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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS South Sunday Service Lecture Wednesday Class Subject for Sunday p.m. "THE RETURN OF JESUS IS NECESSARY FOR PEACE" Speaker: Mr. A. Bennett CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Cor. 5th Ave. and 13th St. S. SALVATION HEALINGS MIRACLES PMtor: REV. T W. ROVCROFT School Service Service Baptist Church Miniater: REV. G. KEITH CHURCHILL, B.A., M.OIv. Organist: MRS. MARILYN SINCLAIR Planlat: MRS. MAIDA MACK Church School (Open Session) WE COULD START ALL OVER" No Evening Service "YOU ARE INVITED TO WORSHIP WITH US" -C3. THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA (EPISCOPAL) OAIUT AIIPIIOTIftJC'O SAINT AUGUSTINC S Corner 4th Avenue and 11th Street South REVEREND L. FRANK LEE, B.A. S.T.B. RECTOR REVEREND DEREK HOSKIN, L.Th., CURATE DENNIS WHITELEY, A, MUS. T.C.L., A.R.C.O. Organiat and Choirmaster Communion a Communion Eucharist, Senior Choir (NURSERY PROVIDED) MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday, Jan. 2, Communion ST. MARY THE VIRGIN Corner 12th St. 'C' and 6th Ave. N. Rector: THE REVEREND CANON ROBERT W. COWAN, B.A., Lth FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS Mattms Eucharist 1000 School 1055 Parish Hall Eucharist Wednesday, Octave of Christmas, Friday, Saturday, for Communion SOUTHERN ALBERTA JAPANESE UNITED CHURCH Corner ol 9th Ave. ft 9th Street North Minister: REV. BEN MURATA, B.D. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 Worship Service School TABER CONGREGATION Worship Service TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 Year's Eve Prayer meeting will be held at Lethbrldge December 28, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 Religious quackery Illness breeding on desperation By TOM TIEDE WASHINGTON (NBA) A young woman, not yet inform- ed of her terminal illness, was resting in her room at D. C. General Hospital recently when a stranger came to visit. The stranger, talking fire and brimstone, told the young woman she was going to die, that her judgment day was nearing, and that the only way she could be saved was to pay to a specially gifted "pastor" who had the power to intercede with God and cure the incurable. Incredible as the incident seems, it is apparently not un- usual at D. C. General, where officials say a new and ugly religious fraud is terrorizing at least some of the patients. Phony clerics, called Miracle Merchants, roam the hospital wards during open visiting hours, selling salva- tion and leaving fear, anxiety and even devilish threats on the bedrails of the helpless. Nor is tfie ploy confined to D. C. General. A number of in- stitutions in the nation are ex- periencing similar problems. Public relations spokesmen at some of the larger U.S. hospitals doubt the phenomenon is exceedingly widespread, and most say their own hospitals are secure from such worry, but inter- views with less image mind- ed observers in the country give a more pessimistic view. A security guard at Bellevue Hospital in New York admits, "all kinds of weirdos get in here." A former patient at Chicago's St. Luke's Hospital says, "I didn't get anything while I was inside but when I got home I got a phone call from some quack." A one-time hospital patient in Connecticut was approach- ed by two women who said he was possessed by the devil and should pay them for an exorcism rite. And not only do outside religious nuts prey on patients, but in the case of at least one hospital the deceit has been an inside job. Joe Robertson of the chaplain's office at Harper's Hospital in Detroit, says he knows of instances where "overzealous" staff employees have offered patients religious cures. Robertson says the employees have approached very sick patients with wild promises of cures, sometimes for fees and sometimes out of over developed sympathy. To be sure, the potential for such patient abuse exists at most hospitals in the nation. All such institutions welcome guests, virtually all have some form of open visitation program, most allow unen- cumbered access to patient rooms. The waiting rooms alone of most large public hospitals are flecked