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BB SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 RELIGION THE SALINA JOURNAL Faith in Sports Athletes' public proclamations give religion a new visibility By DAVID BRIGGS The Associated Press I EW YORK — Players from opposing teams in the NBA and the NFL join hands in prayer after games. As millions of fans watch, baseball stars, Olympic athletes and heavyweight boxing champions praise God at the moment of victory. God is back in the games that Americans watch. But who is the winner as sports and religion converge? In a new book on "Faith in Sports: Athletes and Their Religion On and Off the Field," sportswriter Steve Hubbard documents how sports stars are more likely to publicly proclaim faith and how media are less likely to ridicule them for it. At the same time, he raises the provocative question of whether sports — so omnipresent, from cereal boxes to multibillion-dollar TV contracts — have taken the traditional place of religion in America. "Think about it," Hubbard tells readers. "What takes up more pages in your newspaper — sports or religion? Which is more likely to be talked about at the water cooler on Monday morning? Which evokes more passion? ... Who excites our youth more — Michael Jordan or Jesus Christ?" The questions echo the lament of Sir Sigmund Sternberg, recent winner of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. The London philanthropist is urging business leaders to integrate their faith into public life. In the corporate world, he says, people are The Associated Press John Wetteland offers a prayer after the New York pitcher recorded the final out of the Yankees' 1996 World Series triumph. A few months later, Wetteland signed a multimllllon dollar contract with the Texas Rangers. more likely to disclose which teams they support than which faith they practice. Of course, the issues are more complex than Hubbard's questions indicate. While sports teams have strong fol- lowings, not many people will seek family values or the meaning of life in sports.Con- sult a newspaper, and see how the issues — from medical ethics to welfare reform — will more likely be effected by de- votion to religion than to the home team. And spend some time talking to children about what concerns them most — the death of a relative, the fear of a school bully, and discover that most turn to God for answers, not to Michael Jordan. So how do religion and sports cross in society? Does the new visibility of faith on the playing fields benefit or trivialize religious expression? To start, go back a hundred years, when the commandment to honor the Lord's Day barred athletic competition on Sundays. "Sport needed religion to legitimize it," says sociologist James Mathisen of Wheaton College in Illinois. Fifty years ago, with evangelicals on the sidelines of public life, they used athletes for evangelism. Then, Mathisen said, "it was conservative Protestants who needed sports to legitimize them." To gauge their success, consider the decade-long growth of such organizations as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action and Professional Athletes Outreach. As Hubbard described in his book, that success is matched in print and online with stories devoted to Christian athletes in magazines Sports Spectrum, Sharing the Faith and Christian Sports Flash. Just a generation ago, many athletes were hesitant or fearful of snide remarks if they talked about God after a game. "Now," Hubbard said in an interview, "they're making a very public display of it, and it seems to be embraced by a lot of society." Ex-Baptist leader joins Presbyterians By The Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. — A former .'president of the South Carolina . Baptist Convention has become a Presbyterian. Flynn Harrell, president of the .convention in 1987, says he no longer agrees with Baptists' "exclusion of other Christians" or their . "extremist secular politicization." "In good conscience I can no longer remain a Southern Bap. tist," Harrell said. "My denomination has left me in doctrine, in worship, in exclusion of other Christians, in denial of the gifts of women in ministry, in extremist secular politicization." At least one national Baptist leader, Stan Hastey, called Harrell's decision part of a trend. "I have said from time to time that I think the most overlooked dimension of the takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention has been the hemorrhaging of Baptists