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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas GAoHemj^Zeitunj ..W -.-to.-iSM..., . • ' ' mn I til Mm t 1 Z o i n q WM .Mi Church Ufo ■ To talk with News Editor Sue England about Church Life, call 625-9144, ext. 221.Promise Keepers to convert national mall to a sanctuary Hundreds of thousands of men are expected to assemble on the national mall for Promise Keepers' Stand In The Gap on Oct. 4. This sacred assembly will be a deeply spiritual and personal time of confession, repentance, praise and prayer. “Our goal is to present to the Lord godly men on their knees in humility, then on their feet in unity, reconciled and poised for revival and spiritual awakening,” said Bill McCartney, founder and CEO of Promise Keepers, the organization that has drawn some 2.6 million men to stadium conferences across the U. S. over the past six years.Speakers More than 40 speakers will address the gathering from one of three podiums on the main stage and will be projected on more than 12 giant screens placed throughout the mall. In addition to Bill McCartney, speakers will include: • Tom Claus — president and founder of CHIEF, a Native American ministry, Phoenix, Ariz. • Crawford Loritts — national director, Legacy Ministries, an urban ministry, Atlanta, Ga. • Max Lucado — author, senior pastor, Oak Hills Church of Christ, San Antonio, Texas • Jesse Miranda — professor, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, Calif. • John Perkins — author, founder/president, Harambee Christian Family Center, Jackson, Miss. • Joe Stowell — president, Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Chicago, HI. • Mike Timmis — prominent Catholic layman, president. Talon Inc., Detroit, Mich. • Raleigh Washington — vice-president of reconciliation, Promise Keepers, Denver, Colo. The Stand In The Gap program, which will run from noon to 6 p.m. on the mall, will be emceed by Jack Hayford, senior pastor of Church On the Way, Van Nuys, Calif., and Joseph Garlington, senior pastor of Covenant Church of Pittsburgh. The program will contain worship, music, liturgy, prayer and brief fncfiMySt With the exception of McCartney, who will speak for approximately 20 minutes, all of these speakers will speak for less than IO minutes, with most speaking for three to five minutes. The short messages will allow for more prayer and connection among men. “We wanted this event to feel less like a conference, and focus more on interaction, giving men an opportunity to pray individually and within small groups on the mall,” said Dale Schlafer, the Promise Keepers executive in charge of Stand In Tbe Gap.Music Segments of music will be interspersed throughout the entire six-hour program, and will include an, appearance by contemporary Christian artist Steve Green. The music will be led by the Promise Band and a worship team comprised of singers and musicians who have provided the music at Promise Keepers stadium conferences throughout the year. Format • The program will begin with a long segment of music and praise, followed by brief messages on “Our Extraordinary God.” An invitation will be given for men Tony the Tiger: ‘It’s Grrreat! ’ It appears that somewhere in time, the story of Jesus became tainted with misinformation and misinterpretation. I wasn't around when it happened, so I don't know who's to blame. All I know is that we are now in a position to have to sell something that should sell itself. In fact, presenting the “good news” should be as easy as convincing a citizen of South Texas that an air conditioner is a good thing! Apparently as time passed, the appeal of the “Gospel” (which means good news) was marred by people who no longer lived like it was the good thing God intended for it to be. I've heard it said that the reason why many people don’t want to become Christians is because they know too many who are! Something is wrong when this is the case. Or consider sermons that are often preached. The “turn or bum” theme would suggest that becoming a part of God’s family is having to give up normalcy and become a citizen of nerdville. Isn’t that what we've beef! led to believe? In order to be heaven-bound, you have to give up the best of life and take on a standard far lower than normal. Consequently, people choose to put off the decision to be a follower of Jesus as long as ii jP ' ,~in" muT possible so they can continue to live “normally.” At some point down the road, they may make that fateful and seemingly unpopular decision to give tbe remaining morsels of their lives to Jesus Christ Jesus said in John IO: IO, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” I've heard this verse many times over my life. Could this verse really be