Friday, February 16, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Church Life II Jo talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Church Life call 62591 44 Church Life Area youth directors share ideas at meeting Youth directors from various churches in New Braunfels met Tuesday Feb 13 at the New i Braunfels Smokehouse The purpose of the meeting was to get acquaint ed with each other and share ideas regarding Christian youth activities Those attending were Tami Topous and Keith Hays from St Paul Lutheran Jenny Monahan from First United Methodist Audrey Schroeder from Sts Peter Paul Catholic Church Brian Leifeste from Tree of Life Fellowship Joey i Wrape from Church of ChristNew Braunfels i and Jerald Schroeder and Celeste Salge from LFirst Protestant The directors decided to make this a monthly event and to meet the second Tuesday of every month at noon Each month they will meet at a different church campus The directors will be asked to provide their own lunch with the host church providing the drinks and dessert They will meet March 12 at First Protestant Church located at 172 W Coll Street in the Con ference Room upstairs of the Family Life Cen ter Any youth director interested in joining this group is more than welcome Please contact Celeste Salge or Jerald Schroeder at 6097729 ext 18 for more information CCC building dedication held Dedication Service for Community Chris tian Church held February 11 1996 at the corner of Old McQueeney Rd and Bri arbend New As it was being built many were asking the question Just what is that new building going to be For several months the members of Com munity Christian Church met in the OakRun Elementary School while construction was under way on Phase I of their new worship facility The ground breaking took place January Almost a year to the day the Cer tificate of Occupancy was granted and ser vices began to be held in the new facility built on the corner of Old McQueeney Road and Briarbend Drive The membership of invited the public to a special dedication of their new worship facility to the service of the Lord The service was held Sunday Feb 11 at 2 Dr Keith Ray President of Dallas Chris tian College brought the dedication mes sage Congregational singing as well as a number of special songs were also on the program Refreshments follow the service and every one in attendance had an opportunity to tour the building Community Christian Church is a non denominational independent Christian Church whose purpose is to present the sav ing power of the Gospel and to provide a place where people may come together to worship and discover how they may also serve our God Sunday School classes for all ages begin at and worship services are at A Junior Worship program coincides with adult worship at the hour Midweek Bible studies are also offered each Wednes day night at 7 For more information please call the church office at 6207174 FPC bonds available View of First Protestant Churchs Family Life Center Bonds to be sold to liquidate captial improvements bank note The congregation of First Protestant Church established in 1845 as the first church in New Braunfels and the first corporation in Comal County is now offering church bonds for sale The receipts will be used to liquidate the bank note incurred to finance a portion of the present capital improvements of the rapidly expanding church campus This includes the new Family Life Center a new parking facility and other additions and improvements to The bonds are sold in three categories 5year maturity earning percent interest 10year maturity earning percept and 15 year maturity earning 8 percent interest Both members and nonmembers are invited to take advantage of this investment opportu nity Those who are interested may contact Bob Sohn Gene Mornhinweg or Marge Taylor at 609 7727 The Love of a Mother Where is Your Home Comfortable This world treating igrou good Same here Thats why you Sind I need to talk P It happened a couple of weeks ago I j was sitting alone in my home looking J out at our beautiful back yard We have j the privilege of living in a treefilled j neighborhood just outside the city lim 5 its Four years ago we built a home one of the dream home kind and settled in A large wood shop was r added soon after along with a green house last year But it is the tall oaks J and rock walls that always catch my eye It is the native beauty that rises out J of the earth that speaks of the perma j nence of this place Anyway here I was gazing out my window and soaking in the satisfac tion of attainment Thats when the J worlds formed in my heart unspoken J yet firmly entrenched I dont ever want to leave this J Youve said the same thing your self That or something like it Want some examples 1 never want to I hope this lasts i Weve never done it that way Dont change a i I y And about that time I realized how attached to this world I had become So attached that any change God could orchestrate for my life immediately became a threat to my world Think Ive left the boundaries of sensible somehow Ive checked out of your world by announc ing that God should have a say in the who what where and whys of life Then you dont read the same Bible 1 do Proverbs says The steps of a good man are ordered by the The question is not can God direct but will 1 be of a mind to follow where He leads More often than not it is the affairs of this life that keep us fixed and immovable Inflexi ble Unchangeable Hard Stayed Then it struck me The things that had become so important to Dennis Gallaher shop cars all be lost in an instant The things that were calling His grace hear ing his voice and been supplanted by the comforts of this world I remembered the words of Paul to his young disciple Timothy Wo one engaged in warfare entan gles himself with the affairs of this life that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier Certainly leaving this world has never been a wonderful idea But in the 20th Century with our life insur