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Saturday, June 29, 1968
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ALTON EVENING JUNE 29. A • to Communist China, Christians are persecuted in A style reminiscent of the ttomaa empire or Nazi Ger- Inany, three Chinese who fWSte bom in China indicated. s Net only are Bibles own*d by Christians seized and burned in the streets, but their owners are shaven except for a small lock of hair- in the back. This is cut in the shape of a cross s o the individual is the subject of humiliation wherever he goes. The Rev. Thomas Wang, executive director of the Chinese Christian Mission, and two members of the Chinese Christian Chorale, related some of the horror inside Red China in an interview Thursday morning at the Telegraph, The chorale members were Gene Yee and Stephen Sheng, both students. The purpose of the mission, headquartered in Detroit, is to preach the gospel to the Chinese people on both sides of the bamboo curtain The three were in Alton at Calvary Southern Baptist Church last week on a singing tour of the United States and Canada. Yee was in Red China as late as 1965. Wang was there until 1950 and Sheng until 1952. But though Christians are persecuted in China, there is an underground church conslst'ng of small companies of trusted Christians who pray together, the Rev, Wang said. The Bible is preserved by those people by the simple expedient of each member memorizing a chapter and reciting them at meetings, he added. The three Chinese said China's people are controlled to the point that even their "stomachs" are subject to the super state, in that if you are a party member you get more to eat than if you are not. Also, the enthusiastic parades seen In Red China are "show," put on to impress outsiders, they said. These parades are organized by the police who come to each family and demand a certain amount of participation in the parades. The same goes for the churches, which are shown to foreigners to be "packed" with people, the Rev. Wang added, Yee said that only the people above middle age in Red China know about Chiang Kai-shek, because they remember that they had freedom under his rule and still retain the hope that the mainland will be recovered by him. However, Yee said, because half of China's pop- Ecumenical Experiment With 'Talking in ' By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer They held hands. They prayed for one another. They spoke in tongues. They traded accounts of their "baptism of the Spirit." A : nun told of having a vision from God of a stream where all men came to drink. And the discussion abounded with phrases ' such as "praise the Lord" and "Hallelujah." This was the atmosphere of a recent gathering of Protestants and Catholics in Dayton, Ohio, concerning an unusual phenomenon swirling through American churches, 'it's called the "charismatic revival" or "Spirit movement." Once confined largely to Holiness or Pentecostal churches, it has spread among small, dedicated groups in many major Protestant denominations, and a year ago, began breaking out among Roman Catholics. A newly completed three-year study, directed by Dr. Luther P. Gerlach, a University of Minnesota anthropologist, found that the movement now involves a wide cross-section of Christians. Although it originated among simple Bible belt believers late in the last century, Dr. Gerlach says the growing "Neo-Pentecostalism" of the 1960's attracts social, cultural and educational backgrounds. The study estimates their present number at about four million in this country. More than two million of them belong to Pentecostal denominations, including many small groups. Largest among them is the 556,000-member Assemblies of God, which has an even larger overseas following. These Pentecostal churches now outstrip all other denominations in rate of growth, but Dr Gerlach says t he greatest recent surge in the movement has been in mainline Protestantism and Catholicism. "spreading throughout MAKING A RECORD — Dr. and the Kev. Howard "Todd" Taylor, the ' Mrs. Don Ingram, left, became the church has experienced a record •2,000th and 2,001st members of Cal- growth among Illinois Baptist churches. ' vary Southern Baptist Church in Alton The Ingram's three sons also joined. i : last Sunday, to make the congregation The Rev. Taylor, at right, welcomes Tithe largest of any faith in the Alton the couple. • area. During the U-year pastorate of 'Summer Services Scheduled Services in the Wood River |"irst Presbyterian Church will fce held at 10:15 a.m. Sunday preceded by Sunday School at t a.m. The new summer schedule of Sunday services will continue through July and August, the Rev. Manley Mace, pastor, toas announced. A meeting of the board of date due to the Fourth of July Holiday. Church Women United of the Wood River area will hold a work session at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the church social rooms to make