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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas MVW arP Tha Pint Protestant Church Youth will be sponsoring a communitywide rikiMiagc aak to benefit their 1997 mis iiM trip The rummage sale will be held from to 1 Saturday in the family Life Center located at 172 W Coll Si in New Brtunfels Dona tions can be made to the sale by drop ping off items at the Seele Parish Hall basement level located on the comer of Coll Street and Castell Avenue A ramped entrance is located on the Castell Avenue side of the building For more information call Jerald Schroederat 6097729 ext 19 bsgfcns nsxt wssk Christ Presbyterian Church located at W20 E Common Street will be hold their Vacation Bible School Mon day through years theme is Our American VBS classes run from to am For more information call 6290405 onatOpan Door Baptist VBS Let the race begin A fantastic race is planned for the area The starting line is at Open Door Baptist Church 117 Haeckerville Road in Cibolo This grand race will last five days But wait Most marathons have stages and this race does too Bible stories snacks games and crafts Fouryearolds through sixth graders are invited to come race toward the goal So get ready get set to roll and learn to win Gods way in life Vacation Bible School is from 9 to am from July 15 to 19 Racers may register at the door on the first day of VBS For more information call the church office at Mom and Dad got a broak during Parents Night Out Eastside Barest dwrch offers Parents Night Out to give parents time to enrich their relationships while children are cared for in a Christian environment Ages 6 months to 12 years can be cared for Dates are June 28 29 July 5 6 Aug 2 3 Cost is an hour for the first child and an hour for addi tional child For information call 625 or 6250718 JTsnyaar raunlon planned Family Church Holy Family Church will hold a 10 year reunion for 1985 to 1987 CYO Aug 27 For more informa contact Lupe Castillo at 6254156 4T Michelle Castilleja Crayton at 625 4976 i Now Tastament market at Vacation Bible School Children attending Vacation Bible School at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church will learn about New Testa tnerit times firsthand as they participate in Marketplace 29 The innova tive program offers an opportunity for participants to step back in time and experience life as it was in Bible lands at die time of Jesus Open to children ages 3 to 18 the Vacation Bible School program will be held from 9 to noon Monday through Friday at New Presbyterian Church locat ed at 373 Howard Street in New Braun fels Activities are open to children and grandchildren of members as well as friends in the community To register contact Carole LaShombe at 6255141 Jawlsh organization sooklng now mambers Anyone interested in the Jewish i Community of San Marcos a newly formed organization should call Alex at Installation of now pastor at St Paul this Sunday The congregation of St Paul Luther an Church will celebrate the installation of their new pastor of congregational life and evangelism Brian Peterson Sunday At both the 8 and services Rev Ernie Lantz dean of the San Antonio Conference of the South western Texas Synod of the Eyangeli cal Lutheran Church in America will ijfaside over the installation he will tltA i Partor Peterson comes to St Paul from St Peter evangelical Lutheran in Wathwi TX He is a graduate of The JJnivcrfity of Texas and LutnerNorth WMtsm Seminary in St Paul Minn bit wife Jenny have two 1 down in tneir home and are te fce WWnp their new church Church starters see mission fields ready for harvest By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Mat Spachek gripped his bullhorn turned to the crowd and shouted Jesus is die answer The sun pounded down 90degree heat as about 500 restless protesters screamed profani ties at members of the Ku Klux Klan who were staging a recruitment rally on the steps of the Comal County Courthouse It was an unusual June 1 for New Braunfels but to Spachek it meant a pool of potential con verts for a new church he started in February The whole vision behind this is to see peo ple touched and saved You could have a church on every comer but still have Spachek said We take it to the streets and byways People were hearing a lie from one man yet they were hearing the truth from A handful of church starters like Spachek are hoping to gather enough support to give birth to new works in New Braunfels Local church starters tend to be nondenomi national evangelicals who view grassroot out door outreaches as a way to target unchurched people Undaunted by the 45 or so established churches in the area local church starters embark on a journey that is often an uphill bat tle Spachek knows the climb all too well After working a 10hour shift at the San Antonio Marriott River Walk Spachek makes his rounds visiting the needy preparing for ser mons and spending time in prayer On Sunday mornings and nights and HarakJZettung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Mat Spachek local church starter apsaka to his congregation at his home during a Wednesday night service He started the work In February and averages 10 members Wednesday nights he conducts a full service in whose group meets at Tree Tops Riverside Grille on San Antonio Street his New Braunfels home with an average atten dance of about 10 members The effort can be discouraging but Spachek and other local church starters agree that certain criteria is required to produce a successful birth Thacall Paul the Apostle was traveling to Damascus years ago the Bible says when a voice from heaven charged him to spread the Gospel to all men Traditionally the event marks the day Paul received a call to ministry a Divine designation created before birth Local church starters agree their efforts hinge on whether the call