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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 6A Q Herald-Zeitung g Friday. September 5,1997 H e r a Church Life ■ To talk with News Editor Sue England about Church Life, call 625-9144, ext. 221. ChurcnLife WMK* ? tyNNpprijpjn ; ‘ii rwefX r it' Death plays no favorites How can you measure your response to something as tragic as the 4eat^» of Diana, Princess of Wales? Why is it such a powerful event? Is it because of her celebrity status or was it just the traumatic nature of the accident? Maybe it was the suddenness of it all that causes us to pause and consider life’s delicacy. The untimely end of such a young and highly visible figure seems to generate the kind of thinking that most of us probably wish to avoid. These kinds of events and circumstances usually inspire questions about God. For instance, why would He allow this to happen? This question becomes even more poignant when we add to it the fact that Diana was so philanthropic and internationally popular. What we really want to ask is why would God allow such a thing to happen to someone like her and allow criminals, child abusers and other scum to continue living with no apparent justice? A 40-year-old woman falls from her tube in the Guadalupe River near Slumber Falls and dies. A young man with two friends tries to beat a train and fails. Children suffer accidents and die. Death plays no favorites. As difficult as these situations are, they have been around much longer than either you or I. In fact, Jesus found himself in a situation where apparent tragedy had occurred snuffing out the lives of 18 people Those who followed him asked the kind of .questions that humans do when we can’t figure out or It doesn't make sense. Their “need” to know how God fits into the picture was just like ours. The incident is found in Luke 13:4. Jesus says, “Or those 18 on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were Rev. Tim Judkins worse sinners than all other men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will likewise die.” Let’s put this in modem context and let Jesus speak to us: “Do you think that Lady Di, the woman who drowned in the Guadalupe, or Adam Trollinger were worse sinners because they died so tragically and so prematurely? I tell you no, that death plays no favorites and unless men and women turn from their sinful lifestyles, all will die.” Jesus is not making an association of tragic and untimely death with sinful living. He is, however, stating the obvious fact that physical death comes to all mankind. No matter how we deny it and fight it off, no matter how technology advances to preserve it, life on earth will end for us all. Jesus is saying that life can and often does end in ways that confuse and disturb us. The real issue is not how long we live or how tragically death finds us, but is our life bigger than that .’ Is our life properly focused and directed toward God so that if death were to deal a cruel and unfair blow, we could see it in light of the bigger picture of eternal existence? Since life is so fragile and death can be so unpredictable, let us be wise and see the full scope of existence from God’s point of view Accidents happen and people die, but life in Jesus is bigger than what we see and what we know. (Rev. Tim Judkins is associate pastor at First Protestant Church) Faithful join for Unity World Day of Prayer Every year Unity School of Christianity and its nondenominational prayer ministry, Silent Unity, select one special day, the second Thursday in September, and designate it “Unity World Day of Prayer.” This year it is Sept. 11. Unity World Day of Prayer is a time for people from many different faiths, cultures and nations to unify for one purpose: to pray. Prayer has been the cornerstone of the Unity movement for more than IOO years. Unity believes prayer is a powerful conduit for healing, harmony and understanding. Unity World Day of Prayer events will be conducted at many of the approximately 900 Unity churches and study groups around the world. Locally, Unity Church of New Braunfels’ membership will be in informal prayer that day to be participants. We invite you to join us in prayer where ever you are. This year’s theme is, “Be still and know that I am God,” These inspired words from Psalm 46:10 reveal the essence of prayer, which is a quiet inner knowing that God is in charge of everything. I he affirmation for this year’s World Day of Prayer is, “I open my heart to Your sacred presence, dear God, and trust in Your enduring love.” “Unity World Day of Prayer is a heart-to-heart connection with people all over the world who are preparing the same prayer, hungering for the same God, and looking for the same peace in their lives and in the world,” said Richard Jafolla, co-director of More than 3,000 see Tree of Life production “Angel, Is my name in that Book?” This was the question that hundreds of people asked themselves as they came to watch the production, “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames” at Tree of Life Fellowship Church. For four nights, more than 3,000 people came to watch this highly intense dramatized production. Every evening, hundreds of viewers came forward to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Many were turned away at the doors simply because there was not enough seating in the facility. “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames” is a high impact, emotionally compelling drama presentation designed to make people aware of the urgent necessity to consider their eternal destiny. A cast of 50 people, volunteers from Tree of Life Fellowship, acted out a series of vignettes about people who died and found themselves outside heaven’s gate asking the question, “Angel, is