The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 30, 1998 · Page 16
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Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 30, 1998
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B6 SATURDAY, MAY 30. 1998 RELIGION THE SALINA JOURNAL T CLERGY COLUMNIST Pastor preaches, prays, publishes Baptist minister juggles second life as a feature *>ewspaper columnist By JERRY SCHWARTZ 'Tlie Associated Press tWOODBRIDGE, N.J. — When .they called a staff meeting to an- .iiounce that Gannett had bought ;4he local newspaper, the Home Ittews Tribune, Michael Riley broke the tension. % ^'Tll be holding a prayer vigil at 4hy desk," he announced. There was laughter because while Riley is a feature writer and columnist for the central New Jersey daily, he has a second calling: He is minister at the Stelton Baptist Church in Edison, N.J. .' pn weekdays, he juggles story assignments and pastoral responsibilities. On Sundays, he's in the pulpit. t ;The two worlds are not always iri sync. A half-dozen families have left his congregation because they disapproved of things he had written at the paper. And at first, his fellow reporters and editors did not know what to make of this man of the cloth in their midst. The 40-year-old Riley is no clerical stereotype. His conversation is not without expletives. He writes frankly and intimately about sex and about his own weaknesses. Even his path to the pulpit was unusual. "I was pretty much a 16- year-old atheist," he recalls. But then there was a girl in history class — a "really, really, really good-looking girl" — who happened to be religious. His high school yearbook noted that he wanted to be "a minister and write dirty books." When he had accomplished the former, and was pastor at a small church in Massachusetts, he took a stab at writing. He offered to do a column for the local newspaper. The answer: Yes. He showed his work to other editors, including Dick Hughes, at the Home News, forerunner of the VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL ' > The theme "God Speaks" will be presented at Vacation Bible School from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the closing program at 7 p.m. June 7, at the Fellowship Baptist Church, 600 W. Prescott. The school is for children 3 through high school. 1 • Vacation Bible School will be for children and adults at 6 p.m. June 8-10 at Quayle United Methodist Church, 725 Com- fnanche. • A tropical treasure hunt on SonLight Island will be presented at Vacation Bible School from 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 22-26 at Belmont Boulevard Christian Church, 2508 Belmont Blvd. The closing program will be presented during the 10:30 a.m. service June 28 at the church, followed by an Island Luau at noon. To register, call Julie Rowe 825-7470, Genene Faubian 825-8332 or church office 827-4882. The deadline is June 7. SPECIAL EVENTS •; '• The Festival of Pentecost will be observed Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. services at Trinity Lutheran Church, 701 S. 10th. Pastor Robert C. Schaedel will •present the message "Words! Words! Words!" v • The Emmanuel Foursquare Church will have its annual church in the park service at 10 S.Tpi. Sunday at Oakdale Park Band Shelter. A free barbecue will follow. ,r The music group, His Son, from Calvary Bible College, Kansas City, Mo., will present a ministry concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Salina Bible Church, 2100 Quincy. • The Spirit Ringers Handbell Ensemble will present a Pops Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, McPherson. Tickets are $3 and are available at the church office, 316-2410424, or at the door. The funds will be used for the group to attend the Area VIII Handbell Conference in Springfield, 111., next month. Home News Tribune. If you ever come to New Jersey, Hughes said, we may be interested. In 1990, Riley moved to Edison and brought his column to New Jersey where it appears weekly in the Ethics section, and Hughes says it soon