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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitungBFriday May fturch Life To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Church Life call 6259144 ext 21 Church Life 5 4 t it ri x i Church Briefs Exploring Qods Kingdom at Vacation Bible School St Johns Episcopal Church will be holding a Vacation Bible School July 1014 9 to for all children in the New Braunfels area Exploring Gods Kingdom An adventure in Prayer will be taught to children ages 4 through entering fourth grade Preregistration is being held now Forms are available in the church office 312 S Guenther or call 6252532 for more informa tion Each day the children will focus on a different Bible verse partici pate in art projects learn songs in praise of the Lord and enjoy snacks Dinners For Eight will meet Saturday at for an Italian potluck dinner at the home of Reba and Bill Kester Please contact Reba for directions to their home Stacey Robins 6060212 is coordinating the food Please let her know what you will be bring ing This will be the last group meeting until September so dont miss this one Summer Service Schedule will begin on May 28 We will cut back to services at and 10 until Sept 10 Mass at Hummel Museum to be musicfilled The special Mass to be celebrat ed in front of The Hummel Muse um this Sunday should be very inviting for Archbishop Patrick Flo res according to John Collins exec utivc director of the museum Archbishop Floras is a spiritual shepherd who likes to celebrate with the people In fact he is known as the Mariachi and he loves to sing with the Collins said The Archbishop enjoys music so much that he has been busy col lecting and distributing guitars to young people In fact since some children a few years ago told him that they wanted to learn how to play the guitar the Archbishop began begging for guitars Collins said He has since given away over 600 guitars through donations and funds that he has provided It appears that the special Mass at The Hummel Museum will help fill the Archbishops musical appre ciation New Braunfels own Mari achi Ecos de America will provide the music for the Mass along with the Sts Peter Paul School Hand Bell Choir Adding to the liturgy for the Mass will be the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church choir Along with the musical contri butions from the local community will be New Braunfels1 famous cul tural dance group Compania de Danza Folklorico The special Mass will truly be a celebration It will also be significant because Sun day May 21 also marks the date of Sister Hummers birthday Collins stated She would have been 86 years old this year and I feel she would have loved our community of New Braunfels and the muse um The Mass will begin with a short procession at Sunday May 21 The Mass will be held at the KC Hall in case of rain Every one is invited Christian Fest to feature host of music groups More than 20 of the areas most popular Christian music groups will perform at Schlitterbahn Waterpark during the 7th annual Christian Music Fcst on Saturday June 10 Continuous performances will be held from 11 to 7 at the Wave Pool stage in the Wavefest section of the park and in the Sur fenberg section of the park Headlining the event will be Grammy and Dove award winner Cynthia Clawson who will perform at 4 at Suifenbcrg All types of Christian music will be showcased during Schlitterbahns Christian Music Fcst There will be country music from Clifton Jansky and Faye Yates Southern Gospel music from the popular quartet Exaltation and contemporary Christian rock pre sented by Narrow Road Skandalon and Second Chance For more information call Schlit terbahnWaterpark Resorts at 2106252351 Answering the call Outgoing councilman ordained as Baptist minister By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Ambrosio Butch Benitez will not brag about no matter how hard he is coerced He would much rather talk about the words of Jesus Christ or the love and power of God Many in New Braunfels recognize Benitez as an outgoing city council representative but he will now be known also as a Baptist minister He was ordained on Sunday April 25 at his home church the Primera Iglesia Bautista in New Braunfels 1 will be the associate pastor at the Bulverde Baptist Church in the Hispanic Ben itez said He has been preaching there for some months Brother Rickey Fyffe minister of Bul verde Baptist said He has been an ordained deacon in the church for many years including lay Kenneth King of the San Marcos Baptist Association said Being ordained a minister is just another step in a long walk of faith for Benitez He was raised as a Catholic I was born a believer he said The Baptist Church in Pleasanton is where I was Benitez was ordained as a deacon in 1976 He had already begun lay preaching by that time A person shouldnt have to boast about his faith in order for people to identify him as a Christian Benitez said Thats precisely what the Scrip ture he said The Scripture says not to seek any glory or any praise for yourself I dont seek any glory or any praise from Indeed Benitez did not disclose that he had served as president for the Varones Bautista or Hispanic Baptist Mens Association He has been on numerous mission trips around Texas and even to Honduras King said He went on mission trips to Mexico as an King said Benitez sees his