CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH A PR IL / M AY /J U N E 2 0 13 KOINONIA AT A GLANCE Offered by Pastor Dick: Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue. (Job 14:1-2) Three very different people died during the last week or so. One can’t help but think about their lives and deaths. Edith Schaeffer, Matthew Warren, and Annette Funicello left this life in very different circumstances. Edith Schaeffer lived a long and fruitful life. She was a year or so shy of 100 years of age. I met her once at a L’Abri Conference in 1982. She autographed her book, The Tapestry, for Dede with a sketch of a mountain landscape and the inscription “To Dede—with love from one ‘thread’ to another.” Over the years of Francis Schaeffer’s ministry she was just the right complement and balance for him. She once said that she looked forward to heaven when she would dance the ballet as she always longed to. No doubt she is doing that now. During the last few years she was seldom lucid. Matthew Warren was the son of wellknown Purpose Driven Life author and pastor, Rick Warren. He was a tortured soul and took his own life at the age of 27 years. Pastor Warren has his faults, but I can say without hesitation that Matthew’s problems had little or nothing to do with his father’s shortcomings. That said, only a preacher’s kid (or PK as they refer to themselves) has any idea of what it’s like to grow up in the fish bowl life of a minister’s family. Those who expect more from a pastor’s children than the children of other Christians are confused. PKs didn’t choose the ministry; their parents did. I’m praying for Rick Warren and his family. Annette Funicello was one of my favorite Disney actors. I grew up watching her in movies like Shaggy Dog and those quirky beach movies. She started out as a Mouseketeer. Who would have expected that she would be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1984? In spite of her disease, by all accounts she lived a full and productive life. She died at age 70, which used to sound old to me. Now it seems relatively young. These three people, who lived different sorts of lives, had different kinds of challenges and varying amounts of time allotted to them here on earth. Yet each had death in common, and each faced the same sort of ultimate questions regarding God, sin, Jesus, and redemption. Regardless of the kind of life we have, it passes so very quickly, doesn’t it? I know Edith is with Christ. I think Matthew may be as well. I don’t know anything about Annette’s view of Christ. Dei Gratia ♦ P AGE 2 K O I NO NI A Sacrificing Church for Sports Combatting the issue often requires a change in the parents’ hearts. “[Parents] will make sure Johnny goes to sports, but when it comes to church, … the families that have children in sport will sacrifice church for the sake of their son or daughter’s sports program, so sports is another huge reason why our church is declining,” said one pastor surveyed in the study. And the problem isn’t isolated to a particular region. A 2008 Faith Communities Today (FACT) study showed that school and sport-related activities were the greatest obstacle keeping people from attending church regularly in rural, urban, and suburb regions. More than a third of all congregations reported the competition as a problem. A new study blames slipping church attendance on children’s Sunday morning sports. The study, by researcher Stephen McMullin of Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, looked at 16 declining congregations in the United States and Canada and asked the clergy and members why people weren’t showing up. Most respondents said they had competing activities on Sunday mornings, including working, shopping, and especially sports. “[Parents] will make sure Johnny goes to sports, but when it comes to church, … the families that have children in sport will sacrifice church for the sake of their son or daughter’s sports program, so sports is another huge reason why our church is declining,” said one pastor surveyed in the study. And the problem isn’t isolated to a particular region. A 2008 Faith Communities Today (FACT) study showed that school and sport-related activities were the greatest obstacle keeping people from attending church regularly in rural, urban, and suburb regions. More than a third of all congregations reported the competition as a problem. The trend has continued as blue laws, which kept stores closed on Sundays, have been mostly dismantled, resulting in “many more people working and shopping on Sundays, and children’s athletic activities are often scheduled on Sunday mornings at the very time when many churches traditionally have provided religious education,” the study concluded At Community Christian Alliance Church (CCAC) in Northridge, Calif., Pastor David Clotfeltor sees this on a regular basis. Many parents in his largely Asian congregation try to get their children involved in as many activities as possible. “It’s either sports or there may be other activities like academic decathlon or music recitals,” he said. “We often see parents making the decision do some sort of extra curricular instead of coming to church.” To solve the problem, some of the congregations surveyed said they started Saturday or Sunday evening services. Others decided to offer their own sports programs, which they found often works as an entryway to the church. More than two-thirds of congregations that had sports or fitness programs reported a more than 10 percent growth in attendance