rests on their shoulders If we have to go one year two years three years well be here because we know were called Success is not always measured in num said Don Hamilton a church starter Hamilton whose church is in its 12th week and averages about eight members said many church goers stay clear of new churches because they often lack established programs and appropriate facilities Not very many people want to commit to a new church because it doesnt have the ameni ties of an established said Hamilton who added that his church service is limited since he meets at a restaurant Tha building Church starters often must settle for build ings without traditional spires stainglassed windows or cushioned pews Ordinary houses are the first meeting grounds until enough money can be generated for such facilities as local restaurants portable buildings and storefronts Don of Tree of Life in New Braunfels helped lead his church from about 20 people meeting in a home to a ber ministry complete with two services on Sundays a Wednesday night service and numerous programs Tree of Life which meets in a converted warehouse building and has plans to build a larger facility has rotated through a slew of buildings before buying the land on North Loop 337 The church went from a home to the Holiday bin to Carl Schurz Elementary School to a storefront location with a portable building It really doesnt matter a whole lot to people what the building looks Duncan said The important thing is are we growing in our Christian walk They dont have to be the Taj Mahal because its the people inside and the Spirit of the Lord thats Victory Temple at 356 Landa St houses its newly formed congregation in a storefront Started in a home in October of last year the storefront room is nestled between a jewelry store and a cleaning service Church organizers count themselves fortunate since most land lords prefer to house retail businesses Looking at the front of the roughly 20by30 foot room a blanket printed with the lyrics of Amazing Grace covers a door that leads into a matrix of office rooms Pegboard lines the back wall while glass siding lines the buildings front entrance Its not exactly what we want Were going to strive to get a church said Don Womack the churchs founder Even though its a storefront building when you get inside it looks like a Although the labor pains are rough local church planters agree the work is worth the effort once the baby is born I dont believe you can have too many churches when none of the churches are full to Womack said Upper Room place for youth ttf The Christian gathering for high school youth of the New Braunfels area Upper met for the first time 7 Wednesday night at St Paul Lutheran Church Students enjoyed dis cussing the nights theme attended a short worship service were treated to dinner and spent the rest of the evening playing a variety of games The Upper Room will be held from7 to Wednesday at St Paul Lutheran Church Starting July 3 Upper Room will be held each Wednesday night until Aug 7 at First Protestant Church 172 W Coll Street On July 10 the group will meet at First Protestant by 7 arid go to Texas Lutheran College for a night of Food await youth at the Christian gathering Upper swimming and pizza Each student is asked to bring to help offset costs for the event All high school youth are encouraged to attend the Upper Rodm for the remainder of the pro gram For more information contact Jerald Schroed er at 6097729 ext 19 DIVINE FATHERHOOD SOURCE OF HUMAN FATHERHOOD SonShine Celebration bring music ministry to Cross Lutheran Church Rev Msgr Edward F Bily Cross Lutheran Church presents SonShine Cele bration a high school choir from Zibn Lutheran Church in Bethalto near St Louis share an evening of music skits and Christian fel lowship Tuesday The choir is in its 25th annual summer tour Past tours have taken them to 34 states and Canada totaling nearly miles Although the youth do enjoy some sightseeing during the tour as time allows they mainly travel to share their Celebra tion at a different church each evening Each year the choir selects its favorite songs and writes a program expressing a theme of the Chris tian faith This years theme is Fun in the The evening celebration includes a variety of musical styles SonShine Celebration prefers to call its presentation a celebration rather than a concert since it views the program as a time of Christian worship The choir invites audience participation which results in a unique and exciting evening of inspirational fellowship and sharing The student manbeis of SonShine Celebration must earn their own share of the tour expenses This is done through groupsponsored money mak ing projects Choir members are lodged in the homes Of the host congregation This years tour consists of 24 high school students Accompanying the choir on tour are Barbara Helmkamp choir director Debbie Jenne tour director and Rev Willard V Meyer senior pastor Submitted by Cross Lutheran Church Religion Briefs Pittsburgh Partnership Qflfors Churchos Froo Intsmst Sttos PITTSBURGH An online service wants to help Pittsburghs religious community plug into the information age A partnership between ONTV Inc and the Pitts burgh Leadership Foundation is offering the regions churches free use of more than pages on the World Wide Web to try and bring local reli gion to cyberspace Weve never seen anything quite like this and were basically going to see what the churches do with paid Bob Thibadeau chairman of ONTV a coalition of public broadcaster QED Communi cations two fMbadcauQwnfld companies and a Pittsburgh law firm I The pages known as the Houses of Worship site will allow churches to post a message from the pastor schedules of events and operate a youth bulletin boarOChurches will have total control over the pageseditorial content ONTV willalso allow churches to communi