Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 2, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sat., Nov. 2. 1974
Local Ministers Feel the Impact
The Message Center
By Pat Peterson
Disputes within denomination art new
There have been disputes since the time of Martin Lu-ther to the present day
Some disputes an* worked out within the denomination, In other cases, the rift has been so serious that new de-nominations were formed.
No one knows yet what is going to happen in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
The conservative and moderate factions of the Church are at odds with the basic difference being Biblical interpretation
The majority of the denomination falls under the conservative heading which creates a problem for the ministers of the moderate belief.
An example of one such man caught in the dispute is the Rev. Richard Osing of Trinity Lutheran church.
Because of his beliefs, he is resigning his post as senior pastor at Trinity and hits- a very real concern that he could be defrocked because of the stand he has taken
Trinity is one of five Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) churches in the Cedar Rapids-Marion area
Pastor Osing and the Rev. John Huber, St. Paul’s Lutheran church. Marion, talked about the stand they have taken as moderates
Pastor Osing has boon at Trinity for three and one half years. Pastor Huber has been at St. Paul’s for seven years. Both are graduates of Concordia seminary. St. I/>uis
I he method subscribed to by Pastors Osing and Huber is the historical-critical method which used literary, form, redaction and canonical means in interpretation.
Another factor in the dispute is the organization called Evangelical Lutherans in Mission (ELIM). Pastor Osing was elected to the national board of the group in August, 1974. Pastor Huber is also a member of the group
The purpose of ELIM, Pastor Osing said, is to be* a confessing movement within the Church, to alert the members of the l/’MS that
the priority of the Gospel is being replaced by another priority, namely accepting literal interpretation of the Bible.
Pastor Osing said ELIM is also a supportive arm to the ministers who are of moderate beliefs.
ELIM has about 12.(KM) members. 2.(KXI of which are
Pastor Osing said the dispute came to a head at the Church’s convention in New Orleans. The* convention delegate's passed a resolution condemning the Concordia seminary' faculty majority positions as being doctrine which should not be tolerated by the Church Concordia in the largest LCMS seminary in the U. S.
Dr. J. A. (). Preus. president of the denomination, issued a statement at the convention. Pastor Osing said. as public doctrine, binding on all members of the synod Pastors Osing and Huber are opposed to the resolution and statement. They stand in support of Dr. John Tietjen, former president of Concordia who was dismissed for his teachings
Pastor Osing said the resolution makes it impossible to use* contemporary methods of Biblical interpretations in the LCMS.
Christian Churches To Host Evangelist
The six area Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) will conclude a period of extensive evangelism under the leadership of the Rev. Benny Boling with spinal services Sunday and Nov. ll) and a week of intensive calling Pastor Boling will speak Sunday morning at Cedar, First and Noelridge Christian churches.
In the afternoon he will address a joint meeting of the Urbana, Oak Grove and Shellsburg Christian churches at Urbana.
At 6 p.m. he will lead the training s**ssion for callers at First Christian church, Cellar Rapids. _
He is pastor of Park Avenue Christian church, Des Moines, and servc*s as a director of All Church Evangelism, a national program of evangelism with headquarters in Stillwater, Okla The six Christian churches will observe Nov. ll) as Decision Day.
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people. He said many people may identify with ELIM even though they are non members.
“Many people in the LCMS have not studied the technical issues,” said Pastor Osing. “They have reacted on an emotional level or have accepted the* condemnation of KLIM on the grounds that that is what the authorities say.”
Pastor Osing said he expects more definite steps to be taken against the moderates and their stand at the LCMS convention in 1975.
He said action at the convention may make it impossible for him to take any post in the LCMS and he may have to transfer to another Lutheran denomination if he wishes to remain an active minister
Pastor Osing said there may he a major split in the synod following the convention and that a new group may be formed
He said ELIM is opposed to forming a new group. “I anticipate ELIM to provide a temporary support structure until realignment of all Lutherans in the country takes place.”