from 2000 to 2010, according to a 2010 FACT survey. Only a third of churches without these programs reported such growth. But at CCAC, Clotfeltor has found combatting the issue requires a change in the parents’ hearts. “We do it primarily by just teaching the importance of kids getting a good grounding in the Christian faith and helping parents understand that if their kids gain everything else in life but miss opportunity to learn about Christ, that could lead to tremendous regret in the parents,” he said. Written by Angela Lu, WNS | Friday, April 12, 2013/ Aquila Report K O I NO NI A P AGE 3 Conservative Richard Weaver wrote a book entitled Ideas Have Consequences, which was published in 1948. The late and great Russell Kirk described it as “the first gun fired by America conservatives in their intellectual rebellion against the liberalism” which has dominated the nation since 1933. The thesis of the work is expressed in the title. We Christians are a people of The Book. We know that ideas have consequences because the propositional truths (ideas) we espouse are the basis and foundation of our faith. There is no real Christian faith apart from the content (ideas) expressed in Scripture. Now this may all seem like some academic point with no particular practical application, but, in fact, it is very practical indeed. It means that our convictions (ideas) necessarily impact the way we live, how we treat others, how we spend our money, etc. It also means that some ideas (truths) are non-negotiable, even worth dying for. Politics in America today is generally uncomfortable with this notion. It is pragmatic, utilitarian, and success-oriented. It is about winning elections. Hence, the current discussion among prominent Republicans regarding the need to evolve with the times if it wants to win national elections. The problem for American evangelical Christians is that, in our time, secular humanism is the dominant worldview. Secular humanism is necessarily antiChristian in substance and outcome. So Christians will increasingly be perceived as obstructionists by Republican leaders, especially when they insist on policies and candidates which more or less reflect biblical ideas. We evangelicals are sure to be marginalized politically in the Republican Party just as occurred in the Democratic Party in the early 70s. This is a documentary film about Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia Women's Medical Society disaster, and the coverup by state and local oversight agencies. If you have assumed that the Republican Party is Christian in any meaningful sense of the term, you will be disappointed. This doesn’t mean Christians shouldn’t be in politics, but it does mean we will face tough choices and a great deal of pressure to conform in order to win elections in the future. But to simply go along in order to put Republicans in office who reject our ideas and convictions is sheer folly. In that case, we will be saying, along with Pogo, “We have met the enemy, and he is us!” See the video at 3801lancaster.com. Pastor Dick " A person’s a person, no matter how small." (Dr. Seuss ) Ideas Have Consequences P AGE 4 K O I NO NI A Spotlight on our members…..an interview with Margaret Ann Bird. Margaret Ann (MA) Bird has been a member of CPC since 1993, has played an essential role in our music ministry over the years, and is the wife of Ruling Elder Gary Bird. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Robstown, Texas. Where did you go to high school? Weren’t you a cheerleader? First in Robstown, and yes, I was a cheerleader there as a freshman, then in Houston (when my mother moved there after my father’s death), then was able to go back to Robstown for my senior year. Your father died that young? Yes, he died when I was a sophomore in high school, so that was a lifealtering time; I was 15 and I was Daddy’s little princess. How would you describe your childhood? Did it include church? It was a pretty carefree childhood. We were very involved in a small Episcopalian church. Also I went to the Baptist church for a time while dating the minister’s son. It was a bigger church; I sang in the choir Also the grandmother of that girl and my grandmother were best friends. there. When I graduated and went to work Is that where you developed your in San Antonio, living with a voice? girlfriend, I called Gary’s mother just I did sing in the choir in the little to catch up with him. He invited me Episcopal church and the Baptist to come down there with his mother church and in the school choir; was for a visit, and we got serious soon all-region as a sophomore and that after. sort of thing. I just liked singing. When mother and I lived in Houston, my aunt and uncle gave me voice From that point on, how long lessons, which was helpful. My aunt before you got married? Do you and grandmother both had pretty remember where you were when Gary proposed to you? Was he voices. already in medical school? It was about a year, give or take a Where did you go to college, why month or two. Gary was in his did you choose that particular residency at Baylor. I’m not sure he school, and what was your degree? ever really proposed. We just talked I went to Southwestern in about it and decided to get married. Georgetown and chose it because my But we did go to Kerrville where he daddy had gone there and my aunt asked my mother for permission. and my two brothers. My degree is a B.S. in Education (elementary ed). So where did you teach and what ages? What was your church I taught