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Chronicle Telegram (Newspaper) - March 8, 1980, Elyria, Ohio
Services could be provided by late april o., sot., my 8, 19so a-5 fish organizers looking for volunteers by Robert loom1s it religion writer a Volunteer organization operating under the name fish is the Brink provid ing services locally. We re getting ready now to really push into the Community and get the word said Rev. Dale Hindmarsh pastor Pilgrim United Church Christ and one about 20 volunteers. What we re really looking for now is persons to respond who Are capable and willing to provide Hindmarsh said fish should be operating by the end april. Volunteers will offer services for the Home bound including child care out county transportation doing Home chores Reading to the Blind overnight accommodations baby sitting and financial and shop Ping services. He stressed that All services provided by fish volunteers would be free. In communities around the world volunteers Are responding to similar appeals operating under the name fish one the fastest growing Volunteer move ments in the country. Their fish Symbol is the same one Early christians secretly used during centuries persecution to identify themselves to each other. The acronym stands for Friend in service Here. In the past three months we have structured the organization so that we have been Able to accomplish things like coordinating volunteers beginning training programs and identifying Hind Marsh said. We have also printed up Volun Teer service forms which we can approach volunteers and screen them for the services they could he said these forms will be mailed to churches and other organizations in the Elyria area. They could do two things for Hind Marsh noted. One be a source Volunteer who will provide services and the other is to get the word out about fish and our ability to deliver Hindmarsh said Alan greek a member St. Jude s Catholic Church the organization s roster coordinator is developing a system to gather and sort data collected from interviews with prospective volunteers he shall put us ahead the Hindmarsh said. In that respect the system is about ready to go. It s just a matter plugging it Hindmarsh initial interviews should be held in Early april the major thins that will adjust that is response ind How rapidly we can process he said Hindmarsh another Volunteer Carol Cooper family services is Lions up per sons who can Tram fish volunteers in the various services to be provided opt1, a 24-hour referral Agency in . Will handle All service Calls when a Rosenal comes through Cope Ami there is no Agency available to provide serv ice Cope will Call fish who will then get in touch with the proper Volunteer for More information Call slim Marsh at 323-2076 copy at 323-3333. The chronicle Telegram religion David stubs minister at the East Broad Street Church Christ and mrs. Harold Cantley 809 Salem ave., one the Church s volunteers participating in a program to reach Contact family in the Elyria area look Over a list prospective families that volunteers will Contact. It photo by chief photographer John Church continues attempt to reach every family in the Elyria area by Robert Loomis it religion writer an Elyria Church is continuing its attempt to reach every family in the area through a City wide Telephone and tract distribution program started last year. David Stites minister at the East Broad Street Church Christ said volunteers contacted out an estimated families in the Elyria area in 1979. We were pleased with Stites said. We a had a lot Good responses. I think possibly More than anything we Are pleased with the Effort we made. A lot programs like this get off the ground for two three months than fizzle out. We pursued this thing in rain sleet and Snow just like the he said families were contacted through the tract and door knocking Campaign. About 15 persons distributed religious materials door to door to about 40 Homes in a week leaving a different brochure each the five Days. Then the next week we followed that up with a door knocking team which introduced themselves and Community services offered by the Church such As food Staples visiting shut ins and free Bible study Stites explained. The other were contacted by phone. Stites said the Church provided food assist Ance to nine out the families contacted. There were a few other requests for food from the families contacted but they were not genuinely in he noted. We also assisted More than adults in Bible the Church intended to Contact All families last year. However Stites said that goal was beyond the Church s capability. He said the Church is pursuing the program because it believes there is a great need for restoring the Church As it is described in the new testament. Basically it s an Effort our part to be real testament christians instead just talking about he said. We re trying to share what we know about Chirst with everybody we can. We Are sincerely making an Effort to do just that. We Are adding new programs which will be a Blessing to the Church and to our islam grips 500 million but remains an Enigma in . Washington a the Many enigmas in this untidy world the Specter islam haunts the Western mind. Americans find frustration in trying to fathom the moslem world the grim picture americans held hostage self Flagel lating fanatics chanting the death wish. Yet the images will not fade away. Islam is a religion that embraces some 500 million people in some 30 nations and holds a grip the most strategic real estate in the world from Africa and the Mideast to Southeast Asia. Largely americans have chosen to ignore this other they have been fed superficial outlines a belief that is both political and religious. So says . Mohammed my Ghiasuddin Dean International programs at american University an islamic scholar and author a pakistani moslem by birth an american moslem now. Too often americans have seen Only Western educated moslem polished men in business suits wealthy nabobs with a taste for Western life much Sud Din says. He explains the people who count in the moslem world Are not the intellectuals. Those Are the elite. The people who count Are those close to the masses a daily basis. Now if you go to Iran any moslem country who Are the people close to the masses the Imam in the mosque who says prayers five times a Day. He is the Man who stands up Friday and delivers the Sermon which really focuses social ills political problems. These Are the people who instill in the minds the population what they should and should not do. These Are the people whom they turn to when they Are in trouble. If a child is born whom do they Call the Imam. Because the first duty is for the Imam to come and say the the Call to prayer near the child. This is like the baptism. The first name the child hears is the name god Allah. Now if the Imam says the Ayatollah Khomeini is right then the Popula Tion is going to say Khomeini is there Are imams in Iran ministering to 35 million people responsible for adherence to moslem principles and More than anyone else for what my Ghiasuddin Calls a sense Community. That is important for us to under he says. That through All the trials and tribulations the moslem world through earlier divisions and through the divisions by the it Irolean Powers there was one constant theme in religious writing no matter what we Are where we Are and who we Are we Are All moslem. This spirit was kept alive by the ulema the religious loaders who reminded the moslem that their lives were administered by the sharia the islamic Law it is the sharia which provided that feeling islam my Ghiasuddin explains Means peace and submission to god s will following the right path is rat Tum As shown through the Koran and the Prophet Mohammed s life As moslem we Are to declare that we believe in Only one god and that he has no partners there is no son and no Mother no partner whatsoever. It is absolute monotheism it is a Dutiful religion. The True mos Lem must perform prayers five times a Day facing East toward Mecca. He must fast during the month Ramadan. He must give alms to the poor based a percentage one s total assets at the end the year. And finally moslem must perform the Hajj the pilgrimage to Mecca Mecca my Ghiasuddin explains is the Fountainhead spirituality. It is very important to understand that Mecca is More than just a City More than just a place a number things balk the. American mind when it considers islam traditionally americans believe in separation Church and state a lesson in practical politics Learned from euro Pean history. It is More Cloudy in islam. Which comes Back to Iran and the strange to the West role the Ayatollah Khomeini. If they follow the islamic my Ghiasuddin says it might mean that one person would be both religious and political Leader. From a Western Point View he would seem to be an authoritarian rut the proscriptions islamic Law going Hack to the writers the huh Cen Tury bind such a ruler. He. Cannot be arbitrary and he cannot do things which Are specifically forbidden by koranic Laws. If you look at it from that perspective he is bound by Law and tie moslem would not consider him authoritarian but things do not always work out As they arc written the moslem tradition hospitality for instance would seem to argue against the taking hostages from personnel who supposedly were under the Protection Iran. Churches Battle corporate investment in South Africa by David e. Anderson up religion writer Washington up for 10 years Church share holders have been making the annual Spring round corporate stockholder meetings seeking to break the Back South Africa s apartheid policy by demanding the withdrawal . Investments. As a new round stockholder meetings begin the Church officials still a Long Way away from their goal have announced a new barrage stockholder resolutions. Ground breaking ceremonies sunday the interfaith Center corporate responsibility a movement related to the National Council churches but including some 40 roman Catholic and protestant agencies holding about f 39 million Worth Stock has announced the filing 32 resolutions with 29 corporations and Banks in the new round the anti apartheid Campaign. During the past decade As churches have worked to end Bank Loans and economic support for White minor Ity Rule in South Africa there has been a tremendous growth in support from universities unions foundations and City and state pension according to Timothy Smith director the interfaith Center. The coalition has yet to win a stockholder Battle the floor the corporate meetings but in pre meeting Manu Evering and negotiation has claimed a number victories. During the same period the past decade we have seen numerous Banks restrict South african lend ing a variety corporations commit themselves to no expansion until apartheid and other companies such As computer firms refuse sales that would support said Smith. Church to construct addition by Robert Loomis it staff writer the first Baptist Church in Welling ton will hold ground breaking Cere monies sunday for a sunday school addition. Groundbreaking ceremonies will begin at . Following the . Worship service. Think construction will begin As soon As mid Ted Hyde chair Man the Church s trustee Board. Probably within a week two when the ground begins to thaw. Construction should take about three the two Story Brick building being built by Star builders South Amherst will be attached to the Church and contain nine classrooms a Nursery pastor s study and an office. This is the first expansion the Church has undertaken since it was built in 1957. Hyde said the addition is necessary because the Church s basement where sunday school is now held can no longer handle the current number students. He said when the addition is completed the basement would be used for banquets and other Church functions. Most the sunday school classes will be held in the new Church officials believe the addition should give the Church enough space for some time to come. This should be it for quite a Hyde added. The Church began setting aside Money for construction in 1978. We have already collected Over 000 in free will Hyde said. So we will Only have to borrow about and the incr has already claimed one Victory this year. One the Batch 1980 resolutions filed with american express has resulted in a new investment policy for the credit card company according to Inch after a meeting with interfaith Center lives american express has agreed to prohibit any further Loans through its Bank to the South african government and its Smith said since 1977, we believe no . Bank Loans have been made to South african government Smith added. But a number Banks arc the targets this year s Campaign according to the incr Bank America Wells Fargo Bank and Crock Bank will be asked to make renew no Loans to the South african government until that regime s system racist Laws has been revoked and meaningful Steps Haw yep n
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