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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Turn tile alarm off Air conditioners on Unlock doors and turn the lights In an will all be here It Wte Saturdiy aftcrnoofi at 3 and I for what was about fo take place In one hour 0 months of panful planning Would finally come to a close The little baby so tender and beautiful had Keii Bom The decision to allow adoption had bfeh made The parents selected And yet what should have brought closure was instead a lead u The young girl is like a daughter to us We counseled cried instructed and prayed through these past months The delivery was hard and long and the adoption was not ready for almost amonth after the And now as 1 walked through the my safe where no one can hurt me I didnt know how not to feelthe heartache I call it numbing up Checking on auto pilot When I have to be pastoral at tough times it is the Way I keep my mouth shut eyes dry and emotions controlled But already the tears were pressing hard against my eyes Ill never get through this I thought Ill never make it The door opened First Jan a welcome sight poked her head into my office Soon beyond Dennis Gallaher my closed door I could hear the sound of oth ers The adoptive parents Friends and rela tives Heidi the angel God sent us from the Methodist Mission Home All the papers signed the small band of believers gathered for the ceremony The baby would be blessed The mother Would place the child in the arms of her new parents And the months of painful release would come to a close It was then that I noticed it The other world sense in the midst of all this was God On one side of our little group was a young mother wholly in love with her tiny baby and on the oth er a family of four about to receive one of the greatest gifts of their lives On one side grief and tears On the other great joy and laughter On one side a love that gives all On the other a love that receives with rejoicing On one side the empty ing of d heart On the other the filling of home And all of it was somehow blessed by God Two different worlds were being pushed togeth er But instead of disaster they merged into a great circle endless displaying the love of God i May the circle be unbroken by and by Lord by and by My eyes were hot My heart hurt because of the loss we would feel But the hew parents were overflowing with joy and gratitude How could these two reside in the samehouses How could these two be family Only in the family of God Only in the house of the Lord Only in the mystery that is known as the Body of Christ In every meeting that takes place in every worship service or fellowship hall or youth camp the mystery is how all of this this agony and joy and all that is in between is experienced at once And never more than in that Sanctuary that day Made holy by the joy and the grief that only God can bless One little baby loved so differently by so many used as an instrument of instruction by the Lord And even now I cry and feel the loss But also the joy of knowing that all is well For the circle that wonderful link of Jesus love will never be unbroken in her life Nor in any of the rest of us who gathered that day Janeece Chanelle Hope was adopted on June My she follow the Lord Jesus Christ all the days of her life Dennis Gallaher is pastor of Freedom Fel lowship Church in New Braunfels and writes a weekly column for the Omrchdf IJJiiity strives i to be inclusive After three years of feeling guided to begin a Jmirrisay in New Braunfels die Rev Jim Dawson Ja licensed and ordained Unity minister since 0974 established the Church of Unity in New tBraunfels in November He chose the name Church of Unity over Unity Church because are the only New Thought Church in this vicinity We want to be all Dawson i said Some people might not be from a Unity background they may come from Religious Sci jence or Divine Science or some other indepen dent metaphysical He also identified those interested in the church as individuals tstudying A Course in Miracles or the Celes tine The Church of Unity is more than Unity and iis meant to include all people of a likeminded who know in some degree that the Spir of God the Christ Spirit flows from the very essence of their Dawson said He sees the composition of New Braunfels as very inviting to such an inclusive center of ship According to the minister areas made up of those of German descent such as Cincinnati and St Louis strongly lean toward in terms of metaphysics Dawson said he and his wife Joyce have felt welcomed by the congregation that has Income to make up the Church of Unity New JBjaunfels a church whose philosophy is to jfeach learn practice and prorhote the Truth Principles as taught by Jesus Christ and to serve assist and provide a safe haven of uncon ditional love for offer a ministry of love inspiration and with music joy and Dawson said Following the universal teaching of Jesus we empower people in all stages of life to and