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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 12, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Kajiids Gazelle: Sat., Jan. 12, 1974 Book on Pastoring, Preaching Tells of Local Experiment liy 1'ut 1'ctmou Au experiment .involving eiyht Cedar Hapids and Marion 1'rotelant churches led to a book by Dr. Joseph .McCabe, chancellor of Coe college, which might lead to better preaching and pastor- ing in all faiths. "Time is the pastor's most precious resource. Careful scheduling of the time pro- duces said Dr. Mc- Cabo, a Presbyterian minister before accepting the post as president of Coe college in 1957. lie became chancellor in 1970. Sixth liook Dr. McCabe wrote the book, "How To Kind Time for Better Preaching and Better Paslor- Dr. Joseph E. McCabe "Publishers liale titles like lie said, "but that is what this book is about." This is the sixth book he has had published. Dr. McCabc's book deals with how to release more time for the pastoral office and bow also to improve preach- ing from the pulpit. The information in the book comes from an experiment he began in Cedar Rapids three years ago. He says in his book that people expect their pastor to be an able administrator, reli- g i o u s education specialist, community leader, visitor of the sick, hurier of the dead and to marry the marrying. In addition, he is supposed to find lime fur an ever increas- ing counsdiiiii loud, luring members into Ihc church, in- terest those on the edges, he a leader to yuiith, read widely, study diligently, lie well in- formed, lie available at any lime of the day and then on Sunday is supposed to preach like Paul. Dr. McCabe began with Ihc long-held idea that preaching can he improved and better pastoral care given without any additional demand on the pastor's time. To prove his idea, ho brought together eight pastors whose church memberships ranged from 200 to COO. Each church selected was a one- pastor church where one man was in charge of the total Christian program. When he explained his pro- gram of a pulpit exchange and using repeat and bor- rowed sermons, he said the pastors were leary of the pro- posal, but were interested. Governing Boards Before putting his program into effect, Dr. McCabe met with the "governing boards of each church to make sure they understood the program and agreed to participate. He reported all the churches voted to join the program. The churches participating in the program currently in- clude St. Andrew Lutheran, Hope Lutheran, Marion Chris- tian, St. James Methodist, Hope United Church of Christ of Hiawatha, Olivet Presby- terian, Calvin-Sinclair Presby- terian, First Baptist church of Marion, Noelridge Christian, Holy Redeemer Lutheran, Knox Presbyterian and Hus Memorial Presbyterian. Lovely Lane Methodist and Christ Church Presbyterian Pholo by L. W. Ward The Rev. Peter Morgan, left, of Marion Christian church, and the Rev. Steve Root of St. James United Methodist church, exchanged pulpits on Communion Sunday. Pastor Root said he thought things went very well. The two men met during the week to evaluate the exchange and to discuss the differences between the methods of taking Communion in the two churches. Here they examine some of the hardware used in Methodist Communion. were in the program in 1970-71 but-have since left the pro- gram. Dr. McCabc's proposal is very simple. The first part of the plan calls for a pastor to form a team with another pas- tor from a similar size church. The two pastors ex- change pulpits four times a year. Dr. McCabe theorized that if it takes ten to 12 hours to write a 25-minule sermon, here was a chance for the pastors to save-40 to 48 hours a year by choosing one of his better sermons