New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Church Life, call 625-9144, ext. 21.Church Briefs
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The Fast Protestant Church Youth will be sponsoring a community-wide rummage sale to benefit their 1997 mission trip. The rummage sale will be held from 8 am to I pm Saturday in the Family Life Center, located at 172 W. Coll St in New Braunfels. Donations can be made to the sale by dropping off items at the Seele Parish Hall (basement level) located on the comer of Coll Street and Casten Avenue. A ramped entrance is located on the Casten Avenue side of the building. For more information call Jerald Schroeder at 609-7729, ext. 19.Christ fhPMbytsrten VSS bogfern nsxt weak
(inst Presbyterian Church, loaned at 1420 E Common Street win be holding their Vacation Bible School Monday through Friday. This year’s theme ;is “Our American Heritage.” VBS classes run from 8:45 to 11:30 am For more information, call 629-0405.Bacas ass oust Opt* Door Baptist VBS
Let the race begin! A fantastic race is ’planned for the area. The starting line is •at Open Door Baptist Church, 117 •Haeckerville Road in Cibolo. This •grand race win last five days. But wait!
' Most marathons have stages, and this race does too: Bible stories, snacks, games and crafts. Four-year-olds through sixth graders are invited to come race toward the goal. So get ready, get set to roU — and learn to win God’s way in life. Vacation Bible School is from 9 to 11:30 am from July 15 to 19. Racers may register at the door on die first day of VBS. For more information, call the church office at (210)658-8069.Mom and Dad gel a break
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Eastgate Baptist Church offers Parents Night Ora to give parents time to enrich their relationships while children are cased for in a Christian environment
Ages 6 months to 12 yean can be cared for. Dates are June 28 & 29, July 5 A 6, Aug. 2 A3. Cost is $2 an hour for the first child and $1.25 an hour for additional child For information call 625-6154,629-0063 or 625-0718.^aiHfew reunion planned 2fftt Holy FamHy Church
? Holy Family Church will hold a 10-year reunion for 1985 to 1987 CYO 'members Aug. 27. For more information contact Lupe Castillo at 625-4156 ><* Michelle (Castillo) Crayton st 625-•4976.Mew Testament market at
Children attending Vacation Bible School at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church will learn about New Testament times first-hand as they participate in “Marketplace 29 A.D." The innovative program offers an opportunity for participants to step back in time and experience life as it was in Bible lands at the time of Jesus. Open to children ages 3 to 18, the Vacation Bible School program will be held from 9 am to noon Monday through Friday at New ‘Braunfels Presbyterian Church located at 373 Howard Street in New Braunfels. Activities are open to children and grandchildren of members, as well as friends in the community. To register, ’oontact Carole LaShombe at 625-5141.
Anyone interested in the Jewish Community of San Marcos, a newly formed organization, should call Alex at (512)396-4232.
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The congregation of St Paul Lutheran Church will celebrate the installation df their new pastor of congregational life and evangelism, Brian Peterson, Sunday. At both the 8 and 10:30 am aervices, Rev. Ernie Lantz, dean of the San Antonio Conference of the Southwestern Texas Synod of the Evangelic .cal Lutheran Church in America, will •preside over the installation; he will Also give the sermon.
'• Pastor Peterson comes to St. Paul from St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran in Walburg, TX. He is a graduate of The University of Texas and Luther-North woolem Seminary in St. Paul, Mum.
He and his wife, Jenny, have two sons—Max, 4, and Luke, 2. They are settling down in their new home and ate delighted to be among their new church family at St Paul. (Submitted by St. Paul Lutheran Church)
Onward Christian SoldiersChurch starters see mission fields ready for harvest
By ABE LEVY
Mat Spachek gripped his bullhorn, turned to the crowd and shouted, “Jesus is foe answer!"
The sun pounded down 90-degree heat as about 500 restless protesters screamed profanities at members of the Ku Klux Klan who were staging a recruitment rally on the steps of foe Comal County Courthouse.
