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  1. 1. March, 2013 Exalt Educate Equip Evangelize Extend Issue #233FROM THE DESK OF BISHOP FELIX ORJI:Ash WednesdayFebruary 13Holy Communion & Imposition of Ashes6:30 am 12 noon 7:00 pmWednesday in LentLunch with Teaching Series 12 noonHoly Communion with Teaching Series 6 pmFebruary 20“I Am the Bread of Life” – John 6:35-40Bishop Felix OrjiFebruary 27“I Am the Light of the World” – John 9:1-41Rev. Cindy AndersonMarch 6“I Am the Good Shepherd” – John 10:1-21Deacon Mike PomeroyMarch 13“I Am the Way, Truth, and Life” – John 13:36-14:7Deacon Daphne Orgeron (Continued)
  2. 2. PAGE 2March 20“I Am the Resurrection” – John 11:25-26; John 12:9-26 Dr. Bob TiptonHoly WeekPalm Sunday - March 24Holy Communion at 8 & 10 amMaundy Thursday - March 28Holy Communion & Stripping of the Altar 7:00 pmGood Friday - March 29Stations of the Cross6:30 am and 5:45 pmGood Friday Liturgy 5:00 pmHoly SaturdayEaster Vigil & Baptism 7:00 pmEaster SundayOne Service at 10:00 am only
  3. 3. PAGE 3Deacon Daphne: Daphne OrgeronBy Dan ORourke News Anchor/Reporter, KTSM TV, El Paso Times Hope, prayer and hard work changing lives for El Pasos homelessEL PASO — You can give a man a fish, or you can teach him how to fish. The El Paso Rescue Mission is do-ing both: providing food, shelter and clothing in a crisis, and also teaching people carpentry skills, offering thema chance for something they want so badly--an independent life.In what director Blake Barrow calls "life-saving work", the carpentry shop covers a vast area of two buildings atthe mission on West Paisano, beneath the large twin silos which read "Jesus Lives".Indeed, the project represents a path toward independence for workers who succeed. Trained in a range of car-pentry equipment, they earn money by building furniture, both for the expanding mission itself, and for sale tothe public. At arts and crafts markets, El Pasoans can buy the same dressers, trunks, and childrens furniture thatcome out of the workshop. The Rescue Mission is also identifying new markets. It cant build tree planters fastenough to meet the demand by local nurseries.For a person who gains refuge at the mission, the carpentry trade is good work--if they can get it. At this placewhere everyone arrives with their life in chaos, they dont get a job just by asking.Blake Barrow explains, "We run a 13-week relapse prevention program, a drug and alcohol program here at themission, and the people who go through that program have the first shot at getting a job in here. I want peoplewho show theyll actually do something to improve their lives, and then we give them the opportunity for em-ployment."Even more impressive than the long hours of work are the stories of personal redemption. Every work day be-gins and ends in prayer, with members of the work crew holding hands in a circle. In these moments, El Pa-soans who have lived their lives isolated in their addictions come together to form a community.As she feeds lumber into an industrial sanding machine, Tammy reflects on the miracle of getting this secondchance. Actually. she expected to be dead by now. "Ive been a junkie since I was nine years old. Ive beendrinking alcohol since I was five. Ive been a prostitute since I was 13. Ive been in prison and institutions. Butthis place believed in me. This place saved my life."After a couple of false starts in the Rescue Missions sobriety program, Tammy became serious. But then some-thing else hit hard: the need to show up daily and take personal responsibility for the first time in her life."A job? I could prostitute and make in two hours what I make here in a week. Why would I want the job? Whywould I want to pay rent or do anything except run in the street? God. God. Thats the answer to every questionin my life".Meanwhile, Karimas working her first day in the carpentry shop. After dropping out of UTEP after one semes-ter, she was doing drugs, dancing in strip clubs, and worse. Judge Bill Moody sent her to the mission underterms of her probation. Moody and Barrow had spoken, and decided it was an opportunity for the older woman,Tammy, to mentor the 21-year old. (Continued next page)
  4. 4. PAGE 4And Tammy does teach her, not about sanding two-by-fours, but about the difficult choices a woman needs tomake in order to live correctly and with dignity.Karima says, "Now I do feel better about myself. Im starting to have more respect for myself and Im startingto look forward to the future."Could this begin to change our minds about what it means to be homeless? Certainly, many present the stereo-typical image of a man or woman reaching for handouts at traffic stops. But at the El Paso Rescue Mission,many are trying, and trying very hard, to become useful and productive citizens.Tammy powers down the sanding machine wheres shes worked nonstop for two hours. "I look forward tocoming to this place. Today, I know that Im worth it. Im respected at my job. But most of all, I respectTammy."
  5. 5. PAGE 5Lay Pastor David: David Basch Modern day ArianismArianism, simply defined, is the belief that Jesus Christ was not equal with God the Father, but was a createdbeing. In the fourth century the Cappadocian fathers, St Basil and St Gregory of Nazianzus (along with Basilsbrother Gregory of Nyssa and John Chrysostom), fought against Arianism.It is worth examining the heresy of Arianism today. Heresies are like weeds. They keep coming back. Thething is, they come back in different guises. In the fourth century Arianism was part of the great debate overthe divinity of Christ and therefore the definition of the Holy Trinity.Today Arianism takes a different form, and comes to us in the guise of humanism. By humanism I mean thatbelief system that takes man as the measure of all things. This humanism is a conglomeration of different mod-ernistic beliefs, but the summary of it all is materialism-- that this physical world is all there is, human historyis all that matters and the advancement of the human race in this physical realm is the only thing fighting for.Arianism today is an interpretation of Christianity according to this whole materialistic, humanistic philoso-phy. Clearly, Jesus Christ as the Divine Son of God and the co-eternal second person of the Holy Trinity does-nt really fit. Instead Jesus is a good teacher, a wise rabbi, a beautiful example, a martyr for a noble cause. Atmost he is a human being who is "so fulfilled and self actualized that he has become divine." To put it anotherway, "Jesus is so complete a human being that he reveals to us the divine image in which we were all created--and therefore shows us what God is like." There is a sense in which this "divinization" happened to Jesus as aresult of the graces he received from God, the life he led and the sufferings he endured.This watered down Christianity is our modern form of Arianism. The cultural context of the heresy and its ex-pression is different, but the essence of the heresy is the same as it always was: "Jesus Christ is a created be-ing. His divinity is something that developed or was added to his humanity by God."The difference between Arius and the modern heretics is that Arius was actually explicit in his teaching. Themodern heretics are not. They inhabit our seminaries, our monasteries, our rectories and presbyteries. They arethe modernist clergy who dominate the mainstream Protestant denominations and who are too many in numberwithin the Catholic Church as well.Many of them dont even know they are heretics. They have been poorly catechized from the start. Their be-liefs about Jesus Christ have remained fuzzy and out of focus. They hold their beliefs in a sentimental haze inwhich they vaguely feel that what they believe is"Christian" but would not want to pin it down too much. This is because they have been taught that dogma is"divisive". They deliberately keep their beliefs vague, and focus on "pastoral concerns" in order to avoid thedifficult questions. They have been taught that dogma is part of an earlier age in the church and that we havematured and moved on from such nit picky sort of questions. "God, after all, cant be put into a box. Hes big-ger than all that..."Nevertheless, they feel totally at ease reciting the Nicene Creed every week and celebrating the (Continued next page)
  6. 6. PAGE 6Nativity of the Son of God and the great Paschal Triduum--using all the words of traditional Nicene Christian-ity, while re-interpreting those words in a way that would please Arius. So when they speak of Jesus Christ theDivine Son of God they really mean what I wrote above--"That in some beautiful way he was such a perfecthuman being that he reveals to us what God is like."The Virgin Mary then becomes "A good and pure Jewish girl who dealt with her unplanned pregnancy withgreat courage and faith." The crucifixion becomes "The tragic death of a young and courageous fighter forpeace and justice". The resurrection means that, "In some mysterious way, by following his teachings, the dis-ciples of Jesus continued to believe that he was alive within their hearts and within history."Now what really interests me is that these modern day Arians (and Im sure the same could be said of thefourth century version) are not wicked and filthy sinners. Theyre nice people. Theyre articulate, educated peo-ple. Theyre well off people. Theyre well connected people. Theyre good, solid respectable "Christian" peo-ple. Heck, even the emperors were Arians in their day. Theyre the people on top of the socio economic peck-ing order. Furthermore, their Arian version