PAGE SIX ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1963 Paganistic Practice? Clergymen., Morticians Cool to Book on Burial By JIM KtTIJP staff Writer A hook (hat has dpscribed (he riliifil of burial in America as a paganislic practice does not receive resounding cheers from Telegraph area clergymen and funeral directors. Funeral directors offer evidence that the practices surrounding burials can act as a psychological buffer to those left behind. The churchmen are apt to say that the book ignores the preparation of the bodily remains, a symbol of the soul, for the life hereafter. Book Was Reviewed The book, written by Jessica Mitford was reviewed in the Telegraph a few weeks ago. Some funeral directors are say- ing that critics of the modern funeral service, in charging that the funeral serves only as a test of the survivor's physical and emotional endurance, are distorting the facts. Funeral directors seem to agree that any formalized rite conducted in the presence of an audience is a physical and emotional strain on the participants, with extreme nervousness, vertigo and even fainting not uncommon at weddings and funerals. However, the opinion of the directors goes, the emotional tension experienced at either a wedding or a funeral is merely symptomatic of excitement caused by joy or son w, and is largely relieved by the ceremony itself. During the course of the funeral service, the directors say, there is a tendency toward vocal expression of grief, an expression which may have been suppressed until this time. The result is, they say, that the bereaved person feels less emotionally tense and more physically tired, thus making the first step toward an eventual return to emotional stability and the resuming of normal activity. Suppression of Grief It is the suppression of grief and the refusal to recognize the reality of death, in the opinion of the undertakers, that results in permanent emotional trauma and warps the personality. Every experienced funeral director, members of the profession say, is well aware that the mourn- er who gives unrestrained expression to his grief will recover more rapidly than the tight-lipped person who withdraws within himself and refuses to recognize the reality of death. One area clergyman, the Rev. Manley Mace, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Wood River, agreed that the psychological effects in survivors result from the funeral service, but he would not list them as "primary." Primarily, he said, Christians think of the service as a worship in which the tensions of the living focus on God and his promises. "Whatever .we try to do is in line with that thesis," the Rev. Mace said, "though there probably are some side effects of the service. But it is through worship that we strengthen our faith." Not Primary Another minister, the Rev. John Lobos, pastor of First Baptist Church in Rosewood Heights, agreed thai psychologically there is an emotional release through weeping at a funeral, but he too said this was not the primary purpose of the service. "The purpose," he said, "is to give them (the bereaved) the faith and the hope, the hope of Resurrection which Christ has prepared for us, through t h e Word of God, thus bringing the comfort of the Holy Spirit." The Rev. Lobos added that his own feeling was that a funeral service loses its effectiveness when the bereaved are allowed to view the remains after the service. "I believe the casket should be closed before the service so the spiritual comfort received at the ceremony will remain and not be torn up again by another view of the body." A Catholic priest, the Rev. Father Frank O'Hara, pastor of St. Kevin's Church in Rosewood Heights, said that Catholic funeral services are based quite simply on a belief in eternity and that death is the starting point rather than the end. Totnl Dispair Father O'Hara asserted that without faith there is only "total despair" and death has no meaning. "The bereaved has only lost someone he's loved and without a belief in a better life, he thinks only of total oblivion." If a person lives that way, he added, it makes no difference what kind of ceremony, if any, is performed at a funeral, "nothing should be of any comfort." Commenting on the attentions paid by funeral directors to preparing the body for burial, Father O'Hara said he did not believe they were attempting to hide the reality of death, as has been charged by some. "I think funeral