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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD Saturday, March 23, 1974 Russian believers upset Church closing prompts letters By JULIAN NUNDY MOSCOW (Reuter) The appearance of some unusual documents and letters in Mos- cow has revealed dis- satisfaction among Russian Orthodox Church believers, some of whom say the Soviet state still is closing churches. The first document, which came to light early in January, was a complaint to Kremlin and church leaders that authorities in the Ukrai- nian town of Zhitomir had closed a church. About 30 members of the congregation of Zhitomir's Church of the Epiphany said modern youth have cinemas, theatres and dances where they can enjoy themselves and spend their free evenings, "but we old people have only one place of recreation, our Epiphany. Next, a series of letters which became available at the end of January protested alleged harassment at the Pochayev monastery in the western Ukraine. Observers here could recall seeing few such documents, although there have often been rumors of dissatisfaction among believers, especially in the provinces. MANY CHURCHES CLOSED Moscow is reasonably well supplied with working are said to be 45 open Russian Orthodox many small towns and villages lost their places of worship either in the early years' of Communist power or in the last years of the rule of Nikita Khrush- LAKEVIEW MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH 15th a 29th SI. South Pallor Rev. Henry Unnu Phone 329-3542 School a NOT ENTER" (A message on priorities) OR FAKE HEALING" (Bible teaching that needs to come out in the open) "Where the Lord is Loved People Appreciated" Lethbridge Independent Baptist Church Interested in Pure Bible Study? In What Christ Has For You? Meet With Us Around God's Word MONDAYS at p.m. 1714- 14th Ave. South Listen CHEC p.m. Sundays NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH The Evangelical Church in Canada 1402 8 Ave. N. Paator 0. E. Slpe 10.00 a m School (Classes for all Ages) 11-00 am Service Message. GOD SANCTIONED AMBITION 2 30 p m Hour Bible Clubs" closing program in Yates Memorial Centre 7-00 p m Gospel Truth" under Uie direction of Bob Towsen will present a gospel song and musical ensemble. A- WELCOME TO ALL Church of the Nazarene South a 16th SLlatMrtdgt R.G. DMttoy AMM. Paator-Larry Phorw 327-1156 TONIGHT! p.m. YOUTH RALLY WITH CEC THOMPSON School Worship Gospel Service Cec Thompson will be speaking at both services Holleman Pastor from Haarlem, Netherlands THE JUKUCAN CHURCH OF CANADA (EPISCOPAL) SAMTAINUSTIFS REVEREND L. FRANK LEE. B A. S T B Rector REVEREND DEREK HOSKIN. U Th.. Curate DENNIS A. Mus T C U. A.R C O. Organist and Choirmaster Communion Communion Prayer. Senior Choir (Nursery Provided) All Departments of Church School MIDWEEK SERVICES Tuesday, March 26th: Communion Wednesday. March 27th: Communion and Meditation Thursday. March 28th: Communion Rector The Reverend Canon flobetlW Cowan, 8 A Uh. FOURTH IN LENT School in Parish Hall Eucharist and Discussion MIDWEEK SERVICES Monday, Annunciation Eucharist Thursday, a.m. Eucharist Saturday: for Communion chev, who was toppled in 1964. The old churches often be- came warehouses, clubs or sometimes libraries. However, there has been little evidence of churches being closed in recent years. The letter from Zhitomir said the Church of the Epiphany, a wooden structure next to a school, had not only been closed but was sched- uled for demolition. Officials told representa- tives of the congregation that a church could not stand next to a school, although the two buildings had stood together for 32 years, the letter added. The Church of the Epiphany had been built "by the golden hands of Russian and Ukrai- nian masters in the style of 16th-century architecture and is an adornment to our area of the the letter said. "Why destroy such LAND CONFISCATED The letter relating to the Pochayev monastery went back as far as 1970 and one, dated last September, was a protest from its synod ad- dressed to the state com- mittee for religious affairs. The signatories, headed by the abbot, Archimandrite Sa- muil, complained that land and buildings had been taken away from the monastery. One building had been turned into a mental hospital, another into a clinic and a third had been made into a club beneath the windows of the monks' living quarters hindering their prayers. And the cries of the sick carried into the church, "arousing much the letter said. The letter also said the bishop's house, which had for- merly been used as a hostel, was to be the site of a mu- seum of atheism which would "further inhibit religious life." Other letters from believers said worshippers from other