true, and if so, why aren't more Christians living like their life is the best life to live? After all, it says to me that the whole motive of Jesus was not only to give us normal life, but a kind of life that is incredible and fulfilling. Living in Jesus should make us respond like Tony the Tiger, it’s not just good, it’s GREAT! Our actions and attitudes should be attractive to outsiders, never repulsive. Jesus himself attracted crowds to be near him. While their motives were often questionable, there was no question they enjoyed the person of Jesus. WW Rev. Tim Judkins Whether you like it or not, we who accepted Jesus as our personal savior and are living in a lifegiving relationship with Him represent Him here and now. We should be the most joyous, peaceful, loving, caring people around. People outside of Christianity should look at us with interest and appreciation. The first church mentioned in the Bible had a great reputation in the community. Acts 2:47 says that the first believers had “favor with all the people.” We should demonstrate the most normal life of all, not the most bizarre or worse yet, boring. If people want to reject the “good news,” it should be because they don’t want to turn from self-centered living to God-centered living and not because we live a life that suggests aberrant behavior. We have abundant life because we are committed to Jesus as our leader without any reservations. Our lives should be direct representations of Jesus so that like him, we cause people to want what we have. It is at this point that we can authentically tell them the good news — the best news. (Rev. Tim Judkins is the associate minister at First Protestant Church in New Braunfels.) Equestrian ministry gives fellowship, outreach opportunities By TAMMY L LANE Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA, SC. (AP) — Their pulpit is the saddle, their church the trail. Their idea is that people who love both God and horses should not have to choose between reverence and riding when weekend events conflict. “We have a vision of carrying the gospel to the people where they are, and that’s on the back of a horse,’* said the Rev. Phil Bryson, chairman of the new South Carolina chapter of Equestrian Ministries International. Strategies and details have yet to be worked out, but the goal is for chapter members to share their faith by offering gospel illustrations and trailside devotions, using outdoors terminology as Jesus sometimes did in his parables, Bryson said. “There’s a lot of Christian people Church Briefs out there interested in seeing ministry in their sport,” he said. Retired pastor Richard McDuffie of Aiken, who at 64 says he has been riding all his life, helped found the ministry with a fellow Southern Baptist preacher in Kentucky. Bryson, 40, joined the same saddle club as McDuffie. The pair decided to form the first chapter in South Carolina, fertile ground for growing a horse-industry ministry. The state has about 100,000 horses and 42,000 horse owners, said Mary Ellen Tobias, equine marketing specialist with the state Agriculture Department. It also has at least 1,200 equestrian events a year, including trail rides, rodeos, horse shows, races and wagon trains, she said. “If I trail nde on Saturdays, I have a chance to be in front of six to ei^it people. A lot of times, those people LM* Chain forms Oct. 6 Life Chain will be a silent, prayerful statement to our community that abortion is grievously wrong and that the church is opposed to the unmerciful killing of pre-bom children. At the same time, it is an opportunity to share God's love and forgiveness with women who have already fallen victim to abortion’s deception. New Braunfels faithful are invited to join in and show support for the lives of the pre-bom from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 on Main Plaza. Participants will line San Antonio Street and Seguin Avenue, forming a cross. Each person will hold a sign with one of the following statements: “Abortion kills children,” “Jesus forgives and heals,” “Adoption, the living option,” “Lord, forgive us and our nation,” and “Abortion hurts women.” Following the Life Chain will be a time for prayer and praise on the plaza. For more information, call 629-7565. (Submitted by the New Braunfels Crisis Pregnancy Center) A giant rummage sale will be from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 4, sponsored by the Bracken United Methodist Women at the church fellowship hall. The hall is located on Farm-to-Market 2252, which is off of Interstate 35, south of New Braunfels near Garden Ridge. For more information or directions, call 606-6717. Atteal*! group want# DENVER (AP) — An atheist group has filed a federal lawsuit to have a monument