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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta  - TH1 IITHMIDOI HtlALD - Saturday, March 27, 1*71 Too many wrong people go to church these days TORONTO (CP) - More of the wrong kind of people are going to church these days. Police and church officials across the country say tihefts from churches are on the increase, but the nature of the church in society makes it vul- nerable to criminal activities, despite increased precautions. Because of today's emphasis on social action and community involvement, churches are open for long periods at a time to provide clinics, nurseries, forums and study group sessions, all in addition to normal church business. Such activities are often open to strangers, making it difficult for officials to sort out who is attending on legitimate business and who is not. A typical example occurred at Experiment pays dividends Give youth greater voice MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.(AP) - Ann Magstadt is 15, blonde and bubbly, sometimes even given to girlish giggling. A high school sophomore, she's enthusiastic about skiing-and a about her new duties as a deaconess of First Congregational Church in suburban Robbins-dale. Kirk Atkinson, also 15 and a sophomore, is a deacon at the same church. The youth rise to office was begun at the annual meeting of First Church, a congregation of 746 members. In past years, the meetings frequently had been ho-hum affairs, says pastor George Macaulay. But this time, it was different. What happened reflects a Skimpy givings bring warning CALGARY (CP) - The United Church needs an immediate 30i>er-cent increase in contributions if social service projects are to be maintained and expanded, says finance division chairman Harold Rea. Last year, 61,531, members of the church in'Alberta contributed an average of 23 cents a Sunday. Throughout Canada contributions did not rise as expected with the result programs were over-budgeted and a $600,000 deficit incurred with expenditures about five per cent above revenues. ".Unfortunately, many congregations consider all local needs must be satisfied before any funds are assigned to the mission and service fund. The fund provides for overseas and domestic work including inner-city programs, Christian educations, missions, hospitals and ecumenical work. Mr. Rea told a meeting of lay members earlier this week that salaries and cost have risen CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 11th St. S. Mr. D. Maisay, Organist J. R. CHAPMAN, Minister Sunday School-10:00 a.m. Morning Worship-11:00 a.m. Evening Service-7:00 p.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME about 5.5 per cent and that within the next five years contributions will have to be in creased 50 per cent. Membership slow-down now halted NEW YORK (AP) - Ameri. can church membership, its growth slowing down for the last decade, has come to a virtual halt for the first time recorded in this century. New figures from 230 denominations issued recently showed that total membership inched up in a year only three-hun-dredths of one per cent, or 34,348, to a total of 128,505,064. This left the total almost the same. Among larger Protestant bodies showing actual declines were the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Anglican Church, the United Presbyterian Church, the American Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Church in America and United Church of Christ. CIGAR PRODUCTION During January, Canada turned out 54.9 million cigars, a big jump from the 48.6 million in the same month of 1970. CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE SALVATION - HEALING - MIRACLES Pastor: Rev. T. W. Roycroft Corner 5th Ave. and 13th St. S. 11:15 a.m.-Morning Service 7:00 p.m.-Evening Service BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS 633 7th St. South 11:00 a.m.-Breaking of Bread 12:30 p.m.-Sunday School 7:30 p.m.-"PARADISE RESTORED ON THE EARTH" Speaker - Mr. A. Bennett Thursday, 8:00 p.m.-Bible Class A Hearty Welcome Await* You Herel THE SALVATION ARMY Corps Officer - CAPT. AND MRS. H. COBB 1302 4th Avenue S. 9:30 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Service 7:00 p.m.-Evening Service WE INVITE YOU TO ATTEND EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th Ave. and Mayor Magroth Dr. Phone 327-6113 Pastor: REV. H. J. JOST 10:00 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-"CHRIST'S PORTRAIT OF A CHRISTIAN" 7:30 p.m.-The Youth will be in charge. A CORDIAL INVITATION TO ALL! eral trend in the churches of most denominations toward an increasing voice for youth, both at the local level and on national agencies. Younger people are sharing the reins. At the First Church annual meeting, several high school and college students showed up for the first time and made themselves heard. When the nominating committee's slate was presented, there wasn't the usual cut-and-dried quick motion for acceptance and election. Why, the young people asked, were none of their age group nominated? The board has 18 members and more than one should be a person of student age, the young people argued. Maybe next year, they were told. RAISED ISSUE "I'm not, sure we'll be interested next year," a high school pupil persisted. The discussion, recalls pastor Macaulay, turned into a genuine confrontation. Some of the older persons argued against-increased youth, representation; others, including. Mrs. William Kuefher, backed the young people. Mrs. Kuether, a candidate of the nominating committee for a three-year deaconess term, withdrew and asked that a youth be chosen instead. Miss Magstadt was nominated. Her election was unanimous. A few days later, the deacon-ate received another resignation from William Middleton, a hold-over member and a deacon or elder for 20 years. "Hopefully, you will appoint one of our young people to fill my unexpired term," he wrote. The board chose young Atkinson to replace Middleton. "I was tickled to death to see the young people ask to serve,' says Middleton. "They can bring vigor and new thought to our church, and learn a lot about our church at the same time." St. George's United Church here, where purses belonging to women