New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, March 15,1996 O 7Church members hit the road to lend a hand
By ELLIOTT MINOR
Associated Press Writer
R e tiglon in the News
WARWICK, Ga. (AP) — On the road, they look like hundreds of other campers headed south to escape the frigid Northern winter.
These snowbirds are not merely sightseers, however. They are on a mission for the United Methodist Church.
Instead of looking for palm trees and sandy beaches, they are looking for places in need of hammers and wallboard.
Known as the Methodist Nomads, they travel the Sunbelt at their own expense to fix up church property, upgrade slum housing and refurbish houses damaged in disasters.
The best part of the work is being able to make a difference, said Mona Morgan of Marion, Iowa.
“You see that you’ve really helped people who needed help," said Mrs. Morgan, part of a 19-member team
that refurbished two flood-damaged houses recently near Warwick, a lake resort in southwestern Georgia.
“The second is the fun part — the fellowship with like-minded people.”
Being a Nomad allows Carol Warner of Warsaw, Ind., to experience new people and places while escaping the bitter cold.
“We see cultural differences,” she said.
“They think our accents are funny, and we think theirs are funny. We get to eat different things like turnip greens. We like their hush puppies.”
The Nomads are primarily retirees who have recreational vehicles and enjoy traveling.
They volunteer for three-week projects between October and April, from California to Florida. Each week, they work four days and have three days
off for sightseeing.
“Without the RVs, I suspect most wouldn’t do it at our age,” said Fred Hill, 74, a retired history professor at the University of Indianapolis who was leading the team at Warwick.
‘You hear a lot off people talk about their religion. These people practice it.’— Tom Jones
“You’re more comfortable sleeping in your own bed and eating your own food.”
He and his wife, Vesta, have been on 12 projects. When they are not traveling in their 26-foot RV, they live at a Methodist retirement home in Franklin, Ind.
The Nomad program started in 1988 with four couples and has grown to 450 people.
The denomination’s regional office in Des Moines, Iowa, finds projects and organizes teams of Nomads to the jobs.
In all, the teams may work on 50 projects a year.
“You would think they would not like to work all the time, but some sign up for four,” said Beverly Nolte, administrator of the program in Des Moines.
Most of the workers are carpenters and painters, Hill said, but another important skill is installation and finishing of drywall.
In Warwick, 1,100 homes were damaged when torrential rain from Tropical Storm Alberto caused Lake Blackshear to flood in the summer of 1994.
“Many of these families would still be homeless if it weren’t for the work of volunteers like the Nomads,” said David Moore, who has coordinated volunteer work in the Warwick area. “In many cases, the skills these volunteers brinjj*... exceed what’s available from local contract labor.”
Tom Jones said his house would not have been rebuilt without help from the Nomads and other volunteers because he could not afford contractors.
“You bear a lot of people talking about their religion. These people practice it,” he said.
“Not only was it good to get help rebuilding my house, but the fellowship these people brought was great. They are living, talking, walking Christians. It was a joy to be around them.”
Their house is about 80 percent repaired, and Jones and his wife, Linda, plan to move back in late March.
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Church directory for New Braunfels, Comal County & area
Berean Bible Church, 889 Landa St. Sunday services, IO a m. and 7:30 p.m.. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Men's class at 8 a.m. 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 alf ages. Nursery available.
Community Christian Church, 1750 Old McQueeney Rd. Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship service 10:30. 620-7174 or 629-0663.
Cross Lutheran Church,
(Missouri Synod), South Hickory and Cross Streets. Sunday school 9:15 a.m.; worship 8 and 10:30 a.m.
Dayspring Christian Fellowship,
1895 S. Walnut, Sunday School 9:30am, Sunday Worship 10:30am, Wednesday evening service 7:00pm Wesleyan denomination.
Faith United Church of Christ,
970 Loop 337. Church school 9:15; worship 10:30 a.m.
Fellowship Bible Church, Solms and Morningside. Sunday School 9:45 p.m.; worship ll a.m. and 6 p.m.
