Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Church of Exceptional Honored A CflUrch which hoon nf _i- _ ii____i___, Simple A church which has been in existence for less than four years and has an unofficial membership] of only 75 was given national recognition when a preacher and publish- ------1- er from New York, the govcr- nor of Georgia and other dig- nitaries traveled to Macon, Ga., to honor that city's Cnurch of the Exceptional. The tiny congregation, re- cipient of the 18th annual Guideposts church award, is an unusual one. It is a fellow- ship of mentally handicapped People of all ages. Dr. and Mrs. Norman Vin- cent Peale, co-publisher of the interfaith monthly Guideposts, and Georgia Gov. and Airs. Jimmy Carter headed the list distinguished participants who gathered to cite the achievements of the congre- gation. In a very simple service, closed to the public and con- ducted as always by the han- dicapped, Mrs. Peale present- ed the award to members of the congregation, whose min- ister is the Rev. Clifford Wal- lace. The actual award, a pyra- mid of crystal designed by Baccrat for Tiffany's in New York, had at its base an in- scription which pointed out the church's "fresh and ere- alive work in preparing a very special place for the Lord." The Church of the Excep- tional came into being through the determination of Pastor Wallace, who until re- cently was a J. C. Penney department manager in Macon. It was his interest in retarded children that led to the idea that these "excep- tional" people should have a place of their own in which they could find a meaningful God. Deserted He thought at first in terms of a Sunday school class, and then almost by accident, the Rev. Lawrence Houston, pas- tor of Wallace's own church, offered him the use of a de- serted church building. Other people, other chur- ches in Macon helped him, and in September, 1971, the first service was held. From that point on, a seven-day schedule of worship, instruc- tion and play evolved and today the church is busy with, a host of helpful projects. Despite all the surrounding activities, the Sunday service remains the heart of the Church of the Exceptional. About half of its unofficial membership is there each week parents. They come in wheelchairs, on crutches, in leg braces. They come smiling and scowling. They gather around the bell rope and hold hands while they tell of the people who are sick and in need of their prayers. The only congregation in America whose membership is made up of mentally retarded and handicapped people, ranging in age from 4 to 53, is the recipient .of the 1974 Suideposts magazine church award. Here, Ruth Stafford Peale, co-publisher with her husband of the magazine, presents the crystal pyramid-shaped award to members of the Church of the Exceptional, Macon, Sa. Applause For Choir They move into the sanctu- ary and the acolytes proceed down the aisle to light the candles. There is applause for the choir and for the person who shares the song and for any special contribution. There is always a ten- minute sermon, carefully pre- pared and tendered with nu- merous repetitive phrases, generally given by Pastor Wallace, who recently re- ceived his license to preach from the United Methodist church. Later members go to their Sunday school classes. The Church of the Excep- tional is interdenominational and interfaith; its 14 volunteer teachers and helpers all belong to other churches. God's Love The members of .the congre- gation come from all over the city, many of them experienc- ing their first taste of social intercourse after years of being closeted by embar- rassed families. Often they have their first chance to learn of God's love for them and in an unexpected benefit, the parents of the afflicted are free to attend their own church. The purpose of the Guide- posts' church award is to spot- light churches which develop programs beyond the normal reach of religion programs which can also be initiated by other congregations across the country. it is the lime of year for church women to hold annual conventions. The Northeast Iowa annual Presbyterial spring meeting was held at Westminster Presbyterian church. Du- buque, on Wednesday. The Rev. LeRoy Selby, missionary to Pakistan, was guest speak- er. Jean Duncan, synodical president of Lakes and Prai- ries, spoke and installed new officers. The Covenant Play- ers of Reseda, Calif., present- ed skits on Christian actions of today. The Lutheran Women's Mis- sionary League of Cedar Rapids zone has set Wednes- day for its annual spring rally at St. Paul's Lutheran church, Luzerne. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Irene Mathcny of Eagle Grove will speak Ths Cedar Rapids Confer- ence of the American Lutheran Church Women will hold its convention W e d n e s d a y at Faith Lutheran church, An- dover. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. The Rev. Warren Sorteberg of Minneapolis will speak on the book of Revela- tion, the book being studied by the women's group. Chuck Olson, Iowa City, will speak in the afternoon. Election of of- ficers will also be held. The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sat., April 20. 1974 3 Church Briefs Old Creamery Group To Play at Church The Old Creamery Theater company, Garrison, will present "The by Max Firsch, Sunday at 10 a.m. at Peoples church. The provocative play may be viewed as slapstick farce, but is more significantly a sa- tirical attack against compla- cency. "The Road to Armaged- a film depicting the events preceding the last World war, will be shown Sun- day at 8 p.m. at Cedar Rapids Free Methodist church. The Rev. George McDill of Hus Memorial Presbyterian church, will be among 37 cler- gymen from Iowa and West- ern Illinois to attend a confer- ence sponsored by the Iowa Council on Economic Educa- tion and the Bureau of Busi- ness and Economic Research at the University of Iowa. The meeting will be held Sunday through Thursday at the Episcopal Center of Camps and Conferences near Boone to discuss economic dimen- sions of selected social prob- lems. Grace Bemis Curtis, Chris- tian Science teacher and lec- turer, will discuss the topic, Local Church Two Units To Build for Retarded The Marion Christian church has voted to sponsor the construction of two facilities in Linn county for life-care of the mentally retarded. Each facility will house eight per- sons and have an adjoining apartment for houseparents. The church is working in conjunction with Woodhaven Learning Center, Columbia, Mo. All families of mentally retarded persons, all county and social service personnel and interested individuals are invited to attend a public information session Tuesday at p.m. at the Marion Christian church. Dr. Charles Palmer of Woodhaven will conduct the meeting. Grace B. Curtis "Are We Trapped by Forces Beyond Our Control Or Do We Have the Freedom To Choose the Kind of Life We Want To Thursday at 8 p.m. at the First Church of Christ, Scientist. During the month of May, the church broadcasts sche- duled at 4 p.m. Sunday after- noons on KCRG radio will ori- ginate from the Noelridge Park Christian church. The Rev. Philip Ewoldsen is the pastor. "The Voice of the a documentary film of Chris- tians in Communist countries, will be shown Sunday at 7 p.m. at First Covenant church. The Rev. B. L. Howse, Terre Haute, Ind., will con- duct a great divine healing service Saturday at p.m. at the Church of the Four- square Gospel. Sunday at a.m. and 7 p.m. Pastor Howse will conduct revival services. The national Baha'i conven- tion will be held Thursday through next Sunday at Wil- rnette, 111., to elect the Na- tional Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai's of the U.S. 10 YEARS AGO Lightning struck a four.engine United Air Lines plane carrying Mrs. Lyn- don B. Johnson to Cleveland from Washington. As part of the Youth for Christ week activities, staff members will be participating in the Sunday morning wor- ship services of the Evangeli- cal Free church, First Cove- nant church and the evening