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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Church Life R To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about Church Life, call 625-9144, ext. 21. raid i t u n g Church Life -J V) , Church Briefs Volleyball tourney to be hosted by Holy Family Church Holy Family Church of New Braunfels will be having a B-league men’s and women’s volleyball tournament Sept. 9 and 10. First, second and third place team trophies will be awarded. Tournament play will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, and will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10. Food booths will be opened at 11 a.m. Team fee is $40. For more information, call Johnny or Mary Esther at 629-7239. Rally Day is Sept. 10 at St. John’s St. John’s Episcopal Church, 312 S. Guenther, will have a busy fall season of Christian education activities. A Parish Breakfast will be conducted on Sunday, Sept. 10 from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10 is also Rally Day for Sunday School programs. On that day, the youth of the church and their parents will be signing up for the various Christian educational classes being offered. Sunday School teachers will be introduced and will offer brief introductions to their respective classes. The J E.Y.C. and S.E.Y.C. Kick-Off will commence Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Men of the Church will resume their weekly breakfast and Bible Study on Sept. 13 from 7 to 8 a m. in the Parish Hall. Women of the Church will meet in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 10 to 11 a m. for Bible Study. Women’s Brown Bag Bible Study will meet from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. “Wonderful Wednesday’’ Potluck Supper and Fellowship will resume Sept 13 at 6:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall. An exciting new course, “Experiencing God," will be introduced following supper. All of these activities are open to anyone in our community looking for Christian education opportunities and fellowship For further details, contact the church office at 625-2532. The Rev. Bob Keith will be attending a Worldwide Anglican Conference on Evangelism in Kanuga, N C in the month of September Baseball coach to speak at CBMC luncheon The Christian Business Men’s Committee invites the community to attend the CBMC Luncheon on Sept 12 at Tree Tops Riverside Grille at 12 noon The cost is $7 per person and no reservations are needed Keynote speaker will be Robert B Henry, a former professional baseball scout and head baseball coach at Schreiner College in Kerrville Mr. Henry was born in Harlingen, Texas in 1937 He graduated with a B S in art from Lamar University and a Ph D in higher education from Arizona State University and Columbia Pacific University He has been in baseball most of his life as either a player or a coach at the high school and college levels and as a professional scout for the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs. He spent his last 12 years as the head baseball coach at Schreiner College in Kerrville, where he started the baseball program and took his teams to the NAIA national playoffs nine times Six players who played for him have gone on to play professional baseball He has been married to his wife Pat, an elementary schoolteacher, for 34 years and they have two sons, Jeff and Scott Since he retired after the 1994 baseball season, he has spent most of his time working on wildlife sculptures and working part-time with the higher education division of American Pioneer Life Insurance Company. For more information on the luncheon, call Ray Long at 629-1760 or Charley Pooler at 629-5725 There’s A New Wine Flowing Let me share with you my secret recipe for fajitas, the darling of the Yuppie barbecue pit. Here it is: * Couple of pounds of skirt steak * Bottle of Italian dressing * Bottle of burgundy wine * Any other kind of spices you like, especially lots of garlic (it’s kosher) Now, spice up your meat and poke a bunch of holes in the steaks with a fork. Mix the wine and the Italian dressing together. Find a pan big enough for the steaks to lie flat and cover them up with the marinade. Let them soak at least 24 hours, occasionally turning them and allowing them to become completely saturated. After soaking, start a hot fire that should include some mesquite wood because it bums hotter than most others. Slap those steaks on the fire and sear the outside so the juices stay in. They will cook fast so don’t bum them. And now, enjoy! My, my. Don’t that taste good? Many people have tasted them and declared them the best they have ever had without knowing exactly what was in them. Others would never eat them because of the “you-know-what” they arc soaked in. One church staff I served loved them so much that they asked me to fix them at our annual retreat. Imagine the surprise when I showed up with a gallon of burgundy to soak all the steaks. But the wine is the most important ingredient. It is the wine that tenderizes the tough meat, you see. And the longer the meat soaks, the more tender the meat becomes. The wine mixes with the spices and oil soaking all the way through the tough steaks and depositing deep within a unique yet indescribable savor. I know some Christians that need a good soaking like that. In “new wine” of course, the kind of wine the Holy Spirit of God provides. The kind of wine that the bible describes in Ephesians. And do not be drunk with wine...but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God. Recently, there has been an outpouring of “new wine” on the church that hasn’t been seen since Dennis Gallaher the Welsh and Azusa revivals in the early 1900’s. It is not contained in any one denomination, though many have been affected. The characteristics are classic signs of renewal which predicates true revival. There is a new understanding of repentance, a return to fasting and prayer, a new release of joy, vibrant worship, public confession of sin, and marvelous demonstrations of God’s power that changes people’s lives. There is a powerful “soaking’’ going on in the church today. So