express their divine While believes a lot of people are kumed off by religion he said it is the time peri od in the Earths evolution that humans stop Booking for others to save them and take care of through Christ within oneself He all people need to realize they are responsi ble for their own life environments This self IXtetermination was given to humans in the begin Cning are all spiritual beings living in a human Dawson and for the most part we live as though we are the experience we to see ourselves as the experience and the experience itself We need to step back realize that this is a drama we are living This is a school It is time to unfold Jinto our true Of his own life experience Dawson said I experienced different people and different ways of life and Ive grown They have made life Im grateful for every experience Some have been painful and some have been wonder rjfutr 2 has served in Unity and Divine Sci ejux churches for 14 years In 190 hefcft the rninistry and moved to Atlanta Ga There he ry University to become Uin H Corked as a chaplain at First Protestant Youth First Protestant members and their guests left enjoyed a day at Fiesta Texas June 23 Pictured are Chad Salge Ben Borchers Carly Borchers Coral Schroeder Ross Salge April Quald Angela Relnlnger Bryndy Zaeske Nick Skalomenos Karen Row Matt Lackey Kim Hohensee Christ Lackey Lauren Colley Erin Boyd Kayce Constance Kenny Thompson Justin Harlow Jacob Borchers and Allison Dieted Top Ross Salge Coral Schroeder and Melonle Steele took in an evening at the circus Service continues for veterans in ranks of Gods army By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Veterans for Christ Through with active military duties mem bersof Veterans for Christ have enlisted in Gods army finding a way to once again serve their community Veterans for Christ a group sponsored by Tree Of Life Fellowship in New Braunfels began six years ago its leader Matt Gonzales said v Then the group was associatedwith Point man a veterans organization that is overseen by the Christian Broadcasting Network The group changed itself to Veterans for Christ last month to reflect its direction of ser vice to the local community A lot of veterans who need help them Vaterans for Christ is a communityservice organization ppen to all veterans tot more information call Tree of Life Fellowsjiip at selves the community service takes their mind off the illnesses they still experience from the said Gonzales 62 who worked in civ il service1 mostof his life The group provides veterans and others transportation to hospitals affordable hous ing and potential jobs through the network of Tree Of Life members v Made up of a grabbag of backgrounds members of the group include veterans of WWII Vietnam Desert Storm and other ser vice personnel Gonzales said The group which meets once a month orga nizes a variety of serviceoriented outreaches to area nursing homes and a Christmas out reach to the homeless in San Antonio Its a genuine show of camaraderie between men that are seeking the communi Gonzales said The group responds to needs of the local community such as fixing washing machines air conditioners and plumbing problems One woman they helped was single with three children They fixed her air conditioner which brought members a sense of accom plishment Gonzales said the group is ppen to nonvet erans and includes teenagers and wives of members The group has about nine active members but numbers about 50 when they conduct er outreaches Gonzales said During the homeless outreach members give blankets food and other supplies Visits to area nursing homes have brought particular satisfaction Those people are there by themselves A lot of them are in wheelchairs Its sad to see them without anyone visiting Gonzales said The group is sponsoring a barbecue fund raiser from to 5 on July 6 at Tree of Life 652 Loop 337They plan to sell brisket chicken sausage and fajitas to raise money for their outreaches i Windswept outpost On California coast refuge for Tibetan E lth Institute in the V he wpuld like the church to H w srtf fyl services are offered By MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press Writer STEWARTS POINT Calif AP Like the pioneers who forged their way west to the sparkling promise of the Pacific Tibetan Buddhism has found a refuge on a windswept outpost of Californias North Coast Perched on what was once an overgrazed meadow the Odiyan Buddhist Center billed as the largest Tibetan Buddhist Center in the Western hemisphere is a towering monument to the ancient religion looking down over dark green firs to the endless sea On a clear day the colors are dazzling copperplated domes burnished under an azure sky for mal gardens glowing a vjvid erner aid and a 113foot goldleafed monument brilliant as the midday win Sounds emphasize the stillness the delicate chiirte of bells sprung oyerhwd the snap of billcjwjng in the the cry of a bird wheeling its whp helped create the Its