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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                6A g HeraldZeitung Q Friday June 13 1997 i t u n g Church Life To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about Church Life call 625 9144 ext 220 Church Page Thetru This past Sunday 1 had the privilege of being part of a team that ministered at a local nursing home in our city The congregation was more than 60 strong with more spirit and joy than is found in most churches on any given Sunday I cut my ministry teeth preaching in nursing homes While in Bible college I worked as an orderly in a home and also took on the responsibilities of preaching on Sunday afternoons After 20 years of ministering and preaching in all kinds of places my nursing home pulpit remains one of my fondest No matter how humble the beginning beginnings always linger with tenderness After the singing and preaching this past Sunday our ministry team prayed for each of the folks who had come to church Most had a specific request But one lady I prayed for taught me a truth I will not soon forget I had watched her through the service She was one of the many who radiated joy and hope As I approached her and asked her how I could pray for her her face broke into a wide joyfilled smile There is really nothing that 1 need Jesus to Dennis Gallaher she said He has given me everything I could ever hope for You cant imagine how thankful 1 am For a moment I just looked into her face trying to decide whether she was really telling me the truth Her eyes crystal clear down to her soul and her radiant smile said it all Here was a saint who knew her Great Shepherd She could truly say The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want How could someone who had every right to want something more out of life want nothing From where I sat it appeared that she could use a lot of things From where she sat God had given her all It is the paradox of grace Grace the most precious gift of unrelenting favor is a most personal and private giving Most have been taught to insist through prayer that God deliver us from trouble But Gods ways are more often seen in His desire to give grace instead of deliverance This is a tough pill to swallow for us raised to have our own way about life Circumstances painful and long do not always change But Gods grace is available daily to see us through Saint Paul had an occasion to record his history of troubles By his own accounting he was whipped 39 lashes five times beaten with rods thrice stoned and left for dead shipwrecked robbed and run out of town too often to number What did he learn He learned that Gods grace was sufficient Religion briefs First Baptist offers aerobics classes to a Christian beat First Baptist Church of New Braunfels offers evening step aerobics classes through the summer Classes resume at 6 June 24 and will be at 6 Tuesdays and Thursdays until midAugust The cost is a class with nursery available for All classes use upbeat contemporary Christian music Call 6259124 for information First Protestant VBS explores the wild frontier The Wild Frontier Bible Theme Park vacation Bible school will open at First Protestant Church at the corner of Seguin Avenue and Coll Street from 6 to June 16 lo 20 The theme park will be producing fun and games for children ages 3 through sixthgrade A seventhand eighthgrade class will also be available Call 6097729 for information Christ Presbyterian hosts City of God conference Christ Presbyterian Church will host world renowned author and scholar Dr James Montgomery Boice June 27 and 28 Boice will be teaching his popular conference entitled The City of The City of God conference is designed to help Christians live biblically in a secular culture The conference is based on the Boice book Two Cities Two which draws heavily from St Augustines teaching about the City of Man and the City of God Pastor Dick Jones said that while are many issues today which all Christians should be concerned about there are few truly biblical prespectives being offered in the Church on how to view those The result according to Jones is that Christians are often tossed from one extreme to another vulnerable to demagogues and charlatans who would take advantage of their The conference will equip Christians to deal with these he said For more information about The City of God conference call Christ Presbyterian Church at 6290405 The church is located at 1620 E Common Submitted by Christ Presbyterian Church Lets Follow Jesus at St Johns Episcopal VBS Lets Follow Jesus is the theme for this years vacation Bible school at St Johns Episcopal Church at 312 S Guenther St From to noon on June 23 through 28 children ages 3 through the sixth grade this fall will learn how Jesus loves guides protects and cares for them all the time They will enjoy crafts games and exciting stories each day from Gods word For more information and registration call 6252532 Submitted by Lynda Roseborough Auditions open for Jesus Christ Superstar in Auditions will be held for the SASPA production of Jesus Christ Superstar from 6 to 8 Monday at 12915 Jones Maltsberger Road Suite 200 in San Antonio The production runs on weekends from July 18 through 27 at McAllister Auditorium Call Scott Conway at 210 4952787 for information Food service Photo submitted Members of the United Methodist Women recently held a roast beef dinner and earned a profit of At the May meeting it was voted to distribute the funds as follows each to the Emergency Childrens Fund the Community Service Center and the Inc Food Bank Here UMW President Lee Hatch presents a check to Will Doolittle of Inc Photo submitted United Methodist Women President Lee Hatch gives a check to Susie Garcia of the Community Service Center as roast beef dinner