at an Episcopal private participation in college? school in Ft. Worth (2nd grade), at a It was very minimal; Unfortunately, I middle school in Dallas, and in a was caught up in all the college stuff. Title I program in San Antonio. When, where, and how did you meet Gary? We met Thanksgiving 1964 in Robstown. He was my brother’s roommate his first year in college and his parents were overseas in Turkey, so he came home for Thanksgiving with Bill that year. At that time, I had a steady boyfriend, so we simply met. But when I was a sophomore in college and Gary was a first year med student, he contacted me to get my brother’s address. I wrote him a newsy letter about what was going on in the family. He was coming up for a frat party in Austin and invited me, so that was our first date! We dated off and on. The funny thing is that in between he dated the daughter of my mother’s best friend growing up. Were the 2nd graders your favorite? Yes! The middle school was just “thank goodness I got a job kind of thing!” What was it like to be married to a resident M.D.? Residency was okay; he was on call every third night, so that wasn’t too bad. It was kind of exciting. How did you decide to make New Braunfels your home? What year was that? Gary finished his residency in June of ’76 and we moved here in July, at which time he started a private practice with Ron Cohle. Ron was in the residency program with Gary, and he was thinking Sulphur Springs, but Beverly couldn’t stand the thought of that (no nearby shopping) . So we looked at Kerrville, where my family was, then we looked here and in Seguin. New Braunfels was ripe for new doctors, whereas a few years before they hadn’t been excited about opening doors for new doctors. There was a place to rent on Landa, which we finished out and remodeled, and Gary and Ron started there with one nurse each and one receptionist. Did private practice make life kind of crazy? Yes, just the hours he was away. But Ron and Beverly lived next door, so we always had each other for support. I helped at the office some doing accounts payable and payroll. How has New Braunfels changed over the years from your perspective? Certainly the traffic is worse! Another noticeable thing is that you no longer hear people speaking German around town. But the German heritage is still being preserved. Tell us about your sons and grandchildren. Trevor is our oldest; he’s 35, married to a lovely young woman named Katie. They have two precious children, Emily Grace (Millie, who is 2) and Reece, who is 9 months. They live here in NB and he runs Gruene Harley Davidson. Derek, our younger son, is 32, married to Paige, and they have three darling children—Hudson (4), Isabelle and Sophia, who are 2 (twins). Derek works with Paige’s dad building the Cotton Crossing community. Both boys are just good kids— sensitive and thoughtful and caring; we’ve been so blessed with them. P AGE 5 who kept saying to trust God no matter what happens or where you are—and she looked at me one day and said, ”Even if you’re in a wheelchair, you learn to trust God.” And she was right. As you grow, you learn more and more to trust. That’s so important!. You just cling to Him and each time it reaffirms your faith in Him (though our faith can certainly falter daily as we get caught up in day to day stuff). How did you come to Christ Presbyterian Church, and what was it like in those early days? We came because we were looking for a church where we could grow spiritually. CPC was meeting at the Sac’N Pac at the time. The first Sunday we came, we ran into Jana Henry and her children, who were members of the Episcopal Church where we were members! It was Mother’s Day Sunday. The church was friendly, the sermon was great, Would BSF be your next step in and we were impressed enough that your spiritual journey? I’ll always we didn’t look around anymore. remember that you were my very first BSF leader! Did you embrace the Reformed Yes. I got involved in BSF when I first came to New Braunfels, and it faith right away? was a whole new thing for me. I I didn’t really understand what that certainly had never studied the bible meant and, having grown up in a to that extent before. It was very mainline denomination, I didn’t good training and teaching. I was in really know much. I was very BSF for a long time, finishing all the influenced by the Arminian classes, then went back and was in perspective, so when the Reformed leadership. ideas started being introduced to me, I would question. Of course, it’s all backed up so biblically that you can’t Name one thing God has taught really argue with it, and I didn’t. I’m you over the years—the first that pretty compliant! comes into your head. That He is in control—thank Who has had a real impact on you goodness! And that He loves me. as a believer over the years? My godmother was very instrumental Do you have any specific advice for in my rearing—her whole demeanor; someone facing chronic illness of she was a precious Christian and I some kind? wanted to be like her. My mother All I can do is tell of my experience was faithful to take me to church, and and how Christ is my strength. When I was involved because she was. you rest in Him, then you can have Certainly one of my heroes is Joni an inner peace and a security in Eareckson Tada. Her testimony and knowing that the here and now is not her life since her accident have really all that matters. Of course, it would influenced me. I read her books in be nice to be able to cling to that all the