may find its way into other Gannett newspapers. It often is humorous, with a smart-aleck edge, and Riley often draws readers to an unexpected religious point. He has written about his mother — how she was not a good mother, and how he has grappled with it. He has written about how he delivered emotional torture with tales of crashing jets just before his eldest son took his first plane trip. Hughes says Riley's column draws more response than any other in a newspaper that is proud of its array of columnists. When Riley offered readers a chance to give his youngest son a middle name, more than 80 replied. (The winning name was Kenan.) "It's the kind of column that they Motorcyle riders charter Christian group in Abilene The "1-70 Warriors for Christ" is being established in Abilene by the Christian Motorcycle Association. The association has grown to a membership of more than 61,000, with more than 380 chartered chapters in the U.S.A. The association's purpose is to share the love of Jesus Christ with motorcyclists one heart at a time. Objectives are: To encourage and conduct, public worship, personalized ministry and Christian evangelistic crusades among motorcyclists. To proclaim, teach and spread the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ; and encourage Christian fellowship among motorcyclists. The 1-70 Warriors for Christ meet at 7 p.m. every second Thursday of each month at the Salina Stockade, Abilene. For information contact Steve Roberts, Salina, 785-825-7448 or Greg Wade, Abilene, 785-263-7497. From Staff Reports either love it or hate it," Hughes says. The response of Riley's flock has been similarly mixed. "It's about 50-50," said Mike Hamilton, a physical therapist who joined the church of 150 families shortly after Riley's arrival. "Some think it's a good thing. Some think it's a negative. ... He wrote about his vasectomy, and oh my goodness, you would have thought that he did something horrendous." More than a year ago, Riley scaled back to 20 hours a week at the church so he could become a full-time feature writer. He since has done stories on dealing with bone-headed bosses, on the American search for contentment, on Civil War re-enactors. Riley said his fellow journalists are "spiritually healthy, with a real sense of curiosity." "Lord knows, I hate hanging around with ministers. They're not my cup of tea. There's a lot of depth and a lot of humanity in my colleagues here," Riley said. SUNDAY Acts 2:1-13 MONDAY Acts 2:14-47 THURSDAY Luke 10:25-37 TUESDAY Acts 20:17-38 FRIDAY Ruth 1:1-22 WEDNESDAY 2 Corinthians 2:5-17 SATURDAY Ruth 2:1-23 i Scriptures Selected by The American Bible Society Copyright 1998, Keister-Williams Newspaper Services, P.O. Box 8005, CharlottesvUle, VA 22906 Both your FAITH and your CHURCH GROW through REGULAR CHURCH ATTENDANCE ' C Aree Irb v 1125 E. Beloit Avenue Salina Salon ComputerLand John Gunn & Staff 127 N. Seventh, Salina OVER 34 YEARS OF QUALITY SERVICE - BYTHEHASSMAN FAMILY HASSMAN Termite & Peat Control, Inc. Noon Kiwanis of Salina , Your Community Service Club UIVI BAN JK America's Strongest Banks • Officers, Directors & Staff Whether sitting under a tree in the mountains or under an umbrella by the pool, summer vacation is an exciting time.. .a welcome change of pace. We work hard and look forward to our vacation. We owe it to ourselves. At last, late mornings, unusual dishes at exotic locations, the wonders of nature.. .exhaustion, indigestion, sunburn...!! Oh, well, it's all a part of vacation. But take heart... God doesn't go on vacation. Remember, He is always available. Take a break. Visit God's house. Relax for a while with Hun. You will leave refreshed and sustained for the rest of your adventure. Make this vacation your best ever! You owe it to yourself. Terry Burger & Associates Country Style Chicken Jim& Sherry Gates Frisbee Construction The Entire Staff Glen & Elaine Headley Vidricksen Distributing Co. The Vidricksen's Ralph & Jeff Bennett OOD CONCRETE PRODUCTS, INC. Entire Staff \hofmtti /Q/Come TOX-EOL SERVICE Doug Jarvis & Employees WORSHIP WITH US! FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 1425 South Ohio 823-6331 or 823-6948 Prayer Time In The Sanctuaiy....9:00-9:20 am Bible Study For All 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 Driscoll Financial Counselor: Jim Holder Marriage & Family Therapist: Nonie Nicklas ALL SAINTS ORttlO&OX chRistian chuRch 2818 Scanlan Ave. (7851.823-3735 SAT. Great Vtspers- 5:30pm SUN. Orthros • 8:30am Divine Liturgy - 9:30am Christian Ed.