New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Is there Halloween in heaven?
I wonder if there is or will be Halloween in Heaven. This is an annual celebration of evil and fear that was started centuries ago by devil-worshipping druids who wanted to ward off the spirits of" the dead on the night prior ta “All Saints Day.” Since it is so acceptable for our society to engage in the wide-spread recognition of this “holidayI figure it must have a place in heaven too.
Imagine the scene with me. In preparation for the “fun” of Halloween, angels hang appropriate decorations on all of heaven’s walls. There on one wall assorted Tim displays of
_ __ . witches dressed
Judkins in black wearing
pointed hats and nding on brooms. On another wall are a variety of ghosts (other than the Holy one, of course.) On another wall are pictures of what’s left of dead people (we call them “skeletons.’’)
The scene wouldn’t be complete without some scary-looking “jack-o-lantems” lighting up the pearly gates What about the costumes that are worn in the celestial paradise? Let’s see, since Halloween down here celebrates death, fear and evil, I guess the heavenly citizens will adorn themselves with masks that are bliHKly (not the blood of Christ, of course), outfits that depict violence, and anything that inspires tear and terror I wonder if Jesus dresses up for (he event, and it so, what does He wear ’ Perhaps His creative originality allows Him to out-dress and out-scare everyone else.
After all, isn t Halloween about fear ’ C errantly (md must celebrate it in heaven since we find it so acceptable here on earth I would like to think that maybe it s lust evil people w ho celebrate such a tear-full event Unfortunately, God-fearing ( hristians seem to be as wrapped up in the trappings as anyone else Since (. hristians are allegedly on God’s wavelength, seeking to represent His Kingdom on earth, it may be assumed that Halloween must be widely accepted and enthusiastically celebrated in heaven’s corridors (Have you ever heard “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven?")
Perhaps we should edit the Bible at this point to support our perspectives and behavior C urrently it says in Romans 14 I? that "tile Kingdom til Ciod is nghtcousncss and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” We also know based on Galatians 5:22-23 that "the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace,' long-suffering (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control " To justify our actions related to Halloween, I’m sure it would be all nght with (kid to add “fear” and "terror” to this list of virtues that accompany the life that is possessed by the Holy Spirit
We pray the "I ord’s IVayer” each week and if you recall, there is a line in there that commands "thy Kingdom come.”
Apparently, we can rest assured Hut the ugliness of Halloween will inn need to be sacrificed as we live out the qualities of the Kingdom of God Atter all. that’s how many, if not most. Christians will live throughout this month
From my observations, this must be the case nght?
(Rev Tim Judkins is assinuate minister at First Protestant ( hutch in .Vc* Braunfels )
Sis. Peter and Paul School r-estivai welcomes Jim WaaoHck and The Catholic Pioneer*. Pictured left to right are: Nancy Gillespie (vocals), Jim WesoHck (vocals, guitar), Jaaon Edwards (bass), Diana Lynn Grohman (vocals), Johanna Lester (keyboard, vocals), David Gettys (trumpet) and Christine Wesolick (keyboard). Not pictured is Tom Strauch (vocals, guitar).
AN musicians are members of sis. peter ana paul unnoiic Church music ministry. The uatnoiic pioneer® win ae pan ct the music at the Sis. Peter and Paid Catholic School Festival, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Catholic non sen will be doing songs from their newly releesed cassette album, “Moved By The Spirit 11,1 Lift Up My Soul.”
1st Protestant Mood drive succeeds
Contemplation bears fruit in Godly deeds
By ROBERT F GORMAN
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Today is the feast day of Saint Ignatius, who succeeded Saint Peter the Apostle as Bishop of Antioch. St. Ignatius is remembered for his wise wntings about Christian spirituality and the importance of the communal liturgy of the Church. Ignatius taught that Christians were temples of the Holy Spirit and bearers of Chnst and thus sacred vessels of Christ’s love But for him, the summit of C hnstian spirituality was to be found in the celebrating community of believers, that is, in the worship or liturgy of the Church.