with street people, bums, wanderers, drunks as well as invited visitors and incoming patients. "It's impossible to monitor them says D. C. General Chaplain J. Richard Griffin. "Unless they disturb the peace, you can't kick them out." Besides this, once the troublemakers are inside patients cannot be relied on to blow the whistle. Detroit's Robertson says that although most patients know the religious solicitors are phony, there is "a strong resistance to complaining." One reason is the patients may think the Miracle Merchants are part of the hospital routine. Also, adds Fr. Griffin: "There is a feeling among some patients that they are at the mercy of the hospital. So they won't complain for fear of being thought less of by the staff. In other words, they just don't want to make any trouble." Finally, there is an element of believability in many of the Miracle Merchants. The more professional ones have evangelical mysticism, their sales tactics are smooth. One woman at D. C. General admits to being "swept off my before paying several thousand dollars for incan- tations, incense and an armload of pamphlets, So, laments one hospital ad- ministrator: "If a patient allows the bum in, I don't care if he's selling autographed pictures of Moses, there is just no way we can block his visit." Leaving aside the invited phony, however, most hospitals try to block un- welcome guests, Miracle Merchants or whatever. "Anti solicitation" regulations are traditional in the medical institution world, nurses receive some training in spotting and ejecting troublemakers, and many hospitals require written guest passes even during open visiting hours. Security staffs, once a token element in hospitals, are also becoming a major defense item. Moreover, some hospitals are going beyond routine precautions. The new Bellevue Hospital in New York (not yet inhabited) has only four entrances, as against 119 in the old complex. Some hospitals are beginning to require all staff clerics to have security training. And Chicago's Cook County Hospital has instituted a Health Advocates Program, whereby specifically trained personnel act as ombudsmen for patients. "The advocates make the rounds looking for says a hospital spokeswoman, "and if anyone gets uninvited visitors the advocates should hear about it." Despite all steps, however, the Miracle Merchants are likely to continue to flourish as long as there's a security crack to crawl through. Not that they are so imminently successful in the hospitals most, apparently, are dis- covered and removed quickly. But even when the merchants fail to sell, they often succeed in harming their victims. The woman patient in D. C. General, for example, never fully recovered the shock of her strange visitor. Though terminally ill, her eventual death forecast as it was by a monster was thus made more terrible than it might have been. Moderator Church Chuckles by CARTWRIGHT Saints THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES Moderator: RIGHT REV. WILBUR K. HOWARD President of Conference- Dr Nelson R. Mercer Chairman of Presbytery Rev. T. Medicine Hat SOUTHMINSTER 4th Ave. and 11th Street South Ministers: REV. KENNETH W. MORRIS, B.Sc., B.D. REV. WILLIAM CALDERWOOD, M.A. Director of Music: MR. WILFRED WOOLHOUSE Organiat Emeritus: MR. A. K. PUTLAND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 Worship Sermon: A New Year's Resolution: "I .HEREBY RESOLVE TO ARGUE WITH GOD (William Calderwood) Anthem: "As I Walked in Bethlehem" (Anderson) Guest Soloist: Miss Katie Johnson NURSERY AVAILABLE s McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast Lathbridge from 15th and 24th 81 S MINISTER REV. BLAKE ANDERSON ASSOCIATE MINISTER MR. WILLIAM THWING Choir Director: Mr. H. Van Egleren Organiat: Mrs. C. Greene SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 and Lesson Service All choirs participating NO SUNDAY SCHOOL FIRST UNITED CHURCH Corner of 5th Avenue and 13th Street North Miniater: REV. KEN JORDAN, B.A., B.D. Organist Allyn Mills Choir Barbara Hwozdecxi SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 Worship Service School nominees announced TORONTO (CP) The Presbyterian Church in