towns were jeered and threat- ened by local police and offi- cials. Freedom of religion is guar- anteed under the Soviet con- stitution, but state atheism places tight controls on reli- gious as restricting worship to registered commu- anti-religious propaganda tries to convince the population of the scientific truth embodied in atheism. Dutchman visits Nazarenes A former printer will tell how he received a call to the Christian ministry when he speaks Tuesday at p.m. in Lethbridge Church of the Nazerene. Rev. Cornelius Holleman from Haarlem, The Netherlands, was involved in the building of the first Dutch Church of the Nazerene.He is currently on a home mission tour of the denomination's Canada West district. Associate pastor Larry Spicer extends a public invitation to the meeting, adding a special welcome to Dutch Canadians. The HcraU Religion Louise Reith to speak Louise Reith, executive secretary for the Women's Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, will address the 60th annual synodical meeting in St. Andrew's Church, Lethbridge, March 26-28. Delegates from Peace River, Edmonton, Calgary, Fort Macleod and Medicine Hat are anticipated at the city meeting. Church document translated OTTAWA (CP) The Canadian Catholic Conference, the national association of Roman Catholic bishops, has announced the publication of the first English and French translations of a new church document on bishops. The book, entitled Directory for the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops, was originally published in Latin by the Vatican last year. The conference now has published the first translations, which will be distributed to bishops across the world. The work was done in Canada because it has the facilities to produce the book in both English and French. Life of Moses on stage The Happy Hour Bible Club will turn time back years Sunday when members re-enact the events of life, at 2 p.m. in the Yates Memorial Centre. Members of 15 Lethbridge clubs will portray the troublesome plagues, the passover, crossing of the Red Sea, and the giving of the Ten Commandments. Gordon Colledge will be narrator and the Happy Hour television choir will sing. The program terminates winter activities. Clubs reconvene in September. Communist position ignored The United Church has spoken out against repression under communism, but gets no publicity when it does, according to the secretary of the denomination's church in society department. Rev. Clarke MacDonald made his observation in a letter to the editor published in the current issue of The United Church Observer. The letter was in response to recent articles by refugees from communism who felt their denomination was ignoring them. MacDonald said the church in 1972 condemned all infringements of human, rights and specifically in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. "Unfortunately, the media did not consider this resolution important enough to he said. Canadian Gideons have reached a new milestone with the recent presentation of their ten millionth Bible in Moncton, N. B. Lethbridge Gideon camp president Ralph Pitt reports a red leather bound copy of a bilingual New Testament was given to Lieut-Gov. and Mrs. Hedard Robichaud of New Brunswick. The bilingual Bibles have been distributed since last faU in hotels and hospitals in Quebec and New Brunswick. An address by national Gideon past-president, Orvis Kennedy of Edmonton also marked the occasion. Organized in 1911, it took Canadian Gideons 41 years to distribute their first million Bibles. The second million took another five years and the third million three. The seven millionth Bible was presented to Roland Michener, then Canadian Governor-General, at a 1969 ceremony in Toronto. In the subsequent four and a half years, another three million books have been distributed. Gideons' distribute Christian scripture in 98 countries of the world. Evangelist front India A Christian evangelist from India will visit Lethbridge next week as part of a North American tour saluting 100 years of Baptist missionary work in Asia. Rev. A. B. Masilamani of Hyderabad, India will address a public meeting Tuesday at p.m. in First Baptist Church. Dr. Masilamani is the founder of New Life Associates, an indigenous Indian Christian ministry of evangelism and leadership training. An accomplished speaker and writer. Dr. Masilamani has acted as an interpreter for E. Stanley Jones, an American missionary, and preacher Billy Graham during meetings in India. Streaking not Sodom and Gomorrah 'Joyful surprise offered among expected weariness' NEW YORK (AP) Streakers may be showing more than they realize, including a subconscious wish to be small children again, immune from care or responsibility. That and various other impulses to mock the pressures of adult reality are seen by several religions scholars in the current campus antic of running nude through public places. It may be partly a "protest of the child against the prospect of responsible adulthood." says Rev. Dr. Seward Hiltner. a theologian psychologist of Princeton Theological Seminary. 