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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 6    ■    Herald-Zeitung    ■    Friday,    June    2,1995 Church Life I To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Dhurch Life, call 625-9144, ext. 21. Herald-Zeitung Church Life Church Briefs Christian Woman’s Club holding luncheon The Christian Women’s Club of New Braunfels cordially invites you and your friends to a luncheon on Tuesday, June 13, 1995 at the Holiday Inn (IH-35, exit 189) from 12 noon-2 p.m. The $7 admission fee covers the luncheon, a bridal fashion show and wedding pictures, music by Diane Hause and Don & Valerie Dalton, and a speaker, Judy Hile, from Spring, Texas. Reservations are necessary, 904-7348 or 899-7316. Notification must be given in case of cancellation. Free nursery, call 904-7348. Love, faith, caring and sharing! Come join us at our next Fellowship and Prayer Coffee, Tuesday, June 6, 1995, 9:30-11 a.m. in the home of Jan Keen, 917 Riviera Dr., Canyon Lake. Pentecost Sunday service planned at Greater Life Pentecost Sunday will be celebrated in thousands of churches nationwide June 4, 1995. The first Pentecost happened in the Bible in the book of Acts, Chapter 2:1-4, and is still continuing to happen today! Pastor Jack Dool and the congregation of Greater Life Pentecostal Church, UPC, invite the public to attend services with them at 2:30 p.m. on June 4, at 989 Loop 337, in the River-crest Shopping Center. You could find, in this one church service, the same joy millions have already found! Fulfillment for the family, peace of mind in a troubled world, and a genuine relationship with God. Exploring God’s Kingdom at Vacation Bible School St. John’s Episcopal Church will be holding a Vacation Bible School July 10-14, 9 to 11:45 a.m. for all children in the New Braunfels area. “Exploring God’s Kingdom, An adventure in Prayer" will be taught to children ages 4 through (entering) fourth grade. Pre-registration is being held now. Forms are available in the church office, 312 S. Guenther, or call 625-2532 for more information. Each day the children will focus on a different Bible verse, participate in art projects, learn songs in praise of the Lord and enjoy snacks. Summer Service Schedule began on May 28. We will cut back to services at 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. until Sept. 10. Christian Fest to feature host of music groups More than 20 of the area's most popular Christian music groups will perform at Schlitter-bahn Waterpark during the 7th annual Christian Music Fest on Saturday, June 10. Continuous performances will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wave Pool stage in the Wavefest section of the park and in the Sur-fenberg section of the park. Headlining the event will be Grammy and Dove award winner Cynthia Clawson who will perform at 4 p.m. at Surfenberg. All types of Christian music will be showcased during Schlitter-bahn’s Chnstian Music Fest. For more information, call Schlitter-bahn Waterpark & Resorts at 210-625-2351. Bracken UM, Triumphant Lutheran join for Bible schools Bracken United Methodist and Triumphant Lutheran churches are geared up for an unforgettable summer experience. Bracken UMC will be turned into Cornerstone Street, SonTown, USA, where your children will explore their roots and discover ways to get along with their own families while learning about their place in God’s family. To register or for more information, call 606-6717. PromiseKeepers *95 Movement teaching men to be servants in the church and home Tonight, about 40 percent of American children will go to sleep in homes where their fathers do not live. Before they reach the age of 18, more than half of our nation’s children will spend at least a significant portion of their childhood living apart from their fathers. Never before in our nation’s history have so many children grown up without knowing what it means to have a father.” So writes David Blanken-hom in his book Fatherless America. Quoted in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Newsday, Blankenhom cannot be dismissed as some firebrand Christian hothead looking to upset the liberal applecart. Instead, he is a respected researcher and social critic that has gained the attention and respect of both camps. Fatherhood is critically ill in the U.S. I guess that is no secret. Over the last several decades, our thought-to-be enlightened sense of morality has taken fatherhood and made it an endangered species. The percentage of children living apart from their fathers in 1960 was about 18 percent. In 1990, the figure was almost 40 percent. And for reasons too controversial to discuss in this article, those who could really make the difference on a Daily Bread Dennis Gallaher national scale choose to glory in the death of daddy instead of sounding the alarm to alert society as to what was taking place. It would be akin to rejoicing in the decline and almost extinction of any viable species. Take the plight of the bald eagle in the mid-’70s. Here was the very symbol of American strength, resourcefulness, pride, and leadership being wiped out while some tried to posture the problem as no big deal. But it was a big deal. Because if we had no more concern for our national identity than the chemical manufacturers supposed, we were all the worse than they. The grass roots alliance to the cause won and the harmful chemicals were banned. The result? The bald eagle is again present in most of the continental U.S., even nesting the winter months in central Texas. But it took someone doing more than lamenting the decline. It took men and women who became committed to the cause and determined to sound the alarm. A society with fewer fathers, says Blankenhom, is a society with more and more prison cells, orphanages, social workers, truancy officers, court-appointed child psychologists and child support enforcement officers. It is a society that demands government control of behavior in favor of personal responsibility. It is a society in which a generation of childhoods are sacrificed for an inane social experiment that