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October 13, 2017: The offering statistics for the Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day in the German-language region have been finalized. The offering on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles was 10,888 €, 2.0 percent more than last year. The offering (11,929 €) on the Last Great Day was 17.9 higher than 2016. The total offering on the seven annual Holy Days in 2017 was 15.1 percent higher than last year.

October 5, 2017: 188 people from 9 countries meet in Schluchsee in the southern Black Forest to observe the eight day biblical Feast of Tabernacles.

September 30, 2017: 108 people met at four locations in the German-language region for church services today on the Day of Atonement. In Dormagen the attendance was 28. 23 people met in Mörfelden (near Frankfurt), 27 were in attendance Munich, and 12 people attended the service in Stuttgart. In Winterthur, Switzerland the attendance was 18.

September 21, 2017: 124 people met at six locations in the German-language region for church services today on the Feast of Trumpets. 9 people met for services in Berlin. In Dormagen the attendance was 40. 21 people met in Mörfelden (near Frankfurt), and 20 were in attendance in Winterthur, Switzerland. In Rosenheim the attendance was 28. 6 people attended the afternoon service in Hamburg.

September 12, 2017: The September-October issue Gute Nachrichten, September 2017 issue of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 9676 readers in 25 countries, a 7.0 percent increase over the 2016 September-October issue. The magazine was mailed to 7860 subscribers in Germany, 836 subscribers in Switzerland and 780 subscribers in Austria.

September 5, 2017: In the first eight months of 2017 UCG-Germany distributed 2158 ebooks via Amazon, the Google Play Store and Smashwords, including 693 downloads via the Apple store. The most requested booklet was "Das Buch der Offenbarung verständlich erklärt" ["The Book of Revelation Unveiled"] with 293 downloads.

August 31, 2017: In July and August the MP3 sermons posted to the Gute Nachrichten website were downloaded 411 times. 3 sermons are available for public access and a new sermon is posted each week.

August 23, 2017: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another video sermon, German video sermon Unsere Welt wird Babylon immer ähnlicher ["Our world is becoming increasingly like Babylon"]. UCG-Germany elder Martin Fekete gave the sermon in Munich.

August 14, 2017: Fundraising thermometer The United Christian Outreach Germany special fundraiser to provide $1000 for Armenien UCG member Mnazakan Poghossjan to attend this year's Feast of Tabernacles in Schluchsee, Germany is now fully fundedl. Mr. Poghassjan speaks fluent German and is the only member of the United Church of God in Armenia and has only limited income. Without additional financial assistance from the church, he would never be able to attend the Feast.

August 7, 2017: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first seven months of 2017 was 0.3 percent lower than in the same period last year. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 16.2 percent of UCG-Germany's income in January-July.

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What's new in Germany & elsewhere? 

News on events in Europe and commentary
on diverse topics from Paul Kieffer's blog

March 24, 2017: What do we learn about a person's relationship to God when he goes through difficult times? Persecution, financial problems, sickness – and even death? For centuries some people have tended to view such things as evidence of a disturbed relationship to God. Read more »

March 10, 2017: What is the foundation of our relationship to God? Do we build on sand or rock? Those who build on rock live by the words of Jesus Christ. Read more »

February 24, 2017: Do you have special "double vision"? There is a small fish in Central and northern South America that has this ability. Our creator gave them large, protruding eyes that have an air lens on the upper side and a water lens on the lower side of the eye. Read more »

February 17, 2017: You can learn about the character of people who are experiencing serious problems or difficulties. What do they do to cope with their situation – or flee from it? Read more »

February 10, 2017: Are there "trivial sins"? To answer this question, we need to look at "trivial offenses" as they are called ("Kavaliersdelikt" in German). A trivial offense is doing something that is actually against the law, but the person doing it does it anyway out of convenience or a personal sense of justice. Read more »

January 27, 2017: Unemployment among young people in the European Union, especially in southern Europe, remains a problem even five years after the critical situation was first highlighted. Read more »

January 20, 2017: Disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, etc. often mean tragedy and death for many people and have us asking "Why?". On the other hand, the positive side of the human spirit is evident when disaster strikes, as people respond to help the victims. Read more »

January 6, 2017: Chris the sheep became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years. Of course, during this time his wool grew without anyone there to shear (shave) it. Read more »

December 30, 2016: With the number of Muslims in Germany numbering some four million (about five percent of Germany's population), it is no surprise that the number of mosques has increased in recent years. The question now is: "How big should Muslim mosques be?" Read more »