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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                6A g HeraldZeitung g Church Life To talk with News Editor Sue England about Church Life call 6259144 ext 221 Church Give poor old Joe Camel a fighting chance I guess 1 just never realized the power and influence he wielded I would see him on billboards and in magazines like everyone else I mustve been immune to his seductive messages You see since I am not a smoker 1 have a hard time understanding the recent firing of a nice camel like Joe He seemed innocent enough playing pool hanging out at dance halls and generally doing the stuff of life I guess the difference was that he always had a cigarette hanging out of his mouth The obvious conclusion must be according to Congress and the president at least that life cannot be as fun unless you are a middleeastern quadruped that dresses chic and smokes like a factory I am not here to question such a move on the part of those who provide visionary leadership for me and other citizens of this great land I am more Tim Judkins concerned about Joe himself now that he is unemployed After all he was just doing what all camels do wasnt he How could he know he had more influence than any human Maybe he has little camels at home and could therefore understand the role and impact of a parent Would his little camels smoke because of their dads celebrity or because he was their parental example How could he have known that his visible presence not the actual presence of peers and parents would apparently alter the inclinations of young people everywhere Nine years of gainful employment down the drain This whole thing must make Joes self esteem plummet As a leader in the church community I wonder if there isnt some way we can make lemons out of lemonade Since it was Joe Camel that kept smoking alive for the last decade imagine what could happen for Christianity if he started working for us Our pews would be filled with young people if only we gave the job of promoting church attendance to Joe I picture him on a billboard sitting in church hymnal in hand looking dapper as ever having a greafrtime We could call him Joe Church Or what if we wanted to get people reading the Bible Joe Bible to the rescue There he is calmly and coolly flipping through the pages of sacred text My guess is that bookstores would needto stock up on Bibles to be able to handle the demand We wouldnt have to rely on people influencing others peer pressure to spread the Good News anymore That tried and true method just wpnt cut it now that we know what really makes the advertising difference Like the smoking industry Christianity could survive and apparently grown by enlisting Joe to simply be himself but with a Christian twist Evangelism classes and programs would no longer be necessary Billy Graham really could retire and we could just sit back and watch the results Maybe we could even hook up Joe with the beer frog Why didnt we think of this before I may have trouble talking the rest of the day with my tongue so firmly planted in my cheek Tim Judkins is an associate minister at First Protestant Church in New SALTeens From left are SALTeens Sara Soderberg Emily Pendleton Chris Gabbard Chris Hughes Joy Oavid Wheat and Martin Moeller Area youth take their spirit on the road Seven youth from Community Christian Church 1750 IVlcQueeney Road in New Braunfels joined with 80 other young people on an eightstate singing tour from June 1529 The group called SALTeens Singing and Living Truth is comprised of teenagers from several southwestern states The program is sponsored by Dallas Christian College in Dallas where the youth spend one week practicing a program filled with skits and songs that tell a story of one mans search for truth and meaning in Christianity The second week was spent taking their program One Great to various churches where they gave nine concerts in seven days This years tour took the group to churches in Oklahoma Arkansas Missouri Tennessee Georgia Alabama Louisiana and Texas One of the most meaningful and climactic moments came when the directors young son gave his life to Christ on the night of the last concert and was immersed into Christ at the close of the program The SALTeens program touches lives every year in each church and provides a great opportunity for youth to use their talents to glorify God Local Church Briefs First Methodist VBS Come celebrate Jesus at First United Methodist Church July 21July 25 from 9 until noon Bring a Tshirt to decorate Closing will be Friday July 25 at noon Good News Stampede Roundup at Eastside Baptist Yeeha Come to the Good News Stampede Roundup at Eastside Baptist Church 983 Holly As a followup to Vacation Bible School evangelist Rudy Hernandez will be speaking to all ages on Wednesday July 23 at 3 at the church Rudy began preaching at the age of 13 and has worked with Billy Graham In addition he has held crusades in many countries around the world Come hear this dynamic speaker and then stay for a free hot dog supper Red white and blue blood drive at First Protestant In keeping with the patriotic theme for July First Protestant church is sponsoring a Proud to be an American blood drive The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will be accepting donors on Sunday July 20 1997 from until in the Family Life Center IbcattdKoh Coll St As a donors will be entered into a drawing for two round trip airfares courtesy of Southwest Airlines Appointments may be scheduled by calling the church office at 6097729 youth raise voices in All State Baptist choir Two New Braunfels youth will perform with the Texas Baptist All State Youth Choir Band and Strings Builder plans to clone giant roadside crosses By MARK BABINECK Associated Press Writer GROOM Texas AP Steve Thomas thought that one gigantic roadside cross would be enough of an advertisement for Jesus to counteract contrary messages along Interstate 40 in the Texas Panhandle Turns out his 190foot Christian tribute was just the beginning 1 cant tell you all the people that want to build a said Thomas who will mark the second anniversary of the cross construction on Sunday A lot of them cant raise that kind of money Thomas and other donors including landowner Chris Britten have supplied the approximately the project has cost thus far That price includes a tomb replica a series of bronze statues depicting Jesus march to crucifixion and a hut to house a copy of the Shroud of Turin Thomas has established Cross Ministries in his nearby hometown of Pampa to handle donations and turn the metal cross into a human endeavor Its a big umbrella and under that well design crosses around the said Thomas who added that hes helping with cross plans near Effingham and Tampa Fla Were also having healing ministries and we minister to people coming off the Studies conducted by Amarillo businesses have shown that to cars travel east and west along 140 which runs across the Panhandle along fabled Route Effingham resident John Schultz