The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 3, 1997 · Page 16
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 16

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 3, 1997
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B6 SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1997 MINISTRY RELIGION THE SALINA JOURNAL Truck-stop 'angeP Chaplain ministers to drivers with no time to spare By CONNIE MABIN flie Associated Press STRATTANVILLE, Pa. — Gene Harrison has always been a religious man. So when pain pierced his stomach as he loaded his tractor-trailer in New Jersey, he asked God to watch over him. With a deadline to meet and wintry weather ahead, the trucker from Atlanta headed onto Interstate 80, said a prayer and kept driving. But with every mile, the pain grew stronger and finally he couldn't take it any longer. Harrison pulled his Iff-wheeler into the Truck Stops of America near Brookville, where he met the man he now calls "an angel in disguise." Bob Bickerstaff, the truck stop's chaplain, took Harrison to Brookville Hospital. He was rushed to Pittsburgh's Allegheny General Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery for an obstructed bowel and blocked intestines. "It was doubtful for a while whether or not I was going to make it,'" Harrison, 50, said from his home in Georgia. "You can imagine what it was like — being in a strange city — not being able to contact your family or your friends. I consider myself to be a strong person, but I really don't think I could have made it through that without Bob." Bickerstaff, who has run the Trucker-Traveler Chaplaincy since 1991, calls what he did for Harrison just another day's work. Of 2,000 truck stops nationwide, The Associated Press Bob Bickerstaff, a retired teacher with a counseling degree, says he serves God in a unique way. about 300 have chapel services offering counseling, religious fellowship and other services, including transportation to local hospitals. "The most important part of my job is just being there," Bickerstaff said at the Keystone Shortway 76 truck stop in Strattanville in northwestern Pennsylvania. Bickerstaff is paid $10 an hour by the Pennsylvania Council of Churches to offer religious retreat and assistance to the "four Ts" — truckers, transients, travelers and truck stop employees. He calls his work a "hit-and-run ministry" because truckers keep a tight schedule and have little time to spare. Their woes include marital problems, depression, consorting with prostitutes and stress. Then, there's the possibility of an accident, dangerous roads and the temptations of drugs and alcohol. "I might never see this fellow again. You have to get through whatever problems he has in the time he has," Bickerstaff said. Harrison, an ordained minister since 1983 and a trucker since 1992, agreed that traveling across 48 states can be painfully lonely. He spent almost a month in the hospital, where Bickerstaff visited him twice a day. Bickerstaff brought newspapers and magazines, contacted Harrison's family, checked on the rig and arranged for Harrison's wife to fly to Pittsburgh. "Some people talk about angels in disguise — this gentleman is actually an angel walking among us," Harrison said of Bickerstaff. "He's a jewel among jewels." Bickerstaff, 57, is a retired teacher with a master's degree in counseling from Penn State. He's not an ordained minister, but says he's been called to serve as chaplain. "I'm serving the Lord in a unique way," he said. "I can't explain why it happened — it just happened. I don't try to explain these things anymore." Bickerstaff doesn't consider himself special, just a good Christian. enrich your spiritual life U CHURCH A TTEND What a pleasure...browsing through the family photo album. Many a rainy afternoon has been passed reviewing our lives and those of m L A J l\ relatives> How Stran 9 