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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 26, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Religious focus Htrald-Zfitung Friday, April 26,1985 5AJesus opens faith to millions through beliefBy REV. HAROLD H. ZIRKEL First United Methodist Church In the 20th chapter of the Gospel of John we find reports of several of the resurrection appearances of Jesus. Throughout most of the chapter different individuals encounter the Risen Lord, and after seeing him, they believe. When Jesus was laid in his burial tomb his followers certainly did not anticipate his resurrection. There was only the tragic feeling that their Master was dead and buried; their hopes in Him as the Messiah had been misplaced. The women going to his burial site on the first day of the week went there to anoint his body, not to see if the tomb was empty. But then there is a series of appearances by Jesus. Mary Magdalene sees that the tomb is empty, and sheMinisterial alliance believes, and she rushes to tell the disciples that Jesus is alive again. When they are told, they do not believe, but Peter and John rush to the tomb, and they see, and they believe. Next, Jesus appears to the disciples in the Upper Room. When they see Jesus there among them, they believe. But Thomas is not with them, and when Thomas is told that Jesus is alive, Thomas says, “I will not believe until I actually see him.” Eight days later Thomas is given his opportunity. Jesus appears to the disciples again, and this time Thomas is with them. And Jesus says to Thomas, ‘‘Come and see that I am alive — put your finger in the print of the nails, and your hand in my side — see and believe.” And Thomas exclaims, ‘‘My Lord and my God.” ‘‘I do see, and I do believe.” Jesus asks Thomas if he believes because he has now seen Him to be alive again, and Thomas must have shouted, ‘‘Yes, I believe because I have seen.” Up to this point there is only one way belief in Jesus has come about — through actually seeing him. ‘ Seeing is believing” — this is the theory of the spreading of the Good News. See — Jesus is alive, and then Believe, because you have seen. Seeing is believing. But it is here that Jesus gives an entirely new concept of faith. Jesus says, ‘‘Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” These particular words of Jesus are tremendously important because they open doors of faith (belief) to most of the millions of believers throughout the ages. If belief in Jesus had been limited only to those who had actually seen him in a continued series of resurrection appearances, the spreading of the faith would have been extremely limited, and the Christian faith would never have become a universal religion. But Jesus opens belief to the millions of those who have not actually seen him with their eyes. ‘‘Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” There is truth in the saying, ‘‘Seeing is believing.” But for millions of Christians there is even a greater reality, ‘‘Not seeing is also believing.” Through the shared witness, both written and spoken, we have come to know that Christ yet lives. We believe that Jesus is indeed the Christ, the Son of God, and in believing we have life in His name. (John 20:31) Lutherans win battle of self-determination Briefly By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP religion writer Lutherans have won a major court battle against the government, bolstering the rights of American religious bodies to determine what activities are essential to their mission. Church leaders, in the long struggle over the matter, have charged that government attempts to specify the bounds of religion violate constitutionally guaranteed religious liberty. Basically, the issue focuses on who has the legal authority to define the nature of a church or its mherent functions — the government or the church itself. "That was the heart of our case.” says the Rev. David H. Rokke of Minneapolis, executive secretary of the trustees of the American lutheran Church. The IRS had held that Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota was outside church bounds and had to file a financial information report. However, three Lutheran denominations that support the social agency contended — as do most churches — that such work is basic to Christianity and to the church’s mission. Helping those rn need "is part of the expression of our faith,” Rokke said in a telephone interview “It’s central to our whole