Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Herald- Religion Nativity play set for Dec. 16 Nativity pageants come of sgc in Lcthbridgc this Christ- mas season with the 21st an- nual performance at St. Augustine's Anglican Church. provided rector Frank can gain the necessary drama in the church vill soon have an even greater here. The 1973 entitl- ed simply The will performed publicly Dec. 16 it p.m. in St. Augustine's Church. A cast of 50 under the lirection of Nora Hawn will music and tableau icenes depicting the birth of Christ.Dennis Whitely is nusical director for the vith Mr. Lee reading the ippropriate Bible narratives. ROOTS Nativity plays trace their back to the ninth century vlr. Lee said. Performed first n Latin and later in the ver- the dramas helped visualize Bible passages for DEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES continuing memorial Ph. 327-S3Z2 or 327-273S PLACED IN PRISONS persons who could neither read or write Starting with the Easter church drama spread to Christmas and other perfor- mances illustrating the Mr. Lee said. always enjoyed drama in the Mr. Lee said. is one of many ways of communicating the Gospel. I hope we can do more of it at St. Mr. Lee recalled how once he observed a small group of 10 to 13 acting the Easter story as an after school project. children got very in- volved acting the different parts Herod the Judas the and Jesus. It was a deeply moving experience for To be drama m the church needs sensitive Mr. Lee said. Per- formances are not so much an entertainment as an expres- sion of Christian beliefs. When persons portray Bible characters surface Mr. Lee said. Only especially skilled persons can draw out the meaning and interpret it for the per- he concluded. Bethlen Presbyterian Church 1014-10th Avenue North Ltthbrldge Minister Rev. George Telee M.th. Vivian Toth English Worship a.m. Hungarian Worship a.m. Sunday School a.m. THE SALVATION ARMY 13024th Avenues wwi pa 'w'lirt.cis MAJORS THELMA M CORNEV JOAN M PIERCE 9.45 a m School 11 00 am Worship 7'30 p Service p Study WE INVITE YOU TO MAKETHE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Corner 5th Ave. and 13th St. S. SALVATION HEALING MIRACLES Pastor REV T W ROYCROFT a m Service TJDO.o.m.-i-Evanina Service NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH Church In Canada 1402 8 Ave. N. 10 00 a m School 11 00 am Advent Worship Service Message A 7 00 p m CON- QUEST OF DIS- Everyone is Welcome Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church Invites you to listen to the Back to God Hour every Sunday night at p.r. over CHEC Radio CHRISTMAS OPERATION is about the special com- fort for those in hospitals at Christmas. The mes- sage is. Fear not a message with special mean- ing for those with failing health. The Christian Reformed Church rs located at 1807 2nd Ave North in the city Services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. You are invited cordially Lethbridge Independent Baptist Church Interested in Pure Bible In What Christ Has For Meet With Us Around God's Word MONDAYS at p.m. 1714-14 South Listen CHEC p.m. Sundays Baptist Church Minister- Rev. G. K B M.Div Director of Mr. D. Barry Watorlow L.T.C L a.m. Sunday Church School Vesper Service by the Young People Noon Hour Organ Recital by Mrs. Marilyn Sinclair YOU ARE INVITED TO WORSHIP WITH US Christmas promotion Father Frank Catholic police padre and welfare rings the bell for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle appeal. Captain Ron Butcher of the Salvation Army dubbed the priest an when he enlisted Father McCarty's aid for this year's campaign. Kettle collections started Thursday at Centre Village College Eaton's and outside the Alberta liquor store. Donations assist Christmas and winter relief programs. Christian stewards give more to God NEW YORK Fewer are giving more That's the evidence of new figures showing that contribu- tions to United States which had sagged in recent are on the way up again. Several major denominations including the Southern United Methodists and the United Church of Christ report the latest 1973 statistics bear out the upward trend Taber LDS conference in motion TABER The fall quar- terly conference of the Taber Stake of the LDS Church is in motion this weekend. Conference sessions are be- ing conducted under the direc- tion of stake president Kenneth P. and will comprise leadership meetings this evening and a public ses- sion at 10 a.m. Sunday. Mr. Anderson said no special visitors are expected from headquarters at Salt Lake City. All speakers will be drawn from those in stake leadership positions. Yet the greater in most comes from a smaller number of people. The newly-accumulated broader figures show Ameri- cans dropped 5.2 per cent more into church collection plates last year than m the year before. The gain exceed- ed the 3.2 per cent rise in liv- ing costs by nearly 2 per cent. The findings are based on a compilation by the National Connnil of Churches of statistics from 39 denominations. Together they received billion in about million more than in the previous year. TOTAL HIGHER The total does not include revenues of many other Protestant nor the Roman Catholic Church. Counting in- dications are that the sum of United States religious giving is approaching billion an- nually. The partial but substantial index to giving habits brings out the paradoxical aspect of more money coming from fewer people. Ten major all showing some losses in reported receiv- ing billion last million more than before. Yet their over-all membership declined 1.5 million to a total of 28.3 million. As a their membership losses average about five per while their income gained 3.5 per cent. Per-capita giving averaged up nearly seven per cent from the of the previous year. Toronto-based church boards TORONTO -Toronto- based church boards and the bland management outlook of corporate says Rev. Ben professor of church and society at St. An- drew's College of Saskatoon. Chuckles by CARTWRIGHT Lib wives have equal rights to hamai frnm rhurfh In a letter in the November issue of the United Church Ob- Dr. Smillie proposed that the United Church of Can- ada move its