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      By Guest Nicole
      syr18_S.pdf
       
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    • By Jack Ryan
      Down to one meal a day ? Doing their own laundry. Downsizing British building project.
      Maybe bread and water once a day will be next.
      So the GB is now going to do their own laundry, cook their own food, clean their own room? Not!
    • By The Librarian
      This issue contains the study articles for February 4 to March 3, 2019.
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      Here's a link to the PDF so you can reference it:
      https://download-a.akamaihd.net/files/media_periodical/f2/w_E_201812.pdf
    • By The Librarian
      When we attend a convention, we feel the unity and love of our worldwide brotherhood.
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      Those who sincerely want to know God can do so if they make the effort to search for him.
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    • By indagator
      Any word on the 2018 Annual Meeting? Usually by this time there have been announcements—have I missed something?
    • By The Librarian
      It’s not easy for parents to see their children move to a place far away.
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    • By The Librarian
      This issue contains the study articles for September 3-30, 2018.
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    • By T.B. (Twyla)
      Here are some notebooks for the 2018/2019  BE BOLD  and the BE STRONG Circuit Assembly's for this next year..  There is 1 per assembly and one that has both assembly in it.   TB
      2018-2019 BE STRONG CIRCUIT ASSEMBLY with Branch Overseer..doc
      2018-2019 BE STRONG CIRCUIT ASSEMBLY with Branch Overseer..pdf
      2018-2019 BE BOLD CIRCUIT ASSEMBLY with Circuit Overseer.doc
      2018-2019 BE BOLD CIRCUIT ASSEMBLY with Circuit Overseer.pdf
      2018-2019 BE BOLD and BE STRONG Circuit Assembly's notebooks.pdf
      2018-2019 BE BOLD and BE STRONG Circuit Assembly's notebooks.doc
    • By The Librarian
      This issue contains the study articles for December 31, 2018 to February 3, 2019.
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    • By The Librarian
      Use the program to follow along at this circuit assembly. The theme of the assembly is “Be Bold!”
       
       
       
       
    • By Jack Ryan
      July 2018 - Announcements and Reminders
      https://we.tl/K1TH19GMUB
      SEE ALSO:
      Congregation Record of Processing Activities - Europe GDPR (click image to enlarge)
      Britain Branch Relocation – Visitor Centre News – Summer 2018 - Chelmsford UK
      ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS - July 2018
      Coordinator of the body of elders: The announcements and reminders for the congregation should be read at the next midweek meeting and thereafter posted on the information board for one month.
      FOR THE ELDERS ONLY
      FOR THE CONGREGATION
       
    • By Jack Ryan
      Dear Brothers:
      The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in May of this year with the objective of harmonizing data protection laws in countries subject to European Union Law. The GDPR, among other things, will introduce new rights for individuals and significantly increase penalties for non-compliance.
      Consequently, all congregations will need to adjust the way they handle personal data. In preparation for the implementation of the GDPR, please take the following steps:
      All elders should immediately become familiar with the contents of the Notice and Consent for Use of Personal Data (S-290) and Instructions for Use of Personal Data (S-291) forms (attached) and the Use of Personal Data page in the “Privacy Policy” section of jw.org. The S-290 and S-291 forms will be available in the “Forms” section of the “Documents” tab on jw.org.
      Please follow the direction in the April 2018 Announcements and Reminders (S-147) form about informing the congregation of the GDPR and action to be taken by group overseers and the secretary.
      In relation to paragraphs 4-6 of the Instructions for Use of Personal Data (S-291) form, please note the following:
      For data protection purposes, in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland a minor is a person below 13 years of age.
      Where a person is a minor, the holder of parental responsibility should sign the Notice and Consent for Use of Personal Data (S-290) form. Usually this will be one or both of the minor’s parents but could include others if, for example, this is specified in a court order. In the United Kingdom only one holder of parental responsibility need give consent. However, in the Republic of Ireland two holders of parental responsibility must sign the Notice and Consent for Use of Personal Data (S-290).