powerful that many question whether or not it is legitimate. After all, most of us really don’t like the idea that God can come into our churches and mess up our little programs. But history tells us that pouring out His Spirit on tough old flesh is something He loves to do! One pastor put it this way after renewal visited his staunchly conservative church. He said, “For years we prayed for revival. The only problem was that we forgot to ask God what it would look like when it came!” Any legitimate study of revival demonstrates that revivals are not quite affairs that are controlled by mere men. Revivals are the pouring out of God’s Spirit like at Pentecost. And, by the way, there was good reason why they accused those early saints of having a little too much new wine. The Spirit of God is no respecter of prideful flesh. So let me give you another recipe. A recipe for renewal and revival. * Take the Church of Jesus in New Braunfels , (I Corinthians 12:12-27) * An abundant amount of the oil of the Holy-. Spirit (Psalms 131) * A healthy dose of the New Wine of the Spirit (Mark 2:22) * The unique spices that make our churches distinctive but “one in the Spirit” (I Corinthians , 10:17)    . Now allow the conviction of the Lord to pierce your heart and mine. Sprinkle on the unique spices that make our congregations distinctive. ' Pray for the oil of the Spirit and the New Wine of* ; joy to saturate and tenderize our tough old flesh. Pray that the entire Body of Christ in our city will . marinate in the Spirit of God for a time. Now, pray that God will blow on the hearts of pastors throughout our city and ignite a white hot passion for Jesus. And then when the fire is hottest, turn them loose on congregations to sear the love of God inside every heart. Who knows? Maybe genuine revival will break , out.    -2 My, my. Now don’t that sound good? (Dennis Gallaher is the pastor of Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.) Habitat contributions Patrick Williams of Popeye'* Restaurant rings up a total for Krista Snyder and Kristy Ward, two supporters of Habitat for Humanity. Krista and Kristy brought their church bulletin with them to Popeye’*, and the restaurant has pledged to donated a portion of their proceeds in September to Habitat For Humanity, lf you would like to make a contribution to the Habitat cause, stop by Popeye’s and make sure to bring that week’s church bulletin with you! FBC drama a look backward By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer Second Christian Music Fest Saturday More than 30 of the area’s most popular Christian music groups will perform at Schlitterbahn Waterpark during this year’s second Christian Music Fest on Saturday, Sept. 9. Continuous performances will be held from 11 a m. to 7 p m. at the Wave Pool stage, Lagoon stage, and in the Sur-fenburg section of the park. There will be country music from Clifton Jansky and Faye Yates, South ern Gospel music from the popular quartet Exaltation, and contemporary Christian rock presented by Narrow Road, Skandalon and Second Chance. Other groups will play jazz, country soul, and adult contemporary music. For the kids, there will be a special performance by popular costumed characters Psalty the Singing Songbook and Charity Churchmouse at I p m. in the Surfenburg section of the park. Schlitterbahn’s Chnstian Music Fest is free for waterpark guests. Special discounts are available for sponsored groups of 15 or more. Schlitterbahn Waterpark is open weekends only through Sept. 17. For more information, call Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resorts at 210-625-2351. Schlitter-bahn information is also available on the Internet: Audience members can look back into the past and examine their relationships while watching the First Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir perform a musical starting this weekend. The choir will perform “Love Will Be Our Home,” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday at First Baptist Church. Admission is free. The play follows the preparations for a couple’s 40th wedding anniversary. One of the couple’s four grown children is separated from his wife, unknown to his parents. As the children write letters to each other, they wonder if their brother and sister-in-law will reunite before the anniversary celebration. The musical, published by Word, Inc., includes many songs by contemporary Christian artists. The performers act and sing on a four-level set in the church’s sanctuary. The set includes a carpeted platform, the pastor’s pulpit, the choir loft and two wings. The centerpiece of the set is a two-story house and a yard. The house reflects the architecture of some of the most prestigious New Braunfels homes. “It's an amazing little house,” said Wally Black, music minister for First Baptist Church. Black said he wanted the graphic design of the musical’s advertising to reflect the basic scheme of the set.-Julia Doolittle, an illustrator, drew the house the advertising. Rick Kiesling, a New Braunfels custom cabinet maker, constructed the house almost exactly like the drawing, much to the amazement of Tho play ‘hits a lot of hot buttons with people.’ — Wally Black Black. “I just wanted a house,” Black said. After the last performance, the house will be converted to a playhouse for Kiesling’s daughters. Black said the essence of the play is touching moments, such as the song “When Amy Smiles.” Jana Walker, playing the character Rachel, sings the song to her real-life daughter. The play “hits a lot of hot buttons with people," Black said. Past productions of the choir include “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” a musical set in the 1940s, the big-band age of radio. More than 1,500 people saw the performance, as well as the 16-foot tall radio in the church sanctuary. Black said the choir plans to perform the “The Choice,” a love story between a Roman Centurion and girl with the life of Christ as a backdrop, in the spring, as well as a yet-undetermined Christmas production. Balloons to carry Good News message The children’s department of Southlake Baptist Church of Canyon Lake is planning