New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, Dec. 17,1993 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 1 6School adapts to new rules on religion in class
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Students, educators and parents are cautiously tiptoeing around new rules governing religion in Williamsville schools and finding that, for all the controversy, little has changed since the guidelines were enacted.
High school students in the suburban Buffalo district can still dress up a classmate as Santa Claus for a fundraiser. Jewish mothers can still come to school to teach students about Hanukkah. Students can still decorate a pine tree in the hallways — though they call it a holiday tree, not a Christmas tree.
Religious symbols such as Nativity scenes or the Star of David may be displayed in classrooms, but only as part of an educational unit. Holiday displays can remain up for no longer than IO days.
Though most of its 10,000 students are Christians, the Williamsville district has a large Jewish population and many Hindu, Muslim and Sikh students.
A year ago, when guidelines were being formulated, school board meetings degenerated into shouting matches over the policy.
Now that the policy is in effect, the debate has largely died down. School officials are still finetuning the rules, but teachers, parents and students so far have seen only minor changes.
‘The idea is to make the schools less oppressive to those who are not in the majority religion,” said Francis Murphy, school superintendent. “Why should a Muslim student coming to school 20 days before Christmas feel like an interloper in a Christian environment?’
The policy bans holiday gift exchanges in classrooms, a nile that has miffed some students and parents accustomed to trading presents for Christmas or Hanukkah. At a fourth-grade holiday party, candy canes — supposedly a representation of the staffs of shepherds who flocked to Christ’s birth — were replaced by Pez candy dis
“We’ve had to put a little more thought into everything that goes on for the holidays,” said Suzanne Tozer, a parent who helped organize the party.
“I have nothing against my son playing ‘Jingle Bells’ or some of the Christmas festivities in the school,” said Kailash Chadha, a Hindu who supports the policy. “At the same time, I don’t want my children being taught Christianity in the classroom. If you’re in the minority, why should you be exposed to that?’
Troubled by such questions, teachers often leave religion out of lessons for fear they might violate U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the separation of church and state.
Like Williamsville, school boards around the country have adopted policies to give teachers guidelines on how to deal with religion.
“Religion is a fact of life, it’s a fact of our culture, and I think that teaching that ignores religion is poor teaching,”
said Charles Kniker of the National Council on Religion and Public Education.
The Williamsville policy is intended to allow instruction about religion as a cultural influence, with lessons balanced among Christianity, Judaism, Islam and other faiths.
“No school system is seriously going to ban all discussion of religion. That goes too far, and good educators know that,” said Robert Boston of the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “Williamsville is leading the way. It’s a good source for model policies for other schools.”
Alan Garrow, a school board member who voted against the policy, said the new rules have taken some of the harmless fun out of the holidays. While Christmas decorations aren’t banned, Garrow said he has seen fewer signs of the holiday around the district’s 13 schools.
“I feel our kids are being shortchanged,” Garrow said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Roman Catholic and Jewish religious leaders have issued a joint appeal to Americans to help prevent the spread of pornography.
The statement by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and the Synagogue Council of America’s Interreligious Affairs Committee recognizes “the constitutionally guaranteed right of freedom of speech.”
But the religious leaders said they also were concerned about the “alarming growth” of pornography.
“As Jews and Catholics, we teach that the Creator fashioned each person in the divine image,” the statement says. “Any material that demeans the inherent dignity of women, men and children by removing sexuality from the context of meaningful interpersonal relationships denies the image of the Creator within all of us.”
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Ben Nelson had a gun removed from a Christmas display that is supposed to depict what life was like in Nebraska in the late 1800s.
The display donated by state Sen. Connie Day of Norfolk and her husband, John, uses mannequins to represent Nelson and his wife, Diane. It sits on the front lawn of the governor’s mansion.
The display originally included a revolver, which sat on a mantelpiece. Nelson had the gun removed because the display is geared toward children, said Shirley Hart Arthur, mansion director.
The mechanical mannequins dressed in late 1800s clothing stand in front of a fireplace with a Christmas tree off to one side.
“The intent is to have a homey look of the governor and first lady sitting by the fireplace waving at the kids as they go by,” Arthur said.
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Calvary Baptist Church, 2386 W. San Antonio St. Sunday School 10 a m.; worship 11 a m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday service 7 p.m.