cate on needs and offers0 page on which they can ask for hInrtf pflfer it tq each othtr Officials hope the site will boost communica tion among churches Childhood Frlsnds Cslsbrats SO Ysars Togsthsr In Ministry WARWICK AP When this pair took vows in a church 60 years ago their commitment wasnt to each other but to the Roman Catholic Church Throughout their careers serving Rhode Island parishioners the two men have forged a friend ship as strong as their faith The Rev George Gorman 84 and Monsignor John Cox 85 this month celebrate the 60th anniver sary of their ordinations They were ordained along with 10 other men in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence on June The date marks not only a milestone in their pro fessional lives but also celebrates a relationship that began when they were kids in the sandlots of a Providence park Its an education just to be with Gorman said of Cox Hes a good replied Cox and Gorman were born four months apart Their fathers worked together as stonemasons The boys played baseball together in Davis Park in Providence Last a joyful Fathers Day however for some it was not so joyful a celebration Prior to our thoughts and considerations concerning our natural father we must turn to our Spiritual Father who deserves our love respect honor and worship namely of the all the fathers of all the humanity and of every thing in the world that depends upon Him and owes the deepest grati tude that can be expressed by every human being This Father is our Heavenly Father Our God the Divine Person who sent His Son Jesus into the world to teach to suffer and die and rise on the third day The Son obedient ly fulfilled the com mand of His Father to love and to serve as He said If you love me keep my com mandments and there is no greater love than to give ones life for his The Sort manifested His love for His Father as well as for all the members of the human race by His sacrifice and death on the cross The divine fatherhood is the source of human fatherhood and this is the foundation Of the honor owed to parents The respect of the children whether minors or adults for their father and mother is nourished by the natural affection bom of the bond uniting them It is required by Gods command ment Respect for parents filial piety derives from gratitude toward those who by the gift of life their love and their work have brought their children into the world and enabled them to grow in stature wisdom and grace With all your heart honor your father and do not forget the birth pangs of your mother Remember that through your parents you were born what can you give back to them that equals their gift to you Filial respect is shown by true docility and obedience My son keep your fathers commandments and forsake not your moth ers teaching When you walk they will lead you when you lie down they will watch over you and when you awake they will talk with Proy A wise son hears his fathers instruction but a scoffer does not listen to Prov Americas churches synagogues and tem ples must fight the dangerous absence of fathers from families speakers said May 17 at a national Interfaith Summit on Fatherhood The current scale of father absence in America is the most socially consequential problem of our said Don E Eberly president of National Fatherhood Initiative the organization that convened the summit He called the absence of fathers from families the chief contribution to youth violence teen pregnancy child poor educational achievement and a host of other social Bishop Anthony M Pilla of Cleveland president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops was among those who addressed the more than 70 religious and community organization leaders at a con ference site near Dulles International Airport in Virginia He warned the group not to fall into the polarizing trap of pitting the desire for bet ter personal values against the call for better social Conversion and compassion are Gospel values A renewed sense of sonal responsibility must be coupled with new social polices if we are to strengthen our families and our nation Wade F Horn a psychologist who is director of National Fatherhood and former Commissioner for Chil dren Youth and Families cited on the dimensions of the problem in the United States there were 7 million children in fatherless homes in 1960 there are now 23 40 percent of all children 1960 only one out of six marriages had ended in divorce now it is two out of every five percent of the babies born in the United States were fathered out of wedlock in percent in 1980 18 percent in 1990 28 percent today 33 percent from homes make up 60 percent of Americas rapists 72 percent of adolescent murderers and 70 percent of the countrys longterm prison population When fathers are absent from homes boys tend to be more violent and girls tend to become more sexually active Wade Horn also stated that psychological studies have shown that with a good father as a role model in their lives boys learn to keep their emotions in For girls a warm loving father is a critical factor in avoiding early sexual acting We are running out of time he said because unless the trend is reversed very soon the major ity of our children will be living in without Gallup polls continue to show that religion is very important in the lives of Americans Does religion make a difference Yes decidedly said Mr Horn and in addition he said that analysis of surveyed attitudes shows that persons of deep faith do live their lives in ways that are dramatically freer of the negative pressures of society May God bless all the fathers for their dedication and service to their families and may Gods grace continue to be their guid ing light every day of their lives Rev Msgr Edward F Bily is the Parochial Vicar at Sts Peter Paul Church in New
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