New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Bitterness a sin to root out
May 26 Graduation Sunday at First Protestant Church will be multi-event celebration. At 9:30 in the Family Life Center, during the annual Senior Breakfast, graduating seniors will be honored by members of the congregation and their guests. Graduates will receive words of wisdom and encouragement from Senior Minister Daryl Higgins, Co-pastor Richard Cane, and other members of the church staff and congregation. Each senior will be presented with a gift of inspiration. The graduates win again be honored during the 10:30 worship service as they receive personal recognition and applause from the congregation.
The names of high school graduates are: Erin Baetge, Devin Cobb,, Corby Collins, Kimberly Engler, Jennifer Foreman, Kristi Lindeman, Rachelle Rapp, Amanda Schneider, Corey Westbrook, Matt White, Robert Warner of Virginia. College graduates are: Russell Jones, Lori Rambo, Jason Coryell and Jessica Lindley Spencer.
First Protestant Church Scholarship recipients will be given added recognition during both the senior breakfast and die worship service. Recipe ents are as follows: Reno O. Schumann Trust — Tiffany Bodement), Matthew Graham Blotch, Devin Cobb, Corby Collins, Stefanie Crisp, Karen Elaine Kalich, Angela Lackey, Karla Ormond, Amanda Schneider, Corey Westbrook; Oscar Rapp Scholarship Fund—Tiffany Bodemann; Ray Silvers Memorial Scholarship Fund — Kristi Lindeman, Corey Westbrook; Staat Battling Memorial Scholarship Fund—Matt White; Ben A. Krueger Scholarship Fund — Matt White; Schneider Scholarship Recipients — Shon Lopez, Samuel Davila Jr.* Michelle Bishop, Patrick F. Hinojosa, Narciso S. Gomez, Jason W. Parlier, Tyse Stanley, Erica Gambrell, Kelley Poindexter. -J
(Submitted by First Protestant Church.) I
Beside singing country music, there was no other outlet for singing within the Christian community.
But her friendship with band member Matt Slocum opened up the door to what has now been four years of singing Christian alternative music.
“I met Matt (Slocum) in church and that was God’s will for me,” Bingham said. MHe was really into music and he knew I wanted to sing. As his song writing developed, I got to sing his songs.” The band plans to tour at music festivals this summer, but then take off in the fall to consider what direction the band should take.
Although the band’s not sure of next year's plans, Bingham's future holds a wedding with 25-year-old Mark Nash on Sunday in Minneapolis, Miim. Nash is a drummer for another alternative band, Pray For Rain. t
For Bingham, Nash was an answer to prayer. “It’s been a real relief to me. (Nash) is die most encouraging person I’ve met,” Bingham said. “He’s a very calm, peaceful person, and that’s what I’ve needed. He’s (also) a huge fan of Sixpence.”Pentecost
own tongues. The people were amazed They hadn’t a clue as to what this meant or who these strange men were. Some were mocking the disciples, saying they were drunk. Amidst all of the confusion Peter stood and addressed the crowd. He spoke boldly arid in a loud a IB voicc- Iodize that this was
Kl:gmthe same Peter who had Bl. I denied even knowing Jesus.
jM This was the same Peter who was hiding behind locked doors after Jesus’ death, for his very life. Sud-■ denly, however, Peter was a new person.
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KUSHI* being an impulsive fisher-O’Callaghan man into a fearless evangelist. The Spirit came upon him and he was transformed.
Notice something else, though. Simon Peter was transformed to serve. Some people who have an experience of the Spirit in their lives focus on the experience, and not on the call of God to service. These folks are like little Jack Homer sitting in the comer and eating his Christmas pie. Remember how it goes? “He stuck in his thumb and pulled out a plum and said, ‘What a good boy
130 new people in attendance in that small church.-Many stayed after the service to talk over coffee and cooties. One woman said that she hadn’t been to church in 16 years, but when the calls and the mail came in to her from the church she knew that it was time to come back. She felt it was the Lord who had called her.
Another woman showed up with her young child after not attending church for 11 years. She said that she wanted her child to grow up in the church, but that she had been putting it off until she got the phone call. And the Sunday after that her husband came, too.
It was a new beginning — for the church and for the people who began attending church far the first time in years. The church became a channel of blessing to others. That’s a great privilege to have. That’s the true test of whether the Holy Spirit is alive and well in a church: if we are' channel of blessing to others.
Such was the experience of Simon Peter. And the same thing can happen to you and me, if we let it Some of us have been sleeping through a tornado. Pentecost is a time of praying for the Spirit to fall on each of us and on our church so that we, too, may be transformed, and be a blessing to others.
(Monsignor Eugene O'Callaghan is pastor of Sts. Peter A Paul Catholic Church.)
The Holy Spirit did not come on the believers so they could sit around and congratulate themselves on their piety. The Holy Spirit did not come on diem so they could form an exclusive club — where only those who had the same experience would be welcome. The Holy Spirit came to them so that they could continue the work that Jesus had begun. And we are to do the same. We are not called here to share in some special privilege through the presence of the Holy Spirit, but to serve. That is the real sign of the Holy Spirit: service.
By the Power of the Holy Spirit Simon Peter became a channel of blessing to others. That’s a great privilege to have—to become a blessing to others. And that is a privilege that you and I can have as well. We can be a channel of blessings.
Not too long ago there was a church that was about ready to close because attendance and giving were at an all-time low. Someone suggested that they call people living in their area on the telephone. With the help of a few other churches, over 20,0Q0 calls were made in a month. That’s a lot of calls. When you call that many people some of them are going to respond. The church also mailed out information about their ministry to anyone who showed and interest
The lint Sunday after this campaign there were
tainment is like (Ask someone who attended about YMCA).
But most importantly, there was a chance to hear what Young Life is doing bere in Comal County right now. Young Life is spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to foe high school students of Comal County. Cody Bell of Smithson Valley High School and Jessica Sullivan of New Braunfels High School shared about how Christ has impacted their lives through Young Life and what it means to them to be a part of Young Lift in the 90s and hopefully the future.
It was a great evening of reminiscing and looting forward as Young Life took all that attended “Back To The Future.”
If you have any questions about Young Life, or would like to be a port of the future of Young Life Comal County, please call the Young Life office at 62S-1212.
(Submitted by Doug Culpepper, Young Life of Comal County.)
Young Life performers go "Soak To The Future” at their annuel fundraiser April 2S.
grown up in Young Life during the 60s, 70s and Ms. To witness first-hand what Young Life humor and enter-
There was a chance to see what a Young Life club looked like in the 1990s. To watch video clips fixxn each decade and see how times have changed. To hear from folks who had