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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 6AI Saturday, September 24,2011 | herald-zeitung.COM  Mountain faith vanishing  Unique religious  traditions  disappearing  Iravelers who trequcnf the vv'iniiing mountain ro.uls ot southern Appalac hia know that, ('very few miles, they're gomg to pass yet another sm.Hl Baptist (hurch sitting ( lose to some rushing water.  It's all .ibout location, 1()( atioti, loi ation.  Why would preac her want to ha|)ti7e new l>eliev('rs in heat(>d, indoor tank wh(>n he ( an dunk them in th(' pow('r-tul. living, frigid waters ot the rivf'r that (r(*ated th(> v.illey in whic h his floe k iias lived tor geni'rationsi* Ihere's no (|uestion whit h option the self-pro-( laimed i’rimiti\(,‘ Baptists will choose, ev('n it it .ulds an (>l('m('nt of risk.  "Among Primitive Baptists, you almost always s('(' two minist('rs wh(‘n they h<ipti/e sonK'onc— on(> to do the baptism and one to hold on. It's ev(’n l)(M ome p<irt of their uni(|ue liturgii ,il tradition lo have two ministers there," s.iid Baptist historian Bill 1 eonard of tfie W ake l orest S( hool ot r)ivinit\ in Winston-Salem, i\.( .  ' •\s the saying goes," said l.eonard, "sou could get l>apti/ed .uid go to luviven on the' s,une da\ it there wasn't somebodv there to harig on so vou didn't wash av\ay and drown."  This IS the kind of old-tashion(‘d taith that Anver-  TTMMrnNGLY  Columnist Teny Mattingly writes writes ttie syndicated “On Religion" column  for Scripps Howard News Service  icans are used to seeing in paintings of frontier life or grainy i>lack-and-white ph()t()graf)hs from the days before interstate highways, shopping malls, satellite dishes and thc' intf‘rnet. Appalachian religion has played a dramatic role in American ( ulture, helping sha[)e our folk art, Scotch-lrish history, roots music and a host of other subjects.  The c|uestion, for I eonard and many other scholars, is whether the ri( h heritage of "mountain Christianity" will play much ot a role in the nation's future.  "Increasingly," he said, "our modern forms ot /Xmeritan religion and our mass mc'dia and culture are sucking the life oLit of one of our most distinctive regions."  While the region contains religious groups with f uropean ties, the most im[)ortant fact about the c ommon Af)palachian c hurthes is that they ar(* unicjuely Americ an.  For outsiders, this can be* very c <)m()lex territory.  The C alvinist, Primitive Baptists are not the only Baptists whose sanctuar  ies d()t the landscape of the 1,60()-miie-!ong strip o f m o Ü n t a i n s t h a t r u n from Eastern Canada down to the high bills of Alabama and Georgia, cresting at Mount Mitchel in the heart of North Carolina's Black Mountains. There are Independent Ba|)tists (of various kinds), Free Will Baptists, Old Regular Baptists, Missionary Baptists, Southern Baptists and dozens of other brands.  