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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 30 THE lETHBRIDGe HERALD Saturday, Juno 16, 1973 Maritime church leader says union is a necessity SACKVILLE, N.B. (CP) Rev. WiUard C. Picketts of Fredericton, president of the Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada, says union of the Anglican, United and Disciples churches is not only desirable but "an absolute necessity. Pioneer preacher to visit A pioneer of Lethbridge Church of Christ activities will return here next week for four days of preaching ministry- Joe Corley helped construct the meeting house and minis- ter's residence here during a six-year term in Southern Al- berta. Mr. Corley moved to Arkan- j sas in 1970. He now resides in' Dothan, Ala. Friends of Mr. Corley are particularly invited to attend the public meetings, Thursday through Saturday, says Donald Givens. the present minister. Worship commences each evening at p.m. in the church, 2720 21st Avenue S. In an interview this week, Mr. Picketts said it is only a matter of time before union be- comes a reality. The groups considering union are the United Church of Can- ada, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of Young people have become impatient, he said, and are de- manding that "the cloaks be tossed aside" so all may work together. Mr. Picketts said there is not as much interest in union among congregations as he would like to see, but he is con- vinced interest will be whetted when the plan for union is stud- ied. "This plan is a miracle in it- self in that 250 people from three churches could arrive at such unanimous agreement on so many important issues." Mr. Picketts said co-operation between his church and others, notably the Roman Catholic church, has been increasing rapidly and this trend is likely to continue as both seek to find even more areas where they may work together. The United Church has its faults and failings but is much more active than many people care to admit, he said. "There are many promising signs with a new growing interest in dif- ferent signs of worship." Local church giving rose about eight per cent in 1972 while the United Church raised SI 1.5 million for mission work, both representing "quite an up- swing in contributions. "No dead church would do anything like that." Coaldale Lutherans gain pastor COALDALE (HNS) Rev. Klaus Tamke was recently installed as pastor of the Coaldale Redeemer Lutheran Church. Mr. Tamke replaces Rev. Emil Lukas who has retired after 18 years ministry to Coaldale Lutherans. Mr. and Mrs. Lukas now reside in Calgary. Mr. Tamke completed theo- logical training in Germany. His background includes ex- perience as a teacher in a German orphanage and as pastor of a Lutheran church in Mount Isa, a remote cop- per mining community in Queensland, Australia. Married with four children, Mr. Tamke decided to im- migrate to Canada after re- turning to Germany from Australia where he had been a pastor for three years. Prior to accepting the call to Coaldale, Mr. Tamke pas- tored a Lutheran church in Sudbury, Ont, for five years. People's pastor Rev. Paul Smith of Toronto THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD I II B I li 0 H I mf V b I fc fc if RELIGION Gods from outer space? Old Testament passages puzzled Erich von Daniken Preacher admits good Hurricanes break over the head of Pope Paul By PATRICK O'DOjVOAVAN London Observer (Third of five) The pontificate of Paul VI cannot be described as a happy one. A foolish prime minister, or a proud one, might precipitate a war. But a rash or impru- dent Pope might lose souls to God that is what he believes or he is nothing. He also be- lieves that a lost soul is more tragic than a dead young body. Nowadays, the lovs and mercy of God is stressed above His anger and jealousy and jus- tice, but the terrible nagging of that basic responsibility of the man who is called the Vicar of Christ on Earth still informs his every public and secret sc- tion. PERMISSIBLE Now it is perfectly permis- sible for a Catholic to criticize the policies and actions of a Pope. It is his office, to them, not his person that is sacred. During the Reformation the office itself was dismissed as ungodly and idolatrous. Now, within the Roman Church, a minority is trying to diminish tha authority of the office. Ths new freedom is not wholly to the benefit of the Roman Church. Pope Paul's disadvantage is that he follow- ed upon Pope John. John was part of a brief and remarkable and human and very different sort of trinity. He shared it with President John Kennedy and Chairman Nikita Khrushchev. The three of thsrn seemed to offer chance of a sanity based on agreed and civilized dis- agreement in the world. Doubt- less it was an illusion. And they are all dead; none of them forgotten. Pope John perhaps the most loved, because he was so very human, and tactless in an honest way, and witty in a real and unsmarty way, blindingly honest, and at once