Friday, May 9, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 6A Q HeraldZeitung Q Friday May i t u n g Church Life To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about Church Life call 6259144 ext 220 Church Life Sometimes its necessary for us to wait A year and a half ago a large church in another city asked me to consider becoming the new pastor of its flock It was a heart wrenching time as we carefully walked the path of possible change Hardest though was the realization of how comfortable I had become with the quo of life 1 wrote this in my journal I have broken the cardinal rule of conduct I have allowed comfort to become normal I have allowed my lifestyle to make me soft and my message weak My testimony is languishing in the middle and I find myself giving in to the complacency that I say 1 hate Oh God change me Being presented with change was so unpleasant that it caused me to beg God to change me Even pastors bow down to complacency We just know how to do it and still look good That way no one notices Except God that is He sees the heart Dennis Gallaher After a soul searching month we felt that God was allowing us to stay in New Braunfels and continue our work But I didnt forget what 1 had learned about myself I didnt forget my prayer to God There are no delete keys for earnest prayer Oh God change me That was a year and a half ago And without exaggeration I can say that this past year has been the most difficult of my life Nothing about me has remained the same Emotionally spiritually and physically I have changed It is as if God disassembled me after 20 years of ministry and rebuilt each part Nothing in my armory of solutions had prepared me for the ambush God had sent The assault that my mind and heart encountered was constant Like being caught in a rising river that never seems to crest I bobbed and gasped with lessening strength each day Life was gray How does one hold on when nothing seems to change How does one calculate loss after loss without finally just closing the account I do not pretend to know the answers or even to be a valid voice of reason I can only tell you what I know and it is this Gods Word sheds light in darkness His Word comforts the deepest pain Gods Word is the marker between survival and ruin As a Bible college student I learned to use Gods Word as both an anchor and a lifeline Sometimes I needed to be anchored when the waves of doubt confusion and trial crashed against my fragile bow New office Photo submitted n 9 the ew San Marcos BaPtist Association office building Business 35 North across from D SWas held May 1Taking Part in the ceremony were from left Ray Still pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church and chairman of the Building Finance Committee Rusty Hicks pastor of First Baptist Church of Blanco and vice moderator of the association Richard Page pastor of Chapel Hill Baptist Church of Boerne and moderator of the Association Elliot and Beatrice Knox donors of the twoacre building site Carol Carpenter secretary Dee Brannan construction coordinator Gerald Thornton chairman of the Building Plans committee Kenneth King director of missions and Randy and Joyce Taylor building contractors Religion Briefs All welcome to participate in March for Jesus The community is invited to participate in the March for Jesus on May 17 The walk begins at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church and proceeds down Castell Street turning on Garden Street and returning to the plaza via Seguin Street All participants should assemble at Sts Peter and Paul by Children may ride bicycles under supervision This is a crossdemoninalional event and everyone is welcome Still some openings for Kids Day Out program A few spaces are still available in the new Kids Day Out preschool program that will begin in September at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church There are still a few openings for 3yearolds and 4year olds who wish to be a part of this exciting new ministry to families with young children The program will be held at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church 373 Howard St Classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 1 from September through May for children ages 6 months through 4 years Suzy Wilkinson will serve as director of this innovative new program For more information call the church office at 6255141 First Protestant sponsors blood drive First Protestant Church is sponsoring a blood drive May 18 The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will be accepting donors from to in the Family Life Center located on Coll Street Appointments may be scheduled by calling the church office at 6097729 Spring Festival on tap at Rock Hill Gospel Church Rock Hill Gospel Church is sponsoring a Spring Festival Splash 97 from 9 to 4 May 17 at the church Interstate 35 South in New Braunfels The festival will benefit a non profit summer camp Barbecue a dunking booth moon jump crafts and a multipurpose rummage sale are just some of the activities planned for the event For more information call 609 0354 Local attorney headlines CBM luncheon The next Christian Business Mens Committee luncheon will feature guest speaker John C Chunn attorney with the law firm of Bevil Chunn Burch in New Braunfels Chunn has been married for 25 years to Charlotte Chunn and they have four children Juanita Tschoepe 26 Amy 23 Alyssa 21 and John Ashley 18 Chunn graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1971 with a in prelaw and from Baylor University School of Law in 1973 where he obtained his juris doctorate He is primarily engaged in