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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas I 8 HERALDZEITUNG MARCH 1993 Waco cult extreme case of millennium beliefs NEW YORK scenarios have been around through most of his and the Waco group in an armed standoff with federal Authorities is another peculiar of Religious analysts foresee a surge of such endoftimes expec tations as the close of the centu ry Convinced of the rising interest in such a Philadel phia Ted has monitoring it his occupa The idea is clearly says who holds a doctorate in folklore from the University of Its going to get increasingly important as the century winds I hope to God its not vio he founder of the Mil lennium Watch Institute and editor of a yearold Millennium said he keeps tabs on about 600 groups that anticipate an early close of the age and start of a perfect In as some theories have there will be intervening periods of disorder and suffer called the and a last purging Armaged before the era of peace and abundance Its to be paradise on the transformation of the Daniels said in an Thats the kernel of the whole millennial This world will be transformed into Daniels recently published an Inter national records several thousand cases in his tory of groups predicting an end of present mixed realities fol lowed by a Utopian Its not strictly a Christian he Some of these notions are older than Chris But its associ ated with some type of Its very much involved in the whole New Age thing these Teachings of most major churches avoid specifying future seeing pictorial biblical allusions to such events as sym bolic of the struggle between good and evil that is fully resolved only in Gods redeemed millenniumism of various kinds threads evangeli cal and fundamentalist teach The word refets to a sup posed reign of as interpreted from Revelations 20 in that highly symbolic Postmillennialists claim Christs reign of righteousness will come before the conclusion of while premillenni alists say the golden age will come only after corrupted time is terminated in a final The leader of the Branch Davidian group near David seems be in the premillennial although there apparently is much deviation from it his reported messianic claims and his Most presumed prophets dont announce they are Daniels The prophet says he is a channel for the supernat Church cleaning business gives man second chance Dont mess withTexas FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH INVITES YOU TO SPIRITUAL RENEWAL SERVICES FEATUQING JANICE SENIOR PASTOR MANCHACA UNITED METHODIST AUSTIN MARCH 14 MARCH 15 NURSERY PROVDED 572 SAN ANTONIO NEW TEAA6 Pick up your Pot of Gold Associate Press HOUSTON Its doubtful there is anyone in Houston who takes the adage Cleanliness is next to godliness more seriously than Gerald Over the past eight years or f Lashley has taken an idea to pro fvide food service and management services to Houston churches and built it into a multimilliondollar busi ness employing about Among his clients are some of the citys most wellknown reli gious including First Baptist Church of Houston and St John The Divine Episcopalian From his first contract for a Aztec Church Maintenance Systems has now grown to bill about million a A religious believes God showed him the way to During the 1960s and he worked for a company named Service Master in com mercial healthcare He moved to Houston in servicing many of the citys and Texas large medical But he was restless and wanted to start his own I had become very unhappy and decided to go into business for he I ran away from the business I had been But his first attempt to go it on his own was a He tried to start a hand tool compa ny franchise in 1981 and two years later ended up losing his life that he had sunk into the I almost lost my my credit everything that could have gone wrong went he At this point in a friend who had worked with him at Ser vice Master told him how badly churches needed the sort of ser vice he had spent two decades setting up for medical I went to work for him in 1984 and for two years we had one heck of a he We dealt mainly with churches and commercial That Support Man agement was bought out in 1986 and within a month Lashley found himself back at square one out of his job as operational The company that bought out his former employer began to con solidate and close But within a year or it was out of the church It was at this point that Fred business administrator at Grace Presbyterian gave Lashley He told me that there was no reason why I shouldnt do exact ly what the other company was doing and he had the foresight to gay that the new company probably wouldnt be able to stay in and provide the same service operating out of Chica Lashley Weitzel said he supported because he had been some companies trying to provide full service but found them One key thing we derive from a group like Aztec is that they are geared solely to serve church said We are a sevendayaweek church as opposed to an office downtown that shuts down at five and on he A lot of the work they do for us is special setups and takedowns in rooms that may be used through out the day for various Its not strictly When he started Lashley sought advice but found little to no help from the citys small busi nessaid organizations they didnt know what to tell Around this time in Johns was about to1 go out for bi and invited an existing compa Aztec Maintenance Services to become a limited He began bidding a full pack age of services to churches includ ing air plumbing and electrical lighting as well as assistance in energy conservation and preventive In the energy conservation and maintenance Aztec pro vides a software package that is used to prompt church officials as to what each maintenance employee is doing and when they should perform a certain task month or We are the only company in the United States that is doing this sort of thing for Lashley We are reinventing the wheel as we go Molly business admin istrator for said her church had been approached by some other maintenance firms but that Aztec was the only one that provided the full range of services the church I rely on them to handle all of our she When they came in they took over all of our maintenance He has really expand ed his scope of The employment arrangement varies from church to At Grace all of the maintenance employees are workers of but at First all of the employees are employed by the Lashley said his experience has been that many churches have somewhat outdated approaches to their infrastructure We like to say there is busi ness sense and church he Churches are similar to retail outlets in the respect that if the or in a churchs the dont enjoy their surroundings or find them clean and they may decide to shop elsewhere for religious guid ance and Turnover is a constant prob lem in a business like He is trying to combat this by giving some of his employees part ownership in the We redesigned the company last year by bringing in some of the employees as he We gave them profit cen ters each employee is responsible for a certain number of churches and if they perform well they make more The company is virtually debt Lashley which is some feat considering he started it with virtually no seed God opened the door for I truly believe he For the coming Lashley sees things moving on a pretty even with revenues staying about the He would like to see expanded use of the software system in other churches outside of Houston and He believes the service could be run from his office using an 800 num We believe that if we put God first in our then we will be a he 6206211 FREE LOANS FREE FREE Crock Pot With Approved Loan 144 Segwin New Across from Naeglins Bakery Se Habla Espanol Linda Alford Manager Mary Esther Sanchez Manager or Full Size One Low Price LACKS Ser ta Posture D s MMV win Size from ONE LOW QUEEN OR FULL ONE LOW QUEEN OR FULL J Sealy or Serta I Manchester Twin Size Only Sealy Classic Rest or Serta IWestchester Serta 3 Sonnet Perfect piece 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