Canada has announced that six ministers have been nominated for the office of moderator of the 101st general assembly of the church in Montreal next June. All ministers and representative elders in the presbyteries will vote on the six candidates before the end of February. The minister with the highest vote will be the official nominee for moderator. Eight other ministers were nominated, but withdrew their names. The six running are: Rev. Dr. Everett Bean, Sydney, N.S.; Rev Lawrence E. Blaikie, Moncton, N.B.; Prof. David Hay, Knox College, Toronto; Rev. H. Lloyd Henderson, Portage la Prairie, Man.; Rev. Dr. Allister Morrison, Truro, N.S. and Rev. Dr. Andre Poulain, Montreal. "If no one shows up, good next boy, can I lambast 'em Share turkey and Bibles Russians need church to lean on WATERLOO, Ont. (CP) Russian immigrants would have had nothing to hold their communities together without the Orthodox Church, says Andrew Donskov, a professor teaching Russian literature at University of Waterloo. Dr. Donsfcov, a Yugoslav immigrant of Russian and Serbian parents, has studied the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in social and cultural life of Russian im- migrants. He said the unhappiness with the Soviet system, following centuries of Czarist domination, left the Russians with a weak sense of nationality and a traditional "need for someone to watch over them." Dr. Donskov said he does not see a bright future for the church, which can be traced back to the year 988. Many Russian immigrants still profess some faith, he said. But the younger and better-educated Russians arriving in Canada since the end of the Second World War often have only a token belief. The church still had a social role in assisting new immi- grants but the tools had come to include credit unions, boy scout troops and a summer re- sort of Lake Simcoe. The secretary of the Cana- dian Bible Society is wonder- ing whether Canadians are too pre-occupied with acquring Bibles for themselves. Dr. Kenneth G. McMillan realizes that a minister (and especially a Bible society leader) should be happy with increased Bible sales. But Dr. McMillan compares his feelings with the sensation many experience after a sumptuous Christmas dinner. "Of course I, like many others, got up from the spread with satisfaction and gratitude. Then I watched television and read the paper and was confronted with the tragedy of mass starvation elsewhere in the world." How does that relate to the purchase of Bibles in Canada? The Bible society secretary explained: "In Canada we have the lux- ury of being able to purchase many versions of the Bible. It seems to me that a new one appears every year or so. While we enjoy that variety, many people in the world lack one Bible, New Testament or even a Gospe'l in their own language." Dr. McMillan quickly pointed out he's happy to note increased sale of Bibles and the wide variety available. "I'm not criticizing these new he said. "In fact, I'm persuaded that they've brought many back to Bible-reading. I'm just wondering out loud whether we should not be sharing Bibles with others just as we should be sharing food." English language versions of the Bible abound. Dr. McMillan said there are 45 English translations of the whole Bible and 107 translations of the New Testament. In recent years, one Bible society sponsored version, Good News For Modern Man, has sold over 45 million copies to become the best-selling paperback in English of all time. Other concerned churchmen in the wealthier countries of the world share Dr. McMillan's concern over the apparent inequity in Bible dis- tribution. The United Bible Societies, an umbrella organization for the world's 57 national societies, has launch- ed an ambitious program which requires in 1975 to attack this problem. A special program to provide easy-to-read scripture selections for the world's 980 million illiterates, many of whom are now learning to read, has been launched by the Bible society. These new reader scripture selections have already been distributed in 95 languages and are being prepared in an additional 52. approved VATICAN CITY (Reuter) Pope Paul has approved three new