ious views Corter relig not unfamiliar to many Mu JHCHI Fri..*,2i.i97< 6 Area church services The POWER of FAITH " By WOOD I ISHMAEL By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) - A lot of news analysts "are mystified" by Jimmy Carter's religious convictions, he says. "I don't thinX they doubt my sincerity, but they just don't understand. I don'l make a big issue out of it, but neither do 1 hesitate to say publicly tot the most important thing in my life is Jesus Christ." That outspoken candor about it, a characteristic of th« evangelical element in American Christianity, has seemed odd to some more reserved church adherents as well as to secular commentators, but it strikes a familiar chord in broad reaches of U.S. religious life. "There is a hidden religious power base in American cul- . lure which our secular biases prevent many of us from noticing," writes Roman Catholic philosopher Michael Novak of . Bayville, N.Y. "Jimmy Carter lias found It. 11 That extensive base is the doctrinally traditional, evangelical sector of the country's churches, and it's a big one, estimated at from 30 million to .40 million of the nation's 132 million church members, about half the H million Protestants, a major segment of all mainline denominations, and a dominant part of some of them. Although the open religious style may seem strange to some Northeasterners, it's a common quality in thie country's heartland churches, in the Far West, and particularly in the South, bastion of the nation's biggest Protestant body, the 12-millkm Southern Baptists, including Carter, who is regarded as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Jim Newton of Memphis, Tenn., editor of World Mission Journal, published by the Southern Baptist Brotherhood Commission of which Carter is a trustee, recently did a taped ' interview on a campaign plane trip with him about his religious 'attitudes. Asked how he handled questions about being a "born- again" Christian, he said, "It's very difficult for anyone who has not had that experience to understand.... Many of the newsmen who asked about this have never had this experience. Some of them" are. downright cynical about it. I think it wor- ' ries some of them. "I just explain my own spiritual experience openly and honestly. When I was first asked this question, I had to decide how I was going to respond with the same kind of openness and honesty to this question that 1 would to any question." ' Consequently, he adds, he explains that although he had been a church member since childhood, about 10 years ago, in 1967, he sensed some void in his spiritual life, that he was "missing something important," and began praying about it, discussing it with others, including his sister, evangelist Ruth Carter Stapleton, on a long walk in the woods near his home. "I had a personal spiritual experience that is difficult to explain to people who have never had such an experience," he went on. "I began to grow. I participated in several pioneer mission efforts (in areas where Southern Baptist work is rela- tively new) ... I became uniquely aware of the Holy Spirit as an integral part of my l.fe. 1 learned that I cannot depend on myself for every need and to solve every problem ... "1 feel my limitations more intensely. I used to deny my limitations and conceal them. Now 1 am much easier in my relations with other people and with God." Bui he added that his frankness about his faith has puzzled some secular commentators. "Some have been quizzical, some doubtful, some defensive." While other candidates, both in this campaign and in the past, have espoused religious often is caricatured in the Northeast by ' stereotypes and false images" of literature, such as Sinclair Lewis' Elmer Gantry, observed Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum, interreligious director of the American Jewish Committee. In that sense, he adds, the evangelical Christian in the presidential race can become the object of the same sort of prejudice that faced the late John F. Kennedy about his Roman Catholicism - a tendency to fear and distrust the unfamiliar and unknown. However, in many American settings, such as a recent gospel-singing meeting in