services of the 'Christian and Missionary Alliance church, the Lisbon Federated church Luther Church Sets Seminar On the Occult DECORAH IXTHUS, the Luther college campus congre- gation, will host a seminar on Christianity and the occult Sun- day through Tuesday featuring the Hev. Paul Bell of Austin, Minn. The seminar begins at a.m. Sunday with worship ser- vices. Monday the day will begin at 9 a.m. featuring discus- sion on KWLC radio, to 5 p.m., informal discussion with Pastor Bell in Nasen lounge, and at 7 p.m. panel discussion. Tuesday Pastor Bell will again meet for informal discus- sion from 2 to p.m. in the Union's Bunche lounge. The seminar will conclude with a formal presentation by Pastor Bell in the Union's Oneota room. Gordon Smedrud and Harley Refsal will also speak during the seminar. Children's Bible Clubs Schedule Rally in C.R. The Greater Cedar Rapids Children's Bible clubs will spon- sor a rally Monday at p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant church. The program will include songs and Bible verses by the children and a film geared to teach Bible truths. The Bible clubs are inter- denominational. The director is Mrs. Paul June. GALILEE BAPTIST CHURCH 1947 Washington Ave. S.E. AM Sunday School AM Morning Service Evening Service Wod. Service 7.00 I'M The Bibli rlenrly speoki of n 7 yeor Tribula- tion period Ihot i< yet In ame to (hit tcrlh. II will bt diorartetired by unuiuol tileitriol disturbances, war, feme, economic upheaval and human uttering gieoler than man has ever befora known. Salvation in Jeiui Chriil Ii lln only hope of escape. Revelation chapters 1-jj._____________ k-a-Thon Set and the Ellis Park, Church of work done, may call the God. Youth for Christ office, 3G3-On April 27, a work-a-thon is 9667. being sponsored by Youth for Youth for Christ is a The work-a-thon in- denominational, non-profit or-volves work teams of tccn- ganization ministering to jun-agers supervised by adults ior and senior high school stu-who will be helping senior citi- dents in the community, zens, handicapped and other jn Cedar Rapids there is a individuals who need yard and Youth Guidance program spring cleanup work done. working with .about 55 boys. The purpose of the work-a- The Campus Life program is thon is to raise funds for the active at Washington, Jeffer-Youth for Christ program and son, Kennedy and Linn-Mar its activities for young people, schools. Next year the Campus Some of the participants will Life program will be expanded be earning money to go on the to included Marion, Prairie Campus Life Colorado Cara- and Springville schools, van. The program in Cedar Anyone who wants to partic- Rapids is carried on by seven ipale in the work-a-thon, ei- paid staff members and 18 (her as a worker or having Services in Cedar Rapids OF GOD Central 3030 F ave. NW. Ramon Booth. S.S. Serv. Eve. Wed. First 2531 42nd st. NE. Gary A, Jenkins. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Wed. 7. "The Possibility of Hes-t Eve. 7. Where's Your Wed. eve. 7. CATHOLIC All Saints Dalewood, 29th SE. Edmund J. Becker, James L. Blocklinger. Masses, Sat. 5 p.m.; Sun. 6, 9, noon. Immaculate Conception 3rd ave. SE. Wm. P. Leonard, Daniel J. Keppler, Richard J. Hess. Masses, Sat. Sun. 6, 8, 10, noon, St. Jude's 150 Edgewood rd. NW. John M. Gregory, Hichard Ament, L a V e r n e Schueller Masses, Sat. Sun. 7, 10, St. 211 21st ave. SW: Robert W. Cizek. Paul C. McManus. Masses, Sat. Sun. 8, 11, St. 1st ave., 24th NE. A. A. Sodawasser, Arthur Klcve, T. J. Kisting. Masses, Sat. p.m.; Sun. S, 11, St. Patrick's 500 1st ave. NW. Martin Laughlin, Carl A. Hies, Maurice J. Lynch. Masses, Sat. p.m.; Sun. 8, 11, St. Pius Council St., Collins rd. NE. Bernard G. Collins, John Friederick. Masses, Sat. p.m.; Sun. 7, 9, noon, 5. St. 1224 5lh st. SE. Clarence Frana. Masses, Sat. 7 p.m.; Sun. Public talk, "Conducting Ourselves Honestly At Al Watchtower, "A Personal Gift from McCloud Springs-North Congregation 1S21 Center Point rd. NE. Public talk, "Conducting Ourselves Honestly