of the faith seems so much more reasonable and sensible and credi-ble than the intellectually scandalous orthodoxy of Basil and Gregory and the historic church down through theages.But Im with Basil and Gregory today. I recognize these heretics for what they are: wolves in sheeps clothing.They might present as nice, respectable, prayerful and sincere Christians. Thats OK. But theyre heretics.Theyre liars, and the people who believe their lies the most are themselves. If they have their way, and if theirsubtle heresies prevail they will destroy the faith. Therefore they are my enemies.I want to hold to the historic Nicene faith with Basil and Gregory and with the saints and martyrs down theages. I dont mind a bit if the world thinks this faith is "antique" or "quaint" or "unfortunately rigid" or "toodogmatic" or "inaccessible to modern Christians". The Arians probably made all those same arguments too.I affirm the Nicene Creed and I dont mind saying "consubstantial with the Father" and I hold to the clarity andsimplicity of the words and dont think they need to be "re-interpreted."
  7. 7. PAGE 7Bob Tipton: Resident Scholar JUST LIKE GOD Bob Tipton It was a beautiful evening in Mitilini. The breeze off the Aegean was cool, the twilight made a soft image of the rho-dodendron, and the fruit punch was delicious. The two men sipped their drinks as they talked. Eliud, the older man, waslistening intently to the young traveler’s tale. “Sir, what you say is interesting, but I heard something about it before. When I was in Rome, a centurion came backto Rome and told us about his time in Palestine. Now that has to be the toughest assignment a soldier can get. ThoseJews are the touchiest people on earth, and they can boil over in a mad frenzy at the least provocation. But Brutus’ storyis unbelievable! He had to do a crucifixion, which is bad enough. But this one was weird. I wrote down his ownwords—let me read it to you: It was the strangest thing you can imagine. Early in the morning before the feast, the High Priest and his bud- dies, the Sanhedrin, caught a rabble-rouser trying to stir up trouble for the nation. Anyway that’s what they said. They took him to Pilate’s Hall of Judgment like they planned beforehand. Then Pilate balked, asking specifically what the fellow had done! All they could do was sputter. They didn’t have a good answer and everyone knew it. So they said he would cause a big riot or a rebellion if they didn’t get rid of him. And when Pilate waffled, they threatened him with their own riot and a bad report to the Emperor. This is how they browbeat Pilate into crucify- ing this Jesus; so we crucified him. Crucifixion is a dirty detail, but someone had to do it, and I drew the short straw. If we didn’t do it right, we’d be killed. So we did it right. It was surprising, though, because he went fast. Sometimes they last a couple of days, but he went in a few hours. And he was different in other ways. Usually they curse us, and the judge, and the whole government, and anyone else they can think of. But not him! It was freaky. He prayed to his God for us to be forgiven because we didn’t know what we were doing. And he told one of the others we crucified, a real scum bag if I ever saw one, that they would be together in paradise—as if either of them would be going that di- rection! And the priests were bonkers! They came laughing and putting him down. Then his mom came, a nice looking lady with a young Jew that looked pretty decent. That Jesus told his mom that the kid would take care of her, and he agreed. Things were getting a bit rowdy for a while—that is, until it got dark. Man, it got so dark at noon, it was about the darkest dark you every saw. We had to use torches to make sure there was no trouble.” Finally he screamed out something about Eli—whatever that meant—and just popped off. It was weird. The sun came out and things seemed to be settling down. Then Pilate sent word for us to off the guys. Well, we broke the legs of the two that were still alive and they didn’t last but a bit. But one of the guys stuck his spear into the side of that Jesus guy, and blood and water came out. It was ugly. Then while we were taking them down, Pilate sent a Jew—Nicodemus, I think—to get the body of Jesus. He and another rich guy took down the body and car- ried it off to a cemetery. I went along to be sure they put it out of sight. They had spices and stuff to wrap him up like a mummy, and put him into one of those rock cave-like tombs. And we helped them roll the slab in place over the door. I noticed it was a brand new tomb with