By Guest Nicole
I made a donation on line at JW.ORG. Why are they using a Switzerland banking address?
By The Librarian
‘Love endures all things. Love never failsÂ’ (1Co 13:7, ?
w-E * The Watchtower
The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah's Kingdom / Simplified Study EditionÂ (monthly, July 15, 2010) In PDF and EPUB. g * Awake!
km * Our Kingdom Ministry
yb-10E * Yearbook
es-10E * Examining the Scriptures Daily
ca10 * Calendar
jr * GodÂ’s Word for Us Through Jeremiah
lc * Was Life Created?
lf * The Origin of Life - Five Questions Worth Asking
ph * The Pathway to Peace and Happiness
rk * Real Faith - Your Key to a Happy Life
ks-10E * 'Shepherd the Flock of God' (Revised version)
Hospital Liaison Committee Network (HLC) for Jehovah's Witnesses - UK Version
Theocratic Ministry School Schedule
Guidelines for Traveling Overseers (tga-S)
Working Together SafelyÂ—Safety Rules and Standards for Volunteer Projects, for Regional Building Committee volunteers
Memorandum for Regional Building Committees, forÂ Regional Building CommitteeÂ membersÂ
Charitable Planning to Benefit Kingdom Service Worldwide
Public Talk #177 - Where Can You Get Help In Times of Distress?
By The Librarian
No. Donations have no relevance as to whether a person is counted as a Witness or has any particular assignment or privilege in our organization. (Acts 8:18-20) In fact, most donations are made anonymously. Each Witness donates his time, energy, and resources to our worldwide work according to his own desire and circumstances.—2 Corinthians 9:7.
By Jack Ryan
All in attendance at our local circuit assembly are 'encouraged' to donate as a benchmark £7.50 for the privilege of being there and 'covering the cost of the assembly hall'
Is this a new tactic?
How is this different from "passing the plate" that my dad always boasted that JW's did not do?
By Jack Ryan
Wouldn't Jesus throw out the "money changers"?
How is this allowed?
Yet we aren't allowed to even leave bags of produce outside the front doors for others who want/need them?
They don't allow members of the congregation to give away excess home-grown produce at the Kingdom Hall but they have allowed commercial banks to set up?
By The Librarian
A 4 year old child showing love for all that Jehovah has done for her
Of course now that more and more of us are no longer using cash... her generation is now being offered automatic donations via our website jw.org
Train your child about routing numbers during her infancy.
By Jack Ryan
Here you will find the Letters to all Bodies of Elders and Letters to All Congregations for the year 2010. As more letters are discovered, they will be added to this list. Where letters refer to other letters, you will find these references included below the appropriate letter. This audit trail is included so that individuals can easily track the changes in Jehovah’s Witnesses policies and procedures.
Note 1: Letters in bold are currently active and used by elders and/or congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Note 2: Where links are not provided for some of the referenced letters and forms, it means that they are not currently available. Bodies of Elders Letters 2010
December 30, 2010 Revised accounting instructions and transferring funds to the branch office (Bi) December 30, 2010 Revised accounting instructions (Ca) December 30, 2010 Revised accounting instructions (Us) December 29, 2010 Accounts on the jw.org website for all appointed elders (Bi) December 29, 2010 Accounts on the jw.org Web site for all appointed elders (Us) December 28, 2010 Transferring funds to the branch office (Bi) December 28, 2010 Matching jw.org users to branch-office records (Us) December 27, 2010 Simplified English edition of The Watchtower (Bi) December 26, 2010 Increased activity during April 2011 (Bi) December 20, 2010 Use of jw.org Transfer Funds feature for remittances to the branch (Ca) December 19, 2010 Sign-language documents on the jw.org Web site (Us) December 18, 2010 2011 assistance arrangements (Us) December 17, 2010 Child custody packet (Us) December 16, 2010 Updated jw.org website documentation (Bi) December 16, 2010 Corrections in Spanish edition of Shepherding textbook (Ca) December 16, 2010 Corrections in Spanish edition of Shepherding textbook (Us) December 15, 2010 New documents to assist with