A1 All Watchtower, "A Personal Gift from Pioneer Avenue Congregation 3103 Pioneer ave. SE Public talk, Watchtower, LATTER DAT SAINTS 4300 Trailridge rd SE. Bishop Paul L. Garvin Priesthood, S.S. 10. Sacrament, Wed. eve. Reorganized 120 19th st. NE Elder James O. Loy. S.S. Serv. LUTHERAN Bethany (Mo.) 2202 Forest dr. SE. A. C. Hornbostel. S.S. Serv. Concordia (Mo.) 4210 Johnson ave. NW. Paul A. Scheidt. S.S. Sew. 8, "The Last Word Is First (LCA) 1000 3rd ave. SE. George W. Carlson, Alvon Nelson. S.S. Mrs. Elinor Wolff and Pam Haug. Serv. 11. Hev. and Mrs. Fred J. Wolff. Eve. Gloria (ALC) 153 Cherry Hill rd. NW. Charles G. Schultz. S.S. Serv. Communion, first Sun. of month. Good Shepherd Olson. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. (Mo.) 13G3 1st ave. SW. Richard A. Osing, Richard L. Thompson. S.S. Serv. 8, Sat. 6. Wed. eve. Word of Deaf (Mo.) 1363 1st ave. SW. Allan C. Page. First and third Sun. of month. S.S. 2. Serv. S.S. Serv. 11. "Moving Beyond St. Paul's (United) 1340 Third ave. SE. Arnold Herbst, James H. Riegel, Warren S. Webb. S.S. 11. Communion, Serv. 11. "On the Shueyville (United) Rt. 2. Leonard Showalter. S.S. Serv. Trinity (United) 3rd ave. 5lh st. SW. Ernest W. Larson. S.S. Serv. (United) Ely rd. SW. Leonard Showalter. S.S. 10. Serv. 9. NAZARENE First 3113 1st ave SW Hardy J. Powers. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Wed. 7. 1515 29th st. NE Crawford Howe. S.S. Serv Eve. 7. Wed. Trinity 1328 K st. SW. 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. James Selander. S.S. Serv. 11. Eve. 7. Wed. (ABC) 1200 2nd ave. SE. Dr. Wayne A. Shirernan. S.S. Serv. Eve. 6. (GARB) 1947 Washington ave. SE. Larry R. Engle. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Immanuel (S. B. C.) 1900 F ave. NW. S.S. 9. Serv. "Riches IRS Cannot Dr. Ralph Smith. Eve. "When Dialog with God Breaks Wed. eve. 7. Mt. (NBC) 824 8th st. SE. LeHoy White. S.S. Serv. 11, 3.30. Wed. New Testament Baptist (BBF) 749 Old Marion rd. NE. John Hulse, jr. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Wed. 7. Noclridgre (CBA) 1147 Clifton st. NE. S.S. Serv. 9. Eve. Wed. eve. Redemption Missionary Baptist 1014 10th ave. SE. Harmon Webb. S.S. Serv. 11. Eve. 8. Tues. Twin Pines (NAB) 3300 42nd st. NE. Werner Lemke. S.S. 10. Serv. 11. Eve. 7. Wed. Valley View (BGC) 5555 Mt. Vernon rd. SE. Carroll Van Anda. S.S. Larry Brelje. S.S. Serv. METHODIST Asbury (United) 351 26th ave. SW. Charles H. Mehaffey. S.S., serv. 9, 11. Bertram (United) L. Neil Townsend. S.S. Serv. (AME) 512 6th st. SE. George Moore. S.S. Serv. 11. Buffalo (United) Blairs Ferry rd. NE. Wilbert R. Tru-sheim. S.S. Serv. LCA Sets Sp William J. Graham, jr., will be the main speaker at the spring meeting of the Northeast district of the Iowa Synod of the Lutheran Church in America Sunday from 3 to p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran church, Gar-navillo. Graham is director of Deferred Giving at Augustana college, Rock Island, and holds the elected position of president of the Lutheran Laymen's Movement for Stewardship. Also appearing on the program will be the Rev. Lee Ur-laub, Garnavillo; Mary Meeting William J. Graham, jr. 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. SE. Demetrios Walker. S.S., Matins, 10. Morning Prayers, St. (Gr.) 501 A ave. NE. Alexander Anastasiou. S.S. Orthros Liturgy PRESBYTERIAN Calvin Sinclair (United) 71a 38th st. SE. Earl A. Hueb-ner. S.S. 10. Serv. 9, 'Business As Central Park (United) 1700 B ave. NE. Allen S. Van Cleve. S.S. Serv. 11. (United) 1000 30th st. NE. Wilbert H. Trusheim. S.S. serv. 800 G ave. NW. Wayne Ryan. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Wed. Hillside Wesleyan Church 2600 1st ave. NW. Richard Ernst. S.S. Serv. "Faith: God's Greatest Eve. 7. "Sermon from Wed. eve. (United) 302 33rd st. NE. Clifton W. Ellerbeck. S.S. 10. Serv. 9, 11. "Try Some Bread and Lovely (United) 42nd and Wenig rd. NE. Don F. Maple. S.S. Serv. "Authority Over Salem (United) 225 First ave. SW. Paul Pfaltzgraff. S.S. 9. Serv. 10. "I Sharon (United) 831 18th ave. SW. Everett K. Burham. S.S. 9, Serv. 10. St. (United) 1430 Ellis blvd. NW. Stephen R. Root, S.S. Serv. 10. St. Mark's (United) 4700 Johnson ave. NW. Lee Roy Rapids; 0. Franklin Johnson, Chicago; the Rev. George Carlson, Cedar Rapids, and the Rev. Norman Ullestad, 526 3rd ave. SW. Neville G. Clayton. S.S. 9. Serv. "So Hard To 840 3rd ave. SE. John M. Hardy. S.S. Serv. "In Neelridge 727 Collins rd. NE. Philip Ewoldsen. S.S. Serv. EPISCOPAL 525 A Ave. NE. Paul Traeumer. Masses, 8, 10. Children's chapel and S.S. 10. Eve. 42nd st. NE. Gary Kirsch-ke. S.S. 9. Communion and serv. "The Stranger Who Comes into the Holy (LCA) 720 Edgewood rd. NW. Cedrie J. Lofdahl. S.S. Serv. Sat. p.m. (LCA) 273G Bowling st. SW. Michael A. Last. Communion, 1st Sun. of month. Sat, serv. 6 p.m. S.S. Serv. 10. Our (ALC) 3634 1st ave. NE. F. William Hilker. Marvin L. Ehnen. S.S. Serv. 10. St. Andrew (LCA) 4420 Center Point rd. NE. James M. Lesher. S.S. Serv. "Christians Need Each St. (LCA) 2100 1st ave. NE, David Frans Larson. S.S. Serv. 11. or -St. Stephen's (ALC) Mea-dowbrook, 31st st. SE. Hiawatha Pastor To Preach The Rev. Russell Rasmussen, organizing pastor of Hope United church of Christ in Hiawatha, will be guest speaker Sunday to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the church. Charter members of the church will be honored as special guests at a dinner following ,he Sunday service. An afternoon program will feature "Trial of a )lay written and directed by wo members of the Church (United) 2000 1st Ave. NW. Robert Bou-ton. S.S. 9. Serv. "What's a First (United) 310 5th st. (Continued: Page 8, Col. 7.) Singing Groups To Give Concert SIGOURNEY Two groups and the Rev. Douglas Smiley and their wives have just produced an album of Gospel singers will present a musical program Sunday at 3 p.m. at S gourncy Memorial hall. The first part of the program will be presented by the "Gospel Light Telecast" of Balavia. Television minister Clarence De Boef and his staff will present vocal and instrumental numbers. Special guests will be the Smiley Singers of Pella. The YEARS AGO Russian armies were reported battling on the same lines at Sevastopol where the Soviet garrison made its main stand in the 250-day Siege of 1941-42. 20 YEARS AGO Two Republican senators, Ferguson of Michigan and Bridges of New Hampshire, said no decision to dispatch American troops to In-do-China was being A. Loferski. (Communion 8.) S.S., serv. Choral Eucharist, first Sun. St. Michael's 220 40th st. NE. Thomas C. Aycock, jr. Choral serv. and S.S. 10. Eucharist, 8 a.m., 6 p.m. JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES Cedar Valley-South Congregation 1221 Center Point AT WESTMINSTER Sunday Services Beginning April 28 A.-M. o a Vacation Bible School June 3-7 e Canoe Trip Minnesota June 7-9 0 Family Conference Futurity Lodge, Colorado July END SPECIAL CHURCH OF THE FOURSQUARE GOSPEL 609 FIRST AVENUE SW With Rev. B.L. Howse of Terre Haute, Indiana. Saturday April 20lh P.M. A great Divine Healing Service. The prayer of failh for sick people. Sunday, April 2 1st. Sunday School A.M. Our theme, "A GOOD PtACE TO GROW" by studying God's Word. The Hour of Morning Worship 1 A.M. Rev. B.L. Howse Crusader Hour P.M. Four Groups meeting Revival Hour P.M. Closing meeting with B.t. Howso. Hebrews 1 Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever. Lee Griffis, BIBLES CHRISTIAN BOOKS GIFTS MUSIC RECORDS SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPPLIES 'CEDAR BOOKSTORE 3519 lit Ave. SE Codor Rapid! CHURCH OR ORGANIZED GROUPS WANTING SITE FOR SUMMER CAMP Contact EASTERN IOWA PRESBYTERIAN CAMP (Camp Wyoming) with its capacity for 40-100, Swimming Pool 380 acres. Available June 16-22, Aug. 11-17, Aug. 18-24. 488-3893, Wyoming, information call 366-7185 Dr. .lotin P. Wnods, Minister Mrs. Robert D. Brown, Organist Mr. Olltc Skurdahl, D.C.E. Dr. Allan D. Kcllar, Choir Director Mrs. Allan D. Kcllar, Youth Choir Director WESTMINSTER PRESBKTERIAN CHURCH THIRD AYK. AT BEVKR 14TK ST.