said he was moved by the cross while returning with his wife from their Phoenix winter home So moved in fact that hes building his own I was highly impressed with said Schultz a retiree I thought it sent a good message If we complete our plan we hope to put a radio transmitter in Try taking a hint from the sheep Once upon a time a weary traveler was wandering down a dark and scary road Suddenly there appeared before him a bright and marvelous castle with a welcome sign over the entrance Knowing he had reached rest and safety at last the traveler felt glad Approaching the open gate he saw u strange sight Other lost travelers were walking right past the castle as if it wasnt there He asked a castle resident about this strange behavior and heard this reply This is a magic castle It can be seen only by those who realize and admit they have lost their way The castle cant appear to persons who pretend to know where they are going who demand their own way Your own selfhonesty made this castle appear to you Enter for all its riches are now For each of us who have lost our way let us be like the lost sheep who have lost their shepherd in the gospel of Mark 6 3034 Today there are many who seem to be like sheep without a shepherd There are many who are blown along and tossed like corks amid the winds and waves of changing fashion Christ alone offers a steady and unfailing point of reference Christ stands before us Mike Peinemann who have gone astray and need a guide he stands before the people of our time as they seek for some unity to their lives Each individual wants unity within himself human groups seek for unity the people of the Earth are looking for common ways of thinking and for a common life There is only one hope of succeeding in this manifold quest for unity and that is to find unity in Christ who as Shepherd has shed his blood in order to bring people of the word together in unity and peace Like the lost travelers we must use our own selfhonesty to realize that without faith in this one Shepherd there can be no unity and no peace With all of the world and international problems there can be no unity and peace until all people are united in the leadership of the one true Christ Each Christian must be faced with this truth and must assume the responsibility as a shepherd he must show others the way This is not an easy task or goal Within our human limitations and understanding everyone is looking for an easy way We must be on guard in solving the worlds problems We must show the world the true way and there is only one true way that leads to lasting life This true way has been shown to us by Christs Cross and only this blood sacrifice on the Cross can give peace and unite men on a common road As each of us travel through our lives unfinished and incomplete at this moment it seems to be the most perfect if not puzzling of all parables Your own lifes story is filled with the mystical and the marvelous Only because you have lived it does it seem ordinary and even plain Step back take time to reflect Tell yourself the story of you And as you listen to your personal history see behind the common and ordinary that which is extraordinary See behind your daily routines the Divine Mystery weaving a tale of wonder and magic that touches both good and evil darkness and light Since your life at this moment is still unfinished we should refer to Psalm 34 56 The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want In verdant pastures he gives me repose Beside restrul waters he leads me he refreshes my soul He guides me in right paths for his name sake Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes You anoint my head with oil my cup overflows Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to Mike Peinemann is a deacon candidate at Sts Peter and Paul T HILL COUNTRY CHRISTIAN CHURCH Disciples of Christ A Mew Christian Church in Formation Sunday Worship CaJISSO2019 In the Heart of downtown Bujyerde Texas as they present two concerts at the Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center Dallas at 3 and 7 on July 19 Carrie Chancy and Laura Cook are a part of the 340member group auditioned from Baptist churches across the state After the concerts at the symphony hall the AllState performers will divide into four smaller groups on July 20 and present concerts at various Baptist churches The performances will culminate a week of intensive study and rehearsal on the campus of Abilenes Hardin Simmons University led by Cynthia Sheppard and Rob Tucker of Howard Payne University Brownwood SJV Boys Town gets grant to help homeless families According to recent statistics of San Antonios homeless population are families with children Of those 79 percent are headed by single parents and 76 children Now thanks to a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development through the city of San Antonio the worldfamous Father Flanagans Boys Town will be able to help some of these families and children who have been severely traumatized as a result of homelessness Through its Family Preseivation Services program Father Flanagans Boys Town of San Antonio division will offer 24hour intervention services to homeless families geared toward helping parents with their childrens behavior and assisting with job placement skills According to Sherry Treinen Boys Town of San Antonios Family Preservation Services coordinator research suggests that children of homeless families have greater exposure to stress and child behavior problems are significantly higher than in children with homes Cosmic Christians Photo submitted The Mens Bible Study Group of Caleb Ministries celebrates Charlie Dukes 25th anniversary of the Apollo 6 flight Caleb Ministries celebrated Charlie Dukes 25th anniversary of Apollo 16 Scott Tjernagel of Caleb Ministries and his Mens Bible Study Group recently honored Charlie and Dottie Duke with a barbecue at the home of Norma and Austin Barber A large gathering of friends celebrated Charlies moon exploration as a crew member of Apollo 16 25 years ago Tribute was paid to Dottie and Charlie for their worldwide evangelism ministry Charlie has been an active member of the Caleb Bible Study Program for many years Charlie an avid hunter was presented with a new deer blind designed by Paul Tadlock Those interested in furthering their Christian walk are invited to attend the Caleb Ministry Bible Study which meets above Henne Hardware every Wednesday from 78 For further information contact Scott Tjernagel at 6256085 The Unitarian Lniversalists will learn about Edgar Cayce from Ida Sing We Will meet on Wednesday July 23 at at the Faith United Church of Christ 907 North Loop 337 Public invited REVIVAL Everyone Welcome Date July 1820 Location Victory Temple Church Independent Pentecostal 134 Deborah Drive New Braunfels Texas 78130 Phone 830 6081300 or 6257491 i K Ml Revival Evangelist Rev B J Womack Special Singing I Prayer for Sick I Healing Services 56 HI ZStborah Or Victory Church   

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