New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, November 28, 1997, Page 6

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November 28, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 6A n HeraldZeitung O Friday November it u n g Church Life To talk with News Editor Sue England about Church Life call 6259144 ext 221 Church Life Church Bulletin Northeast Aglow The San Antonio North East Aglow has no meeting in November but extends an invitation 0 attend its meeting at 7 Tuesday for fellowship at LaQuinta nn Room 140 12822 Interstate 35 North Exit 170 Child care will not be provided Bring a friend to hear officers share highlights of Aglows nternational Conference they attended in New Orleans There will be Christmas carols and partaking of special Christmas desserts Sluebonnet Baptist Association Bluebonnet Baptist Association formerly San Marcos Baptist Association moved to a new office building at 1424 N Business 35 Randy Taylor Construction Co juilt the new facilities Dee 3rannan who was recognized earlier this year as World Changers ood citizen was building construction coordinator The Bluebonnet Association serves all Southern Baptist Churches in the area Dedication of the new facility was conducted on Nov 16 at the new building Approximately 200 were present Dr William Pinson executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas gave the dedicatory address Pastor Reich retires Sunday Cross Lutheran Church will observe the retirement of Pastor Raymond Reich Worship services will be conducted at 8 and in the church at 172 South Hickory President Dr Gerald Kieschnick Texas District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod will be the guest speaker for the worship celebration Immediately after the second service will be a dinner in honor of Reichs miriislry in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Reich has served iniNewBraunfels for the past 15 years Reich was born near Hamilton Texas He attended Daniel Baker College and Howard Payne College in Brownwood Texas In 1958 he graduated from Concordia Seminary Springfield after serving as vicar at First English Lutheran Church in New Orleans La Reichs first parish was Zion Lutheran Church in Rockville Mo There he helped organize and serve as the pastor of a new mission Faith Lutheran in E Dorado Springs Mo In 1962 he accepted the call to St Paul Lutheran Church in Alenian near his hometown of 1 lamilton During the next 12 years at St Pauls Pastor Reich helped start another mission congregation First Lutheran in Gatesville St Paul Lutheran of Bishop Texas was their next home from 1974 to 1982 Pastor Reich served as the principal of the parochial school at St Pauls for a period during those eight and onehalf years In 1982 Reich and his family moved to New Braunfels He occupied various official positions within the Texas District and served 14 years as circuit counselor in the district He and his wife Alene celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in August They have four children Janet Moerbe of La Pryor Philip of Granbury Nancy Muecke of Fredericksburg and Jonathan of Victoria Pastor and Mrs Reich have seven grandchildren When asked what he would like to do after retirement at the end of November he said We are looking forward to settling into our new home being built in New Braunfels I plan to buy a boat and do some fishing and perhaps spend time working with wood and doing carpenter work 1 enjoy making things with my They are both looking forward to traveling to visit the grandchildren and children This official retirement from active duty will definitely not be the end of Reichs ministry Gods road for him still goes on as he continues to reach out to those in need Raymond Reich In which house do you think God lives It amazes me how people equate the churctf building with Gods presence I cant tell you many times Ive quizzed people about their faith only to have them answer with something like Yeah I dont attend church like I The inference I guess is that by going to a church you can meet God and appease His wrath Going to a church doesnt make you any more of a Christian than going to McDonalds makes you a hamburger or sitting in a garage makes you a car Somehow weve created a misperception of this building we know in America as a Calling the steepled edifice on the corner of Main and Mulberry Gods House adds further confusion to this issue Does this mean God lives there Furthermore if you havent dropped by his house to visit Him for a while could you send Flim a card or letter at this address and comfort Him with the knowledge that you havent forgotten Him completely or lost touch with Him totally We revere the building and treat it with extra care because we would like to believe that somehow God is there like nowhere else We can swear like sailors outside the door of the church but we could never dare utter such filth on the other side of the threshold lest we anger or offend God in His This means I guess that God canf see or hear beyond the walls of the sanctuary I realize these are farfetched examples I am concerned though that we are not telling Tim Judkins people the truth about who God is or where He lives This is not a recent development thankfully and we can cite Jesus for insight into this phenomenon When asked by a woman about where is the best and only place for true