Monday, August 1, 2011


Adair U.M.W. trip Lake Anita State Park.
• MEET at the church by 8:30 A.M. for a ride OR

• MEET AT THE PARK BY 9 A.M. ≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH66th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.
War is horrifying and detestable, but the family
of man is incredibly resilient, as shown by this
picture of Hiroshima today. Hiroshima is near
the south end of the big island of Honshu, and
probably not effected by the recent earth quakes
and tsunami in the north.
AUGUST 7, 2011


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GENESIS 37:1-4, 12-28
(The Message)
Sibling rivalry moves from murderous intent to
economic gain as Joseph's brothers sell him
into slavery.
Joseph will give us another lesson
in incredible resilience.
GENESIS 37:1-4
1 Meanwhile Jacob had settled down where his
father had lived, the land of Canaan.
2 This is the story of Jacob. The story continues
with Joseph, seventeen years old at the time,
helping out his brothers in herding the flocks.
These were his half brothers actually, the sons of
his father's wives Bilhah and Zilpah. And Joseph
brought his father bad reports on them.
3 Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other
sons because he was the child of his old age. And
he made him an elaborately embroidered coat.4 When his brothers realized that their father loved
him more than them, they grew to hate him - they
wouldn't even speak to him.
GENESIS 37:12-28
12 His brothers had gone off to Shechem where
they were pasturing their father's flocks.13 Israel said to Joseph, "Your brothers are with
flocks in Shechem. Come, I want to send you to
them." Joseph said, "I'm ready."
14 He said, "Go and see how your brothers and the
flocks are doing and bring me back a report." He
sent him off from the valley of Hebron to Shechem.
15 A man met him as he was wandering through the
fields and asked him, "What are you looking for?"
16 "I'm trying to find my brothers. Do you have any
idea where they are grazing their flocks?"
17 The man said, "They've left here, but I overheard
them say, 'Let's go to Dothan.'" So Joseph took off,
tracked his brothers down, and found them in Dothan.
18 They spotted him off in the distance. By the time
he got to them they had cooked up a plot to kill him.
19 The brothers were saying,
"Here comes that dreamer.
20 Let's kill him and throw him into one of these old
cisterns; we can say that a vicious animal ate him up.
We'll see what his dreams amount to."
21 Reuben heard the brothers talking and intervened
to save him, "We're not going to kill him.
22 No murder. Go ahead and throw him in this cistern
out here in the wild, but don't hurt him." Reuben
planned to go back later and get him out and take him
back to his father.
23 When Joseph reached his brothers, they ripped off
the fancy coat he was wearing,
24 grabbed him, and threw him into a cistern. The
cistern was dry; there wasn't any water in it.25 Then they sat down to eat their supper. Looking
up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites on their way
from Gilead, their camels loaded with spices,
ointments, and perfumes to sell in Egypt.
26 Judah said, "Brothers, what are we going to get
out of killing our brother and concealing the evidence?
27 Let's sell him to the Ishmaelites, but let's not kill
him - he is, after all, our brother, our own flesh and
blood." His brothers agreed.
28 By that time the Midianite traders were passing by.
His brothers pulled Joseph out of the cistern and sold
him for twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites who
took Joseph with them down to Egypt.
PSALM 105:1-6, 16-22, 45 (UMH 828)
(The Message)
This Psalm continues the Joseph story.
PSALM 105:1-6
1 Hallelujah! Thank God! Pray to him by name!
Tell everyone you meet what he has done!
2 Sing him songs, belt out hymns, translate his
wonders into music!
3 Honor his holy name with Hallelujahs, you
who seek God. Live a happy life!
4 Keep your eyes open for God, watch for his
works; be alert for signs of his presence.
5 Remember the world of wonders he has made,
his miracles, and the verdicts he's rendered -
6 O seed of Abraham, his servant,
O child of Jacob, his chosen.
PSALM 105:16-22
16 Then he called down a famine on the country,
he broke every last blade of wheat.
17 But he sent a man on ahead:
Joseph, sold as a slave.
18 They put cruel chains on his ankles, an iron
collar around his neck,
19 Until God's word came to the Pharaoh, and
God confirmed his promise.
20 God sent the king to release him. The Pharaoh
set Joseph free;
21 He appointed him master of his palace, put
him in charge of all his business
22 To personally instruct his princes and train his
advisers in wisdom.
ROMANS 10:5-15
(The Message)
The connections between hearing, believing,
confessing and calling upon the name of
Jesus as Lord for salvation.