e tnev 3 P 3CG for God ' io ° k to us n ° w H ° W strange a naif CM vavu,^ lookto ^ nowPaststyl ^ in hair and clothing make us laugh. How could we have thought that dress was so pretty or that faddish hairdo so chic? How incredible the changes in fashion and in the faces of those we know. Some photos are likenesses of those we do not old they are cracked around the edges...those who have gone on. How many questions we ask. There is one question that may not come to mind. Was God in their lives? That is the most important question of all. Is God in your life? Is there a place for God in the story of your life? Visit God in His sanctuary this week. Make a place for Him in your life. You will look back and smile. Scriptures Selected by The American Bible Society Copyright 1997, Keister-Williams Newspaper Services, P. 0. Box 8005, Charlottesville, VA 22906 The Sponsors Of This Feature Do So With The Hope That More People Will Attend The Church Or Synagogue Of Their Choice On A Weekly Basis! ••nn»tt Pontlac Jwp ft Maida, Inc. Ralph & Jeff Bennett Hawnum T»rmit« and Pact Contrail Inc. Howard Hassman & Staff Farm Bureau Insurance Sarvica Terry Burger & Associates Vidrickaan Distributing Co. The Vidricksen's Noon Kiwanis of Salina Your Community Service Club Salina Concrata Products, Inc. Entire Staff UMB/National Bank of Amarlca Officers, Directors & Staff Wastarn Slulln Staak Housa Dub McElroy & Employees Tox-Eol Tarmita Sarvica Jim Jarvis & Employees Haadlay's Clothing Glen and Elaine Headley Wood Fashion Claanars ft Pata's Laundry Employees CornputarLand of Salina John Gunn & Staff Barragraa Rant-All Lonnie Adamson & Staff Holiday Inn of Salina Kevin Williams & Employees Both your FAITH and your CHURCH GROW through REGULAR CHURCH ATTENDANCE SPECIAL EVENTS • Neil Josephson, president of Covenant Bible College, will speak for Confirmation at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday at First Covenant Church, Cloud and Roach. At 6 p.m., the church youth choir perform the musical "Living on the Edge." The story concerns a group of students who make a pledge to live out the question "What would Jesus do?" for one week. • Solo Christian artist Kimber- Lynn Carr will minister through music at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bel Air Baptist Church, 1100 W. Cloud. Carr recently recorded her second gospel tape. • A dedication CARR for Mt. Zion Church will be at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1004 N. Santa Fe. Dedication ceremonies continue at 7 p.m. nightly Monday through Sunday, May 11. The major event is at 11:30 a.m. May 11. • Lemonade Concert 1997 will be presented by the handbell choirs of Trinity Lutheran Church, McPherson, at 7 p.m. Sunday. Bell choirs will play music about celestial bodies on the theme of "God's Glorious Galaxies." Music from the movie "Star Wars" also will be presented. Lemonade and popcorn will be served and a silent auction featuring celestial items will precede the concert. There is no admission charge, but freewill donations will be accepted for the June Kansas City Handbell Conference. • The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation will host a combined service with the Christ Cathedral congregation on the Feast of the Ascension at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Episcopal Church, 639 Max. The Very Rev. Keith Whitmore will preach and the Rev. Mary Kay Bond will celebrate the Eucharist. Special refreshments follow the service. • All Saints Orthodox Church will host a Bake, Rummage and Arts and Crafts sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon May 10 at the WORSHIP WITH US! EMBASSY FELLOWSHIP Restoring health to the whole of man and family. Meeting at Red Coach Inn 10:30 am and Bi-Lingual Service (Spanish) 6 pm Sunday "I will restore health unto thee and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith God" Jeremiah 30:17 Pastor Jim Matthews 825-5287 ROLLING HILLS CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Patricia L. Browii-Barnett 2026 Starlight Drive Sunday School 10:00 am Service 11:00 am All Visitors Welcome 827-2972 (Episcopal 138 S. Eighth St. 827-4440 Morning Prayer Daily Sam Tuesday Holy Eucharist 7 am Wednesday Holy Eucharist with Unction 5 pm Thursday Holy Eucharist ....9 am Saturday Holy Eucharist 5 pm Sunday Holy Eucharist 10 am Father Keith Whltmore, 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 ELCA Evangelical Lutheran Church In America I IMMANUEL L U T H E R A N 255 South 7th 8254750 Sunday School 9:45 am Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am Enroll now for Four Wonders Pre-Kindergarten Loren D. Mai, Pastor Mindy Buster, Youth Director ST. JOHN'S 302 South 7th 825-5081 Worship 8:15 & 10:45 Sunday School 9:30 Pastor diaries Aase Rev. Donald TYued, Visitation Pastor Brijin Johnson, Youth Worker ^EDEEMER 743 E. Magnolia 827-8195 Sunday Worship....8:00 am & 10:30 am Sunday School 9:15 am Charts L. Combs-Lay, Pastor Christ The King Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod 111 W. Magnolia 827-7492 Sunday Worship 8:00 am Sunday School 9:15 am Vacancy Pastor, Rev. Gary Wolf ST. MARK Wicoiuln Evuuellcal Lutheran Synod (WELS) N.E. Corner Ohio & Magnolia Worship Service 8:30 am Sunday School 9:45 am "Preaching R«Mutuce And The Forfiveneu Of Sin In Jeiui Christ" Donald Laude, Pastor 826-7466 TRINITY LUTHERAN Missouri Synod West Crawford at 9th & 10th Streets Robert Schaedel, Pastor "A Loving God In A Loving Church" Sunday Worsliip..8:30 am, 11:00 am, 7:00 pm Sunday School & Bible Classes ......... 9:46 am Children Welcome In Church & Nursery FIRST 308 S. 8th Phone 825-0226 Church School For All Ages 9:00 am Sanctuary Worship 10:16 am (Uve Broadcast on K1NA 910 AM) Child Care Provided 9:00-11:30 am "Response-Ability" Pastors: Rev. Thomas P. Reid Rev. Karen K. Renner Dir. of Family Hope Center, Mary Ellen Evaiis Dir. of Music: Richard Koshgarian Sunrise 825 E. Beloit Phone 823-6344 Church Services 8:30 & 11:00 am Coffee & Fclluwbliip 9:30 am Church School (all ages) 9:40 am Nursery Provided "With a Friend This..." Kuv. Dun SctiroedtT, 1'ustor Joni Seymour, Director of CtuiuUun Education P R E S B Y T E R I A N church, 2818 Scanlan. Featured items include adult and children's clothing, toys, antiques and odd items. • Phyllis Spurlock, Inola, Okla,, is the guest speaker at the May Salina Aglow Fellowship meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Coach Inn, 2110 W. Crawford. Cost is $7 and reservations should be made by noon Thursday at 8274994. From Staff Reports The Salina Chiurch of God, whose headquarters is in Cleveland, Tenn., has moved to 215 West Cloud. Pastor Don Byerly and the congregation would like to invite everyone to come and worship with us, where everybody is somebody and Jesus Christ is Lord. Church of God is the oldest and fastest growing Pentecostal Church in the country. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship...10:45 a.m. Sunday Night 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Night 7:00 p.m. Sunday School 9:30 am Holiness Mlg. 10:45 am Salvation Mtg. 6:00 pm |_t. Paul A. Woodall, I h Word fellowship A Charltmatic Church of Praise & Worship 1019 N. 9th 823-7434 Salina, Ks Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Service 10:20 am Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 pm Pastors: Larry & Ethel Knox BEL AIR SOUTHERN BAPTIST 1100 W. Cloud 827-9771 Interim Pastor, Albert Smith Sunday School 9:45 am Morning Worship 11:00 am Evening Worship 7:00 pm Prayer Service.. Wed. 7:00 pm J Wheelchair Accessible J<^ SALINA MENNONITE CHURCH 2026 Starlight Drive, 825-2663 Worship Service 9:00 am Sunday School 10:00 am Tttuisporuitlon Available Pastor Katherine Pitts 8254918 Elmhurst & Ohio Pastor Doug King Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship 10:30 am & 7:00 pm Family Night Wed. 7:00 pm Faith Assembly of God 905 W. Cloud - Across from Armory Sunday School 9 am Worship 10 am Wed 7pm Sunday Evening 6 pm "A New Thing" Worship Services I 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 LlvlngOnTh»Edge-YoulhMuilcal ? First Christian Church 2727 E. Crawford 825-82% Skilled Nursery Attendant 9:00 am Sunday School 10:15 am Worship "How To Know God" Co-Ministers: Kim Blakley Rca & Greg Lombard Rca Sunset Bible Chapel 760 Hancock Worship 9:30 am Family Bible Hour 11:00 am Evening Service 7:30 pin Bible Fest Friday, 7:00 pm George Easter, Secretary 827-9437 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 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 Doctrine Baptist Church 1043 Greeley 823-9373 Sunday School 9:30 am Munung WorslUp 11:16 am Evening Worship 7:00 pm Tuesday 7:00 pm Prayer, Fellowship & Bible study Pastor W.E. Whllaker, Sr. SI, JOHN'S BAPTIST IHIRCH 339 N. 9th 827-7082 Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:30 pm Prayer Meeting (Wed.) .....10:30 am & 7:00 pin Bible Study (Wed.) 7:00 pm •Tfo aim* Mere feytafe li So«W» AndCMitliAU" T. Ray McJunkins, Pastor First Baptist Church 843 Lewis Worship 9:30 A.M. Children's Church & Nursery Sunday School 10:45 A.M. ...reaching out lo others in love. Jim Bridge*, Puitor Kevin Huttltun. Youth/Education FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST Magnolia * Ohio 823-68HH 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 Worslup (i:45 pm Nursery Provided All Sendees • Handicap Accessible Glenn Davis, Pastor Belmont Boulevard Christian Church 2508 Belmont Blvd., 8274882 Dr. Paxton Jones - Pastor Nursery Provided Sunday School for all ages 9:15 am Worship and Communion 10:30 am ALL SAINTS ORthO&OX chmstian chunch 2818 Scanlan Av*. 823-3735 SAT. Great Vespers 5:30pm SUN. Orthros 8:30am Divine Liturgy 9:30am Religious Ed. 11:00am The Rev. Ft. M.R. Chad HatflekJ, Pastor The Rev. Fr. W. Thomas Neustrom, Assoc. ff-mo ;t FIRST CHURCH OFTHENAZARENE 1425 South Ohio 823-6331 or 823-6948 Prayer Time In The Sanctuary 8:45-9:15 am Sunday School Class 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 Congregational Care: Jack Driscoll Financial Counselor Jim Holder Nonie Nicklas, Marriage & Family Therapist • FIRST UMC 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 1st Service 1 Youth Musical 2nd Service I United Woman Organized .dndberacej To Bea t The Devil JoEva McCleUan KlNAradio910-AM EleVator. Sundays at 11:00 am University 1509 S. Santa Fe 825-9505 Nursery Available at all Services Morning Worship..8:25 & 10:45 am Sunday School 9:30 am "Catching Up N /k With God" T Guest Speaker - Cindy Spencer Cliristian Education Director, Cindy Spencer rp — Christian Service Without Boundaries E D M E T H O D I S T John V. Martin, Pastor 901 Neal ('/> mi. S. of corner of Ohio & Magnolia) 825-5270 "I Love Ya, Woman!" "I Love Ya, Man!" Worship 8:30, 9:45 & 11:00 tun Sunday School 9:45 am only iwie Gfti S/tM &' QUAYLE 725 Commanche 825-4835 Church School ........................... 9:30 am Worship Service ....................... 11:00 am Bible Study-Wednesday ........... 6:30 pm Rev. Sherdeill Breathett MENTOR UNITED METHODIOT CHURCH 4 miles south of the mull on Oth St. Where everyone is part of the family Sumlay School 10 am Morning Worship 11am Rev. Jenny Buss Pastor & Parish Nurse 827rl 143 Grand Ave. 304 W. Grand 823-6272 M 9:00 am Sunday School __ 10:15 am Worship Celebration U 6:30 pm Praise & Worship R "The Good News Shoes" Rev. Rick Just f^ Nursery, North 8th & Grand H E S JJCHURCH TtCROSS 1600 Rush, at Cloud & Broadway 825-5170 "Experiencing Communion" 8:30 & 10:45 Celebrations Paul Wllke, Pastor CALL COMMUNITY LINE 825-6000, Category 7729 For Local Church Information

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