“The important issue is not whether an incident described in the Bible happened literally the way it is described, but what meaning that incident sht*ds on the way God deals with his people in terms of judgment and grace.
congregation and fought the action, but “at this [mint I feel that staying would destroy friendships and even divide families in the parish. I can not believe that would accomplish anything good.” Pastor Osing said hi* was very reluctant to give up the ministry because he considers the call to the ministry a sacred matter He said the trouble for him started when a group of parents in the congregation objected to what was being taught in the confirmation classes. The parents, he said, did not feel he was teaching the Bible the way it should be taught
Sisters Of Mercy
' ‘Gospel Road”
“Moderates basically believe most incidents described in the Bible are historical. We have been unfairly accused that if we do not accept the historicity (actual occurrence) of the Jonah incident, we do not accept the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus,’’ Pastor Osing said.
“You can look at an incident this way or that way hut still not destroy the Gospel,” said Pastor Huber. “They can exist beautifully side by side.” Pastor Osing said the conservative element of the church said there is only one way to look at things—its way.
Because Pastor Osing can not accept this view, he was asked by his church hoard Oct. 24 to resign and seek another position.
Pastor Osing said he feels that some members of his church who feel the same way he does will look at his invitation to leave as an invitation for them to leave also.
Pastor Osing said his future plans are indefinite. He is currently attending the Clinical Pastoral Education program at St Luke’s hospital. He said he plans to finish the program and become a certified chaplain.
Pastor Huber, though not threatened with losing his parish, also faces a dilemma.’ His beliefs are in accord with Pastor Osing’s. His congregation at the present is accepting both views and he said they seem to co-exist without any problems.
“How can we as a congregation and myself as a minister identify with Pastor Osing and the movement as a whole?
“How can we as a congregation continue to act openly and in a Gospel oriented way?
“The impact the split is having on the morale of the ministers can be felt. How can we continue to speak the good word and not bi' hampered by what has happened?” questioned Pastor Huber.
Pastor Huber said he was not as afraid for himself as he was for the continuation of relationships and cooperation between members of his congregation.
The Sisters of Mercy will celebrate their centennial with a special liturgy at St. Matthew’s Catholic church Sunday at 12:15 p.m. A reception for the sisters will he held following the service a‘ Kean hall.
An open house will be held in the afternoon at the two new convents next to St. Matthews.
MILLERSBURG - The Rev Jerry E. Breese has assumed the pastorate at the Community church west of Millersburg. Pastor Breese previously served at Woodland Community church, Runnells.
He is a graduate of Calvary Bible college, Kansas City, Mo. He succeeds the Rev. Roy T Hoover who moved to rural North English.
He said he will resign post at Trinity. He said could have stayed in
ministers and 10.000 of which are lay people. The synod has about three million members.
Pastor Huber said he does not think the numbers accurately reflect the feeling of the
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH
3rd Avenue & I 2th Street SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa
“The warm hearted church with the heart-warming message Invites you to share with them each Lord s Day as follows;
Sunday Bible School— 9.30-10 30 AM Morning Worship Service—10:45-1 1:45 AM Evening Gospel Service—7:00 8 OO PM Wednesdays' ‘prayer-and-share’ time—7.OO PM
Rev. Harry R. Egner, Pastor
Rev. Wayne Peterson, Youth Pastor
(In fellowship with Conservative Baptists)
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Pre§ent§ a Youth Service
a comtemporary musical by Buryi Red
"It s Cool in the Furnace”
SUNDAY, NOV. 3, 9.30 and 11:00 WORSHIP SERVICES
Dr. W.A. Mater Slated To Speak At Mission Raiiy
MANCHESTER - Dr. Walter A. Maier, jr., wellknown Lutheran speaker, educator and lecturer, will he the keynote speaker at an Eastern Iowa Missions rally Nov. IO at 2 p m, in the junior high school gymnasium here.
Dave Scheie, anchorman of WMT-TV news; the Rev. John Zimmerman, president of the Iowa District East of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and other local and area church leaders will also appear on the program.
Dr Maier, son of the late Walter A. Maier. founder and first speaker of the International Lutheran Hour radio broadcast, is presently a professor at Concordia seminary, Springfield, III. He is a vice-president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
The film, “Gospel Road”, conceived and produced by .Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, will bi' shown at nine area churches Sunday.
