Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 16, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
8 ~ THB LETHBRIDOE HERALD - Saturday, January 16, 1971 South African apartheid big problem for churches By PAUL 1MVEY JOHANNESBURG (AP) -Churches in South Africa live In two different worlds and recent events have spotlighted the cleavage. Most leaders of die Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish faiths condemn apartheid, the official program for separate development of races. The three Dutch Reformed churches, which represent two-thirds of the white population, spiritually underpin the country's white-minority rule and seek to Justify apartheid in bibical terms. The Archbishop of Canterbury, on a recent visit tio South Africa, spoke up for closer relations among the churches-but few steps in this direction can be seen. The archbishop, Dr. Michael Ramsey, is leader of the Church of England. He spent two weeks in South Africa as the guest of Anglican leaders, and1 examined apartheid first hand. He did cot like what he saw and believes church unity is a logical step in the fight against racial separation. Specifically, he urged a dialogue between the Church of the Province of South Africa, which is Anglican, and the three Dutch Reformed churches. WARNS OF REVOLT Dr. Ramsey warned of the threat of violent revolution in South Africa unless there are changes. These changes, he said, must come not from liberals, "whose efforts are always squashed," but fronj government supporters com- ing to realize that apartheid does not work. His proposal for dialogue was received enthusiastically by J. J. Muller, professor of theology at Stellenbosch University. "I think the way is open for dialogue and there is nothing to prevent it," Muller said. "All that is needed is for somebody to take the initiative." The Anglican bishop of Johannesburg, Rt. Rev. Leslie Stradling, was less optimistic. He said all previous approaches had been rejected. A spokesman for the Neder-duitse Gereformeerde Kerk, largest of three Dutch Reformed churches, saw a possibility of informal talks with other Protestant churches this year. Afrikaans-speaking descendants of Dutch, German and French Huguenot settlers make up the majority of adherents to the sternly Calvin-isl Dutch Reformed churc'^s. These churches refused to recognize a "message to the people of South Africa" in which the inter - denominational South African Council of Churches last year condemned apartheid as "rooted in and dependent on a policy of sin." JOIN FORCES The council and the Christian Institute of Southern Africa have joined forces to try to find a Christian answer to apartheid. A major problem facing reform-minded clergymen is the physical and spiritual gap between black and white Christians, caused by segregation. Afrikaner churches enforce Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church 1509-29th Street So. 10:00 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Worship Service 7:00 p.m.-Evening Service THE SALVATION ARMY Corps Officer - CAPT. AND MRS. H. COBB 1302 4th Avenue S. 9:30 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship 7:00 p.m.-Evening Service WE INVITE YOU TO ATTEND Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church 2nd Ave. A and 18th St. N. Pastor: REV. I. MULDER 1807 2nd Ave. 'A' N. SUNDAY, JANUARY 17th, 1971 7:00 p.m.-Evening.Worship 10:00 a.m.-Morning Service St. Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 5th Avenue South MINISTER-THE REVEREND I. D. HANKINSON, B.A. Organist - MR. W. VANDER KOOY 11:00 a.m.-"STANDING STILL IS MOVING BACKWARDS" 7:00 p.m.-"THE CHURCH . . . PRIMARILY BUT NOT SOLELY SPIRITUAL" Church School: All classes from nursery to adult at 10:15 a.m. Nursery and kindergarten during church hour also. LETHBRIDGE -= PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE 520 7th Street South REV. W. J. GAMBLE, PASTOR "LET'S GROW WITH LETHBRIDGE" 9:55 a.m.-Sunday School with classes for all ages 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship Service 7:00 p.m.-Service of Evangelism 10:30 p.m.-Listen to "THE SUNSHINE EVANGEL HOUR" C.J.O.C. 1220 K.C. Wed. 8 p.m.-Prayer and Bible Study Fri, 7:30 p.m.