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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE August Herald Religion Pentecostals off to Regina Between 400 and 500 voting delegates are expected to attend the 29th Biennial Genera! Conference of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada in Regina. Aug. 22-27. Among Southern Alberta representatives will be Rev. and Mrs. iMilton Israelson pastor of Lethbridge Pentecostal Tabernacle. Program highlights will include a national telephone "offerama" during which congregations phone in pledges for Canadian and overseas missionary projects. Movie Sunday at Alliance A dramatic comedy about a service station operator, Pete Harper, will be screened Sunday at 7 p.m. in Lethbridge Alliance Church Filmed in Colorado Rockies, the story focuses on how Pete finds strength to stand again after being flattened by unexpected problems. For Pete's Sake is a family film produced by World Wide Pictures Pastor Daniel Goldsmith has invited the public to attend There will be no admission charge. Citizens rights GENEVA (reuter) The World Council of Churches Mon- day alleged that citizens' rights are being systematically violated in Chile and appealed to churches throughout the world to help restore the rule of law there. EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive PASTOR REV. H. J. JOST PHONE 327-6113 a.m School 11'00 Service Guest Speaker. Rev. W. Grunau p Service Guest Speaker- Rev W Grunau "A Cordial Invitation to All" LAKEVIEW MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH 15th Ave. 29m St. South Pastor Rev. Henry Unrau Phone 329-3542 a.m School 1100 NATURE No evening service this Sunday Coming next Sunday V I P total church friendship picmc at Henderson Park in honour of new comers to our church. Also young people from Watts District in Los Angeles shar- ing in the Aug. 25th evening service Orthodox church to establish social office Can A Baptist Church Save? NO! Neither Can Your Church! "There is none other name under heaven given among men (Jesus Christ) whereby ye MUST be INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH OLD FASHIONED BIBLE STUDY 1714 14th Avenue South p.m. Monday MEET UNCLE ALEN and DANNY (the Lap Puppet) Magical Lessons FILM STRIPS SPECIAL MUSIC CHILDREN'S STORIES MESSAGE IN WORD for boys and girls 5 years to 13 years. Monday thru Friday, Aug. 19-23 7 p.m. each Evening NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH 1402 8th Avenue North Everyone Welcome! NEW YORK (AP) The foremost Eastern Orthodox leader of North America says that Christianity, once com- fortably in harmony with American culture, now faces a struggle against it. "There's been a breach." says Archbishop lakovos. head of the Greek Orthodox Church. He says the civic at- mosphere, which in the past was conducive to faith, has become fouled and now challenges religious life. "The church can no longer play second fiddle to the state on moral he said in an interview at Greek Orthodox- y's United States head- quarters on Manhattan's East 79th Street. "Religion must be the one to enlighten people, to illuminate life, to influence the nation. Instead of following, it must provide guidance. That responsibility has been placed on us and we must come up to it." Archbishop lakovos, whose 15th anniversary as head of Greek Orthodoxy is being ob- served this year, said a secularized country seems generally to have abandoned its founding conviction that all human rights and dignity are derived from a divine Creator. SEEKS CHANGE Historically, Orthodoxy generally has shunned criticism of civic affairs and state systems. But now Archbishop lakovos says: "For the church to bow to the state on moral issue is to become frail of mind and weak of soul. We have a duty to speak out on moral issues." For that purpose, the church for the first time is es- tablishing a social-concerns office to work at applying Christian principles in national affairs, parallel to similar agencies in Roman Catholicism and Protestan- tism Orthodoxy, whose origins go back to the founding of the faith, split in 1054 A.D. with western Roman Catholicism, from which Protestants later separated. There are about 250 million Orthodox believers, mostly in the eastern part of the world. They number about seven million in North America. Archbishop lakovos, 62, not only heads the Greek church but also is chairman of a standing all-Orthodox conference to maintain liaison among the different branches. Games plan Another Winter Games literature campaign may get underway from Lethbridge Pentecostal Tabernacle, reports pastor Mel Israelson. Melvin .lubber, high coun- cilman with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Lethbridge Stake, says Mormons are also considering a "missionary" project tied in with the Winter Games. Welcome The bearded deposed president or Cyprus, Archbishop Makanos, is assisted through a cheer- ing, jubilant crowd of sup- porters as he arrives this week at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Lon- don, to say mass. 