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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Texas Friday December ii 1987 Cowboy church welcomes one and y’all BARNHART < AP i — There are on ly 38 people on the membership roll, hut most of them show up every Sun day for early morning services at the Barnhart Cowboy Church where the gospel has been preached for about TO years 'The earliest church publication says it was built in 1917. but I have no proof of that,” says Alma Tarvin, church secretary and member since the early 1930s The church welcomes all people, regardless of faith Mrs Tarvin said When the church was first con structed IO different denominations were worshipping under the same pastor ’Theres usually more of something else than Methodists at tending serv ices said her husband K C Tarv in a retired railroader Our services are very informal \ ou just drop what you are doing and just go.' she said services are held at 9 a rn each Sunday and are con ducted by Dr Paul Perry who also M*rvev as pastor of the First I rn ted Methodist Church in Big Lake s4*on as he completes the service in Barnhart Ferry takes off for Big Lake where he conducts services at ll a rn at the church there He is the 33rd pastor to serve the Barnhart church ASc cording to a Texas Historical Commission marker at the front of the church, local residents of many faiths have worshipped at the church since the Union Church was first organized at an outdoor meeting in 1914 The marker says that cowboys from area ranches constructed the sanctuary working under the super vision of a man named VV H Parker and his brother-in law Henry Barker However, Mrs Tarvin believes the church got its name because a lot of early day cowhands attended services there The cowboys came off the ranches for services They may have helped but I don't believe the cowboys built the building Mrs Tarv in said When the first settlers came to Barnhart in 1911, she said folks of all denominations met first under the shade of a big mesquite tree near where the West Texas Utilities Co sub station is now located According to Mrs Tarvin the first preacher was F Homer Miller a sort of circuit riding evangelist who came to Barnhart bv horseback from Midkiff via Stiles and Big Lake dur mg 1914 through 1916 to preach and hold summer revivals Miller, then a young bachelor met and married a young schoolteacher hired to teach children on a ranch at Midkiff They lived in the one room building that was used as the school Miller moved his wife to Barnhart when a parsonage was built and one of their children was bom here Mrs Tarv in said In October 1916 J M Perry was appointed pastor of the church by Methodist Bishop Kdwin I) Mouser Perry was given instruction to pro cml with the construction of the church A town promoter Howard Cox gave the first Jibe contribution toward the building Cox along with S C Couch and Dr H Helbing the towns first phy-ician organized the church and Sunday School with the doctor serving as Sunday School superintendent until he moved his family to San .Angelo in 1931 The Tarvins came to Barnhart in 1932 from Anson in Jones County The Depression was on and jobs were scarce, but Tarvin was willing to do day labor on ranches until he could find a regular job The railroad had section crews working on the line and Tarvin s intention to stay for three months lasted nearly a lifetime "Things were in better shape than in Jones County.” Tarvin said recalling that the giant ranches in the Barnhart Big Lake area needed good cowhands There were no big ian downers up in the Anson area, he added When the Tarvins got to Barnhart the town had a lot of residents a school a number of stores a hotel drug store and was the cattle shipp mg capital of the Southwest The cou pie came by Model T car and travel ed the dirt road from San Angelo The trip took all day Mrs Tarv in recalled When the Tarvins started atten ding the Cowboy Church in 1932 there were three other churches for Baptists the Methodists and the Church of Christ The Cowboy Church is the only one left, she said For many years, the church s of fictal registry was lost Mrs Tarvin said However, it later w.j- found in the attic of the Methodist parsonage at Mertzon "I have no idea how it got there but we were glad to get it back -he said Briefly LA leaders see return to church for security L<*s \NGELF> AP In a city known for fast lane** ami faster times many people are reluming to church to help them cope with the growing dangers of urban life religious leaders Chn st»ans ami mm c’hnstians alike are !