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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 28 THE LETHBRIBGE HERALD Saturday, September 8, 1973 Bus ministry slips into By NOEL BUCIUNAX "Herald Staff Writer Don't send your kids to Sunday school climb in the bus and take them! Lethbridge Church of the Nazarene operates a fleet of three vehicles in conjunction frith their Sunday school pro- gram. The appointment of a full-time, Christian education director this month has strengthened the outr each youth by the congre- gation. "I told the church board when thev hired me I wasn't LARRY SPiCER going to take anyone's job.'' said a neatly dressed bachelor. Larry Spicer. in an interview this "I'm here just to help lay people as a resource person, and to co-ordinate Christian education programs at the Mr. Spicer. 26. said. Rev. Robert Deasley. pas- tor, said his new assistant may on occasion fill the pul- pit. And he will be available to young people seeking spir- itual counsel. Mr. Spicer brings a diverse experience to his position. Raised at Olds, Mr. Spicer graduated from Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in 1966. After four years at the Cana- dian Kazarene College. Win- nipeg, he obtained a bachelor of Christian education de- gree. Later, he completed his bachelor of arts degree at Northwest Nazarene College, Narapa. Idaho. Mr. Spicer has devoted time to student mission programs of the denomination. He serv- ed for two months in Haiti one summer and helped build a mission library during a five-week stay in Guatemala this year. He has also been invohed in district youth and has taken a per- sonal evangelism train! n g course offeied by Campus Crusade for Christ. "Our church operates three Sunday school buses and hopes "for more." Mr. Deas- ley said. "Parents can phone the church number after 9 a m. Sunday and we will pick up the children." Buses are sometimes used by ether church youth groups for camp excursions and cut- ings. The Nazarene young people provide gas and up- keep on one vehicle. T o buses were purchased by the congregation, and one was donated by two businessmen in the congregation. Sunday school attendance averaged 130 last winter, Mr. Deasley said. A college age group pro- gram involving Sunday school and social events is one of the projects Mr. Spicer hopes to initiate here. Another pro- gram. Caravan, for boys and girls eight to 14 may also start this fall. THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD How could site miss? Wearing a religious habit against a church and cross background, Sister Eleanor Joseph of the Lady of Angels College near Media, Pa., shows youngsters how to score on the basketbaii court. The boys ats from under privileged neighborhoods in college area. curch BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH (North Amer'can Baptist General Conference) 329 19 Street North Church Moderator: MR. OTTO FRITZ 327-6779 a and English classes) Worship Service Gospel Service Guest Albert Balbet "We Preach Christ the Power and Wisdom of God" EDMONTON fCP) Charg-, union eligible to receive counselling wrote to Cardinal i1' ing that the Roman Catholic j communion i Seper in Rome applying for rlis- Church is merciless towards its ''It is the spirit of the church's pensation from the priesthood. 'i I own personnel, a former presi-; teaching that the conscience of i He tcld Cardinal Seper he ex- j dent of the Western Conference adult Christians should be re- j pected a reply within GO days; of Priests has left the priest- spected and that the celebrat-1 if none was forthcoming he hood. Ron Dobbin, 39, of Edmon- ing priest is not expected to be ton says he was suspended by Most. Rev. Anthony Jordan, Archibishop of Edmonton, more than a year ago after Mr. Dob- Lakeview Mennonife Brethren Church Street So. Pcsicr: REV. HENRY UNRAU Res. Church 327-585-i a rn School Service "THE BLESSINGS OF GOD" OVERFLOWING CHRISTIAN" an absolute judge of the state of worthiness of any adult who requests the Mr. Dobbin said he wrote to the priests' senate of the Ed- bin was the celebrant at a pri- i monton Archdiocese, the head would publically announce he considered himself free from the obligations of the priest- hood. More than two months pass- ed without even an acknow- ledgement, he said, so he con- vate mass for a former priest i office of the Canadian Bishops siders himself no Ion: and his divorcee wife. j in Ottawa and the Canadian j priest. ger The couple had been married i in a civil ceremony, and re- ceived communion during tho 1 mass. Bishops' office for the clergy, but received no answers. Finally, more than Mr. Dobbin said he originally had no intention of leaving the two! church to marry, but now is months ago. Mr. Dobbin, who engaged to a Roman Catholic Mr. Dobbin, then parish priest I now is completing his thesis at Wetaskiwin. 40 miles south- cost of Edmonton, was suspend- ed in July, 1972, from all priest- ly functions such as celebrating mass ; hearing confessions, he said in an interview. Archbishop Jordan refused to comment on" the case, except to sav that Mr. Dobbin's state- i for a master's degree in family woman and is planning to be married in a Catholic church. agree on ministry goals LONDON (AP) Roman j The agreement appeared to 9th Ave. and T6ih St. 5. Phone 327-8327 REV. R. G. DEASLEY Minister Res. 327-4786 SUNDAY SERVICES School for all ages Vv'orship Sen-ice Musical Program MIDWEEK SERVICES AS USUAL msnt regarding suspension was i Catholic and Anglican theo- be a step toward Roman Catho- jncorrect and that it was a pn- ino-ianc liavp aorppH nn the 1ir> rprooTiiHnn of AnFliean mill- ST. ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 5 Avenue South Minister Reverend L. D. Hankinson, B.A. Organist Mr. W. Vander Kooy A.M. "RESPONSE ABILITY" There will be no evening service this week. Church School: Registration and Family Service at a.m. pn vate matter within the author- ity of the church, i The question of freedom of 1 conscience is the root of the I problem, said Mr. Dobbin. He quoted a letter he wrote the Archbishop in July, 1972, in an- swer to the question of whether he considered people in an "in- Creation I I, group eye i r? JL on or r> logians have agreed on the meaning and purpose of the Christian ministry, apparently removing a major obstacle to harmony between the two churches. The agreement was an- nounced today by an inter- national commission appointed by Pope Paul and Dr. Michael Ramsey, the Archbishop of Can- terbury and spiritual head of the Anglican Church. Each church now will consider the accord separately. "Among the subjects studied were the role of ordained minis- try in the life of the Christian community, its priestly nature, ordination and apostolic succes- sion." a statement from the commission said. lie recognition of Anglican min- isters as validly ordained priests. A papal bill of 1896 re- fused such recognition and strained relations between the two churches. The international commission reached substantial agreement in 1971 on questions of holy communion and the mass. The question of papal infallability is said to be next on the churches' agenda. p PLEASE NOTE: We will now be back to our regu- lar schedule as our combined services with First Baptist are now finished. Thank you. HYTHE rCP) Rev. Neil Unruh, chairman of the Com- mittee for True Education, says his committee will keep a close watch on teacher guides from the education department to sse if creationist material is included. Rev. Unruh was commenting on an announcement by Edu- cation Minister Lou Hyndman that schools teaching the theory of evolution must also give stu- j he hopes no country in the dents alternative points of view, i world will allow a Danish direc- The Committee for True Ed- tor to USG its territory to make i ucation gathered about over film ban QUIMPER, Franca (Reuter) The Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Francois Marty, says signatures last spring on a pe- tition asking Mr. Hyndman to allow scientific evidence sup- porting the Biblical account of creation to be included in school curricula. an erotic film on the life of Christ. "I trust no country in the world will permit the making of such a film. Some people think Christ and the gospel are a good business investment." THEOPHILUS rHIIPCH OF CHRIST WE HAD A COOP 7 WE 1 LESSON IN SOCIAL INJUSTICE DISCUSSED 1 SCHOOL ON WHO OF LIFE IN TO VOTE FOR IM THE COMING ELECTION NATURE THE BEAUTY OF FLOWERS, ETC. WHAT PIP STUDY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL, THEOPHILUS SOUTHSIDE CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720 21st Ave. S. Donald R. Givens, Evangelist Sunday; Bible Study 10 a.m. Worship: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wed.: o.m. For information and Home Study Phone: 328-0972 or 328-0855 EVERYONE WEtCOME Music study A former Lethbridge girl, Marilee Morscheck has commenced intensive mus- ical training in New York City prior to a year long tour with five other Christ- ian and Missionary Al- liance college students. The group will present pro- grams in high schools, clubs .churches and at civic functions in Canada and the United Slates. Manlee is the daughter of Rev. ond Mrs. Duane Morscheck, Lethbridge Alliance Church pastors from July 1966 un- til January 1970. Bible societies to share The Canadian Bible Society is the fourth largest national agency of its land in the world, topped only by the Bible societies of the United States, Great Britain and West Germany. Dr. Kenneth G. McMillan, an ordained Presbyterian minister, has been general secretn.-y of the Society since 1957. In the following inter- view he candidly expressed himself on some questions re- liimself on some questions re- lated to world Bible distri- bution. Dr. McMillan made these comments in a Toronto inter- view with free lance journal- ist Leslie Tarr. Tarr: Is Scripture distribu- tion keeping abreast of' in- creasing world literacy? McMillan: In a Last year 175 million copies of the Scripture were distri- buted by the Bible Society in 150 countries. That's an im- pressive figure, but keep in mind that it includes the very substantial distribution in de- veloped countries for ex- ample, over 120 million in the United States alone. There are at least 50 mil- lion new readers each year around the world. We recog- nize that not all new readers a Bible, but the Bible Society believes that they should" fiave the opportunity to have at least a portion of Scripture in their own langu- age. Tarr: Is it not a form of religious imperialism to dis- tribute the Bible to people of other lands who have their own sacred volumes? McMillan: It is difficult to escape the charge or arro- gance when the Bible Society takes the Christian Scriptures to people of other faiths. The Christian is under obligation, however, to share with others what he believes to be true and valid. We can recognize the truths, insights, and sin- cerity of other religions but still "feel that, as Christians, we have something of great value to share with them. The Bible speaks of pro- claiming the truth in love. Only that real Christian love saves the Christian from re- ligious imperialism and arro- gance. There is another factor, however, that needs to be kept in mind. The majority of the three billion people on this planet don't have those "sacred volumes" you spcke of. Latin America is nomin- ally Christian and the only sacred book there is the Bi- ble. Except for North Africa, where Islam is dominant, the people of Africa