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3, Religion .It' [F]I-:I ,'I There I was sitting among a group of seasoned sermon mak- ers to examine a young minister for ordination, not expecting this youthful candidate would shock me with one of his :answers and make me wiser 'upon leaving than when I came Ordination councils are usually made up of delegates from many churches. Most of them, but not "all, are area or denominational ministers. Church board mem- bers and other officers of congre- gations may also be part of the grilling group that will, after . hours of questioning, recommend - or advise to deny ordination. - This young preacher had been gwmg an admirable account of himself concerning his beliefs, his knowledge of great doc- trines of the faith, his views on correct conduct and other areas that are standard fare at such proceedings; then came the question and answer that _ shocked me. . _ "Are you ready to die for your LC~,, faith, someone asked "Not today!" I heard him say. " What heresy was this? When I was ordained I was told I must be willing to preach, pray or die at a moment's notice Now this one, on whose request for ordination I must vote, seemed to he saying he wasn't yet totally dedicated to his Lord; he needed time to develop i'.!greater faith before being will- : ing to lay his life on the line. Was this some kind of delayed dedi- :cation we were to expect him to achieve before crunch time? Evidently sensing he had placed his ordination in jeopardy with his answer on martyrdom, the questioned one immediately turned his attention to damage control, explaining he was not prepared to die for his faith that day because he was not yet in a life-threatening situation. He said he was confident that should In today's times we often hear help us solve problems. that time arrive, his Lord would the statement, "he or she is a There is, however, a great dan- provide grace for the occasion. very gifted person," but have ger in this new focus, as illus- What about this explanation? you ever thought about what this trated in an article titled, "Who It did have a familiar ring, statement really means? Are the Gifted?" written by closely resembling what our In checking my dictionary, the Wilbert Larson, Fort Collins, Lord told his disciples: "And word "gifted" is defined as "one Colo. Larson points out Albert you will be brought before gov- having or showing great natural Einstein was 4 years old before ernors and kings for My ability or one who is talented." he could speak and 7 years old sake...but when they deliver you As it's used in this context, the before he could read. Isaac New- up do not worry about how or word gifted is really a label that ton did poorly in grade school, what you should speak. For it is used to identify a person as Beethoven's music teacher once will be given you in that hour being a "cut above" the average said of him, "as a composer, he what you should speak" or one who has been blessed is hopeless." When Thomas Edi- (Matthew 10:18-19). with extraordinary talent,son was a boy, his teacher told Grace for the moment: what a In recent years we have him that he was "too stupid to fear-fighting concept! learned a great deal about the learn anything." A newspaper We don't have to picture our- self-image and the tremendous editor fired Walt Disney because selves before firing squads, see power it has over our lives. We he had "no good ideas." Caru- ourselves imprisoned for our have also come to realize that so's music teacher told him, faith or even feel pain's torment one of the most powerful and "You can't sing! You have no resulting from some anticipated damaging things we can do to voice at all." Leo Tolstoy, author accident or illness. To do so, is another human being is to pin a of"War and Peace," flunked out to live through suffering we may negative label on them. In most of college. Abraham Lincoln cases, without even realizing it, entered the Black Hawk War as a never have to endure. We don't when we refer to other people as captain and came out as a pri- have to pump up our faith in dumb, stupid, idiots or morons, vate! Fred Waring was once advance to survive tough times. we have not only pinned a label rejected from high school chorus Grace arrives in our weakest on them, we are giving them and Winston Churchill failed the hour imparting strength for mental pictures of themselves sixth grade. every need (2 Corinthians 12:9) that sooner or later they will If we know these examples of In his best-selling book, begin to accept as true. where people didn't fare well in "Confessions of a Happy Chris- The converse of this statement the beginning, but later turned tian," Zig Ziglar says he has is also true. When we pin posi- out to be world famous, how given up staying awake at night tive labels on people, such as many others could have been, if because the Lord is awake all