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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 6A HeralclZeitung Friday Jan Church Life Ji To talk with Managing Editor Lyon about Church Life call 6259144 Church Life Michael McManus Not all prolife supporters are violent God bless John said the picket sign held by a supposedly prolife picketer outside the Nor folk jail holding John Salvi III who was arrested for firing on a Norfolk abortion clinic after killing two women in Massachu setts clinics Thank you for what you shouted Donald Spitz a former Pentecostal minister He is a defender of the TV accounts of violence against abortion providers always give visibility to such prolife sympathizers with the killers They ignore of the prolife activists who are nonviolent and fear the killers will stereotype their prolife cause as a violent cru sade Theyre setting back our peaceful protests in front of the clinic They turn people against said Carolyn Venable director of a group that has had daily rallies there for 21 years First a monthly magazine ran Killing Abortionists A a col lection of articles by 17 prolife leaders in December They focused on Paul Hills killing of two people at a Pensacola clinic It makes no Christian sense to try to justify murder to limit wrote John Cardinal OConnor Attend to Gods revelation Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good Romans No Christian has the moral right to declare himself the sole detec tive district attorney judge jury and Supreme Ralph Reed director of the Christian Coalition said To kill in the name of defend ing life is hypocrisy pure and He recalled Martin Luther King saying Always be sure that you struggle with Christ ian methods and Christian weapons Never succumb to the temptation of becoming Terry Schlossberg director of Presbyterians ProLife wrote Paul Hills philosophy is one of anarchy It opposes the role of government expounded in the religious tradition into which he was received Hill lost his ministerial credentials in one Presbyterian body in 1992 he was excommu nicated by another in 1993 for advocating killing abortionists as justifiable Paul Hill was a misfit He was fired from one church and then asked his denomination the Orthodox Presbyterian Church to strip him of his ministerial credentials because he believed in giving communion to infants He joined Trinity Presbyterian Church in Val pariso FL as a layman It allowed kids to receive communion He never talked about killing abortionists until Michael Griffin shot Dr David Gunn He began arguing that it was justifiable homicide Though his church was strongly prolife it was opposed to killing abortionists Hill began to be quoted in the press and appeared on Night That embarrassed Trinity When warnings had no impact Trinitys ses sion held an ecclesiastical trial and charged him with refusal to heed the directive of elders to cease and desist advocacy of this recalls its pastor Rev Michael Sny der We told him he was advocating anarchy overthrowing the Hill said he personally would not kill abor tionists but would only encourage others to do so He lost and was excommunicated He took it to an Appeals Court The excommunication was upheld Hill wrote out a statement and got 20 fairly prominent people to sign it Joe Scheidler director of the ProLife Action League refused to sign it though he had written the book Closed 99 Ways To Stop Abortion which inspired the creation of Operation Rescue whose tactics of intimidation were never sup ported by National Right to Life Americas largest prolife group Hill called Scheidler and argued If a girl walked into a class with a gun intending to kill them you would save a classroom of kids if you took her Scheidler countered If you want to save babies you have to convert the mother She is the one who wants it dead She hires the abor tionist who is the hit man If he is killed she can hire another 1 can point to 500600 lives a year saved by our approach babies who just had a first Whats alarming is that violence feeds vio lence The first murder inspired Hill to kill two more John Salvi followed suit And the minority of prolifes people sup porting death is growing John McManus is a syndicated LIVING BY APPOINTMENTS Dennis Gallaher Appointments I live by appointments If its not in my book on the calendar or arranged with my wife or secre tary then chances are it wont get done Appointments are a true discipline for me In other words writing down stuff to do in my little daytimer is not really my nature And so I do it deliberately in order to bring some kind of sense to my day My little brown book tends to dictate the day But the other day was not like that The other dayl was with the elders of our church just outside of Kerrville in one of my very favorite places in the world Years ago I found this little hill county retreat and began a love affair with the land water and whitetail deer trails that snake up the lime stone I never fail to find some hidden spring trickling