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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 14, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta g THE LETliBKIDGE HERALD Saturday, August 14, 1971 Proposed church merger creates Baptist concern WOLFV1LLE, N.S. (CP'i [lev. J. K. Zeraan, associate professor of chinch history at Acadia University here, says Ihe proposed merger of the United Church of Canada and Ihe Anglican Church is causing many Canadian Baptist leaders (o undergo "a painful process" of reassessment of Baptist des- tiny in Canada. In a report to the executive commission o n co-operalive Christianity of the Baptist World Alliance meeting here Iilr. Zeman writes that the merger plans and increased co- operation irilli the Catholic church may lead to a regroup- ing of ecclesiastical forces in Canada. He says the United Church has "grown in popular- ity as the "distinctive Canadian church." Mr. Zeman says the new church formed by the merger Kill claim nearly one-third of all Canadians as adherents. "Since its constituency will be practically limited to English- speaking people, the proportion will be one-half of English Can- ada." The Catholic church is ex- pected lo increase its constitu- ency to about one-half of Can- ada's lotal population. ''This will leave only one-sixth (o be divided between the many Prot- estant denominations and other religious groups." Frightened Hindus seek conversion Crucifixes mean safety Witnesses meeting in Calgary A five-day convention of Je- hovah's Witnesses is now un- der way at the Stampede Cor- ral in Calgary and Lethbridge congregations are in atten- dance. The gathering opened Wednesday and will conclude on Sunday. The local Witnesses will be joined by delegates from all corners of Alberta and from other parts of Canada and the United States to swell the Cal- gary population by an expect- ed 6.000. By ARNOLD ZE1TLIX JALTRPAH, East Pakistan (AP) Frightened Hindus have besieged Christian missionaries here for conversion in the belief (hat Pakistani soldiers will not harm them if they wear cruci- fixes. Some Hindus even considered converting to Islam and for a time, missionaries said, Moslem Oslas, who perform ritual ch'-1 cumcision, were doing big busi-1 ness. i The Hindus have been targets I of military operations that began March 25 when West Pakistan Lroops moved in to quell the East Pakistani seces- sionist movement. Since then, nearly seven mil- lion of the region's estimated 10 5 million Hindus have fled over the border to India. The remainder of East Pakistani's 70 million population is predom- inantly Moslem. Rev. Marino Rigon, who has served as a missionary for the Xavier Society here for 18 years, tells askers lo come hack after the crisis ends. In the meantime, he teaches them to make the sign of the cross and tell other inquirers they have pressed interest in becoming Christians. At another Roman Catholic mission not far from Jalipar, a young Hindu law student ap- peared and copied the Lord's Prayer and Hail Mary in Ben- gali, for his family to recite to support their claims to (he Pak- istani army that they were Roman Catholic. "What to asked a Roman Catholic priest. "We want to save lives." Church of England missions in the area, about SO miles south of the East Pakistani cap- ital of Dacca, have followed Father Rigon's policy of con- verting no one for the time being. But they are considering issuing identity cards to Hindus explaining they are under Chris- tian instruction. The missionaries say that in general the army has respected the cross, which many Chris- tians have taken to wearing as visibly as possible. But the cross does not always guarantee safety for the Christians in the district. In a village south of Jalirpar, mis- sionaries said soldiers killed seven Christians and wounded two on the report of an angry Moslem who claimed they were harboring Hindus. CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720 21sl Ave. S. SUNDAY Study Service Service WEDNESDAY Study NORMAN FTSK EVANGELIST Phone 328-5781 NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH 1402 8 Ave. N. Tha Evangelical Church In Canada PASTORS: N. W. HEEBNER O. PAHt School for all ages Worship Service BRING HAPPINESS AND SATISFACTION INTO YOUR LIFE BY ATTENDING CHURCH THIS SUNDAY! Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church Invites you to listen (o (he Back lo God Hour Radio broad- cast, heard every Sunday at p m. over CHEC. Hear the dynamic radio minister Rev. Joel Nederhood as he deals with today's problems in the light of the authoritative Scriptures. Ht addresses you Local services every Sunday at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The church is located at 1807 2nd Ave. 'A' North. YOU ARE INVITED EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH I2lh Ave. and Mayor Mograih Dr. Phone 327-6113 Paslon REV. H. J. JO5T CHRISTIAN EDUCATION HOUR Adult Bihie Class IN JAMES'1 WORSHIP HOUR "WHO HAS THE TRUE Service "WHAT IS GOD'S PROGRAM FOR A CORDIAL INVITATION TO ALL! CRUCIFIXES FOR PROTECTION Two Hindu boys wear crucifixes at Jalirpar where frightened Hindus have besieged Christian missionaries for conversion in the be- lief that Pakistani soldiers will not harm them if they wear crucifixes. The Hindus have been targets of military operalions that began March 25 when West Pakistani troops moved in to quell the East Pakislani secessionist movement. Easier path to God restrictions if you're emotional hy Sovjel oil his preaching TORONTO people have an easier path to God than iulellectuals. Rev. John A. P.Klluari cf First Pres- byterian Church, Greensboro, N.C., told the congregation at Timothy Eaton Memorial United Church. Those who are more emotional experience God fervently, he said, hut once the thinkers work it oul they are more constant follow- ers than the emotional ones. CENTRA! CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 lllh St. S. Mr D. Moiiey, Organist J. R CHAPMAN, Minisler Summer Schedule Family Service a.m. (Worship service lor adults S.S. Classes for Children) EVERYBODY WELCOME WOLFVlLJjE, N.S. (CP) A Baptist preacher and organist from Moscow said here the So- viet state does not restrict his preaching. Rev. Ilia Orlov, 45, said he is alioB'ed (o preach Ihe Christian gospel "as it stands in the Bible." Sunday schools are not per- mitted because education is a state function, he said. "But as far as personal evan- gelism i.s concerned, we are completely free. On economic matters ire aie loyal lo the state. Our preaching is not con- trary to the economic system no live Under." Dr. Orlov is one of three Mos- cow delegates among lf> at- tending sessions of the Baptist World Alliance at Acadian Uni- versity here. 1202 3rd Avenue S A. DANIEt GOtDSMITH Minister p.m.-MlSS SUSAN DYCK and MRS. MASUDA JAPAN a.m.-FAMItY SUNDAY SCHOOL a.m.-MORNING SERVICE DIAL-A-THOT 327-4581 First Bibl.p (HIfli in 532 The practice of using the Bi- hie in administering an oath was originated by Justinian, Ihe great emperor, in 532, who look (he oath with a book of the Gospels in his hand. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Da] Priesthood Sunday 1912 10th Avsnus South Meeting School 1st Ward a'm- Saints ScicianifJMl Moetinq p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m,