New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
2jera|^rttunj^OFiMa|[^jn^8jJ996C^£Extending hospitality to guests and God in the home
Few invitations are more compelling than the call to journey to a sacred place. For some, the summons requires a pilgrimage to an outside destination, but not for me. My call urges me to make a holy space within my home — not an easy task considering the pack rat habits of my family.
For years, my immediate brood sized up the house and engaged in a military maneuver designed to seize and occupy as much ground as possible. My husband’s office is in an enclosed, sloping potch upstairs. Piles of paper like stacked limestone line the walls. His vertical tiling system shifts and slides until it sometimes covers the whole floor. My five-year-old daughter’s room is always in various stages of order and chaos. It is never one or the other, but pockets and spaces of both. My one-year-old son isn’t old enough to select his objects de baby, but they overwhelm our house nonetheless. The crib is at die foot of my bed. His snoring and frequent fidgeting keep me up nights. Baby animals, popper-walkers and cardboard bodes monopolize the living room. Even though we own one of those diaper disposal systems tilat allegedly mask the smell of his tittie jobs—tike a cat's litter box— his baby odor knocks over the house, leaving me
the impression that his occupied space is everywhere. I am not without fault, either. My paperwork finds its resting place on top of the dining room table.
I rise at S:30 a.m. to meditate, to pray and to connect with God. Even at those ungodly hours, I straggle to find that safe, undisturbed place where I can empty my mind and fill my heart. Our back room consists of only a shower and two sinks, and for many months I meditated and prayed in that room on the hardwood floors. I would turn on the heater so that the whirring white noise drowned out the rest of the world. But I missed the morning melodies of the birds, tile gentle humming of the insects, and frantic, high energy of the squirrels scurrying about the yard, and so I moved into the living room. However, with my daughter’s
sleeping presence only a closed door away, I always feel tile impending interruption of small feet with big needs. I want a larger house, or at least I want my family to share their space.
To accommodate my need, I systematically began moving out their things. We are turning the tool shed into my husband’s office, and we are replacing my daughter’s double bed with bunk beds. She and my son will share the same room. We are building shelves for our children so that Power Rangers and electronic toy phones do not find permanent residence in the living room. The camel-back antique parlor couch that is beautiful to look at, but impractical for children, will move upstairs to my new study. Finally, I sigh, my study and meditation room.
My friend Thea Chesser has rooms in her house for each of her moods and modes of being. The porch is her reading, reflection and writing room. There she looks out upon the Comal River and marvels at its steady and slow beauty. The front room filled with antiques and old photographs represents her deep roots. She calls it the “heritage” room. The television occupies the other front room. Baseball players crack their bats in the silence of the
‘Until recently, however,
I did not realize how much I needed to claim my own sacred space, within my home, for my dally walk with Pod.’
house. It is the “now” room.
When I was 14,1 first read Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s “Gift from the Sea.” The essays chronicle her yearly two-week retreat to the ocean to reclaim her spiritual journey, her definition as a woman, and her sacred space. In the pulsing rhythms of the sea, she found solitude and rediscovered her core connection to the Supreme Being. In that space she met the joys and disappointments of a God who rejoices in the human journey. Until recently, however, I did not realize how much I needed to claim my own sacred space, within my home, for my daily walk with God.
Responsibilities and tasks over my life, like my cluttered house, do not give me room to open to God’s love and creativity, or to reflect upon my purpose here on this earth. I ready my
sacred space. I clean out the disarrangement apd the extraneous, non-essential items. I imagine my extra room I put in a chair for meditation. My desk supports a notebook for my deity journal writing, and a computer for writing poetry, essays and fiction. The book shelves harbor theology texts, wisdom writings from other cultures, mystery novels and my Hebrew, Greek and English Bibles. Here, I seek to build those holy places, within my wails, so drat I can pursue compassion, find justice, discover forgiveness, and feel God’s presence.
I am like the Sunammite woman of the CHd Testament. She prepared an extra room for Elisha because she perceived him to be closer to God than any other human being that she had met. I, too, feel the holy one walking by, tit# before its spirit can enter, I must ready a place of careful attention—a table, a chair, a candle and a bed Hospitality not only for my guests, but for die one that calls me to deeper, spiritual meaning.
. (April Goldsmith is a New Braunfels resident. She is currently completing a master’s degree in divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is working on a book.
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Church directory for New Braunfels, Comal County & area
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Berean Bible Church, 889 Lands St. Sunday services, IO a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Wed. 7:30 p.m. Men's class at 8 a.rn. Saturday. 620-5102.
Christ Presbyterian Church Christ centered • Bible believing. Presbyterian Church in America, 1620 Common. Sunday school, 9:30; Worship service, 10:45; Wednesday eve., 7:15. Phone 629-0405
Church of Christ, 1665 Highway 81 W. Bible classes for all, 9 a.m.; worship IO a.m.; evening worship 6:00 p.m.; Wed. 7:00p.m. classes for all ages. Nursery available.
Cross Lutheran Church, (Missouri Synod), South Hickory and Cross Streets. Sunday school 9:15 a.m.; worship 8 and 10:30 Am.