-11:00am "Discover the Beauty of Holiness" m A 't n • 31. m £*«*$ L U T H R A N b ELCA y Evangelical Lutheran Church w*!*' In America ST. JOHN'S 302 South 7th 825-5081 Worship . 8'15 & 10'45 am Sunday School 9-30 Piistor Charles Aiise Rev. Wendell Berggren, Visitation Pastor BrUln Johnson, Youth Worker REDEEMER 743 E. Magnolia 827-8195 Sunday Worship.... 8:00 am & 10:30 am Sunday School . 9-15 am Charts L. Combs-Lay, Pastor IMMANUEL 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 Four Wonders Pre-seJto<il now enrolling C lull 111V Sund Sund; hrist The King leran Church - Missouri Synod !. Magnolia 827-7492 iy Worship 10-30 am ly School & Adult Bible Study..9:15 am Rev. Leroy Pralle ST. MARK WUconflln Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) N.E. Corner Ohio & Magnolia Worship Service 9:00 am Sunday School 10:15 am "Preaching Repentance And The Forgiveness Of Sin In Jesus Christ" Umiald Wiclimami, faam 825-7-I65 J S S H dtajfe *i ^hi* " isjwewncra* u "A Lovini unday WOP unday Schc Children \ TRINITY LUTHERAN Missouri Synod West Crawford at 9th & 10th Streets Rev. Robert Schaeilel Rev. Cliarli'S Adams r. of Christian Ed. & Youlli: DanaJ. Olescw t God In A Loving Church" ihip..8:30 am, 11:00 am, 7:00 pm ol & Bible Classes 9:45 am Velcome In Church & Nursery FIRST 308 S. 8th Phone 825-0226 Church School For All Ages 9:00 am Sunday Service 10:15 am Broadcast on KINA AM 910 on your dial "The Unruly Activity Of The Spirit" Rev. Thomas P. Reid Rev. Karen K. Rentier Dir. ot Family Hope C«nter, Mary Ellen Evans Dir. of Music: Richard Koshgarian Sunrise 825 E. Beloit Phone 823-6344 Worship Services 10:00 am Coffee & Fellowship 9:30 am Church School (all ages) 9:00 am Nursery JVoviiii-d "The Advocate" Uonulil Schrot'tliT - Piistor .(mil Seymour, DiriTtorof Chrisiiiui Education Don IhuniiK'rli, Parish Asswiau- P R E S B Y T E R I A N By The Associated Press Michael Riley, who is a Baptist minister as well as a newspaper columnist and feature writer, sits recently in the balcony of the Stelton Baptist Church, Edison, N.J., where he is pastor. Riley's other job is at the Home News Tribune in Woodbridge, N.J. • Sunday School 9:30 am • Worship.. 10:30 am, 6:00 pm • Wed. Ministries 6:30 pm Baptist Crmrcrt 1 100 W. Cloud 827-9771 Kevin Ross, Pastor Nursery Provided All Services Handicap Accessible Belmont Boulevard Christian Church 2508 Beimont Blvd., 8274882 Dr. Paxton Jones - Pastor Nursery Provided Sunday School for all ages 9:15 am Worship and Communion 10:30 am ROLLING HILLS CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST The Reverend Patty Brown-Barnett 2026 Starlight Drive Service 11:10 am All Visitors Welcome 827-2972 SALINA MENNONITE CHURCfc ,, 202G Starlight Drive, 825-2663 •' '" Worship Service ...................... 9:00 am • Sunday School ...................... 10:00 am Pastor Katlierine Pitts EMBASSY FELLOWSHIP 1503 S. 9th Restoring health to the whole of man and family 1 . v Sunday 10:30 am & 6:00 p.m»i Thursday Bible Study 7:00 p.rm; "I will restore health unto thee and I will heaT thee of thy wounds, saitli God" Jeremiah 30:17 ••'•": Pastor Roy & Karin Rawls 825-5287 Christ The lord Community Church • 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. 