The Press Democrat from Santa Rosa, California on November 10, 1980 · 1
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Santa Rosa, California
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Monday, November 10, 1980
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I 7 A Bankrupt in money but flush in spirit Associate Pastor James Boeh-ner says the church is 'spiritually alive and well' By BOB KLOSE FOR SALE Church and elementary and Junior school buildings. Suitable for congregation of 1,000 or more, 700 students. Contact Christian Life Center. WANTED Church and elementary and junior high school buildings. Suitable for congregation of 1,000 or more, 700 students. Contact Christian Life Center. , The first ad spells out the truth ' the members of the Christian Life Center have come to accept since the bank went bust more than two years ago. The second, the conviction that bankruptcy is not the the end of the line for the Assembly of God organization. , "Financially, it's bankrupt," said associate pastor James Boehner. "But spiritually, it is alive and well." Boehner's status report of the church, located Just across Santa Rosa's northern boundary, is evidenced by the 1,000 worshippers who attend Sunday services and the 700 children and young people who attend Christian Life School and pre-school. . And, further, by the fact that the congregation and students will follow the bankrupt organization after the ultimate sale of the church and school. Even, perhaps, if it means setting up a tent in a star thistle patch, as one parishoner suggested recently, and operating the school out of portable classrooms, A sorry end to a church which in qnly a few short years became a prominent factor in Sonoma County. But a welcome one. The church, which has wallowed in financial distress snce June 1978 and whose congregation withered under the accompanying spiritual and leadership crisis, is moving . again. Pastor Fred Muster," who 18 months ago took over for deposed pastor A. Watson Argue Jr., said the attendance has nearly doubled since it reached a low during the time of most strain on the church. At the height of the good times, before the church's $7.2 million trust fund was discovered not worth the paper the organization's annual report was printed on, up to 4,000 people visited the church's two Sunday morning services, one Sunday evening service and Sunday school classes. It droppe I to as low as 500, but according to Muster, the trend has turned around. ' He said about 1,000 attend Sunday services now, half of them loyalists who attended the church before the financial crisis hit; new faces represent the other half. Chistian Life School has remained strong through the crisis. In fact, said Principal Gerry G. Presley, there's a waiting list of parents wanting to enroll children in the K-9 elementary and junior high school classes, despite a 30 percent tuition increase imposed recently as a result of the bankruptcy action And although no longer an all-day affair, the church's Storyland Preschool remains full. Not faring as well, however, is the church's adult school program. Before the fall of the trust fund, more than 200 attended college level classes at Genesis Training, a non-accredited Bible training program. With the dismissal of Argue as pastor, Genesis Training chief Jim Argue, the former pastor's brother, moved the school, its staff and most of the students to Oregon. Under Muster, the church has be-, gun the Institute of Ministry and has about 50 students enrolled in the (Continued on Page 10A) THE Li Mdi7ioDa) Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Nov. 10, 1980 New era D EMO C R AT Patience of quakes hinted EUREKA (UPI) - A U.S. Geological Survey expert says the strong earthquake which rocked the north state coastal area could be the beginning of a new era of jarring temblors in California. Robert E. Wallace, chief scientist for the survey's Office of Earthquake Studies, said Sunday that Saturday's 7.0 shaker indicated "the cycle of renewed activcity seems to be restarted." Dr. Bruce Bolt, director of the University of California's seismographic station in Berkeley, also said the quake did not influence his opinion that there would be a major one farther south in the state. Bolt said the weekend quake occurred in a fault just off the coast and eased the tension in the earth's crust there but had no effect on the San Andreas Fault which crosses the San Francisco Bay area. Wallace said there have been several strong quakes in California the past 18 months. "All of California has been lit up with these magnitude 6 or 7 earthquakes in the last year and a half," he said. "There have been more quakes in the high 5s and 6s in the last year and a half than there have been in a decade or so. "A fairly long period of quiescence has come to an end in California." , . . The federal scientist said that in the century before San Francisco's devastating 1906 quake "we had a lot of activity in the range of magnitude 7, then came the big one. "Whether it's 10 years or 20 years or 30 years before another big one, I don't know." The weekend quake did only light damage. Aftershocks continued Sunday and early today but with diminishing intensity. On the positive said, Bolt said, the tremor showed that disastrous damage need not occur in a major earthquake. "This quake brings out the point that where construction is done with earthquakes in mind, you don't get so much damage," he said. The worst in the weekend quake was the collapse of a 30-foot high freeway span over a rail line south of Eureka. A car and a small pickup truck plunged off, landing upside down in the rubble. Six persons were hospitalized. The Pacific Gas & Electric Co. nuclear power plant on the coast near Eureka was undamaged, company officials said. The plant has been shut down for four years while seismic safety is being studied. .. " Six die in fog SAN BERNARDINO (UPI) Six to nine persons were killed today when several autos and truck rigs were involved in a series of collisions in a heavy fog that severely limited visibility in the San Bernardino area. California Highway Patrol officer Ray Morris said the crashes occurred on the southound lanes of the Devore Freeway, an off-shoot of the Barstow Freeway connecting the San Bernardino Valley to points east in California and Nevada. All traffic ground to a halt. Morris said visibility ranged from zero to 50 "feet. Several persons were trapped in wreckage. Five ambulances picked up the injured. f J,9 - 'is kn J ' - .i?