Sunday, September 24, 2006

Shelter group soars into second year

Sept. 24, 2006
By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

The promise of Family Promise is to do what it can to eradicate the plight of the homeless within the community.
Since opening its doors in October 2005, the local branch of Family Promise has helped 15 homeless families secure steady jobs and permanent housing. The transitional housing entity is a refurbished fire station on 22nd Street off East Adams near Ferguson Park in Temple
'But we couldn't have done it without our volunteers and supporters from the community,' said Rick Miller-Chaney, director of the Family Promise program in Temple. The non-profit agency relies on grants, donations and fund-raisers to pay its expenses.
To show them thanks, Family Promise of East Bell County will have its inaugural Volunteer Recognition Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Mayborn Convention Center, 3303 N. 3rd St. in Temple. Tickets for the event cost $10. Reservations should be made by Monday, Sept. 25. Call (254) 773-9980 with questions.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Doctor educates group about Jewish culture

Sept. 23, 2006
By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, began yesterday at sundown. And at sundown Oct. 1, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will begin.
'And that'll be it. Either you get to live another year, or God's going to call you home,' said Dr. Brenda Holbert, during an informative session about the Jewish culture last Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Belton. 'This holy time is reserved for prayer and fast. At Yom Kippur, we apologize to everyone we think we may have wronged over the last year. And then God judges us. It is also a time to give to charity.'

Seaton Brethren Church celebrates 100 years of worship

Sept. 23, 2006
By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

One hundred years ago, the Czech community in Seaton worshiped in a schoolhouse on a muddy road.
Today, Seaton Brethren Church is a Protestant place of worship for any ethnicity with its facility modernized and the road paved. It's on State Highway 53, headed east out of Temple.
The congregation and several guests from the Temple community celebrated Seaton Church's 100th anniversary last weekend with a service, the dedication of a historical marker, a homecooked meal and a concert last Saturday, Sept. 15. Brighter Vision is the vocal group that performed Saturday evening; its members are the Rev. Joe Emerson, his wife Christi and Tammy Pechal.
'Our church as a whole has a wonderful history,' said the Rev. Emerson, pastor at Seaton Brethren Church. 'But it has an even brighter future in life and ministry, for God will do great things.'

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Retired pastor creates polka verses to enliven worship

Sept. 16, 2006
By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Hey, hey the gang's all here, so let's praise the lord.
That's precisely the theme Ardene Wuthrich had in mind when he wrote the songs that the Jubilee Polka Band will perform during the seventh annual polka mass at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 17, at First Lutheran Church, 1515 W. Adams Ave. in Temple.
'I'm no musician by any means,' Wuthrich said. 'I can't read music, play an instrument or sing.'
His working resume offers not even the slightest hint of a musical background. He's a preacher. He's preached at churches, on the radio and to convicts.
A choir master, Ardene Wuthrich is not.
But polka's polka, a melodic breed of its own.

Saturday, September 2, 2006

It's not just TV: Preacher finds nuggets of Biblical Truth in sitcoms

Sept. 2, 2006
By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

'He can make a sermon out of anything,' said Novalene Green of Temple at the conclusion of Wednesday night's Andy Griffith Bible study at Oak Park United Methodist Church, led by pastor Chris Mesa.
As the group of about 35 adults who attended the service left to go home, they were smiling and chatting with each other about Mesa's unique talent of applying Biblical perspective to non-Biblical things - like Andy Griffith and Homer Simpson and all their kin.