Christ Presbyterian Church (Prasbytarlan Church In Amarlca), 111 S. Union at Common. Sunday School 9:45 a.m.. Worship 11 a rn.
Christ tbs King Confasslonal Lutharan Church (Missouri Synod). 655 Landa St Bible study at 9 a rn., Worship at 10:30 am.
Churel of Christ. 1665 Highway 81 W Bible classes for all. 9 a m.; worship 10 a m.; evening worship and children's Bible hour
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Church of Christ (Northslds).
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Church of Christ, 174 West End St Bible study at 9 25 a rn and 5 p m. Sunday and 7 p m. Wednesday Worship is at 10 30 a rn. and 6 p m Sunday. Call 625-1094 or 648-1734 for information I
Church of Christ, 358 Landa Street. Suite J Bible class 9 a m.; Worship 10 a rn and 6 p m Sunday, Bible class 7pm Wednesday
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 1390 Han; Road. Sacrament Meeting 9 a rn., Sunday School and Primary 10:15 am; Priesthood Meeting and Heitet bociety 11 :iu arn
Community Christian Church. OakRun School. Sunday School 9:30, worship service 10:30 Call 620-7174 or 620-7848
Cross Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod). South Hickory and Cross Streets Sunday school 9:15 a rn.; worship 8 and 10:30 a rn.
Daysprlng Christian Fellowship, Memorial School. 1900 S. Walnut. Worship 10:30 a m.; Sunday school 9:30 am.; Evaning Worship 6 p m,
Eastsldt Baptist Church, 983 Holly 81. Sunday school 9:45 a ni. and worship 11 a m. and 6 pm Wadnaaday prayer masting
Faith United Church of Christ. 970 Loop 337. Church school 9:15; worship 10:30 a.m.
Fsllowshlp Bibl# Church, Soirm and Morning Ode Sunday school 9;46 a.m.; worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
First Aeaembly of God, 1667
U.S. 01 Wast. Sunday school 9:45 a.m.; worship 10:30 a m. and 9 p.m.; Wadnaaday aarvloa 7 p.m.
First Baptist Churah, 733 Cross Si Sunday sohool 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:46 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Wsdnscday dlnnar 6:30 p m. Blbla study and prayar aarvloa 6:16.
First Church of Christ Scientist, 137 E. Mill St. Sunday service 10 30 a.m.; Sunday school 10:30 a rn.; Wednesday
service 7 30 p.m. Child care available
First Church of the Nazarsns,
1465 Interstate 35 East. Sunday school 9:45 a rn.; worship 10:50 a m. and 6 p m
First Mexican Baptist, 2080 W San Antonio St. Sunday school 9:45 a rn.; worship 10:50 and 6 p.m.; Wednesday prayer service
First Prssbytsrian Church, 272 S. Krueger, Sunday school 9:45 a rn.; fellowship 10:30 a rn.; worship 11 a.rn and 7 p m.
First Protestant United Church of Christ. Seguin and Coll Streets. Worship 8 and 10:30 a rn.; church school 9 a m.
First Spanish Assembly of God Church, 1944 U.S. 81 al Peach Street. Sunday School 9:45 a m.. Worship services 10:45 a.rn and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church,
572 W. San Antonio. Worship
8 30 a m.; Sunday school 9:30 a rn ; worship 10:50 a rn.; youth activities 5-7 p.m.
Freedom Fellowship Church and School, 330 Hackberry, Sunday services 10:30 a.m., nursery and children's church. Wednesday family meetings in homes Call 625-1268.
Gathering of the Remnant Church, 419 Enchantment. Sunday worship al 10 a rn. and 7 pm; Tuesday and Thursday al 7 p.m.
Harmony Baptist Church, 14/2 Texas 46 S Sunday school 9:45 a.rn ; Sunday worship 11 a rn. and 7 pm; Church training 6 p.m.; Wednesday prayer meeting 7 p m.
Holy Family Catholic Church. 245 S Hidalgo Saturday Mass 5 p.m.; Sunday Mass 8 a rn (Spanish) 10 a rn.
Hosanna Baptist Church; 525 Mather (bilingual). Sunday School 9:30 am.; Sunday worship 10:30 a m. and 6 p.m.; Wadnaaday Prayar Sarvlca 7 p.m.