headquarters to Montreal from Toronto. Dr. Smillie says his sugges- tion might be an attempt by which the church would ex- pose itself to something out- side the Anglo-Saxon milieu. He says the United Church does little to indicate that it lives in a bicultural scene. French is limited to its letterhead. A move like that would face the church with the quite exciting ferment in Que- would like to see the church become something re- flecting Canadian to struggle with the issues of He said he calls the church boards incestuous because officials usually pick chairmen and executives from the TorontoHamilton- Kingston which reflects only the urban culture. at least there would be a counter Dr. Smillie said the running of the United Church shows bland management because many of its leaders corne from moneyed and United Church head- quarters tends to support their Chinese church object of curiosity Editor's Arlene Duncan recently returned from a visit to the People's Republic of China with her husband Hobart ex- ecutive editor of the Honolulu- and their son Christopher. The following ac- count is about their visit to a Catholic church in China. By ARLENE DUNCAN PEKING We asked Li our that Sunday if he knew whether there was a Catholic church in Peking where we could attend mass. Christian he asked in astonishment. we somewhat timidly. is a special will he told us. We had hesitated to because we did not know what official position the govern- ment took on permitting ser- vices for foreigners in the country. We were well aware of the feeling against foreign religions for the Christianity especially. On the street near our near the Romanian stood an abandoned its gates locked and its towers stripped of crosses. During our drives through Peking we had spotted several buildings that housed small shops but whose architectural lines were ecclesiastic. In a city of low the former Roman Catholic cathedral is a con- spicuous landmark now used as a distribution centre for building materials. We were scheduled to visit the Great Wall that Sunday and after the car had been loaded with picnic Li told us we could stop on the way to visit the church if we liked. CHURCH UNMARKED When our car pulled up in front of an unmarked grey he told will wait. Does this church take very much We didn't know what to tell him. We had no idea whether a mass would be celebrated or if there was a priest still attach- ed to the church We were encouraged by the fact that other foreigners were streaming into the church courtyard. ob- viously part of the resident foreign had arriv- ed driving their own cars. An aged his face wreathed in bowed low to entering worshippers and pointed the way to the which sat in a spacious garden. The outside of the substan- tial building needed painting and its woodwork needed but the inside was in rather good repair and spotlessly clean. for this had stopped at the Liberation of 1949. DIAL-A-THOT 327-4581 CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 42511th St S J R Minister Mr D Organist AN 327-4774 Family Service 10 00 a m service lor adults S S Classes for Evening Service 7 00 p.m. WELCOME Here was no stark moder- no altar facing the congregations. There were no stylized modem art crucifixes and Stations of the Cross. A rocco complete with gilt and carved greeted and a profsuion of religious statues and paintings covered the front of the crowded by vases of flowers. Our fellow nearly 200 in were mostly Europeans and apparently from the diplomatic community. But we spotted eight Chinese mostly aged women. A Chinese choir of three or four one of whom had a fine baritone began the high mass with ac- companied by a creaky pump organ. We realized that we were hearing now abaondoned by the church in favor of the vernacular. The who came onto the followed by four aged Chinese was a greater surprise because of his age. We guessed him to be perhaps in his mid-40s and wondered how he had been able to continue as a priest during the years since the Communist liberation. The entire mass could have been conducted 25 years ago in nearly any Catholic church in the world. The Latin the rituals of kneel- ing and standing and even the playing by the organist of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus made one forget the locale as Peking. There was no sermon and no although all of us stuffed handfuls of yuan into a battered collection box posted in a dim corner of the church when we departed. When we emerged into the sunlight of the groups of parishioners stood chatting in the balmy air. just as though- we'd never left I said. hardly seems like think that's precisely the Hobe said. religious form is entirely alien to the I could see his point. Restricted to a form of worship that was entirely Western in nature and prohibited from social and charitable it had lost its appeal for the average as the government had intended. the church and its followers had become only ob- jects of curiosity. DOUSE ETERNAL FLAME Ohio The eternal flame at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fountain in a park here has been turned off to conserve energy. Of- ficials said the flame burned as much gas in a 24-hour period as is needed to heat an average home that long. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4th AVE. S. SUNDAY 8.15a.m TRUTH That THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR' WEDNESDAY 7 30 p m Meeting READING ROOM Open Noon-2.00 p m Tues Thurs Sat SOUTH LETHBRIDGE ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISHES WEEKEND MASSES ST. PATRICK'S CORNER 4th AVE. and 10fh ST. S. p.m. 12 noon ASSUMPTION 2405 12th AVE. S p.m. SUNDAY 8 Folk Mass a.m. In Parish Hall __ ST. BASIL'S 604-13 St. North p.m. 9'00 a 12-15 noon a.m. Sunday 27th Annual Rotary Carol Festival Dec. 17th 8 p.m. Southminster Church Attend This Traditional Event EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th and Mayor Magrath Drive PASTOR REV. H. J. JOST Phone 327-6113 School Service Service cordial invitation tc LETHBRIDGE ALLIANCE 1202- So. a.m. FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL p.m. CHINESE SERVICES CHURCH D. 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