out of the denomination," said Hastey, executive director of the Alliance of Baptists. The alliance, based in Washington, D.C., is one of several moderate groups formed since the conservative takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention in the early 1980s. ROLLING HILLS CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST The Reverend Patty Brown-Burnett 2026 Starlight Drive Service 11:10 am All Visitors Welcome 827-2972 ^I«.N L U T H E R A N ELCA Evangelical Lutheran Church In America I REDEEMER I 743 E. Magnolia 827-8195 Sunday Worship....8:00 am & 10:30 am Sunday School 9:15 am Charts L. Combs-Lay, Pastor IIMMANUEL1 255 South 7th 825-4750 Worship Service 8:30 and 11:00 am Sunday School 9:45 am Loren D. Mai, Pastor Mindy Buster, Youth Director I ST. JOHN'S 302 South 7th 825-5081 Worship 8:15 & 10:45 am Sunday School 9:30 I'aslor Charles Aase Kev. Wendell Berggrcn, Visitation Pastor Brijiii Johnson, Youth Worker Bahai Spiritual Assembly Hutchinson "Mandating Race Unity, One Heart at a Time" 1-800-713-6528 Christ The Lord CoMwrity Chuch • Innovative Praise Worship. • Expository Bible Preaching by Pastor Bill Springborg Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning, 10:15 a.m.-ll:45 a.m. 78S-820-9359 At the Camp Webster Center 1/2 Mile North Of Flying "J" Truck Stop Or 1/4 Mile North Of 1-70 On Ohio St. Christ Victory Assembly 8tli & Iron, Salina, KS • 823-3640 Victor Unruh, Pastor Service 9:30 am Worship 10:30 am & 6 pm Watch miil^ iniSiChim'nei'"i'5''''"24'iioiJrB rl Preparations What do you see when you look at this scene? The snow has stopped. I he sun is shining. Icicles form from the roof. "Not much going on," vou might say. ' Actually, quite a bit is happening here. God's plan is being carried out before us. The melted snow gives drink to a now invisible springtime. As tiny bulbs containing the blueprints of brilliant tulips and sunny daffodils seem to sleep beneath the frozen earth, they are actually making preparations for a springtime debut. The nearly invisible buds on black frozen limbs prepare for the birth of tiny tender foliage soon to fan us on summer days. Neither do we see God. Yet, our Heavenly Father prepares for our present and our future each second of the day and night. In Psalm 23.3 we are assured, "He preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies..." God cares for us in all circumstances. He never sleeps. Prepare to worship this week. He is prepared for you. Sunday Monday Psalm Psalm 44 74 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Psalm Psalm Genesis 79 80 18:16-33 Friday Saturday Isaiah Isaiah 63:7-14 63:15-64:12 Scriptures Selected by The American Bible Society Copyright 1998, Keister-Williams Newspaper Services, P.O Box 8005, Charlottesville, VA 22906 Bennett Pontlac Jeep & Mazda. Inc Ralph & Jeff Bennett Hassman Termite and Pest Control, Inc. '. Howard Hassman & Staff Farm Bureau InsuranceSenrice Terry Burger & Associates. VWricksenDlrtributingCo. TheVUrfcteerre Bairagree Rent-All Uonnie Adamson & Staff Noon Kiwanls of Salina Your Community Service Club Western Siadln Steak House DubMcElroyS Employees Tox-Eol Termite Service Doug Jarvis & Employees Glen Headier Wood Fashion Cleaners & Pete's Laundry Employees Jim's CWcken Jim & Sherry Gates Jan* Beauty Salon Areelrty Both your FAITH and your CHURCH GROW through REGULAR CHURCH ATTENDANCE SALINA MENNONITE CHURCH 2026 Starlight Drive, 825-2663 Worship Service ...................... 9:00 am Sunday School ...................... 10:00 am Paston Katherine Pitts Christ The King Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod 111 W. Magnolia 827-7492 Sunday Worship 10:30 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Study..9:15 am Rev. Leroy Pralle WorshipSwvlcei ! 8:30 • 9:45 • 11:00 Sunday School 9:45-11:00 801 E. Cloud (913) 823-3792 Nursery Provided All Services Home Group on Sunday thru Thursday ST. MARK Wlacoiwlil Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WK1.S) N.E. Corner Ohio & Magnolia Worship Service 9:00 am Sunday School 10:16 am "Preaching Repentance And The Forgiveness Of Sin In Ji Donald Wldimunn, I'aslor 'onus Christ" 826-71 r )6 TRINITY LUTHERAN Missouri Synod West Crawford at 9th £ 10th Streets Id'V. Robert Schaedel Kcv, Charles Adanu Dir. of Christian Kit. & Youth: Dana J. Olcson "A Loving God In A Loving Church" Sunday Worship..8:30 am, 11:00 am, 7:00 pm Sunday School & Bible Classes 8:45 am Children Welcome In Church & Nursery I » Hr IB First Christian Church 2727 