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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 6, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 8A INC October 2001 RELIGION Contact Features Editor Betty Taylor at 6259144 Knowing the most trusted person in the church Who the trusted person in your church Immediate responses would undoubtedly include the he not the most trusted per as he under con stant scrutiny and account ability by church boards and denominational If its not the surely the most trusted person at church must be the After the person who handles the money must have both the trust of the congregation and impeccable not even the person with access to the purse is the most trusted person since they are regu larly audited and moni The trusted person in a church is the childrens Sunday School To prove let me ask you a few questions Do you know the name of any or all of your childrens Sunday School teachers Do you know what the teacher is currently teach ing Have you personally met with the teacher and inquired as to their qualifi cations to teach eternal truth to your child Does the teacher know they are accountable to you Having spent many min istry years in Christian it is my safe assumption that the answers to these questions reveals whom we trust the most at We willing ly and eagerly leave our most valued our in the hands of someone we apparently do not care to so that tpejfcariteach them an thing they want about the God of the universe Not only do we trust the Sunday School teachers to give proper information about the greatest issue in our but we also trust that they are TIM JUDKINS themselves people of godly character equipped with gifts to do this awesome and eternal Public school teachers and dfiycare centers endure background checks and thorough interviews when all that is at stake is babysitting and secular When it comes to matters of truth and we accept any one who is willing to take on the We trust them like no one Is anyone surprised at the incredible ignorance that people have in matters related to God Nationwide interest in God is wide and it is my guess that most Americans have attended at least some Sunday School in their Perhaps its time to review how the educational sys tem of Christianity is or shall I not accomplishing its Godgiven Within the last 20 years we have shifted from being intentionally educational in our churches to being aggressively The Minister of Music is now the preferred staff supple ment to the Minister of Exciting wor ship is more marketable than poorly presented doc Educational build ings yield to worship cen Godcentered also must be God informed Tim Judkins discusses Who in the World is God this Sunday at the Contemporary Service of First Protestant Johns welcomes new rector Bornagain Texan welcomes new job BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer If you see the new Johns Episcopal Church pinch Although he is celebrat ing 20 years in ordained the Charles Chuck Thebeau is a Californianative complet ing his first month as both the parish rector and bornagain The churchs warmth and enthusiasm is excit he while its cen tral Texas location My family and I are regularly pinching our selves and saying Were really in Texas Who would have thought Thebeau He served 10 years as rector of Charles Episcopal Church in Thebeaus dating process with the 300 member parish at 312 Guenther began this past summer when a fel low priest submitted his name to the churchs search After an initial inter Thebeau discerned it was time to move halfway across the cquntry tpa JESSIE The Charles Chuck Thebeau is settling in at his new parish at Johns Episcopal never My wife and I both felt that we had accomplished what the Lord had called us to do in he This place fit my dream in that it wants to These people are serious about reaching others for the Lord instead of just existing as a Evidence of the churchs push toward growth is its recent purchase of nine acres of land on Texas 46 near OakRun Sixth Grade What impresses me is that they went out and bought the land without a he Its like theyre ready Although land develop ment is at least two years down the a new facility could provide needed elbow room at the churchs two worship ser vices and expand ministe rial support in the com Parenting mar riage enrichment financial and debt reduc tion counseling and help ing fulfill the basic need for community are part of the shared vision of a growing Thebeau We want to build facili ties in order to reach more invite more people in and to serve God in various he 1 Thebeau said he been called to tKe nicest part of Texas and yet his sense of calling clearly predated his 20 years hi I grew up loving Jesus from before I can remem he As a 3year I remember telling the grocery clerk that Jesus loved Thebeau said he simply wanted to share the same message with New Thebeau is in the process of earning a doc torate of ministry degree from Trinity Episcopal School in Ministry in He received his master of divinity from SeaburyWestern Theological Seminary in has a bachejpr of arts in psychology from Point Loma Thebeau has been mar ried to Sandy for 23 They have four children Paul and Church says thank you to Irish priests His mother probably called her little boy a limb o Satan when he got into as surely he must He must have heard years and years his homeland had been invad the women the people starved and their houses He must have learned how they were forced to live in earthen shacks and their flocks Even most of their meager pota toes were taken from A man was lucky indeed to manage to save a little pig from the litter by hiding it in his I had a taste of home baked Irish bread and but ter and cream when our ship dropped anchor in Ireland during World War and nothing was ever finer than that Irish RAY KAUFMAN as the Irish that just as cream settles on the top of white Tis the pick o the crop that settles to the he must have been the pick o seven Pretty colleens must have tossed their red heads at him Blue eyes and brown must have gazed dreamily in his direc tion while begging Agnes to help them snare A fine father he would but not like they He became a priest and volunteered to minis ter in a foreign a country of heat and of droughts and a country almost the exact opposite of his dear home and one in desperate need of a Patrick to dive away the rattle snakes and water but also in great need for someone to minister to their spiritu al Do any of us realize the sacrifice he and so many other Irish priests made to leave that green land to come to a land where there probably wasnt another Irishman for many miles His love of a good joke or trick helped him through those first It has been rumored that statues of saints and per haps even the infant Jesus were known to disappear and then reappear in unex pected places whenever he was Instead of pretty young colleens yearning for the people of his Texas parishes yearn for his return when he goes to his dear Ireland to get his rogue His love of his love of the min his special love for the little ones have endeared him to people in each of the parishes in which he And the Father said Well done good and faith ful You left your even your home land to work in And we say Thank Monsignor And thank God for all our Irish Ray Kaufman is retired deacon at Peter and Paul Catholic Side with a name you can i will furnish and install up to 1400 of vinyl siding enough lor average 3 bedroom single story house you a big choice of colors Price includes all labor material warranty 18003399323 j 4 Free Shop at home service Energy ivodmu HOME FURNISHINGS jKtndOpemng SaU 20 any Him ad in A untiiking Jut Mtiftt far a Ckimtma Stphmhr H9ih at 3 66V 1 SegaiH 830 6243950 Opttt A Sign To Senior Living Large Apartment Homes for 62 Or a Full Service Independent Living Community For Seniors Residential Request Fee Application Deposit One Bedroom Two Bedroom Two Bedroom One Bath One Bath Two Bath Amenities offered at this unique community Private Access Gates 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