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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas GA □ Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, May 9, 1997 ^"BMflBMHBRHBMBNMMBHBBBBMBMBMMMMBBMMMMNMMHNHMMMBBHHflMNBflBB Herald Z e i t u n g Church Life BTO talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about Church Life, call 625-9144, ext. 220.Church LifeSometimes it’s 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 status quo of life. I 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 I hate . Oh God. change me!” Being presented with change was so unpleasant that it caused me to beg God to cliange me. Ev en 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 didn’t forget what I had learned about myself. I didn’t 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: B God’s Word sheds light in darkness. B His Word comforts the deepest pain. B God’s Word is the marker between survival and ruin. As a Bible college student, I learned to use God’s 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 Ground breaking for the new San Marco* Baptist Association office building, Business 35 North across from tbs CISG offices, was held May 1. Taking part in the ceremony ware, 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 vies 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 two-acre building site; Carol Carpenter, secretary; Dee Bran nan, construction coordinator; Gerald Thornton, chairman of the Building Plans Committee; Kenneth King, director of missions; and Randy and Joyce Taylor, building contractors. Religion Briefs AN 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 Caste!! Street, turning on Garden Street and returning to the plaza via Seguin Street. All participants should assemble at Sts. Peter and Paul by 9:30 a m. Children may ride bicycles under supervision. This is a cross-demoninational event and everyone is welcome. SHN some openings for 'Kids Day Out’ program A few spaces are still available in the new “Kids Day Out” pre-school program that will begin in September at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church. There are still a few openings for 3-year olds and 4-year-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 a rn. to I p.m. 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 625-5141. First Protestant sponsors Mood drive First Protestant Church is sponsoring a blood drive May 18. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will be accepting donors from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center located on Coll Street. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the church office at 609-7729. Spring Festival on tap at Rock Hill Gospel Church Rock Hill Gospel Church is sponsoring a Spring Festival Splash ‘97 from 9 a m. to 4 p.m. May 17 at the church, Interstate 35 South in New Braunfels. The festival will benefit a nonprofit summer camp. Barbecue, a dunking booth, moon jump, crafts and a multi-purpose 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 Men’s 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 B.B.A. in pre-law 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 men’s class. The luncheon will be noon Tuesday at Tree Tops Restaurant, 444 E. San Antonio. Tickets are $7 each, and are available at the door. For information call 629-5725, 629-1760 or 606-0737. 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 don’t 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 Isaac’s 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 1,200 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 be held on May>2rfiat 10:30 a.m. Regular Sunday services win be held in the sanctuary bWo?£ 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 A&M 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,    Sotomayor’s 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) ghetto I subsisted in. It is some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten. In today’s church world, we have come to depend on everything except God’s intervention. We look to Christian counselors to unpack our emotional baggage. We depend on pastors to fill us up with God’s 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: “It’s not under the sharpest, but the longest trials that we are most in danger of fainting.” God’s way is slow and deliberate. Recently Moved? Getting Married? New Baby? Give us a calli Usa Omit CISO 50041273 02147a Glo: DCimSerfy CTlnn Gaffey you ’re the /3oue of my J3ife Gan V To)ait for ^tomorrow lo)hen you become JlCy Jo)ife IrDoue Joreuer, bodger and this gift is for you!20% OFF (Oe (Hula mn ileal oily) Good anytime though May lf. 1997 OMA'S RESTAURANT _    (*10) 625-3280 * NwrBreunleli»»» Obsess 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 here’s the point. Maybe God is saying the same thing to you. Maybe He wants you to stop trying everyone’s 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 Braunfels.) SLEEP STORE FUTON GALLERY 1439 S. Business 35 625-5513 ollbrecht's I* ll A K M A C Y I <multi 1 ’u'uuj Sun i■ UHM I Mother’s Day Gifts & Cards 685-3211 339 Main Baza The Unitarian Universalists will have Joanne King-Sinnett, public affairs officer of the San Antonio Planned Parenthood, to speak at 7:30pm 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. ffiabarian billage &e£taurant anb Piergarten Authentic German and American Food & Atmosphere 44Entertainment for the Whole Family" Motiilk’s Day Special Sunday, May ll, llam-Spm All You (’iin Eat ONLY I m ki*y with Dressing A Boast $7.50 Heel ('Inldren 11 ^ under Served with soup, I'l ice Reservations Accepted salad, vegetables & desert. 625-0815 Iii LUG AUTEN KM KUTA I NM ENT Sat. 10th. Swingin’ Dutchmen (7:30- 11:30) Sat. 17th. Seven Dutchmen (7:30-11:30) Sat. 24th Litt’l Fisherman Orchestra Sat. Slat Cloverleaf Orchestra LOCATED NEXT TO SCHLITTERBAHN RESORT OFFICE ;

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