New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, February 15,1985 BA
Simple game reveals greatest truth about life
By REV. KATHERINE RIGGS Vicar, St. Francis by-tha-Laka Episcopal Church
The other day I participated in a game that was unusual and revealing. I want to share it with you.
We were given ten plain white index cards and told to write the IO most important things in our lives. “Think about what makes your lives rich and meaningful,” said our leader, “and write one on each card.”
How hard it was to get started! I didn’t really feel that I was dependent on anything for my sense of well-being. Then, I began to think of the things I treasured, and gratitude wrote a list for me. Sometimes I was embarrassed at what appeared to be important to me. It was a good lesson. Children, spouse, job, house, friends, family heirlooms, a special vacation, a longed-for car, a fine gun, favorite books — these were some treasuresMinisterial alliance
mentioned in our group. Then, the places where we lived, the beauty of sunrises, sunsets, stars, music, the gift of hearing, ability to paint or sew or play golf — these were named as we moved away from “things” to intangibles. Friendship, love, hope were added.
But how hard it was to boil the list down to just IO! It became really serious business to decide which things were enrichments and which were absolutely necessary to the sense of well-being. Which were the IO that I could not live without? Finally it was done and I had a little fan of IO cards — the essentials of my life.
The game began. "You have ten seconds to choose a card to discard,” said the leader. “You can only keep
nine cards now.” We studied our cards, and when he clapped his hands we discarded. We laughed, relieved that the decision-making was over and that we had been able to part with one of our “life-supports.” We realized with pride that we could go on living without that one. It was a strengthening lesson, and we were grateful.
“Ten seconds to choose one more discard,” said the leader. “Only eight supports are available to you now.” We studied, pondered, and finally discarded another life-support at the clap of his hands.
So it went, round after round. Every IO seconds we parted with another essential element of our lives. We discarded one by one the things that had made our lives worthwhile and meaningful. Cars, money, houses, looks — these were among the first to go. It was harder to choose between “health” and “friends," or between “success” and “sunrises.” This was serious business.
This was life itself.
Finally we were down to our last card. Aa I looked at mine, I realized for the first time the greatest truth d person can discover. I saw with a shock what my life had really been based on all these years.
As each one of us put down that last, all-important card on the pile in the center of the table, there was a lot of self-conscious coughing or half-laughter. There were explanations and apologetic remarks. We were eadk surprised at what we learned about ourselves, and a little discomfitted. J
Only one person was serene and unembarrassed. As bd laid down his “bottom-line,” fundamental life-supporf card, we all could see written on it “God.” I
“For I am convinced ... that there is nothing in all creation that can separate us from the love of God which is ours in Christ Jesus.” (latter to the Romans 8:38)
14th generation clergyman nominated for church leaderBriefly
By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP religion writer
A clergyman who is the 14th in a father-to-son line of pastors of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) going back to its beginnings 176 years ago has been tapped to become its head.
The Rev. John O. Humbert, an Ohioan whose great-great-great-grandfather was a colleague of a denominational founder, Thomas Campbell, was nominated last week to become the church’s next general minister and president.
Like Campbell, who in 1809 issued the church’s pioneering ecumenical credo that “the church of Christ on earth is essentially, intentionally and constitutionally one,” Humbert shares that vision.
“My commitment is to the primary biblical mandate for reconciliation of the whole human family," he says. “The unity of the church is a movement toward that reconciliation.”
Humbert, 57, was advanced for the chief executive post of the 1.2 million -member denomination to succeed the Rev. Kenneth L. Teegarten, retiring in August after 12 years in office.
Picked by a two-thirds secret ballot of the church’s 44-member administrative committee from among 108 proposed candidates, Humbert’s nomination still must gain two-thirds votes of the the 181-member general board in May and of about 4,500 delgates at a general assembly in August.
But these bodies in the past consistently have confirmed the nominating committee’s choice. Election is for a six-year term, with re-election possible but retirement
mandatory at 65.
The general minister and president is the church’s chief spokesman, presides over its national staff, based in Indianapolis, and represents it in ecumenical settings, such as the national and world church councils.
Humbert has been Teegarten’s deputy for the past eight years, and before that, he was a pastor for 28 years, serving mostly in Ohio.
