New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
6 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Friday, May 19,1995
■ To talk with Managing Editor . Doug Loveday about Church Life, call 625-9144, ext. 21.Church Life
Kxplorlng Qod’s Kingdom at Vacation Bible School
St. John’s Episcopal Church will be holding a Vacation Bible School July 10-14, 9 to 11:45 a.m. for all children in the New Braunfels area. lf: “Exploring God’s Kingdom, An adventure in Prayer’’ will be taught to children ages 4 through (entering) fourth grade.
Pre-registration is being held now. Forms are available in the church office, 312 S. Guenther, or call 625-2532 for more information.
Each day the children will focus on a different Bible verse, participate in art projects, learn songs in praise of the Lord and enjoy snacks.
Dinners For Eight will meet Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for an Italian potluck dinner at the home of Reba and Bill Kester (560-2308). Please contact Reba for directions to their home. Stacey Robins (606-0212) is coordinating the food. Please let her know what you will be bringing. This will be the last group meeting until September, so don’t miss this one.
Summer Service Schedule will begin on May 28. We will cut back to services at 7:30 a m. and IO a.m. until Sept. IO.
Mats at Huvnmal Museum to bo muslc-flllod
The special Mass to be celebrated in front of The Hummel Museum this Sunday should be very inviting for Archbishop Patrick Flores, according to John Collins, exec-utivc director of the museum. “Archbishop Flores is a spiritual shepherd who likes to celebrate with the people. In fact, he is known as the ‘Mariachi Bishop,’ and he loves to sing with the people,” Collins said.
The Archbishop enjoys music so much that he has been busy collecting and distributing guitars to young people. In fact, since some children a few years ago told him that they wanted to learn how to play the guitar, the Archbishop began begging for guitars, Collins said. He has since given away over 60f) guitars through donations and funds that he has provided.
It appears that the special Mass at The Hummel Museum will help fill the Archbishop’s musical appreciation. New Braunfels’ own Mariachi Ecos de America will provide the music for the
Mass along with the Sts. Peter & Paul School Hand Bell Choir. Adding to the liturgy for the Mass will be the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church choir.
Along with the musical contributions from the local community will be New Braunfels’ famous cultural dance group, Compania de Danza Folklorico. “The special Mass will truly be a celebration. It will also be significant because Sunday, May 21 also marks the date of Sister Hummel’s birthday, Collins stated. She would have been 86 years old this year and I feel she would have loved our community of New Braunfels and the museum.
The Mass will begin with a short procession at 8:30 a m. Sunday, May 21. The Mass will be held at the KC Hall in case of rain. Everyone is invited.
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Christian Fast to faatura host of music groups
More than 20 of the area’s most popular Christian music groups will perform at Schlitterbahn Waterpark during the 7th annual Christian Music Fest on Saturday, June IO. Continuous performances will be held from 11 a m. to 7 p m. at the Wave Pool stage in the Wavefest section of the park and in the Sur-fcnberg section of the park.
Headlining the event will be Grammy and Dove award winner Cynthia Clawson who will perform at 4 p.m. at Surfcnberg. All types of Christian music will be showcased during Schlitterbahn’s Christian Music Fest. There will be country music from Clifton Jansky and Faye Yates, Southern Gospel music from the popular quartet Exaltation, and contemporary Christian rock presented by Narrow Road, Skandalon and Second Chance.
For more information, call Schlitterbahn* Waterpark & Resorts at 210-625-2351.
Answering the can
Outgoing councilman ordained as Baptist minister
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Ambrosio “Butch” Benitez will not brag about himself — no matter how hard he is coerced. He would much rather talk about the words of Jesus Christ or the love and power of God.
Many in New Braunfels recognize Benitez as an outgoing city council representative, but he will now be known also as a Baptist minister. He was ordained on Sunday, April 25, at his home church, the Primera Iglesia Bautista in New Braunfels.
“I will be the associate pastor at the Bulverde Baptist Church, in the Hispanic department,” Benitez said. He has been preaching there for some months, Brother Rickey Fyffe, minister of Bulverde Baptist said.
“He has been an ordained deacon in the church for many years, including lay preaching,” Kenneth King of the San Marcos Baptist Association said.
Being ordained a minister is just another step in a long walk of faith for Benitez. He was raised as a Catholic. “I was bom a believer again,” he said. “The Baptist Church in Pleasanton is where I was baptized.”
Benitez was ordained as a deacon in 1976. He had already begun lay preaching by that time.
