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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                8A n HeraldZeituna n Fridav November Church Life To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Church Life call 6259144 ext 21 Church Life Childlike behavior istherule when in the house of God I am on edge Waiting for the door to open Waiting for the day to officially begin For the silence to hide like a frightened child For solitude to say her goodbyes for the next hours It is early morning at the church and in a moment we will begin one of the busiest days of the week Thursday morning is the womens Bible study and soon the hall will be filled with wee ones carting bags of stuff and ready to play There is Kyle a towheaded tyke known for his highfives Tori his sister who comes smiling into my office because she knows I have animal crackers Matthew Paul whose game is to destroy my magazine rack so his mom feels obliged to pick it up Andrew who loves to play the bells green ones only with the intensity of an Emmitt Smith touchdown These along with 10 or so others will all descend across the hall for kids fellowship while the rest of us attend to the more serious aspects of life Our church is filled with little ones that live life to the hilt and bring joy to all in the process What makes a child so free What mixture of celestial spices do the angels sprinkle on a child at days awakening Im not sure of any one thing that is the root of a childs freedom but this I do know Every happy child has a depth of unblemished faith in his or her parents They trust with great freedom We call it growing up One of the lessons is to separate from the parent and begin to live life on your own That means that the pains of life are experienced full force without the bumper of parental protection in front of us It is what takes the shine off the apple Dennis Gallaher Guest Column But what about the child of God Is all this growing up necessary In fact isnt growing up the very thing Jesus said not to do Unless you are converted and come as little children you will be no means enter the kingdom of heaven Dont get hung up in the religious jargon Converted simply means to change We need to change and become like children if we are to enter Gods home His children are always welcome there Those whose faith is unblemished in their Fathers love and care for them Those who trust God with great freedom The telltale sign of adultlike faith is who gets the blame when life goes bad Do you find yourself blaming God Is He in charge of your life and therefore is responsible when life gets bruised Is part of His portfolio greasing the machines Sounds pretty adult Anything but childlike But when a childs world is broken he naturally runs to the parent who is closest No one else will do There can be no substitutes for the comfort of parental love And only that will bring the freedom of unblemished trust Theres a little knock at my door Ill bet there is more than one kid when I open it They will all be smiling and run into my office right over to the cabinet where I hide the animal crackers The only people who will be embarrassed about their behavior will be the adults who are watching The little ones know they will be blessed I know that I will get to be a blessing Only those who arent involved in this relationship will be compelled to play by the rules Say thank you Dont bother the pastor Let me change your diaper But the kids and I are going to have a great time Because they have unblemished faith in me The shine is still on the apple And so it should be with God Heres some food for thought from the Psalms In the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge until these calamities have passed by Picture an eagles nest high on a mountain A freak blizzard is trying to blast it off the cliff The young birds seek shelter under the downy softness of the mothers wing They dont question the weather They dont blame the mother because they know instinctively that the mother will not leave no matter how bad the storm Make your refuge under His wing today The calamities will pass but He your Father will always remain Thats childlike faith And that will put the shine back on your apple A onemonth devotional of Dennis Gallahers writings has been locally published Request a copy by sending to Devotional Freedom Fellowship Church 330 S Hackberry New Braunfels Texas 78130 Dennis Gallaher is pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Plans set for German Christmas service The 92nd annual Die Deutsche Weihnachtsfeier or German Christmas candlelight service is set for Dec 8 in the sanctuary of the Central Christian Church on North Main Avenue at Romana Plaza in San Antonio Bdthany Congregational Church and Duncan professor emerita of the German program will conduct the service The traditional service conducted entirely itt German Dy Duncan and pastor of Bethany Congregational Church Former students of Trinitys German program and Lee and Roosevelt high school students will assist The German choral arrangements will be sung by the 50voice all mens choir the Beethoven Mannerchor which was established in 1967 David Nelson will direct the Mannerchor with Shirley Donohue accompanying on the organ The Kinderchor or Childrens Choir from the Beethoven Society will bean added feature this year George Gregory organist at Central Christian Church will play the churchs handoperated carillon the largest manual carillon in Texas in a halfhour concert of German folk and Christmas songs before the service The Christmas story will be told through the reading of scripture and German poetry and congregational and choral singing of traditional German carols In recent years this service has become an expression of the larger historic German community of San Antonio attracting visitors from Europe Canada and Mexico well as across the United States The public is welcome to attend and there is no admission charge Habitat forming Habitat for Humanity has made progress on the home It Is building at the Intersection of Hackberry and Katy streets The First United Methodist Church of New Braunfels Is sponsoring the house Habitat for Humanity uses skilled and unskilled people and all are welcomed to join In from 5 until dark on Tuesdays and until dark on Saturdays For more information call Pauline Rector at 6292995 Above Charles Miffleton Jerry Stringer and Jim Irwin get wood sized and