New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Religion in the News
Congregation robuildo after arson
ENID, Okla. (AP) — Some 18 months after their church was destroyed by arson, members of the First Missionary Baptist Church worshipped in a new sanctuary just before Christmas.
“This is the house of the Lord that the Lord has built,” said the Rev. Alfred Baldwin Jr., head pastor. “We couldn’t have done this by ourselves. The Lord has blessed us with this new home.” The June 1996 fire was originally linked to several black church burnings in the South but later was blamed on a man judged mentally unable to face the charges.
The church was rebuilt with donations of more than $400,000 and $300,000 in insurance money.
“This is not a new church,” said Deacon Gaylord Willis.
“This is a new house of worship. We’re the church. We were not touched by that fire.”
Church steeples harbor cell phone antennas
PROVIDENCE, R I. (AP) — Cellular telephone companies are tapping into financial needs of churches, schools and towns in establishing higher ground for cell phone antennas.
At Our Lady of Consolation Roman Catholic Church in Pawtucket, AT&T Wireless Services, for example, pays the church for placing a 9-foot antenna on a bell tower that overlooks the city
“Now we can spend our money on our ministry,” the Rev Normand Courtemanche told The Providence Journal-Bulletin He would not say how much the pansh is paid but said the monthly fee covers maintenance of the church building
As new companies enter the market and technology requires more antennas, the structures are going up atop steeples, water towers, smoke stacks, school roofs and municipal radio towers
Former church treasurer sentenced
WHEELING, W Va (AP)
The former treasurer of a Roman Catholic church as been sentenced to up to IO years in prison and I .(HK) hours of community service after admitting that he stole more than $300,000 in parish securities The federal indictment said David L. Miller, 50, made an unauthorized sale of $ 189,000 in pansh secunties on the New York Stock Exchange, then spent $152,577 on his home a few days later.
Miller, a tonner treasurer of St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Wheeling, pleaded guilty in Ohio County Circuit Court to two counts of forgery and 23 counts of uttenng, which is the act of passing a forged check
Pastor arrested for trespassing on church
SILER CITY. N C (AP)-The former pastor of a Siler City church has been arrested for trespassing on church property The Rev. Ma/ie Ferguson, 53, was arrested dunng services at First Baptist Church. Ferguson, of Greensboro, was charged with second-degree trespassing for violating a preliminary injunction against entenng church grounds
Ferguson w as senior pastor of the church until October, when the congregation narrowly voted to dismiss her Detractors said her leadership style was dictatorial. Supporters said she % was fighting a church leadership loathe to relinquish its power.
Ferguson became senior pastor in February 1996 when there were only eight female senior pastors among the 1,700 predominantly black churches in the General Baptist Convention of North Carolina.
After her dismissal, church locks were changed, and trustees obtained the preliminary injunction barring her from the church.
Be it resolved: A Christian sets his sights high
Well it’s that time of year again. Time to reflect on the big issues of life and to try to make changes where needed and to affirm that which is worth keeping. I wonder why this is so convenient now and is neglected (hiring the rest of the year. Why can’t I make resolutions on, say, June 25?
I, like most people, typically choose to use the convenience of a new year to assess my life and to establish some resolutions. Some of these are reaffirmations of resolutions I’ve made in years past.
A resolution is different than a goal in that it seeks a change in character and perspective. Resolving to do something differently or to alter a lifestyle will have long term effects rather than short term results. Resolutions target wholesale changes in our habits, not just minor tune-ups to gratify immediate guilt.
A resolution says "I will take care of my body." A goal may say ”1 will quit smoking this year" (a goal few people realize). A resolution says "I will deepen my commitment
to and love for Jesus." A goal says "I will go to church SO percent of the time." A resolution, then, reaches farther and has broader consequences than a goal.
So rather than spending time establishing goals, I chose to declare (again!) some resolutions for my life. It’s rather coincidental that it happens at the change of the year.
I, therefore, resolve:
1. To be an authentic Christian. Someone that responsibly and accurately displays the life of Jesus Christ to everyone in my sphere of influence. The only thing that will wake up a sleeping world is someone who shows the reality of the life of Jesus.
2. To pursue God, the original Pursuer. God
started this relationship. According to Philippians 1:6: "He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." I will make it my life-long pursuit to actively receive His grace and let Him mold and shape me into the image of His Son, Jesus.
3. To love God#and His Son Jesus with all my heart, soul, strength and mind. Did I leave anything out? As a disciple of Jesus, I am allowed no reservations in any area of life!
4. To know God as a Father and Friend. I will not wait until death to realize the reality of a personal relationship with the living God. After all, this is His idea, not mine. Revelation 3:11 says He stands at the door (of my heart) and knocks. If I will allow Him to come in, He and I will relate personally one with the other. With an opportunity like this, why would I want to resolve to do anything else? All other options cannot
compare to the possibility of a life-giving relationship with the King of the universe.
