Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 19, 1990 · Page 22
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Page 22 RELIGION Saturday, September 20,2003 STUDENTS WORSHIP — Students from Indiana Area Senior High School joined students across the nation last Wednesday in the annual "See You At The Pole" day, a time when students took the opportunity to pray for their schools, teachers and other concerns. David Altrogge played the guitar as students sang. (Gazette photo by Tom Peel) Announcements Indiana County area churches are listed according to geographic areas. Saturday evening services Black Lick St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Black Lick. Vespers at 6, followed by confession. Blairsville SS. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Blairsvilie. Mass, 6. Clymer Church of the Resurrection, Clymer. > Ernest — Mass, 5:30. > Heilwood — Mass, 6. > Glen Campbell — Mass wiuh children's Li turgy of the Word, 6. Clymer Alliance Church, Praise and worship service, 6:30. Homer City Holy Protection of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church, Homer City. Anticipated Divine Liturgy, 5. St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, Lucernemines. Mass, 4. St. Francis Catholic Church, Graceton. Mass, 6. Indiana St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church, Indiana. Mass, 5:30. St. Thomas More University Parish, Indiana. Mass, 5. Trinity United Methodist Church, Indiana. Service, 5. Sermon: "The Greatest and Powerful Final Answer for Friends and Couples," based on James 3:134:3,7-8, Mark 9:33-37. Zion Lutheran Church, Indiana. 5:30. Spoken Eucharist. Rural Valley St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Eighth Street, Sagamore. Divine Liturgy, 5. Sunday services Note: Times listed are morning unless otherwise noted. Alverda Alverda Christian Church, Service, 10:45. Sunday school, 9:45. Alverda Faith Tabernacle, Worship service, 11. Sunday school, 10. Evening, 6. Alverda Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Route 553. Service, 9:30. Sunday school, 10:45. Mount Union United Methodist Church, Strongstown-Alverda Road. Worship, 13. Sunday school, 10. Black Lick Black Lick Presbyterian Church, Service, 10. Preacher: Elder James Whited. Children's Sunday school, 10:30. Black Lick Circuit, United Methodist Church: > Strangford — Service, 8:30. Sunday school, 9:15. > Hopewell — Service, 9:30. Sunday school, 10:30. > Black Lick — Service, 11. Sunday school, 10. St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Black Lick. Divine Liturgy, 9:30. Church school, 11:15. Blairsville Blairsville Church of Christ, Service, 11. Evening service, 6. Blairsville United Presbyterian Church, Service, 10. Sermon: "On Saving Your Life," based on Mark 8:27-38. Sunday school classes for all ages resume Sunday at 9:45. Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, Blairsville. Service, 10:45. Sunday school, 9:30. Evening service, 7. Church of God, Route 22, eight miles east of Blairsville. Service, 10:30. Sunday school, 9:30. First Assembly of God, Old William Perm Highway, Blairsville. Service, 10:45. First Baptist Church, Blairsville. Service, 10:45. Sunday school, 9:45. First United Methodist Church, Blairsville. Service, 10:45. Sermon: "Where God Is Welcomed," based on Mark 9:3037. Sunday school, 9:30. Hebron Evangelical Lutheran Church, Blairsville. Services, 8:15 and 10:45. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Blairsville. Service, 10:30. SS. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Blairsville. Masses, 8:30 and 11. Brush Valley Armagh United Methodist Church, Prayer and praise, 9. Sunday school, 10:30. Brush Valley Chapel, Worship, 9:15. Bible study, 8:30. Brush Valley United Methodist Church, Worship, 10. Faith Lutheran Church, Clyde. Worship, 9:30. Cherry Tree Pine Grove Church of God, Cherry Tree. Service, 9. Sunday school, 10. Clymer Bible Baptist Church, Clymer. Worship, 11. Sunday school, 10. Evening, 7:30. Calvary Baptist Church, Clymer. Service, 10:45. Sunday school, 9:45. Evening worship, 6. Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, Clymer. Worship, 11. Church of the Resurrection, Mass with children's Liturgy of the Word, 11. Clymer Alliance Church, Worship, 11. Clymer Christian Church, Service, 9. Clymer Presbyterian Church, Service, 10. Sunday school, 8:45. Clymer United Methodist Church, Service, 11. Sunday school, 10. Cookport Baptist Church, Service, 11. Sunday school, 9:45. Diamondville United Methodist Church, Service, 9. Sunday school, 10. Dixonville Wesleyan Church, Service, 10:45. Sunday school, 9:45. Evening, 6:30. Harmony United Presbyterian Church, Penn Run. Worship, 10. Sunday school, 9. Independent Clymer Gospel Mission, a nondenominational HOUSE OF YAHWEH Full Gospel Church CORNER Of 5TH AND GRANT, INDIANA. F* PnxMmhif lout CM* tfx tarn* SERVICES tolO A.M. Sunday SdMol 7:00 RM.T* 441-7011 church. Service, 10:45. Sunday school, 9:45. Maple Grove Church of God, located on Laurel Run Road near Nolo. Service, 10:30. Sunday school, 9:30. Morning Star Ministries, Starford. Service, 10. Sunday school, 11. Evening, 7. New Life Lutheran Church, rural Marion Center. Service, 9. Penn Run Church of the Brethren, Service, 10:30. Sunday school, 9:30. Penn Run Wesleyan Church. Service, 10:45. Evening service, 6:30. Penns Manor Church of'the Nazarene, Kenwood. Service, 10:30. Sunday school, 9:30. Evening, 7. St. Anne Byzantine Catholic Church, Clymer. Divine Liturgy, 10. St. Michael's Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, Clymer. Divine Liturgy, 9:30. Starford linked Methodist Church, Service, 10. Sunday school, 11. Tanoma United Methodist Church, Service, 11. Sunday school, 10. • Twolick Baptist Church, Dixonville. Worship, 11. Sunday school, 9:45. Evening, 7. Creekside-Emest Center Presbyterian Church, Creekside. Worship service, 11:15. Creekside United Methodist Church, Service, 9:30. Sunday school, 10:45. Crooked Creek Baptist Church, Chambersville. Service, 11. Sunday school, 10. Evening, 6:30. Harmony Grove Lutheran Church, Worship, 9. Sunday school 10:15. Ernest Bible Church, Worship, 11. Sermon: "lethro: The Man with Sound Advice," based on Exodus 18:19. Sunday school, 9:45. Kids for Christ for children age 3 through grade 8, 5:30 p.m. Evening worship, 6. Sermon: "Christians: The Salt of the Earth," based on Matthew 5:13. Plum Creek Presbyterian Church of Willet, Service, 9:15. Sunday school, 10:30. Preacher: Elder Joyce Fails. Rayne Presbyterian Church, Service, 11:15. Sunday school, 10. Preacher: Elder Fran Trusal. St. Jude Thaddeus Byzantine Catholic Church, Route 110, Ernest. Divine Liturgy, 8. Elderton-Shelocta Elderton Lutheran Parish: > Christ Lutheran Church — Service, 11. Sunday school, 9:45. > Mount Union Lutheran Church — Service, 9. Sunday school, 10:15. . Elderton Presbyterian Church, Worship, 10:30. Sermon: "What Are You, a Wise Guy?" Sunday school, 9:15. 'Elderton United Methodist Church: Sermon: "Serving Christ." > Cochran's Mill — Worship, 10. Sunday school, 11:15. > Elderton — Worship, 11. Sunday school, 9:45. Youth meet- Continued on page 23 FERGUSON BIBLE CHURCH '$&* Anniversary CekBration SUNDAY, SEPT. 21 All Are Welcome To Attend Services Will Be At 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM Former Pastor Dr. Smith from Pensecola Bible College will preach at 10:30 AM and Pastor Glen Shank will preach at 2:00 PM. Special Music, Testamonies & A HOG ROAST DINNER FERGUSON BIBLE CHURCH 5055 FERGUSON ROAD, INDIANA, PA For More hforautioB 724-465-4420 Altar may need repaired Suggested reading: 1 Kings 18:18-39 He repaired the altar of the LORD, which was in ruins. — 1 Kings 18:30 NIV The setting: Mount Carmel, in the ancient Middle East. The event: a prophet duel between Elijah, the prophet of God, and 850 prophets of the idols the Israelites worshipped. "How long will you waver between two opinions?" Elijah challenged the Israelites. "If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him." The Baal-prophets went first. They cut up their bull, placed it on the altar, then called upon their god all morning, but there was no response. So they danced around the altar, shouted, and cut themselves. By evening, Elijah had had enough. It was his turn. "Come here," he told the people. Before he cut up his bull, however, he repaired the altar of God, which, was in ruins. After drenching the altar, the wood and the sacrifice with enough precious water -— there had been a three-year drought, remember —he prayed to his God. We know the rest of the story: How fire from heaven consumed the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, even the water in the trenches around the altar! No doubt who was the