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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Horal d o i t ii n qChurch Life ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Church Lite, call 62S-9144.exL21. Church Page Tending to the needs of a community By ABE LEVY Oft**!! H owl writer There’s nothing new under die sun for the new rector of St Joseph’s Angtkaa Church. Whether tunning I pohce force or i local pooh, foe Rev. Robert Taggot ll, has seen it all Taggart who arrived April 28 from Dubuque, loan, tacked up seven yews ae police chief in five Colorado cities and one hi New Mexico, taught conduction for a Georgia high school and fired on enemy aircraft as a gunner for a B-17 bomber crew in World War n. Taggart, who will be 70 in July, said bb eclectic background has prepared him for the ministry, which he said is amitate fighting crime. “Ifs not that different than law enforcement becater you’re working wrh people ma uso netptng people, Taggart said. “I know what stress (police) go through in the field and in thtafindies. bi both seas your responsible for what is the right thing to do.” Although he’s worn many hats and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Taggart said entering HnafrZrtluna cholo bv ABE LEVY Th* Rev. Robert Taggart I arrived in New Braunfels April SbT the clergy has fulfilled a lifelong beth and has two married daughters dream. “I come from a clergy family, ft was always something I wanted to do. I think the end result of (the non-clergy experience) was to enable me to meet all kinds of people at their level — rich man, poor man, beggar man and thief.” Taggart said He is married to retired nurse Eliza- living in Georgia. Taggart comes from an ecclesiastical family with a late grandfather who was an Episcopal priest in New York City and great uncle who was an Episcopal bishop of South Dakota. Between careers as police chief and manager with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Taggart studied as a layreader for 15 years in the Episcopal church and at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest He also earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the Oklahoma Panhandle State University and did masters work at Georgia Southern University. A year after leaving the Episcopal church in 1989, Taggart was ordained in the Anglican Church of America and served as rector for parishes in Georgia, Massachusetts and his last parish, St Thomas of Canterbury in Dubuque, Iowa. The Anglican Church of America formed in 1968 after a split with the Episcopal church. Taggart said he looks forward to becoming involved in foe New Braunfels community and the parish, which hasn’t had a full-time rector for about a year. “I like the community very much and the fact that it’s a small town,” Taggart said. “I look forward to the growth of the Parish through community involvement in Rotary, Habitat for Humanity and youth work, particularly in scouting.” A majority of Taggart’s community involvement in Dubuque centered around more than 40 years with Boy Scouts of America, serving as the Dubuque chairman of the Boy Scout Council. Taggart plans to make visits at area hospitals and nursing homes. As chaplain for force hospitals in Georgia, Taggart dealt directly with the personal crises of patients and their families. “You have more daily contact with foe spiritual needs and problems of both the patients and staff (at hospitals),” Taggart said. “A good hospital chaplain will spend more time with the staff than the patients.” Bishop Thomas Beckwith, who oversees more than 20 parishes in a five-state diocese from his parish in Houston, said Taggart’s record in community involvement made him foe right man for the job. “(Taggart) is very community minded and has a history of being involved in (community) clubs,” Beckwith said. “This is the type of minister you look for these days — someone who has a sensitivity toward community and is willing to become a part of it.”Christian music at Schlitterbahn More than 15 of the area’s popular Christian music groups will perform at Schlitterbahn Waterpark during the eighth annual Christian Music Fest on Saturday, June I. Continuous performances will be held from 11 am to 7 pm at foe Wave Pool stage in the Wavefest section of the park and in the Sur-fenburg section of the park. There will be country music from Clifton Jansky and Faye Yates, soul gospel music from Dr. Arthur Teal, Christian blues by The Revelator, and contemporary Christian rock presented by Narrow Road. Other groups will play jazz, country, soul and adult contemporary music. For foe kids, there will be a special performance by Charity Church Mouse. Schlitterbahn’s Christian Music Fest is free for waterpark guests. Special discounts are available for sponsored groups of 15 or more. For more information, call Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resorts at (210) 625-2351 or check the park’s World Wide Web site: Church BriefsSome Times