worship assuming it was a specific address Jesus shot down any conception that God is confined to a location or in this case a church But the hour is now He said and now is when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth for the Father is seeking such to worship John Our worship is not limited to a plot of land or a spired building I am free to experience God and worship Him on the golf course in the shower at a football game on a deer lease or even in a church And the beautiful thing about this is that God wants it this way Of course you wont even think about Him in these various places unless you are intimately related to Him Only through a daily experience of His incredible presence will your eyes by open to Him in every setting and context of your life This is what Jesus and His lire are all about opening the door for us to interface with God as children do with a loving father This kind of authentic Christianity generates worship that spills over into church Thats what is supposed to happen anyway A church then is not the place where God lives Instead you and every other believer bring Him with you each time you meet Its the place to go because He lives in you and ypu want to be with others who know and love Him as much as you do The Rev Tim Judkins is associate minister at First Protestant Church in New Catholic Pioneers Photo submitted Pictured members of The Catholic Pioneers Nancy Gillespie Jim Wesolick Diana Lynn Grohman Jason Edwards Johanna Lester David Getlys Christine Wesolick Not pictured Tom Strauch and Elizabeth Barney Music ministry singing group to perform at Wassailfest Jim Wesolick and The Catholic Pioneers a music ministry group from New Braunfels will perform a program of traditional Christmas Music from 7 to Thursday at Angels and Inspirations 204 West San Antonio New Braunfels Admission is free The Catholic Pioneers will be among several entertainers performing in downtown New Braunfels at the fifth annual Main Street program Wassailfest from to9 on Thursday Merchants sponsoring the event are providing entertainment buggy rides wassail and chances for prizes Angels and Inspirations is a Christian Store offering a variety of gift items in downtown New Braunfels Provided by the Catholic Pioneers Hearts prepare for Christ during Advent By MICHAEL E PEINEMANN Special to the HeraldZeitung As Christmas approaches we enter the time of Advent Advent refers to the coming or arrival of Jesus Christ Within the Church the term has several meanings the Advent when our Lord will return bodily in glory Each meaning stirs the joyful anticipation of what God has accomplished is doing and will yet bring to completion The observance of Advent is something of a late addition to history as is the celebration of Christmas itself When the Church began to observe Christmas in the fourth century a period of preparation was added The length of time varied widely from three to seven weeks Not until the tenth century was an agreement reached in the Western world that Advent should consist of four Sundays A custom that many Christians find meaningful is the preparation of an advent wreath containing five candles During each Sundays observance of Advent an additional candle is lit The light bums brightly providing a fitting climax to the weeks of preparation and symbolically demonstrating the Light of the world that flashed forth centuries ago with the first cry of the Christ child The Gospel readings of each of the four Sundays of Advent call on us to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Christ child If we follow Jesus way we have every reason to greet Jesus coming with joy way involves forgiving sharing wealth hanging out with outcasts and sinners touching lepers speaking the truth serving rather than being served loving God and ones neighbor as ones self Jesus asks an attitude of watchfulness or being awake to life of prayer for strength to get through hard times In the second Sunday Gospel reading we are told that John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus This message calls for our personal response to Johns message by making a road into our lives for the Messiah to be revealed among us Encourage our family friends or groups to do something that will build community spirit There are many neighbors and friends who need help in building the Christmas spirit In the third Sunday Gospel reading we are told that John the Baptist announces that One greater is coming This message calls for us to become involved in the needs of those less fortunate than us Within in our own town and county let us each of us or in a group adopt a community need such as supporting the United Way of Comal County SOS Food Bank St Vincent de Paul Collection Habitat for Humanity Childrens Shelter Womens Shelter and other community agencies not only now but all year long In the fourth Sunday Gospel reading we read about Mary sharing her good news with her cousin Elizabeth This message calls for us to recognize that Elizabeth is blessed by God will be the Mother of God and trusts Gods word to her God dignifies Mary and all of us by asking for her consent to this mission Our mission could be joining a prayer group Bible study group music study group or community service group This Advent let us not limit our understanding of preparation or discipleship as the work of a chosen few A