brilliant, smart, intelligent and someone had not pinned a nega- the time. He's given up worry- gifted, they begin to visualize tive label on them or destroyed ing about tomorrow because themselves in a different light their confidence by ridicule? God is already there. He no and form mental pictures that Yes, labels are very powerful longer frets about financial con- create potential for full use of and we need to be careful. cerns because he's convinced their talents and abilities. I did When we look at any person, the Lord is more concerned not use labels here that have to young or old, we just never about our needs than we are and do with a person's outward phys- know who are the truly gifted. that his unlimited resources will ical appearance, since a quick A final thought with reference always be enough, glance in the mirror is all it takes to our nation's educators. What I to prove or disprove whether this am sharing here is not meant to The candid candidate turned kind of label is valid, demean or detract from the good out to be an example of the faith In relation to the emphasis our job you are doing. I'm simply he intended to spend his life shay- nation's educators are placing on pointing out we should never ing; one who had chosen to trust identifying gifted and talented "give up" on a student, or any rather than tremble about what he students, if used in the proper person for that matter, who may might someday face, expecting way, I personally believe this not possess obvious talents and God to provide grace for whatev- new focus has some merit, skills. There are many people er would come his way. because we all know as technol- who are "late bloomers" who do We recommended his ordina- ogy continues to advance we not achieve real success until tion. will need our very best minds to later in life. Representing BLUE BLUE of Montana Geo. B. 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Pastor Ran Masters, Associate/ Youth Pastor Thud Arnold; Sunday , ~. 119 S Central School 9:15 am, Sunday Worship Ave., Sidney 10:30 am (child care available) & 6 433-3335 pm, Wednesday Family Night 7 pm. A church with aBAHA'IFAITH, For information heart where theon local worship & study times call Word of God comes alive 482-4110 or 800-22-UNITE or to the hearer, visit www.us.bahai.org. 0f65 bm ~ 1~ ~ S L ~ BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH, 502 ~.T~ S. Central, Phone 482-3706, Mike "Gone Fishin#" Vacation Bible School Trinity Luther Church 214 S. Lincoln Man., Aug. 4 - Frl., Aug. 8 9-11:30 a.m. Call to pre-register 433-2050, leave a message. Uacatlon Day Camp Pella Lutheran Church 418 W. Main Monday, Aug. 4 - Friday, Aug. 8 vice 6 pm. FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, Sunday Worship Service & Sunday School at 8 a.m. ST. THERESA 'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Mission Church, 219 7th St. SE, Sidney. Phone 482- 1068, Fr. Greg Staudinger. Sunday Mass 11:45 am. SAVAGE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC 102 2nd Ave. S., 776-2218, or Office 482-3707, Interim Pastor Douglas Ostlund. Lonsdale United Methodist SUNDAY SCHooL: Wo~sr~ 10:30 a.nt BIBLE STUDY: YOUTH GROUP: THE REV : 201 3rd Ave. S.E. Open Sunday, 11 Pharmacy 402 East Main Backhaus, Pastor, Sunday Worship,Children ages 4 - 6 grade No charge. Sunday morning worship and Sun- 11 am & 6:30 pm, Sunday SchoolFor more information call Pella Lutheran Church 433-3350. day School 9 am. Communion first ?[ ~ Tfln|~j 10 am, Wednesday Bible Study 7 Sunday of every month & Holy{~ tmueran cuur,,I pm. J0n Ste ' C- e- rant S r hestradays. \~? CARPENTER'S CHURCH, car- will present a communit3 -wide service of contemporary music FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH ....... Lutheran t | Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. |482-3028,her of 6th AVe.sundayandSchooll lth St.forSE,all . Th ELCA, 294 4th Ave. S., Phone 776- SundaYTraditionalmOrning:s~8:30 | 214 S. Lincoln Ave., Sidney / ages 9:30 am, Morning Worship ursday, Aug. 7 7 p.m. 2218 Sunday School: 9:30-10:45 am, Sunday Worship: 1st, 3rd & 10:30 a.m.: Contemporary, 433-2050 10:30 am, Evening Worship 6 pm,Faith Alliance Church 301 E. Main, Sidney 4th Sunday 11 am, 2nd Sunday Wed. Bible Study 6 pro. All seats axe free! 8:30 am. Pastor Betty K. Mawbey ~ CHURCH OF CHRIST, 905 4th ST. MICHAEL'S CATHOLIC ! St. SW, 433-3456, Sunday Worship am. Father Greg S~udinger, mis- ~ ""~'~~ ~ 10:45 am, & 2 pm Bible School Ave. SE, Phone 433-3110, Rev. Center Office. Saturday Mass 5:30 CHURCH, Sunday Mass at 11 9:45 am, Wed. Bible Class 7 pm IIA Susan Twidwell Sunday School pm, Sunday Mass 9:30 am. sion of St. Matthew s Sidney,. Ph. Sunday worship 9:30 am, Sunday Worship Service TRINITY LUTHERAN 406-482-1068 Coffee flour to Place You Are Always Welcome. 