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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 6A o HeraldZeitung g Friday December Church Life To talk with News Editor Sue England about Church Life call 6259144 ext 221 i u n g Church Life Religion ijj the News Congregation rebuilds after arson ENID Okla AP Some 18 months after their church was destroyed by arson members of the First Missionary Baptist Church worshipped in a new sanctuary just before Christmas This is the house of the Lord that the Lord has said the Rev Alfred Baldwin head pastor We couldnt have done this by ourselves The Lord has blessed us with this new The June 1996 fire was originally linked to several black church burnings in the South but later was blamed on a man judged mentally unable to face the charges The church was rebuilt with donations of more than and in insurance money This is not a new said Deacon Gaylord Willis This is a new house of worship Were the church We were not touched by that Church steeples harbor cell phone antennas PROVIDENCE AP Cellular telephone companies are tapping into financial needs of churches schools and towns in establishing higher ground for cell phone antennas At Our Lady of Consolation Roman Catholic Church in Pawtucket Wireless Services for example pays the church for placing a 9foot antenna on a bell tower that overlooks the city Now we can spend our money on our the Rev Normand Courtemanche told The Providence Journal Bulletin He would not say how much the parish is paid but said the monthly fee covers maintenance of the church building As new companies enter the market and technology requires more antennas the structures are going up atop steeples water towers smoke stacks school roofs and municipal radio towers Former church treasurer sentenced WHEELING AP The former treasurer of a Roman Catholic church as been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and hours of community service after admitting that he stole more than in parish securities The federal indictment said David L Miller 50 made an unauthorized sale of in parish securities on the New York Stock Exchange then spent on his home a few days later Miller a former treasurer of St Josephs Cathedral in Wheeling pleaded guilty in Ohio County Circuit Court to two counts of forgery and 23 counts of uttering which is the act of passing a forged check Pastor arrested for trespassing on church SILERCITY AP The former pastor of a Siler City church has been arrested for trespassing on church property The Rev Mazie Ferguson 53 was arrested during services at First Baptist Church Ferguson of Greensboro was charged with seconddegree trespassing for violating a preliminary injunction against entering church grounds Ferguson was senior pastor of the church until October when the congregation narrowly voted to dismiss her Detractors said her leadership style was dictatorial Supporters said she was fighting a church leadership loathe to relinquish its power Ferguson became senior pastor in February 1996 when there were only eight female senior pastors among the predominantly black churches in the General Baptist Convention of North Carolina After her dismissal church locks were changed and trustees obtained the preliminary injunction barring her from the church Be it resolved A Christian sets his sights high Well its that time of year again Time to reflect on the big issues of life and to try to make changes where needed and to affirm that which is worth keeping I wonder why this is so convenient now and is neglected during the rest of the year Why cant I make resolutions on say June 25 I like most people typically choose to use the convenience of a new year to assess my life and to establish some resolutions Some of these are reaffirmations of resolutions Ive made in years past A resolution is different than a goal in that it seeks a change in character and perspective Resolving to do something differently or to alter a lifestyle will have long term effects rather than short term results Resolutions target wholesale changes in our habits not just minor tuneups to gratify immediate guilt A resolution says I will take care of my A goal may say I will quit smoking this year a goal few people A resolution says I will deepen my commitment to and love for A goal says I will go to church 50 percent of the A resolution then reaches farther and has broader consequences than a goal So rather than spending time establishing goals I chose to declare again some resolutions for my life Its rather coincidental that it happens at the change of the year I therefore resolve 1 To be an authentic Christian Someone that responsibly and accurately displays the life of Jesus Christ to everyone in my sphere of influence The only thing that will wake up a sleeping world is someone who shows the reality of the life of Jesus 2 To pursue God the original Pursuer God Tim Judkins started this relationship According to Philippians He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus I will make it my lifelong pursuit to actively receive His let Him mold and shape me into the image of His Son Jesus 3 To love His Son Jesus with all my heart soul strength and mind Did I leave anything out As a disciple of Jesus I am allowed no reservations in any area of life 4 To know God as a Father and Friend I j will not wait until death to realize the reality of a personal relationship with the living God After all this is His idea not mine Revelation says He stands at the door of my heart and knocks If I will allow Him to come in He and I will relate personally one with the other With an opportunity like this why would I want to resolve to do anything else All other options cannot compare to the possibility of a lifegiving relationship with the