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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 18, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH (North Anurletn Bapllal Qwttral Contained Slwl North H. 321-2045 School (German and English classes) Worship Service Gospel Service ChiMch Mlniit.r; BEV. G. KEITH CHURCHILL, B.A., M.DIv. Orginlil: MRS. HILDA COLEMAN-Plinllt: MRS. MAIDA MACK Choir Director: MISS HELEN FINDLAV Church School GOD MEETS PHYSICAL NEEDS" 75 KICK-OFF "YOU ARE INVITED TO WORSHIP WITH US" 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., a.m., 11 a.m., p.m. Folk Mass a.m. In Parish Hall ST. PETER ST. PAUL'S (BYZANTINE RITE) CORNER 7th AVE. and 12th ST. '8' NORTH SUNDAY LITURGY-9 a.m. and 11 a.m. 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 Mmiil.n: REV. KENNETH W. MORRIS, B.Sc., B.D. REV. WILLIAM CALDERWOOD, M.A. Director of Muiic: MR. WILFRED WOOLHOUSE Organitt Emarilui: MR. A. K. PUTLAND SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 Worship SERMON: "JUDGMENT AND MERCY" Rev. Kenneth Morris SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM Anthems: "The Lord is My Shepherd" Carol (Southrninster Junior Girls' Choir) "The Folk Song (Southrninster Mini-Choir) Church School in all departments at a.m. NURSERY AVAILABLE McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southutt Lathbrldga from 15th and 24lh SI MINISTER REV. BLAKE ANDERSON ASSOCIATE MINISTER MR. WILLIAM THWING Choir Director: Mr. H. Van Egtlr.n Organial: Mn. C. Grama SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 "SWEEPING AWAY THE CLOUD" Anthems: "Lead Me, Lord" by Wesley "Jesus, Now Joy of Loving Hearts" by Robertson SUNDAY SCHOOL and Intermediate (9-14 years) and Primary (to 8 years) p.m.-Hi-C (15-17 years) Peoples FIRST UNITED CHURCH Cornaf of 5th Amniw and 13th Strait North Miniltor: REV. KEN JORDAN, B.A., B.D. 'Organist Mr. Allyh'Mills" Choir Barbara HwozciecKi SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 Worship SERMON: "THE FEAR THAT PASSETH ALL REASON" School (All Departments) NURSERY PROVIDED MIDWEEK GROUPS Cubs: Mon. al p.m. Teen Choir: Thurs. at p m C.G.I.T.: Tues. at p.m. Junior Choir: Tues. at p m Explorers: Wed, al p.m. Senior Choir: Thurs. al p.m. SOUTHERN ALBERTA JAPANESE UNITED CHURCH Coriwr of Hh An. 1 llh StrMt North Mlnlittr: REV. BEN MURATA, B.D. SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 Joint Service at Lethbrldge Church Lethbridge Japanese and Taber Japan- ese Sunday School and English Congre- gallon will join the service. Pot-luck dinner and Official Board Meeting will follow immediately after the service. Saturday, January 18, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 'Damned' Mennonite pays high price for sect quarrel Likoviaw Mennonita Brethren Church Rtv. Htnry Unrau 318-3542 School Worship, Message by the pastor entitled "A CHURCH ON FIRE" Visitation Sunday, so no overling service. Monday and Tuesday Annual Meetings Wednesday, Brigade and Plonoor Girls Coming: Youth Conference with Carlln Welnhauer, Jan. 31.-Feb.2 "A Church where Christ Is loved and people are appreciated" By TOM TIEDE CARLISLE, Pa. (NBA) Two years igo Robert Bear decided to exercise a couple of his Constitutional guarantees the freedoms of speech and religion and he has been paying dearly since. Then a member of the Reform Men- nonite Church, Bear spoke out against the sect's cheeky assertion of singulari- ty "the one, true church" whereupon he was damned by the elders for mental perversion, excom- municated for "spiritual adultery" and, for good measure, ordered to be thereafter "shunned" by the righteous, including his wife and six children. At first the convicted Bear felt mor- tally wounded; he wondered, "Why didn't they just kill Then his emotions turned to anger and perhaps even'revenge; Bear sued the church, asking the courts to decide whether a religion has the right to ruin a man maritally and socially. The case, though little known outside Penn- sylvania, has become a classic church slate confrontation, and the judicial decisions, expected soon, may define some modern legal parameters as to the power of religions to punish and influence free people. Certainly some modern parameters are needed. Church authority has un- dergone