OUR WEEK —
APRIL 28TH TO MAY 4TH
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24TH —
— SMALL GROUP STUDY IN CASEY U.M.C. —
“Yes Lord, I Have Sinned, But I Have Several
Excellent Excuses” - at 5:30 P.M.
AD COUNCILS TO MEET IN CASEY—
• ADAIR AD COUNCIL AT 7:30 P.M.
• ABC COMBINED AD COUNCIL MEETING - 8:00
THURSDAY, APRIL 25TH —
World Malaria Day:
• U.M.W. DAY APART •
• Today in 1938 a seeing eye dog is used for the
• Today in 1962 a U.S. Ranger spacecraft crash
lands on the Moon.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH —
• Today in 1994 Nelson Mandela won the
presidency in South Africa's first multiracial
SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH —
• GAME NIGHT - CASEY U.M.C. - 6:30 P.M.
Bring an old favorite or bring something brand
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
After today, there are three more Sundays in the
Great 50 Days.
LOOSE CHANGE OFFERING
• FOR FREE CLINICS OF IOWA •
Free Clinics of Iowa is a donor-supported,
not-for-profit organization, consisting of an
administrative office and over 30 member free
clinics. In rural and urban settings, Free Clinics
of Iowa member clinics provide basic health care
services through volunteer physicians, nurses
and other health professionals at no cost to
SOME SEMI-LOCAL CLINICS ARE:
• AUDUBON COUNTY FREE CLINIC IS LOCATED:
EXIRA LUTHERAN CHURCH
106 W Harrison St
Exira, Iowa 50076
• DALLAS COUNTY FREE CLINIC IS LOCATED:
WAUKEE AREA CHRISTIAN FREE CLINIC
1155 Boone Drive
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Hours: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Mondays.
Patient registration 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
• DES MOINES FREE CLINICS ARE LOCATED:
Christ the King Free Clinic
5711 Southwest 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
Hours: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Mondays.
Pediatric clinic 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. - Wednesdays
• CORINTHIAN FAMILY HEALTH FREE CLINIC
814 School Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays
• DMU FREE MOBILE CLINIC
Various locations around Des Moines via
mobile unit, including
homeless camps and shelters.
Hours: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month &
• GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
3700 Cottage Grove
Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Hours: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays
• HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL FREE CLINIC
1265 East 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50316
Hours: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the 1st Monday
of the month
• ISLAMIC CENTER OF DES MOINES FREE
6201 Franklin Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50322
Hours: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays
• JIM ELLEFSON FREE MEDICAL CLINIC
1607 East 33rd Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50317
Hours: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays,
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays
• MARGARET CRAMER CLINIC
First Assembly of God Church
2725 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
Hours: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays.
Patient registration 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and
importance." — Martin Luther King, Jr.
This week, the Scriptures build around a theme
of "Having the Love of God Shed abroad in
Their Hearts." Focus on learning to love others.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Peter attests to the saving work of the Holy Spirit
in the lives of non-circumcised believers. Peter
recalls both his own intense discomfort and his
obedience to the undeniable call and witness of
the Spirit to send him to the household of
Cornelius. It was the Holy Spirit acting in their
midst in undeniable ways that made it clear to
Peter that Cornelius and his household, whether
circumcised or not, were being made true and
full siblings in Christ.
GOD HAS BROKEN THROUGH
1-3 The news traveled fast and in no time the
leaders and friends back in Jerusalem heard
about it—heard that the non-Jewish "outsiders"
were now "in." When Peter got back to
Jerusalem, some of his old associates,
concerned about circumcision, called him on the
carpet: "What do you think you're doing rubbing
shoulders with that crowd, eating what is
prohibited and ruining our good name?"
4-6 So Peter, starting from the beginning, laid it
out for them step-by-step: "Recently I was in the
town of Joppa praying. I fell into a trance and
saw a vision: Something like a huge blanket,
lowered by ropes at its four corners, came down
out of heaven and settled on the ground in front
of me. Milling around on the blanket were farm
animals, wild animals, reptiles, birds—you name
it, it was there. Fascinated, I took it all in.
7-10 "Then I heard a voice: 'Go to it, Peter—kill
and eat.' I said, 'Oh, no, Master. I've never so
much as tasted food that wasn't kosher.' The
voice spoke again: 'If God says it's okay, it's
okay.' This happened three times, and then the
blanket was pulled back up into the sky.
11-14 "Just then three men showed up at the
house where I was staying, sent from Caesarea
to get me. The Spirit told me to go with them, no
questions asked. So I went with them, I and six
friends, to the man who had sent for me. He told
us how he had seen an angel right in his own
house, real as his next-door neighbor, saying,
'Send to Joppa and get Simon, the one they call
Peter. He'll tell you something that will save your
life—in fact, you and everyone you care for.'
15-17 "So I started in, talking. Before I'd spoken
half a dozen sentences, the Holy Spirit fell on
them just as he did on us the first time.
I remembered Jesus' words: 'John baptized with
water; you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'
So I ask you: If God gave the same exact gift to
them as to us when we believed in the Master
Jesus Christ, how could I object to God?"
18 Hearing it all laid out like that, they quieted
down. And then, as it sank in, they started
praising God. "It's really happened! God has
broken through to the other nations, opened
them up to Life!"
PSALM 148 (UMH 861)
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
All orders of creation, living and inanimate, are
called to praise God.
1 Hallelujah! Praise God from heaven,
praise him from the mountaintops;
2 Praise him, all you his angels,
praise him, all you his warriors,
3 Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, you morning stars;
4 Praise him, high heaven,
praise him, heavenly rain clouds;
Praise, oh let them praise the name of God—
he spoke the word, and there they were!
