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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 31, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Texas Friday July 31 1987 Page 5APastors agree they really need a regular day off WACO (AP) A pastor’s occupation is sometimes viewed as a 24 hour a day, seven day a week calling by congregations and by pastors themselves But mental health professionals and clergy members say they have found that pastors, like other professionals, need a regular day off Ministers who feel pressured to spend ail of their time tending the floc k may not make such good shepherds, some say Ken Jordan, a consultant in the Southern Baptist Sunday School board’s family ministry department, said in an article in the Baptist Press that “It s easy to become so enmeshed in the life of the congregation that we have no lives of our own The greatest need in some ministers’ families is the abib tv to say no ’’ Most people agree that pastors have a highly stressful joh comparable with the demands on a doctor Pastors must deal on emotional and organizational levels and must be available to their congregation for emergencies Dr Barry Click of the Samaritan Counseling Center in Waco, said he believes the main pressures are being a public figure and meeting the expectations of others “Usually, he or she is the main person, the chief staff person, and there s a tremendous pressure on them to meet everyone s expectations.” he said Other Waco pastors agree on the need to take a break “In the dynamics of ministry, there is the give and take, and the minister lands most often in the posture of giving." says the Rev Jim Johnson of Calvary Baptist Church The Rev Delbert Taylor of Sparks Memorial United Methodist Church said he found he would get so involved with people and their problems t hat he would need to get away And the Rev William Anderson of Christ American Lutheran Church sacs he needs a day off to recuperate from the emotional drain of dealing with people, especial ly in crisis situations Pastors sometimes have to get beyond feelings of guilt in order to allow themselves needed time off. Click said The Rev Jim Abel of Austin Avenue United Methodist Church said feelings of guilt are “always a real struggle I think it s almost an occupational hazard ” “Most ministers I know are conscientious and you could say conscientious to a fault Click said “They're trying to model Gods love for humankind It’s difficult for them to let go of that ethic for self indulgence “The role is so powerful in terms of expoc tations. one of the struggles is for them to come to terms with their limitations " Click said Jesus himself went away from the crowds to be by himself “The longer I'm in the ministry , the more I realize that it really is important.” said Anderson He said he used to be concerned with taking a day off. but now advises other pastors to “take it seriously “Talking to retired pastors over the years, most of them will say if they had anything to do over it would be to spend more time with their family.” Anderson said One difficulty some may have is relaying their need for a day off to their congregations. “The congregation has to kind of enter into a companion covenant with their pastor to look at the pastor's limitations The pastor has to be instructive to his or her people so they learn his limitations and they learn not to make excessive demands on themselves Click said The Rev Paul Taft of St Alban's Episcopal Church said his congregation honors his day off pretty well. and usually on Iv intrudes in an emergency In dealing with someone who calls on his day off rn a non emergency situation Taft said. “Generally I try to be tactful and not act irritated but I also remind them that it s my day off “What I get hacked at is somebody calling me and saying. ‘Where is the ladder at the church9’ ” Abel said Guideposts Magazine offered this hint for congregations: “Respect his time And just because he s on call 24 hours a day don t call him at all hours Try to speak to him during his office hours, and if you must see him at home call before you drop in Finally if your minister doesn't take a regular day off encourage him to He needs it as much as you do The pastors say they generally use the day off as family time Taylor said that in the long run he knows he is not indispensible The church can run without me It hurts my pride sometimes, but ”Texas volunteers break cycle of diseases plaguing Honduras Seguin AP Armed with less than $7,000, but with a wealth of donated equipment medicine and talent 42 volunteers sponsored by St Andrew ’s Episcopal Church of Seguin s>ent part of June in tropical mountains near the equator breaking a cycle of disease that has plagued people there for centuries Two separate groups of volunteers each spending a wt*ek constructed a medical clinic from an existing brick building treated over animals for parasites and ministered to the t*>du*- of more than 2 non natives in Siguatepque Honduras They carried with them a dentist s chair in pieces two centrifuges two microscopes