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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Church ijto talk with Interim Managing Softer Roger Croteau about Church Life call 6259144 ext 21 Church Life Church Briefs Fhsl Protestant ptans COUNTING HOURS The First Protestant Church of New Bnumfels offers the fblto wing events in the celebration of Easter Wednesday Lenten April Saturday Night Gospel Worship Country Dance and Food Con cessions 6 Palm Ser vices 8 am and am Sunday School 9 am The Donkey Walk am The First Protestants Easter Egg Hunt 2 Maundy munity Worship Service Good Worship Service Easter Ser vice at the Plaza 7 am Worship Services 8 am and am Sunday School 9 am The First Protestant Church is located on Seguin Street one block east of the down town Plaza 2106097729 Celebrate Gods plan to reach you and restore your relationship with Him through His only Son Jesus Christ Church Women United plan April 7 luncheon Church Women United will be holding a luncheon on April at in the Family Life Center of First Protestant Church lite program will be on Commu nity in The suggested donation per person will go to help the Community in Schools program Reverend Dettaven to speak at Lenten luncheon Rev Charles DeHaven minister of St Lutheran Church will speak at the final Lenten Community Lunch on Friday April 7 Soloist will be soprano Cathy Tal cott The ecumenical series sponsored by First United Methodist Church is being held every Friday during Lent from f Everyone is asked to bring i a sack lunch the church is providing bev erages The lunch will take place in Wesley Hall located on the Mill Street side of First United Methodist Church For more infor mation call 6254513 Methodist women to host Reverend Billy Boyd Smith On Tuesday April 4 the United Methodist Women will have as their guest Rev Billy Boyd Smith Associate Pastor at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas He will give a dramatic presenta tion of the last meeting of Jesus with his dis ciples and the supper on Maundy Thurs day This program will include Holy Com munion The members of die Ruth Circle will host the fellowship hour at and the program will begin at in the Assembly Room A nursery for preschool children will be provided All interested persons are cordially invit ed to attend Live depletion off Last Supper planned The Last a live depiction of the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci will be presented by Triumphant Lutheran Church in Garden Ridge on Thursday April 113 at Thirteen men of the con gregation will bring the painting to life as Jesus and His disciples have their last meal I together before His crucifixion The por trayal is very moving especially the sharing of Communion Palm Sunday Donkey Walk is a unique event All area churches and interested spectators are invited to attend and participate in a parade celebrating Jesus Triumphal Entry on Palm Sunday April 9 This annual march called the Donkey begins at am with a lineup at the comer of Coll St and Castell St near the Entex build proceeds to Seguin heading around the Plaza back down Seguin St to end in front of First Protestant Church corner of Seguin St and Coll The Donkey Walk is a reenactment of that first Palm Sunday and will be led by someone dressed as Jesus and riding a live donkey Participants are encouraged to dress in costumes of old Jerusalem although that is not a requirement Everyone is guaranteed a fun experience There will be lots of chil dren singing and carrying colorful banners and FREE teUoops and FREE palm branch es will away Because the Donkey Walk is so much fun and not like any ordirory parade held in our ciry First Protestont Church hopes that other peg churches will expand upon their usual celebration Of Palm Sunday and join us in the cxcricmert of trus 3rd annual Qon fcey WilT around the Plwa 00 Apri 9 am It just dawned on me that Ive been cheated For two years in a row Twice in as many years Ive journeyed to Arizona to conduct semi Shelbume churches Both times I happened to be there on the weekend when Americans abandon Daylight Savings Time All Americans that is except Ari zonans and few other independent souls who refuse to count time like the rest of So for two years now Ive been in a place where nobody tinkers with their clocks on the Saturday night before Halloween For two years while folks at home were bedded down for an extra hour of shuteye I went to bed late and rose early with no extra winks in between In other words for two Octobers now I have failed to reclaim the hour of sleep I surrendered the pre vious April By my calculations Im two hours short Ive been cheated I realize this may not sound like too big a deal to some of you but when a fellow gets up past half a hundred years old and the clock seems to be ticking faster he cant afford to squander the few hours that remain can he The longer I live the more hours I seem to need Ive got more grandkids now who need to bounce on my knee And new ones keep arriving God keeps giving me more and more chances to touch hearts and lives Through this col umn In the Bible classes at the high school Through books Im writing In seminars across the land I cant seem to run fast enough to enter all the doors Hes opening And thats not all Around Gods good world are scattered some majestic places I still intend to see someday And others I hope to see again if He allots me enough hours to roam that far Today I attended the premature funeral of a special lady whose retirement plans ended almost before they began Weeping for her many of us left the church freshly aware of our own mortality