It was an unusual June I for New Braunfels, but to Spachek it meant a pool of potential converts for a new church he started in February.
“The whole vision behind this is to see people touched and saved. You could have a church on every comer but still have needs," Spachek said “We take it to the streets and byways. People were hearing a lie from one man, yet they were hearing foe truth from Jesus."
A handful of church starters, like Spachek, are hoping to gather enough support to give birth to new woks in New Braunfels.
Local church starters tend to be non-denomi-national evangelicals, who view grass-root, outdoor outreaches as a way to target unchurched people.
Undaunted by the 45 or so established churches in the area, local church starters embark on a journey that is often an uphill battle.
Spachek knows die climb all too well.
After working a 10-hour shift at the San Antonio Marriott River Walk, Spachek makes his rounds visiting die needy, preparing for sermons and spending time in prayer.
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Mat Spachek, local church starter, speaks to hie congregation at his home during a Wednesday night service. He started the work in February and averages 10 members.
Wednesday nights, he conducts a full service in his New Braunfels home with an average attendance of about IO members.
The effort can be discouraging, but Spachek and other local church starters agree that certain criteria is required to produce a successful birth.
Paul the Apostle was traveling to Damascus 2,000 years ago, die Bible says, when a voice from heaven charged him to spread die Gospel to all men.
Traditionally the event marks the day Paul received a call to ministry, a Divine designation created before birth.
Local church starters agree their efforts hinge on whether the call rests on their shoulders.
“If we have to go one year, two years, three years, we TI be here because we know we’re called. Success is not always measured in numbers," said Don Hamilton, a church starter
whose group meets at Tree Tops Riverside Grille on San Antonio Street.
Hamilton, whose church is in its 12th week and averages about eight members, said many church goers stay clear of new churches because they often lack established programs and appropriate facilities.
“Not very many people want to commit to a new church because it doesn’t have the amenities of an established church," said Hamilton, who added that his church service is limited since he meets at a restaurant.
Tire building Church starters often must settle for buildings without traditional spires, stain-glassed windows or cushioned pews.
Ordinary houses are the first meeting grounds until enough money can be generated fa* such facilities as local restaurants, portable buildings and storefronts.
Don Duncan, pastor of Tree of Life in New Braunfels, helped lead his church from about 20 people meeting in a home to a 1,000-member ministry complete with two services on Sundays, a Wednesday night service and numerous programs.
Tree of Life, which meets in a converted warehouse building and has plans to build a larger facility, has rotated through a slew of buildings before buying the land on North Loop 337. The church went from a home to foe Holiday Inn, to Carl Schurz Elementary School, to a storefront location with a potable building.
“It really doesn’t matter a whole lot to people what the building looks like," Duncan said.
“The important thing is are we glowing in our Christian walk. They don’t have to be foe Taj Mahal because it’s foe people inside and the Spirit of the Lord that’s important."
Victory Temple at 356 Landa St houses its newly formed congregation in a storefront.
Started in a home in October of last year, the storefront room is nestled between a jewelry store and a cleaning service. Church organizers count themselves fortunate since most landlords prefer to house retail businesses.
Looking at die front of the roughly 20-by-30-foot room, a blanket printed with the lyrics of Amazing Grace covers a door that leads into a matrix of office rooms. Pegboard lines foe back wall, while glass siding lines the building’s front entrance.
“It’s not exactly what we want. We’re going to strive to get a church building," said Don Womack, foe church’s founder. “Even though it’s a storefront building, when you get inside, it looks like a church.”
Although the labor pains are rough, local church planters agree foe work is wrath the effort once the baby is bom.
“I don’t believe you can have too many churches, when none of the churches are full to capacity," Womack said.
