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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 'GST AVAILABLE COPY*    8    Cl    Herald-Zeitung    ll    Friday,    October    20,1995 Church Life m To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Church Life, call 625-9144, ext. 21.Church Life Rn Church Briefs Methodist Women to hold rummage sale There will be a GIANT rummage sale Saturday, Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. until 12 noon, sponsored by the Bracken United Methodist Women at the church fellowship hall. The hall is located on FM 2252, which is off of 1H-35, south of New Braunfels. For more information or directions, call 606-6717. Caring ministry workshop at St. John’s St. John’s Episcopal Church will host a Stephen’s Ministry workshop from 8 a.m. to I p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Registration will be from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Parish Hall with coffee and snacks. There will be three sessions: (I) ministering to those experiencing grief, (2) the Stephen System of lay caring ministry, and (3) how to care in a distinctively Christian way. The cost will be $ 15 per person or $50 per congregation (no limit on number of people). This will include instructional materials, snacks, and other publications regarding this one-on-one caring ministry. For reservations or information, call Ed Langham at 210-606-3408. You will leave the workshop with: (I) high quality, immediately usable training, (2) a thorough introduction to the Stephen System series of lay caring ministry, (3) extensive handouts to study and use in your congregation, (4) materials to train others in what you learn at the workshop, and (5) brochures and information about the Stephen System to take back and share with others in your congregation. Turkey dinner part of Harvest Festival in Zuehl Redeemer United Church of Christ, at Zuehl, invites one and all to their Harvest Festival, featuring a turkey dinner, Sunday, Oct. 22, 1995, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The meal is $5 and there will be a raffle, auction, games and entertainment. For further information or directions, call the church at 210-420-2168. Unitarian-Universalist group forming An organizational meeting for the formation of a Uni-tanan-Universalist group will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1995 at 7:30 p.Tn. in the home of Thea Chessher, 300 lincoln, New Braunfels. The Unitanan-Universalists are new in New Braunfels but lave been in the U.S. since the 1700s and claim among its membership such notables as Thomas Jefferson, Henry Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The most fundamental principle of the church is individual freedom of religious beliefs—the pnnciple of the free mind. With a free mind comes reason and responsibility. This leads to a generous tolerance and understanding of differing views and practices with an acceptance of those believing in them. The most difficult task is to be tolerant of the intolerant. We enjoy our diversity as we search for our individual truths. We have many stimulating and exciting discussions. With our search we strive to be healthy individuals who serve our community and our planet. All interested individuals are warmly encouraged to come help us plan. For more information, call 629-4262 “30-Something and Under” Supper Club St. John’s “30-Something and Under” Supper Club will have a potluck dinner on Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Parish Hall. Bring your favorite dish and join them for food, fellowship and fun. A baby-sitting co-op is provided for the children. Feed them first, please. For more information, call Laura Hawkins at 620-7601. (If you have children, please RSVP so that adequate child care can be scheduled. Thanks.) Dinners for eight St. John’s invites you to Dinners for Eight on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. This is a wonderful time of food, fel lowship and fun. These small groups are open to all so call Reba Rester, 560-2308 or Ruth Kageler, 625-2703 for your location. See you there! Archdiocean Synod to enter second phase The Archdiocese of San Antonio is about to enter the second phase of its Archdiocesan Synod. A diocesan synod is a gathering of priests, religious and lay people called by the bishop to offer assis tance with the planning for the future of the loca church. Archbishop Patrick Flores has called this synod to provide an opportunity for the people o the Archdiocese of San Antonio to come together and reflect on their lives as Catholic Christians Through the synod process, which willlast two to three years the people of the Ideal church will be able to name the strengths, needs and challenges of the archdiocese to help it become a more vibrant community as it moves into the 21st century. The San Antonio Archdiocesan Synod began last November and is the first in this archdiocese since 1930. The Archdiocesan Synod has four phases: an educational phase, a listening phase, a phase for gath ermg information and a recommendation phase. The archdiocese just completed the first phase, which involved educating the people of the church about the synod process. Now it will enter the listening phase, which brings people together within the Catholic parishes so that they may express their ideas about the needs and concerns of the Catholic Church in the archdiocese As part of this listening phase, parishes throughout the Archdiocese of San Antonio will host listening sessions the weeks of Oct. 22, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12 The topic for discussion Oct. 22 will be “Evange lization”; for Nov 5, “The Family"; and for Nov. 12 “Prayer and Worship." Because parishes can host the listening sessions on various days and at various times within those weeks, individuals interested in attending should contact the parish in their area for specific times. “Through these listening sessions and the rest of the synod process that follows, we will name the impor tant issues that face our local church and see how we can address them and develop an action plan for the church,“ said Sister Janet Marie Abbacchi, SSND synod coordinator. Learning