First Assembly of God, 1687 U.S. 81 West. Sunday school 9;45 a.m.; worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday service 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 733 Cross bool 9:30 worship 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m.;
St. Sunday school 9:30 a m.;
15 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday dinner 5:00 p.m. Bible
a.m.; Wednesday service 7:30 p.m. Child care available.
First Church of the Nazarene,
1465 135 East. Sunday service 9:45 a.m.; worship 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m.
First Protestant Church, (located on the corner 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; Wednesda PRIME TIME Bible studies seminars; For Your Intercession Prayer Groups - Wed. AM & Tues. PM; Adult activities; child care provided.
First United Methodist Church,
572 W. San Antonio. Worship 8:30 a.m., 7 p.rn.Sunday Worship; Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:50 a.m.; youth activities 5-7 p.m.
Greater Life Pentecostal Church,
UPC, services held at 989 Loop 337 (River Crest Shopping Center) 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Pastor Jack Dool. For Information call 625-4735.
Harmony Baptist Church, 1472 Texas 46 S. sunday school 9:45 a.m.; Sunday worship ll a.m. and 7 p.m.; Church training 6 p.m.; Wednesday prayer meeting 7 p.m.
Lakeside Baptist Church, FM
725. Sunday school 9:30 a m.; worship ll a.m.; Wednesday Bible study and prayer meeting 7 p.m.; worship ministry and home groups.
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
New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard. Worship 8:30 a.m.; Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; worship ll a.m. 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 ll a.m. Sunday; Monday through Friday Masses 6 p.m. Wed. 8 a.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, ELCA, 1147 S. Walnut, across from Wal-Mart. Sunday services 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday school 9:15 a.m. 620-0618.
Resurrection Baptist Church, 909 FM 1518.658-0459.
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 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church,
(ELCA), Cross and Santa Clara Streets. Sunday worship 8 a.m. (broadcast on KNBT radio FM 92), 10:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:15 a.m.
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 a m. 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 Landa St.
Bracken United Methodist Church, 20377 FM 2252. Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; Church services 8:15 and 10:40 a.m.; UMYF Sunday 5 p.m.
Bulverde United Methodist 28300 Hwy. 281 N.; worship 8:30 and ll a.m.; Sunday school 9:45 a.m.
Youth fellowship 6 p.m. 980-7745.
Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church, 230 Shepherd Hill, FM 2673 between Sattler and Startville. Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; worship 11 a.m. 964-2427.
Chapel in the Cove,
(interdenominational). Cypress Cove Addition. Sunday school 9 a.m.; worship 9 a.m. 88S-4063.
Church of Christ, FM 3159 and 2673. Bible class IO a.m.; Sunday worship ll a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday service 7 p.m. 899-7077.
First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake, in Horseshoe Falls Estates.
Sunday school y:JU a.m.; worship 10:40 a m. and 6 p.m., nursery provided.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church,
7420 FM 2673, I mi E. of Startzville. Sun. Church School, 9 am., Worship 10:15, Holy Communion, 1st & 3rd Sundays, Nursery provided 9 a.m., Lenten Service Wed. Eve., Soup & Fellowship 6 p.m., Worship 7 p.m.
St Francis By the Lake,
Episcopal Church, Hwy 306, Canyon Lake, Sunday Holy Eucharist 8 am,
St Paul United Church of Christ,
South Main & FM 78, Cibolo. Church school and worship at IO a m. & 10 a.m.; Wed Bible Study IO a.m., Wed Lenten Service 6:30 p.m. 964-3820
Unity Center of Practical Christianity in San Marcos. 11
State Hwy. 123 (5.5 miles from IH-35/Exit 2*04, towards Seguin), San Marcos, TX 78666 (512)392-$ 199.
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Diai-A-Prayer: 512-396-LIFE (5433). Children's Class - 11:00 a.m. Y.O.U. (Youth of Unity) meet the 1st and 3rd Sunday's of the month at 11:00 a m. Call for weeknight class schedule. Nondenominational.