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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Religious focus Herald-Zeitung Friday, March 15,1985 BAResponsibility part of commitment By RAYMOND W. BIZER, Pastor Faith United Church of Christ On a recent trip to California to attend a special meeting, I learned to know a person by the name of Johnny. Johnny was the owner and operator of a special Tree Farm located in the Oak Glen area east of Los Angeles. He was a retired postmaster who was beginning to learn what it meant to be responsible with creation. Johnny’s Tree Farm was a classic example and demonstration of how a sensitive approach to the world can provide beauty and at the same time be a productive portion of the world’s real estate. The coming of spring reminds us of our role as the caretakers of creation. All about us there is evidence thatMinisterial alliance creation is alive and is renewing itself for the coming season. We note the challenge that we be responsible caretakers, that all life is to be handled with care, whether human life or the natural world about us. Being responsible in a world of people and nature is a basic challenge. One of the qualities of a committed life is the care and concern that one has for another and for the world. Someone has suggested the very God-given quality of life is that as human beings we are to be responsible. The Biblical story of humanity and of God’s relation ship with his people is the story of the call of God to be responsible. The Old Testament story of Cain and Abel is a story of responsibility. Cain has killed Abel in a fit of jealousy and anger. And Cain is asked about his brother and he responds. “Am I my brother’s keeper?’’ and the question is really the question, “Am I responsible for my brother?” Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment and he responded with the quotation of love of God and love your neighbor. And again the question came; “Who is my neighbor?” The question was really — how far does my responsibility go? Who is included? Does it include my family, my immediate neighbors, the people in my city, the people in Ethiopia and Central America? Where does it all end? Some years ago a man brought a malpractice suit against his parents for $300,000 for “lousing up his life”. He lcaimed that they had intentionally done a terrible job of being parents. The judge dismissed the suit saying the there must be a statuet of limitations on parenting. There must be a time when an adult takes responsibility for his own actions, for his own life. But for the Christian there is more, to be a follower of Christ is to be responsible. It is to be responsible in our relationships to the needs of others, to the poor, the naked, the hungry, those in prison, those who are sick. Being responsible is a matter of commitment to the quality of life that is based upon God’s love for us and for the whole world. “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”Diocese drawing line in abortion issue Briefly ALBANY, NY. (AP) - By blocking New York State from licensing two new abortion clinics, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany has etched a moral line limiting ‘‘abortion on demand” and signaled the state not to cross it, says Bishop Howard J. Hubbard. “We are opposed to the further enshrinement of abortion in the fabric of our society,” said Hubbard. “Abortion on demand as another form of contraception has gone too far. It’s time we say, ‘Enough is enough.’ ” Hubbard discussed the church-state uproar, which has catapulted him into the national abortion fray, in a rare and detailed interview in his downtown office. “Abortion is a basic issue of human rights: The right of an unborn child to live.” the 47-year-old bishop said. He said advocating that position was no different than other issues of social justice in which he has been invovled. The bishop said his decision to take the Health Department to court to block licensing of two new Planned Parenthood abortion clinics, one in Albany and one 20 miles south in Hudson, was consistent with his priesthood and his leadership of the largely rural Albany diocese. “A lot of my attitudes and experiences are shaped by my work with the poor in the inner city of Albany,” Hubbard said. The bishop said he promoted civil rights in the 1960s and founded a crisis intervention center and a drug treatment house in the 1970s. In his eight years as bishop he said he opposed a South African rugby team's match here, worked to see welfare payments increased and sought to develop alternative criminal sentences. “I am following similar theological, social and moral stands that make me become involved in this