late 70’s and I really become a the time, but you have to continually committed Christian at about that bring yourself back to that. The Lord same time. That’s when I realized gave me a verse back after Gary’s my need for my Savior—although mother died, which was a really probably not the gravity of my sin stressful year with several things nature—but recognized that I needed going on. It was John 16:33: These Christ and His strength. Also, once I things I have spoken to you, that in had a Christian friend who was Me you may have peace. In the world hosting a bible study at her house (Continued on page 6) Scotty Smith on Prayer: “Oh, the joy of knowing Your good answers to our prayers include “Yes,” “No,” “Maybe,” “Not yet,” and “Not telling you!” K O I NO NI A K O I NO NI A P AGE 6 (Continued from page 5) you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." So that verse has sustained you? It’s a good one to come back to, and I always smile when I see it in our bible study lessons. Would you say your illness has been your greatest source of sanctification? He certainly used it to get my attention, but God uses all situations in life—not just this. There’s the normal daily grind, of course. You’ve seen a lot of or covenant children grow up here in church and community over the years. What advice would you give to young married couples? Make Christ the center of your home and let your kids know that He’s the center. Spend time together in the Word and in prayer and be open and honest with each other. What counsel do you have for young Christian parents? See that your children know God’s Word and know who Jesus really is and what He really did. Growing up, I knew Jesus died for my sins and that’s about as far as it went. Looking back, I think I thought I was a pretty good girl and that I was okay, never really realizing that Jesus had not only died for my sins but he had lived perfectly for me—doing what I couldn’t do. I think we do our children such a disservice when we don’t help them understand that it’s not what we do or don’t do; it’s what Christ has already done. We need to have our families in church on a consistent basis because if, as the Bible says, iron sharpens iron, we need that constant togetherness with God’s people. And how are we going to teach our children if we don’t know what to teach them?!! Couples rearing young children today are so very busy. With that in mind, what would you say to them as they struggle to make time for church? I think the blessings would far outweigh the inconvenience. Giving our kids a firm foundation of who Christ is is the most important thing we can do as Christian parents. I wish I’d realized that sooner. And what a joy it is to know your kids are going to be with you in heaven! Is there a particular book that has been a blessing to you in the last few years? One book was Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. It really made me realize how much we need to be grateful for every little thing and how I’m to look for the blessings and not just the negative stuff. What’s your favorite thing about CPC? It’s a toss-up between the preaching and our church family—I guess I would say the teaching is my favorite thing. Any parting thoughts? Reading that book on gratitude made me realize how very, very blessed I am to have a husband who is patient. He’s so devoted and caring and of course he provides for me. And to have two wonderful boys who are happily married with good wives and precious children. I’m grateful for good health for them and for their jobs. God has blessed me with so much! ♦ Recipe from MA Casserola La Paloma Combine: ▪1 can cream of chicken soup ▪1/2 c. mayonnaise ▪1/2 T. lemon juice ▪1/4 t. curry powder Then add: ▪2 c. cooked, cubed chicken or turkey ▪1 pkg. mixed vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots) Sprinkle 1/2 cup grated cheese on top, then cover casserole with mixture of 1/4 c. melted butter and 1 c. crushed corn flakes or grapenuts. Topping: Bake @350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serves 4-6 K O I NO NI A 1-Apr Eric Syverson 1-May Stacy Cox 2-Jun Gary Holub 3-Apr Linda Coker 4-May 3-Jun Jami Baker 7-May Mike Butts Brian Riggs Rachel Swank Margaret Dugan Beth Riggs Frank Posey 9-May Cheryl Williams Chris Williams 4-Apr Leah Anderson 6-Apr Ben Pinales 6-May 7-Apr Joey Hrechko 8-Apr Irene Cohee Peggy Walls 9-Apr Chris Parker 10-Apr David Speck 11-Apr Greg Payne Mary Kay Steele Warren Williams 12-Apr Ace Horan Maggie Steele 13-Apr William Willard 15-Apr Carola Davis Erin Garcia Gracyn Holub 17-Apr Ian Smith 18-Apr Traci Hurta Joe Walls 21-Apr Floyd Johnson 22-Apr Jean McLennan 23-Apr Patti Webb 24-Apr Graham Freiley Ashleigh Johnson 25-Apr John Bordano 26-Apr Doug Culpepper Janet Culpepper Anna Park 29-Apr Carlyn Talkington 30-Apr Elena Donley 12-May Joseph Dugan Jarrett Moeller 13-May Shawn Wedlund 14-May Tyler Lee Jones 15-May David Speedie 16-May Carolyn Goodenough 17-May Dianna Cotten Barbara Johnson Robert Teuton 18-May Kathy Lucas 19-May Stephanie House 20-May Dean Campbell Amy Henderson Betty Taylor 21-May Tate Freiley 23-May Elizabeth Lux 23-May Robert Ohlschwager Rafi Tchilinguirian 4-Jun Richard Steele 6-Jun Mattie Thoms 7-Jun David Jr. Donley 8-Jun Annmarie Rusick 10-Jun Beth Potter 11-Jun Emily Boylan Robert Olson 12-Jun Dean Showalter 13-Jun Carmen Butts Janie Childers 14-Jun Lucy Henderson 16-Jun Valerie Posey 17-Jun Page Talkington 18-Jun Leigh Ann Holub 19-Jun Margaret Brown 23-Jun Kathy Bierstedt 24-Jun Trevor Henderson 27-Jun Paula Ayers 24-May Fae Warner Scott Hickey 25-May Ben Johnson Jennie Tchilinguirian Keith Wingate 27-May Jason Dugan 28-May Frank Childress Molly Speedie 29-May David Steele 30-May Mel Goodenough 31-May Analisa Culpepper 29-Jun Sarah Albright Monica Bowman Drew Freiley 30-Jun Millie Baker Sally Forney Austin Liss “How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?” (Satchel Paige ) P AGE 7 P AGE 8 K O I NO NI A STATISTICS DON'T LIE!!! How to stay safe in the World today! Where IS the Safest Place? 