German hymnal (4)

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Just in time for the opening service this evening, 200 copies of the new German hymnal arrived via courier today at the Schluchsee Feast site. (more…)

September 29, 2009

New German hymnal (3)

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Our new German hymnal was delivered today. (more…)

September 22, 2009

New German hymnal (2)

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We got word today that the delivery of our new German hymnal will be delayed until next week. (more…)

September 2, 2009

New German hymnal (1)

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We delivered the final edits to our printer today for the new German hymnal, completing a 20 month project. (more…)

April 2, 2009

Baptism in Prague

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Today was a special occasion in Prague, as Zdenka Dankova was baptized. (more…)

December 26, 2008

Sabbath Bible Study

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No, the date of the entry is not wrong. It was a Bible study about the Sabbath, not on the Sabbath. (more…)

December 24, 2008

Getting away for Christmas

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40 UCG-Germany members met this evening for the first day of a four day activity in a youth hostel near Hachenburg about 60 miles west of Frankfurt. (more…)

October 21, 2008

Last Great Day 2008

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Last Great Day 2008

On the final day of the fall festival season 2008 we had two services in Schluchsee. (more…)

October 20, 2008

Feast of Tabernacles 2008, Day 7

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Feast of Tabernacles 2008, Day 7

Today services began at 2 p.m., following yesterday’s dance evening. (more…)

October 19, 2008

Feast of Tabernacles 2008, Day 6

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The only member of the United Church of God in Armenia is again keeping the Feast with us in Schluchsee. (more…)

October 18, 2008

Feast of Tabernacles 2008, Day 5

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One of our challenges at the Schluchsee Feast site is providing a quality simultaneous translation. (more…)

October 17, 2008

Feast of Tabernacles 2008, Day 4

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We had a bit of a surprise when we woke up this morning. (more…)

October 16, 2008

Feast of Tabernacles 2008, Day 3

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Today at the Schluchsee Feast site we viewed this year’s festival video. (more…)

October 15, 2008

Feast of Tabernacles 2008, Day 2

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Today at the Schluchsee Feast site I had lunch with our special guests from Latvia. (more…)

October 14, 2008

Feast of Tabernacles 2008, Day 1

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Today we had our main worship service on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles in the afternoon. (more…)

October 13, 2008

Set up for Schluchsee Feast site

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Today was the day for setting up the hall in Schluchsee where we will have the Feast of Tabernacles 2008. (more…)

September 21, 2008

Try this for getting to church services!

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I booked my train ticket for yesterday’s overnight trip to Biel, Switzerland on July 10th and thought I had planned pretty far in advance. All that for nothing because of a demonstration in Cologne! (more…)

September 18, 2008

Another radio interview

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This is getting to be a habit! (more…)

September 4, 2008

My first radio interview

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As a result of an unusual development I was interviewed today as guest on a radio talk show of the German national shortwave station "Deutsche Welle". (more…)

June 5, 2008

UCG literature in Arabic?

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Will UCG literature also be available in Arabic, with the potential to reach hundreds of millions of additional people? (more…)

April 24, 2008

This was no cinch (Zinch)!

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It apparently took some time to verify the votes, but Kayleen Hannaway, who attends the Salem, Oregon UCG congregation, has been declared the winner of the Zinch "Sweet Diggity Dawg" scholarship competition, netting her a $20,000 scholarship for her studies at Vanderbilt University. (more…)

April 13, 2008

Kopierstube in Dresden

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Today I was visiting our members Rainer and Margit in Dresden. They have had a photocopy shop for over 25 years, dating back to German Democratic Republic (East Germany) days. (more…)

February 9, 2008

Guest speaker in Dormagen

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I speak regularly in the Netherlands, so it was time for a guest from the Netherlands to visit our Dormagen congregation. (more…)

November 3, 2007

"Tearing down walls . . ."

