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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page SA — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, January 14, 2000Religion Will you be ready? Tim JUDKINS Can you endure any more talk about Y2K? I’m tired of hearing about it and the “failure” that it was. Since nothing happened, the hype seemed unnecessary. I’ve wondered if the whole thing wasn't manufactured by bottled water magnates to generate incredible end-of-the-millennium shelf-clearing sales at local grocery stores. Maybe the computer industry wanted to boost profits by scaring innocent computer users into buying software that would protect them against the phantom millennial apocalypse. From w hat I’ve heard and read, not many people took the scare seriously. I don’t know of anyone who stockpiled canned peaches or loaded up on candles or built a bombproof bunker in the backyard for the potential cataclysm. There were, paradoxically, noticeable vacancies on some grocery store shelves. What this means to me is that while none of us seemed to panic in light of potential computergenerated failures, we did have some reactionary preparations — just in case. But I did think about it. While some “prophets” erroneously used Y2K to scare people into thinking that somehow this related to the end of the world or the return of Christ, I do believe that we can observe some things from our actions related to the non-bug of Y2K. First, I wonder about the people who took the threat seriously enough to take intentional and strategic steps to be adequately prepared for any possibility. They provoke some interesting questions. For instance, would these people take as seriously the return of Jesus Christ and have the same attitude in preparing for it? What source of information was enough for these people to have taken such aggressive actions in regard to a computer glitch? What difference exists, if any, between the media presentation of potential w idespread hysteria that could occur at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve and the biblical presentation of Christ's return — date TBA? Second, I wonder about those who didn't take it seriously. Do they approach all future possibilities — including the return of Jesus — with the same attitude? Aren’t the stakes higher with God than Bill Gates? The timing of Jesus’ return is certainly unpredictable and its consequences are said to be both permanent and irreversible. Did the non-event of Y2K give complacent people greater complacency in matters of even greater scope, like Jesus’ return? Jesus gave advice for His listeners in regard to His return: BE READY! (See Matthew 25:1-13). That’s it. I’m concerned that many will take this warning much the same as they did the millennial change. A few will intentionally live in an on-going, life-giving personal relationship w ith God that ensures adequate preparation. Most everyone else passively will agree that it will happen but somehow think they will get away with their complacency when it does. All will at least think about it. The big difference between Jesus’ return and the Y2K bug is that one will actually happen. (Tim Judkins leads the contemporary worship service each Sunday at First Protestant Church. E-mail Tim at jud-kins(w,rdtech. com.) Church class retreats for faith First Protestant Church had its confirmation retreat at Deer Creek Camp in Hunt recently. More than 60 people spent the weekend building their faith, making new friends and having a great time. The First Protestant Confirmands of 2000 attending the retreat included Jessica and Megan Abel, Jennifer Baerwald, Brad Bremer, Ethan Colbert, Desirae Council, Jenna and Maryssa Cross, Sean Duckworth, William Fischer, Paige Foyt, Brannon Grier, Erica Grier, Houston Grier, Andy Hamel, Elisa Hovestadt, A.J. Jaroszewski, Chelsea Jenkins, Kim Keoghan, Christine Kivlin, Shana Kohlenburg, Cassie Kraft, Ashley Mays, Austin Milam, Kristin Mitchell, Meghan and Ryan Morrison, Joshua Meurin, Kelcy Mueller, Megan Ninneman, Sarah O’Neal, Jeffrey Orth, Casey Pantermuehl, Karen Schlameus, Christina Talcott, Robyn Triesch, Trenton Wehe, Katie Whitaker, Jason Wohlfahrt, Lance Wommack and Jacob Wuest. High school leaders attending were Darren Albrecht, Tim Aurora, Keith Britton, Matt Hogue, Andreas Lavin, Michelle Lindt, Melissa Markgraf, Tara Marski and Grayson Moore. Lenze Laubach, who is also a member of the FPC senior high youth, is on staff at Deer Creek. Adults attending were Debbie