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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas ByABtLIVY StaflWrifcr Theres nothing new under die sin for the new rector of St Josephs Anjpican Church Whether honing a police force or a local pariah the Rev Robert Taggart H hasseenitall Ttggart who arrived April 28 from Dubuque Iowa racked up seven years as police chief in five Colorado cities and one m New Mexico taught con struction fora Georgia high school and fired on enemy aircraft as a gunner for a Bl 7 bomber crew in World War tt f aggart who wOl be 70 in Jury said his eclectic background has prepared him for the ministry which he said is similar to fighting crime ItXnot that different than law enforcement because youre working with people and also helping Taggart said 1 know what stress police go through in the fkld and in their families hi both areas your respon sible for what is the right dung to Although hes worn many hats and traveled extensively throughout the United States Taggart said entering TneRcv Robert TtygartNtfrtod in the clergy has fulfilled a lifelong beth and has two married daughters living in Georgia Taggart comes from dream I come from a clergy family It was always something I wanted to do I think the end result of the nonclergy experience was to enable me to meet all kinds of people at their level rich man poor man beggar man and Taggart said He is married to retired nurse Eliza an ecclesiastical family with a late grandfather who was an Episcopal priest in New York City and great uncle who was an Episcopal bishop of South Dakota Between careers as police chief and manager with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Taggart studied as a layreader for 15 years in the Episcopal church and at the Epis copal Theological Seminary of the Southwest He also earned a bache lors degree in sociology from the Oklahoma Panhandle State University and did masters work at Georgia Southern University A year after leaving the Episcopal church in 1989 Taggart was ordained in the Anglican Church of America and served as rector for parishes inv Georgia Massachusetts and his last parish St Thomas of Canterbury in Dubuque Iowa The Anglican Church of America formed in 1968 after a split with the Episcopal church Taggart said he looks forward to becoming involved in the New Braun fels community and the parish which hasnt had a fulltime rector for about a year I like the community very much and the fact that its a small Taggart said I look forward to the growth of the Parish through commu nity involvement in Rotary Habitat for Humanity and youth work partic ularly in A majority of Taggarts community involvement in Dubuque centered around more than 40 years with Boy Scouts of America serving as the Dubuque chairman of the Boy Scout Council Taggart plans to make visits at area hospitals and nursing homes As chap lain for three hospitals in Georgia Tag gart dealt directly with the personal crises of patients and their families You have more daily contact with the spiritual needs and problems of both the patients and staff at hospi Taggart said A good hospital chaplain will spend more time with the staff than the Bishop Thomas Beckwith who oversees more than 20 parishes in a diocese from his parish in Houston said Taggarts record in community involvement made him the right man for the job is very community mind ed and has a history of being involved in community Beckwith said This is the type of minister you look for these days someone who has a sensitivity toward community and is willing to become a part of Christian music at Schlitterbahn More than 15 of the areas pop ular Christian music groups will perform at Schlitterbahn Waterpark during the eighth annual Christian1 Music Fest on Saturday June 1 Continuous performances will be held from 11 to 7 at the Wave Pool stage in the Wavefest section of the park and in the Sur fenburg section of the park There will be country music from Clifton Jansky and Faye Yates soul gospel music from Dr Arthur Teat Christian blues by The Revelator and contemporary Christian rock presented by Narrow Road Other groups will play jazz country soul and adult contemporary music For the kids there will be a special per formance by Charity Church Mouse Schlitterbahns Christian Music Fest is free for waterpark guests Special discounts are available for sponsored groups of 15 or more For more information call Schlit terbahn Waterpark Resorts at or check the parks World Wide Web site Church Briefs 100 years of worship Friedens Church just outside Geronimo is celebrating its centennial birthday this year Each month activities are planned on a par ticular Sunday which honor individuals groups or special times significant to the church heritage As many of you know the roots of the church and community run very deep We welcome visitors at all times of the year Please come and be joyous with us in the Lord each Sunday and every day of the week Sunday School for the very young young adults and adults begins at 9 with the church service beginning at Beginning in June and including the month of July fliere will also be an 8 worship service with the Sunday School classes fol lowing the church service at 9 usual The worship service will follow the Sunday School class time The church will also sponsor in the month of June halfday vacation Bible school for one week Please contact the church office at 303PRAY for further details about the church activities On June the church will host its annual Summer Festival with a meal auc tion crafts desserts country store and chil drens game booths The event will be held in the large airconditioned church activity cen ter There will be good food fun and laughter with lots of things to do and buy Please join us for this event Mark your calendars now ThereWill be more articles and advertise ments with more detail provided to you through the newspaper and radio Watch for those in the very near future 1 rf n Family financial ssmlnar The Calvary Baptist Church at 2386 San Antonio Streetpresents a Family Financial Seminar May 19 to 22 Hear evangelist