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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                6 HeraldZeitung B Fridayr June Church Life To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Church Life call 6259144 ext 21 Church Life Church Briefs Christian Womens Club holding luncheon The Christian Womens Club of New Braunfels cordially invites you and your friends to a luncheon on Tuesday June 13 1996 at the Holiday Inn IH35 exit 189 from 12 noon2 The admission fee covers the luncheon a bridal fashion show and wedding pictures music by Diane Hause and Don Valerie Dalton and a speak er Judy Hile from Spring Texas Reservations are necessary 9047348 or 8997316 Notifi cation must be given in case of cancellation Free nursery call 9047348 Love faith caring and shar ing Come join us at our next Fellowship and Prayer Coffee Tuesday June 6 1995 11 in the home of Jan Keen 917 Riviera Canyon Lake Pentecost Sunday ser vice planned at Greater Life Pentecost Sunday will be cel ebrated in thousands of church es nationwide June 4 1995 The first Pentecost happened in the Bible in the book of Acts Chapter and is still con tinuing to happen today Pastor Jack Dool and the con gregation of Greater Life Pen tecostal Church UPC invite the public to attend services with them at on June 4 at 989 Loop 337 in the River crest Shopping Center You could find in this one church service the same joy millions have already found Fulfillment for the family peace of mind in a troubled world and a genuine relationship with God 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 began on May 28 We will cut back to services at and 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 For more information call Schlitter bahn 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 To register or for more infor mation call 6066717 PROMKEKEEPERS Movement teaching men to be servants in the church and home Tonight about 40 percent of American children will go to sleep in homes where their fathers do not live Before they reach the age of 18 more than half of our nations children will spend at least a significant portion of their childhood liv ing apart from their fathers Never before in our nations history have so many children grown up without knowing what it means to have a So writes David Blanken hom in his book Fatherless America Quoted in Time Newsweek the New York Times the Washington Post the Los Angeles Times USA Today and Newsday Blankenhorn cannot be dis missed as some firebrand Dennis Galiaher Christian hothead looking to upset the liberal applecart Instead he is a respected researcher and social critic that has gained the attention and respect of both camps Fatherhood is critically ill in the I guess that is no secret Over the last several decades our thoughttobe enlightened sense of morality has taken fatherhood and made it an endangered species The percentage of children living apart from their fathers in 1960 was about 18 percent In 1990 the figure was almost 40 percent And for reasons too controversial to discuss in this article those who could really make the difference on a Daily national scale choose to glory in the death of daddy instead of sounding the alarm to alert soci ety as to what was taking place it would be akin to rejoicing in the decline and almost extinction of any viable species Take the plight of the bald eagle in the mid70s Here was the very symbol of American strength resourcefulness pride and leadership being wiped out while some tried to posture the problem as no big deal But it was a big deal Because if we had no more concern for our national identity than the chemical manufacturers supposed we were all the worse than they The grass roots alliance to the cause won and the harmful chemicals were banned The result The bald eagle is again present in most of the continental even nesting the winter months in central Texas But it took some one doing more than lamenting the decline It took men and women who became committed to the cause and determined to sound the alarm A society with fewer fathers says Blanken horn is a society with more and more prison cells orphanages social workers truancy officers courtappointed child psychologists and child support enforcement officers It is a society that demands government control of behavior in favor of personal responsibility It is a society in which a generation of childhoods are sacrificed for an inane social experiment that already has failure written all over it LEADING FATHERHOOD INDICATORS I960 190 1980 12Sfl Percent of Births Outside Marriage Divorced Males Per MarriedMales 333 Male Prisoners Per Males 230 191 274 574 Percent of Children Living Apart From Their Fathers It is a society in the death throes Braindead long before the vital organs stop functioning Strangled from lack of fathering Over dramatic Sensationalism You might think so but I dont Already the writing is on the wall for our society Think about this Children born after 1960 will statistically have more spous es than children That is to say that the rapid increase in divorce over the last three decades and the decline in birth rates will make fatherless ness more familiar to our children than fathering It is a statistic of disaster So what do we do Continue to cry that the sky is falling