issue,” he said. Hubbard, born and raised in Troy, N Y., leads 390,129 Roman Catholics in a 138-year-old diocese covering 15 counties and 10,419 square miles of eastern New York where 1.47 million people live. The diocese oversees 208 parishes, three colleges, 16 high .schools and 73 elementary schools. Hubbard — whose altar boy looks disguise a no-nonsense intensity and thoughtful, introspective manner — said he moved against the state because he saw an opening left when the state failed to follow its procedures on licensing abortion clinics. He acknowledged that private physicians, hospitals and licensed clinics in the region perform abortions — statewide in 1982 there were 39.8 abortions per 1,000 women — and that a woman’s right to an abortion is protected by law. He said violent protests against that law, “are abhorent.” But Hubbard argued that, “not everybody, under every circumstance,” should receive an abortion and he suggested the diocese’s action has forced people, women especially, to more fully consider what abortion entails. “When it comes to issues in the public debate, one must be guided bv one’s conscience,” he said. New York State will appeal a state Supreme Court justice’s ruling preventing the clinics’ opening. Oakwood youth group completes tour Members of Rejoice and Praise, a youth music ensemble at Oakwood Baptist Church, recently returned from a five-day tour to Arlington where they presented concerts in the evening and did sightseeing during the day. Rejoice and Praise meets at 5:45 p.m. Sundays at Oakwood Baptist’s temporary’ meeting place Canyon Middle School, 1275 Highway 81 East. All interested youth grades six through 12 are invited to attend. Included in the group are Mike Hawley, minister of youth and music, Tiffiny Berry, Beverly Sanders, Kristen Thelander, I^e Anne Huff, Tara Berry, Trey Norris, Allen Moore, Chris Varni, Tammy Mitchell, Him Ashley, Danell Granzin, Becky Sanders, I/)ri Huff, Bill Boatright, Dwayne Buford and Gunnar Thelander. Rev. Keith to speak at Lenten service St. Francis by-the-Lake Episcopal Church is continuing the Lenten program of evening prayer services with the Rev. Bob Keith on March 21. Rev. Keith is rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Braunfels and is known for his youth ministry programs developed while assistant rector at Christ Church in San Antonio. Prior to the priesthood, Keith was a TV producer, director and actor. All interested persons are invited to the service at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will follow the service. St. Francis by-the-Lake is at Highway 306 and Spring Mountain Road at Canyon I .ake. Religious empire Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart becomes king of TV preachers By RAY FORMANEK JR Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. — The way evangelist Jimmy Swaggart tells it, he was 8 years old and had just plunked down a quarter to see a Saturday matinee when he was called by the Lord. He says a voice that gave him “chill bumps” and “made his hair tingle” urged him not to go to the Johnny Mack Brown western on that lazy afternoon in Ferriday, la. Instead, the voice told him to follow another path. "Everything seemed different after that day in front of the Arcade Theater,” Swaggart says. “I felt better inside. Almost like taking a bath continuously.” The road has taken him around the world, preaching the gospel in his unique Bible- thumping style. At age 49, Swaggart has surpassed Robert Schuller, Oral Roberts and other electronic evangelists, to become the king of the television preachers. According to Arbitron Rating Service, “The Jimmy Swaggart Telecast” reaches nearly 2 million households each week over more than than 500 stations. .And Swaggart ministry officials say his more than 50 gospel albums have sold over 16 million copies to make Swaggart the largest selling gospel artist in history. In addition, his monthly magazine. The Evangelist, reaches 800,000 readers Currently, Jimmy Swaggart Ministries is one of the largest nonprofit direct mail merchandisers in the United States. In 1983, the most recent figures available, nearly 500.000 orders were placed for well over I million pieces of merchandise The hub of Swaggart's operation is located on IOO acres of prime real estate worth an estimated $2.8 million in suburban Baton Rouge, where a collection of immaculate, computer- controlled buildings make up his new World Ministry’ Center. When the first phase of the center is completed later this year, there will be nearly 500,000 square feet of working area, including a $5 million television studio, a $30 million family worship center with seating for 7,000, a student