New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 24, 1993

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 24, 1993

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Aikman signs NFLs richest contract million Pag COUNTDOWNl 452 DAYS New Braunfelt Sesquloentennlal March March New Braunfels CENTS 14 Pages in one section Dec mmmmmmmmmmm Serving Coma County for more than 142 years Home of KRIS KRINGLE I Vol 142 No 31 Rev Msgr Eugene OCallaghan C H R I S T M A MESSAGE Christmas greetings of peace joy The word Beth lehem means house of And tonight Pol ish Christians will place a blessed candle in a loaf of bread The Light of the World will be planted in the holy bread The warm glow of candlelight will shine from the windows of Irish homes witnessing Christs birth and bidding warm welcome to passerby England will bum the Yule log The Christmas tree stands bravely in American homes This is a Paradise tree reminding us to commune with Jesus the Giver of Life This night girls may blush beneath the mistletoe while the bright green and red cheer of the holly dispels the chill of frost and bare trees Thus Christians through these poetic gestures have adorned the most poetic of Gospels Lukes account of the birth of Jesus His story is a joyous resume of the old covenants eager awaiting of the Day of the Lord 1 Angels announce the birth Malachi had declared that an angel would appear in the Messianic day Behold I send my angel before me Mai The angel brought the news to Mary The angelmessenger John the Baptist brought the news to the world As the fallen angels rejoiced at the victory over Adam so the angels reverse those tones as they sing the Gloria 2 Glory to God in the highest The word glory in the Bible refers to the radiance of Gods presence The lumi nous rainbow after the flood the pillar of cloud and fire in the desert manifest the power of God and his presence The flame of the burning bush and the mighty figure of brightness in the vision of Isaiah ch 6 are equally manifestations of this glory The prophet Daniel sees the Ancient of Days enthroned in the sky ch 7 in a cloud of glory And now the glory and child are one For here is the Son of God 3 This message is ajoy to all the people These are a Messianic people They were promised to Abraham in terms of stars and sand God formed and covenanted them at the wilderness wedding by Mount Sinai He made them a kingdom in the Promised Land He molded them into a community of faith in the crucible of Babylon Daniel caught them up in a viaion of Meailanio days identi fying them as the saints of the Moat Now filled wlthjoy they will be tranifbrmed from the people of Yah woh into the Body of Christ 4 For there is born to you Jaw the Savior who is Christ tin lord He ii the new MOMI bringing them from the Egypt of aln to fee promised land of grace Like David he ii the king and shep herd of nil people He ii the perfection of all the Savior flgurei of lacred Wsto ry He ii the new Joshua Jeihua Jeiui the Savior Men will alwiyi need a Meaiiah If we do not ihow them the real one they will pick a falie one Some meislihi promise bread in exchange tor freedom Othen promiie health in exchange fbratheimi Jeiui promliei a salvation that hon ort freedom and worships God Sing choirs qf angels sing in exul tation Sing ctttuna of heaven above Glory to God in the MghuL 0 come let us adore Rev Msgr Eugene OCallaghan Ii Pastor ofSts Peter d Paul Catholic Church in New BraurfilsJ The Gift Local family maintains holiday tradition set after 1972 flood tragedy By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Many families in the area remember the flood of 1972 but there is one local family whose memories of that time have been trans formed into a treasured holiday tradition despite the fact that they nearly lost their lives in that flood My husband had gone to bed and the kids were in said Dorothy Matschek I heard a noise and looked outside and there was all this water swirling around in our backyard I woke up my husband to show him and he said Oh my is a flood get the kids The Matscheks climbed into a school bus Tom Matschek was driving for the schools at the time because they thought its height off the road would help them navigate the watery streets Not realizing how high the water was Dorothy had intended for Thomas a fiveyear old to walk to the bus while she carried the baby AnneTerese But the water was too deep for him and he had to be carried too I told Thomas to remember what we had taught him about what to do if he ever got lost people who your parents are and where we said Dorothy We only got a little way