A person shouldn’t have to boast about his faith in order for people to identify him as a Christian, Benitez said. “That’s precisely what the Scripture says,” he said. “The Scripture says not to seek any glory or any praise for yourself. I don’t seek any glory or any praise from anyone.”
Indeed, Benitez did not disclose that he had served as president for the Varones Bautista, or Hispanic Baptist Mens’ Association. He has been on numerous mission trips around Texas and even to Honduras, King said. “He went on mission trips to Mexico as an interpreter,” King said.
Benitez sees his work on city council through the
A pledge to serve
Bertha Benitez Joint Ambrosio Benitez (center) and Rickey Fyffe during the ordination ser
vice at Primera Iglesia Bautista.
lens of his faith. “I felt it was His will for me to be there,” Benitez said. “There were seven candidates; I was in a runoff. I don’t take credit fra* any of that."
Faith has sustained Benitez through the ups and downs of political life. “All of this experience has strengthened my faith,” he said. "It’s made me stronger, to learn solely to depend on the Father.”
Benitez is a challenging and dynamic preacher, King said. “He’s a man that has broad experience and uses his humor,” he said. Benitez comes across to parishioners as both contemporary and caring, King said.
Years of experience working at the mill and at Bluebonnet Motors have strengthened Benitez as
a pastor, King said. “He understands the working man’s situation, the family man’s situation,” he said.
“We’re all human beings and children of the Creator,” Benitez said. He tries to respect everyone and tends to get respect-back in return, he said.
“He is an evangelist kind of preacher,” Fyffe
“He has a real heart for lost people.” Benitez’s love of the Lord makes him appreciate the things that God appreciates and be displeased by the things that displease God, Fyffe said.
“What wisdom and guidance I have is His,” Benitez said. “That’s all His doing. All I’m trying to do is be a servant.”
Outdoor concert features local talent
A free outdoor contemporary Christian music concert, led by New Braunfels musician Jim Wesolick, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 1995 at the Spiritan Renewal Retreat Center, 19440 IH-35 N., in New Braunfels.
The program will feature family-oriented Christian musical entertainment on the theme of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” The program will be led by Jim Wesolick, a professional musician since 1970, who plays the guitar and is the featured soloist at the 11:15 a.m. youth choir Mass at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels. The program will also include group singing, as well as inspirational presentations by Bill Schroeder and Bob Strange.
The public is invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and refreshments to this alcohol-free event.
For more information, please call Jim Wesolick at 210-609-3166 or Diana at 210-609-0714.
• Jim Wesolick is a professional musician from New Braunfels who plays the acoustic guitar and sings. Since 1971, he has been playing professionally to uplift and entertain people in such cities as Austin, Fredericksburg, New Braunfels, San Antonio, San Marcos and Seguin.
Jim performs several types of music: country-western; easy listening; folk, religious and special occasion selections.
His primary musical influences have been Christian music.
AAL funds supporting national youth event
Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) expects to provide more than $500,000 in support of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) National Youth Gathering, being held July 2-6 in San Antonio.
The funds will help pay for participants’ registration fees and travel costs as well as AAL’s on-site support activities. More than 27,(XX) young people and adults are expected to attend the youth gathering, being held at the San Antonio Convention Center and Alamodome.
As of Feb. 5, funds raised by local AAL branches plus supplemental funds from the AAL home office totaled $241 ,(XX) to help send young people to the event. Projects to help young people attend the LCMS National Youth Gathcnng constitute the second largest fundraising activities for AAL branches, following disaster relief fund-raisers.
In addition, AAL is providing $34,500 in housing materials to help build a home for the San 'Antonio affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The youth will have the opportunity to frame the home inside the convention center. Following the youth gathering, the home will be dismantled and reassembled at 135 Petaluma St. in San Antonio.
AAL sponsored a similar Habitat building project which took place at the last LCMS Youth Gathenng held three years ago in New Orleans. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry dedicated to ensunng that people around the world have a simple, decent place to live.
AAL also will provide a seminar on credit, commemorative photographs of conference attendees, AAL water bottles, information about AAL, support for LCMS media relations activities and recognition events for volunteers and church body leadership. AAL also will support the Cross Cultural Youth Leadership Event immediately preceding the Youth Gathering. AAL’s funding for these on-site support activities will total more than $54,000.
For more than 90 years, AAL has provided fraternal benefits to Lutherans and their families. AAL, based in Appleton, Wis., offers life insurance and retirement products to its 1.6 million members nationwide. In addition, AAL provides disability income and long-term care insurance in most states. AAL members are served by more than 2,100 district representatives across the nation.
