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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 25, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Saturday, January anrf new Canada's Mennonites observe the 450th anniversary of the birth of their movement this week. Old Order Mennonites such as the lady above walking along a Kitchener, Ont, street still dress in a style which has not changed for decades. The first Mennonites settled in Ontario in 1786. LETHBRIDGE ALLIANCE CHURCH 1202 3rd Av" S. A. 0. GOLDSMITH, p.m. CHINESE ALLIANCE SERVICES PASTOR SUNDAY SCHOOL "The Unity" "Communications-Its Problems" LAKEVIEW MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, LETHBRIDGE BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 716 23 StrMt North (Phono 327-1484) Morning Service CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Cor. 5th AY., and 13th St. 5. SALVATION HEALINGS MIRACLES Pulor: REV. T W. ROYCROFT SPECIAL HEAR REV. THOMAS HARLAND Missionary, Bible Teacher, Girled Healing Ministry Film also: "What Sod is Doing in Japan" Both Services: a.m. and p.m. Reformation 4third force' celebrates anniversary WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD (Affiliated with Ambassador College) SATURDAY, FEBRUARY to p.m. LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE LARGE LECTURE THEATRE 5th An. 1 Uth SI. South Minister: CECIL MARANVIU.E, Ph. 345-4705 Listen to GARNER TED ARMSTRONG ON CFCN RADIO and TELEVISION LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M. L. ISRAELSON 520-7M1 Street South gfttwSumMm Evangel How Littm avtry Sunday p.m. CJOC 1120 K.C. School (Classes for all ages) Bus Rides (Phone 328-7461) Worship "SWEETSONG OF Service Special Music Watch "The New LHe" on C.F.C.N., Channel 13 from p.m. to p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 26th Htarty imitation to to adind.a warm mkonw axaita ygv Written for CP By LESLIE K. TARR Canada's Men- nonites this week observed the 450th anniversary of the birth of their movement. Since that story has frequently been one of in- tense persecution and en- forced wanderings. Mennonites.trace their ori- gin to the Anabaptist move- ment of the 16th century. The Anabaptists have been de- scribed as the "third force" of the Reformation period. The two major protagonists in that mighty religious up- Roman Catholics and a ha-' tred for the Anabaptists, re- garding them as religious and social radicals. The radicals contended that the Reformers had not gone far enough in their reaction against the Catholic church. They called for a thorough restoration of the church and faith which they saw in the New Testament. Specifically they insisted on a voluntary church member- ship composed of those who had personally professed their faith in Christ and who were baptized after that decision to DEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES aa 8 continuing iMtnwM Phone 327-5322 Or 327-2735 PLACED IN HOSPITALS, PRISONS "YE DO ERR, NOT KNOWING THE SCRIPTURES" Ignorance of God's Word usually means Ignorance of Christ. (John Bring your Bible to an old-fashioned Bible study. INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH Meeting In ttw Ltthbrldgo Construction Association Building 122 5 South Monday, p.m. follow Him as Lord of ttieir lives. That sounds innocent enough to 20th-century ears, but, in the 16th century, it struck at the very root of the church-state arrangement. The name Anabaptist, in- dicated they had been bap- tized reference to their contention that their fol- lowers must be baptized fol- lowing belief, even though they had been baptized as in- fants.) The Anabaptists were re- jecting the concept of a state church in which one was a member by virtue of citizen- ship. Both the Catholics and Lutherans accepted that view. The Anabaptists contended that the real followers of Christ were those who made that commitment for them- selves and lived by it. The great Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli tried to argue the young Anabaptists out of their position. Then, in January, 1525, the Senate of Zurich ruled that any parents who delayed the baptism of their infants more than eight days should be exiled. The young men who led the movement met on the evening of Jan. 21 and, after deliber- ation and prayer, took a sive and defiant step. One of them, George Blaurock, a for- Lakeview attendance over 300 1875-1975 THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IH