down the street before the bus started floating and we were afraid wed be washed into the river so we got out and got on the roof of a nearby The water came up to her chin and some of their neighbors were already on their roofs as they climbed up a trellis to a nearby rooftop Others floating by joined them and as debris floated within reach they gathered whatever they thought might be useful and watched the water continue to rise We decided to put the children in a garbage can we had said Dorothy We anchored it to a tree and hoped that it would float It wasnt the greatest idea but there was nothing else we could Mercifully the water finally started to sub side The Matscheks were safe and except for being wet and covered with tar that had escaped from some broken tar drums everyone was all right Everyone in the neighborhood started piling on the brother and his wife one of our neighbors who wore his hat and calmly said Well Dorothy I dont think were going to have berries this said Dorothy We were all celebrating being alive Although everything was ruined that didnt matter That terrible experience had showed us all what really families and By Dorothy Tte fkxxl had ami the flcjod had gone ruined so much WMnhese fasedMtfapl mottef cartyingfte holding thehatidof the the the Salvation Inside were loving corned the three HeraldZeitiing photo by JOHN HUSETH Salvation Army glasses have become a treasured Christmas tradition for the Matscheks After the flood they rescued as much fiirnineighbors friends and even strangers came ture as possible The Salvation Army provided flooding back From then on they were only food immediately and continued to bring food used at Christmas and always bring back those out to peoples homes as they started cleaning up and repairing their homes They never made you feel like you were said Dorothy They made you feel like they were just sharing Im generous with them and encourage everyone to be The flood had pretty well wiped us out but the Salvation Army had come right away and we went to their center for clothes and food It was very hard to go and ask for help from people you had been giving to for all those years Being at the right place at the right time provided the Matscheks with a family Christ mas tradition that reminds them of that terrible time in a wonderfully positive way WU1U w uy lttm As we walked in I noticed these pretty red ily that went through that flood in New Braun glasses but we needed clothes and food so I feis it was a really frustrating time but every didn t stop to look at said Dorothy one puiied together and helped each other We found some clothes and in their food pantry we got the essentials We were leaving We Chnstmas Christmas Eve and when some of the ladies working there stopped we take out those glasses for our Christmas din us and said We have something else for ner smd somebody We had gotten everything we needed so I tried Wl11 rememter so theyll realize the good to say no thank you but they were insistent and do can make a difference for a long I didnt know what to say when they begin to timeThese w11 be part of our family wrap up the pretty red glasses for traditions for a long time and will remind us Matschek said the glasses came m symbol what Christmas reallX The cheerful Series of chattered to vwMi listen and the baby girl hearts with a loving only babies can do AM tbd mother thanked all for their generosity and lifttf ness Gathering their treasured goods the fem ily began It was as tiiey were leaving that the saw beautiful matching glasses sitting on a shelf nearthe doon Bveni in this time of iieebV she recognwed items of great beauty smil special memories Once I tried to use them for another occa sion but AnneTerese insisted that they were only for said Matschek When I realized what a tradition they had become I wanted to write about it for my children so they would have a family history to pass on There were so many kindnesses that year after the flood We were already back in our home that first Christmas and back on our feet but some men from the St Vincent De Paul Soci ety brought us some toys for the children We still have an old striped stuffed donkey that was one of those gifts Im sure these kinds of stories could be repeated by family after fam ize the charity and kindness of people exactly what Christmas is all about The glasses were used for the first time that Christmas after the flood As she unpacked the almost forgotten glasses memories of the kindness and caring of Dorothy Matschek happily found a matching set of red glasses in an antique store so both of her children will