to deliver on exchange Sunday. Sheepstcaling In talking with the church boards, Dr. McCabe decided there would be no pulpit ex- change on Sundays with Com- munion, baptism, All Saints days, Christmas, Easter or Pentecost. It was also agreed some distance would be kept between the exchanging pas- tors to avoid After the program had been in progress two years, the Rev. Steve Hoot of St. James Methodist and the Hcv. Peter Morgan of Marion Christian, decided to try the pulpit ex- change on a Communion Sun- day. Both agreed it was bene- ficial for them and their con- gregations to see and experi- ence how others look Commu- nion. Went Well Pastor Hoot said the ex- change went very well. He said len elders and deacons from Marion Christian gave Communion at his church. He took three members of St. James to Marion for Metho- dist-style Communion. He said members of his church, who receive Commu- nion five times a year, told him they would not mind occasionally using the Chris- tian style of passing the wine and bread down the pews. Pastor Root said he felt the exchange was a very good ex- perience for all involved. The second part of the pro- gram calls for the pastor to deliberately repeat three or four of his sermons during the year. This gives the pastor an- other 30 to 40 hours a year he can spend in some other aspect of church work. The third part of the pro- gram calls for a pastor to use a borrowed sermon two or three times a year. This gives the pastor 20 to 30 more hours a year away from sermon preparation. The total for the year is be- tween 80 and 100 hours the pastor can spend on other duties instead of writing ser- mons. Dr. McCabe says the Prot- estant church is preacher oriented. One of the values of the pulpit exchange as seen by one of the participants is it offers to help strength- en the congregation as a con- gregation and eliminates ex- cessive prcaeher-centered- ness." Second Pastor Another important factor brought out in Dr. McCabe's book is that participating con- gregations now have a "se- cond" pastor, one people can turn to if their own pastor is out of town or otherwise not available. Dr. McCabe recounts in his book the story of Baptist and Presbyterian pastors who ex- changed pulpits. The Baptist minister had made a commitment to attend a church conference. Just be- fore his departure, he was no- tified a member of his church had died. He visited the fami- ly, told them of 'his commit- ment, but said he would stay if that was the family's wish. The family said they had heard the Presbyterian min- ister and felt they knew him and would be satisfied for him to conduct the service.. Congregational response to the pulpit exchange in six of the participating churches was an overwhelming 93 per- cent in favor of their min- isters exchanging pulpits. Dr. McCabe reported some pastors have an honest reti- cence about repeating a ser- mon. He said nothing is easier for a pastor, but the heart of the problem is that he would be caught repeating. Besides giving, the pastor more time for other pastoral duties, repeating a sermon in- duces better preaching and better listening. When members of a congregation are made aware that they have some say in what ser- mons will be repeated, they listen better. Dr. McCabe said it gives the congregation a sense of parlicipation. Dr. McCabe said that be- cause a pastor has said some- thing once, does not mean it does not bear repeating. He said repeating is sound teach- ing procedure. Improve Delivery The repeat sermon offers a pastor a chance to improve his delivery. Dr. McCabe Says in his book that ft a pastor will spend an hour practicing delivery of the repeat sermon, it will lead to better preach- ing. Another thing that leads to better preaching