to See in the The last night that Jesus spent with His disciples was spent in a dimly lit room loaned to them by a sympathetic follower who lived in Jerusalem. In that room, the disciples participated in the ancient rituals of Passover. It was nothing new; in fact, it was wholly familiar. But Jesus, as He was known to do, changed all the rules that evening. He rewrote the Passover to institute a part of the new order and used the simple unleavened bread and coarse wine of the common people to illustrate it all. What was left were instructions for us to "Do this in remembrance of Me." And since that night, Christians have celebrated the broken bread and wine of the sacrificial death of Jesus. Symbols that carry with them the Blessed Hope with great simplicity. We’ve tried to spiff up Holy Communion over the years. Ornate chalices, lots of lace tablecloths and the like. All well meaning but brutally missing the point. Because the message that was preached that night could never be softened. The bright lights and orderliness of a sanctuary is a strange place to play out the passion of the death of Jesus, isn’t it? But that is what we do. And last Wednesday evening our church participated in the Daily' Bread cup and broken bread of the Lord’s Table, frothing new. Nothing revolutionary. Nothing particularly miraculous. Yet in our simple sharing, there was a deepened sense of God’s purpose in the struggles and trials that we face. A picture developed in my heart that I would like to share with you. Have you ever considered how many other meals might have seemed more appropriate to celebrate than this one? What about the miracle of the loaves and fishes? It would seem more appropriate to celebrate Jesus’ miracles instead of the blight of the cross. Or how about the breakfast He served the eleven on the beach after His resurrection? By that time, the victory over death had taken place. That would seem a much better event to rejoice in, don’t you think? There is one other meal recorded. You remember. It was the first time Jesus appeared to the disciples after He rose from the dead. He simply appeared to them as Dennis Gallaher they were locked away in fear. To prove He was not a ghost, He asked them for something to eat. They gave Him a piece of broiled fish and some honeycomb which He ate in their presence, proving that He was flesh and bone. Why did Jesus pick the one meal that represented the horror of the cross to be remembered by? Why did He choose the broken body and spilled blood to "do in remembrance of Me ’’? The answer is found in the little book of Philippians written years later by Paul the Apostle. In it, he pens these words: "That I might know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. " We desperately try to avoid the lessons of suffering in the Christian life, don’t we? In fact, the church today has become masterful at comfort and has developed a long 1st of reasons why we should not suffer. Yet our calling is to know Him in participate in the darkness of pain knowing that the power of resurrection is just around the comer. And so instead of sharing the table pf miraculous provision, or the table of resurrection power, or the table of deep fellow ship, Jesus! the pain tion? "L Because, conformed ti we suffer. Charles S] willing witnei and the hamm thing else in times question anything except schoolroom is Maybe you fi great pain in your that you must be God because of the But the suffering lose the table that represented ffering of death. His instruc-in memory of Me. ” it or not, we are called to be im in all ways. Even when ;eon said it this way: “I bear 11 owe more to the fire, and the file, than to any-ord’s workshop. I some-ether I have ever learned ugh the rod. When my ened, I see most.” yourself at a point of . Some would tell you outside the blessing of ffering that you are in. ctually the best indi ct OI sbfl isVc cator that God is still bn your side. Because it is through the trials fiat we become more like Jesus.    - So the next time yov church celebrates the Eucharist, remember that Jesus chose that meal for a great furpose. It wasn’t because it was the last, out because it was the best to describe th* way we would become like Him. Because it is often in the darkness that we learn to see the most. (Dennis Gallaher is pastor of Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.) Bible translator to visit Missionary Kenny Gammon will share the opportunities available in the field of missions throughout the world at a banquet on Saturday, Nov. 4, 1995 at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in New Braunfels. The complimentary dinner is sponsored by Wycliffe Associates, a support ministry of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Wycliffe Bible Translators was founded by Cameron Townsend in 1934 and now has over 5,200 missionaries working in about 50 coun-  tries to translate the Bible into people’s ^^1    heart languages. Wycliffe translators live with the people to learn their lan-||||n    guage and culture. They develop an alphabet of the language, analyze the gi an ii i tai, then produce primers and ■DBm—teach people to read. Wycliffe works with national translators to translate the Bible so it speaks clearly and correctly. Wycliffe Associates (WA) was organized in 1967 by members and friends of Wycliffe missionaries. The organization now has over 50,000 members who support Wycliffe financially or through hands-on involvement. WA is a hands-on ministry that provides opportunities for those interested in helping translate the Bible for indigenous people through volunteer programs. Missionary Gammon, an aerospace engineer, previously worked for Douglas Aircraft in Tucson, Ariz. Since joining Wycliffe in 1960, Gammon has been utilizing his skills to support worldwide Bible translation efforts. For complimentary tickets to this special dinner, please call Ray Still at Oakwood Baptist Church. Kenny Gammon Lot markers purchased J Denise Dziuk (From loft) Bobbie Purdum, chair of the Sesquicentennial Historic Committee, the Ret Daryf Higgins, Sr., minister of First Protestant Church, Clyde Blackman and ILC. Crandall, co-chairs of tit Old Town UM Marker Committee, display