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With the European Union removing intra-European borders, it was about time for a visit to a Church of God congegation only 45 minutes from Germany. (more…)

October 15, 2007

Creative Advertizing

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Advertizing a free magazine in Europe is a challenge. Print media are expensive. Why not use your own car? (more…)

September 30, 2007

Translating at the Feast

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Sermons at our Schluchsee feast site are given in English or German, and the message is then translated into the other language. (more…)

September 29, 2007

Our member from Armenia

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This year Mnazakan Poghossjan is again our special guest at the Feast of Tabernacles in Schluchsee. (more…)

September 26, 2007

The Feast early crew

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At our Schluchsee feast site every year we have a crew that arrives a day early to get the hall ready. (more…)

September 25, 2007

A visit on the way to the Feast

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On my drive from Bonn to Schluchsee I stopped by to see Elisabeth and Alois Drosdek. They won’t be able to attend the Feast with us this year. (more…)

September 23, 2007

A long distance funeral

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The result of an unexpected email last week was an unusual but positive funeral for all involved. (more…)

September 19, 2007

A funeral before the Feast

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Today Kurt Schmitz conducted the funeral of Karl-Heinz Pasch, the husband of one of our members in the Dormagen congregation. (more…)

September 17, 2007

International Relationship

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Yesterday we had another international meeting of sorts, this time in Belgium – a wedding! (more…)

September 14, 2007

Trumpets in Venlo

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This year we again had a combined service for the Feast of Trumpets in Venlo, the Netherlands. (more…)

August 26, 2007

Visit to the Swiss Jura

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Today’s trip took me from Wattwil to Biel and then to Moutier before my drive back to Bonn. (more…)

August 25, 2007

Weekend Trip to Switzerland

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I attended Sabbath services today in Winterthur, Switzerland, where we had 27 in attendance. (more…)

August 4, 2007

"Some like it hot"

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The old movie title is an appropriate description for my "job" late Sabbath afternoon at the conclusion of our children’s summer camp. (more…)

July 31, 2007

UK summer camp

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This year’s summer camp in the UK got off to a good start. (more…)

June 22, 2007

A day in Constantine’s city of Trier

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Peter Eddington and Clay Thornton traveled to Trier today to see an exhibition on Constantine the Great. (more…)

June 21, 2007

UCG film team visits Charlemagne’s capital

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Today the UCG film crew visited the city of Aachen, which was once Charlemagne’s capital. (more…)

June 20, 2007

UCG film crew visits Bundestag

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The German parliament, the Bundestag, was the main item on today’s itinerary for Peter Eddington and Clay Thornton. (more…)

June 19, 2007

UCG film crew arrives in Berlin

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Peter Eddington and Clay Thornton arrived in Berlin today on the first stop of a five day trip to Germany. (more…)

June 9, 2007

Berlin Bible Study

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The attendance at today’s Bible Study in Berlin doubled with some visitors from the Dormagen congregation. (more…)

May 28, 2007

A pinch hitter from the Philippines

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When Paul and Merlen Cebrian came to Germany for a visit, little did they realize that Paul would be a guest speaker on the Feast of Pentecost. (more…)

May 17, 2007

Gertrud Paulowitz

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Today I visited Mrs. Gertrud Paulowitz, who lives in Düsseldorf in a neighborhood near where the original WCG office was established in 1962. (more…)

April 9, 2007

Last Day of Unleavened Bread

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My trip from Berlin to Hamburg went well. Meanwhile we had a guest at services in Dormagen. (more…)

April 4, 2007

Spring Feast in Germany

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With sunny weather the spring festival got off to a good start in the Netherlands and Germany. (more…)

December 25, 2006

German unity in Dormagen

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This past weekend in Dormagen reminded me of a church social in Düsseldorf more than 32 years ago. (more…)

September 25, 2006

Death of Jason Jean Hellmig

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The six week old grandson of Elisabeth and Wilfried Hellmig died one week ago today of sudden infant death syndrome. (more…)

September 24, 2006

Trumpets in Venlo

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The Dutch city of Venlo, just on the Dutch side of the border with Germany, was the location for yesterday’s combined service on the Feast of Trumpets. (more…)