785-820-9359 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. Salina Church of God /Tl (Hdqts. Cleveland, Tn) I | I 321 N. 8th St. O"*V 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 FIRST CHDBCH OF- CHRIST, SCIENTISTS 8th & Mulberry Sunday Service 10:45 arp Sunday School 9:30 am;;-. Wed. Evening Meeting 7:30 prnm Reading Room in Church • ;n Wednesday only 6:45-7:15 pm • - <• Caib&ral (Episcopal) 138 S. Eighth St. 827-4440 Morning Prayer Daily 8am HOLY EUCHARIST Tuesday 7 am Thursday 9 am Wednesday Saturday 5 pm with Unction...6 pm Sunday 10 am Sunday Nursery 9:00-11:30 am Christian Education 5:30 pm Wed) Father Keith Whitmorc, Dean ' '^ 5 THIRST • i COVENANT \ ; CHURCH 801 E. Cloud (785) 823-3792 Nursery Provided All S Home Group on Sunde Worship Services 8:30 -9:45 -11:00 Sunday School 9:45-11:00 ervices y thru Thursday THE RICHNESS OF A RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST & OTHERS 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 Visit our website at Jittp'y/www.shopsaiina.coni/cluirchincarnatton ? First Christian Church rm 2727 E. Crawford C^ 82F>«206 *"^™ Skilled Nursery Attendant 9:00 am Sunday School 10:15 am Worship 6:00 pm....Contcmporory Worship Service Co-Ministers: Kirn Blakley Rea & Greg Lombard Rea Sunset Bible Chapel 760 Hancock Worship 9:30 am Family Bible Hour ll'OO am Evening Service 7-30 pm Bible Fest .Friday 7-00 pm George Easter, Secretary 827-9437 Church of Christ 1646 N. 9th 827-2957 Sunday School 9-30am Worship 10-30 am & 6-00 pm Wed. Bible Study 7:30 pm Jimmie Keas, Minister First Baptist Church 1 843 Lewis _», 825-4643 (tt) Worship 9:30 A.M. ^^ Children's Church & Nursery Sunday School 10:45 A.M. Wednesday Family Night , ; Jim Bridges, Pastor Kevin Hazelton, Youth/Education (K ...reaching out to others in love. 1 Providence Southern Baptist Church Red Coach Inn Bobby George, Pastor 827-4837 Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 1015am Sun. & Wed Evening Home Bible Study ST. JOHN'S MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 339 N. 9th 827-7082 Sunday School 9;30 an Sunday Morning Worship . 11-00 uit Prayer Meeting (Wed ) 10-30 am & 7-00 pn Bible Study (Wed ) 7-00 pn "Thr Oiurtft Wure fttntxxfy Is Somtbody And Chrttl It All" FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST Magnolia & Ohio 823-6828 Sunday Srhool-For All Ages.. 9;30 am, 10:60 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:30 pm Wednesday Evening Worship.. .. 6:45 pm Ntirst-ry Provided All Services • Handicap Accessible Glenn Davis, Pastor faith Word follows hip A Charismatic Church of Praise S Worship 101'J N. Uth 823-7434 Salina, Ks Sunday School 0:45 am Sunday Service .. .. 10:20 am Pastors: Larry & Ethel Knox • „ - . ^i- trrana Ave. V^V 304 W. Grand 823-6272 9-00 am Sunday School 10:15 am Worship Celebration 6:30 pm Praise & Worship"How Quickly We Forget'! . Rev. Rick Just '." Nursery, North 8th & Grand U JJSHURCH J N TtCROSS _ 1600 Rush, at Cloud & Broadway 1 Lord Teach Us To Pray: TFor Spiritual Power 8:30 6- 10:45 a.m. , E Worship Celebrations JL 9:30 am Sunday School (~\. •p. Paul Wilke, Pastor FIRST _ _ United Methodist Church JYL 122 N. 8th St. 825-0228 E Rev. David Weible ', Rev. Patrick Buss T Cindy Ramsey - Christian Family Life Ed. TT Worship 8:25 & 10-50 am Sunday School 9-40 am f\ Nursery all services v "New Flames For An Old T\ Church" •*-' » Rev. Pat Buss I(5\. KINA radio 910-AM Elevator Sundays at 1 1:00 am ,. ^. M TTm < ivrtf l \ve* > S4vr , w •** umveisiiy *•* 'T' 1509 S. Santa Fe 825-950j>«. Sunday School 9-5&» Morning Worship 8-25 & 10-45"—^ (Innovative Children's Church Both Services)- i ^ ,k "Chariots of Fire" ™ H Ql. Pastor Robert Conway . • !J Dir. of Education: Cindy Spencer *-* Qmstian Service Without Boundaries' R Trinity t C John V. Martin, Pastor "" 901 Neal ('/, mi. S. of corner ofM HOhlo & Magnolia) 825-5270 "We Are The J S E Inheritors" Romans 8:14-17 *• Worship 8:30, 9:45 & 11:00 a«r Jk Sunday School 9-45 am onlj' httpy/ <l ^i>i,if Cf/j rjt/rju &/*• QUAYLE ' 725 Conunanche 825-4835 Church School g : 3o am' Worslup Service 11:00 am Bible Study- Wednesday... 0:30 prii^ Rev. Sherdeill Breathett MENTOR UNITED METHODIST CHUECU •1 mill* south of thi! mall on Uth Si Where everyone is part of tile family — Momint! Worslup KJ.-IO . - Hfv. Jenny Buss . ^ Pastor & Parish Nurse ItiT-l 1 W ~

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