5. To be a true "promisekeeper" to my wife and children. While families continue to splinter and neglect runs rampant, I want to be one mane who carries the banner of faithfulness and integrity in my house and among those who watch me the closest and know me the best.
6. To be a better listener than talker. As a preacher, I typically love to hear myself say things. Not everyone shares this perspective. More friends are made and more respect is gained by listening instead of talking. James 1:9 tells us to be "swift to hear and slow to speak." This will be a challenging resolution.
Life is an exciting journey. Jesus offers us "abundant life." I, for one, intend to take Him up on His offer and continue to live the most incredible life possible: the life of a Jesus-follower!
(The Rev. Tim Judkins is associate minister of First Protestant Church in New Braunfels.)
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Church unwraps three tenors
First Protestant Church will present the Three Tenors Concert, Emerson Chew Ng, Carey Dietcrt and Jeff Woodward, at 3 pm. Sunday in the First Protestant Church sanctuary There will be a free will offering Operatic tenor Jeff Woodward’s soaring and effortless technical command and innovative programming have brought him increasing attention as one of America's most admired young artists Recently, Woodward won a Texas Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship to perform the roles of Rodolfo in Puccini's "La Bohemc," and Alfred in Strauss' "Die Fledennaus" at Opera in the Ozark* in Arkansas and Missouri In addition to operatic roles, Woodward also gave many oratorical and musical theater performances
After graduating from New Braunfels High School in 1986, Woodward attended Stephen F. Austin State University to study with Dr Richard Berry Then he went on to study at the C onservatory at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He currently resides in Manhattan (NYC), New York, where he has worked with and/or
met such greats as Joan Dome ma nn. Carlo Bergonzi, Sherrill Milncs and Luciano Pavarotti.
Carey Dietcrt is a native son of New Braunfels, Dietcrt graduated from New Braunfels High School where he was a member of the band, choral and drama programs, and qualified for the TSTA All State Choir. He continued his education at the University of Texas at Austin gaining his degree in business management while an active member of the UT Longhorn Band Although not a music major, Dictert received much of his formal training through private instruction and university music program involvement
Dieted has been a member of the Austin Lyric Opera for nine years and also has sung with numerous civic and church affiliated choral groups. He has been a featured soloist in the Austin Choral Union's Christmas Pops Concert and frequent soloist at First Protestant Church, as well as soloist and in the Advent Vespers in New Braunfels. Carey last appeared in two solo parts in Douglas More's "The Ballad of Baby Doe” this winter and most recently in the chorus of the Austin’s opera Company's "Andrea Chenier"
He was co-emcee of "Dinner with the Arts" in 1997 and also performed a solo.
Emerson Chew Ng was bom in Houston. He started his music collegiate career at San Jacinto College North while studying voice with Jan Corbin. He later transferred to Southwest Texas State University in which he is now a senior vocal performance major. Ng has distinguished himself among the top collegiate singers by winning various singing competitions throughout his collegiate career, including three year National Association of Teachers of Singing competition finalist, which includes a tri-state region He is at present the council Province representative in Province 9 of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national office. This will be his fourth year as a soloist at First Protestant Church. He is currently studying voice with Leonore Sergi at SWTSU, and upon receiving his bachelor of music degree, he hopes to continue his graduate studies at the Academy of Arts in Philadelphia, Pa
(Provided by First Protestant Church)
Generational attitudes important in church plans
By CECILE S. HOLMES
HOUSTON — A new, bicoastal study suggests savvy churches must heed generational differences in shaping programs and outreach over the next decade
Or, as Houston pastor David McKechnie phrases it: “What we know is, you can’t bring people in through the same chute. They want to come to church through a variety of entry points.’’
Many turn to the church over the holidays. Some simply visit on Christmas Eve and never come back. They’re nostalgic for the church they attended in childhood or wonder how to pass on faith and values to their children It’s a season when churches try extra-hard to reach out
The new study, however, suggests arch outreach must be year-round.
For instance, McKechnie’s 4,100-
member congregation, Grace Presbyterian Church in west Houston, keeps individual needs and differences in mind in structuring everything from after-school programs for kids to mission trips for adults. So do hundreds of other churches across Houston. The pastors of' several reported their congregations already recognize the mounting list of challenges to churches highlighted in the recent academic study
The study, recently released through Duke University Divinity School in North Carolina, examined the churchgoing habits, worship styles and religious beliefs of three different generations in the United States.