6 He set them in place
from all time to eternity;
He gave his orders,
and that's it!
7-12 Praise God from earth,
you sea dragons, you fathomless ocean deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and ice,
hurricanes obeying his orders;
Mountains and all hills,
apple orchards and cedar forests;
Wild beasts and herds of cattle,
Earth's kings and all races,
leaders and important people,
Robust men and women in their prime,
and yes, graybeards and little children.
13-14 Let them praise the name of God—
it's the only Name worth praising.
His radiance exceeds anything in earth and sky;
he's built a monument—his very own people!
Praise from all who love God!
Israel's children, intimate friends of God.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
God makes a final home among mortals on a
new earth in which pain and suffering are no
more. The ground rules that constitute and limit
a physical life in the current creation have been
1 I saw Heaven and earth new-created. Gone the
first Heaven, gone the first earth, gone the sea.
2 I saw Holy Jerusalem, new-created, descending
resplendent out of Heaven, as ready for God as
a bride for her husband.
3-5 I heard a voice thunder from the Throne:
"Look! Look! God has moved into the neighbor-
hood, making his home with men and women!
They're his people, he's their God. He'll wipe
every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for
good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all
the first order of things gone." The Enthroned
continued, "Look! I'm making everything new.
Write it all down—each word dependable and
6-8Then he said, "It's happened. I'm A to Z. I'm the
Beginning, I'm the Conclusion. From Water-of-Life
Well I give freely to the thirsty. Conquerors inherit
all this. I'll be God to them, they'll be sons and
daughters to me. But for the rest—the feckless
and faithless, degenerates and murderers, sex
peddlers and sorcerers, idolaters and all liars—
for them it's Lake Fire and Brimstone.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
As Jesus faces the events leading up to his
execution, he commands his disciples, "Love
one another as I have loved you."
Before he gave the commandment, Jesus
washed the feet of his disciples. After, Jesus
gave his life willingly on the crucifix.
A NEW COMMAND
31-32 When he had left, Jesus said, "Now the
Son of Man is seen for who he is, and God seen
for who he is in him. The moment God is seen
in him, God's glory will be on display. In
glorifying him, he himself is glorified—
glory all around!
33 "Children, I am with you for only a short time
longer. You are going to look high and low for
me. But just as I told the Jews, I'm telling you:
'Where I go, you are not able to come.'
34-35 "Let me give you a new command: Love
one another. In the same way I loved you, you
love one another.
This is how everyone will recognize that you are my
disciples—when they see the love you have for
MONDAY, APRIL 29TH —
— The office is closed today —
• Today in the year 1429 Joan of Arc led French
forces to victory over the English at Orleans.
• Today in 1945 The German Army in Italy did
surrender unconditionally to the Allies.
was liberated by Allied troops.
History may never know how many people were
interned there or died there, due to periods of
disruption. One source gives an approximate
general estimate of over 200,000 prisoners from
more than 30 countries during Third Reich's
About one third of Dachau's prisoners were of
Dachau served as the central camp for Christian
religious prisoners as well. Over 3,000 Catholic
priests, deacons, and bishops were imprisoned
• THE DAY OF PASHA, ORTHODOX EASTER
A prisoner named Rahr described the scene:
“In the entire history of the Orthodox Church
there has probably never been an Easter service
like the one at Dachau in 1945. Greek and Serbian
priests together with a Serbian deacon adorned
the make-shift 'vestments' over their blue and
gray-striped prisoners' uniforms. Then they began
to chant, changing from Greek to Slavonic, and
then back again to Greek. The Easter Canon, the
Easter Sticheras—everything was recited from
memory. The Gospel—In the beginning was the
Word—also from memory. And finally, the Homily
of Saint John—also from memory. A young Greek
monk from the Holy Mountain stood up in front of
us and recited it with such infectious enthusiasm
that we shall never forget him as long as we live.
Saint John Chrysostomos himself seemed to
speak through him to us and to the whole world
• On April 26,1945 prisoner Karl Riemer fled the
Dachau concentration camp to get help from
American troops and on April 28 Victor Maurer,
a representative of the International Red Cross,
negotiated an agreement to surrender the camp
to U.S. troops. That night a secretly formed
International Prisoners Committee took over the
control of the camp. April 29, 1945 the Dachau
concentration camp was officially liberated by
U.S. Army troops.
TUESDAY, APRIL 30TH —
• Today in 1789 George Washington was
inaugurated as the first president of the United
States of America.
• Today in 1803 the United States doubled in size
(800,000 Square miles) through the Louisiana
Purchase, which was sold by France to pay it's
debts, for $15 million, ($11,000,000 cash +
forgiven debts) about $14 an acre. Jefferson
was jubilant. At once the United States would
double its size, and free navigation along the
Mississippi River was assured.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1ST —
HAPPY MAY DAY
• ADAIR U.M.W. MEETS AT 9 A.M.
• SMALL GROUP STUDY IN CASEY U.M.C.
AT 5:30 P.M.
• Today in 1486 Christopher Columbus finally
convinced Queen Isabella to fund an expedition
to the West Indies. Does anyone know how that
THURSDAY, MAY 2ND —
• Today in 1776 France and Spain agreed to give
arms to American rebels who were fighting the
Everybody needs a little help once in awhile.
FRIDAY, MAY 3RD —
• TODAY in 1865 President Lincoln's funeral train
arrives in Springfield, Illinois.
Thank you for your help this week. We are so
blessed to have you to keep our church rolling
God Bless and Keep You,