Friday, February 14, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 6A rj HeraldZeltung n Friday February Church Life To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about Church Life call 6259144 ext 220 Church Life Long painful fall from pedestal of perfection One of he greatest things that has happened to preaching over the span of my career is the wireless microphone It is a box the size of a cassette with 2 feet of wire attached to a clipon microphone the size of a quarter One little battery powers the whole thing making it light and hands free The reason it is so wonderful The wireless makes public speaking unencumbered by big microphones and heavy wires The speaker is free to do what he or she is supposed to concentrate on speaking instead of being entangled in wires I love it Its the greatest tool around But every tool has its down side The flaw in the wireless is a little switch with which one must always be in touch Located on the side of the box it has two settings one for mute and the other for If you forget to turn the switch whatever you say will be heard over Religion Briefs Barclay book topic of midweek Lenten study William Barclays Spiritual Autobiography will be the topic of discussion for midweek Lenten study at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church Beginning Tuesday and continuing for six weeks the evening sessions will be led by Dr Kenneth Peters pastor of the local congregation Barclay is wellknown for his Daily Bible perhaps the most popular commentary ever written by the local congregation The study will begin at 7 each Tuesday and last approximately one hour For more information call the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church office at 6255141 Submitted by New Braunfels Presbyterian Church Coronation Dance on tap tonight at Our Lady The Holy Family Youth Ministry presents its King and Queen of Hearts Coronation Dance from to midnight today at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hall in New Braunfels Tickets are at the door Lenten brown bag luncheon series continues The second in a series of ecumenical brown bag Lenten lunches will be from to Feb 21 at Wesley Hall in First United Methodist Church 572 W San Antonio Rev Tom Deviney from First United Methodist Church of Seguin will deliver the message Special music will be presented by an ensemble from First United Methodists Sanctuary Choir Water coffee and tea will be provided and a nursery is available Meeting offers interaction for area singles Schertz United Methodist Church located at 3460 Roy Richard Drive in Schertz offers a weekly Serendipity meeting where singles of nil denominations are welcome to come and meet new friends Special programs are offered frequently Activities are held throughout the month Call 210 6592965 for information Valentines Day Single Mingle on tap The Serendipity adulfsingles group will sponsor a Valentines Day Single Mingle at 7 today at Schertz United Methodist Church 3460 FM 3009 in Schertz All adult singles are invited to attend Open to all denominations Refreshments will be served Call 210 6592965 to RSVP Hell fire brimstone and Shotgun Willie The Gospel According to Willie Nelson will be presented by Dr Robert Shelton at the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church Thursday Shelton is acting president and academic dean of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is married to the Rev Fran Shelton associate pastor of the New Braunfels congregation This entertaining and inspiring presentation has been given hundreds of times across the nation by Dr SheUon whose amiable personality and sharp wit bring an the loud speakers in the sanctuary no matter where in the building you are Do you know where this is headed Take Sunday morning for example For the past several weeks we have been studying the Lords Supper in preparation for celebrating the sacrament this past Sunday One of the areas of preparation was personal repentance which was encouraged to take place before we received the bread and wine Leading by example I went to the altar and knelt to confess the areas of sinfulness where I had walked But guess what I forgot to do Dennis Gallaher entertaining and unusual new insight into the gospel message The evening of music and ministry will begin with a covered dish supper at 6 in the NBPC Activity Center For more information call the church office at 6255141 Submitted by New Braunfels Presbyterian Church Attendance at Church of England in a sharp decline LONDON AP The average number of worshipers at Church of England Sunday services dropped by between 1994 and 1995 the sharpest falloff in attendance in 20 years If the current rate of decline continues regular Church of England worshipers wilt number less than a million by the end of 1997 Official figures show that the average attendance at Sunday services in 1995 was compared with in 1994 the biggest drop since attendances fell markedly in the 1970s The Church Times official newspaper of the Church of England wrote A loss of only in 1994 compared with 1993 encouraged church commentators to talk of the churchs decline bottoming The new figures bring that into The annual number of baptisms fell by to and confirmations by to between 1994 and 1995 the figures show The number of Easter communicants was down from million to and the number of Christmas worshipers fell from to There was one piece of good news In 1995 each churchgoer put an average of in the collection plate each week compared with the previous year That helped increase the churchs income from donations by million ExBoston mayor leaving Vatican post BOSTON AP Raymond L Flynn the former mayor of Boston soon to leave his post as ambassador to the Vatican says he wants to write a book or two to set the record straight about his past dealings Flynn who became ambassador in July 1993 recently got a letter telling him his term would expire July 15 He told the Boston Herald this week that he wants to clear up misconceptions about his mayoral campaign finances that were subjects of investigations and resulted in convictions of two of his former aides I havent been able to speak out Ill finally be able to tell the truth for the first time in four he said citing State Department regulations covering what ambassadors can discuss publicly As ambassador Flynn was reprimanded twice by thenSecretary of State Warren Christopher once for making statements with political overtones and once for his handling of finances I was loyal to my country my religion and Flynn told the Herald I did what I had to do Im not looking for a gold The little switch can make or break your day It wasnt until later that realized the microphone had been on the whole time But when I did you wouldnt believe how quickly I recounted everything I had poured out on the altar Scanning the faces of the congregation I looked for even a hint that anyone had heard what I said In panic mode I whispered to Wink Kelso My microphone was on when I repented Did you hear anything The dirty dog He just smiled for a minute and then said he hadnt heard a thing Thankfully I had repented very quietly Paul the Apostle records quite a list of sins in one of his letters to the Corinthians In fact he mentions all the big ones and says that those who do those things shall not inherit the kingdom of God He catches all of us by the way in his net of unrighteousness The truth is that all of us are in the same fix Every one of us needs to be redeemed The good news is that those who have submitted to the Lord and confessed are washed of the soul stains with which sin saturates us We are cleansed when we repent and all of us must walk in that repentance daily The funny thing is that none of us likes to admit it None of us likes the fact that we are just as unholy as the next guy when held up to the character of Jesus And if you dont believe that look up the sins of pride and selfrighteousness in the Bible because youre walking in them right now So why are we so afraid to admit it Why are we so afraid of the open microphone It is simply this Though we talk a good line about but for grace there go we dont accept others sinfulness very well even when it is repented We tack the understanding of redemption We are uncomfortable with our own sinfulness and we sure dont want to take a chance on someone elses Now dont get me wrong Willful misbehavior is wrong and no one especially the Church should look the other way But the pedestal of perfection is tough to climb And once youve climbed to the top youre sure to fall off Its a long painful way to the bottom too Its not that my sins were any worse than any others last Sunday But the thought that people would think less of me had they heard made me want to protect myself Ill bet you have experienced the same thing Redemption means that someone is needed to get me out of prison Someone must pay the price for my deliverance from sin All of us need this There are no exceptions Behind our clean suits and silk ties are dirty Event brings together women of faith RICHARDSON More than women from throughout the state of Texas have registered for the 1997 Women of Faith Joyful Journey Conference which will be held beginning Feb 21 from 7 to and running through Feb 22 from 9 to 6 at the Second Baptist Church 6400 Woodway Joining the more than women who have already signed up for the 1997 Women of Faith conferences these Texas women will be part of one of the fastest growing womens movement of this decade Acclaimed as one of the most well attended womens events of the 90s the 1997 Women of Faith Joyful Journey Conferences are scheduled to tour 13 cities and it is anticipated that more than womep Wjjtjj eonferencf registrations exceeding 300 Houston conference is expected to fill to a capacity of women These powerful weekend events for women which are sponsored by New Life Clinics feature some of todays most dynamic influential and motivational women Brought together for the first time are nationally recognized Christian authors and speakers Kay Arthur Patsy Clairmont Barbara Johnson Marilyn Meberg Luci Swindell and Thelma Wells These outstanding women will merge their unique talents and backgrounds to give messages of inspiration encouragement faith and hope Noted for their wisdom humor and profound faith each of the speakers will bring a different view of life that will challenge women to look at their circumstances struggles and experiences from a new perspective Sharing their sparkling wit direct honesty and infectious joy they will inspire women to pursue the journey of life with encouragement faith and purpose The Women of Faith Conferences All of last seminars for many years in an effort to provide affordable relevant information that is emotionally helpful to inspire positive changes and growth in peoples he said About a year ago we decided it was time for the clinics to do something for women in America that would simply help them celebrate life and Gods grace We wanted it to be unique fun and inspirational The Women of Faith Joyful Journey Conferences are doing just Headquartered in Laguna Beach and Dallas New Life Clinics are the nations largest Christian mental health care provider Currently there are 70 clinics located in aiuLone in where they were Because overwhelming response where thousands of women have had to be turned away New Life Clinics extended the 1 997 conference tour Stephen Arterburn chairman of New Life Clinics explained why the clinics organized the Women of Faith Joyful Journey tour We have been sponsoring for the conference are per person if purchased in advance and per person at the door Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets in advance for To register for the Texas Joyful Journey Conference or to receive information call 888 WOMEN2000 or 800 WOMAN20 Submitted by Women of Crusade preparation under way SAN ANTONIO More than people are attending the Christian Life and Witness Classes being held through March 15 at 18 locations throughout the San Antonio area The classes are in preparation for the April 3 to 6 Crusade to be held at the Alamodomc Class