The denomination of 4,500 congregations, spread nationwide but with principal strength in the Midwest, Southwest and Southeast, was formed out of an early effort to unify Baptists, Presbyterians and other Protestants.
Ironically, due to counterwinds of those times, it became still another denomination, but it has kept up its drive for Christian unity, and currently is headed into a new ecumenical partnership.
That pact, drawn up in six years work by a joint commission of the Christian Church (Disciples) and the 1.7 million-member United Church of Christ is subject to ratification by their national meetings this summer.
Both denominations stress the auto nu my of individual congregations, but with general positions on church and social issues shaped by regional and national bodies.
“I whole-heartedly support the partnership," Humbert says, nothing that it provides for joint mission endeavors, theological education and worship.
He adds that the proposed closer linkage of activities by the two denominations “is not a substitute for full unity, but it is a practical way toward that unity.”Oakwood Baptist to show film
Oakwood Baptist Church will show the documentary film “The God Makers” Sunday at 7 p.m. The film is a look at the Morman church which attempts to contrast Morman practices with Christianity.
All interested persons are invited to attend the free showing at the church’s temporary meeting place, Canyon Middle School, 1275 E, Highway 81.St. John's Episcopal plans special service
St. John’s Episcopal Church will celebrate Ash Wednesday on Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. with the imposition of ashes, penitential office and Eucharist with Rev. Keith.Eastside Baptist sets film preview
Eastside Baptist Church will have
a fellowship time and showing of the film “Fanny Crosby” Saturday starting at 6 p.m.
All interested persons are invited to the church at 983 Holly St. The film is based on the life and experiences of Fanny Crosby who taught at the New York Institute for the Blind. She was once a compsers of popular, secular music. The hymns she wrote include “Blessed Assurance,” “To God Be the Glory,” “Rescue the Perishing,” “Savior More than Life to Me,” “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” “Praise Him, Praise Him” “Saved by Grace” and “He Hideth My Soul.”St. Paul United announces schedule
St. Paul United Church of Christ in Cibolo will have a special schedule of mission preaching by Frank H. Horak Feb. 20 through 24.
Horak has done evangelistic preaching for the Czech Moravian
Church. He is pastor of Zion United Church of Christ in Clifton and he has pastored churches in Houston, Weimer and Marion.
The schedule will be Ash Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., “Who? Children of God”; Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m., “How? Empowered by God”; Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., “Why? Servants of God”; and Feb. 24, IO a.m., “What? Here and Now in Mission.” The Lord’s Supper will be during the Sunday service.
Special choir music will be provided by the Redeemer United Church, Cibolo Valley Baptist Church and Bracken United Methodist Church.
All interested persons are invited to attend. Nursery care will be provided.
Norwegian theologian to lead Lutherans
GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) — A Norwegian theologian and former political leader, the Rev. Gunner J. Staalsett, has been elected as general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation.
The federation is made up of 99 member denominations totaling 54.4 million Lutherans, including more than 8 million in the United States. Altogether, the world’s Lutherans total 68.5 million.
Staalsett, 50, who earlier had declined to be nominated for the post, was overwhelmingly elected by the federation's executive committee to succeed the Rev. Carl H. Mau Jr.
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LocalWorship at the church of your choice
asamblea De Dios (Spanish ssembly of God), 255 W Commerce I Sunday school 5 30 p m ; rangelistic service 6 30 p.m.; Saturday 30 p m
ible Baptist Church 1235 Ervenberg ve Sunday school 10 am, worship 11 rn. and 7 pm; Wednesday service 30 p m
alvary Baptist Church 566 Highway I W Sunday school IO a rn . worship I a rn and 6 p rn , Wednesday service pm
hurch of Christ, 1665 Highway Bl W ible classes for all. 9 a rn.; worship IO rn ; evening worship and children’s ible hour 6 pm; Wednesday classes 7 rn Nursery available hurch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day aints 2386 W San Antonio St nest hood meeting 9 a.rn ; relief society a rn.; young women 9 a rn ; primary 9 rn,; Sunday school IO a rn.; sacrament 3 50 a rn
Toss Lutheran Church (Missouri ynod). South Hickory and Cross tracts Sunday school and adult Bible 9 .rn.; worship 1015 a rn astside Baptist Church, 983 Holly St unday school 9 45 a rn.; worship ll rn and 6 p m.; Wednesday prayer reeling 6 30 p rn.