is use of the borrowed sermon. Of all the formf, the min- isters in the program said the borrowed sermon was the most difficult to carry off. Besides giving the pastor time away from preparing a sermon, use of the borrowed sermon improves the preacher's writing skill, says Dr. McCabe in his book. One of the participating pas- tors said, "I plan to borrow another preacher's sermon twice this year. That will 'do two things, it will enable you to hear some of the greatest preaching in our denomination and in each of the two weeks I will be free to make a dozen home calls, or to read a good book on Christian education or visit half of the shut-ins." Dr. McCabe said a minister should always give credit when using another's sermon. He said stealing a sermon is as bad as stealing anything else. The total response to the program by the churches was 97 percent in favor of the pro- gram. One minister said in his evaluation of the program that continuation of the pro- gram is "a must." Church Briefs Two Churches To Show Film on Martin L, King Mt. Zion Baptist church and Peoples Unitarian church will present "King: A Filmed Record Montgomery to Mem- The film will be shown Tuesday at 7 p.m. Zion Bap- tist. Tickets are available at both churches or at the door on Tuesday. The Masters Gospel quartet of Alburnett will participate in the a.m. Sunday Worship service at the Shueyville United Methodist church. The team will also present a concert at 1 p.m. The lay academy at Kenwood Park Presbyterian church will begin a three-week series on introductions to some of the concepts of Transactional Analysis. The text to. be used is "I'm OK, You're John Schmidt will be the leader. Call the church for further information. The A Capella Choir from Concordia Teachers college, Sc- ward, Neb., will present a concert next Sunday at 8 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran church, Keystone. The pastors of Olivet United Presbyterian church and Hope United Church of Christ will exchange pulpits Sunday as part of the Better Preaching-Better Pastoring program The John Matthews Family gospel singers will present a concert Friday at p.m. at the Church of the Foursquare Gospel. :our Methodist Churches Merge Into One Unit MONONA Sunday marked he uniting of fa's.- United Meth- jdist churches in the Monona area. The two Methodist 'churches of Monona, First and Pilgrim, ormerly the Evangelical United Brethren, and the churches at Luana and Volney voted in Au- gust to merge into one congre- ;ation. The new congregation will be known as the Garden City Unit- ed Methodist church and will meet and worship in the exist- ing buildings in Monona. The Rev. Raymond Pacholke, jastor of -the united congrega- ion, presided at the service of unification. Dr. Alferd E. Wli- ken, conference, program coun- cil director, DCS Moines, pre- sented the message at the ser- Mass To Be Adapted to Child's Level WASHINGTON (UPI) The Vatican has issued directions for adapting the maes to the un- derstanding of children. A new "directory for masses with children" permits exten- sive adaptation and simplifica- tion to encourage children to share in a mass scaled to their level of understanding, the U. S. Catholic Conference said. Suggested changes apply to masses with groups of children and to the ordinary Sunday mass where adults and children are present. Priests arc given guidelines on their manner ol speaking and gesturing and adaptation of prayers. Emphasis is placed on parlici- pation hy the children through singing, playing musical in- struments, making pictures to illustrate the homily or oilier pads of the mass and reading from Ihe Bible. Tin; directive slrc.sscd, howev- er, that much of the mass he left in its original form to cn- coiinigc