New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 14, 1997, Page 6

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung February 14, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 6A Q Herald-Zeitung g Friday, February 14, 1997 Herald - Zeitung Church Life ■ To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about Church Life, call 625-9144, ext 220Church LifeLong, painful fall from pedestal of perfection One of the 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 clip-on 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. It’s the greatest tool around. But every tool has its down side. The Haw 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 “speak.” lf you forget to turn the switch, whatever you say will be heard overReligion BriefsBarclay book topic of mMwook Loot on study William Barclay’s “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 well-known for his “Daily Bible Study,” perhaps the most popular commentary ever written by the local congregation. The study will begin at 7 p.m. each Tuesday and last approximately one hour. For more information, call the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church office at 625-5141. (Submitted by New Braunfels Presbyterian Church)Coronation Banco on tap tonight at Our Lady The Holy Family Youth Ministry presents its King and Queen of Hearts Coronation Dance from 7:30 to midnight today at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hall in New Braunfels. Tickets arc $12 at the door.Lenten ‘brown bag' luncheon series continues The second in a series of ecumenical “brown bag” Lenten lunches will be from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Feb. 21 at Wesley Hall in First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio. Rev. Tom Dcviney from First United Methodist Church of Seguin will deliver the message Special music will be presented by an ensemble from First United Methodist’s Sanctuary Choir Water, coffee and tea will be provided and a nursery is availableMooting offers interaction for area singles Schertz United Methodist Church, located at 3460 Roy Richard Dnve in Schertz, offers a weekly Serendipity meeting where singles of all denominations are welcome to come and meet new friends. Special programs are offered frequently. Activities arc held throughout the month Call (210)    659-2965 for information.Valentino’s Bay Single Mingle on tap The Serendipity adult singles group will sponsor a Valentine's Day Single Mingle at 7 p m. today at Schertz United Methodist Church, 3460 FM 3009 in Schertz All adult singles arc invited to attend. Open to all denominations. Refreshments will be served. Call (210) 659-2965 to RSVP.Hall, 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. Frar. Shelton, associate pastor of the New Braunfels congregation. This entertaining and inspiring presentation has been given hundreds of times across the nation by Dr. Shelton, whose amiable personality and sharp wit bring an Dennis Gallaher 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 Lord’s 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? entertaining and unusual new insight into the gospel message. The evening of music and ministry will begin with a covered dish supper at 6 p.m. in the NBPC Activity Center. For more information, call the church office at 625-5141. (Submitted by New Braunfels Presbyterian Church)Attondanca at Church of England In a sharp doc lino LONDON (AP) — The average number of worshipers at Church of England Sunday services dropped by 36.000 between 1994 and 1995, the sharpest falloff in attendance in 20 years. lf the current rate of decline continues, regular Church of England worshipers will number less than a million by the end of 1997. Official figures show that the average attendance at Sunday services in 1995 was 1,045,000, compared with 1,081,000 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 9.000 in 1994 (compared with 1993) encouraged church commentators to talk of the church's decline ‘bottoming out.’ The new figures bring that into question.” The annual number of baptisms fell by 9,000 to 632,000 and confirmations by 4,(KH) to 616,000 between 1994 and 1995, the figures show. The number of Easter communicants was down from 1.3 million to 1,265,000 and the number of Christmas worshipers fell from 1,488,(XX) to 1,393,000 There was one piece of good news: In 1995 each churchgoer put an average of $5.80 in the collection plate each week, compared with $5.58 the previous year That helped increase the church’s income from donations by $20 million.Ex-Boston mayor loosing 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 haven't been able to speak out. I’ll finally be able to tell the truth for the first time in four years,” he said, citing State Department regulations covering what ambassadors can discuss publicly. As ambassador, Flynn was reprimanded twice by thcn-Secretary 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 myself,” Flynn told the Herald. “I did what I had to do ... I’m not looking for a gold watch.” The little switch can make or break your day. It wasn’t until later that I realized the microphone had been on the whole time. But when I did, you wouldn't 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 hadn’t 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 don’t believe that, look up the sins of pride and self-nghteousness in the Bible, because you’re walking in them right now. So why arc 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 I,” we don’t accept others’ sinfulness very well ... even when it is repented. We lack the understanding of redemption. We are uncomfortable with our own sinfulness and we sure don’t want to take a chance on someone else’s. Now, don’t 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 you’ve climbed to the top, you're sure to fall off. It’s a long, painful way to the bottom, too. It’s 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. I’ll 