CANADA CENTENNIAL YEAR ST. ANDREWS Minialtr: REV. L.D. HANKINSON, S.A. School Sermon Title: "TAKE UP THE CROSS" Organist: W. Vsn dor Kooy BETHLEN 1090-10 AWHM North MMMtr. REV. 0. TILCi, S.A. S.D., M.TH. School Organist: Vivian Toth Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church has an average attendance of between 300 and 350, city pastor Henry Unrau reports. There are 181 actual members, Mr. Unrau said. Prior to His Lethbridge in- duction in August, W7J, Mr. Unrau pastored churches in British Columbia and was for 12 years a staff member of Briercrest Bible Institute, Moose Jaw, Sask. He also served for a period as director of the Canadian Sunday School Mission in B.C. Assisting with pastoral duties at Lakeview a another ordained Mennonite minister. Henry Nikkei operates a grocery store in Coaidale as means of personal support following an Old Order Men- nonite custom. No special recognition to the Mennonite anniversary is scheduled here, Mr. Unrsu said this week. mer priest, asked the 27-year- old leader, Conrad Grebel, to baptize him. Grebel con- sented, and then Blaurock, in turn, baptized Grebel and the others. The Anabaptist or Mennonite movement was born. A fundamental tenet of the new faith was that, under no conditions, should a Christian bear arms or take another hu- man life. That non-resistance (or pacificism, as it is some- times inadequately desig- still is cherished by the Mennonites. Anabaptist evangelism flou- rished and converts were bap- tized, received into local church fellowships and in- structed to follow a simple life-style and be flssh-and- blood followers of Christ. They were to be obedient citi- zens, harm no one and coerce no one in religion. Hunted down Their reward was to have the fury of Europe descend upon them. The Diet of Spires in 1529 enunciated the policy of the Empire toward the Anabaptists: "Every Anabaptist and un- baptized person of either sex should be put to death." Some states of Europe ac- tually organized a special po- lice Anabaptist hunters." Few Anabaptist leaders were permitted to die natural deaths. One who did was Menno Simons, a former priest, who led the group in the Netherlands. In tribute to his leadership, the movement to be known as the Men- nonites. To this day, the Mennonites hold to the basic tenets of the 16th-century emphasis on Christianity as discipleship involving a radi- cal life-style. The Mennonites migrated across Central Europe, the Balkans and Russia. In the early 18th century, the first group came to the United States, where they settled in Pennsylvania. The Amish set- tlements there are in that tra- dition. The first Mennonites settled in Ontario in 1786 following the American Revolution. They came in their Conestoga wagons from Pennsylvania and settled in the Niagara, Kitchener, and Markham areas. Today their rural churches, with an adjacent graveyard, are a part of the scenery. In addition, their in- fluence is evident in urban Kitchener, St. Catharines, and Waterloo. The. extensive settlement in southern Manitoba got under way 100 years ago. Today their descendants are promi- nent in the political, educa- tional, and economic life of that province. Their stand against bearing arms has brought antagonism in times of war. Mennonites originally settled in Canada with the express under- standing that they would be exempt from military ser- vice. When patriotic fervor reached its fever pitch-in the two world wars, some Men- nonites were subjected to pressure and persecution. Some groups of Mennonites left Canada but the majority of the settlers and their de- scendants remained in this country where they exercise an influence in excess of their numbers. The major groups in Can- ada are the Conference of Mennonites in Canada, Men- nonite Brethren Church, Men- nonite Church Canada, Evan- gelical Mennonite Church, Evangelical Mennonite Breth- ren, the Old Order Mennonite and the Amish. The last two groups were in the news in re- cent years in their insistence that they should be exempted from the Canada Pension Plan. Two groups whose Men- nonite heritage is not imme-. diately evident in their names are the Brethren in Christ and the Missionary Church. Relief agency In 1920, Mennonites of the United States and Canada formed a co-operative world relief and emergency agency, the Mennonite Central Com- mittee Young church volunteers serve the MCC in many of the hot spots and