New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Give poor old Joe Camel a
I guess I just never realized the power and influence he wielded. I would see him on billboards and in magazines like everyone else. I must’ve been immune to his seductive messages. You see, since I am not a smoker, I have a hard time understanding the recent “firing” of a nice camel like Joe. He seemed innocent enough playing pool, hanging out at dance halls and generally doing the stuff of life. I guess the difference was that he always had a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. The obvious conclusion must be (according to Congress and
the president, at least) that life cannot be as fun unless you are a middle-eastern quadruped that dresses chic and smokes like a factory.
I am not here to question such a move on the part of those who provide visionary leadership for me and other citizens of this great land. I am more
concerned about Joe himself, now that he is unemployed. After all, he was just doing what all camels do, wasn’t he? How could he know he had more influence than any human? Maybe he has little camels at home and could therefore understand the role and impact of a parent. Would his little camels smoke because of their dad’s celebrity or because he was their parental example? How could he have known that his visible presence (not the actual presence of peers and parents) would apparently alter the inclinations of young people everywhere. Nine years of gainful
employment down the drain. This whole thing must make Joe’s selfesteem plummet As a leader in the church community, I wonder if there isn’t some way we can make lemons out of lemonade. Since it was Joe Camel that kept smoking alive for the last decade, imagine what could happen for Christianity if he started working for us? Our pews would be filled with young people if only we gave the job of promoting church attendance to Joe. I picture him on a billboard sitting in church, hymnal in hand, looking dapper as ever, having
a great time. We could call him Joe Church.
Or what if we wanted to get people reading the Bible? Joe Bible to the rescue. There he is, calmly and coolly flipping through the-pages of sacred text. My guess is that bookstores would need to stock up on Bibles to be able to handle the demand.
We wouldn’t have to rely on people influencing others (peer pressure?) to spread the Good News anymore. That tried and true method just won’t cut it now that we know what really makes the advertising difference. Like the smoking industry, Christianity could
survive and apparently grown by enlisting Joe to simply be himself but with a Christian twist. Evangelism classes and programs would no longer be necessary. Billy Graham really could retire, and we coadjust sit back and watch the results.
Maybe we could even hook up Joe with the beer frog. Why didn’t we think of fins before?
I may have trouble talking the rest of the day with my tongue so firmly planted in my cheek.
(Tim Judkins is an associate minister at First Protestant Church in New BraunfelsA$Adv04<
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From left are SALTeens Sara Soderberg, Emily Pendleton, Chris Gabbard, Chris Hughes, Joy Armas, David Wheat and Martin Moeller.
Area youth take their spirit on the road
Seven youth from Community Christian Church, 1750 McQueeney Road in New Braunfels joined with 80 other young people on an eight-state singing tour from June 15-29. The group called “SALTeens: Singing and Living Truth” is comprised of teen-agers from se\ eral southwestern states.
The program is sponsored by Dallas Christian College in Dallas, where the youth spend one week practicing a program filled with skits and songs that tell a story of one man’s search for truth and meaning in Christianity.
The second week was spent taking their program.
“One Great Deed," to various churches where they gave nine concerts in seven days. This year’s tour took the group to churches in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.
One of the most meaningful and climactic moments came when the director’s young son gave his life to Christ on the night of the last concert and was immersed into Christ at the close of the program. The “SALTeens” program touches lives every year in each church and provides a great opportunity for youth to use their talents to glorify God.
Local Church Briefs
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Come celebrate Jesus at First United Methodist Church July 21-July 25 from 9 a.m. until noon. Bring a T-shirt to decorate. Closing will be Friday, July 25 at noon.
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Yee-ha! Come to the Good News Stampede Roundup at Eastside Baptist Church, 983 Holly.
As a follow-up to Vacation Bible School evangelist Rudy Hernandez will be speaking to all ages on Wednesday, July 23 at 3 p.m. at the church. Rudy began preaching at the age of 13 and has worked with Billy Graham. In addition, he has held crusades in many countries around the world.
Come hear this dynamic speaker and then stay for a free hot dog supper.
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In keeping with the patriotic theme for July, First Protestant church is sponsoring a “Proud to be an American” blood drive. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will be accepting donors on Sunday, July 20, 1997, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center tocatedwh Coll St. As a bonus, ah donors will be entered into a drawing for two round-trip airfares courtesy of Southwest Airlines. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the church office at 609-7729.
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Two New Braunfels’ youth will perform with the Texas Baptist All-State Youth Choir, Band and Strings
Builder plans to clone giant roadside crosses
By MARK BABIN ECK
Associated Press Writer
GROOM. Texas (AP) — Steve Thomas thought that one gigantic roadside cross would be enough of an “advertisement for Jesus” to counteract contrary messages along Interstate 40 in the Texas Panhandle.
Turns out, his 190-foot Christian tribute was just the beginning.
“I can’t tell you all the people that want to build a cross,” said TTiomas, who will mark the second anniversary
of the cross’ construction on Sunday. “A lot of them can’t raise that kind of money, though.”
Thomas and other donors, including landowner Chris Britten, have supplied the approximately $750,000 the project has cost thus far. That price includes a tomb replica, a series of bronze statues depicting Jesus’ march to crucifixion and a hut to house a copy of the Shroud of Turin.
Thomas has established Cross Ministries in his nearby hometown of
Pampa to handle donations and turn the metal cross into a human endeavor.
“It’s a big umbrella, and under that we’ll design crosses around the country,” said Thomas, who added that he’s helping with cross plans near Effingham, 111., and Tampa, Fla “We’re also having healing ministries and we minister to people coming off the interstate.”
