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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Sidewalk prophets proclaim: 6 Jehovah's kingdom is By NOEL BUCHANAN Herald Staf! Writer Drug addicts, university pro- fessors, Latter-day Sainls, In- dians, drunks and city shoppers stop to converse with the Eidewalk prophets proclaiming Jehovah's kingdom. Some persons feel they are helpless and unable to control the events and situations influ- encing their lives, explained Olga Rowley, a member of the Gait Park Kingdom Hall con- gregation. A member of the Jehovah's Witnesses for more than 50 years, Mrs. Rowley recalls the influence ot her grandmother. "My grandmother obtained some books from the Witness- es when I was she said in a street corner Interview. "CJrandma'e clergyman told her to burn the books when he came to visit. But Grandma said she couldn't see anything wrong with them, so she kept the books." Bible truths Churches have their doc- trines and rituals, Mrs. Rowley said, but they fail to teach their members Bible truths about God's kingdom. "Time is very Mrs Rowley claimed. "The devil and his wickec angels are using the nations o: the world to cause so much strife and so many problems They know their time is shor! and that soon they will be de- feated." Mrs. Rowley said people o all ages stop to talk with her during her sidewalk witness. "I try to get out as often a I can. I also make visits t those homes where people want to pursue a Bible she said. Witnesses usually display copies ot The Watchtower anc Awake- magazine during thei street ministry. No charge i made for either publication but a contribution of five cent Is suggested to offset printing costs. Cloth-bound Bible study books such as The Truth ar offered for a 25 cent contribu tion. These books are used a a study guide for a six-week program. "After dx weeks, peopl pretty well have to reach a de cision either to go deeper and make some spiritual com mitment or say no to Witness es and their said Pete Rose, Bible study servant fo the Gait Park congregation. "The Watchtower magazin b used as a regular part o our worship Mi- Rose explained. "Awake! L more of j general news maga line." Noting the ctcujs tion of Awake! and nearly 8. copies of The Watch Mr. Rose suggested a Jo of non-members are readin these materials. "There are about Vk million Jehovah's Witnesses in th world at he said. "I devote about 50 hours month to sidewalk, door-to-doo and travelling Mr. Ros said. Training No Jehovah's Witness is TL quired to fill any given num her of hours in ministry. A members take training in BibI etudy, public speaking, Utera ture distribution and couns ling. Baptized members are calle publishers. After six months consistent service, they earn the title of pioneer pn vided they can devote a min mum of .100 hours a month t< their ministry. One young pioneer, Heathe Preddy, says she finds youn people are the most open-mine ed about spiritual topics. "I know of several kids were rather deep Into drug at dcition. They finally realise Hiat is not where it's at. The have since found a solution embracing our beliefs." Miss Preddy, a member Westminster Kingdom Hall marches out onto Uie pavemen at 8 a.m. most mornings an continues her ministry on th street, and in home study sions, until noon. "There is a real bond of unity among she said. "After the Managua earth quake, Witnesses from sur rounding South American coun tries went In and helped ou people rebuild their home. There is no social or raci. prejudice among us. We are s like one big family." Mrs. Marge Voshell, anothe member of the Weslminste congregation, said prophec prompts some people to invest gate Witnesses teachings. Ma jur social upheavals such as earthquakes, war and strife ii the Middle East sometime make persoras more responsiv to spiritual discussion, she sai< St. Andrew's Time to awake Jane Lau, a Toronto Jehovah's Witness, steps out with copies of the Wafditower publications. Miss lau devoted part of recent visit to Lethbridge. to sharing In the local sidewalk ministry. Organized church values dollars over beliefs? Money, not spiritual values, hold organized religious denom- inations together, a Lethbridge Jehovah's Witness said in a recent interview. "People who are disgruntled with the system are the ones most interested in Jehovah's Witnesses said Peter Rose. "Financial investments of or- ganized churches may not be known until all the books are finally opened. I believe we are very near Jehovah's time for setting up the earthly king- dom ho'will administer in said Mr. Rose, Bible-study servant for the Gait Park Kingdom Hall congregation. No tangible preparations are being made by Lethbridge Wit- nesses in readiness for antici- pated difficult social times ahead. "In an extremely difficult circumstance such as Witness- es have recently experienced in Malawi, we trust we wilt have faith to believe and receive from Mr. Rose said. More than Witnesses poured Into Zambia and Moz- ambique after what eye-wit- nesses described as a Malawi governmenUsanctioned purge. About 300 died of malnutrition and disease during shelter in makeshift refugee camps. On the line "You see, this is what makes Witnesses different from all other religious groups. We put our lives on the line. In Africa and Russia where we are per- secuted, our numbers are grow- Mr. Rose said. Sensible people notice posi- tions adopted by Jehovah's Wit- nesses and this prompts them to enquire about the motiva- tion, Mr. Rose explained. "Usually, it has .been some- thing very simple which has tested us. Like