New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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■ To talk with News Editor Sue England about Church Life, call 625-9144, ext. 221.Church Life
Local teen works to restore oldest Lutheran church in Texas
By ABE LEVY
Eagle Scout hopeful Jeremy Bartels deserves to work in the shade.
On a mission to help renovate St. Martin Church in the 700 block of North Loop 337, Bartels has led the charge during morning and evening hours to avoid the 90-degree heat.
The 17-year-old, New Braunfels High School senior started a project to scrape and caulk the oldest Lutheran church in Texas and paint a nearby shed.
“It’s a stepping stone. I can look back and say I helped in the beautifying of the church," he said. “People can come and look at the church and cemetery and see that it looks great."
The effort is part of a requirement Bartels needs to earn the Eagle Scout rank, but it’s also something he gives back to the community and to his church, St. Paul Lutheran, 181 S. Santa Clara Ave., he said.
His local scout troop, father and mother Rodney and Sharon, and 13-year-old sister Jennifer have helped in the endeavor that will save an estimated $3,000 of contract labor, representing about 86 hours of work.
“It has saved a tremendous amount of money and hours for the community,” said Chuck McKee, executive administrator of St. Paul, the
Jeremy Bartels, 17, of New Braunfels, scrapes the wall of St Martin
d-Zeituna photo by Michael I Church on Loop 337.
caretaker of St. Martin. “Without the scouts, we wouldn’t be as far along as we are.”
McKee said St. Paul’s Master Craftsmen group has provided maintenance of St. Martin, which was built in 1851 by an Evangelical Lutheran congregation at Neighborsville in Guadalupe County.
The first worship services were conducted in German. In 1883, Mrs. Frederick Weidner Winter donated 3 acres of land for a church cemetery.
The Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Texas could not supply a full-time pastor to serve at the church during the turn of the century. That eventually led to the closing of services at the church.
In 1963, M. S. Frueh, then pastor of St. Paul, helped to start a restoration project. In 1968, the church was moved to its current location where it remains open for occasional services.
Bartels knows the grounds of the church well.
He and his father have helped mow the
How to help
St. Paul Lutheran, 181 S. Santa Clara Ave. is the caretaker of St. Martin Church on the 700 block of North Loop 337. St. Paul has enough funds for a restoration project of St. Martin, the oldest Lutheran Church in Texas that will include repainting, electrical work, fixing its structure and repairs on its restrooms. However, St. Paul is seeking funds to replace the church’s roof and do other maintenance projects. To make donations, call 625-9191.
church’s lawn and perform other maintenance for more than IO years.
Bartels said he would be glad to reach the Eagle ranking after joining the Boy Scouts of America in sixth grade.
“It’s a major niche in life,*’ he said. “Not many people can say they were Eagle Scouts.”
Connect with EPC
“Connecting people with God and with each other through Jesus Christ.” First Protestant Church invites the community of New Braunfels to discover all the programs and events planned throughout the year at the second annual Celebration Sunday.
First Protestant is introducing a new curriculum for children and youth Bible studies this year.
All are encouraged to attend Rally Day at 9 a.m. to learn about the new classes and to meet the teachers.
New services, programs and events along with traditional celebrations will be presented in an informal, come-and-go setting immediately following the 10:30 a m. worship service.
More than 30 booths will provide information about upcoming events as well as missions supported by First Protestant Church.
First Protestant Church stages a children's carnival as part of its annual Celebration Sunday.
A children’s carnival and barbecue lunch will be sponsored by the FPC youth.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the youth program and mission projects.
Reserve tickets for the luncheon or take-out plates through the church
office at 609-7729.
Cost for the luncheon will be $5.50 for adults, $3.50 for children.
First Protestant Church is at 172 W. Coll St.
(Submitted by First Protestant Church)
Man finally forgives sheriff for killing his dog
When I lived in Montgomery, Daddy and I got together frequently. We often had lunch together and oddly enough we were so much alike that we would get hooked on a certain menu like Szechuan pork, and we would eat it every day for three or four weeks.
It was one of those times that out of the blue he said, “You know I always hated Sheriff Duff for killing my dog. Shep and I had been companions since as early as I could remember.” (In fact there is a lovely portrait of Daddy at about 4 years old with Shep sitting beside him with Daddy’s arm around his neck.) But he continued by saying, “You know we had a rabies epidemic in Elba and he had to kill my dog.” Almost 70 years had passed since that event and all these years Daddy has felt that most dreadful feeling.
But as a small boy of five he couldn’t possibly comprehend what a rabies epidemic meant before vaccines and what deadly consequences it could have for his small home town.
But in that moment of mature clarity his preception of the death of his dog and Sheriff Duff suddenly ' changed. He understood at that moment how difficult but necessary Sheriff Duffs job had been. Forgiveness came.
