Cedar Rapids Gazette, November 2, 1974, Page 5

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 2, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Local Ministers Feel the Impact Cedar Rapids Gazelle: Sat., Nov. 2, 1974 3 The Message Cenfer By Put Peterson Dispute within a church ilcmmiinutlon arc nothing now. There have been disputes since the time of Martin Lu- ther In the present day. Somo disputes are worked out within the denomination Jn other cases, the rift has been so serious that new de- nominations were formed, No one knows yet what is going to happen in the Luther- an Church-Missouri Synod. The conservative and mod- erate factions of the Church are at odds with the hasic difference being Biblical in- terpretation. Creates Problem The majority of the denom- ination falls under the con- servative heading which cre- ates a problem for the minis- ters of the moderate belief. An example of one such man caught in the dispute is the Rev. Richard Osing of Trinity Lutheran church. Because of his beliefs, he is resigning his post as senior pastor at Trinity and has- a very real concern thaT he could be defrocked because of the stand he has taken. Trinity is one of five Luther- an Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) churches in the Cedar Rapids-Marion area. Pastor Osing and the Rev. John Huber, St. Paul's Lu- theran church, Marion, talked about the stand they have taken as moderates. Pastor Osing has been at Trinity for three and one half years. Pastor Huber has been at St. Paul's for seven years. Both are graduates of Con- cordia seminary, St. Louis. The six area Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) will conclude a period of ex- tensive evangelism under the leadership of the Rev. Benny Boling with special services Sunday and Nov. Ill and a week of intensive calling. Pastor Boling will speak Sunday morning at Cedar, First and Noelridge Christian churches. In the afternoon he will address a joint meeting of the Urbana, Oak Grove and Shellsburg Christian churches at Urbana. At 6 p.m. he will lead the training session for callers at First Christian church, Cedar Rapids. _____ The method subscribed to by Pastors Osing and Huber is the historical-critical method which used literary, form, redaction and canonical means in interpretation. Another factor in the dis- pute is the organization called Evangelical Lutherans in Mis- sion Pastor Osing was elected to the national board of the group in August, 1974. Pastor Huhcr is also a member of the group. The purpose of ELIM, Pas- tor Osing said, is to be a confessing movement within the Church, to alert the members of the LCMS that Pastor Osing said the dis- pute came to a head at the Church's convention in New Orleans. The convention dele- gates passed a resolution condemning the Concordia seminary faculty majority positions as being doctrine which should not be tolerated by the Church. Concordia in the largest LCMS seminary in the U. S. Dr. J. A. 0. Preus, presi- dent of the denomination, issued a statement at the convention. Pastor Osing said, as public doctrine, binding on all members of the synod. Pastors Osing and Huber are opposed to the resolution and statement. They stand in support of Dr. John Tietjen, former president of Concordia who was dismissed for his teachings. Method Pastor Osing said the reso- lution makes it impossible to use contemporary methods of Biblical interpretations in the T.nvrs. Richard Osing the priority of the Gospel is being replaced by anolher priority, namely accepting literal interprclalion of Ihe Bi- bie. Supportive Arm Pastor Osing said ELIM is also a supportive arm to the minislers who are of moderate beliefs. ELIM has about members. of which are Benny Boling V He is pastor of Park Avenue Christian church, DCS Moines, and serves as a director of All Church Evangelism, a nation- al