<*>king to religion for a sense of community lost in the sprawl and hellenism of the nation s Necond largest city a place to worship feel safe find friend- thee < an trust \nd the more conservative sects mil usually associated with big city iife -eem to ?e drawing much of the attention There really is an awful lot of quest for non exploitive relation ships -aid the Rev Jack Hayloft! pastor of the First Foursquare (Tiurch of suburban \ an Nuys which had 18 members in 1969 and has 6 SUO today In la» Angeles he said people come to know that lf strangers are not on the make sexually thev re on the take financially Mennonite- more accustomed to simple country life expect to better than double their 22 affiliated chur Priest maintains tradition of Polish parish in South Texas che- in the Los Angeles area within the next eight years said Allan V mler of the .southwest Mennonite Conference (if th** 22 congregations 14 have sprung up since 19*' They <1on t have clos** family tie-here so the church become- farm Iv V oder said When Rabbi Marvin sugarman ar rived in law* Angeles 20 years ago his shaarev Zedek Congregation waffling for its life Today an orthodox Jewish neighborhood bursting with new families ha- developed around the suburban North Hollywood synagogue with real estate agents unable to find enough homes for newcomers Sugarmar. said More people particularly younger people are finding greater value ami support in traditiona. rt of that to become dislodged and just -o enter any number of tide pools are here " The youth are coming back to the church in great number- say- the Rev Paul Bam*' of st Brigid Catholic Church rn the predominant Iv black south-central section They are expressing themselves in the black church with fervor we thought had disappeared Parishioner Cameron Brown a 24 year old lx>s Angeles insurance claims found lifestv Ii if Y< pexipie tame repro the fast paced • unrealistic >u live in Ix)s Angeles you he even dav living that I he has Iv wood md of lifestyle because they abuse their live- It - not a -ure thing -be said lr. Los Angeles where neighborhoods often are undefined Peace Lutheran Church to hold first services Peace Lutheran Church, ELCA will hold its first worship service at Memorial Primary school sunday at 9 Hi p rn The church will start Sunday School in January said the Rev David Schulte Call 620-0618 for more information Living Christmas planned in Bulverde A "Living Christmas will be presented Dec 18 20 at St Paul Lutheran Church at Bulverde Living Christmas is a depiction of the Christmas story This annual presentation is now in its 10th year Each of the ll scenes will come alive to the v (ewers as they are manned by living people and some with bv mg animals Guests drive through the presenta tion guided by a path of lighted candles viewing the scenes from their car For many this event has become a tradition as visitors return each year The public is invited Paul i- on US 281 North ll miles north of lioop IHM San Antonio Seminary announces registration san Antonio Seminary announces registration for the winter quarter which begins Jan ll ( all the seminary office for addr tional information or an appointment at 4« 762c Office hours are 9 to ll a rn and I to lpm Monday through Thur-day Non-denomination a I ministerial training and education German candlelight service planned Bethany Congregational Church United Church of Christ and the Trinity University German Program will hold the 84th annual German Christmas Candlelight Service Die Deutsche Weihnachtsfeier at 7:30 p rn Sunday in the sanctuary of the Central Christian Church Disciples of Christ on North Main Avenue at Romana Plaza in San Antonio The traditional service conducted entirely in the German language will be led by the Rev John Culver pastor of Bethany Congregational Church Dr Annalise Duncan German professor from Trinity Universi tv and Sigismund von Tschirschky from the church assisted by students from the German program at Trinity University The German Choral arrangements w ill be presented by the 50-voice all male choir of the San Antonio Liederkranz under the direction of Wayne Marty George Gregory organist at Central Christian Church will play the church s hand-operated carillon in a half-hour concert of Ger man folk and Christmas songs prior to the start of the sen. ice The Christmas story will ne told through the reading of Scripture anc German poetry and congregational and choral singing of traditional Ger man Christmas carols In recent years, this srvice has become an ex pression of the large and historic German community in the san An tomo area The annual German Christmas observance started in 1904 as a church school exercise of the Ger man Evangelical Friedens Church of San Antonio The public is welcome to attend and there is no admission charge Christmas Cantata First Church of the Nazarene 1465 Interstate 35 is hosting a Christmas cantata Come Celebrate Jesus at 7pm Dec 16 at the church For more information call 625-0803 FRANCES BRIDGES is 'hero ♦or you e.e'x TbursdOy in rn® Herald Zfitung P A N N A MARIA AP America - first Polish Catholic parish is grooming a priest from Rotan*! to keep its tradition alive FV Rev Frank Kuna) # is from the same SUestan list net as Parma Mina x origin*, loo families who came bere in IHM Although the town has seer many cflanges through the years one thing remains Attest of its citizens still speak in their forefathers Miesian dtailH t It s very unusual that the people (• ’.his t an still speak in the du e* t -aid Kuna] who has been in the I nited Mate* for stout a year or f th* res*. - I wa* xN’-er tx* tome bere - that I -;<cak the same 11 ale* t Nearly a., of the town s IOO reviler.!