Greetings from Charlotte, Reports have been very positive from those returning to Charlotte following Pentecost. A number of us traveled to various locations to encourage our members and help with speaking assignments, as many of our ministers have more congregations than they can serve on these Holy Days, even when combining services. I visited Omaha, Nebraska where we had 62 in attendance. This was my first time there since I was transferred to Canada in 2001, and it was encouraging to see the growth. Some of those in attendance had come from the newly forming Lincoln, Nebraska congregation. Kansas City,…
Greetings from Charlotte, Living University commencement exercises were held on Monday for the last time, with the University closing after eleven years. A carved crystal award was presented to Dr. Michael Germano, who gave so much to establish L.U., including moving to Charlotte from his comfortable surroundings in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. A number of relatives and friends were in town to celebrate the accomplishments of about 30 students who received degrees and/or certificates. Another dozen graduates were unable to attend, but their achievements were recognized.
Greetings from Charlotte, The Council of Elders met for three days this past week and discussed a number of topics relating to how we can do the Work more effectively and be consistent in administering various doctrines in different cultures around the world. Mr. Jonathan McNair was given a good amount of time to update the Council on the new Living Education program. Regional Director for Canada and China, Mr. Stuart Wachowicz, was ordained an evangelist.
Greetings from Charlotte, This past weekend, we conducted three Tomorrow’s World Presentations and two follow-up presentations. Mr. Richard Ames was in Norfolk, Virginia, where 49 guests and 39 members were present. Mr. Adam West spoke to nine guests and 15 members in Pontefract, U.K., and Mr. Paul Kearns spoke to 29 guests and 22 members in Hamilton, New Zealand. We will be starting two new congregations in the next few weeks: Concord, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina.
Greetings from Charlotte, Mr. Richard Ames gave a Tomorrow’s World Presentation in Troy, Alabama in early February, where 43 guests came to hear him speak. This past weekend, Mr. Anthony Stroud gave a follow-up to that presentation, but moved it down the road to Dothan, Alabama where 45 guests and ten members showed up. These presentations are notoriously unpredictable, and the size of the turnout in Dothan was a big surprise. A number of guests are very enthusiastic about starting a congregation there, so Mr. Stroud is looking into that possibility.
Greetings from Charlotte, All of our traveling speakers for the Days of Unleavened Bread have returned to Charlotte safely, and have given positive reports of their visits to various areas around the world. Dr. Meredith’s article series on the Protestant Reformation is being put together in booklet form. We believe this is an important statement by Dr. Meredith and the Church regarding Christianity, showing the difference between the true Christianity of Christ and the Apostles and the counterfeit Christianity of Revelation 17.