-Christ Ambassadors Youth Service Prayer for sick upon request. A HEARTY INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO YOU AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU segregation although there Is no law against multi-racial worship. Social separation makes it difficult for races to worship together even in multi-racial denominations. I n addition most white Christians seem to accept social segregation no matter what their churches say. Differing customs, ways of thinking and languages are also barriers to multi-racial worship. Some blacks find Western ritual and tradition* of established churches foreign to them. One result of this in the last quarter century was the growth of black religious sects. Black membership in established churches is low. Of white-led churches, Methodists have the most blacks - about 12 per cent. This compares with some seven per cent for Roman Catholicism, five per cent for Afrikaner churches and less for the Anglicans, Presbyterians, Ccu-gregationallsts and Bapti \ �.. Largest of the new groups is the African Independent Church Association, with 300 member churches. Many of these practise a mixture of Christianity and African tribal rituals. SIGN OF FAILURE The new sects are seen by many church leaders as a sign of failure in the white Christian establishment. Dr. Ramsey carried' one basic message: South African churches should work toward promoting multi-racial serv-ices. "I'm quite certain my visit heartened members of the church who are struggling to do what is right about apartheid and social conditions," he said on his return to London. His criticism of apartheid was described by Die Trans-valer as "the most horrific examples of distortion South Africa has ever seen." Another Afrikaans newspaper, Die Burger, accused the archbishop of trying to hamper promising contacts between South Africa and black-ruled African states. Dr. Ramsey did gain some popularity from government supporters when he said he opposed a World Council of Churches decision to grant $200,000 t o organizations which South Africa considers terroristic. The announcement Sept. 3 said $200,000 would be granted to 19 movements opposing racism and racist regimes. Among groups to be aided are the African National Congress, banned in South Africa; the Zimbabwe African People's Union, banned in Rhodesia, and organizations that say they seek liberation for Portuguese areas in Africa. VORSTER WARNING At one point South Africa's prime minister, John Vorster, warned member churches of the World Council that he would "act against them" if they did not quit the world body. His threat was interpreted as meaning that the Seek abolition of individual secret confession VATICAN CITY (Reuter) -Many Roman Catholic bishops in far - flung missionary posts have asked Pope Paul to allow them to abolish the practice of individual secret confession in certain cases, the Vatican said. Vatican spokesman Federico Alessandrini told reporters the Holy See is studying the possibility of granting the request by applying a 1944 Vatican ordinance originally designed for use under war conditions. CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 11th St. S. Mr. D. Maisey, Organist J. R. CHAPMAN, Minister Sunday School-10:00 a.m. Morning Worship-11:00 a.m. Evening Service-7:00 p.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Priesthood Sunday Sacrament 1912 10th Avenue South Meeting School Meeting 1st Ward ............................... 8:00 am- 9:30 am- 2:00 Pm- 2nd Ward ...................... 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Stoke House-2Bth Street South . ,, _ 3rd Ward ............................... 8:00 a.m. 9:3� am. 2:00 p.m. 1th Ward ............................... 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 4;00 p.m. 6th Ave. 'A' and 23rd St. N. 5th Ward ............................... 800 a.m. p;30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 6th Ward ............................... 