New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Christmas cheer visits in July
The First Protestant Church Family Life Center at Coll and Seguin streets, will have its annual “Christmas in July" Bazaar on Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For the first time, the Bazaar will be on a Saturday to encourage more people to attend, and child care will be provided while parents shop.
The traditional lunch of potato soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage will be served. At $4, it’s a bargain! We invite our friends and families from our community as well as our church families to come enjoy a great lunch, buy lovely handmade treasures and help support the Women’s Fellowship mission projects. Soup will be available to take home if you can’t stay to eat.
Before or after lunch, begin your Christmas shopping early, selecting from a wide variety of handmade items and delicacies such as:
* The Bakery—Many kinds of homemade breads, pastries, cakes, cookies and pies (cream pies made the day of sale).
* Canned Goods— Homemade jellies, jams, pickles, fruits, etc.
* Stitchery—Dish towels, potholders, quilts, pillow cases, and many, unique whimsical gifts for the home.
* Decorations—Seasonal (especially Christmas) and year-round decorative items.
* For Children—Clothing, crafted toys, crib linens.
* Antiques—Depending on what is received.
We invite you to help us reach out to those in need. For more information, please call Linden Anderson at 625-4823.
Laktsidt to hold Vaction Bible School
Lakeside Baptist Church, 2525 FM 725, New Braunfels, will be having their Vacation Bible School July 31 through Aug. 4, froqi 6-9 p.m. Preregistration will be held on July 22 from 9-11 a.m. at Villa Serena playground; from 12-2 p.m. at Lakeside Baptist Church; and from 3-5 p.m. at Cypress Grove pool area. Snow cones will be served. For more information, please call Deanna Boedeker at 609-0608.
Hoar! of Summor program planned at Eastside Baptist
Eastside Baptist Church, corner of Ridgewood and Holly, New Braunfels, is having their Heart of Summer program this week with the youth at Alto Frio Camp and next week with Vacation Bible School at the church. The Bible School program is “Sontown,” a place where everybody feels at home. It’s a family celebration of how God has a plan for families and their relationships together. Also, what it means to be part of His family will be studied in the Bible. Along with Bible study, there will be songs, skits, games, crafts and snacks.
The dates for Vacation Bible School are July 17-21, from 6-8:30 p.m. Registration is this Saturday with a hot-dog time at Eastside Baptist Church, 983 Holly, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call Wilburn Taylor at 625-6154.
Humility and a Helping Hand
Years ago, my oldest son, James, had a passion for mowing the lawn. I would pull the mower out of the garage and he would instantly be at my side. It seemed that no other tool in the family arsenal of lawn weapons mattered except for the lawnmower.
“Can I mow the lawn, Dad? Please, let me try—I know I’m big enough now!” I knew that he wasn’t big enough at all. Standing facing the mower, his eyes barely cleared the handle of the machine. But this particular day I must have been too weak to argue or in a particularly good mood. “Sure, James,” I said. “Give it your best shot.”
The mower roared to life. And behind it in the catbird seat was James, all three feet of him. Down the driveway he went, just like he had watched me do, to start closest to the street. And I could read his mind with every step.
“This is a piece of cake! Nothing to it!” Noth
ing until he stepped from the driveway onto the thick St. Augustine grass, that is.
His little boy body put every ounce of strength into the task but to no avail. He really wasn’t big enough to handle the job, no matter how much he wanted to be.
But suddenly the mower seemed to take off by itself. It glided through the grass like a fish through clear » . water. That’s about the time
5* that he realized that I was
Qallaner Standing behind him, push
ing the mower with him. What he could not accomplish by himself, he could certainly do with my added strength.
Up and down the rows of shaggy grass we went until the task was finally completed. And
afterwards, the childlike wisdom that came from it was choice. “You see, Dad? I knew I could mow the lawn. All I needed was a little help from you!”
Amazing, isn’t it? A child assumes that help from Dad is normal. They have a built-in humility that accepts help when the weeds of life get too high to deal with alone.
Along the way of growing up, we lose that humility. Maybe it’s because of our sinful nature. Maybe ifs because we are told to “be proud” of everything and anything.
It happens nonetheless to every one of us. That’s why it’s important to capitalize on a child’s built-in humility when they are small. It lets them know at an early age that moms and dads are there when the going gets tough.
Because some day, mom and dad will not be quite so available.
And they will need humility a lot more than
pride to get them through the thicket of life. And yes, I know. That kind of thinking really goes against the grain of today’s conventional wisdom.
