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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 6A O HeraldZeitung O Friday December Church Life To talk with Interim Managing Editor Jim Denery about Church Life call 6259144 Ext 221 Church Life God reminds us that the streams of our lives need stewardship The chalice was a gift from a senior minister and his wife They had used it in their ministry and had given it to me several years ago when they semiretired because of health concerns Occasionally I will take it to the sanctuary for communion services but mostly it has been my very personal reminder of what I do I am called to make the Word flesh and blood to people Over the years oxidation has robbed the shine I thought of polishing it and forgot But then a still small voice spoke one recent early morning Polish the chalice Not a thought but a command Feeling foolish I went on about business but the thought persisted Polish the chalice This second time I went to the kitchen and found a rag and a dried up tub of cream Returning to my office listening intently I began to soften the hardened cake and rub the treasure gently Now your rings wear two rings One is a ring I received this summer that says in Hebrew Wherever you go I will follow It is my commitment to the Lord that I will follow Him where He leads and not blaze through life on my own path The other is my wedding band seldom ever removed It is my commitment to my marriage and my mate Married 19 years and faithful by the grace of God Placing the chalice on the shelf next to me I carefully polished both rings and set them in front of the holy cup The three represented the most important parts of my life my walk with God my marriage my ministry Dennis Gallaher Guest Column From these streams flow every other aspect of life I cannot be separated from any of them to be complete These are the streams from which the life of God flows in me But over time things have tarnished them The dullness wasnt apparent to most but because these three are most important to me I noticed And now they looked the way they should They looked as if I was taking care of them And that is when the words came soft again like a wind whisper Dont let the shine fall from what really matters It is what happened to Peter when he lied about his relationship with Jesus It is what happened to David when he sinned with Bathsheba It is what happened when Adam and Eve took the forbidden fruit What ended in horrible sin began with a dullness of heart The reflection of God was muted by the dead air of lackluster life So what does it take More Bible reading Prayer Fellowship with other believers Service If youre hoping for three steps you wont find it here Because I dont know any that prove out to work All I know is when the holy in my life becomes common I no longer care as I should It was not the polish it was holding the chalice that changed me The cold metal warmed to my touch I thought of the next time I would use it It is a wonderful and humbling mystery of why God chose me to feed His sheep His Word He must love a lot He must be love in fact The ring still new to my right hand was a deliberate purchase I needed a constant reminder of whom I was committed to As a young bachelor I had worn a similar ring to remind me of my commitment to Christ Beyond ministry beyond service I have been bought with a price by Jesus As I held the ring and examined the inscription my heart commitment became fresh Another ring This one of gold Nothing unique But it is the biggest commitment of my life The ring seldom leavesmy finger tt is comfortable and relaxed It is part of me It represents the joining of two lives that onlyj death can separate Unpolished it was in odd company with its silver companions Why Because a tarnished marriage reflects on my whole life But one that is lovingly kept reflects perfectly my commitments to every other aspect of life So there they shine On the shelf in front of me My ministry marriage and walk with God I have touched them today with my hands but God has touched them with His t also His fingerprints remain on my soul Now let Him do the same with Dennis Gallaher is pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Church in New First Protestant exhibit offers historical walk The New Braunfels community neighboring areas and Festtage visitors are invited Dec 14 to join in the third annual Die Historische Weinachtsreise Historical Christmas Journey at First Protestant Church Narrated ongoing tours will be conducted from 5 to 7 Beginning at the entrance of the Family Life Center on Coll Street visitors will find the German settlers and Prince Carl of SolmsBraunfels arriving on the Texas coast in 1844 and worshipping together at the first serviced fed by Pastor Louis Ervendberg The next scene is the Waisenhaus or orphanage founded in 1846 by pastor the fust pastor of First Protestant Church Nineteen plus orphans and the Ervendbergs own five children prepare for Christmas in the exhibit Then the guests will enter the 20th