Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Church movie critics troubled by violence By GOERGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) - One of the most level headed evaluators of motion pictures, the broadcasting and film division of the United States Catholic Conference, says violence is the dominant ingredient of the North American screen. "There is a noticeable shift from the earlier preoccupation with sex to a new dimension of emphasis on violence," says Rev. Patrick J. Sullivan, long time director of the agency. It issues a fortnightly collection of reviews, the Catholic Film Newsletter, which offers a balanced estimate of new movies for potential viewers, whatever their faith. The service has been described by other experts such as the show business weekly Variety as one of the most informed guides to worth while movie going for adults and youngsters alike. In any case, it's a far cry from the church's old Legion of Decency office, abandoned in the early 1960s and which rated movies mainly on whether they contained inudity or profaniiy. Although freed of such approaches, the present day service still ranks films for their suitability for various ages, but on a basis of their underlying honesty about life, including its harsher aspects. "We're seriously concerned about encouraging content in the film media that brings out its best potential," says Father Sullivan, whose staff of lay analysts includes broad backgrounds in history, co-munications, psychology, education and philosophy. AVOIDS MORALITY The interdenomirsitionnl bn>adcastimg and film commission of the National Council of Churches, made up of Protestant and Orthodox denominations also puts out a regular evaluation of movies, called Film Information. It avoids judgments about the "morality" of views, but also makes assessment of their worth from a Christian perspective. However, its evaluations are made by individual theologians and critics. In contrast the Catholic Film Newsletter reaches its estimates through consensus of its widely backgrounded staff and a board of consultants. In its year end report on the current state of the movie industry, the church; agency says: "Moviegoers have on the whole had it with the more explicit displays of sexual material." Now "they are buying, or at least putting up with the new trend toward super graphic violence." VIOLENCE STRESSED "Violence - in action, in language, and as a social problem solving device - has come into its own on the American screen." The "prevalence of violence and its desensitizing' effect reflects conditions in society itself, the report says, but adds the i movie industry bears a heavy responsibility for using violence in an anti-social "roman-* ticizing of blood letting and mayhem" without any legitimate purpose. "Perhaps we are at a turning point," the report adds hopefully. It says that perhaps, because of the "starting increase" of screen violence, the shrinkage of the movie going population and inroads of television, the film industry may rediscover the sources of the peculiarly distinctive appeal of motion pictures and their ability to move and enlighten and entertain. PERRY OLSON Clergymen fear GBC is taking God off air TORONTO (CP) - A Roman Catholic priest says the national religious advisory council to the CBC plans to go before a pariia- Knights planning pro-life education A public education program focused on the' sanctity of human life was announced this week by Alberta Knights of Columbus. Provincial ' Deputy George Picco,.of Calgary said Knights will make' their facilities',' manpower and organization available to pro-life forces to stress for the public the serious dangers inherent in amy public act which tends to cheapen human life. . Grand Knight Bill Tymensen of Lethbridge council 1490 said he will outline details of city programs shortly. Meanwhile, in a simultaneous announcement ait the society's international headquarters in New Haven, Conn., supreme Knight John W. McDevitt stressed the crisis over the sanctity of human life. "At issue today is the life of the unborn. By the inexorable force of logic, the issue tomorrow will be the lives of the aged, the defective, the incapacitated," he said. Mr. McDevitt declared society faces serious danger whan "the spark of human life can be snuffed out at the whim of another." The Knights of Columbus campaign will co-operate with religious, civic and other fraternal groups throughout 1973. mentary