work on city council through the A pledge to serve Bertha Benitez joins Ambrosio Benitez center and Rickey Fyffe during the ordination ser vice at Primera Iglesia Bautista lens of his faith I felt it was His will for me to be Benitez said There were seven candi dates I was in a runoff I dont take credit for any of Faith has sustained Benitez through the ups and downs of political life All of this experience has strengthened my he said Its made me stronger to leam solely to depend on the Benitez is a challenging and dynamic preacher King said Hes a man that has broad experience and uses his he said Benitez comes across to parishioners as both contemporary and caring King said Years of experience working at the mill and at Bluebonnet Motors have strengthened Benitez as a pastor King said He understands the working mans situation the family mans he said Were all human beings and children of the Benitez said He tries to respect everyone and tends to get respect back in return he said He is an evangelist kind of Fyffe said He has a real heart for lost Benitezs love of the Lord makes him appreciate the things that God appreciates and be displeased by the things that displease God Fyffe said What wisdom and guidance I have is Benitez said Thats all His doing All Im trying to do is be a Outdoor concert features local talent Jim Wesolick A free outdoor contemporary Christian music con cert led by New Braunfels musician Jim Wesolick will be held from 4 to 6 oh Sunday June 4 1995 at the Spiritan Renewal Retreat Center 19440 IH35 in New Braunfels The program will feature familyoriented Christian musical entertainment on the theme of What a Friend We Have in The program will be led by Jim Wesolick a professional musician since 1970 who plays the guitar and is the featured soloist at the youth choir Mass at Sts Peter Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels The program will also include group singing as well as inspira tional presentations by Bill Schroeder and Bob Strange The public is invited to bring blankets lawn chairs and refreshments to this alcoholfree event For more information please call Jim Wesolick at 2106093166 or Diana at 2106090714 Jim Wesolick is a professional musician from New Braunfels who plays the acoustic guitar and sings Since 1971 he has been playing professionally to uplift and entertain people in such cities as Austin Fredericksburg New Braunfels San Antonio San Marcos and Seguin Jim performs several types of music country western easy listening folk religious and special occasion selections His primary musical influences have been Christ ian music AAL funds supporting national youth event Aid Association for Lutherans AAL expects to pro vide more than in support of the Lutheran Synod LCMS National Youth Gath ering being held July 26 in San Antonio The funds will help pay for participants registration fees and travel costs as well as AALs onsite support activities More than young people and adults are expected to attend the youth gathering being held at the San Antonio Convention Center and Alamodome As of Feb 5 funds raised by local AAL branches plus supplemental funds from the AAL home office totaled to help send young people to the event Projects to help young people attend the LCMS Nation al Youth Gathering constitute the second largest fund raising activities for AAL branches following disaster relief fundraisers In addition AAL is providing in housing materials to help build a home for the SanAntonio affil iate of Habitat for Humanity International The youth will have the opportunity to frame the home inside the con vention center Following the youth gathering the home will be dismantled and reassembled at 135 Petaluma St in San Antonio AAL sponsored a similar Habitat building project which took place at the last LCMS Youth Gathering held three years ago in New Orleans Habitat for Human ity is a nonprofit housing ministry dedicated to ensuring that people around the world have a simple decent place to live AAL also will provide a seminar on credit com memorative photographs of conference attendees AAL water bottles information about AAL support for LCMS media relations activities and recognition events for vol unteers and church body leadership AAL also will sup port the Cross Cultural Youth Leadership Event imme diately preceding the Youth Gathering AALs funding for these onsite support activities will total more than For more than 90 years AAL has provided fraternal benefits to Lutherans and their families AAL based in Appleton offers life insurance and retirement products to its million members nationwide In addi tion AAL provides disability income and longterm care insurance in most states AAL members are served by more than district representatives across the nation The Barclay College Concert Choir Concert choir will make stop at Startzville church Shepherd of the Hills Christian Fellow ship is excited to invite the Canyon Lake Community to attend a Gospel concert on Wednesday May 24 at 7 in our Wor ship Center in Startzville The Barclay Col lege Concert Choir from Haviland will be our very special guests as they stop at Canyon Lake while on their 1995 sum mer tour of the southwest The Concert Choir is a select 24member group which has established a reputation for its ministry and its high quality of musical performances The music program will be centered on Gods