All genuine (hnstian spmtuality is rooted in the firm conviction that human beings arc not simply matenal beings, but that we are spiritual creatures whose very bodies are animated by our souls. Because we are made in God’s image and likeness, as we arc told in the Knik of Genesis, the great doctors of C hnstian spmtuality have always taught that by looking inward to the deepest well of our being, we encounter the image and likeness of (iod
St Augustine, writing 3(H) years after Ignatius, is perhaps the greatest of the early doctors of Christian spmtuality In his “Confessions,” one of the most remarkable books of antiquity. Augustine recounts with brutal honesty and self-cnttcism his long and hard search for truth, which ultimately led him beyond the neopagan spirituality, or what he might
have called “new age” spiritualities, of his own time to a firm belief in Christianity.
What led him ultimately to Christianity?
He started with looking into his own soul. For years he had a hard time seeing God there, because the evil of his own sin blurred the image of God. Not until he encountered the teachings of Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan and Holy Scripture, did he finally see how sin was not God’s responsibility, but rather his own, a consequence of the misuse of his own hee will.
The discovery that cemented his spiritual development was the person of Jesus Christ. Because Jesus was fully human. Augustine was able to see God in action in the flesh. Augustine also realized that Jesus was fully divine, and thus an instrument not only of perfect knowledge about C iod, but also the means of salvation through the Church he left us under, the guidance of the Holy Spint. For Augustine, then, spmtuality begins with a proper understanding of the Triune (iod. Creator, Redeemer and Spirit
Augustine’s spmtuality is anchored in Scripture and the grace-giving sacraments of the Church Jesus gave us To Augustine, everyone is called to holiness, humility and obedience to (iod’s law All genuine spmtuality is motivated by love, which calls us ultimately, as it did for Jesus, to a life of lov mg sets ice to others
Everyone is called to a life of prayer, which Augustine saw as the
Church Wonton United
Church Women United invites all women to join as it celebrates World Community Day on Nov. 7 at First Protestant Church beginning at 9:30 a rn
The celebration, entitled "Gathering Seed From A Medieval
Motheroot,” focuses on the contributions of medieval Christian women mystics such as Hildegard of Bingen and Teresa de Avila to the world of their day In spite of the limitations placed on women of their time, they made a great impact As we experience their lives, we may be inspired to draw closer to God and serve Hun in our world today
The "Tools of Hope” offering. which Church World Service uses to help people in great need learn to help themselves, will be received during the celebration Everyone is cordially invited to join in the unique celebration
New Life Church dedication
New Life Church has set its new church dedication and pastor’s
Phillip and Usa
second anniversary services Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
On Friday at 7:30 p m,. Pastor Jabo Green will be speaking. On. Saturday at 6 pm, Pastor Danny Green will speak. On Sunday, at IO a.m.. Pastor Philip Green will be speaking and James Cole will sing, and at 6 p m Pastor Steve Fender will speak and Becky Fender will sing
Call 606-5527 for additional information
The Unitarian Universalists will have a Halloween Party and Covered Dish Dinner at Santa’s Forest, 4413 Hunter Road, on Saturday.
This will be fun for children of all ages, 0 to 95. There will be a hayride, a bonfire, drum music, swings,
First Protestant Church continues to support the on-going need for blood by sponsoring community blood drives.
The Department of Mission and Service hosted the Oct. 5 drive where the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center saw 46 willing donors, of which 37 were able to donate.
These members and friends of First Protestant Church and the community are absolutely essential in meeting the increasing blood needs of the 75 hospitals and clinics for which the blood bank is responsible.
Donors were greeted by Suzanne Wesch and Charlene Nolte, blood drive coordinator. Members of the department provided homemade
cookies for the donors.
The department expressed thanks to all the participants for taking time out of their busy schedules to donate “the gift of life.” In addition to being donors, they, were Sunday school teachers, members of the youth group, choir members, sponsors for the Sunday luncheon, church van drivers and on and on.
First Protestant Church will be sponsoring another blood drive in early January to help meet the blood needs during the holiday season. Watch for the announcement and become a part of this vital mission of First Protestant Church.