program of evangelism with headquarters in Still- water, Okla. The six Christian churches will observe Nov. 10 as Deci- sion Day. ATTEND GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH THIS SUNDAY Sunday School A.M. Morning Service A.M. Evening Service 6-.30 P.M. Wed. Service P.M. Independent 440 So. 15th St. Don Martin Pastor Home of Grace Christian School Grace Gospel Hour AM KTOf Free Bus Transportation Phone 377-5032 Fundamental Marion, Iowa SUNDAY SERVICES and A.M. Moss ago by Assoa'ofo of Chrisfron fellowship WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Third Avenua at Bovar A Fourtnonth St. SE people, lie said many people may identity wilh KLIM even though they arc non-members. "Many people in the LCMS have not studied the technical said Pastor Osing. "They have reacted on an emotional level or have ac- cepted the condemnation of ELIM on the grounds that that is what the authorities say." Pastor Osing said he ex- pects more definite steps to be taken against the moderates and their stand at the LCMS convention in 1975. He said action at Ihe con- vention may make it impossi- ble for him to lake any posl in the LCMS and he may have to transfer lo another Lutheran 'denomination if wishes to remain an active minister. Pastor Osing said there may be a major split in the synod following the convention and thai a new group may be formed. He said ELIM is opposed to forming a new group. "I an- ticipate ELIM to provide a temporary support structure until realignment of all Lu-' therans in the country lakes place." "The important issue is not whether an incident described in the Bible happened literally the way it is described, hul what meaning lhal incident sheds on the way God deals with his people in terms of judgmenl and grace. congregation and fought the action, but "al (his point I feel (hat staying would destroy friendships and even divide families in the parish. I can not believe thai would ac- complish anything good." Pastor Osing said he was very reluctant lo give up the ministry because he considers the call to Ihe ministry a sa- cred mailer. He said Ihe trouble for him started when a group of par- ents in (he congregation ob- jected lo what was being laught in the confirmation classes. The parents, he said, did not feel he was teaching the Bible the way il should be taught. Sisters Of Mercy "Gospel Road" Invitation Accused "Moderates basically be- lieve rnosl incidenls described in Ihe Bible are historical. We have been unfairly accused thai if we do not accept the historicity (actual occurrence) of Ihe Jonah incident, we do not accepl Ihe hisloricily of Ihe resurreclion of Pastor Osing said. "You can look at an inci- dent this way or thai way bul still not destroy the said Pastor Huber. "They can exist beautifully side by side." Pastor Osing said Ihe con- servalive clement of the church said there is only one way lo look al way. Because Pastor Osing can nol accepl Ihis view, he was asked by his church board Oct. 24 lo resign and seek an- other position. Pastor Osing said he feels that some members of his church who feel the same way he does will look al his invila- lion to leave as an invitation for them to leave also. Pastor Osing said his future plans are indefinile. He is currenlly attending the Clini- cal Pastoral Education program at St. Luke's hospi- tal. He said he plans to finish the program and become a certified chaplain. Pastor Huber, though not Ihrealened wilh losing his parish, also faces a dilemma. I His beliefs are in accord wilh Paslor Oslng's. His congrega- tion al the present is accept- ing both views and he said they seem to co-exist withoul any problems. "How can we as a congrega- liun and myself as a minisler identify with Paslor Osing and Ihe movement as a whole? "How can we as a congre- gation continue to act openly and in a Gospel oriented