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Announcement Bulletin for June 13, 2020

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SABBATH ANNOUNCEMENTS 

&  REMINDERS

North Canton & Youngstown, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; Wheeling, WV Congregations

United Church of God, an International Association

  • Sabbath, June 13, 2020:

12:00 Noon (EDT) – local webcast sermon given by Keith Wilson.

https://www.ucg.org/congregations/north-canton-oh/webcast

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NEXT WEEK

(may be subject to change)

Sabbath, June 20

Local Sabbath webcast – 12:00 Noon (EDT) https://www.ucg.org/congregations/north-canton-oh/webcast

Friday, June 26

Friday night Bible study webcast – 7:30 PM (EDT) – Randy Stiver

https://www.ucg.org/congregations/north-canton-oh/webcast

Sabbath, June 27

Local Sabbath webcast – 12:00 Noon (EDT) https://www.ucg.org/congregations/north-canton-oh/webcast

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Pastor’s contact information:  PO Box 1474, Massillon, OH  44648. Home phone: 330-809-0566, cell phone: 740-739-7248. Email addresses: randy_stiver@ucg.org  or rpstiver@gmail.com (both come to the same location). For emails regarding scheduling (church events, visits or counseling), please copy my wife Linda ldstiver@gmail.com. Announcements should be sent to my email and copied to our daughter Amanda at anstiver@gmail.com as she helps process them each week.

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1.       LOCAL PRAYER REQUESTS and UPDATES

(If you notice that your prayer request needs updating, please drop us an email or a call with an update. Thank you!)

  • Mariah Sattler (North Canton) – Feeling better and no gastritis pain for the past week! Thank you for your prayers!
  • James Guy Sr. (Youngstown) – From Jimmy Guy: Dad came home from the hospital Tuesday evening! He is feeling 100% better. Able to get up and walk around, he even walked barefoot in the front yard! Thank you to everyone for your prayers. They are sincerely appreciated! 

Ongoing:

  • Lynn Coleman (Cambridge) –Lynn (wife of Paul) was finally able to come home after a prolonged, lonely stay at the Wheeling hospital convalescent center (no visitors due to Covid-19). Her doctor has diagnosed her with the Stevens-Johnson Syndrome--a type of severe reaction to medications. It causes a burning sensation in the hands and is quite uncomfortable. Please add this to your prayers for her overall healing.
  • Linda Ritter (North Canton) – Linda would appreciate prayers for kidney and liver health, and improvement in her hearing and hearing aid performance. 
  • Jenny Luchitz (North Canton) – Feeling poorly with the dramatic weather fronts that come through at this time of year. Please pray for encouragement for Jenny and lessening of aches and pains.
  • Janice Walters (North Canton) – Recovering from a fall down the stairs. Prayers for a quick recovery are greatly appreciated.
  • John Williamson – John, son-in-law of Louis and Carol Petit, continues his fight with cancer. Please pray for his healing and strength for his wife Lisa as she copes with the stress.
  • Steve Richmond (Cambridge) – Steve continues to battle cancer, please keep him in your prayers.

2.      RE-CONVENING IN-PERSON SERVICES - Updates

North Canton: July 11 – at Gateway Event Center (usual hall). Details and updated “Coronavirus Protocols for Holding Sabbath Services” to follow soon for all four congregations.

Updates for Pittsburgh, Wheeling, and Youngstown are coming soon.

3.      PENANG, MALAYSIA Feast site Cancelled for 2020

With the current uncertainty over worldwide travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after consultation with the members in Southeast Asia, the Festival Planning Team in Australia has made the difficult decision not to conduct an official Feast site in Penang, Malaysia in 2020. The members in South East Asia are still looking forward to the Feast this year, and they also eagerly anticipate restrictions being lifted with the hope of resuming a full Feast site in Penang in 2021.

