New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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This past Sunday I had the privilege of being part of a team that ministered at a local nursing home in our city. The congregation was more than 60 strong with more spirit and joy than is found in most churches on any given Sunday.
I cut my ministry teeth preaching in nursing homes. While in Bible college, I worked as an orderly in a home and also took on the responsibilities of preaching on Sunday afternoons. After 20 years of ministering and preaching in all kinds of places, my nursing home pulpit remains one of my fondest. No matter how humble the beginning, beginnings always linger with tenderness.
After the singing and preaching
First Baptist attars aarobics classes to a Christian beat
First Baptist Church of New Braunfels offers evening step aerobics classes through the summer. Classes resume at 6 p.m. June 24 and will be at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays until mid-August. The cost is $1.50 a class with nursery available for $1. All classes use upbeat contemporary Christian music. Call 625-9124 for information.
First Protestant VSS explores the wild frontier
The “Wild Frontier Bible Theme Park" vacation Bible school will open at First Protestant Church, at the comer of Seguin Avenue and Coll Street horn 6 to 8:45 p.m. June 16 to 20 The “theme park” will be producing fun and games for children ages 3 through sixth-grade.
A seventh- and eighth-grade class w ill also be available Call 609-7729 for information
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Chn« Presbyterian Church will host world renowned author and scholar Dr. James Montgomery Boite June 27 and 28 Boice will be teaching his popular conference entitled “The City of God ”
Tbe “City of God” conference is designed to help Christians live biblically in a secular culture The conference is based on the Boice book “Two Cities, Two Loves,” which draws heavily from St. Augustine's teaching about the City of Man and the City of God.
Pastor Dick Jones said that while “there arc many issues today which all Christians should be concerned about, there are few truly biblical prcspectives being offered in the Church on how to view those issues.” The result, according to Jones, is that “C hnstians are often tossed from one extreme to another, vulnerable to demagogues and charlatans who would take advantage of their naivete.” The conference “will equip Christians to deal with these pressures,” he said
f or more information about “The City of God” conference, call Christ Presbyterian Church at 629-0405. The church is located at 1620 K. Common.
(Submitted by Christ Presbyterian Church)
“Lot's Follow Josus” at St. John's Episcopal VSS
“Let’s Follow Jesus” is the theme for this year’s vacation Bible school at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 312 S. Guenther St. From 8:30 a rn to noon on June 23 through 28, children ages 3 through the sixth-grade this fall will learn how Jesus loves, guides, protects and cares for them all the time. They will enjoy crafts, games and exciting stories each day from God’s word For more information and registration call 625-2532.
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this past Sunday our ministry team prayed for each of the folks who had come to church. Most had a specific request. But one lady I prayed for taught me a truth I will not soon forget.
I had watched her through the service. She was one of the many who radiated joy and hope. As I approached her and asked her how I could pray for her, her face broke into a wide, joy-filled smile. “There is really nothing that I need Jesus to
do,” she said. “He has given me everything I could ever hope for. You can’t imagine how thankful I am!” For a moment I just looked into her face, trying to decide whether she was really telling me the truth. Her eyes, crystal clear down to her soul, and her radiant smile said it all. Here was a saint who knew her Great Shepherd. She could truly say,
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
How could someone who had every right to want something more out of life want nothing? From where I sat, it appeared that she could use a lot of things. From where she sat, God had given her all.
It is the paradox of grace. Grace, the most precious gift of unrelenting
favor, is a most personal and private giving. Most have been taught to insist through prayer that God deliver us from trouble. But God’s ways are more often seen in His desire to give grace instead of deliverance. This is a tough pill to swallow for us raised to have our own way about life. Circumstances, painful and long, do not always change. But God’s grace is available daily to see us through.
Saint Paul had an occasion to record his history of troubles. By his own accounting he was whipped 39 lashes five times, beaten with rods thrice, stoned and left for dead, shipwrecked, robbed and run out of town too often to number. What did he learn? He learned that God’s grace was sufficient.
The word means to have complete confidence in God’s adequate supply.
Later, Paul wrote to the church that he had learned to be quite content whatever his circumstances. He was just as happy with much as with little. He had found the recipe for being happy whether his hands were full or empty. Through trouble — through trouble! — he discovered he could make it in the One who made him who he was.
The lady at the nursing home knew that too. That was what was different about her life. She was genuinely content. Even though she had little in my eyes, her capacity for God’s grace was much greater than my sightless eyes could see.
We prayed none the less. Not to
Members of the United Methodist Women recently held a roast beef dinner and earned a profit of $1,500. At the May meeting it was voted to distribute the funds as follows: $500 each to the Emergency Children's Fund, the Community Service Center and the S.O.S. Inc. Food Bank.