way? "The impact the split is having on the morale of the ministers can be felt. How can we continue to speak the good word and not be hampered by whal has ques- tioned Pastor Huber. Pastor Huber said he was not as afraid for himself as he was for the continuation of relationships and cooperation between members of his congregation. The Sisters of Mercy will celebrate their centennial wilh a special liturgy al SI. Mat- thew's Catholic church Sunday al p.m. A reception for the sisters will be held follow- ing ths service a1 hall. An open house will be held in the afternoon at the two new convents next to St. Matthew's. Millersburg Community MILLERSBURG The Itev. Jerry E. Brcese has assumed the pastorate at Ihe Community church west of Millersburg. Paslor Brcese previously served at Woodland Community church, Runnells. lie is a graduate of Calvary Bible college, Kansas City, Mo. Hi! succeeds the Kev. Roy T. Hoover who moved to rural North English. Or. W.A. Maier Resign He said he will resign his post at Trinity. He said he could have stayed in hi.s John Huber ministers and uf which are lay people. The synnd has about three million members. Pastor Huber said he docs not think the numbers accur- ately reflect the feeling of the The Linn County Assn. for Retarded Children sponsored a training session Wednesday for church workers who wish to serve in a church class for the mentally handicapped. The session covered discipline, program planning and teaching aids as they relate specifically to the mentally hand- icapped. As part of the training session, participants ob- served teaching techniques used in a public school program. St. Paul's Participants also observed a church class currently provided for (he mentally handicapped at St. Paul's Lutheran church, Marion. The session was held at St. Paul's. The training provided through the Linn county group is non-denominational. Presently there are only six churches in Cedar Rapids providing religious classes for the mentally handicapped. Any church interested in beginning such a program may contact the Linn County Assn. for Retarded Children for in- formation. CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH 3rd Avenue 1 2th Street SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa "The warm hearted church with the heart-warming message" invites you to share with them each Lord's Day as follows: Sundoy Bible AM Morning Worship AM Evening Gospel PM Wednesdays' 'prayer-and-shoro' PM Rev. hScarry R. Egner, Pastor Rev. Wayne Peterson, Youth Pastor (In fellowship with Conservative Baptists) ST. PAUL'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1 340 THIRD AVENUE SE Presents ci Youth Service a comlemporary musical by Buryl Red "It's Cool in the Furnace" SUNDAY, NOV. 3, and WORSHIP SERVICES The film, "liospcl conceived and produced hy Johnny Cash and .June Carter Cash, will be shown al nine area churches Sunday. The churches presenting the film are: First Baptist, An- amosa; Twin Pines Baptist and Trinity Church of the Nazarene, Cedar Rapids; Unit- ed Methodist, Manchester; United Methodist, Mt. Vcrnon; St. Paul's United Methodist, Olin; Faith Lutheran church al the Swishcr Legion hall; First Baptist, Vinton, and Hoover Wesleyan, Walker. First Congregational A contemporary worship lit- urgy composed by the former University of Iowa musician, Dr. Daniel Moe, will be the format for the November wor- ship services each Sunday at First Congregational church. Dr. Moe's "Worship for To- day" is a service of music and the spoken word by ministers, choir and congregation. Noelridge Park Baptist Taped Messages James Counihan Calvary Baptist MANCHESTER Dr. Walter A. Maicr, jr., well- known Lutheran speaker, ed- ucator and lecturer, will be the keynote speaker at an Eastern Iowa Missions rally Nov. 10 al 2 p.m. in the junior high school gymnasium here. Dave