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Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, December 26, 1964
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D.e. J*, I 1H4 Globe-Gazette, MaMn City, I*. Migrant work leads 1964 church news The 1964 religious news story in Mason City that may have the biggest lasting effect concerned something that — in a typically religious fashion — wasn't done in the cily or for the personal benefit of anyone here. That story concerned the summer launching of a migrant ministry effort aimed at helping and making welcome the migrant workers who take seasonal agricultural jobs in the area around Mason City. It was an interfaith effort, sparked by the Mason City Area Council of Churches, spearheaded by the United Council of Church Women and involving a number of groups — not all connected with those Protestant organizations. The Mason City Deanery of the Catholic Church had representation on the planning committee, for instance. The first-year work had • minimum of pre-planning time and was not intended as a full- scale program in any sense, although the groundwork laid may be built upon. But even on a relatively small scale, the program provided daytime activities for workers' children and evening and weekend programs for the some 200- migrants of Mexican background who worked in the area. The aim was to give social, recreational, educational and religious services to those migrants interested. Implicit in the work was the personal welcome by North Iowa families who went to the work camps to join in activities with the migrants. On a day-by-day basis, work was carried on by Enrique Perez, a Methodist ministerial student from Mexico who had special training in the migrant ministry work of the National Council of Churches. The migrant ministry story has a close rival in another interfaith accomplishment for the top church news of 1964. The Mason City Human Rights Commission established in the spring was the result of a Mason City Ministerial Association committee recommendation. Although the commission itself, an advisory board, has not been a newsmaker so far, it offers a service that did not previously exist. It is a place to which complaints concerning civil rights cau be taken and aired. Where it appears legal rights are violated the body can recommend action to the proper authorities. Interfaith projects were net restricted to the migrant ministry and human rights concerns during the year now drawing to a close. The Mason City Ministerial Association, which includes clergy of most denominations, also has offered its help and possible leadership in a proposed community wide look at the prob- lems of youth. One aim has been coordinated efforts of schools, churches, law officers, social agencies and other groups in working with'youth and attempting to head off individual juvenile problems. As additional seven-day-a- week store opening hours were noted late in the year, the association members voiced reaffirmation of their stand in opposition to such practices, asking for positive religious observance of a Sunday day of rest. Th* Council of Church**, Evangelical Pastors Fellowship, United Church Women and Lutheran Pastors Association all had events on an interfaith basis during the year. Those include what remains the biggest interdenominational worship service — the annual Festival of Faith of the Council of Churches. One 1964 series of events which was not church sponsored was aimed at better understanding among the various denominations. That was the YWCA ; s Tour of Faith which Greater inter-religious friendship during year By The Associated Pren Inter-religious friendship increased remarkably in 1964, but there were jolts along the way. It was a period of developing concourse among the various branches of Christianity, and of closer frantcrnity between it and Judaism. But as the year drew to a ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN ADDITION STARTED IN '64 ST. JOSEPH'S CONVENT CONSTRUCTION Pastor moving from Carpenter to Eagle Grove CARPKNTICR — The Rev Waller K. Carlson, pastor o Deer Creek Lutheran Church Carpenter, hits resigned from hi? present position to become us sislant pastor in the Eagl Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church, Eagle drove, lie wit have teaching, counseling, tion nml other duties with the Hcv. Herbert Srhillcr, senior pastor. «••• Pastor Carl.utn is n graduate of Waldorf Academy, Fores City; St. Olaf College, North field, Minn., nnd Lulhcnin The olofiical Seminary, St.. Paul, lit was high school principal WH tcnchcr in Central Point, Ore. a year before entering the scm Inary. He has been a pasto since IDIIO and served parishc at Norway, Iowa; Lclnud, 111. and Stanhope before going I Carpenter. Pastor and Mrs. Carlson wi! move to Eagle Grove .Ian. . r They have three children, Wai tcr Jr., Chicago; Mrs. Donal Schrocdcr, Clm'inn, and Mrs William Johnson, Bclmond. LOTS OF PEOPLE The Yearbook of America Churches for 1964 reported 117 Congregationa/ist might revamp England's church By GODFREY ANDERSON at least 30 years old, born in lawful wedlock, and of good life LONDON (AP) - Will Bril- aml j, chavior . nin's new prime minister scek ( Y ou will be addressed as righ to rnodcTni/e t lio Church of]reverend and have the lega England? style of "my lord bishop." Yo PASTOR CARLSON 940,002 members in 252 religious bodies UW2. in 