a balloon release to be held on Sunday, Sept. 17, 1995 at 12:30 p.m. on the church grounds. The children will be releasing approximately 200 helium balloons, each adorned with a message of the saving power of Jesus Christ. “We will have a prayer before the balloons are released and ask the Lord to carry them to those that need to hear His word,” said Karen Taylor, children’s director at Southlake. Prior to releasing the balloons, the children at Southlake will stuff postcards with their names on them into the balloons, rhe finder will be urged to write his or her return address on the postage-paid card and mail it back to the church. In this way, the children will be able to track how far the balloons journeyed The child whose balloon goes the furthest will be given a pn/.e. The balloon release was inspired by a story out of Live Oaks, Calif. A 5-yeai-old girl, by the name of Desiree, missed her recently deceased father and decided to send a “message to him in heaven" via a balloon. Desiree sent a Little Mermaid balloon on a most inspiring journey. Four days and 4300 miles later, the balloon finally ran out of gas. On the east coast of Canada, on Prince Edward Island, in a town called Mermaid, the balloon was finally found One week later, Desiree received a letter and a gift from Wade and Donna McKenna, the family that found her balloon. "I remember heanng that the letter Desiree received told her that God had used the McKenna family to let her know that her daddy loved her and was thinking about her too,” said Karen Taylor. The children’s department at Southlake would like to extend an invitation for children throughout the community to come out on Sept. 17 and send off some balloons. “I believe those balloons will go as far as our prayers carry them,” remarked Taylor. C&W Gospel Service at FPC Bell to speak at Women’s Aglow meeting Ruth Bell will be the guest speaker at the Seguin Women’s Aglow Fellowship meeting Saturday, Sept. 9, 1995. Fellowship begias at 9:30 a m and the meeting will be from IO a m. to noon at the Victo-na Bank Sc Trust Upper Room. Ruth Bell and her husband live in San Antonio, where they pastor Revival Temple. The daughter of missionaries, Ruth was bom in Japan. At the age of 14, she was smitten with galloping tuberculosis. Upon their amval in America, through the prayers of a lady evangelist in a small service in California, she was instantly healed. Between 1956 and 1965, Ruth and her husband, John, spent two missionary terms in Japan, where they founded The Next Town’s Crusade, a mission that does church planting in new towns. It is presently operating in Japan and Mexico. Ruth is a graduate of Apostolic College of Tulsa, Okla. She received her B A. from Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio; an M A. in history from St. Mary’s of Texas; and an M A. with concentration on pastoral counseling from Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. In 1978, she started the Church day school, King’s Academy, where she was the principal for four years. The second Saturday night every month at 6 p.m., First Protestant Church has a Country Western Gospel Service in the Family Life Center. This Saturday night’s theme is “Lighten Up and Worship.” In developing the Saturday night services, special consideration was given to many people’s concerns and dislikes for the traditional Sunday morning worship services: “I don’t like the crowds, especially people I don’t know.” “I don’t like all the formal reading and the stiffness.” “I dress up for work all week; I want to relax and be casual on Sunday.” “I want to enjoy being with my kids on Sunday morning, not have to worry about keeping them quiet in church.” “I’m not a morning person.” “I just don’t have time." “I don’t like the musty smell of church buildings.” “I feel hypocntical when I go to church sometimes and I have no intention of going all the time.” “The people are too churchy...! don’t understand the language of Chnstianese.” “I talk to God better in pnvate rather than public prayer.” “What if I would like it...l might want to come back.” “What I hear might change me way of thinking.” That’s only a few of the many reasons given for not attending a Sunday morning worship service. Each person has their own personal reasons...none of which are too big for God. Jesus did not always want to be with crowds; most of the time He taught one-on-one and in small groups. He spoke to people on a level they could understand; He didn’t get dressed up to perform His life-changing miracles, or present The Sermon on the Mount, or partake of Holy Communion (Lord’s Supper), or pray. He just met people and they knew He cared in the purest, deepest way about their lives. He had fun as He sang favorite songs and was inspired by others as He watched and listened. He ate at feasts, banquets, picnics or simple suppers. He talked to His Father, all the time, about everything. There is no doubt that meeting God will change you. God is in the business of changing and rearranging us, all for the purpose of making us and our lives better from His perspective. He accepts us as we arc and begins the refining. Just as a precious stone begins as “a rock in the rough,” so our process begins with God. At FPC, as with many churches in our community, we believe life is a process a process • in which we are given many opportunities to • become better, more refined in our character • and lifestyle, lf people participate in these • opportunities for refinement, the faster the • improvement process. Therefore, we seek to ; offer a variety of times and cnviionments for * people to meet together and learn about God.: The Saturday night County Western Gospel * Services is one way in which we are reaching | out to our community, including the many vis-; itors to New Braunfels. The non-churchy setting of the Family Life Center, the fun, contemporary music, the short \ inspirational talks and informal meals all pro-. vide a relaxed evening for people of all ages and stages of life. So, just come as you are and. spend an hour (or less) with some people who* know how to “lighten up” and worship on Saturday night. ;