Scheic, anchorman of WMT-TV news; the Rev. John Zimmerman, presidenl of the Iowa District Easl of the Lu- theran Church-Missouri Syn- od, and other local and area church leaders will also ap- pear on the program. Dr. Maier, son of the late Walter A. Maier, founder and lirsl speaker of the Interna- tional Lutheran Hour radio broadcast, is presenlly a professor at Concordia sem- inary, Springfield, 111. He is a vice-president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The following boys received awards Monday al Calvary Baplisl church as members of Chrislian Service Brigade: Lance Beck, Kirk Beck, Dan Morrow, Don Morrow, Tim Marshall, Mark Marshall, (ireg Herdlicka, Jon Meyer and Joe Meyer. Sigourney Baptist SIGOURNEY Evangelisl C. J. Sehullz, DCS Moiiics, will speak al the Firsl Baptist church here Saturday through Friday. Services will be held each evening at p.m. in a graduate of Faith Baptist Bible college, Ankeny, and since'his gradua- tion in 1973 lias been a full-time evangelistic minister. The Rev. James J. Couni- han, executive director of the American Evangelism Assn., St. Paul, will hold special services Saturday through Friday at Noelridge Park Bap- tist church each evening at He will also speak at the Sunday morning service. Pastor Counihan, from Roseville, Minn., attended Bethel college and Bethel seminary. He served as stu- dent pastor al Shoreview Bap- tist church, St. Paul, and as pastor of Central Avenue Bap- tist church, Chicago. Church Broadcasts During the month of Nov- ember, Ihe church broadcasts scheduled each Sunday at 4 p.m. on KCRG radio will orig- inate from the Cedar Christian (Disciples of Christ) church. The Rev. Neville Clayton is pastor. Baptist The Jaronas', a magic and illusion act, will present a Gospel magic presentation at the Edgewood Baptist church Sunday at a.m. The program will include illusion and ventriloquism. Anyone interested in joining a taping group of messages by Col. Bob Thiema, pastor and teacher from Houston, Texas, should contact Mr. and Mrs. Giles Norton, 1785 Sherbrook drive NE. Sf. John's Lufheran VICTOR An organ and choir reformation will be held at St. John's Lutheran church, six miles south of Victor, Sun- day at p.m. Richard Haas, a graduate instructor at the University of Iowa, will play the organ and the choir and instrumental ensemble from St. Paul's Uni- versity Lutheran church, Iowa City, will share the program. Sf. Paul's United Methodist The Chapel choir of St. Paul's United Methodist church will present a modern cantata, "It's Cool in the by Hawthorne and Reed, Sunday at the and 11 a.m. services. Cedar Reformed The Cedar Hills Community Reformed church will begin a month of "Discovering Our Commitment" Sunday. Paul Little, co-chairman o[ the International Congress on World Evangelism, will speak at the 11 a.m. service. Cedar Valley Bible The monthly potluck supper will be held Sunday at p.m. prior to the evening serv- ice at Cedar Valley Bible church. Presbyterian Paul Little, executive as- sociate of Inter-Varsity Chris- tian Fellowship, will speak Sunday at a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian church at the Women's Assn. annual praise service. "The Sound of a film about a Dutch girl who escaped death in a gas chamber, will be shown Sun- day at 7 p.m. at the Interde- nominational church. ASSKMRI.Y OK COD Crnlral .111311 K avc. NW. Kamciii lluiilh. SS Scrv. Kvc. Wi'd. Kirsl 2531 si. NK. Cinry A. Jenkins. SS Si'rv. Kvc. 7. We'd. I'll'. 