pads and dressings for the Madison County unit of the American Cancer Society. The Monday noon luncheon of trustees will be held in the Church social rooms at 7:30 p.m. ijjonday, and the Session will ipeet at 7 p.m. Tuesday having the Wood River Rotary Club the Presbyterian the church social served Women by in rooms each week, has been cancelled this week, due to the club Communion Set Holy Communion will be cele brated at the 8:30 and -10:40 a.m. services Sunday at Main Street Methodist Church of Alton. Music will be sung by Mr. &'Mrs. Fred Hamel, and the Sanctuary Choir. Mrs. Clarice Ferguson will serve as organist. The Senior MYF will have a film and discussion Title of the film is "The Christian Family Relationships" and vesper Service will be at 5:30 p.m. society," he said in a recent interview in the National Catholic Reporter. It includes priests and nuns, ministers and laymen, professors and businessmen. "Research has shown these people recruit because they are convinced they're right," he said. "They are sure of themselves." Among their core convictions are belief in the "baptism of the Holy Spirit," accompanied with speaking in tongues, and a fervent commitment to disciplined living and evangelism. Speaking in unknown tongues, or glossolalia, was first experienced by some Christians in New Testament times. Groups affirming that experience have turned up in Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopal and Baptist churches, and lately, among Catholic groups at several universities, including Notre Dame, Duquesne, Iowa State and Michigan State. Some participants work quietly, lest they bring on official church opposition. Others, such as the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship, openly promote the movement. Several major denominations have auuthorized studies of the activity within their ranks. The Dayton meeting, an Institute on the Charismatic Revival, was sponsored by the Catholic Marist Fathers' Bergamo Center to bring into the open the widespread manisfestations of the movement. About 150 participants from across the country took part, along with more than 200 local adherents from various churches. The meeting ended with an all-night meeting of prayer and estimony by individuals about their experiences. As recounted In the Reporter, Dr. Gerlach said it would be a "miracle of sorts" if the established churches are able to absorb the movement without a clash. However, the Rev. Edward O'Conner, a Catholic theologian of Notre Dame and a participant in the movement, said there was no need for such a meeting in a night session, advanced from the usual collision. The institutional church and Spirit revival "of their very nature belong together," he said. "It will be the greatest disaster if we have to begin acting as if we (Pentecostals) have to go underground." As Dr. Gerlach sees it, officials of major churches generally have opposed the movement because they are concerned with maintaining church order. Another wing of Christian militants wants the church to fight for social reform, he said, while the third wing is made up of the Neo-Pentecostals working for a revolution in the spiritual life of Christianity. "There is a slight possibility that the social action wing and the spiritual renewal wing will come together," he said. "If that happens we would have a powerful thing. The established order will be shaken In the churches. My only advice to the established order is to get with it." ulation of 750 million is tin* der the age of 25, they were brought up under the Reds -* who took over in 1949 — and are taught a distorted picture of Chiang Kai«shek. Stephen Sheng had one vivid memory of his life in Red China, when he was about 'seven years old. "I never knew the united States existed," he said. "China was the whole world to me." But he and the children in his class were taught about the U.S. by learning .to hate John Foster Dulles and General Douglas Me- Arthur, Sheng said. "We were supposed to draw pictures of them to look like monsters. The worst picture won a prize." (This is reminiscent of a scene in Orwell's book in which the people are taught to hate their enemy through weekly or daily sessions.) As for the public press in Red China, Yee said there are three types of newspapers in the country. One newspaper is a large size for the common people, and Its content is the most distorted. Then there is a medium size newspaper, for the college students and middle class Red officials, which carries some true reports such as the U.S. criticism of Red China, for instance. The third type Is the smallest newspaper, for the eyes of Communist high officials only, which contains mostly the truth. The Rev. Wang said this paper exists because of an old Chinese saying which translates roughlv into the adage that if you know yourself and your enemy, you can conquer him. According to the Rev. Wang, 90 per cent of the visible church in China is