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. University Ward 2B08 20|h St. S. 9:00 a.m. 30:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m. government would ban church affiliation with the council under the broad provisions of the country's Terrorism or Suppression of Communism Acts. Vorster also warned that he would not allow further financial contributions to leave South Africa for the council. First to defy his threat was the 60,000-m ember Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa. While the church disapproved of the grants, it voted 75 to 57 at its annual assembly to remain with the council. Earlier, the Presbyterians voted to merge with two black African Presbyterian churches and form the United Presbyterian Church. This looks like the start of a significant racial change in the Presbyterian Church. It will be merging with black churches that have a membership of some 200,000. Later the multi-racial United Congregational Church of Southern Africa and the Anglicans decided to remain with the World Council, but all criticized the body for its implied support of violence. The Dutch Reformed Churches have had little to do with the question. They are members of neither the world body nor the South African Council of Churches. They did, however, cite the World Council's action as confirmation of a contention that the organization has been supporting terrorists all along. Liberation movements are supported ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Reuter) - The World Council of Churches reiterated its support Sunday for liberation movements in southern Africa. Dr. M. M. Thomas, chairman of the council's Central Committee, said in his report to the committee's annual meeting here that the council could not deny its help in certain aspects of the movement's program for combatting racism. Thomas, of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, India, said the council's policy on racism had been clarified at earlier meetings. Representees of some 400 million Christians opened the 12-day meeting. The central committee, of the WOC, representing 235 Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox and Old Catholic churches in 90 countries, began the day by attending an Ethiopian Orthodox service. Have you ever thought of God as Life? Or Principle, or Mind, or Soul, or Truth? These are some of the synonyms that Christian Science uses to define God. Each of them helps the individual to know God better. The name Life, for example, shows that God is not a far-off, abstract deity, but is the very source of our life. He is that dose to each one of us. If you arc searching for new ideas about God, you will enjoy reading the current Bible Lesson in our Reading Room. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE READING ROOM Open Tues., Thurs. and Sat. Except Holidays Noon - 2:00 p.m. CJOC - Sunday at 8:15 a.m. Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Church Services at 11:00 a.m. Evening Testimony Meetings Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. 1203 4th Ave. S. CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720 - 21st Ave. S. SUNDAY 10:00 a.m.-Bible Study 11:00 a.m.-"WHY WATER BAPTISM IS NECESSARY FOR SALVATION" 6:00 p.m.-Contiinuous Service PREMILLENNIALISM - It Is consistently and consequences. WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m.-Bible Study NORMAN PISK EVANGELIST Phone 328-5781 1202 3rd Avenue S. A. DANIEL GOLDSMITH Minister 11:00 "IS JESUS GOD?" 7:00 "BELIEVER'S ANTICIPATION" 10:00 SUNDAY SCHOOL DIAL-A-THOT 327-4581 Church of -the -Nazarene 9th Ave. and 16th St. S. - Phono 327.8827 REV. R. G. DEASIEY, Minister - Res. 327-4786 SUNDAY SERVICES 9:45 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship' Adult Choir sings 7:00 p.m.-Evangelistic MID WEEK SERVICES WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m.-Church Prayer Meeting THURSDAY 7:00 p.m.-Boys' and Girls' Caravan FRIDAY 7:00 p.m.-Youth Night and Carol Choir Practice A Friendly Welcome Awaits You FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH AT TWO LOCATIONS Minister, REV. G. R. EASTER, B.A., B.Th. Organist and Choir, Director, Marilyn Sinclair, A.R.C.T, R.M.T. 1402 8th Avenue N. 9:30 a.m.-Church School for all ages 1614 5th Avenue S. 9:45 a.m.-Church School for all ages. 11.00 a.m.-"THE LAMB OF GOD" (Broadcast CJOC) 7:00 p.m.-"THE LOVELESS CHURCH" (1st in a series on "THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF REVELATION") Wednesday 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. - The Mid-Week Service EVERYONE WELCOME - * � i V* f *' I, II LORD'S DAY MONDAY 10:30 a.m.