Friday, July 14, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas r O Friday July Church Life talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Church Life call 6259144 Church Life Church Briefs Christmas cheer visits in July The First Protestant Church Family Life Center at Coll and Seguin streets will have its annual Christmas in July Bazaar on Saturday July 29 from 9 to 5 For the first time the Bazaar will be on a Saturday to encourage more people to attend and child care will be provided while parents shop The traditional lunch of potato soup sandwich dessert and beverage will be served At its a bar gain We invite our friends and families from our com munity as well as our church families to come enjoy a great lunch buy lovely handmade treasures and help support the Womens Fellowship mission projects Soup will be available to take home if you cant stay to eat Before or after lunch begin your Christmas shop ping early selecting from a wide variety of handmade items and delicacies such as The kinds of homemade breads pastries cakes cookies and pies cream pies made the day of Canned Goods Homemade jellies jams pickles fruits etc towels potholders quilts pillow cases and many unique whimsical gifts for the home especially Christmas and yearround decorative items For crafted toys crib linens on what is received We invite you to help us reach out to those in need For more information please call Linden Anderson at 6254823 Lakeside to hold Vaction Bible School Lakeside Baptist Church 2525 FM 725 New Braunfels will be having their Vacation Bible School July 31 through Aug 4 frorri 69 Preregistration will be held on July 22 from 9 11 at Villa Serena play ground from 122 at Lakeside Baptist Church and from 35 at Cypress Grove pool area Snow cones will be served For more information please call Deanna Boedeker at 6090608 t r Heart off Summer program planned at Eastside Baptist I Eastside Baptist Church i corner of Ridgewood and Holly New Braunfels is hav ing their Heart of Summer program this week with the youth at Alto Frio Camp and next week with Vacation Bible School at the church The Bible School program is a place where everybody feels at home Its a family celebration of how Qgd has a plan for families and their relationships together Also what it means to be part of His family will fee studied in the Bible Along with Pible study there will be songs skits games crafts and snacks the dates for Vacation BjbJe School are July 1721 Registration is this Saturday with Urne at HTTMTT JTY AND A HELPING HAND Years ago my oldest son James had a pas sion for mowing the lawn I would pull the mower out of the garage and he would instant ly be at my side It seemed that no other tool in the family arsenal of lawn weapons mattered except for the lawnmower Can 1 mow the lawn Dad Please let me know Im big enough now I knew that he wasnt big enough at all Standing facing the mower his eyes barely cleared the handle of the machine But this particular day I must have been too weak to argue or in a particularly good mood Sure I said Give it your best The mower roared to life And behind it in the catbird seat was James all three feet of him Down the driveway he went just like he had watched me do to start closest to the street And I could read his mind with every step This is a piece of cake Nothing to it Noth ing until he stepped from the driveway onto the thick St Augustine grass that is His little boy body put every ounce of strength into the task but to no avail He really wasnt big enough to handle the job no matter how much he wanted to be But suddenly the mower seemed to take off by itself It glided through the grass like a fish through clear water Thats about the time Dennis that realized that I was Gallaher standing behind him push ing the mower with him What he could not accomplish by himself he could certainly do with my added strength Up and down the rows of shaggy grass we went until the task was finally completed And afterwards the childlike wisdom that came from it was choice You see Dad I knew I could mow the lawn All I needed was a little help from you Amazing isnt it A child assumes that help from Dad is normal They have a builtin humil ity that accepts help when the weeds of life get too high to deal with alone Along the way of growing up we lose that humility Maybe its because of our sinful nature Maybe its because we are told to be proud of everything and anything It happens nonetheless to every one of us Thats why its important to capitalize on a childs builtin humility when they are small It lets them know at an early age that moms and dads are there when the going gets tough Because some day mom and dad will not be quite so available And they will need humility a lot more than pride to get them through the thicket of life And yes I know That kind of thinking really goes against the grain of todays conventional wisdom A child who has learned the value of humili ty grows to be a teenager who trusts in Gods strength more readily And a teen who learns to trust in Gods strength becomes an adult whose life is unpretentious and sincere And a sincere adult is the living example that teaches chil dren the great value of humility So teach your kids the great truths about the humble life Teach them that you and Jesus are there to be an everpresent help in time of trou ble Because by doing so youll impact your family for generations And that kind of thinking should humble everyone of us Dennis Gallaher