Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Church assemblies a health hazard? By REV. DAVID POLING During the past four or five years, church conventions took a sharp turn from an exper- ience of inspiration and fellow- ship to an ordeal of pain and physical Buffering. Much of the social conflict and disruption of the decade have been abosrbed by the churches. When na- tional church assemblies meet, these issues come into week- long focus, with hot debate and deliberation. Confrontation tactics, em- ployed by dissident groups, have added more tension and uncertainty. The fun and fel- lowship of other years has been overcome by the heartache and perplexity of modern difficul- ties and alarms. It is not being argued that the religious community should be glared the grief and anxiety of ue world. Indeed o[ all or- ganizations it should be the company that is involved in the affairs of men and nations, offering help, comfort and un- derstanding. The crunch that is hurling the church now and surfaces at the large church conventions is the exhaust- ing schedule and elaborate pro- gram that all but engulfs those delegates who attend, For some time, this was an occupational hazard expected of politicians and diplomats who struggled with time-zone change and grinding dockets. But now the churches have vast national and international gatherings and their partici- pants are subject to the same pressures and liabilities. In Dallas last month, the African Methodist Episcopal Church convention, represent- ing some two million mem- bers, went through a grinding week-long convention. On the final night, Bishop John Doug- las Bright, 56, of Philadelphia, fell from the stage and was pronounced dead moments Ister, victim of a heart attack An earlier session lasted more than seven hours as dele- gates argued into the dawn over whether or not to suspend one of their leaders charged with malfeasance and mis- administration. In Denver during May, at the United Presbyterian Gen- eral Assembly, this writer ob- served several evening ses- sions that lasted beyond mid- night and beyond the capa- city of many delegates that had begun their day with 7 a.m. breakfast meetings in the hotels. At the close of one late adjournment, a clergyman from California collapsed while waiting for the elevator. By the time the emergency squad arr rived, he was dead. Iri New Mexico last year, noted elder attending a church convention in Roches- ter, N.Y., died upon his return. Few people, young or old, are prepared for the exhaustion anil emotional upheaval Hint accompanies these national meetings. There are many sources of tension and uneasiness resting upon the churches today and one fresh injection is a mas- sive amount of business that must bo conducted on the na- tional level. Twenty and 30 years ago the churches did not have the money or membership or strategy to weigh what is nurf set before them. Further- more, the grass roots move- ment has demanded complete and, at times, absurd accoun- iing of all boards, agencies and committees that (unction for the denominations. An enormous amount of time is spent reviewing the actions and policies of top officials. As a result, conventions are choked with reports, speeches and surveys. Budgets descend like autumn leaves. Parliamen- tary floor fights and docke hassles flourish. The people on the platform scold the dele- gates and each other. It is not a pleasant time to serve one's church as a dele- gate to a national church convention. But, then, there is always the political convention and that makes the ecclesias tical enclave look rather tame and moderate, after all. SINGING TEEN! Fifly young people on a coost-to-coast concert tour, will be in Lelhbridge July 24 al p.m. in the Church of the Naznrene. From the First Church of the Nazarene in North little Rock, Arkansas, the Singing Teens hove performed in 31 stales end Canada since their beginning in 1968, Ranging in age from 12-18, they ore "enlhusiastic, and happy in their presentation." ''Sorrow on both sides' when priest leaves church SASKATOON (CP) Bishop James Mahoney of the Saska- toon Roman Catholic diocese understands the feelings of priests who want to leave the priesthood for marriage or be- cause they can't cope. Leaving the priesthood Isn't an easy thing or a decision ar- rived at overnight, but one that causes a great deal of mental anguish, Bishop Mahoney said in an interview. Canadian bishops had sup- ported a motion that priest he allowed to marry but the mo- tion "was voted down solidly" at Vatican II. When a decision Is