Here UMW President Lee Hatch presents a $500 check to Will Doolittle of S.O.S. Inc.
United Methodist Women President Lee Hatch gives a $500 check to Susie Garcia of the Community Service Center as roast beef dinner chairwoman Jon! Ewing looks on.
Joyful voices grow sweeter with age
By ABE LEVY
Nmcty-two-year-old Elna Frazier never took voice lessons or learned to play a musical instrument, but that hasn’t stopped her from singing in the Sonshme Singers at First Baptist Church in New Braunfels.
When then-ministcr of music John Hushing began recruiting people to form the choir in 1983, Frazier was one of about 15 members to answer the call
“When I joined, I told John I can not read a note He said, ‘Just make a joyful noise and the Lord will bless it,*” she said.
Frazier, who worked for 44 years as a first-grade teacher, is the oldest member in the senior choir. The group has grown to more than 55 members and recently formed a 35-
member ukulele band to accompany the singing.
The singers keep as active as a roomful of toddlers.
They have traveled across the nation to such locations as Missouri, Denver and Eureka Springs, Ark., singing at churches, music festivals and RV parks “It’s really a thrill to hear them and a lot of times they will memorize the music,” said Rushing, who is now the minister of senior adults. “It’s a thrill just to stand there and listen to them. Over the years they improved in their singing voice.”
Most of all the choir members said they enjoyed the fellowship.
Johnye Smitliee, 77, was one of the original singers in the group who said she joined to express her relationship with (iod.
“I love every minute of it,” said Smithee, who moved to the San Antonio arca from Waco in 1957. “We get on a bus and have fun from the minute we get on the bus until the time we get off. There’s a lot of singing during the bus trip.”
The choir is taking a break this summer but will begin rehearsals again this fall, members said.
Their selection of songs are a mix of contemporary and traditional tunes, members said, that they sing before a human and divine audience.
John Lee said he joined immediately upon moving to New Braunfels in 1991.
“It makes us feel better that we have a place we can serve and contribute to the overall effort,” said Lee, 79, a bass in the choir. “It’s just really great to know that you’re serving the Lord and that’s what ifs all about.”
College students help others for summer vacation
More than I IO college and university students will meet in New Braunfels for a World C hangers national work project Saturday through June 21.
The participants, who pay their expenses for the project, will assist several local residents by making much-nccdcd repairs to tlicir homes The type of work in which they will be involved includes repairing roofs, building porches, replacing ceilings, installing insulation and painting
After a full day of work, they will enjoy an evening program including music aud Bible study Sponsored by the Southern Baptist Brotherhood Commission, World (hangers stresses “hands-on” involvement through participation in home construction and renovation work. Through the program, participants learn about missions firsthand by becoming personally involved iii helping others
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gain anything but instead a great prayer of thanksgiving. I could not thank God for her good health, her good fortune, or her abundant provision. She had none of these. But what she did have was so much more and she knew it. She had her Father’s favor. She had her Father’s greater grace. She had what I need which is eyes to see the true riches of God’s grace in her life.
Next time, maybe she should pray for me.
(Dennis Gallaher is pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Church of New Braunfels.)
The Herald-Zeitung welcomes photographs, brief announcements, news articles and columns concerning faith and religion from all area churches. To submit an item for the church life page, drop it off at 707 Landa St. or call Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson or News Editor Sue England at 625-9144.
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presents "Lessons in Nature'' a lecture by Garden-ville founder
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Malcolm Beck is a leading authority in the field of organic growing & gardening Come by and learn how to work with nature'
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(Submitted by World Changers)
We provide a high standard of academic education that revolves around a Christian Care Atmosphere
Pre-K through 2nd grade
169 S. Hickory, New Braunfels
Auditions opon for “ Jssus Christ Superstar* In E.A.
Auditions will be held for the SA SPA production of “Jesus Chnst Superstar” from 6 to 8 p m. Monday al 12915 Jones Maltsberger Road, Suite 200, in San Antonio The production runs on weekends from July 18 through 27 at McAllister Auditorium. Call Scott Conway at (210)495-2787 for information.
THE Unitarian Unlvarsallats
Will not moot on Wednesday, June 18, but will moot on Saturday, June 21, from noon to whenever, for a Summer Solstice potluck dinner at a member's house We will be joining with members from the Live Oak UU congregation from Austin for this celebration Calf 625-7004 for directions and car pool information.
First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School June 16 - 20 9:00 AM - Noon Age 5 - 5th Grade
Call 625-9124 for Info.