is pastor of Freedom Fel lowhsip Church in New Youth groups set record straight through letters For ten weeks of the summer Sts Peter and Paul Catholic St Johns Episcopal St Paul Lutheran First United Methodist and this summer First Protestant churches get their senior high youth groups together for a program called The Upper They gather every Wednesday night from 711 for Bible study devotion food and ation The program has expanded from the first 35 kids to an average of 80 or 90 each week The study for the past four weeks has been Kinds of This past week was Understanding Accepting the fact that youth and adults have differences is hard Adults wonder why youth cant be more mature and responsible youth wonder why adults cant loosen up and relax a little The fact is WE ARE DIFFER ENT Arguing over the differences doesnt help the differences might Recognizing our differences and accepting them might make youth more enthusiastic about accepting adults and also make adults more apt to accept youth The youth were challenged to find Christ in all of this and then to write a letter in their small groups telling adults what they would like adults to know about them Following are the letters written by these teen groups Perhaps if we listen with an open heart we will hear Christ speak through them Dear Parents We know that you think that we are all bad We do have some good things in us You need to empathize with us and understand that it is very hard growing up in todays world Every day more bad things are brought about and you need to look at the good things we do and not just the bad So if we work together in com munication and have more respect for each other we will get farther in life Sincerely Your kids Dear Parents We try to be responsible and like you want us to be We are only human and we make mistakes So if you have a problem with this you need to deal with it We are not per fect nor will we ever be until the day we join Jesus Christ in heaven So as young adults in Christ we leave our futures up to God Sincerely The young adults of group Dear Adults I know today that communication is hard to come by and that under standing one another is something we both wish for To let you under stand me you must realize today is nothing like it was for you 1 have more pressure I strive to be an indi vidual but am too caught up in the way people think about me I know that sooner or later I will see things the way you do but until then try and make me feel like Im in control of my life Sincerely Your teenager Dear Adults We would like you to know that we are caring equal and would like you to look and see what we are all about We feel that parents and kids should talk more and share each oth ers points of views Love Kids To Whom it Concerns We the teenagers of the USA ask for more respect as humans and indi viduals And as the future generation we will strive to revive the nation and regain the standards and values this country was originally created on and about And thats all we have to say about that Sincerely Teens Can we as adults and parents look beneath those letters and see the cry for understanding of our own chil dren One ancient writer once com mented Christ enters every stage of childhood and the teenage makes it May we all receive Gods grace to become more holy American justice system failing Lifescope says Courts do not determine real freedom Live as free people yet without employing your freedom as a pretext for wickedness but live at all times as servants of God For it is Gods will and intention that by doing right your good and honest lives should silence muzzle gag the ignorant charges and illinformed criticisms of foolish persons Behold I long for Your precepts in Your righteousness give me re newed life Let Your mercies and lovingkindness come also to me O Lord even Your salvation according to Your promise Then shall I have an answer for those who taunt and reproach me for 1 lean on rely on and trust in Your Word And take not the Word of Truth utterly out of my mouth for 1 hope in Your ordinances I will keep Your law continually for ever and ever hearing receiving loving and obeying And I will walk at liberty and at ease for I have sought inquired for and desperately required Your We should not be like slaves but we should behave like Gods very own children adopted into the bosom of His family and calling to Him Father For His Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we really are Gods children And since we are His children we will share His treasures for all God gives to His Son Jesus is now ours too But if we are to share His glory we must also share His suffering Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will give us later For all creation is waiting patiently and hopefully for that future day when God will resurrect His children For on that day thorns and thistles sin death and decay the things that overcame the world against its will at Gods command will all disappear and the world around us will share in the glorious freedom from sin which Gods children enjoy Only be careful that this power of choice this permission and liberty to do as you please which is yours does not somehow become a hindrance cause of stumbling to the weak or overscrupulous giving them an impulse to Taken from I Pet 2 Psa 119 Rom 8 The Amplified Bible and The Living Bible For free book of July Lifescope write Box 1575 Carlsbad NM 88221 Please send for postage and handling call Wilburn Taylor aj 