Friday, March 15, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas lOHeraldZeituna 0 Friday Church Life To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Church Life call 6259144 ext 21 Chu rch L ife Catholic Schools Week This year Catholic Schools Week was dedicated to Sts Peter Paul Catholic School principal Mrs Norma Miller who will retire this year First grade students honored her with a corsage and a special bou quet of balloons at the opening ceremony JOURNEY WITH DIRECTION Do NOT PASS By MARTY LINDLEY Special to the HeraldZeitung Most of us can remember the of hurriedly driving down a twolane roadway only to approach the slow car that we irritatedly called Right As we began to pass this obstacle we noticed the roadway sign DO NOT Yet wanting to be out front in the lead on our way now at our own desired pace we quickly considered our choic es followed by an instantaneous risk analysis Ignore the warning sign risk a disaster and pass Begrudgingly acknowledge the warning sign and do not pass Be thankful the warning sign is in place for our pro tection and do not pass By definition a DO NOT PASS sign is in place to warn a driver that frontal vision is so limited that passing is too hazardous The warning sign is there to prevent a disaster Have you noticed as you journey through life there are times when events are not happening accord ing to your schedule You make a decision to pass in order to meet your goals to achieve the success you think will give you fulfillment You think you are capable of manipulating a safe pass even though signs and conditions warn against speeding up and pulling out into headon traffic After considering what you see as your options you erroneously ratio nalize that you can see just far enough into the future You think you can escape disaster by passing when He indeed can see the future and knows exactly how it relates to the pre sent your present actually if you even try to pass disaster is inevitable When God places a DO NOT PASS sign along your roadway of life you can be assured He does do with reason He indeed can see the future and knows exactly how it relates to the present moment He has a perfect journey planned for your life He does not promise the journey will be enjoy able or easy However He does promise to always be with you and to go before you God is always in your leading you giving you instruction and direction Why would anyone even contemplate to pass God Consider your you selfishly reject ed Gods provision protection and preparation planwhen you ignored His DO NOT PASS warn ing What disaster did you cause for yourself and oth ers especially your family How will you respond the next time you see a DO NOT PASS sign strategically placed alongside1 your roadway How long will you consider passing before you realize even considering is foolish What will your attitude be when God stands in your way requiring you to follow Him not lead Will you begrudgingly obey or will you be thankful He is there to direct you through the journey He knows lies ahead In Matthew Jesus says Follow me not pass Him and I will make Exerptsfrom the book in progress Journey Direction by Marty Lindley will be published ly by the Pizza Dreams Pizza Its at night and Im still working and I have to get this article written before morning and all I can think of is pizza I guess that is what the pros call writers block Im actually a connoisseur of fine pizza I know every pizza in town by taste and would challenge anyone to a tasteoff identifying the different nuances available Just today 1 tried the new guy in town for lunch 1 wont mention his name because the manag er of the King of Pizza parlors you figure it out goes to our church Sure dont want to make him mad Anyway I wanted to try this new guys delivery ser vice and so I ordered up a large Italian sausage and a soda And now I cant get it off my mind Because all day its been coming up from my stomach Know what I mean When I was a kid we spent most weekend nights at a place that had great music and handtossed pizzas That was after my friends and I left my house where we made our own pizza from scratch every Friday for supper Saturday morning we would eat cold left over pizza for breakfast and fight over the dried up crust But no matter how much I ate it never seemed to react like today Dont say it Dont think it No Im just getting old 0 John the Baptist probably had some bad nights after all those locusts he ate Ezekiel must have had gas for days after that little prophetic episode with the scrolls Well maybe thats stretching it a bit far Then theres the story of Eli the guy who raised Samuel in the temple Remember him He ate so much Jerusalem fast food that he fell over in his chair one day and couldnt get up Too fat Tough way to go And then there were the Jews during the Exodus Boy did they have strange tastes Moses they cried Let us go back to Egypt where we can eat leeks and garlic again Sick The only thing they could think of was leeks and gar lic For this they were ready for another few generations of slav ery Whats wrong with this pic ture Then the manna started