-- Australian Festival Planning Team

4.      PROCEDURE FOR CHANGING FEAST REGISTRATION ONLINE

If your Feast site has been cancelled, please be sure to update your registration online. The following procedures will help you do so:

  1. Log into the UCG.org account which was used to register your household.
  2. Access your household's Feast registration in one of two ways:
    1. Locate your confirmation email (subject line "UCG Festival Registration Complete" or "UCG Festival Registration Submitted") for 2020 and click the link in the email. -OR-
    2. Click on your name in the upper right corner. In the box that appears, click the "My Registrations" link. Locate your Feast registration for 2020 in the list on the right and click the "View" link.
  3. Toward the middle of the page, click the "CHANGE SITES" link.
  4. In the "Choose Site" dropdown menu, select your new site. The selected site will appear under the "New Site" header on the right and will indicate how many spaces are available at that site.
  5. Scroll down under the site photos and click the "Change Sites" button. You'll be returned to your registration page, with your new site displaying at the top of the page.    

-- Charles Melear

5.      PODCAST FEATURING LEN MARTIN, NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL OF ELDERS 

Len Martin, newly elected Chairman of the Council of Elders, joins Victor Kubik to discuss the vision and function of the council, as well as how he plans to contribute to the work in his new role.

https://www.ucg.org/inside-united-podcast/inside-united-podcast-165-len-martin-council-of-elders

6.      CAMP IRONWOOD and CAMP BUCKEYE – Cancelled for 2020

We are very sorry to report that we will not be holding "Preteen Camp Ironwood" this summer. We have looked at many different options and camp models that we could use to be compliant with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, and found that it would be very challenging to comply with all the guidelines and the governor's directives. Making adjustments to the camp program to comply with youth and summer camp guidelines would change the way the camp program is run and would not facilitate the close relationships and fellowship that campers and staff have had in the past. We also understand the uncertainty of the spread of the coronavirus and realize the safety of our campers and staff is of utmost importance. We will miss you and and pray for God's blessings on you and your family. We sincerely appreciate all the parents and staff as well as the home office and our legal advisor, who worked with us as a team to help arrive at this decision. We look forward to next summer when our camp family of campers, teens and adult staff are back together again.

-- David and Jolinda Schreiber, Directors, Preteen Camp Ironwood

Len Martin, Camp Director for preteen Camp Buckeye, has reluctantly made the decision to cancel the camp for 2020. Due to the many restrictions and regulations regarding Ohio summer camps, Mr. Martin indicated that it is "pretty clear that we would not be able to provide the wonderful camp experience our children have come to expect and enjoy. Therefore, I believe it is best to announce the cancellation of Camp Buckeye 2020, now, so families can have time to make other summer plans." Please make plans to attend Camp Buckeye in 2021!

7.      UNITED YOUTH CAMPS – Teen Friday Night Bible Discussions

UYC plans to sponsor six Friday night Bible discussions for our teens beginning June 26. Camp directors will pre-record a 45-minute interactive study using the theme from Ecclesiastes 12:1 Ecclesiastes 12:1Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when you shall say, I have no pleasure in them;
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, "Remember Your Creator in the Days of your Youth.” Following the viewing of each video, the teens will be divided into breakout groups of 10-15 people on Zoom. Teens will then discuss the Bible Study topic during a moderated discussion portion. Further details will be in the eNews next week.

-- Steve Nutzman and the Teen Camp Directors

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SPECIAL RESOURCES FOR DURING THE COVID-19 SITUATION

COVID-19 Links and Resources:

National: https://www.coronavirus.gov/

Ohio: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

Pennsylvania: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

West Virginia: https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx

UCG home office: https://www.ucg.org/members/news/united-church-of-god-coronavirus-updates

VIEWING SABBATH WEBCASTS – How-to

The following link can help you better connect to the webcasts from the UCG.org website. Please follow the link and read the extensive directions for more information and troubleshooting help:

https://www.ucg.org/help/problems-viewing-ustream-and-youtube-videos

PHONE HOOK-UP to Home Office Webcasts

If you need a phone hook-up to the webcast services from Cincinnati (2:30PM on Sabbaths) here are the directions:

Please call no earlier than 5 minutes before the service will begin. If the Home Office has not activated the meeting, the caller will be put on hold, and then asked to call again later.

Normal Calling Directions for Home Office Webcast:

For those who can pay for long distance calls or have an unlimited phone calling plan:

Call: 1-508-924-1634

No access code needed.

If you know someone who could use the phone hook-up number, but does not get the announcements by email, please call them and pass along the information! Thank you!

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