The latest quarterly report of the UCG Council of Elders is out. It is the usual rainbow, lollipops and cotton candy report that the Council sets froth to the gullible brethren. No Church of God has ever had the amazing growth, best TV responses, Internet ministry or above normal income as the UCG consistently claims.
It includes the following glowing report:
Peter Eddington thanked God for His blessings and went through some statistics:
- United News circulation is the highest it’s been since Aug. 2010.
- Coworker count is now the highest it’s ever been (43 percent higher than a year ago).
- Our donor list now includes 8,306 people. That’s a 90 percent increase over the same time last year.
- Combined with our coworkers, we now have more of our readers and viewers contributing to the work of the Church than the total number of members in the U.S. and abroad.
- Pieces of mail containing donations for June 2015 were 7,033—the highest since December (8,233)—and the second highest in UCG’s history.
- U.S. Good News subscribers are the highest they’ve been since November of 2013. The additional advertising is bringing very good results.
- The Church’s Beyond Today YouTube channel has had 4.2 million views, has 10,120 subscribers, and hosts 1,425 videos (the most watched program being “The Next Superpower” with 195,000 views). www.youtube.com/user/BeyondTodayTV.
But it also included this, which has irritated a LOT of UCG members in the Cincinnati area and around the country.
Home Office Grounds: A new playset for children was put up on our grounds. It was largely financed by LifeNets.
UCG members are asking WHY it is that UCG had to take money from Vic Kubik's "charity", that is supposed to be helping the poor and destitute in Africa and elsewhere, to install a play set that UCG SHOULD have done on their own. With income coming in at more than they expected this year, members are wondering why a thousand or so dollars could not have been spent on this playset. A playset that only the children of the privileged UCG employees and some few members will get to use. God forbid of the unwashed children of the Cincinnati area played on it!
This also has led to more grumbling from UCG members as to why Vic Kubik is running his "charity" LifeNets while being President of the UCG. Many see this as a deep conflict of interest especially when UCG tries to guilt trip members into donating to Vic's pet cause. A cause that gives the impression to the world that it is a charity for ALL in need, but in reality it is geared towards UCG members in poor countries and some non-aligned sabbatarian groups in Eastern Europe. A few good works do go towards those outside the small sabbatarian world, but its main focus is inward. Many UCG members feel that he needs to resign from either LifeNets or the presidency position.
Apparently a play set for the privileged elite at HQ was more important than clean drinking water or life saving mosquito nets for the disenfranchised in Africa. Jesus must be pleased. Privilege does have it rewards!