311),240 churches in Congregational youth will sing A Christmas cnntnla, "Childe Jesus," will bo presented at the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday nt the First Congrcgationa Church. Junior High, senior higl and college nue youth will take part. PAY LESS Some of the clergy Ihink he vill. They contend an unrc- ormcd church would stand out iko a sore thumb in the kind of Britain he is aiming at. Although a Congrcgatlonali-sl limself, Harold Wilson by his office now Is Inrgely responsible 'or ecclesiastical appointments ,n Hie Church of England, the state established church. Bishops, cathedral denns, even some canons nnd lesser clergy are appointed by the monarch on Wilson's nomination. He coult change the look of things by picking young men to the now aging bench of bishops. There are 43 diocesan and 4( suffragan bishops in the Church of England today. The oldest the 74-yenr-old Bishop of Sodor nnd Man; Hie youngest the 4!) year-old Bishop of Southwell Their average age is n round GO There is no fixed retiring age. To be a bishop in the Churcl of England you must ho learned presbyter" — priest nay marry hut, if you do, you vife will have no title or prec edcnce at public functions. I •ank you will be above a baro nnd below a viscount, mar lucss, carl or duke. The two archbishops, — Can terbury and York — sit with of the other bishops in th House of Lords as spiritua peers. The bishops of London Durham and Winchester s there by right of their sees; th others by seniority of their con sccration to the episcopacy. H may fall to Wilson to ap point successors in several see He will get plenty of advic from the Archbishop of Cante bury downward whenever a v, cnncy occurs. But he docsn have to follow it. Harold Wilson, the man wh married minister's give the shake-up wish. a Congregational! daughter, may y establishment th part of it seems Christian world is outpaced Believers in minority By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer As the world goes today, hrislianity is slipping behind. It isn't keeping up with the rowth of humanity. This has become a challeng- ng fact of the mid-20th century i church statisticians and ana- sis, but is only gradually eing recognized among rank- nd-file. Western believers. It is causing some reassessments of the churches' mission- ry posture and prospects. Present trends indicate that in he "world of tomorrow," Chris close, and the new one approached, there also were tensions for the forces of reb'gion. Among the most dramatic symbols of the rise of interfaith activity were the travels of Pope Paul VI. His trips to the Holy Land and to India, and his conciliatory meetings with leaders of other churches and n o n-Christian faiths, opened a new era bring- Rome into personal encounter with those outside its fold. An epochal moment came with the embrace in Jerusalem of the Pope and Patriarch Athenagoras I, Spiritual leader of all Eastern Orthodoxy, after 900 years of mute cleavage be- :ween Eastern and Western Christianity. Aside from the personal diplomacy, the third session of the second Vatican Council pro- duced weighty charters for a new policy of reapproachment and collaboration. Documents were approved asserting collective or "collegia!" government of the Roman Catholic Church, shattering the old image of one-man, rule, and also endorsing work and worship with other Christians. Passage of the schema on Ecumenism, came amid.a surge of specific steps in various places putting it into practice. For instance, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa ians must 't h inly learn to live as spread minority Church for W. German, Israel ties Fe, N.M., joined the state Council of Churches, an interdenominational cooperative body. In Boston, Richard Cardina Gushing applauded the work ol Baptist Evangelist Billy Gra ham, and recommended attend ance at his services. The Vatican Council also gave initial approval to a documeni emphasizing bonds with Juda ism, and repudiating the notion that Jews bear special respon sibility for Christ's death. The Episcopal Church, at its governing convention, took simi lar action.- It also elected a new presiding bishop, the Rt Rev. John E. Hines, the North Carolina-reared Bishop o Texas. Another high spot of the year' religious events was the awart of the Nobel Peace Prize to « Negro minister, the Rev. Mar tin Luther King, the South' noted integration leader. The work in that field, how ver, produced its turmoil and ontroversy. Critics of the National Coun- il of Churches assailed it for iding the cause, and in Califor- ia, a Roman Catholic priest ceused his archbishop, Francis Jardinal Mclntyre of Los An- ;eles, of not aiding it suffi- iently. The presidential election tirred some church fireworks. Several religious publications ipenly opposed Sen. Barry Goldwatcr, the Republican can\ didate. From the dean of Washing- on's National Episcopal Cathe- Iral, the Very Rev. Francis B. Sayre, came his widely publi- ized plague-on-both houses comment. There was continuing ferment over church-state relationships, >articularly over the Supreme lourt ruling against officially Described school prayers. This was the subject of exten- gave participants a look at and explanation of Lutheran, Catholic, Orthodox and Jewish places of worship. Similarly, the local chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews carried out its usual work to