King of the universe 5 To be a true promisekeeper to my wife and children While families continue to splinter and neglect runs rampant I want to be one mane who carries the banner of faithfulness and integrity in my house and among those who watch me the closest and know me the best 6 To be a better listener than talker As a preacher I typically love to hear myself say things Not everyone shares this perspective More friends are made and more respect is gained by listening instead of talking James tells us to be swift to hear and slow to This will be a challenging resolution Life is an exciting journey Jesus offers us abundant I for one intend to take Him up on His offer and continue to live the most incredible life possible the life of a Jesus follower The Rev Tim Judkins is associate minister of First Protestant Church in New Songevangelists The Catholic Pioneers released a new album Moved By The Spirit II I Lift Up My Pictured from left are Nancy Gillesple Jim Wesolick Johanna Lester Tom Strauch Diana Lynn Grohman Jason Edwards Christine Wesolick and David Gettys The album is available locally at Angels and Inspirations downtown and at the Music Source For information call 6093166 Church unwraps three tenors First Protestant Church will present the Three Tenors Concert Emerson Chew Ng Carey Dietert and Jeff Woodward at 3 Sunday in the First Protestant Church sanctuary There will be a free will offering Operatic tenor Jeff Woodwards soaring and effortless technical command and innovative programming have brought him increasing attention as one of Americas most admired young artists Recently Woodward won a Texas Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship to perform the roles of Rodolfo in Puccinis La and Alfred in Strauss Die Fledermaus at Opera in the Ozarks in Arkansas and Missouri In addition to operatic roles Woodward also gave many oratorical and musical theater performances After graduating from New Braunfels High School in 1986 Woodward attended Stephen F Austin State University to study with Dr Richard Berry Then he went on to study at the Conservatory at the University of Missouri at Kansas City He currently resides in Manhattan New York where he has worked with met such greats as Joan Dornemann Carlo Bergonzi Sherrill Milnes and Luciano Pavarotti Carey Dietert is a native son of New Braunfels Dietert graduated from New Braunfels High School where he was a member of the band choral and drama programs and qualified for the TSTA All State Choir He continued his education at the University of Texas at Austin gaining his degree in business management while an active member of the UT Longhom Band Although not a music major Dietert received much of his formal training through private instruction and university music program involvement Dietert has been a member of the Austin Lyric Opera for nine years and also has sung with numerous civic and church affiliated choral groups He has been a featured soloist in the Austin Choral Unions Christmas Pops Concert and frequent soloist at First Protestant Church as well as soloist and in the Advent Vespers in New Braunfels Carey last appeared in two solo parts in Douglas Mores The Ballad of Baby Doe this winter and most recently in the chorus of the Austins opera Companys Andrea He was coemcee of Dinner with the Arts in 1997 and also performed a solo Emerson Chew Ng was born in Houston He started his music collegiate career at San Jacinto College North while studying voice with Jan Corbin He later transferred to Southwest Texas State University in which he is now a senior vocal performance major Ng has distinguished himself among the top collegiate singers by winning various singing competitions throughout his collegiate career including three year National Association of Teachers of Singing competition finalist which includes a tristate region He is at present the council Province representative in Province 9 of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia a national office This will be his fourth year as a soloist at First Protestant Church He is currently studying voice with Leonore Sergi at SWTSU and upon receiving his bachelor of music degree he hopes to continue his graduate studies at the Academy of Arts in Philadelphia Pa Provided by First Protestant Church Generational attitudes important in church plans By CECILES HOLMES Houston Chronicle HOUSTON A new bicoastal study suggests savvy churches must heed generational differences in shaping programs and outreach over the next decade Or as Houston pastor David McKechnie phrases it What we know is you cant bring people in tlirough the same chute They want to come to church through a variety of entry Many turn to the church over the holidays Some simply visit on Christmas Eve and never come back Theyre nostalgic for the church they attended in childhood or wonder how to pass on faith and values to their childrea Its a season when churches try extra hard to reach out The new study however suggests such outreach must be yearround For instance McKechnies member congregation Grace Presbyterian Church in west Houston keeps individual needs and differences in mind in structuring everything from afterschool programs for kids to mission trips for adults So do hundreds of other churches across Houstoa The pastors of several reported their congregations already recognize the mounting list of challenges to churches highlighted in the recent academic study The study recently released through Duke University Divinity School in North Carolina examined the church going habits worship styles and religious beliefs of three different generations in the United States The scholars conducted a random sample of North Carolinians and Southern Califomians this past spring The sample was