New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
ou are invited th help answer a prayer for unity
The 17th chapter of John is the most personal dialogue on record between Jesus and the Father. Recorded are the great truths and mysteries Jesus was compelled to tell before His passion began. With Judas gone and the evening (fiBddy fading, Jesus lifts His eyes to heaven and prays Aesc words.
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« The plea ofJesus was not to just get ; with one another but to become , Not a oneness of uniformity, but a that was organic in nature, ching down to the base rebellion : separates mankind from God and it A single heart and passion t had not been known since the Gar-of Eden was to be restored if His was heard by the Father. He
"As You, Father, are in Me, and I in Iou; that they also may be one in Us
J Jesus prays not only die eleven but I who follow their lead might gun the that the Son has with the Father, lumbly, the obedient Son makes a request “Father, I want to ah that We have with these and to come. The best gift is Our >hite Oneness. Grant that they all igbt share in it**
that the world may believe that You sent Me."
Is this die reason? Could it be that f, oneness, might be for this one i? Jesus lances the boil of pride to i that oneness would be the call k to die world that He, Messiah, has come! Many had believed i af tie Masers obvious oat-with God. Now others would i to know God because of the dis-oneness with one another.
Let the curtain fall on the scene, take it no further. Do not think of the : to the garden, the betrayal of Judas, ’of the disciples. Stop the scene ' and look and hsien to the words of
Oneness was not a demand; it was a
< vine request Oneness was not forced >the disciples and those who would ►How. It was given as a farewell gift din the One who loves us most Our ality to be one was to be the con-
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And we were never to gloat that we eft the sole recipients of the gift. it as a huge family present, request by voider Brother, and gladly given by ur Father.
And that is what this weekend is about for the church of Jesus in New Braunfels. God has seed our hand to see how serious we concerning unity. Across this city, puton and civic leaden have and taken a step toward what prayed. And now you are invited participate also. Here's how.
This Sunday evening, you are mvit-d; to join with hundreds of othcn in a !q|pbration of Christian Unity an the laze in foe center of downtown New squnfcls. This is not a knaajsrit reac-on to other events taking place this reekend. Instead, it is a heartfelt ispoose to our Father ow our lack of ‘ and our desire to obey foe words 'Jbns concerning His desire foal we tnily be one.
could be foe large* gathering of th* New Braunfels has ever But mon sopoitflDt tim title dud)** ie foe intent for which we gather, individuals and churches have praying for revival Maybe — — foe Father is preparing I church for just that.
According to Jesus, our unity... our is what wiU bring others to birth. Differences would be tm-and foe Spirit would manifest in a rich plurality of gifts. And Church, the frsnily of God, would t i the fulfillment of our Lord's final oyer.
So please join with us, wont you? lie is not an event, it is an act of Chesnee and a heartfelt response to a eyer prayed for us atmo* two thou* I ad years ago.
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(Dennis Gallaher is pastor of the freedom Fellowship Church and
Has a weekly column for the Herald-
ou shaltloveif our neigftior asyourself; lam tfie Lord. 9 Leviticus 19:18 I do notDrayfor tfiese alone, 6ut also for those tufa) zvittBelieve in Me through their ufo rd; ‘Ihat they atfmay he one... that the world may Believe that 'You sent Me.9 John IT: 20-21
Qod Himself has commanded men and women to love Him and to Cove his or her neighbor unreservedly. Jesus Christ said, 'A new commandment Idive to you, that you Cove one another; as I have wifed you, that you also Cove one another.9
As ministers, churches, and civic leaders we hereby publicly confirm our commitment to live according to these principles, notwithstanding religious and cultural differences, we recognize the wisdom of strong unity, the health of honest peace, and the strength of neighborly love. We choose, through this 'Unity (Proclamation, to publicly and privately practice and adhere to these principles and to lead others by our eT&mple to follow the same.
Our commitment to the practice of kindness, consideration and support transcends ethnic, religious and economic lines.
• May Hew ‘Braunfels be noted as a City of (Refuge for those who have suffered the abuse of prejudic and hate.
• May the light of the love of (yod shine fr< churches to all races at au times.
• May our love for one another result in the bless-ing of peace from Almighty (yodfor Hew Braunfels and Comal County.
furthermore, we declare Sunday, June 2,1996 as a IDay of Unity and (Reconciliation in Hgw Braunfels, Te?(as. May the day be marked by practical and observable demonstrations of the love of (yod that crosses all boundaries and breaks down every wad We pray that unity and reconciliation will be woven into the fabric of our community for generations to come. We beseech (yod to bless our efforts with enormous grace.
Bob Barber. Ambassador Promise Keepers
Pastor Don Dalton Life Christian Center
Pastor Rick Bartlett N. B. Christian Church
Pastor Charles Dehaven Pastor Judith Miller St. Paul Lutheran Church
Pastor Kevin Boston Live Oak Baptist Church
Michael Costello. V.P. World Indigenous Missions
Pastor Don Duncan Tree Of Life Fellowship
Doug Culpepper Young Life N. B.