Dayspring Christian Fellowship,
1895 S. Walnut, Sunday School 9:30am, Sunday Worship 10:30am, Wednesday evening service 7:00pm Wesleyan denomination.
First Assembly of God. 1687 U.S. 81 West. Sundsy school 9;45 a.m.; worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday service 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 733 Cross St. Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday dinner 5:00 p.m. Bible study and prayer service 6:00 p.m.
First Church of Christ Scientist, 137
E. Mill St. Sunday service 10:30 a.m.; Sunday school 10:30 a.m.;
Wednesday service 7:30 p.m. Child care available.
First Church of the Nazarene, 1465 135 East. Sunday service 9:45 a.rn.; worship 10:50 Am. and 6 p.m.
First Protestant Church, (located on the comer of Seguin and Coll streets; one block from downtown plaza) Sunday Worship 8:00 and 10:30 AM; Sunday School Classes 9:00 AM; Breakfast at The First 8:30-10:15; Youth Activities - call 609-7729 Ext. 36; Wednesday PRIME TIME Bible studies A seminars; For Your Intercession Prayer Groups • Wed. AM A Tues. PM; Adult activities; child care provided.
First United Methodist Church,
572 W. San AntonioStreet Sunday Worship:
8:30am, 10:50am, 7:00pm Sunday School: 9:30am Youth Activities: 5:00pm
Harmony Baptist Church, 1472 Texas 46 S. Sunday school 9:45 Am.; Sunday worship 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Church training 6 p.m.; Wednesday prayer meeting 7 p.m.
Lakeside Baptist Church, PM 725. Sunday school 9:30 Am.; worship 11 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study and prayer meeting 7 p.m.; worship ministry and home groups.
living Faith Church, 989 Loop 337 (Corner of Common St.). Sunday IO a.m. and Wednesday 7 p.m.
Pastor Don Hamilton 560-1785
New Braunfels Christina Church,
734 Loop 337, Sunday School for all ages • 9:30am. Worship Celebration and Junior Church - 10:30am. Nursery provided. Youth groups A adult bible study 6:00pm. A nondenominational fellowship. 629-2202, Pastor Rick Bartlett 608-0330.
New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard. Worship 8:30 a.m.; Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; worship 11 Am. nursery provided.
New Braunfels Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2990 W. San Antonio St. P.O. Box 311551. Sabbath school 10:40 a.m. Saturday; worship 9:30 a.m. Saturday. 629-5673.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 138 W. Austin. Masses 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and, 8 and 11 a.m. Sunday; Monday through Friday Masses 6 p.m. Wed. 8 Am.
New Life Fellowship Church, 104 Molody Lane, New Braunfels, 78130 (1/2 mi. south of 1-35 on PM 725 behind Sac-n-Pac) 210-606-5527 Worship: Sundays, IO am;
Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
Resurrection Baptist Church, 909
St John's Episcopal Church, 312 S.
Guenther. Holy Eucharist Rite One 7:30 a.m.. Rite Two at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Christian education classes begin at 9 Am. and 10:30 Am.
St Joseph’s Anglican Church, 446 N. Seguin. Sun. 8 a.m. Holy Communion; ll a.m.-1 st A 3rd Sundays Holy Communion; 2nd A 4th Sundays Morning Prayer, Church School 9:45 Sundays.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, (ELCA), Cross and Santa Clara Streets. Sunday worship 8 Am. (broadcast on KNBT radio PM 92), 10:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:15 Am.
Tree of Life Fellowship, 652 N. Loop 337. Sunday services (including children's church) at 8:30 and 10:30 a m. and 7 p.m.; ladies Bible study IO Arn. Wednesday; Pastor's Bible study and Youth Meeting 7 p.m. wednesday.
Church of Unity, New Braunfels,
Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Citizen's Center at 655 Lands
The Unitarian Universalists of Comal CouatyWILL NOT meet on Wednesday, July 3. We will celebrate Independence Day together in many different places. We hope you do too. Have fun!
Bracken United Methodist Church,
20377 FM 2252. Sunday school 9:30 Am.; Church services 8:15 and 10:40 Am.; UMYF Sunday 5 p.m.
Church of Christ, FM 3159 aud 2673. Bible class IO a.m.; Sunday worship ll a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday service 7 p.m. 899-7077.
St Andrew Lutheran Church, 7420 FM 2673, I mi R of Staitzville. Sun. Church School, 9 a.m.. Worship 10:15, Holy Communion. 1st A 3rd Sundays, Nursery provided 9 Am.
St. Francis By the Lake, Episcopal
Church, Hwy 306, Canyon Lake, Sunday Holy Eucharist 8am A IO ant Wednesday Holy Eucharist 10*10 Am. followed by Bible study.
The Rev. Hubert Palmer, Interim Vicar. 964-3820
Unity Center of Practice Christianity in San Marcos, ll Am. Sunday Service 16870 No. State Hwy. 123 (5.5 miles from IH-35/Exit 204, towards Seguin), San Marcos TX 78666 (512) 392-5199. Dial-A Prayer: 512-396-LIFE (5433) Children's Class I I OO a.m. Y O U (Youth of Unity) meet the 1st and 3rd Sunday's of the month at UKK) a Call for weeknight class schedule Nondenominational.