-asw.:.i;3'iSS'SSS hTi fir' I t-J t! HI? J a - -'jA 4 hi ( C (J t L J7 No one likes the Redwood Empire's con-'tinuing Indian summer weather better than fishermen, young and old, who are getting extra time to try their luck. Dylan Stoner and Joey Conti watched their Timothy Baker lines intently at Lake Ralphine in Santa Rosa's Howarth Park before calling it quits and going home with an empty creel. Reagan wants to cut tax now Washington Star Service GOLETA President-elect Ronald Reagan wants the lame-duck Congress to pass a compromise tax cut this month, but probably will press the new Congress to adopt the Kemp-Roth Republican tax plan after his inauguration, Reagan's chief of staff said Sunday. "Ronald Reagan is saying, 'Let's not waste time,' " Ed Meese, the president-elect's top aide for the transition, said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press." Meese said Reagan agrees with Republican Sen. Robert Dole who will take over the Senate Finance Committee chairmanship from Democrat Russell Long in January that a tax cut is needed too quickly to wait for the GOP to claim control of the Senate in January. "The views of Chairman Russell Long are not that far from President-elect Reagan's," Meese said. "The Democratic tax cut is a compromise package, but it would be better to have it on the books by January without having to wait." Long's committee has cleared a $39 billion tax cut bill that would take effect Jan. 1. The bill evolved from proposals made by Democratic senators, but has been enrosed by Republican leaders including Reagan. The Kemp-Roth tax cut, a different plan favored by Reagan as a central element of his own economic policy, calls for a 30-percent reduction in personal income tax rates, spread out at 10 percent a year for three years. The Republican measure has been assailed by the Democrats as providing far more relief for the wealthy than for those with low and modest incomes, and some members of both parties believe it would be too inflationary. Meese left no doubt that the Reagan administration would go ahead with efforts to get Kemp-Roth passed next year no matter what Congress does in the waning weeks of the current session. But it was unclear from Meese's remarks whether Reagan would insist on modifying the tax law to make the Reagan-Kemp-Roth plan effective in 1981. "There is no reason you can't go with a Democratic compromise tax- (Continued ob Page lOAt OOOO 20 Cents U.S. reply ar ri ve s i n gen a Al ALGIERS, Algeria (UPI) Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher arrived in Algeria today with a U.S. reply to Iran's conditions for release of the 52 American hostages for relay to the Tehran government. Algeria has been acting as a go-between since the United States broke off relations with Iran. . Christopher, accompanied by Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Carswell and a party of about half a dozen consisting mostly of ''legal and financial experts," were driven directly to the U.S. Embassy from the airport. Two hours after his arrival at 9 a.m. EST, American diplomats were in contact with Algerian officials on how meetings would be worked out and with whom. "We're not sure yet who he will be seeing," in the Algerian government, said one source. Embassy officials referred all questions to Washington, but the inclusion of Carswell and other legal and financial aides in the delegation indicated Christopher was prepared to do some negotiating in Algeria. Christopher's party made the nine-hour trip from Washington aboard a special Air Force plane. The State Department said Christopher and his aides left Washington at 1:20 a.m. EST and made a refueling stop in the Azores. The party also included assistant secretary of State Harold Saunders, State Department Legal Counsel Robert Owen and Iran expert Arnold Raphel. Officials said the team was carrying a response that accepted some of the Iranian conditions, but could not give a flat answer to others, which raise financial complexities. The Washington Post, citing unidentified informed sources, reported Sunday the Carter administration was preparing to respond the Iranian demands for release of the captives with proposals that will meet the spirit if not the letter of Tehran's position. Iran had demanded the return of the wealth of the late shah, freeing Iranian assets frozen in the United States, a pledge of non-interference in Iran's affairs, and dropping of financial claims against Tehran. In Tehran, there were no new developments to indicate the release of the captives, held for 372 days. In a stunning development Friday, Former Foreign Minister Sad-egh Ghotbzadeh, who warned that radical policies in Iran were making the release more difficult, was imprisoned after allegedly criticizing both officials of the state radio and television and the militants holding the hostages. Former media chief Maolegh Es-lami who also participated in the interview with Swedish television was ordered to surrender. He was being sought. The once-powerful Ghotbzadeh was seized by revolutionary guards and hauled off to Tehran's notorious Evin prison used by the late Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi's SAVAK police. Sunday, the newspaper Mizan run by Mehdi Bazargan, Iran's prime minister early in the revolution that swept the shah from power, called the arrests of Ghotbzadeh "treating a toothache with a punch and a hammer." (Continued on Page 10A) WEATHER You can make your Christmas a little bit better when you sell those items your family no longer uses (but someone can) with a Press Democrat FAMILY CHRISTMAS want ad 1018 y2j Get the full details from your Press Democrat Want Ad-Visor Just Dial 546-7355 Rohnert Park Petaluma 584-7230 762-7294 " Western Sonoma Sonoma County 996-8401 874-2520 Ukiah Cloverdale Geyserville Ask Open for Ent. 1-8793 CLOUDY More weather. 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