I think not For the Christian there is always hope In fact the darker the day the greater the grace The prophet Malachi saw this day far off yet told of the miraculous intervention of God as it approached He wrote this And he Jesus will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the The promise is that no matter how good our program is Gods miraculous intervention is what is needed to heal our father wound And that intervention is promised and personally secured by Him This weekend over 150 men from many dif ferent churches in New Braunfels will converge with over men from around Texas to ask God for that miraculous intervention at Promise Keepers 95 It is a movement that is dedicated to teaching men how to be servants to our spouses children churches and society And it is a movement not just a meeting Already this year over men have participated across the Next year the goal is for 1 million men to gather in Wash ington Why So that we can turn the tidal wave of pain that begins when a child doesnt have a dad So pray for us wont you Pray that God will visit us this weekend Pray for the men from New Braunfels that will return with Godly seed to sow into our community And pray that they will bring a touch of revival that will restore the hearts of fathers back again to the children Dennis Galiaher is the pastor of Freedom Fellowship Church in New Since beginning of time man has placed blame at Gods feet Early in the nov el a band of European sailors falls into the hands of a fierce samurai tribe After days of misery and fear they are informed to their dismay that the samurais have decided one of the sailors must die The sailors are told to pick the man European moral traditions gave the men no basis on which to make such a decision How do you pick a comrade to die Finally one sailor drawing on his meager Bible knowledge sug gests Well draw lots Well let God Poor another seaman comments The stupidities He gets blamed for The man was right We do give God the blame for way too much Insurance companies speak of hail and floods and tornadoes as acts of Devout Christians weep beside their loved ones graves and submissively intone Jobs mistaken words The Lord gave the Lord takes away Blessed be the name of the Job was humble and faithful when he spoke those words But he was Gene Shelburne wrong If you know Jobs sto ry you know that God never laid a finger on him Satan did all the damage Blaming God for Satans dirty work is not a minor theological mistake It can leave us deepdown angry at God for things he had no part in How could God do this to me preacher one distraught 60 yearold man asked as we stood at the foot of the bed where his aged mother had just died I doubted God was guilty The Bible plainly names Satan as him who has the power of But that bedside was not the place for a lesson in the biblical theology of death Why should God get all the blame if I break my leg on an icy side walk or come down with lumbago Just what has God done to deserve such bad press From the very beginning of the Bible men and women continual ly sang O give thanks to the Lord for He is But for some rea son people tend to forget his goodness and point fingers of blame toward heaven when any evil befalls them When we arc hurting we need to give God credit for not afflicting us but for aiding us He is a very present help in time of the Bible says He is the God of all Confirmands at FPC assist at blood drive The Department of Mission and Service of First Protestant Church FPC was happy to have the Confirmation Class assisting with the blood drive on May The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center saw 32 members and friends of FPC of which 23 were able to donate On behalf of the con firmands your church and your community sincere thanks is extended to all the participants Congratulations and Thank you also to the con firmands for being A part of one of the mission projects of FPC Many were involved in distributing posters baking cookies and assisting on the day of the drive It was a great learning experience while helping save lives In addition to the excitement of having our confir mands be a part of the blood drive we were happy to celebrate with Merritt Schumann His donation that day made him a FiveGallon Congratulations Merritt Participants were greeted by Cindy Peterman a representative from the Department of Mission and Service and Charlene Nolle blood drive coordinator All participants are to be commended for being a part of the Memorial Day weekend blood drive where there is an unusually high demand for blood I i g i o n Brief Catholic Woman Adminis trator Makes History SUPERIOR Wis AP The new chancellor of the the Superior Roman Catholic Diocese calls mov ing out of her basement office sym bolic of how far women in the church have come For the first time since the diocese was established in 1903 the chan cellors position is occupied by a nun Whats happening in the church is reflective of whats happening in soci Sister Eileen Lang said recently among boxes of books prepared for movement upstairs to an office near the bishops As women become more involved in leadership roles in society they are taking on more leadership in the she said The chancellor is the fourthhighest position in the diocese and has been filled by