Studies conducted by Amarillo businesses have shown that 30,000 to
50,000 cars travel east and west along 1-40, which runs across the Panhandle along fabled Route 66.'
Effingham resident John Schultz said he was moved by the cross while returning with his wife from their Phoenix winter home. So moved, in fact that he’s building his own.
“I was highly impressed with it,” said Schultz, a retiree. “I thought it sent a good message. If we complete our plan, we hope to put a radio transmitter in ours.”
Try taking a hint from the sheep
Once upon a time a weary traveler was wandering down a dark and scary road. Suddenly there appeared before him a bright and marvelous castle with a welcome sign over the entrance. Knowing he had reached rest and safety at last, the traveler felt glad.
Approaching the open gate he saw a strange sight. Other lost travelers were walking right past the castle as if it wasn’t there. He asked a castle resident about this strange behavior and heard this reply: “This is a magic castle It can be seen only by those who realize and admit they have lost their way. The castle can’t appear to persons who pretend to know where they are going, who demand their own way. Your own self-honesty made this castle appear to you. Enter, for all its riches arc now yours.”
For each of us, who have tot our way, let us be like the lost sheep who have lost their shepherd in the gospel of Mark 6: 30-34. Today, there are many who seem to be like sheep without a shepherd. There are many who are blown along and tossed like corks amid the winds and waves of changing fashion. Christ alone offers a steady and unfailing point of reference. Christ stands before us
who have gone astray and need a guide; he stands before the people of our time as they seek for some unity to their lives Each individual wants unity within himself; human groups seek for unity; the people of the Earth are looking for common ways of thinking and for a common life. There is only one hope of succeeding in this manifold quest for unity, and that is to find unity in Christ, who as Shepherd has shed his blood in order to bring people of the word together in unity and peace.
Like the lost travelers, we must use our own self-honesty to realize that without faith in this one Shepherd, there can be no unity and no peace. With all of the world and international problems, there can be no unity and peace until all people are united in the leadership of the one true Christ. Each Christian must be faced with this truth and must assume the responsibility, as a
shepherd; he must show others the way.
This is not an easy task or goal. Within our human limitations and understanding, everyone is looking for an “easy” way. We must be on guard in solving the world’s problems. We must show the world the true way, and there is only one true way that leads to lasting life. This true way has been shown to us by Christ’s Cross, and wily this blood sacrifice on the Cross can give peace and unite men on a common road.
As each of us travel through our lives, unfinished and incomplete at this moment, it seems to be the most perfect, if not puzzling, of all parables. Your own life’s story is filled with the mystical and the marvelous. Only because you have lived it does it seem ordinary and even plain. Step back, take time to reflect. Tell yourself the story of you. And as you listen to your personal history, see behind the common and
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as they present two concerts at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, at 3 p.m. and 7 pm on July 19.
Carrie Chaney and Laura Cook are a part of the 340-member group, auditioned from Baptist churches across the state. After the concerts at the symphony hall, the All-State performers will divide into four smaller groups on July 20 and present conceits at various Baptist churches.
The performances will culminate a week of intensive study and rehearsal on the campus of Abilene’s Hardin-Simmons University, led by Cynthia Sheppard and Rob Tucker of Howard Payne University, Brownwood.
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According to recent statistics, 9,500 of San Antonio’s homeless population are families with children. Of those, 79 percent are headed by single parents
and 76 percenQue children.
Now, thanks to a $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the city of San Antonio, the world-famous Father Flanagan’s Boys Town will be able to help some of these families and children who have been severely traumatized as a result of homelessness. Through its Family Preservation Services program, Father Flanagan’s Boys Town of San Antonio division will offer 24-hour intervention services to homeless families geared toward helping parents with their children’s behavior and assisting with job placement skills.
According to Sheny Trcinen, Boys Town of San Antonio’s Family Preservation Services coordinator, research suggests that children of homeless families have greater exposure to stress and child behavior problems are significantly higher than in children with homes.
ordinary that which is extraordinary. See behind your daily routines the Divine Mystery weaving a tale of wonder and magic that touches both good and evil, darkness and light.
Since your life at this moment is still unfinished, we should refer to Psalm 23:1-3, 3-4, 5-6: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose; Beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul. He guides me in right paths for his name sake. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil, for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage. You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come ”
(Mike Peinemann is a deacon candidate at Sts. Peter and Paul Church)
The Men’s Bible Study Group of Caleb Ministries celebrates Charlie Duke’s 28th snnJversary of the ApoMo16 flight
Caleb Ministries celebrated Charlie Duke’s 25th anniversary of Apollo 16.
Scott Tjernagel, of Caleb Ministries, and his Men’s Bible Study Group recently honored Charlie and Dottie Duke with a barbecue at the home of Norma and Austin Barber. A large gathering of friends celebrated Charlie’s moon exploration as a crew member of Apollo 16, 25 years ago.
Tribute was paid to Dottie and
Charlie for their worldwide evangelism ministry. Charlie has been an active member of the Caleb Bible Study Program for many years.
Charlie, an avid hunter, was presented with a new deer blind designed by Paul Tadlock. Those interested in furthering their Christian walk, are invited to attend the Caleb Ministry Bible Study which meets above Henne Hardware every Wednesday from 7-8 a. rn.
For further information contact Scott Tjernagel at 625-6085.
The Unitarian Universalists will learn about Edgar Cayce from Ida Sing. We Will meet on Wednesday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Faith United Church of Christ, 907 North Loop 337. Public invited.
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Victory Temple Church
Independent - Pentecostal 134 Deborah Drive New Braunfels, Taxes 76130 Phone: (630) 600-1300 or 625-7491
Revival Evangelist Rev. BJ. Womack
• Spacial Singing
• Prayer for Sick
• Healing Services