poor countries of the world. Canadian Mennonites main- tain the "peace testimony" and consistently speak against war and work for re- conciliation. Consistent with that position, they oppose cap- ital punishment. To mark their anniversary, Canadian Mennonites have'the first over-all history of the movement in this country. The book, Mennonites in Canada (published by Mac- millan of Canada) is written by Frank H. Epp, president of Conrad Grebel College in Waterloo. LARGEST CHURCH St. Mary's Church at Church Point, N.S., is said to be the largest wooden church in the world. Cash grant helps Africans The African refugee program administered by the All- African Council of Churches has benet'ittcd by a cash donation through the Alberta government matching grant program, the Alberta conference of the United Church announc- ed this week. The matching grant program is co-ordinated by the Alberta Committee of International Agencies. The African refugee program gives emergency assistance with food and clothing, but works mainly to assist refugees towards re-settlement and independence and a scheme of revolving loans help some become self-reliant. It has establish- ed new settlements, initiated a variety of small businesses, set up vocational training and counselling services and offered educational scholarships. The cash grant will be part of a total of over one million dollars being spent on that program. Consortium, wants IBM halt TORONTO (CP) A Canadian church group said this week it is supporting a consortium of United States churches seeking to persuade International Business Machines to halt com- puter sales to the South African government. The executive committee of the Canadian inter-church task force on dialogue with corporations said in a statement it sup- ports a resolution filed at ah IBM shareholders' meeting by 10 U.S. churches and four religious orders asking that the com- pany's certificate of incorporation be amended to prevent such sales and service. The church officials say that "sales of computer equipment to the South African government provide the white minority regime with the means markedly to increase the efficiency of its controls over its black population." CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203.4th AVE.S. School Service "TRUTH" Meeting READING ROOM Open Noon p.m. Tues., Thurs., Sat. CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425-11lhSt. S. J. H. CHAPMAN, Minister MH. D. MAISEY. Organist "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service a.m. (Worship Service for Adults S.S. Classes for Children) EVERYBODY WELCOME! THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th Avenue South Majors: THELMA M. CORNEY, JOAN M. PIERCE School IN HEBREW 12 (Part 2) Major Thelma Corney preaching PROGRAM A Night with Robbie Burns Prayer and Bible Study NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH Church at Bible Study Church at Worship, Message: HOW TO PRAY WHEN READING THE BIBLE" Church at Even- song, Message: "THINGS THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN Feb. 2nd at 11 00 a.m., TV guests Fred Fleck and .ensemble of religious music and song. Tha Evangelical Church in Canada 1402-8 N. E. SIPE Everyone is Welcome Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church Invites You to listen to the Back to God Hour every Sunday night at p.m. over CHEC Radio. TRAVELLING WITH GOD IN 1975. As we continue our journey into the New Year we need to have our faith bolstered. Would you be interested? The Christian Reformed Church is located at 1807-2nd Ave. "A" North in the City Services at a.m. and p.m. _______ "YOU ARE INVITED CORDIALLY" CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS Evtryone Welcome FIRST, SECOND and SEVENTH WARDS: 1912-10th Avenue South THIRD and FOURTH WARDS: 28th Street South and Scenic Drive FIFTH and SIXTH WARDS: 2223-6th Avenue 'A' North STUDENT BRANCH: 28th Street South PLEASE PHONE 328-8305 FOR FURTHER Church of the Nazarene ith A 16th St Lethbridge ley Pastor- Phone 327-4786 nrry Spicer- Phono 326-0130 School Worship Services Rev. R. G. Deasley speaking Service Bible Study Youth Weekend with Rev. Bill DeMaere of Red Deer ECUMENICAL SERVICE OUR LADY OF ASSUMPTION ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH SUN., JAN. 26th it p.m. McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH 232915th South Speaker: REV. C. WATRIN Social gathering to follow ALL WELCOME ;