from the rocks or a passel of wild turkey that explodes from the roost in my wanderings Its my kind of place But appointments rule the day remem ber And so when the meetings were done and the decisions made my internal day timer said that it was now time for an appointment with God After all we had some issues to discuss Important plans to finalize And I needed some answers to some gnawing questions that had chewed on me for much too long God and I needed to talk and my agenda was set For the next hour and a half we would meet Off to my deer trails I went Ever approach God like that Kind of like making an appointment to get your car ser viced Have it here by and well have it ready by four Make a list of all the little glitches and squeaks and hope that they are able to get them all fixed Nothing worse than having to take it back for another appointment Nothing worse indeed So here I was with a conquer the moun tain attitude looking for God in the cedar and oak draws of the Lazy Hills Ranch All the way up the mountain I concentrated hard on the questions that were left fester ing for too long Like a car overdue for an oil change I popped into the quick lube expecting my 20minute quick fix from God But God was silent Not rude just silent Not angry disappointed withdrawn or uninterested Just very very silent What had been designated by me as my appointment and my agenda was slowly eroding away by a very uncooperative God The nerve But on the mountain that day I realized that the problem was not God The problem was that the constraints of my schedule and agenda were of little concern to Jesus who was more interested in just spending time with me I was looking for a heavenly Mechanic to fix the glitches and squeaks of life Jesus was looking for some uninter rupted time to just walk and be together Just the kind of thing that He had done so long ago in those long walks with inquisi tive disciples who didnt know important from really trivial either Oh yes There is a scripture that comes to mind Tucked into the fiftyfifth chapter of Isaiah is a discourse that the prophet record ed during a dramatic quiet time with Jeho vah Here is what God said to him For My thoughts are not your thoughts nor are your ways My He sure has a way with words this God of all creation As fretful as we are about the circumstances of life Jesus remains committed to long walks simple truth and close friends Not quick fixes appoint ments and my agenda That hour on the mountain didnt accom plish what I had set out to do There were no dramatic plans no firm contracts and no completion dates set for the progress of life But what was accomplished was really more important than checking off items on my spiritual todo list For once again I sensed the reassurance that God was still on my side His promise remains that He will never leave us or forsake us And He is a God who keeps His promises So next time you talk with Jesus think about my mountain My plan was to get an answer His way was to spend time listen ing My plan was to deal with issues His way was to hear the concerns of my heart My plan was to make decisions His way was to leave the decision until later But you know what Id rather have His ways instead of my plans any day Because His ways Ive come to find are not nearly as stressful as mine Dennis Gallaher is pastor of Freedom Fellowship Church in New Lutheran Brotherhood makes donation to campus ministry The Lutheran Campus Ministry of the University of Texas received a New Connections grant from Lutheran Brotherhood Foun dation Lutheran Brotherhood a frater nal benefit society offers life and health insurance annuities and investment products to Lutherans nationwide Through its fraternal programs Lutheran Brotherhood aids its members their communities and Lutheran organizations The Lutheran Brotherhood Foun dation provides support for creative projects which address Lutheran multicultural ministry rural min istry church growth and wellness New Connections grants are an additional category of Foundation funding available to Lutheran 3 organizations through Lutheran Brotherhood field force members who serve these nonprof it organizations as volunteers The Lutheran Brotherhood District Rep resentative Greg Gunderson FIC LUTCF at 707 N Walnut in New Braunfels Monthly breakfast set Sunday at St Johns Episcopal Church This Sunday is the monthly parish breakfast at St Johns Episcopal Church 312 S Guenther from to Information will also be available concerning the three new adult education classes Affirmative Aging will address the needs and inter ests of those who will be directly or indirectly involved in a supporting role with the elderly Homebuilders Couple Series will aid couples who are feeling the stress and strain in their marriages It will help to enrich and strengthen love for one another deepen your commitment to Christ and equip you to help oth er couples in need Master Your Money is a video series that will take you through most of the financial