The churches presenting the film are First Baptist, Anamosa; Twin Furies Baptist and Trinity Church of the Nazarene, Cedar Rapids; United Methodist, Manchester; United Methodist, Mt. Vernon; St. Paul’s United Methodist, Olin; Faith Lutheran church at the Swisher Legion hall; First Baptist, Vinton, and Hoover Wesleyan, Walker
A contemporary worship liturgy composed by the former University of Iowa musician, Dr. Daniel Moe, will be the format for the November worship services each Sunday at First Congregational church.
Dr Moo s “Worship for Today’’ is a service of music and the spoken word by ministers, choir and congregation.
Noelridge Park Baptist
Anyone interested in joining a taping group of messages by Col. Bob Thiema, pastor and teacher from Houston, Texas, should contact Mr. and Mrs. Giles Norton. 1785 Sherbrook drive NE.
St. John's Lutheran
The following boys received awards Monday at Calvary Baptist church as members of Christian Service Brigade: Lance Beck, Kirk Beck, Dan Morrow, Don Morrow. Tim Marshall, Mark Marshall,
Greg Herdlicka, Jon Meyer and Joe Meyer.
The Rev. James J. Counihan, executive director of the American Evangelism Assn , St Paul, will hold special services Saturday through Friday at Noelridge Park Bap-tist church each evening at 7:30. He will also speak at the Sunday morning service.
Pastor Counihan, from Roseville, Minn., attended Bethel college and Bethel seminary. Tie served as student pastor at Shoreview Baptist church, St. Paul, and as pastor of Central Avenue Baptist church, Chicago.
During the month of November, the church broadcasts scheduled each Sunday at 4 p.m. on KCRG radio will originate from the Cedar Christian (Disciples of Christ) church. The Rev. Neville Clayton is pastor.
SIGOURNEY - Evangelist (’. J. Sc hultz, Des Moines, will speak at the First Baptist church here Saturday through Friday. Services will hi* held each evening at 7:30 p m.
Schultz rn a graduate of Faith Baptist Bible college, Ankeny, and since his graduation in 1973 has been a full-time evangelistic minister.
The Jaronas’, a magic and illusion act. will present a Gospel magic presentation at the Edgewood Baptist church Sunday at 9 30 am The program will include illusion and ventriloquism.
Cedar Valley Bible
The monthly potluck supper will Im* held Sunday at 5 30 p m prior to the evening service at Cedar Valley Bible church
VICTOR — An organ and choir reformation will be held at St. John’s Lutheran church, six miles south of Victor, Sunday at 7:30 p m
Richard Haas, a graduate instructor at the University of Iowa, will play the organ and the choir and instrumental ensemble from St. Paul’s University Lutheran church, Iowa City, will share the program.
St. Paul's United Methodist
The Chapel choir of St. Paul’s United Methodist church will present a modern cantata, “It’s Cool in the Furnace”, by Hawthorne and Reed, Sunday at the 9 30 and ll a m. services
Cedar Hills Reformed
The Cedar Hills Community Reformed church will begin a month of “Discovering Our Commitment’’ Sunday. Paul Little, co-chairman of the International Congress on World Evangelism, will speak at the ll a m. service.
Paul Little, executive associate of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, will speak Sunday at 9:30 a rn. at Westminster Presbyterian church at the Women’s Assn. annual praise service.
“The Sound of Love”, a film about a Dutch girl who escaped death rn a Nazi gas chamber, will hi' shown Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Interdenominational church.
Cedar Rapids Worship Services
Religious Training Given To Teachers of Retarded
The Linn County Assn. for Retarded Children sponsored a training session Wednesday for church workers who wish to serve in a church class for the mentally handicapped
The session covered discipline, program planning and teaching aids as they relate specifically to the mentally handicapped. As part of the training si'ssion, participants observed teaching techniques used rn a public school program.
Participants also observed a church class currently provided for the mentally handicapped at St, Paul’s Lutheran church, Marion. The session was held at St. Paul’s.
The training provided through the Linn county group is non denominational. Presently there are only six churches in Cedar Rapids providing religious classes for the mentally handicapped.
Any church interested in beginning such a program may contact the Linn County Assn. for Retarded Children for information.
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First — 2531 42nd st NE. Gary A. Jenkins SS 9 45 Sen IO 45 Eve 7. Wed. eve 7.