sprinkling in- cense on an altar in ancient Home, or else to the lions. Or signing a political party mem- bership card as has been the case in Africa. Or interment in a concentration camp as con- scientious objectors during Can- adian wartime." Witnesses don't vote because "in making our decision for Je- hovah's kingdom, we've al- ready made our position Mr. Rose said. Pay taxes "We pay our taxes. What the government does with the mon- ey is the government's respon- sibility. But we don't vote, we don't agitate and we refuse to make political comments." "When confronted with other faiths we usually find people are ignorant of the Bible and their own denominational posi- tion. Even the Latter-day Saints have a variety of answers to the same question." Mr. Rose said there are 89 publishers ami up fo 130 per- sons regularly attending Gait Park Kingdom Hall services. Peter Pyck is the presiding overseer for 1673. W e s tminster congregation serving residents on the north side of Lethbridge has a simi- Orthodox patriarchs pledge co-operation ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) The Ecumenical and Greek Or- thodox patriarchs have pledged to work together for a Great Sy- nod of the Orlhoflox Church to consider its position on reunion with the rest of Christianity, a spokesman for the Greek pre- late said tliis week. Ecumenical Patriarch De- metrius I and Patriarch Nich- olas VI of Alexandria hope the synod, the first since the eighth century, will assemble "within two or three said Arch- bishop Parthcnius of Carthage. "The two patriarchs will work together as guardians of the Or- thodox tradition.' But some church In Istanbul see a possibility that the Orthodox hierarchy is slow- ing the pace of the movement towao-d Christian reunion that the late Pariarch Ahenogoras accelerated. Athenagoras was opposed by the more con- servative patriarchate of Alex- andria. lar attend ante figure, includui 90 publishers. Dean Freddy the presiding overseer. HONPA BUDDHIST CHURCH 3411 Forestry Ave. School Japanese Sermon REV. N. KASAGI Saturday, 24, T973 THt ItTttBRIDOE HfltAlD 31 THE SALVATION ARMY -i 1302 Xth Avenue S. MA1ORS THEIMA nV CORNEY, JOAN M. PlERCf School Worship NAVY LEAGUE CADETS DIVINE SERVICE PARADE R. Butcher Worship Service study WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME 327-4581 CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 11 Ih Sf. S. J. R. CHAPMAN, Minister Mr. D. Maisey, Organist "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service a.m. (Worship service for adults S.S. Classes for Children) Evening Service p.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4 AVE. S. SUNDAY "The TRUTH That HEALS" School Service "MATTER" WEDNESDAY Meeting READING ROOM p.m. Open Tues., Thurs., Sat PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 5th South MINISTER-THE REVEREND U 0. HANKINSON, B.A. ORGANIST-MR. W. VANDERKOOY WORTH" ANSWERING OF PRAYER" CHURCH SCHOOL: All classes from nursery to adult at a.m. Nursery and kindergarten during church hour also. and p.m. Wed: p.m. For information and Home Study A T Phone: 328-0972 or L 328-0855 3 p. EVERYONE WELCOME A SOUTH 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 lllh AVE. S. SATURDAY, p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY-8 a.m., a.m., 11 a.m., p.m. (Folk Moss In Hall at a.m.) BETHEL A 716 23rd ST. N. o.m. D MORNING SERVICES a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL p.m. EVENING SERVICES (NURSERY FACILITIES T FOR ALL SERVICES) MONDAY, P.M. GIRLS' CLUB Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church I309.29IH Street So. R P. NIKKEI, Co-ordlnalor S4J-333J School Service Family Musical Group wHb tterr. Baldeo. EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th Avenue and Mayor Magrath PASTOR-REV. H. J. JOST-Ptior. 327-6113 School Service "THE WONDROUS CROSS" Evening Service___ "FIRST SERVED" Closing Rally of the HAPPY HOUR BIBLE CLUB. April 1st p.m. Yates Memorial Centre "A CORDIAL INVITATION TO ALL" Church 1614 5th Avenue South Minister, REV. O. KEITH CHURCHIU, B.A, M. D1V. MAIDA MACK CARES! WE CARE! YOU of Visitation Please gather at the church at 7 p.m. Church School EVERYONE WELCOME LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M. L. ISRACLSON 520 7lh Strwt South Home of the Sntishlne Evangel Hour Listen every Sunday p.m. CJOC1220 K.C. ONIGHT AT P.M., THE COLEGAIRES 35 VOICE YOUTH CHOIR) FROM NORTHWEST BIBLE COLLEGE, EDMONTON WILL PRESENT A MUSICAL CONCERT. NO ADMISSION-ALL ARE WELCOME School "with classes for all Worship Rev. Charles Yates (Alberta District Superintendent) Service Tuesday p.m. Prayer and Bible Study Thursday and CON- VENTION (March 29, 80) A HEARTY INVITATION .IS EXTENDED TO ALL AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU. COALHURST PENTECOSTAL ASSEMBLY REV. K. ROSET, Pcutor School Service Service "A HEARTY WELCOME AWAITS YOU HERE. I" Lutheran Churches CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 12th Street South Phona 327-0709 ELCC PASTOR HAROID MARTIN School Worship Hour Each Wednesday, Service Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd llth Avenue and 24th Street South ELCC PASTOR ALBERT OLSON School and Bible Classes service followed by coffee Service EVERYONE WELCOME! IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner 6th Avenue and Street S. Minister W. F. Schoepp Phona 327-4336 Office. 328-6787 Ret. cancelled School and Bible Classes 125 Thank Offering Service with H% Communion Service Listen to tha Lutheran a.m. CFAC Calgary Q D THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA