New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Religious FocusFriday, March 8, 1991 Herald-Ze/tong, New Braunfels, Texas_ Page 5
By REV. KENNY WOOD Covenant Baptist Church
On the night of April 5, 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg at full speed and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic. It was her first voyage. One thousand five hundred thirteen people drowned.
Fifty-eight years later, almost to the day, another ship on her first voyage encountered life-threatening danger. This time the trouble wasn’t in the north Atlantic bul in the far reaches of outer space. Ins*cad of hitting an iceberg, a huge hole was ripped in the side of the service module of Apollo 13 by an exploding fuel tank. Three brave men in outer space and thousands more on the ground fought for four days to bring the spacecraft back
safely. Finally, the astronauts and their command ship dropped safely in the Pacific within sight of the recovery ship, Iwo Jima.
There is a haunting difference between what happened on the Titanic and on Apollo 13 at the moment of crisis. On board the Titanic, there’d been no lifeboat drills; in fact, there weren’t enough life jackets or lifeboats to go around. And many of the lifeboats were unusable because paint had jammed the lowering mechanisms. No preparation had been made because the Titanic was “unsinkable.”
On the other hand, when the explosion and power failure happened on Apollo 13, the crew and Mission Control knew exactly what to do. The oxy
gen and elcctrial power was switched to the Lem and the vehicle that was to take the astronauts to the moon’s surface became their home for four days. And the engine that was to have let them down to the moon’s surface, and lift them off again, became the power to make mid-course corrections. The crew reacted with wise and calm courage and a safe return resulted.
The difference in the outcome of two disasters was in their “back-up systems.”
We are all on a journey ourselves. Not through outer space, but through life. We are not unsinkable. We have our share of crises and emergencies. We need back-up systems, too.
Jesus ended his sermon on the Sermon on the Mount talking about two
builders each building a house near one of those dry stream beds at the foot of a mountain. Both houses looked beautiful when they were finished. But when the mountain storms came, and the floodwater poured down into the valley, one house came crashing down and the other stood. Why? Because one builder took the time and energy to dig down to the bedrock for his foundation and the other did not.
Obviously, Jesus pictures you and me as the house we are building. And what I hear him saying is — the best back-up system we can have when storms and floods beat on us is a house built on a solid foundation.
Covenant Baptist Church meets at the Duck Blind Lounge at Forest Waters County Club in Garden Ridge.
Quiz Team winners
Wesleyan fellowship organizing in New Braunfels
New Braunfels has been chosen as the site for Dayspring Christian Fellowship, a ministry of the Wesleyan Church. Although the Wesleyan Church is well established, with more than 3,000 congregations in the midwest and both coasts, it is not widely known in Texas. But Pastor David McKain intends to change that.
McKain pastored New Hope Wesleyan Church in Austin for three years before accepting a call to pastor a church in Michigan. In August, they were informed that four 'ocal families were determined to form a church in New Braunfels. At first, the McKains were reluctant to leave u»eir church in Michagan, but there was something unique about the goals of the new church that interested them.
The local families were concerned about ministering to two groups of people. They wanted to support work on foreign fields and to form a church that would attract the un-churched in New Braunfels. They began meeting in a home and immediately began supporting missionaries in various parts of the world. They pledged among themselves to send IO percent of all monies they received from all sources to mission projects, including some local works such as the crisis pregnancy centers in New Braunfels and San Marcos.
The church also wants to reach out to people who lo people in New Braunfels who are not attending any local church. “We are not interested in merely rearranging furniture in God’s kingdom,” he said. “If all we do is attract people out of existing church relationships we won’t be accomplishing much toward our goals. But if we can pull a core group together and then identify the spiritual needs of people who don’t regularly attend church and address those needs then we will succeed in our mission to New Braunfels.”
Once needs are identified, he said, Dayspring Christian Fellowship will begin to form ministries to meet the needs of the community.
Asked how the church selected its
unusual name, McKain quoted a passage from Luke 1:78-79: “...Through the tender mercy of God with which Dayspring from on high has visited us to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide
our feet into the way of peace.” Anyone interested in helping in the formation of Dayspring Christian Fellowship may attend services Easter Sunday, March 31, at IO ajn. The church is temporarily located at 566
U.S. 81, across from the W.W. Walker tire company until a permanent place of worship is established. Those interested in the formation activities may contact McKain at 620-4353 or 620-7423 day or night.
The Children’s Quiz Team from First Church of the Nazarene in New Braunfels won the San Anotnio Zone Bible Quiz Meet Feb. 16. This was the first competition for any of the children and five of six children will compete on two District Quiz teams. Persons are, front row from left, Crystal Mihelich, Jessica Rathbum, Brent Shelburne, Jacob Rennels, and Assistant Quiz Director Joyce Shelburne; and back row, Quiz Director Angie Burgess, Julie Rathbum, and Elizabeth Barbosa.
We need you.
American Heart Association
Video showing Sunday
Campus Crusade’s newest video series titled “Reaching Your World Through Witnessing Without Fear’ will be shown at Christ Presbyterian Church. Beginning Sunday night, from 6 to 7 p.m., the video series will be shown on six Sunday nights. The community is invited.
Christ Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church in America) is on the comer of Common Street and Loop 337 (the old Golden’s Steak House). For more information, call 629-0405.
Blood drive Sunday
First Protestant Church is sponsoring a Blood Drive Sunday. The South Texas Regional Blood Bank will be
accepting donors from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Seele Parish House on Coll Street. Appointments may be made by calling Ute church office at 625-6951.
Christian Women’s Club
The Christian Women’s Club invites the public to its Guest Night Dinner March 15 al Canyon Middle School from 7 to 9 p.m. Clifton Jansky, a former country western singer, will sing and speak at the diluter. Reservations should be paid in advance by today. Call 625-2140 or 625-5926 for more information.
A man interested in helping the families of service members has approached the Rev. Jeff Carlton, pastor of New Braunfels' Christ Pre-
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