OUTREACH SITE: John Kerry has made an impassioned emotional speech containing numerous unproven allegations justifying an attack on Syria An intensive three day aerial blitz on Syria is expected to begin after the administration consults further with Congressional leaders; which will take out the pillars of the regime and allow the US trained insurgents to overthrow the regime as in Libya.
Syrian rebels admit to their own chemical accident; saying there was no attack by Syria.
Egypt’s Islamic Extremists Finished; US and allies ready to attack Syria without Britain.
Excerpts from Victor Kubik’s:
eNews from Ministerial and Member Services
August 29, 2013 Issue 101
Colorado Regional Conference
Does Victor expect us to believe they discussed nothing more than? “ how we greet people, lead songs, pray, give announcements and speak.”
Last week we returned from a great area ministerial conference in Estes Park, Colorado. Thirty-three elders, wives and widows were present. I felt we had wonderful discussion and interaction about several matters relating to the work of the ministry. The weather was perfect and the scenery spectacular. I also had the opportunity to spend personal time with our elders and appreciated getting to know them better. We have one more conference in this series to conduct and that will be in the Los Angeles area the last week of October.
One newer session introduced in Colorado was how to improve our church services starting with how we appear on our local web sites to how we greet people, lead songs, pray, give announcements and speak. When we begin our next round of conferences in Cincinnati in 2014 we will devote much more time to this critical subject of how we can do better in all these areas.
UCG visit to the headquarters of the Church of God (Seventh Day)
On the day after the conference, Scott and Connie Ashley as well as Bev and I visited the headquarters of the Church of God (Seventh Day) in Broomfield, which is in the Denver area. We were warmly received by the president, Whaid Rose, and former president, Calvin Burrell. When I became president, our friends at COG7 wrote to us and expressed condolences on the death of Denny Luker and invited us to visit them at their Omaha, Nebraska, general conference in July. During this conference they were commemorating 150 years of the continuous history of the Church of God (Seventh Day). I told them that I was unable to attend, but would be glad to visit them when we would be holding our area ministerial conference nearby, which we did on August 21st.
I first visited the leaders of COG7 twenty years ago. We have been invited to their conferences before as well as informally meeting with them. On this visit we talked about the various areas of the world where we serve, particularly internationally. Our conversation was cordial and very interesting.
Ministerial and Member Services
Vik does the “Ali Shuffle” answering elders questions about the vacant Ministerial Director position, pleading that they can’t agree on one. Is it believable that the “new UCG so united and peaceful and together in one-mindedness” cannot agree on someone to fill this position?
A few questions have been coming to me these past two weeks asking when we will fill the role of operation manager of Ministerial and Member Services (MMS). I’d be happy to bring you up-to-date on where we currently stand in this regard.
We have been in consultation with the Council of Elders several times about it. The Council needs to approve this position with a two-thirds majority. Various names have been discussed for the position, but a decision has not yet been reached.
Chris Rowland now oversees the ministry with Aaron Dean overseeing the International ministry reporting directly to Kubik with no Ministerial Director.
I would like to assure you that the work of MMS has continued unabated with our administrative team. The team includes in particular Chris Rowland (working here at the home office), Roy Holladay (who lives near Chattanooga, Tennessee), and myself. Our administrative team, which has worked seamlessly and closely for the past three years, also includes the input of Gary Antion, Gerald Seelig, Aaron Dean and Randy Stiver who perform various functions dealing with education, finance and more. We also rely on our three regional pastors, Vern Hargrove, Ken Martin and Steve Nutzman for administrative support.
Chris Rowland has been particularly instrumental by additionally managing our insurance, health care administration and human resources–which are now being done directly at the home office. For the foreseeable future we will function in this manner until it becomes clear what we should do differently. At present we have 68 full-time pastors as well as an additional 14 volunteer and part-time pastors and associate pastors. We feel that that we are able to keep up adequately for the number of employees that we serve.The cooperation and teamwork amongst our managers and staff is perhaps the best we have seen in a long time. For that we are very thankful to God!
Thank you for your ongoing service to the brethren. If there is more we can do from here at the office to help you, please let us know. We want to provide the tools you need to be successful servants of God’s people.
In Christ’s service,