disciple of Jesus is one who believes in him and wants to follow him We can all become his disciples We can all taste of the love of Jesus who came to us as a baby like us in every way but sin We can all experience the life of the Spirit in our hearts That life is rooted in Christ and displays itself in love joy and peace Galatians The call to discipleship is for all people We are all special to Him Each of us feels and says I want to make a difference in my school my community my world but Im just one person What can I do Some considerations are hope somebody important cares serve a meal at a shelter visit an elderly neighbor eat lunch with someone in a nursing home collect food for SOS work less volunteer more go out to work on a Habitat For Humanity building site talk to those less fortunate than us As our Christmas preparation goes along let us not neglect the message of love that is the heart of the gospel The gospel must not be reduced to a moral code devoid of any feeling of love We must all realize that the best way to show our appreciation of God is to offer him praise and thanksgiving to consecrate our lives to Him every day In this way we can receive Him believe in Him and follow Him God has promised that those who believe will leam what it means to be his disciples his dearly beloved sons and daughters From an unknown author a poem was found titled Christmas is When the song of the angels is stilled When the kings and princes are home Wlien the shepherds are back with theirflocks The work of Christmas begins To find the lost To heal the broken To release the prisoner To build the nations To bring peace among brothers To make music in the heart Michael E Peinemann is a deacon at Sts Peter and Paul Church in New Innercity business helps robe church choirs workers off welfare By TIMOTHY R BROWN Associated Press Writer JACKSON Miss A choirrobe company that recruits welfare recipients is getting by with a little help from some bigmoney friends Support from several philanthropies is helping West Jackson Apparel survive in a textile industry threatened by foreign competition In the early 1990s the Rev Thomas Jenkins pastor of New Lake Church of Christ in Jackson started the company through a nonprofit organization We wanted to be in a long lasting Jenkins said The natural thing would be to create a custom choirrobe business because in Mississippi there are over churches and each church has an average of three choirs ranging from 25 members to 100 The plant now employs 14 women including nine former welfare recipients screened by the state We deliberately wanted to hire people that were unemployed We deliberately wanted to hire people that were on welfare because these people need to get Jenkins said A lot of times people say Get exworkers back into the Some of the welfare workers have never been in the Employee Christina McGee 46 a former welfare recipient received six weeks of training after the frustrating job search Employers would say they were hiring and when I go to fill out an application they would tell me they are not she said It was kind of Ms McGee welcomed the work Since I have been working full time it has made my life much better I can look forward to a paycheck when I come to work now and I like Backing for the effort comes from several sources A federal grant from Department of Health and Human Services helped open the company which also makes draperies In 1990 the nonprofit Seedco of New York City unveiled a plan for We deliberately wanted to hire people that were on welfare because these people need to get into the Rev Thomas Jenhdns Jackson Miss local groups to revitalize communities surrounding historically black colleges and universities With Ford Foundation funds Seedco offers technical and financial assistance to community groups tied In 1991 the West Jackson Community Development one sponsor of the choirrobe factory linked up with nearby Jackson State University to raise more than million to rebuild the five years for the CDC to keep the factory going Howard Boutte the CDCs executive director called it unusual for nonprofit organizations to fund a forprofit company In the terms of economic development we can be considered a he said While still a struggling startup West Jackson Apparel is not afraid of foreign competitors because it produces robes for very local customers The sewing operations all are moving out of the Boutte said Because the robes are custom made we have a certain level of The Rev Jenkins agreed Thats not a robe that you can do in Mexico or the Philippines Thats why we came up with the West Jackson Apparel is the only minorityowned choir robe producer in Mississippi a state in the center of the Bible Belt With those neighbors in mind director Boutte is optimistic about market growth We have gotten the quality to a point where we are producing wellmade he said and we wanted to hold up on rolling out a marketing program until we got the quality in HILL COUNTRY CHRISTIAN CHURCH Morning Worship Sunday Arlon Seay School Hwy 46W mile west of US 281 on Hwy 46 Contemporary Worshio 9802019 Open Communion IJL T mMk OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP CATHOLIC CHURCH SELMA 16075 N EVANS RD 6516913 Announces the addition of an evening Mass at each Sunday Mass Schedule Saturday Sunday and ;

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