WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH —• DORCAS/RUTH CIRCLE will meet at 1:30 P.M.
with Mary Kilcoin as Hostess.
• SPRC MEETING at 6:30 in Casey UMC.
• Martha Circle will meet at 7 P.M. in Casey UMC.
• Esther Circle will meet at 7 P.M. with Darla Martin
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH —
• Deborah/Mary Circle meets in Casey UMC at 2 P.M.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH —
U.M.W. WHITE ELEPHANT SALE≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH —
"LET'S GET TOGETHER" BRUNCH
AT CASEY UMC FROM 9 TO 11 A.M.
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH —
17TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
SCRIPTURE READINGS ARE:
Although he understands why the doom he has
prophesied is happening, Jeremiah grieves for
the pain and destruction of his people.
Babylonian armies were already ransacking some
Judean towns. The people in these places had
experienced more than just the devastation and
loss of all physical assets. They also experienced
disillusionment with their leaders. They realize
now in ways they can no longer deny that their
religious and political leaders had been deceiving
them about their safety and security.18 I drown in grief. I'm heartsick.
19 Oh, listen! Please listen! It's the cry of my dear
people reverberating through the country. Is God no
longer in Zion? Has the King gone away? Can you tell
me why they flaunt their plaything-gods, their silly,
imported no-gods before me?
20 The crops are in, the summer is over, but for us
nothing's changed. We're still waiting to be rescued.
21 For my dear broken people, I'm heartbroken. I
weep, seized by grief.
22 Are there no healing ointments in Gilead? Isn't
there a doctor in the house? So why can't something
be done to heal and save my dear, dear people? JEREMIAH 9:1
1 I wish my head were a well of water and my eyes
fountains of tears So I could weep day and night for
casualties among my dear, dear people.
PSALM 79:1-9 (UMH 741) (The Message)
This Psalm is suppose to have been written on
the destruction of the city and temple of
Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar.1 God! Barbarians have broken into your home,
violated your holy temple, left Jerusalem a pile of
rubble!2 They've served up the corpses of your servants as
carrion food for birds of prey, Threw the bones of your
holy people out to the wild animals to gnaw on.
3 They dumped out their blood like buckets of water.
All around Jerusalem, their bodies were left to rot,
4 We're nothing but a joke to our neighbors, graffiti
scrawled on the city walls.
5 How long do we have to put up with this, God?
Do you have it in for us for good? Will your smoldering
rage never cool down?
6 If you're going to be angry, be angry with the pagans
who care nothing about you, or your rival kingdoms
who ignore you.
7 They're the ones who ruined Jacob, who wrecked
and looted the place where he lived.
8 Don't blame us for the sins of our parents. Hurry up
and help us; we're at the end of our rope.
9 You're famous for helping; God, give us a break. Your
reputation is on the line. Pull us out of this mess, forgive
us our sins - do what you're famous for doing!
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-7 (The Message)
Paul provides direction for what should be
included in the "prayers of the people" and in what
order. The people's ministry of prayer enters into
the ministry of Jesus as mediator and the will of
God that all should be saved.
1 The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every
way you know how, for everyone you know.
2 Pray especially for rulers and their governments to
rule well so we can be quietly about our business of
living simply, in humble contemplation.
3 This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.
4 He wants not only us but everyone saved, you
know, everyone to get to know the truth we've learned:
5 that there's one God and only one, and one
Priest-Mediator between God and us - Jesus,
6 who offered himself in exchange for everyone
held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually
the news is going to get out.
7 This and this only has been my appointed work:
getting this news to those who have never heard
of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith
and plain truth.
LUKE 16:1-13 (The Message)
Jesus praises a shrewd steward and commends
his disciples to follow his example. This gospel
is intended to engage and quicken us to the
practice of Christian duties. This our Savior is
here pressing us to, by reminding us that we are
but stewards of the manifold grace of God.
1 Jesus said to his disciples, "There was once a rich
man who had a manager. He got reports that the
manager had been taking advantage of his position
by running up huge personal expenses.
2 So he called him in and said, 'What's this I hear
about you? You're fired. And I want a complete audit
of your books.'
3 "The manager said to himself, 'What am I going to
do? I've lost my job as manager. I'm not strong enough
for a laboring job, and I'm too proud to beg. . . .
