WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9TH —
Prayer Breakfast - Happy Chef - 7 A.M.ASH WEDNESDAY LENTEN SERVICE
IN CASEY U.M.C. AT 7 P.M.
I will be preaching from the New Testament
book of James.Please bring your Palm Fronds from last year to
be burned.The addition of a mid-week worship on Wednesday
night at 7 PM may work better for some folks that
Sunday morning times do not work so well for.
I hope to see you there.
THURSDAY, MARCH 10TH —CASEY MORNING BIBLE STUDY - 9:30 - 10:30 A.M.
FRIDAY, MARCH 11TH —
Rev. Ed Kail will begin our Conference Schedule.
He will confer with one person or family at a time.
in half hour segments of time. Sign-up schedule is
posted in each church. He's in the Casey U.M.C.
on Friday. There will be a catered supper at 6:15.
He has a full schedule on Saturday. There is a
Potluck Supper scheduled for 6:00 that day.
Rev. Kail will be preaching on Sunday.
• FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 11TH •
• CENTRAL COLLEGE A CAPELLA •
• • • • • • CHOIR CONCERT • • • • • •
• IN GREENFIELD U.M.C. - AT 7:30 •
• • • • • • FREE ADMISSION • • • • • •
SATURDAY, MARCH 12TH —
Rev. Ed Kail continues his schedule of conferences
in Casey U.M.C.
There will be a Potluck Supper at 6:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, MARCH 13TH —
REV. ED KAIL WILL BE TAKING THE PULPIT IN
CASEY U.M.C. THIS MORNING FOR 9:00 SERVICE.
PASTOR LYNN WILL BE PREACHING IN ADAIR.
• • FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT • •
Remember that Lent is primarily about preparation
for baptism and living out the baptismal covenant .
GENESIS 2:15–17; 3:1–7
Adam and Eve are tempted by a serpent to
distrust God and eat of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil. We begin in a
garden full of everything needed to sustain
us and nothing to harm us, with one exception:
the poison of the tree of knowledge.
15 God took the Man and set him down in the Garden
of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order.
16 God commanded the Man, "You can eat from any
tree in the garden,
17 except from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-
Evil. Don't eat from it. The moment you eat from that
tree, you're dead."
1 The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild
animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: "Do
I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree
in the garden?"
2 The Woman said to the serpent, "Not at all. We can
eat from the trees in the garden.
3 It's only about the tree in the middle of the garden
that God said, 'Don't eat from it; don't even touch it or
4 The serpent told the Woman, "You won't die.
5 God knows that the moment you eat from that tree,
you'll see what's really going on. You'll be just like
God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from
good to evil."
6 When the Woman saw that the tree looked like
good eating and realized what she would get out of
it - she'd know everything! - she took and ate the fruit
and then gave some to her husband, and he ate.7 Immediately the two of them did "see what's really
going on" - saw themselves naked! They sewed fig
leaves together as makeshift clothes for themselves.
PSALM 32 (UMH 766) (The Message)
A voice of wisdom from one who has sinned,
confessed, and known God's forgiveness. We
find ourselves inside the body of a person
struggling with physical sin.
1 Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be -
you get a fresh start, your slate's wiped clean.
2 Count yourself lucky - God holds nothing against
you and you're holding nothing back from him.
3 When I kept it all inside, my bones turned to
powder, my words became daylong groans.
4 The pressure never let up; all the juices of my
life dried up.
5 Then I let it all out; I said, "I'll make a clean breast
of my failures to God." Suddenly the pressure was
gone - my guilt dissolved, my sin disappeared.
6 These things add up. Every one of us needs to
pray; when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts
we'll be on high ground, untouched.
7 God's my island hideaway, keeps danger far from the
shore, throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.
8 Let me give you some good advice; I'm looking you
in the eye and giving it to you straight:
9 "Don't be ornery like a horse or mule that needs bit
and bridle to stay on track."
10 God-defiers are always in trouble; God-affirmers
find themselves loved every time they turn around.
11 Celebrate God. Sing together - everyone! All you
honest hearts, raise the roof!———————————————————————
ROMANS 5:12–19 (The Message)
Jesus Christ as the New Adam who frees us
from the power of sin and death.
12 You know the story of how Adam landed us in the
dilemma we're in - first sin, then death, and no one
exempt from either sin or death.
13 That sin disturbed relations with God in everything
and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was
not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses.
So death, this huge abyss separating us from God,
dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses.