* attend i hun h at the In. maculate ( arreption of the Blessed \ irgin Mary * "hutch where Kuna) is an at*prentke under the Aery Rev * anon Bernard «Kirtle. I am getting old I need tome help va id the 82 vear old Gtiebel We need to have *umet*>*1v here who * an take over after I rn gone Parma Mans is one of seven tiny predominantly Polish i at boite towns ii; an area about ■ mikes southeast of -an Antonio .ohI more than l*«> miles north of Corpus i hristi Some people think it s a waste lo ?■• a priest of a small parish Kuna] -aid Buf this way I know the people who go to church 'a*re I know his problems I rn not an animal hero like in a big parish Kuna] said tome chun fie* are big business rn America AU this preaching sating send me your money is a lie If this happened in the Catholic i hurt h then it would be over Kuna] is otw of two Rotes sent to offer relief for pastors in this area He arni tin Rev Jolt Klak U were sent to the I lilted Mates without knowing English Part of their training has twen to atteiHi English classes at San Antonio i ollege in San Antonio lf you leant this language you are in a big world from Japan to England Everyone wants to know English It gives you so mirv op port unit ie- he said Kuna] who has teen a priest for 11 years spends throe days a wees helping Goebel and four days in E alls City helping out at Trinity Church He also attends college on Monday -Wednesday* and kndavs for five hour* a day As a priest for me this is an excellent place Kurza; -aid There are so many national!? u-here It is trois a gift Kuna] said he enjoys speaking with people from south America and if hts bishop from Poland dursr t keep him in Parma Maria he would he interested in working there Although Kuna) is working as an understudy in Parma Maria he said a priest s future is never defmde I am here to see if I < an fe helpful m this area K ma) said I fce it hero but you never know what might happen to change things Judaism he said The secular the pe«*p,e find ?heir identity and Western life-tv.e I- emptv and en-iav mg other thriving Jewish neight<erhoud- exist in the Hollywood am! West I aas Angeie- areas Hie material values of 'he Los Angeles entertainment mecca can community in the parish said the Rev Joseph Battaglia spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of law* Angeles Such a yearning for religious com rn unity has boosted attendance at st Brigid from about 2* a -undav eight su< k in the unwary and leave them year- ago to the pre-ent average of with little said Don K r.g S! a I "• th* Rev Eli Bauwens said former Mennonite pastor in subur The enthusiasm and fervor reache-bar, I Downey    A ou can be    so -wept    throughout the    urehdso* eve    Bat into various    currents    lf my    taglia -a d The    number of    men religious life    aeron! in    a strong    entering s»mtnary    is the highest    rn Ii center to*us it would be reailv ea-v    vear- be-aid rn k\ Peace Lutheran Church Worship services .vin begin Sunday December 13th at 9:30 a rn at Memorial School on County Line Road, You are invited to join us tor this oyous occasion and become part of this new congregation Call Pastor Schulte at 620-0618 for further details DAVID MAY ^ vit, ; > vQyh t O' I C *y sjO»ofr***© t 30* , •"> e Herald-Zeitung Crossroads House of Beauty Welcomes Sam Sweeten Barter St\list FM 2673 Saltier Tele: 964-3896    Mon-Sat. they woirt mix FRUSTRATION AND FEAR 3BCC In today s world, frustration and fear plague our life as never before Don t despair-there is an answer1 Come and experience GOD S ANSWER!! You are invited to worship and fellowship with the Presbyterian Church in America Sunday nights. 7 p.m. Tha Community Room. Laurel Pima Apts. 300 Laursl Lane 625-6326 or 629 4222 A mesiay# iron* this ne«r»pap*f and th* Isis* Dept of Public Safety John J. Curtis Is Pleased To Announce The Opening Of His Office For The Practice Of Law 260 No. Casten New Braunfels 625-3443 Call For An Appointment a-C’ TIME WILL TELL Introducing... Time Teacher by SHARP The Fun, Easy Way To Learn To Tell Time Ages: 3-7 years The Perfect Christmas Gift Understanding me meaning of time is important to' every chiia They need to know when to get up go to school eat dinner ana go to bed Learning to tell time is otten a very difticult and contusing task tor a Child SHARP s NEW Time Teacher simplifies time teaching Each Time Teacher comes with a 16 page read along book ana tape GU ADD JU Jt ak Avg* SHARP PEOPLE WEAR SHARP WATCHES AVAILABLE AT FINE STORES INCLUDING CEZ) Ttm^Taachar 16 Page? 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