operating a day nursery for retarded children were being rifled. Finally the case was solved when a woman visitor was caught with her hand in a purse. Despite signs In pews warning women not to leave handbags while they go forward to receive communion, purse stealing in churches is increasing. Rev. R. V. Kendall, secretary of the United Church's Toronto presbytery, says the Timothy Eaton memorial United Church is particularly susceptible to thievery. Because it is so large, he says, strangers find it easy to walk in and steal while midweek activities are going on. Coats are a popular target of thieves. Recently, in a downtown Toronto church, a thief stole an expensive chalice and pawned it across the street a few moments later. Police say some thieves melt holy vessels and sell the silver. Rev. John McConnell, a Montreal Roman Catholic diocesan official, says thieves steal many pulpit microphones and loudspeakers because they are easy to dispose of on the illegal market. Such equipment has been stolen in Vancouver, Ottawa and Calgary as well, MONEY PRIME OBJECT Police say money is usually the prime object of church thieves, but if none is available, anything else of value will do. Typewriters, radios and even stamps from the church secretary's desk are often stolen. In Calgary, thieves even dismantled and stole a church organ. The result is that churches are installing burglar alarms, locking cloakrooms during services, chaining candlesticks and arranging police stakeouts to combat thieves. Despite increasing losses, church officials do not want to abandon their open-door policies. Rev. Ernest Long, secretary of the United Church General Council, says he believes it would be a pity if the church made itself inaccessible because of a fear of losing property. Instead of locking churches up, more precautions should be taken, he says. Police suggest church people should make thorough checks of churches before locking up to make sure no one is hiding inside, double-check all locks and keep lists of serial numbers of all church equipment. RC Church much to blame for Christian divisions VATICAN CITY (Reuter) -Pope Paul said Wednesday that much of the blame for the divisions of Christianity is attributable to the Roman Catholic Church. He said Roman Catholics should learn tolerance and generosity from other churches in the search for unity. Addressing pilgrims in St. Peter's Basilica at his weekly general audience, the pontiff said it is strange and absurd that Christians, "menaced by modern irreligibn, were disunited and often rivals." True faith in their own church is a fountain for dialogue for Roman Catholics, Pope Paul said. "Thus we can change our old closed and distrustful mentality Symbol of mercy The sword "Curtana" was the blunted sword of the English king, Edward the Confessor. A symbol of mercy, it is carried in the coronation procession, before the kings of England, between the swords of justice temporal and justice spiritual. Prized mules Mules were greatly prized by ancient Roman royalty. The Empress Poppaea had golden shoes made for her mules; the Emperor Nero had his shod with silver. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1912 10th Avenue South 1st Ward.......................... 2nd Ward ............................. Prieithood Meeting 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Sacrament Meeting 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Stake Centre-28th Street South 3rd Ward .............................. 4th Ward .....................'........ 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 6th Ave. 'A' and 23rd St. N. 5th Ward ............................. 6th Ward .............................. 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. University Ward 2808 28th St. S. 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. towards the separated brethren. We must make an effort of loving understanding towards them, an effort which we have not always duly made. He was speaking with reference to a week of prayer for unity among Christians now being held throughout the world. Pope attacks Catholic press for confusion VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Paul has' attacked Roman Catholic publications and information centres that dissent from the Vatican line on faith and morals. He blamed them for sowing division and confusion among Catholics. The pontiff told his commission on social communications in an audience such information outlets create "a dangerous disorientation, a sorrowful stupor, and widespread uncertainty in Catholic ranks." Pope Paul, whose father was an editor of a small-town Catholic newspaper, has frequently assailed both the secular and the Catholic press for publicizing unrest and divisions in the Catholic Church. He named no publications in his attack. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4 AVE. S. SUNDAY 8:15 a.m.-CJOC "The TRUTH That HEALS" 9:30 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Sunday Service "REALITY" WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m.-Testimony Meeting READING ROOM Noon - 2:00 p.m. - Open Tues., Thurs., Sat. Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church 1309-29th Street So. H. P.NIKKEI, Co-erdlnator - Ph. 345-333J 10:00 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Worship Service \ Church of the Nazarene 9th Ave. and 16th St. S. -Phone 327-8827 REV. R. G. DEASLEY, Minister - Res. 327-4786 SUNDAY SERVICES 0:45 a.m.-Sunday School Contest now on, prizes for all who bring visitors. 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship 6:30 p.m.-Pre-Service Prayer Meeting 7:00 p.m.-Carol Choir, Cantata-"GOD SO LOVED" MIDWEEK SERVICES AS USUAL A Friendly Welcome Awaits You 1202 3rd Avenue S. A. DANIEL GOLDSMITH Minister 11:00 a.M. "IS THERE A HELL?" 7.00 P.m. "SAINTS OF GOD" SUNDAY SCHOOL DIAL-A-THOT lOiOO a.m. 327-4581 St. Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 5th Avenue South MINISTER-THE REVEREND I. D. HANKINSON, B.A. Organist - MR. W. VANDER KOOY 11:00 a.m.-"REDEMPTIVE JUDGEMENT" (Broadcast CJOC) 7:00 p.m.-"DOES GOD HIDE HIMSELF?" Church School: All classes from nursery to adult at 10:15 a.m. Nursery and kindergarten during church hour also. Viii�imin