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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 6 O Herald-Zeitung O Friday, March 15,1996 Church Life ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Church Life, call 625-9144, ext. 21. Herald-ZeitungChurch Life Catholic Schools Week This year Catholic Schools Week was dedicated to Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School principal, Mrs. Norma Miller, who will retire this year. First grade students honored her with a corsage and a special bouquet of balloons at the opening ceremony. Journey With Direction — Do Not Pass By MARTY LINDLEY Special to the Herald-Zeitung Most of us can remember the time(s) of hurriedly driving down a two-lane roadway, only to approach “the slow car” that we irritatedly called ‘“*/!#@&.” Right? As we began to pass this obstacle, we noticed the roadway sign “DO NOT PASS.” Yet, wanting to be out front, in the lead, on our way now, at our own desired pace, we quickly considered our choices, followed by an instantaneous risk analysis. Ignore the warning sign, risk a disaster, and pass? Begrudgingly acknowledge the warning sign and do not pass? Be thankful the warning sign is in place for our protection, and do not pass? By definition a “DO NOT PASS” sign is in place to warn a driver that frontal vision is so limited that passing is too hazardous. The warning sign is there to prevent a disaster. Have you noticed as you journey through life, there are times when events are not happening according to your schedule? You make a decision to “pass” in order to meet your goals, to achieve the success you think will give you fulfillment. You think you are capable of manipulating a safe “pass” even though signs and conditions warn against speeding up and pulling out into head-on traffic? After considering what you see as your options, you erroneously rationalize that you can see just far enough into the future. You think you can escape disaster by passing, when ‘He indeed can see the future and knows exactly how it relates to the pre* sent... your present moment.’ actually, if you even try to pass, disaster is inevitable. When God places a “DO NOT PASS” sign along your roadway of life, you can be assured He does do with reason. He indeed can see the future and knows exactly how it relates to the present...your present moment. He has a perfect journey planned for your life. He does not promise the journey will be enjoy able or easy. However, He does promise to always be with you and to go before you. God is always “in your way,” leading you, giving you instruction and direction. Why would anyone even contemplate to “pass” God? Consider your past...when you selfishly rejected God’s provision, protection, and preparation plan...when you ignored His “DO NOT PASS” warning. What disaster did you cause for yourself and others, especially your family? How will you respond the next time you see a “EX) NOT PASS” sign strategically placed alongside your roadway? How long will you consider passing before you realize even “considering” is foolish? What will your attitude be when God stands in your way, requiring you to follow Him, not lead? Will you begrudgingly obey or will you be thankful He is there to direct you through the journey He knows lies ahead? In Matthew 4:9 Jesus says, “Follow me (not pass Him) and I will make you...” (Excerpts from the book in progress "Journey With, Direction ” by Marty Lindley will be published week-! ly by the Herald-Zeitung.)_J Pizza Dreams Pizza. It’s 9:30 at night and I’m still working and I have to get this article written before morning and all I can think of is pizza. I guess that is what the pros call writer’s block. I’m actually a connoisseur of fine pizza. I know every pizza in town by taste and would challenge anyone to a taste-off identifying the different nuances available. Just today I tried the new guy in town for lunch. I won’t mention his name because the manager of the King of Pizza parlors (you figure it out) goes to our church. Sure don’t want to make him mad. Anyway, I wanted to try this new guy’s delivery service and so I ordered up a large Italian sausage and a soda. And now I can’t get it off my mind. Because all day its been coming up from my stomach. Know what I mean?. When I was a kid, we spent most weekend nights at a place that had great music and hand-tossed pizzas. That was after my friends and I left my house where we made our own pizza from scratch every Friday for supper. Saturday morning we would eat cold leftover pizza for breakfast and fight over the dried up crust. But no matter how much I ate, it never seemed to react like today. Don’t say it. Don’t think it. No, I’m just getting old. John the Baptist probably had some bad nights after all those locusts he ate. Ezekiel must have had gas for days after that little prophetic episode with the scrolls. Well, maybe that’s stretching it a bit far. Daily Bread Then there’s the story of Eli, the guy who raised Samuel in the temple. Remember him? He ate so much Jerusalem fast food that he fell over in his chair one day and couldn’t get up. Too fat. Tough way to go. And then there were the Jews during the Exodus. Boy did they have strange tastes! “Moses!” they cried. “Let us go back to Egypt where we can eat leeks and garlic again!” Sick. The only thing they could think of was leeks and garlic? For this they were ready for another few generations of slavery? What’s wrong with this picture? Then the manna started falling. To this day, you can still see manna in the desert below Israel. It’s a white, powdery something that fell like crazy for the Jews, was then gathered up and baked into bread. Pretty npat, huh? But they weren’t satisfied and wanted a little meat to go along with it. So God sent quail every evening for themtQcatch. .    