'There's a part of all of as that would like to remain basically irresponsible, that wants to go back to uncomplicated childhood The innate yen for heedless, unblamable childishness is reflected in the lure of the eternal child, Peter Pan. he said. It's also seen in the primitive superstition that "men can lose their problems by shedding their clothes." says Dr. Calvin Seeveld. a professor of aesthetics at the Institute of Christian Studies in Toronto. Sees no sin The participants "want to fly like says Rev. Newman McLarry. a Southern Baptist pastor of Oklahoma City. While it's somewhat off balance, he adds, "I don't see any Sodom and Gomorrah about it" "It's an absurd gesture in the face of the vaster absurdity around says Rev. Dr. Joseph Sittier, a Lutheran theologian of the University of Chicago divinity school. "In a time of general muck and guff, it's a sort of good, clean swipe across the dirty face of dissimulation. "In our winter of discontent, compounded by all the administrative rot, it's saying. 'We've had enough. Let's do something real crazy.' The calculated craziness of our times has diminished the spirit of man, but spontaneous madness is a kind of purgation. It has a purgative quality about it." "The nudity is not so important." Dr Sittier adds. "We've had plenty of that. It's the running, the incongruity of something suddenly, surprisingly joyful and actual in the midst of what has become an accumulation of expected weariness." Rabbi Syemour Siegel, of the Jewish Technological Seminary of America, says it's an "immature protest by shock. Since dirty speech and nutty political behavior doesn't shock any more, they've tamed to nudity. It's dehumanizing.' BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS StrMt South Service AND SALVATION" Speaker: Mr. H. Blacker Wednesday. 8 a.m. Bible Class A HEARTY WELCOME AWAITS YOU CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Cor. 8th St. 8. SALVATION HEALINGS MIRACLES Pastor: REV. T. W. ROYCROFT Service Service Ten million Bibles Winston Steeves (right) of Moncton, N.B., Gideon national president, presents a bilingual New Testament to Lieut.-Gov. Hedard Robichaud of New Brunswick. Gideons introduce bilingual Bibles BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH (North American Baptist Geoeral Conference) 329 -19th Street North H. 328-2045 and English classes) Worship Service Gospel Service "We preach Christ the Power and the Wisdom of God" LETHBRIDGE ALLIANCE CHURCH A 0 GOLDSMITH. Pastor 1202 3rd Ava.S. p.m. CHINESE ALLIANCE Pastor- J CHUANG Family Sunday School Morning Service 7 Mr and Mrs. Fraser Edwards Missionary Appointees., to New Guinea Wycliff Bible ______Translators______ HOLLANDSEOOMINEEOPVISITE Dominee Cornelius Holleman, van Haarlem uit Nederland spreekt in de Nazarener Kerk in Lethbridge, Dinsdag 26 Maart om s'avonds. Hi wil met ons zijn persoonlijke ervanngen delen met God dat hem uit zijn drukkerij heeft gehaald om God's woord te preken. Hij zal ons ook vertellen over het bouwen van de eerste Nazarener Kerk in Nederland. Het is een verhaal dat ons allemaal wil helpen om ons geloof sterker te maken en wij bevelen iedereen aan om te komen en te luisteren naar deze tweeta- lige dynamische man van God uit Haarlem. Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church Invites You to Listen to the Back to God Hour Every Sunday Night at p.m. over CHEC Radio OUR BROTHER WHO DIED. When John reports Jesus' statement regarding His thirst, it assures us that Jesus Christ is fully human. The Back to God Hour program called OUR BROTHER, WHO DIED talks about Jesus' thirst, and it shows how important that thirst was for our salvation. The Christian Reformed Church is located at 1807 2nd Ave. "A" North in the City Services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. You are invited cordially LETHBRIDGE ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISHES 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) a.m., a.m., 11 a.m., p.m. Folk Mass a.m. in Parish Hall ST. BASIL'S 604 -13 ST SOUTH p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) a.m., a.m., a.m., noon a.m. Sunday The Bill Gaither Trio Writers of: Touched The King is Coming Hffl Called ML Calvary I and Many Otters! ONE NIGHT ONLY! FRIDAY JUNE 7th 8 P. Calgary Jubilee Auditorium Capacity Crowds! Ordtr Early! TtMtajr: 282-7761, Chinook: 252-2M1, Oospol SuppliOK 2S5-7574 ;