In- faith, the difference often cited dianapolis, where other more is that their expression, of it formally religious politicians usually is broadly amorphous, in contrast to Carter's "specificity" — a common trail of the evangelical wing of U.S. Christianity. That religious style, however, might have felt stiff and aloof, Carter was right at home, clapping his hands, tapping his foot, joining in what for many is the familiar, old evangelical spirit. FIRST LUTHERAN PARKERS PRAIRIE . Divine worship 9:30 a.m. Church school 10:40. BASSWOOO BAPTIST Adrian Sundberg, pastor Worship 9 am. Sunday school 10a.m. Bible study Thursday t p.m. NORCROSS FAITH UNITED METHODIST Vern SchenoH pastor Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship 11. STAVANGER LUTHERAN Curt Atneosen, pastor Worship 11 a.m. Sunday school 9-.45 a.m. ( SCAMBLER TOWNSHIP CONGREGATIONAL Carl W. Fuhr, pastor Worship 9 a.m. ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC, HERMAN James D. Hahn, pastor Masses: Sunday 11 a.m. Monday 8 am Friday 8 a.m. Saturday at t p.m. preceded by confessions at 7:30 p.m. UNITED METHODIST, OTTERTA1L R. H Jackson, pastor Worship 9:45 a.m. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. OUR LADY OF THE LAKE, BATTLE LAKE Richard Steinemann, pastor First and third Sundays Saturday worship at I p.m., Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. ' Other Sundays - Saturday worship at 9 p.m., Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. ST. JOHN LUTHERAN, 4 Miln Wett tt Dell I. W. Bade, pastor Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Worship at 10:30 a.m. ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN, VERGAS Frank M. Sass, pastor Worship9a.m. Sunday school- 10am AURDAL LUTHERAN, AURDAL TOWNSHIP Curtis Atneosen, pastor Worship at 9:45. Sunday school 10:45, THE BIBLE No. 239. God Gives A Sign During the reign of Ahaz, Jerusalem woi attacked by King Reiin of Syria and King Pekah of Israel, bul the dry did not foil. However, the people grew gravely fearful when Ihey learned of the alliance of Syria and Israel against them. The Lofd sent Isaiah and his ion to tind Artaz, (0 tell Mm • thai the Lord had promised tne defeat of lh« alliance. "Moreover, Ihe lord spake again unto Ahaz, scrying. Ask Inee a sign of the lord thy God: ask if eilher in Ihe deplh, or in Ih* heigtil above. But Ahaz soid, I will not ask, neither will I tempt Ihe Lord." (Isaiah7il0-l2) Isaiah responded to him, "...Hear ye now, O house of David: Is it a small Ihing for you to weary men, bul will ye weary ray God also? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you - a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Imrnanuel." (tsoiah 7-.13-14) —— AP Newsfeofurei Assemblies chircli to tost lissieuries QUARTET COMING TO BETHEL LUTHERAN FOR RALLY — Dennis Davenport and die Lower Lights Quartet Is coming to Betael Lutheran Church to conduct an evangelistic rally «o Sunday, May ZJ, at 7:3» p.m. The program will be one of praise and patriotism calliig attention to God asd country through gospel music, testimonies and preaching. The latfeully knows group travels between GO,M and IN.Nt miles each year delivering their message «! peace aad hope. '. ', . Nazarene hosts guest speaker Joe Gillespie, a Billy Graham Associate crusade coordinator, JOE GILLESPIE WHITE DRUG OPEN EVERY SUNDAY 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. will be the guest speaker at the Church of the Nazarene on Sunday, May 23, at the morning worship at 10:45 a.m., and at the evening worship at 7:30 pjn. Gillespie has been working in cooperation with the executive committee nf the Lake Region Crusade for Christ in preparation for the coming crusade to be held in Fergus Falls on June 6 to 13. He has been teaching a Christian life and witness class for the past four weeks to over • in students. Area ctiurcies set enmity service Rothsay Baptist, Our Savior's Lutheran, and Hamar Lutheran Churches will hold a joint community church service at the Rothsay High School auditorium on Memorial Day, May 30, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Carroll Erickson of the Baptist Church will speak, the band will play, and Ihe chorus will sing. BIBLES DEVOTIONAL BOOKS Brita-WHteBibfe WocofiQ Boohs Fergus Fall Bddngferwnc Srvtr and Gotten BERGEN'S GARDEN CENTER] 622 East Vernon - Phone 7J44W - Fergus Falls OUR STORE HOU.RS: We Are Now Open During Spring Planting Season... MONDAY THRU SATURDAY... 