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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 6A O HeraldZeitung O Friday October Church Life To talk with News Editor Sue England about Church Life call 6259144 ext 221 Church Life Tim Judkins Is there Halloween in heaven I wonder if there is or will be Halloween in Heaven This is an annual celebration of evil and fear that was started centuries ago by devilworshipping druids who wanted to ward off the spirits of the dead on the night prior to All Saints Since it is so acceptable for our society to engage in the widespread recognitipn of this I figure it must have a place in heaven too Imagine the scene with me In preparation for the fun of Halloween angels hang appropriate decorations on all of heavens walls There on one wall assorted displays of witches dressed in black wearing pointed hats and riding on brooms On another wall are a variety of ghosts other than the Holy one of On another wall are pictures of whats left of dead people we call them The scene wouldnt be complete without some scarylooking jacko lanterns lighting up the pearly gates What about the costumes that are worn in the celestial paradise Lets see since Halloween down here celebrates death fear and evil I guess the heavenly citizens will adorn themselves with masks that are bloody not the blood of Christ of outfits that depict violence and anything that inspires fear and terror I wonder if Jesus dresses up for the event and if so what does 1 It wear Perhaps His creative originality allows Him to outdress and outscare everyone else After all isnt Halloween about fear Certainly God must celebrate it in heaven since we find it so acLeptable here on earth 1 would like to think that maybe its just evil people who celebrate such a fearfull event Unfortunately Godfearing Christians seem to be as wrapped up in the trappings as anyone else Since Christians are allegedly on Gods wavelength seeking to represent His Kingdom on earth it may be assumed that Halloween must be widely accepted and enthusiastically celebrated in heavens corridors Have you ever heard Thy will be done on earth as it is in Perhaps we should edit the Bible at this point to support our perspectives and behavior Currently it says in Romans that the Kingdom of God is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy We also know based on Galatians that the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love joy peace longsuffering kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness To justify our actions related to Halloween Im sure it would be all right with God to add fear and terror to this list of virtues that accompany the life that is possessed by the I loly Spirit We pray the Lords Prayer each week and if you recall there is a line in there that commands thy Kingdom Apparently we can rest assured that the ugliness of Halloween will not need to be sacrificed as we live out the qualities of the Kingdom of God After all thats how many if not most Christians will live throughout this month From my observations this must be the case right Rev Tim Jiulkins is associate minister cit First Protestant Church in New Pioneers promise Photo submitted Sts Peter and Paul School Festival welcomes Jim Wesollck and The Catholic Pioneers Pictured left to right are Nancy Glllesple Jim Wesollck vocals Jason Edwards Diana Lynn Grohman Johanna Lester keyboard David Gettys trumpet and Christine Wesollck Not pictured Is Tom Strauch vocals All musicians are members of Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church music ministry The Catholic Pioneers will be part of the music at the Sts Peter and Paul Catholic School Festival from 3 to 5 Sunday The Catholic Pioneers will be doing songs from their newly released cassette album Moved By The Spirit Lift Up My 1st Protestant blood drive succeeds Contemplation bears fruit in Godly deeds By ROBERT F GORMAN Special to the HeraldZeitung Today is the feast day of Saint Ignatius who succeeded Saint Peter the Apostle as Bishop of Antioch St Ignatius is remembered for his wise writings about Christian spirituality and the importance of the communal liturgy of the Church Ignatius taught that Christians were temples of the Holy Spirit and bearers of Christ and thus sacred vessels of Christs love But for him the summit of Christian spirituality was to be found in the celebrating community of believers that is in the worship or liturgy of the Church All genuine Christian spirituality is rooted in the firm conviction that human beings are not simply material beings but that we are spiritual creatures whose very bodies are animated by our souls Because we are made in Gods image and likeness as we are told in the book of Genesis the great doctors of Christian spirituality have always taught that by looking inward to the deepest well of our being we encounter the image and likeness of God St Augustine writing 300 years after Ignatius is perhaps the greatest of the early doctors of Christian spirituality In his one of the most remarkable books of antiquity Augustine recounts with brutal honesty and selfcriticism his long and hard search for truth which ultimately led him beyond the neo pagan spirituality or what he might have called new age spiritualities of his own time to a firm belief in Christianity What led him ultimately to Christianity He started with looking into his own soul For years he had a hard time seeing God there because the evil of his own sin blurred the image of God Not until he encountered the teachings of Ambrose the Bishop of Milan and Holy Scripture did he finally see how sin was not Gods responsibility but rather his own a consequence of the misuse of his own free will The discovery that cemented his spiritual development was the person of Jesus Christ Because Jesus was fully human Augustine was able to see God in action in the flesh Augustine also realized that Jesus was fully divine and thus an instrument not only of perfect knowledge about God but also the means of salvation through the Church he left us under the guidance of the Holy Spirit For Augustine then spirituality begins with a proper understanding of the Triune God Creator Redeemer and Spirit Augustines spirituality is anchored in Scripture and the gracegiving sacraments of the Church Jesus gave us To Augustine everyone is called to holiness humility and obedience to Gods law All genuine spirituality is motivated by love which calls us ultimately as it did for Jesus to a life of loving service to others Everyone is called to a life of prayer which Augustine saw as the gradual ascent of the soul toward the perfection of God Through the unmerited graces God grants us we are better able to live virtuously Through prayer and Gods grace we can better see Gods real destiny for us resting in the light of his wisdom and his perfect love We must become contemplatives in the heart of the as Mother Teresa so often said and demonstrated during her remarkable life of Christian service We must act in and out of love and when we