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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas JA O HeraldZeitung g Friday July Lite To talk with News Editor Sue England about Church Life call 6259144 ext 221 Church Life A little bread a little nine So what9s the big deal Most Americans seem to agree that no matter what church you attend there are certain practices that are common to all One practice is baptism even though its form of varies among denominations Another practice that all churches do is Communion Some refer to it as while others may call it The Lords Simply defined Communion is that event in which a person will ingest some bread in the form of a wafer or cracker and drink some win grape juice and by so doing remember the physical death of Jesus Christ The activity has endured because it was given by Jesus himself to his disciples before his death and they were instructed to continue it afterward While most recognize the Communion service as a common activity in all churches there is some disagreement about who is allowed to participate This issue came into focus for me recently when 1 was talking with a friend He told me that he had attended a church here in New Braunfels about a year ago and refused to return after the minister made some comments from the pulpit about who could receive Communion Tim Judkins Local church news Cross Lutheran School accepts students preK through secondgrade Cross Lutheran is just one of more than Lutheran Schools in North America that teach a quarter of a million students Lutheran schools were established in America as early as 1640 in the colony of Delaware by Pastor Reorus Torkillus The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod Texas District has been educating chijdren since the early 1880s Cross Lutheran School has been involved in Christian education for many years having been established in 1928 Lutheran Schools make up the largest Protestant school system in the United States and are found in nearly every state with several hundred in other countries Fiftynine percent of Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod congregations are involved in operating one or more schools an increase of 9 percent in two years An average of 37 percent of the children attending Lutheran Schools belong to nonLutheran churches and 13 percent are unchurched source Schools of The Lutheran Church Missouri If you would be interested in involving your child in an education atmosphere that revolves around Christian care and concern call the Cross Lutheran School and Child Care Center office at 6293969 or visit the Cross Lutheran Church and Child Care Center at 169 S Hickory in New Braunfels The school starts at pre For my friend it was a matter of being offended at the suggestion that if one were not a Christian believer in Jesus and he or she received the bread and wine they would go to hell My friend found this statement more universally unacceptable than personally applicable I know that some churches refuse to give Communion to nonmembers of their particular congregation Others have a policy of openness that allows anyone who is a believer to accept the elements of Communion My question is this Whats the big deal Where in scripture do we find that Communion is a heaven or hell issue Can it be true that for the person who receives the bread and wine during a Communion service kindergarten and goes through second grade Winona Oberkampf is director Spaces still available in First Presbyterian Kids Day Out 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 four years who wish to be a part of this exciting dew ministry to families yoiiajg children The program that will be held at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church 373 Howard St Classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 1 from September through May Suzy Wilkinson will serve as director of this innovative new program For more information but does not have a lifegiving personal relationship with Jesus based on repentance of sin and commitment to Christ as Lord that the flames of hell will not burn hotter Maybe Im missing something here but it seems to me that the people who have not received Jesus as forgiver and established him as their personal leader is going to hell anyway and taking Communion simply is a matter of eating some bread and drinking some wine It could be compared to person who decides to get baptized but similarly has not made Jesus the unequivocal leader of his entire life All that would be happening at the baptism is that he would get wet We find in scripture 1 Corinthians 11 that Communion and its benefits call the Kids Day Out office at 629 2286 Dr Kay Turner speaks at Unitarian service The Unitarian Universalists will have Dr Kay Turner author artist and folklorist of Austin speak at the Faith United Church of Christ 970 N 337 Wednesday She will speak on a millennial interpretation of the spirituality of an Ifkernate lifestyle The public is ihvited Oakwood Baptist fajwily at Clvw Center Sunday Oakwood Baptist Church will be having a Special Family Service at the Civic Center at Sunday Everyone is invited to attend Pastor and consequences are for BELIEVERS Judgment falls on a believer who ingests the elements of Communion without giving proper regard to its history and significance This would be the person who claims to have Jesus as his leader yet on a daily basis he is living for himself and practicing sin as a lifestyle For thjs person to join with others in a service that remembers our fallen condition and proclaimsour ongoing need for and commitment to a Savior named Jesus is something that God apparently dislikes It is hypocritical at best and dishonest at worst The bottom line is this Let anyone take Communion but be aware that only those who enjoy a personal relationship with Jesus reap the joyous benefits of His presence both Rays message is entitled Elements of a Healthy Child care is provided for birth through 4 years of age at the church 2154 Loop 337 North There will be a continental breakfast beginning at Come to Oakwood and see what the excitement is all about Call 625 0267 for information Faithful donate with American pride at 1st Protestant Mood In keeping with the patriotic theme for July First Protestant Church sponsored a Proud to be an American blood drive July 20 The Department of Mission and Service hosted the community drive where the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center saw 35 willing donors of which 28 were able to donate Sincere thanks are extended to the during and following the service Others who claim to be Christian and ingest the elements as a magical experience to keep them saved or in good standing with Ood are fooling themselves and according to scripture bringing on Gods judgment Communion should be the renewal of our Christian vows Its an opportunity to remember our fallen condition to worship our Savior and to renew our daily commitment to Him