chairwoman Joni Ewing looks on Joyftil voices grow sweeter with age By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Ninetytwoyearold Elna Frazier never took voice lessons or learned to play a musical instrument but that hasnt stopped her from singing in the Sonshine Singers at First Baptist Church in New Braunfels When thenminister of music John Hushing began recruiting people to form the choir in 1983 Frazier was one of about 15 members to answer the call When 1 joined I told John I can not read a note He said Just make a joyful noise arid the Lord will bless she said who worked for 44 years as a firstgrade teacher is the oldest member in the senior choir The group has grown to more than 55 members and recently formed a 35 member ukulele band to accompany the singing The singers keep as active as a roomful of toddlers They have traveled across the nation to such locations as Missouri Denver and Eureka Springs singing at churches music festivals and RV parks Its really a thrill to hear them and a lot of times they will memorize the said Rushing who is now the minister of senior adults Its a thrill just to stand there and listen to them Over the years they improved in their singing Most of all the choir members said they enjoyed the fellowship Johnye Smithee 77 was one of the original singers in he group who said she joined to express her relationship with God 1 love every minute of said Smithee who moved to the San Antonio area from Waco in 1957 We get on a bus and have fun from the minute we get on the bus until the time we get off Theres a lot of singing during the bus The choir is taking a break this summer but will begin rehearsals again this fall members said Their selection of songs are a mix of contemporary and traditional tunes members said that they sing before a human and divine audience John Lee said he joined immediately upon moving to New Braunfels in 1991 It makes us feel better that we have a place we can serve and contribute to the overall said Lee 79 a bass in the choir Its just really great to know that youre serving the Lord and thats what its all College students help others for summer vacation More than 110 college and university students will meet in New Braunfels for a World Changers national work project Saturday through June 21 fhe participants who pay iheir expenses for the project will several local residents by making muchneeded repairs to their homes The type of work in which they will be involved includes repairing roofs building porches replacing ceilings installing insulation and painting After a full day of work they will enjoy an evening program including music and Bible study Sponsored by the Southern Biiptist Brotherhood Commission World Changers stresses handson involvement through participalion in home construction and renovation work Through the program participants learn about missions firsthand by becoming personally involved in helping others The Community Council of South Central Texas will work with World Changers to select projects focusing on specific needs in the area Together they hope to make a strong positive impact on the community Submitted by World Changers The word means to have complete confidence in Gods adequate supply Later Paul wrote to the church that he had learned to be quite content whatever his circumstances He was just as happy with much as with little He had found the recipe for being happy whether his hands were full or empty Through trouble through trouble he discovered he could make it in the One who made him who he was The lady at the nursing home knew that too That was what was different about her life She was genuinely content Even though she had little in my eyes her capacity for Gods grace was much greater than my sightless eyes could see We prayed none the less Not to gain anything but instead a great prayer of thanksgiving I could not thank God for her good health her good fortune or her abundant provision She had none of these But what she did have was so much more and she knew it She had her Fathers favor She had her Fathers greater grace She had what I need which is eyes to see the true riches of Gods grace in her life Next time maybe she should pray for me Dennis Gallaher is pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Church of New The HeraldZeitung welcomes photographs brief announcements news articles and columns concerning faith and religion from all area churches To submit an item for the church life page drop it off at 707 Landa St or call Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson or News Editor Sue England at 6259144 Srardens presents Lessons in Nature a lecture by Gardenville founder Saturday June 14th pm Malcolm Beckis a leading authority in the field of organic growing by and learn how to work with nature Call for more information 658 Landa Street New Braunfels HILL COUNTRY CHRISTIAN CHURCH Disciples of Christ A New Christian Church in Formation Sunday Worship Call 9802019 rtearE of downtwn jf Fathers Day Gifts Cards 6253211 339 Main Plaza SELECT HGMES Well Locate Your Land for Your New Home Cross Lutheran School Child Care Center We provide a high standard of academic education that revolves around a Christian Care Atmosphere Accepting Enrollment PreK through 2nd grade 6253969 169 S Hickory New Braunfels The Unitarian Universalfsts Will not meet on Wednesday June 18 but will meet on Saturday June 21 from noon to whenever for a Summer Solstice potluok dinner al a member house We will bo joining with member from the Live Oak UU congregation from Austin for this celebration Call 6257004 for directions and car pool information First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School June 1620 AMNoon Age 5 5th Grade Call 6259124 for Info   

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