      Thank you very much for your diligence and good cooperation in implementing this new procedure. Changes in the secular law at times require that we make adjustments to organizational procedures. Such adjustments, however, often result in protecting and bolstering our privacy rights and those of our brothers and sisters. (Dan. 6:4; Rom. 13:1) We take this opportunity to send our warm Christian love and best wishes.
      Yours brothers,
      Legal Department
      INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE OF PERSONAL DATA: S-291-E (March 2018)
      Table of Contents
      INTRODUCTION
      1 “Personal data” is data that can identify a person, such as his name, address, phone number, or age, including pictures and videos. “Sensitive personal data” is any personal data that reveals someone’s racial/ethnic origin, religious beliefs, physical/mental health, or sexual life.
      2 Data protection regulations require that consent must be provided by a publisher in order for the congregation and branch office to collect and transfer his personal data in a lawful manner. Failure to comply with such regulations could bring reproach on the organization and lead to large fines and/or criminal prosecution of the organization, as well as of individuals.—Rom. 13:1.
      3 The Notice and Consent for Use of Personal Data (S-290) form should be used so that: (1) the organization can properly inform the publisher of the use of his personal data; (2) the publisher is aware of the information provided on the Use of Personal Data page in the Privacy Policy section on jw.org; and (3) the publisher can consent to the use and transfer of his personal data for certain religious activities.
      REQUESTING CONSENT
      4 A publisher, or the parent or legal guardian of a publisher who is a minor, should be invited by an elder to complete a Notice and Consent for Use of Personal Data (S-290) form on the following occasions:
      (1) When an individual is newly approved to become an unbaptized publisher
      (2) When a publisher (baptized or unbaptized) moves into the congregation and a signed consent form is not received with the letter of introduction
      (3) When an individual is reactivated or reinstated as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses regardless of whether the publisher previously signed a consent form or not
      5 When inviting an individual to complete the consent form, the elder should explain the purpose of the form and, if needed, provide a printed copy of the Use of Personal Data page that is found in the Privacy Policy section on jw.org. The Notice and Consent for Use of Personal Data form is available in a variety of languages. It should be provided to the individual in the language he understands best. The elder should take the time to answer any questions the individual may have. The individual should be given the opportunity to read the complete Use of Personal Data page and to return the signed form within a reasonable period of time.
      6 When inviting the parent or legal guardian of a publisher who is a minor to submit the form on behalf of the minor, the minor’s name should be printed on the top portion of the form. However, the minor should not sign or date the form. If local regulations require that both parents provide consent on behalf of a minor, then the second parent’s signature, name, and date should be written below that of the first parent. When the publisher reaches the age at which he is no longer considered a minor, he should be asked to sign and date the consent form already on file for him.
      7 Individuals who desire to present student assignments during the Life and Ministry Meeting but who are not yet publishers do not need to sign a Notice and Consent for Use of Personal Data form.
      TRANSFERS TO ANOTHER CONGREGATION
      8 When a publisher transfers to another congregation, the signed Notice and Consent for Use of Personal Data (S-290) form should be sent to the new congregation with the letter of introduction and Congregation’s Publisher Record (S-21) cards. If the publisher refused to sign a consent form, call the Service Department before sending a letter of introduction.
      CONGREGATION FILE
      9 The congregation secretary is responsible for maintaining the signed Notice and Consent for Use of Personal Data (S-290) forms in the congregation file. The secretary should keep the body of elders informed if anyone refuses to complete the form or later revokes his consent. The signed consent form for a publisher should be kept in the congregation file for as long as any records for that individual are retained.
      REFUSAL TO CONSENT
      10 An adult publisher might initially refuse to sign the Notice and Consent for Use of Personal Data (S-290) form. If this occurs, an elder should take the time to answer any questions the publisher may have. Often, a clear explanation can help the publisher to feel comfortable with providing consent. However, the publisher should not feel pressured to sign the form. If consent for the use of personal data is not provided, the affected individual may remain a publisher (baptized or unbaptized) and the congregation may keep his personal data related to his activity as a publisher, including the information recorded on the Congregation’s Publisher Record (S-21) card. However, the individual should be informed that the congregation or branch office may not be able to evaluate his suitability to fill certain roles within the congregation or participate in many congregation activities, such as serving as a regular pioneer, a ministerial servant, or an elder. His name or other personal data should not be posted on the information board, be entered on the jw.org website, or appear in any correspondence sent via jw.org e-mail. However, his limited personal data from the Congregation’s Publisher Record (S-21) card could be used on internal congregation documents. Additionally, if the congregation’s meetings are recorded for the purpose of being uploaded to JW Stream, the publisher could not be recorded in such congregation meetings.