transition by the chil- dren into the parish as adults. Decorah Baptists' New Minister To Arrive Jan. 20 DECORAH The Rev. Ron- ald McLucas will become the jastor of the Calvary Baplis church in Decorah on Jan. 20. Pastor McLucas conies to De corah ailcr serving 11 years with the Norwoodvillc Baplis1 church in DCS Moines. He was a student at the Woody Bible institute from 1951 :o 1953. He served as a chaplain n Ihe Korean war and Iher finished his schooling at the Baptist Bible seminary in John- son Cily, N. Y. TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH 1st Ave. and 5lli St. N.10, VMCA Auditorium Morn. Worship lllQO AM timidly lire. Weil. Nlglil I'M Nick Cwv-rnslor C. R. Bible Chapel Sets Special Meetings Ben Tuiniga, Bible tcachci from Minneapolis, will hold scries of meetings at Ihe Cedar Rapids Bible chapel beginning Sunday ;it 11 a.m. and 7 p.m and continuing Monday througl Friday at p.m., including Ian. 20. GALILEE BAPTIST CHURCH 1947 Woililnglon Avo. S.E. AM Sunday School AM Morning Sorvlco' Cvnnlno Sotvlco Wad. Sorvico PM God Abiolglo Jujllto. Thore- (oro Ho porfoctly and fair In doallngt with tho human roco. Bocauio Ho Is lull Ho lakol IIBUO wllli lin nnd pro- nouncoi a ponally upon II. Ho limn tamo to oarlh In Iho Parian ol Christ to nny thai pon- ally. Doutoronomy -Ui4. Worship Services in Cedar Rapids Churches Delta Christian Moves Place for Services DELTA During January and February, worship services at the Christian church are being held in the social or fire- place room of the church. Since attendance is usually less during these two months, the members of the church board took the action to con- serve fuel. Sunday school classes are being held in the regular classrooms. First Covenant Plans Lay Witness Mission First Covenant church is sponsoring a lay witness mis- sion Saturday and Sunday. Thirty-three laymen from dif- ferent parts of the country and different denominations will participate under (he direction of Arthur Wcsselink from Eagle Grove. Separate programs are planned for the children, youth and adults. For information call 363-4077. 10 YEARS AGO The total of U.S. nationals dead or wounded in the Panama rioting rose to 8fl on the basis of reports received from American headquarters in Panama. ASSEMBLY OF GOD Central 3030 F ave. NW. Ramon Booth. S.S. Serv. Eve.. Wed. First 2531 42nd st. WE. Gary A. Jenkins. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Wed. 7. BAPTIST Berean 5037 Center Point rd. NE. Glen V. High. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Calvary (CBA) 1203 3rd ave. SW. Harry Egner. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Wed. 7. Edgewood (BGC) E ave. and Edgewood rd. NW. S.S. Serv. 11. Eve. 7. Wed. 1200 2nd ave. SE. Dr. Wayne A. Shireman. S.S. Serv. 1947 Wash- ington ave. SE. Larry H. Engle. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Wed. 7. Immamiel (S. B. C.) 1900 F ave. NW. S.S. 9. Serv. Donald K. Dixon. Eve. Wed. eve. 7. Ml. 824 8th st. SE. LeRoy White. S.S. Serv. 11, 3.30. Wed. New Testament (BBF) 749 Old Marion rd. NE. John Hulse, jr. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Wed. 7. Noelridge Golf and Clifton sts. NE. Bruce W. Young. Daniel A. Larson, S.S. Serv. 9. Twin Pines 3300 42nd st. NE. Werner Lemke. S.S. 10. Serv. 11. Eve. 7. Wed. Valley View 5555 Mt. Vernon rd. SE. Carroll Van Anda. S.S. Serv. "A Winning Combina- Eve. 7. "The Crisis oE Wed. eve. "When East Clashes with CATHOLIC All Saints Dalewood, 29th SE. Edmund J. Becker, James L. Blocklinger. Masses, Sat. 5 p.m.; Sun. 0, noon. Immaculate 3rd ave. SE. Win. P. Leonard, Daniel J. Keppler, Richard J. Hess. Masses, Sat. Sun. 6, 8, 10, noon, St. Edgewood rd. NW. John M. Gregory, Richard Amcnt, L a V c r n c Schuellcr. Masses, Sat. Sun, 7, 10. St. 21st ave SW. Robert W. .Cizck, Paul C McManus. Masses, Sat. Sun. 8, 11, St. ave., 24th NE. A. A. Sodawasser, Artliin Klcve, T. J. Kisting. Masses Sat, p.m.; Sun. 8, St. Patrick's 1st ave, NW. Martin Laughlin, Carl A, Rics, Maurice J. Lynch. Masses, Sat. p.m.; Sun. 8, 1, St. Pius st., Col- ins rd. NE. Bernard G. Collins, rohn Friederick. Masses, Sat. p.m.; Sun. 7, 9, noon, 5. St. 5th st. SE. Clarence Frana. Masses, at. 7 p.m.; Sun. CHRISTIAN Cedar 526 3rd ave. SW. Neville G. Clayton. S.S. 9. Serv. "Anguish 3rd ave. SE. John M. Hardy. S.S. Serv. 