Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
30 THE IETHBRIPGE HERAID Saturday, March 24, !973 Bible Society claims record year Not only does the Bible con- tinue lo bo the wrld's best sell- er, but the demand for the Bible and interest in its distri- bution are the greatest in lus- tory, to judge from a report of the Canadian Bible Society. Donations to the 160-year old Canadian Bible Society in 1972 Increased by ten per cent and totalled Scripture distribution of Bibles, Testaments, Gospels and Scripture selections in Can- ada was In 78 languages last year and totalled For the translation, publica- tion and distribution of tho Bi- ble In more than 150 countries beyond Canada's borders, the Canadian Bible Society provid- ed nearly in 1972. The report of the United Bible Societies, the world body which coordinates tho activit- ies p[ 55 national Bible societ- ies in the world indicates that world Scripture distribution last year approached 200 million. Tho languages in which at least one complete book of the Bible has been published represent the languages spoken by 97 per cent of the people of the world. GROWTH The phenomenal growth of Bible study groups on every continent is a surprise to those who confidently predicted Hie withering away of tlie Bible and also is in sharp contrast lo the low priority given to tho Bible by many Christian leaders. When asked for an explana- tion (or the demand for Scrip- tures exceeding the supply even tliough Scripture distri- bution Increases annually, Dr. Kenneth G. McMillan, General Secretary c-f the Canadian Bible Society, said: "The Bible is a mirror of hu- man life and anyone who reads it thoughtfully finds it speaking directly into his own human sit- uation. There is a spiritual hunger which the tl the Bible meets." THE LETHSR1DGE HERALD Medicine Hat union talks: SAFEWAY FIRST OF WEEK SPECIALS PRICES EFFECTIVE in Lethbridge Mon. and Tues., Mar. 26 and 27 ONLY TASTE TELLS in Tomato Sauce......14 fl. oz. tin for SNOW STAR, 5 flavours to choose from 1 GALLON PLASTIC TUB EMPRESS AND WAFFLE........44-oz. net wt. boHle COMPLEXION SOAP BROCADE ASSORTED COLORS -...........6 bar pkg. PORK STEAK LEAN BOSTON BUTT, Government inspected ib. Three denominations won't become four' RIME LEinSKIUOE It IK ft LU l-l By DOUG WALKER Herald Staff Writer MEDICINE HAT There is no danger of three denomina- 'ions becoming four if the Plan >f Union receives approval, Dr. Robert Craig, executive com- nissioner for union from the Jnited Church of Canada said at a meeting here last week. Dr. Craig and his Anglican counterpart, Canon Ralph Lali- mer, visited Medicine Hat as )art of their recent provincial :our during which they have been explaining church union programs. VALENCIA ORANGES MEXICAN FRESH Cello baa We Reserve The Right To Limit Quantities SAFEWAY CANADA SAFEWA Delegates representing con- gregations in Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Brooks, Coaldale and Lelhbridge attended the meeting here in St. Barnabas' Anglican Church. The Anglican Church of Can- ada, the United Church of Can- ada and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada announced a Plan ot Union for the three denominations in Tor- onto, Feb. 7. The new denomin- ation would be known as The Church of Christ in Canada. Union talks have been going on for 30 years between- the Anglican and United denomina- A church without a Sunday school? Written (or CP By LESLIE K. TARR TORONTO (CP) A church without the familiar morning Sunday school? Im- possible? Tile Sunday school, for years, has been a familiar and accepted department of Protestant church lue. DORIS WASYLYK Government funds pay CGIT salary The Alberta government has designated funds in support of a part-itme Alberta church youth program counsellor. Horst Schmid, minister of culture, youth and recreation, has announced his depart- ment's intention to pay the ary until August 31 of this year. Mr. Schmid told the annual meeting of the Alberta Cana- dian Girls In Training asso- ciation his department believes the CGIT program qualifies as a form of preventive welfare. Mrs. Doris Wasylyk of Ed men- tin has been named Alberta CGIT resource counsellor. Baptist, Presbyterian and United Church congregations sponsor the program. There are more than girls and 400 adult volunteer leaders active in provincial CGIT work. The organization aims to cherish health, build faith and stimulate Christian service through a program of recrea- tion and Bible study. In Southern Alberta there are about 400 girls and 65 leaders active in CGIT work. Area delegates attending the Edmon- ton meeting included Judy niakeley, Elspelh Walker and Beverly Wiehe. Today, however, in many church quarters, the Sunday school is undergoing probing re-evaluation. Alarming at- tendance declines and second thoughts about its effective- ness hove led lo the reap- praisal, If today's Sunday school is really tomorrow's church, Canada's major denomina- tions must face the future with foreboding. During the past decade those mcinline churches, vsithout exception, have witnessed steady and sharp declines in Sunday school enrolments. The United Church of Can- ada, the country's largest Protestant denomination, reg- istered an enrolment