Iglaala Bethel Pentecost#, 365 dr ap# St Saturday, Sunday and Wadnasday 7 p.m.; Sunday school 10 a rn.; Monday prayar matting 7:30 p.m.
ilaals da Crlsto, 117 I. Zipp ibis asea • a rn.; Sarvlca 9 a.m. Sunday; Blbla class 7:30 p.m. Wadnasday.
Lakeside Baptist Churah, FM 726. Sunday school 9:46 a.m.; worship 11 a m. and 6 p.m.; Wadnasday Blbla study and prayar mealing 7 p m.
Live Oak Baptist, 336 Washington Sunday sohool 6:46 • rn.; worship 11 a.m.; Baptist Training Union (2nd and 4th Sunday) 4 p.m.; Brotherhood and Missionary Society Wadnasday 6:30 p.m.; prayar sarvlca and Blbla Study Wadnasday 6:30 p.m.; choir rehearsal Wadnaaday 6 p.m.
Living Word Church, 1254 U S.
81 E. Sunday school 9:45 a m. and worship 10:30 a m. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday service and Bible study, children s classes and youth meeting 7:30 p.m.
Mission Psntscosts Church, 129 School St. Services Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 7:30 p.m.
Mission Valley Bible Church,
995 Mission Hills Drive (NBCA). 10:30 am. Worship and Children’s Church. Church office: 258 1/2 W San Antonio.
New Braunfels Christian
Church, 734 Loop 307. Sunday school 9:30 a m ; worship 10:30 a rn and 6 p.m.; junior church
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New Brsunfsls Foursquare Gospsl Church, one-fourth mile from. Interstate 35 on FM 306 Sunday school 10 a rn.; worship
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New Braunfels Prssbytsrian Church, 373 Howard. Worship 8:30 a.m.,
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New Braunfels Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2990 W. San Antonio St. Sabbath School al 10:40 am Saturday. Worship at 9:30 a rn. Saturday.
New Life Assembly, full Gospel. Oasis Street near Molly Joe s Sunday School at 10 a m.; worship 11 a m. and 6 p m Sunday and 7 p m Wednesday
Oakwood Baptist Church, 2154 Loop 337 North. Bible study 9:30 a rn.; worship 10:45 a rn and 6 p.m.; Wednesday prayer service 7 pm
Our Lady of Psrpstusl Help Church, 138 W. Austin Masses
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Peace Lutharan Church,
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Rsorganlxsd Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1138 Dunlap Drive. New Brsunfsls. Church school 9:45 a m.; worship 11 arn. Bible study Thursdays at 1 p.m.
Restoration Church of Jsaua Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 49 Quads Coma, House Church. Call 625-5230
Second Baptist Church, 243 Merrlweathtr. Sunday school 946 a.m.; worship 11 am. and 7 p.m.; ehureh training 6 p.m.; Wadnaaday aarvloa 7:30 pm.
St. John's Episcopal Churah, 312 8. Guenther. Holy Eucharist
6 am.; Christian Education 9:30 am., Holy Eucharist 10:30 am.
St Joseph's Anglican Churah, 1926 Episcopal Prayar Book. I am. Holy Eucharist 2nd, 4th and 8th Sunday (morning prayer •Itarnata Sunday*); 11 am. Sunday Sohool, Holy Eucharist lit, 3rd and 8th Sunday* (morning prayar aliarnata Sundays); 9:30 am Sunday*, Bibi# study.
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St. Paul Lutheran Church (ELCA), Cross and Santa Clara Streets. Worship service 8 arn. (broadcast on KNBT Radio FM
92). 10:30 a m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. Sunday school 9:15 arn.
Ste. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 386 N. Casten. Saturday Mass 5 p.m.; Sunday Masses 8 00. 9:30 and 11:15 arn. No evening mass through Friday.
The Pentecosts of New Braunfels 104 Melody Lane. Sunday morning. Hour of Power 9:30, Celebration of Praise 10:30; Thursday evening, Exploring Spiritual Dimensions 7:30; Special Ministries: Working with Kids at Risk; Services Interpreted for the Deaf.