8:00 A.M. T09:00 P.M. SUNDAY... 12 NOON TO6:00 P.M. Two native Indian missionaries, from Nagpur, North India, will be speaking Sunday at the Assemblies of God Church in Fergus Falls. The Rev. T. M. Abraham, an Assemblies of God Missionary,' has served as chairman, Bible college instructor, evangelist and pastor. He is a Biblical scholar and speaks fluent English. He began his work by faith in North India 35 years ago in the midst of Hindus, Buddhists and Mohammedans and has been preaching throughout India, holding revival and healing meetings, according to his son, Samuel Baha'i toly day ti te celebrated The Fergus Falls Baha'i community will be celebrating Ihe Anniversary of the Declaration of the Bab with a potluck dinner and public meeting May 22. The event is one of nine Holy Days on which Baha'is suspend work each year and is a festive event recalling the beginning of the "divine springtime." May 23 is the 113rd anniversary of the Declaration. A talk' by Meg Luckinbill, Bemidji, is open to the public at 7 p.m. May 22 at 419 W. Lakeside Drive. There will be fellowship and refreshments following the talk. Baptist choir to present a musical drama The Junior Choir of the First Baptist Church will present the musical drama, "David and the Giants," written by Trilby Jordan and Albert Zabel, on Sunday, May 23, at 7 p.m. The musical is the story of David and Goliath, and is directed by Alice Anderson and Cathy Peterson. Joan Bakken is the pianist. Biih traulator visits ker prats at toftsaj Virginia Larson is home on furlough from the Philippines where she has served the past nine years with Wycliffe Bible Translators. She will be visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walfred Larson of Rothsay. Larson, a Bible translator and linguist in the Philippines, lives in the northern-most part of the country among the Ivatan. people. She plans to return there in September of this year. Abraham, who will also be in Fergus Falls. The elder Abraham will speak at the morning and evening services Sunday at the church. His son, who is quite knowledgeable about transcendental meditation, will speak on its hazards, says the Rev. Walter Hatchner of the local Assemblies of God Church. His talk will be given during the Sunday school hour from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. MAINE PRESBYTERIAN Rev. Harms Gunhus, pastor Sunday school at 10 a.m. Worship at 11 a.m. FIRST UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, MEW YORK MILLS John Tschudy, pasta- Worship 9 a.m. ST. PAUL LUTHERAN, KENNING (MO. SYNOD) Richard Luttxnann, pastor Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday school 10:30 ajn. ST. GALL'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, TKTAH , Francis Hohn, pastor Masses Sunday at 8 and 10. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN, DENT I. W. Bade, pastor Worship at 9 a.m. PELICAN LAKE LUTHERAN ASHBY Arthur H. Thorstensen Jr., Pastor Worship at 11 a.m. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. ERDAHL LUTHERAN, RURAL ELBOW LAKE Arthur H. Thorstensen Jr., Pastor Worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. UNITED PRESBYTERIAN, ELBOW LAKE-ASHBY John Quist, pastor Elbow Lake: Worship 9 a.m. Ashby: Worship 11 a.m. CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY ALLIANCE, .BATTLE LAKE Worship 11 a.m. Sunday school 10 a.m. Sunday evening worship 7:30 p.m. Midweek service 7:30 p,m. Wednesday. j .1 41 III* OUR SAVIOR'S, LITTLE BETHANY LUTHERAN, ROTHSAY Our Savior's: Worship at9:30 ajn. Sunday school at 10:30 CALVARY COVENANT CHURCH, EVANSVILLE Arthur Bergman, pastor , Sunday school 9:45 a.m. Worship at 11 a.m.; Wednesday mid-week prayer and Bible study at 8 p.m. Little Bethany: Worship at 11 ajn. Sunday school at 10 a.m. Baccalaureate services,. Rothsay and Barnesville at 8 p.m. DALTON FREE LUTHERAN Wendell Johnson, pastor Tordenskjold: Worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. Luther League at 8:15 p.m. Zkm: Worship at 11 a.m. Sunday school at 9:45 ajn. Sarpsborg: Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Kvarn: Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. HAMAR-HEDEMARKEN LUTHERAN, ROTHSAY Hamar: Worship and prayer book presentation to seniors at 9:30 ajn. Sunday school' at 10:30 a.m. Baccalaureate at school at 8 p.m. Hedemarken: Worship and New Testament presentation to seniors, and Bibles to third graders at 11 a.m. Sunday school at 10 a.m. ST. JOTOTS LUTHERAN, OTTERTAiL Arnold Cloeter, Interim pastor Worship at 9:30 ajn. Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. ST. JAMES CATHOLIC, MAIN Richard Steinemann, pastor Worship Saturday 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. NORTH IMMANUEL LUTHERAN Paul E, Knutson, pastor Worship '9:30 a.m. Sunday school 10:30 a.m. during Jan., March, May, July, Sept and liov. Other months worship at 11 a.m. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. AUGUSTANA PARISH Bob Hawkinson, pastor Eagle Lake: Family hour of worship at 11 a.m. Grace, Henning: Worship 8:30 a.m. Zkm, Amor: Worship at W a.m. APOSTOLIC LUTHERAN, NEW YORK HILLS George Wilson, pastor » English service 10:30 a.m. Finnish service 11:15 a.m. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. ST. PAUL LUTHERAN, VERGAS Frank M. Sass, pastor Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. FIRST BAPTIST, BATTLE LAKE Dick Grennell, pastor Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday school 10:30 a.m. WESTERN PRESBYTERIAN, RURAL WENDELL William T. Kennedy, pastor Worship at 11 a.m. Sunday school at 11 a.m. . GROVE LAKE LUTHERAN • Paul E. Knutson, pastor ••• •'•••'• Worship at 11 a.m. during Jan., March, May, July, Sept and Nov. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Other months worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday school 10:30 a.m. BETHLEHEM- WEST ELBOW LAKE LUTHERAN PARISH Paul R. Petersen, pastor Bethlehem: Worship at 9:15 a.m. Sunday school at 10:15 a.m. West Elbow Lake: Worship at 10:45 a.m. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. PELICAN RAPIDS BAPTIST Leslie J. Nelson, pastor Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Midweek service Wednesday 7:30 p.m. . ' SI. EDWARD'S CATHOLIC, HENNING Saturday evening Mass 7:30; Sunday Masses 8:30 and 10:30; Holy Days Masses 9 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. OUR REDEEMER LUTHERAN, PEUCAN^RAPIDS, E. R Martens, pastor Worship at 7:30 p.m. UNITED METHODIST, PERHAM Dr. Ernest Lowe, pastor Worship at 10 a.m. UNITED METHODIST, DENT Dr. Ernest Lowe, pastor Worship at 11:15 ajn. ST. PAUL LUTHERAN LC-MS, EAST FRTSERG TOWNSHIP F. Machina, pastor Summer schedule worship at 9 a.m. Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN ~ LC-MS, W. FRJBERG TWP. F. Machina, pastor Summer schedule worship at 10:30 ajn. Sunday school at 9:30 am GRACE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, ELBOW LAKE Don Johanson, pastor Sunday school at 9:45; worship at 11 a.m. Evening worship 8 p.m. Midweek service Wednesday, 8 p.m. CENTRAL LUTHERAN, PELICAN RAPIDS Matthew M. John, pastor Sunday school 9:45 a.m. Worship 11. , TONSETH LUTHERAN N Matthew John, pastor Services at 9:30 a.m. Sunday school 10:30 ajn. UNITED METHODIST, DEER CREEK R. H. Jackson, pastor Church school 10 a.m. Worship 11. LAWRENCE PRESBYTERIAN, RURAL WENDELL William T. Kennedy, pastor Worship at 9:30 ajn. Sunday school at 10:30 ajn. REORGANIZED CHURCH . OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, CLTTHERALL 'Elder Julius Stabnow, pastor Church school. 10 a.m. Worship 11. Communion service first Sunday of each month. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL PELICAN RAPIDS Carl W. Fuhr, pastor Worship 10:30 a.m. TRINrrY LUTHERAN, DEER CREEK Albert Bierlien, pastor Worships a.m. Sunday school 10. ST. ELIZABETH'S CATHOLIC, ELIZABETH Ken Brenny, pastor Sunday masses 9 and 10:30 FAITH UNITED METHODIST, .NORCROSS ". -. Vem E. Schendel, pastor Worghip 11 a.m. .Sunday school 9:45 a.m. REDEEMER LUTHERAN, ALMORA Albert R. Bierlein, pastor Sunday school at 10 a.m. Worship at 11 a.m. ST. JAMES CATHOLIC, MAINE Richard Steinemann, pastor First and third Sundays — Saturday worship at 5 p.m., Sunday worship at 8:30 ajn. Other Sundays — Saturday worship at 8 p.m., Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. UNITED METHODIST, RICHVILLE . Dr. Ernest Lowe, pastor Worship at 9 a.m. ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN, RICHVILLE Walter A, Bunkowske, Interim pastor Worship at 10:30 a.m. Stavaifer scMiles ENJOY HOME. plant a garden! Stavanger Lutheran Church has planned a pancake feed Sunday from 8 a.m. to t p.m. This necessitates changes in two Sunday church schedules. The confirmation service for this Sunday only will be at 1C :45 a.m. at Aurdal Lutheran Church and the morning worship at Stavanger win be at 9:45 a.m. UNDERWOOD William Colbeck Interim pastor Tingvold: Worship and confirmation at 11 i.m. Sunday school at 9:45 a ID. Sverdrup: Worship and Sunday school awards day at 9:30 ajn. No Sunday school classes, but all students arc asked to be present at church for the presentation of awards. SOUTH IMMANUEL LUTHERAN, ROTHSAY Worship and confirmation at '10:30 a.m. No Sunday school TRTNTTY-GRUE LUTHERAN, ASHBY A.S. Carlsen, pastor Trinity: Sunday school and congregational picnic at Spiter Lake at 11 a.m. Everyone welcome. Grue: Worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday school at 10:36 a.m. AASTAD, ROCK PRAIRIE, TRINITY LUTHERAN Harold UnderdaU, pastor Aastad: Worship and communion at 11:15 a.m. Rock Prairie: Worship, communion, and baptism at 9:45 a.m. Trinity: Worship and communion at 8:15 a.m. Regal: musical at 8 p.m. Altemtiii services LUTHERAN jj ftf 4 ClUlTtltS ROTHSAY BAPTIST Carroll Erickson, pastor Worship at 9:45 ajn. Family Bible school at 10:45 a.m. Baccalaureate at the Rothsay school at 8 pjn,, with the Rev. Erickson as speaker. DALTON ALC PARISH Dr. Herman Larsen, Interim pastor Our Savior's: Worship at 9 a.m. Sunday school at 10 ajn. Bethel: Worship at 11 a.m. Sunday school at 10 a.m. AMERICAN LUTHERAN, BATTLE LAKE Glenn Anderson, pastor DarreH Morton, intern First Lutheran: Worship at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Vacation Bible school is May 24 to a from 9 to 11:50 a.m. Trefoldighed: Worship at 9:45 a.m. Sunday school at 11 a.m. VDflNG LUTHERAN Peter Bot, pastor Vining: Worship at 9 a.m. Nkbros: Worship at 10:15 ajn. FoUen: Worship at 11:30 ajn. AUGUSTANA LUTHERAN, LCA, ELIZABETH Donald Knudson, pastor Worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday school at 10:49 ajn. ZKW UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, PERHAM John Tschudy, pastor . Sunday school' 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. 2JON LUTHERAN, RURAL PEUCAN RAPTDS LarsM. Ursen, pastor Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Worship at 11 a.m. TENNEYUNITED METHODIST VemE.,Schendel, pastor _, Worship 9:39 a.m. Sunday school 10:30 a.m. CALVARY EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, ' PELICAN RAPIDS James Johnson, Interim pastor Worship 10 a.m. Suhday school 11 a.m. in all-purpose room of the elementary school. FAriH LUTHERAN, LCA, PELICAN RAPIDS Donald Knudson, pastor Worship at 11 a.m. TRINITY LUTHERAN, PELKAN RAPIDS Lowell Smestad and Gerald RaHtery, 'pastors Worship at 10 a.m. Sunday school at S:45 a.m. on the first, third and fourth Sundays. FIRST BAPTIST, FRAZEE Worship at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday school at 10 a.m. Midweek service at 8 p.m. Wednesday. ' ST. JOHN LUTHERAN LC-MS, ELIZABETH Maynard Peterson, pastor Worship t a.m. Sunday school 10 i.m. ASSEMBLIES OF GOD, PELICAN RAPIDS C. G. Schamberg, pastor Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship 11;'evening service 8. Midweek service Wednesday, 8 p.m. POXHOME-VUKKU LUTHERAN PARISH Lowell 0. Berg, pastor Vukku: Worship at 9 a.m. Sunday school at 10:10 a.m. Foihome: Worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school at 9 a'.nx UNITED METHODIST, HEMMING H. H. Jackson, pastor Worship 8:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. STKLESTAD FREE LUTHERAN, DORAN Date MeBpen, pastor Worship 11 a.m. Sunday school J:4S a.m. Bible Study 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Confirmands 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
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