my name in your book? (Rev. 20:15). lf their name was found in the “Book of Life,” a choir of angels (recorded music) sang and the person was welcomed into heaven to be greeted by a smiling Jesus. However, when the answer Photo submitted Molly Osborn* plays an angst and Marie Pows* plays Jesus In tho recant Tree of Life Fellowship production of “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames.” was “no” the person was dragged off into hell. The drama thus depicted the biblical reality of heaven and hell, and that only through a personal “bom again” (John 3:3) salvation, experience with Jesus Christ could a person be assured of going to heaven. The production had to be extended to Wednesday because so many kept coming. Why are so many coming to a production such as this? Karen Duncan, Pastor of Tree of Life Fellowship said, “People are looking for real answers to life’s problems today. Our answers do not come in a bottle or drugs. We can’t run away from the darkness we face through suicide attempts. Our hearts long for change but how that change comes many ck) not know. It only comes through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is our friend and our hope in this life and the life to come.” More than 700 people found this to be true this week. Jesus is our friend and our hope! How about you — “is your name written in His book?” (Submitted by Tree of Life Fellowship)    ( Children’s Bible club combines social, spiritual enrichment Pioneer Club, a children’s Bible club which integrates personal and spiritual development through one and one-half hours of participatory instruction weekly was designed to minister to four major areas of need which children have. These needs must be met in order for proper personal and spiritual growth to occur. Many of them are met in the home, but others can be met or reinforced in Pioneer Club. Pioneer Club declares these four major areas of need to be: Security — Young children need to feel secure and can do so by experiencing security, first with their parents and then with other people in their world. Of course for ultimate security, children need to know God, so one of Pioneer Oub’s goals is to present Jesus Chnst as Savior and Lord Through feeling secure with human beings they can sec, children are enabled to begin to trust this God they cannot see. Pioneer Club leaders work toward meeting the need of security by being available, dependable, consistent and acting in loving ways as they point children toward the source of their security. Belonging — People need to feel that they belong to some groups and that their contributions are important, and children are no exception to this. For children, the family is the first such group, but in Pioneer Club children can make friends outside the family and experience feelings of belonging which‘Wilt widen their horizons and help them more readily experience belonging to God and His family. Self-Worth — It is important for children to see their values as individuals and establish a sense of identity as they grow. This sense of identity is established in part as children compare and contrast themselves with adults and peers of both sexes. The club provides a place where children can develop special relationships which will indeed prove to be fertile ground for the development of feelings of being loved and valued for who they are. Understanding that they are made in God’s image, that He loves them, and that He has a plan for them helps children to begin to value themselves as God values them. At the same time a desire is fostered to develop the qualities and characteristics God shows Himself to be pleased with in Scripture. Simultaneously, through being recognized for accomplishments with awards and praise. Pioneer Club members’ feelings of worth arc reinforced. Growth'Toward Independence — If allowed and encouraged to be industrious and creative, children can develop confidence rather than doubt and inferiority. This confidence helps them move toward healthy independence. For example, when children are consistently encouraged to question, weigh and choose from acceptable alternatives, they become more and more able to make good choices on their own. Pioneer Club guides (leaders) encourage this process by giving students freedom to question, by listening to their questions and respecting those questions, and by encouraging them to make decisions for themselves. Although Pioneer Club’s curriculum addresses these important areas of need, the club leaders themselves play the major role in meeting those needs. Leaders are seen as encouragers and motivators, as role models and mentors, as loving leaders creating a safe environment where children can feel secure, included, lovefkand capable. Pioneer Club can be Compared in some respects to scouting both in the growth it facilitates and in the format used to do so, i.e. award activities, games, opportunities for creativity, recreational ideas, singing, etc. but with the primary focus being on Christ in every phase of life. Christ Presbyterian Church invites people from the surrounding community to involve their children in this great opportunity. Pioneer Club begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Call Christ Presbyterian Church at 679-0405 for more information or to pre-register your child ages three through sixth-grade. (Submitted by Christ Presbyterian Church) Silent Unity. Ministers, friends and employees of Unity School of Christianity, located at Unity Village, near Kansas City, Mo., will keep a special 24-hour prayer vigil from midnight Sept. IO, until midnight Sept. 11. The names of people sent to Unity will be prayerfully and confidentially acknowledged. Last year, during this special prayer vigil, the names of nearly 1.5 million