Monday, November 24, 2014

OUR WEEK-NOVEMBER 30TH TO DECEMBER 6TH

R E M I N D E R S —
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH —
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TODAY!

Enjoy time with your relatives and friends.  
Time passes quickly and some day they 
will no longer be around. 
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH —
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Potluck Dinner at Casey U.M.C. hosted by
Casey U.M.W.
Decorating the church for Christmas will
start at 4:30 P.M.
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH —
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Happy Birthday Adam Beattie!

COLOR: PURPLE OR BLUE
 
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SCRIPTURE READINGS —
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ISAIAH 64:1-9
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The prophet calls for God to appear
decisively, to "tear open the heavens" so
the nations would tremble. He also
confesses the need for such decisive
intervention -- the utter sinfulness of
humanity, even of those who are part of
God's covenant. Finally, he changes
metaphors -- from earthly catastrophe to
remaking pots, begging God to be
merciful when God comes.
CAN WE BE SAVED?

1-7 Oh, that you would rip open the
    heavens and descend,
    make the mountains shudder at your
    presence—
As when a forest catches fire,
    as when fire makes a pot to boil—
To shock your enemies into facing you,
    make the nations shake in their boots!
You did terrible things we never expected,
    descended and made the mountains
    shudder at your presence.
Since before time began
    no one has ever imagined,
No ear heard, no eye seen, a God like you
    who works for those who wait for him.
You meet those who happily do what is
    right,
    who keep a good memory of the way
    you work.
But how angry you’ve been with us!
    We’ve sinned and kept at it so long!
    Is there any hope for us? Can we be
    saved?
We’re all sin-infected, sin-contaminated.
    Our best efforts are grease-stained rags.
We dry up like autumn leaves—
    sin-dried, we’re blown off by the wind.
No one prays to you
    or makes the effort to reach out to you
Because you’ve turned away from us,
    left us to stew in our sins.

8-12 Still, God, you are our Father.
    We’re the clay and you’re our potter:
    All of us are what you made us.
Don’t be too angry with us, O God.
    Don’t keep a permanent account of
    wrongdoing.
    Keep in mind, please, we are your
    people—all of us.
Your holy cities are all ghost towns:
    Zion’s a ghost town,
    Jerusalem’s a field of weeds.
Our holy and beautiful Temple,
    which our ancestors filled with your
    praises,
Was burned down by fire,
    all our lovely parks and gardens in
    ruins.
In the face of all this,
    are you going to sit there unmoved,
    God?
Aren’t you going to say something?
    Haven’t you made us miserable long
    enough? 
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PSALM 80:1-19
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The people cry out for restoration from 
the midst of exile. "Restore us, Lord God 
of hosts. Shine light of your countenance
upon us, that we may be saved!"
AN ASAPH PSALM
1-2
Listen, Shepherd, Israel’s Shepherd—
    get all your Joseph sheep together.
Throw beams of light
    from your dazzling throne
So Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh
    can see where they’re going.
Get out of bed—you’ve slept long enough!
    Come on the run before it’s too late.
3 God, come back!
    Smile your blessing smile:
    That will be our salvation.
4-6 God, God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
    how long will you smolder like a
    sleeping volcano
    while your people call for fire and
    brimstone?
You put us on a diet of tears,
    bucket after bucket of salty tears to
    drink.
You make us look ridiculous to our
    friends;
    our enemies poke fun day after day.
7 God-of-the-Angel-Armies, come back!
    Smile your blessing smile:
        That will be our salvation.
8-18 Remember how you brought a young
    vine from Egypt,
    cleared out the brambles and briers
    and planted your very own vineyard?
You prepared the good earth,
    you planted her roots deep;
    the vineyard filled the land.
Your vine soared high and shaded the
    mountains,
    even dwarfing the giant cedars.
Your vine ranged west to the Sea,
    east to the River.
So why do you no longer protect your
    vine?
    Trespassers pick its grapes at will;
Wild pigs crash through and crush it,
    and the mice nibble away at what’s left.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies, turn our way!
    Take a good look at what’s happened
    and attend to this vine.
Care for what you once tenderly planted—
    the vine you raised from a shoot.
And those who dared to set it on fire—
    give them a look that will kill!
Then take the hand of your once-favorite
    child,
    the child you raised to adulthood.
We will never turn our back on you;
    breathe life into our lungs so we can
    shout your name!
19 God, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, come
    back!
    Smile your blessing smile:
    That will be our salvation.
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1 CORINTHIANS 1:3-9
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
In the midst of greeting the Christians in
Corinth, Paul points to the end - - the
coming Day of the Lord - - to call them to
continue to grow and be faithful in using
their spiritual gifts.  

