OUR WEEK —JANUARY 20TH TO JANUARY 26TH
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ABOUT OUR BUSY, BUSY PLANET —
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16TH —
ESTHER CIRCLE MEETS AT 7 PM
IN ADAIR U.M.C.
IN CASEY U.M.C.
• 1547 —
Ivan the Terrible was crowned Czar of Russia.
• 1572 —
The Duke of Norfolk was tried for treason for
complicity in the Ridolfi plot to restore
Catholicism in England.
He was executed on June 2.
Mr. Everett Barney patented the metal screw.
Without it, modern life would be impossible.
The first five-player college basketball game
was played at Iowa City, Iowa.
• 1919 —
The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,
which prohibited the sale or transportation of
alcoholic beverages, was ratified.
It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.
• 1944 —
General Dwight D. Eisenhower took command
of the Allied invasion force in London in the
second world war.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17TH —
DEBORAH-MARY CIRCLE MEETS AT 2 P.M.
AT CASEY U.M.C.
The Northridge earthquake rocked Los Angeles,
CA, registering a 6.7 on the Richter Scale. At
least 61 people were killed and about $20 billion
in damage was caused.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18TH —
• 1778 —
English navigator Captain James Cook
discovered the Hawaiian Islands, which he
called the "Sandwich Islands."
• 1788 —
The first English settlers arrived in Australia's
Botany Bay to establish a penal colony.
• 1957 —
The first, non-stop, around-the-world, jet flight
came to an end at Riverside, CA. The plane was
refueled in mid-flight by huge aerial tankers.
• 1964 —
The plans for the World Trade Center in New York
• 1993 —
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed
in all 50 U.S. states for the first time.
• 1995 —
A network of caves were discovered near the
town of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in southern France.
The caves contained paintings and engravings
that are 17,000 to 20,000 years old.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19TH —
• 1861 —
Georgia seceded from the Union.
• 1883 —
Thomas Edison's first electric lighting system
using overhead wires began use in Roselle, NJ.
• 1915 —
George Claude, of Paris, France, patented the
neon discharge tube for use in advertising signs.
• 1955 —
U.S. President Eisenhower allowed a filmed
news conference to be used on television for
the first time.
• 1966 —
Indira Gandhi is elected prime minister of India.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
HUMAN RELATIONS DAY
A physical person with a body of flesh, blood
and bone, intelligent, capable of speech, but
fallible, frail, imperfect, and vulnerable, many
times humane, compassionate, understanding,
considerate, accessible . . . but many times not.
• In the 1700s, John and Charles Wesley visited
prisoners at Oxford Castle in England, sharing
food, medicine and Holy Communion. Those
early Methodists began a rich tradition that
• One contemporary example of considerate
human relations is in Virginia. There the
Norfolk United Methodist Church developed a
community-based non-profit called “Bridging
the Vision.” It serves more than 85 families with
a video-visitation prison ministry and 100
families with an after-school tutorial ministry.
Rev. Sherry Daniels said, “We provide a stable
and consistent connection for families where a
family member is incarcerated. We help persons
to move beyond the shame of having their right
to vote revoked, to having it restored.”
• A study by the Tennessee Department of
Corrections found that there is a 50–70 percent
chance that a child will follow their incarcerated
parents into a life of crime. The Tennessee
study found that the introduction of an adult
mentor for just one hour a week significantly
reduced this negative behavior.
offering will enable the General Commission
on United Methodist Men to continue its effort
to recruit adults to be mentors of children of
incarcerated parents through the Amachi
Program of Big Brothers – Big Sisters.
coordinator, has served as big brother to
Calvin, a 14-year-old whose father has been
incarcerated. He invites Calvin into his home
and has taken him to various sporting events
including a football camp. He also took Calvin
to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
These experiences have enriched both of their
lives immensely .
Coppock helped establish Amachi coordinators
in the Texas, Louisiana, Detroit, Holston,
California-Pacific, Rio Grande, Memphis,
Baltimore-Washington, Kentucky, Memphis,
and other Tennessee Annual Conferences.
Persons interested this program may contact
Coppock for information at:
• Human Relations Day calls United Methodists
to recognize the right of all God’s children to
realize their potential. Children only learn what
they are exposed to. If they never experience
love, wisdom, justice and understanding, how
can they ever practice and live it in their own
A special offering benefits Community
Developers, United Methodist Voluntary Services
and Offender Rehabilitation programs. We may
feel far removed from the potential of this
program but it is making a big difference in
many people's lives, and possibly even our own.
OUR SCRIPTURE READINGS:
†NEW CENTURY VERSION (NCV)
Returning from exile is not a final goal of God's
salvation. God intends to make restored Israel
"a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD," a
sign that the LORD has chosen and "married"
1 Because I love Jerusalem, I will continue to
speak for her;
for Jerusalem's sake I will not stop
until her goodness shines like a bright light,
until her salvation burns bright like a flame.
2 Jerusalem, the nations will see your
and all kings will see your glory.
Then you will have a new name,
which the Lord himself will give you.
3 You will be like a beautiful crown in the
like a king's crown in your God's hand.
4 You will never again be called the People that
You will be called the People God Loves,
and your land will be called the Bride of God,
because the Lord loves you.
And your land will belong to him as a bride
belongs to her husband.
5 As a young man marries a woman,
so your children will marry your land.
As a man rejoices over his new wife,
so your God will rejoice over you.
PSALM 36:5-10 (UMH 771
† THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The joyful response of a people who experience
the results of God's promise in Isaiah.
5-6 God's love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
slips through the cracks.
7-9 How exquisite your love, O God!
How eager we are to run under your wings,
To eat our fill at the banquet you spread
as you fill our tankards with Eden spring
You're a fountain of cascading light,
and you open our eyes to light.