have no re- ligious writings. Europe, A u s t r a 1 i a, and North America have a Chris- tian-Hebrew heritage. That leaves Asia, and where Buddhism and Hinduism have held sway their writings have been known and read by comrjaratively few. Ghandi, a great Hindu, read the Bhagavad Gith, Hindu sacred writings, for the first time when he read a transla- tion in English by a western Christian. Islam, then, is an exception, for they are "a people of the book" and that book is the Koran. Tho only place, then, where the Bible Society could be considered guilty of distribu- ting the Bible in competition with other sacred books is in Islamic countries. Actually in these countries Scrioture dis- tribution is generally severe- ly restricted by local laws. When the Bible comes into the hands of readers in most parts of the world it is filling a religious vacuum and not replacing another sacred bock. Tarr: Are we justified in making expenditures for Bi- ble distribution when there is such need for relief and food assistance in those lands? McMillan: Providing ecpno mic aid, education, medical care, and relief must be an urgent concern of every Christian. The growing gap between rich and poor nations and between rich and poor within nations is tragic. The Bible Society is deeply concerned with "develop- and we contend that the most significant develop- ment is that which comes from a person or a society discovering the values and attitudes of the Bible. Placing the Scriptures in a man's hands often leads to a radical change in the whole KENNETH McMILLAN life of that person. Relief keeps a man aliie for anoth- er day; the Bible may gi.e him a new life where he doesn't need relief. Tarr: What is the attitude and approach of world Bible Societies to Bible distribution in communist countries which place restrictions on such ac- tivities? McMillan: The Bible Soci- ety works through legal chan- nels and does not deliber- ately break the laws of any country. Communism is basic- ally atheistic and therefore holds that all religion is wrong. In most communist coun- tries the Bibb Society has difficulties. The only country in the world, where all religion is actually de- clared illegal is Albania The situation varies great- ly from country to country In Poland the 'Bible Society has operated continuously since 1945, and in some central and eastern European countries work is compara- tively easy. In others, such as Russia, the situation is far from satisfactory. Despite the problems, how- ever, the Bible Society is con- vinced that it can accomplish more by working within the law than by smuggling. If you smuggle a few hundred Bibles, then you may fail to get a permit to import ten thousand. In the last five years Bible work in Eastern Eurone has tripled, and the translation, production and distribution of Scriptures in communist countries is increasing each year. Tarr: The Bible Society has published and promoted new versions of the Bible such as Good News For Modern Man. How do you answer those who criticize such versions as tampering v.ith the World of God? McMillan: I fully appreci- ate the concern of people for sound and accurate trans'a- tions which are faithful to the original texts. There are 339 different English versions of the New Testament. Good News For Modern Man is one of these. The King James version is an- other. When the King James version appeared in the sev- enteenth century it was de- nounced as a new translation, and it took 50 years for its acceptance. Tan-: The Roman Catholic Church has adopted a more co-operative attitude toward Bible Societies. What's your feeling about that change? McMillan: I'm thrilled by it! For years we've prayed for opening of doors for Scrip- ture distribution in tradition- ally Catholic countries. Vati- can II officially declared that there should be ''easy access to Scripture for all men "and that was the beginning of a new era. The Bible Society is happy to provide Scriptures for Ro- man Catholics, and anyone else. The Society doesn't pro- cuce Scriptures with doctrin- ?1 notes. Its one concern is to provide sound, accurate versions which everyone, in- cluding Roman Catholics, can use. LDS plan conference Leaders of the new Mutual Improvement Association pro- f-am of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hkMiVlit a Le'hbridge Stake conference meeting here Sun- day. Gerald Litchfield and LaRene Steed will address the 10 a.m. public meeting at the Stake Centre. Scenic Drive and 28th Street S. theme is The Im- portance of the Individual. President Bryce Stringam ex- tends a public invitation to this meelinc. A slide presentation discuss- ing archaeological findings in Central and South America will bo presented at p.m. Sun- day in Cardston LDS social hail The program gives supportive evidence to The Book of Mor- mon which deals with ancient pecpls of the western hemi- snhcre. Elder Joel Clark of the Al- berta Saskatchewan mission v.''l introduce the slides. CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 nth St. S. J. R. CHAPMAN, Minuter Mr. D. Maisey, Organiit "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service a.m. (Worship service for adults S.S. Classes foi Children) Evening Service p.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th Avenue S. Corps Officers MAJORS M. CORNER JOAN M. PIERCE School Worship Ssrvice WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME 12th Avenue and Mayor Maorath Drive PASTOR-REV. H. J. JOST-Phone 327-6113 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION HOUR" WORSHIP SERVICE'' EVENING SERVICE "A CORDIAL INVITATION TO ALL" SPECIAL BIBLE STUDY THURSDAYS p.m. Lethbridge Independent Baptist Church For Ir.format.on Phono 32S-3257 1714 14th Ave. South "Lislcn to 15 p.m. Sunday" ;