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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                8 0 Friday July Life with Managing Editor JUQLbveday about Church Life call 6259144 Church Life Church Briefs Counseling center by Oakwood Baptist Church Oakwood Baptist Church has established a counsel Ing center It Is directed by ai licensed marital family therapist who provides individual marital family and ser vices The service Is open to everyone with reduced sliding fees based upon income Appointments can be made by calling 620 6258 Christmas cheer Visits In July The First Protestant Church Family Life Center at Coll and Seguln 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 bargain We invite our friends and families from our community as well as our church families to come enjoy a great lunch lovely handmade trea jjbures and help support the Fellowship mis c sion projects Soup will be Available to take home if ou cant stay to eat Before or after lunch begin your Christmas Chopping early selecting rom a wide variety of deli bacies such as I The inds of homemade Dreads pastries cakes oookies and pies cream pies made the day of Canned omemade jellies jams Npickles fruits etc towels kpotholders quilts pillow ases and many unique himsical gifts for the ome especially Christmas and earround decorative Stems For Drafted toys crib linens I ton what is received We invite you to help us Breach out to those in need more information ijblease call Linden at 6254823 sale lanned at Sts eter Paul School Sts Peter Paul Schools Annual Summer Rummage Sale will be held Friday Aug 4 and Saturday Aug 5 The sale will be held from 8 to 6 on Friday and from 8 to 3 on Saturday The sale will be held in it Marys Hall on the Sts Peter and Paul Church grounds on W Bridge Street The sale will be held both upstairs and down stairs in the hall building There will be all Kinds of things for sale both new and furni ture appliances Knlpk knseks toys houseware s arts and erafti many other things toe numerous to mtntlen Fp more information call 17t9 during the djy Communities In Schools First Protestant honors program HaraldZeltung photo by DOUG LOVEDAY Partners with our youth I to r First Protestant Church School Director Joyce Poe CIS board of directors Acting President Jan Kennedy CIS students David Johnson and Andrea Saenz and CIS Executive Director Jack Harris attended a service and reception at FPC celebrating the CIS program Sunday the congregation of First Protestant Church FPC and the staff of the Comal Coun ty Communities in Schools CIS program joined together during the morning worship ser vice to honor participants and supporters of the CIS program Students their family members teachers employers members of the CIS board of directors and CIS staff members were present to accept the muchdeserved recognition Fol lowing the service a celebration reception was held in the Family Life Center where congratu lation certificates were presented Members of the Church Life committee chaired by Doris Brandt served punch donated by the McDon alds corporation and cookies donated by HEB and members of the Numerous staff members and volunteers have assisted in the program by donating their time and skills The program has definitely set a suc cessful track record throughout the New Braun fels area Participants in the program are com mitted to decreasing the dropout rate in Texas schools by increasing each students chance of being successful in school CIS promotes and facilitates both community and social services to young people and their families who live in at risk situations The Greater New Braunfels CIS program cur rently services 9 campuses within Comal Coun ty serving both local school districts During the 199495 schoolyear over 900 families were assisted by project directors Program develop ment has three central components personalism accountability and coordination Project direc tors focus on developing relationships with stu dents and their family members helping them to overcome obstacles that could prevent a suc cessful academic career Of the 40 students par ticipating in the CIS Summer program FPC daycare employed 5 CIS students Mrs Joyce Poe FPC school director stated These young people are great The kids love them and they really help the teachers they are assigned to assist The teacherstudent mentoring rela tionship increases the selfesteem of both the student and the teacher We would love to have them yearround They have become a very valid part of our educational program I would encourage every employer to consider becoming a part of this For additional information call Jack Harris CIS executive director at 6206200 Is THE CHURCH READY FOR REVIVAL My friend had a problem A big problem After taking on the job of digging a water tank a pond to you he realized too late how big a job it really was I remember him telling me that he needed a bigger bulldozer and thinking he must be kidding Id seen his bull dozer and the mayhem it could pro duce in the dirt The problem was that the summer dry season was ending Soon the rain would come and there would be no chance to finish the project And if it wasnt deep and his paycheck would be short and The payoff would be proportionate to the size of the tank So day after day he would dig a little deeper In fact he dug