Even the Primitive Baptists are a complex bunch, noted Leonard. There are some who avoid wine and some who make their own. Some refuse to hire professional pastors or to senci their preac hers off to seminary, fearing they will be corrupted.  There's even a small body of Primitives — critics call them "no-hellers" — who insist Cjod's love is so strong that everybody ends up in heaven, no matter what.  Then there are the various kinds of Pent(‘costal-Holiness churches, including the rare — but world-famous — congregations in which Ix'lievers landle snakes, si|) (X)ison and wrestle^ with demons.  Some "Oneness" Pentecostal believers baptize in the name of lesus, alone, while others embrace the traditional Trinity of Cjod the Lather, Son and Holy Spirit.  In an acacíemic papc^r entitk'd "Lcx)king for Religious Appalachia," Leonard noted that hc' once heard a Trinitarian  Pentecostal preacher explain that doctrinal feud In terms a nyone cou Id grasp; "lesus had a Daddy, He wasn't no bastard."  "Case closed," wrote the historian.  Ironically, some of the most powerfur forces that threaten these churches are the efforts of outsiders to help the region — such as missionaries sent to evangelize the locals or s o c i a I - j u s t i c e a c t i v i s t s who want to help the locals escape their own way of life.  Then there are the softer forms of Evangelical Protestantism that arrive through television, mass-marketed gospel music and those new, transplanted megachurches that keep sprouting up like suburban supiTstores.  Thus, the stark "Sacred Harp" hymns of the shape-note era gradually gave way to the cheery gc:)spel fjuartets of the radio era, which were then blitzed by the pop-rcx k "praist* bands" of the Contemporary Christian music era.  What ha()pens when the mountain churches and their traditions are gone?  "A(>palachia still exists and it remains something to celebrate," said Leonard. "Still, what's happening there is a danger signal to us all. ...  "What was once pristine wilderness is Ixxom-ing an exploited region. Tragically, a cruc iai element of America's religious history and heritage is being lost, as well."  for fcrcsWfi'’  follow us on Twitter ^twBraunffItHZ  Btcome a New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Facebookfanatfictbook.com  Sign up for e-newslatter by visiting tfie HeraldZeiting online:^rald-ztitung.com  Southern Baptists consider name change  NASHVILLE, Ttnn.W  Thé Southern Baptist Convention is considering changing its name.  SBC President Bryant Wright said Monday that he's appointing a task force to study the idea, says thé name is  I  th(  too regional and creates challenges as the denomination tries to grow.  Southern Baptists are the largest Protc^staht group in the United States. But they've seen a decline in baptisms, church attendance and membership in  recent years.  The denomination was formed in L845 amid disputes with other Arnerican Baptists over slayeholding. Southern Baptists apologized to African-Americans in a 1995 resolution for the roie that slavery played in the convention's founding.  