14 Even those who didn't sin precisely as Adam did
by disobeying a specific command of God still had to
experience this termination of life, this separation
from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points
ahead to the One who will get us out of it.
15 Yet the rescuing gift is not exactly parallel to the
death-dealing sin. If one man's sin put crowds of
people at the dead-end abyss of separation from
God, just think what God's gift poured through one
man, Jesus Christ, will do!
16 There's no comparison between that death-dealing
sin and this generous, life-giving gift. The verdict
on that one sin was the death sentence; the verdict
on the many sins that followed was this wonderful
17 If death got the upper hand through one man's
wrongdoing, can you imagine the breathtaking
recovery life makes, sovereign life, in those who
grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant
life-gift, this grand setting-everything-right, that
the one man Jesus Christ provides?
18 Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did
it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and
death, another person did it right and got us out of
it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he
got us into life!
19 One man said no to God and put many people
in the wrong; one man said yes to God and put
many in the right.
Lent always begins with the same story -- Jesus'
temptation by and renunciation of Satan. This is
Matthew's story of Jesus tempted by the devil
in the wilderness. We move from desert (verses
1-4), to the heart of Jerusalem (verses 5-7) to an
unspecified high mountain (verses 8-10).
1 Next Jesus was taken into the wild by the Spirit for
the Test. The Devil was ready to give it.2 Jesus prepared for the Test by fasting forty days
and forty nights. That left him, of course, in a state of
extreme hunger, 3 which the Devil took advantage
of in the first test:
"Since you are God's Son, speak the word that will
turn these stones into loaves of bread."
4 Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: "It takes
more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady
stream of words from God's mouth."
5 For the second test the Devil took him to the Holy
City. He sat him on top of the Temple and said,6 "Since you are God's Son, jump." The Devil goaded
him by quoting Psalm 91: "He has placed you in the
care of angels. They will catch you so that you won't
so much as stub your toe on a stone."
7 Jesus countered with another citation from
Deuteronomy: "Don't you dare test the Lord your
8 For the third test, the Devil took him on the peak
of a huge mountain. He gestured expansively,
pointing out all the earth's kingdoms, how glorious
they all were.9 Then he said, "They're yours - lock, stock, and
barrel. Just go down on your knees and worship
me, and they're yours."
10 Jesus' refusal was curt: "Beat it, Satan!" He
backed his rebuke with a third quotation from
Deuteronomy: "Worship the Lord your God, and
only him. Serve him with absolute
11 The Test was over. The Devil left. And in his
place, angels! Angels came and took care of
Jesus' needs. Teaching and Healing.
• • BENEFIT AT CASEY COMMUNITY BUILDING • •
BEGINNING SUNDAY AFTERNOON (13TH) - 2 P.M.
Dorothy Dillinger's daughter (Amy) and her family
experienced a house fire which destroyed nearly all
of their belongings. The Benefit is to replace many of
the household items that have been lost. They have
two small children, so anything for a young family can
be used and appreciated. If you have questions, you
may contact Dorothy at the Casey City Clerk's Office.
MONDAY, MARCH 14TH —
This is Pastor Lynn's and Naomi"s day off.
The office will be closed today.
TUESDAY, MARCH 15TH —
MORNING BIBLE STUDY IN ADAIR U.M.C. -
9 TO 11 A.M.≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16TH —
Dorcas/Ruth Circle at 1:30 P.M. in Adair U.M.C.
Lenten Service in Adair U.M.C. at 7 P.M.
We will be using the New Testament book of
James during Lenten Season. If you get a chance,
read the first chapter of James. I think you will find
it helpful.Each Wednesday evening through Lent we will
have a Prayer and Praise Service. We will have
a time of singing, of prayer, of scripture and
teaching. The services will be casual so don't
dress up, and feel free to bring any friends with
you. With gas prices soaring, you may wish to
consider car pooling.
THURSDAY, MARCH 17TH —
Deborah/Mary Circle meets in Casey U.M.C. - 2 P.M.
FOCUS ON THE FUTURE —
Sunday , March 20th —
Annual Chicken Dinner at Community Centre.
We will have combined worship at 9:30 A.M.This is the first day of Spring.
Do I hear a Hallelujah?
Don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour
on Sunday the 13th.
• Due to a lack of ice in February the
J. Gordon Powell Memorial Fishing Derby has
been rescheduled for Saturday, April 2.Thank you for taking care of the many elements of
our Christian life each week. It takes us all to keep
God Bless and Keep You,