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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                6A g HeraldZeitung O Friday September Church Life To talk with News Editor Sue England about Church Life call 6259144 ext 221 Church Life Death plays no favorites How can you measure your response to something as tragic as the 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 lifes 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 40yearold 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 cant figure out or it doesnt make sense Their need to know how God fits into the picture was just like ours The incident is found in Luke 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 Lets put this in modern 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 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 Gods 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 non denominational prayer ministry Silent Unity select one special day the second Thursday in September and designate it Unity World Day of 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 100 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 years theme is Be still and know that 1 am These inspired words from Psalm reveal the essence of prayer which is a quiet inner knowing that God is in charge of everything 1 he nffirmation for this years World Day of Prayer is I open my heart to Your sacred presence dear God and trust in Your enduring Unity World Day of Prayer is a hearttoheart 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 said Richard Jafolla codirector of Silent Unity Ministers friends and employees of Unity School of Christianity located at Unity Village near Kansas City will keep a special 24hour prayer vigil from midnight Sept 10 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 million people were remembered in prayer We truly believe that people want strongly in their hearts to be a part of a global prayer said MaryAlice Jafolla codirector of Silent Unity Unity School of Christianity was founded in 1889 and is open to all people seeking a spiritual resource for daily living It is the home of a worldwide ministry of prayer education and publishing Unity publishes the Daily a monthly magazine of daily inspirational messages Unitys prayer ministry Silent Unity maintains a 24hour 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 2000 Locally you may call Dial a Prayer at 6080515 Unity Church pf New Braunfels meets for services at 1 1 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 6254642 Submitted by Unity Church of New Braunfels More than 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 Heavens Gates and Hells Flames at Tree of Life Fellowship Church For four nights more than 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 Heavens Gates and Hells 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 heavens gate asking the question Angel is my name in your book Rev If their name was found in the Book of 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 Osborne plays an angel and Marie Powell plays Jesus In the recent Tree of Life Fellowship production of Heavens Gates and Hells 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 born again John 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 lifes problems today Our answers do not come in a bottle or drugs We cant run away from the darkness we face through suicide attempts Our hearts long for change but how that change comes many do 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 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 Childrens Bible club combines social spiritual enrichment Pioneer Club a childrens Bible club which integrates personal and spiritual development through one and onehalf 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 Clubs goals is to present Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord Through feeling secure with human beings they can see 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 whichWifV widen their horizons and help them more readily experience belonging to God and His family SelfWorth 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 Gods image that He loves them and that He has a plan for them helps children to begin to value themselves Area church news First Protestant offers Contemporary Praise Sendee First Protestant Church invites area faithful to its Contemporary Praise Service Sunday in Schumann Hall at First Protestant 172 W Coil St in New Braunfels The message will be Body The service will include upbeat music drama and open Communion The Contemporary Praise Service is offered the first Sunday of each Month Submitted by First Protestant Church CBMC luncheon features Dennis Rhoads The Christian Business Mens 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 also was on the Teen Connection board and has been a recipient of the Silver Unicorn 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 and 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 the past as president elder and adult Bible study leader He is an active supporter of Promise Keepers He is now going to college fulltime working toward a theology degree His goal is to become a fulltime minister working within the Missouri Synod Church Submitted by the Christian Business Mens Club Tree of Life helps with DivorceCare Divorce hurts Everyone who comes in contact with divorce is impacted in some way and unfortunately it is usually negative Who do you turn tt for help Many people have ideas and opinions but who can understand what you are going through That is the reason for DivorceCare 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 Larry Burkett Dr Myles Munroe H Norman Wright and many more Some of the topics are Whats 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 are reinforced 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 Happening To Facing Your Facing Your Financial Survival and If 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 from Sunday through Nov 30 Child care is provided This will be a place where you can hear valuable information about ways to heal from the hurt of divorce Submitted by Tree of Life Fellowship Join tour of Fiesta and Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica Make plans now to attend Fiesta in Monterrey Mexico on Oct 10 to 12 There will be a tour to Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica It is a twonight 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 ColaDe Caballo Tail of Horse and much more The cost is per person to reserve seats and rooms Last day for reservations is Sept 28 Payment is needed for all reservations Call Alice Partida at 6295965 or go by 443 Seele New Braunfels Patrick Morley examines Success that Matters In a culture that rewards success and accomplishment above all else Although Pioneer Clubs 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 lovedand 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 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 on Wednesday Call Christ Presbyterian Church at 6290405 for more information or to preregister your child ages three through sixth grade Submitted bv Christ Presbyterian Church Patrick Morley has dared to ask the question Is this all there is He gives a mens seminar Success That 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 for information Divorce Hurts Find help at DivorceCare DivorceCare is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are divorced Beginning Sunday September 7 PM Weekly Tree of Life Fellowship 652 Loop 337 New Braunfels 6256375 DIVORC Unitarian Universalist Rev Les Pugh Haunted by Goodness Wednesday Faith United Church of Christ 970 N Loop 337 All are welcome   

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