committee in Ottawa to plead the case for more religious broadcasting on the national system. Father Frank Stone, a Toronto member of the council, says the CBC is "ignoring the value of religion as a natural activity of cultural life or civilization." In an interview in the weekly Catholic Register, he adds: "There are all kinds of producers around but little of the taxpayers' money is available. The CBC is more interested in selling consumer goods." He said the advisory committee has formed a sub-committee to get information on CBC religious programming for submission to the parliamentary body. - In an article in the same issue of The Register, Rev. Barry Jones, deputy director of press relations for the Montreal religious advisory committee to the CBC, says the committee thinks the CBC is trying to scuttle the regular broadcasting of "religious services and other religion-oriented programs." SEES MISCONCEPTION However, Knowlton Nash, director of English information programs for the' CBC, said Monday there appears to be some nuscoeceptLon about the CBC's plans for a televised church service. "We have not televised a church service during the summer months," he said, "and the net effect of the new concept is the loss of one or two church services in May or June, which I feel is offset by the much larger exposure of the service." Lutherans to examine stewardship Christian stewardship training will be conducted next week at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Lethbridge. Perry Olson, a resident coun sellor on the stewardship staff of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of . Canada, Saskatoon, will direct the program. A four-part Bible study commences Sunday evening and continues until Wednesday. Each class will commence at 7:30 p.m. Purpose of the program, ac cording to Pastor Albert Olson of the Good Shepherd congr&-gation, is to increase the spiritual vitality of church members through a series of congregational meetings, Bible study and home visitations. The minister reports other ELCC congregations who have implemented the program have experienced an increase in per capita giving of about 70 per cent. . A fellowship dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and a visitation day Feb. 25 concludes the ste-. wardship program. Committee workers for the Good Shepherd stewardship campaign are Dr. 0. P. Larson, and Leonard Halmrost, overall co-chairman; Mrs. Erna Larson, hostess chairman; Dale Ellefson, visitation; Dr. Vern Deavland, arrangements. CUSTOMS BUSY Traffic through Canadian ports of entry totals more than 70 million persons each year. Clothing aids disaster victims DIAL-A-THOT 327-4581 Someone in Cambodia, Vietnam or El Salvador may soon be wearing one of your former suits or dresses - if you have contributed clothing to the Seventh-day Adventist Community Service Centre in Lethbridge. The centre received word this week that Adventist world headquarters recently responded to' clothing requests from overseas. More than 200 tons of clothing are being shipped from Washington, D.C., headquarters office for the Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Services. Some 50 SAWS representatives co-ordinate the relief pro- Church Chuckles by CARTWRIGHT "This hat betn my stat tvJaniy ytarsl" gram for disaster victims overseas. The report stated a major portion of clothing in the current shipment was earmarked for Vietnam and Cambodia. Other shipments went to El Salvador, Honduras, Iran and Iraq. Members of the Lethbridge Adventist congregation have also contributed to disaster relief funds, which in the same action of SAWS provided $11,-000 aid to overseas areas hit by floods. The report noted the Australian ' and New Zealand division of the church has already earmarked $6,000 for hurricane relief in the Gilbert and Ellice islands and in Fiji. SAWS matched this amount for South Pacific aid. Korea, and the state of Orissa In India where floods and cyclones left hundreds homeless, both received financial aid from SAWS, courtesy of the Lethbridge Adventist church. Grace Trapp, Lethbridge community service centre director, reports' that when clothing leaves the city it is in first class condition, cleaned, mended if necessary, sorted according to size, and packaged according to size and whether summer or winter clothing. "We always seem to. need more summer clothing than winter items," Mrs. Trapp said. "Most of the disasters seem to strike in countries with warm climates." Clothing donations m�y be left at the centre. Located at the rear of the Lethbridge Seventh-day Adventist. church, 2606 16th Ave. South, the centre is open to the public at 2 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday each month. DEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES at a continuing memorial Ph. 327-5322 or 328-4565 PLACED IN HOTELS, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, PRISONS HON PA BUDDHIST CHURCH 3611 Forestry Ave. 10:00 a.m.