understanding of ourself, of what the church is.” He called the recent court decision on the case a “major victory,” affirming the churches’ right to determine what constitutes religious activities. However, various ramifications of that issue still smoulder, with a current lawsuit by an abortion*nghts group seeking to force the Internal Revenue Service to end tax exemp tion of Roman Catholicism because it opposes abortion. Wilfred R. Caron, attorney for the U.S. Catholic Conference, also says federal restrictions on political participation by churches infringe on their rights under the First Amendment. IRS rules "severely restrict the manner in which churches may address the critical moral issues of our times” Caron and his assistant, Dierdre Dessingue, write in the Journal of Law and Politics. The decision handed down early this month in St. Louis by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the social agency was an "integrated auxiliar) ” of the church and need not file the finanical report. Judge Donald R. Ross held that the IRS had exceeded the intent of Congress in demanding that activities of an integrated auxiliary be "exclusively religious ” He held that the agency does not meet the government definition of a "church,” but found that the agency is “substantially connected with the Lutheran faith” which requires “works of mercy through social action ministries.” The decision applies directly in the states of Arkansas, Iowa. Minnesota. Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, bul has implications for other areas. Three Lutheran denominations, the American Lutheran Church, 1lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church-Missoun Synod, had defied the IRS concerning their Minnesota social agency, delaying filing the report beyond a 1978 deadline. With other similar cases pending, Lutherans are pressing another one involving Lutheran Children and Family Service of Eastern Pennsylvania, based in Philadelphia. Fellowship Day set by Church Women United May Fellowship Day on May 3 is an annual event sponsored by Church Women United. It brings Christian women for an ecumenical worship. This year's theme "Our Piece of the Action” challenges church women traditionally involved in caring for victims of social inequities to deal with causes and become involved in action for social change. The New Braunfels group will have a fellowship of the I^east Coin collection with a salad luncheon at First United Methodist Church. The events will begin at IO a.m. under the direction of Mrs. Diane Tilly, program leader. President is Linden Anderson. Other officers are Helen Harris, vice president; Ixila Behrendt, treasurer; and Angeline Borgfeld. secretary. All interested women are invited. Bible study seminar set for May 3 A non-denominational dispen-sational Bible Study conference is planned for May 3, 4 and 5 at Roadway Inn. The meetings will begin at 7 p.m. May 3 and continue May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon and 7 to 9:30 p.m. The closing session will be May 5 from 9 a m. to noon. Guest pastors from Florida and Alabama will speak. For more information, call 629-6241. St. John'? schedules family photographs St. John’s Episcopal Church will have make-up dates for photographs for the church director)’ on May 7. All interested persons should contact the church office. Task Force urges time for prayer BERNARDINO. Calif. — The National Day of Prayer Task Force urges Americans to “take five at 12” next Thursday — five minutes at noon — to give thanks to God and to pray for his "continued blessing on the nation.” The non-denominational task force, through a network of state coordinators, also is encouraging special prayer services. President Reagan, in a proclamation setting the May 2 date for the annual national observances, said, "We are all God’s handiwork, and it is appropriate for us as individuals and as a nation to call to him in prayer... "We can give thanks to God for the ever increasing abundance he has bestowed on us, and we can remember all those in our society who are in need of help, whether it be in material assistance or in the form of charity or simply a friendly word of encouragement.” Council officer asks Reagan to reconsider NEW YORK < AP) - The top officer of the National Council of Churches has added his voice to widespread protests by Jewish groups against President Reagan’s scheduled visit to the Bitburg World War II Military cemetery’ in West Germany. Saying the planned visit "exacerbates wounds rather than heals them,” the Rev. Arle Brouwer, the council’s general secretary. SAN (AP FIRST BAPTIST 733 CROSS ST. NEW BRAUNFELS NEW BRAUNFELS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY New Home at 1327 Summenvood to be auctioned by New Braunfels Christian Academy on Sunday, April 28th at the Civic Center. 