people were remembered in prayer “We truly believe that people want strongly in their hearts to be a part of a global prayer community,” said Mary-Alice Jafolla, co-director of Silent Unity. Unity School of Christianity was founded in 1889 and is open to all people seeking a spintual resource for daily living. It is the home of a worldwide ministry of prayer, education and publishing. Unity publishes the “Daily Word”, a monthly magazine of daily inspirational messages. Unity’s prayer ministry, Silent Unity, maintains a 24-hour prayer vigil every day of the year and receives more than two million letters and telephone calls annually. Anyone may call to receive prayer support at (816)969-2000. Locally you may call Dial a Prayer at 608-0515. Unity Church of New Braunfels meets for services at ll a m. Sunday morning at the senior center at 665 Landa St. Rev. Patti Brooks Krumnow is the minister. For more information about Unity call Ida Sing at 625-4642. (Submitted by Unity Church of New Braunfels)Area church newsFirst Protestant offers Contemporary Praise Service First Protestant Church invites area faithful to its Contemporary Praise Service, 9:15 a.m. Sunday in Schumann Hall at First Protestant, 172 W. Coll St. in New Braunfels. The message will be “Body Parts.” The service will include up-beat music, drama and open Communion. The Contemporary Praise Service is offered the first Sunday of each Month. (Submitted by First Protestant Church)CWBC luncheon features The Christian Business Men’s Club will have a luncheon at noon Tuesday at the Tree Tops Restaurant, 444 E. San Antonio. Dennis Rhoads will be the featured speaker. He is the president of Rhoads Interiors in New Braunfels. He has been married to his wife, Penny, for 33 years, and they have two grown children — Richard, who works in the business, and Shannon, who lives in Connecticut with her husband and children. Rhoads and his wife have two grandchildren and one on the way. Rhoads has been active in supporting the community. He was president of the Evening Lions club, belonged to the Wurstfest Association, coached soccer and was a Scout master for many years. He also was on the Teen Connection board and has been a recipient of the Silver Unicom award. Through the years, he has served on many committees and boards in the community. He has served as president of the American Flooring Association arid served on the executive board of the World Floor Covering Association Rhoads is well respected in the flooring industry, traveling the United States and Canada and giving speeches on motivation, selling and merchandising. Rhoads is an active member of Cross Lutheran Church, serving in die past as president, elder and adult Bible study leader. He is an active supporter of Promise Keepers. He is now going to college full-time, working toward a theology degree. His goal is to become a full-time minister working within the Missouri Synod Church. (Submitted by the Christian Business Men's Club)al Life help* with‘MvoreeCere’ Divorce hurts. Everyone who comes in contact with divorce is impacted in some way, and unfortunately it is usually negative. Who do you turn ta for help? Many people have ideas and opinions but who can understand what you are going through? That is the reason for DivorceCarc. DivorceCare is a 13-week support group led by people who have been through a divorce and know what you are experiencing, By interacting with these people, you will learn that there are others who understand what you are feeling and will be able to offer you encouragement DivorceCare is a videotape seminar with nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery like Lorry Burkett, Dr. Myles Munroe, H. Norman Wright and many more. Some of the topics arc: “What’s Happening To Me?,” “Facing Your Anger,” “Facing Your Loneliness,” “Financial Survival” and “KidCare.” lf you have been through a divorce or know someone who has, we hope you can join us at Tree of Life Fellowship every Sunday night at 7 p.m. from Sunday through Nov. 30. Child care is provided. This will be a place where you can hear valuable information about ways to heal (rom the hurt of divorce. (Submitted by Tree of Life Fellowship)Join tour of Fleets and Our Lady el Guadalupe Basilica Make plans now to attend Fiesta in Monterrey, Mexico, on Oct. IO to 12. There will be a tour to Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica. It is a two-night stay, Friday and Saturday, and we will return Sunday afternoon. If enough persons sign up, we will make a stop at Laredo for shopping on the way back. There will be a tour to the city of Cola-De-Caballo (Tail of Horse) and much more. The cost is $95 per person to reserve seats and rooms. Last day for reservations is Sept. 28. Payment is (reeded for all reservations. Call Alice Partida at 629-5965 or go by 443 Seele St., New Braunfels.Patrick Morley examinee *Suceeee that Matters’ In a culture that rewards success and accomplishment above all else, Patrick Morley has dared to ask the question: Is this all there is? He gives a men’s seminar, “Success That Matters,” designed to challenge men to return to their first calling as husbands and fathers. Morley will present the seminar Friday night, Sept. 12 and Saturday morning. Sept 13 at the San Marcos Academy chapel auditorium. Call (512)353-7220 for information. DivorceHurts.Find help at DivorceCare. DivorceCare is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are divorced. Beginning Sunday. September 1 __7j00PMMeekly Tree of Life Fellowship 652 Loop 337 • New Braunfels 625-6375mss^are Unitarian Universalist Ray. Los Puqh “Haunted by Goodness" Wednesday, Sap*. IO, TOO pm Sh HW Faith United Church of Chria!, fro N. Loop 337 All are welcome ;

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