PastorTTennis Gallaher Freedom Fellowship
Pastor Robert Ganaway Dayspring Fellowship
Pastor Mario Guajardo Pastor Gordon Graham
Pastor Daryl Higgins First Protestant Church
Pastor Robert Keith St. John's Episcopal
Pastor Wink Kelso Freedom Fellowship -
Pastor Afdie Kendig Friedens United Church of Christ
Fainer Richard Oberstar Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
The Honorable .an Kennady. Mayor of New Braunfels
Pastor Fred Martin First United Methodist
Pastor Fred McMichael Msgr. Eugene ©’Callaghan Foursquare Gospel Church Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic
Pastor Inocen:: Paredez Jerusalem Pentecostal Churr
'Pastor Kenneth Peters Pastor Raymond Reich Pastor David Schulte K. B. Presbyterian Church Cross Lutheran Church Peace Lutheran Church
Pastor Ray Still Oakwood Baptist Church
Fr. Robert W Taggert ll St. Joseph’s Anglican
Pastor Lee Zttmann Faith United Church of Christ
The Honorable Members of the Comal County Commissioners Court: Judge Carter Casteel and Commissioners Danny Scheel. Jumbo Evans, Christina
Pastor Phillip Green New Life Fellowship
Pastor James C. Quinn Lake Side Baptist Church
Zamora and Moo Schwab
Myron D. Armes Community Christian Church
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The Honorable Members of the New Braunfels City Council: Jaun Luis Martinez. Brenda Freeman. Cathy Talcotl Paul E. Fraser Jr., and Juliet Watson
First Protestant Church Bible Ship sets sail
First Protestant Church welcomes area children aboard Vacation Bible Ship. All those registered for the cruise will set sail for five evenings of memorable Bible learning. The cruise, Sunday, June 9, through Thursday, June 13, will depart the Family Life Center at 3:30 each evening. The nightly excursions will begin with a family meal time (3:30 dinner served on the Family Life Center dock), then registrants will cruise into Bible learning, unique crafts, team-building games, video adventures, lively Bible songs and healthy treats.
ITie captain for this year’s cruise is Cheryl Randol. AU ages of volunteers have signed on as *71!* mates** to help with each evening’s events. Of course, additional volunteers will be appreciated. Preregistration for the Vacation Bible Ship Cruise began May 19 and will continue through Wednesday, June 3. Children can also register on the first evening of the cruise, June 9, however preregU-tiWkmisinfonedFirrtlYotestareChuxdi is locsSed on the corner of Seguin and Col subs*, ens block from the downtown plea. AO children are welcome to come aboard; church membership is not required. Call 609-7729 for information.
ChMdran registered for tat VaooifonBlbla Ship ar* tad by Fir* Mete Sarah Williams. Matured ere (bottom row) Boas Saiga and Hannah Randol; (top row) James Voqaa, EmSy Kirby and EmSy Vogee.
John P. Foppa
Speaker brings message of hope i to Catholic summer deanery I
John Foppe will be the guest pre-senter for the summer Deanery gath- • ering for the Catholic parishes in and ; around New Braunfels. He will be > speaking to the teenagers and young : adults June 9 at the Holy Family Hall. ;
Foppe learned at an early age that I “our only real handicaps are those men- • tai and emotional ones that prevent us • from participating fully in life.” The ; fourth of eight sons, John was bom I without arms. •
John is an enthusiastic young man ; with a message for all to hear. He I began speaking when he was 16 years '. old in response to an emerging need for • speakers who could address today’s ; youth. Since that tune, John has devel- : oped into a professional speaker, « addressing thousands of people from all « walks of life.
After graduating from St Louis Uni- J versify wife a degree in communication \ in 1992, Foppe was personally invited > by internationally known motivational > speaker and author Zig Ziglar to join / his prestigious Speakers Bureau. Foppe ‘ is the only professional speaker ever \ hired by the Zig Ziglar Corporation, > and was personally trained by Ziglar as s his first protege.
Foppe was recognized as one of “The Ten Outstanding Young Amen- j cans** in 1993 by the U.S. Junior \ Chamber of Commerce. Recently he \ became the host for “America’s Teen-age Video Magazine.” The video series ; is distributed to high schools through- t out the U.S. and Canada, it was , designed to promote classroom dis- ’ cussions on a variety of critical issues facing today’s young people.
Those who met Foppe are moved : by his qualities of hope, petience and perseverance. His presentations are real and direct, addressing areas of concern for everyone. The June 9 event is open to all high school students and young adults. The admission is $10, which will cover the events for the day. Foppe will speak at 2 pm, followed by mass in the church, dinner and a D J. dance on the grounds and in the hall. Although this is a Catholic sponsored event, all teenagers are invited and encouraged to hear this wonderful message of heroism and hope. For more information, call the youth office at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 625-1243.
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