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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                6 HeraldZeitung Friday April Church Life To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Church Life call 6259144 ext 21 Church Life Church Briefs Evangelist Edgar Morales to attend revival services All are invited to revival services at Hosanna Baptist Church 525 E Mather April 21April 23 at 7 Evangelist Edgar Morales will be accompanied by musical guests Ter rell and Leonor Jackson and Ramon Ruiz Rummage sale at church today and Saturday Sts Peter and Paul Schools Annual Spring Rummage and Plant Sale will be held Friday April 21 and Saturday April 22 The sale will be from 8 to 6 on Friday and 8 to 3 on Sat urday The sale will be held in St Marys Hall on the Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church grounds on W Bridge St The sale will be held upstairs in the hall There will be all kinds of things for sale clothes fur niture appliances knickknacks toys housewares books arts and crafts materials and many other things too numerous to mention For more information call 625 1729 during the day or 6061627 in the evening Blood drive at First Protestant The Department of Mission and Service of First Protestant Church Confirmation Class is sponsoring a blood drive on May 15 as their spring service project It will be in the Bormann Room at the Seele Parish Hall from until Call 6256951 to schedule appointments Please support your community by donat ing blood Speaker to address teen suicide Teen Suicide will be the topic of guest speaker Cynthia Bonne Miller hosted Sunday May 15 from 57 by the youth of First Unit ed Methodist Church Dr Bonne Miller a New Braunfels psychia trist will not only share insight into early signs of suicide and how to deal with them but she will share personal stories as well Come join the youth this Sunday for a 1 meal It might make a difference in your life or in the life of someone you love Dinner and presentation in Wesley Hall First Methodist Church 572 W San Antonio Mending Ties That Bind Methodists discuss plan for merging churches By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Bishops of four Methodist denomi nations will meet in Austin next week to discuss a possible merger Attending will be bishops from the African Methodist Episcopal Church African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and Christian Methodist Epis copal Church and the mainly white United Methodist Church A coming together is always a good said Rev Andrew C Burks pastor of the Allen Chapel AME Church in New Braunfels I would be glad to see them join When the United Methodist Church was formed in 1968 two African Amer ican Methodist Churches became part of the United Methodist Church and three did not They did it for cultural reasons and I respected that in said Fred Martin pastor of the First United Methodist Church in New Braunfels Unification would strengthen all denominations concerned and Martin said he would definitely welcome these congregations into a unified Methodist church No final agreements are expected at the Austin meeting A decision isnt likely before the turn of the century Top legislative bodies of each of the denominations must approve any plans made by the bishops The upcoming meeting is the sixth to deal with the possible merger It begins April 26 and ends with a Communion service on April 28 Bishops will review past meetings and plan two panMethodist study com missions If the four denominations unite the new Methodist denomination would have about million members and local congregations in the Unit ed States including more than members in and across Texas More than onethird of the members of the proposed church would be African American All four denominations considering to unite trace their roots to the Methodist Episcopal Church formed in Baltimore in 1784 Racial disputes during the 18th and 19th centuries led to formation of sep arate black denominations The four denominations have coop erated on such things as church school curricula and book publishing in recent Joint services planned for this Sunday The House of Refuge Christian Fellowship and Mission Valley Bible Church will combine services Sunday April 22 1995 The congregations will unite in worship beginning at 10 at 348 W Interstate Highway 35 on the access road of between Seguin St and Walnut Ave An evening service will conclude the day The service will begin at 7 All local congregations are invit ed to participate in this service of united praise and prayer The evening will include con temporary praise and worship fol lowed by prayers of petition and intercession for spiritual awaken ing in New Braunfels HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The Allen Chapel Church at 255 Commerce in New Braunfels would be one congregation affected by a joining of the four Methodist denominations years Texas is home to more United Methodists than any other state sotne in congregations Prayer support offered The morning prayers at St Johns Episcopal Church from 7 to each weekday to which all are1 invited continue to assist those whd request help from grief illness and other crises in their lives To request this support write St Johns Prayer Room Box 310524 New Braunfels TX or call 2106063408 and give thfc details of the crisis or concern and the number of days you wish these prayers to be made Search for God and His voice a quest of man for thousands of years Where is God 1 mean it Where is He 1 meet a lot of people who ask that question in one of a number of ways Most are well meaning by the way not heretical kooks who scream at the sky every time life gets to be a nag You hear the question in hospital rooms and over lunch on the telephone and across the fence It is posed in a hundred different ways which all say the same thing Sometimes it is with tion and anger other times as inquisitive as a childs question too often in an embarrassed sense of foolishness But the question is always the is He and does He really care about my life A young man was in my office He couldnt seem to figure out this God that had been handed him by his parents He found his way to my office hoping to find a safe place to cast his sus picion After years of black and white answers that condemned any real dialog and certainly dis couraged any kind of honesty the man was full of selfdoubt He threw up all of the if God were smoke screens He tried to dismantle the great debates of theology with familiar cliches He stomped his spiritual feet on tradition and railed against the injus tices of the church But in the end what he really wanted was for someone to tell him how to apcess theunseen and often silent throne room of heaven The place where God is The place of holy sanctuary Elijah was like that Elijah knew all about God He had served Him in ancient Israel like few ever had Fearless Dependable Obedient All that and more But a time came in Elijahs life when his energy dried up like a shallow well He went looking for a big enough hole in the ground to crawl in and die He found it at a place called Mt Horeb the same place that Moses talked with God Sitting alone in a cave Elijah made his case Gallaher Ive been zealous for you God And yet every one hates me Im all alone and just want to die He was a lot like us when times are tough He wanted to know if God was there and if God really cared about him The great prophet of God sitting in a dank and dark cave wishing he was dead All because he needed the assurance that God was still on his side Its comforting to know even mighty prophets of God lose hope God told Elijah to go outside the cave and wait for Him to show up A mighty wind was blowing outside on the mountain that was strong enough to toss the rocks around like kids on a playground But God was not in the violence of the wind Next an earthquake rattled the moun tain But God was not in the earthquake Then a fire swept past Elijah consuming everything in its path But again God was not to be found in the fire So much like us isnt it What we really want is a demonstration of power instead of a rela tionship with God What we really want is for God to pull a neat trick out of His hat instead of inviting us to climb into the crucible of friendship with Him God is so often found in the strangest places But then Elijah heard something It was a dek icate whisper of a voice A small voice complete silence to be heard And it was God He wasnt in the earthquake wind or fire He was inJ the extreme quietness of a still small voice In the end of it all there is the desire to simplyj know God Not someone elses God but the God Not a fairy tale about God but the who enters my world to walk with me I that desire is in every person who has There is a seeker in all of us that knows nothing of rest until we end the quest with the of the one true God So where is God In the quietness that demands time and attenj tion In the silence that calls for careful Maybe thats where you need to ask your quesj tions For when God becomes silent He often the most J Dennis Gallaher is pastor of Freedom lowship Church in New Mom Me Commemorate that special relationship with a picture of you and your mother in this special section A panel of unbiased judges mil pick the most attractive picture to be printed on the cover of the tabloid and two runnersup photos mil appear in the centerfold Trophies prizes mil be awarded to Mom of the Grand Prize Photo Mom of each runnerup photo Submit your photo entry form entry fee to The HeraldZeitung office 707 Landa New Braunfels Or mail to The HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PHOTOS and information is Monday April Please make sure your name and phone number are on the back of the photo You may pick up your picture anytime during office hours after Monday May at this time you will receive one FREE copy of Mom Me Additional copies will be available at a cost of each This years edition will appear in the HeraldZeitung on Sunday April The 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