directors do very well," he said, "They have an extremely difficult job because there is no more sensitive time for people than at the time of a death in the family." To be shown caskets and other details at this time is very difficult for the family, Father O'Hara pointed out, but funeral directors invariably show kindness, gentleness and understanding. Real Vocation "I think they have a real vo- cation," he said, "because one can become hardened and mechanical in any vocation. However, all funeral directors in my experience can conduct a funeral every other day or so and still not become mechanical about it. I think they have very special graces." Moreover, he said, those who subscribe to the charge that funeral directors are evading the reality of death by attempting to make the body appear "natural." really should be grateful to the directors. For example, he said, a family may have spent a whole year oi- more watching a relative sink from the ravages of cancer, and then should he grateful when the mortician tries to ease the shock by repairing this damage in as natural a way as possible. Parish Goes to Trouble Minister-Author Tells His Experiences in City Slums The Rev. David Wilkerson, who Is visiting the Telegraph area this weekend, is the author of a well - known book "The Cross and the Switchblade" which tells of his experiences with teenage gang members in big city slums. The book is the story of a country minister's call to the big city slums and his remarkably successful attempts to save young criminals and reclaim narcotics addicts by substituting the cross for the switchblade. He mixes scripture with the teenage jargon and preaches in terms the young people can understand. In the Bedford - Stuyvesant section of New York, he began working toward the creation of a home where boys and girls in trouble could find guidance in an atmosphere of discipline and affection. Where Trouble Is His parish is located where- ever there is trouble, he says, his parishioners are teen - aged alcoholics, thieves, murderers, prostitutes and drug addicts. Married and the father of three children, the Rev. Wilkerson left his little mountain parish in Phil lipsburg, Pa., about five years ago for New York City. His personal involvement began one night in 1958 when scanning a copy of a popular weekly magazine, he chanced upon a picture of seven teen - age boys on trial for the Murder of Michael Farmer, a crippled 15 - year old. Moved by their desperate, frightened faces, he went to New York. His efforts on their behalf resulted in the eventual foundation of the Teen Challenge Movement, which helps hundreds of boys and girls find meaningful and worthwhile new lives. Constant Battle While getting to know boys REV. WILKERSON from broken homes and girls who were tortured by guilt and shame, the Rev. Wilkerson began to see the life of these children as a constant battle against drug addiction, alcoholism, gang wars and the ever - present, ever threatening need for "kicks." Today, with three centers in Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, and with a rehabilitation farm in Pennsylvania, Teen Challenge is a medium through which troubled youngsters find help and the beginning of a new way of life. He is appearing at Wood River High School Auditorium at 7:30 each night, starting tonight and continuing through Monday. Rev. Lane of Jerseyville h Re-Elected Moderator JERSEYVILLE — The Rev. Harold E. Lane, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Jerseyville, was re-elected moderatoi of the West Central Assn. at the fall meeting of the association held Wednesday in Ashland. Other officers named were Bob Worrell, of Winchester, Vice Moderator; Mrs. Lawrence Mallicoat of Literberry, secretary; and Mrs. Edward Well of Kane, treasurer. The missionary speaker at both the afternoon and evening sessions was Rev. Harold Blatt of the Philippines. Paul Wilson, superintendent of Hudelson Baptist Children's Home at Centra- ia, gave a report of the prog- •ess at the Home. Miss Lynn Van Dyke, Chrisian Education Director of the First Baptist Church of Jerseyville gave a presentation on Come to The Congregational Church Of The Redeemer on Henry Street at Sixth in Alton SUNDAY SERVICES: 9:30 A.M. — Church School Classes 10:40 A.M.