Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 16, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
t - THI LITHBR1DGE HERALD - Saturday, May 16/1970 Religious Institutions Suffering Dropout Crisis By TOM TIEDE TVEW YORK - For decades 11 Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stahl of Woodbridge, N.J., regularly and devotedly attended the study little Presbyterian church an the main street of their town. Stahl, in fact became a leader of the congregation and was routinely elected and reelected to its governing board. Then one day the couple quit the church flat. Why? They didn't like the pastor. "He was radical," Mrs. Stahl explains. "He started catering to the hippies. He put all the pews in a circle and the lee tern in the middle. He didn't want to even preach the Bible - just all that stuff about Vietnam and sex and drugs. It got so Mr. Stahl and myself couldn't go and listen any more." Neither, apparently, could many others in the 400 - mem ber congregation. After the Stahls left, 90 per cent of the other regulars stayed away also. Within months, the church was broke, the town incensed- and the pastor, Theodore Sea-mons, was forced to quit and go to work in a travel agency Unusual? Yes. But only in its severity. For according to some church leaders, Ameri can religious institutions are suffering a new dropout crisis - not by young liberals this time, but by old conservatives; and not because they feel the church isn't involved enough in humanity these days, but because they feel the church is too involved. As yet, this change in church-going seems to be confined mainly to urban areas, where young modern ministers are in heriting congregations neither as youthful nor as progressive, In many of these instances piqued church members are withholding their usual physical and financial support. Nobody knows how serious the physical part of this has become. Polls indicate only that adult church attendance has dropped at least 2 per cent in the last two years. This means a minimum of two million people. HOW CAN YOUTH COPE WITH GRIEF? Listen this Sunday to the Christian Science Radio Series for some interesting insights on this question. It's on 4 Alberta stations! 8:15 a.m.-CJOC-1220.KC 7:45 o.m.-CHQR-810.KC 9:00 o.m.-CHQT-lllO KC 9:45 a.m.-CHAT-1270 KC But the financial conse-i quences are more easily figured. To name a few large examples: The Episcopal Church budget is down $1 million from year ago; the Archdiocese of New York had a deficit of $1.2 million in 1969; and at the prestigious National Council of Churches headquarters in Manhattan, 9 per cent of its staff has had to be let out. Says one NCC spokesman, Rev. John Regier: "It's quite obvious to me now that many people feel the churches are going too far afield in the area of social involvement. A man is tired from week's work and when he goes to church he wants some peace. Instead, he often gets razzle - dazzle. And I think what's happening is a backlash to this." And if that's what it is, the 'backlash" is most definitely an interdenominational one. Many Catholics resent the sweeping changes in their mass ("When I was a kid, St. Christopher was in and meat-on-Fri-day was out. Now it's the other way around. It's all happening too fast"). Many Jews grumble also '(Everything seems to be done for the kids these days"). And Protestant complaints, by weight of numbers, are loudest of all ("What ever happened to God? All we hear about in my church today is about Negroes"). According to church leaders, such grumbling has always been part of church change But today it seems to be especially demonstrative - and expensive. For example: A progressive pastor at the Oradell, N.J., Reformed Church has so embittered some of his congregation that "my two top contributors, both wealthy, got up during one sermon and left - one man has never come back." Other contributors in other churches are leaving every Sunday. Because as one furious easterner puts it: "Why should I donate my money so these hippy ministers can keep on running down my government, my nation and my way of life?" If we are to do our job as religious servants," says the Ncc's Rev. Regier, "we must THE BIBLE SPEAKS TO YOU CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCH 120S 4th At*, t Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service 11 a.m. TESTIMONIAL MEETING Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. READING ROOM Open Tues., Thurs. and Sat. except holidays. Noon - 2 p.m. find some way to minister to|terian Church. He spent 15 all people - left, right, center;years trying to get people into without ramming it down I their throats." Regier feels that a pluralistic, varied church is the ultimate answer. Folk rock for the kids, sex education for the young marrieds, prayer meetings for those who choose to communicate and meditate in more traditional methods. But there are others who insist here is no ultimate answer at all. One is ex-Reverend Ted Sea-moms, the banished minister of the Woodbridge, N.J., Presby- heaven. Now he's a travel