clearly human and holy. Pope Paul was John's pre- ference as a successor. But when he succeeded, by elec- tion, to the papacy, he also in- herited the Vatican council Servant of the servants of God which John had called on a quite personal initiative. He had no obligation to continue the council. He did, and after four ses- sions it was clear that the vast assembly of prelates in the nave of St. Peter's had opened a box that most people mistak- enly thought contained nothing but pious platitudes. Unlike previous councils of the church, this time there were no condemnations of her- esies or intellectual tendencies. If anything was censure it was the history of the Roman Church itself. Those who were i once called heretics were now I ''separated brethren." Pope Paul presides at a time when institutional religion is out of fashion. No social con- vention drives people to church. There have been >.r worse times in the history of Christianity, but on the whole j this is not a good time. PROBLEM In fact Pope Paul inherited an appalling problem. Pope John took the Church up into the air. Paul has had to try to bring it back sdfely to earth, and the process must have been heartbreaking for a man whose whole life has been given to the steadying of the institutions he holds sacrad. He has made no declarations that can be considered by Ca- tholics infallible, and I do not think he ever will. To rule and to try to restore order after an almost asual and certainly an unforessen re- volution, is no easy role. A wise secular politician would refuse it until the phase was over. But this grieving man taken it all on, and he is in that invidious position where he cannot please either side, and therefore pleases no-one. He was joyful in Milan as archbishop, he exudes a rea- soned sadness now in Rome. For it is of the nature of his office that he must accept the blame for all that goes wrong. And among rulers Ms ultimate electorate is not fickle or Jo be deceived. This saddened man is ans- werable to God, and he acts on it more certainly than any member of parliament does to his inchoate and apathetic con- stituency. 1202 3rd Ave. South A. DANIEL GOlDSMlTH MINISTER FATHER'S DAY FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL MORNING SERVICE EVENING SERVICE JUNE 24th FILM "CHINESE ARE COMING" By JOHN LeBLAXC TORONTO (CP) The Bi- ble-carrying worshippers pour into the People's Church of a Sunday with an expectant air for they're filling up its pews to catch the best show in town, ecclesiastically speak- ing. Rev. Paul Smith, a small man and unimpressive until the salvation-or-hellfire plead- ings cf his booming voice start to rattle the timbers of his S1.2-million edifice, doesn't disappoint them. "I don't apologize for put- ting on a good show." he says. "After all. why should religion be And dull it is not in the Peo- ple's Church. The pastor has combined show biz, topicality and old-time religion to build his non-denominational con- gregation into perhaps the largest in Canada and to make it the No. 1 church in the world in contributions to foreign missions. Since being founded by Mr. Smith's now-retired father 45 years ago, the P e o p 1 e "s Church has raised more than million for missionaries abroad. Its support for this cause is currently running at more than a year, which goes to help 400 "mis- sionaries through 40 societies. HAS OWN SCHOOL Another large portion of the church's yearly gross of more than goes to such home activities as a Sunday school of children and a regular grade school which now has 300 students enrolled from kindergarten to Grade 9 and is adding a grade each year. A mixture of fervent Bible- preaching, eye-catching gim- micks and the use cf headline figures from the entertain- ment, sports and nev.'s worlds keeps the congregation s t ca m e d up. Any subject that's en page one may turn up in a sermon. The pastor has illustrated his pulpit-thumping harangues with such items as a jukebox blasting cut Beatles songs, a horse and a hot rod. He has filled the pulpit with personal- ities ranging from movie cowgirl Dale Evans to astro- naut James Irwin, who talked on the sure-fire topic of his thoughts about God while on the moon. "We had a turn-away crowd that the preacher says with an impresario's satisfac- tion over the Irwin appear- ance. Mr. Smith can talk like a showman, and he could pass for one, too, in his weekday garb of casual jacket, snappy tie and modishly flared slacks. He carries about 140 pounds on a wiry five-foot- eight frame, with a high fore- head surmounting mild blue eyes. SPEAKS SOFTLY The Smith voice is soft until he's in the pulpit in his Sun- day black suit, when it drops an octave or so and the sono- rous phrases of the Bible thunder out and he rails against such evils as the devil and communism. A 38-piece orchestra, an 85-voice choir and an electronic organ add appropriate effects. His sermons will make use cf such contemporary sub- jects as the Munich Olympics massacre of 1972, the