do even our actions become prayers in honor of God One must not love ones moments of prayerful contemplation and spiritual elevation to the exclusion of loving service Augustine puts it this way Ones love of truth seeks out the quiet of contemplation the necessity of love accepts the activity of the Jesus spiritual journey and his ministry led eventually to the cross where he died for aHof us and to his Resurrection where he gained victory over death for all of us His actions were prayers to his heavenly Father and a call to all who will listen to Come follow St Ignatius responded to this call and suffered martyrdom St Augustine responded to this call with a long life of Christian service We too are called to a life of prayer holiness and Christian service for the fruits of our contemplation will always be discovered in our deeds Robert F Gorman is a deacon candidate at Sts Peter and Paul Church in Church Briefs Church Women United Church Women United invites all women to join as it celebrates World Community Day on Nov 7 at First Protestant Church beginning at The celebration entitled Gathering Seed From A Medieval focuses on the contributionsof medieval Christian women mystics such as Hildegard of Bingen and Teresa cle Avila to the world of their day In spite of the limitations placed on women of their time they made a great impact As we experience their lives we may be inspired to draw closer to God and serve Him in our world today The Tools of Hope offering which Church World Service uses to help people in great need learn to help themselves will be received during the celebration Everyone is cordially invited to join in the unique celebration New Life Church dedication New Life Church has set its new church dedication and pastors Phillip and Lisa Green second anniversary services Friday Saturday and Sunday On Friday at Pastor Jabo Green will be speaking On Saturday at 6 Pastor Danny Green will speak On Sunday at 10 Pastor Philip Green will be speaking and James Cole will sing and at 6 Pastor Steve Fender will speak and Becky Fender will sing Call 6065527 for additional information Universalist celebration The Unitarian Universalists will have a Halloween Party and Covered Dish Dinner at Santas Forest 4413 Hunter Road on Saturday This will be fun for children of all ages 0 to 95 There will be a hayride a bonfire drum music swings First Protestant Church continues to support the ongoing need for blood by sponsoring community blood drives The Department of Mission and Service hosted the Oct 5 drive where the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center saw 46 willing donors of which 37 were able to donate These members and friends of First Protestant Church and the community are absolutely essential in meeting the increasing blood needs of the 75 hospitals and clinics for which the blood bank is responsible Donors were greeted by Suzanne Wesch and Charlene Nolte blood drive coordinator Members of the department provided homemade cookies for the donors The department expressed thanks to all the participants for taking time out of their busy schedules to donate the gift of In addition to being donors they were Sunday school teachers members of the youth group choir members sponsors for the Sunday luncheon church van drivers and on and on First Protestant Church will be sponsoring another blood drive in early January to help meet the blood needs during the holiday season Watch for the announcement and become a part of this vital mission of First Protestant Church Submitted by First Protestant Church T HILL COUNTRY CHRISTIAN CHURCH Now Meeting Sunday Arlon Seay School Hwy 46W 9802019 Contemporary WorshipOpen Communion n T UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS on Wednesday October 22 will hear Barb Kemper Nolan Psychologist speak on The Essence of Tarot Faith United Church of Christ 970 N Loop 337 Corner of Hwy 46 and Common New Braunfels This Saturday October 18 at Location Oakwood Assembly of God 104 Melody Lane mile East of 135 on FM 725 behind the Diamond Shamrock There will be a CLOWN a FREE ICE CREAM CONE for each child and LOTS OF FUN Everyone is For more information call 6081133 or 6586005 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS will have a Halloween Party and Covered Dish Dinner on Saturday pm at Santas Forest 4413 Hunter Road New Braunfels Hayride Drum Music Bonfire Spools Fun for All Ages charge per person For information call 6294262 slides good things to eat and drink tree houses to explore and animals to pet Because it is close to Halloween there probably will be some spooky encounters during the hayride The Community Drum Circle of Terry Goodridge and partner Kenny Parker will provide drum music during the evening and around the bonfire They also will bring instruments that will allow the rest to join in Meet at the front gate of Santas Forest at 6 Bring a covered dish to share Drinks plates and eating utensils will be provided There will be a charge per person Come join to fun Bring friends and children of any age For information call 6257004 Family of Gomal County Inc 227 Courtyard Suite 102 New Braunfels TX 78130 830 6201299 Fax 830 6200434 INTERESTED IN CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION Family Outreach of Comal County is seeking mature responsible individuals over 21 years of age to train as volunteers to help families at risk for abuse and neglect of their children Volunteers work as mentors for families teach free parent education classes and manage center operations All volunteers are trained by a professional social worker A volunteer inquiry and ori entation session is being held on Saturday October 18 Individuals interested in helping with the program please call 830 6201299 for information If you have one or more children living in your household and often feel stressed and unable to cope with your parenting responsibiliti s please call us for help Our casework services and parent education are free of charge Call 830 6201299 and ask to speak to r e social worker ATTENTION Golfers Football Fans Sunday Brunchers and else who loves their Sundays We have a special worship experience for you Its Early Its Casual Its Enjoyable Its Relevant to your life Contemporary Praise Service Every 1st and 3rd Sunday Schumann Hall First Protestant Church Corner of Seguin and Coll Streets Featuring Live Band Drama Contemporary Music Relevant Talks Open Communion Theme for Sunday October 19th If I Were God For a Day PRAYER CfiN BE CONSISTENTLY RELIABLE FIND OUT HOW AT fl FREE ONEHOUR TALK Subject CHRISTIAN SCIENCE A SYSTEMATIC HEALING POWER Speaker Lynn Gray Jackson CSB of Lubbock Texas Member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship Time Sunday November 2 1997 at Place Wesley Hall First United Methodist Church 572 W San Antonio Street New Braunfels Child Care and Free Parking Available Sponsored by First Church of Christ Scientist New Braunfels For Information Call 62O5300 PLEASE JOIN CIS
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