New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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■ To talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about Church Life, call 625-9144, ext. 21.Church Life
World Communion Sunday to be observed Oct. 2
Sunday Oct. 2 millions of Christians around the world will join to observe World Communion Sunday.
Almost spontaneously, World Communion has grown from a small observance to a globe-circling celebration, and its meaning both for individuals and churches continues to grow.
One writer said, “At this holy meal, knowing that the church is at festival prayer, we pray for each other in unity and then, together in mission, for the whole world.” We celebrate belonging to Christ who died for us, and our belonging to each other, on this special day, in this special way.Oakwood Baptist begins two services on Sundays
Oakwood Baptist Church will begin having two worship services on Sunday Oct. 2. The early service will begin at 8:15 a.m., Bible study will follow at 9:30, and the Late Service will begin at 10:45 a.m.
Nursery and Extended Session Services are available for all children four years and younger.St. John’s to host Parish Breakfast Sunday
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 312 S. Guenther, will be serving a Parish Breakfast at 9 a m. on Sunday. Eggs, bacon, sausage and pancakes will be available for your enjoyment.
St. John’s Adult Bible Study is well underway for the fall. The current topic is “The Bondage Breaker” by Neil Anderson. Evil powers are waging war against Christians, often undetectcd.This book unmasks their deceptive influence in our lives and guides us in the practical use of God’s means and provisions for victory.
The adult class meets on Sunday mornings at 9 a m., witht the exception of Breakfast Sunday.First Protestant to host women’s meeting Oct. 13
First Protestant Church will host a nondenominational women’s evening Bible study beginning Thursday evening Oct. 13.
The weekly study will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. in the new Family Life Center. Emphasis will be on the practical application of Christian principles Every woman is welcome regardless of biblical knowledge or church background Registration is preferred. Child care will be provided For more information andor registration, call Marty Lindley (609-PRAY).Wimberley Gospel Music Festival underway
The 16th annual Wimberley Gospel Music Festival returns Friday Sept 30, Saturday Oct I and Sunday Oct 2 Times are as follows: Fnday 7-10 p m.; Saturday 2-10 p m , and Sunday 2-6 p m Plenty of drinks and ftxxl arc available on the grounds Some seating is provided, however you are welcome to bnng along your lawn chairs or a blanket or two to spread out under the stars Free primitive camping For further information, please call (512) 858-7543Promise-Keepers weekend set for Texas Stadium
Calling all men' Promise-Keepers weekend Oct 28-30 at Texas Stadium We arc going to take 25 men to Dallas to join 65,000 others as we experience a life-changing ministry that is calling men all across our nation to turn their hearts back to Old The Lord is raising up a great army of men who will take a stand for Him in their Churches, on their jobs and in their homes!
Call the Shepherd of the Hills office (210-964-4001) to reserve your spotBingo Night at OLM
Bingo Night is every Thursday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hall, New Braunfels. Early Birds 7 15 pm
Youth sought for AWANA program
Calling all boys and girls of Canyon Lake to the AWANA Program! Church In The Valley is sponsoring the AWANA Program introduced to the area by our Pastor Carter Corbrey. Mr Bill Wells will be the commander. AWANA Clubs International will begin Oct 2, 1994, at the church from 4-5:30 p.m. with children ages three through eighth grade. Call Church In The Valley at (210j 964-3624 by Sept 15 for more information Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed noon-1 p m for lunch)
Tlie AWANA Clubs International is a Bible centered youth organization designed to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and train them to serve Him.Taking The Time
The first day of September is a big day in the Gallaher house because it brings with it the opening of the Texas hunting season. This year was particularly special. This was the year that Joseph, my youngest son, would be allowed to hunt. For the last two years, he has served as our “bird dog,” an honored position for sure. But no more.
This year, Joseph was to be one of the men.
The adventure began the day we bought Joseph’s hunting license at Walmart. The good ol* boy behind the counter took a real liking to the youngster who was purchasing his first hunting tags. Joseph stood at attention as he was asked his name, rank, and serial number and then the man handed his license over and shook his hand with the promise from Joseph that he would be safe and obey the roles.