1. Avoid riding in automobiles because responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents. they are 2. Do not stay home because 17% of all accidents occur in the home. 3. Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks because 14% of all accidents occur to pedestrians. ▪ A Florida homeowners association has decided to ban all outdoor play to keep neighborhood children safe. No skateboards, roller blades, or bicycles are 4. Avoid traveling by air, rail, or water because 16% of all allowed on the complex’s roads or common accidents involve these forms of transportation. grounds. Even ball playing is prohibited. “They 5. Of the remaining 33%, 32% of all deaths occur in wanted to play when they were kids, didn’t they?” Hospitals. So, above all else, avoid hospitals. said a local 9-year old. “These people don’t know what freedom is!” But…..You will be pleased to learn that only .001% of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are usually related to previous physical disorders. Therefore, logic tells us that the safest place for you to be at any given point in time is at CHURCH! And . .. . Bible study is safe too! The percentage of deaths during Bible study is even less. So, Attend church, and read your Bible. IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE! If you would like to have and/or are interested in attending a concealed weapons class at CPC, please let the church know. Despite reports of surging gun sales, the proportion of U.S. households in which a gun is present has fallen from about 50 percent in the 1970s to 34 percent last year, according to the General Social Survey. The decline in household gun ownership over that period has been most marked among those under 30, where it has dropped from 47 percent to 23 percent. The New York Times ▪ A Kentucky teen was charged with disorderly conduct for falsely yelling “bingo” in a bingo hall. District Judge Douglas Grothaus likened 18-yearold Austin Whaley’s prank to yelling “fire” in a crowded theater, and ordered the teen not to say the word “bingo” for six months. “People take their bingo very seriously,” the judge said. Pastor Dick would like to encourage you to join the NRA/TSRA. Applications are in the EB. K O I NO NI A P AGE 9 Elizabeth Parker Hannah Syverson Aria Park February 27 January 28 9 lbs. 3 oz Parents: Eric & Elizabeth 7 lbs. 9 oz March 2 Parents: Chris & Deborah 7 lbs. 10 oz Big Brothers: James & Sam Big Brothers: Caleb, Joshua & Samuel Parents: Jay & Anna Big Sister: Avy In Memoriam Velma Joel H. Griffin Joan Jones 4-4-13 2-21-2013 A memorial service will be held for Joel on Saturday, May 4th at 12:30 pm here at CPC. Velma and her late husband, Edgar, were charter members of our church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Christ Presbyterian Church’s church planting fund or building fund. Newest Communing Members Makenzie Hurta Mara Bredesen “ Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.” (1 Corinthians 13:4 ) New Births P AGE 1 0 K O I NO NI A A LETTER FROM JANA HENRY To my younger sisters in Christ, It’s been 20 years since I first came to CPC. I was one year older than Tasha when I first came to the little “Sac-n-Pac” church on Union Street-scared to death. I was firmly entrenched in the church I was attending at the time, although I can’t say that I was living a life of faith, but rather one of working my way to heaven and trying to look very important to others. Anyway, I remember the joy in hearing the solid word of God preached and taught. I was hungry and I began to acquire knowledge and put it to work in my faith and life. A regular habit of Sunday School and worship attendance had already been established with my children, who were 13, 10, and 3 at the time we began attending CPC. This habit continued, and I was very firm about it through the teen years of the older two, even when there was much resistance. I had some knowledge and was eager to cram it down my children’s throats without a lot of grace. I forced them to listen to Tabletalk every morning at 6am over their breakfast before we headed off to school. They pretty much hated it, and I may have provoked my middle child to anger over it. Time passed, the older two were gone off to college, and grace was becoming more real to me as I experienced the challenges of living in a fallen world and how that plays out in the lives of our children—even when we think we are doing our best. As we sinners are wont to do, I began to lean heavily on the grace side and slacked up a bit (quite a bit) on the law (discipline) side. That was coupled with the typical wearing off of the romance of first love, just like a marriage (your faith, or a new church family). I began to see the warts and blemishes. This covenant family thing began to be hard work. I stepped back and began to enjoy different relationships outside the church; began to enjoy my children more and get more involved in their lives. (Please understand this was a good thing in one sense, as I had been