divided into three groups Generation Xers people bom between 1964 and 1979 baby boomers people bom between 1946 and 1964 and people born before 1946 While 45 percent of Xers suffered through a family disruption such as parental divorce and then being reared by a single parent only 27 percent of baby boomers and 23 percent of preboomers had such an experience Other findings include individual groups boomers and Xers are about evenly split in their preferences for contemporary or traditional worship music But theyre much more likely than preboomers to prefer contemporary Xers have more confidence than baby boomers in religious institutions but much less than preboomers Xers and baby boomers are much more likely to require autonomy and the freedom to explore theologically than previous generations and are less committed to institutional religion than their parents and grandparents The flip side of a trial might be a strength LaRue is my aunt She and I are close enough to the same age to be sisters In fact my mother her sister was 22 years old when LaRue was born and they were the only two children in the family And I might add for the new generation they had the same parents LaRues mother said to her one morning Honey I wouldnt let Joe look after the baby if I were Joe was the babys Why not Well he doesnt have good Mother why one earth would you say that To which my grandmother replied Honey the other morning I saw him push the screen door open with the babys Isnt itamazing how children survive no matter what mistakes we make with them And more than that they love us anyway I tried so hard not to make the same mistakes my parents made with me And you know it never occurred to me that I would make mistakes of my own My girls and I had somewhat of a gypsy life after their father and I divorced My girls were and 8 years old I restored old houses for a living in Houston back in the late 70s which meant we moved according to the capital gains laws every six months nine months or year I made the remark one time when I came under criticism for moving my children so frequently that yes we had moved a lot but I always had them in the same school My middle daughter said Sure Mama Im in the seventhgrade and IVe been to eight I was astonished as she reeled them off to me But you know what theyre very flexible And they even admit to getting a little antsy if they are in one house or town more than two years It seems every negative experience has a positive too if you look for it My teenage life was disrupted by the progressive alcoholism of my mother With that came increasing and anger for my father which Patti Brooks Krumnow prompted violent temper outbursts The unexpectedness of those clashes caused me to instantly withdraw and become very calm This translated into my adult life as a cool head in crisis That happened to be a highly valued trait for my job as a flight attendant and certainly was critical for the rearing of my three daughters alone A child who survives an alcoholic home has great courage some are super achievers Babe Ruths father was alcoholic and extremely abusive Another strong trait of most children of alcoholic parents is a great sense of humor It is developed in order to diffuse tense and sometimes dangerous situations The point of this is that most children love their parents no matter what We can go a long way with them by asking for their forgiveness for the mistakes we know we have made with them as well as those we arent aware of We all did the best we could at the time You can bet if we had known a better road we would have traveled it The Sunday before New Years our Sunday service is called The Burning Bow We write down our resentments from the current year and then we turn them over to God to help us with our forgiveness process In this way we start the New Year with a clean slate We invite you to join us for this renewing experience We meet at 11 at the Senior Center 655 Landa Street For more information see the church page kind one to another tenderhearted forgiving one another even as God for Christs sake hath forgiven Ephesians The Rev Patti Brooks Krumnow is minister of the Unity Church of New History of Smiths 33 wives casts polygamy as tragic ambiguity By VERN ANDERSON Associated Press Writer SALT LAKE CITY A years celebration of the Mormon pioneer experience is ending with publication of a book on the tragic ambiguity of polygamy as experienced by 33 wives of church founder Joseph Smith The 788page group biography casts a stark light on the peculiar practice that made the Mormons pariahs in the Midwest and compelled their epic migration to the Salt Lake Valley 150 years ago Sacred Loneliness The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith vividly documents the faith hardship and heroism that were the focus this year of the Mormon churchs successfully orchestrated sesquicentennial celebration But in this first comprehensive examination of the lives of the women Smith married and widowed author Todd Compton also tracks the isolation and heartbreak that were a significant part of the Mormon female experience with polygamy Most were pioneers sometimes throughout their lives moving from New England to Ohio then to Missouri to different parts of Missouri to Nauvoo to Winter Quarters and on to Compton writes in the introduction And while most polygamists were sincere intensely religious people of good will my central thesis is that Mormon polygamy was characterized by a tragic I This Christmas Season be part of something new Hill Country Christian Church A new Church in formation m Now meeting at Arion Seay Intermediate School Hwy 46 just mile west of US 281 Sunday Service Contemporary Worship Open Communion
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