'ATHEIST NATION' PREMATURE BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Seven years ago, Albanian Communist boss Enver Hodja declared his nation "the world's first atheist state At that time some churches, monasteries and mosques had been closed, many destroyed, and clergymen imprisoned, some executed. But travellers recently in Albania and the country's controlled press itself say Hodja's announcement was premature. Among the tough Geg moun- taineers in the north and losk farmers in the south, Moslem and Christian religious teehngs are reported still widespread Before the Communist takeover in 1944, religious affiliation was estimated 70 per cent Moslem and 30 per cent Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian. Ministerial plans hospital tour PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT This ad inserted and paid for by Church of Christ 2720 21st Ave. S. Truth Need Not Fear Exposure (Proverbs -Peter 3) OUR CHALLENGE TO MORMONS (1) Meet us in PUBLIC discussion in a building suitable to both parties, location Lethbridge, Alberta. Discussions will be arranged in a fair, equal, and just manner. (2) Discuss with us, "The BI3LE and THE BOOK OF Can BOTH be true? (3) One spokesman from each group to conduct the public discussion. An unbiased moderator satisfactory to both parties can preside. (4) We will share equally the cost of an auditorium and ample advertising required. The genera! PUBLIC will be invited to hear all sessions and to ask questions of both sides. THIS OFFER OPEN FOR YOUR WRITTEN ACCEPTANCE on or before Sept. 3, 1974. Will we hear from you? Will you meet us in PUBLIC discussions? This ad will appear on August 3 and August 17 to give AN OFFICIAL SPOKESMAN of the Latter Day Saints fair time to respond. If this offer is not accepted in writing and no official Mormon response made to this sincere challenge, such will then be announced and the general public will know your refusal to discuss publicly. If you have no hesitancy to spread Mormonism privately, you should have no fear to DEFEND your doctrines PUBLICLY. Address official L.D.S. reply to: BOX NUMBER 60 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD This offer is made in absolute sincerity. We expect all replies to be of the same nature. By NOEL BUCHANAN Herald Staff Writer Executive officers of Lethbridge Ministerial Association are taking fresh steps to share the Christian faith and spiritual support among the Southern Alberta community President Maj. Joan Pierce, a Salvation Army officer at Lethbridge Citadel, reported this week an "unofficial constitution" for the association has been drawn up, and a two day hospital seminar organized for clergy participation. "We have sent letters to 47 different ministers and spiritual leaders inviting their participation in the hospital Major Pierce said. The program, scheduled for Sept. 5 and 6, will include visits to Lethbridge Municipal Hospital, Lethbridg< Auxiliary Hospital anc. Southland Nursing Home. Purpose of the event, to be co ordinated by hospital chaplain Rev. Kay Hurlburt, is to demonstrate the human concern of Lethbridge's Christian community and to acquaint clergy with a better understanding of the caring institutions. The unofficial constitution states the association exists for three purposes to study denominational traditions, current theological issues and trends; necessary business; and projects of concerted action such as radio, school religious instruction and witness on campus. The executive is sensitive to earlier differences among Lethbridge churches, Maj. Pierce said, and is hopeful human failings won't become barriers between members. Active in the association has been defined as "the clergy of Lethbridge and district as well as others who by common consent of the clergy should be members of the association. Associate membership is for persons who for various reasons do not participate actively but desire to be on the mailing list." Among sects and denominations excluded from an invitation to join Lethbridge Ministerial Association are oi tli- Church Jesus Christ of Lattor day ..dints members in I.ethbridge area) and Jehovah's Witnesses (about 300 About a dozen to 15 representatives attend monthly association meetings, Maj. Pierce 'aid. The executive to encourage a larger and more consistent attendance. In addition to Maj. Pierce, the executive includes vice president Rev. Donald Sipe, Norbridge Community Church, and Rev. Derek Ho skin, curate, St. Augustine's Anglican Church, secretary treasurer Mormon sparks debate By NOEL BUCHANAN Herald Religion Writer A seeming attempt at "sheep stealing" lies behind a debate challenge Lethbridge Church of Christ members have issued to Southern Alberta Mormons. Lethbridge stake president Bryce Stringam has declined the opportunity. "From past experience, nothing is achieved from these kinds of debates. It is not the way Christ would have done Mr. Stringam said this week. Church of Christ evangelist Donald Givens alleges a senior member of his congregation received a letter in the mail advertising a "family home evening" program. The letter was of sufficient general appeal as to not offend any faith. Mr. Givens said. However, the writer who signed the letter did not clearly identify himself as a member of the Latter-day Saints Church. Only after being directly challenged by a Church of Christ member did Bart Davis, the signatory, who identifies himself in the letter as a "Family Home Evening acknow- ledge he is a Mormon missionary, Mr. Givens claims. cost The letter says, in part: "Hundreds of thousands of families are receiving the benefits of the great 'Family Home Evening' program. Although this program was originally