-Worship 6:30.p.m. "Who Belongs" G.M.G. (Jr. - Adults) S. School FRIDAY (Toddlers - Primary) 8:00 p.m. 11:20 a.m.-Related Study KOINONIA (Adults) S. School WEEK DAYS (Junior) Nursery School 7:00 p.m.-"Communion" Kindergarten Lutheran Churches CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 12th Street South - Phone 327-070? PASTOR HAROLD MARTIN 9:30 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship Communion on 1st Sunday of Each Month IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner 6th Avenue and 18th Street S. Minister W. F. Schoepp-Phone 327-4336 Office, 328-6987 Res. 8:45 p.m.-Matins 9:45 a.m.-Sunday School and Bible Class 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship 1:30 p.m.-Annual Meeting Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd ELCC 11th Avenue and 24th Street South PASTOR ALBERT OLSON 8:45 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Worship Service Communion First Sunday of Each Month Listen to the Lutheran Hour-Sunday 7:30 a.m. CFAC Calgary CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE SALVATION - HEALING - MIRACLES Pastor: Rev. T. W. Roycreff Corner 5th Ave, and 13th St. S. 11:15 a.m.-Morning Service 7:00 p.m.-Evening Service BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS 633 7th St. South 11:00 a.m.-Breaking of Bread 12:30 p.m.-Sunday School 7:30 p.m.-"SH0ULD CHRISTMAS PRAY FOR WORLD PEACE?" Speaker - Mr. Wm. Blacker Thursday, 8:00 p.m.-Bible Class A Hearty Welcome Awaits You Herel EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th Ave. and Mayor Magrath Dr. Phone 327-6113 Pastor. REV. H. J. JOST 10:00 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-"JESUS - WATCHED - ACCUSED - CRITICIZED" 7:30 p.m.-"COME DOWN FROM THE CROSS" A CORDIAL INVITATION TO ALL. THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA (EPISCOPAL) SAINT AUGUSTINE'S ttAXZ* Rector: Rev. R. L. Crisfield, B.A., B.D. Associate Rev. E. R. Doyle, 8.A., l.T.H. Organist and Choir Director Mrs. Dolores Reid (A. Mus.) ----------- 9:00 a.m.-Choral Eucharist, St. Monica's Choir 11:00 a.m.-Choral Eucharist, Senior Choir (Nursery Provided) All Departments of Church School MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday, January 21st, 9:80 a.m. Holy Communion i i i ST. MARY THE VIRGIN 3 2\* T RECTOR; The Reverend Canon Robert W. Cowan, B.A., LTh. SECOND AFTER EPIPHANY 7:30 a.m.-Matting 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 Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. Eucharist Friday-St. Vincent: 9:30 a.m. Eucharist Saturday: 7:30 p.m. Preparation for Parish Eucharist THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES Moderator: DR. ROBERT B. McCLURE, MD, FRCS DR. J. I. PATERSON, Calgary President of Alberta Conference REV. L. BRIAN JONES, lethbridge Chairman, South Alberta Presbytery S0UTHMINSTER 4th Ave. and 11th St. S. MINISTERS! R. VV. K. ELLIOTT REV. A. T. KING Musical Director! Mr. W. M. Woofhouse Organist Emeritusi Mr. A. K. Putland SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 1971 11:00 a.m.-"WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE ..." Music; Senior Choir; "SEND FORTH THY SPIRIT." SCHUETKY. "KING OF GLORY." DAVIES. 11:00 a.m.-CHURCH SCHOOL IN ALL DEPARTMENTS IN SOUTHMINSTER HALL. NURSERY SERVICES AVAILABLE McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast lethbridge from 15th Ave. and 24th St. S. Minister! Rev. I. Brian Jones, M.A., B.D. Choir Director: Mr. H. Van Egteren Organist! Mr. J. E. langford SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 1971 11:00 a.m.-Regular Worship Sermon: - "COLOR OR CALAMITY" CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 0:30 a.m.-Grades III to IX. 11:00 a.m.-Three Years to Seven Years Nursery facilities for Tiny Tots EVERYONE WELCOME FIRST UNITED CHURCH Corner of 5th Avenue and 13th Street North Minister! REV. R. E. (Ted) ESKDALE Director of Muslc-MRS. DOROTHY GIOCK ATCM, RMT SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 1971 Divine Worship - At 11:00 a.m. Sermon Title - "WHY BE GOOD - IF THE WORLD IS GOING TO HELL?" (Mr. Eskdale Preaching) SUNDAY SCHOOL, JUNIOR DEPARTMENT at 9:15 a.m. INTERMEDIATE AND SENIOR DEPARTMENT at 9:30 a.m. PRIMARY and BEGINNERS DEPARTMENT at 11:00 a.m. Nursery facilities as usual. "A CITY CHURCH, WITH A RURAL WELCOME"