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Nordic / Baltic / Eastern European Newsletter
March 26, 2010                                         Issue 14       
In this issue 
2010 Fall Festival in Estonia
Featured Booklet This Month: Is the Bible True? Now in Russian
President of Ukraine, Victor Yuschenko, visits our charity near Chernoby
Online Virtual Christian Magazine
Dr. Jan Karlik Visits in Warsaw
LifeNets Awards Scholarship to Armenian Student
Helga Mägi of Tartu, Estonia
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     As mentioned in our last eNews, we had more news than we could practically put into one newsletter, so we're sending this one ahead of schedule. We appreciate your feedback to our news and information about United Church of God's activities.
     In the last issue we mentioned how Natasha Weatherhead, who lives in Barbados, was cleared for US immigration to work for the United Church of God at our Home Office in Cincinnati, Ohio. She finally received her interview and was granted her visa this past Wednesday. She will be arriving in the United States at the end of April.

     We want to tell you about the regional Festival of Tabernacles that will be held on the Estonian island of Saaremaa from September 22-30. The United Church of God keeps the Holy Days instructed in the Bible and which were observed by the early New Testament Church. For more information about the Holy Days please link to our booklet God's Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind. The United Church of God also observes the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread this coming week that are explained in the 23rd chapter of Leviticus. They were kept by Christ, His disciples as recorded in New Testament history in the Book of Acts and the writings of Paul. 

     From April 30 - May 2 the ministry of the United Church of God will hold its annual conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. The theme this year is Go Into All the World.  The ministry and staff that serves the Nordic/Baltic/Eastern European areas will display an exhibit for an expo evening. We will show what we do in literature, video and photos.  We will also be presenting 90 minute seminars about our areas for the entire ministry in attendance.

     The March/April issue of our online Virtual Christian Magazine is listed below with links to this month's seasonal and relevant articles.

     From Moe, Australia Sofie Banham continues to translate into the Polish language. We have added articles about two more of our Fundamental Beliefs, Humanity and also Sin and God's Law. We would like to ask you if you of anyone else knowledgeable in the Polish language who could help us with proofreading. You can see our offerings of the various languages in the areas we serve at www.ucg.org/easteuropean. You can view this newsletter plus all the previous ones on the Web at http://kubik.org/ucgee. If you had this newsletter forwarded to you, you can order your own automatic subscription on that page.  Let us hear from you. We always enjoy hearing from our readers.
                                                       In Christ's service, 
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                                                       Victor Kubik
                                                       Senior Pastor
2010 Festival of Tabernacles in Estonia ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
   Collage of Estonia Scenes
This year the Feast of Tabernacles in Estonia will be held on the Baltic island of Saaremaa. The venue for the Feast will be the Georg Ots Spa Hotel, which overlooks the Baltic Sea.  
     This location was very popular with Feastgoers last year.  A double room at the spa costs a very reasonable $75 per night. This price includes a buffet breakfast; unlimited access to saunas, pools and a fitness center; use of a personal bathrobe and sandals; Internet connection in the hotel rooms and all taxes. Visit the hotel's Web site at www.gospa.ee.

      You will not need to rent a car, as many restaurants and sites are within walking distance. Taxis are plentiful, and you can get almost anywhere for about $5.

Location of Services:   All meetings will be held at the hotel in Saaremaa.

First Service:  Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m.
Information and Registration:
Median coach airfare from the United States to the capital city, Tallinn, is about $1,200 per person. There are flights daily from Tallinn to the island of Saaremaa for about $40 one way. Additional information about other charges for bus, excursions and a few group meals will be made available on our Estonia Feast Web site at www.kubik.org/estonia.
You may request an application by e-mailing the Festival coordinator, Johnnie Lambert, at fotestonia@gmail.com or by writing to him at
    562 Sing Sing Road
    Horseheads, NY 14845
We invite you to come join us for a memorable and enjoyable Feast of Tabernacles!
Featured Booklet this Month --Is the Bible True?  Now in Russian ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Is the Bible True?In United Church of God's listing of almost 30 booklets, this one is a must-read.  It explains by what authority we speak and promote our message. Billions of Bibles have been published and distributed around the world. Millions of people regard it as the inspired Word of God. It's been one of history's most influential and popular books. But can you-and should you-believe it?  In is now available  in the Russian language.  The booklet is available in English by clicking on the link below.  To receive it in Russian, please write to one of our addresses at the bottom of this newsletter. 