overly neglectful of the older two in high school.) This was experienced most by my son, who was very gifted in the area of sports. I also felt (and still do) that having your children involved in sports is a good thing. There are many valuable things to be taught by participating in extracurricular activities—being part of a team, etc. Studies do show that kids tend to stay out of trouble when they belong to and identify with sports or a club of some sort throughout those awful teen years. Practically speaking, I believe this to be somewhat true. I got on the bandwagon of the club teams; I saw my child begin to excel; it was fun!!! I began to travel on the weekends. At first, I said I wouldn’t do that; I told the coach we would not play on Sundays (which as you know, ends up being that your child doesn’t play at all). Then as time and pressure continued and he showed real talent, I was told that if you want the scholarship, you need to play on Sundays. I told myself it was only for a season; I would make sure my son was in church all the other weekends when he wasn’t traveling. I remember Coach Teuton telling me at the time that if the kid was really good enough, he would play at the college level, with or without club sports. I thought he was wrong. Maybe, but I know this to be true: If God wants your children to play at the college level, they will. He will put that passion in them and cause them to persevere if they are HIS. But I do not believe He will do that at the expense of having your child in church on Sundays. I paid a high price for traveling around the country with Will during his teen years rather than having him in worship. Many of you know that he did not go on to play club sports; he was burned out when it got to that point. By that time, he identified more with his sports buddies, etc. than with the church, which had not been so much a vital part of the very crucial teen years of his life. I also became detached from the church. I felt more of a connection with my fellow sports moms and very out of sync with what was going on at the church—my God-given home to walk this journey of faith in a foreign land. I began to identify more with the “foreigners” than with my home. There were other people who claimed to be Christians, and probably were, that I was traveling around the country with, but they were not my covenant family. It has only been in the past few years that I have truly begun to sink myself back into the covenant family where I belong. This church is the local, ordained place where God has promised to work out my salvation through the various means of grace given through this local, particular body of believers. I am so grateful to be home and growing. Messy relationships still abound, but I know that this is where I belong and need to be— close and connected and serving and consistent in (Continued on page 11) (Continued from page 10) attendance and participation with the body life of this church. By God’s grace I am growing once again. But it has come at a high price. Two of my three children have not owned their faith yet. One is tantamount to denying the faith, and the other says he believes, yet has no interest in being at church. He has begun to question. There are many other things that I don’t feel right sharing on paper, but what I want you to know is that looking back, I realize one of the biggest mistakes I made was to buy into the lie of club sports or anything else that would keep me and my children from being consistent in worship, Sunday school and the overall life of the church during their teen years. I paid a heavy price. My precious young sisters in Christ, whom I love dearly: I have watched many of you grow up in the church as newly marrieds, watched you go through childbirth and the young years, and now I see you relaxing a bit when your children are approaching (or maybe already are) in their teen years. I know you may be telling yourself (as I did) that you established a firm foundation and it will be okay for this season. I plead with you as your older sister in Christ who has been there: Don’t do it. The price may be higher than you are willing to bear. This letter is sent with all my love with no judgment for, if so, I am the one who stands judged. I confess that I was a bad example for you to follow and I pray that you will forgive me, and do not as I did, but as I should have done. I love all of you as my sisters in Christ and pray for nothing more than “for the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the LORD, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to His might” for those whom God has given to you for a season. In His Love, Jana PS. The above quote was taken from one of the scriptures read at Tasha’s wedding, at which time I was able to see God’s sovereign grace and mercy worked out in time. (Romans 8: 28, Joel 2: 25) P AGE 1 1 FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE will have their annual National Day of Prayer event on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Rio Terra, beginning at 10:00. The key verse for this year's prayer focus is "In His name the nations will put their hope." Matthew 12:21. All ladies of our church and friends are encouraged to participate in this special day to pray for our nation. We will have an extended time of fellowship and lunch for those interested. Please note that this is the first Thursday in May. We will need reservations by April 29th. (Contact Lois Johnson) A note from Hope Hospice: Volunteers Needed! If you are considering a volunteer opportunity, there is no program more rewarding than helping at Hope Hospice. Our volunteers are vital members of the Hope Hospice Team. Join our team today! We are looking for dependable, responsible individuals to join our Companionship and 11th Hour programs. You will be given training to provide you with the tools you will need to be successful. Companionship Volunteers: These volunteers provide support to hospice patients and families through compassionate presence. 