for an entire month And the anxiety all along was not that the tank would be too deep The anxiety was that it would rain before the hole was deep enough You see once the rain starts the dig ging stops Whatever time and effort you put into the reservoir is directly proportionate to the amount of rain that it will hold John was determined to get that hole dug before the rain came And did it come Soon after the bulldozer backed out for the last time the clouds moved in In a matter of days the tank was not just full but overflowing Filled to the brim in hindsight it could have been dug just a little deeper Lately I hear a lot of talk about revival in the land Asbury College and the surrounding community of Wilmore Ky have been jolted by revival BUI Bright the founder of Cam pus Crusade for Christ has predicted a coming revival after a 40day fast that dramatically changed his life Public Dennis confession of sin overtook chapel ser vices at the Baptist Seminary in Waco Promise Keepers has attracted more than men this year alone and continues to sell out conferences around the country So the question is not will God move in revival again The ques tion is will the church be ready George Bama noted statistician and church researcher notes that the churchs Vitality has actually declined The average weekend adult attendance at church services is now 92 down from 102 in 1993 And nearly 7080 percent of church growth in America is actually transfer growth So whether your church is growing or not the problem is the same Souls are not being won to Christ which means that a spiritual shallowness has infected the church A shallowness that is the result of carnal living selfish lifestyles and a lack of holy living Hows that for putting it on the line There is a beautiful passage in the book of Genesis that reads And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his Genesis Simply put the jealous enemies of Jacob had filled in the wells that his father Abraham had dug years before And because God intended to bless Isaac with much livestock he needed to dig again the wells that had been covered and neglected through the years That sounds a lot like what God is instructing the church to do now Dig again the wells of zeal arid love for God that have been neglected and filled by the enemy Dig down past the ashes of bygone fire and uncover the embers of love for Jesus that remain One old revivalist who witnessed the Azusa Street visitation wrote in 1905 that the depth of revival will be deter mined exactly by the depth of the spir it of That is truth Plain and simple Now understand real repentance Repentance is not carrying around a load of guilt or beating ourselves up over past sin Repentance is what digs into our soul and makes a place for the Spirit of God to rain into Repentance produces the reservoir that holds revival when God cuts loose in power And that is why it is critical that all of us dig in and get to work Because God intends to revive His church again And those individuals and churches that have done the work of digging the tank in the dry season will be filled to the brim in revival So dont miss out Get in on the cleansingandthe refreshing Sow in tears of repentance so we can all return with a shout of joy Dig your well a lit tle deeper so you can be more filled with the Spirit of God And keep your eye on the horizon You never know when the clouds of revival will move in Dennis Gallaher is pastor of Friend ship Fellowship Church in New Braun A good life is measured by deeds done for strangers It was April 31 st a warm but rainy afternoon I was lying on the couch with my eyes closed attempting to collect my thoughts for the day Sud denly I heard a knock at the door Upon opening the door I saw a man wearing a white suit standing in the rain and yet not getting wet It all seemed natural somehow He said Your time has come pick up your Earthly I reached behind me and picked up my bag which was bulging As we walked out the door we were immediately in a huge room filled with silver vaults each engraved with someones name The man in the white suit began to empty my Earthly bag He took out the love of my parents and placed it in their vaults he took out the hugs of my children and put them in my chil drens vaults he took out the love of my husband and put it in his vault on and on encompassing the compli ments of friends the smiles of strangers and the warm handshakes of the people at our church on and on until my bag was empty He looked at me and I felt fright and anticipation all at once He then took me to the vault marked I SLA GIEFER DANIELS I stopped him and asked What is hap pening He answered Your life is not measured by how full your Earth ly bag is but how many bags you have helped fill Let me explain each time you do something for another person it is eventually placed up here in your Heavenly Vault and at your last all the contents of your vault are taken out and placed in your Heavenly bag for example 1 took love of your parents from your Earthly bag and placed it in each of their vaults so on their last day it wilt help fill their Heavenly bags You see you cannot go beyond those doors marked ETERNAL HAPPINESS unless your Heavenly bag is full and standing Very carefully he started to open my vault I was so afraid I placed my hands over my face like a child