President of Ukraine, Victor Yuschenko, visits our charity near Chernobyl ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
On January 11, 2010 the President of Ukraine, Victor Yuschenko, visited the "Revival" Centre of Rehabilitation in Chernihev, Ukraine. LifeNets has been on the ground floor of establishing and supporting this wonderful center for disabled children run by doctors and neurologists who treated by first Chernobyl victim children back in 1986.  We have been working with them since 1996. Our history with this mission can be found at www.lifenets.org/chernobyl. Our work there has opened the doors to everything else that LifeNets has done.     "
Ukraine President Yuschenko in Chernihev
President Yuschenko addresses children at the "Revival" Centre
     While he was giving a tour to the President, in the choreographic wing of the Centre, Director and founder Dr. Vasyl Pasichnyk pointed out the plaque on the wall showing the names of the LifeNets donors who contributed to the construction of this wing. The President in a very pleasant way acknowledged the work of LifeNets with the Rehabilitation Center. 
    On January 13, the President invited Dr. Pasichnyk's wife Natalya to Kiev to present with her with a special service award for her efforts as a neurologist and a founder of the "Revival Center." 
     See complete Web story with more photos at http://lifenets.org/chernobyl/yuschenko2010.htm
March/April 2010 Issue of Virtual Christian Magazine  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Online articles -- very readable, easily downloadable and printable.
Dr. Jan Karlik Visits Lee's in Warsaw ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Dr. Jan Karlik, University of California professor in Bakersfield is a long-time friend of mine going back to days when I was pastor in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota congregations.
Andy Lee and Jan Karlik
Andy Lee and Jan Karlik in Warsaw
His ethic roots are Czech. For the past  seven years he has been going to Budapest in January to offer a lecture series on atmospheric science, air pollution, and climate change at Central European University (CEU). CEU also has a department of environmental science and policy since there was so much environmental destruction in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics. Students come from all over the world and enroll in either Master's or PhD programs here.
      The department chair, who is an Armenian Russian, likes to have someone from California teach the section on atmospheric science because of the research base and policy history found in California. He also likes to have visiting professors from various countries so students experience a variety of teaching styles.
      Last year on our way to Ukraine, we visited with Jan Karlik in Budapest. He likes to take free time to visit the other Eastern European countries.This January he traveled to Warsaw, Poland to visit Andrew and Karen Lee. They, too, are friends of ours going back again to Minnesota days. Andy Lee works as a partner at a major international accounting firm in Warsaw. I have also known Andy Lee's family for 43 years. Last year my wife Beverly and visited with them as well. The members of the United Church of God are quite scattered throughout Eastern Europe and get-togethers are very enjoyable and welcome.
LifeNets Awards Scholarship to Armenian Student
      The LifeNets Developing Nations Scholarship Program that currents provides scholarships to more than 40 students has awarded a multi-year stipend to a young lady in Armenia to study English and German. Her name is Ani and she aspires to be become a professional translator or a language teacher. Without a university degree it is difficult to find work in Armenia. The scholarship will administered through United Church of God's German Office in Bonn, Germany.
Helga Mägi of Tartu, Estonia
Helga Magi with grandson and great grandson     On the right is Helga Mägi, one of our faithful believers with great-grandson Kevin. The young man on the left is her grandson Jaanus. Helga is one of our more memorable members. 

     Johnnie Lambert along with Toomas Schvak visited with her when he stayed in Estonia through the month of February. She was in good health, living now in her daughter's apartment in Tartu which has central heating and other amenities unknown at her old apartment.

 -- by Toomas from Tallinn, Estonia 
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Victor Kubik
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Indianapolis, IN 46228

phone:  001 317 216-0802  001 317 216-0802  
mobile/sms:  001 317 679-7676  001 317 679-7676
email: victor_kubik@ucg.org 

Johnnie Lambert
562 Sing Sing Road
Horseheads, NY 14845 
phone:  001 607 796-2660  001 607 796-2660
mobile:  001 607 765-1969  001 607 765-1969  
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