literature and magazine distribution (Us) December 14, 2010 District convention arrangements (Bi) December 14, 2010 District convention arrangements (Us) December 14, 2010 Advance Directive Card (Es) December 9, 2010 2011 district convention Service Meeting part (Bi) December 9, 2010 2011 district convention Service Meeting part (Us) December 8, 2010 2011 Bethel visitors information (Us) December 7, 2010 Supplementary information on correspondence and congregation records (Bi) December 7, 2010 Working Together Safely – Safety Rules and Standards for Volunteer Projects S-109 (Ca) December 6, 2010 Correspondence from branch office and congregation file (Bi) December 6, 2010 Correspondence from branch office and congregation file (Us) December 4, 2010 2011 district convention handbills (Bi) December 4, 2010 2011 district convention handbills (Us) December 1, 2010 GST/HST (harmonized sales tax) rebates (Ca) November 20, 2010 Return address when witnessing by mail (Us) November 19, 2010 Listing of elders and ministerial servants on the jw.org Web site (Us) November 18, 2010 Charitable Planning brochure (Us) November 17, 2010 Letters of introduction (Au) November 17, 2010 Letters of introduction (Bi) November 17, 2010 Letters of introduction (Ca) November 17, 2010 Letters of introduction (Gh) November 17, 2010 Letters of introduction (Us) November 16, 2010 Bible School for Christian Couples (Us) November 7, 2010 Letter to All Regular Pioneers (Us) November 6, 2010 Assisting Pioneers (Us) November 1, 2010 Local assistance for users of the jw.org Web site (Us) October 20, 2010 Shepherding textbook (Bi) October 15, 2010 Recommending local elders as district convention speakers (Bi) October 12, 2010 Wedding procedures and Scriptural freedom to remarry (Bi) October 12, 2010 Wedding procedures and Scriptural freedom to remarry (Ca) October 12, 2010 Wedding procedures and Scriptural freedom to remarry (Gh) October 12, 2010 Wedding procedures and Scriptural freedom to remarry (Us) October 7, 2010 Spiral binding of Shepherding textbook (Bi) October 7, 2010 Spiral binding of Shepherding textbook (Ca) October 7, 2010 Spiral binding of Shepherding textbook (Gh) October 7, 2010 Spiral binding of Shepherding textbook (Us) October 5, 2010 Searching for congregation meeting locations and times (Bi) October 5, 2010 Searching for congregation meeting locations and times (Ca) September 21, 2010 Special talk outline No. 76 (Bi) September 20, 2010 Watchtower Library – 2010 (Us) September 17, 2010 Examining the Scriptures Daily (Us) September 7, 2010 Travelling Overseer Assistance Arrangement (Bi) September 6, 2010 Account management enhancements to the jw.org website (Bi) September 6, 2010 Account management enhancements to the jw.org website (Ca) September 6, 2010 Account management enhancements to the jw.org website (Gh) September 6, 2010 Account management enhancements to the jw.org website (Us) August 23, 2010 Kingdom Ministry School (Bi) August 23, 2010 Kingdom Ministry School (Us) August 20, 2010 Inspections under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (Bi) August 16, 2010 Activation of jw.org Web site Transfer Funds feature (Ca) August 9, 2010 Prison witnessing (Bi) August 9, 2010 Prison witnessing (Us) August 8, 2010 Literature and magazine reminders and adjustments (Us) August 6, 2010 Verifying information on elders and ministerial servants (Bi) August 4, 2010 Real Faith – Your Key to a Happy Life (Us) August 3, 2010 Use of the jw.org website (Bi) August 3, 2010 Use of the jw.org Web site (Us) August 1, 2010 2011 Memorial invitations (Bi) August 1, 2010 2011 Memorial invitations (Us) July 26, 2010 Recording meeting attendance (Bi) July 26, 2010 Recording meeting attendance (Ca) July 26, 2010 Recording meeting attendance (Us) July 25, 2010 Audio recordings of “Bearing Thorough Witness” About God’s Kingdom (Us) July 23, 2010 PDF files of The Watchtower and Awake! on the jw.org Web site (Bi) July 23, 2010 PDF files of The Watchtower and Awake! on the jw.org Web site (Us) July 19, 2010 Funds-on-deposit arrangement (Bi) July 16, 2010 Softcover edition of the New World Translation (Bi) July 16, 2010 Softcover edition of the New World Translation (Us) July 15, 2010 Songs for circuit events during 2011 service year (Us) July 8, 2010 School for Congregation Elders (Bi) July 8, 2010 Searching