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, fireplace, custom kitchen cabinets, plumbed for central vacuum system. CISD. Beginning bid $69,900, bidders must bring SI,000 Cashier's Check as Earnest money to auction. Open for viewing, Saturday, April 20th IO - 4 P.M. Thursday, April 25th 4-7 P.M. Saturday, April 27th 10-4 P.M.Worship at the church of your choiceLocal Area Assemblee Da Dioa (Spanish Assembly of God!. 255 W Commerce St Sunday school 5:30 p rn.; evangelistic service 6 30 pm; Saturday 6 30 p m Bible Baptist Church 1235 Ehrenberg Ave Sunday school 10 a rn.; worship 11 a rn. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday service 7 30 p m Calvary Baptist Church. 566 Highway 81 W Sunday school 10 a rn,; worship 11 a rn and 6 pm, Wednesday service 7 p m. Church of Christ, 1665 Highway 81 W Bible classes for all, 9 a m.; worship 10 a rn.; evening worship and children's Bible hour 6 p.m.; Wednesday classes 7 p m. Nursery available Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 2386 W. San Antonio St Priesthood meeting 9 a m.; relief society 9 a.m.; young women 9 am; primary 9 a m.; Sunday school IO a m.; sacrament 10:50 a.m. Cross Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod), South Hickory and Cross Streets Sunday school and adult Bible 9 a.m.; worship 10.15 a m. Eastside Baptist Church, 983 Holly S Sunday school 9:45 a m.; worship 11 a rn. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday prayer meeting 6 30 p.m. Ejemplo Vivo Baptist Church Garner Hall, Santa Clara and Guenther Streets Sunday school 9:30 p.m.; worship 10:45 am.; church training 6 p.m.; prayer meeting Wednesday 7 p m. at 498 Liberty. Faith United Church of Christ, 970: Loop 337 Church school 9:15 a m.; worship 10:30 am, Fellowship Bible Church, Solms and Morningside. Sunday school 9:45 a m.; ’worship 11 a m. and 6 p.m. First Assembly of God. 1687 Highway 81 W Sunday school 9.45 a m.; worship 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday service 7 p rn. First Baptist Church. 733 Cross St Sunday school 9 30 a rn , worship IO 45 a m and 7 p rn.; Wednesday dinner 5 30 p m Bible study and prayer service 6 15 p.m. First Church of Christ Scientist 137 E MiM St Sunday service 10:30 am. Sunday school 10:30 a m Wednesday service 7 30 p.rn Child care available First Church of Nazarene 1465 In terstate 35 East Sunday school 9 45 am, worship 10 50 a m and 6 p m. First Presbyterian Church. 27? S Krueger, Sunday school, 9 45 a rn., fellowship 10 30 a.m.; worship 11 a in. and 7 p m First Protestant United Church of Christ. Seguin and Coll Sneats Worship 8 and 10 30 a rn ; church school 9 am First United Methodist Church 572 W San Antonio St. O'uich school 9 30 a.m.; morning worship 10:50 a rn ; youth activities 5 30 p m 625 4513. Freedom Fellowship Church, 330 Hackberry. Prayer 9 30 a rn ; worship 10 am. Green VaMey Apostolic Tabernacle (UPC), 104 Melody lane, Sunday school IO a.m evagenlistie service 7 p.m.; 3ible study 7:30 p m. Thursday Harmony Baptist Church. 1472 Highway 48 S. Sunday school 8:45 a m.; worship 11 a m. and 7 p.m.; Bible study 6 p.m., Wednesday prayer meeting 7 30 p.m. Holy Family Catholic Church, 245 S Hidalgo Saturday Mess 5 p m ; Sunday Mass 8 a m. (Spanish) 10 e m. and 6pm (English). Iglesia Bethel Pentecostes 38N Grape St. Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday school 10 and 11:30 a.m.; worship 11:30 a.m. and noon; Monday prayer meeting 7:30 p m. Lakeside Baptist Mission. FM 725 Sunday school 9 45 a m ; worship 11 am and 7pm Wednesday Bible study and prayer meeting 7 pm. Live Oak Baptist. 335 Washington Sunday school 9 45 a rn. worship ll a rn. Living Word Church. 1254 Highway 81 E. Sunday worship IO a m and 7 p m Wednesday service 7 p in Mission Pentecoste Church 129 School St Servic es Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 7 30 p rn New Braunfels Christian Church, Loop 337 Sunday school 9 30 im ; worship 10.30 a rn. and 6 p in,, junior church 10 30 a rn New Braunfels Foursquare Gospel Church, one fourth mile from Interstate 35 on FM 306 Sunday school, IO a.m., worship 11 a m.; Wednesday worship 7 pm New Braunfels Presbyterian Church. 