Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
8 _ THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, May 2, 1970 Can Conventional Church Survive Credit Crunch? By DAVID POLING TfCONOMICS as much as ecumenical fervor is bring- ing the Christian Church togeth- er in the last half of the 20th century. It also means the end of conventional religion which had ruled so long and so well in Christian experience. Conventional religion means the acceptance of faith in the ways of your parents, family and culture. It is a handed-down experience d e v o i d of any ser- ious inquiry or questioning. For the denominations, it meant be- ing a careful follower of Wes- ley, Luther or Calvin culti- vating a special pride of owner- ship for those who were mem- bers of such groups. A church would follow an or- der of service because "this is the way Martin Luther led wor- ship in Germany.' Or another congregation and grouping of Christianity would adhere to a form of government with exces- sive devotion and allegiance be- cause "this is the way John Cal- vin ran things in Geneva." I make the claim that these traditions of convention have ruled Christianity long and well. But we would be foolish to think that they shall continue to con- trol the future in the way they have guided the past. Economics is forcing the ad- herents of conventional reli- gion to discard or subdue some of the battle cries in order to simply survive in the credit crunch of the 1970s. For as the individual church member is having a real contest to secure a bank mortgage or live with high costs of installment bor- Ottaiva Site Of August Gathering Congress On Evangelism OTTAWA The Canadian Congress on Evangelism is be- ing billed as the nation's top religious event of the year. Slated for late August in Ot- tawa; the Congress is expected to attract 800 delegates from most Canadian denominations. They will meet in the National Arts Centre from August 24 to 28 to discuss and plot the course of evangelism for the decade of the seventies. The Congress on Evangelism comes at a time when church- men and non-churchmen in Can- ada are publicly questioning the role of the church in mod- ern society. The Ottawa gather- ing can be expected to affirm that the Christian gospel is ade- quate to meet the challenges and stresses of the age. The Canadian project is the CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 llth St. S. Mrs. Penny Dodd, Organist J. R. CHAPMAN, Minister Sunday a.m. Morning a.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME outgrowth of the 1966 World Congress on Evangelism which was held in Berlin. Dr. Billy Graham was the honorary chair- man of that international event. Twenty one Canadians attended and since then the 'Day's Campaign Passes Goal TORONTO (CP) The United Church of Canada an- nounced this week it has sur- passed the goal set in its "d a y 's -p a y" campaign eight months sooner than expected. The church announced that the campaign, started at a meeting of the general council at Kingston, Ont., in September, 1968, has raised in 20 months. The goal had been in 28 months, with the church urging its members to contrib- ute a day's pay each. The funds are to be used on overseas development and re- lief. GOSPEL CHAPEL 907 9th St. South SUNDAY SERVICES of Bread Bible Hour and Sunday School and Bible Study ALL AHE WARMLY WELCOME Come to this Christian Science Lecture "THE FAMILY OF MAN" by Haroid Rogers, C.S. Tuesday, May p.m. ST. AUGUSTINE'S PARISH HAH llth St. and 4th Ave. S. DR. V. SEARS SD1TOR WESTERN VOICE Pastor, Englewood Baptist Church (Restored by the late Harvey Springer) FRIDAY, MAY 8th 8 P.M. SATURDAY, MAY 9th 9 P.M. IN Calgary Jubilee Auditorium CLUB ROOM Sponsored by Fundamentalist Fellowship of Western Canada plans have been formulated for the Canadian Congress. The Executive and Planning Committees include members of almost all major Protestanl denominations. Broadly-based across Canada representation on the committees brings to- gether clergy and Jay leaders from all parts of the country, in- cluding Ffench Canada. Buddhist Bishop Here May 4 Rev. Newton Ishiura, Bishor. of the Buddhist Churches of Canada, will be a Lethbridge visitor May 4 to 6 as part of a familiar i a t i o n tour of the churches in Canada. It is be- lieved that this is the first time a Buddhist bishop has visited this area. Bishop Ishiura will meet with district church members from this city, Coaldale, Taber, Rose- mary, Raymond and Picture Butte on May 4 and will visit nearby churches the following day. The local minister is Rev. 0. Fujikawa. Buddhist Churches of Canada are affiliated with the mother temple, Hpnganji, in Kyoto, Ja- pan, and is the leading denom- ination of that country. BCC, with its headquarters in Toronto has the largest Buddhist con- gregation in Canada with ap- proximately supporting members and 10 ministers. Bishop Ishiura will arrive in Lelhbridge at p.m. May 4 to meet members and discuss their problems and plans and especially the present division which has split the Buddhist community in this area. He will leave Lethbridge at p.m. May 6 for Vancouver. Action Needed By Church Halt Credibility Gap SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A spokesman for Roman Catholic priests in the United States said here that bishops should step up democratic proc- esses in decision-making to stern what he called a grev.'ing "credibility gap" in the church. Rev. Frank Bonnike of De Kalb, 111., president of the Na- tional Federation cf Priests' Councils, said that without such action the church faces increas- ing "apathy, rebellion and a widening of frustration." LETHBRIDGE BUDDHIST CHURCH 1303 13th Street North REVEREND S. KOSAKA REVEREND O. FU'IKAWA Sunday a.