real God. MINUTE MEDITATIONS Michele Huey Sometimes we are so caught up with the fire power that we overlook an important part of the story: Elijah began by repairing the altar of the Lord. This was a case of more than neglect. The Revised Standard Version uses the words "thrown down," suggesting the altar had been purposely torn down. In Old Testament times, an altar was a place where sacrifices were offered or where something life-changing happened and the builder constructed the altar as a memorial. Today altars are associated with places of worship. But altars aren't only in churches. We each have our personal altars where we go to worship, remember and submit ourselves to the one, true God. Sometimes, like Elijah, we have to rebuild the altar. We've neglected it in our busyness. Or maybe we've torn i^ down purposely and pursued] our own way rather than God's way and put other things in His place. We want His help, but we won'i abandon our idols. We may noi have any graven images like the Israelites had, but today's idol? come in many shapes and forms: television, sports, body building; music, career, hobbies, even our dreams and goals. Anything that takes the place of God in-our hearts is an idol. "Have no other gods before Me," the First Commandment says. i Like those Israelites on Mt.' Carmel, we must stop wavering between two opinions and decide in our hearts and minds that "The LORD - He is God" (1 Kings 18:39). Only then can we experience the heavenly fire that will renew and restore us. ; Father God, I'm not always faithful to You. Help me to offeij on the altar of sacrifice anything that conies before You. Let Your\ holy fire consume anything in my life that is unholy and ungodly\ and purify me. Let me be a living sacrifice to You. Amen. \ Michele T. Huey is a Gazette staff writer. Her Minute Meditations appear every Saturday! Email comments to this column to mthuey@penn.com. j Conservative Baptist head unbending in his views By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kicking off his 10th year as president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, R. Albert Mohler Jr. delivered a convocation speech that rang off the walls of the school's chapel with evangelistic fervor. "The task for Southern Seminary in the years ahead," Mohler told students and faculty, "is to stand on the faith ... without compromise." That's certainly been the way Mohler has seen his mission so far at the Louisville school, a 144- year-old training ground for MOHLER JR. pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention. His unbending conservatism has helped school enrollment reach record heights {"a sign of God's great blessing," he says), but it also has brought criticism and suggestions of intolerance. When Mohler took over Southern, the oldest of six seminaries in the SBC, his ascension cemented a sharp rightward shift as conservatives took control of a seminary where moderates once flourished. It also reflected a larger realignment within the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination. Mohler, hand-picked by conservatives on the seminary's board of trustees, had already gained a reputation as an outspoken conservative voice while editor of a Southern Baptist newspaper in Georgia. The conservative swing set off an exodus of faculty at odds with Mohler"s strict ideological stands over such issues as women in the pastorate — he's against women's admission — and the infallibility of Scripture. The faculty underwent a near-complete turnover after Mohler's arrival. Wade Rowatt, one of those who departed, said Southern once projected a "symphony of voices" across the philosophical spectrum. Now it clings to a rigid theology, its leaders "a Baptist version of the Taliban," he said. "They were able to take over the buildings, they were able to take over the endowment, they were able to take over the cur- "The task for Southern Seminary in the years ahead is to stand on the faith ... without compromise." - R. Albert Mohler Jr. riculum," said Rowatt, who left in 1995 and taught psychology of religion, pastoral care and family counseling since the early 1970s! "They are occupying institutions that they didn't build and enjoying the spoils of the conquer." ; Bill. Leonard, ( .who 1 .departed., Southern just before' Mohler's rise to president, said Mohler completed the school's