century The Victorian touches to a Christmas Eve family celebration are Religion Briefs Retired bishop State should focus on schools jobs COLUMBIA AP Improving race relations in South Carolina will mean improving school and job opportunities says a retired bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church And while Frederick C James believes the Confederate flag should be removed from atop the Statehouse he says citizens should focus on the real issues education economic growth and employment If we were where we ought to be in those areas in my opinion most of the other problems would be James told The Columbia State The former head of the AME Church in South Carolina returned here this summer after serving for three years as bishop in Washington James said Gov David Beasleys proposal to move the flag is a sign of progress in race relations Priest teaches students about dinosaurs WESTERLY AP When hes not in church carrying out his found along with many modern improvements including electric lights adorning the tree The 40s scene a new era added this year shows the thoughts of the home front as a World War II soldier reads a letter from home Classical German music will be heard as the audience enters the church chapel where the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is depicted Entering the sanctuary guests are invited to listen to glorious praises to our Lord delivered musically by the churchs musicians One may also enjoy the miniature display of the church campus past and present within the Heritage Room inside the sanctuary culminates with the live Nativity on the front lawn presented by the church youth as Sunday school students dressed as animals sing carols to baby Jesus Hot apple cider and homemade German cookies may be enjoyed in duties as a retired clergyman the Rev David Crockett is in the wilds hunting for fossils Its important to know where we came from where all living things came from how they are he said To forget the past is to jeopardize the Some of Crocketts finds are on display at State Street Elementary School in Westerly where he recently spoke to pupils about his passion for fossil hunting His finds include what he says may be the smallest known fossilized dinosaur footprints and a monstrous A scene In the First Protestant Churchs Die Historische Weinachtsreise or Historical Christmas Journey depicts the churchs first pastor the Rev Louis Ervendberg his wife and the children of the Waisenhaus or orphanage For additional inforjijatioiv contact Jacki or Charlene Nolte at 6291000 the Reno Evelyne Schumann Hall following the journey along with fellowship and music First Protestant Church is located at the corner of Seguin Avenue and Coll Street one block from Main Plaza There is no admission charge print left by the foot of a brontes giganticus He recently wrote a book Archaeological about fossils Crockett who sometimes assists with services at the Christ Episcopal Church said he has found fossils in the Connecticut River Valley in Massachusetts Nova Scotia and in Portsmouth and Newport Dinosaur footprints by the hundreds can be found at the Connecticut State Park at Rocky Hill His favorite is the tiny footprints of podokesauras minuscule Submitted by First Protestant Church The Unitarian Universalists The Unitarian Universalists will have April Goldsmith a student at Austin Theological Seminary speak on Christianity As a World Religion at the Faith United Church of Christ 970 N Loop 337 on Wednesday Dec 11 at pm All are welcome Everyone interested is invited Come be a part of a new church this Christmas Hill Country Christian Church Disciples of Christ is a new congregation in formation We meet in the Party Hall next to Tommy Wilsons BBQ on 281 in Bulverde TX Come and Worship with us Sunday at Youre Invited to come Worship God For More call Rev Ross Richardson 4224584 The original Jewish Gospel melodies will uplift you and the lyrics will affirm your faith in the Holy One of Israel TYee of Life Fellowship 652 Loop 337 New Braunfels 6256375 Is this all there is Has life lost meaning and purpose Are you asking Is this all there is No There is more Much more Simply discover Gods Power within you and re new a zest for living and loving Try Unity The Unity way of life may enable you to realize Gods plan for you a love of life and a purpose for living We invite you to come try the Unity way Church of Unity Sunday Service Senior Citizens Center 655 Landa Bulverde church to present view of living Nativity scene St Paul Lutheran Church in Bulverde presents a Living Christmas from to 9 Dec 14 and 15 The outdoor Christmas scene features live scenes Viewers can drive behind the church on a driveway surrounded by hundreds of luminarias The church is located at 29797 281 North a quarter of a mile south of FM 1863 between State Highway 46 and State Loop 1604 For more information 210 980 2813 Have you given to the United Way Come browse our store filled with over 100 crafters and their most 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