agent trying to get people into Europe. "The church," he has decided, "is on the way out. It can't survive in the middle any more. And if it goes either left or right, the other side will burn it down. So I think what happened to me and my congregation is a microcosm of what's going to happen everywhere. Failure. And then we'll just have to rebuild from the ashes." (Newspaper Enterprise Assn, DR. DILLWYN T. EVANS next Presbyterian Moderator? Ont. Nominee For Moderator Worries About Empty Spaces By KIM RICHARDS TORONTO (CP) - Dr. DM-wyn T. Evans, a nominee for the position of moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, says: "The church is truly political." But he discounts what he sees as a narrow definition of politics, speaking rather of the politics of' Christian faith." Dr. Evans, pastor of Thorahill Presbyterian Church, cited the work of many churches in the LETHBRIDGE BUDDHIST CHURCH 1303 13th Street North REVEREND S. KOSAKA REVEREND O. FUJIKAWA Sunday School-10:30 a.m. CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Pastor: REV. R. DEASIEY 9th Avenue and 16th Street South 9:45 a.m.-Sunday School Hour 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship Service 7:00 p.m.-Evening Service Nigeria-Biafra civil war. They did not take sides, he said, but they "really stuck their necks out to feed and heal people." Dr. Evans was asked in an interview for his opinions on a survey of the church conducted by a management consulting firm. The firm's report said the Presbyterian Church image is "stuffy and conservative/' It also said the church is in a crisis. Dr. Evans says he feels 3rd Ward.......................... 9:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 4th Ward................................ 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 2808 28th Street South nA 7-nonm University Ward ...................... 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 7.00 p.m. 6th Avenue 'A' ond 23rd Street North ,,, , ,, 2:00 p.m. 2nd Ward ............................... am- �:3� a-m- 3:30 p.m. 5th Ward ............................... a.m. 10:30 a.m. 12 30 p.m. 6th Ward ............................... 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. p Elders ................................. 9:15 a.m. As for the finding that the image of the church is "stuffy, Dr. Evans says many of its critics would be surprised to know that his congregation in suburban Thornhill sings folk songs every Sunday. He knows that changes services, including the singing of folk songs, are happening in many churches. He has exchanged pulpits with ministers of other denominations. However, when questioned about the possibility of the Presbyterian Church becoming volved in a merger as is proposed for the Anglican and United churches, he shakes his head. It's all one church now, says: the church of Jesus Christ. Dr. Evans spent several years travelling around mining and logging camps in Northern Ontario. He worries about the huge empty spaces of Canada. 'I think we should throw the doors of Canada wide open 180,000,000 immigrants," says. The country should not main virtually empty when the world sufered from over-popu lation. MANY NEGROES Approximately 60 per cent of the population of the United States Virgin Islands is black. CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 11th St. s. Mrs. Penny Dodd, Organist J. R. CHAPMAN, Minister Sunday School-10:00 a.m Morning Worship-11:00 a.m EVERYBODY WELCOME St. Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 5th Avenue South Minister; REVEREND L. D. HANKINSON, B.A. Director of Music-A. G. BARTER, F.T.C.I., A.R.C.T. REFORMED CHURCH (Reformed Church in Americo) 1505 6th Avenue South 11:00 a.m.-Service at St. Andrew's COME TO "OUR FAITH COMES ALIVE" urriricuin 7:00 P-m-Service in Hope Reformed Church WURbHIP "THANKS BE TO GOD" Church School for all ages - 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. DEPART TO SERVE re- CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720 - 21st Ave. S. SUNDAY 10:00 a.m.-Bible Study 11:00 a.m.-Worship 6:00 p.m.-Evening Worship WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m.-Bible Study JOE CORLEY - Minister Phone 328-5791 CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE SALVATION - HEALING - MIRACLES Pastor: Rev. T. W. Roycreft Corner 5th Ave. and 13th St. S. 10:00 a.m.-Sunday School 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.-Lecture - "THE KINGDOM OF GOD, SHALL COME" Speaker-Mr. W. Pickford Thursday, 8:00 p.m.-Bible Class A Great Welcome Awaits You Here EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th Ave. and Mayor Magrath Dr. Phone 327-6113 Poster. REV. H. J. JOST 10:00 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-"THE PARABLE OF THE MIDNIGHT HOUR" 7:30 p.m.-"THE GREAT TRIBULATION" A CORDIAL INVITATION TO ALL! Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church 2nd Ave. A and 18th St. N. _ ItV JOHN VRIEND. PASTOR I SUNDAY, MAY 17th Jk 10:00 a.m.-"PENTECOSTAL �JsleV PROMISES" / I \ 3:00 p.m.