It was out again to the field after that. Joseph was given the privilege by his big brother to use his old single barrel shotgun, “my big brother’s gun,” to Joseph. You could see him watching our every move, mimicking every action. He was not going to miss his cue to enter into the world of his heroes.
Joseph was no longer a tae-alonp but a full-fledged, card holding, license carrying member of Dad’s world. All we talked about for the next few days was shotguns and birds. And, of course, our next hunting trip.
That would have been this past week. I took off work a little early to sneak down to the sunflower patch...just the two of us. By
Dennis Galle her
the time I got home, Joseph was decked in camo and ready to roll. As we climbed through the fence with our gear in tow, I realized just how much I enjoyed being with this little
We sat on a fence-line under the shade of a hackberry tree. I learned a multitude about my son that I didn’t know.
For example, he has 26 teeth that he can count with his tongue. I know this is true because I watched him do it. Of those 26 teeth, 15 are baby teeth. Again, he used the tongue counting method to deduce this. I learned that there are mice hawks and rabbit hawks and that buzzards don’t eat either, unless they are smashed, of course. I learned that penguins have weird names and doves have lucky tail feathers that get them out of hunters’ paths and that he has 263 bones in his body. But the best was yet to come.
We started talking about James, his big brother. I asked him what he thought it would be like when James went to college. You would expect a long pause or a quick shrug of the shoulders but none of that happened.
“It will be like saying goodbye to your life, only it will be someone else’s.” I was
taken by surprise, ambushed by the huge transparent emotion borne by this eight year old soul. He was saying, <<Now it is your turn to enter into my world, Dad,"
And so I did.
I asked him to tell me about the time I had made him the saddest. “When we were at Popeyed eating lunch and you got angry when I hurt myself.” What did I do that hurt him the most? When you don’t hurt with me when I am sad."
There is a place in a child’s heart that is reserved for only very safe people who ask very vulnerable questions. It is really a place reserved for a parent to enter to catch a glimpse of a child that most never see.
But it takes something that many parents are not willing to give: Time.
Here is a statistic to chew on. The majority of fathers spend an average of 20 minutes a week in personal conversation with their children and 15 minutes of that time is spent in discipline.
In other words, one-on-one conversation from a dad to a child in many homes is virtually non-existent.
It is no wonder that Family Court judges sav that the breakdown of the family is the blame for more juvenile crime than any other factor, not poor education (7 percent), not poor housing (15 percent), and not even drugs (21 percent).
The number of children arrested on murder charges increased by 51 percent from 1988 to 1992.
One juvenile court judge says she’s seen
kids become more depraved, less remorseful, “numb to the worth of life" over her 20 year tenure on Family Court.
And much of this because parents, and especially dads, have forsaken their responsibilities to enter into the very secret gardens of their children. For the lack of time, most would say, but is really not a lack at . all. Just a priority in how we use it.
The weekend is coming up, Mom and Dad. What would your kid like to do that you could give two or three hours of undivided attention to? It might be fishing at Landa Park, or a hike down Panther Canyon. Maybe go to Cypress Bend and swing on the swings with them. How about the tree house that you promised to start or the picnic lunch you have always planned on taking?
There are a multitude and a half of different things that you have not done with your child that would give you a chance to enter into their world. Why not take the step and doit?
Too many parents live with the regret of not taking time to be with their children. Personalize that today and plan to really be “in their world" tomorrow.
You’ll make a much better companion than Saturday morning cartoons.
(Dennis Gallaher is the pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.)
Small In size, big in heart
Live Oak Baptist Church clings to early days where worship was conducted under an oak tree
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Live Oak Baptist Church.
Ring a bell? (No pun intended)
Hint. It’s not in Live Oak, the suburb sandwiched between Randolph A.F.B. and San Antonio. Hint: It’s not in renowned writer’s Frank J. Dolbie home county of Live Oak.
Live Oak Baptist sits on the comer of Washington and Camp in New Braunfels and it has since 1905.
“At first when they told us we were going to pastor at Live Oak, we thought that it was Live Oak the town,” said Pastor Kevin Boston.
He said it was not until later did he find out the church he would pastor would be in New Braunfels.