Are Tough IOO Friedens Church just outside Geronimo is celebrating its centennial birthday this year. Each month activities are planned on a particular Sunday which honor individuals, groups, or special times significant to the church heritage. As many of you know, the roots of the church and community nm very deep. We welcome visitors at all times of foe yea. Please come and be joyous with us in foe Lord each Sunday, and every day of the week. Sunday School for the very young, young adults, and adults begins at 9 am with foe church service beginning a 10:15 am Beginning in June and including foe month of July there will aho be an 8 am worship service with foe Sunday School classes following foe church service at 9 am (usual time). The 10:15 worship service will follow the Sunday School class time. The church will also sponsor in foe month of June half-day vacation Bible school for one week. Please contact foe church office at 303-PRAY for further details about foe church activities. On June 15,1996, the church will host its annual Summer Festival with a meal, auction, crafts, desserts, country store, and children’s game booths. The event will be held in foe large, air-conditiooed church activity center. There will be good food, fun and laughter with lots of things to do and buy. Please join us for this event. Mark your calendars now. There will be more articles and advertisements with more detail provided to you through the newspaper and radio. Watch for thole in the vpry near future. TheCalvaiy Baptist Church at 2386 San Antonio Street presents a Family Financial Seminar May 19 to 22. Hear evangelist and financial counselor Dr. Mike Hays. Brother Hays and his wife, Bonnie, have dedicated their lives to helping the families of America. Brother Hays is a professional biblical counselor. He and his wife have raised seven children, including adopted and foster children, four of whom are in full-time Christian service. Brother Hays holds four degrees, including a PLD. in philosophy and biblical psychology. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served after each service, and a nuray will be provided. May 19 IO am and 6 pm May 20 at 7 pm, aid May 22 at I pm For information call 6294)049 or 608-0344. Tho Joy Quote! from Pensacola Christian College ^preset* a program of inspirational mute on May 20 at 7 pm a Calvary Baptist Church, 2386 W. San Antonio Street There is no admisaon charge for this program. Lift up your vole* First Assembly of God Church will hold a Singing Saturday, May 18, at 7 pm These gatherings are held every first aid third Saturday at the church, 1687 Highway 81 West The public is welcome. For information call 625-6152 or 620-4138. Vocation BBHrn School Everyone's a winner this summer at St. Join's Episcepal Vacation Bible School. The program, called “God’s Winning Team,” will be held U St John’s. 312 S. Guenther, June IO lo 14,9 am to noon. This is a fun opportunity to less* how God chon YOU to be part of His team. Th* progron is designed for youth age frat tiralgh sixth grade. “God’s Winning Tom” Awest!* Gospel ofJews Christ every #tawifo music, crafts, games and exciting stork* from God’s Word. CaU 625-2532 or 620-1936 for information and registration. I should have guessed what was coming. Monday morning I received one of foe nicest letters I have ever received from a lady who reads my weekly column. It built me up, encouraged me, and turned Monday on its ear. Now, it’s not that every time something good happens, something bad is on foe way. But God in His sovereignty knows when we will need an extra dose of grace. And this week was one of those trines. Without exaggeration, this week was one of those time. No need to go into details. Suffice to say, I will never forget the events of this week. It’s been tough on a lot of people whom Jan and I are very close to. Ami that means we have hurt, too. ,    . .    I It’s part of our job description, I know. I’ve never been one of those in the ministry that has complained about my job. Other people do that enough for me, actually. They’ve left me very little to gripe about! The fact is I really love what I do... and I get paid for it besides. From the late night phone calls to the emergency room visits to the Sunday morning pulpit, I recognize what an awesome privilege and a unique placement God has given me. No pity party here. No sir. Jan and I are happy people because of what we do. Both Daily Bread the hard times and the good. But then there are the “sometimes.” The “sometimes” are those seasons of life that make you yearn for heaven. The “sometimes” are those times when sinful choices — your own and others’ — settle into a knot in your heart. The “sometimes” are when your mind never settles, when you can’t run or hide, when the Pollyanna world we think we live in gives way to the sin-soaked existence of rebellious, hell-bent mankind. And this week has been one of those “sometimes.” So now it is Thursday morning. I have been