Th* Barclay Collage Concert Choir
Concert choir will make stop at Startzville church
Shepherd of the Hills Christian Fellowship is excited to invite the Canyon Lake Community to attend a Gospel concert on Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p m. in our Worship Center in Startzville. The Barclay College Concert Choir, from Haviland, Kan., will be our very special guests as they stop at Canyon Lake while on their 1995 summer tour of the southwest U.S.
The Concert Choir is a select 24-member group which has established a reputation for its ministry and its high quality of musical performances. The music program will be centered on God’s vision and glory in our everyday lives, and will be appropriately conveyed through the songs that are sung, and the testimonies that wilt be shared, appealing to people from different age groups, as well as people with varied musical tastes.
in recent days in our land, our senses have been dulled by the constant bom-
bardment of news reports that serve to remind us of the desperate times that we find ourselves living in. From most accounts that are being published, it appears that there is very little hope for us in the days ahead.
Politically, socially, economically, environmentally..we are all facing some tough times.
And because that is a fact, Shepherd of the Hills is very excited to invite our community to come and join us on Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. as the Barclay College Concert Choir comes to share their ministry of good news, hope and encouragement for all of us as we face these difficult days together!
Admission to the concert is free and an offering will be received at the performance. We look forward to sharing this special night with all of you! Call 899-4033 for more information.
Happiness found in relationship with God, spouse
He was a man who had it all.
He had the perfect environment. His job was to be envied. All his daily provisions were provided. His body was in perfect condition. His mind was never under stress. His emotions secure and unscathed in every way.
He possessed everything. He didn’t fret over salary increases. He had no worries about the IRS or retirement or whether Social Security would see him through. In fact, everything that he ever desired was instantly his.
His position was at die top. He was the leader.
The top dog. No insecurities. No annual reviews.
Whatever he decided was law. There was no going any higher. He was at the top.
Yet the history of this unique man is characterized by a phrase that should make us stand up and take notice. When his Creator looked at this man who seemingly had it all, the one phrase that was uttered about his life was, “It is not good.”
Intriguing, isn’t it?
Of course, the man I am referring to is Adam. You know. The one in the Garden of Eden. The history from Genesis states that Adam had it all except for one thing. And after God declared all of Creation as being “good,” the only comment He makes concerning Adam’s creation is that it was “not good.” Something critical was lacking.
And if you really want something to chew on, think about this. Not only did Adam have a perfect environment, all possessions, and an exalted position, but he also had a perfect relationship with God. He was sinless, in a theological sense, and “walked with God in the cool of the evening” in a relational sense.
So why was it “not good”? Why did Adam, who h?d it all, not have enough to make life good?
The answer is given by God “Adam,” God said, “it is not good that you should dwell alone.” Here was Adam with a perfect relationship with God, all possessions, a perfect environment, and an exalted position and God declared that he was alone! The cure for Adam’s dilemma was only to be found in a relationship with another human being, a helpmate, one who was called alongside of him.
So here’s another story. About a man who “had it all.”
His life was to be envied. He was popular, well-respected and well-paid. He lived in a beautiful city, had a nice home, and kids who adored him. Everywhere he would go, people would come to greet him with admiration. His name was, and still is, recognizable in many different circles.
He had all kind of neat guy toys. Nice golf clubs. Fancy cars that changed every six months or so. New clothes that were the cutting edge of fashion. In fact, you would think that this guy could own just about anything that he wanted. Possessions were for the taking.
Oh, yes. He was on the top professionally. Few men will ever experience the name recognition of this man. Few will ever be at the top of their game like this fellow.
Yet even when he “had it all” there came a time when he realized he was losing what was really important. He showed up at my door one late night. In tears, he told me that his young life had been wasted seeking after all the wrong things. Like Adam, he came to the conclusion that life was really not good. Because he had sacrificed his marriage in order to have things. He had neglected the one good gift that deserved his undivided attention. And he didn’t know if he could ever get her back.
This man, like Adam, had everything society thinks is important and yet found himself completely bankrupt. Just like Adam, he discovered that what the world deems valuable is really useless unless you have a right relationship with God and with significant others.
So what does your story sound like? Are you trading away relationships for position, power, and possessions? Have you been climbing the ladder of success only to find that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall?
My friend's story has a happy ending. H and his wife have walked through some ti of painful confession and forgiveness have changed priorities and goals. They ha taken time away from “things” and re-dedi catcd it to people. And unlike many people i the same circumstances, they are determi to make their marriage next in importance their relationship with God.
And you can too. Because the trade-off fi success is not really a trade at all. It’s j another scam. A big rip-off. So consider own story, won’t you? Because it's never late to start a great relationship.