New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Harald-Zattung New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, February 20,1987
Bishop to consecrate St. Joseph's Chapel
The debt-free St. Joseph's Anglican Chapel will be consecrated Feb. 22 at IO a rn. by the Right Rev. Edwin H. Caudill, Ph.D., DD., bishop of the Southwest Diocese of the American Episcopal Church, San Antonio
Bishop Caudill will also celebrate Eucharist, preach the sermon, confirm new members and receive transfers of adults to the parish serving Comal, Guadalupe and Hays counties
"Since opening the doors of our chapel April 13, 1986, our worship attendance has doubled, a church school organized, a two-manual Conn organ donated, and a Cherub
Choir organized. Enthusiasm and outreach are at an all-time high,” said the Rev William Gabler, rector.
The Cherub Choir will sing "All Things Bright and Beautiful" to honor the annual visit of the bishop. A social hour will follow the service
The rector invites the public to an open house which will follow the Eucharist-consecration service The service will be from ll:30a rn to 12:30p rn.
The American Episcopal Church is in direct communion with the Church of England and is recognized by the Archbishop of Canterbury
Scientists advising 'openness'
Musical family puts priorities into life
BIG SPRING (AP) - Wesley and Dorothy Pearce think their family has its priorities straight "We believe in God first, family second and career third." Mrs Pearce says.
The Pearces and their five children
— Stephen. 20; twins Michael and Marina 19. Tina 17. and Jonathon. 14
— have a variety of talents and interests, but music is their favorite
Each family member plays an in strument and sings Their style varies from gospel to contemporary to country-western Pearce sings country-western style, plays the synthesized accordian and Mrs Pearce sings country and gospel and plays the piano and rhythm guitar Stephen plays the bass guitar and sings contemporary style music, Michael is the drummer. Marina sings soprano; Tina sings alto and plays the saxaphone. Jonathon plays the harmonica and is learning to play the synthesizer and guitar "Each year the kids get better and better.” Mrs Pearce says proudly Their Big Spring photography studio supports their love of Christian music. Pearce said. but they would prefer to go into music fulltime.
"If we could just get that one song ... and the right backer If we could cross over into the music, we would." he said "Instead of working five days a week, we work seven." Mrs Pearce said.
Their work days are spent at the photography studio on Tuesdays through Saturdays They shoot weddings on Saturday afternoons, and Sundays they’re always singing somewhere That leaves Mondays to return home, and to do what they haven't had time to do during the rest of the week Or they rest - "if we have the time, " Mrs Pearce explained Although they are members of Christ Fellowship Church. Pearce said they "will cross any church barrier” to perform "We're interdenominational In addition to performing in local churches, the family has toured in Canada twice, and plans to return for a tour there this year The Pearces book ahead and play one-night-stands in towns on their tour route, and it can be quite profitable. Pearce said Sometimes we can make more in one night than we can in a week at the studio " But other nights are pretty slim The family travels in a GMC touring bus - similar to a Silver Eagle, but not as deluxe "The kids are just as comfortable in the bus as they are at home They were raised on the road," Pearce said.
Throughout the years, the Pearces have accumulated four albums and a cassette, and they’re planning to release a second cassette this year, Pearce said.
Wesley and Dorothy Pearce have always enjoyed music "I used to play at dances in the ’60s," Pearce said "We had a seven-piece band when I was in the Air
Force " That was the Royal Canadian Air Force, he said, explaining that he's a native of Canada
"I became dissatisfied with the club scene and wanted to do music with a positive direction I asked the lx>rd to take charge of my life."
He and Dorothy, a native Texan, met in January 1965 in Arizona They were married the following Apnl 16 They say they just knew their relationship was meant to be
When you put the Lord first, then vou know ,” Mrs Pearce said
NEW YORK (AP) - An organization of 2,500 scientists who are Christians are advising the nation’s public schoolteachers to shun ideological absolutes about human origins and discuss it "with accuracy and openness.”
In a time of conflict between exponents of "creation-science” and "general evolution." the American Scientific Affiliation deplores "dogmatists at either extreme who insist that theirs is the only tenable position "
The manual generally defends basic evolutionary concepts, but cites qualifications, weaknesses and limitations, saying these factors tend to be ignored "in the heat of the debate and much popular writing.” This leaves "the erroneous impression that all creationists are united against all evolutionists," the manual says, but adds that instead the differences arise "where the scientific data are inconclusive.”
The organization is distributing its 46-page manual to about 40,000 biology teachers across the country, advising them to guard against unsubstantiated conclusions and deal more frankly with unresolved questions and problems "Such considerations are generally ignored in biology textbooks and museum displays.” the guidebook says in regard to a particular absence of transitional fossils between species, adding:
"It is time for a more balanced account of the evidence for macroevolution at the level of general education. After all, coping with unsolved problems is what science is all about.”
The booklet, Teaching Science in a Climate of Controversy, details extensive evidence for the evolutionary theory, saying most scientists defend it as a key biological concept, but that calling it "fact” is unjustified.
