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Home Office Weekly Update: April 13, 2023

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Home Office Weekly Update

April 13, 2023

From Ministerial and Member Services . . .

Recent Ordinations

On the First Day of Unleavened Bread, April 6, four elders were ordained.

Dale Bissessar was ordained into the ministry; he serves the congregation in Trinidad and Tobago with his wife, Indeera.

Carl Kinsella was ordained into the ministry; he serves the congregation in Salem, Oregon, with his wife, Kathy.

Carl Koester was ordained into the ministry; he serves the congregation in Salem, Oregon, with his wife, Sabrina.

Maduawuchi Nkwocha was ordained into the ministry; he serves the congregation in New York City, New York, with his wife, Ivie.

Recent Appointment

Ed Dowd has been named the International Senior Pastor for the United Church of God congregations in Zambia, which is in south-central Africa. Mr. Dowd is working with the previous senior pastor for Zambia, Aaron Dean, in the transition for his new role. He will continue to serve as pastor to the Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, congregations.

United Youth Camps

The United Youth Camps program will once again host five teen summer camps, seven pre-teen summer camps, one teen winter camp as well as the young adult boundary waters adventure. The details for each camp can be found at uyc.ucg.org. It is important to note that several camps have an application deadline of May 1—just two weeks away, so please apply right away! If funds are a concern, scholarships are available, so please speak to your pastor if you need one.

Boundary Waters Adventure 2023

Please share with any young adults you know who may be interested in this:

The Boundary Waters Adventure—a challenger program for young adults in UCG—is scheduled to occur July 9-16, 2023, in northern Minnesota. Full information can be found at uyc.ucg.org. The program is intended to build confidence, friendships and leadership skills in a natural environment. It is also a tremendous amount of fun!! The tuition is only $150, and participants need to provide most of their food and some personal equipment.

The original deadline for applying was April 17. If you are interested, or if you know a young adult who might like to participate, please contact me at once at: frank_dunkle@ucg.org. At the moment, we haven’t reached the minimum number of participants to conduct the program. With sufficient interest we will have another memorable and spiritually uplifting experience that you won’t want to miss.

Feast of Tabernacles Announcements

Festival Planning Brochure Posted Online

Some members have already received their 2023 Feast Planning Brochure in the mail. If not, it should arrive over the next week or so.

St. George Feast Site Alert

We still don’t have a contract with Utah Tech University in St. George, Utah. This will be the third consecutive year at the university, so we expect the process to complete soon. However, it is recommended that members not make housing reservations until the contract is finalized—or at least not to make non-refundable housing arrangements.

Feast Site Registration Information

April 23 (Sun) Online Festival registration begins
April 23 (Sun) Early housing reservations begin for those who qualify
April 30 (Sun) General housing reservations begin for U.S. and Canada