falling To this day you can still see manna in the desert below Israel Its a white powdery something that fell like crazy for the Jews was then gathered up and baked into bread Pretty huh Dennis Gallaher But they werent satisfied and wanted a little meat to go along with it So God sent quail every evening for them 7 Now I hope that this doesntsaorillgious but think this through Youve got manna to bake into a crust and quail to add on top Add some greenhouse toma toes and voila ancient Exodus manna pizza All they could think about was going back to get some leeks I dont even know what they are but anything that sounds like geek cant be good Other food in the Bible Easy Remember Peter in the Book of Acts He fell into a trance and a sheet came down out of heaven All kinds of animals showed up on the sheet and God told Peter to Arise kill and But on the sheet were all kinds of animals that Jews werent supposed to eat God prevailed as He tends to in the scriptures and Peter learned a valuable lesson So did I Any time someone reminds me that what Im eating is not good for me I tell them I adhere to the Peter Diet In other words I eat anything on the sheet Especial ly if its pizza Boy Im in trouble I just read through this article that is supposed to be somewhat inspirational and have some semblance of religion behind it And I guess if youve read this far youve realized what I have It doesnt have either So I guess well just chalk this one up in the Proverbs column which says A merry heart does good like I wonder if that means like an antacid Never mind I gotta find a piece of pizza j Dennis Gallaher is pastor of Freedom Fellowship Church in New Oakwood pastor will speak at Lenten lunch Pastor Ray Still of Oakwood Baptist Church will speak at March 22 Com munity Lenten Lunch held at First Unit ed Methodist Churchs Wesley Hall Ray Still was the pastor of Broad way Baptist Church in Houston from 1986 to 1992 He because the pastor of Oakwood Baptist Churh here in New Braunfels in 1993 Pastor Ray as served on various boards and committees throughout his ministry He recently led Oakwood Baptist Church in the completion of a new education facility Since becoming the pastor at Oakwood in 1993 the membership has grown from approx imately 350 members to almost members Special music for next Fridays lunch will be provided by mezzo soprano Susan England The Lenten Lunch service begins at and ends at so that it can be fit into lunch hours of working people Everyone is asked to bring a Pastor Ray Still lunch drinks will be provided Wesley Hall is located at the back of the church on Mill Street The last Lenten Lunch will be Friday March 29 FPC conf irmands The confirmands of First Protestant Church are participating in the Lenten Services each Wednesday night at Pictured are Gary Flora Chad Guthrie Lacey and Andy Kraft In Church Basement the Good Words Are Health Care GRAND RAPIDS Mich The Bibles book of Psalms says blessed is he who has regard for the In the basement of 90yearold St Alphonsus Church the weak are getting attention Neighborhood groups have opened a health clin ic for the poor and elderly who would otherwise skip care or be forced to travel across town Catherines Care Center is not a miniemergency room With registered nurses available two days a week and visits by doctors planned it provides lowcost preventive care such as eye screenings bloodpressure checks vaccinations and educa tion Our ministry is spiritual but we try to meet oth er said the Rev Dan Lowery pastor of the Catholic parish If neighbors cant come together on basic issues like health care you dont have a real neighbor said Paul Haan director of the Creston Neighborhood Association The clinic named after Catherine McAuley founder of the Sisters of Mercy religious order serves the Creston and Belknap neighborhoods just blocks north of downtown With nine kids and no insurance Bertha Bro den 38 said she doesnt feel welcome at her regu lar clinic An epileptic she stops at the church basement to have her weight and blood pressure checked she said I feel at i g i o n B r i Community No Longer Will Collect Church Trash BARRINGTON AP The Town Council has voted to stop providing free weekly trash pick up for churches but its still looking for a way to continue using town trucks to plow out local reli gious institutions The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of several residents who claim providing taxpayerfunded services to churches violates their interpretation of the Con stitutions concern for the separation of church and state Many residents want to continue the decadesold practice of plowing out churches after snowstorms saying it is an act of charity and shows the town is one of good neighbors The council is attempting to work out a policy that will allow the plowing to continue Among the ideas discussed was expanding the service to other nonprofit organizations ACLU Executive Director Steven Brown said hes pleased to see the council discussing the issue but simply expanding the snowplowing policy does not solve the problem It seems to us that both the clear purpose and effect