Boston would have never found the church if it was in its original location when it was founded in 1900. Services were held under a Live Oak tree in a field where McKenna Memorial Hospital is now located
Tucked away somewhat discretely in a residential neighborhood, Live Oak’s congregation is made up primarily of African-Americans. Something not too common in Anglo dominant New Braunfels Boston said the church is not trying to separate itself from the rest of the city, it just historically developed that way
Boston said God loves everyone and He welcomes anyone who wants to experience an exciting fulfilling worship experience to
Herakt-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Llva Oak Baptist Church is a small church with an emphasis on exciting, fulfilling worship services.
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“It's a small but vibrant congregation,” said Boston, who has been pastor at Live Oak for just over a year. “What we have in our worship is something we can feel. The fellowship of excitement.
“When we go to movies we want to come out of there like we felt something. When you come out of a worship service you should come feeling the presence of God.”
Boston, his wife Chermn anil their children Kevin, Jonathan and Chanise will move to New Braunfels in November from San Antonio.
The New Mexico native said doing the work of God in such a small church suits him fine.
“But it does not have to stay that way(small),” Boston said. “The need to reach souls is just as great in a small church as it is in a large one.”
Because he will be the 19th pastor in 94 years, he said the congregation looked him over closely when he first came on board.
“I think they trust me now,” he joked.
Live Oak will have its “Homecoming” the afternoon of Oct. 23. It will be a time for those who used to attend or be members of the church.
Boston invites all those who would like a great time of fellowship and edification to drop by and join the crowd.Ceremony held for Rev. Stan Meyer of Seguin
From staff reports
The Rev. Stan Meyer of Seguin was installed during the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Southwestern Texas Synod on Sunday Sept 18 at St Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin.
Meyer previously served as dean of community life and vice president for student affairs at Texas Lutheran College in Seguin.
He was the college’s campus pastor from 1982-91, and was pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greenville from 1975-82.
He and his wife, Connie, have three sons — Aaron, Michael, and Daniel They arc members of Emanuel's Lutheran Church in Seguin
Retreat bader consecrated as a bishop
BOSTON (AP) — A retreat leader and counselor to clergy was consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
More than 4,000 bishops, priests and lay church members attended the two-hour ceremony Saturday for the Rev. M. Thomas Shaw III at Boston University’s Walter Brown arena, which was transformed into a cathedral for the occasion.
Shaw, a retreat leader, preacher and priest of the Society of St John the Evangelist, will serve as bishop coadjutor with the present bishop of the diocese, Bishop David E. Johnson
Shaw eventually will succeed Johnson as the ISth bishop of the diocese, which includes 95,000 baptized members in 193 congregations.
Shaw, who is known as a priest and counselor to other priests and bishops, was elect
ed on the first ballot at a special diocesan convention held last March.
ix-boxfr mates transition to minister
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Heavyweight boxing contender Marvin Frazier says he does not think the transition from boxer to full-time man of God will be too difficult.
Frazier was ordained Sunday as a Pentecostal minister at a three-hour service at Faith Temple of God in North Philadelphia.
“I was a little bit nervous beforehand, but I figured preaching couldn’t be as hard as facing Larry Holmes or Mike Tyson,” Frazier said of the only two men who beat him in the ring as a professional “Then again, now I’m fighting the devil and those two can’t be badder than the devil, can they?”
The first person to congratulate the new minister was his father, Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion.
The younger Frazier, who retired from
the ring in 1988 with a record of 21 -2, said hi had been a deacon in the church for 15 yearsWoman urged to become so lf-rel lent
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thousand of Mormon women attending the church’ annual women’s meeting were urged ti employ study and faith to become sclf-rdian
Chieko N. Okazaki, first counselor of th church’s General Relief Society, compare study and faith to a set of oars. Withonlyon oar, “you go around and around in circles, she said.
The meeting Saturday in the Salt Lak Tabernacle on Temple Square was broadest via satellite to more than 3,000 church build ings throughout the United States, Canad and other countries.
The Relief Society of The Church of Jesu Christ of Latter-day Saints has more tha 21,000 local units in 150 nations and terr tories