jemplo Vivo Baptist Church Garner all, Santa Clara and Guenther Streets unday school 9 30 pm; worship 10 45 rn ; church training 6 p m ; prayer reefing Wednesday 7 pm. at 498 iberty
aith United Church of Christ, 970
oop 337 Church school 9 15 am; worship 10:3C a rn.
ellowship Bible Church, Solms and Morningside Sunday school 9 45 a rn ; worship 11 a rn and 6 p m irst Assembly of God, 1687 Highway I W Sunday school 9 45 a rn., worship 0:45 am and 7 pm; Wednesday ervice 7 pm. .
First Baptist Church, 733 Cross St Surrday school 9:30 a rn.; worship 10 45 a rn and 7pm, Wednesday dinner 5 30 p.m. Bible study and prayer service 6 15 p.in
First Church of Christ Scientist 137
E Mill St Sunday service 10 30 am; Sunday school 10 30 am. Wednesday service 7 30 p m Child care available First Church of Nazarene 1465 In tristate 35 East Sunday school 9 45 a rn , worship IO 50 a rn and 6pm First Presbyterian Church 272 S Krueger, Sur.day school, 9 45 a.rn, fellowship 10 30 a rn.; worship It am and 7 p m
First Protestant United Church of Christ. Seguin and Cud Streets
Worship 8 and IO 30 a m : church school 9 a rn
First United Methodist Church 572
W San Antonio St. Church school 9 30 a rn ; morning worship 10 50 § rn,; youth 30 p iii 625 4513 Freedom Fettowshlp Church J30
Hackberry Prayer 9 30 a.m ; worship IO
Green Valley Apostolic Tabernacle
IU P C ), 104 Melody Lane Sunday
school 10 a.m.; evagertliebc service 7 p in ; Bible study 7 I') p m. Thursday.
Harmony Baptist Church, 1472
Highway 46 S Sunday school 9:45 a.m.; worship ll a m arid 7 pm Bible study
6 pm, Wednesday prayer meeting 7 30
Holy Family Catholic Church, 245 S
Hidalgo Saturday Mass 5 pm , Sunday Mass 8 a in (Spanish) 10 a rn sod 5pm (English).
Iglesia Bethel Pentecostes. 38N
Grape St Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday 7 30 pm; Sunday school 10 and 11 30 a rn.; worship 11 30 a rn and noon, Monday prayer meeting 7:30 p m
Lakeside Baptist Mission FM 725
Sunday school 9 45 am, worship 11 a rn and 7 p rn Wednesday Bible study and prayer meeting 7 p m Live Oak Baptist. 335 Washington Sunday school 9 45 a m., worthIp 11 a rn
Living Word Church 1254 Highway 81 E. Sunday worship 10 ti rn and 7 p m, Wednesday service 7 p m
Mission Pentecoste Church 129
School St. Servrc es Tuesday, Thursday,
Saturday rind Sunday 7 30 p rn
New Braunfels Christian Church
Loop 337 Sunday school 9 JO a rn. wot slur i 10:30 ain and 6 pm, junior church 10 30 a rn.
New Braunfels Foursquare Gospel
Church one fourth mile from Interstate 35 on FM 306 Sunday school, IO a.m.; worship ll am: Wednesday worship 7
New Braunfels Presbyterian Church 373 Howard Church school 9 30 a rn.; worship 9 45 and ll am Nutseiy provided
New Braunfels Seventh Day Ad veriest Church, 2990 W. San Automa St Sabbath schuoi 9 16 a rn Saturday. worship 11 a m Saturday Northside Church of Christ 511 E North St Sunday Bible classes 9 30 a.m.; worship 10 30 am and 6 pm Wednesday Bible Classes 7 30 p rn
Oakwood Baptist Church. Canyon Middle School Bible study 9 30 a rn,; worship 10 45 a rn and 7 p m.; Wed nesday prayer service 7 p m
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.
