New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 2, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Herald-ZeitungChurch LifeWhat To Do On A Cold Sunday
Texas is known throughout the world as the place for tough-talking individualism. The place where the pioneer spirit is still alive and no one is afraid of anything. And in most cases, that still holds true. Most, but not all.
What brings Texans to their knees? What can shut down the mighty cities of our state and have us all cowering around our televisions waiting for the next news flash? After today and yesterday, surely you know. Let git get cold and wet and we push in the stops V around the state. Texans just don’t tolerate cold weather. What we all begged for in August is ‘what we despise in February. What we dreamed of in July causes wide-awake nightmares today. ; And it’s not our fault. We’re just not built for ’cold weather. Our pipes freeze up, our wells can’t take it, our animals cry, our plants die, and we ... well, we just take the day off.
But the media really reacts. Texas news-
casters put cold weather on the same par as earthquakes in California. In Chicago this week, it was 50 degrees below zero. Now that’s cold.
We, on the other hand, scream foul when the dog’s water dish freezes over. The whole family has to assemble on the back porch to marvel at the phenomenon in Sparky’s water dish. And the media does a feature story on it at five, six and ten.
But I’ll tell you what really gets to me. For some unknown reason, all
freezing weather in Texas happens on the week-
end. If it’s going to get really cold, if there is an outside chance that it will freeze, it will happen on the weekend. And in my line of work, that’s not good. Because some people will use any little excuse they can to nix Sunday morning worship. Priorities are never as clear as when the mercury dips.
Can you tell my anxiety level is rising as the temperature goes down? I wouldn’t make a doctrine about this, but I wonder if cold weather had anything to do with the words to church members in the book of Hebrews:
“...do not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some.” For some reason, attendance was dropping off in that first century congregation. A slow-acting poison had been slipped into the church.
A poison that eroded the urgency of fellowship and the call to worship.
Whatever form it took, whether it was cold weather or family time or worshipping God on the front nine of the Jerusalem Country Club, the red flag came up in the heart of the leadership and they warned the people to not let anything interrupt the continual gathering of the saints together.
A lesson that our comfort-driven society has certainly forgotten. And no one knows that more than the pastor of the local church that you attend. How do I know? Because we tend to think alike and I’ll bet he’s a little concerned about this Sunday morning, too.
So decide now to encourage him by your attendance this cold Sunday morning. Don’t think he won’t notice if you’re not there. Like
every other person called to the shepherding trade, he or she will dutifully count the sheep. It just goes with the territory.
But more important than your attendance, speak to your pastor of your personal appreciation of their commitment and dedication. Because rain or shine, sleet or snow, flood or drought, they have faithfully brought you their best every week.
This article is a little short this week. I don’t have time to write anymore. You see, it’s going to be really cold tonight. That means I’ve got to get home and protect my family from all the dangers cold Texans can cause.
And besides, it’s a great excuse to sit in front of the fireplace and watch all those special news reports. After all, that’s what cold weather is all about.
(Demis Gallaher is pastor of Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.)Serving it up at CLUM Church
Members of the Canyon Lake United Methodist Church are preparing to concoct the best-tasting chili in the area at their annual chili supper Feb. 9. Pictured are (I to r) assistant chef Elliott Jacobson, head chef Eddie Kohleffel, assistant chef Earl Fletcher, president Sam Adams, and assistant chefs Harry Krohn and J.ick Balzer.Tastiest chili in Cai served un at CLUM
Make plans NOW for the 14th Annual Methodist Men’s Chili Supper to be held Friday, Feb. 9 at the Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, Mobile Home Estates, Starkville, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The tastiest chili in the Canyon Lake area will cost only $3 for adults and $ 1.50 for children, dnnks included.
Pies, cakes and cookies will be available for a small additional charge.
Come and enjoy the fun and fellowship of eating out! Bong your friends and neighbors!
The head chef for this year's Chili Supper is Eddie Kohleffel. Helping out in the kitchen with the chili will be assistant chefs Elliott Jacobson, Earl Fletcher, Harry Krohn and Jack Balzer.
The president of the Canyon Lake United Methodist Men’s group is Sam Adams.
Catholic youth raffle
Scott Vantine, sales manager for World Car Mazda, recently presented the keys of a teal-blue Mazda truck to Father Eugene ©’Callaghan, pastor of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. The truck was donated by World Car Mazda to the Catholic youth of New Braunfels and the surrounding area and will be raffled off Wednesday, Feb. 14 in the gym at Sts. Peter & Paul at 8:30 p.m., with Father ©’Callaghan pulling the winning ticket. You need not be present to win. Tickets are selling for $3 each or two for $5 and can be purchased after the Sunday masses at all three local Catholic churches, at Sts. Peter & Paul church office, or by calling 625-1243. Featured in the photo along with Vantine and Father © Callaghan are some of the top salesmen from Sts. Peter & Paul youth group, including: (back row, I to r) Travis Hinman, Kris Gallagher, Jonathan Schmidt; (front row, I to r) Melissa Gallagher, Roxanne Riedel, Audrey Schroeder (youth minister) and Greg Smith.
The Prodigal Son
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It is important for us to prepare for Lent. Shortly we will begin a period of 40 days to prepare for the death and resurrection of Chnst.