E. Crawford 8254206 Skilled Nursery Attendant 9:00 ain Sunday School 10:15 am Worship 6:00 pm....Contemporary Worship Service Cu-Mlnlsters: Kim Blaklcy Rea& Greg Lombard Rca Sunset Bible Chapel 760 Hancock Worship 9:30 am Family Bible Hour 11:00 am Evening Service 7:30 pm Bible Fest Friday, 7:00 pm George Easter, Secretary 827-0437 Church of Christ 1646 N. 9th 827-2957 Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 10:30 am & 6:00 pm Wed. Bible Study 7:30 pm Jimmie Keas, Minister First Baptist Church FIRST 308 S. 8th Phone 825-0226 Church School For All Ages 9:00 am Sanctuary Worship 10:15 am (lave Broadcast on KINA 910 AM) Child Care Provided 9:00-11:30 am "The Extravagant Side of Life" Rev ' Thomas P. Reid Rev. Karen K. Renner Dir. of Family Hope Center, Mary Ellen Evans Dir. of Music: Richard Koshgariaii Sunrise 825 E. Beloit Phone 823-6344 Worship Services 8:30 & 11:00 am Coffee & Fellowslup 9:30 am Church School (all ages) 9:40 am Nursery Provided "Things Are Going To Be Different" Donald Sc'lirucdw - Pastor JoiU Seymour, Uiivrtor ul 1 ('hrislUui Education I Jon Uumiiii'i'li, 1'tuish Aasudutt* P R E S B Y T E R I A N leww Worship 9;A.M, Chlldten'»;Cliurch»Nyr»«ry Sunday Scjshopl 10:4S A,M. ily Night Providence Southern Baptist Church Red Coach Jiui Bobby George, Pastor 827-4837 Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 10:15 am Sun. & Wed Evening Home Bible Study ST. JOHN'S MISSIONARY 339 N.TJtti V 827-7082 Sunday School .................................................. 9:30 «n Sunday Homing Worship .............................. 1 1:00 tun Sunday Evening Worship ................................ 0:30 pm Prayer Meeting (Wed.) ................. 10:30 am & 7:00 pm Bible Study (Wed) ........................................... 7:00 pm XHay McJuiUdns, Castor SPECIAL EVENTS • Singles Christian Fellowship will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at First Church of the Nazarene, 1425 S. Ohio. The group will share a devotion, which will be followed by table games. Members are asked to bring snacks. All adults who seek fellowship in a Christian atmosphere are invited. • Bishop Basil Essey, Wichita, will offer the Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at All Saints Orthodox Church, 2818 Scanlan. He also will attend the weekend Teen SOYO Retreat. • A play titled "Oh Holy Women of Zion, It's Time to Travail," written and directed by Jeannette Curtis, will be performed at 5 p.m. Sunday at Living Word of Christ Church, 915 Smith, during a Women's Day service. The guest speaker will be Wanda Williams, co-pastor of Living Word of Christ Church, Junction City. • A representation of Jews for Jesus will present "Christ in the Passover," a sermonic demonstration of the Jewish Passover Meal, at 6:15 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10th and Crawford. A Passover potluck will precede the program at 5 p.m., and the evening will conclude with a 7 p.m. worship service. • The Living Today Quartet from Salina will provide special music at 7 p.m. Sunday at Culver United Methodist Church, Culver. Fellowship will follow the special music. • "I Tried To Do My Best" will be spoken by "Joseph of Arimathea" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10th and Crawford. This is the last of a series of Lenten programs titled "The Passion as I Remember It." « Pastor Leroy Pralle of Christ the King Lutheran Church Will speak on "The Resurrection," based on the sixth stained glajs window in the church sanctuary, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 111 W. Magnolia. • A Pastors Appreciation Celebration will be at 3 p.m. April 4 at Allen Chapel AME Church, 1021 W. Ash. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Shirley Hermance of Hutchinson. Various choirs will furnish music. Dinner will be served following the service. • The choirs, orchestra and drama ministries of McPherson Free Methodist Church will present "The Choice," a dramatic Easter musical, at 7 p.m. April 4-5 at the Free Methodist Church Ministry Center, 1010 S. Maple, McPherson. The story centers on a Roman centurion and a Jewish girl during the final days of Jesus' life. An 85-member cast and a 16- piece orchestra will perform this celebration of the Easter message. Admission is free. Be a part of the Salina Journal s Easter Service Guide. Your church name, pastor's name, address, & services can be listed on this guide on PsaJm Sunday, April 5, and on Saturday, 111,1998 '^"«* Vr823 r 63&<<a£ 217 to ,. irsem :4;>,%^" \,^« FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST Magnolia & Ohio 823-6828 Sunday Worship 9:30 am, 10:50 am Sunday School-For All Ages..9:30 am, 10:50 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:30 pm Wednesday Evening Worship 0:45 pm Nureory Provided All Services • Handicap Accessible Glenn Davis, Pastor Jaltk Word JeilowsMp A Charismatic Church r^f Praise & Wonhlp 1019 N. 9th 823-7434 Salina, Ks Sunday School 9:46 am Sunday Service 10:20 am Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 pm Pastors: Larry & Ethel Knox , g Salina Church of God /T I . (Hdqts. Cleveland, Tn) VII 321 N. 8th St. O"^X Pastor Don Byerly 825-6355 Sunday School 9:30 am Morning Worship 10:45 am Sunday Night 6:00 pm Wednesday Night 7:00 pm Come worship with us, where everybody is somebody and Jesus Christ is Lord tot Withal (Episcopal) 138 S. Eighth St. 827-4440 Morning Prayer Daily 8 am: HOLY EUCHARIST 1\iesday 7 am Thursday 9 am Wednesday Saturday 5 pm with Unction... 5 pm Sunday 10 am Sunday Nursery 9:00-11:30 am Christian Education 5:30 pm Wed. Father Keith Will tin ore, Dean ' - EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE INCARNATION Max & Norton 823-2850 Sunday School 9:15 am Holy Communion 9:30 am The Rev. Mary Kay Bond, Vicar 827-9294 EMBASSY FELLOWSHIP 1503 S. 9th Restoring health to the whole of man.and family. Sunday 10:30 am & 6:00 p.m. Thursday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. "I will restore health unto tliee and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith God" Jeremiah 30:17 Pastor Roy & Karin Rawls 825-5287 FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST 8th & Mulberry Sunday Service 10:45 am Sunday School 9:30 am Wed. Evening Meeting 7:30 pm Reading Room in Church Wednesday only 6:45-7:15 pm Baptist CM 1100 W. Cloud 827-9771 Kevin Ross, Pastor • Sunday School 9:30 am • Worship.. 10:30 am, 0:00 pm • Wed. Ministries 6:30 pm Nursery Provided All Services Handicap Accessible Belmont Boulevard Christian Church 2508 Belmont Blvd., 827-4882 Dr. Paxton Jones - Pastor Nursery Provided Sunday School for all ages 9:15 am Worship and Communion 10:30 am ALL SAINTS ORthoOox chuistun chunch SAT. GnHrtVMptrt • 5:30pm SUN.Orthroi. 8:30im DIvlntLltMrgy* 9:30*m Christian g<l.. 11 ;00«n "Discover the Beauty of Holiness" »mf "t n f FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE I486 South Ohio 823-6331 or 823-0948 Prayer Time In The Sanctuary....9:00-9:20 am Bible Study For Ail Ages 9:30 am Morning Worship 10:45 am Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Family Night 7:00 pm Pastor: N. Rene Colaw Associate Pastor & Children: Jim Winfrey Director of Youth Ministries: Mike Haas Minister to Senior Adults: Jack Oriscoll Financial Counselor: Jim Holder Marriage & Family Therapist: Nonle Nicklas MENTOR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH •\ miles south of Uio mull on fltli St. Whore everyone is pjirt. of tlie Tamily Sunday School 0:30 am Morning Worship 10:30 am Rev. Jenny Buss Pastor & Parish Nurse 827-1143 u I T E D M /t Grand Ave. >> V 304 W. Grand 823-6272 0:00 am Sunday School 10:15 am Worship Celebration 6:30 pm Praise & Worship "Going In Circles" Rev. Rick Just Nursery, North 8Ui & Grand :HURCH ICROSS 1600 Rush, at Cloud & Broadway We're under Construction!. Gome and See! 8:306-10:45 a.m. • Worship Celebrations f\Si 9:30 am Sunday School V-A- Paul Wilke, Pastor T FIRST H United Methodist Church 122 N. 8th St. 825-0228 Rev. David Weible Rev. Patrick Buss Cindy Ramsey - Christian Family Life Ed. Worship ................. 8:25 & 10:50 am Sunday School .................... 9:40 am Nursery all services ; . "Working Up to Betrayal" Rev. David Weible KINA radio 910-AM Sundays at 1 1:00 am Uovaior C University 1509 S. Santa Fe 825-9505 Nursery Available at all services H U Sunday School 9:30^ Morning Worship 8:25 & 10:45- R (Innovative Children^ Church Both Services) f "My God, Why Hast * ^ Gt Thou Forsaken Me?" li ^^ Pastor: Robert Conway Dir. of Education: Cindy Spe Cindy Spencer Christian Service Without Boundaries • E TWnity -i John V, Martin, Pastor > ' 901 Neal ('/«ml. S. of corner of , Ohio & Magnolia) 825-5270 ' "The Passion of Christ" .Li! Gospel of Luke hUpy/gbgm-uinc.org/diurches/lriuilyksOl/ Worship 8:30, 9i45 & 11:00 aw Sunday School 8:45 aju onjy" QUAYUS 726 Commanche „ , Church School 0 : 30 am-- Worsliip Service 11:00 am. Bible Study-Wednesday (1:30 pm • Key. Slierdeill Bri-uthett

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