Any name change would need ap()roval from a majority of participants in two consec utive annual meetings. Several attempts to change the namt> over the years have failed.  Mo. school board returns banned books to shelves with restrictions  REPUBLIC, Mo.(AP)  Two months after removing two books from its curriculum and school library, a southwest Missouri school board has voted to allow them back into the library but with strong restric tions on who will be allowed to c heck them out.  The Re[)ublic school board voted in |uly to remove Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" and Sarah Ockler's "Twenty Boy Summer" from the school after a man who does not have children there said the l)cx)ks taught values contrary to the Billie. That decision trig-gerc'cl heated debate in Republic and ()rompted Monday's decision to revise the schcx)l's book policy.  Under the revisc'd (K)licy approved before a packed  meetini» room, the board  'ting  eed  agreed to allow challenged books to bc‘ ke^pf in a secure section of the school library. Only [w-ents who want their children to read thc' book will Ix* allowed to chc^k it out  "It does keep the books there in the lifxary, and if parents want their kids to read the book, by all means come and c heck if out," said Sufx'rintendent Vern Minor. "If still puts the decision in parents' hands."  A year ago. Republic resident Wes Scroggins com[)lained about the appropriateness of those two books as well as "Speak" by laurie Halse Anderson.  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Eve S p,m,, Youth - 6 p ni.. Worship 'OCW. Bible study & I’rayrr {);30 pm.  CAiWUn OUTUACH 240S Ijtehouse #213, N B., IX wwwaonKoif;  Wl l()a,ni,62-8l0‘i Canyon Luu Umtid MnHonsT Church 2(X) Hinstone -Tel. <8.30)8‘)‘)-’’l(M Sun. sduxil/BtEJt study 1S arn,  Worvlup Sóvk«8;1S,‘):3{)& HHOa.m.  Canyon Law husBYtttiAN Ot*ui 230 Shepherd Hill, o(f 2673 (Canyon Lake) (8,i0)%-4 2427 Pastor, Rev, Doug I higlish Sun Sdny J 4:00 a.m , WonJup 10:.'W) a.m.  Casiu Hm Umiu) PENitcosiAi Chuich 2(1*) li‘ni»)nv«K»i l)r SanAniomo,  (210) .542-7171 Pastor Paul M. ('hanu.;  Sun. .Mornini; 10:.^) a.m , Wicd. evctuii); p.m.  CilUST KTUNAIK)NAI lAnNAUi., W ( jtoIati StovaO ( iiltien, Pastor (830) 822-Ci')88; Sun Sovke 10 a.m.-12: K) p.ni Sth Sunday Revival 3::30 p.m.  I a(,^iu liui Si Suites, KlueBonnet ( knti. Rixjm (wrthufdii^'iiuBUiKvriutionJtabernailr.ofg ys I Itgjhway 4<> Soudi, NB, IX CMtisi Our Kmc Anuican Church iVkrtin^ Sundas-s at 220 EM 18<)3 (NB ( hasian Audeniy Htìi SdiiK)l)  Holy ( xirnniutuon ai 8 & 10:.^) a.m,  Cimstian EJuLatKKi at ‘):30 a.rn. all ages iViest Rtv lHC'hlxi'I’hetxau Christ Prisbytiiuan Church (I*CA) 1620Clónitnon • 6294)4()S Sim. sdiiKii, im,, VCorJup servue, 10:4S a,m.  Chrst Vbion M»bius 4.V) EM =306, N.B • 830-23 ' 038‘J Pastors Steve & ,\nne Artgelu, Sunday servite, 10:.30 am Church In Tw Vaiuy l4l8l EM,^Ki, ‘X>4-3<)24 9:15 a.m .Sunday Sd»x)l,  10:;3() a.m. Worslup ScrvKe 7p.m. Wed. Prayer & bilile study  Chur(h O Cmusi  lM3lS9and26’3.8',>‘)-’(i'’-Bilik- ilass 10 a m , Vm vwxsJup 11 a m & 6 p,m. U ed. servM ^ p m Hwx725 Church o» Cntei 1 Meadiw (Wit,.620-ÍKISS. [)ougb 1 lili; M.V062K: Suii.: (lasses *K30 am Wnship 10:.3<)a.m íííip.m.Ued "p.m.  