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Priesthood 1912 10th Avenue South Meeting 1st Ward a.m. 3rd Ward a.m. 4th Ward a.m. 2808 Street South University Ward a.m. ilh Avenue 'A' and 23rd Street North 2nd Ward a.m. 5th Ward a.m. 6th Ward a.m. Eiders a.m. Sunday School a.m. a.m. a.m. a.m. a.m. a.m. a.m. Fast Testimony Meeting p.m. p.m. p.m. a.m. a.m. a.m. p.m. rowings, so the org a n i zed church is gasping when it con- siders the price it must pay to borrow for a new cathedral or a substantial renovation of old property. Add to this the gen- eral decline in church member- ship and attendance and you can see the fierce squeeze that economic forces have played in the consideration of church mergers. One of the church newsletters that I monitor is called The Lamplighter, published by Grace United Methodist Church in Boston, Mass. This 99-year- old congregation is served by the Rev. Frank J. Mazzeo, a dedicated pastor. His parish, like dozens in the community, hit hy all the forces described above. Yet he has not been content to be listed as another victim of conventiona Christianity his people have been haying serious discuss i o r with neighboring churches anc look to some kind of realign- ment. Writing to his flock in a re- cent newsletter, he said: "For many years folks at the grass roots have been saying 'Why don't all these Protestanl denominat ions get Another question: Why have we saturated so many communities with churches? What right do we have to ask people to strug- gle to support and maintain so many buildings and so many competing programs in churches so close to one an- other? What are we trying to prove and what are we accom- The ecumenical move m e n t has been trying to accomplish the unity cf the Christian church in our day. However, there are some loud voices that have warned that in the event of any large national mergers, they will lead a new split and pur- sue a course of fresh fragmen- tation. This really doesn't mat- te? since the major moves are going to happen on the local level among those who believe in unity and recognize the eco- nomics of GUI' day. The Christian community is fortunate to have some brain power applied to all these ques- tions of upheaval and social change. One theologian and in- tellectual in tune with the forces we have described is Father W. H. van de Pol. This Dutch schol- ar has published a new book that ought to be in the hands of every concerned layman. "The End of Conventional Christian- ity" is the title and it has been translated into English. One comment that applies in this discussion follows: "Many of the age-old conven- tional forms of Christianity have become obsolete and un- tenable. An antiquated, conven- tional Christianity has rapidly come to a definitive end. This presents all Christians of all the churches all over the world with the common task of cast- ing Canadian life and belief in new forms." Who can say what these forms and new life style shall be? No one knows but one thing that is will be the true expression of the people who believe and who will fashion the church of tomorrow. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) WHAT GOVERNS YOUR CAREER CHOICE? listen this Sunday to the Christian Science Radio Series for some interesting insights on this question. It's on 4 Alberta stationsi 8.15 a.m.-CJOC-1220 KC a.m.-CHQR-810 KC o.m.-CHQT-lllO KC KC THE nmir SPEAKS DIDUE TO YOU CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCH 1203 4th Ave. S. Sunday School a.m. Sunday Service 11 a.m. TESTIMONIAL MEETING Wednesday, p.m. READING ROOM Open Tues., Thurs. and Sat. except holidays. Noon 2 p.m. St. Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 5lh Avenue South Minister: REVEREND L. D. HANKINSON, B.A. Director of Music-A. G. BARTER, F.T.C.t., A.R.C.T. A N D Hope REFORMED CHURCH (Reformed Church in America) 1505 6th Avenue South at St. Andrew's COME TO "GOD'S APPRAISAL" in Hope Reformed Church WORSHIP "GOD'S TEACE STANDS GUARD" Church School for all ages and a.m. DEPART TO SERVE Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church 1509-29th Street So. Paslon Rev. Henry Loewen Study Hour Service p.m.-Camp Evergreen Preview CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Pastors REV. R. DEASLEY 9th Avenue and 16th Street South School Hour Worship Service Service CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720-21sl Ave. S. SUNDAY WEDNESDAY a.m.