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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 60 Friday Auoust Church Life II To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Church Life call 6259144 Church Life Katsonakis brings love of God and music to NB Dino Kartsonakis By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Hes known to most of his fans as his music has stirred the faith of thousands from Haiti to Tel Aviv hes Dino Kartsonakis and hes playing in New Braunfels next Tuesday My latest tour is called the Miracles tour The music depicts the miracles of the Kartsonakis said yesterday from his Louisiana motel room Scenes from the Holy Land will fill 12foot screens behind his piano as he plays he said Kartsonakis is a piano virtuoso Gram mynominated recording artist and pro lific arranger Countless church pianists use and love his arrangements of sacred tunes When he goes on stage Kartsonakis plays music with a mission he said Im an entertainer end I love to entertain and I love to Kartsonakis said But Im first a Rather than hitting his audience over the head with outspoken evangelism Kart sonakis prefers to move audiences through his music Im not out here holding cru sades or tent missions a few minutes Ill share about my faith in he said I dont make a huge deal of Music itself has the power to move souls whether it is secular or sacred music Kart sonakis said He uses everything from Bach and Mozart to movie composers original music to hymn arrangements To try and limit Gods creativity and impact to only music accompanied by reli gious lyrics is a disservice to Him and those he chooses to Kartsonakis Did you ever experi ence something that was so vivid so bold and impacting that you wanted to grab hold of it and never let go Dino Kartsonakis said A series of Kartsonakis albums were made to help his daughter Chen who has multiple sclerosis One of the greatest enemies of patients with MS is he said I thought if I could play music that would just relax her maybe it would he said That was the beginning of the Peace series of albums calming music com bined with nature sounds Besides help ing his own daughter Kartsonakis has received letters from many whose stress related disorders have been eased by his music The latest release in the series is Classical an album of soothing classical music Kartsonakis family tours with him as often as possible he said My daughter Christina will be with me next he said His wife helps costume and design his Branson show Music has been a part of Kartsonakis life for as long as he can remember I started playing when I was three 1 played by he said The power of musics beauty caught him from day one Did you ever experience something that was so vivid so bold and impacting that you wanted to grab hold of it and nev er let go he said Kartsonakis strives to give his audiences that same feeling World Vision is also a part of my Kartsonakis said Were helping people to sponsor children who are hurting throughout the Kartsonakis chose World Vision because a large part of dona tions go directly to the children in need They say of the you pay a month 70 percent goes directly to help the children thats a very good he said Kartsonakis will play at 7 Tues day at the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels Admission to the concert is free but a love offering will be taken during the concert New Braunfels can experience an evening of faith and beauty that audiences around the world have shared In Russia I played to a stadium full of people who didnt understand English but they under stood Kartsonakis said It moved them it surrounded it brought glory to THE ROCK WALL Our neighborhood has an abundance of rocks Bij rocks Rocks that seem to multiply at will Rocks that are too big for the trash can Rocks that are too big to be moved GeUhe pictureThe rocks thavebecome a part of our those hardboiled eggs that are so much fun to color and yet so hard to get rid of after have found multiple uses for our rocks The yard rocks have been used to cover the front of the shop as an antidog digging device patent and yard art around flower beds They have been stacked thrown smashed piled hurled through windows by the lawn mower and moved from our lot to the vacant lot behind ours Now dont get selfrighteous on me You would put them over the fence Rocks and their eradication have become part of the passion of home ownership But you can only have so many flower beds And the neighbors start to wonder when you carry loads of rocks into the empty lot after dark even though I know where their rocks went before we built out house The next step in conquering the rocky land was to build our very own rock wall XDuttowardiHvroter wonderful along the road for about a mile there is a permanence and beauty to the fields stone bound aries That I decided is what I want And I had plenty of rocks to do it I would haye my own rock wall With a long metal rod to pry up rocks and a strong wheelbarrow I attacked the crop of rocks that still remained in the yard Joseph my youngest was watching Wanna help I asked with as good a Tom Sawyer look as 1 could muster Are you sure too That rock wall will be a con stant reminder of a simple truth that could go a long way in heal ing the scarred and wartorn institution called Dennis Gallaher Secret weapon time Ill give you a ride in the Think Think Think My helper was on board With a lot of chat ter grunting and straining my boy and I worked the yard and stacked the rocks At the end of each day we would stand across the street and look at our work telling each other how good it looked and wondering when we would finish Finally we looked at the com pleted row of rocks our hands had laid I was struck with the permanence of what we had just finished The rock wall was not as high as others and certainly not as well done but no one would ever attempt to remove it It was there to stay fixed in its place never to be moved And Joseph and his dad had built it I guess that makes the memory permanent An old prophet said it well when he wrote of Jesus He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their Why is there such nonsensical disagreement concerning family values even in our small community of New Braunfels Simply because to follow the path of biblical truth that has sus tained us for centuries demands a humility and confession of misdeed that has become by design an increasingly bitter pill And the confession needs to start with those who have the honor of fatherhood If the hearts of fathers were to turn away from greed anger immorality pornography and selfishness our nation would take a firm step forward in stop ping the headlong dive that our children are taking The rock wall showed me again that my sons do not want things they want me They do not want a substitute or standin they want a dad And like the rock wall they need me to be permanent fixed and Someday I hope to bapjc wall as I can with another youngster I will ten him of the time when a 7yearold boy and I rolled those big rocks from the horse bam all the way to the front to build the wall tell that child their father was a good helper when he was young as Im sure they will be But