7. IMPTIST Bcroan Onlcr Pninl rd. NK. (ilcn V. Hit-h. SS Scrv. III. Kvc. 7. Calvary 1203 3rd avc. SW. Harry H. Knili'r. Wayne I'clcr- snn. SS Scrv. Eve. 7. Wed. 7. Htewood (HOC) K avc. and KdKuvvmid rd. NW. RiiKcr T. Ciimlscm. SS Scrv. Kvc. 7. Wed. eve. I'irsC 1200 2nd avc. SK. Dr. Wayne A. Sliircman. SS Scrv. Galilee (CAItli) 1IM7 Wash- ington uve. SIC. Larry It. Knulc. SS Scrv. Kvc. 7. Wed. eve. 7. ImmunucI (SliC) I9IIII K avc. NW. William H. liilcy. SS !l. Scrv. "Oud's Umllcss Kvc. "PrcauliiliK What We Practice: the Wed.eve. 7. Ml. Zlon (NBC) 824 8lli st. SK. Leliny White. SS Scrv. New Testament (liHF) 749 (llcl Mnrlim rcl. NK. Hubert McGraw. SS Scrv. Kvc. 7. Wed. eve. 7. NoclrirtHC Park 1147 Clirinn ave. NK. Bruce W. Mike llastiiiKS. Dale Kaleher. SS Serv. (I. Kvc. Wed. eve. Redemption Missionary 1014 10th avc. SK. Harmon Webb. SS Serv. 11. Kvc. H. Tues. eve. Twin I'lnes (NAB) 3300 42nd si. N'K. Werner Lemke. S.S 10. Serv. II. "The Key to Spiritual Eve. 7. "The ficispcl eve. "The Peril of Hlunled Valley View (BGC) 5555 Ml. Vcrnon rd. SK. Carroll Van Allda. SS Serv. "The Lessons of Kx- 7. "The Perils Await- ing (he Materialistic Wed. eve. 7. CATHOLIC All Sahik 7211 '.'fllli SK. Kdmmul .1. Becker, .lames Block- linger, Paul Oiling. Masses: Sal. 5; Sun. 6, 9, niiim. Immaculate Conception 3rd ave. SM. Win. P. Leonard, John Cas- ey. Kichard .1. Hess. Masses: Sat. Sun. (i, 8, 111, iiomi, SI. .ludc's Etewoild rd. NW. John M. GrcKory, Richard Ament, John Tilp. Masses: Sal. Sim. 7, SI. Ludmlla's 211 ave. SW. Hubert W. Paul C. McMimts. Masses: Sat. Sun. 8, 11, 12: IS. SI. Matthew's 1st ave., 2-lth N'K. A. A. Sodawasser, Arthur Klevc, T. .1. KistiriK. Masses; Sal. Sun. 11, St. Patrick's 1st ave. NW. Martin Uunliliri. Carl A. Ries, Joseph -Schneider. Masses: Silt. Sun. II, St. Pius X Council st, Collins rd. NK. Bernard G. Collins. John Friederi :k. Masses: Sat. eve. Sun. 7, 9, noon, 5. SI. Wenccslaus 1224 5th st. SK. Clarence Krana. Masses: Sal. eve. 7; Sun. CHRISTIAN Cedar 528 3rd ave. SW. Neville Clayton. S.S 9. Scrv. Benny UnllllK. First 3rd avc. SK. SS Serv. "Go Make Benny Holing. Noe.lrldse 727 Collins rd. NE. Philip E. Kwoldscn. SS Serv. Mil. Benny EPISCOPAL (Jrarc S25 A avc. NK. Paul Traenmcr. Masses: Sat. fi; Sun.S. Children's chapel and SS St. John's 355 19th si. SK. D. A. Loferski. SS. scrv. Choral Eu- (Cont.: Page 5) KENWOOD PARK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH INVITES YOU TO JOIN US IN WORSHIP and STUDY WORSHIP SKIIVICKS at and SUNDAY SCHOOL at and Nursery UiroUKh Senior Hiuh ADU.T EDUCATION OFFERINGS and I..A. CIlAMBKIILAlN-Minisler M1MIRY IIAHKH-Miiilster of Christian Kdlicalion Kenwood Park Presbyterian Church 35th and C Ave. N'.K. BIBLE "TRUTH "Where Christ Is Exalted" and Salvation is Plain OF LOVE" (A Color Film) The Story of Corrie Ten Boom A Dutch maiden who escaped death in a Nazi nas chamber because of her courage and faith. Sunday Evening Nov. 3 P.M. The Interdenominational Church 3rd St. 5th Ave. S. W. Codar Rapids, Iowa Refreshments follow fhe film BIBLES CHRISTIAN BOOKS MUSIC RECORDS SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPPLIES at the Now IK. Ave. SE Cedar Rapids 366-7189 GALILEE BAPTIST CHURCH 1947 Washington Ave. S.E. AM Sunday School AM Morning Service Evening Service Wed. Service PM "God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name. That al Hie name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things in enrth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord..." Phi'lippians I KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS WITH AN EXTRA-SPECIAL GIFT FROM OUR HUGE SELECTION GIFTS, NOVELTIES, BOOKS FOR ALL AGES FROM 5c AND UP DON'T WAIT! SHOP NOW WHILE SELECTION IS GREAT MANY SPECIALS HUGE SELECTION A- CHRIST-CENTERED BOOK STORE "Your Headquarters for Chrisfian 529 4th Ave. S.E. OPEN WON. THUR. 'TIL 8 PM 363-8697 GKKAT, EXCITING NIGHTS WITH KEN GAIJB "ETERNITY EXPRESS' FKAH DIM; K1I.M SI.IDKS OK SO VISITKI) HY KKN CANADA'S MOST OUTSTANDING MAN OF Illil NOV. 6 THROUGH NIGHTLY Called "Mr Faith" hy Hcvival Time M. To Viclnain with Hnh llupc Wumiili'il in Vietnani 2 Mi'il.iln.ms frnm tinv'l of Kr.ii'l, April. Del. ADMIhMON II.VIKiK-AI IIIIIIKII M FIRST CHURCH m. OPEN BIBLE rin i: K ;