made by a priest in his diocese to leave the priesthood or discontinue Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church 1309-29th Street So. H. P. NIKKEt, Co-ordinalor Ph. 345-3335 School Service presented by Young People SOUTH LETHBRIDGE ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISHES WEEKEND MASSES ST. PATRICK'S CORNER 4lh AVE. ond 10th ST. S. SATURDAY, p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY-7 a.m., 9 a.m., a.m., 12 Noon ASSUMPTION 5405 12lh AVE. S. SATURDAY, p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) o.m., a.m., 11 a.m., p.m. (Folk Mass in Hall a.m.) the celibate life, he usually comes to Bishop Mahoney. "Together we apply to Rome, asking that the priest be no longer bound by his obligations to the priesthood. "In return for the granting of the request, the priest is asked to cease preaching, dispensing of sacraments and celebrating mass." FREE TO MAHRY When this process is followed the priest is free to marry in the church, the bishop said. Prior to 1962, a priest would face the threat of excommuni- cation. Bishop Mahoney said none had left bis diocese in an at- mosphere of confrontation or anger. It had been personal sor- row on both sides. "It has never been an easy thing for them to talk away There hasn't been a guy leav ing who hasn't received understanding from fellow priests." Bishop Mahoney said four priests of Saskatoon diocese al had married within a year o leaving the priesthood. Also all, by their own choice, hac left the city. All found employment in '-Aching or social work within k i nths of their departure from the city. For the last five or six years there had been a "vocational crisis" within the church with fewer people entering the priesthood. "The church in time of change and turmoil is hardly attractive because you dou'l know what you're attracted to." Statue cried, priest claims NEW ORLEANS (AP) Fluid streamed from the eyes of the "Pilgrim Statue of Fatima" during its stay in New Orleans, the executive editor of the Roman Catholic archdiocesan weekly said this week. CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 lllh St. S. J. R, CHAPMAN, Minister Mr. D. Moisey, Orgoniit "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service a.m. (Worship service for adults S.S. Classes for Children) Evening Service p.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME COMBINED SUMMER SERVICES St. Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Church 1614 5th Avenue South Minister REV. G- KEITH CHURCHILL, B.A., B.D. Music Director. MR. LLOYD G. HOPPER, L.R.5.M. 1618 5th Avenue South MinUler-THE REVEREND L. D. HANKINSON, B.A. ORGANIST-MR. W. VANDERKOOY near to God! SERVICE of WORSHIP at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH UNLIMITED Nursery and Sunday School Minister In Kciili Churchill No Evening Service YOU ARE INVITED TO WORSHIP WITH US Go out to Hue! Rev. Elmo Romangosa of the Clarion Herald said he photo- graphed fluid welling in the glass eyes of the statue of the Virgin and also photographed fluid as it fell from the tip of the statue's nose. The statue is one of two of its kind in the world. It was carved out of cedar under the guidance of Sister Lucy, the only survivor of the three children who claimed to witness the 1917 ap- parition of the Virgin Mary in. Portugal. Over the years there have been numerous reports of "weeping Madonnas" in which persons reported seeing statues cry. Father Romangosa's ac- count appears in this week's issue of the diocesan news- paper. The statue was displayed for 10 days at a half-dozen new Or- leans Catholic churches where thousands turned out to see it. Rev. Lanaux Kareshitle, as- sistant chancellor of the arch- diocese, pointed out that the church docs not confirm such occurrences without thorough investigations. Such inquiries generally are made only whan it becomes necessary to guard against possible fraud or exploi- tation of believers, and none is planned in this instance, he said. "There are all sorls of possi- ble causes. Tin's is a very humid climate here. But is it possibly miraculous? Sure it is. The Lord can do anything." DEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES tit a continuing memorial Ph. 327-5322 or 326-4565 PLACED IN HOTELS, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, PRISONS Saturday, July 22, 1972 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Corner Jlh Ave. and 13th Si. S. SALVATION HEALING MIRACLES Rlv. T. W. Raycroft Service Service 1202 3rd Avenue S. A. DANIEL GOLDSMITH MINISTER School "WHO ARE JUSTIFIED" Faith Sound Singers "PROPHESY" DIAL-A-THOT 327-4581 EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12lh and Mayor Magrolh Drive Phone 327-6113 Pastor: REV. H. J. JOST SCHOOL HOUR SERVICE p.m.-SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE A CORDIAL INVITATION TO YOU! NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH The Evangelical Church In Canada H02 8 Ave. N. PASTOR; V. SCHORR School Worship Service EVERYONE CORDIALLY WELCOME. CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720 21st Ave. S. SUNDAY Study Service WEDNESDAY Study 328-2708 or 327-7991 EVERYONE WELCOME "Bethel 'Baptist Church 716 23rd Street North N. CARLSON, PASTOR Worship Worship LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE REV. W. J. GAMBLE, PASTOR 520 7lh Street South Home of the Sunshine Evangel Hour Listen every Sunday p.m. CJOC1220 K.C. School with classes for all ages. Worship Service of Evangelism Rev. G. L. Anscll of Winnipeg will IK Uie guosl speaker at both services. A HEAHTY INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO ALL AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU. Lutheran Churches CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 12lh Streel South Phone 327-0709 ELCC PASTOR HAROLD MARTIN Service IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner 6th Avenue and 18th Strait S. Minister W. F. Schoepp Phone 327-4336 Office. 328-6987 REI. Education Service WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 Education Service Communion FRIDAY, JULY 28 p.m.-V.B.S. Closing Service Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd ELCC lllh Avenue and 24lh Street South PASTOR ALBERT OLSON Service Communion First Sunday of Each Month Liiltn iht Lutheran Heur-lurn'iy CFAC Colgirf I.ethbridge Christian Reformed Church Invites you to listen to the Back to Cod Hour every Sun- day night at p.m. over CHEC radio. IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR HENRY? is a radio mes- sage that describes a person who is very normal, but who can only be saved in one way. If you have friends who are so very normal they arc on their way to hell, get Lhem to listen to this radio broadcast. It's worth their while. The Christian Reformed church is located it 1B07 2nd Ave. 'A' North in the city. Services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. You are invited cordially. THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th Avenue S. Corps Officers MAJOR THELMA M. CORNEY-MAJOR JOAN M. PIERCE School Worship Worship WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME Church of the Nazarene 9lh Ave. and 16lh SI. S. -Phone 3278827 REV. R. G. DEASLEY. Minisler Res. 327-4786 SUNDAY SERVICES School Classes for all ages. Service Service COME AND HEAR "THE SINGING TEENS" (60 voices) from North Little Rock, Arkansas Monday, July 24, 1972 at p.m. Come early and secure your seat MIDWEEK SERVICES AS USUAL A Friendly Welcome Awaits You THE ANGLICAN CHURCH M OF CANADA SAINT AUGUSTINE'S Rector: Rev. R. L. Oisfield, B.A., B.D. Organist end Choir Director Mr. Edward Greenwood L.T.C.L Communion Communion 11.00 Prayer Rev. David Rogers (Nursery Provided) MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday, July 27th, am. Holy Communion ST. MARY THE VIRGIN RECTOR: The Reverend Conon Robert W. Cowon, B.A., l.Th. EIGHTH AFTER TRINITY SUMMER SCHEDULE Eucharist James for Parish Communion THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAl CHURCHES Moderator: DR. A. B. B. MOORE, Toronto President of Conference: REV. P. A. CLINE, Edmonton Chairman of Presbytery: REV. KEN JORDAN, Pincher Creek SOUTHMINSTER 4lh Ave. and Illli Si. S. MINISitRS; R. W. K. EfllOTT REV. A. T. KING Musical Director: Mr. W. M. Woolhouit Organist Emeritus: Mr. A. K. Pulland SUNDAY, JULY 23, 1972 a.m.-SERVICE OF WORSHIP WILL BE HELD IN FIRST UNITED CHURCH (Corner of 5lh Ave. and 13lh St. NORTH) Transportation will be provided from Soulhminsler) McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast Lelhbridge rrom ISlh Avt. and 24lh Si. S. MINISTER REV. BLAKE ANDERSON Choir Director; Mr. H. Van Egteran Orgoniil: MRS. C. GREENE SUNDAY, JULY 23, 1972 a.m-SERVICE OF WORSHIP WILL BE HELD AT FIRST UNITED CHURCH (Corner of 5Lh Ave. and 1.1th SI. NORTH) FIRST UNITED CHURCH Corner of Slh Avenue and 13lh Streel North MINISTER _ REV. K. JORDAN Director of Music-MRS. DOROTHY GI.OCK ATCM, RMT SUNDAY, JULY 23, 1972 All Unlled Churches are combining for Morning Worship MUSIC: "I Wnlkcd loday where Jesus Walked." O'Hara Guest Rosalie Bcllgcr Guest A. Mills. "A CITY CHURCH, WITH A RURAL WELCOME"