"At present no consensus exists as to how evolution occurred,” the booklet says, and the theory is built "only by extrapolation from small-scale evidence (and by reasoning that ‘it must have happened’).”
On the other hand, the booklet says most scientists agree that “creation science" which claims the Earth is only a few thousand years old lacks a sound theoretical basis. However, some creation scientists don’t claim a young Earth.
The affiliation, with offices in Ipswich, Mass., includes "theistic evolutionists." those who see evolution as how God works, and some "creation scientists” who maintain complex life forms appeared in abrupt stages.
"A broad middle ground exists in which creation and evolution are not seen as antagonists.” the booklet says. "With that middle ground in mind, a teacher need not ‘take sides atall "
Biochemist Walter R. Hearn of
Berkeley, Calif., who edited the booklet with wide consultation, says "a lot of teachers have said it’s been very helpful. Before they’ve only had these polemical attacks or defenses of evolution.”
"We've tried not to take sides, but just weigh the evidence,” Hearn said in a telephone interview. "In science, evidence is what counts.”
In the present atmosphere, he added, "it’s hard to say anything that somebody won’t disagree with. People on both sides claim too much.” The booklet cites numerous uncertainties and continuing changes in evolutionary theory, and sometimes past frauds seeking to provide "missing links.” such as the Putdown man.
"The classic missing link, the last ancestor common to both apes and humans, is still missing,” the booklet says, citing abandonment of earlier claims that ape-like Ramapithecus of 9 million to 14 million years ago led to humans
Yet, "somehow the creature found its way into many textbooks” as a definite human ancestor, despite serious doubts raised about it even from the first, the booklet says.
It says the National Academy of Sciences, in a 1984 booklet sent to teachers, “ignores the current situation in anthropology" in contending the “ missing links’ that troubled Darwin are no longer missing."
This is "dogmatic rather than tentative and "in science tentative con
clusions should be stated in tentative form,” the booklet says.
The booklet also says that researchers now warn against past assumptions that the first cell life resulted from random chemical processes and that it now “must be considered highly improbable,” adding:
"At this stage in our scientific knowledge, it would be irresponsible to give students the impression that ‘life arose by chance.’ Scientists do not know how life arose.”
However, teachers were told "it is unnecessary, and in many circumstances unwise, for a teacher to ‘take sides’ in class on the religious issue of Creator versus no-creator.” In the midst of current controversy over the subject, with all its explosive political, educational, religious and legal implications, teachers were advised:
"Science must be taught without omitting important points, overstating its claims or distorting the truth.”
The booklet, prepared by the affiliation’s Committee for Integrity in Science Education, headed by biologist David Price of Springville, Calif., and approved by a panel of consultants, says:
“Advocates of extreme positions tend to paint a win-or-lose. either-or picture ... Yet between those extremes lies that broad middle ground where real science can coexist with real faith in God.”
Husband, wife share call to ministry
The family lived in Canada until 1971, when they moved to the United States Of their children, "Jonathon is the only Texan, ' said Mrs Pearce "The rest were bom in Canada and have dual citizenships "
Pearce has maintained his Cana dian citizenship so the family can work in both countries without problems. he said The couple began their music careers as a duet each child was ad ded to the band ;n turn
• Were family oriented. Mrs ^earcesaid lf everyone would take care of their family first, then our country would be a lot better
PLANO <AP> — For Bruce and Susan Taylor, the "Rev " before their names means more than shar mg clerical titles They share business and home ad dresses
With their installation last fall as associate pastors at Grace Presbyterian Church the Taylors say they bring more than a marriage to the 765-member congregation Susan Taylor, whose duties include ministering to youth and Bruce Taylor whose duties include adult education, are the first such couple hired at the seven-year-old church "Ministry can be so much more in elusive of people and the Taylors will symbolize that " said the Rev Cleve Wheelus. pastor at Grace since
1979 "The challenge will be within themselves to be professional toward each other as well as realizing that they share an extra dimension of their lives in their marriage."
This is the first professional ministerial assignment for Bruce Taylor. 16 He said he hoped to use his background as an attorney to help keep church members out of the courtroom by teaching people to seek remedies to their disputes first through such avenues as conciliation and arbitration
People can come to respect each other through these alternatives because they see each other as people of value rather than as having their relationship damaged by disagreements. " he said
Susan Taylor. 33. said she brings to her third professional ministerial post a commitment to the family, exemplified by the couple’s infant daughter. Christine Louise.
Mrs. Taylor said that one of her goals as a youth minister is to communicate to children and teen-agers that she is available to talk about anything troubling them.
Saint Joseph’s Anglican Chapel
446 N Seguin. 4 blocks north Courthouse New Braunfels Invites all seeking the Lord to the
Cnnswratlon al our Debt-free Edifice
Right Reverend Edwin H. Caudill. Ph.P., P.P.
Bishop of The Southwest
American Episcopal Church on Sunday, February 22.10:00 a.m.
Choral Eucharist. Church School. Confirmation Open House for the Community. 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
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