for congregation meeting locations and times (Us) June 25, 2010 Downloading small quantities of Our Kingdom Ministry from the jw.org website (Bi) June 23, 2010 Submitting literature inventory to the branch office (Bi) June 23, 2010 Submitting literature inventory to the branch office (Ca) June 18, 2010 Discontinuation of Pioneers Assist Others programme (Bi) June 18, 2010 Discontinuation of Pioneers Assist Others program (Us) June 11, 2010 2010 Kingdom Ministry School textbooks (Us) June 3, 2010 Prison Witnessing (Bi) June 2, 2010 Guest rooming for publishers visiting Bethel (Us) June 1, 2010 Verifying information on elders and ministerial servants (Us) May 24, 2010 Incidents of “sexting” involving minors (Bi) May 24, 2010 Deletion of Menlo Park Congregation Body of Elders (Us) May 23, 2010 Assisting inactive ones (Bi) May 23, 2010 Assisting inactive ones (Ca) May 23, 2010 Assisting inactive ones (Gh) May 23, 2010 Assisting inactive ones (Us) May 20, 2010 New features for requesting literature on the jw.org website (Bi) May 20, 2010 New features for requesting literature on the jw.org Web site (Us) May 10, 2010 Foreign-language field adjustments (Bi) May 6, 2010 Public talk outline No. 76 (Bi) May 6, 2010 Public talk outline No. 76 (Ca) May 6, 2010 Public talk outline No. 76 (Us) May 3, 2010 Offering The Bible – What Is Its Message? in November 2010 (Us) May 1, 2010 Charitable Planning brochure (Us) April 26, 2010 Funds on deposit and Kingdom Hall loans (Ca) April 19, 2010 New method of distributing magazines in the congregation (Us) April 17, 2010 Service Meeting adjustments related to 2010 district convention program (Us) April 6, 2010 Wireless microphone systems (Us) April 6, 2010 Wireless microphone systems (Ca) April 2, 2010 Audio recordings of theocratic events (Bi) April 2, 2010 Audio recordings of theocratic events (Ca) April 2, 2010 Audio recordings of theocratic events (Gh) March 28, 2010 Circuit overseers submitting reports electronically (Us) March 26, 2010 General guidelines for sign-language interpreting at meetings, assemblies and conventions (Bi) March 25, 2010 Internet connections in Kingdom Halls (Bi) March 25, 2010 Internet connections in Kingdom Halls (Us) March 19, 2010 Literature and magazine enquiries by electronic mail (Bi) March 17, 2010 2010 assistance arrangements (Us) March 11, 2010 RONA Discount Program (Ca) March 9, 2010 Service campaigns (Bi) March 8, 2010 Service campaigns in the sign-language field (Bi) March 3, 2010 Biannual literature inventory (Us) March 2, 2010 Kingdom Ministry School (Bi) February 17, 2010 Searching for contact information on the jw.org Web site (Us) February 17, 2010 Discontinuing production of The Watchtower and Awake! on compact disc in MP3 format (Bi) February 11, 2010 Regular pioneer activity in Britain (Bi) February 10, 2010 Index to Letters – For Bodies of Elders S-22 (Bi) January 29, 2010 Congregation annual accounts – Charity Commission requirements (Bi) January 21, 2010 Qualifications of appointed persons in conjunction with disfellowshipped relatives (Bi) January 19, 2010 Use of ministerial servants where the number of elders is limited (Bi) January 18, 2010 Haiti disaster relief (Us) January 5, 2010 Territory seldom worked (Us) January 4, 2010 Territory seldom worked (Us) January 4, 2010 Forms and outlines on the jw.org website (Bi) January 2, 2010 Discontinuing use of WEFTS (Us) January 1, 2010 Revised DPA cards (Us)
By Jack Ryan
"Shepherd the Flock of God" is intended for elders and is also used as a textbook during the Kingdom Ministry School
Shepherd The Flock of God.pdf
Chapter 1: Shepherd the Flock of God
Chapter 2: How Elders Work Together as a Body
Chapter 3: Appointment and Deletion of Elders and Ministerial Servants
Chapter 4: Assisting Those Who Are Weak
Chapter 5: Determining Whether a Judicial Committee Should Be Formed
Chapter 6: Preparing for the Judicial Hearing
Chapter 7: Judicial Hearing Procedure
Chapter 8: Appeal Hearing Procedure
Chapter 9: Implications of Disassociation
Chapter 10: Matters Related to Disfellowshipped and Disassociated Ones
Chapter 11: Reinstatement Committee Procedure
Chapter 12: Clarifications and Guidelines on Handling Certain Matters
List of Annotations
chapter 2, paragraph 11, after the first sentence, each elder should insert “He must be less than 80 years of age.”