-"GOD'S GEEST OP / I \ BUITENKERKELIJKEN" ^�B"|,"B*"� 7,. On p.m.-Rev. R. Koops, Guest Minister THE CHRISTIAN AND MISSIONARY ALLIANCE 1202 3rd Avenue South Phone 327-2996 10:00 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Service 7:00 p.m.-Evening Service Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. - Bible Study and Prayer. For Inspiration Dial-A-Thot 327-4581 327-4581 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. 9:30 a.m.-Church School 1614 5th Avenue S. 9:45 a.m.-Church School 11:00 a.m.-"THE BELLS OF MEMORY" (Broadcast CJOC) 7:00 p.m.-"LOVE AMONG THE RUINS" EVERYONE WELCOME THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA (EPISCOPAL) SAINT AUGUSTINE'S ttftSTZ* Rectors Rev. R. L. Crisfield, B.A., B.D. Choirmaster and Organist: h. G. Barrow, A.T.C.M. 9:00 a.m.-Choral Eucharist, St. Monica's Choir 11:00 a.m.-Choral Eucharist, Senior Choir. Preacher: The Rev. J. G. Heald (Nursery Provided). All departments of Sunday School. MISSION HALL 8:00 a.m.-Holy Communion 11:00 a.m.-Sunday School MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday, May 21st, at 9:30 a.m. - Holy Communion ST. MARY THE VIRGIN ?/. ff&T RECTORi The Reverend Canon Robert W. Cowan, B.A., l.fh. FEAST OF PENTECOST 7:30 a.m.-Mattins 8:00 a.m.-Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m.-Church School 10:55 a.m.-Sung Eucharist with Procession 11:00 a.m.-Nursery in Hall 6:30 p.m.-Evensong Ember Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. - Eucharist Ember Friday - 9:30 a.m.-Eucharist Ember Saturday - 7:30 p.m. - Preparation for Sunday Eucharist Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church 1509-29th Street So. 10:00 a.m.-Bible Study Hour 11:00 a.m.-Worship Service Pastort Rev. Henry Laewen GOSPEL CHAPEL 907 9th St. South SUNDAY SERVICES 9:30 a.m.-Breaking of Bread 11:00 a.m.-Family Bible Hour and Sunday School Wednesday-8:00 p.m.-Prayer and Bible Study ALL ARE WARMLY WELCOME B CHURCH 716 23rd ST. N. PHONE 327-1484 N. CARLSON, BA, MINISTER 10:30 a.m.-Morning Service (Nursery and Pre-School - RN on duty it all times) 7:00 p.m.-Evening Service Lutheran Churches CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 12th Street Sooth - Phene 327-070* RIV. (. R. MOODY. S.A., t.D 9:45 a.m.-Sunday School-11:00 a.m. Morning Worship IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner 6th Avenue end 16th Street S. Minister W. F. Schoepp-Phone 327.4336 Office, 328-6987 Ret. 8:45 a.m.-Matins 9:45 a.m.-Sunday School and Bible Classes 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship The Choir from Concordia College, Edmonton, Is singing in the 11:00 a.m. service. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 11 th Avenue and 24th Street South PASTOR ALBERT OLSON 9:45 a.m.-Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Worship Service Communion First Sunday Each Month listen to the Lutheran Hour-Sunday 7:10 a.m. CPAC Celfary -j- -. ,.. � \wmitni�t (.iwm< 520 7th Strtet South LETHBRIDGE - PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE REV. W. J. GAMBLE, PASTOR 9:55 a.m.-Sunday. School with classes for all ages TRANSPORTATION PHONE NUMBER 327-4112 or 328-3621 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship Service 7:00 p.m.-Service of Evangelism 10:30 p.m.-Listen to: "THE SUNSHINE EVANGEL HOUR". CJOC 1220 K.C. Wednesday 8:00 p.m. - Prayer and Bible Study Thursday 6:45 p.m. - Crusaders and Cadets for boys and girls 7-14 years. Friday, 7:30 p.m. - Christ Ambassadors Youth Service Prayer for the sick up request.-Jas. 5:14 "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 HOLBERTON, Calgary President of Alberta Conference REV. L. BRIAN JONES, Lethbridge _Chairman, South Alberta Presbytery _ S0UTHMINSTER 4th Ave.and 11th St. S. MINISTERS) R. W. K. ELLIOTT REV. A. T. KING Musical Director) Mr. W. M. Woolhouse Organist Emeritusi Mr. A. K. Putland MAY 17th, 1970 PENTECOST CHURCH UNION SUNDAY 11:00 a.m.-The SPIRIT says "Mankind shall be ONE." CHURCH SCHOOL IN ALL DEPARTMENTS MUSIC: Senior Choir-"Blessed is the Nation"-Tkach. McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast Lethbridge from 15th Ave. and 24th St, S. Minlsteri Rev. I. Brian Jones, M.A., B.D. Choir Directon Mr. F. H. Ward Organist! Mr. J. E. langford SUNDAY, MAY 17, 1970 11:00 a.m.-"TABLE MANNERS" Service of Holy Communion Installation of Stewards CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 9:30 a.m.-Jr. A, Jr. B, Intermediate Depts. 11:00 a.m.-Nursery Kindergarten and Primary Depts. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Listen for It on CJOC weekdays at 12:08 noon by L. Brian Jones. _ EVERYONE WELCOME_ FIRST UNITED CHURCH (NORTH) LETHBRIDGE Minister! REV. R. E. (Ted) ESKDALE STUDENT ASST.. MR. WIUIAM C. TESKEY Choir Director. MR. H. VAN EGTEREN Organist! MRS. J. L. (LOIS) LEES SUNDAY, MAY 17, 1970 "PENTECOST SUNDAY" 11:00 a.m.-Divine Worship "PENTECOST SPELLS RESPONSE!" 9:15 a.m.-Sunday School For Intermediates and Seniors Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Beginners and Primary Dept. Nursery Facilities Available A CITY CHURCH WITH A RURAL WELCOME!