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 5,550 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 10:30 p.m. and running through Feb. 22 from 9 a m. to 6 p m. at the Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway. Joining the more than 43,000 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 women’s movement of this decade Acclaimed as one of the most well attended women’s events of the ‘90s, the 1997 Women of Faith Joyful Journey Conferences are scheduled to tour 13 U.S. cities, and it is anticipated that more than 100,000 women will attend WjUj conffpera registration* exceeding 300 a vliy. tlie Houston conference is expected lo fill to a capacity of 6,7000 women These powerful weekend events for women which arc sponsored by New Life Clinics, feature some of today’s most dynamic, influential and motivational women. Brought together for the first time arc nationally recognized Christian authors and speakers Kay Arthur, Patsy Clairmont, Barbara Johnson, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll 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 began in 1996 All of last year’s conferee* ,*>14.qui,in the (0 ciucs where they were held. Because of overwhelming response, where thousands of women have had to be turned away. New Life Clinics extended the 1997 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 Crusade preparation under way SAN ANTONIO — More than 10,000 people are attending the Christian Life and Witness Classes being held through March 15 at 18 locations throughout the San Antonio area The classes arc 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 ( rusade However, anyone may attend without obligation to become a counselor. "What an exciting experience for thousands of church members to join together across denominational and cultural lines to focus on the Biblical basis of our faith,” said the Rev. Keith Bruce, Counseling and Followup 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 Crusade.” 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 ha* said, “No church member should miss the opportunity to take these classes The Bible-based discipleship course will be of great profit to all Christians. It is a vital part of our pre-Crusade activities and preparation.” 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) 736-1997 (Submitted by South Texas Billy Graham Crusade). Seminar offers help for ‘sandwiched’ Increasingly adults in our society are being called the “sandwiched generation.” They arc 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 cnsis comes to the lives of our parents. How do 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 p m Tuesday in the Family Life Center of First Protestant Church. Members of the staff of Hospice New Braunfels and First Protestant 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 Uses.” The seminar will start promptly at I p m and conclude at 4:30 p.m. March I. Dr. Christopher Lundell, webmaster and director of music at St. John’s Lutheran in San Antonio, will be the facilitator. Lundell is also a part-time 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 layman’s terms what the Internet can and cannot do; how to get on souls that all look the same. 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 I wear my little wonder microphone I 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 I am really sincere in being transparent. So here goes ... Just kidding. (Dennis Gallaher is pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.) seminars for many years in an effort to provide affordable, relevant information that is emotionally helpful to inspire positive changes and growth in people’s lives,” 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 God’s grace. We wanted it to be unique, fun and inspirational. The Women of Faith Joyful Journey Conferences are doing just that.” Headquartered in Laguna Beach, Calif., and Dallas, New Life Clinics are the nation’s largest Christian mental health care provider. Currently, there are 70 clinics located in 50 cities nationwide and one in tickets tor the conference are $49 per person if purchased in advance and $69 per person at the door. Groups of IO or more can purchase tickets in advance for $39. To register for the Texas Joyful Journey Conference or to receive information, call (888) WOMEN-2000 or (800) WOMAN-20. (Submitted by Women of Faith). 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 Braunfels professionals, and there will be open time for discussions and questions. (Submitted by First Protestant Church and Hospice New Braunfels) Th# Rev. Raymond Ratch I I I* Iassistant at Cross Lutheran The Rev. Raymond D. Reich will be installed as assistant pastor of Cross Lutheran Church, 190 S. Hickory, at installation services at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 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 IS 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, La., and (hen served as pastor at the following churches: Zion Lutheran, Rockville, Mo.; Faith Lutheran, El Dorodo Springs, Mo.; 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, Missoun Synod. He also serves as a pastoral advisor of the Lone Star District of the International Lutheran Layman's League. (Submitted by Cross Lutheran Church), 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 $30 for preregistration, $35 at the door. Anyone wanting additional information or registration forms may call (210)233-2611. (Submitted by St. Paul Lutheran Church) Th# Unitarian Universalists will havt Charlie Millican, a retired Economic# Professor at San Antonio College, speak on MSupply Side Economics - On the Road to Fascism”, on Wednesday, Feb. I#, 7i30pm, at the Faith United Church of Christ, #70 N. Loop 837. This will lead to some interesting discussion. All Interested are invited. ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: February 14, 1997

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