Just think what we could do if we all shopped on smile.amazon.com and designated the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society as our charity. I did this over a year ago and, well, my purchases sent $73.45 to the society. But with others, we have contributed $21,439.23 to the society - that could build two kingdom halls in Africa!!
Spread the word to use this feature and switch to smile.amazon.com
May 17, 2017 WHAT’S NEW
Online Donations for Conventions
Donations to support the annual conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses may now be made online from a number of countries. Individuals who choose to donate can find more information on the page How to Donate to the Worldwide Work.
Online Donations for Conventions on JWORG.pdf
A few highlights:
“Although Jesus does not explain why he calls riches “unrighteous,” the Bible makes clear that commercialism was not part of God’s purpose. Par 6
Along with the political and religious elements, the greedy commercial system, represented by “the merchants” of Revelation 18:3, constitutes part of Satan’s world. Unlike the complete separation that God’s people maintain from politics and false religion, most cannot separate themselves completely from the commercial part of Satan’s world. Par 2
Another way to gain friendship with Jehovah is by minimizing our involvement with the commercial world and using our circumstances to seek “true” riches. Par 12
“Our annual Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Growth Markets Summit, held on April 24th and 25th in New York City, featured a series of in-depth conversations on important themes and dynamics shaping the Growth Markets today. The event comprised 18 different sessions featuring over 40 leading CEOs, CIOs, policy makers, political scientists, industry experts, investment fund managers and senior Goldman Sachs professionals. We were honored to be joined by over 400 attendees representing over 275 organizations from 37 countries.” 2012 GROWTH MARKETS SUMMIT
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society were among the 400 attendees.
“An obvious way to prove ourselves faithful with our material things is by contributing financially to the worldwide preaching work that Jesus foretold would take place. (Matt. 24:14) A young girl in India kept a small money box and gradually added coins, even giving up toys to do so. When the box was full, she handed the money over to be used for the preaching work. A brother in India who has a coconut farm contributed a large number of coconuts to the Malayalam remote translation office, reasoning that since the office needs to buy coconuts, his supplying them directly will help his contribution to go further than it would if he gave cash. That is practical wisdom. Likewise, brothers in Greece regularly contribute olive oil, cheese, and other foods for the Bethel family.” Par 8
Is it considered “practical wisdom” for the Watchtower to use another’s hard earned funds to support its commercial endeavors which are far from minimal? Although it is apparent that the Wt. is using another’s riches 'unrighteously', the “unrighteous riches” Jesus was referring to had no reference to commercialism or monetary donations made by such touching examples in paragraph 8. This is conclusive when reading Matt 19:21-24,29; 6:19-21
Each anointed one has a spiritual debt to pay to his Master, Christ. (1 Cor 12:1-11; Matt 13:8; Luke 17:10) The Steward appointed over God’s household refuses to let his fellow slaves pay their debt, the return on the provisions they received. This is the reality with the GB, who selfishly refuses to accept input from other anointed ones, thus this “wasteful steward” cannot be trusted with handling all provisions of God’s House. Prov 15:22; 1 Cor 4:8; Mark 10:42-44
In the parable, the steward was cutting the debts owed to the Master, Jesus, using practical “earthly” wisdom to save his own soul, but he had no authority to do so. Thus, the steward’s wisdom is centered not on the Kingdom, as a son of light, but on acquiring power and authority over all in God’s House, as a “son of this system of things”, which the GB has successfully done.
If this steward was to ‘make friends’ by sharing authority with all in the house, he would later be judged by his fellow servants, as faithful. John 20:23
The Watchtower makes the comment,
“Although Jesus does not explain why he calls riches “unrighteous,” the Bible makes clear that commercialism was not part of God’s purpose.” Par 6
The attached article is written by an anointed one, who has been blessed with the spiritual understanding of "unrighteous riches". If the Wt. doesn't 'get it', who are they serving, God or wealth? Luke 16:13
Wasteful Steward - http://pearl-wastefulsteward.blogspot.com/
By Guest Nicole
MANKATO — The city-owned former CCTV building isn't particularly versatile or beauteous, has no parking and can't be used for rental housing. So when the Mankato City Council asked people to submit offers to purchase and propose a new use for the Vine Street structure, no private developers stepped forward.