Niw Braunris Church of Cwbt KiCi“) BasiiKVS hxW) 3^ Viutfi • 9:.^J am BilileC las,\ Woriup 10,%i.m,  Sun service 6 p.m., Ued. srrviic ~ p.ni,  Tw Church o> |isus Chust ot Lattu-Day Sakts Bisliop Richard 'OCUvhi, 512-.VX>-(f()2S 13‘H) 1 Ian; RJ Sacrarnent .Mertinj;') a m .  Sun. School 10:1 S, Priesthixid, Relict Vxietv 11:10 Church oí ihi Naiarim 210 W. Klein Rd. (aiEM’2=.!.  SS ‘):3() am. Sun. W'orsEup ]I):4S & 6:00: \Xcd. 6:.iO pm, 62S0803. wwss:nbna/-iirg Nufsers priwided CoMAi Country Cmur(H ‘).580 EM 30(1, Ness Braunlet, 1\ ’’8132;  I’astor Boyd laiter, (830) ‘X)"' 4004;  Billie Studv’9 a.m , 'Xbnhf ltt3(iiiii,,  (Miicn's (liurdi 10:.Vl a,ni CXIMMUNHY CiiUSIUN ChUR(í4 1 ■’Í0 ()td McI^kwc)' Road 620-" 1 •’4;  Sun, School, 9:.30 a.m Worship, 10:30 a.m.,  ( X)rtee 1-ellowship ‘):(K) a.m; NufW pruvided. CCJMMUMTY FUiOWW PRf»YTU)AN 6:’6l EM 1102 (HunterM ^ Wat,vHi Ln.) Worship at ]():4S a.m,: weekly ciinununiciin (830)64.3-9703, w\s'sfcu)mmuniisnh,oi|¡  Rfv; HtJen BiHirsier, Pastor CoMMUNmr Of Cmust 11.38 iXuila{>I)nve,N,B„ IX Wofvlup: 11 a.m. Siin.. Sun. SdioiJ ‘):.30 a.m.  Prayer Service " p m, lucsdjy CxA^ Mil BArnsT Church 1021VEM 2(r.l Canyon Ijke {“astur: |errv Bakrial, Sunday Sdi<»)l 9:.W a.m.  Sun. 'Oi'otship 10:4S arn; & 6:00 p in.  Wed. 6:^) p.m IVaytr Meeting Crchs Commumty Churix P6S ElKkoty, 62'’-'’00(i; Worship 10:4Sa.m.  Cross Luthuan Church & Scmcxx (MissiHin S)'nód)21"l E. (ommon St., 62‘>-.366(); Pastor l>on Itaka, Sun. ^Xo^slup, 8;.30 áni, & 11:00 am. BiHc Study & Sun ScEkxJ 10:(KI a m.  Cross Waik CoMAMmnv Churcí«  320 Millies lii,N,B„'IX 781.« 8.HI-8224S21, Pastor IVte Santos Jr. l.vemn^ ServKcs Sunday ^ 6 pni. Intrixluong: llie Irihe ot Judali Band Dayvrmc Chrktun Ftuowsw 189S S. Ualnut; .Sunday Service ‘):(KI & 10;4S, Sunday School 9:.V) Witde)’an deniKiiirution. Easts« Battkt Church 983 EIollv at conia ol Ridgovcxxi, 62S-071K; Sun, scliixil ‘1:4*) a.tn . Sun. services 1():S0 a.ni, &  6 p.m., W'ed. 7 p.ni; Pastor Will)um Tayli)r E vanou. A-ssimbiy O Goo 104 Mel(xly Iaiie Morning Worslup 10:30 a.iii.,  Sun c-ve vs<()tiihip 6 p.m., Wed. eve praise & prayer 7 p.m. Sam Atwell, 1’a.stor Faith Harvist Church l‘J28 S, Scgiun Hwy,, Retves Ito, Siute I04, N.B Sun, Cflel'ration Service &  C iuldrens (!hurch • 11 a.rii.  I\ist(H Phil T'aykir Fahh UmiU) Church Oi Chrst 970út('337,62W61,  Adult SuruLiv Schoi)! 4:30 Worslup - Ciulclfetis Cliurch/SS 10:30 Fuiowsnr Beu Church 4026 Monunpide at Solras & 1113“)  9:30 a.m., 10:4S a.m. and 6 p m.  Sun., Weil, ■? p.m. Eüláe study vvvAv tellowshi()l)if>ie.us 8.3Ü-S1 S S^)60  Fr»t Baptist Chur( h  ^,^3 ( Tovs St. Sun. , H:tH) a.ni SuiuLty W'<>rship h a.m. - SiukU Vinx)i, 10: tS a.ni.  W'orslup V-r\ne,6:00 p ni Worship y-rMO; NXcclncvlav Eiiblt- Snulv t«' p in. ssw tlxnli.off;  First Batust Cmrch Canyon Laki 1.