a decided change for modera- tion since the days when, say, popes were allowed to sentence heretics to death. Yet power abuses continue. Many come from the smaller religious groups which, lacking the temperance often insisted on by wide public atten- tion, wield absolute power over believers. The snake handlers of the South, as example; sect elders there, preaching that venom cannot harm the pious, exercise a control near that of life and death. In Bear's case, the authority of the church may be more cruel than life and death. As he puts it: "Shunning has to be one of the most terrible punishments ever known to man." Indeed, even in a 'time when such a directive cannot be totally effective, because only a minority in a community will obey something to silly, Bear has suffered mightily and unusually. Besides the humiliation of his ordeal, and the resulting expense of battling it in the courts, he has been denied all this time the strength and companionship of his family. "My wife is a devout Bear says. So when church bishops told her she too would have to shun the sinner, she complied completely. "When I tried to go to bed with her, in the early days, she said I was trying to rape her. In the morning she'd get up before me and leave, not returning many times until long after I went to bed. I was left to do everything myself: cook, wash, iron." Finally, with neither his wife nor children speaking to him, Bear moved to a trailer house at the far end of his 400 acre farm. Today, he's back in the main home, only because his wife and children have packed of for town. The "wife as Bear puts it, is the worst part of his punishment. And he says the church not only counts on the fact, but exploits it at every oppor- tunity. "When I first decided to sue, the bishops told my wife to talk me out of it. That night she got into bed with me for the first time." She got right back out, however, when Bear refused to recant. "And that pretty well tells you the kind of people the bishops are. They would use my wile's body, or anything else, for their own ends. And they say I'm the one who's a deviant." Bear's determination to expose such church actiyity is thus now-absolute. He has neglected his farm to the extent of forfeiting some in lost production; he has invaded family privacy in court and in a soon to be published book. But actually, "I had no choice. I know another man who was shunned for nine years and it broke him totally. I couldn't stand by and have it happen to me without a fight. I have to prove I have rights as a man. I have to prove to my children I'm right. I have to prove only God can put my marriage asunder." Yet even if he wins in court, Bear may lose in fact! Obeying church orders, the farmer's wife has read nothing of his heroic struggle nor of the larger community's support of it; thus any decision against the church will likely be conveyed to her by the church as further evidence of Bear's un- worthiness; if she believes that, and so far she has believed everything of the church, Bob Bear's incredibly mis- treated family may never get back together. BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS South Sunday Service Lecture Wednesday Class Subject for Sunday p.m. "NONE CAN KEEP ALIVE HIS OWN SOUL" Speaker: Mr. Wm. Blacker EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th Avanua and Mayor Mlgralh Drive Pntor: REV. H. J. JOST 327-8113 Christian Education Hour Service "ADORNING THE DOCTRINE" Service "ARE NOAH'S DAYS HERE AGAIN" The Youth will be in charge of the Evening Service A CORDIAL INVITATION TO ALL! Schweitzer remains a puzzle as centennial of birth passes NEW HOPE CENTRE OF LETHBRIDGE 1505 6th Ave. South SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 1975 Worship and Ministry Worship and Ministry Wednesday, Study and Prayer Saturday, Party A BIBLE CENTRED CHARISMATIC CHURCH WHERE YOU ARE WELCOME! COME THOU WITH US AND HE WILL DO THEE GOOD By JOHN RUSSELL New York Times Service NEW YORK In the 1950's and early 1960's people had very strong feelings, one way or the other, about Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Was he saint or fraud, sage or charlatan, man of integrity or hypocrite? Everyone had an opinion, and everyone gave it. And then one day, in his 