and financial counselor Dr Mike Hays Brother Hays and his wife Bonnie have dedicated their lives to helping the families of America Brother Hays is a professional biblical coun selor He and his wife have raised seven chil dren including adopted and foster children four of whom are in fulltime Christian ser vice Brother Hays holds four degrees includ ing a in philosophy and biblical psy chology Everyone is welcome Refreshments wit be served after each service and a nursery will be provided May 1910 am and 6 May 20 at 7 and May 22 at 7 For informa tion call 6290049 or 6080344 The Joy Quartet from Pensacola Christian College will present a program of inspirational music on May 20 at 7 at Calvary Baptist Church 2386 W San Antonio Street There is no admission charge for this program Lift up your votoo First Assembly of God Church will bold a Singing Saturday May 18 at 7 These held every first and third Sat unty at thechurch 1687 Highway 81 West The puWk i welcome For information call tv winner this summer it SOME TIMES ARE TOUGH I should have guessed what was coming Monday morning I received one of the nicest letters I have ever received from a lady who reads my weekly column It built me up encouraged me and turned Monday on its ear Now its not that every time something good happens something bad is on the way But God in His Sovereignty knows when we will need an extra dose of grace And this week was one of those times Without exaggeration this week was one of those time No need to go into details Suffice to say I will never forget the events of this week Its been tough on a lot of people whom Jan and I are very chjse to And that means have Its part of our job description I know Ive never been one of those in the ministry that has complained about my job Other people do that enough for me actually Theyve left me very little to gripe about The fact is I really love what I do and I get paid for it besides From the late night phone calls to the emergency room visits to the Sun day morning pulpit I recognize what an awe some privilege and a unique placement God has given me No pity party here No sir Jan and I are happy people because of what we do Both the hard times and the good But then there are the The sometimes are those seasons of life that make you yearn for heaven The sometimes are those times when sinful choices your own and others settle into a knot in your heart The some times are when your mind never settles when you cant run or hide when the Pollyanna world we think we live in gives way to the sinsoaked existence of rebellious hellbent mankind And this week has been one of those some So now it is Thursday morning I have been steeled from my own pain and hurt in order to be the professional By the way that doesnt work well at all My overload has swamped my family as well as me Driving my son Joseph to Dennis Gallaher school we begin to review his Bible verse that must be memorized by Friday He cant get it and the frustration is welling up in the corners of his eyes I park the car and we work togeth er on the verse Come to Me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me for lam gentle and humble in heart and ye shall find rest in your souls For My yoke is easy My load is I can tell you more than you want to know about this verseM can exegete it from the Greek with all triecultural twists and turns I can apply it withithreepoints and a prayer I can quote it from memory in three different trans lations But none of that made any difference as I repeated it slowly over and over with my son Because now it was being said to me God the big God who made the universe and all in it was speaking through the struggling and inno cent lips of my son telling me to come and rest I had worked too hard The office was quiet but my mind was not I had to write this article I had appointments to keep I had to pray for my friends But Jesus kept beckoning me Come to Me I will give you rest Soon my fingers had found the worn spot in Matthew 1 1 where these words are Time and again through the years I have returned here to read the words of the Master One phrase has always shone above the others It is this all you who are weak and heavy laden The words are both peculiar and poetic Too much so to realize the intent Simply spoken the words mean those who are worked to exhaustion And that describes us and me especially when the sometimes of life crowc itferthjnelstfoutvi What about you How has your life Are you caught in a If you are maybe just maybe the God of the whole uni4 verse is speaking the same thing to you rights now Maybe through the simple reading of His words He is drawing you aside to come unto Him Because sometimes the sometimes needed before we will take time to visit Dont you think Dennis Gallaher is pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Church in New Retired pastor lit Whos Who listing Rev R Wallis Komegay retired pastor of the New Braunfels Church of the Nazarene was selected to be included in the 1996 edition Of Inter national Whos Who of Professionals Candidates for this honor are identified through a study of millions of professionals Information is gath ered from sources such as professional associations and societies trade organizations newspapers and magazines professional references publications and anonymous referrals from existing members Rev Komegay was the pastor of Kirksville Church of the Nazarene in Missouri San Antonio First Nazarene Church Torrance First Nazarene Church in California and Palm Springs Church of the Nazarene in California In addition to Rev Kornegays distinguished min isterial career he has also been recognized for his years of extensive civic and community service He has been president of three Kiwanis clubs in cities where he was pastor He was elected lieutenant gov ernor of Division 12 of MissouriArkansasKansas District and Division 5 of California District He served as a delegate to numerous International Kiwanis conventions While he was pastor in the city of Torrance Rev Komegay was com mended by the city council as a spiritual leader of the community where he