'It Does Matter What You Be- 1 Np.elridge 727 Collins rd. E. Philip Ewoldsen. S.S. Serv. EPISCOPAL A Ave. NE. Paul Traeumcr. Masses, 8, 10. Chil- dren's chapel and S.S. 10. St. John's 355 ISth st. SE. D. A. Loferski. (Communion 8.) S.S., serv. Choral Eu- charist, lirst Sun. St. Michael's 220 40th st. E. Thomas C. Aycock, jr. Eucharist, 8 a.m., 6 p.m. S.S., serv, 10. JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES West Congregation 1221 Center Point rd. NE. Public ,alk, "Do Vain or Worth- while Works Fill Your Watchtowcr, "Spared From Slaughter with the King's Pioneer Avenue Congrega- tion 3103 Pioneer ave. SE. Public talk, "A Visit to ,he Holy Walchtower, "Exulting in Jehovah Despite Hardships Har- LATTER DAY SAINTS Trailridge rd SE. Bishop Paul L. Garvin. Priesthood S.S. Eve. 5. 10th st. NE. Elder James 0. Loy. S.S. Serv. LUTHERAN Bethany Forest dr. SE. A. C. Hornbostcl. S.S. Serv. Concordia John- son ave. NW. Paul A. Scheldt. S.S. Serv. 8, My Son, Your First (LCA) 1000 3rd ave SE. George W. Carlson. Larrj K. Fruohling, Alvon Nelson HAPPY NEW YEAR Sunday Services and A.M. "Don'f Blame Iho Guy" tormon Dr. John P. Woods WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 'Dr. John P.Woods, Minister 3rd Avo. at Bovar S.E. Mis. Robert D. Blown, Organist Dr. Allan D. Kollnr, Choir Dlioclor Mis. Mian D. Kollnr, Youlli Choir Director i.S. Dr. David Hay. Serv. :15, 11. "Holy Baptism'... A Concept or a Gloria 153 Cher- y Hill rd. NW. Charles G, Schultz. S.S. Serv. Communion, first Sun. of month. Eve. Good Shepherd (WELS) 2900 42nd st. NE. Gary Kirsch- ke. S.S. 9. Serv. "A Good Memory Makes A Good Holy 720 Edgewood rd. NW. Cedric J. Sat. S.S. 3erv. Bowling :t. SW. Michael A. Last. Com- munion, first Sun. of month. Sat. eve. 6. S.S. Serv. 10. Our 3634 1st ave. NE. F. William Hilker. VTarvin L. Ehnen. S.S. Serv. 8, St. Andrew (LCA) 4420 Center Point rd. NE. James M. ,csher. S.S. Serv. "The Father Says St. 2100 1st ave. NE. David Frans Larson. S.S. Communion and serv. 11. St. Stephen's (ALC) Mea- dowbrook, 31st st. SE. Landis J. Olson. S.S. Serv. 1303 1st ave. SW. Richard A. Osing, Richard Thompson. Serv. 8, Sat. 6. Word of (Mo.) 1363 1st ave. SW. Allan C. Dage. First and third Sun. of month. S.S. 2. Serv. 3. Zion (Mo.) Highway 150, Hiawatha. Larry Brelje. S.S. Serv. METHODIST Asbury (United) 351 26th ive. SW. Charles R. Mehaffey. S.S., serv. 9, 11. Bertram (United) L. Neil Townsend. S.S. Serv. 512 6th st. SE. George Moore. S.S. Serv. 11. Buffalo (United) Blairs Ferry rd. NE. Wilbert R. Tru- sheim. S.S. Serv. 9. Faith (United) 1000 30lh st. NE. Wilbert R. Trushcim. S.S. serv. G ave. NW. Wayne Ryan. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Wed. 302 33rd st, NE. Clifton W. Ellerbcck S.S. 10. Serv. fl, 11. "The Crown of Lovely 42nci GOOD NEWS BAPTIST CHURCH Sunday School 10 AM Morning Worship 11AM Evening Worship 7 PM Wednesday Bible Study and Prayer 7 PR) at members' homes For further information Call 365-3334 nd Wenig rd. NE. Don F. rtaple. S.S. Serv. j.S. 9. Serv. 10. Salem (United) 225 First vc. SW. Paul Pfaltzgraff. S.S. Serv. 10. "Living in Mixed- ip Sharon (United) 831 18th ave. SW. Everett K. Burham. S.S. 9, Serv. 10. St. 1430 El- is blvd. NW. Stephen H.' Root, S.S. Serv. 10. St. Mark's (United) 4700 ohnson ave. NW. Lee Hoy Col- ins. S.S. Serv. 11. "Called, iVhat Eve. School Missions. "I St. Paul's (United) 1340 'hird ave. SE. Arnold Herbst, ames H. Eiegel, Warren S. Vebb. S.S. 11. Commun- on and serv. 11. (United) Rt. 2. Leonard Showalter. S.S. Trinity (United) 3rd ave. th st. SW. Ernest W. Larson. Serv. "Jesus in Pluralistic Ely rd. SW. Leonard Showalter. S.S. 10. 