Berea* — 5ft37 Center Point rd. NE. Glen V Burh SS 9 45. Sen IO.
t alt ary — (IBA) 12ft.3 .3rd ave SW Harry R Kgner, Wayne Peterson SS § 30 Sen 10 45 Eve. 7 Wed eve. 7.
Friar weed — (Btif> E ave. and Edgewood rd NW Roger T Good son SS 9 111 Sen . 1ft 45 Eve 7. Wed eve. 7 3ft
First — (ABC) 120ft 2nd ave. SE. Dr Wayne A. Storeman, SS 9 3ft Sen IO 5ft
Gattire — (GARB) 1947 Wash ington ave. SE. I .arn R Engle. SS 9 3ft Sen IO 40 Eve 7 Wed eve. 7.
Imcnaaarl — (SBC) 1900 K ave. NW William R Riley. SS 9 Sen. Ki ts “liod's Endless Qu»*st". Eve.
7 15 “l*reaehing W hat W e Bract n e the Church" Wed eve. 7.
Mt. /la* - (NBO 824 Kth st SE. I a*Roy W hite SS 9 311 Sen Kl 45 Nev* Trstameat — (BBF) 749 Old Marion rd NE. Robert McGraw SS 9,3ft Sen 11130 I ve 7 Wed eve 7 SarlritfKr Park — ((BAI 1147 Clifton ave NE. Bruee W Yourn;. Mike Hastings. Dale Hatcher SS Kl 30 Sen 9 Eve. 8 1ft W»*d eve 7 30
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loth ave. SE Harmon Webb SS 9 30. Sen ll. Eve. 9 Tues eve. 7 Kl
Twia Pines - (NAB) 33M 42nd st. NE Werner la'inke. SS It) Serv. ll. "The Key to Spiritual Maturity”. Eve
7 “The Gospel Road" Wed eve 7 38 “The Peril of Stunted Growth”.
Valley View — (BIK ) 5555 MI. Vernon rd SE. Carroll Van Anda SS 9 Kl Sen III 3ft “The Ia*ssons of Experience”. Eve. 7. “The Perils Awaiting the Materialistic Man" Wed eve 7.
XII Salats - 7211 29th st SE Edmund J. Becker. James I, Block linger. Paul Ottlng Masses Sat 5; Sun 6. 7 Kl, §. Kl Kl. noon
Immaculate (eacrptiea — 859 3rd ave. SE Win P. leonard. John Casey, Richard J. Bess. Masses Sat. 5 15, Sun ti. 8, IO, noon 5 15.
St. Jade's — 15(1 Edgewood rd NW John M Gregory, Richard Ament. John Tilp Masses: Sat, 5 Kl, Sun. 7. N 30, Kl. II 3ft
St Ludmila's — 211 21st ave SW Robert W Ci/.ck, Paul C. McManus. Masses: Sat 5 30, Sun H Kl. 8, 9 Kl, ll. 12 15
St Matthew's — Isl ave 24th NE A A Sodawasser. Arthur (Cleve, T J Histing. Masses Sat. 5 Kl, Sun 8 Kl.
8 9 Kl. II, 12 15
St Patrick's - 5(81 1st ave NW. Martin laiughlin. Carl A Hies, Joseph Schneider Masses Sat 5 15. Sun 8 Kl 8. 9 45. ll, 12 15.
St. Blas X - Council st. Collins rd NE. Bernard G. Collins, John Friederlek Masses Sat. eve 7 Kl, Sun 7. 9. IU Kl noon, 5.
St Wrnreslaas — 1224 5th st SE Clarence Prana. Magees; Sal eve. 7, Sun 8 Kl, 8 Kl IO 30
CHRISTIAN Cedar — 528 3rd ave. SW Neville G Clayton SS 9 Serv. Kl IS Benny Boling
First — 84ft 3rd ave. SE SS 9 Kl Serv Kl 4ft ‘‘Go Make Disciples". Benny Boling Naelrtdge — 727 Collins rd. NE. Philip E. Ewoidsen, SS 10 45. Serv. 9 Kl “Encounter”. Benny Boling EPISCOPAL (.race — 525 A ave. NE. Paul
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