The scholars conducted a random sample of 1,150 North Carolinians and Southern Californians this pa* spring. The sample was divided into three groups: Generation Xers, people bom between 1964 and 1979; baby boomers, people bom between 1946 and 1964 and “preboomers,” people bom before
The flip side of a trial might be a strength
LaRue is my aunt. She and I are close enough to the same age to be sisters. In fact, my mother, her sister, was 22 years old when LaRue was bom, and they were the only two children in the family. And I might add for the new generation, they had the same parents.
LaRue's mother said to her one morning, "Honey, I wouldn't let Joe look after the baby if I were you."
(Joe was the baby's daddy.)
"Why not. Mother."
"Well, he doesn't have good judgment."
"Mother, why one earth would you say that?"
To which my grandmother replied, "Honey, the other morning I saw him push the screen door open with the baby’s head."
Isn't it amazing how children survive no matter what mistakes we make with them? And, more than that, they love us anyway! I tried so hard not to make the same mistakes my parents made with me. And you know, it never occurred to me that I would make mistakes of my own.
My girts and I had somewhat of a gypsy life after their father and I divorced. My girls were 3,5 and 8 years old. I restored old houses for a living in Houston back in the late ’70s, which meant we moved according to the capital gains laws: every six months, nine months or year.
I made the remark one time when I came under criticism for moving my children so frequently that yes, we had moved a lot, but I always had them in the same school. My middle daughter said, "Sure, Mama, I'm in the seventh-grade and Eve been to eight schools." I was astonished as she reeled them off to me. But you know what, they're very flexible. And they even admit to getting a little antsy if they are in one house or town more than two years.
It seems every negative experience has a positive, too, if you look for it. My teen-age life was disrupted by the progressive alcoholism of my mother. With that, came increasing frustration and anger for my father which
prompted violent temper outbursts. The
unexpectedness of those cities caused ma to instantly withdraw and become very calm. This translated into my adult life as a cool head in crisis. That happened to be a highly valued trait for my job as a flight attendant and certainly was critical for the rearing of my three daughters alone.
A child who survives an alcoholic home has great courage; some are super achievers — Babe Ruth's father was alcoholic and extremely abusive.
Another strong trait of most children of alcoholic parents is a great sense of humor. It is developed in order to diffuse tense and sometimes dangerous situations.
The point of this is that most children love their parents, no matter what. We can go a long way with them by asking for their forgiveness for the mistakes we know we have made with them as well as those we arent aware of. We all did the best we could * the time. You can bet if we had known a better road, we would have traveled it.
The Sunday before New Year's, our Sunday service is called "The Burning Bow!" We write down our resentments from the current year and then we turn them over to God to help us with our forgiveness process. In this way we start the New Year with a clean slate. We invite you to join us for this renewing experience. We meet at 11 a.m. at the Senior Center, 655 Landa Street. For more information see the church page.
“...beye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as Godfor Christ's sake hath forgiven you." — Ephesians 4:32.
(The Rev. Patti Brooks Krumnow is minister cf the Unity Church cf New Braunfels.)
History of Smith’s 33 wives casts polygamy as 'tragic ambiguity’
By VERN ANDERSON
Associated Press Writer
While 45 percent of Xers suffered through a family disruption — such as parental divorce and then being reared by a single parent — only 27 percent of baby boomers and 23 percent of prcboomers had such an experience.
Other findings include:
—As individual goup*> boomers and Xers are about evenly split in their preferences for contemporary or traditional worship music. But they’re much more likely than preboomers to prefer contemporary.
—Generation Xers have more confidence than baby boomers in religious institutions but much less than prcboomers.
—Generation Xers and baby boomers are much more likely to require autonomy and the freedom to explore theologically than previous generations and are less committed to institutional religion than their parents and grandparents.
SALT LAKE CITY — A year’s celebration of the Mormon pioneer experience is ending with publication of a book on the “tragic ambiguity” of polygamy as experienced by 33 wives of church founder Joseph Smith.
The 788-page group biography casts a stark light on the peculiar practice that made the Mormons pariahs in the Midwest and compelled their epic migration to the Salt Lake Valley 150 years ago.
“In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith” vividly documents the faith, hardship and heroism that were the focus this year of the Mormon church’s successfully
orchestrated sesquicentennial celebration.
But in this first comprehensive examination of the lives of the women Smith married and widowed, author Todd Compton also tracks the isolation and heartbreak that were a significant part of the Mormon female experience with polygamy.
“Mo* were pioneers, sometimes throughout their lives, moving from New England to Ohio, then to Missouri, to different parts of Missouri, to Nauvoo, to Winter Quarters, and on to Utah,” Compton writes in the introduction.
And while mo* polygamists were sincere, intensely religious people of good will, “my central thesis is th* Mormon polygamy was characterized
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