this scene will only take place if I win me heart of a little boy now That means that he takes pri ority over many other things that pale in impor tance All of the alternative lifestyles can never match up to a dad who is there when needed Or better hear my words when he is simply wanted Dennis Gallaher is pastor of Friendship Fellowship Church in New Church Briefs Bishop of Anglican Church to pay visit The Rt Rev Beckwith Bishop of the Anglican Church in Ameri ca will celebrate Holy Commu nion at St Josephs Anglican Church 440 N Seguin on Sunday Aug 20 at 11 If you prefer a traditional type of worship you are invited to join with the con gregation in welcoming Bishop Beckwith A parish luncheon and meeting were held last Sunday with a full house enjoying a summer barbe cue Sunday School will begin on Sunday Sept 3 Religion Briefs Bride III with Cancer Sees Dream Come True BELLEVUE Neb AP Her dream was to have a Catholic church wedding with a gown and everything that goes with it Melba Schueler 28 who has terminal cancer and has been given two months or less to live saw her dream come true recently She and her hus band Alan 24 repeated their vows at St Bemadette Catholic Church One of the flower girls was the Schuelers 3 yearold daughter Ashley The Schuelers already had been married twice in civil ceremonies They were married by a judge in Omaha Dec just before Schueler left on a tour of duty with the Navy They were mar ried again at a Peruvian consulate to satisfy Peruvian law Their families had planned the religious cere mony for the end of September but Mrs Schuelers doctor told them that it had better be sooner said Alan Schuelers mother Karen Weeces of Tekamah Businesses and organizations helped pull off the wedding by providing flowers food clothes lim ousine rides hotel rooms videotaping decorations and a reception hall The families led by a cousin Karen Green of Omaha organized the wedding in two weeks Ms Weeces said Supported by her mother Luisa Gonzalez and brother Alexander Rqjas Mrs Schueler walked up St Bemadettes center aisle Sunday The priest invited guests to dip their hand in holy oil and trace a cross on Mrs Schuelers forehead Ms Weeces told her daughterinlaw that she loved her and that now she was married in the Lords house to join your soul with my sons soul Preacher Loves Delivering Word Open Road ATHENS Ga AP A preacher who has long been hooked on motorcycles says riding his two wheeler allows him time for reflection as well giv ing him a leg up in delivering the word of God If my preaching cant bring a person closer to God maybe a ride on the back of the motorcycle said the Rev Jim Caton pastor of Friendship Christian Church Besides its easier to park than a car said Caton who sometimes takes his Honda V6S Magna on hospital calls Caton said he first took an interest in motorcycles 25 years ago when his father told him he had bought one After one ride Caton said he became an enthu siast Caton and members of his congregation regu larly take trips to the north Georgia mountains He said his presence makes it easier for other motor cycle enthusiasts to attend church Caton discounts the notion that a motorcycle is inappropriate for a man of his calling Going around a twisty curve can make you feel real close to God especially if the road is he said Popes Messages to Be Relayed In Sign Language BALTIMORE AP Even the hearing impaired will be able to listen to Pope John Paul II when he visits in October the Archdiocese of Bal timore announced Volunteer sign language interpreters will relay the popes speeches including his Mass at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Oct 8 The Holy Father wants to bring his message of faith and hope to everyone and we are committed to doing that for thousands of people in this region who are hearing said Cardinal William H Keeler who commissioned the service Five sign teams will accompany the pope through out his daylong visit The hearing and speech impaired will also be able to communicate with volunteer staffers during the popes visit through a telephone typewriter service Conception Abbey offers reflective spot for some harried vacationers CONCEPTION Mo in the 90s can be exhausting People leave the office bound for a tropical cruise but they tote along their cellular phones lap tops and beepers Families pull children out of school and head to the mountains only to plop the lads in day camps with classes on how to recognize edible mushrooms The result Folks come home from vacation needing a nap If you really want a vacation that offers serious down time a chance to reflect on lifes promise and the opportunity to stretch your brain toward con templation consider a weekend at Conception Abbey The abbey a centuryold Roman Catholic monastery that is home to about 80 Benedictine monks is open yearround to groups and individ uals looking for a chance to relax without having to worry which souvenir stalls sell the cheapest T shirts Leave the electronic devices at home and stash a good book in the suitcase Prayer is optional People dont just slow down when they come come to a complete said Karen Ceckowski administrator of the Conception Abbey Center There just isnt a whole lot to do here except recuperate and think things through We have a lot of singleparent families that come here so they can spend some real time together We had one single dad who gets to see his daughter once a month They came up here fished watched movies and had a great time It was their The monastery which also includes the fouryear Conception Seminary College is located in north west Missouri about 100 miles north of Kansas City It has 96 dormitorystyle guest rooms Many have twin beds with baths down the hall Rooms with queensize beds are available and there are some suites which consist of a bedroom sitting room and halfbath Rooms are inexpensive a night for a single and for each person in a double The monastery has its own kitchen stafT which bakes fresh bread daily Meals are and are served a short walk across campus in the dining hall We try not to be used as a Ceckowski said Sonflowers delivered to seniors by church On Aug at 2 the childrens Sunday School group of Southjake Baptist Church of Canyon Lake delivered Sonflow ers to the Kirkwood Manor nurs ing home inMew Braunfels These children worked on this project for one month Making and giving these Sonflowers were part of learning a lesson on caring The children were not the ones to receive a joy by their giving Many smiles were by the work of these childrens small hands What is a Sonflower you may ask Karen Taylor the chil drens Sunday School director for SBC explains You take a Styro foam cup decorated of course cut out the petals of the flower with construction paper after writing an appropriate scripture message on it and attach them to a green pipe These children made ana distributed 69 of these flowers The scripture used was the reading found in John which says For God so loved the world that He gave us His Hence the name Sonflower was given to tbjs project When you visit the Kufcwood Manor nursing hpme look for these and then look for the smiles they brought
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