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The Christian gathering for high school youth of the New Braunfels area, “Upper Room," met for the first time 7 p.m. Wednesday night at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Students enjoyed discussing the night’s theme, “Differences.” They attended a short worship service, were treated to dinner and spent the rest of the evening playing a variety of games.
The Upper Roan will be held from7 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at St Paul Lutheran Church. Starting July 3, Upper Room will be held each Wednesday night until Aug. 7 at First Protestant Church, 172 W. Coll Street On July IO, the group will meet at First Protestant by 7 p.m. and go to Texas Lutheran College for a night of
Food WHI fun awaft youth at th* Christian gathering, “Upper Room.’
swimming and pizza. Each student is asked to bring $2 to help offset costs for the event.
All high school youth are encouraged to attend the Upper Room for the remainder of the program.
For more information, contact Jerald Schroeder at 609-7729, ext. 19.
Divine Fatherhood Source of Human Fatherhood
SonShine Celebration bring music ministry to Cross Lutheran Church
Rev. Msgr. Edward F. Bily
Cross Lutheran Church presents SonShine Celebration, a high school choir from Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto, IU., near St. Louis, Mo., will share an evening of music, skits and Christian fellowship 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The choir is in its 25th annual summer tour. Past tours have taken them to 34 states and Canada, totaling nearly 45,000 miles. Although the youth do enjoy some sightseeing during the tour as time allows, they mainly travel to share their “Celebration" at a different church each evening.
Each year the choir selects its favorite songs and writes a program expressing a theme of the Christian faith. This year’s theme is “Fun in the Son.” The evening celebration includes a variety of musical styles. SonShine Celebration prefers to call
its presentation a celebration rather than a concert, since it views the program as a time of Christian worship. The choir invites audience participation, which results in a unique and exciting evening of inspirational fellowship and sharing.
. The student nwmbr.s of SonShine Celebration must earn their own share of foe tour expenses. This is done through group-sponsored, money making projects.
Choir members are lodged in the homes of the host congregation. This year’s tour consists of 24 high school students. Accompanying the choir on tour are Barbara Helmkamp, choir director, Debbie Jenne, tour director, and Rev. Willard V. Meyer, senior pastor.
(Submitted by Cross Lutheran Church)Religion Briefs
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PITTSBURGH (AP)—An online service wants to help Pittsburgh’s religious community plug into the information age.
A partnership between ONTV Inc. and the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation is offering the region’s 3,400 churches free use of more than 12,000 pages on the World Wide Web to try and bring local religion to cyberspace.
“We’ve never seen anything quite like this, and we’re basically going to see what the churches do with it," said Bob Thibadeau, chairman of ONTV, a coalition of public broadcaster QED Communications, two Thibadcau-ownad companies and a Pittsburgh law firm. I
The pages, known as the “Houses of Worship" site, will allow churches to post a message from the pastor, schedules of events and operate a youth bulletin board. Churches will have total control over the pages* editorial content.
ONTV will also allow churches to communicate on a “needs and often" page, on which they can ask for help or offer it to each other.
Officials hope the site will boost communication among churches.
Childhood Friends CoAobrato 60 Yooro Togothor In Ministry
WARWICK, RI. (AP) — When this pair took vows in a church 60 years ago, their commitment wasn't to each other, but to tile Roman Catholic Church.
Throughout their careers serving Rhode Island parishioners, the two men have forged a friendship as strong as their faith.
The Rev. George Gorman, 84, and Monsignor John Cox, 85, this month celebrate the 60th anniversary of their ordinations. They were ordained, along with IO other men, in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence on June 6,1936.
The date marks not only a milestone in their professional lives, but also celebrates a relationship that began when they were kids, in the sandlots of a Providence park.
“It’s an education just to be with him," Gorman said of Cox.
“He’s a good listener,” Cox replied.
Cox and Gorman were bom four months apart. Their fathers worked together as stonemasons. The boys played baseball together in Davis Park in Providence.