A child who has learned the value of humility grows to be a teen-ager who trusts in God’s strength more readily. And a teen who learns to trust in God’s strength becomes an adult whose life is unpretentious and sincere. And a sincere adult is the living example that teaches children the great value of humility. •
So teach your kids the great truths about the humble life. Teach them that you and Jesus are there to be an ever-present help in time of trouble. Because by doing so, you’ll impact your family for generations.
And that kind of thinking should humble every one of us.
(Dennis Gallaher is pastor of Freedom Fel-lowhsip Church in New Braunfels.)
Youth groups set record straight through letters
For ten weeks of the summer, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic, St. John’s Episcopal, St. Paul Lutheran, First United Methodist and this summer, First Protestant churches get their senior high youth groups together for a program called “The Upper Room.”
They gather every Wednesday night from 7-11 for Bible study, devotion, food and fellowship/recreation. The program has expanded from the first 35 kids to an average of 80 or 90 each week.
The study for the past four weeks has been “Kinds of Prejudices.” This past week was, “Understanding Adults.”
Accepting the fact that youth and adults have differences is hard. Adults wonder why youth can’t be more mature and responsible; youth wonder why adults can’t loosen up and relax a little.
The fact is: WE ARE DIFFERENT. Arguing over the differences doesn’t help much...accepting the differences might.
Recognizing our differences and accepting them might make youth more enthusiastic about accepting adults and also make adults more apt to accept youth.
The youth were challenged to find Christ in all of this and then to write a letter in their small groups telling adults what they would like adults to know about them.
Following are the letters written by these teen groups. Perhaps if we
listen with an open heart, we will hear Christ speak through them.
We know that you think that we are all bad. We do have some good things in us. You need to empathize with us and understand that it is very hard growing up in today’s world. Every day more bad things are brought about and you need to look at the good things we do and not just the bad. So, if we work together in communication and have more respect for each other, we will get farther in life.
We try to be responsible, and like you want us to be. We are only human and we make mistakes. So if you have a problem with this you need to deal with it. We are not perfect, nor will we ever be until the day we join Jesus Christ in heaven. So, as young adults in Christ, we leave our futures up to God.
Sincerely, The young adults of group US
I know today that communication is hard to come by and that understanding one another is something we both wish for. To let you understand me, you must realize today is nothing like it was for you. I have more pressure. I strive to be an indi
vidual but am too caught up in the way people think about me. I know that sooner or later I will see things the way you do, but until then, try and make me feel like I’m in control of my life.
Sincerely, Your teenager
We would like you to know that we are caring, equal, and would like you to look and see what we are all about. We feel that parents and kids should talk more and share each others’ points of views.
To Whom it Concerns,
We the teen-agers of the USA ask for more respect as humans and individuals. And, as the future generation, we will strive to revive the nation and regain the standards and values this country was originally created on and about. And that’s all we have to say about that.
Can we, as adults and parents, look beneath those letters and see the cry for understanding of our own children? One ancient writer once commented, “Christ enters every stage of life—including childhood and the teen-age years—and makes it holy.” May we all receive God’s grace to become more holy.
American justice system failing? Lifescope says,
’’Courts do not determine real freedom!”
[Live] os free people, [yet] without employing your freedom as a pretext for wickedness; but [live at all times] as servants of God. For it is God's will and intention that by doing right [your] good and honest lives should silence (muzzle, gag) the ignorant charges and ill-informed criticisms of foolish persons.
"Behold, I long for Your precepts; in Your righteousness give me renewed life. Let Your mercies and lovingkindness come also to me, O Lord, even Your salvation, according to Your promise. Then shall I have an answer for those who taunt and reproach me, for I lean on, rely on and trust in Your Word. And take not the Word of Truth utterly out of my mouth, for I hope in Your ordinances. I will keep Your law continually for ever and ever [hearing, receiving, loving and obeying it]. And I will walk at liberty and at ease, for I have sought, inquired for [and desperately required] Your precepts."
We should not be like cringing, fearful slaves, but we should behave like God's very own children, adopted into the bosom ofl Us family, and calling to Him, "Father, Father." For His Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts, and tells us that we really are God’s children. And since we are His children, we will share His treasures - for all God gives to His Son Jesus is now ours too. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering.
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will give us later. For all creation is waiting patiently and hopefully for that future day when God will resurrect His children. For on that day thorns and thistles, sin, death, and decay - the things that overcame the world against its will at God's command - will all disappear, and the world around us will share in the glorious freedom from sin which God's children enjoy.
Only be careful that this power of choice - this permission and liberty to do as you please - which is yours, does not [somehow] become a hindrance (cause of stumbling) to the weak or overscrupulous [giving them an impulse to sin].