September 4, 2006

Celtic outing in Stuttgart

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On Sunday following services in Stuttgart, our congregation visited a nearby Celtic museum. (more…)

August 31, 2006

WNP lecture in Switzerland

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Last weekend I visited Switzerland for church services, traveling to Winterthur and Biel. (more…)

June 1, 2006

Old friends from East Germany

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A two-day trip to Dresden provided an opportunity to visit with old friends Heinz and Käthe Pistorius. (more…)

May 4, 2006

UCG member meets President of Pakistan

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Some hard work and sacrifice has "born fruit" for UCG-Holland member Rolf de Jong. (more…)

April 28, 2006

Sad News from Indianapolis

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There was sad news from Indianapolis today about a recent visitor to Germany, Grace (Hopkins) Rothenbacher. (more…)

April 17, 2006

Spring Feast in Switzerland

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My five day trip to Switzerland for the start of the spring feast was a pleasant adventure. (more…)

March 28, 2006

Happy 85th, Mrs. Paulowitz!

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When I met Gertrud Paulowitz in Düsseldorf some years ago, little did I know that I would be her pastor when she turned 85! (more…)

February 24, 2006

A speaker in another tongue

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Occasionally we have a visitor in Germany who "is volunteered" to speak to one of our congregations. If the person doesn’t speak German, it’s no problem. We can handle another tongue – if it is English! (more…)

February 1, 2006

North meets south

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A special occasion makes it possible for the two members living farthest north and south in the German-language region to have dinner together. (more…)

January 10, 2006

All in a day’s "work"

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After my last post I couldn’t write another post about food or eating – at least not in the headline or this introduction. (more…)

October 19, 2005

Taking care of business

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UCOG board member John Burquist visited the UCG-Germany office in Niederkassel, Germany and saw first hand how funds provided by UCOG are being used. Not bad for a fellow who just had his 85th birthday! (more…)

August 13, 2005

"Mama" Eisermann

[with comments]     Filed under UCG-Germany

It’s not often that you meet a family that is an exact counterpart of sorts to your own. I met one over 30 years ago in Sprockhövel, Germany. (more…)

July 10, 2005

(un)Happy Birthday!

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At our annual international young adults activity this weekend we were pleased to have three guests from Italy. One of them, Marco Tanzi from Parma, proved to be a really good trooper. (more…)

June 30, 2005

"If one member suffers . . ."

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"And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it," is what the apostle Paul tells us. Yesterday I visited a member who was suffering. You could tell it every now and then, but only this morning did I realize how much she must have been suffering. (more…)

May 7, 2005

My easy Sabbath

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I had my easy Sabbath today. I spoke in the Netherlands in the morning and in Germany in the afternoon. It was "easy" because I did not have to make an overnight trip. (more…)

May 5, 2005

The changed face of Europe

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We send our "Gute Nachrichten" to 18 European countries. This week we added another country to the list, and it didn't even exist 15 years ago. But then again, maybe we didn't add a new country after all! (more…)

April 29, 2005

Does the CIA spy?

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Since the CIA is an intelligence gathering institution, that seems like asking "Is Queen Elizabeth British?" or "Is baseball America’s summer pastime?". The CIA doesn’t just spy, though – it also researches public information. Maybe mine, too? :-) (more…)

April 14, 2005

"Out of Africa"

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Germany is really "out of Africa" – it lost its colonies there following World War I. Otherwise I might be writing from Togo or Southwest Africa (today’s Namibia) or traveling from Europe to Africa and racking up lots of frequent flier miles.

Some Africans still seem to have a special interest in Germany, though. Or maybe their sense of geography isn’t so good. We usually notice that a couple of times a month.

April 12, 2005

"No more bad news, please!"

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A "Gute Nachrichten" subscriber in Volkmarsen, a town north of Frankfurt not far from Kassel, wrote to cancel his subscription. He explained why in a terse note: "War, fighting, strife, arguing? I can get that via television! Don’t send me your Good News any more, or else I’ll send it back at your expense." It seems this fellow is not very cost-conscious! :-)

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