91st year, Schweitzer just lay down and died. Thereafter it was for history to say what he had done or not done, meant or not meant, betrayed or been true to, and on Tuesday, the 100th anniversary of his birth, there must have been few people under 35, and not so many over it, who know what it was all about. It was about something real, even so. It was about whether or not we could stand the idea that an entirely good man was among us. It was also about the inten- sity with which people needed to believe this, and about the lengths to which certain othei people would go to disprove it. It was a pathological matter. Forces were set motion which operated quite independently of whether Schweitzer was or was not what he was made out to be. Quite certainly he did not foresee this when in October 1905 he gave up an excellent position with tenure Strasbourg to become medical doctor and found a hospital of his own in a par- ticularly cheerless part of Africa. It was not so much the future that concerned him as the present and the im- mediate past. Like the rest of us, Albert Schweitzer was both the product and the prisoner of historical conditioning. Born the son of a poor pastor in Alsace a province then German, now French By DAVID POLING NEA Religion Writer For some years, people in the United States have been looking to their neighbor to the north for hockey players and energy resources. A smaller group saw Canada as a haven'during the Vietnam conflict, making it their per- manent home, with or without hockey, natural gas and Mounted Police. Today, church leaders are studying carefully the latest statistics and trends now reported in the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The news is sur- prising and encouraging. Much of our present infor- "mation comes from the Cana- dian 1971 census. And here is the secret: Canadians are not nervous about asking and answering questions concern- ing religion or religious preference. Statistics Canada incor- porates most of the material compiled in the national cen- sus relating to the topic, The Religious Complexion of Canada. We also are indebted to Dr. Charles A. Tipp of Ontario Bi- ble College for his highlights of this material. Of the million people in Canada, fewer than five per cent claimed "no religion." The largest religious group, the Roman Catholics, have some members. Catholics make up nearly 46 per cent of the Canadian pop- ulation and since 1961 have en- joyed a 20 per cent increase in membership. This is signifi- cant when you consider some of the annual figures. In the United States, this church had an increase of members in 1973; for Canada in 1973, almost The Pentecostal Churches of Canada had a 50 per cent growth in the past decade. The Salvation Army, with its vigorous urban outreach, marked up a 30 per cent increase. The mainline denominations were in the 5 to 10 per cent range. Perhaps, the most revealing statistic comes out of the religious preference category. Here Canadians were asked to name the particular religious body to which they "belonged, adhered or favoured.'' We know that every denomination has its fellow travelers, people who rarely attend, contribute or participate. Yet there is a link, a memory, an attitude that describes a person's leaning. Consider this: There are approximately 1 million Anglican Church members in Canada, yet more than 2.5 million respondents favored the church from England. The United Church has on the 'rolls yet said United Church in the Cana- dian census. The Lutherans officially "list" some 300.000 members. i jjn in d he had prodigious gifts, both sonified, but no one was going e mental and physical. Like the to push him around. >r Socrates of Plato's Sym- On his 100th birthday CHURCHES t. posium, he could stay up all owe it to him, moreover, to're 1 night and go about his establish the terms on which n business the next day as if he went to Africa, e nothing had happened. He did not go in order that r He also had the self dis- alienated white individuals t cipline of the great German should come to him half a cen-. scholars of the 19th century, tury later and say "tell us how What he willed, he achieved, to live." He went to cancel By the time he was 30 he out, as best he could, had achieved more