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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas Pity, Aft y;, f y»V.» - ti VWO , ;, n w i'" ■ DECEMBER 24, 2004 xIALD-ZeITUNG SPORTS FOOTBALL Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick agrees to 10-year, $100 million contract. Page 7 A Cold weather to give nip to Christmas By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Put an extra log on the fire and be sure to bring the pets in tonight, because even if tomorrow morning doesn’t bring a white Christmas, it will be cold enough for one. National Weather Service Meteorologist Pat McDonald said this morning’s low temperature was expected to dip to the high teens. Christmas morning, he said, could dawn at a frigid 15 degrees with a wind chill factor that makes it feel like single digits. Comal County Road Superintendent Shannon Wagner said officials were monitoring the weather. “We’re ready,” Wagner said of the county’s road crews, lf there is any precipitation, crews would sand roads where necessary, lie said. McDonald said the weather WEATHER FORECAST ■ What will the weather be like for the next seven days? A look at the forecast is on Page 1B. overnight might bring a few flurries here, but not a lot of snow — if any. “We have some snow up in the Midland and Lubbock area that might make it down here, so you could see some flurries overnight depending on when you were outside to check,’’ he said. Thursday’s high of 45 degrees at 2:30 p.m. would seem warm compared to the high today, which is expected to be around 32 degrees. “The good news is on ( hristmas Day, after all the children open their presents, die afternoon looks to be sunny and warmer with highs in the 50s,” McDonald said. Lows Saturday night are See WEATHER, Page 3A Interweaving lives Local sells items to help families, women in Guatemala. Public safety officials urge safety on roads FORUM LETTERS Readers sound of on lack of a nativity scene in downtown and supporting SVHS for a great football season. Page 6A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 34 14 pages, 2 sections 500 www: I 8 ’56825 WWW#*’'' DU 00001 J® zn - mi DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 3B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3B WINTER LIGHTS Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung The circa 1905 home of Ken and Caren Lowery located at 361 West San Antonio Street is decorated with items used at the old Joske's store in downtown San Antonio. i v' v*. JPS Decorated houses bring color, cheer to holiday season The Borgfeld home at 462 Lockener is decorated with hundreds of Christmas lights. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Ihiblic safety officials caution that spending Christmas or New Year’s Day in jail is no way to enjoy the holiday. I lighway Patrol officers and local deputies and police will be out in force looking for drunken drivers — and hoping to reduce holiday accidents. Tela Mange, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Wednesday the I lighway Patrol wants to remind motorists not to See SAFETY, Page 8A The McKeen residence located at 619 Viewcrest. By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Ken and Caren Lowery’s yard really does look like a picture print from Currier and Ives. And, it does give people something to remember all through their lives. The sleigh gliding across the lawn of the Lowery’s San Antonio Street home, which was inspired by the Currier and Ives print, titled “The Road — Winter,” is only one element of the postcard-picturesque Christmas display they put on every year. “We do it to give back to the community,” Caren said. “And, for fun.” Community members and tourists stop by all through December to gaze over the wrought iron fence at the thousands of lights glittering from every plane of the 99-year-old house. They usually leave with at least one picture. “We have people from all over the world — from Australia to Germany — visit us,” (iiren said. “I bet every tourist in town leaves with a picture of our house.” For the last 12 years, ever since they moved into the See LIGHTS Page 8A Faith Harvest Church FAITH fridays, the Herald-Zeitung will feature a different house of urnship. FAITH HARVEST CHURCH Pastor: Phil Taylor Denomination: nondenomina tional Attendance: 50 Meeting time: 11 a.m. Sunday B Location: 1928 S. Seguin m Phone: (830) 626-2119 B Worship style: charismatic Church experiences supernatural healing on regular basis By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Members of [ aith I larvest Church experience the supernatural on a regular basis. Pastor Phil Taylor listed numerous physical healings since the church opened in 2000 — a man with a growth on his leg, a woman with brain cancer, another woman with diabetes and one with congestive heart failure, to name a few. Although most of the healings occur after Taylor has laid his hands on the sick person and prayed, he is quick to give all the credit to Cod. “I’m just awed that God would use me," he said. “I think its just because I’m will tog." Taylor said he was not normally a compassionate person, but when he saw need, he was moved. “When I see someone who needs a touch from God, I am moved by compassion, often to tears. I see how bad people want Cod to touch them,” he said. Taylor’s wife, Debbie, said her husband started taking part in healings after he prayed for and received his own healing from diabetes several years ago. That event sparked their desire to start their own church. At first, the congregation met in San Antonio, but Taylor quickly realized all his members were driving down to the services from New Braunfels. Taylor said he believed Cod wanted to use him lo do physical healings, but he felt the church’s purpose was to take a lead in cultural healing. “I believe Cod wanted us to be multicultural and instrumental in bringing down walls of division,” he said. "We have all kinds of people in our congregation.” The congregation’s diversity works because members are committed to love each other. “lf God brings people across our path, we believe it’s our duty to love them. We See CHURCH, Page 3A DAVID INGRAM Herald Zeitung Faith Harvest Church Pastor Phil Taylor.iiiiuuuuaiuuju ;