(Submitted by First Protestant Church)
Hill Country Christian Church
Now Meeting, Sunday 10:30 a.m.
Adon Seay School Hwy 46W 980-2019
Contemporary Worship _Open Communion
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Golfers, Football Fans, Sunday Brunches, and anyone else who lenses their Sundays. We have a special worship experience for you!
It’s Early!! It’s Casual!! It’s Enjoyable!! It’s Relevant to your life!!
Contemporary Praise Service
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Every 1“ and 3"* Sunday Schumann Hall • First Protestant Church
(Corner of Seguin and Coll Streets)
Featuring: Live Band, Drama, Contemporary Music, Relevant Talks & Open Communion
Theme for Sunday, October 19th: "lf I Were God For a Day"
gradual ascent of the soul toward die perfection of God. Through the unmented graces God grants us, we are better able to live virtuously. Through prayer and God’s grace, we can better see God’s real destiny for us, resting in the light of his wisdom and his perfect love.
We must become “contemplatives in the heart of the world,” as Mother Teresa so often said and demonstrated during her remarkable life of Christian service. We must act in and out of love, and when we do, even our actions become prayers in honor of God. One must not love one’s moments of prayerful contemplation and spiritual elevation to the exclusion of lov ing serv ice.
Augustine puts it this way: “One’s love of truth seeks out the quiet of contemplation, the necessity of love accepts the activity of the Apostolate ”
Jesus’ spiritual journey and his ministry led eventually to the cross, where he died for aJFof us, and to his Resurrection where* he gained victory over death for all of us. His actions were prayers to his heavenly Father, and a call to all who will listen to "Come, follow mc.” St. Ignatius responded to this call and suffered martyrdom. St. Augustine responded to this call with a long life of Christian service. We too are called to a life of prayer, holiness and Christian service, for the fruits of our contemplation will always be discovered rn our deeds.
(Robert F Gorman is a deacon candidate at Sis Peter and Paul Church in New Braunfels J
slides, good things to eat and drink, tree houses to explore and animals to pct
Because it is close to Halloween there probably will be some spooky encounters during the hayride
The Community Drum Circle of Terry Goodndge and partner, Kenny Parker, will provide drum music during the evening and around the bonfire They also will bring instruments that will allow the rest to join in
Meet at the front gate of Santa’s Forest at 6 p.m. Bring a covered dish to share. Drinks, plates and eating utensils will be provided There will be a $3 charge per person Come join to fun.
Bnng friends and children of any age For information, call 625-7004.
on Wednesday, October 22
Barb Kemper-Nolan, Psychologist
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Faith United Church of Christ, 970 N. Loop 337 (Corner of Hwy. 46 and Common St.), New Braunfels.
This Saturday, October 18, at 3:30 p.m. Location: Oakwood Assembly of God 104 Melody Lane, (*o mile East of 135 on FM 725 behind the Diamond Shenrock) There will be a CLOWN, a FREE ICE CREAM CONE
for each child and LOTS OF FUN.
J Everyone is invited?**
For more information call 608-1133 or 658-6005
will have a
Halloween Party and Covered Dish Dinner
on Saturday 18,6:00 pm
at Santa’s Forest, 4413 Hunter Road, New Braunfels Hayride, Drum Music, Bonfire, Spooks! Fun for All AgesI S3 charge per person. For information call 629-4262
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227 Courtyard, Suite 102, New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 620-1299 • Fax: (830) 620-0434 INTERESTED IN CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION?
Family Outreach of Comal County is seeking mature, responsible individuals over 21 years of age to train as volunteers to help families at risk for abuse and neglect of their children.
Volunteers work as mentors for families, teach free parent education classes and manage center operations. All volunteers are trained by a professional social worker. A volunteer inquiry and orientation session is being held on Saturday October 18. Individuals interested in helping with the program please call (830) 620-1299 for information.
If you have one or more children living in your household and often feel stressed and unable to cope with your parenting responsibiliti s, please call us for help. Our casework services and parent education are free of charge. Call (830) 620-1299 and ask to speak to r* e social worker.
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