the phoenix rising from the ashes off the destruction of Tibetan Sylvia Gretchen Tibetan lama Tarthang Tulku who also founded Berkeleys Nyingma Institute for the study of Buddhism as well as Dharma Publishing and Dharma Press Work began in 1975 with a crew of up to 50 fulltime workers living on site The crew was short on money which mainlyicame from donors and from revenues of Tulkus oth er projects but long on effort and ingenuity They needed lurnber so they learned to mil their own wood They needed steel beams so they negotiated with the state Depart ment of Transportation for beams from a dismantled freeway Marble flooring earn from schools where it was being discarded as part of earthquake retrofitting was calling eyejy night to donors This was starting a little bakery fo pro vide funds This was seUinj gays Gretchen Ashes of the destruction of Tibetan v r A Hr t Submitted by fa who has been involved in year projeei since its inception Odjvaji is the brainchild of exiled uct although with its uniqwe archi tecture religious meaninie and rich furbishings they believe it is prob ably priceless Numbers behind the finished product are colossal Six major temples a 113foot gold stupa a traditional Buddhist monument to four libraries with thousands of sacred texts more than 800 prayer flags brightly col ored squares printed with prayer wheels and clay offerings The prayer wheels large copper cylinders are a story in themselves Inside are about a mile of printed mantras or prayers Turning the wheels is believed to activate the energy of the prayers In a 20thcentury touch electric motors keep these prayer wheels moving producing a smooth hum and the occasional squeak Another modern footnote Some smaller prayer wheels carry micro filmed mantras The grand total About 100 bil lion prayers per minute at least according to Sally Sorenson an Odiyan student The complexs main building is the threertiered Odiyan Temple built in the shape of a threedimen sional mandala a geometric design that symbolizes balance and order The copperplated roofs tilt up at the corners an architectural chal lenge giving the temple a slightly flyaway lookr To the west stands the 11story Vajra Temple Religion Briefs Congregation Gats Revenge on Clergyman HUNTS VILLE Ala was payback time for the prankster preach er During his 30 years at Whitesburg Baptist Church the Rev Dick Thomassian has been jumping out from behind doors and calling church members using disguised voices Revenge came on a recent Sunday in the form of Joe a onehumped Arabi an camel Thomassian the churchs associate pastor for missions loves camels about as much as he does his schoolboy jokes He has a 300camel collection in his office ceramic camels wood camels fabric camels you name it So the Rev Jimmy Jackson the church pastor quietly devised the plan to present Thomassian with a live camel on the night of his 30th anniver sary of service A handful of congre gational conspirators located the 6 foottall camel in Culjman that they could rent fpr a night Before they brought out the camel they tried to disarm any suspicions of a practical joke in the works by giving Thomassian a large rockinghorse camel Certainly that seemed gift enough for Ws snnjversary presenta Then in front of a crowd of two youth interns a church member and a camel handler marched into the Whitesburg chapel wearing mockAra bian garb and rolling out a whitepaper runway Following closely behind was gy unkempt lyarpld Joe And youve always wanted of course ypwpwn Jack son said from the pulpit as Thomassian rose from his seat on stage I We hope that youll find some thing to do with Spanish Architect Chosen to Design New Cathedral LOS ANGELES Cardinal Roger Mahony is calling on Jose Rafael Moneo the most recent winner of architectures highest honor to take the diocese into the third millennium of Christianity with a new downtown cathedral The 59yearold Madridbased archi tect was selected from three finalists for the controversial Cathedral Square development The other finalists were Frank O Gehry and Thorn Mayne both of Santa Monica Moneo recently received the the Pritzker Architecture Prize The prize is considered the Nobel Prize of architecture The downtown Cathedral Square project is envisioned to replace the earthquakebattered St Vibianas Cathedral which Mahony wants to tear down I am most confident that we have found indeed the right person to help realize our dream for an historic new cathedral with which to begin the third millennium of Mahpny said at a ceremony introducing Moneo came in a way that only the future will explain to me the softspo ken Moneo told the Los Angeles Times speaking of his new commis sion I dont know why it came to my hands It is almost by The Roman Catholic cardinal is opposed by preservationists who bejifyg ifte existing which is ffi than si century pW should be Some Catholics have also protested demolition of St Vibianas
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