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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 6 HeraldZeitung Friday May Church Life To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Qhurch Life call 6259144 Church Life local church part of ELCA event History was made on Sunday May 2J as thousands of Evangelical Luther an in America members gathered on college campuses hospital media cen ters and in congregations to participate jn the first nationwide satellite Town Meeting of the ELCA St Paul Luther an Church of New Braunfels provided key leadership in the development of this historical event and hosted one of the meeting places Entitled Focusing on the this grassroots effort linked members in a discussion about the future of the millionmember denomination r Gathered in over 70 sites in more than 50 of the 65 synods and in every one of the 9 regions of the ELCA an optimism and love for the denomina tion was expressed by caller after caller Our unity is in the declared one member and our task is the spreading of that Nearly TOO participants were able to voice their opinions over the nationwide liookup during the 4hour teleconfer gnce At times more than 30 callers were on hold showing the desire of the members to share their thoughts with one another Nationally known church consul tant Lyle Schaller set the stage for the event by noting that the ELCA must St Paul part of satelite town meeting decide whether it will remain a church of the European tradition or will final ly decide to become an American church Schaller defined a European church as one for whom order struc ture and tradition was of utmost impor tance An American Schaller declared is more interested in mission than Schaller saw the use of 20th century technology and the satel lite communication employed in the Teleconference as a definite signal that the ELCA wanted to become an Amer ican church Three uplink sites used the talents of professional staff at WHYY in Philadelphia KENS in San Antonio and a mobile unit at Grace Lutheran Church in Huntington Beach Calif to create a topflight presentation John Bachman main anchor for WHOTV in Des Moines Iowa and host of the ELCAs video magazine Mosaic skill fully blended professional television journalism with knowledgeable churchmanship as he urged partici pants to share their hopes dreams and concerns regarding their church Vance Robbins president of the ELCAs Lutheran Youth Organiza tion representing youth ages 1518 issued a plea for the greater inclusion and involvement of youth in the life of congregations synods and churchwide Critics of the event feared that the teleconference would become a polit ical forum for the promotion of candi dates for bishop of the ELCA Cur rent presiding Bishop Herbert Chilstrom will not be seeking reelec tion at the ELCAs national convention to be held in Minneapolis in August Not a single name however was men tioned during the telecast Instead par ticipants focused on the desired char acteristics they felt were needed for someone to become a successful bish op Qualities sought in a new bishop included such traits as being a risk tak er strong leader good listener acces sible and willing to be vulnerable Many callers urged that the new bish op should try new approaches to min istry that might not always be suc cessful As one caller shared Let the new bishop try new ideas and if they dont work urge the new bishop to seek forgiveness let forgiveness be granted and then lets move Another caller noted whoever the new bishop might be once elected we need to get behind that person and give him our Leaders of the event were obvious ly pleased with the successful presen tation of the teleconference which went its full four hours without a hitch Roger Eigenfeld senior pastor of St Andrews Lutheran Church in Mah tomedi and chair of the ad hoc steering committee which conceived the idea of the teleconference said Today the world has changed for the ELCA Theres no turning back He noted Society changed when the first piece of printed copy came off of Gutenbergs press A new way to communicate has been found The same is true for this teleconference We heard each other we saw each other on the television screen we prayed and sarig together We were thousands of miles apart but we were together in a common desire to move our church Eigenfeld con cluded We now know how to gather our membership for intelligent discus sion via satellite We did it once We can do it again This story was submitted by Rev Charles Religion briefs AIDS Advocate Receives National Health Award COLUMBIA AP A South Carolina AIDS advocate has received a national health care award for his efforts to expand community services for people with the deadly disease Peter Lee of Columbia director of the AIDS Ministry of South Carolina Christian Action Council recently received the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Pro gram Award Mr Lee exemplifies the kind of community health leader we aim to honor with this said Catherine M Dunham Community Health Leadership Program director He is tenacious caring and creative in find ing ways to reach those not served by the traditional health care Lees AIDS Ministry oversees AIDS care teams based in church con gregations The teams in 40 churches with 500 volunteers across nine denominations provide support ser vices such as food shopping trans portation and companionship They fill needs other than med ical by providing someone to listen care and help with the business of liv said Lee who used to work at the Department of Health and Environ mental Controls Center for Health Promotion Lee said he would use the award money to help expand the AIDS Min istry as well as creating a healthy communities foundation to encourage community leaders to assume respon sibility for improving health care New Auxiliary Bishop to Reach Out to All People PORTLAND Maine AP Recalling his final golf lesson the Rev Michael Cote said the pro assured him he would go to church the following Sunday if the priest sank a long putt I looked up and said Father this is your chance and I sank that laughed Cote the newly appointed auxiliary bishop of Maine While his specific duties have not been decided the 45yearold Cote said his mission will be to reach out to all people not just Catholics For contemporary people I think the Christian church has a lot to Cote said The hunger fortruth the hunger for meaning for human accep tance divine acceptance the meaning before death These are as great in any Church Briefs Exploring Gods 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 infor mation Each day the children will focus on a different Bible verse