introduced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it has been adopted by many religions and sects. The family is the most basic unit of society. Besides the great blessings of love that Female position New York Times Service NEW YORK When Rev. Carter Heyward was distributing communion at Riverside Church last January as an Episcopal deacon, a young priest kneeling in front of her at the altar sipped the wine and at the same time drew his fingernails across her hand on the chalice, drawing blood. "I hope you burn in he told her. The incident is an extreme example of the opposition to women in the clergy, it reflects the depth of emotion that has been stirred. Three weeks ago, Miss Heyward and 10 other women deacons were ordained to the priesthood in an irregular ceremony that raised passions still further The ceremony defied church tradition, which has precluded women as priests, and church laws, including one requiring the permission of a priest candidate's diocesan bishop. Miss Heyward, an assisting minister at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in West Harlem, regards her church's position on women as "blatantly sinful." She said she hesitated to take part in the Philadelphia ordination, fearing that it might set back the women's cause. will be apparent in your home, you will also be building a stronger Canada. "We would be honored to demonstrate a 'Family Home Evening' in your home at your convenience. This program costs nothing! The only benefit we get is the joy of building stronger families and thus a stronger Canada. We will call by your home during the week to talk to you about this beautiful program." Mr. Givens added the Church of Christ doesn't object to proselytizing. "We don't object to people trying to win Mr. Givens said. "We commend the idea of families sharing together as a unit But we object to the underhanded way some Mormons are operating." Family home evenings were first introduced to LDS households in 1915. Church leaders devised the program in response to diminished spiritual emphasis in public school systems. In 1965. elimination of prayer in American schools and other social changes contributed to renewal of the program. Strong emphasis is placed on the role of the father in family home evenings, as in all Mormon practice. Sessions aim to build family closeness through a regular series of games, projects, sing-songs, devotionals and prayer. Within LDS membership, family home evening is further supplemented by regular visits to member homes by spiritual leaders of each ward. Zealous Mr. Givens claims similar letters are being distributed throughout Lethbridge by LDS missionaries. He says Church of Christ members suspect someone has been over- zealous in his missionary outreach, trying to use the letter as a door-opener. Mr. Givens said he wants a "fair and equal discussion in a neutral building, without a loaded audience, for public information about the LDS and Church of Christ beliefs." A series of similar discussions was already being planned by the Church of Christ for next spring. At that time, invitations will be forwarded to representatives of Christian Science, Jeho- vah's Witnesses. Baptists and Seventh-day Adventists, Mr. Givens said. Bible rule The Church of Christ congregation adheres to a strong, non-denominational line claiming strict literal obedience to the Bible as the sole rule of faith. Members discourage the addition of doctrinal manuals, catechisms and "later revelations" of many other Christian sects and denominations. Musical instruments are not used for worship. Instruction from Mormon leadership in Salt Lake City has given fresh emphasis recently to family home evenings. Spokesmen say the continued rise in juvenile delinquency in the United States and immorality, among other social changes, has prompted fresh emphasis on strong family units. DEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES at a continuing memorial Phone 327-5322 or 327-2735 PLACED IN HOTELS, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, PRISONS. CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 11th St. S. J R CHAPMAN. Minister MR D MAISEY. Organist "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service 10.00 a m (Worship service for adults S S Classes for Children) EVERYBODY WELCOME CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4th AVE S SUNDAY 8 15 CJOC The TRUTH That 9 30 a m School 9 30 a m Service SOUI- Wednesday. 7 30 p m Meeting READING ROOM Open Noon 2 00 p m lues Thurs Sat LETHBRIDGE ALLIANCE CHURCH 1202 3rd Avenue South A. D. GOLDSMITH, Pastor Sunday School Service "I AM THE LIFE" GRAHAM FILM The perils of a man who comes face-to-face with himself. Special Screen Appearance BILLY GRAHAM Starring Robert Simpson. Pippa Scon. Sim Groom. Al Penman Jr.. John Millord Music by Ralph Carmichael. Executive Pioducer Frank R Jacobson Written and Directed by James Collier A World Wide Pictures Presentation ST. ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818-5th South Rev. L. D. Hankinton, Minister Mr. W. Vender Kooy, Organist FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1614 5th Ave. South Rev. 0. Keith Churchill, Guett A. K. Putland COMBINED SUMMER SERVICES ST. ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH The Holy Spirit and our Possessions f Q Nursery Provided YOU ARE INVITED TO WORSHIP WITH US Go out to live ;