saints, including a United States woman and an Irish archbishop. At a meeting of the Vatican's Sacred Congrega- tion for the Causes of Saints, the pontiff agreed to the promulgation of five of them con- cerned with new saints and two concerned with beatifications, an earlier step aloTig the road to sainthood. It was expected that the three new saints will be declared at a concistory scheduled for later this week, and that formal ceremonies to commemorate their elevation will take place during Holy Year, 1975. The three are: The Blessed Oliver Plunkett, former Archbishop of Armagh and primate of Ireland, born in Loughcrew in 1625 and executed at Tyburn in 1681; The Blessed Belisabeth Anne Seton (nee who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St.. Joseph in the U.S. The Blessed Vinczenza Maria Lopez Vicuna, founder of the Spanish Institute of the Daughter of the Virgin Mary Krishna curbed WINNIPEG (CP) Devotees of the Indian god Krishna have been barred from soliciting money on Win- nipeg streets. The civic charities endorse- rescinded Wednqfty a one-year permit given TO the International Society for Krishna Con- sciousness Aug. 28. The move came following reports that orange robed, chanting bell ringers had been soliciting funds at residences in various parts of the city. The permit for the group had allowed them to canvas in public places, but not to un- dertake a door to door cam- paign. BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 716-23 Strttt North 327-1464) Morning Service EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th AvtfUM Mayor Megrsth Drive PHtor: REV. H. J. JOST 327-6113 10 00 Christian Education Hour 11.00 a Service Featuring- "THE GOSPEL FOUR" (a Quartette from Edmonton) 7.00 Service "CHRISTMAS AND THE CHRISTIAN" Last Service in 1974 7 30, Dec. 31st. __________________EVERYONE WELCOME1 Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church 15 Avenue 29 Street South Pastor: Rev. Henry Unrau Phone 329-3542 11-00 am by Special Guest Evangelist Henry J. Schmidt 7.00 p m YEAR'S MESSAGE by the Pastor and Observing the LORD'S Supper DECEMBER 31st 7-30 p m Service with the Alliance Church joining us Message by Rev D Goldsmith and Film, entitled "THE TEMPLE- Conference with Dr Frank C Peters, Jan 12 to 15.1975 "A Church where Christ is loved and people are appreciated" THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th Avenue South Majors: THELMA M. CORNEY, JOAN M. PIERCE School IN HEBREWS Major Thelma Corney preaching Worship WATCHNIGHT SERVICE NEW YEAR'S EVE Film Fellowship, Music, Message p.m. BIBLE STUDY RESUMES IN JANUARY LETHBRIDGE CATHOLIC CHURCHES WEEKEND MASSES ST. PATRICK'S CORNER 4th AVE. and 10th ST. S. SATURDAY, p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY. 9 a.m., a.m., 12 noon ASSUMPTION 2405-12th AVE. S. SATURDAY, p.m (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY, 8 a.m., 9 30 a.m., 11 a.m.. 4.30 p m Folk Mass 10-45 a.m In Parish Hall ST. PETER ST. PAUL'S (BYZANTINE RITE) CORNER 7th AVE and 12th ST. 'B' NORTH SUNDAY a m. and 11 a.m. LUTHERANI ________CHURCHES CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416-12th Street 327-0709 HAROLD MARTIN Hour TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 Year's Eve Service EVERYONE WELCOME! LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD 11th Avenue and 24th Street South Gartke Phone 328-3445 Office; 328-1518 Home School Worship Service COME, BE ENRICHED AND BLESSED! LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner 6th Avenue and 18th Street South Pastor: PAUL KOESTER Office: 327-4336, Home: 327-3858 School and Bible classes Service Christmas Program Dec. 31, Year's Eve Service JANUARY 1, NEW YEAR'S DAY Service with Holy Communion Listen to the Lutheran Hour Sunday, a m CFAC Calgary i i L.UO A ROCK CASTLE? THAT'S FOR SQUARES! WHILE YOU WORKED SO HARD ON THAT TINY THING, MY ENORMOUS EXQUISITE SAND CASTLE PRACTICALLY BUILT ITSELF OH, DON'T WORRY V ABOUT THE TIDE! I'M RICH, HIGH AMD DRY! CHURCH OP CHRIST 2720 21st Ave. S. Donald R Givers. Evangelist Sunday: Bible Study 10 am Worship: 11 a m and 6pm 7.30 p m For Information and Study Phone: or 328-08S5 EVERYONE WELCOME ;