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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 6 □ Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, February 16,1996 PF—1 Church Life ■ To talk with Managing Editor , Doug Loveday about ^Church Life, call 625-9144, ext. 21. Hera Z e i t u n gChurch Life Area youth directors share ideas at meeting | Youth directors from various churches in New j Braunfels met Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the New - Braunfels Smokehouse. I    The purpose of die meeting was to get acquaint- < ed with each other and share ideas regarding • Christian youth activities. Those attending were Tami Topous and Keith ■ Hays from St. Paul Lutheran, Jenny Monahan ! from First United Methodist, Audrey Schroeder ! from Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Brian i    1 i Leifeste from Tree of Life Fellowship, Joey I Wrape from Church of Christ-New Braunfels I and Jerald Schroeder and Celeste Salge from (thirst Protestant. The directors decided to make this a monthly event and to meet the second Tuesday of every month at noon. Each month, they will meet at a different church campus. The directors will be asked to provide their own lunch with the host church providing the drinks and dessert. They will meet March 12 at First Protestant Church located at 172 W. Coll Street in the Conference Room (upstairs) of the Family Life Center. Any youth director interested in joining this group is more than welcome. Please contact Celeste Salge or Jerald Schroeder at 609-7729 ext. 18 for more information. CCC building dedication held (Dedication Service for Community Christian Church was held February ll, 1996 at the comer of Old McQueeney Rd. and Bri-arbend, New Braunfels.) As it was being built, many were asking the question, “Just what is that new building going to be?” For several months the members of Community Christian Church met in the OakRun Elementary School while construction was under way on Phase I of their new worship facility. The ground breaking took place January 22, 1995. Almost a year to the day, the Certificate of Occupancy was granted and ser vices began to be held in the new facility built on the comer of Old McQueeney Road and Briarbend Drive. The membership of C.C.C. invited the public to a special dedication of their new worship facility to the service of the Lord. The service was held Sunday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Dr. Keith Ray, President of Dallas Christian College, brought the dedication message. Congregational singing as well as a number of special songs were also on the program. Refreshments follow the service and everyone in attendance had an opportunity to tour the building. Community Christian Church is a nondenominational, independent Christian Church whose purpose is to present the saving power of the Gospel and to provide a place where people may come together to worship and discover how they may also serve our God. Sunday School classes for all ages begin at 9:30 a.m. and worship services are at 10:30 a.m. A Junior Worship program coincides with adult worship at the 10:30 hour. Mid-week Bible studies are also offered each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. For more information, please call the church office at 620-7174. FPO bonds available The Love ofa Mother View of First Protestant Church’s Family Life Center. Bonds to be sold to liquidate captial improvements’ bank note The congregation of First Protestant Church, established in 1845 as the first church in New Braunfels, and the first corporation in Comal County, is now offering church bonds for sale. The receipts will be used to liquidate the bank note incurred to finance a portion of the present capital improvements of the rapidly expanding church campus. This includes the new Family Life Center, a new parking facility, and other additions and improvements to the?campus. The bonds are sold in three categories: 5-ycar maturity earning 6.75 percent interest, 10-year maturity earning 7.25 percent interest, and 15- year maturity earning 8 percent interest. Both members and non-members are invited to take advantage of this investment opportunity. Those who are interested may contact Bob Sohn, Gene Momhinweg or Marge Taylor at 609- 7727. Where is Your Home? • Comfortable? This world treating fou good? Same here. That’s why you nd I need to talk. It happened a couple of weeks ago. I • was sitting alone in my home, looking • out at our beautiful back yard. We have • the privilege of living in a tree-filled • neighborhood just outside the city lim- • its. Four years ago, we built a home, » one of the “dream home” kind, and ' settled in. A large wood shop was » added soon after, along with a green- • house last year. But it is the tall oaks I and rock walls that always catch my » eye. It is the native beauty that rises out J of the earth that speaks of the perma-j nence of this place. J Anyway, here I was gazing out my { window and soaking in the satisfac-\ tion of attainment. That’s when the J worlds formed in my heart, unspoken J yet firmly entrenched. “I don’t ever J want to leave this place.” J You’ve said the same thing your-{ self. That or something like it. Want J some examples? ■ “I never want to change.” ■ “I hope this lasts forever.’ ‘We’ve never done it that way • before. Don’t change a thing.’ And about that time, I realized how attached to this world I had become. So attached that any change God could orchestrate for my life immediately became a threat to my world. Think I’ve left the boundaries of sensible thinking...that somehow I’ve checked out of your world by announcing that God should have a say in the who, what, where, and whys of life? Then you don’t read the same Bible I do. Proverbs 37:34 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord." The question is not can God direct, but will I be of a mind to follow where He leads? More often than not, it is the affairs of this life that keep us fixed and immovable. Inflexible. Unchangeable. Hard. Stayed. Then it struck me. The things that had become so important to me., house, Dennis Gallaher Bread shop, cars, furnishings,...could all be lost in an instant. The things that were eternal...God’s calling, His grace, hearing his voice and obeying...had been supplanted by the comforts of this world. I remembered the words of Paul to his young disciple, Timothy: “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. ” Certainly, leaving