than most A specific historical debt, men can do in twice the time, the record of the white man in He was head of a great college Africa, as he well knew, was in a city that he loved. He had appalling, an international reputation as In the 1890's the French, and an organist. He was at work in the early 1900's the Ger-on a book on J. S. Bach which mans, had killed off the turned out to be 844 pages long Africans as suited them best, s but can still be read without and with no more scruple than s skipping. if they had been pheasants or He was also a learned and partridges, controversial, theologian, even The record of the white man if the dust now lies thick on his in Africa, as he saw it, had to discussion of what Schleier- be begun again from the f macher had had' to say about beginning and in the most un-the last supper. Inexhaustibly promising circumstances, and without effort he taught, That he acted upon this read, wrote. and played. He decision was the last of TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416-12th SlrMt Phong 327-0709 ELCC-PASTOR HAROLD MARTIN Sunday School Worship Hour EVERYONE WELCOME! CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD 11th and 24th StrMl South W. Gartkt Phona 328-3445 OHIet; 328-1518 Sunday School Family Worship Service COME, BE ENRICHED AND BLESSED! LUTHERAN CHURCH Cornar 6th Avanua and 18th StrMt South Pwlor: PAUL KOESTER Office: 327-4339, 327-3858 Sunday School and Bible classes Worship Service to the Lutheran Hour Sunday, a.m. CFAC Calgary tury adventures. The terrain he chose was glum. The 1 1 A inhabitants were ,in many I 1 f% cases descended from slaves IJ.V ZX.J.1.J.A -who had been driven through the area on their way to the coast and just couldn't make it to the coast. fkfl TO Thc Africans whom 1 Schweitzer saw professionally were weak, sick, often tha, non at enders claim Martin stuck (o his task He was a not an anthropologist. In the 1950's and early 1960's his hospital was seen by rf-vi ji hundreds of thousands of peo-1 JlirQ Pall pie as a center of moral energy that they could not bear to be without. By a f C m minority of others it was seen IW OdlllOci as a weird irrelevance, an anachronism presided over by A former Raymond .an equatorial King Lear, resident, Robert Litchfield He himself bowed to neither has received his third call to view; but when he was given assist missionary work in the Nobel Peace prize he Samoa. -tussled for months with what Accompanied by his wife, seemed to him the problem on Lola, and five of their seven which he could most usefully children, Mr. Litchfield will' speak his mind, supervise building construe- What he said about the ini-tion for the Church of Jesus quity of further nuclear tests Christ of Latter day Saints may now seem self'- evident, on the island. but it was not so at the time. If Ooe Litchfield son attends it was given to him to speak to Brigham Young University the world, he wanted to say while a second boy is on a something worth saying: church mission in The Whatever else may be thought Netherlands. he spoke for all of THE ANGLICAN CHURCH (if PANADA ur UHUUM (tmuopAL) HIIMICTIUC'C Corner 4th Avenue and dAINT AUbUSTINC S 11th Street South REVEREND L. FRANK LEE, B.A. S.T.B. RECTOR REVEREND DEREK HQSKIN, L.Th., CURATE DENNIS WHITELEY, A. MUS. T.C.L., A.R.C.O. Organiat and Choirmaster Holy Communion Holy Communion, Covenant Players Choral Eucharist, Senior Choir and Canterbury Singers, Covenant Players (NURSERY PROVIDED) All Departments of Church School MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday, Jan 23, "Holy Communion MARY THE VIRGIN and eth Ave. N. Ractor: THEAEVEREND CANUN ROBERT W. COWAN, B.A., Lth SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY Mattins Holy Eucharist Church School Nursery Parish Hall Sung Eucharist p.m. Evensong, St. Vincent: p.m., Eucharist Conversion or Paul: a.m.. Eucharist Preparation for Communion Annual Meeting: Monday, January' 27, at p.m. CHURCH OF CUT OUT AND MAIL THIS COUPON! Gentlemen: Please enroll me in the Free Bible Correspondence Course 1 Donalcl R understand there Is NO obligation, and that the course Is conducted entirely by mail, based entirely on the Bible, and is undenominational. 10 am MYNAUIE ADDRESS Honw -.__ _ EVERYONE ;