3erv. 9. ave. NW. Richard Ernst. S.S. Sen'. Wed. NAZARISNE First 3113 1st ave SW. Hardy J. Powers. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Wed. 7. 29th st. NE. Irawford Howe. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Wed. Trinity 1328 K st. SW. James L. Hayes. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Wed. 7. ORTHODOX St. (Sy.) 1202 10th st. SE. Constantine Nasr. S.S Matins 10. Liturgy, Sat. Vespers, p.m. St. John's (E) 600 7th st IE. S.S., Matins, 10. Morning Prayers, 11. St. 501 A ave. Alexander Anastasiou. S.S. Orthros Liturgy PRESBYTERIAN Calvin Sinclair (United) BIBLES CHRISTIAN BOOKS GIFTS MUSIC RECORDS SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPPLIES walch for our GRAND OPENING SOONI BOOKSTORE 3919 lit Ave. St Cndnr Rcipldi 366-7189 15 38th ft. SE. Earl A. Hueb- ner. S.S. 10, Serv. 9, 'The Center of Central 1700 B ave. NE. Allen S.-Van Cleve. ,.S. Serv. 11. "No Longer Christ Church (United) 2000 1st Ave. NW. Robert Sou- ton. S.S. 9. Serv. 'Hands: Layed First (United) 310 5th st. SE. John S. Shew, Larry R. Johnson. S.S. 10. Serv. 11. "When God Says Hus Memorial (United) 108 Schaoffer dr. SW. George B. McDill. S.S. Serv. "Wise Men Still Seek Cedric Lbfdahl., Indian Creek (Reformed) K.P. Hall, 1001 Old Marion rd. E. Mark Pett. S.S. 11. Serv. 0. Kenwood 327 st. NE. L. A. Chamberlain, Murry Haber. S.S. 11. 11. "First filings 1525 Holly- wood blvd. NE.. Floyd J. Con- oy. S.S. Serv. 237 10th st. NW. Francis Roy King. S.S.- Serv. 11. "God Gives !is People Lyle Kuehl. 1285 3rd ave. SE. Dr. John P. Woods. S.S. Serv. 11. "Don't Blame the Other UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST and R) 351 8th ave. SW. Glenn D. Hunt. S.S. Serv. First Congregational 361 17th st. SE. Glenn N. Bender, Robert L. Myren. S.S. 10. Serv. and Communion. 10. "Acquir- ing the Power of God in Hope 150 9th ave., Hia- watha. Lyle V. Kuehl. S.S. Serv. "Don't Buy Shoes in tho Francis King. OTHER CHURCHES Balia'i 8, 1810 Hidgewood terr. SE: Wed. 2415 4th ave., Marion; Fri. 8, 2773 C st. SW, Apt. A. Bethany (Continued on Pago 6, Col. 6.) Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Wisconsin Synod) 2900 42nd St. We believe that all of Ihe Bible is Ihe inspired, inerront Word of God to man. We, therefore, feel bound to teach only what Ihe Bible teachej. THUS WE FIRMLY TEACH AND BELIEVE that God has made us and all creatures that as our God and Creator, He has Ihe right to determine how we should be and live that we have failed to live up to those things which God wants and requires of us thai, therefore. He has every right to punish us for our sins and failures that God is a merciful and gracious God, Who does not desire that any should perish that therefore, He sent His Son Jesus into the world lo live a holy life and to die an innocent death for us that when Jesus died on the cross He was paying tho full price for tho sins of the whole world ll.at whon we held Him in faith, we have full pardon for all our sins that through Him we are reconciled lo our heavenly Father and become His dear children thai as such, we receive through His Holy Spirit the power lo live now and changed lives devoted to Him and Hii glory that whon this lift is avor, an eternal home is awaiting us in heaven.
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