4 Ah, I've got a plan. Here's what I'll do . . . then when
I'm turned out into the street, people will take me into
5 "Then he went at it. One after another, he called in
the people who were in debt to his master. He said to
the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'
6 "He replied, 'A hundred jugs of olive oil.'
"The manager said, 'Here, take your bill, sit down
here - quick now - write fifty.'
7 "To the next he said, 'And you, what do you owe?'
"He answered, 'A hundred sacks of wheat.' "He said,
'Take your bill, write in eighty.'8 "Now here's a surprise: The master praised the
crooked manager! And why? Because he knew how
to look after himself. Streetwise people are smarter in
this regard than law-abiding citizens. They are on
constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits.
9 I want you to be smart in the same way - but for
what is right - using every adversity to stimulate you
to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on
the bare essentials, so you'll live, really live, and not
complacently just get by on good behavior."
10 Jesus went on to make these comments: If you're
honest in small things, you'll be honest in big things;
11 If you're a crook in small things, you'll be a crook
in big things.
12 If you're not honest in small jobs, who will put you
in charge of the store?
13 No worker can serve two bosses: He'll either hate
the first and love the second Or adore the first and
despise the second.
You can't serve both God and the Bank.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH —
This is Pastor Lynn's and Naomi's day off.
Office is closed today.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST —
MORNING BIBLE STUDY IN ADAIR UMC - 9 - 11 A.M.≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND
Combined ABC AD Council Meeting at 6:30 P.M. in
Adair. Focus on Charge Conference Forms and
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD
T.T.T. #2 MEETING - 9:30 - 10:30 A.M.
FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
FUTURE FOCUS —
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH —
Adair United Methodist Women Guest Night and
I read an article written by Dean McIntyre this week.
Title: THE SILVER TSUNAMI
It's been called the "Silver Tsunami" - - the dramatic
increase in the number of older Americans as a
percentage of the total population. The Baby
Boomers born between 1946-1964 were the largest
generation in history; and as they have aged, they
have transformed the entire nation and culture.
We changed public education as our huge numbers
went from grade to grade. We required large
increases in new schools and teachers, doctors,
hospitals, houses, roads, and so much more.
We changed music, art, politics, sex, gender
equality, child bearing and rearing, government,
health care, advertising, business, commerce,
In the church we've transformed what and how we
think of religion, bringing along our questioning
attitude of all institutions. Most dramatically,
we swept away the comfortable, staid, traditional
worship, liturgy, and music of our parents and
replaced them with freer, less restrained and
alternative styles. Dialog, drama, visual arts,
meditation, silence, contemporary and cutting
edge musical styles, projection screens,
synthesizers, sound systems, lighting, guitars and
drums, praise teams, performance music, video
and slides, film clips, and non-Sunday worship,
to name a few.
Now Baby Boomers are poised to have yet another
profound effect upon the church. In 2010 there are
78 million Boomers.
IN 2011, 10,000 BOOMERS WILL TURN AGE 65
EVERY EIGHT SECONDS.
The oldest Boomers are reaching retirement age.
As we continue to do so in increasing numbers,
we will claim a larger portion of the church's
Rick Gentzler, GBOD's Director of the Center on
Aging and Older Adult Ministries, offers the
following suggestions for ministry with Boomers:
• Offer a variety of entry points where Boomers
can meet others.
• Develop activities that engage Boomers for
their own sakes, not just for their children.
• Provide opportunities for meaningful service
• Schedule activities that nurture the reflective
life (e.g., journaling, prayer, meditation).
• Form small groups and support systems.
• Recognize that many Boomers will be working
well beyond the "normal" retirement age
and may not provide the same degree of
volunteer service as the Builder generation.
• Realize that Boomers have a tendency to
financially support "a cause" rather than
simply give to the "general fund" of a church.
• Keep in mind that Boomers do not think of
themselves as old adults and, as such,
have very little interest in the current design
of most older adult ministries.
• I know! Who knew we were such a monumental,
prodigious, remarkable, fantastic, incredible,
stunning, and may I add fabulous, presence.
Somehow, as we get older we tend to think we
are doing so all alone. We begin to develop short
comings. We don't hear as well; we don't see as
well; we don't walk as fast; we don't contemplate,
ruminate and deliberate as efficiently as we once
did. Our motivation changes. If I could, I would go
out and buy a tee shirt that says:
"We Are Not Alone. We Are An Army."
Thank you for the contributions you made to our
church life this week.
God Bless and Keep You,