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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 6' ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Friday, April 21,1995 Church Life ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Church Life, call 625-9144, ext. 21. Z e I t u n g Church Life Church Briefs Evangelist Edgar Morales to attend revival sendees All are invited to revival services at Hosanna Baptist Church, 525 E. Mather, April 21-April 23, at 7 p.m. Evangelist Edgar Morales will be accompanied by musical guests Terrell and Leonor Jackson and Ramon Ruiz. Rummage sale at church today and Saturday Sts. Peter and Paul School’s Annual Spring Rummage and Plant Sale will be held Friday, April 21 (today), and Saturday, April 22. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The sale will be held in St. Mary’s Hall on the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church grounds on W. Bridge St. Hie sale will be held upstairs in the hall. There will be all kinds of things for sale: clothes, furniture, appliances, knick-knacks, toys, housewares, books, arts and crafts materials, and many other things too numerous to mention. For more information, call 625-1729 during the day, or 606-1627 in the evening. Blood drive at First Protestant The Department of Mission and Service of First Protestant Church Confirmation Class is sponsoring a blood drive on May 15 as their spring service project. It will be in the Bormann Room at the Seele Parish Hall from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Call 625-6951 to schedule appointments. Please support your community by donating blood. Speaker to address teen suicide “Teen Suicide” will be the topic of guest speaker Cynthia Bonne-Miller, hosted Sunday May 15 from 5-7 p.m. by the youth of First United Methodist Church. Dr. Bonne-Miller, a New Braunfels psychiatrist, will not only share insight into early signs of suicide and how to deal with them, but she will share personal stories as well. Come join the youth this Sunday for a $ I meal. It might make a difference in your life or in the life of someone you love. Dinner and presentation in Wesley Hall, First Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio. Mending Ties That Bind Methodists discuss plan for merging churches By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Bishops of four Methodist denominations will meet in Austin next week to discuss a possible merger. Attending will be bishops from the African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and Christian Methodist Episcopal Church — and the mainly white United Methodist Church. “A coming together is always a good thing,” said Rev. Andrew C. Burks, pastor of the Allen Chapel AME Church in New Braunfels. “I would be glad to see them join together.” When the United Methodist Church was formed in 1968 two African American Methodist Churches became part of the United Methodist Church and three did not. “They did it for cultural reasons, and I respected that in 1968,” said Fred Martin, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in New Braunfels. Unification would strengthen all denominations concerned, and Martin said he would definitely welcome these: congregations into a unified Methodist church. No final agreements are expected at the Austin meeting. A decision isn’t likely before the turn of the century. Top legislative bodies of each of the denominations must approve any plans made by the bishops. The upcoming meeting is the sixth to deal with the possible merger. It begins April 26 and ends with a Communion service on April 28. Bishops will review past meetings and plan two pan-Methodist study commissions. If the four denominations unite, the new Methodist denomination would have about 1.5 million members and 50.000 local congregations in the United States — including more than 900.000 members in and across Texas. More than one-third of the members of the proposed church would be African American. All four denominations considering to unite trace their roots to the Methodist Episcopal Church formed in Baltimore in 1784. Racial disputes during the 18th and 19th centuries led to formation of separate black denominations. The four denominations have cooperated on such things as church school curricula and book publishing in recent Joint services planned for this Sunday The House of Refuge Christian Fellowship and Mission Valley Bible Church will combine services Sunday, April 22, 1995. The congregations will unite in worship beginning at IO a.m. at 348 W. Interstate Highway 35, on the access road of I.H.-35 between Seguin St. and Walnut Ave. An evening service will conclude the day. The service will begin at 7 p.m. All local congregations are invited to participate in this service of united praise and prayer. The evening will include contemporary praise and worship, followed by prayers of petition and intercession for spiritual awakening in New Braunfels. Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church at 255 Commerce in New Braunfels would be one congregation affected by a Joining of the four Methodist denominations. years. Texas is home to more United Methodists than any other state — softie 800,000 in 2,000 congregations. Prayer support offered; The morning prayers at St. John’s Episcopal Church, from 7 a.m. to 8:3Q a.m. each weekday, to which all ard invited, continue to assist those whd request help from grief, illness and other crises in their lives.    ; To request this support, write St* John’s Prayer Room, P.O. Box 310524, New Braunfels, TX 7813f, or call 210-606-3408 and give thfc details of the crisis or concern, and the number of days you wish these prayers to be made.    * Search for God and His voice a quest of man for thousands of years Where is God? I mean it. Where is He? I meet a lot of people who ask that question in one of a number of ways. Most are well meaning, by the way, not heretical kooks who scream at the sky every time life gets to be a nag. You hear the question in hospital rooms and over lunch, on the telephone and across the fence. It is posed in a hundred different ways which all say the same thing. Sometimes it is with frustra*~>' tion and anger, other times as inquisitive as a child’s question, too often in an embarrassed sense of foolishness. But the question is always the same...where is He and does He really care about my life? A young man was in my office. He couldn’t seem to figure out this God that had been handed him by his parents. He found his way to my office hoping to find a safe place to cast his suspicion. After years of black and white answers that condemned any real dialog and certainly discouraged any kind of honesty, the man was full of self-doubt. He threw up all of the “lf God were real...” smoke screens. He tried to dismantle the great debates of theology with familiar cliches. He stomped his spiritual feet on tradition and railed against the injustices of the church. But in the end, what he really wanted was for someone to tell him how to access the unseen and often silent throne room of heaven. The place where God is. The place of holy sanctuary. Elijah was like that. Elijah knew all about God. He had served Him in ancient Israel like few ever had. Fearless. Dependable. Obedient. All that and more. But a time came in Elijah’s life when his energy dried up like a shallow well. He went looking for a big enough hole in the ground to crawl in and die. He found it at a place called Mt. Horeb, the same place that Moses talked with God. Sitting alone in a cave, Elijah made his case: Dennis,'. Gallaher “I’ve been zealous for you, God. And yet everyone hates me. I’m all alone and just want to die!” He was a lot like us when times are tough. He wanted to know if God was there and if God really cared about him. The great prophet of God sitting in a dank and dark cave, wishing he was dead. All because he needed the assurance that God was still on his side. It’s comforting to know even mighty prophets of God lose hope. God told Elijah to go outside the cave and wait for Him to show up. A mighty wind was blowing outside on the mountain that was strong enough to toss the rocks around like kids on a playground. But God was not in the violence of the wind. Next, an earthquake rattled the mountain. But God was not in the earthquake. Then a fire swept past Elijah consuming everything in its path. But again, God was not to be found in the fire. So much like us, isn’t it? What we really want is a demonstration of power instead of a relationship with God. What we really want is for God to pull a neat trick out of His hat instead of inviting us to climb into the crucible of friendship with Him. God is so often found in the strangest places. But then, Elijah heard something. It was a dek icate whisper of a voice. A small voice requiring^ complete silence to be heard. And it was God. Ho wasn’t in the earthquake, wind, or fire. He was ini the extreme quietness of a still, small voice. I In the end of it all, there is the desire to simply} know God. Not someone else’s God but the truej God. Not a fairy tale about God but the God*; who enters my world to walk with me. I believe/ that desire is in every person who has ever lived.' There is a seeker in all of us that knows nothing* of rest until we end the quest with the discovery* of the one true God. So, where is God?    v In the quietness that demands time and atten-I tion. In the silence that calls for careful listening.,’ Maybe that’s where you need to ask your ques-J tions. For when God becomes silent, He often says* the most.    I (Dennis Gallaher is pastor of Freedom Fel-t lowship Church in New Braunfels.) Mom & Commemorate that special relationship with a picture of you and your mother in this special section. A panel of unbiased judges will pick the most attractive picture to be printed on the cover of the tabloid and two runners-up photos will appear in the centerfold. Trophies & prizes will be awarded to Mom of the Grand Prize Photo & Mom of each runner-up photo. Submit your photo, entry form & $12.00 entry fee to: The Herald-Zeitung office 707 Landa St., New Braunfels Or mail to: The Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PHOTOS and information is 5:00pm Monday, April 24, 1995. Please make sure your name and phone number are on the back of the photo. You may pick up your picture anytime during office hours after Monday, May 4,1995. at this time you will receive one FREE copy of Mom & Me. Additional copies will be available at a cost of $1.00 each. This year's edition will appear in the Herald-Zeitung on Sunday, April 30, 1995, The Canyon Lake Times-Guardian on Wednesday, May 3,1995 and the Advisor on Wednesday, May 3,1995. Prizes Donate by: Gifts A Glitter Plaza Diner Vollbrecht's Pharmacy Hobby Lobby Lenise9s Floral The Retreat Salon v<-' r i i j Name of Mom I I I I Please leave day phone number (It will not be published) so we may contact you if we need additional information. Please Print or type LEGIBLY. Name(s) of other person(s) in photo Day Phone # If you would like advertising for your business, club or organization to be included in Mom & Me contact the Retail Advertising Dept, at 625-9144 by Monday, April 24, ;