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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 _ THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Saturday, February 17, 1973 for grass-roots Christianh By NOEL BUCHANAN Herald Staff Writer More Christians should be extroverts, sharing the Gospel and "winning souls one by one," a recently appointed city pastor declared this week. "Perhaps, I just have a happy-go-lucky nature," said Rev. Milton Israelson in an interview. "However, I believe the church has to be a grass-roots movement taking the reality of Christ out into the community." Mr. Israelson, 23, was elected minister of Lethbridge' Pentecostal Tabernacle at a recent REV. MILTON ISRAELSON Presbyterians giving more TORONTO (CP) - In 1972 Presbyterians in Canada contributed the largest amount ever in one year for the work of the church at home and overseas, the Presbyterian Church announced this week. The general assembly's budget received $2,123,000 last year, an increase of $92,000 over 1971. The membership of the church is 182,559. church business meeting. He lias filled the pulpit in an interim capacity since December. "You can't treat the ministry like an ordinary job," Mr. Israelson said. "You have to love people, and level with them about their spiritual need." Anticipating an increasing emphasis on evangelism by the Tabernacle congregation, Mr. Israelson explained some of his background. Born at Ami.sk, 80 miles east of Camrose, Mr. Israelson completed high school at Hughen-den. A year spent at the Vermillion school of agriculture was followed by preparation for the ministry. Mr. Israelson graduated from Northwest Bible College, Edmonton, in May, 1967. After serving as castor for a congregation in Viking' for s i x months, Mr. Israelson launched into a travelling crusade ministry. Overseas travel has included preaching experience in Sweden.in 1959 and in the West Indies for three months in 1971. Expressing gratitude for a rural childhood, Mr. Israelson commended 4-H Club activities as valuable assets in preparation for the ministry. Public speaking, bookkeeping _ and the responsibility of caring for animate all proved helpful, Mr. Israelson said. "I still like to visit Dad's farm. I enjoy swinging a few bales around and seeing how the cattle are getting along. It's spiritually and mentally refreshing." Married in September, 1971, Mr. Israelson's wife, Janet, joins her husband for musical duets and other duties at the church.  "I've had a strong sense of call to the ministry since my teen years," Mr. Israelson concluded. "Here in Lethbridge I sense tremendous spiritual gains can be made as we wear Christ and show other persons our faith in Him is practical." Catholic Women's League members recognized Rev. Tim O'Connelley, left, and Rev. Jim Hagel, right, pose with four women who have given "long and faithful" service to St. Cyril's Roman Catholic Church and the Catholic Women's League at Blairmcre. They are, from left, Mrs. J. (Pat) Bain, CWL president; Mrs. Agnes Mclnnis, Mrs. F. Petrovicius and Mrs. Joyce Siray. president of St. Cyril's parish council. Also honored in absentia were Mrs. Helen Cardie and Mrs. Mary Boyle. THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD LIGION Ecumenical movement revives in Britain By CY FOX Witchcraft, devil worship prompts university course By MALCOLM N. CARTER NEW YORK (AP) - The subject is devils. And however appropriate, Fordham University's newest course will not be taught at midnight. "My colleagues took it perfectly in stride," said the Jesuit teacher, Rev. Robert E. Mc-Nally. "What they would not like is if I turn the class into a medicine show." Heightened interest in demons, witchcraft, demonic possession and devil . worship prompted the course, Father McNally said in an interview, adding that the 30 places were filled within a half-hour of registration. Father McNally, who earned a doctorate in medieval theology from Munich's Ludwig Maximilian University, said the concept of the devil kept arising in his studies. "That's how I got into it," recalled the theology department chairman, describing "devilogy" as "a peculiar interest of my own over the years." He said the course would study how much credence could be given to the devil and how much the devil could be de-mythologized. Such "low-grade superstitions" as ouija boards will be given short shrift, he added. "I'm not trying to create a popular thing," Father McNally said. Instead, he continued, the course will examine the theological, historical, literary and anthropological aspects of how the devil has been viewed, plus the impact satanic concepts have had on mental health. "We can explain away almost all of the reports of witchcraft, possession and so forth as superstition, faulty ob-servation or psychological quirk," Father McNally said. The remainder? Well, there is a lot we don't know.?' He expressed his belief that there is a force of evil working against mankind's interest. When the evil becomes "very acute" he said, people like to think of a devil in person. Leadership conference for Baptists Southern Alberta congregations of the Baptist Union of Western Canada will conduct a leadership conference in Lethbridge Feb. 24. Rev. Dick Standerwlck, Alberta area minister for the denomi-i.ation, will- address the conference. Deacons, committee members and church officers have been invited to attend. Sessions commence at 10 a.m. in First Baptist Church. There aren't many places in the world tougher to fly into than Resolute Bay, Northwest Territories. Nearly 3000 miles north of Vancouver, with a single runway in the middle of nowhere. But we get in and out of here on a regular schedule. With hospitality and service that's made our name a byword in the North. So is it any wonder more and more people are counting on us to get more places throughout Western Canada and the world? JUST ASK ANYBODY WHO'S BEEN TO RESOLUTE. count on us. PRCIFIC WESTERH AIRLINES LONDON (CP) - After one major setback during the last year,.the ecumenical movement in Britain is once more gaining momentum. The main source of revived interest is a newly-announced plan envisaging joint consideration of the unity issue by Anglicans, Roman Catholics and various Protestants outside the Church of England's domain. The plan, worked out by an