suppressed. The other 10 per cent is a government controlled "show" church. He says that an underground church is "mushrooming" in China ever since the violent excesses of Mao's Red Guards. Yee said the Red Guard movement in China, whch put the country through a reign of terror, is past, but that the regime is stirring up another movement called the "12th degree typhoon." after a term used to describe the intensity of a typhoon. ' This movement, Yee said, will be more fanatical than the Red Guards, but he was no't clear on what form it would take The Rev.Wang was emphatic in declaring that there can be no compromise between the Communists and free society, because the Reds do not want to compromise. Communism is an atheistic religion, in which the individual must give his loyalty to the state, he said, adding that the Reds will never be satisfied until the whole world comes under their domination. Still, he ended the interview on a note of hope. "The Chinese mainland," he said, "will be open again — by God I believe we can go back." The Telegraph s ^ Devotional Lite Bong net Set 6:30 Sunday at Dorchester DORCHESTER - The ydUthlaswellasgKwp'paiti of the SSMm Lutheran Church, the part of the sputh, Shipman,. eran Church, Dorchester, are sponsoring their annual De* votlonal Life Banquet on Sunday, at 6i30 p,m, at SV John's Lutheran Church at Dorchester, The ftev, Joel 0. fcustad is pas* tor- of the parish. The theme for the Banquet is "God's Word Unites". Mr. Kenneth Johnson, layman of the Shipman church from Godfrey, will give ,the banquet youth address, In- eluded on the program for the evening will be a youth movie, Car Fever", and special music are ning of Christian fellowship. The banquet ; wffl be served by the ladies of the Dorchester church. The newly confirmed member? of the parish Luther League are to be given special recognition and welcomed into the fellowship of the League. Devotional Life secretary for the League and organizing chairman of the event is Rosemary Kahl. Tickets for the Devotional Life Banquet are available from either Rosemary Kahl of 2km Church or Bill Heyen of St. John's church, To Sponsor Stand SHIPMAN — The Lutheran | Ladies Aid met Thursday and made plans to sponsor its an nual homemade ice cream stand I at the Shlpman Homecoming Picnic July 23 and 24. ! Ifett SeM >p1l«»- tof'chrtitlm Ltttafi Alton Bible and Book i Storo Mr§, AMW Milter, owner Telephone 464-888* 2808 B, Broadway, WantAdsCLICK! That the basic Faith Church Program Looks at Old Fashions BETHALTO ASSEMBLY Of GOD 111 SHERIDAN — BETHALTO, ILL. The Church Where Every Service fc Designed to Meet Every Need. Sunday School .... 9:80 a.m. Christ Ambassador. .. «:» ».«. Morning Worship 1MB a.m. Evangelistic Services It* 9M at Faith 7505 N. ey on J This w nual "01 the chui uch thin The ai of the egatii day best" the 1890's. This v a.m. Sui m. ch\i Many be used old tune religion" is c answer to every in America today, ac- o the Rev. Tom Olney nvited the public to re! of the 'old time ways Community Church, Humbert Road, God- uly 7. ill be the second and Fashion Day" for •ch and will feature gs as an antique show. itique display will be estibule of the church, ed for : the occasion, by regation. , musicians and many nembers of the con- i will wear their "Sunt" fashions current in s. /ill occur at the 9:30 iday School and 10:35 rch service. "old time" songs will in these services, in eluding "Old Rugged Cross", 'Give Me That Old Time Religion", and "Old Time Power." An old time baptismal service will follow the morning worship service, and will take place in a creek about 4 miles from the church building. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hamel will provide special music at the 7:30 p.m. service. This service will be reminis- ccent of church services of long ago by the use of coal oil lamps and lanterns and an interesting and amusing feature of this. service will be t h e Hallelujah Offering — as remembered by older folks. The offering will be taken up with a basket at the end of a pole. If the church member puts in a one dollar bill, the usher says "Amen," if he puts in $5 the usher says "Praise the Lord", and if $10 is put in the usher shouts "Hallelujah." German Pastor Guest Of Church at Shipman SHIPMAN — Dr. Jorgen Win- terhager, Ph. D., D.D., professor of ecumenical theology at the Evangelical Church seminary in West Berlin, Germany, was a guest in the home of Pastor and Mrs. Joel 0. Rustad in Shipman during a stay in the community. Dr. W'.nterhager his speaking at Zion and St. John's Lutheran Churches of Shipman and Dorchester as well as Zion Lutheran Church, Mt. Olive. His visit also included speaking to the faculty and summer school student body at Concordia Sem inary in St. Louis on the theme "A Super - Church, A Spell and a Temptation". Following his visit in this community he re- Proceeds Given Proceeds from a benefit concert given by the Allen Singers, of