I aken from I Pet. 2, Psa. 119, Rom. 8, The Amplified Bible and The Living Bible.
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Company Asks Clergy to Find ‘Good’ Workers
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Clergy are being asked by a mustard company to help it find good people to work in a new factory it plans to open here.
Olds Products Co. has promised to pay $ IOO to churches that recommend someone who gets hired.
The recruiting method was devised to help Olds Products cope with a tight labor market in southeastern Wisconsin, said Edward S. Baker, owner of Human Resource Management, of Buffalo Grove, III.
Kenosha County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in May, the latest month for which statistics are available. The rate dipped to 3.5 percent in January and February both 15-year lows.
The pastors “know people who need work,” Baker said. “There is a strong incentive because they can help someone who needs a job. No one is going to refer someone who is really bad, who will be a bad reflection on them.”
Olds Products has immediate openings for 20 workers and more will be hired as the company introduces new products, Baker said. Olds Products makes mustard for fast-food restaurants.
Kinn«y Installed as St. Cloud Diocese Bishop
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — John Kinney was recently installed as the new bishop of the St. Cloud Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church.
Kinney, 57, had served as the bishop of the Diocese of Bismarck, N.D., since 1982. He recently led a special
committee of church officials looking into sexual abuse in the church.
He succeeds Jerome Hanus, who was named archbishop of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, last August.
Appeals Court Overturns Liquor Panel Decision In Lansing Case
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals has sided with a church fighting a convenience store’s effort to sell liquor.
In a 3-0 ruling, the appeals court said the Michigan Liquor Commission was wrong to grant an exemption to the Quality Dairy store.
The store is 326 feet from the South Baptist Church of Lansing. State law bars new liquor licenses or transfers of licenses within 500 feet of a church or school. It does let the Liquor Control Commission waive that requirement.
The commission decided to do that for the Quality Dairy store, which already was selling beer and wine and wanted to transfer a liquor license to that location.
The church appealed and Ingham County Circuit Judge Carolyn Stell upheld the commission’s decision.
The appeals court ruled the Liquor Control Commission had improperly shifted the burden of proof to the church, forcing it to show that allowing liquor sales at the store would harm its operations.
The church said it did not want its young members to be exposed to the sales of package liquor and it said it already was having problems on its property.
Episcopalians ‘journey home’
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Sally Noble joined the Orthodox Christian Church this month, completing a “journey home” she started almost 20 years ago when the Episcopal Church began to make dramatic changes.
Noble is one of about 200 members of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church who converted en masse to the Antiochian Orthodox Church.
“We kind of feel we didn’t leave the Episcopal Church, the church is leaving us,” said Tully Taylor, 44, of Spokane.
“We were kind of underdogs in the Episcopal Church by worshiping in the old way. Now we feel we’re in step with our church.”
“We were rationalizing the practice of our faith in a church that no longer values that faith,” said the Rev. Anthony Creech, the former Episcopal minister who led the schismatic congregation to the Orthodox Church and has been ordained there.
At issue is the Episcopal Church's willingness to accommodate secular trends in interpreting doctrine, a pol
icy that leads to a “contravention of Christian morality,” said the Rev. Samuel Edwards, a spokesman for the Episcopal Synod of America in Fort Worth, Texas.
The 18,000-member organization represents a range of “traditional” Episcopalians.
Many traditionalists are uncomfortable with the Episcopal Church’s 1976 decision to allow the ordination of women.
They are uneasy with proposals to bless same-sex marriages and ordain homosexual pnests, with talk of a historical rather than divine Jesus and of a feminine Creator.
Wholesale defections were quite unusual until the last five years, Edwards said.
Whole or partial Episcopal parishes in Texas, Kansas and Indiana have recently joined the Antiochian Orthodox Church, while others have sought Roman Catholicism or splinter Episcopalian groups.
The Episcopal Church Center in New York City couldn’t say how
many congregations had left the church in recent years.
“It’s quite tragic when any Episcopalian individual or congregation feel they can’t be part of this worldwide family,” said spokesman James Thrall at the center, which serves as headquarters for the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion.
Unhappy at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, the diocesan home of the Episcopal Church in Spokane, Noble moved in 1976 to Holy Trinity, a conservative Anglo-Catholic pansh.
“I just knew that things were wrong,” said Noble, 54.
This spnng on April 30,90 percent of the congregation at Holy Trinity Church renounced Episcopalians!!! and joined the Antiochian Orthodox Church, a branch of the Eastern Orthodox church that offers a “Western Rite” liturgy in English with gestures and phrases commonly used in European and American churches.
“We call it the journey home,” Noble said.
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