News from Local Congregations
This column includes information sent to us from a variety of groups. Servants News does not necessarily agree with the teachings or practices of these groups. Please ask about them before attending their functions.
This section is for short articles or letters about activities of local congregations. We will mention local congregations as they form or as we learn of significant news. Groups listed in this section may have some doctrines or policies which we cannot justify from the scriptures, but we believe most of them are a reasonable place for fellowship with the brethren. We believe the holy spirit will guide you in your fellowship decisions if you will study and ask.
A Seminar on The Sabbath and Holy Days in the 21st Century
Enjoy lively, inspirational discussion with some of the most knowledgeable scholars, educators, and speakers on the subject:
Samuel Bacchiocchi, Andrews University
Donald Ward, United Church of God
Ernest Martin, Assoc. for Scriptural Knowledge
Jerold Aust, Church of God, Intran.
Whaid Rose, Church of God, 7th Day
Larry Salyer, Global Church of God
...and numerous other leaders from diverse perspectives.
Searching for the Sabbath at the Vatican
Holy Days for Christians?An Overview
Typology of Holy Days in the N.T.h
Biblical & Historical Holy Day Calendar
Holy Days in Revelation Language & Symbolicity,
The Sabbath and Holy Day Linkage,
...and numerous other interesting and timely subjects!!
When? December 23-25, 1995. l, located on the beautiful River Walk in San Antonio, Texas. Special conference rates available.
The Cost? Tuition only $49 for the entire 3 day conference!
Who's the Sponsor? The Friends of the Sabbath, a service fellowship of business and professional laymen.
Who will be there? Representatives from most of the major Sabbath-keeping organizations will be there as well as men from a dozen or more smaller groups. The In Transition paper plans to send a team and Norman Edwards will be there from Servants' News.
What about Tapes? Tapes are available from the last exciting seminar held in Dana Point, CA. earlier this year. The complete set of 15 total hours costs $49 for audio tapes and $89 for video tapes.
More Information? Write The Friends of the Sabbath, 27068 La Paz #500, Laguna Hills, Calif. 92656 or Email: Sabbath26@aol.com or Voice Mail 714-491-3866 (Attn. Gordon Barr).
Internet users should take a look at this new Worldwide Web site:
http://www.fred.net/rohrerll/wcg.html [URL no longer valid]
It contains links to almost every other "Church of God" Web site. It also contains lists of a couple hundred Sabbath-Keeping groups. One of its latest features: The Sept-Oct issue of Servants' News in available on-line. Whether or not every issue will be available depends on available time and disk-space.
Friends of the Brethren has always encouraged the brethren to fellowship with one another regardless of organizational or doctrinal differences. We have listed contact information for the larger church organizations and sources for locations of smaller co congregations. However, we have heard of an increasing number of cases where brethren are allowed to attend the services of a particular group only if they promise to primarily support that group.
We have been receiving more requests from individuals asking if there are others on our mailing list with which they could fellowship or study. While we have responded to some of these requests, it is a time consuming process. We do not give out names and addresses without permission. We must send a letter to those people on our mailing list that are within driving distance of the requester-asking them to reply if they are interested. It is a lot of work for us as we must look at many cities on a map and determine which ones are "within driving distance." Then we must fill out the appropriate number of form letters, address the envelopes, etc.
We have a way to simplify this process! In the next issue we will publish just the names of all the cities and states where all of our subscribers live. We will publish the number of households in a given city if there is more than one. For example, if you live in Dallas and would like to meet with others, our list might show you that there are 3 households in Dallas (one of which is you), 2 in Ft. Worth and 1 in Denton. You could send us five stamped postcards or letters with Dallas on 2, Ft Worth on 2 and Denton on 1. (If you consider Denton too far to drive, do not send us a post card for it.) We will write the proper name and address on each card or letter that you send us and put it in the mail. If the person likes your letter and responds back to you, you can talk about friendship and/or studying together.
If you do not want your city name published in the next issue of Servants' News, please call or send a postcard right away. We realize that a few people may be the only Sabbath-keepers in a particular small town and may wish to keep their Servants' News subscription private. Please do not worry about receiving unwanted mail-if you are not interested in making local contacts, just throw away what you do not want. We will not forward letters to you from the same individual more than once.
If you are reading someone else's copy of Servants' News and would like to have your city appear in the list, please ask for your own subscription. If you know of other scattered brethren looking for local fellowship, please let them know they are welcome to participate.