already has failure written all over it. LEADING FATHERHOOD INDICATORS 1960 1970 1980 1990 Percent of Births Outside Marriage 5.3 10.7 18.4 28.0 Divorced Males Per 1,000 Married Males 27.4 33.3 76.2 112.5 Male Prisoners Per 1,000 Males 230 191 274 574 Percent of Children Living Apart From Their Fathers 17.5 22.4 32.2 36.3 It is a society in the death throes. Brain-dead long before the vital organs stop functioning. Strangled from lack of fathering. Over dramatic? Sensationalism? You might think so, but I don’t. Already the writing is on the wall for our society. Think about this. Children bom after 1960 will statistically have more spouses than children. That is to say that the rapid increase in divorce over the last three decades and the decline in birth rates will make fatherlessness more familiar to our children than fathering. It is a statistic of disaster. So what do we do? Continue to cry that the sky is falling? I think not. For the Christian there is always hope. In fact, the darker the day, the greater the grace. The prophet Malachi saw this day far off yet told of the miraculous intervention of God as it approached. He wrote this: And he (Jesus!) will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers... The promise is that no matter how good our program is, God’s miraculous intervention is what is needed to heal our father wound. And that intervention is promised and personally secured by Him. This weekend, over 150 men from many different churches in New Braunfels will converge with over 50,000 men from around Texas to ask God for that miraculous intervention at PromiseKeepers ‘95. It is a movement that is dedicated to teaching men how to be servants to our spouses, children, churches, and society. And ii is a movement, not just a meeting. Already this year, over 200,000 men have participated across the U.S. Next year, the goal is for I million men to gather in Washington, D.C. Why? So that we can turn the tidal wave of pain that begins when a child doesn’t have a dad. So pray for us, won’t you? Pray that God will visit us this weekend. Pray for the men from New Braunfels that will return with Godly seed to sow into our community. And pray that they will bring a touch of revival that will restore the hearts of fathers back again to the children. (Dennis Gallaher is the pastor of Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.) Since beginning of time, man has placed blame at God’s feet Early in the novel, “Shogun,” a band of European sailors falls into the hands of a fierce samurai tribe. After days of misery and fear, they are informed to their dismay that the samurais have decided one of the sailors must die. The sailors are told to pick the man. European moral traditions gave the men no basis on which to make such a decision. How do you pick a comrade to die? Finally, one sailor, drawing on his meager Bible knowledge, suggests, “We’ll draw lots. We’ll let God decide.” “Poor God,” another seaman comments. “The stupidities He gets blamed for!” The man was right. We do give God the blame for way too much. Insurance companies speak of hail and floods and tornadoes as “acts of God.” Devout Chnstians weep beside their loved ones’ graves and submissively intone Job’s mistaken words, “The Lord gave; the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job was humble and faithful when he spoke those words. But he was ss Currents Gene Shelburne wrong. If you know Job’s story, you know that God never laid a finger on him. Satan did all the damage. Blaming God for Satan’s dirty work is not a minor theological mistake. It can leave us deep-down angry at God for things he had no part in. “How could God do this to me, preacher?" one distraught 60-year-old man asked as we stood at the foot of the bed where his aged mother had just died. I doubted God was guilty. The Bible plainly names Satan as “him who has the power of death.” But that bedside was not the place for a lesson in the biblical theology of death. Why should God get all the blame if I break my leg on an icy sidewalk or come down with lumbago? Just what has God done to deserve such bad press? From the very beginning of the Bible, men and women continually sang, “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.” But for some reason, people tend to forget his goodness and point fingers of blame toward heaven when any evil befalls them. When we arc hurting, we need to give God credit for not afflicting us but for aiding us. He is “a very present help in time of trouble,” the Bible says. “I Ic is the God of all comfort.” Confirmands at FPO assist at blood drive The Department of Mission and Service of First Protestant Church (FPO) was happy to have the Confirmation Class assisting with the blood drive on May 28,1995. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center saw 32 members and friends of FPC, of which 23 were able to donate. On behalf of the confirmands, your church, and your community, sincere thanks is extended to all the participants. Congratulations and ‘Thank you” also to the confirmands for being A part of one of the mission projects of FPC. Many were involved in distributing posters, baking cookies and assisting on the day of the drive. It was a great learning experience while helping save lives. In addition to the excitement of having our confirmands be a part of the blood drive, we were happy to celebrate with Merritt Schumann. His donation that day made him a “Five-Gallon Donor.” Congratulations, Merritt! Participants were greeted by Cindy Peterman, a representative from the Department of Mission and Service, and Charlene Nolte, blood drive coordinator. All participants are to be commended for being a part of the Memorial Day weekend blood drive where there is an unusually high demand for blood. Religion Briefs Catholic Woman Administrator Makes History SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The new chancellor of the the Superior Roman Catholic Diocese calls moving out of her basement office symbolic of how far women in the church have come. For the first time since the diocese was established in 1903, the chancellor’s