—Service of Worship Sermon: "What Can I Do?" Anthem: "Let All the People Praise Thee" By Mueller Robert Chatfield Kemper, Pastor Hear DR, FRED BROWN Evangelist HOWARD SKINNER Soloist, Organist SEPT, 8 thru 15 Nightly at 7 p.m. Sundays—10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nursery Provided BROWN STREET BAPTIST CHURCH 3125 Brown St., Alton DR, FRED BROWN The LUTHERAN Churche* of the Greater Alton Area Welcome You To Worship Tomorrow We Sponsor Dlal-A-Prayer HO 8-6668 Radio KFUO--"The Gospel Voice"—850 k.c. "T4ifi It The Life"—Sundays 9:30 a.m., Ch. 5 "The Lutheran Hour"—Sundays 2:30 p.m., KFUO 7a.m. KWK 1380 10:16 p.m. KSD 850 For information on th« nearest Lutheran Church call HO 5*8833 or write 517 M«wh St., Alton, 111. High School Curriculum. Attending JerseyviJle the meeting were Mrs. from Fred Thiel Jr., Mrs. Florence Stelle Mrs. Essie Heiderscheid, Mrs Melvin Wiegand, Mr. and Mrs 0. G. Leach, Miss Lynn Van Dyke and the pastor. Attending from First Baptist Church of Carrollton were the Rev. and Mrs. Darwin Rolens, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Cunningham, Mrs. Loren Dodson, Mrs. Lawrence Powell and Mrs. G. K. Hutchens. Youth Subject For Godfrey First Methodist A sermon "Did God Make Me lick Because I Was Naughty?" eads off a series on "Questions Children Ask", part of an evening vorship hour at 7:30 Sunday at First Methodist Church in Godrey. Also part of the program will be the Methodisl Youth Fellowship Singers, gospel hymns, and i ladies duet. 'O t h e r Sunday activities include: Church School at 9:30 a.m.; morning worship at 10:15 i.m. featuring the Chancel Choir singing "Highway of Life"; youth 'ellowship at 5 p.m. with supper, Dusiness meeting and a program. On Wednesday a mid-week dis- :ussion hour on Study of Methodism — the Methodist Heritage vill be held at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Harmon M. Dycus. Methodist Revival Set At W or den WORDEN — A revival meeting i' i 11 begin at the Methodist ,'hureh Monday evening at 7 p.m. The Rev. William Fester of Caio will be Ihc evangelist. Five of Area AttendBaptist Student Meet At least five Alton area residents attended the American Baptist Student Conference at Green Lake, Wise., Aug. 31 to Sept. 5. They were: Paul Economides, 3507 Omega St.; Spencer Gibbins, 2637 Sidney St.; and Joan Robinson, 2010 Park Ave., all from Cherry Street Baptist Church; and Mr. and Mrs. R. ?Yed Chambers, 1111 Washington Ave., from Upper Alton Baptist Church. The conference at the American Baptist Assembly was planned primarily for Baptist under- raduate students and was spon- stored by the Baptist Student Movement. Cherry Baptist Women to Donate Aid to Students The Women's Missionary Society of the Cherry Street Baptist Church will donate money raised at a silver tea Wednesday to aid students. The tea will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Robert Schrimpf, 3838 Omega St. Alton and a free will offering will be taken. The proceeds will go to the Student Aid Fund of the Baptist Assn. Bible Course At South Roxana Southern Baptist SOUTH ROXANA — The Rev. R. M. Mapes, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, announces a Bible study course is being held each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for the next six weeks at the church. CHURCH OF CHRIST GODFREY, ILL MEETING AT THE PRESENT TIME AT GODFREY CIVIC CENTER PAUL HUSHEY, Minister BIBLE STUDY 9:45 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICE 10:45 A.M. EVENING SERVICE 7:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY ... 7:30 P.M. Junior Church Set At Carrollton COLLEGE AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH College and Oltuvson Streets Reverend Henry O. Moore, Minister 9:30 A.M.—Church School 8:15 & 10:45 A.M. Family Worship Sermon: "The Good Samaritan" 12:00 Noon Coffee and Fellowship Hour Orthodox, Brethren End Visit ELGIN, 111. (AP) - A Russian Orthodox Church delegation and the Church of the Brethren concluded the first phase of an exchange visit this week with a pledge for strengthening friendship between citizens of Russia and the United States. A joint statement issued at the end of a 12-day visit to the U.S. by a six-member Russian Orthodox delegation said: "Both groups felt that a principle factor in international peace is the friendship of peoples of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and United States of America, strengthening of which they consider as an opportunity and duty of their churches." The Russian delegation, including four lay leaders, visited Brethren congregations and related .services