vision and glory in our everyday lives and will be appropriately conveyed through the songs that are sung and the testimonies that will be shared appealing to people from different age groups as well as people with varied musi cal tastes In recent days in our land our senses have been dulled by the constant bom bardment of news reports that serve to remind us of the desperate times that we find ourselves living in From most accounts that are being published it appears that there is very little hope for us in the days ahead Politically socially economically envi are all facing some tough times And because that is a fact Shepherd of the Hills is very excited to invite our com munity to come and join us on Wednesday May 24 at 7 as the Barclay College Concert Choir comes to share their ministry of good news hope and encouragement for all of us as we face these difficult days together Admission to the concert is free and an offering will be received at the perfor mance We look forward to sharing this special night with all of you Call 899 4033 for more information Dennis Gallaher Happiness found in relationship with God spouse He was a man who had it all He had the perfect environment His job was to be envied All his daily provisions were provided His body was in perfect con dition His mind was never under stress His emotions secure and unscathed in every way He possessed everything He didnt fret over salary increases He had no worries about the IRS or retirement or whether Social Secu rity would see him through In fact everything that he ever desired was instantly his His position was at the top He was the leader The top dog No insecu rities No annual reviews Whatever he decided was law There was no going any higher He was at the top Yet the history of this unique man is character ized by a phrase that should make us stand up and take notice When his Creator looked at this man who seemingly had it all the one phrase that was uttered about his life was It is not Intriguing isnt it Of course the man I am referring to is Adam You know The one in the Garden of Eden The history from Genesis states that Adam had it all except for one thing And after God declared all of Creation as being the only comment He makes concerning Adams creation is that it was not Something critical was lacking And if you really want something to chew on think about this Not only did Adam have a perfect environment all possessions and an exalted position but he also had a perfect relationship with God He was sinless in a theological sense and walked with God in the cool of the evening in a relational sense So why was it not Why did Adam who had it all not have enough to make life good The answer is given by God God said it is not good that you should dwell Here was Adam with a perfect rela tionship with God all possessions a perfect environment and an exalted position and God declared that he was alone The cure for Adams dilemma was only to be found in a relationship with another human being a helpmate one who was called alongside of him So heres another story About a man who had it His life was to be envied He was popular wellrespected and wellpaid He lived in a beautiful city had a nice home and kids who adored him Everywhere he would go people would come to greet him with admiration His name was and still is recognizable in many different circles He had all kind of neat guy toys Nice golf clubs Fancy cars that changed every six months or so New clothes that were the cut ting edge of fashion In fact you would think that this guy could own just about anything that he wanted Possessions were for the tak ing Oh yes He was on the top professionally Few men will ever experience the name recognition of this man Few will ever be at the top of their game like this fellow Yet even when he had it all there came a time when he realized he was losing what was really important He showed up at my door one late night hi tears he told me that his young life had been wasted seeking after all the wrong things Like Adam he came to the conclusion that life was really not good Because he had sacrificed his marriage in order to have things He had neglected the one good gift that deserved his undivided attention And he didnt know if he could ever get her back This man like Adam had everything soci ety thinks is important and yet found himself completely bankrupt Just like Adam he dis covered that what the world deems valuable is really useless unless you have a right rela tionship with God and with significant others So what does your story sound like Are you trading away relationships for position power and possessions Have you been climbing the ladder of success only to find that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall My friends story has a happy ending He and his wife have walked through some times of painful confession and forgiveness They have changed priorities and goals They have taken time away from things and rededi cated it to people And unlike many people in the same circumstances they are determined to make their marriage next in importance to their relationship with God And you can too Because the tradeoff for success is not really a trade at all its just another scam A big ripoff So consider your own story wont you Because its never too late to start a great relationship
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