nobody in it. Then the Jews took off and we went back to the barracks and checked out. Now most of that was normal, of course. But those Jews went really batty! They came tooling over to the gov- ernor and told him this Jesus said he would rise from the dead! They kept blowing this smoke until they spooked Pilate. So he rousted us out again and put us on guard at that tomb. He and the big-wig Jews came down with us to seal that rock shut—imperial seals, too! Man, if we didn’t keep that safe, we were gonners! Guarding a tomb in the middle of a garden is really boring! But we were stuck there with nothing to do but watch atomb. Anyway, we stayed alert because there was a lot of gossip about his having some sort of powers beyond normal.And we got really nervous out there. Sabbaths (Continued next page)
  8. 8. PAGE 8 days are totally dull—but we were on high alert. Then we really had to be careful in the night. They said that something would happen before morning—his followers would cause a riot or sneak in or something to steal his body. The priests said they would then cause a revolution by saying he had come back from the dead to lead the Jews in a rebellion against Rome. Toward morning, while it was still dark, it happened. I get the shivers just thinking about it. It was so still you could hear the crickets chirping. It was a beautiful cool spring morning. Peaceful. Until it happened! First was the earthquake, then the things appeared! They were bigger than men and armed. We were knocked down by their coming and dazzled almost to death by their power. They were shining bright as the sun. And you could feel their power like a hammer hitting us all over. Down we went, every one. Scared? I never was so scared in my life even in the worst battle. I couldn’t move, much less fight or run. And then it got totally quiet. Eerie quiet. The tomb was open, but we didn’t see anything. That’s when we went running to the Jews’ high priest and told him what happened. He rousted out some of his guys and they cooked up a story for us. We were to say that his followers came and overpowered us and stole his body. Now that was a crock! And we told him so. But he gave us all the money we wanted and promised to get us out of any problems with the governor and officers of the legion. So that is what we told everyone while we were getting drunk. “Now, Titus, that’s the story that Brutus told us. But he was as screwy as any battle fatigued drunk you can name.And he got out of the legion and probably drank himself to death. Now you are trying to tell me that Jesus was dead—but that He came back to life. And you talk about witnesses! Come now, you want me to believe Brutus got it right?What makes you believe Brutus’ yarn?” Titus answered: “Eliud, it is all true as Brutus told it, but that was just the beginning. He didn’t know the rest of thestory. I remember that Sunday morning like none other. The women went down to the tomb and found it empty. Theycame running back talking about having seen Jesus alive. We thought they were just hysterical females, you know, buttwo of the men went down there and found the tomb open and empty, just like the women had said. In the late afternoon,a couple came running into the house where we were staying with a wild story, too. They had been going to their homeand met someone who explained what was happening, saying it was all written in the Scriptures. They hoped it was true,but. . . So they got him to stay to eat with them—then they recognized it was Jesus! They were gabbling out their story when all of a sudden HE was there with us. The doors and windows were barred,but He was there—and ate with us and told us this was the greatest thing that ever happened. He died for our sins andGod raised Him to live forever. For forty days, He was with us off and on—coming and going sudden like as if it werenatural. And we knew it was really Him in the flesh. Then one day He took us to the Mount of Olives and just rose up toheaven! Two angels told us to wait for the Spirit in Jerusalem. And when the Spirit came on Pentecost, we startedpreaching this message:Jesus Christ is the sacrifice to take away everyone’s sins. We have to accept His sacrifice and His Lordship over us,turning away from our sins, being baptized, and living in His Spirit. This news is for everyone. Won’t you acceptJesus as your Lord and live for Him here so you will live with Him forever in heaven?” “You are sure He accepts someone like me? And really gives a new life with Him? Yes, it sounds possible, sir. Itrings true in every link! It is just like God!”