to the pope’s 1993 visit to Denver tom down, calling it “extremely offensive.” Julie Wells, a member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, said the state Department of Natural Resources misused tax money to build and maintain the monument on Butterfly Hill, where Pope John Paul ll celebrated Meas in August 1993 as part of World Youth Day. The lawsuit names the DNR and state officials as defendants. “In effect, (the) defendants have erected a shrine and have made this area consecrated land,” Wells caid in her lawsuit. Wells said she uses Cherry Creek State Park, where Butterfly Hill is are unchurched people," said Bryson, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Clinton. “We hope to provide fellowship for Christians, but also provide outreach missions for the hurting and the down-and-out... to meet them on their turf where they are and share the gospel,” McDuffie said. About 75 people showed up for a 14-mile recreational trail ride in Sumter National Forest in late March that was billed as a Christian get-together. From that grew a mailing list of about 150. An August training session at the South Carolina Baptist Convention included workshops on different aspects of the industry, such as therapeutic riding, as well as training in how to share one’s faith. Participants will be certified as chaplains after they complete some located, to walk her dog and has cut down her walks because she “finds the display extremely offensive.” Assistant park manager Bob Toll said the Denver Catholic Archdiocese paid for the 20-foot-high monument. The local chapter of the Freedom from Religion Foundation fought for years to have a Ten Commandments plaque removed from state-owned Lincoln Park in Denver. A lawsuit filed by the group went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which allowed the monument to stay. The display would be made of polished granite and would be similar in size and appearance to the Ten Commandments monument. Its text would read: “There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.” to make a decision to follow Christ. • The next section, “Our Extraordinary Response,” approximately three hours in length, will present several broad areas of sin for confessi&n, repentance and prayer. These areas include: forsaking God, evading spiritual leadership and disunity in the body of Christ. Many other themes will fall under each of these topics, including infidelity, racism, pride and prayer! essness. Each of these areas will be addressed through a combination of brief messages, proclamations and declarations and prayer. • The final section, “Our Extraordinary Hope,” will focus on a vision for the future, prayer for the nation, and will feature an address from Promise Keepers founder and CEO Bill McCartney at approximately $ pm Stand In The Gap is based on Old Testament sacred assemblies that were called in times of crisis in the church. “We’re coming not to point fingers at the world, or to protest or demand action from the government,” Schlafer said. “We’re gathering to admit our failure as Christian men before God.” The purpose of Stand In The Gap is the gather Christian men to worship God; to confess sin before Him; to commit to a change of heart, mind and way of life; and to inspire unity and reawakening in the Church. Promise Keepers is calling men to be faithful to their wives, to be more involved in the lives of thpir children, to be more committed to their churches and to be active in their communities. (Submitted by Promise Keepers) basic requirements, McDuffie said. The long-term goal is to credential IO chaplains a year, ensuring they are competent and confident, he said. “Our vision is to be equippers and to provide training and guidance for lots of people to be out there,” he said. The chapter initially plans to sponsor two trail rides a year, Bryson said, lf it grows, it may offer events to reach other segments of the horse industry. Kentucky is almost ready to launch its chapter, and Tennessee and North Carolina are not far behind, McDuffie said. McDuffie, who receives a stipend from the South Carolina Baptist Convention, emphasizes the ministry is open to all denominations. “One day we hope to cut it loose from any Baptist ties,” he said. Soutteoew lapditi to iwwgslln In late Late* City LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Southern Baptists intend to evangelize in the hometown of the Mormon Church when they gather in Salt Lake City next June for the Southern Baptist Convention. Salt Lake City, where Baptists are a minority, could “be considered a pioneer area for us,” said Monty Carter, director of communications for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. The Mormon Church’s president has