************************* Service This Sabbath 2:30 PM********************** We are a local congregation of United Church of God, AIA. United Church of God is a mega-church with church plants all over the world. Here in the Cape area we have the best of both worlds. We have the chance to grow in Christian love, concern and spirituality with a local congregation. We also have the opportunity to serve God nationally and internationally. Join us and find God's plan for YOU!
This month starts off with the annual General Conference of Elders meetings in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is where United Church of God has its headquarters.
On Friday May 3rd until Monday May 6th elders of the church from all over the world will meet for several reasons. Here are some of the things we will do at the conference:
1. Approve or disapprove of any proposed changes, clarifications or amendments to our bylaws or other governing documents.
2. Select members to replace open slots on the 12 man Council of Elders. Each position has a three year term.
3. Attend specialized training, seminars and other spiritual instruction.
4. See old friends and make new ones!
One of the strengths of United Church of God is the fact that our doctrinal understanding and fundamental beliefs are well protected by the structure of our organization. Major changes are not done by a simple will of the majority. Instead changes to our fundamental beliefs require a ¾ majority of ALL elders in the church worldwide.
Another strength of United is that our system of government tends to weed out those who are seeking power and position instead of the will of God. There is accountability and checks and balances on all positions within the organization. There are no lifetime appointments to a particular job or function. In the book of Daniel we read this:
Daniel 2:20Daniel 2:20Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: American King James Version× Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His.
Daniel 2:21Daniel 2:21And he changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings, and sets up kings: he gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: American King James Version× And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.
Daniel 2:22Daniel 2:22He reveals the deep and secret things: he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. American King James Version× He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.
We believe that if we truly try to do God’s will that he will bless the church in the work that he has given us to do.
The Paducah congregation will also have rummage sales on May 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd. Stop by and pick up some bargains!