Alton's Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, 2213 Salu St., were sent to the Delta Ministry in Greenville, Miss. The concert, held June 16, netted $130 sent by the Cecelia Gregg Missionary Society of Allen Chapel. ' Baptist Church To Stage Play Morning Star Baptist Church 991 Riley, Alton, will stage * play Sunday at.7 p.m. entitled "The Highway to Heaven." The play is open to the pub lie and is being presented on be half of the Morning Star Bap tist women's group. ft „»,*«•». - eonwweiowiittog Vacation Kwibta Choi* a maple Scboo) concluded Friday. Posing wltli "lfvi»g exawple of our study tlie tree prior to dedication cerwnouies to be wanted on tbe grounds ace; members of the fellowship. Pastor Qtad Wagner to at rlgnt rear, r * •ETHALTO METHODIST CHURCH 240 E, Sherman Worship Service* ... 10:M a.m, Sunday School,. >:M a.m. Evening Worship .... 9;99p.m. ERNEST E. O'NEAL, PMtor After Church — Be Our Gueit FREE COFFEE and DONUTS Store Houra: Mon. thru Sat. 0 a.m. to 0 p.m. Sunday 0 a.m. to 7 P.m. ZIKE PHARMACY 827 E. Airline Drive ROSEWOOD HEIGHTS Dial 2M-22I3 urned to his home in Berlin via few York City, London, Eng- and and Copenhagen, Denmark. In early June he will repre- ent his church in Germany in he delegation of the Fourth As- embly ol the World Council of Ihurches to be held in Uppsala, weden, a meeting which brings together delegates representing 23 member churches from all 3ver the Christian world. Dr. Winterhager's messages from he Word of God and his own experience in the area of communist and dictatorial oppression and tyranny were well received in the community. Pastor and Mrs. Joel 0. Rustad, Jonathan and Noralee attended the picnic for area pastors of the American Lutheran Church held at the New Salem State Park near Springfield last Sunday, Accompanying them was Mrs. Luther Meyer of Gillespie. The pastors and their families enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship and seeing the sights at the park together. CHURCH OF CHRIST 8402 FRANOR ALTON Sunday Meetings 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. r«r Information ttoae X9MSM MS-mi jelieal 1212 twHray NIHlnt CwHrty, Wlwl* GORDPN MINCAU, Inttrlm tat* CHURCH SCHOOL -» 0 AM . MORNING WORSHIP * 8tOO AND 10;QO A4f. SIRMONt "lulldin* On Rliks" Oerden Mintw, Spwkw Hra, Dale Kennedy, SQloUt IQiflO to UiOO »ro«doMt Over WOKZ Nuriery Service for 10 aan> Servlow WELCOME •^••••^•••^•••••••••••••^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ w CALVARY TEMPLE 713 Washington Avt,, Alton Revival! Revival! LARRY WITH HOSKINS PARTY Talented GuUwUt, PJ*uW - Sio«(ni SUNDAY RADIO WOKZ "VOICE OF OAUAnT' 9i06 l,m, t Sunday School - All Afw ........... .,,., »i80 «on. t Kv»w Htoddw t Monday Friday ,.,,,,,,..,,..«.>«««<«•< 7 t|Q pom - YOU SHOULD HEAR THEM TODAY - "Tbe Eud <rf Vow Search for A Spiritual Cburch" r,C, l,«nivtr Ml, 448-1255 10":4B — Morning Worship Only Rev. Warfl Williams, Quest Speaker The National O. A. Dept., Springfield, Mo. Elm Street Presbyterian Church 101 WEST ELM ST. Rev. G. H. Collisson, Minister Worship Service Hours 8:30 a.m. 10:80 a.m. Church School Hour 9:30 a.m. STUDY AND WORSHIP VAUGHN HILL CHURCH OF CHRIST HIGHWAY 111, NEAR THE AIRPORT SUNDAY—9 a.m. Classes WORSHIP 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY—7:30 p.m. > CHERRY STREET BAPTIST CHURCH SIXTH AND CHERRY, ALTON, ILLINOIS June 30, 1968 » A.M. — OHDROH. SCHOOL 10:10 A.M. — WORSHIP "AS THE BIBLE SEES MAN" Rev. Robert Bowling 6 P.M. — YOUTH FELLOWSHIPS 7 P.M. — EVENING WORSHIP "THE SPIRITUAL ONES" "This Friendly Church Invites You" First Baptist Church College and Johnson Streets, Alton, minob ORRIN M. ANDERSON, Pastor 1 9:25 a.m. — Sunday Church School 10:30 a.m.—Morning Worship i MESSAGE—"MOVEABLE ... DAYS" Nursery Provided FIRST ASSEMBLY OF COD 781 N. NINTH — WOOD RIVER, ILLINOIS Sunday School — 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship — 10:45 a.m. Special Singing by Church Choir Youth Service — 6:30 p.m. Evening Service 7:30 E. R. Bucher, Pastor YOU ARE WELCOME -— FIRST METHODIST CHURCH Laurence A. Wajfley Sixth and Market Sts., Alton Tel. 488-386* 9:30 A.M. — Church School for All Agea 10:40 A.M. — Morning Worship "FIRST THINGS FIRST" Nursery for Pre-Schooler* "The WhoJ« Family Church" He gives strength, comfort, and endurance to those who trust In Him. He says, */ am came that they might faw Ufa more abundantly." M« Find Life and Strength in God's House »!80 A.M.—Sunaay School for Atom and Dad Mid all the family. The Word of Oofl it the textbook' 19,180 AJtf,«Mornlng Worship Service. We would love to hftve you visit, 6100 IM*,—Youth activities an d Adult study period. 7 !QO F,»f,—Evento* Service, Good ilnplnfr and p*e»«b* Inv. You wit) enjoy the fellowship of GotTi people. qpa» Cfcuwh t» air-condWloned for your comfort, M<««*fea by Robert Byrner* Brown Street BAPTIST CHURCH 31?5 BROWN STREET HughT. Hall, D.D., Pastor

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