promote understanding among persons of all faiths and races. The post-World War II church building boom that began in Mason City about 1950 still continued in 1964 and promises to keep on as churches add to the buildings or grow into new ones. About $775,000 was spent ^toward church construction projects this year — not including such important church-related jobs- as the $225,000 convent to house the sisters who teach at St. Joseph School. The total church 'construction work on the year is down from the $300,000-plus spending of the two previous years. However, it brings conservatively a $2,344,500 spent on church building since the start of the 1960s. It still seems possible that the $3Vi million paid for church construction in the 1950s v/ill be equaled in this decade, although emphasis now is on additions rather than new buildings. The major 1964 construction job is the $160,000 project under way to create an educational building attached to St. Paul's Lutheran Church. When completed and equipped next year, that project may have used a total "of as much as $185,000. The only new church built this year was the Rolling Acres Christian Reformed Church which cost about $60,000. That congregation also constructed a parsonage near the new church which is at 19th and S. Madison. The Rolling Acres Free Methodist Church, newly built on 23rd SW near Frederick Hanford Park, was basically com- sive congressional hearings on proposed amendment to the U. S. Constitution to permit such prayers. The year's most Violent and :ragic religious scene was in :he Congo, where missionaries, men and women, met assaults, and in many cases, death at the hands of rebel forces. The place where American Christian missionary work began more than 150 years ago had become a region of horror. But faith has often traveled through such country. groups," says Dutch church his- orian J. C. Hoekendijk of the University of Utretch. Already they have become a shrinking proportion of humani- :y as a whole. After nearly 2,000 years of Christian expansion, the present steep upsurge in population is suddenly outrunning the gains, and throwing them into relative decline. At the turn of the century, Ihristmas constituted about 35 per cent of the world's people; by 1960, the proportion was about 30 per cent. At the present rate, by the year 2000 they will be 20 per cent of mankind. A French Roman Catholic scholar, Abbe Adrian Bouffard, has supplied figures showing the number of Christians is increasing about a third as fast as the population. With the present growth of nearly 40 million people yearly, only about 13 million are added to Christian rolls. The birth rate is "fast out- uv stripping the conversion rate, jthc Rev.'Dr. Hoekendijk points 10 out. This is largely because the highest population growth is in PAY LESS PAY LESS CLEANERS $100 SWEATERS 3for. . . PLAIN SKIRTS Pleats, Excluded each 49 WHITE SHIRTS 5s99 These Specials In Effect Monday Throujh Saturday OPEN DAILY 7:30 A.M. TO 5:30 P.M. 209 North Federal Mason City, Iowa For your protection. Gordon'* Insure* your diamond rings with tho lurgeil jeweler's Irmiranco company ol America. priced from ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS predominantly non areas. Communism stifled Christianity parts of the world. Christian also has in large However, even in North America, the first signs of reversal are beginning to be felt. In the 1964 "Yearbook of American Churches," the figures show that the 118 million church members make up 63.4 per cent of the population, .2 per cont less than the year before. The comparative decline con- trasLs with the previous steady rise in the proportion of .Americans belonging to churches, from 16 per cent in 1850 to 36 per cent in 1900 to the present HANNOVER, West Germany — Moves to establish diplomatic relations between West Germany and Israel were' advocated here by the synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hannover. "In view of the wrong committed on the Jewish people" during the Nazi regime, it said, the church is "conscious of its responsibility to promote better relations between the people of Germany and Israel." Bishop Hanns Lilje, head of the Hannover church, was asked to convey to the Bonn government the synod's "urgent desire that possible ways be sought to create orderly political relations between the two states." It was the first time that a German territorial church had urged establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, although in the past individual Christian leaders of this country have made statements on the matter. In his state-of-the-church report to the synod, Bishop Lilje said the ecumenical movement has become an inescapable reality for all of Christendom and it is no longer possible for anyone to choose whether to take part in it or not. Dr. Lilje, who is a leader in both Lutheran and interconfes- sional ecumenical organizations, called the World Council of Churches "more catholic than the Roman Catholic Church" because of its inclusion of nearly all the Orthodox wing of Christianity. He said that at the same pace at which the strong desire for greater church unity was growing, so also was the desire growing for confessional identification and action. It must not be said, he de- JULIA BRIER —AP Newsf eat urea Desert ordeal tests faith 63.4 per cent. The world is moving away Christianity at a speed from which makes