  9. 9. PAGE 9FROM THE EDITOR:I have not verified this so take it with a grain or two of salt. However, the conclusion makes sense consideringthe shape our economy is presently in. This came in an email so the author is unknown to me.I know lots of folks dont like Wal-Mart, but this is fascinating.1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of every day.2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patricks Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target +Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the worlds largest private employer, and most speak English.6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world.7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in onlyfifteen years.8. During this same period, 31 big supermarket chains sought bankruptcy.9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the USA of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than ithad five years ago.11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at Wal-Mart stores. (Earths population isapproximately 6.5 Billion.)12. 90% of all Americans live within fifteen miles of a Wal-Mart.You may think that I am complaining, but I am really laying the ground work for suggesting that MAYBE weshould hire the guys who run Wal-Mart to fix the economy.
  10. 10. PAGE 10THE CHOIR NEEDS YOU! We are looking to expand every section of the choir. Consider a tempo-rary membership and then decide after Easter whether to stay on. You do NOT need to know how to readmusic to join. We meet at 6:45 Thursday evenings, rehearse, laugh, pray together, and care for each other.We would love to have you join us either temporarily or permanently. - Lea MagruderYOUNG ADULTS FELLOWSHIP: The Bishop has asked Jason and Stephanie Chapman to leadour Young Adults Fellowship. It will meet once a month. More information to follow.SUNDAY LUNCHES: Cookies and drinks will be available after both services on every Sunday Ex-cept The First Sunday, which will now be the pot-luck lunch. If you can help, call Linda Gunter at 203-4275.ADULT CHRISTIAN EUCATION: Meets downstairs in the conference room every Sun-day between 9:15 and 9:45 am.YOUTH BIBLE STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP: All junior and senior high youth are invited toparticipate. Sunday’s at 6:30 for dinner at the Church.FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH: Parish Prayer Meeting at 6:30 pm. All otherWednesdays: Evening prayer with homily at 6:00 pm.LAVERDE CASA GROUP: Meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 6:00pm Potluck supper and bible study. We will be studying the book of James. Call Mike for more in-formation: 490-5402.FLOWER CHART - A new flower chart sign up is posted on the bulletin board across from the giftshop. Sign up for flowers on the altar in memory of, in thanksgiving for, in celebration of, etc. The cost of aflower arrangement is $30 each. Call Sheila Huchton at 833-2382 for more information.INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Jim and Martha Williams will be leading the Intercessory Prayer minis-try at St. Francis. Intercessory prayer will be offered in the library at 9:30am every Sunday morning. You arewelcome to join. It’s a time to pray for God’s power and blessing on our Sunday service. I asked them tolead this ministry and highly recommend it to you. -Canon Felix