said the church will welcome the Southern Baptist Convention with open arms. “I am told that 15,000 Baptists are coming to Salt Lake next summer and that they will try to proselytize among lie," Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said recently. “I trope that we will be gracious and respectful toward them.” Hill Country Christian Church We've outgrown our present location ta... We Ail Moving, Now Meeting at 10:30 un. Sundays MMI    W. at Arloa Seay School, Highway 46 W. 2014 T ‘And I am the bride’ Yesterday I was watching MacMillan and Wife.” At the end of the show the actors were identified and “girl” was played by Elizabeth Lane. Elizabeth Lane is the first cousin of my very best friend in high school, Florence Evans. I began to reminisce about our senior year escapades so much that last night I called Florence in Montgomery, Ala. She was thrilled to hear from me and so we laughed about our shenanigans for well over an hour. (We just had our 40th high school reunion in August) Our senior year, second semester, we were feted with graduation parties of all kinds. I had a Hawaiian Luau on a Saturday night with all my friends in sarongs and grass skirts. The last few weeks of May consisted of Graduation Teas. These were parties for the graduate where you got all dressed up ... including hat, with or without face veil, and white gloves and drank punch and ate little finger sandwiches. It was at one of these parties that I was introduced to some little round things on crackers with hard boiled eggs on top which I later learned was caviar. Sometimes there were up to six “Teas” in one afternoon, so you went from tea to tea within the allotted time frame. Florence remembered one of her memories of us that had completely escaped me. This particular afternoon. Florence recalled, the two of us were dressed in our tea finery running late for the tea for Dane Thompson. We were in Florence’s ’55 red and white Ford convertible (with the top down) flying down Federal Drive when we were pulled over by a motorcycle policeman. Florence was driving and doing the fibbing at this point. (tov. Patti Brooks Krumnow “But, officer, we’re on our way to a wedding and we’re late!” She said I hopped up and perched myself Oft top of the front seat in my. white dotted Swiss dress with the big puffed white sleeves looking for the world like a red-headed Audrey Hepburn and said ..."And I’m the bride!”... Whereupon he put on the siren and the flashing blue lights and said “Follow me!” and led us rightjo the front door of Dane’s house He waved a's we pulled in the driveway and we waved and blew him kisses. Those were the innocent years of the fifties with Bobby Darin singing “Splish, Splash, I was Taking a Bath” and “Come Along and Be My Party-Doll.” Where has the fun and humor gone that would allow a young policeman to go along with our charade? We were all happier and more light-hearted as a result. Lighten up, everybody. This life isn’t a dress rehearsal. This is it. Let’s enjoy it. As George Bernard Shaw said, “Life is too serious to be taken seriously.” Let us remember the words of Jesus, “These things I have spoken to you, that your joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11) (Rev. Patti Brooks Krumnow is minister of the Unity Church of New Braunfels.) NB Presbyterian offers adult Sunday school New Braunfels Presbyterian Church has begun its fall Sunday school classes for children and adults. Class times are from 9:30 to 10:30 each Sunday morning. A nursery is always provided. Grades prc-K through sixth-grade will study “Witness — Learn from the Bible to Live the Good News.” Each session is based on a Bible story with learner leaflets available for each child. Adults have four choices of study. “Bible Discovery” led by Davis Hensely is an ongoing class focusing this quarter on the Israelites* return to Judah from Babylon. “Dynamics of Worship," taught by Rev. Fran Shelton, will explore some of the dynamics of worship and various types of services that shape our faith. “Get Acquainted with the Bible” taught by Rev. Ken Peters is an overview of the scriptures, including an orientation to the history and geography of regions and periods of the Middle East. “Survival Skills for Adults” led by Tara Kohlenberg, will cover topics such as stress, anger management and male-female perceptions about day-to-day issues. New Braunfels Presbyterian welcomes everyone to join in Sunday morning. (Submitted by New Braunfels Presbyterian Church) Unitarian Universalists will hear Erick* Cunts, a student at Canyon High School speak on Rflka’c Changing View of the Wortd Wednesday, Oct. 1, 7:30 pm at Faith United Church of Christ, 970 N. Loop 337 (Corner of Hwy. 46 and Common St.). New Braunfels ;