a litigation practice along the Austin San Antonio corridor Chunn was bom Dec 5 1949 in Dallas and was reborn Jan 7 1988 He is a member of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels where he teaches a Sunday school class and serves as a deacon He is a leader in Bible Study Fellowship International and serves as a substitute teaching leader for the New Braunfels evening mens class The luncheon will be noon Tuesday at Tree Tops Restaurant 444 E San Antonio Tickets are each and are available at the door For information call 6295725 6291760 or 6060737 Other times life would wash me overboard into a sea of frothy confusion Desperate I would reach for my Bible and turn the pages until something calmed the rage until a lifeline of hope appeared One of those times Isaiah was both Here is what he wrote But those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings like eagles they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint I dont remember the circumstances but I do remember the pain We usually do A broken relationship left me alone and it seemed like the hole in my heart would never heal And the truth was that Isaacs words offered no instant relief Instead he told me to wait Wait until God came Wait in weakness until He came to make me strong In His time He would renew my strength and exchange my weariness of soul for wings like an eagle to soar above the emotional Tree of Life plans ground breaking ceremony for May 25 Tree of Life Fellowship of New Braunfels is planning a new seat sanctuary to be developed on the 625 Loop 337 property Tree of Life Fellowship will celebrate 16 years of service to the New Braunfels community in August Ground breaking ceremonies will take place on the site of the new addition located just southeast of the current facility The ceremony will beheld Regular Sunday services willbe hejd in the sanctuary and after the ground breaking ceremony The new sanctuary has been designed by architect Ross McCready of Tulsa Okla McCready is a graduate of Texas University School of Architecture He had designed numerous churches while working with Morkowsky Associates of San Antonio before moving to Tulsa McCready designed this facility in association with Hesson Andrews Sotomayor of San Antonio Hesson Andrews Sotomayors accomplishments include a variety of churches schools and commercial buildings including Alamo Heights United Methodist Church and the Bible Study Fellowship Campus The new facility will accommodate the main worship center with a balcony prayer room and garden bookstore and spacious foyer Karen Duncan senior pastor of Tree of Life Fellowship said she was blessed by the faithfulness of God and the congregation of Tree of Life She said the new facility was simply a tool for bringing in the harvest of lost souls Submitted by Tree of Life Fellowship Recently Moved Getting Married New Baby Give us a call Una Davis CISD 6090273 ELCOME jAGON Judy Walllsch NPISD 6258743 Jo Cflnn Gaffeu W of my Y for Uomorrow you become 91Cy 9 ft Were celebrating our 20th anniversary 1 1 it and this gift is for you 2O OFF On dineIn menu Items only Good anytime thriugh May u OMAS HAUS RESTAURANT 2X0 6253280 i u If ghetto I subsisted in It is some of the best advice Ive ever gotten In todays church world we have come to depend on everything except Gods intervention We look to Christian counselors to unpack our emotional baggage We depend on pastors to fill us up with Gods Word in order to get us through the week Tapes videos classes seminars and huge special events give us instant response to trouble All of this is good and much of it is necessary But sometimes God says no to it all He wants us to stop trying to get fixed and instead wants us to wait It is the hardest task you can ever do It is also the surest way to really change the ugliness of your life Oh God change me Andrew Fuller a preacher in the 1700s said Its not under the sharpest but the longest trials that we are most in danger of Gods way is slow and deliberate Back to my story There is no doubt I have changed I am not the same person I was last May I still lack the wings of an eagle but I am walking out of the wilderness And heres the point Maybe God is saying the same thing to you Maybe He wants you to stop trying everyones best solutions stop trying to understand the issues and simply wait on Him For as long as it takes He will come After all He did promise Stop fretting that you will never change God did not bring you this far to leave you He is more committed to changing you than you can imagine So grab the lifeline Secure the anchor And just sit quietly and wait Your redemption draweth nigh Dennis Gallaher is pastor of Freedom Fellowship Church in New in QLLBRECHTS PHARMACY FariiilyQwnixl Since Mothers Day Gifts Cards 6253211 339 Main Plaza RADZOl 10 MINUTE CHMTCMI The Unitarian Universalists will have Joanne KingSinnett public affairs officer of the San Antonio Planned Parenthood to speak at Wednesday at the Faith United Church of Christ 970 Loop 337 She will discuss the goals of that organization and the difficulties faced in attaining those goals Child care is available The public is invited atmrian ti antr Authentic German and American Food Atmosphere Entertainment for the Whole Family MOTHERS DAY SPECIAL Sunday May 11 llam3pm All You Can Eat ONUY Turkey with frrj Dressing Roast Beef Children 12 Served with soup tfPrice salad vegetables Reservations Accepted desert 6350815 BIERGARTEN ENTERTAINMENT Sat 10th SwinginDutchmen Sat 17th Seven Sat 24th Littl Fisherman Orchestra Sat 31st Cloverleaf Orchestra LOCATED NEXT TO SCHLITTERBAHN RESORT OFFICE