WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD —
ABC AD Council Meeting - Adair U.M.C. @ 6:30 P.M. ≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH —
Morning Bible Study - CASEY U.M.C.-9:30-10:30≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27th
Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany
God calls a people in exile to come home, a
people in shadows to come out from hiding.
God has not forgotten them.
8 God also says:
"When the time's ripe, I answer
you. When victory's due, I help you. I form you
and use you to reconnect the people with me, To
put the land in order, to resettle families on the
ruined properties.9 I tell prisoners, 'Come on out. You're free!' and
those huddled in fear, 'It's all right. It's safe now.'
There'll be food stands along all the roads, picnics
on all the hills -
10 Nobody hungry, nobody thirsty, shade from the
sun, shelter from the wind, For the Compassionate
One guides them, takes them to the best springs.
11 I'll make all my mountains into roads, turn them
into a superhighway.
12 Look: These coming from far countries, and
those, out of the north, These streaming in from
the west, and those from all the way down the Nile!"
13 Heavens, raise the roof! Earth, wake the dead!
Mountains, send up cheers! God has comforted
his people. He has tenderly nursed his beaten-up,
14 But Zion said, "I don't get it. God has left me.
My Master has forgotten I even exist."
15 "Can a mother forget the infant at her breast,
walk away from the baby she bore? But even if
mothers forget, I'd never forget you - never.
16 Look, I've written your names on the backs
of my hands. The walls you're rebuilding are never out of my sight.
PSALM 131 (UMH 787)
1 God, I'm not trying to rule the roost, I don't want to
be king of the mountain. I haven't meddled where I
have no business or fantasized grandiose plans.
2 I've kept my feet on the ground, I've cultivated a
quiet heart. Like a baby content in its mother's arms,
my soul is a baby content.
3 Wait, Israel, for God. Wait with hope. Hope now;
I CORINTHIANS 4:1-5
Corinth had a problem with divisions based on
allegiances to past or present leaders. Paul
eminds the Christians in Corinth that it's not
their call to which of their chief leaders is better
than another. God judges and God commends.
Paul makes a comment about himself, an
apostle, and essentially the founding pastor of
the Christian community in Corinth. "I am a
steward (household manager) of the mysteries
of God." In a Greco-Roman household, the
steward managed the books, supplies and up
keep for the household.1 Don't imagine us leaders to be something we
aren't. We are servants of Christ, not his masters.
We are guides into God's most sublime secrets,
not security guards posted to protect them.
2 The requirements for a good guide are reliability
and accurate knowledge.
3 It matters very little to me what you think of me,
even less where I rank in popular opinion. I don't
even rank myself. Comparisons in these matters
4 I'm not aware of anything that would disqualify
me from being a good guide for you, but that
doesn't mean much. The Master makes that
5 So don't get ahead of the Master and jump to
conclusions with your judgments before all the
evidence is in. When he comes, he will bring
out in the open and place in evidence all kinds
of things we never even dreamed of; inner
motives and purposes and prayers. Only then
will any one of us get to hear the
"Well done!" of God.
Jesus reminds everyone that they cannot serve
both God and the power of wealth and that those
who serve in God's reign need not worry them-
selves about their basic needs or tomorrow. Put
God's kingdom first, and everything necessary
will come as well.
24 "You can't worship two gods at once. Loving one
god, you'll end up hating the other. Adoration of one
feeds contempt for the other. You can't worship
God and Money both.
25 "If you decide for God, living a life of
God-worship, it follows that you don't fuss about
what's on the table at mealtimes or whether the
clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far
more to your life than the food you put in your
stomach, more to your outer appearance than
the clothes you hang on your body.
26 Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the
are of God. And you count far more to him than
27 "Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror
ever gotten taller by so much as an inch?
28 All this time and money wasted on fashion -
do you think it makes that much difference?
Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into
the fields and look at the wildflowers. They
never primp or shop,
29 but have you ever seen color and design
quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and
women in the country look shabby alongside
30 "If God gives such attention to the
appearance of wildflowers - most of which are
never even seen - don't you think he'll attend
to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?
31 What I'm trying to do here is to get you to
relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting,
so you can respond to God's giving.
32 People who don't know God and the way
he works fuss over these things, but you know
both God and how he works.
33 Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative,
God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out.
You'll find all your everyday human concerns
will be met.
34 "Give your entire attention to what God is
doing right now, and don't get worked up about
what may or may not happen tomorrow. God
will help you deal with whatever hard things
come up when the time comes.
THIS IS CASEY U.M.C. FAITH FEST DAY
From 3 to 5 P.M.
We are including music from all over the area.
Each congregation is invited to bring:
• • • Individual Musicians • • •
• • • Choirs • • •
• • • Combined Parish Music • • •
• • • Small Group Music • • •
wE aRe fleXiBle
(We would love a praise band
or contemporary group.)
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH —
This I Pastor Lynn's and Naomi's day off.
Office is closed today.
TUESDAY, MARCH 1ST —
Morning Bible Study in Adair U.M.C. - 9 to 11 A.M.
Wed. March 2- STAFF-PARISH-RELATIONS-COUNCIL
IN ADAIR U.M.C. AT 6:30 P.M.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2ND —
UMW @ 1:30 P.M. IN ADAIR U.M.C.≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH —
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
FUTURE FOCUS —
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9TH —
This is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
MARCH 11 THROUGH MARCH 13TH —
REV. ED KAIL WILL BE MEETING WITH MEMBERS
OF THE CONGREGATION, ONE ON ONE.
There is a sign-up sheet posted in the Narthex of
Casey U.M.C. if you would like to sign and speak
with Rev. Kail. I believe many of the appointments
have been reserved.
MARCH 13TH —
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS
[SAY IT ISN'T SO!!!]
MARCH 20TH —
FIRST DAY OF SPRING
[SAY IT IS SO!!!]
• OUR ANNUAL SPRING CHICKEN DINNER •
to be held in Adair Community Centre.
More information on this later.
Don't forget — —
• • MUSICAL CASEY U.M.C. FAITH FEST DAY • •
AT 3 P.M. THIS SUNDAY, FEB. 27TH
God Bless and Keep You,