ready for construction Right Bert West and Irwin work on the houses frame Behlings open camp as religious family retreat By DONNA L LEHR Special to the HeraldZeitung Deacon Jim Behling and his wife Pam have returned to the Sts Peter Paul Church After a 3year move to Branson its good to have them back in New Braunfels Prior to their call to Branson Jim served as deacon at Sts Peter Paul and in keeping with the duties of this post presented many inspirational entertaining insightful and memorable homilies Each of the six deacons at Sts Peter Paul has his individual presentation style which adds interest and variety to each weeks service and speaks to different segments of the population Once again the family of Sts Peter Paul can look forward to Behling Sunday in addition to an already wonderful menu of deacon homilies Jim has taught many lessons through his homilies by sharing the events in his own life But when he took his 10 years of experience with childrens retreats and conferences at TBarM to one of the largest sports camps for children in the country he learned a new lesson During his stay in Branson working with children from all over the country Jim kept hearing a cry from families for equal time Parents who saw what a wonderful experience their children had wanted to be a part of it Following Gods lead the Behlings returned to New Braunfels and the answer to their prayers for such a ministry The pieces were coming together for their dream of a family camp According to Pam the timing could not have been better due to the arrival of a new granddaughter Their son and proud new dad Todd is a teacher and coach at OakRun Elementary School while a second son who teaches fifth grade in the Dallas area would like nothing better than to join his family back in New Braunfels during this exciting time A heavenly facility in the Hill Country is the site for this new venture Situated in Hunt just eight miles west of Kerrville the retreat facility originally called La Junta the gathering has become Deer Creek Family Camp at La Junta The Behlings have just celebrated their first retreat which welcomed mothers and sons from 12 families Focusing on but not limited to family retreats Deer Creek which will accommodate up to 300 guests is also available for family reunions choir trips couples retreats and more Scheduled in November by popular demand will be a womens retreat followed closely by one for the gentlemen The success of the retreat in October has paved the way for two retreats scheduled for the last two weekends of April Come summer Jim and Pam will be taking their camps to higher ground Backpacking and mountain climbing for eight weeks in Colorado will round out their first year of bringing families closer together Welcome back Pam and Deacon Jim To find out more about the family camps at Deer Creek or to reserve a retreat date call Jim or Pam Behling at 606 4262 Subscribe r ill IH 11 Prayers sought for 13yearold with leukemia By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Charles Luna a 13year old boy battling leukemia has taken a turn for the worse and is in intensive care at a San Antonio Hospital and the family is asking for prayers to help in the boys battle Mario Luna the boys father said earlier tins year became sickarid waradniitted to MetHodist Hospital on Saturday Since then he has developed pneumonia All of the sudden from one day to the next he just started having shortness of the father said Charles has developed a viral Religion Briefs says church is independent despite gift LYNCHBURG Va AP The Rev Jerry Falwell has given funds to a conservative Southern Baptist group but says his church retains its independence Falwell said Wednesday night he is a Baptist in the is the whole story the full story and thats all there During a service before his congregation Falwell said he didnt know when he gave a contribution to the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia that the gift earned his Thomas Road Baptist Church church voting rights within the Southern Baptist Convention Last week the 40yearold church sent the first of what will be monthly contributions to the Virginia group Falwell said Half the money will go to the convention Mark DeMoss a spokesman for Falwell said the contribution was misinterpreted The church maintains its independence and did not join the he said The convention does not even have membership said Bill Merrell an SBC vice president The Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia based in infection and doctors are not sure what caused it His father said the doctors have said there is nothing they can do for Charles other than let the virus run its course Charles is currently on a respirator which is helping his body Hopefully theres enough in his immune system to fight tins To help in his battle the Luna family is once again asking that Charles be remembered in everyones prayers Were trying to start up our prayer network again and were asking for more prayers The doctors have told us the same thing prayer is very Virginia Beach was formed last month by Southern Baptists who disapprove of the 173yearold Baptist General Association of Virginia They consider the association theologically liberal and hostile to the Southern Baptist Convention Zimmerman inaugurated as president of Hebrew college CINCINNATI AP Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman has been inaugurated as president of Hebrew Union College a major training center for rabbis Zimmerman 54 was installed recently as leader of the 121yearold college a center of Reform Judaism He has been on the job since January splitting time between Hebrew Union and Dallas where he was senior rabbi of Temple Emanu El Zimmerman born and raised in Toronto is an 1 Ithgeneration rabbi in his family He succeeded Alfred Gottschalk who helped develop the college and ordain its first female rabbis Gottschalk who had served as president since 1972 left that job at age 65 and is now the schools chancellor Zimmerman has been a rabbi and teacher for 26 years COMAL COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER 655 LANDA STREET NEW BRAUNFELS TX 78130 SANTAS CRAFT SHOW 92 Saturday November 16 1996 Unusual Christmas Gifts Handmade Creations of Wood1 Ceramic Paintings to Cactus Plants More Qur Own Ceramics Class will have an open House Try our potato soup or strudel at the snack bar   

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