      11 A parent or legal guardian might refuse to sign the Notice and Consent for Use of Personal Data form for a publisher who is a minor. If the minor is an unbaptized publisher, no personal data should be collected for him. Nor should a Congregation’s Publisher Record card be kept for him. The report of field service activity may be collected from the minor as long as his name is not written on the report. The count of the individual and his activity may then be added to the Congregation’s Field Service Report (S-1) that is submitted to the branch office. If the minor is a baptized publisher, two elders should contact the Service Department for direction.
      12 If at any time a publisher informs the elders that he wishes to revoke his consent for the congregation to use his personal data, two elders should call the Service Department immediately. The secretary should write the date of revocation on top of the Notice and Consent for Use of Personal Data form.
      NOTICE AND CONSENT FOR USE OF PERSONAL DATA: S-290-E (March 2018)
      Upon becoming a publisher, I acknowledge that the worldwide religious organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including my congregation, local branch office, and similar cooperating organizations of Jehovah’s Witnesses, lawfully uses my personal data in accordance with its legitimate religious interests. Additionally, I consent to the use of my personal data so that I may participate in some religious activities in connection with my worship and so that I may receive spiritual support. I also agree that my personal data may be sent to any of the cooperating organizations of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which may be located in countries whose laws provide different levels of data protection, that are not always equivalent to the level of data protection in the country in which I currently reside. I have been informed about and had the opportunity to read the Use of Personal Data page available in the Privacy Policy section of jw.org and available to me as a hard copy upon request. I consent to the use of my personal data as stated on that page and as it may be amended from time to time.
      Signature: _____________ Print name: _____________
      Date: __________
      I, as the parent or legal guardian of the minor named above, consent to the above Notice and Con-sent for Use of Personal Data on behalf of the minor.
      Signature: _____________ Print name: _____________
      Date: __________
      edited to update the original links
      March 31, 2018 - Re: General Data Protection Regulation
      https://faithleaks.org/wiki/documents/9/98/2018-03-31-Re-_General_Data_Protection_Regulation.pdf S-290-E (March 2018) - Notice and Consent For Use Of Personal Data
      https://faithleaks.org/wiki/documents/b/b4/2018-03-NOTICE_AND_CONSENT_FOR_USE_OF_PERSONAL_DATA-S-290-E.pdf S-291-E (March 2018) - Instructions For Use Of Personal Data
      https://faithleaks.org/wiki/documents/2/2c/2018-03-INSTRUCTIONS_FOR_USE_OF_PERSONAL_DATA-S-291-E.pdf
    • By The Librarian
      This issue contains the study articles for December 3-30, 2018.
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    • By The Librarian
      This issue contains the study articles for October 1-28, 2018.
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    • By Jack Ryan
      We are pleased to make available the outlines for your meeting with the regular pioneers, special pioneers, and field missionaries that will be held in conjunction with one of the circuit assemblies during the 2018 service year. Please note that you will now be allowed the flexibility to determine with which circuit assembly the meeting will be held. Your primary consideration should be what is in the best interests of the majority of the pioneers, not what is most convenient for you.There are many factors to be considered, such as weather, travel distance, accommodations, and so forth. The theme of the meeting is “‘Grow Mighty’ as Spiritual Persons,” based on 1 Corinthians 16:13. For your personal reference, an outline of the program is provided below. Please see Circuit Overseer Guidelines, chapter 3, for instructions on making arrangements for this meeting. Circuit Overseer Guidelines will soon be updated to reflect the adjustment noted above. Zip: S-312-tk18-E Unzipped: S-312-tk18-E
    • By The Librarian
      This issue contains the study articles for June 4 to July 8, 2018.
