New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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Understanding, faith take away daily fears
By REV. CHUCK DEHAVEN St. Paul Lutheran Church
During the building of Golden Gate Bridge over San Francisco Bay, construction fell badly behind schedule due to the fact that several workers had accidentally fallen from the scaffolding to their deaths. Engineers and administrators could find no easy solution to the costly delays.
Finally, someone suggested that a gigantic net be hund under the bridge to catch any who fell. Thus, in spite of the enormous cost, the engineers opted for the net. After it was installed, progress was hardly interrupted. A worker or two fell into the net but were saved. Ultimately, all the time lost to fear was regained by replacing fear with faith in the net.
The net for those who know the Lord is grace — the mercy which surrounds those who live in faith. Such a belief brings about the kind of freedom which allows each of us to go about life and do what we do best without having to be moved by fear.
Fear and the world's response to it creates all kinds of marketable items. It drives the media, which is to some extent driven by our demands, to focus upon violence rather than serenity, upon “sad news" more often than “glad news." Such an uneasiness leaves each of us so vulnerable to every “quickpen” writer, to every traveling speaker and to every group which has instant answers.
Overcoming such a mood which tends to cloud our vision and cut off our options is not easy if all we have to draw from is our own experiences from “working in high places." We become victims of our own fears and fear becomes our message.
Not long ago, someone was sharing with me his philosophy of life together with some of his reasons as to why he did not choose to worship. “Pastor,” he said, “when I can sit on a mountain top with my son and look out over the Grand Canyon and feel closer to God than I've felt, then I don’t need the church." Now that’s a person on top of the bridge marvelling at the forces of God, nature and even at the ac-complishments of humanity. No one can argue with that for there is God — power, life! Power — until
someone falls! What then? What happens when strength fails, when courage dims, when brothers fail brothers and there is no net below. Yes, especially on a mountaintop and even on the "bridge" one can there bask in the power of God. But what about God’s mercy? Where is it found? Certainly not in a hug from mountain, or in the scent of a flower, or in heights of structure reaching into the heavens.
Mercy comes only in the realization of one’s own vulnerability, the need for mercy comes as one sees power — nature that can randomly uproot and destroy. The workers on the Golden Gate Bridge were fine until they began to see others fall and then fear took over and ruled their lives.
Perhaps we live in such a world so that indeed fear and terror takes its toll day by day, pulling us as a people deeper and deeper into a sense of hopelessness. We can accept things as they are and go about our lives, or we can indeed be among those who have heard the word of our Lord, confessed and felt the mercy of our God above and His net below and become a people of hope and courage. And with such a faith we can strike down the daily fears which seek to consume us. We can even strike down, for those who believe, the terror associated with the Final Day of Judgment. For out of our understanding through Jesus Christ we can be among those who instead of seeing terror there too, see the End Times as a "Homecoming." And if, it is indeed terror that fills our hearts, then perhaps we can move into a deeper understanding of the teachings of our Ixjrd and there discover that He died for us, suffered for us, and took our punishment from us and thus spread out a new below. As a result, we can be free, even in the midst of turmoil, to go about doing the lord’s work, doing what we do best and thus, leaving many of our worries and anxieties to His care. And then indeed we do have a message for our world of fear — there is a net below, a God above, plus a homeing headed our way.
St John's elects vestry, officers
St. John’s Episcopal Church elected officers during the annual parish meeting last Sunday following worship services.
Elected to the vestry were Mark Baughman, Mrs. Toya Bredewater, Mike Stenberg, Gene Scott, Mrs. Jana Henry, Mrs. Lane Speck and Bill Mehrer.
Delegates to the annual diocesan meeting in McAllen in February will be A.D. Baughman, Ann Baughman, Jean Clonts, Jana Henry, Lane Speck and Helen Vanderveld. Alternates chosen were Berta Thayer, Wanda Roberts and Gayla Baughman.