participate in art projects learn songs in praise of the Lord and enjoy snacks Summer Service Schedule will begin on May 28 We will cut back to services at and 10 until Sept 10 Christian Fest to feature host of music groups More than 20 of the areas most popular Christian music groups will perform at Schlitter bahn Waterpark during the 7th annual Christian Music Fest on Saturday June 10 Continuous performances will be held from 11 to 7 at the Wave Pool stage in the Wavefest sec tion of the park and in the Sur fenberg section of the park Headlining the event will be Grammy and Dove award win ner Cynthia Clawson who will perform at 4 at Surfenberg All types of Christian music will be showcased during Schlitter bahns Christian Music Fest 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 Skan dalon and Second Chance For more information call Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resorts at 2106252351 Bracken UM Triumphant Lutheran join for Bible schools Bracken United Methodist and Triumphant Lutheran churches are geared up for an unforgettable summer experi ence Bracken UMC will be turned into Cornerstone Street SonTown USA where your children will explore their roots and discover ways to get along with their own families while learning about their place in Gods family Vacation Bible School will be June 59 from 9 to 12 noon for children 4 years old through 6th grade To register or for more information call 606 6717 There he goes First wandering off the path to look at a lizard on a tree Then stopping to pick up a stick Then checking the air on his bike tire Then stopping to throw the stick for his dog Finally he reaches the chicken coop where his five friendly birds are waiting for break fast One in particular always needs a little special attention so he picks her up and carries her around while he greets all the others After ten minutes of this he is back on the path to the house with the usual number of impor tant other things to do Now he is at the back door Joseph did you feed the chickens Big baby blues are wideeyed I for Did you collect the eggs Now its almost funny is all he can manage What have you been doing all this time Im show ing more sternness which is his cue to Gallaner get serious I dont know what Ive been And that is the truth Im convinced that this kids brain is so full of ideas and plans that simple tasks are sim ply forgotten Take the daily shoe pilgrimage for example Joseph go up to your room and put your shoes and socks on because its time to go to school In good faith he bounds up the stair case to do the simple task Ten minutes later Im yelling up the stairs Time to go The reply Just a minute I have to put on my Now there is no telling what distracted him It could be that he never actually made it all the way up the staircase It could be that he was rummaging through his pile of dirty clothes looking for his lost treasure from the day before It could be that he was day dreaming that he had already put his shoes on The bottom line This kid has a tough time staying on track Hes not real good at Now here is my dilemma Proverbs instructs us to Train tip a child in the way he should Simple enough Until theres a kid like Joseph who has so many placesjo go all at the same time And is happy no matter where he finally winds up Life to him is an adventure to be fully lived He is the kind of kid that teachers say things like Hes great fun to be of the Or Joseph real ly helps keeps things One day when he was three we were exas perated simply trying to keep up with him We asked a dear friend who was an early adolescent specialist for her opinion of our lit tle boy Her assessment was so accurate that I never forgot it she said just has a very big soul And so my bigsouled little boy wanders through life having the grandest of times Tender more obedient and kind than most yet having to turn over every rock he comes to just for the fun of it So what are your kids grandkids nephews nieces or siblings like Most likely they also break the mold in some way or another And for us who desire to raise up a child in the way he should go the dilemma is really know ing that child well enough to discover the unique path that he is on Its interesting to me that God did not include a book in the Bible called In other words the diversity of calling equip ping and temperament doesnt lend itself to a threestepsandaprayer approach Instead we are encouraged to discover the unique path that our children are on and then keep them on course throughout life Boiled down to a few words that is really the goal of Christian parenting And discovering that path takes time and interest It takes observation and patience It takes a dedication to the task instead of a prepackaged plan It takes a parent who is committed to the art of discovery more than to the task of childrearing Which means that sometimes I let him daydream the time away Because I want him to leam to dream big dreams Oh sure He also needs to get the tasks completed and leam to discipline his time But I think the path for this little one might be different than most And its my prerogative as a parent to think so Because Ive observed his path And I have a feeling that is it different than most Dennis Gallaher is the father of James and Joseph the Sons of Thunder and pas tor of Freedom Fellowship Seafood Buffet We now offer a larger variety on our delicious allyoucaneat seafood each Friday 610 prn Adults Seniors Children 12 under FACTORY STORES 155 Hwy 46 S New Braunfels 6259200 lou Should See Whal 1 round New Braunfels Factory Stores is a real 48 stores in all Its unbelievable Were talking bigtime shopping here They have everything fashions for the whole family home accessories gift ideas and much more Plus you wont believe the savings 20 to 70 off regular retail prices So meet me at New Braunfels Factory Stores as soon as you can Its name brand shopping at factory outlet savings On 135 Exit 188 in New Braunfels 9am9pm Sun 10am6pm Call 2106206806 for a FREE brochure FACTORY STORES INTRODUCING SAFE SITTER The Best Babysitter is a Safe Sitter SAFE SITTER is a medically SAFE SITTERS learn accurate instruction series that lifesaving techniques v u j IQ precautions to prevent accidents teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 13 4TT r u ji u and when to summon help how to handle emergencies when on basic child care caring for young children SAFE SITTER classes are available through McKenna Hospital on May 31st and June 1st to each day A fee of covers the two day program Call 6069111 Ext 440 to register Certified Instructors Mary Owens Callie Jacks
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