  3 May all the gifts and benefits that come
from God our Father, and the Master,
Jesus Christ, be yours.
4-6 Every time I think of you—and I think
of you often!—I thank God for your lives
of free and open access to God, given by
Jesus. There’s no end to what has
happened in you—it’s beyond speech,
beyond knowledge. The evidence of
Christ has been clearly verified in your
lives.
7-9 Just think—you don’t need a thing,
you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right
in front of you as you wait expectantly for
our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene
for the Finale. And not only that, but God
himself is right alongside to keep you
steady and on track until things are all
wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you
started in this spiritual adventure, shares
with us the life of his Son and our Master
Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never
forget that.
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MARK 13:24-37
THE MESSAGE MSG)
Jesus describes the end and instructs his
disciples to be on watch for signs of it.

  24-25 “Following those hard times,

Sun will fade out,
    moon cloud over,
Stars fall out of the sky,
    cosmic powers tremble.

26-27 “And then they’ll see the Son of Man
enter in grand style, his Arrival filling the
sky—no one will miss it! He’ll dispatch the
angels; they will pull in the chosen from the
four winds, from pole to pole.

28-31 “Take a lesson from the fig tree.
From the moment you notice its buds form,
the merest hint of green, you know
summer’s just around the corner. And so it
is with you. When you see all these things,
you know he is at the door. Don’t take this
lightly. I’m not just saying this for some
future generation, but for this one, too—
these things will happen. Sky and earth
will wear out; my words won’t wear out.

32-37 “But the exact day and hour? No
one knows that, not even heaven’s angels,
not even the Son. Only the Father. So keep
a sharp lookout, for you don’t know the
timetable. It’s like a man who takes a trip,
leaving home and putting his servants in
charge, each assigned a task, and
commanding the gatekeeper to stand
watch. So, stay at your post, watching. You
have no idea when the homeowner is
returning, whether evening, midnight,
cockcrow, or morning. You don’t want him
showing up unannounced, with you asleep
on the job. I say it to you, and I’m saying it
to all: Stay at your post. Keep watch.”
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• 1782 - The United States and Britain
signed preliminary peace articles in Paris,
ending the Revolutionary War.
• 1803 - Spain completed the process of
ceding Louisiana to France.
• 1835 - Samuel Langhorne Clemens was
born. He wrote "Tom Sawyer" and
"Huckleberry Finn" under the name Mark
Twain.
• 1838 - Three days after the French
occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico declared
war on France.
• 1954 - In Sylacauga, Alabama, Elizabeth
Hodges was injured when a meteorite
crashed through the roof of her house.
The rock weighed 8½-pounds.
• 1993 - U.S. President Clinton signed into
law the Brady Bill. The bill required a five
day waiting period for handgun purchases
and background checks of prospective
buyers.  
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 1ST —
— THIS IS WORLD AIDS DAY —  

   
  
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THE OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY
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• 1835 - Hans Christian Andersen published
his first book of fairy tales.
• 1913 - Ford Motor Co. began using a new
movable assembly line that ushered in the
era of mass production.
• 1942 - In the U.S., nationwide gasoline
rationing went into effect.
• 1943 - In Teheran, leaders of the United
States, the USSR and the United Kingdom
met to reaffirm the goal set on October 30,
1943. The previous meeting called for an
early establishment of an international
organization to maintain peace.
• 1955 - Rosa Parks, a black seamstress in
Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give up
her seat to a white man. Mrs. Parks was
arrested marking a milestone in the civil
rights movement in the U.S.
• 1959 - 12 countries, including the U.S.
and USSR, signed a treaty that set aside
Antarctica as a scientific preserve, which
would be free from military activity.
• 1965 - An airlift of refugees from Cuba to
the United States began.
• 1984 - A remote-controlled Boeing 720
jetliner was deliberately crashed into
California's Mojave Desert to test an anti-
flame fuel additive. The test proved to be
disappointing.
• 1989 - East Germany's Parliament
abolished the Communist Party's
constitutional guarantee of supremacy.
• 1990 - British and French workers digging
the Channel Tunnel finally met under the
English Channel.
• 1991 - Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly
for independence from the Soviet Union.
• 1998 - Exxon announced that it was
buying Mobil for $73.7 billion creating the
largest company in the world to date.         
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2ND —
Happy Birthday Stan Kading!
Happy Birthday Jack Spangler!
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• 1804 - Napoleon was crowned emperor of
France at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in
Paris.
• 1816 - The first savings bank in the U.S.,
the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society,
opened for business.
• 1927 - The Ford Motor Company unveiled
the Model A automobile. It was the
successor to the Model T.
• 1954 - The U.S. Senate voted to condemn
Senator Joseph R. McCarthy for what it
called "conduct that tends to bring the
Senate into dishonor and disrepute." The
censure was related to McCarthy's lawless
controversial investigation of suspected
communists in the U.S. government,
military and civilian society.
• 1980 - The Central Committee of Poland’s
Communist Party announced major
Politburo changes. The changes were
aimed at coping with extreme labor unrest.
• 1990 - The Midwest section of the U.S.
prepared for a massive earthquake
predicted by Iben Browning. Nothing
happened.
• 1998 - Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates
donated $100 million to help immunize
children in developing countries.   
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD —

• ADAIR UMW CHRISTMAS PARTY IN
  ADAIR U.M.C. - AT NOON  

• SPRC MEETING IN CASEY UMC AT 6 P.M.
• AD COUNCIL MEETINGS IN CASEY UMC
             •  CASEY MEETING AT 7 P.M.
             •  ADAIR MEETING AT 7:30 P.M.
             • JOINT MEETING TO FOLLOW
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• 1818 - Illinois was admitted as the 21st
state of the union.
• 1828 - Andrew Jackson was elected
president of the United States.
• 1931 - Alka Seltzer was sold for the first
time.
• 1950 - Paul Harvey began a national radio
broadcast.
• 1992 - UN Security Council unanimously
approved a U.S.-led mission to save
starving people in Somalia.
• 1993 - Britain's Princess Diana announced
she would be limiting public appearances
because she was tired of constant media
intrusions into her life.   
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4TH —
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• 1783 - General George Washington said
farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern
in New York City.
• 1875 - William Marcy Tweed, the "Boss"
of New York City's Tammany Hall political
organization, escaped from jail and fled
from the United States.
• 1942 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt
ordered the dismantling of the W. P. A.
(Works Progress Administration.) This
program had been created to provide jobs
during the Great Depression. 
• 1942 - U.S. bombers began attacking the
Nazi invaded Italian mainland for the first
time during World War II.
• 1978 - Dianne Feinstein became San
Francisco's first woman mayor when she
was named to replace George Moscone,
who had been murdered.
• 1991 - Associated Press correspondent
Terry Anderson was released after nearly
seven years in captivity in Lebanon. 
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5TH —
Happy Birthday Jason Martin!
Happy Birthday Lloyd McCuen!
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• 1492 - Christopher Columbus discovered
Hispaniola (now Haiti).
• 1776 - In Williamsburg, VA, at the College
of William and Mary the first scholastic
fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was
organized.
• 1782 - The first native United States
president, Martin Van Buren, was born in
Kinderhook, New York.
• 1797 - Napoleon Bonaparte arrived in
Paris to command forces for the invasion
of England.
• 1812 - Napoleon Bonaparte left his army
behind as they retreated from Russia.   
• 1839 - General George Armstrong Custer
was born in New Rumley, Ohio.
• 1848 - U.S. President Polk triggered the
Gold Rush of '49 by confirming the fact
that gold was discovered in California.
• 1932 - German physicist Albert Einstein
was granted a visa making it possible for
him to travel to the United States.
• 1989 - East Germany's former leaders
were placed under house arrest.
• 2008 - The iTunes Music Store reached
300 million applications downloaded.  
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH —
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• 1492 - Columbus discovered the
Dominican Republic.
• 1774 - Austria became the first nation to
establish a state education system.
• 1790 - The U.S. Congress moved from
New York to Philadelphia.
• 1865 - The 13th Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution was ratified. The amendment
abolished slavery in the United States.
• 1884 - Construction of the Washington
Monument was completed by the Army
Core of Engineers. The project took 34
years.
• 1889 - Jefferson Davis died in New
Orleans. He was the first and only
president of the Confederate States of
America.
• 1907 - In Monongah, West Virginia, 361
people were killed in America's worst mine
disaster.
• 1917 - More than 1,600 people died when
two munitions ships collided in the harbor
at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
• 1917 - Finland proclaimed independence
from Russia.

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FUTURE FOCUS —
CHRISTMAS MALL DECEMBER 7TH AND 
13TH IN CASEY U.M.C.  
Great gifts for kids to get for parents, or 
grandparents . . . . . or for other kids.
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 Thank you for your many church life 
contributions this week.   
Without your ocean of motion, we would 
be standing still.

God Bless and Keep You,
Donna