Calendarbuying time gets hard er each year Its a lot more fun when youre young when you dont even to pause to wonder if this might be the last calendar youll need Teach us to number our the psalmist prayed Im ahead of him Im counting hours Gene Shelburne may be con tacted at 2310 Anna Amarillo TX From ashes to victory The Easter lesson By Rev Robert F Keith Rector St Johns Episcopal Church The Koreans have a curious custom At the begin ning of each year they will reflect on the bad habits theyd like to eliminate from their lives and what evil deeds they want forgiven So they write them on a kite and fly it high in the sky When its almost out of sight the string is cut and die kite disappears from view The belief is that all former faults and transgressions are forever removed Unlike the Korean kiteflyers Christians who cut loose of their sins go them one better because theyre not left to drift in the wind over us Jesus takes them to himself and forgets them They are nailed to the cross He wipes them completely from His mind and remem bers them no more So if God forgets them they no longer exist Then comes Easter Out of the ashes of sin rises the fresh fire of the victory of and mine Death the final enemy has no more power We have moved from ashes to victory Praise the name of Jesus The Rev Robert F Keith is Rector of St Johns Episcopal Church 312 S Cross Lutheran Church Located at 169 South Hickory Avenue Cross Lutheran Church holds Sunday worship at 8 and Sunday school at Inner city ministers seek alternatives to white seminaries PHILADELPHIA AP As a black minister looking to further his theological education the Rev William Moore had few choices in 1985 unless he was willing to attend a predominantly white semi nary A decade later the nearest black divinity school is still 120 miles from Philadelphia the nations fifthlargest city and home to more than black churches Blacks are the major ity at only a handful of Christian seminaries in the country A white professor could not tell me how to evangelize black folks in the inner city any more than I could tell them how to develop an evange lism strategy for white Christians in the said Moore 52 now working on his doctorate A group of 400 local black minis ters called Black Clergy Inc have launched a program with four most ly white Protestant seminaries in the Philadelphia area to offer classes tai lored for black pastors Black professors will teach 12 new elective ciurses emphasizing the role of blacks in Christan4ristory Topics will include the history of the black church in metropolitan areas feminist theology and black church theolo gy The initiative sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts of Philadel phia aims to provide black minis ters with knowledge to let church goers know that everyone in the Bible is white that we were there from the beginning that we were not Gods said Audrey Bronson dean of the Philadelphia Urban Education Insti tute which is administering the plan Participating schools are Lutheran Westminster and Eastern Baptist seminaries and the Center for Urban Theological Training Moore a member of Black Clergy calls the program the only grass roots initiative in the nation Black church members make up about 9 percent of the countrys adult population yet only five of 168 accredited Christian seminaries in the country are predominantly black according to the Association of The ological Schools in the United States and Canada Howard Universitys divinity school in Washington is one of the few Black pastors are forced to attend white institutions not always getting the training they need to communi cate effectively with their urban reli gious communities Organizers hope the Afrocentric classes offered at the Philadelphia seminaries will make expanding their formal education less threatening for black pastors Roughly percent of all black clergy hold at least a bachelors degree said Wardell Payne of the Howard divinity schools research center Another percent have taken some college courses Payne said citing a study published in the 1990 book The Black Church in the AfricanAmerican I think that the black community itself is becoming a bettertrained community and as education levels ri se ihe community they may i expect higher education of said George S Worcester secretary treasurer for the Association for Prac tical Theology in St Louis Many ministers juggle fulltime jobs with church duties making attending classes difficult said Joel Carpenter director of the religion program for the Pew Charitable Trusts Another obstacle is what Carpen ter calls the intimidation Some black ministers are afraid to return to school if they lack bache lors degrees Their reticence is further fueled by a perception among some black clergy that whitebased courses offered at nearby seminaries are irrel evant to their needs Weve been a center of the com Bronson said We have day care centers Most of our activi ties have been in our churches Many of our black colleges came out of our denominations Our churches have served as a hope for our black Black ministers must know not only how to deliver a sermon and plan Easter services but how to fill the additional roles of social and political advocate and family coun selor Eric Ohlmann vice president and academic dean of Eastern Baptist hopes Black Clergys initiative will help bolster the seminarys already strong recruitment of black students They will at least have the oppor tunity of taking courses taught from an AfricanAmerican perspec tive within the course of three Ohlmann said And churches with bettereducat ed pastors are more likely