Over the next few months I watched that process happen over and over. I knew in my heart of hearts that Daddy was being given all the opportunity he needed to practice forgiveness and get his own slate clean. What a loving, merciful God we have who loves us enough to chum our memories for us.
With just a slight turn He puts an event in a different perspective so we might view another side, thus allowing us to see the big picture.
In the case of Shep this new view brought an understanding
that through the eyes of a child could have only meant utmost cruelty.
I have found this is the way forgiveness works in my own life. First, I must be willing to give up my feelings of anger, betrayal or resentment.
Then I must become willing to forgive. God works the process through me and then one day, one moment, I realize that forgiveness has taken place and in that agitated, upsetting place of unforgiveness is peace, understanding and compassion.
Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment. (John 7:24)
And the Lord directs your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ, (ll Thessalonians 3:5)
(Patti Brooks Krumnow is minister of the Unity Church of New Braunfels.)
“Anchorage, Alaska UU Church, Deja Vu” by Thea Chessher Wednesday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Faith United Church of Christ, 907 North Loop 337. Public invited.
Whatever daily life requires of us. we can sail through it with confidence and joy.
The Bible promises that “with God, all things are possible* Whether we need to find a home take a trip, apply for a job, or take care of someone in need, we can replace hesitation with assurance To learn more, pick up the August 18 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
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What do we mean by “our Father”?
Pioneer Club sets sail
Christ Presbyterian Church in New Braunfels is launching a new ministry for children ages 3 through sixth-grade known nationwide as Pioneer Club.
Similar to scouting, Pioneer Club provides a club-like sense of belonging, opportunities for healthy relationships with both other children and adults, hands on training in traditional skills and instruction in the Scripture and its application.
In Pioneer Club, children learn the true source of self-esteem, that they were created in the image of God as whole beings with individuality, uniqueness, dignity and potential.
Club meetings are held once a week for one-and-a-half hours. More information can be obtained at 629-0405.
The start date for Pioneer Club is Sept. IO at 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is requested.
(Submitted by Christ Presbyterian Church)
“Our” Father refers to God. The adjective, as used by us, does not express possession, but an entirely new relationship with God.
When we say “our” FatherTwe recognize first that all his promises of love announced by the prophets are fulfilled in the new and eternal covenant in his Christ: we have become his people and he is henceforth “our” God.
This new relationship is the purely gratuitous gift of belonging to each other, we are to respond to “grace and truth” given us in Jesus Christ with love and faithfulness.
When we pray to “our** Father, we personally address the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
By doing so we do not divide the Godhead, since the Father is its “source and origin,” but rather confess that the Son is eternally begotten by him and the Holy Spirit proceeds from him.
We are not confusing the persons, for we confess that our communion is with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, in their one Holy Spirit.
The Holy Trinity is consubstantial and indivisible.
When we pray to the Father, we adore and glorify him together with the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Grammatically, “our” qualifies a reality common to more than one person.
There is only one God, and he is recognized as Father by those who, through faith in his only Son, are reborn of him by water and the Spirit.
The Church is this new communion of God and people. United with the only Son, who has become “the firstborn among many brethren,” she is in communion with one and the same Father in one and the same Holy Spirit.
In praying “our” Father, each of the baptized is praying in this communion: “The company of those
who believed were of one heart and soul.” (Acts 4:32)
For this reason, in spite of the divisions that exist among Christians, this prayer to “our.” Father remains our common patrimony and an urgent summons for all the baptized.
In communion by faith in Christ and by Baptism, they ought to join in Jesus’ prayer for the unity of his disciples.
Finally, if we pray the Our Father sincerely, we leave individualism behind, because the love that we receive frees us from it.
The “our” at the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer, like the “us” of the last four petitions, excludes no one.
If we are to say it truthfully, our divisions and oppositions have to be overcome.
The baptized cannot pray to “our” Father without bringing before him all those for whom he gave his beloved Son. God’s love has no bounds, neither should our prayer.
Praying “our” Father opens to us the dimensions of his love revealed in Christ: praying with and for all who do not yet know him, so that Christ may “gather into one the children of God,” (John 11:52)
God’s care for all people and for the whole of creation has inspired all the great practitioners of prayer; it should extend our prayer to the full breadth of love whenever we dare to say “our” Father.
(Rev. Msgr. Edward F. Bily is the parochial vicar at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.) .
Dayspring is blessed to be able to offer you and your family the following activities Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Beginning September 3rd
Weigh Down Workshop
• Precept Bible Study:
Romans, Part I
• Adult Bible Study
• Youth Meetings
• Awanas for children K*8th at 6:50 p.m.
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