Perhaps we should spend our energy more on these issues than who is or isnt allowed to eat at the Lords table Ultimately it is God who decides who can come and dine Tim Judkins as an associate minister at First Protestant Church in New members and friends of First Protestant Church and the community for their support Donors by Mitzi Dreher a member of the Department of Mission and Service and blood drive coordinator Charlene Nolte Members of the department provided homemade cookies for the donors As a bonus all donors were entered into a drawing for two round trip airfares courtesy of Southwest Airlines The department would like to recognize some firsttime donors Mitzi Gibson Justin Dunlap and Brett Cline These young people of the community are to be commended for their participation The next blood drive will be Oct 5 Mark it on your calendar to participate in this vital mission of First Protestant Church Youthled churches bring young adults back to religion W r r t 4 No dress code no nonsense draw Generation X to church By STACY MORFORD Associated Press Writer GEORGETOWN Ky AP The sign behind the pulpit reads Passion in and the enthusiastic faces filling Trinity Assembly of Gods allyouth worship service are living the words There is no dress code A passion for God and for life is the only protocol and the growing number of teenagers who flock here and to a few other Generation Xoriented churches across the country say that freedom to worship in their own way has turned their lives around In your traditional church service they sit a long time they sing a couple of hymns and they dont get real loud Here we dont hold said Tina McDonald 17 barely audible above the wail of an electric guitar on a recent Sunday at Trinity In the gymnasiumturnedyouth worshiphall 70 teenagers sing hugging one another and swaying to the rhythm Their words have been in hymnals for centuries but the music is closer to Smashing Pumpkins than Handel This is nothing like their parents worship service in the church a few yards down the hill and many of the teens say they wouldnt be here if it was Todays youth are searching for something to believe in and many are finding it in religion Trinity youth pastor Michael White said In his ministry training in Indiana Ohio and Virginia White 28 dealt with youngsters aching for acceptance and often finding it in street gangs and cults They needed something to believe in something that wasnt forced on them by the adult world he said White put religions morality lessons in teen language and control in their hands and the teenagers took it from there In less than two years his congregation in the town of went from an average of 15 teens to more than 100 Trinitys Sunday morning and Wednesday night youth services became so popular and so loud earlier this year that a neighbor complained and the county in response required the church to soundproof its youth hall The teens say it hasnt changed the way they worship and instead has increased attendance When kids hear theres a church without adults where they can pretty much do what they want they want to see McDonald said They want to be part of In a Waco church 900 miles from Trinity Chris Seay sits on a stool before his congregation casually discussing the weeks events their Theyre not looking for glorified religion They want the nuts and bolts they want to see some hard and fast fruit they want to make a difference and theyre willing to put in the Rev D Edward Williams pastor of First Baptist Church of Wheaton Md implications and how Christ would have responded Most of his congregation at University Baptist is under 30 putting them among the first generation of Americans in which the majority has no church affiliation Seay said Yet despite the national trend of young adults shying away from religion University Baptist has grown from a handful of Baylor University students two years ago to more than members The message hasnt he said But the way its delivered the way our people relate to one another is very different than churches of the Like White Seay avoids lecturing and staid routine His congregation is more comfortable with a storytelling approach to ministry and to the music which has more of a Counting Crows Dave Matthews kind of he said Church services like Whites and Seays are rare say youth ministry leaders for the countrys major religions But they say more churches are opening their ears to what teens and young adults have to say and trusting them to keep the faith The Catholic Church started an international youth summit 24 years ago that has been drawing millions of teens for worship and conferences on the issues affecting society and their religious beliefs Next month the conference convenes in Paris When it met in Denver four years ago young adults attended Older teens in the Mormon Church and Jehovahs Witnesses have long been trusted to spread their religions word as missionaries And teens in other churches increasingly are turning to outreach as well using their summer vacation as mission trips to build houses for poor families or to work in innercity soup kitchens Theyre not looking for glorified said the Rev D Edward Williams of First Baptist Church of Wheaton near Washington They want the nuts and bolts Theyre not closed on the subject of religion but they want to see some hard and fast fruit they want to make a difference and theyre willing to put in the Williams emphasizes the importance of youth but cautions against separate services saying it goes against the very principle churches have survived on for generations A body is better if its not Williams said We want the family to grow Family is what the youth at Trinity say theyve found with one another Its what they say keeps them coming back Some people have been real skeptical but we think its said Lydia Holder 18 Kids need direction and something they can know they can rely on Theyre searching for something Weve found it with HILL COUNTRY CHRISTIAN CHURCH Disciples of Christ A new Christian Church in Formation Sunday Worship Call 9802019 In the Heart of downtown Bulverde Texas State Department criticizes curbs on religious freedom NEW YORK AP In its first report on the persecution of Christians around the world the State Department sharply criticizes China for suppressing religious freedom The New York Times reported Tuesday The report which details international restrictions on religious freedom in 78 countries also asks Russian President Boris Yeltsin to veto a proposed law curbing the activities of evangelical and other religious groups in his country The report was obtained by the Times ahead of its scheduled Tuesday release Congress last year mandated a report on efforts to reduce international restrictions on the practice of Christianity but the State Department broadened its focus to include other persecuted groups such as Tibetans in China and animists in the Sudan The Chinese government has 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