Can- ada-Soviet hockey series, the water-fluoridation issue and such far-out ones as the case of call-girl Christine Keeler, who shook the British cabinet in the 1960s. "I take whatever people are thinking about and try to make a spiritual application of he explained in an in- terview. Mr. Smith, now 51, took over the pastorate of the Peo- ple's Church 13 years ago from his father, Rev. Oswald Smith, a Presbyterian clergy- man who to set up a missionary-supporting church cf his own when his superiors rejected him as "unsuitable" for foreign mission work. The founder, now 82, be- came a legendary character among goSpel preachers the world over. He wrote hymns and 35 books and once was described by Rev. Billy Graham as ''the greatest combination pastor, hymn writer, missionary statesman and evangelist of our time." By JOEL SCHERZER NEW YORK (Reuter) They came from a distant star many thousands of years ago and sparked intelligent life on this planet. The notion that space travel- lers visited earth, mated with prehistoric man and left him with the technology to build the Pyramids and the wisdom to write the Bible is advanced in a series of controversial books by German author Erich von Daniken. His proof? The baffling stone faces of Easter Island, cave depcting astronauts and fantastic flying machines, a bat- j tery that still generates elec- j tricity and hundreds of other prehistoric mysteries. In Chariots of the Gods? and Gods from Outer Space, the self-educated author says the beings came to earth several tunes and encountered man's distant ancestors. The "giants" managed to breed with a sel- ect group. DISOBEYED ORDERS When the spacemen left for a time, von Daniken says, their offspring were warned not to mate with others hence the later notion of original sin, but they did anyway and were "cor- rutped." The space travellers eventu- ally returned and destroyed the imperfect ones. They this twice, with the Great Flood and again at Sodom and Gomorrah. Finally the visitors were able to teach ancient man their sec- rets. Man was suddenly able to grind lenses, do sophisticated m a t h e m atical calculations, move massive stones and re- cord what happened in our reli- gious texts. After they left for the last time, man built huge land- marks the great stone faces of Easter Island and the Pyra- mids, for example and air Naramata names staff assistant COMBINED SUMMER SERVICES St. Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Baptist Church 1818 5th Avenuft South Minister-THE REVEREND I. D. HANKINSON, B.A. ORGANIST-MR. W. VANDERKOOY Draw near to God! 1614 5th Avenue South SERVICE OF WORSHIP AT ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH a.m. "FELLOWSHIP.OF.THE.SPIRIT" p.m. "THE POWER TO RECONCILE AND MAKE FREE" YOU ARE INVITED TO WORSHIP WITH US Go out to live Elaine Peacock of Vancouver has been appoinod a staff as- sociate at Naramata Centre for Continuing Education, it was ELAINE PEACOCK announced this week by Rev. Ivan Cumming, director. Miss Peacock has contribut- ed to programs at the United Church centre, 10 miles north of Ppnticton, since early 3971. A physical education gradu- ate from the University of Al- berta, Miss Peacock taught at Branton Junior High School in Calgary for two years. Designated a United Church deaconess in 1964, Miss Pea- cock served for three years in this capacity in West Vancou- ver. Later she spent another three years as field secretary with the Presbyterian Church in New Zealand. "I see Naramata Centre as a place where people can be- come equipped to work crea- tively in meeting the needs of the world and the Miss Peacock says. "I see the centre as one of the most exciting areas of the church's work, where new things are happening and where many of my friends find their most significant church experi- ences." MIRACLE HEALER 'A STAR' By RENE VILLEGAS LA PAZ, Bolivia' (Reuter) The star attraction is a fair-haired youth in a white suit, striped shirt and colored high-heel shoes. His public appearances draw fanatic crowds of or more. Bolivia's answer to Mick Jagger? Not quite. Julio Ce- sar Ruibal, 21-yearold former medical student, is a preacher and faith healer. His "miracle" cures amaz2 the credulous and enrage the skeptics in this Andes Moun- tain city. Thousands of people, in- valids and their relatives, lined up all night recently for places in the Hernando Siles football stadium, scene of "Brother Julio's" latest spec- tacular. A majority were stone-faced Indian peasant women in bowler hats and ponchos. But observers saw a surprisingly large number of neatly- dressed middle-class belie- vers. He demanded "a profound faith in God, because before our bDdies can be cured, the miracle must work in our hearts." Then silence, continued pain for some, tem- others. Julio sprinted around the athletic track fringing the soccer field, calling out for "faith in Jesus." The people went home, and the doctors had their say. "It is very said one specialist in nervous dis- orders, "that there can