drop from in 1M1 to in 1969. That decline of nearly 50 per cent took place during the very time that the church's much-publicized New Curriculum was being intro- duced to inject new life into Sunday schools. The Anglican Church of Canada experienced a similar slump in its Sunday schools. The 1958 total of skid- ded to in even sharper drop than to the United Church. And (he Pres- byterian Church in Canada Sunday school enrolment slipped from in 1961 to in 1970. Rev. Clifford Plant of Kitch- ener's Christ the King United Church introduced a Saturday school to replace the familiar Sunday school. And it's held monthly during a three- or four-hour block of time rather than iveefcly for a hurried hour. The teaching team meets twice a month lo plan the ac- tivity-oriented and life-related program. Increased attend- ances, a longer leaching time, correlated activities, and ade- quate teaching personnel have all added up to the success of the program, state its spon- sors. The Kitchener church then uses the Sunday morning hour prior to the morning service for family meetings. The min- ister launches the morning's program by introducing the topic for the hour and sugges- tions for considering it in the family groups. Each family signs up for an eight-week course. tions in Canada. The Christian Church joined the discussion in 1969. Dr. Craig told delegates at- tending the Medicine Hat meet- ing no union will Uke place until the Ihree denominations are prepared to act as a whole. Some individuals might choose lo stay out of the new church, Dr. Craig said, but there will be no splinter groups of continuing Anglican, United or Christian denominations. No time schedule has been set for action on the Plan of Union, the commissioners made clear. It is hoped that members of the tiiree denominations will study the plan and in due time put pressure on decision-mak- ing bodies lo act. Canon LaUmer said there is some indifference about union, but it is not a dead issue. Thirty- :ix union talks are taking place in the world; 22 of which are in a healthy stale, he said. The Plan of Union has been distributed lo all ministers and one leading layman in each congregation ot Ihe Ihree de- nominations. Further copies can lie purchased from denomina- tional outlets for each. Mormon teacher retires A former Cardslon man, Dr. Harold Lee, recently retired from a leaching position Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. An adviser to the univer- sity's foreign students, Dr. had served the school for 36 years. A reception in his honor was held March 15. Completing academic de- grees at BYU and his doctor- ate at Stanford University, Dr. Lee joined the BYU faculty in 1938. He taught French, Span- ish, Italian and Latin and has twice served as chairman ot the BYU department of mod- ern and classical languages. Currently, Dr. Lee is a patri- arch of the Provo East Stake of the LDS Church. Canadian lectiouaiy OTTAWA (CP) Publication of the first Canadian lectionary is completed, the Canadian Catholic Conference announced today. The Canadian edition of official collec- tion of scriptures used .in the celebration of the Roman Cath- olic nearly pages long, containing all readings for funerals, saints' days, the sac- raments and votive celebra- I tions. BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS 633 7th Slreel South Service IT IS" W. Pickford Wednesday Class A Hearly Welcome Awails You Alberta UCW meets at Red Deer Eight delegates from the Southern Alberta United Church Women's Presbyterial attended the annual provincial confer- ence in Red Deer recently. Area representatives includ- ed Mrs. Clara Thompson, Lcth- bridge; Mrs. Maggie Oliver, Picture Butte; Mrs. Ruthea Piper, Foremost; Mrs. Annie Ledingham, Pincher Creek; Mrs. nia Skeith, New Dayton; and Mrs. Alice Cleland, Mrs. Jean Schmltt and Mrs. Irene Welsh, all of Milk River. Conference speaker was Dr. Harriet Christie, deputy secre- tary of the United Church di- vision of mission In Canada, from Toronto. More than 125 delegates ant visitors attended tho three-day CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Corner 5th Ave. end 13lh 51. S. SALVATION HEALING MIRACLES PatTor: Rev. T. W. Raycraft Bible Class and Sunday School Service Service NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH The Evangelical Church In Canada 1402 8 Ave. N. PASTOR: V. SCHORR School Wor- ship Service (Nursery Provided) Service j EVERYONE CUUU1ALLY WELCOME. BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH INotlh American Baptist General Conference) 329 1? Street Norlh Pastor; MANFRED TAUBENSEE 328-2043 School (German and English Classes) Worship Service Service "We preach Christ the power and Wisdom of Church of the Nazarene 500 priests meeting at Saskatoon Some 500 Roman Catholic bishops and priests from the four western provinces, the Yu- kon and the Northwest Territor- ies will descend upon Saskatoon, March 26-20 for the seventh an- nual meeting of the Western Conference of Priests. Delegates from Southern Al- berta will include Rev. Raphael O'Loughlin of Assumption Church, Lethbridge, and Rev. Donald Vornbrock of St. Cath- erine's Church, Picture Butte. Theme of the meeting is Men of Prayer, Vision and Mis- sion.