us wonder," the Rev. Dr. Franklin Clark Fry, president of the Lutheran Church in America, has said. He and others have urged greater stress on evangelism. At the same time, many church scholars also emphasize that Christianity must gear itself to non-Christian clarcd, that Lutheranism isolates itself or does not move forward in its thinking along with other churches. Greek priests are giving up driving of cars ATHENS UP) — Hereafter Greek clergymen may not drive cars. The 85-year-old Archbishop! Chrysostomos, Patriarch of Greece, has sent out an order saying: "It is strictly forbidden for clergymen who have been driving cars up to now to continue driving. It is also forbidden to rent or drive cars bclong- A cantata, "Night of the Star" '"R to friends." For Mrs. Julia Brier, the Christmas of 1849 was almost the supreme test of faith. Abandoning a broken wagon, she and her husband, their three young sons, and two other men, started walking across Death Valley en route to California. The three men went ahead in search o£ water, leaving her with the boys, the oldest of whom was 9. Throughout the long day and night they struggled across the salty wastes, trying to keep the men ,n view. When Kirk, the youngest, gave out she carried him on her back. She said, "Many times I felt I should faint and as my strength departed I would sink to my knees. But I never lost hope. We needed all our hope and faith." exist in largely surroundings. Pope Paul VI's overtures to non-Christians in India dramatized the point. Plan cantata at Episcopal church .At midnight she found her lusband by a small fire, where ic had returned to wait for her. He had found water six miles •urther on. It was 3 o'clock on Christmas morning when they reached the springs and the life saving water. "Oh how good it was," she recalled later. "I have always believed Providence placed it there to save us, for it was in such an unlikely place ... He was with us that awful niglit or the morning would have risen on the dead." pleted in 1963, although it was dedicated this year. The church was host to an annual conference meeting also in its early months. Wesley Methodist Church has started an expansion program, aimed at bringing an educational unit addition to the church. The waning year saw purchase of a $14,000 lot to make space for the eventual building. The church also has been spend- ' ing money for needed furnace and roof replacement. Wesley Methodist is not the only church promising building work- in the near future. The, convent construction at St. Joseph's Catholic Church is only part of an over-all building program which has included school improvements and is to include an expansion of the church building itself. Also upcoming at some time in the future are a new Church of the Nazarene and a new main auditorium at Calvary Alliance Church. While it could hardly be listed as construction, a major addition to the community's religious and musical facilities was the huge 1,789-pipe, $53,000 pipe organ installed this year at Trinity Lutheran Church. A religious move that could have considerable future effect was the beginning of a day school at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. Although serving only a small group of pupils at present, the church has land space and hopes for eventually expanding into a much larger Christian day school operation. Various area activities centered on Mason- City in 1964, including the Free Methodist session, an area meeting of American Baptist churches and a meeting of the state's American Lutheran Church pastors. Considerable activity is centered here since the city is headquarters of such groups as the Iowa District of the American Lutheran Church, Mason City District of the Methodist Church and Mason City Deanery of the Catholic Church's Archdiocese of Dubuque. by Carleton, will be presented by the Senior Choir of St. John's Episcopal Church Sunday at the 10 a.m. service. 1 The clergymen were told they must use public transportation, or ride in chauffeur-driven automobiles." i TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH Lavern R. Hanson, David A. Anderson, Htrman A. DIers, PASTORS Divine Worship Services With Holy Communion 1:30, »:M and 11:00 A.M. Nursery 1:34, 9:30 and 11:00 A.M. No Sunday School Sermon: "1 Love to Telf th* Story" Pastor Anderson Service broadcast ever KGLO at 11:31 A.M. New Year's Eve Services 11:1$ P.M. St. Paul's LUTHERAN CHURCH 239 E. State Sunday School .Sunday—9:15 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICES 8:00-10:45 A.M. Duane E. Schro*der, Paster OUR SAVIOR'S Lutheran Church 2S«2 Swith Jefferson WORSHIP SERVICE 8:30 AJM. and 10:45 AM. N*w Y*ar'» Day S«rYic«—10:30 A.M. Nursery During Wersfcrp StanHry L. Carton, Patter T First Methodist Church 119 South Georgia Youth & Adult Church School Classes 9:30 A.M. And 10:50 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICES 9:30 A. M. andlf:50A. M. Broadcast Over KGLO at 9:30 A. M. Student Recognition Sunday College student will participate in the service. Sermon: "Christmas Is Over."— Dr. Carl Anthem: "Salvation Is Created" by Norden Solo: Mrs. Robert Gettman "O Lord Most Holy" by Franch. Senior High M.Y.F. 5 P.M. Sunday Junior High M.Y.F. 4 P.M. Wednesday Methodist Movement 6 P.M. Tuesday Dr. Carl Broadcast KGLO Every Sunday 8:10-8:30 a.m. "How To G«t More Out (X Life"

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