Many tried to cover up Rick Shabi's recent emphasis on new moon observance. COGNews has this little tidbit up about how important new moons are to them:
A member of the UCG has forwarded a table of full moons for the Festival of Tabernacles up to 2040. “This will reveal the truth about the actual alignment of the Full Moon with the 15th of Tishrei. See the inconsistencies in this alignment, exposing the long-held MYTH …. “The first day of the Feast (15th of Tishrei) falls on the Full Moon.”
This table is produced from data provided by Time and Date, which show that there will be a full moon on 15th of Tishrei in only 7 of the next 19 years.
The Church of God is forever entrenched in old covenant laws, rules, and observances, which were mere shadows of things to come. They continue to look backward and never forward to what has already come.
Do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ”. Colossians 2:16–17
According to Herbert Armstrong, lay members are not qualified to determine new moons or dates on which "festivals"" occur. Only the apostle is that highly educated. Since there are no apostles in the church today, this creates a quandary for them all.
We calculate the beginning of months, even as did Jesus and the first apostles -- not as a holy day or convocation -- yet the spring and fall festivals are reckoned from the first days of their months, and it IS important that we calculate properly. NEVERTHELESS , even so, since these are CHURCH festivals, they must be calculated by the CHURCH , through Christ’s chosen apostle, as Christ leads. We follow Jesus Christ’s own example. He did not change or alter the calculating of these months, but observed them as Judah had calculated them ever since Moses. The Journal: News of the Churches of God. Issue 200, November 2017