  11. 11. PAGE 11MEN’S BIBLE STUDY: Now Studying Exodus. Meets Wed. at 7:00 am (after 6:30 wor-ship). Breakfast included! All men are invited.PRAY ACROSS THE MILES: If your children are away at school or getting into the work-force, they need prayer support. Join us to hold our children and each other before the Lord inan informal prayer group which meets every other Tuesdy (please note day change) from 6:00to 6:30 pm at Mark and Martha Heath’s home: 5709 Bonneville. Anyone is welcome. Formore information, call Nancy Hill, 479-5513.PASTORAL CARE - Please pray for Ed Azar, Ann May, Kay Lassiter, Susan Smith, Heather Stevens,Ainsley Hines, Bill Bihn, Mary Lou Nelson, Karli Baldwin, Sharon Carr Leamon, Sharma Brown, Mary JaneBrown, Clif Stevens, Midge McReynolds, Ed Moore, Pat Tipton, Loretta Ackley, Gete and Barney Garbow,Jim Berg, Scott Smith, Krista Moore, Katherine Harrison, Lu Griswold, David Faulk, Judy Swanson and Car-rie Gutierrez,.TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY: If you are unable to drive due to illness, recent surgery etc.,please call the church office and speak with either JoAnn or Lea . We will try and find you a ride to church,doctor appt. etc.CHURCH FAMILY CHRISTMAS TREE: An exciting idea for decorating next year’s parish hallChristmas tree has been suggested. Yes, we know that is almost a year away, but as you are packing up yourChristmas decorations, save a special ornament. Bring it to church in a sandwich bag (protected if fragile)and labeled as to how you would like your family identified-ie-Uphoff Family or all the familys names etc..A red plastic box will be in Fries Hall; just place your ornament in it. For and questions, call Lynn Payne(584-2740) or Jim or Neva Uphoff. (581-1292).COMMUNITY CORNER - Ways to HelpAngela Guevara Child Development Center –Rock babies and/or read to preschoolersKelly Memorial Food Bank –Donate staples for the hungry- beans, rice, cereal, etc.L B Johnson Elementary School –Volunteer to mentor children once a month for 45 minutes beginning in the fallRescue Mission –Provide bake goods the first Sunday of the monthContact Sudy Todd for more information or to volunteer 490-5349 or
  12. 12. PAGE 12JUST FOR FUN ETC….A ventriloquist is telling Irish jokes in Davy Byrnes pub in Grafton Street, Dublin, when, OLeary, an irateIrishman stands up shouting, Youre making out were all dumb and stupid. I oughtta punch you in the nose.Im sorry sir, I...........Not you, says OLeary, Im talking to that little fella on your knee.After due deliberation, the jury foreman stood up and announced, Not guilty.Thats grand, shouted OGara, Does that mean I get to keep the money?Hey," said a new arrival in the pub, "Ive got some great Irish jokes.""Before you start," said the big bloke in the corner, ", Im Irish.""Dont worry," said the newcomer, "Ill tell the jokes slowly."Knock KnockWhos there?Irish!Irish who?Irish you a happy St. Patricks Day
  13. 13. PAGE 13EVERY WEEK AT ST. FRANCIS… CLERGY AND STAFF BISHOP FELIX C. ORJI, Rector THE REV. DAPHNE ORGERON, DeaconSunday THE REV. Dr. MYLES CALVIN, Asst. Priest8:00 am Worship Service THE REV. CINDY ANDERSON, Asst. Priest10:00 am Worship Service DAVID BASCH, Lay Pastor10:00 am Children’s Sunday School THE REV. H. EUGENE MYRICK, Rector Emeritus MIKE LAVERDE, Lay Pastor (Pastoral Care)4:00-6:00 pm Youth Bible Study PAUL COLEMAN, Lay Pastor (Bible Study and Discipleship) STEVE ANDERSON, Lay Pastor (Evangelism and Missions) Child care is provided RANDALL CROSSLAND, Chair of Buildings and Grounds Dr. BOB TIPTON, Scholar in Residence LEA MAGRUDER, Director of Music, Church Secretary JOANN CASPER, Parish Administrator SONIA LOPEZ, Sunday School Director Wednesday LEA MAGRUDER, Secretary6:30 am Morning Prayer & Bible Study VESTRYweekly at the church. Bill Burton, Sr. Warden7:00 pm Bible Study; Parish Prayer Meeting— Bill Stevens, Jr. Warden1st Wed. of the month Mark Musgrave, Treasurer Justin Benedict, Sonny Brown, Bill Burton, Jason Chapman, Elvia Crossland, Sonia Lopez, David Thursday Moody, Bernard Moye, Ron Munden, Kirk7:00 pm Choir Practice Rosenlund, Pam Slusher, Melinda Skillern, Bill Stevens, Kevin Coleman (Youth rep.) **** FRANCISCAN : Editor; Jim Uphoff Staff; Neva Uphoff, Loy Doty Inside this issue: From The Bishop Page 1 David Basch Page 3 Deacon Daphne Page 5 Bob Tipton Page 7 From the Editor Page 9 St Francis Happenings Page 10 Just For Fun Page 12