redirection onto a narrowly evangelical course. "He's done what he was called to do, and that was a decision that Southern Baptists made about their . schools," said Leonard, now dean of the divinity school at Wake Forest University. "We made a valiant effort to give them another kind of vision, and they said no, and it's over." In an interview with The Associated Press, Mohler, 43, said his first priority a decade ago was the seminary's "theological recovery." The faculty he inherited included "brilliant" teachers with one shortcoming: "They opposed the movement of this institution into much clearer confessional fidelity." Mohler said he wished more faculty had accepted "this kind of vision," but there was no room for compromise. "So the big question is: Was that worth it? Was the one issue worth all of this? And the answer has to be yes," Mohler said. "Because the price of not enforcing confessional fidelity is simply too tragic." John Polhill, a professor for 34 years at Southern, said he admired Mohler for "his backbone" during that turbulent era. "He took an awful lot of flak, some of it quite hostile," Polhill said. "The atmosphere now is very healthy. There's a real good spirit among faculty." The Rev. Jack Graham, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said Southern under Mohler's leadership turned back a moderate drift and underwent a "renaissance and spiritual renewal." "If you want to maintain the spiritual fire and fervor of the church, then you start with the education and the development of the minister," said Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Piano, Texas. With a. campus of stately brick buildings and immaculately, groomed lawns, Southern Semi-j' nary has grown during Mohler's>' tenure. Enrollment, which dropped sharply early in hisj presidency, is expected to sur-1 pass 3,500 in the current aca-' demic year. I "It tells me that this generation! is not looking for tepid Christian--, ity but is looking for the authen-!< tic thing," Mohler said. . !; ! New buildings rose and old! ones were renovated. The Billyi' Graham School of Missions! Evangelism and Church Growth] opened but the Carver School of Church Social Work was closed. A; four-year baccalaureate college 1 was formed. The seminary's budget nearly doubled, to $25.3 million. Closing the Carver School was one of the most contentious chapters in Mohler's tenure. He vetoed the hiring of a prospective Carver faculty member who did not answer questions about, homosexuality, abortion and, women in the ministry to! Mohler's satisfaction. When the! dean of the school protested.j Mohler fired her. ; The school eventually was transferred to Campbellsville; University. Mohler said the Carv-! er School's role was inconsistent • with the seminary's overall mis-' sion of training ministers. Mohler's influence reaches far beyond campus. He fervently opposes gay rights and abortion, espousing his opinions occasionally on the national stage. He supported war in Iraq when some other Christian leaders spoke out against armed conflict. Graham, the convention president, said Mohler has become "a statesman on biblical, moral, social and ethical issues of our times." Polhill said Mohler's outspokenness on social issues is reprer, sentative of most Southern Bap-, tists and draws students to carrir pus. In his speech, Mohler reflected on his 10-year milestone as president — but mainly, he looked ahead. He stressed evangelism, saying Southern Baptists must assume a "wartime footing" in the strug" 1 gle to save souls. Quenching The Spirit" Worship Times: 8:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship 9:45 a.m. Sunday School for All Ages .„...- , „ 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship 640 Church Street, Indiana J23S2S£2it 'troctointiyTutiness of Life in Christ" >t Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church 1 200 Clairvaux Drive, Indiana • 724-465-2210 MASS SCHEDULE: Saturday Mass at 5:30 P.M. Sunday at 7 A.M., fcOO A.M. and 11:00 A.M. : Saturday 3:30-4:00 P.M.. voices... " A Uniterm one Spirit' CALVARY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH "Tta Me mMww dwn* «n UN comw" 7lh & Chun* Streets, Indiana • 72W63^197 CLASSES FOR ALL ACES 9:45 A.M. MORNIHC WOMHir 11:00 AJ*. •. Jim Patten, preaching "ConflictingVisions"

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