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    • By Jack Ryan
      Revision date: 8/17. The Talk outline “Jesus Christ—Earth’s New Ruler” has been discontinued and should no longer be used. It has been replaced by “Who Really is Jesus Christ?”
      Note: This is the special public talk outline for 2018. The talk will be given in most congregations the week of Monday, March 19, 2018.
    • By Jack Ryan
      Table of contents
      Friday morning
      No. 1 Chairman’s Address: We Must Not Give Up —Especially Now!
      No. 2 Continue Preaching “Without Letup” (Symposium)—Informally
      No. 3 Continue Preaching “Without Letup” (Symposium) —From House to House
      No. 4 Continue Preaching “Without Letup” (Symposium)—Publicly
      No. 5 Continue Preaching “Without Letup” (Symposium) —Making Disciples
      DRAMATIC BIBLE READING: Jehovah Delivers His People
      No. 7 Jehovah—The Greatest Example of Endurance
      Friday afternoon
      No. 8 Enduring Despite . . . (Symposium) —Unjust Treatment
      No. 9 Enduring Despite . . . (Symposium) —Advancing Age
      No. 10 Enduring Despite . . . (Symposium) —Our Own Imperfections
      No. 11 Enduring Despite . . . (Symposium) —Humbling Experiences
      No. 12 Enduring Despite . . . (Symposium) —Prolonged Illness
      No. 13 Enduring Despite . . . (Symposium) —The Loss of a Loved One
      No. 14 Enduring Despite . . . (Symposium) —Persecution
      DRAMA: Remember the Wife of Lot—Part 1
      No. 16 Cultivate Qualities That Promote Endurance (Symposium)—Faith
      No. 17 Cultivate Qualities That Promote Endurance (Symposium) —Virtue
      No. 18 Cultivate Qualities That Promote Endurance (Symposium) —Knowledge
      No. 19 Cultivate Qualities That Promote Endurance (Symposium) —Self-Control
      No. 20 How You Can “By No Means Ever Fail”
      Saturday morning
      No. 21 How Jehovah “Supplies Endurance and Comfort” to . . . (Symposium)—The Weak and Those Who Are Depressed
      No. 22 How Jehovah “Supplies Endurance and Comfort” to . . . (Symposium)—Those in Material Need
      No. 23 How Jehovah “Supplies Endurance and Comfort” to . . . (Symposium)—“The Fatherless”
      No. 24 How Jehovah “Supplies Endurance and Comfort” to . . . (Symposium)—Older Ones
      No. 25 Build a House That Will Endure (Symposium) —Be “Content With the Present Things”
      No. 26 Build a House That Will Endure (Symposium) —Safeguard Your Children From “What Is Evil”
      No. 27 Build a House That Will Endure (Symposium) —Train Your Children in ‘the Way They Should Go’
      No. 28 BAPTISM: “Do Not Give In to Fear”!
      Saturday afternoon
      No. 29 Imitate “Those Who Have Endured” (Symposium)—Joseph
      No. 30 Imitate “Those Who Have Endured” (Symposium)—Job
      No. 31 Imitate “Those Who Have Endured” (Symposium) —Jephthah’s Daughter
      No. 32 Imitate “Those Who Have Endured” (Symposium)—Jeremiah
      DRAMA: Remember the Wife of Lot—Part 2
      No. 34 Learn Endurance From Creation (Symposium) —Camels
      No. 35 Learn Endurance From Creation (Symposium) —Alpine Trees
      No. 36 Learn Endurance From Creation (Symposium) —Butterflies
      No. 37 Learn Endurance From Creation (Symposium) —Arctic Terns
      No. 38 Learn Endurance From Creation (Symposium) —Lapwings
      No. 39 Learn Endurance From Creation (Symposium) —Acacia Trees
      No. 40 Young Ones—Your Endurance Makes Jehovah Rejoice!
      Sunday morning
      No. 41 We Must “Run With Endurance” (Symposium) —Run to Win!