10:30 am CHURCH, 214 S. Lincoln, Phone CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, 1215 SIDNEY LUTHERAN 433-2050, Sunday Worship Service 'CHURcH,YELLOWSTONE173 Mesa,COMMUNITYPhone 776- 5th St. SW, 482-3250 Church BRETHREN CHURCH, Red 10:30 am. 2236, Sunday School 9:45 am, River Drive & Madison Lane, THE CHURCH OF GOD, Pastor Worship 11 am. Sidney 482-3737 1151 S Central, Sidney 482-2305 Ran Barone, manager [11111 fll ii office & Family History Center; 482-6273 Church building or 482- 6340, Blaine Gifford, Bishop, Priesthood & Relief Society 10 am, Sunday School 11 am, Sacrament Meeting 11:50 am. CHURCH OF NAZARENE, Cor- ner of Lincoln & 9th St. SW, Phone 488-1956, Pastor Elwin Paulson, Sunday School 9:45 am, Worship Services 11 am & 6 pm, Wednes- day Worship Service 7 pm. Wednesday Youth meeting 7 p.m. EBENEZER CONGREGATION- AL CHURCH, "Ebenezer - saying Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." 1 Samuel 7:12, 118 4th Avenue NW, 482-1574, Pastor Bob Mee- hun, Sunday School 9:30 am, Wor- ship Service 11 am, Wed. Bible Study 6:30 pm. FAITH ALLIANCE CHURCH, 301 E Main, Phone 433-1112, Pas- tor Paul Turek, Sunday School 9:30 am, Worship Service 10:30 am & 6 pro, Wednesday prayer 7 pm. FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH, 2181 W. Holly, 482- 4316, Sunday Service at 10:45 am & 6 pro, Sunday School at 9:45 am; Wed. Bible Study & Prayer 7 pm. JEHOVAH'S WITNESS, 2301 3rd St N.W. Sunday Public meeting 10 am; Watchtower Study 10:50 am. LONSDALE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 201 3rd Phone 433-2209, Senior Pastor Bruce J. Vallevik, Assistant Pastor Tom Bechtold; Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.; Wed. Bible study 7 p.m. PELLA LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA 418 West Main, (corner of Main St. & Lincoln Ave.) Sunday 8:30 am Traditional Service (radio broadcast on KTHC-FM-95.1); 9:30 am Sunday School; 10:30 am Contemporary Worship. Child care available at both services. Pastor George Karres 433-3350 PEOPLES CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC 405 10th Ave SW, Church Office 433-3707, Interim Pastor Douglas Ostlund. Sunday morning worship 11 am, Sunday School 9:45 am. Nursery care available. Communion first Sunday every month & Holy days. SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURcH AALC, 211 E. Holly Rd., David Huskamp, Pastor, Church 433-7479. Sunday Worship 9:30 am; Fellowship 10:30 am. Sunday School 11 a.m. SIDNEY SEVENTH.DAY ADVENTIST, 2533 S. Central Ave., Arland Sunstad, Pastor, Plen- tywood, 406-765-2053, George Reiman, Lambert, 406-774-3365 Sabbath School 9:30 am, Sat., Wor- ship Service 11 am Sat. ST. MATTHEW'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 219 7th St. SE, Phone 482-1068, Father Greg Staudinger & Rectory Office, 482-2510, Parish Victor Helmuth 488-1819, Sun SKAAR Worship 11 am, S. School & Bible GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH training I0 am; WE ARE CUR- ELCA Skaar, ND Church Office"Serving the RENTLY HOLDING SERVICES 776-2218, 776-2219. 2nd Sunday area since AT LIBRARY BASEMENT IN 11:30 am at Squaw Gap Communi- 114 2ndAve, SE. Sidner SIDNEY ty Hall with Potluck; 4th Sunday FAIRVIEW 2:30 pm Grace Church, Pastor COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN Betty K. Mawbey CHURCH, Comer 4th & Central, RICHEY Sunday School 9:30 am, Sunday AMERICAN LUIHERAN Worship 11 am. CHURCH ELCA, Worship 9 a.m. FAIRVIEWALLIANCE & Sunday School 10 a.m., Sun- CHURCH, 702 Western Ave., day.Pastor David Aaseng. Call Kath, Phone 747-5425, Kelly Sloan, Pus- CHRISTIAN MalSSiONARY tar. Sunday, 11 am, Sunday School ALLIANCE, Vaughan White, Pus- 9:45 am, Evening Worship, 6 pro. tar. Fain, iew ST. CATHERINE'S CATHOLIC ST. FRANCES DESCALES CHURCH, Mission Church, 309 CATHOLIC CHURCH, Phone [aml~rt West 7th, Fairview. Phone 747- 485-3520 for information, Circle, 5293, Father Greg Staudinger Mass MT, Sunday 11 am Eucharistic Ser- 8 am, Preschool - 8th grade. Rel. vice. Ed. Classes, Sun. at 9 am - Senior High Rel. Ed. classes Wed. at 7 pm. UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, Worship service, 8:30 ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 310 Ellery Ave., Phone am. Pastor Susan Twidwell. FililNk~ 742-5332. Sunday Worship 5:30 CARTWRIGHT p.m. Bible study 7 p.m. Interm Pus- ST. MICHAEL & ALLANGELS 742-5441 tar George Draper EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Rev. 303 S. Marianne Ell, Vicar 572-9278 or Ellery, ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH, call 744-5310 Sunday 8:30 a.m. Fairviow 309 S, Central, Phone 742-5523. (CST), 7:30 a.m. (MT) Sunday Holy Communion 9 am, Pastor School, 8:15 (MT) am; Mt. Holy Larry Quanbeck. Communion 1:15 p.m. ECW 2nd LAMBERT Monday cHRISTIAN MISSIONARY CIRCLE ALLIANCE CHURCH, Phone FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 774-3368, Sunday School 10 am, Worship Service Sunday 11 am, Worship 11 am, Sunday Eve. Ser- Sunday School 9:45 am, Pastor 809 E. Main David Aaseng.