Tuesday, May 6, 2008

OUR WEEK — MAY 11 - MAY 17

May 7th—Adair U.M.W. will meet at 9:00 A.M. in the Adair U.M.C.
Office hours today are 1-5 P.M.
Saturday, May 10th—Ione Pierce Celebration of life at Adair U.M.C. at 2:00 P.M.
Sunday May 11th— This is Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost
marks the coming of the Holy Spirit into the heart of man.
Pentecost is marked fifteen days after Easter, and celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and all followers of Jesus as described in the Book of Acts.
The color red symbolizes the Pentecost, as it is the color of fire. Red is the color of the Holy Spirit, of blood and love.
Our scripture readings for this Sunday are:
Acts 2: 1-21
1 And when the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
2 And suddenly there came from the heavens a noise like a violent, rushing wind,
and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared tongues of fire distributing themselves, they rested on each

Psalm 104
John 7: 37-39
No, we don't get to ride around in limousines, and we very seldom have our pictures on the front page of a newspaper, but we have probably the most important job on the face of the planet. Someone wrote that the only way to bring order to the whole world is to educate all of the girls. It will not be the men who choose world peace, it will be their mothers. — Greg Mortensen "Three Cups of Tea"

There are dozens of manuals on raising children, but they don't cover the first broken crystal bowl, or the first time you look up and see a naked child streaking out the front door. They don't cover the first dandelion bloom proudly presented on a warm spring day, or the first solo in the Christmas program. Children all have halos —
they just get misplaced sometimes. Mothers have a huge responsibility - keeping track of those halos. Children are only as good as they can be - watching us. It is the hardest job we will ever have - and the most wonderful. Happy Mother's Day to all who are rearing grand children, your cousins children, or foster children - they all have halos. May 12th— This is Pastor Lynn's day off. Casey U.M.C. Disciple Study will meet from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
May 13th— Adair U.M.C. Disciple Study will meet from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 AM.
Office hours are 9 A.M. till Noon.
May 14th— Office hours are 1 P.M. till 5 P.M.
May 15th— All Circles Retreat hosted by Casey U.M.W. at 9:00 A.M. Everyone is invited. Office hours are 1 P.M. to 5 P.M.
May 16th— Office hours are 9 A.M. till Noon.
You may have noticed, we use colors throughout the Christian year. Colors influence moods and feelings of people. Therefore, they can be a help to communication. At times colors are used to express and explain situations and intentions. In traditional church services liturgical colors appear on the altar, the lectern, the pulpit and as color of the stoles of the ministers. In Christianity, color symbolism is primarily used in liturgical decorations (banners, vestments, etc.)
Black is symbolic of death, darkness, deepest mourning and is therefore the liturgical color for Good Friday. Black has a powerful association with the negative aspects of human experience.

Blue, the color of the sky, is symbolic of heaven. It may also be used to symbolize truth. Blue is gaining acceptance as a liturgical color for Advent. A heavenly color, Blue is representative of water, chastening, and holy service.

Brown is the color of spiritual death, poverty, and humility.

Grey is typically associated with old age and the beauty of it, but it can also mean weakness, purification, repentance, sorrow, and mourning. It may also refer to ash, which on Ash Wednesday is placed on the forehead of a follower in the form of a cross to represent repentance during Lent.

Green is the color of plant life, abundant in spring. It is used to represent the triumph of life over death. It represents hope, growth, life, future. Green is the liturgical color for the Sundays after Pentecost in some traditions.
Purple is understood as the color of the coming King and at the same time as sign of preparation, confession and forgiveness. Purple is the color for penitence and mourning. It is also the color of royalty. Purple is the liturgical color for the season of Advent and Lent.
Red symbolizes the Pentecost, as it is the color of fire. More specific than red, Crimson symbolizes life, as it is the color of blood, so red is used for Pentecost. Crimson is also the color used to describe the covenant, which is an agreement between God and his followers.

White as combination of all colors of the spectrum of light is the color of Christ, his light and of his resurrection. White is used to represent purity, righteousness, innocence and holiness, joy, tenderness, and love. It is the liturgical color for the Christmas and Easter seasons. It is used at baptisms, weddings. White is sometimes represented by silver.

Yellow; light, lustre, glory, color of the sun, envy, (Easter, spring). Yellow is the color of light, yellow may be used to represent divinity.

Christianity’s rainbow of symbolic colors are used to express and explain situations and intentions. From the fires of sacrifice to the white purity of thought, a Christian embraces all of the colors of life.
Patches of dull brown dirt will soon magically turn to green grass, rows of corn and beans, waving armies of alfalfa and bright new flowers. Cold skeletal branches are growing new leaves and becoming cool shade trees. Life, beauty and fragrances are permeating the world again. Halleluia!

***If you click on the pictures, they will expand to full size.
If anyone has pictures of our recent graduation honorees and the quilts, we would love to do a segment on them.
Thank you for your help this week.
God Bless and Keep You,
Pastor Lynn

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