women in other dioceses As chancellor her primary duty will be to oversee the dioceses archives while continuing as director of the Office of Evangelization a post she has held since 1993 I want to equip lay people to do more she said With few er and older priests lay ministries arc integral to the future of our Children Can Succeed With Help From Parents Churches Role Models COLORADO SPRINGS Colo AP Young children need help from parents churches and other adult role models to escape from poverty and succeed in the 21st century according to a national organization that helps the urban poor Kids start to do badly in the fourth or fifth said Hugh B Price president of the National Urban League Theres a pronounced dip in the lives of some children This is the pattern we have to keep an eye Price spoke recently at the Urban League of trte Pikes Peak Regions 31 st Equal Opportunity Day dinner Price said the entire community should support children throughout their academic and social lives Parents can help by knowing what their children should be learning scholastically each school year then make sure their kids are on track Price said suggested churches and community groups help reward chil dren and teenagers who are doing the right in school and through community involvement We need to look for partnerships in lots of different Price said In many lowincome communities theres just not enough for kids to do after Cardinal Closes Cathedral Due to Quake Damage LOS ANGELES AP Cardi nal Roger Mahony has closed 119 yearold St Vibianas Cathedral because damage from the North ridge earthquake left its bell tower in danger of collapse the Archdio cese of Los Angeles announced The cardinal who announced in January that St Vibianas would be replaced by a million cathedral complex ordered it closed after receiving a new seismic evaluation the archdiocese said recently Reversal by Mormon leaders signalling change in practices SALT LAKE CITY AP When Mormon leaders agreed to stop bap tizing Jewish Holocaust victims posthumously it signaled a funda mental change in a practice Mormons hold dear The change is more than just a renewed call to Mormons to trace their lineages and vicariously perform ordi nances such as baptism for their ances tors in the faiths temples It is a reversal of what in recent decades had become second nature to many fervent members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints trips to the temple to perform sacred ordinances for historical figures they venerate or for people whose lives had no link to their own It was no accident recently that when Elder Monte Brough told Holo caust survivors of the Mormon prac tice of baptizing for the dead he stressed most members follow doc trine and do temple work only for their ancestors His statements surprised many Mor mons because thats not the way it was in the 1970s 1980s and early 1990s Apparently its the way the churchs governing First Presidency President Gordon B Hinckley and his two counselors want it to be The big task the First Presidency has given me is to bring under some control this whole idea that members can just extract various Brough the signatory to the Holo caust victims agreement and execu tive director of the churchs Family History Department said in an inter view Vicarious temple ordinances for the dead are no small matter to Mormons They are considered a solemn obliga tion and blessing for the living and an offering of the Mormon mantle to those no longer living but existing in a spirit world Mormons believe that everyone will have an opportunity to embrace the one true gospel If they do temple ordinances considered necessary to their postmortal progression will have been performed for them by living proxies The crucial importance of the ordi nances put the church in an uncom fortable position in the middle of this century according to a new book Hearts Turned To The which details the churchs develop ment of the worlds largest genealog ical library to support its work for the dead Church doctrine had always required members to trace their ances try and do temple work for their own Because of lack of training research sources and time few members could complete their family genealogies Those who did could not keep up with the demand at the temples for names of the dead Without them the temples were left to perform only ordinances for the liv ing and some even reduced their hours of operation according to the book published by BYU Studies at church owned Brigham Young University That was not acceptable to church leaders In 1961 the church began extracting names from the microfilmed parish records and oral histories the church was collecting from around the world It was not a shift in doctrine It was a recognition that Why shouldnt we be doing temple work for any names of those who have passed The idea being that every son and daughter of God will have the chance to accept or reject the said James B Allen one of the books co authors and a senior research fellow in church history at BYU PENIECOSI SUNDAY You could find in his one church sen ice the anie joy millions have already found Pentecostal Church Greater Life Pentecostal Church 989 Loop 337 Hiveicresl Shopping Center New BraunJelsTX78l30   

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