steeled from my own pain and hurt in order to be the professional. By the way, that doesn’t work well at all. My overload has swamped my family as well as me. Driving my son Joseph to Dennis Gallaher school, we begin to review his Bible verse that must be memorized by Friday. He can’t get it and the frustration is welling up in the comers of his eyes. I park the car and we work together on the verse. "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, forlorn gentle and humble in heart; and ye shall find rest in your souls. For My yoke is easy, My load is light." I can tell you more than you want to know about this verse. I can exegete it from the Greek with all the cultural twists and turns. I can apply it with three points and a prayer. I can quote it from memory in three different translations. But none of that made any difference as I repeated it slowly, over and over, with my son. Because now it was being said to me. God, foe big God who made the universe and all in it, was speaking through the struggling and innocent lips of my son telling me to come and rest. I had worked too hard. The office was quiet but my mind was not. I had to write this article. I had appointments tor keep. I had to {nay for my friends. But Jesus! kept beckoning me. Come to Me. I will give you rest. Soon, my fingers had found foe worn spot int Matthew 11 where these words are written.; Time and again through the years I have; returned here to read the words of the Master^ One phrase has always shone above the others^ It is this.    | ... allyou who are weak and heavy laden .J The words are both peculiar and poetic. Toc£ much so to realize the intent. Simply spoken^ the words mean those who are worked tot exhaustion. And that describes us, and met especially, when the “sometimes” of Ufo crowed everything else out.    J What about you? How has your life been?! Are you caught in a “sometimes”? lf you are j maybe, just maybe, foe God of foe whole unf-J verse is speaking foe same thing to you rightj now. Maybe through the simple reading of Hist words, He is drawing you aside to come unto! Him. Because sometimes, foe “sometimes” aret needed before we will take time to visit. Don’t you think?    ; (Dennis Gallaher is pastor of the Freedonf, Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.) I Retired pastor in Who’s Who listing Rev. R. Wallis Komegay, retired pastor of the New Braunfels Church of the Nazarene, was selected to be included in the 1996 edition of International Who’s Who of Professionals. Candidates for this honor are identified through a study of millions of professionals. Information is gathered from sources such as professional associations and societies, trade organizations, newspapers and Amagazines, professional references, publications and I    m    anonymous referrals from existing members. Rev. Komegay was the pastor of Kirksville Church of the Nazarene in Missouri, San Antonio First * T    A    Nazarene Church, Torrance First Nazarene Church in California and Palm Springs Church of the Nazarene in California. In addition to Rev. Komegay’s distinguished min-Wmm iberia! career, he has also been recognized for his years of extensive civic and community service. He has been president of three Kiwanis clubs in cities where he was pastor. He was elected lieutenant governor of Division 12 of Missouri-Arkansas-Kansas District and Division 5 of California District. He served as a delegate to numerous International Kiwanis conventions. While he was pastor in the city of Torrance, Rev. Komegay was commended by the city council as a spiritual leader of tile community where he built a church and school, served as president of the Torrance Ministerial Association, chairman of the Spiritual Aims Committee of Torrance Kiwanis and Chaplain of the Torrance Holiday Inn. He served on the Citizens’ Advisory Commission Specific Curriculum development for the Torrance Unified School District and was involved with the Tax Override Initiative. Rev. Komegay was a member of the Torrance area Chamber of Commerce, served on the Board of Directors of the Torrance Kiwanis and cochair of the Disaster Committee and Board of Directors of the Torrance-Lomita Branch of tile Red Cross. Rev. Komegay also served as a member of the Youth Commission, Oral Review Boards city employment through the Civil Service Commission and a member of the Accuracy Commission for Municipal Elections. Rev. Komegay's nomination reflects that he is a highly respected professional in his field whose ministry, community service and achievements warrant such an honor. Rev. Komegay now lives in New Braunfels and is active in the New Braunfels Church of the Nazarene. Rbv. R. Wallis Komegay Church pastors, we want to hear from ilSendyour guest columna to: mjMhmg, clo Church Rage, 707 St, New Braunfels, TX 78130. Growth — A Delight Or Dilemma? As a child I was blessed with the experiences of growing up in a large family yet blessed even more because my parents chose