position is occupied by a nun. “What’s happening in the church is reflective of what’s happening in society,” Sister Eileen Lang said recently among boxes of books prepared for movement upstairs to an office near the bishop’s. “As women become more involved in leadership roles in society, they are taking on more leadership in the church,” she said. Tile chancellor is the fourth-highest position in the diocese, and has been filled by women in other dioceses. As chancellor, her primary duty will be to oversee the diocese’s archives while continuing as director of the Office of Evangelization, a post she has held since 1993. “I want to equip lay people to do more ministry,” she said. “With fewer and older priests, lay ministries arc integral to the future of our church.” Children Can Succeed With Help From Parents, Churches, Role Models COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Young children need help from parents, churches and other adult role models to escape from poverty and succeed in the 21st century, according to a national organization that helps the urban poor. “Kids start to do badly in the fourth or fifth grades,” said Hugh B. Price, president of the National Urban League. “There’s a pronounced dip in the lives of some children. This is the pattern we have to keep an eye on.” Price spoke recently at the Urban League of tile Pikes Peak Region’s 31 st Equal Opportunity Day dinner. Price said the entire community should support children throughout their academic and social lives. Parents can help by knowing what their children should be learning scholastically each school year, then make sure their kids are on track, Price said. He. also suggested churches and community groups help reward children and teen-agers who are “doing the right thing,” in school and through community involvement. “We need to look for partnerships in lots of different ways,” Price said. “In many low-income communities, there’s just not enough for kids to do after school" Cardinal Closes L.A. Cathedral Due to Quake Damage LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cardinal Roger Mahony has closed 119-year-old St. Vibiana’s Cathedral because damage from the Northridge earthquake left its bell tower in danger of collapse, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced. The cardinal, who announced in January that St. Vibiana’s would be replaced by a $45 million cathedral complex, ordered it closed after receiving a new seismic evaluation, the archdiocese said recently. Reversal by Mormon leaders signalling change in practices SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Mormon leaders agreed to stop baptizing Jewish Holocaust victims posthumously, it signaled a fundamental change in a practice Mormons hold dear. The change is more than just a renewed call to Mormons to trace their lineages and vicariously perform ordinances such as baptism for their ancestors in the faith’s temples. It is a reversal of what in recent decades had become second nature to many fervent members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: trips to the temple to perform sacred ordinances for historical figures they venerate or for people whose lives had no link to their own. It was no accident recently that when Elder Monte Brough told Holocaust survivors of the Mormon practice of baptizing for the dead, he stressed most members follow doctrine and do temple work only for their ancestors. His statements surprised many Mormons, because that’s not the way it was in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. Apparently it’s the way the church’s governing First Presidency — President Gordon B. Hinckley and his two counselors — want it to be. “The big task the First Presidency has given me is to bring under some control this whole idea that members can just extract various names,” Brough, the signatory to the Holocaust victims’ agreement and executive director of the church’s Family History Department, said in an inter view. Vicarious temple ordinances for the dead are no small matter to Mormons. They are considered a solemn obligation and blessing for the living, and an offering of the Mormon mantle to those no longer living but existing in a spirit world. Mormons believe that everyone will have an opportunity to embrace the one true gospel. If they do, temple ordinances considered necessary to their post-mortal progression will have been performed for them by living proxies. The crucial importance of the ordinances put the church in an uncomfortable position in the middle of this century, according to a new book, “Hearts Turned To The Fathers,” which details the church’s development of the world’s largest genealogical library to support its work for the dead. Church doctrine had always required members to trace their ancestry and do temple work for their own. Because of lack of training, research sources and time, few members could complete their family genealogies. Those who did could not keep up with the demand at the temples for names of the dead. Without them, the temples were left to perform only ordinances for the living, and some even reduced their hours of operation, according to the book published by BYU Studies at church-owned Brigham Young University. That was not acceptable to church leaders, in 1961, the church began extracting names from the microfilmed parish records and oral histories the church was collecting from around the world. “It was not a shift in doctrine. It was a recognition that ‘Why shouldn’t we be doing temple work for any names of those who have passed?’ The idea being that every son and daughter of God will have the chance to accept or reject the concept,” said James B. Allen, one of the book’s coauthors and a senior research fellow in church history at BYU. Celebrate J i? a 11''i PENTECOST SUNDAY June 4. I9?£l. ';|fe *    '*    i    r    J    ‘    * i f if* • I ,    <m-'    I    O' mull! find, in this one chimb sen ice, £ I flu same ju\, millions have alread) found1 Sum 'PeiiteiuslaJ (hurt ti Greater Life Pentecostal Church U P C 989 Loop 337 ■ M.vcti ’•■'.! Shopping < f I.’f New Braunfels I X 78130 ;