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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Saturday, July 7, 2001 Religion Contact Features Editor Betty Taylor at 625-9144 ext. 222. “Come and Re-Explore Your Faith!” * List Price ALL BEDDING PLUS Great Terms... NO Payments tor 6 Months or NO Interest tor 6 Months Minimum purchase of $899. First payment due in January 2002. "‘Interest will be shown on contract for interest assessed from six months after purchase date through end of contract term at a maximum APR of 21.8%. but the APR may vary. First payment is due within 45 days of purchase date. Hurry, Ends Tuesday! A I ACT^^ Monday-Friday 10-8    ^JL    IL vJ JlvkJ    Voted Saturday 10-6    YOUR    HOME CENTER    “Best    Furniture    Store Sunday 15    971    West    San    Antonio*    625-7324    ♦ by Readers choice Terms. Both offers subject to credit approval and do not apply to previous purchases. Credit offers good July 4 through July 10,2001. ‘Discounts shown are off of regular or list prices which are offering prices only. Sales may or may not have occurred. Throughout the year advertised merchandise may be available at these or similar sale prices. These prices do not reflect possible occasional markdowns. 4 List Price ALL FURNITURE CMunicipal^ Auditorium San Antonio, V Texas J Archdiocese of San Antonio 10th Anniversary Marian Conference July 20,21 & 22Country church goes back to basics Beware of demonic ducks Sciriw r Mid Health auh Key to the S.    is    mnulaUe    al tour Jural .Scion,    Romn. • J17 tost Mill Stied. Sew hruunjel) • 6J5 Md for additional mifhti and idem. visa •ptrkuallty.coni Science end Health A ktjtrmt Hook For bjt door visits to purchasing ads in local papers, Kibbe has actively been getting word out about the church. Comal Country Church is a branch out of The Country Church of Guadalupe County, pastored by Elton “Butch” Ikels and located at 1005 W. FM 78. Two other churches started through The Country Church of Guadalupe County are Zorn Country Church and Oakwood Country Church in La Vernia. “It seems like there is a move back to basics where people are more concerned about worship than they are formal attire,” Ikels said. ‘Tou don’t reach men in boots and jeans by enforcing a rigid expectation of dress. If they have a choice between sitting at home in blue jeans or coming to church in a tie, chances are they’ll choose sitting at home in jeans.” After receiving several inquires about starting a country church in New Braunfels, Ikels and Kibbe, church-planters at heart, began planning the opening of Comal Country Church. “Our whole approach to ministry is to try to keep I have a relationship with two ducks at Landa Park. These are ducks with an attitude. I would even call them “evil” ducks, if they are ducks at all;* You may find it hard to believe that in the serenity of our city park there are two demon-possessed webfooted fowl. They lie in wait on the side of the path for me to walk by. They plan, connive and watch for my daily arrival. For some reason, these particular ducks have me bullied and they know it. I can pass many docile critters at the park with no problem. Vultures move, squirrels scurry, and other ducks waddle away, but no creatures match the menacing presence of these two ugly ducks. I am their poster boy for amusing entertainment. For a while I thought they treated every walker with equal disdain. I was wrong. To my chagrin, these demonic ducks leave others alone. It is me they seek because I smell like fear. On several occasions I’ve tried to overcome my fear and face them head on only to find myself cowering as they lower their heads, assume attack position and target me for the kill. They must laugh as I make a new path in order to avoid their inevitable strike. These sneaky ducks move around so I have to be alert to where they may be. Once I spot them, I Tim JUDKINS make strategic arrangements to avoid them so they never know I was present. This denies them fun at my expense and I walk on stress-free. I realized this little game I play with the possessed ducks is similar to the game most Christians play with sin. Each of us has pet sins that trip us up and that regularly cause us grief and guilt. Like the ducks, our sins seem to lie in wait to strike us if we get too close. Instead of taking alternate routes to avoid these besetting sins, however, Christians naively pass them again and again, each time finding themselves vulnerable to their attack. It would be much easier to steer clear of the problem than to see how close we can get without being harmed. Most of the ducks at Landa Park present no threat to me. The two ducks that do, however, apparently leave others alone. Similarly, a sin that trips me up may not have the same effect on you. Each of us must identify our personal killer ducks and choose alternative routes to avoid being snagged. Until I know these ducks By J.L. MCMICHAEL Herald-Zeitung Staff Writer Comal Country Church is a place where things are kept simple. From the facilities to the dress codes, Pastor Neil Kibbe wants to trim down frills and distractions to get back to the basics — those basics being the gospel message and relaxed fellowship. Located at 2255 Farm-to-Market Road 306 two-and-a-half miles west of 1-35, the church is temporarily leasing a rustic log home with a white rock chimney for a steeple. After about three months of meeting, the church already has attendance around 25 and is expected to soon outgrow its current facility. Plans are to build a log church after funds are raised. “We’re going to try to get together next month and start making some plans on where we want to locate,” Kibbe said. From making door-to- Photo submitted The 25-member congregation of Comal Country Church soon is expected to exceed the capacity of this modest building. Photo submitted Members of the Comal Country Church worship and praise in a simpler, more relaxed atmosphere Sunday morning. pose no threat, I’ll continue to find a way to avoid them. After all, these ducks, like sin, eat people who try to be heroes._ (Tim Judkins discusses “A Congregation of One” this Sunday at the Contemporary Service of First Protestant Church.) all of our costs down, as far as what we spend on buildings and equipment. We try to keep things simple,” Kibbe said. Kibbe is a graduate of Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and prior to that was a salesman for Folgers. During those years he met Ikels, who was a salesman for McCormick. Ikel’s church, which started three years ago, now has attendance of 300 and is planning the construction of a 20,000 square foot worship center. Though some prefer the traditional structure of formal worship, Ikels said, many find what they’re looking for in country churches. “It does reach most folks where they’re at,” he said. Ikels shared his theory on why so many find the country church concept appealing. “Everything is becoming more and more complex and people are looking for relevancy and simplicity,” he said. Comal Country Church meets for 9 a.m. Bible study and IO a.m. worship on Sundays and at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. For information call the church at (210) 365-3658. ;