10-12 Keep on loving your friends;
do your work in welcoming hearts.
Don't let the bullies kick me around,
the moral midgets slap me down.
Send the upstarts sprawling
flat on their faces in the mud. ———————————————————————
1 CORINTHIANS 12:1-1
† THE MESSAGE (MSG)
In the past twenty or thirty years, it has become
most common for American Protestants to focus
on the specific list of gifts Paul provides here.
Most of us likely manifest few if any of the gifts
Paul identifies among the Corinthians. Instead,
Paul includes "forms of services" and
"empowered actions" as well.
Paul reminds the community at Corinth that
neither their common life nor their individual
progress in Christ is about them. It's about the
sovereignty of the Holy Spirit working in
diverse ways in their midst.
1-3 What I want to talk about now is the various
ways God's Spirit gets worked into our lives.
This is complex and often misunderstood, but I
want you to be informed and knowledgeable.
Remember how you were when you didn't know
God, led from one phony god to another, never
knowing what you were doing, just doing it
because everybody else did it? It's different in
this life. God wants us to use our intelligence, to
seek to understand as well as we can. For
instance, by using your heads, you know
perfectly well that the Spirit of God would never
prompt anyone to say "Jesus be damned!" Nor
would anyone be inclined to say "Jesus is
Master!" without the insight of the Holy Spirit.
4-11God's various gifts are handed out
everywhere; but they all originate in God's Spirit.
God's various ministries are carried out
everywhere; but they all originate in God's Spirit.
God's various expressions of power are in action
everywhere; but God himself is behind it all.
Each person is given something to do that shows
who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone
benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by
the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety
of gifts is wonderful:
distinguishing between spirits
interpretation of tongues.
All these gifts have a common origin, but are
handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God.
He decides who gets what, and when.
† New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
Jesus turns water poured into empty purification
jars into wine for a wedding in Cana, the first of
the "signs" in John's gospel. Turning water to
wine at the marriage feast in Cana of Galilee was
"the first of Jesus' signs, revealing his glory."
JESUS CHANGES WATER INTO WINE
1 On the third day there was a wedding. It took
place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there.
2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited
to the wedding.
to him, "They have no more wine."
4 "Dear woman, why do you bring me into this?"
Jesus replied. "My time has not yet come."
5 His mother said to the servants, "Do what he
used water from that kind of jar for special
washings to make themselves pure. Each jar
could hold 20 to 30 gallons.
7 Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with
water." So they filled them to the top.
8 Then he told them, "Now dip some out. Take it
to the person in charge of the dinner."
They did what he said.
9 The person in charge tasted the water that had
been turned into wine. He didn't realize where it
had come from.
But the servants who had brought the water knew.
Then the person in charge called the groom to
10 He said to him, "Everyone brings out the best
wine first. They bring out the cheaper wine after
the guests have had too much to drink. But you
have saved the best until now."
11 That was the first of Jesus' miraculous signs.
He did it at Cana in Galilee. Jesus showed his
glory by doing it. And his disciples put their faith
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• 1841 —
The island of Hong Kong was ceded to Great
It returned to Chinese control in July 1997.
• 1885 —
The roller coaster was patented by L.A.
• 1887 —
The U.S. Senate approved an agreement to
lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.
• 1942 —
Nazi officials held the Wannsee conference,
during which they arrived at their
"final solution" that called for exterminating
• 1986 —
The U.S. observed the first federal holiday in
honor of slain civil rights leader
Martin Luther King Jr.
MONDAY, JANUARY 21ST —
The office is closed today.
Martin Luther King's Birthday
The future president of the Confederacy,
Jefferson Davis of Mississippi, resigned from
the U.S. Senate. Four other Southerners
• 1954 —
The gas turbine automobile was introduced
in New York City.
• 1970 —
The Boeing 747 made its first commercial flight
from New York to London for Pan American.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22ND —
• 1917 —
U.S. President Wilson pleaded for an end to war
in Europe, calling for "peace without victory."
America entered the war the following April.
• 1944 —
Allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy,
during World War II.
• 1951 —
Fidel Castro was ejected from a Winter League
baseball game after hitting a batter.
He later gave up baseball for politics.
• 1984 —
Apple introduced the Macintosh during the third
quarter of Super Bowl XVIII.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23RD —
• 1556 —
An earthquake in Shanxi Province, China, was
thought to have killed about 830,000 people.
• 1849 - English-born Elizabeth Blackwell was
the first woman in America to receive medical
degree from the Medical Institution of Geneva,
• 1907 - Charles Curtis, of Kansas, began serving
in the United States Senate. He was the first
American Indian to become a U.S. Senator. He
resigned in March of 1929 to become President
Herbert Hoover’s Vice President.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24TH —
• 1848 —
James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at
Sutter's Mill in northern California.
The rest is history.
• 1908 —
In England, the first Boy Scout troop was
organized by Robert Baden-Powell.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26TH —
COMMUNITY FAMILY GAME NIGHT AT 6:30 P.M.
AT CASEY U.M.C.
SMALL GROUP MEETS AT 6:30 IN ADAIR U.M.C.
• 1837 —
Michigan became the 26th state to join the
• 1861 —
Louisiana seceded from the Union.
• 1870 —
The state of Virginia rejoined the Union.
• 1992 —
Russian president Boris Yeltsin announced
that his country would stop targeting U.S.
cities with nuclear weapons.
FUTURE FOCUS —
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27TH —
• AD COUNCIL WILL MEET AT ADAIR U.M.C.
AT 6:30 P.M.
• CASEY AD COUNCIL WILL MEET AT 7:00 P.M.
IN ADAIR U.M.C.
• ABC AD COUNCIL WILL MEET AT 7:30 P.M.
(ALL AT ADAIR U.M.C.)
God Bless and Keep You,