At the vestry meeting after the parish meeting, the Rev. Thomas Keith announced that A.D. Baughman will serve as senior warden for 1W4. The vestry then elected the following officers: Bill Mehrer, junior warden; Toya Bredewater, secretary; Bernard Wells, treasurer; Mrs. Mickey Matthews, clerk; Steve Taylor, chancellor; and Bruce Boyer, assistant chancellor.
Bill l^ee and John Lovin were elected to serve on the Endowment Fund committee.
Church in Valley names Calmes as new minister
When James Gary Calmes visited the Church in the Valley while camping at Canyon Lake on New Year’s Day 1983, never did he dream that he would be pastor there just one short year later.
Calmes prefers to be called “Gary". “My mother named me for Gary Cooper," he said with a slow smile. The minister is a former Army chaplain who did his growing up on Ohio, Kentucky and Texas.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree in radio and television broadcasting, and earned his first paycheck as a radio announcer at station WIRV in Irvine, Ky. — population 3,000.
While doing a stint in Viet Nam with the Army, Calmes said he felt called to the ministry. He attended Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth from 1971 to 1974, and earned a master of divinity degree.
As a full-time Army chaplain,
Calmes served ui Germany, Korea and Hawaii, as well as Fort Knox. Ky. and Fort Hood. After taking a course in Clinical Pastoral Education at the Baptist Medical Center in San Antonio and serving a one-year hospital chaplain internship, Calmes said he now feels equipped to begin as a civilian pastor.
The slim, slow-talking minister is 39 years old and single. His off-hour activities include a lot of jogging, as well as serving in the National Guard.
Calmes replaces A. Boyd Luter, Jr., who resigned as pastor of the church after six years to accept a teaching post at La Tourneau College in Longview.
Calmes is presently calling the church’s staff residence his home, while the congregation of the lake-area church is in the process of building a parsonage.
The pastor said he feels very
comfortable in the in
terdenominational atmosphere at
Church in the Valley, where at least 15 different denominations are represented in the membership. “I’m used to the interdenominational aspect. In the Army, we only distinguished between the Catholic, Protestant and Jewish faiths," he explained.
“As I see it, the objective for this church and this pastor is to become increasingly more Christ-like," Calmes said.
He said he would like for his tenure at Canyon laike to be a long one. “Churches and congregations with the most success are those that have continued in their partnership for ten years or more," the pastor added
He said his immediate emphasis will be on long-range planning for the church and working with the various church committees.
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A community-wide choir composed of high school students is meeting on Sunday afternoons prepanng a youth musical “Celebrate Life."
The musical is centered around the life of Christ, narrated by four “gospelers” Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Soloists and instrumentalists as well as singers are needed.
The group is directed by John Rushing, minister of music at First Baptist Church, and is meeting in the choir room at First Baptist, 733 Cross St.
This Sunday, the choir will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Next week, the group will meet from 3.30 to 5 p.m. with a snack provided following rehearsal.
Six or seven churches are represented and any high school student who is interested is invited to
Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Martin's is on Loop 337 ^,pate The m“lcal w“‘ "* perf°rmed in lhe
Stuff photoLee Castro to lead revival at local church
First Mexican Baptist Church, 2080 W. San Antonio St., invites the community to join with members in fellowship of a weekend revival.
Featured evangelist and gospel singer will be Lee Castro, a native of Corpus Christi and cousin of Mrs. Bertha Benitez and Mrs. l^nora Jaramillo, both of New Braunfels.
A former gang member, Castro dedicated his life to a full-time ministry with his wife, Kitty. He travels around the country and to other countries spreading the Word of God. He is now living and working in Nashville, Tenn.
The local gospel group Deliverance will also be on hand to share their testimony and songs.
The bilingual revival will begin at 7 p.rn today and Saturday at the church at 2080 W. San Antonio St.
The Baptist laymen will be directing the ll a.m. and 6 p.m. services Sunday
All interested persons are invited to the four special services.s