be cures of psychosomatic ill- nesses-rdated to the nervous system." "But it is very difficult to predict how long the relief will last. Usually it's tem- porary. "These are not cures in- explicable by science, even though they may appear ex- traordinary of supernatural to a majority of people." strips in the hope that they would return. How did such a mind-bog- gling idea present itself to von Daniken? The 38-year-old Swiss born writer says it began with his Roman Catholic high school education. Certain Old Testa- ment passages puzzled him, such as the reference in Gene- sis to God creating man "in our image." Why "our" image and not "my" image? CITES 'EVIDENCE' Some of the ancient enig- mas that the author cites are: electric battery on dis- play at the Baghdad Museum which has been dated at 1000, BC and can still produce 1.5 volts. Turkish maps that de- pict Antarctic mountain ranges not discovered until 1952 and which he says match perfectly with aerial photo- graphs of the earth. Assyrian lens nearly years old which he says can only be duplicated today with highly technical equip- ment. year old bison skull found in Russia contain- ing a hole which von Daniken identifies es a bullet hole. cave and tomb il- lustrations which he main- tains depict astronauts, com- pelte with helmets, spacesuits, and even aircraft with control panels, engines and exhaust systems. These, he says, can be found in South America, China, Western Europe and .elsewhere. ton block of stone which he says was elaborately carved by the Incas, then turned on its head. He con- tends the Incas lacked the tech- nology to remove it from its quarry and overturn it. ROAD TO NOWHERE The gap between the theory and scientific acceptance can be exemplified in the case of the "air strips." The author says a strip of level ground 37 miles long and a mile across is a landing strip that primi- tive people constructed in the hope that the "gods" would re- turn and land in their commu- nity. Archeologists call it a road. Von Daniken replies that such a road would have no function because it doesn't go anywhere. Meanwhile, von Daniken plans further books and is cur- rently involved in editing his film, In Search of Ancient As- tronauts, for worldwide com- mercial release after it is tele- vised in the U.S.A. One of his published books, Gods from Outer Space, was written while von Daniken was in a European jail on fraud charges. He was later released unconditionally. The author believes that one his He day irrefutable proof of theory will be unearthed. perhaps because their own planet had become uninhabit- able. For unknown reasons became imprailicable and they departed. Before they quit the earth, von Daniken says, they left fu- ture generations explicit data about their activities at what he calls a "mathematically log- ical point" on earth or in near- by space a point that would eventually be discovered when mankind achieved the neces- sary scientific development. To help in this development, the "gods" left clues, both in physical form and in ancient texts. Some day modern man will discover this "logical von Daniken says. What if the "giants" return some day? Will they again be disappointed in our develop- ment? Will there be another Great Flood? Von Daniken doesn't think so. "I think they'd be he says. KEY 73: Vulcan reports renewal VULCAN (HNS) Some 30 people gathered for a pot luck supper at Little Bow Provincial Park, east of Champion, re- cently to conclude the first half- year of Key 73 co-operation in the Vulcan district. Area churches report the completion of scripture distri- bution around Vulcan. Several groups are using the book, Touched by the Fire, as a text for Bible study. An element of genuine renew- al has been experienced by church and community people, claims Rev. Cliff Rahn, district Key 73 chairman and minister at Vulcan Evangelical Church. Salvation chief dies TORONTO (CP) Lt. Col. Thomas Ellwood, 66, of the Sal- vation Army disd Tuesday, the day before he was to retire. He was the father of John Ellwood, who lived for more than 11 years in a coma after being injured at the age of 19 in a high school football game in 1960. The son died last year without regaining con- sciousness. A member of the Salvation Army for 44 years, Col. Ell- speculates that the "gods" i wood served in Montreal, Vic- came to earth in the hope that, toria, and several Ontario cen- they might find a new home, I Itres. THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th Avenue S. Corps Officers MAJORS THELMA M. CORNEY, JOAN M. PIERCE School Worship CHINESE ARE COMING" WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME SPECIAL BIBLE STUDY THURSDAYS p.m. Lethbridge Independent Baptist Church For Information Phone 328-3257 1714 14th Ave. South "Listen to p.m. Sunday" Church of the Nazarene 9th Avt. and loth St. S. Phone 327-8827 R. <5. DIASLEY Minister SUNDAY SERVICES School for all ages Service Service MIDWEEK SERVICES AS USUAL A Friendly Welcome Awaits You ;