138 W Austin Masses 5 30 pm Saturday and 8 and 11 a rn. Sunday
First Mexican Baptist 2080 W San Antonio St Sunday school 9 45 a rn ; worship 10 50 am and 6 pm; Wed nesday prayer service 7 p rn
Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Laurel Plaza meeting room 300 Laurel Lane Church school 9 45 a rn , worship 11 a rn
Second Baptist Church, 243 Mernweuther Sunday school IO a rn , worship 11 a rn and 7 p in Wetfnesday service 7 30 p rn
St Joseph s Anglican Church 185 F Jafm St Worship sat vice 9 I rn 1928 player book
St. John's Episcopal Church 312 S
Quenthai 8 a in. Holy Euchanst; 9 45 a.m. church school for all ages IO 30 am parish refreshment break; 10 45 am Holy Eucharist
St Paul Lutheran Church. Cross and
Santa Clara Sheets Worship service 8 a rn (broadcast on KNB1 Radio FM 921 and IO 30 a rn . Sunday school 9 16 a m
Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church. 386 N Caste!! Saturday Mass 7 p m.; Sunday Masses 8 30, IO, and 11 15 a rn No evening Mass through Friday
Spirit of Life Fellowship Lou Ann
Drive, oil 1044 in SchueU subdivision Sunday warship, Sunday school, nuisciy IO e m., evening seivice 7 p rn.; Tuesday Stop Night 6 30 p.m . 929 Pine; Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m 929 Pine Pestor Tom Siefert
Tree of Life Fellowship 125 Highway
81 W Sunday services 9 45 a rn and 7 p.m.; Wednesday service 7 p m_
Bracken United Methodist Church
FM 225? Sunday school 9 30 am church service 10 45 a rn
Bulverde Baptist Church PO Bo* 43
Sunday school 9 30 a rn worship IO 45 a rn and 7 p rn.; Christian training 6 p rn Wednesday service 7pm
Bulverde United Methodist Church
Highway 281 Noith and Cibolo Creek Sunday school 9 30 am. church service IO 45 a rn
Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, Flagstone Dove Canyon Lake Mobil Home Estates Sunday school 9 15 a in worship 10 30 a rn
Chapel in the Cove (in ter denominational) Cypress Cove Club House Worship 9 am
Church of Christ. FM 3159 and FM 2673 Bible class IO am Sunday worship ll a m, and 6 p.m Wednesday service 7 p rn
Church in the Valley tin
undenominational) Deep Acres Canyon City. Church school 9 a rn worship 10 15 a rn Bible study 7pm
Church in the Wildwood lAssembly of God), FM 2673 The Oaks Sunday School IO a rn worship 10:50 a rn and 6 30 p.m.
Cranes Mill Baptist Church FM 2673 at Starkville Sunday Bible study 9 30 am; worship 10 45 am 6 30 pm Wednesday Bible study and prayer 7 3C p rn Nursery provided
Frieden s United Church of Christ.
Geronimo Church school 9 am; worship service IO 15 a rn
First Baptist Church Horseshoe Falls
Estate* Sunday school 9 30 a rn.; woiship IO 40 a rn and 6pm Nursery
Rock Hill Gospel Faith Center 502
Interstate 35 south of New Braunfels. behind the rest area Sunday school 10 am worst up 8 and 11 am and 7 30
pm Tuesday Bible college 7 30 pm; Thursday ladies meeting 9 30 a rn and
young ministers 7 30 p m
St Andrew Lutheran Church (ALC!, FM 2673 east of Startzville Sunday
school 9 am worship 10 15 am,
communion first Sunday
St Francis By the Lake Episcopal
Church 14 miles west of I iterstate 35
on FM 306 Services 10 am Sunday. noon Wednesday Rev Katherine G
St John s Mission Church (Our Lady
of Pegietual Help mission) Hunter
Sunday Mass 9 30 a rn
St Paul Lutheran Church Highway
1863 at Highway 281 Sunday school 9
am worship IO 15 a rn
St Paul United Church of Christ.
South Main and FM 78, Cibolo Church
school and worship at IO a rn
St Thomas Chapel (Roman Catholici,
Canyon Dam hillside Sunday Mass 9 30 ana 11 15 a rn., pre Sunday Mass Saturday 6 and 7 p rn
Triumphant Lutheran Church. Bat
Cave Road at Schoenthal Road Worship 9am, Sunday school for all ages 10:15 am