problems affecting each of us during our walk with Christ This series will be offered on Monday Thursday and Saturday to accommodate busy schedules Lutheran Brotherhood District Representative Greg Gunderson FIC LUTCF presents a check for to Pastor Craig Sommer of The Lutheran Campus Ministry of the University of Texas through the New Connections grant made possible by the Lutheran Brotherhood Local briefs FUMC offering Saturday service The First United Methodist Church is offering an informal worship service at on Saturdays 572 W San Antonio 6254513 Bingo at OLPH Bingo Night is every Thursday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hall New Braunfels Early Birds Prayer Care Ministry at St Johns St Johns Episcopal Church 312 S Guenther has a new Prayer Care Ministry The purpose of this new service to the community is to provide a place for early morning prayer and meditation According to church sources this ministry is designed to offer a quiet reverent place where a person may share his problems with God by dialogue through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit Prayer pastors will be available as needed The church sanctuary will be open for this ministry from 7 to Monday through Friday Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of religious affiliation or belief Successful Money Management set at St Paul St Paul Lutheran Church will present Successful Money Management from a Biblical Perspective on Tuesdays Jan and 31 at St Paul Lutheran Church room 118 located at 181 S Santa Clara Cost is per couple or individual You must register and pay in advance to attend For immediate reservations call 6259191 or mail check to St Paul Lutheran Church 181 S San ta Clara New Braunfels Texas 78130 Child care will be provided by the church Final night of Family Life Conference set at Calvary The final night of the Family Life Conference with Dr Hays of Oklahoma City will be held tonight at Calvary Baptist Church beginning at 7 A nursery will be provided and refreshments will be served after the service Founders Day Prayer Breakfast Founders Day Prayer Breakfast Committee members from left Marie Offerman Marty Lindley Rev Daryl C Higgins committee Rev Scott Tjernagel Rev Richard Carse Dr Kenneth Peters Plans have been finalized for the March 21 Founders Day Prayer Breakfast to be held at the civic center as part of the 1995 Sesquicentennial celebration The 7 prayer breakfast will com memorate the founding of New Braunfels on March Descendants of the founding fathers will be recognized table dis plays will provide pictorial glimpses over 150 years The internation ally know inspirational Dr Bruce Larson will be the guest speaker Molly Joes will provide a catered breakfast featuring food enjoyed by the first settlers Tickets are Sales begin at the end of January Editors note Send Church Life announcements and press releases to Mark Lyon editor New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 707 Landa New Braunfels Texas 78130 Call 6259144 for additional infor mation Briefs Baptist leader Were not afraid of Gingrich GREENVILLE AP The descendants of slaves freed by Abraham Lincoln will fight to keep the Republican Party from killing social programs impor tant to blacks the president of a black Baptist group says And Im here to tell Brother Gingrich and the Republican Party and any other ultraconservative white or black that we not only tasted freedom but we know how power said the Rev Henry J Lyons head of the 8 millionmember National Baptist Convention USA Inc He made the reference to new House Speaker Newt Gingrich a Georgia Republican in a talk last week at the Baptist Educational and Missionary Con vention of South Carolina After the speech Lyons said he would write to Gingrich and President Clinton He is still the president and I intend to let him know that the National Baptist Convention stands strongly behind him but then we are going to hold the Republican Party Lyons said Lyons said he was worried that Republicans would take millions of people off welfare while spending bil lions of dollars on defense projects He called excessive defense spending a different kind of welfare that props up the defense industry OnLine OConnor talks about abortion AIDS NEW YORK AP Cardinal John OConnor has had his own television show He writes a weekly column for the archdiocesan paper And now hes spreading his message in a new realm cyberspace In what was billed as a first of its kind event for a Catholic cardinal OConnor answered questions for about 45 minutes recently on an online computer information service Prodigy Responding to sub scribers queries he touched on subjects from AIDS to the pope to abortion I feel as though I am on Star the 74year old head of the New York Roman Catholic Archdio cese said at one point But he predicted online services like Prodigy will have a broad impact and that its certainly a way to reach people who never come to
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