dormitory, and an office building. A singer and a showman, Swaggart’s brand of gospel is punctuated by a heavy, bass beat that brings most of his followers to their feet, swaying and dapping. At the piano, his style sometimes resembles that of his cousin, Jerry Iiee I>ewis, whom he calls “the best piano player I’ve ever known.” Another cousin, Mickey Gilley, is equally famous as a country western singer who also plays the piano. During his services, Swaggart works Hie crowd like a carnival barker — shouting, whispering and crying, while some followers look skyward and others raise an outstretched hand. The highlight of the services and of Swaggart’s “camp meetings” is the altar call, when physically and spiritually ailing people come forward to be healed by ministers trained in the “laying on of hands.” Former employees have accused Swaggart of misappropriating some of the $60 million they say the ministry netted in 1983 In addition, Swaggart's operation. which includes seven gospel radio stations spread across the country, has been the target of court battles over tax exemptions and contested wills, which have brought in millions for the ministry. ‘ ^°^don (- ' Cohorn t SPastoi f    ifitst    iSapist Chutch ^ j    \    cordially extends    an incitation to a I ^    ^    I I J .    ^    I    I ST\ I I O , ov= „JL / Hen JI uneb and iSihle {Study on ^Tuesdays at Jloon 7ii ii C {Sheet JI civ JJltaunfals, ife xas ‘ \>uf< Se \nnLuch    l    unch    Si.    toWorship at the church of your choiceLocal___Area_ A % Sc* rn hit* i Dm Dios Spa A.'.••mlily of God) 255 W CiUTKWUt' Si Sum! iy school 5 30 p rn • *v.mi*I* ‘IisIm* setvM e 6 30 p rn Saturday 6 30 p rn Bibl* Baptist Church 1235 Frontier j Ave Suo<My st (iou! IO ii rn worship 11 i in jim! 7 p rn Wednesday MM VK «• 7 'Kl p in* Calvary Baptist Church 666 High* iy HI W Sunday st lw»ol IO a m worship ll a in MMI 6 p rn Wednesday servile 7 p rn Church of Christ 1665 Highway RI W Bible ( lasses to* ill 9 a rn worship IO a rn evontrw) worship and children s Bible hour 6 p rn Wednesday classes 7 p in Nursery avail idle Church of Jesus Christ of latter Day Saints 7386 W San Antonio St Priesthood meeting 9am, relief society 9 am y i MKH | women 9 a in primary 9 a rn Sunday si (moi IO i in , sacrament 10 50 a rn Cross lutheran Church (Missouri Synod* South Un liny and Cross Streets Sunday si ImmiI and adult Billie 9 it in worship 10 15 a rn Eastside Baptist Church 983 Holly St Sunday school 9 45 am, worship ll am and 6 pm, Wednesday (Hayti meeting 6 30 p m Eiemplo Vivo Baptist Church Garner Hall, Santa Clara and Guenther Streets Sunday school 9 30 p m . worship IO 45 am; church training 6 p rn ; prayei meeting Wednesday 7 p m at 498 liberty. Faith United Church of Christ. 970 loop 337 Church school 9 15 arn; worship 10 30 a rn Fellowship Bible Church, Sotrns and Morningside Sunday school 9 45 a rn , worship 11 a rn and 6 p m First Assembly of God 1687 Highway 81 W Sunday school 9 45 a rn.; worship 1045 a.rn and 7 pm . Wednesday service 7 pm First Baptist Churcfi 733 Cross St Sunday sr fiool 9 30 a rn worship IO 45 a rn md 7 p rn Wednesday din net 5 30 p in Bible study Hid jh lyer service 6 15 p in First Church of Christ Scientist 137 F Mill St Sunday service 10 30 am Sunday school IO 30 im, Wednesday service 7 30 p rn Child ( are available First Church of Na/arene 1465 In terstate 35 Fast Sunday school 9 45 a rn worship IO 50 a in and 6pm First Presbyterian Church 272 9 Krueger Sunday Si bool 9 45 O rn fellowship 10W a in worship 11 ani and 7 p in First Protestant United Church of Christ    Seguin    md Colt Stunts Worship 8 and IO 30 a rn , chuff h st drool 9 a in First United Methodist Church 57? W San Antonio Si Clum ii school 9 30 a rn morning wqfttiMp IO 50 a in youth activities 5 30 p rn 626 4513 Freedom Fellowship Church 330 Hat k tinny Pi/iye* 9;30 • in ' w<»ist)jp 10 a in    Jrci&djr Green Valley Apostolic Tabernacle (UPC) 104 Me'idv lane Sunday st I it m ii IO am. «■ vegetist« service *7 Ii iii Billie study 7 30 |> to Tin (today Harmony Baptist Church, 1472 Highway 46 S, Sunday school 9 45 a m.; worship 11 a m and 7 pm, Bible study 6 p m Wednesday prayer meeting 7 30 p rn Holy Family Catholic Church. 