-Bible Study 7.30 p.m._Bible JOE CORtEY Minister Worship Phono 328-5781 CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE SALVATION HEALING MIRACLES Pastor: Rev. T. W. Roycroft Corner 5th Ave. and 13lh St. S. School Service Service BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS 633 7lh St. South of Bread School WORLD'S GREATEST TEACHER" Wm. Blacker Thursday, Class A Great Welcome Awaits You Here Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church 2nd Ave. A and 18th St. N. REV. JOHN VRIEMD, PASIOB SUNDAY, MAY 3, 1970 STONES" Dienst P. Van Twinen, Guest Minister 1202 3rd Avenue South Phone 327-2996 School Service Service Wednesday p.m. Bible Study and Prayer. For Inspiration Dial-A-Thot 327-4581 3274581 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH AT TWO LOCATIONS Minister, REV. G. R. EASTER, B.A., B.Th. Organist and Choir, Director, Marilyn Sinclair, A.R.C.T, R.M.T. 1402 8th Avenue N. School 1614 5th Avenue S. School CROSSES ON A HILL" A CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL FOR YOUTH by 66 young people from Calgary Baptist churches. Offering for Operation Outreach in Bolivia. Wednesday, to p.m. The Mid-Week Service. EVERYONE WELCOME THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA .EPISCOPAL, SAINT AUGUSTINE'S Rector: Rev. R. L Crisfield, B.A., B.D, Choirmaster and Organisti B. G. Barrow, A.T.C.M. Parish Eucharist, St. Monica's Choir. Breakfast to follow. Family Service. Junior Choir (Nursery Provided) Beginners Department of Sunday School Holy Communion MISSION HALL Holy Communion MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday, 7th May, at a.m. and p.m. Holy Communim Ascension Day ST. MARY THE VIRGIN C0'nra RECTOR: The Reverend Canon Robert W. Cowan, B.A.. LFh, ROGATION SUNDAY Eucharist School in Hall Eucharist Vestry Tuesday Rogation Day a.m. Eucharist Thursday Ascension Day p.m. Sung Eucharist for Sunday Eucharist EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12lh Ave. and Mayor Magroth Dr. Phone 327-6113 Paston REV. H. J. JOST School Service "THE CHRISTIAN'S OPPORTUNITY TO BE 'SALT' and 'LIGHT' Service "THE LION'S DEN THEN AND NOW" A CORDIAL INVITATION TO ALL! Bethel aptist CHURCH 716 23rd SF. N. PHONE 327-1484 N. CARLSON, BA, MINISTER Service "HAVE A HEART" Minister Mr. and Mrs. Jim Spady from Jos, Nigeria, Africa. (Nursery and Pre-School RN on duty at aU times) Service Lutheran Churches CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 I2lh South Phone 327-0709 REV. E. K. MOODY, B.A., B.D. a.m. Morning Worship IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner 6th Avenue and 18th Street S. Minister W. f. Schoepp-Phone 327-4336 Office, 328-6987 Rel. with Holy Communion School and Bible Classes Worship Thursday p.m. Ascension Day Service with ___________Holy Communion._______________________ Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd llth Avenue and 24th Street South PASTOR ALBERT OLSON School Service Communion First Sunday Each Month Listen to the Lutheran Hour-Sunday a.m. CFAC Calgary LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE REV. W. J. GAMBLE, PASTOR 520 7th Street South School with classes for all ages TRANSPORTATION PHONE NUMBER 327-4112 or 328-3621 Worship Service Investature for Crusaders and Cadets of Evangelism to: "THE SUNSHINE EVANGEL CJOC 1220 K.C. Wednesday p.m. Prayer and Bible Study Thursday p.m. Crusaders and Cadets for boys and girls 7-14 years. Friday, p.m. Christ Ambassadors Youth Service "A HEARTY INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO YOU AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU" THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES Moderator: DR. ROBERT B. McCLURE, MD, FRCS FRED HOtBERTON, Calgary President of Alberta Conference REV. I. BRIAN JONES, Uthbridgs Chairman, South Alberta Presbytery SOUTHMINSTER 4th Ave.and llth St. S. MINISTERS: R. W. K. EtUOTT REV. A. T. KING Musical Director. Mr. W. M. Woolhouse Organist Emeritus: Mr. A. K. Putlond. SUNDAY, MAY 3, 1970 BIBLE DYNAMITE WITHOUT FUSE" CHURCH SCHOOL IN ALL DEPARTMENTS MUSIC: "Send forth thy Senior Choir. "iScKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast Lethbridge from 15th Ave. and 24th St. S. Minister: Rev. 1. Brian Jones. M.A., B.D. Choir Director: Mr. F. H. Ward Organist: Mr. J. E. Longford SUNDAY, MAY 3, 1970 CERTAIN MAN" Cub and Scout Parade. Presentation of Religion in Life Badges. CHRISTIAN EDUCATION A, Jr. B, Intermediate Depts. Kindergarten and Primary Depts. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Listen for it on CJOC weekdays at noon by L. Brian Jones. EVERYONE WELCOME______________ FIRST UNITED CHURCH (NORTH) LETHBRIDGE Minister: REV. R. E. (Ted) ESKDALE STUDENT ASST.: MR. WILLIAM C. TESKEY Choir Director- MR. H. VAN EGTEREN Organist: MRS. J. L. (LOIS) LEES SUNDAY, MAY 3, 1970 Worship Sermon "TOWARDS A THEOLOGY OF WEATHER" (Mr. Wm. C. Teskey preaching) School For Intermediates and Seniors Sunday School and Primary Dept. Nursery Facilities Available A CITY CHURCH WITH A RURAL WELCOME!