unofficial, multi-denominational group, says invitations for a unity conference this year should be issued by the United Reformed Church, formed in October- through a merger of British Presbyterians and C.ongrega-tionalists. The projected conference would be asked first to discuss the terms and limitations under which representatives would be prepared to undertake multi-lateral conversations towards unity. Among prominent churchmen commenting on the idea was the Anglican Archbishop of York, Dr. Donald Coggan. A "step of faith" has become necessary, said Coggan. He also said that if the United Reformed Church took the suggested initiative, he thinks the Anglican Church would respond most warmly. Rt. Rev. John Huztable, moderator of the United Reformed Church, said he hopes his denomination will be prepared to issue the invitations proposed in the plan. The Archbishop of Canterbury declined immediate comment but he is well known for his ecumenical beliefs. Last year, a. step which he had recommended-that of union between the Church of England and, the Methodists-failed to achieve the necessary majority among le'aders of the Anglican community. However, Archbishop Michael Ramsey now says that what's needesd. is greater cooperation among the churches ait the local level. He considers Christian unity to be the will of God. Yet Rev. H. C. Snape, vice-president of a group called the Modern Churchmen's Union, says the very failure of the Anglican-Methodist unity' bid arid of sjmilar high-level conversations between Rome and the Church of England seems to justify the contention "that Christ did not pray for organic unity for His church but for unity of the Spirit in diversity of administrations and variety of expression." The 100-member group which made the later,* unity suggestion included the Anglican bishops of Birmingham, Bristol and Worcester; the. president-elect of the Methodist Conference; seven Roman Catholics; and two prominent Baptist clergymen. Gathered with them as, well at the discussions in Oxford were three leading opponents of last year's Anglican-Methodist unity proposals. The proposed talks would be in two parts. Initially, if the sue the projected invitation wiien it meets in May, the other religious organizations would be asked to appoint representatives this year to answer the question about the terms and limitations of the multilateral conversations. The representatives then would report their findings to their churches in 1974 and, from this, it is honed by unity advocates that further discussions would be possible. The United Reformed Church may have been- chosen as the initiator of this latest effort because it ranks as a recent ex- general assembly of the United ample of success in the history Reformed Church agrees to is- of ecumenicalism.__ BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS 633 7th Street South 11:00 a.m.-Memorial Service 7:30 p.m.-"THE DESTRUCTION OF THE WICKED" Speaker: Mr. H. Blacker Wednesday 8:00 p.m.-Bible Class A Hearty Welcome Awaits You Here THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th Avenue S. Corps Officers - MAJORS - THELMA M. CORNEY, JOAN M. PIERCE 9:45 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Family Worship Captain Barbara Wiliams from Edmonton 7:00 p.m.-Divine Service Parade. 7:30 p.m.-Thursday-Bible study WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE' ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME Culture resurgence boosts Indian Bibles A resurgence of interest in Indian culture and language, is : likely to create lively demand, for three forthcoming publications of the Canadian Bible Society. �, The Bible was first published in the languages of Canada's native people over 100 years ago. However, changes hi the Indian and Eskimo dialects have made these translations difficult.  Two new publications recently appeared. The Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and the Acts of the Apostles have been translated into the Eskimo Copper dialect for use by native people at Coppermine, N.W.T. This is th e first major publication in this dialect. An Anglican clergyman, Rev. John Sperry, now of Fort Smith, worked on the Copper translation for eight years. A Gospel of John in the Slave Indian language has been published as a single volume. Rev. Philip Howard of the Northern ' Canada Evangelical Mission completed the book. Great Slave Lake Indians in Northern Alberta have been without scripture for several decades since 19th century tran lations were difficult to understand. The Gospel of Mark, prepared by Victor Menus of the Wy-cliffe Bible Translators, is also going to press in the Slave language. This edition has been prepared with the Indian language at the top of the page and a modern English translation below. Another publication expected to come from the press soon is a Gospel of Mark in Ojibwa, translated by Charles Fiero of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. This tribute in north western Ontario and Northern Manitoba has had no scripture in their own dialect up to the present, N0RBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH The Evangelical Church In Canada 1402 8 Ave. N. PASTOR: V. SCHORR 10:00 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning,. Worship Service (Nursery Provided) " 7:00 p.m.-Evening Service EVERYONE Cukuiaul,* WELCOME. Church of the Nazarene 9th Ave. and 16lh St. S. - Pho-e 327--8?27 REV. R. G. DEASLEY Minister - Res. 327-4786 SUNDAY SERVICE5 9:45'a.m.-Church School for alH^es '11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship Serv^e 'Guest Speaker:' Mrs.' L. A. Dsa^i/ 7:00 p.m.-Evening Worship Service MIDWEEK SERVICES AS USUAL A Friendly Welcome Awaits You St. Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 5th Avenue South MINISTER-THE REVEREND L. D. HANKINSON, B.A. ORGANIST-MR. w! VANDERKOOY 11:00 a.m.-"JOINING THE POWER STRUGGLE" 7:00 p.m.-"THE PRESENCE OF GOD" CHURCH SCHOOL: All classes from nursery to adult at 10:00 a.m. Nursery and kindergarten during church hour also. 1202 3rd Avenue S. A. DANIEL GOLDSMITH MINISTER 5:00 P.M. SUNDAY EVENING "SAY-SO" MEETING SHARING TESTIMONIES THIS IS THE CONCLUDING HOUR OF A 3 DAY PERSONAL EVANGELISM SEMINAR Service at 5:00 p.m. - This Week Only) 10:00 a.m.-Family Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Service ;