5 Moses wrote that anyone who insists on using
the law code to live right before God soon
discovers it's not so easy - every detail of life
regulated by fine print!
6 But trusting God to shape the right living in us
is a different story - no precarious climb up to
heaven to recruit the Messiah,
7 no dangerous descent into hell to rescue the
8 So what exactly was Moses saying? The word
that saves is right here, as near as the tongue in
your mouth, as close as the heart in your chest.
9 Say the welcoming word to God - "Jesus is my
Master" - embracing, body and soul, God's work
of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from
the dead. That's it. You're not "doing" anything;
you're simply calling out to God, trusting him to
do it for you. That's salvation.
10 With your whole being you embrace God
setting things right, and then you say it, right out
loud: "God has set everything right between him
and me!"
11 Scripture reassures us, "No one who trusts
God like this - heart and soul - will ever regret it."
12 It's exactly the same no matter what a person's
religious background may be: the same God for all
of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to
everyone who calls out for help.
13 "Everyone who calls, 'Help, God!' gets help."
14 But how can people call for help if they don't
know who to trust? And how can they know who
to trust if they haven't heard of the One who can be
trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them?
15 And how is anyone going to tell them, unless
someone is sent to do it? That's why Scripture
exclaims, A sight to take your breath away! Grand
processions of people telling all the good things
of God.
MATTHEW 14:22-33
(The Message)
Jesus frightens the disciples when he walks
toward them on the stormy sea. He tells them
not to be afraid. Peter walks toward him and
sinks, only to be lifted by Jesus. The disciples
declare Jesus to be the Son of God.

22 As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted
that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead
to the other side while he dismissed the people.
23 With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the
mountain so he could be by himself and pray.
He stayed there alone, late into the night.
24 Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when
the wind came up against them and they were
battered by the waves.
25 At about four o'clock in the morning, Jesus
came toward them walking on the water.26 They were scared out of their wits. "A ghost!"
they said, crying out in terror.
27 But Jesus was quick to comfort them.
"Courage, it's me. Don't be afraid."
28 Peter, suddenly bold, said, "Master, if it's
really you, call me to come to you on the water."
29 He said, "Come ahead."
30 But when he looked down at the waves
churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and
started to sink. He cried, "Master, save me!"31 Jesus didn't hesitate. He reached down and
grabbed his hand. Then he said, "Faint-heart,
what got into you?"
32 The two of them climbed into the boat, and
the wind died down.33 The disciples in the boat, having watched the
whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, "This is it!
You are God's Son for sure!"

Adair's Vacation Bible School.
In conjunction with Good Shepherd
Lutheran Church.
We are still dealing with flooding around
Iowa, and adjoining states.
The Missouri River Flooding is on-going
and still a very serious issue.
Pack three days of food, water and supplies
(for each member of family) in a waterproof
container. Include your important documents,
a list of medicines, (how much you take, when,
where to get medicines), and contact details.
You might copy this information to a Computer
Flash Drive in case your physical copies are
Have essential medicines, a radio, first aid kit,
map, money, tools, personal grooming supplies,
pet items.
If you have children: diapers, blankets, and a
few small toys.

• • • Contacts for the Western Iowa • • •
• NW District Disaster Coord:
Catie Newman

• SW District Disaster Coord:
Steve Stribling
• SW Volunteer/Donations District Coord.
Vicki Wedemeyer Ph: 712-249-6703
Our area is still experiencing above 90 degree
temperatures day after day. If you must work
outdoors, it is imperative that you stay hydrated
constantly. This environment is very stressful
for our remarkable human bodies,
so drink water, people!God Bless and Keep You,
Pastor Bob

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