in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Indiana and Illinois. In October, an official delegation of the Church of the Brethren will pay a return visit to the Russian Orthodox Church. The visit by the Russians was on invitation by the Brethren. The communique, signed by the Rev. Dr. Norman J. Baugher and he Rev. Dr. W. Harold Row for the Brethren and by Archimand- ite Juvenali (Poiarkov) and Alexis Buievsky for the Russians, said: "The representatives... (of the two churches (...declare that they at the present moment cannot predict the form of cooperation between their churches which has now begun. However, they are sure that in this cooperation they are following God's will that the churches be one in their witness and service to the world." Referring to the recent partial nuclear test ban treaty, the delegations said they were "...heartened that the peace He wills for all meii is advanced in the reaching of the first steps on the wny to full and complete disarmament and durable peace on earth." They pledged their churches to pave the way for further international agreements. CARROLLTON — A Junior Church for all children through the sixth grade will open Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Carrollton Methodist Church. The church will be in two divisions. Nursery through kinder- ;arten will be led by Mrs. Paul Hartwick and the first through the sixth grade will be conducted by Mrs. Phillip Hobson. The children will have opportunities to participate in their own worship service which will be much like the regular worship service in the sancturay but of shorter duration and on a level for their understanding. The other part of the period will be used for a lighter type of church activity. Parents who desire to have their children in the church sanctuary for the worship services are welcome to do so. St. John Adds Cubs to Plan For Recreation St. John Church at 5th and Market Streets has added a new Cub Scout pack to its church recreation program. John Boiling Jr. is institutional representative for the new Cub Scout Pack 21, as well as for the existing church sponsored Scout Troop 21. L. 0. Kelly is cubmaster and Orville Smith will serve as committee chairman for the new pack of 15 boys. Organizational training was completed Tuesday night and the pack committee will meet Friday to set dates for pack meetings and to decide on the formation of dens. Wordeji Baptist Homecoming Is Scheduled WORDEN — The annual homecoming at New Hope Baptist Church will be held Sunday with a basket dinner following the morning services, the Rev. William Robertson, pastor, has announced. Following the dinner, a program will be presented at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Dan Bryan. LONDON — The drop in English sales taxes is designed as a n eco nomic stimulus. Christian Science Services First Church of Christ, Scientist 533 East Tenth St.—All Are Welcome Sunday Service 11 A.M. Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting 8 P.M. Sunday School 11 A.M. Nursery Open During Each Service Reading Room, 100 East Broadway Open Daily Except Sunday & Holidays from 11 to 4:30 P.M. Revival Sunday at Forest Homes First Baptist Church of Forest Homes begins a family revival meeting Sunday Sept. 8, with its regular services. The Rev. J. L. Hollingshad, pastor, will deliver evangelistic messages. Services will be held each evening at 7:30 and certificates will be given to church families attending. Fall-Winter Schedule Back At 12th Street The Twelfth Street Presbyterian Church of Alton will begin the fall and winter schedule by returning to two morning worship services, the first at 9:30, the second at 10:45 a.m. Church School will be held at 9:30 a.m. and the Senior Fellowship will meet at 7:00 p.m. The "River Pilots", Mariners' ;roup of Twelfth Street, will serve coffee and doughnuts in the fellowship hall between the morning worship services. All are invited to see the stage curtain, valance, and cyclorama which were installed in fellowship hall during the past week. This project was completely sponsored by the "River Pilots." First Baptist Women See Mission Film A film strip on Baptist work in the Philippines was shown Thursday at a potluck dinner of the Woman's Mission Society of First Baptist Church. Circle 3 served the 35 women present. Mrs. Ruth Durkee gave the devotions using as her Scripture the 15th Chapter of John. Circle meetings announced for the third Thursday of September