New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
8A □ Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, November 29, 1996
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BreadDon’t let Thanksgiving end without thinking about its purpose
It is the day after. The turkey, longed for yesterday as it basted through the morning, has become a mere carcass. The meringue that topped the lemon pie has wilted from the edges and become gummy. The last of the television parades has thankfully ended. And we will not have to endure another “THANKSGIVING SPECIAL!” for another
But oh, the leftovers! Growing up, the day after was the day for hot turkey sandwiches. My mom would toast bread and spread two pieces out on a plate. Next came the turkey, dressing and gravy. The final touch was cranberry sauce spread across the top. My, my. Now that was a leftover.
How about you? “The day after” can be a strange mix of enjoyment and letdown. After all, today is also the beginning of the Great Shopping Binge. My theory is this. With all the football, someone thought up a way for
wives to punish husbands for ignoring them the entire day before.
And so will the weekend go. More and more, secular society has captured one more of the Church’s holy days. But this one, unique to American Christians, should be held tightly and not be let go.
Why? Because the very purpose of the day was to celebrate the goodness of God. There was no other agenda given and none other taken. The previous
winter, death had visited time and again at the pilgrims’ settlement. They buried one after the other, a total of 47 through the arduous
winter. The colony had been decimated by spring, but with the spring came friendly Indians who gave the pilgrims the necessary secrets of planting the new crops of the New World.
Thanksgiving was not only the name of the day, it was the attitude of the heart toward God'who provided. And so it should be for us throughout this season of celebrating God’s very best.
So this weekend will progress as it has for years. For many, it is the first four-day holiday in a long time and with the cooler weather, it is sure to be enjoyed more than most. But what of the thankful heart? What of the attitude of gratitude that is the great hedge against the cynical materialism of the day?
Let me give you a hint as to how to combat
■ Go to church this Sunday. Don’t give God the “leftovers’ of the weekend but give
Him the “first fruits” of the new week. Sunday is not the end of the holiday, it is the beginning of the week. Don’t choose this week to take a holiday from worship because thanksgiving to the Father is always in order.
■ Celebrate the beginning of Advent with your family. Begin a new tradition. If you are not familiar with Advent traditions, go to one of the two Christian bookstores in town and get an Advent devotional to read through for the month. Instead of reading the toy catalog with the kids, read the story of how God became man.
■ Remember this is a working weekend for your pastor. Chances are, he or she spent Saturday preparing the Word for the Sunday morning table. When was the last time you thanked your pastors for the giving of themselves in ministry? This .would be a good weekend to show your gratitude.
Don’t be done with thanksgiving yet. In fact, let it begin the Season that we are so thankful for.
Don’t be robbed and cheated by the cheap trinkets of the world. More than 70 times the scriptures tell us to give thanks with a grateful heart to the Lord. Psalm 106 states it well.
Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His mercy endures forever... Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord!
So from my home to yours, have a great "Leftover Day.”
But don’t stop giving.thanks. Because our Father always prepares fresh grace for each day. Look closely if you want, but you won’t find any left overs on His table of blessing.
(Dennis Gallaher is pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.)
Angel Tree takes care of forgotten crime victims
In New Braunfels and hundreds of other American cities, forgotten victims of crime will receive gifts from people they’ve never met.
These are children of men and women in prison. They will benefit through Angel Tree, a ministry of Prison Fellowship, an interdenominational Christian outreach, and Tree of Life Fellowship Church.
A Christmas tree will be set at Tree of Life Fellowship, decorated with paper angels that bear the . names and gift wishes of children whose parents are incarcerated in a Texas institution.
Individuals select angels, buy the gifts listed and return them to the Angel Tree volunteers. Gifts will be distributed to the children in time for Christmas.
For the past five years, Tree of Life Fellowship has bought gifts for more than 500 children living in New Braunfels and surrounding areas.
This year, local businesses are getting involved by providing gifts and donating food for a Christmas party the Tree of Life will sponsor at the Civic Center on Dec. 17.
At the party, children will sing Christmas carols, hear the Christmas story and receive their gifts.
Upon receiving the gifts, a picture will be taken by the volunteers and a ..letter will be written by the child or guardian.
Pictures are developed and sent to the incarcerated parent along with the letter written by their children.
The local project director, Marcus Avalos, anticipates that 120 children will be assisted through the project this year.
The Angel Tree at Tree of Life Fellowship opened Nov. 22 and will remain until Dec. 15.
For more information or contributions, call 625-6375.
(Submitted by Tree of Life Fellowship)
Jim WasoHck and th* Cathode Pioneer* will perform traditional Christmas music in a performance Thursday In New Braunfels.
Catholic Pioneers to give Christmas concert in city
First Protestant Church plans historical tour
First Protestant Church welcomes the community to tour its Historical Christmas Journey, Die Historische Weinachtsreise, from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14. The church will offer eight narrated tours, festive music and seasonal refreshments. No admission will be charged. First Protestant is one block from Main Plaza at Seguin Avenue and Coll Street.
Victory Temple to conduct
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Victory Temple Church will conduct a revival 7 p.m. nightly Sunday through Dec. 6. Evangelist Larry Rogers from Hot Springs, Ark., will lead a sign/gift ministry, special singing, prayers for the sick and a healing service. Victory Temple is next door to Molly Joe’s at 1121 Oasis. For information call 608-1300
Mothers at Ste. Peter and Paul to stage campaign
St. Ann’s Christian Mothers of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church will have their semiannual fund drive after each Mass on Saturday night and Sunday. All money will be used for altar supplies and other needs of the church.
Jim Wesolick and the Catholic Pioneers, a musical ministry group from New Braunlels, will perform traditional Christmas carols 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Tis The Season, 265 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels.
Admission is free.
Tne Catholic Pioneers will be among several entertainers performing in downtown New Braunfels at the city’s fourth annual Main Street Program Wassailfest.
Crocs Lutheran receives grant to match haiaar funds
Cross Lutheran Church in New Braunfels recently received $450 from Lutheran Brotherhood, a fraternal benefit society, through the society’s Congregational Matching Funds program.
Lutheran Brotherhood matched the amount that the congregation raised through a Christmas Craft Bazaar, which took place Opt^ I<8.
Lutheran Women's Missionary League of Cross Lutheran Church will use the funds for current mission projects.
Salvation Army plans ceremony for Sunday
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The New Braunfels Salvation Army extends an invitation to all to join in its local celebration.
Anyone whose heart is moved to help someone here in New Braunfels this Christmas season, is welcome to attend a celebration at 7 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall, located on Mill Street
The evening includes speakers, the Hill County Chorus, Norma Wiggins and Christmas carolers and soloists. Those interested in becoming Salvation Army volunteers can call 629-5416 or 620-6522. Local donations may be sent to: Salvation Army, 304 Cardinal, New Braunfels, Texas 78130.
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