of the policy is to con tinue to accommodate the religious institutions in Four Baptist Churches Expelled SAN FRANCISCO AP Four San Francisco Bay area Baptist churches have been expelled from their regional association because they accept gays in their congregations Its a sad Kay Wellington pastor of the San Leandro Community Church said recently after the expulsion was announced Of the 60 board members of the American Baptist Churches of the West which represents 159 church es in northern Nevada and Northern California 47 attended the biannual meeting Some 35 members voted to sever ties with the churches Wellington said she was excluded from gathering materials for Saturdays meeting and not allowed to lunch with the other pastors Were definitely the lepers It is just so she said Besides Wellingtons church also expelled were the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland the First Baptist Church in Berkeley and the New Community of Faith Church in San Jose The four churches expected to appeal to the national authority American Baptist Churches in Valley Forge Pa The four churches in 1993 decided to join 26 others nationwide in founding the Welcoming and Affirming Baptist an association that adopted a policy of accepting gays Robert Rasmussen executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of the West said the group formed an association that directly contra dicted Christian beliefs Congregations son David Tart to speak at anniversary event The focus for the third Sunday in the continuing celebration of St Paul Lutheran Churchs 70th anniversary is Youth The theme Sing With Hope will be woven throughout the service at both 8 am and Sunday March 17 Pastor David Tart a son of the con gregation will give the message enti tled The Great He grew up at St Paul and is now pastor of First English Lutheran Church in Vic toria Texas Youth of all ages will be assisting in the service The Good News and Sunbeam Choirs will be accompa nied by Robert Kennedy Travis Crow and RbnuJe i well X French i hom sojo will be presented by Jen nifer Voges and a flute and clarinet duet will be played by Tami Topous and Amber Rauch Cochairs of the events of this special Sunday and Jan Wingate and Doris Vetter The slide pre sentation cover ing the 70 years of St Paul his tory will be shown in the sanctuary at Tickets for the anniversary banquet on March 24 are still available at the reduced price untilMohdayy March 18 Pjease plan to secure your this Sun day Pastor David Tart The Woman at the Well In the ancient east most springs and wells were outside of towns They were often meeting places for men and women especially for lovers Some men would go to the well early so as to be able to watch the women as they uncovered their faces and filled their water jars It was beneath a mans dignity to carry water That was womens work Throughout history men and women meet at the well All mankind all womankind is searching searching for companionship searching ror love searching for the meaning of life searching for living water In the Bible a servant finds Rebec ca a wife for Abrahams son Isaac at the well Later Jacob seeks a wife at the well and finds Rachel Still later Moses defends the seven daughters of the priest Reuel at a well in the Mid ian desert He marries one of them Zipporah In Chapter 45 of the Gospel accord ing to John Jesus rests at Jacobs well It is about 75 to 80 feet deep He is tired and thirsty because of the midday heat Jesus asks an unnamed woman for a drink He knows she is a Samar itan one of those the Jews were taught to hate He knows her marital record Ray Kaufman that she has had five husbands He knows that she is now living with a man without even the pretense of mar riage He tells her about the living water the lifegiving water of the Holy Spir it Please sir give me the living water If you are the Messiah the Redeemer let me Jesus admits that He is the Messiah and the woman believes She tells her I people and many of them come to believe because of the testimony this unnamed woman That ishow to evangelize That is how to spread the Good News Why doesnt John the Evangelist j name this woman Who is this woman j of doubtful religious beliefs and tices and of questionable moral actions She is all of us you me all I mankind all womankind We all need the living water that Jesus promises the water of the Holy Spirit His it the water of baptism After receiving this living water this Good News we all need to evangelize to spread the Good News to others His disciples who had gone to buy food are scandalized when they return to find Jesus a Jew like them talking openly to a woman and a Samaritan at that We too sometimes find fault with those who minister to outcasts the poor the lowly the sick Let us not for get that they need the Good News the most Ray Kaufman is a deacon at Sts Peter Paul Pastors were interested to hearing from you Send columns or other submissions to HemldZeitung Church Life 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 If you have qhprch news or photographs youd like to share with fee community send f those in as well