The non-profit Key City Bike organization, however, sees the former Jehovah's Witness worship hall as a potential gift from above.
Key City's current space at 1429 N. Riverfront Drive has no furnace or air conditioner.
In cold-weather months, the organization has to discontinue its mission of reclaiming old and unwanted bikes, providing them for free to kids, helping needy adults build their own bike, instructing people in bike repair, and teaching bikers to ride safely.
"So we have to go by the seasons," said Key City Executive Director Acacia Wytaske.
And when Key City's volunteers and patrons have to go, well, they have to go elsewhere. There's no restroom at the Riverfront Drive site, not even a sink.
The old CCTV building?
"We'd have bathroom facilities ...," Wytaske told the City Council Monday night, a bit of wonder in her voice. "People would be able to wash their hands after they get greasy."
Members of the City Council, acting in their role as the Economic Development Authority, weren't thrilled with the nonprofit's $1 proposed payment for the Vine Street building even as they indicated broad support for Key City's altruistic work.
"What's not to like about your organization?" Mayor Eric Anderson said.
But Anderson and Council members Karen Foreman and Mark Frost said there's reason for the council to hesitate in giving Key City the building. It's not really theirs to give.
"We do have a different responsibility here because the building is an asset of the public," Anderson said.
The building was purchased by the city from the Jehovah's Witnesses in 1990 but lost its purpose when the public-access television studio was moved to Bethany Lutheran College in 2015.
Traditional fiduciary stewardship would suggest seeking the highest possible return when unloading unneeded taxpayer assets, Anderson said: "The logical move is just to sell the building and get what we can get out of it."
Without any off-street parking, though, the building doesn't have a lot of potential as a commercial business, Community Development Director Paul Vogel said. Because the 200-block of East Vine Street already has the maximum allowed amount of rental housing, it couldn't be sold for apartments.
It could become a single-family home, but only if someone was looking for a 3,200-square-foot house that was designed as worship space and later converted into a public-access television building with offices, a studio and editing bays.
Despite its limitations, though, Blue Earth County has assessed the building's value at $169,000.
An assessment of the building calculated $90,000 in needed repairs, although Frost said he looked at the structure with a contractor friend who thought those estimates were overstated five-fold.
Key City officials have indicated a willingness to make repairs to the building, although the larger fixes would need to await fundraising efforts. City staff is also recommending that any agreement with Key City would need to allow the city to reclaim the building if the organization discontinued operations, failed to maintain the structure or attempted to sell it.
Foreman suggested staff add provisions to any contract with Key City that spells out what repairs the organization would make in return for receiving the building for free. In addition, Foreman said the agreement could include the possibility of annual payments to the city if Key City, through grants or other funding sources, because more financially flush in future years.
"At some point down the line, we need to start having some financial responsibility back to the citizen," Foreman said.
Council members voted to have staff continue negotiations with Key City. A proposed agreement is expected to come back for a final decision at an Economic Development Authority meeting in March or April.
The organization often uses the scriptures from 1 Cor 16 and 2 Cor 8 to appeal for us to make contributions to the world wide work. However, as you read these verses in context the contributions that were collected were for the material needs of fellow Christians who were undergoing poverty and famine. I am in no doubt that many of our fellow Christians in this world would welcome material assistance, especially in some of the poorer countries. Instead millions are spent on making the organizations headquarters into a palatial residence not to mention the millions that have already been paid out in settlements regarding sexual abuse cases !! I strongly feel that this is an abuse of those scriptures, making them say what the writer and ultimately the divine author did not intend. Agree or disagree ?
By Jack Ryan
No cash? No problem!
By The Librarian
2005 - $20,000 for CHANHASSEN JEVOVAH WITNES y ST LOUIS JEHOVAH WITNESS
2006 - $130,000 for JEHOVAH WITNESS KINGDOM HALL
2007 - $800,000 for PECCOLE RANCH LAKES KINGDOM HALL FUND
The amounts of his donations has been posted in other forums with copies of the public tax filings of his Love 4 One Another foundation.
I will add a link to this page to his central post on this forum:
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