and peered through my fingers I IslaGiefer could see the Daniels past The hugs and kisses I gave my mother the toys I shared with my He looked at me and said My child do you not know it is not enough to love your family and friends and those close to you friends the love I felt for my father brother husband and children the smiles and handshakes I gave to those who were dear to me my bag was filling kindness I showed my wait my vault was empty and my bag was not filled I cried What happened 1 was a good person why isnt my bag filled 1 started to cry in dismay He looked at me and said My child do you not know it is not enough to love your family and friends and those close to you Have you not heard it said Love your ene good to those who hate you If you love those who love you what merit have you He reiterated by reading from Luke 6 Let me read to you what I remember him reading to But I say to you who are listening Love your enemies do good to those who hate you And if you love those who love you what merit have you For even sinners love those who love them And if you do good to those who do good to you what merit have you For even sinners do that But love your enemies and do good and lend not hoping for any return and your reward shall be great and you shall be children of the Most High Give and it shall be given to you good measure pressed down shaken together run ning over shall they pour into your lap For with what measure you mea sure it shall be measured to you Suddenly I felt myself falling faster and faster until my head hit the edge of the couch Was I relieved I looked out the window and it was still raining Was it a dream or did I get another chance It really doesnt matter I felt like Scrooge in The Christmas It wasnt too late I immediately went to the phone and started to make calls 1 got my stationery and wrote some notes I even ran to the door to greet the mail man whom I normally ignore I made resolutions to talk to the shy person at gatherings smile at and compliment the girls at the checkout Oh there are so many strangers I can touch in my life For now every time I fill a lunch bag or empty a grocery bag or carry a shopping bag oh yes or glance at the bag I carefully taped to my refrigera tor that Monday afternoon I will remind myself to fill someones Earthly bag so my Heavenly bag will be full and standing upright on my last day Isla defer Daniels is a New Braunfels Religion Briefs CircuitRiding Minister Tends Widespread Flock by Plane FRIDAY HARBOR Wash AP Jack Kintner keeps such a busy schedule that coffee hour is just 10 minutes long The state ferries cannot match his islandhopping pace so he does his circuitriding by plane Sundays are his busiest day Kintner pastor of the Lutheran Church in the San Juans starts with services in Friday Harbor at heads for Lopez Island at and ends at Orcas Island at The island congregations are too small to support their own preacher so since 1985 church members have relied on a Kintner and his pilots license for their Sunday religious needs About 25 people attend each service Kintner 50 who lives in Belling ham hops from island to island in a 1967 Cessna 172 The plane enables him to respond to his congregants needs as quickly as most urban pastors He misses a few services a year due to weather but said he would miss more if he relied on a boat which is slower more expensive and harder to manage at night The airplane became more of a ministry tool than we ever he said He uses it to visit the sick and to take the elderly to medical treat ments in Seattle The congregation first leased a plane then bought the Cessna for in 1992 CompuServe Catholic Service COLUMBUS Ohio AP Catholic Online a forum for Roman Catholics has been made available by CompuServe Inc The forum created last month includes files on such subjects as church and papal history the Bible abortion issues religious education and religious graphics Message centers allow users to post and read messages and plans call for an online edition of Catholic Digest CompuServe Information Service based in Columbus has million members worldwide Presbyterians Pray For Peace In Korea CINCINNATI AP A meeting of South Korean and North Korean religious leaders was a highlight of the 207th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church Prayer ribbons from North and South Korea were tied together at the intersection of a cross during a sym bolic celebration at which prayers were said for the peaceful reunification of Korea Korea and Ireland are the only countries left in the world that are cut in said Marj Carpenter modera tor of the assembly Their walls are not Participating in the ceremony at the recent assembly were the Rev Ya Sup Bae moderator of the Presby terian Church in the Republic of South Korea the Rev Ki Soo Kim moderator of the Presbyterian Church also of South Korea and the Rev Yung Sup Kang president of the Korean Christian Federation of North Korea The Presbyterian Church in the Koreas began its process toward reuni fication in 1983 The largest body of Presbyterians outside the United States is in Korea church spokesman Jerry Van Matter said Send your church news submissions to HeraldZeitung Church Life 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 Or fax items to 6251224   

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