to do things to help the community Car penter said Since 1993 Pew has pledged to plan and implement the education institute Turning away from those in need abandons Gods commandment Judith Miller The text for last Sunday was the parable of the prodigal its a wellknown and beloved story from the Gospel of Luke Chapter 15 if youd like to read it again Perhaps though too familiar and loved Maybe so comfortable that many of us have forgotten the scandal and the tension that the original hear group of tax collectors sin ners Pharisees and teachers of the surely have felt As 1 pon dered mis during the week as I tried to think of a way to bring the ancient sit uation clearly into our modem day I began to see the face of another prodi gal son one whom I once knew I no longer remember his name He came into the emergency room one evening brought there by the EMS unit that found him lying unconscious on the city street My first impression as I glanced down quickly at his face was that he was young pale incredi bly thin and violently ill I did not stop even for a moment to wonder what circumstances had led to his being there I knew only that my next task my ministry at that critical time was to make a connection for him to find his family Certainly 1 thought someone must care where he is what is happening to him and will want to come A drivers license in his wallet gave me a name and address and soon I was dialing his home a mans voice answered Mr Soand So I asked he said 1 took a deep prayerfilled breath and continued Sir this is the chaplain from the hospital I do not want to alarm you but your son has been brought to our emergency room 1 know that you must be concerned and the doctors need to speak with you about his care Could you come imme diately I held my breath and waited I had made this kind of call dozens of times and had grown to expect everything from hysteria to disbelief in response But absolutely nothing had prepared me for the reply that came that night In a voice flat and firm he respond ed Chaplain I understand your call But you need to know that under no circumstance will my wife or I be coming to the hospital The phone went dead It was met with glum but knowing acceptance Soon I too began to understand Our young patient was near death from the complications of AIDS Over the next couple of days I vis ited with him and listened to parts of his story How he had left home to make it on his own How he had become involved in situations and with people so unlike those he had known in the upper middle class neighbor hoods where he had been raised How in time he had lost his selfrespect his pride his health and all of the people he had ever loved How he was alone One evening he turned to me With tears spilling from his eyes he spoke in his thin frail voice I know I am dying And I know why But before I go all I want is to see the faces of my mother and father one last time he pleaded would you please call them for me I walked to the phone and dialed the number The mans voice answered Sir this is the chaplain Sir your son is dying and he has asked to see In a voice laden with anger came the reply Chaplain NO That young man has made his bed and now he can DIE in it The phone clicked loudly The young mans eyes met mine when I entered the room and even before 1 could speak he responded I know Thank you for Shortly after midnight I received a call and ran back to his room The medical team was already leaving There was nothing more to be done I stayed with his body for a while then returned to the phone The now famil iar voice answered again 1 said quietly your son has died I thought you should After a moment of absolute silence the line went dead 1 share that story not as a commen tary or a judgment And 1 am aware of the range of emotions that surely accompany it for I have felt them all sympathy pity and empathy to outrage and toward both the son and the father Yet 1 share the story because it graph ically reminds me of the grace of God that Jesus portrayed When you or I turn away when we abandon all that God has commanded and called us to be then we deserve no more than to die alone and condemned by our Heavenly Father as this son by his earthly father And yet thanks be to God For God welcomes us home when we come claiming in faith the saving love of Jesus Christ In the next two weeks we will tell that awefilled story again and the story of the cross and the resur rection Its the perfect time for all of us we are all prodi find our way home to Christ Find a place Find a time Find the open waiting and forgiving arms of the Father Find Easter life The Rev Judith Miller is the pastor of St Paul Lutheran Church in New Religion in the News Bemardin to Receive Prestigious Honor SOUTH BEND Ind AP Cardinal Joseph L Bernardin of Chicago will receive the 1995 Laetare Medal Notre Dames president said Cardinal Bernardin has been the very exemplar of the bishop as a pastor teacher and witness to the said the Rev Edward Malloy Notre Dames president With this Laetare Medal Notre Dame celebrates the manner in which his personal life and public ministry have combined to become a treasure of the The award will be presented May 2 during Notre Dajnes commencement ceremonies Bemardin a Columbia native was ordained in 1952 and became the countrys youngest bishop in 1966 when he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Atlanta by Pope Paul VI He was appointed arch bishop of Cincinnati in 1972 and served there for 10 years before he was named Chica gos archbishop Bemardin was made a car dinal in 1983
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