tr    \ * Now. I hope that this doesn't slirilfcgious but think this through. You’ve got manna to bake into a crust, Dennis Galiaher and quail to add on top. Add some greenhouse tomatoes and, voila! — ancient Exodus manna pizza! All they could think about was going back to get some leeks. I don’t even know what they are but anything that sounds like “geek” can’t be good. Other food in the Bible? Easy. Remember Peter in the Book of Acts? He fell into a trance and a sheet came down out of heaven. All kinds of animals showed up on the sheet and God told Peter to “Arise, kill and eat.” But on the sheet were all kinds of animals that Jews weren’t supposed to eat. God prevailed, as He tends to in the scriptures, and Peter learned a valuable lesson. So did I. Any time someone reminds me that what I’m eating is not good for mc, I tell them I adhere to the Peter Dict. In other words, I eat anything on the sheet. Especially if it’s pizza. Boy, I’m in trouble. I just read through this article that is supposed to be somewhat inspirational and have some semblance of religion behind it. And I guess if you’ve read this far, you’ve realized what I have. It doesn’t have either. So I guess we’ll just chalk this one up in the Proverbs 17:22 column which says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine.” I wonder if that means like an antacid? Never mind, i I gotta find a piece of pizza. (Dennis Galiaher is pastor of Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.) Oakwood pastor will speak at Lenten lunch Pastor Ray Still of Oakwood Baptist Church will speak at March 22 Community Lenten Lunch held at First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall. Ray Still was the pastor of Broadway Baptist Church in Houston from 1986 to 1992. He because the pastor of Oakwood Baptist Churh here in New Braunfels in 1993. Pastor Ray as served on various boards and committees throughout his ministry. He recently led Oakwood Baptist Church in the completion of a new education facility. Since becoming the pastor at Oakwood in 1993, the membership has grown from approximately 350 members to almost 1,000 members. Special music for next Friday’s lunch will be provided by mezzo soprano Susan England. The Lenten Lunch service begins at 12:4 5 p.m. and ends at 12:45, so that it can be fit into lunch hours of working people. Everyone is asked to bring a Pastor Ray Still »brown bag” lunch — drinks will be provided. Wesley Hall is located at the back of the church on Mill Street. The last Lenten Lunch will be Friday, Match 29. FPO confirmands The confirmands of First Protestant Church are participating in the Lenten Services each Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Pictured are Gary Flora, Chad Guthrie, Lacey and Andy Kraft. R e I • 9 i i o n B r i i e I f s " In Church Basement, the Good Words Are ‘Health Care’ GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP),- The Bible’s book of Psalms says “blessed is he who has regard for the weak.” In the basement of 90-year-old St. Alphonsus Church, the weak are getting attention. Neighborhood groups have opened a health clinic for the poor and elderly who would otherwise skip care or be forced to travel across town. Catherine's Care Center is not a miniemergency room. With registered nurses available two days a week, and visits by doctors planned, it provides low-cost preventive care, such as eye screenings, blood-pressure checks, vaccinations and education. “Our ministry is spiritual, but we try to meet other needs," said the Rev. Dan Lowery, pastor of the Catholic parish. “If neighbors can’t come together on basic issues like health care, you don’t have a real neighborhood,” said Paul Haan, director of the Creston Neighborhood Association. The clinic, named after Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy religious order, serves the Creston and Belknap neighborhoods, just blocks north of downtown. With nine kids and no insurance, Bertha Bro-den, 38, said she doesn’t feel welcome at her regular clinic. An epileptic, she stops at the church basement to have her weight and blood pressure checked. “Here,” she said, “I feel at home.” Community No Longer Will Collect Church Trash BARRINGTON, R I. (AP) — The Town Council has voted to stop providing free weekly trash pickup for churches, but it’s still looking for a way to continue using town trucks to plow out local religious institutions. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of several residents who claim, providing taxpayer-funded services to churches violates their interpretation of the Constitution’s concern for the separation of church and state. Many residents want to continue the decades-old practice of plowing out churches after snowstorms, saying it is an act of chanty and shows the town is one of good neighbors. The council is attempting to work out a policy that will allow the plowing to continue. Among the ideas discussed was expanding the service to other nonprofit organizations. ACLU Executive Director Steven Brown said he’s pleased to see the council discussing the issue, but “simply expanding the snowplowing policy does not solve the problem. It seems to us that both the clear purpose and effect of the policy is to continue to accommodate the religious institutions in town.” Four Baptist Churches Expelled SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four San Francisco Bay area Baptist churches have been expelled from their regional association because they accept gays in their congregations. “It’s a sad day,” Kay Wellington, pastor of the San Leandro Community Church, said recently after the expulsion was announced. Of the 60 board members of the American Baptist Churches of the West, which represents 159 churches in northern Nevada and Northern California, 47 attended the biannual meeting. Some 35 members voted to sever ties with the churches. Wellington said she was excluded from gathering materials for Saturday’s meeting and not allowed to lunch with the other pastors. “We’re definitely the lepers. It is just so tragic,” she said. Beside’s Wellington’s church, also expelled were the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland, the First Baptist Church in Berkeley and the New Community of Faith Church in San Jose. The four churches expected to appeal to the national authority, American Baptist Churches in Valley Forge, Pa. The four churches in 1993 decided to join 26 others nationwide in founding the “Welcoming and Affirming Baptist Churches,” an association that adopted a policy of accepting gays. Robert Rasmussen, executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of the West, said the group formed an association that directly contradicted Christian beliefs. Congregation’s “son” David Tart to speak at anniversary event The focus for the third Sunday in the continuing celebration of St. Paul Lutheran Church’s 70th anniversary is Youth. The theme, Sing With Hope, will be woven throughout the service at both 8 a.m. and 10:30 am, Sunday, March 17. Pastor David Tart, a son of the congregation, will give the message entitled, “The Great Anointing.” He grew up at St. Paul and is now pastor of First English Lutheran Church in Victoria, Texas. Youth of all ages will be assisting in the service. The Good News and Sunbeam Choirs will be accompanied by Robert Kennedy, Travis Crow and Ronrgp Schwab playing) d’fOrits ancj. guitar, the Youth Bell Choir will [Hay as well. A French horn sojo will be presented by Jen nifer Voges and a flute and clarinet duet will be played by Tami Topous and Amber Rauch. Co-chairs of the events of this special Sunday and Jan Wingate and Doris Vetter. The slide presentation covering the 70 years of St. Paul history will be shown in the sanctuary at 9:15. Tickets for the anniversary banquet on March 24 are still available at the reduced price until Monday, March 18. Please plan to secure your this Sunday. Pastor David Tart The Woman at the Well In the ancient east, most springs and wells were outside of towns. They were often meeting places for men and women, especially for lovers. Some men would go to the well early so as to be able to watch the women as they uncovered their faces and filled their water jars. It was beneath a man’s dignity to carry water. That was women’s work. Throughout history — men and women meet at the well. All mankind, all womankind is searching — searching for companionship, searching tor love, searching for the meaning of life, searching for living water. In the Bible, a servant finds Rebecca, a wife for Abraham’s son, Isaac, at the well. Later, Jacob seeks a wife at the well and finds Rachel. Still later, Moses defends the seven daughters of the pnest, Reuel, at a well in the Mid-ian desert. He mames one of them, Zipporah. In Chapter 45 of the Gospel according to John, Jesus rests at Jacob’s well. It is about 75 to 80 feet deep. He is tired and thirsty because of the midday heat. Jesus asks an unnamed woman for a drink. He knows she is a Samaritan, one of those the Jews were taught to hate. He knows her marital record, Ray Kaufman that she has had five husbands. He knows that she is now living with a man without even the pretense of marriage. He tells her about the living water, the life-giving water of the Holy Spirit. “Please, sir, give me the living water. If you are the Messiah, the • Redeemer, let me drink.”    ; Jesus admits that He is the Messiah and the woman believes. She tells hef people and many of them come to J believe because of the testimony of J this unnamed woman That is how to J evangelize! That is how to spread the j Good News! Why doesn’t John, the Evangelist, J name this woman? Who is this woman * of doubtful religious beliefs and prac- J tices and of questionable moral] actions? She is all of us — you, me, all» mankind, all womankind. We all need\ the living water that Jesus promises,» the water of the Holy Spirit, His Spir-J it, the water of baptism. After receiving I this living water, this Good News, we • all need to evangelize — to spread the Good News to others. His disciples, who had gone to buy food are scandalized when they return to find Jesus, a Jew like them, talking-openly to a woman and a Samaritan at that. We too sometimes find fault with those who minister to outcasts, the poor, the lowly, the sick. Let us not forget that they need the Good News the most. (Ray Kaufman is a deacon at Sts. Peter & Paul Church.) Pastors, we’re interested in hearing from you. Send columns or other submissions to: Herald-Zeitung Church Life, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130. If you have church news or photographs you’d like to share with the community, send those in as well. ;