attendance is a prerequisite for those wishing to serve as counselors for the Crusade However anyone may attend without obligation to become a counselor What an exciting experience for thousands of church members to join together across denominational cultural lines to focus on the Biblical basis of our said the Rev Keith Bruce Counseling and Follow up chairman These classes will have a phenomenal impact on individual Christians churches and our community They bring a sense of unity and vitality to Christians that will really make a difference in the effectiveness of the Classes are free with materials provided by the Crusade Office No registration is necessary Billy Graham Evangelistic Association personnel will serve as instructors for each of the classes which will be 90 minutes in length once a week for the five weeks Speaking of the course Graham said No church member should miss the opportunity to take these classes The Biblebased discipleship course will be of great profit to all Christians It is a vital part of our pre Crusade activities and In addition to English three of the classes being offered will be in Spanish Also Chinese and Deaf ALS classes will be held For more information call the Crusade Office at 210 7361997 Submitted by South Texas Billy Graham Seminar offers help for Sandwiched Increasingly adults in our society are being called the sandwiched They are finding themselves called upon more and more to take care of their parents and their children at the same time Sometimes people today find themselves caring for uncles aunts parents or even grandparents all at once This may include legal questions extended nursing care sudden illness death and dying and grief to mention just a few To whom do you turn Where is help available What can you expect Virtually all of us will face these questions today as crisis comes to the lives of our parents Howdo you work full time care for a home and family and a sick or dying parent all at once A seminar open to the public and free of charge will be held to help people facing crises like these Indeed this is something we all will face sooner or later The seminar will be at 7 Tuesday in the Family Life Center of First Protestant Church Members of the staff of Hospice New Braunfels and First Protestant Church have teamed up to present this seminar to anyone in the Comal County Community facing a crisis in the care of their parents Resources options choices and communications will be looked at Health care directives preplanning and seeking guidance will be discussed There will also be input from other New Praunfels professionals and there will be open time for discussions and questions Submitted by First Protestant Church and Hospice New Braunfels St Paul Lutheran plays host to Internet introduction St Paul Lutheran Church at 181 S Santa Clara will play host to an interdenominational seminar entitled An Introduction to the Internet Application and The seminar will start promptly at 1 and conclude at Mutch 1 Dr Christopher Lundell webmaster and director of music at St Johns Lutheran in San Antonio will be the facilitator Lundell is also a parttime faculty member at Texas Lutheran University He has experience as a software designer and was a computer consultant to Indiana University At Texas Lutheran he developed a course in Applications in Music and Computers The seminar is designed to explain in laymans terms what the Internet can and cannot do how to get on line where to go and what to get Lundell also advises on questions concerning cost and other details basic to understanding the Internet Cost for the seminar is for preregistration at the door Anyone wanting additional information or registration forms Submitted by St f attl Lutheran Chwch souls that all look the The playing field is even when it comes to our common need for forgiveness no matter what the sin is we are so determined to hide Next time 1 wear my little wonder microphone 1 will be very aware of the mute switch and the simple instructions for its proper use I will be constantly checking it and making sure that my comments made to God are kept between Him and me But as an act of incredible faith in you my readers I want to tell you all of the sins I confessed over my microphone last week This will let you know that 1 am really sincere in being transparent So here Just kidding Gallaher is pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Church in The Rev Raymond Reich iRtiPi at Cross Lutheran The Rev Raymond D Reicn will be installed as assistant pastor of Cross Lutheran Church 190 S Hickory at installation services at the 8 services Sunday The Rev David Ebbs of Concordia Lutheran Church San Antonio will be the speaker and installer The ministries of Reich who has served as senior pastor at Cross Lutheran for the past 15 years will include primarily teaching visiting and counseling Until a new senior pastor is installed Reich will continue to perform all pastoral duties A native of Texas Reich attended Daniel Baker College and Howard Payne College in Brownwood and he earned the bachelor of theology degree from Concordia Seminary in 1958 He was a vicar at First English Lutheran Church New Orleans and then served as pastor at the following churches Zion Lutheran Rockville Faith Lutheran El Dorodo Springs First Lutheran Gatesville Texas St Paul Lutheran Hamilton Texas and St Paul Lutheran Bishop Texas He is married to the former Alene Ryser of Honey Grove Texas Throughout the years Pastor Reich has been active in various official positions within Lutheran Church For the past several years he has been counselor for Circuit 24 of the Texas District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod He also serves as a pastoral advisor of the Lone Star District of the International Lutheran Laymans League Submitted by Cross Lutheran The Unitarian UniverwUisIs will Charlie Millican a at San Antonio College apeak on Supply Side On the Road to Fflf on Wednesday Feb at the Faith United Chwch of Christ N Loop This will lead to interesting discussion All interested are invited