the four markers purchased by First Protestant Church. Other progrties that are located on original old town lots can also purchase markers by calling K.C. Crandall at 608-21 Rally commemorates “Lutheran Hour” Dr. Dale A. Meyer, speaker for the worldwide radio program, “The Lutheran Hour,’’-will be the featured speaker for a Lutheran Hour Rally on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 1995 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. There is no admission charge. It was Oct. 2, 1930 when the first Lutheran Hour program was about to air over the CBS radio network, directly following “The Shadow.” At the last moment, CBS officials became nervous about a religious broadcast airing in the middle of their “prime time” entertainment hours. They told Dr. Walter A. Maier he would have to shorten his message from 19 minutes to 9. There were hurried discussions. Dr. Maier cut a few paragraphs, a compromise was reached...and the program was on the air. Within two months, “The Lutheran Hour was receiving more mail than hit shows like “Amos ‘n Andy.” CBS suddenly realized they had a winner on their hands! Dr. Maier got back his full 19 minutes to preach and the Gospel message travels the airwaves to this day. q i o n Briefs Mormon Photo Album’ Traces History of LOS Church in Pictures SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Before 1839, visual documentation of life was the work of artists. The camera changed all that, and the Mormon Church, founded in 1830, grew up with the science of photography. From the earliest daguerreotypes to images snapped by the auto-everything cameras of today, it is easy to tell the story of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in pictures. With hundreds of thousands to choose from, try doing it in one book with just 260 black-and-white images. And the result, “Life in Zion: An Intimate Look at the Latter-day Saints, 1820-1995,” is a candid portrait of a peculiar and pioneering people. Slaughter, a photo archivist who has worked for the church nearly 20 years, stuck with pictures that offered a “window to the past” that “humanizes the Mormons.” In one image, a young missionary pictured with others in Echo Canyon is thumbing his nose at the camera. Still another shows two missionaries in London posing by an advertisement for the motion picture “Trapped by the Mormons” in 1922. Pope Accepts Resignation of Dubuque Arcliblsltop DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Pope John Paul ll has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Daniel Kucera of Dubuque, the Vatican said. At 72, Kucera had three years to go before reaching the normal retirement age for bishops. He will be succeeded by Hanus. “One always has mixed emotions at a time like this,” Kucera said. “My adult life as a monk, pnest and bishop have been spent in administration. It will feel strange indeed not to have to respond each day to a fixed schedule planned months and years in advance.” Retired Bishop Faces January Heresy Trial DES MOINES, iowa (AP) — Retired Episcopal Bishop Walter Righter, charged with heresy for ordaining a gay man, faces a church trial early next year. The trial is set for Jan. 3-5 at the Diocese of Chicago office, Bishop Edward Jones of Indianapolis said recently. Jones is president of the nine-bishop Court for the Trial of a Bishop. In January, IO bishops charged Righter with violating a canon law by “teaching a doctrine contrary to that held by the church." The charge was put to a vote by the nation’s bishops, and it received the 25 percent backing needed to press a trial. Righter, 71, was Iowa’s bishop from 1972 to 1988. After he retired, he moved to New Jersey, where he served as an assistant bishop. In 1990, Righter ordained Barry Stopfel, a homosexual, as a deacon. Many suffer crop failure! Your Lifescope "What you sow is what you gd!" Listen to me, listen as I plead: Does a farmer always {low and never sow? Is he forever harrowing the soil and never planting ip Does he not finally plant his many kinds of grain, each in its own scctiai of his land? He knows just what to do, for God has made him see and uiderstand. He doesn't thresh all grains the same. A sledge is never used on dill, but it is beaten with a stick. A threshing wheel ii never rolled on cummin, but it is beaten softly with a flail. Bread grain is easily crushed, so he doesn't keep on pounding it. The Lord of Hosts is a wonderful teacher and gives the farmer wisdom. Don't be misled remember that you can! ignore God and get away with it: a man will always reap just the kind if crop he sows! lf he sows to please his own wrong desires, he will be plaiting seeds of evil and he will surely reap a harv est of spiritual decay and (hath; but if he plants the good things of the Spirit, he will reap the everlastng life which the Holy Spirit gives him. [Jesus said), "Do people gather grapes from horns, or figs from thistles? So every healthy tree bears good fruit, but arotten tree bears defective fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor cane bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that fails to bear good fruit is felledand thrown into the fire. Similarly you will know people by the deeds theydo. "Don't criticize, and then you won t be criticize!. For others will treat you as you treat them. Judge not, and you shall rot be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, ani you will be forgiven. Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosqn. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.! Remember this - if you give little, you will get little\ farmer who plants just a few seeds will get only a small crop, but if he (Vents much, he wUi reap much. Everyone must make up his own mind a to how much he should give. Don’t force anyone to give more than he Rally wants to, for cheerful givers are the ones God prizes. God is able to m{te it up to you by giving you everything you need and more... s, ThiMcxtem WI (IU -\ b yr V Taken from Isa. 21, Gal. 6, Ml7, Lk 6, II Cor. 9, The Living Bible, Th^Modem I angnagie Bible and The New King James. For free copy of October Lifescopcprits Box IS7S, Carlsbad, NM 11221 Please send SI OO for postage and hailing. TT ;