this world has never been a wonderful idea. But in the 20th Century, with our life insurance, wrongful death lawsuits and the futile thinking that we can insulate ourselves from pain and suffering, we have perfected comfort to the degree that heaven really seems attainable here on earth. The words of an old gospel song come to mind. “This world is not my home. I’m just passing thru, My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue; The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.” I used to think those old songs had no relevance to the church today. But with everyone scrambling for more contentment and churches designing ministry to be comfortable instead of convicting, I’m not so sure. Because I’ve had to face the fact that instead of passing through, I’ve allowed my heart to become attached to this world. I’ve realized how at home I feel on this planet. And that is a very subtle step away from seeking the Kingdom of Heaven first. Sorry. I don’t have three easy steps out of this one. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I realize there are no easy steps out. The truth is the only way anyone has ever gotten free from it all is by taking up a cross. And He beckons us to do the same. So that is what I will do. And you can come too. Because I don’t want to feel at home in this world anymore. How about you? (Dennis Gallaher is the pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.) By DEACON BILL SCHROEDER Special to the Herald-Zeitung It occurred in a small home in a very small village located in Roman occupied territory. While tending to her daily chores, an angel appeared to a young Jewish maiden and said to her, “Hail Mary, full of grace, blessed are you among women.” At that moment the destiny foretold by countless prophecies would become reality, but only if she were to say “yes” to God. Her willingness to obey His will would alter the history of all mankind. She would become the new Eve, replacing her predecessor whose act of dis-obedience brought sin into the world. By the power of the Holy Spirit, she would conceive and give birth to the “Son of Man.” Through Mary, her son* would receive His human nature, His family, His lineage, His people, and His nation. She would instill human emotions, customs, manner and language. By allowing her to be intimately associated with Him, He would acknowledge His acceptance of all humanity, female as well as male. Although so honored, she would nevertheless suffer the tragedies of mothers who lived centuries before and centuries afterward. She would bear witness to Herod’s slaughter of innocent young children, flee into the desert of Egypt a dispossessed and homeless person, and become a stranger in a strange land. This desire to protect her child would be repeated thousands of times by other mothers who would be Croatian, Cambodian, Rwandan or San Salvadoran. Ultimately, she would begin to Deacon Bill Schroeder understand the true destiny of her Son. It would not be easy. She dared to question angels, she listened, she prayed, and she waited. Answers revealed that she herself would become a part of the unfolding mystery of the Passion and Death of Jesus. Prophecy had to be fulfilled regardless of cost. God had so ordained. The words of the 21st Psalm would creep into her heart. “They have pierced my hands and feet. I can count all my bones. They look in and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them...” The mother’s prayer that her child should not precede her in death would never be hers. Scripture gives no clue of her thoughts during the terrible ordeal of the crucifixion. Would it be that the floodgates of her heart would open, pouring out years of memories, of remembering his first gasp at birth, the forceful cry as his tiny lungs filled with life. Of playfully tossing a ball or running her fingers through his hair, feeling proud that He was her Son. Is this not every mother’s reaction which precedes the cold reality of death ? Mary’s importance is the fact that she was a human being like us and that no one would ever be closer to Jesus. She exemplified all that her Son taught, love, hope, compassion and faith. So, we as humans need to emulate her life. We must say yes when God calls us. To not despair, but have faith and trust in God’s plan for us. That our will is not our possession, but His. That God wants to form his Son within us so that we may share Him with others by our deeds and acts. In this way, we can bring His peace and love to those in need as well as ourselves. From this experience of faith, we will be allowed to enter into the joy of the Kingdom of Heaven in the totality of our human spirit as promised by Mary’s son. (Bill Schroeder is a deacon with Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church). Pastors, we’re interested in hearing from you. Send columns or other submissions to: Herald-Zeitung Church Life, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130. Men’s Fellowship Tbs Men’s Fellowship of First Protestant Church have a great reputation aa cooks. They will be hosting the Sunday morning breakfast this Sunday, Fab. IS, 1996. Pancakee and sausage will be served. Breakfast Is served between 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Church plans pancake supper for March 4 It’s time, once again, for the First United Methodist Church of New Braunfels, 572 W. San Antonio Street, to host the annual pancake supper! Please join us on Monday, March 4, 1996, in Wesley Hall from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for “All You Can Eat” pancakes, sausage and beverage. The cost is $3.75 for adults and $1.50 for children. Wesley Hall is easily accessible from the Mill Street parking lot of the church. All proceeds from the event will be donated to local community service agencies and projects. The recipients of last year’s funds were Child Welfare Board, Comal County Child Advocacy Center, Comal County Women’s Center, Homespun, Hospice, Literacy Council, NBISD, and CISD Nurse’s Discretionary funds, Project Graduation, Teen Connection, and Habitat for Humanity. Promise Keepers of New Braunfels is holding a Pastors’ Testemonial Luncheon at Noon on Saturday February 17th at First Baptist Church. The ministers from our community who attended the Atlanta Promise Keepers Conference will be there to share with us their feelings and experiences. PROMISE KCE MEN OF INTEGRITY Wp I % * yyljB 9 ii d f til I I i EI-J? " * iiV*j£; ;