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Nordic / Baltic / Eastern European Newsletter
December 20,  2009                                Issue 12        
In this issue  
Virtual Christian Magazine
Senior Pastor's Conference December 1-2
"Blessings Through Service" by Cindy Harper
Featured Booklet this Month
Comments from YOU
     We always enjoy writing to you through this eNewsletter. We have exactly 300 subscribers and always appreciate feedback from you. We like to hear about what God is doing in this region of the world. A few comments are included at the end of this newsletter.
     We would like to introduce you to an online magazine (eZine) that the United Church has produced for the past 11 years called Virtual Christian Magazine. It is a periodical that features articles primarily about practical Christian living. The articles are short, relevant and designed to be read at your computer. Inside this newsletter we include the table of contents for the current December edition. We have articles about knowing when to speak and when not to, the importance of family mealtime.  Also, one that may be of special interest in our area: Is Religion Dead?  You can easily go the publication online at www.vcmagazine.org.  
Nordic News Nov/Dec     In the November/December edition of the Good News we once again included our Nordic Newsletter. We are trying to get as many as possible to subscribe to THIS electronic eNews as it is produced more often and much more economical to distribute. Our circulation in the Nordic countries has gone through a renewal cycle and decreased some. We are always searching for new subscribers, mostly through our Internet keyword initiative. 
     We are planning trips to your area in 2010 and look forward to meeting a few new people who have written in expressing interest in the Good News magazine. We received a welcoming note from a family in Helsinki, Finland, but cannot reach them. That would be an easy place to visit as we go through there regularly. Would you kindly write me again at vic@kubik.org?
     There is no lack for work to develop our area through subscribers to literature, visits to the area and hopefully the establishment of churches. We have hired Natasha Weatherhead who speaks Russian fluently and currently lives in Barbados. Her visa is still in process to emigrate to the United States and work from our Home Office in Cincinnati. We were hoping that this would happen in July. It is already near the end of the year and her application has still not been acted on by Immigration Service.
 Johnnie Lambert
      Johnnie Lambert
Our Associate Pastor Johnnie Lambert has had his second knee replaced on December 10th. He is an indefatigable worker who has devoted so much of his life to serving in the Baltic States. He will be in Estonia and visiting in the Baltic States throughout the month of February. Johnnie would like to write the following to all of you: 
     "I have gotten many cards and reports of people praying for me in my recovery. It is not feasible to write individually to everyone and thank them for their well wishes and prayers. Consequently I am reduced to sending an e-mail to many concurrently. This is one of my first messages since the surgery last Thursday. 

     The surgery went quite well. I had one episode of intense pain on Thursday night, but finally I was given some strong medication, so no real problem. I am now walking without aids, though very slowly and carefully. This surgery seems if anything to progressing even a little better than last April."

     We hope you find this newsletter of interest. Again, we always appreciate hearing from you,

     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.  We always enjoy hearing from you. 

                                                       In Christ's service, 
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                                                       Victor Kubik
                                                       Senior Pastor
Virtual Christian Magazine 
      Our Virtual Christian Magazine is always online.  In addition to the current articles below, ALL of our previous articles are archived and are easy to retrieve. Please feel free to come and look at what we have that might be of special interest to you.  
December 2009 Issue of Virtual Christian Magazine 
Senior Pastors Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA December 1-2
 Senior Pastors listening to presentation
Pastors serving Nigeria and Kenya are listening to a conference presentation
Annually a conference is held at our Home Office in Cincinnati, Ohio for pastors who serve
congregations in both the United States and International areas. Johnnie Lambert and I were present for meetings held on December 1st and 2nd. Other areas represented were the United Kingdom, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Asia/Philippines. 
      Each pastor gave a 15 minute update of their region. For part of the Nordic/Baltic/Eastern European presentation we played part of a YouTube video about our recent Fall Festival in Estonia. This video has been viewed more than 1000 times on YouTube.
      The presentations at the conference included an opening message by President Clyde Kilough about Godly Leadership. Following that we heard about the need for teamwork, 2010 Festival Planning (we again plan to hold the Feast of Tabernacles in Estonia September 23-30, 2010), Church Education programs, budgets, the Good Works Program, Ministerial Development and ideas about preaching the Gospel in the various areas. The conference was profitable for exchange of ideas and practices.
"Blessings Through Service"
 Dan and Cindy Harper with two of the children
Dan and Cindy Harper with two of the children in the Teaching English as a Second Language program.
Dan and Cindy Harper returned to Vinogradov, Ukraine, this summer to serve at the second English summer camp program at the Light of Love mission for street children. The program was sponsored by
Cindy Harper wrote the following for United Church of God's December 2009 United News:
      Over the last two years my husband Daniel and I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel and volunteer in countries in Eastern Europe and Africa. This summer we returned to Africa to help with United Youth Camps and to western Ukraine to take part in an ESL (English as a second language) program for street children for the second year in a row. READ REST OF THE STORY
Featured Booklet this Month
      Holidays or Holy Days bookletMany people are shocked to discover the origins of our most popular religious holidays. They are also surprised to find that the days God commands us to observe in the Bible-the same days Jesus Christ and the apostles kept-are almost universally ignored. Why? Also, why are today's supposedly Christian holidays observed with so many rituals and customs that are not sanctioned anywhere in the Bible? In this booklet you'll discover detailed answers to these questions.
Christmas: The Untold Story
Christmas is one of the world's most popular holidays, celebrated by people of many faiths. Yet the holiday has a strange and convoluted past, one hinted at in such puzzling symbols as decorated trees, holly wreaths and mistletoe. You can see a PDF, download to a mobile device, hear an audio mp3 version or actually order a conventional copy of this booklet directly from this link.
Comments from YOU
"May the blessings of the Lord shower upon the Church of God.  I received the November/December Good News Magazine. It has been a great blessing for me and I would like to order some free booklets from you.... May God Bless You All.

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3707 Turfway Ct.
Indianapolis, IN 46228

phone: 001 317 216-0802 
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email: victor_kubik@ucg.org 

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