Tres of Ufa Fellowship, 652 N. Loop 337. Sunday services (including Children's Church) at 0 30 a rn. and 10:30 a m. Sunday evening service (and Children’s Church) at 7 p m. Ladies Bible Study at 10 a m. Wednesday. Pastor's Bible study and Youth Meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Bracken United Methodist Church, 20377 FM 2252. Sunday school 9:30 am.; Sunday church services 8:15 a m. and 10:40 a rn.; UMYF Sunday at 5 p m
Bulverde Baptist Church, P.O. Box 43. Sunday school 9:30 a m.; worship 10:45 a rn. and 7 p m.; Christian training 6 p.m.; Wednesday service 7 p m
Bulvsrds Baptist Church, P.O. Box 260. Sunday School 9:30 am.; Worship 8:15 and 10:45 a rn. and 6 pm.; Discipleship Training 5 p.m.; Wednesday servioe 7 pm.
Canyon Lake Prssbytsrian Church, Shepard Hill, 4314 FM 2673 between Sattlsr and Startzville. Sunday School 9:30 a m., Worship 11 a m. 964-2427.
Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, Flintstons Drive. Canyon Lake Mobile Homo Estates. Sunday school 9:15 am.; Worship 10 30 a m.
Chapel In the Cove
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Church of Christ, FM 3159 and 2673. Bible class 10 am,; Sunday worship 11 a rn. and 6 p.m.; Wadnaaday service 7 p m
Church In the Valley
(Interdenominational) FM 306 and Alvar Road (al Canyon City). Sunday school 9:16 am.; worship 6 and 10:30 a.m.; Wadnasday Blbla ttudy 7 pm.
Church In the Wildwood
(Assembly of Qed), FM 2673. Tho Oaks. Sunday school 10 •rn.; worship 10:60 am. and 6:30 pm,
Covenant Baptist Churah, Duck Blind Lounge at Foratt Water* Country Club In (larder Ridge. Sunday Sohool 9:46 am Coffs* 10:30 am.; Worship 1' •rn. Sunday.
Cranes Mill Baptist Church, FM 2673 at Startzville. Sunday Bible study 9:30 a m.; worship 10:45 a rn. and 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday Bible study and prayer 7.30 p m. Nursery provided
Frlsdsn’s United Church of Christ Geronimo. Church school 9 a m.; worship service 10:15 am.
First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake, in Horseshoe Falls Estates. Sunday school 9:30 a in.; worship 10:40 a m. and 6 p.m. Nursery provided.
Gethsemene Beptlst Church,
Startzville Community Center, Sunday school 10 a m.; worship ll a m and 7 p.m.; Wednesday worship 7 p.m.
Rock Hill Gospel Faith Center, 502 Interstate 35 south of New Braunfels, behind the rest area. Sunday school 9:30 gJD.;. worship 10:15 and 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday night 7:30 p.m.; Saturday night regular service 7:30 p m.
Southlake Baptist Church (SBO), 77 FM 3159 across from the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Co op. Sunday Bible study for all ages 9:30 a rn.; worship 11 a m.; discipleship training 6 p.m.; Wednesday prayer, praise and worship 7:30 p.m. Nursery provided.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church (ELCA), FM 2673 east ol Startzville. Worship 10:15 am; communion first Sunday. Sunday School. 9 a m.
St. Francis by tbs Laks Episcopal Church. FM 306 at
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ut. John's Mission Church, Our Lady of Psrpstusl Help mission) Hunter. Sunday Mass 9:30 a.m.
Bt. Paul Lutharan Church of Bulverde, FM 1863 at U S. 261. Sunday school 9:15 am.; worship 8 am. and 10:30 am.
Bt. Paul Unltad Church of Christ, South Main and FM 76. Cibolo. Church school and worship at 10 a.m.
Bt. Thomas Catholic Church (just below Canyon Dam). Saturday Maw at 6 p.m.; Sunday at 6:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Triumphant Lutharan Churah, Bat Cava Road at Schoanthal Road (Qarden Ridga). Spacial avania, • a.m.; Worship 0 im; Sunday Sohool for all agas, 10:30 a.m. 661-9090.
Unity Cantar of Practice! Christianity In Ban Maraca, 222 •an Antonio Bt. Sunday worship, 11 a.m.; Wadnasday study group, 7 to 6:60 p.m. 362-6166.
Unity Church of Ban Antonio, 1723 Lawndalo, off Broadway, •unday aarvloa 11 a.m.; Sunday youth education 11 a.m.; Wadnaaday oles* 7 pm; Dial-a-Prayar 624-6222
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