6154 Religion Briefs Company Asks Clergy to Find Workers KENOSHA Wis AP Clergy are being asked by a mustard compa ny to help it find good people to work in a new factory it plans to open here Olds Products Co has promised to pay to churches that recommend someone who gets hired The recruiting method was devised to help Olds Products cope with a tight labor market in southeastern Wisconsin said Edward S Baker owner of Human Resource Manage ment of Buffalo Grove 111 Kenosha Countys seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was percent in May the latest month for which statistics are available The rate dipped to percent in January and February both 15year lows The pastors know people who need Baker said There is a strong incentive because they can help someone who needs a job No one is going to refer someone who is really bad who will be a bad reflec tion on Olds Products has immediate open ings for 20 workers and more will be hired as the company introduces new products Baker said Olds Products makes mustard for fastfood restau rants Kliiney Installed as St Cloud Diocese Bishop ST CLQLJR Minn AP John Kinney was rsssnily installed as the bisJjpp of flie St Cloud Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church Kipey 57 tosh opof Bisjnjrck recently Je4 a special committee of church officials looking into sexual abuse in the church He succeeds Jerome Hanus who was named archbishop of the Arch diocese of Dubuque Iowa last August Appeals Court Overturns Liquor Panel Decision in Lansing Case LANSING Mich AP The Michigan Court of Appeals has sided with a church fighting a convenience stores effort to sell liquor In a 30 ruling the appeals court said the Michigan Liquor Commis sion was wrong to grant an exemption to the Quality Dairy store The store is 326 feet from the South Baptist Church of Lansing State law bars new liquor licenses or transfers of licenses within 500 feet of a church or school It does let the Liquor Con trol Commission waive that require ment The commission decided to do that for the Quality Dairy store which already was selling beer and wine and wanted to transfer a liquor license to that location The church appealed and Ingham County Circuit Judge Carolyn Stell upheld the commissions decision The appeals court ruled the Liquor Control Commission had improperly shifted the burden of proof to the church forcing it to show that allow ing liquor sales at the store would harm its operations The church said it did not want its young members to be exposed to the sales of package liquor and it said it already was having problems on its property Episcopalians journey home SPOKANE Wash AP Sally Noble joined the Orthodox Christian Church this month completing a journey home she started almost 20 years ago when the Episcopal Church began to make dramatic changes Noble is one of about 200 mem bers of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church who converted en masse to the Anti ochian Orthodox Church We kind of feel we didnt leave the Episcopal Church the church is leav ing said Tully Taylor 44 of Spokane We were kind of underdogs in the Episcopal Church by worshiping in the old way Now we feel were in step with our We were rationalizing the prac tice of our faith in a church that no longer values that said the Rev Anthony Creech the former Episcopal minister who led the schismatic con gregation to the Orthodox Church and has been ordained there At issue is the Episcopal Churchs willingness to accommodate secular trends in interpreting doctrine a pol icy that leads to a contravention of Christian said the Rev Samuel Edwards a spokesman for the Episcopal Synod of America in Fort Worth Texas The organization represents a range of traditional Episcopalians Many traditionalists are uncom fortable with the Episcopal Churchs 1976 decision to allow the ordination of women They are uneasy with proposals to bless samesex marriages and ordain homosexual priests with talk of a his torical rather than divine Jesus and of a feminine Creator Wholesale defections were quite unusual until the last five years Edwards said Whole or partial Episcopal parishes in Texas Kansas and Indiana have recently joined the Antiochian Ortho dox Church while others have sought Roman Catholicism or splinter Epis copalian groups The Episcopal Church Center in New York City couldnt say how many congregations had left the church in recent years Its quite tragic when any Episco palian individual or congregation feel they cant be part of this worldwide said spokesman James Thrall at the center which serves as head quarters for the branch of the Anglican Communion Unhappy at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist the diocesan home of the Episcopal Church in Spokane Noble moved in 1976 to Holy Trinity a conservative Anglo Catholic parish I just knew that things were said Noble 54 This spring on April percent of the congregation at Holy Trinity Church renounced Episcopalianism and joined the Antiochian Orthodox Church a branch of the Eastern Ortho dox church that offers a Western Rite liturgy in English with gestures and phrases commonly used in Euro pean and American churches We call it the journey Noble said The HemldZeitung invites all churches in Comal County to share their news with the community All church leaders are also welcome to submit columns or opinion pieces for this page Send submissions to HemldZeitung Church Life 707 Landa St New Braunfels TX 78130 Or fax items to 6251224