      No. 42 We Must “Run With Endurance” (Symposium) —Train Diligently
      No. 43 We Must “Run With Endurance” (Symposium) —Let Go of Unnecessary Burdens
      No. 44 We Must “Run With Endurance” (Symposium) —Imitate Good Examples
      No. 45 We Must “Run with Endurance” (Symposium) —Eat Nutritious Food
      No. 46 We Must “Run With Endurance” (Symposium) —Drink Plenty of Water
      No. 47 We Must “Run With Endurance” (Symposium) —Obey the Rules of the Contest
      No. 48 We Must “Run With Endurance” (Symposium) —Be Confident of Gaining the Prize
      No. 49 PUBLIC BIBLE DISCOURSE: Never Give Up Hope!
      No. 50 Summary of The Watchtower
      Sunday afternoon
      DRAMA: Remember the Wife of Lot—Part 3
      No. 52 “Keep in Expectation . . . It Will Not Be Late!”
      Downloads:
      https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwofxgrfEXucbFRfcUFYQ0J4SXM
    • By Jack Ryan
      This is to inform you that older, 45-minute public talk outlines are in the process of being shortened to 30 minutes, and their content and references are being updated. The revised outlines will be posted on jw.org. Some outlines are being given new titles, and others are being discontin- ued. When an outline that you deliver is revised, please update your talk as soon as possible so that it harmonizes with the revised outline. When an outline is discontinued, it should no longer be used. At times, a discontinued outline may be replaced with a new one that has a different theme but the same number. Please inform all ministerial servants who give public talks of this direction.
      2016_01-31-E_BOE--Revised_Public_Talk_Outlines_[1].pdf
    • By Jack Ryan
      New Public Talk #193: "Rescue From World Distress"
       
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It almost does my heart good to see Trump brawling with his political counterparts as they do their utmost to preserve “dignity.”  Moreover, you would almost expect Jehovah’s (American) servants to see that. They don’t because they truly are apolitical. They follow politics hardly at all, and there is a fair number of them that consider even a comment about the topic as akin to ripping a loud one at the concert hall—it is just gauche—it is as though deliberately contaminating the soufflé with the street rock salt. The JW Governing Body works hard to keep the squabbles of politics out of the congregation and to safeguard its neutrality.  Keeping truly neutral is not easy. Geoffrey Jackson reflects on how (Australian) candidates of his youth offered dramatically different proposals regarding the military draft—a matter that would affect him greatly. Updating his struggle to the present—adapting it to brothers today who might be personally advantaged or disadvantaged by the proposals of a given political figure—he ventured on how some might truly strive to be neutral and yet in the back of their head was the thought: “I hope that idiot doesn’t come into power.” He said it about two years ago. It is impossible for me not to wonder what “idiot”—if there was one—he had in mind.  Of course, Witnesses are politically neutral due to their advocacy for God’s kingdom—the one of the Sermon on the Mount—“thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” “God’s will is done in heaven,” I tell the householder as I glance upward. “I mean, I guess it is—surely he has it all running smoothly up there—but it sure isn’t done on earth. Pockets of it here and there may be, but nobody would ever say that the world runs that way it does today according to God’s will. According to the prayer, we should not expect that until the kingdom comes.” Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t go campaigning for human governments because they are announcing God’s government which will tackle and solve the problems human governments consistently flounder on. If Witnesses today did reflect on national politics—and the particulars are replicated in many nations—they might reflect that Trump’s enemies are the “one world government” people of the humanist variety—180 degrees apart from the one world government of the “God’s kingdom” variety. They are the humanists who would rise above national boundaries to blur or even erase them. They are humanists who yet pursue the dream of the League of Nations, reinvigorated after WWII as the United Nations. A worldwide blending of peoples and their interests into one common government by man, incorporating whatever is the humanistic thinking holding sway at the time. These ones fully expect those of government (largely themselves) to be granted dignity in light of the noble task they have assumed—it doesn’t matter if praiseworthy results are slow to come—it is the intention that matters. The common working people know it is a crock. They see their own interests being sold out for the loftier “higher” interests of these they would call the “elites.” Their economic interests are tamped down. Their moral values are shoved aside. They are astounded, to take an example, to think that biological differences should not determine male and female, and dismayed to see the view that completely defies their common sense and all of recorded history take the world by storm under the new tidal wave of humanists. 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He screamed: “Look at that medal count, Tommy!” he shouted. “We’re cleaning up!”  
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