-Sunday School English Speaker REV. JAMES H. BURKEY CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 11th St. S. J. R. CHAPMAN, Minister Mr. D. Maisey, Organist "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Sarvice 10:00 a.m. (Worship service for adults S.S. Classes for Children) Evening Service 7:00 p.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME SOUTHSIDE CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720 - 21 Ave. S. Donald R. Givens, Evangelist Sunday: Bible Study 10:00 a.m. Worship: 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Wed: 7:30 p.m. For information and Home Study Phone: 328-0972 or 328-0855 EVERYONE WELCOME 4 J 4 i CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4 AVE. S. SUNDAY 8:15 a.m.-CJOC "The TRUTH That HEALS" 9:30 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Church Service "SOUL" WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m.-Testimony Meeting READING ROOM Noon-2:00 p.m. - Open Tues., Thurs., Sat. CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Corner 5th Ave. and 13th St. S. SALVATION - HEALING - MIRACLES Pastor: Rev. T. W. Royeroft 10:00 a.m.-Adult Bible Class and Sunday School 11:15 a.m.-Morning Service 7:00 p.m.-Evening Service EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF LETHBRIDGE 12th Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive PASTOR-REV. H. J. JOST-Phone 327-6113 10:00 a.m.-THE SUNDAY SCHOOL HOUR 11:00 a.m.-THE WORSHIP SERVICE "WHY DO THE RIGHTEOUS SUFFER?" 7:00 p.m.-THE SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE "CHRIST'S FIVE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS" "A CORDIAL INVITATION TO ALL" BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH (North American Baptist General Conference) 329 19 Street North Pastor: MANFRED TAUBENSEE - Phone 328-2045 9:45 p.m.-Sunday School (German and English Classes) 11:00 a.m.-German Worship Service 7^00 p.m. English Service "We preach Christ the power and Wisdom of God" SOUTH LETHBRIDGE ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISHES WEEKEND MASSES ST. PATRICK'S CORNER 4th AVE. and 10th ST. S. SATURDAY, 7:00 p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY, 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 noon ASSUMPTION 2405 12th AVE. S. SATURDAY, 7:30 p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY-8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4:30 p.m. (Folk Mass In Hall at 10:45 a.m.) B tTHtti6 M d ST N 510,30 ""'morning services . ..m. S(jnday school \ ."*"""" evening services C (nursery facilities j* for all services) � MONDAY. ��ls. club ML LETHBRIDGE - PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M. I. ISRAELSON 520 7th Street South Home of the Sunshine Evangel Hour Listen every Sunday 10:30 p.m. CJOC 1220 K.C. 9:45 a.m.-Sunday School with classes for all ages. .11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship 7:00 p.m.-Evangelistic Service Tuesday - 7:00 p.m. - Prayer and Bible Study Sunday Nite Message: THE ABUNDENT LIFE' Friday - 6:30 p.m.-Christ Ambassadors Youth Service A HEARTY INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO ALL AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU. C0ALHURST PENTECOSTAL ASSEMBLY REV. K. ROSET, Poslor 10:00 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Service 7:00 p.m.-Evening Service "A HEARTY WELCOME AWAITS YOU HERE!" THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA (EPISCOPAL) SAINT AUGUSTINE'S ttJtJSVZ* ARCHDEACON CECIL SWANSON, Priest In charge 8:00 a.m.-Holy Communion 9:00 a.m.-Holy Communion 11:00 a.m.-Holy Comunion, Senior and St, Monica's Choir Sermon: "Strange Words From the Vineyard" Nursery Provided All departments of Church School MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday, February 22nd, 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion ST. MARY THE VIRGIN 3 JJMT RECTOR: The Reverend Canon Robert W. Cowan, B.A., LTh. THIRD SUNDAY BEFORE LENT 7:30 a.m.-Mattins 8:00 a.m.-Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m.-Church School 10:55 a.m.-Nursery in Parish Hall 11:00 a.m.-Sung Eucharist 6:30 p.m.-Evensong-Vestry Wednesday-7:00 p.m.-Eucharist Saturday - St. Mattias: 9:30 a.m. Eucharist 7:30 p.m.-Preparation for Communion Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church 1509-29th Street So. H. P. NIKKEL, Co-ordinator - Phone 345-3335 10:00 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Worship Service Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church Invites you to listen to the Back to God Hour every Sunday night at 7:30 p.m, over CHEC radio. THE BEST WAY OF ESCAPE. Along with the ugliness of seemingly perpetual warfare, our times are also punctuated with the horror of natural catastrophes. Think of the recent earthquakes. How should we react to such events? The Christian Reformed church is located at -1807 2nd Ave. 'A' North in the city. Services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. You are invited cordially. Fif/t Itapti/t Church '.. i . 1.614. 5th- Avenue South. Minister: REV. G. KEITH CHURCHILL, B.A., B.D. Music Director: MR. LLOYD G. HOPPER, L.R.S.M. 9:45 a.m.-Church School for all the family 11:00 a.m.-"A TALL ORDER" Cub, Scout and Venturer Parade 7:00 p.m.-"Studies in Luke-Acts:" "THE BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST" Fireside Hour EVERYONE WELCOME Lutheran Churches CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 12th Street South - Phone 327-0709 ELCC - PASTOR HAROLD MARTIN 9:45 a.m.-Sunday School and Youth Class 11:00 a.m.-The Worship Hour__ Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 11th Avenue and 24th Street South ELCC - PASTOR ALBERT OLSON 9:45 a.m.-Sunday School and Youth Class 11:00 a.m.-Family Worship 7:30 p.m.-Sunday and Monday - Bible Study No. 1 7:30 p..m-Tuesday and Wednesday - Bible Study No. fl 6:30 p.m.-Friday - Congregational Supper , Mr. Perry Olson, The ELCC Resident counselor will b* here for all sessions. EVERYONE WELCOME IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner 6th Avenue and 18th Street S. Minister W. F. Schoepp - Phone 327-4336 Office. 328-6987 Ret. 8:45 p.m.-Folk Service 9:45 a.m.-Sunday School and Bible Classes 11:00 a.m.-Morning. Worship Utten to the Lutheran Hour-Sunday 7:30 a.m. CFAC Calgary THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES MODERATOR: RIGHT REV. N. BRUCE McLEOD, TORONTO President of Conference: REV. P. A. CLINE, Edmontorr Chairman of Presbytery: RcV. KEN JORDAN, Lethbridge S0UTHMINSTER 4th Ave. anc' 11th St. S. Ministers: R. W. K. ELLIOTT, REV. A. T. KING Ministry of Music: W. M. WOOLHOUSE A. K. PUTLAND, Org. Emeritus 11:00 a.m.-"GATHERING PIECES" Cubs and Scouts Parade Honoring Baden Powell ANTHEM-"Hymm to the Trinity- "Tschaikowsyy 11:00 a.m.-Church "School in all departments. NURSERY SERVICES AVAILABLE 12:15-Lunch with 61 Unit 7:00 p.m.-H-C for youth 15-18 years _ McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast Lethbridge from 15th Ave. and 24th St. S. MINISTER - REV. BLAKE ANDERSON Choir Director: Mr. H. Van Egteren Organist: MRS. C. GREENE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY T8th, 1973 11:00 a.m.-Cub and Scout Parade "Sermon: THE LETTER and THE SPIRIT" CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 9:30 a.m.-Jr. A and Jr. B - Grades 3-6 inclusive Intermediate - Grades 7-9 inclusive 11:00 a.m.-Kindergarten - 3 years to 5 years Primary - Grades 1 and 2 7:00 p.m.-Hi-C - Grades 10-12 inclusive _Nursery for Tiny Tots . FIRST UNITED CHURCH Corner of 5th Avenue and 13th Street North MINISTER _ REV. K. JORDAN Director of Musie-MRS. DOROTHY GLOCK ATCM, RMT SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18th, 1973 11:00 a.m.-Series on the Book of Job IV "IT'S THE. WILL OF GOD! - SAYS WHO?" 7:30 p.m.-Evening Worship and Discussion Group Topic: "On Being Human" "Women's Lib - Fulfillment or Licence for Selfishness?" CHRISTIAN EDUCATION ALL Sunday School Classes at 11:00 a.m. Nursery Serviccis available at 11:00 a.m. TONIGHT: Saturday, February 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Pancake Supper and Social Evening _EVERYONE WELCOME_ CHINOOK CO-OPERATIVE PARISH REV. ALBERT BALDEO - COALDALE REV. CECIL CARNOCHAN - CARDSTON W. CALDERWOOD-BARONS-NOBLEFORD MORNING WORSHIP AT: BARONS - 10:00 a.m. PICTURE BUTTE - NOBLEFORD - 11:30 a.m. 9:45 p.m. IRON SPRINGS-11:00 a.m. RAYMOND COALDALE� - 9il5 a,m. 11:00 a.m, CARDSTON - 11:30 a.m. MAGRATH - 9:45 a.m.