were as follows: Circle 1, with Mrs. Eugene Rench, at the church; Circle 2 with Mrs. Roger McBrien at her home, 221 Hi Pointe Ave., Rosewood Heights; Circle 3 with Mrs. Lilton Hildebrand, 2207 Morning Star Drive; and the home-makers at the home of Mrs. Carl Bowman, 1805 Main St. First Methodist Women Planning Church Dinner The Woman's Society of Christian Service of the Alton First Methodist Church will hold a sem inar Sept. 17 at the church. The group in a meeting this week also announced plans to hold the Fall Festival Tea Oct. 16.. A highlight of the meeting was a talk by the Rev. R. H. Simpson on "Our Mission Today" which is also the title of the book which will be used for mission study. The group will meet again Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the church. No Latter Day Saints Service At Wood River There will be no services in the Reogani/ed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Wood River Sunday due to District Conference which will be held in St. Louis. The POWER of FAITH By WOOD1 15HMAEL /rnest M. Kampits, who refers to himself as the blind watch repairman, has a faith that has sustained him through many valleys of shadows. The night of Feb. 28, 1947, in his native Hungary, Communist troops entered his home looking for a friend of hi*. He tried to assure them that he knew nothing of the man's whereabouts. They started shooting—his wife was killed, his infant daughter was wounded. One of the bullets entered his left temple and came out through the right cheek, leaving him blind in the left eye and nearly blind in his right eye. He and his daughter escaped into Austria and then to the American Sector of Germany. The first winter they lived !n an abandoned railroad cattle car. Through his faith in God and himself, his talent for mechanics (he was an engineer in Hungary) and through others' faith in him, he finally reached America. Here he makes his living maintaining hospital equipment, and repairs watches and clocks as a hobby. He asserts, "God gave me two hands, and with God's help I will use them. When God closes one door, he opens up another." ' AP Newsfeatures«— 25 Cherry Baptist Youth at Retreat Twenty - five persons, including adult sponsors of Cherry Street Baptist Youth Fellowship attended a three - day Retreat Campout at Beaver Dam State Park over the Labor Day week end. The Rev. W. Freeman Privett, pastor of the church, conducted an outdoor moonlight communion service Saturday evening at the lakeside. Those who attended from the church were: Charles Barton, Joe and John Poole, David Hardwick, Don Pointer, Herb Short, Earl Mosby, Don Pruiett, Gail and Dail PruieU, Stella Hartley, Patricia Hicks, Shirley Simmos, Carol Griffin, Linda Greer, Linda Wombles, Linda, March and Judy Bernhardt. Also attending were sponsors Mr. and Mrs. Guy Wombles, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Mosby and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bernhardt. Mrs. Simpson Installed at St. Matthew's Mrs. James Simpson was Installed as president of the St. Matthews Altar Society last Wednesday. Other officers installed included Mrs. Thomas De Clue, vice president; Mrs. Richard Disher, secretary and Mrs. Leroy Scheibal, treasurer. First Baptist Church College and Johnson Street)) Alton, Illinois OBRIN M. ANDERSON, Pastor 9:25 a.m Sunday Church School 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship Message: "Priorities" by Rev. Anderson Anthem: "With A Voice of Singing" 6:30 p.m. Baptist Youth Fellowship 7:30 p.m. Evening Worship •Message: "Joy and Shame" Wednesday, Mici-Week Service, 7:15 p.m. Air-conditioned Nursery maintained during service. _____ Ample Parking for Everyone. TO SING HERE Howard Skinner, a soloist from Muskegon, Mich., who will appear at Brown Street Baptist Church for a series of special meetings, Sept. 815, at 7 p.m. Dr, Fred Brown of Chattanooga, Tenn., will be the speaker. College Avenue Presby Women Shown Slides Mrs. Fred Berry of Wood River talked and showed slides of her trip to Europe to the United Presbyterian Women of College Avenue Presbyterian Church Wednesday. Mrs. John Chappell lead devotions at the group's September meeting held in the church parlor. Members of the executive board were hostesses, In other business the group planned a visit to Alton Woman's Home, Sept. 25. BANGKOK - New construction of roads in Thailand will cost $3.6 million.
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