to live in this community, were active members of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, and my elementary education was heavily and heavenly influenced by the Sisters of Divine Providence who were primary teachers at Sts. Peter and Paul School. Had I kept the fust city limits sign that I can recall reading it would reflect that the city’s population was about half of what it is today, and had I cared to inquire I would have found that the parish registry contained less than one fourth the number of parish families it contains today. This prelude is to establish a small amount of credibility to the statement, “I have seen this city and our parish grow.” So where do I find delight given this situation? The town is twice the size it was when I was a child — I can no longer spend a summer weekend up on foe river alone with just family and close friends. The diving boards have been removed from the spring-fed pool. Church is overcrowded when I want to go to mass, and the nuns are gone from our campus. I find the delight in those things that survived that were precious to me and in those things that were transformed or matte out of the power associated with a growth posture. This is not to say that I am happy with all of the things that have transpired over theU 40-odd years, but I am grateful to those people who provided positive leadership during the growth and am pleased to be here today. For me, I have personally learned to embrace growth and change with a positive attitude because it has been a constant part of my life. What survived for me is the integrity of our families, clearly not all of the physical structure but the spiritual aspects. While my personal and parish families have lost and taken on changes in membership, I have found that both have grown tremendously in their ability to respond to God’s request to serve Him. lf I looked in my Baltimore Catechism, I think I would find that I am here on earth to know, love and serve God and to prepare to be happy with Him in heaven. Since none of the nuns who taught me ever told me in what capacity I was going to serve, I have made it my policy to respond to all of God’s calls. So now I find myself involved with a multi-million dollar parish expansion that could create a debt that might have to be retired in part by my grandchildren. Why do I support such an extensive aid risky project? Why do we need a remodeled gym, 21 classrooms, a church to sea 1,000, a new administration building and parish hall? I say the answer is to (tot only satisfy the current John D. Weber needs of our parishioners but to provide for the continued growth that we are going to see in this community by providing facilities to satisfy the desires of all parishioners who will want to worship with us and provide a Catholic education for their children. I also believe in the intervening nature of Our Maker and tile awesome strength of our parish family which has always united in time of need. From early September until the end of this month I have learned to enjoy my River Road property more and more each year and am currently preparing to go elsewhere for solitude as foe tourists come to town. The diving boards are gone from the Landa Park pod, but have you seen what growth has provided as an alternative? It is fantastic. The fact that our past parish leadership was willing to destroy our old school building and rebuild, then later expand again to provide educational opportunity for more and more young children is exciting for me. Had they not taken those rightful steps my youngest child might not be enrolled at a Catholic school today. Had the nuns, at a minimum, retained foe position of school principal then we would not know Mrs. Miller. Growth dictates change—and it is not always easy to accept. God blessed us when He placed us in this growing community, but He also told us to participate and provide — not from our surplus, but from our needs. So there comes the dilemma! Do we wait and hope that this project will nm its course without our help, or do we do as God is asking and join together as a parish family? The theme of our fund-raiser is “Feed My Sheep,” and I believe that we all have the capacity to provide. It is easy to wait and hope that others will fulfill your obligation. But to me that is coasting through life — and you have a hard time coasting anywhere but downhill. So my suggestion is that each parish family take great' delight in discussing this project and come to church this Sunday, pledge Sunday, prepared to make a pledge that is reflective of your means. In closing I say to each of you who have supported this project a well-deserved thank you and that I look forward to continuing to serve you as building board chairman, as this truly supports my primary goal in life, which simply put is to leave that part of His world that God exposed me to in better shape than I found it. (John D. Weber is chairman of the Sts. Peter A Paul building board.) ;