New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 5, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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In church sanctuaries, schoolyards and through extracurricular activities, local youth are developing...
Churches and faith-based initiatives
TUESDAY Character in schools
family, corniminity and extracurricular involvement
500 heart walkers raise $30,000
By Dylan Jim6nez
I .eon Wiley, 64, walked four miles every day before he had a stroke last year, leaving him paralyzed on his left side.
He wasn't able to walk the entire three-mile American I leart Walk Saturday morning, but tried his best anyway. His wife, Betsy, and a walking cane helped nim walk around McKenna Memorial Hospital.
More than a dozen heart survivors participated in the walk with about 500 others,
and the American I leart Association raised more than $30,000 for research.
Many of them walked to prove something to themselves or promote the importance of staying heart healthy.
“He’s just glad he can walk,” Betsy said.
Doctors told him he would never do that again, she said.
He probably will never be able to walk that far again, Leon said, but he’s working on it.
He walks at Landa Park and
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Hanover, right, warms up with the help of a little music before starting the three-mile American Heart Walk Saturday.
The event had about 500 participants and raised more than $30,000 for heart research.
Morales seeking constable post in Comal’s Precinct 3
By Ron Maloney
A veteran law enforcement officer has announced he will try to unseat incumbent Precinct 3 Constable Randy Galindo near year.
Retired 17-year sheriff’s deputy Sandy Morales will seek a place on the Democrat Party primary ballot — putting him head-to-head against Galindo in the Comal County precinct that represents most of New Braunfels and Solms.
Morales is known for his work
with the San Antonio narcotics and gang task force and for the seven years he spent working with Smithson Valley I iigh School students as an on-campus resource Sandy Morales officer.
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There can be little question that 2003 hasn’t been a year New Braunfels firefighters will look back on with much pleasure.
The department will seek to change that by emphasizing fire safety through demonstrations
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and outreach efforts this week.
Oct. 5-11 is National Fife Prevention Week. In New Braunfels, Mayor Adam Cork has proclaimed the month of October fire prevention month. Members of area fire departments will be in schools and taking advantage of other opportunities to teach fire prevention and fire safety.
The centerpiece of the effort will be the New Braunfels Fire Department's second annual Fire Safety Fair to be conducted Saturday in the New Braunfels High School Auditorium.
“The best way to deal with fire is to prevent fire,” Cork said Saturday. “Most accidents in the home — fires included — can be prevented. It’s really commonsense stuff that isn’t so common.”
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Grace Macias, left. and Christy Paul quickly search through their Bibles for a particular verse in a game designed to help the third-througb-sixtb-grade
class memorize the Bible. Macias and Paul participate in the AWANA program. AWANA stands for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed.”
Churches teach lessons about being ‘right kind of people’
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This story is the first in a three-part series examining initiatives designed to help children develop good character.
By Dylan JimAnez
For many community children, organized character . education begins at church.
Bulverde Baptist Church is one of few local churches that have implemented the AWANA program.
AWANA, an acronym for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, is a nationally organized children’s ministry based on Biblical verse memorization.
Children as young as three years old memorize verses with the help of their parents and church volunteers.
AWANA children play games and have lessons on Wednesday nights
based on the Bible curriculum.
“The kids just love it,” said Bert Klier, who is in charge of the AWANA ministry at Bulverde Baptist.
Children use a handbook and wear uniforms like scouts. They are rewarded with badges for their vests.
AWANA plants seeds of Biblical verse in children that they might need someday, Klier said.
Although it is but one example of character development in churches, AWANA illustrates how spiritual development is used to shape children’s character.
“Once you accept Jesus, it’s a character changing event anyway,” Klier said.
As child submits to God the lord will show them things that need to be refined in their character, said Brian Bessey, student minister at Tree of Life Church.
"Our goal isn’t character forma
tion,” Bessey said. “Our goal is spiritual transformation.”
Church ministers preach the gospel and applicable Biblical lessons.
They teach children to surround themselves with positive peer pressure, and members encourage fun activities to build relationships and character from the inside out, Bessey said.
"We don't want them to do the things because it s the right thing,” Bessey said. "I want them to do the right thing because they're the right kind of people.”
Tree of Life teaches the values jesus demonstrated.
But children are not disciplined, Bessey said.
As children learn more about Jesus, they become more like him. That’s how churches build character, ministers said.
Tim l rue, director of Christian education at Christ Presbyterian Church, said the ministry tries to teach Jesus in every aspect of life, which produces good character.
"It’s character almost incidentally,” Thie said.
The Catholic church’s confraternity of Christian doctrine, commonly known as CCD, also is a moral foundation, said Father Jim Wassel, of I loly Family Church.
It is a structured curriculum that teaches the Holy Sacraments, Christian living and other guidelines mandated by the Catholic Church.
T hey, like many Christian ministries, develop children of strong moral character.
“We are molded and remolded everyday of our lives by those who love us,” Wassel said. “That s the job description of our teachers.”
By Ron Maloney