Last Sunday we celebrated a joyful Father’s Day, however for some it was not so joyful a celebration. Prior to our thoughts and considerations concerning our natural father, we must turn to our Spiritual Father who deserves our love, respect, honor and worship, namely of the all the fathers, of all tire humanity and of everything in the world that depends upon Him and owes the deepest gratitude that can be expressed by every human being.
This Father is our Heavenly Father, Our God, the Divine Person who sent His Son,
Jesus, into the world to teach, to suffer and die and rise on the third day. The Son obediently fulfilled the command of His Father to love and to serve as He said: “If you love me keep my commandments and there is no greater love than to give one’s life for his friends." The Son manifested His love for His Father as well as for all die members of the human race by His sacrifice and death on foe cross.
Tire divine fatherhood is the source of human fatherhood and this is the foundation of the honor owed to parents. The respect of the children, whether minors or adults, for their father and mother is nourished by the natural affection bom of foe bond uniting them. It is required by God’s commandment.
Respect for parents (filial piety) derives from gratitude toward those who, by foe gift of life, their love and their work, have brought their children into the world and enabled them to grow in stature, wisdom and grace. “With all your heart honor your father, and do not forget foe birth pangs of your mother. Remember that through your parents you were bom; what can you give back to diem that equals their gift to you?" (Sir. 7:27-28)
Filial respect is shown by true docility and obedience. “My son, keep your father’s commandments, arid forsake not your mother’s teaching ... When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.” (Prov. 6:20-22) A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.” (Prov. 13:1)
America’s churches, synagogues and temples must fight the dangerous absence of fathers from U.S. families, speakers said May 17 at a national Interfaith Summit on Fatherhood.
“Tire current scale of father absence in America is the most socially consequential problem of our time,” said Don E. Eberly, president of National Fatherhood Initiative,
the organization that convened the summit.
He called the absence of fathers from families “foe chief contribution to youth violence, teen pregnancy, child poverty, poor educational achievement and a host of other social ills."
Bishop Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, was among those who addressed the more than 70 religious and community organization leaders at a conference site near Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
He warned the group not to fall into the polarizing trap of pitting “tire desire for better personal values ... against foe call for better social policies."
Conversion and compassion are both. Gospel values ... A renewed sense of per-; sonal responsibility must be coupled with new social polices if we are to strengthen our families and our nation.
Wade F. Horn, a psychologist who is director of National Fatherhood Initiative and former U.S. Commissioner for Children, Youth and Families, cited statistics on the dimensions of the problem in the United States. —Where there were 7 million children in fatherless homes in 1960, there are now 23 million — about 40 percent of all U.S. children. —In 1960 only one out of ' six marriages had ended in divorce; now it is two out of every five. —In 1960, 5 percent of the babies bom in the United States were fathered out of wedlock; in 1970, IO percent; in 1980, 18 percent; in 1990, 28 percent; today, 33 percent. —People from fatherless homes make up 60 percent of America’s rapists, 72 percent of adolescent murderers and 70 percent of the country’s long-term prison population.
When fathers are absent from homes, boys tend to be more violent and girls tend to become more sexually active.
Wade Horn also stated that psychological studies have shown that with a good father as a role model in their lives, “boys learn to keep their emotions in check." For girls, a warm, loving father is a critical factor in avoiding early sexual acting out." We are running out of time, he said, because unless the trend is reversed very soon, “foe majority of our children will be living in homes without fathers."
Gallup polls continue to show that religion is very important in the lives of Americans. “Does religion make a difference?” Yes, decidedly, said Mr. Horn, and in addition he said that analysis of surveyed attitudes shows, that “persons of deep faith do live their lives in ways that are dramatically different,” freer of the negative pressures of society.
May God bless all the fathers for their dedication and service to their families and may God’s grace continue to be their guiding light every day of their lives.
(Rev. Msgr. Edward F. Bily is the Parochial Vicar at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in New Braunfels.)