373 Howard. Church school 9 30 a rn.; worship 9:45 and 11 a m Nursery provided New Braunfels Seventh Day Ad ventist Church 2990 W San Antonio St Sabbath school 9:15 a rn Saturday: worship 11 a.m Saturday Northside Church of Christ, 511 E North St Sunday Bible classes 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:30 a m and 6 p m ; Wednesday Bible classes 7 30 p.m. Oakwood Baptist Church, Canyon Middle School. Bible study 9:30 a.m.; woiship 10 45 a m and 7 p.m.; Wed nesday prayer service 7 p m. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 138 W Austin. Masses 5:30 pm Saturday and 8 and 11 a m Sunday First Mexican Baptist 2080 W San Antonio St Sunday school 9 45 a m , worship 10:50 a m and 6 p.m.; Wed nesday prayer service 7 p m. Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Laurel Plaza meeting room 300 Laurel Lane Church school 9 45 a.m.; worship 11 a m Second Baptist Church 243 Men iweather Sunday school 10 a.m worship 11 a/n. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday service 7 30 p m St Joseph s Anglican Church 185 E Jahn St Worship service 9 a.m, 1928 prayer book. St. John's Episcopal Church. 312 S Guenther. 8 a rn. Holy Eucharist; 9.46 a rn. church school for all ages, 10:30 a.m. parish refreshment break; 10.4F a m. Holy Eucharist St Paul Lutheran Church, Cross and Santa Clara Streets. Worship service 8 a.m. (broadcast on KNBT Radio EM 92) and 10 30 a m; Sunday school 9:16 a m. St*. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 388 N Caste!!. Saturday Mass 7 p.m ; Sunday Masses 8:3b, 10. and 11:16 a.m No evening Mass through Friday Spirit of Life Fellowship, Iou Ann Dove, off 1044 in Schuetz subdivision Sunday worship, Sunday school, nursery 10 a.m.; evening service 7 p.m.; Tuesday Stop Night 6 30 p m , 929 Pine: Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m., 929 Pine Pastor Tom Siefert. Tree of Life Fellowship. 125 Highway 81 W. Sunday services 9 45 a rn. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday service 7 p m.___ Bracken United Methodist Church, FM 2252 Sunday school 9 30 am; church service 10:45 a m Bulverde Baptist Church. P O Box 43 Sunday school 9 30 a m.; worship 10:45 a m and 7 p.m.; Christian training 6 p.m.; Wednesday service 7 p.m Bulverde United Methodist Church. Highway 281 North and Cibolo Creek. Sunday school 9 30 a.m.; church service 10:45 a rn. Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, Flintstone Drive, Canyon Lake Mobil Home Estates. Sunday school 9:15 a rn,, worship 10 30 a rn. Chapel in the Cove (in terdenominational). Cypress Cove Club House Worship 9 a rn. Church of Christ FM 3159 and FM 2673 Bible class 10 a.m.; Sunday worship 11 a m and 6 p m.; Wednesday service 7 p.m. Church in the Valley (in terdenominational) Deep Acres, Canyon City Church school 9 a.m.; worship 10:15 a m ; Bible study 7 p.m Church in the Wildwood (Assembly of God), FM 2673 The Oaks Sunday school IO am; worship 10:50 a rn. and 6.30 p m. Cranes Mill Baptist Church. FM 2673 at Startzville. Sunday Bible study 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:45 a.m 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday Bible study and prayer 7:30 p m Nursery provided. Frieden's United Church of Christ, Geronimo Church school 9 am.; worship service 10:15 a.m. First Baptist Church. Horseshoe Falls Estates Sunday school 9 30 am.; worship 10:40 a m. and 6 p m. Nursery provided Rock Hill Gospel Faith Center 502 Interstate 35 south of New Braunfels, behind the rest area Sunday school 10 a.m.; worship 8 and 11 a rn. and 7.30 p m.; Tuesday Bible college 7:30 p.m.; Thursday ladies meeting 9 30 a m. and young ministers 7:30 p.m. St. Andrew Lutheran Church (ALC), FM 2673 east of Startzville Sunday school 9 a.m.; worship 10:15 a.m.; communion first Sunday St. Francis By the Lake Episcopal Church. 14 miles west of Interstate 35 on FM 306. Services 10 a m. Sunday; noon Wednesday. Rev. Katherine G. Riggs, vicar. St John's Mission Church, (Our Lady o( Perpetual Help mission) Hunter Sunday Mass 9:30 a m. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Highway 1863 at Highway 281 Sunday school 9 a m.; worship 10:15 a m St. Paul United Church of Christ, South Main and FM 78, Cibolo. Church school and worship at 10 a m. St Thomas Chapel (Roman Catholic), Canyon Dam hillside Sunday Mass 9:30 and 11:15 a m.; pre Sunday Mass Saturday 5 and 7 p.m. Triumphant Lutheran Church, Bet Cave Road at Schoenthal Road. Worship 9 a m.; Sunday school for all ages 10:1E am. ;