surgical packs drugs sanitation supplies veterinary pharmaceuticals 500 pairs of eyeglasses and even lightbulbs in So duffle bags l o save money each traveler used his two piece IOO IMHind baggage limit on the airplane* to transport the gear Honduras is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere a country with more than a 70 percent unemployment rate, a low literacy rate and little public sanitation According to Dr Henry Moore a Seguin physician and leader of the medical mission treatment of their com triunity s animals was a key part of the mission The Hondurans are able to provide food for themselves he said but are often robbed of nutrition by intestinal parasites passed to humans from their domestic animals The Texans structured their assault on disease in two stages The first crew of 14 traveled on June ti to San Juan A postal, the Episcopal mission in Siguatepeque a town of 2o DUO about 60 miles from the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa Within a week a construction team rewired the mis sion s parish hall which was to be used as the medical clinic erected a 12-foot by 12 foot safe room for a phar maey and equipment storage and partitioned five treatment areas Seguin veterinarian Dr Bill Campaigne and several technicians treated over 2.000 animals in the first step of breaking the disease cycle On the first day. the mission yard was crammed with people and their pets and domestic animal- There were chickens pigs. goats, cattle ducks geese dogs cats. rabbits, monkeys parrots and even a raccoon We had bull fights in the street Lynn Campaigne volunteer and wife of the veterinarian recalled “Our crew suffered terrible rope burns on their hands try ing to restrain the animals " In the beginning, large animals were roped and tied to a fence for restraint so they could be wormed and in noculated However the bulls and oxen began to pull down the fence It w as obvious that some kind of chute would have to be constructed By mid afternoon the Seguin carpenters built one Treatment w as a little less chaotic after that Along with ridding the animals of parasites the veterinary team gave the people instruction on general sanitation advising them against the practice of keeping animals in the house “The people were very eager to learn ” Dr Campaigne said Briefs Windecker honored on 40th anniversary \ppri'\< v ' people joint'd in celebration of the I ti ti boation .ii mversary of Pastor \mold Windecker at >t (.Jill itf.erun Church in Westhoff July ID Services w«*r» eondiK ted by the honoree s son Pastor Ron W -! ker of Comfort with Pastor H L Anderson of Mason tethering the sermon Pastor Casey Zesch of Pflugerville a continuant of the honoree assisted with the worship -erv u e \ specially formed anniversary choir composed primarily of members and former members of one of the honoree’s previous churches >t Andrew Lutheran i hurt h of Canyon Lake presented anthems for the mom r.g -erv ice and also for Ok* afternoon program Professor Anita Wtndev ker of Texas Lutheran College ■ sequin was organist and Charlotte At**ll of Seguin was Pa choir dirts tor Nancy Arndt and Cheryl Bunges of the Westhoff l.indenau Parish presented special musical ■ ic t>ers fur the service and during the program Glenn t.reen choir director and youth worker of St Andrew I utheran Church inc a ny on Lake rendered vocal solos F >P wirg the noon meal furnished by the We tfluff I r ten.iu Parish in the American legion Hall a program was presented Participants on the program represented each of the congregation- served bv Pastor W indecker during his ministry A i-itors came from many distant places in the -tate in eluding Lake Jackson Brazoria Nlidland Pflugerville Austin Plainview McAllen h report Mason C orpus Christi league City I v aide l>oss Comfort Conroe and Boerne There were also visitors from surrounding com triunities such as Kames City Shiner Canyon Lake New Braunfels Seguin ^an Antonio Yorktown Cuero and A ictoria The Rev Keith Pox of the southern district of the American Lutheran Church brought greetings frornthe district Special gifts were presented to the honoree by in dtv (duals and congregations The Windeckers are retiring to their home in The A illage near Saltier in Cnyon Lake They wen* formerly resident- in the Canyon Lake area for h year- when Pastor Windecker was pa-tor of st Andrew Lutheran Church in Canyon Lake and Gerry taught in the Comal ISI) at Canyon High School and then at Smithson A alley High school Continued from Page 4A Episcopal Day School still has openings St John s Episcopal Day School has a few openings for the fall and spring sessions Classes are available in the 8 months to 20 month- Mothers Day Out program on Mondays and Fridays from sam to 2 30 p rn and in the 3-year-old program from 9 a rn to noon with optional afternoon care until 2 30 p rn Call Susan Peteete at 625-3977 or Sarah Reeves at 629-0479lf you are at least 60 years old and make an opening deposit of $2,000 or more, you will receive these benefits with our new MPrime account. 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