Ì08S I ,\1    laki-.TX («.«)) ViS--  ‘h.^Oa.ni Siuxljy ScIkhiI 10:4Sa.rn. .Mn(iurif> WiirsJu)' 0<X) p.tu Esallng^W1rill(' Wed. 1 Xmdl lonusekPasio» (>:1S pni. .\W'\NA • 6: p m. Uxitli <> lS litet ittxij». FiiST Church Of Christ Scxntist I r 1'.. .Mill .St.. Siui. service 11):.^) a.m Sun school l():30a.tn 'Xcxi. tcstinkitiv niming Ml p.ni,,  Reaiiiiiy Rixmi .Mon [n 10 a.ni, to 2 p m Fitsr PkisBvnjUAN Churcìi 2910 IH 3S .Scxidi 8.3()-<i2S-(.(X>()  Sun Woiship & Sj>anish Service 8:.H) a.m Bilingual Service, 11:00 a.iii Sun ,Sc&xi| lor adults, 1():(X) a.m,  Sim SthcKil (or childrcndunnp wH^lvip PastW: Rfv: .Mark HuldiJiH Fi»T PRoniTANT Church ( omerot Sepun and C xill St reets Sun. Clis.ses tor all ages - 9 a.m., liaditional Worship - 8 & a.m.,  ( cnitcmporary W'orship I0:.V() a.rn,  Rrv. l^aivHCl Higjÿns,  Senior Minister •  Frist UNmo Mf thooist Church Siin, wot^ip: 8:.i(), 9:4S & 11 a.m.,  ( liurdi scIkioI Sim, 9:4S fii 11 a.m..  Youth activities: Sun. 4 p.m.  ‘>72 W San AntonR) St. 830-62^-4513 Fruoom Fuiowsiv Church 410 Oak Run l\)int,<)2S-I288 Sun, 10:30 a.in,, Suii. bil)lc study9:.30 a m..  Week nigjit 1 lome Mimstnes,  IWir l>nnis(iallalii-i Frrmns llNflTD Church of Christ 8.3()-.i()3-'^29 • 2SSS Eriedens ( iiurdi Riud Sc-gum (( letoiunK)),'Ex - Sunday School 9 a.m.  Sim ln»dition.il Worship 9:(X) a.m.,  ( i>nicm{X)rarv Worship 11:01 a,rn.  Wed. hunilv Night Minlstrv (i (X) p.m.  CiXX) SHMftRD EvANQUK Al CjMtCH (830) 303-(>7S3 ‘Hl2 ’nnunmnan 1 ji Seguin (Cieromiiio), 1 x. Sun. scluxil 0 a.m., W'orship service 10:.3l) a.m,  C«ACi Bau Church (x Canyon Laki  1101 In|ile l\at Cjimmi Ijkc, IX («,30)8‘»^>HS1 Sunday Mortiiiig Bible .Study' 9:15 am Moriuiig Worship Service 10:,3() a.rn. Wedriescüy Kveriiiig Bible Study 7:()0 p ni C«ACi MiAHjRiAi Churcìi 3240 EM '2S (MtQueeiu-v Rd.)  Ph (i2(v 3()4S Worship: 8:3« tfi' 10:45 a ni, I’astor Ridiard C luv, Student Pastor: ,^daln C ork;  ( hoir Director: Brent Dunavant, Children’s Ministry Darla Thompson www.graceHK-i:iionaldiurchnb,()rg Creati» Ur Uniiu) Pentecüsiai Church 1 liidumnient l.ane, oil EM 725.  Pastor Joy« Dixil; Sun. services 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wot. 7:,30 pm.; (.O')-1325.  Crirni llNniD MrmgoiST Church 262') E, Cximnion Si, gruetunmic,org; Services: 8:.30, 9:40 a.m. & 11 a.m.,  .Small grou|is ^ 11 a.ni,  CJass tor all agcs^ 9:40 a,ni.  Hara«ony Battist Church 1472 Hwy 46 ScHith ; Bible study at 10 im.-Sun,, Worship: 11 a.m. & (r p.m.,  Wed. prayer &■ Bible study at ^ p.m.  Hri CowmY Christian Church 20845 Hsvy4() Wot (Next dtxit to the ScImx^) Sun. 10:.» a.m. CbnteniporaiY Worship 980-2019  “Real Texas Bar-BU”  OPEN TIL 10:00 SUNDAY - THURSDAY AND 10; iO FRIDAY 4k SAFLJRDAY  936 LcK»r ^>7 - New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830)609-3337  HOFFMANN FLOORS  exchleni VAi uts  (^arpcH* TIIb, Oak Flooring, (^(iratiiic; ille, Vinyl Flooriti^, Wlti(l()w Irc'atiiunits  625-2629 ♦ 710 Loop 337   

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