This beautiful story — “the pearl of all parables” as it is justly called — was narrated by Chnst to bnng hom<f to the minds of men the infinite, immeasurable mercy of God and His true fatherly love for all His children. It was spoken in the first instance to the Scribes and Phansees who objected to Christ’s friendly dealings with sinners. These leaders of the opposition, who prided themselves on their external observance of the law, would have no truck with those who were not like themselves, and quickly •condemned Chnst for his familiarity with such people. Because their own hearts were narrow and con-•stnctecTby pride and prejudice, they could not admit that the great big, fatherly head of God could find room for, and give a sincere welcome to, the errant children whom His grace had brought back to the •paternal home. They would not therefore admit that the publicans and sinners, and of course the Gentiles who were not only sinners but sin itself, could be given a place in God’s messianic kingdom; and rather than share that kingdom with those they so wrongly despised they chose to stay out of that kingdom and used all their endeavors to crush its founder and its foundations,
Christ, who was God, read their innermost thoughts, and knew the wicked scheme they were planning against Him and His kingdom. Yet being God, His mercy was infinite, and in this very parable He pleads with them to soften their hearts and make room for the prodigal brother therein. The father in the parable entreats the elder son to come in and loin in the welcome festivities, for his lost absence of fraternal love will all be forgiven as the crimes of the
younger son are forgiven, if only the elder son will come to his senses, as the younger son had done. Many Pharisees were later touched by grace, and did as Christ had asked them in this parable, but the majority remained obdurate in their opposition to “sinners” and to Chnst, “the Lover of sinners and the Conqueror of sin.”
All of us are portrayed in this story ; we are either the elder or the younger son. lf we are the elder son, and by the grace of God have managed to stay in our Father’s home and have avoided the more senous offenses against His law, let us beware of any temptation to boast of this as if we alone deserved the credit. And let us especially try to have a heart like Christ for the younger brother who is not so fortunate as we were. Such a heart will not only not object to the joyful welcome home God gives the prodigal, but it will do all in its power to get the prodigal to return home. Had the elder brother in the parable true love for his father and for his brother, would he not have gone looking for the lost one? But no, he stayed comfortably at home “minding his own business.” Too many good people today are likewise so busy minding their own business, their own salvation, that they cannot spare a moment for the prodigals who are so much in need of help. How often, unfortunately, does one hear: “He made his bed; let him lie on it,” or “Let him stew in his own juice” and similar un-Chnstian expressions from the mouths of “good” people who think they are loyal
children of their heavenly Father. Yet the Father loves these prodigal children, and is yearning for their return; His true, loyal child will do all in his power to save his brother, and thereby bnng joy to his heavenly Father. Remember, there is no true loyalty to God in the heart of him who does not truly love his brother.
lf, on the other hand, we are the younger sons, how graphically our state is depicted in this parable — that desire for liberty, that urge to shake off restrictions, that longing for false freedom, that claiming of the gifts of body and soul as ours to do with as we please when they are not ours, the squandering of these gifts in a foreign land, i.e. the waste of years of valuable life in pursuits that produce nothing but the bitter fruit of shame and regret.
Gloomy indeed, though true to life, is the picture of God’s prodigal sons while estranged from Him; and black indeed their final fate if no helping hand were forthcoming to lift them out of the mire of sin. But, and here is where Christ’s portraiture is so consoling, there is a helping hand. The hand of God’s unlimited mercy is ever stretching out to lift up His fallen children and lead them home.
Prodigals we may have been, but the paternal home is wide open to receive us back. God’s messengers of mercy are continually calling us to stop and think, and consider our perilous position. Why should we be starving in an alien land , envying the swine their good fortune, when the road back lies open before us, and all we have to do is to say: “I will arise and go to my father.” The almighty and merciful Father will do the rest.
(Rev Monsignor Eugene O 'Callaghan is pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels.)
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Religious Orders Battle HJR Nabisco Over Tobacco
OSSINING, N.Y. (AP) — Two religious orders have launched a battle to force RJR Nabisco Holding Corp. to separate its food company from its tobacco business.
Armed with 980 shares of stock and the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and the Glen-mary Home Missioners of Cincinnati
have put a spinoff resolution before RJR Nabisco’s 450,000 shareholders.
“It is a moral issue,” said the Rev. Joseph P. La Mar, assistant treasurer of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. “We’re making a statement about tobacco products. ... You can have morality and still make money.”
A vote is scheduled for the annual meeting in April.
A key concern is the growing number of young people who are being attracted to cigarettes, La Mar said
His group thinks tobacco companies are seeking young people to get them hooked on smoking.
RJR Nabisco’s food company makes foods like Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers. The tobacco operation makes Winstons, Camels, Salems, Doral, Vantage, More and Now cigarettes.
Nopb Finding Mass Cfbbrattd In Noma Land Language
DETROIT (AP) — Coming to America can mean gradually surrendering native languages, lifestyles and customs, so the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit is trying to give immigrants a link between their new home and their native lands.
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Jesus taught His disciples: "Now I am giving you a new command - love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must love one another. This is how all men will know that you are My disciples, because you have such love for one another. I
"Every man who knows My commandments and obeys them jis thd man who really loves Me, and every man who really loves Me will himself be loved by My Father, and I too will love him and make Myself known to him.
"When a man loves Me, he follows My teaching. Then My Father will love him, and We will come to that man and make Our home within him. The man who does not really love Me will not follow My teaching. Indeed, what you are hearing from Me now is riot really My saying, but comes from the Father Who sent Me. I have loved you just as the Father has loved Me. You must go on living in My love. If you keep My commandments you wilt live in My love just as I have kept My Father's commandments and live in His love. I have told you this so that you can share My joy, and that your happiness may be complete. This is My commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater love than this • that a man should lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I tell you to do ... I call you friends, now, because I have told you everything that I have heard from the Father.
"If you really love Me, you will keep the commandment I have given you and I shall ask the Father to give you Someone else to stand by you, to be with you always. I mean the Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot accept, for it can neither see nor recognize that Spirit. But you recognize Him, for He is with you now and will be in your hearts.
"He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him - the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father Who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. Anc I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.
"This I command you, love one another!"
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