11th Hour Volunteers: Based on the precept that no one has to die alone, 11th hour volunteers are trained to be present during the last hours of a patient’s life. For more information contact Sarah Currie at 830.358.5209 or [email protected] “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set I go into the other room and read a book. “ (Groucho Marx) K O I NO NI A K O I NO NI A P AGE 1 2 What: Makeover party from head to soul When: Friday the 26th from 6 to 11 pm Where: Youth house and restaurant Who: Junior high and High school girls Meet at the youth house at 6 pm. Your very own CPC godmothers will take you in a carriage (van) to the restaurant and then back for professional makeovers and pictures before they turn into pumpkins! Preparations have begun! V. B. S. July 22-26 Online registration forms are now available. These forms are mandatory and only take a few moments to fill out. For Jr. High in Wimberley visit: http://rymonline.org/jhtxregistration For Sr. High in Florida visit: http://rymonline.org/shfl2registration Also, the remainder of the camp fees are due by May 1st. If you have any questions please contact the church office. Westminster Shorter Catechism Q11: Can you see God? ildren h c r fo A11: No. I cannot see God, but he always sees me. Q12: Does God know all things? A12: Yes. Nothing can be hidden from God. Q13: Can God do all things? A13: Yes. God can do all his holy will. Parents, please take some time and review these questions and answers with your child. After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said: 'Let me see if I've got this right. 'You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning. 'You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride. 'You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job. 'You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams. 'You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card. 'You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps. 'You want me to do all this, and then you tell me...... I CAN'T PRAY?' P AGE 1 3 “But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) K O I NO NI A P AGE 1 4 K O I NO NI A MOVIE REVIEW: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey By M. Daniel Berry, Movie Critic Excerpted from The Berry Street Journal Welcome to Middle Earth. Set sixty years prior to the acclaimed The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows the expedition of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. As J.R.R. Tolkien originally imagined, The Hobbit begins, “In a whole in the ground….” Bilbo Baggins’ quaint life in his hobbit hole soon changes when a familiar wizard and unexpected party of thirteen dwarves whisk Bilbo off on a long, exciting adventure. Bilbo begins his adventure with the high-spirited dwarves who long to take back their once prosperous kingdom of Erebor, lost to the fierce dragon, Smaug. Determined to reclaim their lost treasure that the dragon hoards, these dwarves along with the reluctant hobbit, journey over misty mountains, through dark caverns, fighting many foes as they venture across the vast expanse of Middle Earth. The movie’s creators have decided to extend the book into a three part series. This decision led some to suspect monetary motives from the producer. After all, how convenient to have another trilogy? What a nice package-purchase that would make! Was there more than the love of money and merchandising to this decision? Mr. Jackson and others involved with the project disagree and say that there was simply too much material for a single movie. By using appendices and information from other of Tolkien’s works Jackson claims that he is telling the tale of the Hobbit that Tolkien himself would have written if he had taken time to revise the story. For those who watched director Peter Jackson’s telling of Tolkien’s powerful trilogy The Lord of the Rings, there will be rejoicing in his return to Middle Earth. The first installment of The Hobbit provides ample amount of details and background into the characters as they begin their thrilling journey. Parents considering bringing younger children would be well advised to heed the PG-13 rating the movie received. Prolonged images of grotesque, evil creatures, frightening near-death moments, and brutal fight scenes all add to the tension. On a lighter note, The Hobbit retains much of the same humor Tolkien instilled into his book and you will find yourself laughing at his ingenuity. So, whether expected or unexpected, prepare to take a fun-filled journey with the hobbit across the many sights of Middle Earth. “Thanks to the congregation for thinking of us. We greatly appreciate the gift card, baby clothes, afghan, and delicious food from the women of the church. We are so blessed to be a member of this church family. The Parker Family” Accolades ~Larry Hughes— For his skillful use of the BB Gun in ridding our EB of bats ~Bob and Nancy Olson, Marty Miller, and Frank Harris— for graciously serving our supper on Wednesday evenings ~Mario Rodriguez— for organizing the cookout and All the Great Cooks & Workers at this year’s MIC BBQ ~Kaitlyn Anderson— for her Web Radio show One City Under God; “Letting you know about the latest and greatest Christ– centered things happening in New Braunfels, TX.” You can follow her and fellow host Jason Dias at: Bilbo Baggins prepares for adventure in An Unexpected Journey blogtalkradio.com/1cityundergod twitter.com/1cityunderGod Scan with your smartphone App to view the trailer. facebook.com/1cityunderGod K O I NO NI A THE ‘MOTHER’S KISS’ IS AN EFFECTIVE HOME REMEDY. Technology fail THE FACTS Some well-known home remedies for common childhood ailments are ineffective and potentially harmful, like putting butter on a burn. But others may have some scientific justification. Among the latter is the so-called mother’s kiss, a remedy for removing foreign objects from a child’s nose, a rather frequent occurrence among children ages 2 to 5. The technique calls for a parent to press shut the child’s unaffected nostril with her finger, then place her mouth over the child’s mouth and deliver a short but sharp puff of air to expel the object from the obstructed nostril. Elegant it is not. But the goal is to avoid a trip to the hospital and a potentially painful removal. The technique was first described 50 years ago by a New Jersey doctor, and this month, in a report published in The Canadian Medical Association Journal, it gained some credence. Reviewing the medical literature, the researchers pooled results from eight previous studies that had evaluated the efficacy and safety of the technique. They found that it was about 60 percent effective, and unlikely in most instances to cause further injury or adverse events. Like many other folk remedies subjected to scientific scrutiny, the mother’s kiss seems to be a relatively cheap, safe and effective cure for a common problem, said Dr. Lawrence Rosen, author of the new book “Treatment Alternatives for Children.” Dr. Rosen said parents could give the technique two attempts. If both fail, or if it is unclear what the object is and it cannot be seen, they should seek medical help, he said. Chinese using ultrasounds to spur abortion THE BOTTOM LINE According to research, the “mother’s kiss” remedy appears safe and largely effective. Anahad O’Connor, The New York Times While ultrasound technology may bolster prolife efforts in the United States by producing vivid photos of unborn children, the same technology has produced an opposite effect in China: Many families abort their children if an ultrasound reveals a baby girl. In early March, Chinese officials handed prison terms to four people in Zhejiang province accused of performing 736 illegal ultrasounds and 15 sex-selective abortions in the back of a pair of minivans. None of the group had medical licenses. The case highlights a problem that Chinese authorities helped create with the country’s one-child policy: If a family can have only one child legally, many want boys. Millions have aborted baby girls. Chinese officials have tried to combat the resulting disproportionate number of men by forbidding ultrasounds that reveal the sex of an unborn child. But many women visit a flourishing black market of private clinics and individuals with no medical certificates to obtain the ultrasounds illegally. The Global Times reported the Zhejiang case involved a husband-wife team that handed out cards and invited pregnant women into the back of a van to discover the sex of their unborn children. If a woman was unhappy with the result, she could visit another van for a drug that induced an abortion. Sex selection isn’t the only reason for abortions in China: Many abort a second child to avoid exorbitant fines. In some cases, Chinese authorities force the abortions. Despite such realities, Chinese official Wang Feng insists the country won’t change its onechild policy. The Chinese government also revealed that since 1971, the country has aborted 336 million babies—a number equivalent to the U.S. population.♦ World Magazine “Some will hate thee, some will love thee, Some will flatter, some will slight; Cease from man, and look above thee: Trust in God and do the right.” (Norman Macleod) P AGE 1 5 K O I NO NI A P AGE 1 6 Christ Presbyterian Church 1620 E. Common St. New Braunfels, TX 78130 Phone: 830-629-0405 Fax: 830-629-0470 E-mail: [email protected] VISIT US ON THE WEB! www.christpresnb.org Latest Website News Currently on our website you will find all of the messages from the Women's Desire for the Lord’s glory Conference. They are available to download or email to others. Each Desire for fellowship with God Sunday afternoon we have the sermon Desire for needs to be met and bulletin available online for those Desire for wisdom who are unable to attend. Additionally, Sunday School lessons Desire for deliverance from trouble are posted, including the answers Desire for relief from fear and worry following each week's class. Check Desire to offer thanks for past blessings out the upcoming events and news at: Desire to be free from the guilt of sin www.christpresnb.org. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Desire for the salvation of the lost 10. Desire for the spiritual growth of other believers. Taken from Lord, Teach Me to Pray by John MacArthur The Prayer Room is available for your use during office hours, and is located upstairs in the Sanctuary (S203). Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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