245 S Hidalgo Saturday Mass 6 p m ; Sunday Mass 8 a rn (Spanish) 10 a iii and 5 (English) Iglesia Bethel Pentecostes 38N Grape St Saturday. Sunday ami Wednesday 7 30 p rn , Sunday school 10 and 1130 a rn , worship 11 30 a m and noon; Monday prayer meeting 7 30 p rn lakeside Baptist Mission FM 7?5 Sunday school 9 45 a in worship ll i rn and 7 p rn Wednesday Bible study md prayer meeting 7 p rn Itve Oak Baptist 335 Washington Sunday school 9 45 am, worship 11 a rn living Word Church 1?64 Vtghyvuy 81 C Sunday workup IO a pi and I pm Wednesday service 7 p/n Mission Pentecost* Church 179 School St Serve es Tuesday, Thursday Saturday and Sunday 7 30 p rn New Braunfels Christian Church loup 337 Sunday -vKHd 9 JO ain, Worship IO 3(1 a rn Hid 6 p rd * junior chief h IO 30 u rn. New Braunfels Foursquare Gospel Church, one fourth mite hum Interstate 35 mi I M 306 Sunday school, 1Q a m ; wot .lufi 11 cm Wednesday worship 7 t> rn. New Braunfels Presbyterian Church 373 Howard Church Achor ii 9 30 am; WM ship 9 45 and ll arn Nursery provided New Braunfels Seventh Day Ad ventisl Church, ?990 W San Antonio First Mexican Baptist 2080 W Sa Ant who St Sunday school 9 45 a,rn worship 10 50 am and 6 pin Wed nesday prayer service 7 p rn Reorganised Church of Jesus Christ of latter Day Saints Laurel Plaza reefing mom IOO lame) Cane Church school 9 4? a p» Wanship 11 am Second Baptist Church, 343 My*irrw< 4hgi Sunday school IO am worship ll a m npd 7p m Wednesday ■jet Vice 7 30 pint St Joseph s Anglican Church 185 E Jahn St Warship service 9 am 1928 I v Ayer hook St John’s Episcopal Church 312 S Guenther 8 a rn Holy Eucharist 9 45 a rn church school for all ones 10 30 a.rn parish refreshment break IO 45 a rn Holy Eucharist St Paul lutheran Church. Cress and Santa Clam She. is Worship service 8 a rn (broadcast on KNBT Radio FM p?) and IO 30 a rn Guild iy st turn) 915 a iv Br.ii ken United Methodist Church rM 225? Sunday school 9 30 am turn h sci vu e 10 45 a rn Bulverde Baptist Church PO B >» 13 Sunday •> boul 9 30 a rn worst lip 10 46 a rn md 7 pm; Christian training 6 p rn Wednesday sci vu ** 7 n rn Bulverde United Methodist Church Highway ?81 North and Cibolo Creek Sui id iy sr Inuit 9 30 a rn , < lunch servu e 10 45 i rn Canyon I ake United Methodist Church Flmtstone Drive Canyon lake Mobil Home Estates Sunday school 9 15 arn worship IO 30 a in Chapel    in    the    Cove    (in t« a den i >n< mat Kit lilt1. Cypress Cove Club House Worship 9 u rn Church of Christ TM 3169 md FM 7673 Biti!# class IO a in Sunday worship 11 arn and 6 pin Wednesday set VK e 7 |i in Church    in    the    Valley    fin Undenominational) Deep Ai ins Canyon City Church school 9 a in . worship 10 16 a rn Brl rte study 7 p in Church In the Wildwood (Assembly cit God), FM 7673 The Oaks Sunday si I it hi! IO i in worship IO 50 a in and 6 TO (i in Cranes Mill Baptist Church TM 2673 at Start/viHe Sunday Bible study 9 3C am, worship 10 45 a in 6 30 pm. Wednesday Billie study and prayer 7 31 pan Nursery provided Friedens United Church of Christ Geronimo Chun Ii school 9 a rn ; Worship service IO 15 a in Tics! Baptist Church Hn-.eji.n Fill, r slates Slimily school 9 30 im worship 10 40 t rn anil 6 pm Noisily provided Rock Hill Gospel Faith Center 50? tilter stare 35 south of Ni w Br .motel, behind the rest urea Sunday school IO tin wiii.'up 8 anil ll am and 7.30 pm Tuesday Billie »oiler u* 7 30 pm, TinKstlay ladies meeting 9 30 a in ami young ministers 7 30 p in St Andrew I utberan Church (Al C1 FM 7673 east of St art/Ville Sunday school 9 a in woiship 10 15 am r gnu minion first Sunday St francis By the I ake Episcopal Church 14 ililies west of Interstate 35 on PM 30) Set vu es IO am Sunday noon Wednesday Rev Katherine G Riggs vie.ii St John's Mission Church (Our I ady of Perpetual Help mission) Hunter Sunday M ass 9 30 a rn St Paul lutheran Church Highway 1863 at Highway ?81 Sunday seisin) 9 a rn worship IO 15 a rn St Paul United Church of Christ South Main and PM 78 Cibolo Church school and worship at IO a in St Thomas Chapel (Homan Catholic) Canyon Dam hillside Sunday Mass 9 30 and 11 15 ain; jut; Sunday Mass Saturday 5 and 7 p til Triumphant I utberan Church Bai Cave Road at St linenthal Road Wot st up 9 a rn ; Sunday sr hoot (til all .iges IO 15 a in St. Sabbath set ion! 9 15 a rn Saturday, worship 11 a rn Saturday Northside Church of Christ 511 E North St Sunday Billie classes 9 30 a.m.; worship 10 30 am mid 6 pm; Wednesday Bible classes 7 30 p rn Oakwood Baptist Church. Canyon Middle School Bible study 9 30 am; win strip 10 45 a rn and 7 p m.. Wed nesday prayer service 7 p.m. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 138 W Austin Masses 5 30 pm Saturday and 8 and 11 a m Sunday Sts Rotor and Paul Catholic Church 386 N Casted Saturn iv Mass 7 p rn Sunday Masses 8 30 10, and 11 16 a m Nu (Hmmuiw} Mass through Friday Spirit of Ufo FollowohJp Iou Ann Drive off 1044 in SclrueU wufjMivision Sunday worship, Sunday school nursery IO a rn , evening service 7 p iii I uesdey Stop Night 6 30 p th 979 Pine, Wednesday Bible study 7 pan , 979 Pine Pastor Tom Siofprt Tree Of Ufo Fellowship 175 Highway 81 W Sunday services 9 45 a in and 7 p rn.. Wednesday set vice 7 p.m._ ;