have a set to pass on to their children along with this special Christmas sto ry out of fiie door with her precious children and the food and clothing which they had en I The love and caring of that family did apt leave those who worked in the center untouched nor did they miss the glance it items of beauty They saw an opportunity to do something very special fb the family They decided topreserrt them with The Oift And so it was that they rushed to the ear before the family could leave and said Waiv please we have something for you We have been watching for the family that Should take this andit is you Please come back Wondering whatthey were meatjbg thefittQ ily once more entered the of the mother melted as they tfereljed to fhV pitcher and the glasses wMcJt she had fcrfced the shelf the women from the center began to carefully wrap them for ifee family the mother protested dp not need these things They are lovelyv but you have done so much for us The clothing and the food are Butthe women persisted and soitwasthat the family took home The Gift And each year as the family and the father gather around their Christmas table with one deepwd glass fr ftont of each all hear tod rememberthe story of me love which The Gift represents And as they gather to cdebratethV gift which fee Fatherhas given to the world they also gather to celebrate the kindness of mankind which was presented to them with Ihe Gift Ga By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff What has recently been called a gas war on the west tide of town may actually just be the result of a dramatic drop in crude oil prices The Stop N Go on Walnut at Kerlick Lane and the Circle K Food Store on Walnut were advertising the lowest gas pices in town Thurs day Stop N Go is advertising unleaded gas for cents per gallon and Circle K Food Store is advertising cents per gallon In the Oct 28 Issue of the HeroldZettung it was reported that the price of gas wai cents at the Circle K and cents at the Stop NQo Officials from both Circle K and Stop N were not available for comment Across town gas prices for major petroleum dealers are also dropping by several cents The list report showed that gas prices ranged between to cents per gallon A quick survey of gy stations in town show prices ringed from to The prices at several stations in New Brtun ftli on Thursday are as follows Pit StopTcx aoo on Walnut 86 cents Diamond Shamrock on State Highway 46 cents Unicorn Food on Loop 337 86 cents Phillips 66 on Loop 337 cents Rivercrest Drive 89 cents Sac N Shamrock cents Chevron on Interstate Highway 35 cents Pay on IH35 cents Pit aco on 1H35 cents Exxon on IH35 and Loop 337 93 cents Exxon on IH35 near Seguln Street cents Chevron on IH35 near Bealls Department Store 91 cents Flnu on IH35 89 cents and Exxon on IH35 nour Walnut89 cents According to Gary Garrison a Hpokcspcr son for the Texas Railroad Commission the decrease in prices is directly related to the drop in crude oil prices Crude oil prices have plummeted over the past few he said As of Wednesday crude oil future prices were per barrel according to the New York Mercantile Exchange Garrison mild the highest the price of etude oil has txxm in per barrel The price fell to less than on Dec 17 of last year The price was cents Hun in the lowest it has been since Nov ho said Comparing it to a year ago on Dec 17 the price is said Garrison Garrison said prices began to decrease on Nov 3 Between November to December it has fallen to cents The underlying rea lOtobyJOHNHUHTH Motorists In New Braunfela are seeing tht lowest gse pr son for the fall in is the Global oil market the Oct 1 addition of cents in taxes on is he said gasoline and dieiel The taxes were increased is Garrison said OPEC countircs have stopped part of the Revenue Reconciliation Act passed cutung back production by Congress In August Federal excise tax on Gas prices were expected to increase due to gasoline ii now ccntt per gallon INSIDE 2 Sears Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes extends the following birthday wiihei to Linda ftomptl Martha Rkhttr David S Spain Chuck Woodt Sutlt M Goiualti Suilt F Gonxaltt Johnny JM Agttim Shaima Schntldir Sandra Vtla belat Frank Vtla Hirkrt Utbuhtr Time Is running outl This la the last day to finish Christmas shop ping I Masons to gather New Bnunfels Masonic Lodge will have a called meeting Tuetdty Deo 28 at to present the Golden trowel Award to one of its members The award is one of the most prwtigtouji Masonic awards The program will start at Ladies and Mends invited Merry Christmas to one and all from the HeraldZeitung family ;