Baerwald, Dorella Colbert, Rodney and Cathy Fischer, Kit and Debra Johnson, Greg Kraft, John Milam, Celeste Salge, Jerald Schroeder and Sally Voges. The Rev. Rich Carse, the confirmation advisor, also attended. Church Briefs Presbyterians present music series First Presbyterian Church, 2910 Interstate 35 South, presents St. Cecilia Music Series, a Cure for the Winter Blues The schedule is as follows: • 8 p.m. Feb. 11 — Sebronette Barnes, soprano, Martha M. Dudgeon, piano, “Opera to Spirituals.” $6 suggested donation. • 3 p.m. March 5 and 8 p.m. March 10 and 11 — Scott McNulty, organ, with several other fine Austin musicians, “100th Birthday of‘Oscar,’ the historic pipe organ.” $6 suggested donation. Compact discs are available from the church office: “First Praise” with organist Scott McNulty, and “Shall We Now Gather” with Kinley Lange and the First Church Chorale. Bible studies begin at St. John’s St. John’s Episcopal Church, 312 S. Guenther, offers four Bible studies sessions on Thursdays. All books will be available through the church. • 7 - 8 a.m. - Men’s Breakfast/Bible Study in the Parish Hall. Father Neal leads the study in The Book of Ephesians. • IO - 11:30 a.m. - Women’s Bible Study.. “Listening to God” by Charles Stanley will be led by Kim Mueller. Childcare available. See BRIEFS/9A Life Christian presents Missions 2000! this weekend The Life Christian Center and World Indigenous Missions present Missions 2000! today through Sunday. Steve and Marianne Smith have served on the mission field since 1986 in Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Steve now serves as director of operations at WIM, while Marianne is director of mission service teams, the short-term branch of WIM. Wink and Glyn Kelso have a ministry called “Servant of Servants” in which they minister to missionaries, pastors and other leaders in the church. Service times are 7:30 p.m. today; IO a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday; and IO a.m. Sunday. Life Christian Center is at 2240 Farm-to-Market Road 725. Lunch will be served on Saturday for a donation toward the LCC Youth Mission Trip. For information, call 620-LIFE or 629-0863. St. John’s plans ‘Honduras Mission’ Chili Cook Sunday Photo submitted Members of First Protestant Church participate in a trust fall at Deer Creek Camp at their retreat this past weekend. St. John’s High School Youth Group, led by Bryce Boddie, is cooking chili for a Honduras Mission Trip from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church, 312 S. Guenther. St. John’s along with a group from St. Andrew’s in Seguin and St. Francis in Canyon Lake will go to Danli, Honduras, March 28-April 3 to establish a new church. The Church Planting Team consists of 15 Hondurans who will join in the ministry. Each quart will be sold for $6. The goal is to sell 200 quarts. Federal Consumer Protection has determined that the fuel saving theories of this advertisement are 100% accurate. Platinum Device May Increase Gas Mileage BOSTON - National Fuelsaver Corp. of Boston has developed a low cost automotive accessory called the Platinum Gasaver which has the theoretical ability to increase gas mileage while meeting all emission standards. With a simple connection to a vacuum line, the Gasaver adds microscopic quantities of platinum to the air-fuel mixture entering the engine. Platinum has the unique ability to make non-burning fuel bum. With platinum in the flame zone you increase the percentage of fuel burning in the engine by 22%, from 68% of each gallon to 90% of each gallon. Since unburnt fuel is pollution, that additional 22% of each gallon would normally bum when it reaches the platinum surfaces of the catalytic converter. Unfortunately, the converter’s burning process takes place in the tail pipe, where the heat and energy produced from burning this fuel cannot be harnessed to drive your vehicle. But when the Gasaver adds platinum to the air-fuel mixture, 22% more of each gallon bums inside the engine so that, in theory, 22% fewer gallons are required to drive the same distance. After studying this process for five years, the government concluded: “Independent testing shows greater fuel savings with the Gasaver than that claimed by the developer.” In addition, the Gasaver has received patents for cleaning out the carbon deposits and raising octane, making premium fuel unnecessary for most vehicles. Joel Robinson, the developer, commented; “We have sold over 400,000 Gasavers. 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