built a church and school served as president of the Torrance Minis terial Association chairman of the Spiritual Aims Committee of Torrance Kiwanis and Chaplain of the Torrance Holiday Inn He served on the Cit izens Advisory Commission Specific Curriculum development for the Torrance Unified School District and was involved with the Tax Override Initiative Rev Komegay was a member of the Torrance area Chamber of Com merce served on the Board of Directors of the Torrance Kiwanis and co chair of the Disaster Committee and Board of Directors of the Torrance Lornita Branch of the Red Cross Rev Komegay also served as a mem ber of the Youth Commission Oral Review Boards city employment through the Civil Service Commission and a member of the Accuracy Commission for Municipal Elections v nomination reflects that he is a highly respected pro fessional in his field whose ministry community service and achievements warrant such an honor Rev Komegay now lives in New Braunfels and is active in the New Braunfels Church of the Nazarene Rev R Wallis Komegay Growth A Delight Or Dilemma As a child I was blessed with the experiences of grow ing up in a large family yet blessed even more because my parents chose to live in this community were active members of Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church and my elementary education was heavily and heavenly influ enced by the Sisters of Divine Providence who were pri mary teachers at Sts Peter and Paul School Had I kept the first city limits sign that 1 can recall read ing it would reflect that the citys population was about half of what it is today and had I cared to inquire I would have found that the parish registry contained less than one fourth the number of parish families it contains today This prelude is to establish a small amount of cred ibility to the statement I have seen this city and our parish So where do I find delight given this situation The town is twice the size it was when I was a child I can no longer spend a summer weekend up on the river alone with just family and close friends The diving boards have been removed from the springfed pool Church is overcrowded when I want to go to mass and the nuns are gone from our campus I find the delight in those things that survived that were precious to me and in those things that were transformed or made out of the power associated with a growth pos ture This is not to say that I am happy with all of the things that have transpired over these 40odd years but I am grateful to those people who provided positive leadership during the growth and am pleased to be here today For me I have personally learned to embrace growth and change with a positive attitude because it has been a constant part of my life What survived for me is the integrity of our families clearly not all of the physical structure but the spiritual aspects While my personal and parish families have lost and taken on changes in membership I have found that both have grown tremendously in their ability to respond to Gods request to serve Him If I looked in my Baltimore Catechism I think 1 would find that I am here on earth to know love and serve God and to prepare to be happy with Him in heaven Since none of the nuns who taught me ever told me in what capacity I was going to serve I have made it my policy to respond to all of Gods calls So now I find myself involved with a multimillion dol lar parish expansion that could create a debt that might have to be retired in part by my grandchildren Why do I support such an extensive and risky project Why do we need a remodeled gym 21 classrooms a church to seat a new administration building and parish hail 1 say the answer is to not only satisfy the current John D Weber needs of our parishioners but to provide for the continued growth that we are going to see in this community by pro viding facilities to satisfy the desires of all parishioners who will want to worship with us and provide a Catholic education for their children I also believe in the inter vening nature of Our Maker and the awesome strength of our parish family which has always united in time of need From early September until the end of this month I have learned to enjoy my River Road property more and more each year and am cur rently preparing to go elsewhere for solitude as the tourists come to The diving boards are gone from the Landa Park pool but have you seen what growth has provided as an alternative It is fantastic The fact that our past parish leadership was willing to destroy our old school building and rebuild then later expand again to provide educational opportunity for more and more young children is exciting for me Had they not taken those rightful steps my youngest child might not be enrolled at a Catholic school today Had the nuns at a minimum retained the position of school principal then we would not know Mrs Miller Growth dictates it is not always easy to accept God blessed us when He placed us in this grow ing community but He also told us to participate and pro not from our surplus but from our needs So there comes the dilemma Do we wait and hope that this project will run its course without our help or do we do as God is asking and join together as a parish family The theme of our fundraiser is Feed My and I believe that we all have the capacity to provide It is easy to wait and hope that others will fulfill your But to me that is coasting through life and you have a hard time coasting anywhere but downhill So my suggestion is that each parish family take great delight in discussing this project and come to church this Sunday pledge Sunday prepared to make a pledge that is reflective of your means In closing I say to each of you who have supported this project a welldeserved thank you and that I look forward to continuing to serve you as building board chairman as this truly supports my primary goal in life which simply put is to leave that part pf His world that God exposed me to in better shape than I found it John D Weber is chairman of the Sts Peter Paul building
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