ance wrongful death lawsuits and the futile thinking that we can insulate our selves from pain and suffering we have perfected comfort to the degree that heaven really seems attainable here on earth The words of an old gospel song come to mind This world is not my home Im just passing thru My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue The angels beckon me from heav ens open door And 1 cant feel at home in this world I used to think those old songs had no relevance to the church today But with everyone scrambling for more contentment and churches designing ministry to be comfortable instead of convicting Im not so sure Because Ive had to face the fact that instead of passing through Ive allowed my heart to become attached to this world Ive realized how at home I feel on this planet And that is a very subtle step away from seeking the Kingdom of Heaven first Sorry I dont have three easy steps out of this one In fact the more I think about it the more I realize there are no easy steps out The truth is the only way anyone has ever gotten free from it all is by taking up a cross And He beckons us to do the same So that is what I will do And you can come too Because I dont want to feel at home in this world anymore How about you Dennis Gallaher is the pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Church in New By DEACON BILL SCHROEDER Special to the HeraldZeitung It occurred in a small home in a very small village located in Roman occu pied territory While tending to her daily chores an angel appeared to a young Jewish maiden and said to her Hail Mary full of grace blessed are you among At that moment the destiny foretold by countless prophecies would become reality but only if she were to say yes to God Her willingness to obey His will would alter the history of all mankind She would become the new Eve replacing her predecessor whose act of dis obedience brought sin into the world By the power of the Holy Spir it she would conceive and give birthto the Through Mary her receive His human nature His family His lineage His people and His nation She would instill human emotions customs manner and language By allowing her to be inti mately associated with Him He would acknowledge His acceptance of all humanity female as well as male Although so honored she would nevertheless suffer the tragedies of mothers who lived centuries before and centuries afterward She would bear witness to Herods slaughter of innocent young children flee into the desert of Egypt a dispossessed and homeless person and become a stranger in a strange land This desire to protect her child would be repeated thousands of times by other mothers who would be Croatian Cambodian Rwandan or San Salvadoran Ultimately she would begin to Deaconv Bill Schroeder understand the true destiny of her Son It would not be easy She dared to question angels she listened she prayed and she waited Answers revealed that she herself would become a part of the unfolding mystery of the Passion and Death of Jesus Prophecy had to be fulfilled regard less of cost God had so ordained The words of the 21st Psalm would creep into her heart They have pierced my hands and feet I can count all my bones They look in and gloat over me They divide my garments among The mothers prayer that her child should not precede her in death would never be hers Scripture gives no clue of her thoughts during the terrible ordeal of the crucifixion Would it be that the floodgates of her heart would open pouring out years of memories of remembering his first gasp at birth the forceful cry as his tiny lungs filled with life Of playfully tossing a ball or running her fingers through his hairj feeling proud that He was her Son I this not every mothers reaction which precedes the cold reality of death Marys importance is the fact that she was a human being like us and that no one would ever be closer to Jesus She exemplified all that her Son taught love hope compassion and faith So we as humans need to emu late her life We must say yes when God calls us To not despair but have faith and trust in Gods plan for us That our will is not our possession but His That God wants to form his Son within us so that we may share Him with others by our deeds and acts In this way we can bring His peace and love to those in need as well as ourselves From this experience of faith we will be allowed to enter into the joy of the Kingdom of Heaven in the totality of our human spirit as promised by Marys son Bill Schroeder is a deacon with Sts Peter Paul Catholic Pastors were interested in hearing from you Send columns or other submissions to HeraldZeitung Church Life 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 Mens Fellowship The Mens Fellowship of First Protestant Church have a great repu tation as cooks They will be hosting the Sunday morning breakfast this Sunday Feb Pancakes and sausage will be served Breakfast is served between and Church plans pancake supper for March 4 Its time once again for the First United Methodist Church of New Braunfels 572 W San Antonio Street to host the annual pancake supper Please join us on Monday March 4 1996 in Wesley Hall from 5 to for All You Can Eat pancakes sausage and beverage The cost is for adults and for chil dren Wesley Hall is easily accessi ble from the Mill Street parking lot of the church All proceeds from the event will be donated to local community service agencies and projects The recipients of last years funds were Child Wel fare Board Comal County Child Advocacy Center Comal County Womens Center Homespun Hos pice Literacy Council NB1SD and C1SP Nurses Discretionary funds Project Graduation Teen Connection and Habitat for Humanity Promise Keepers of New Braunfels is holding a Pastors Testemonial Luncheon at Noon on Saturday February 17th at First Baptist Church The ministers from our community who attended the Atlanta Promise Keepers Conference will be there to share with us their feelings and experiences PROMISE MEN OF INTEGRITY