Monday, June 24, 2013



I-80 CRASH: One Killed, One Critically 
Posted: 6:21 pm, JUNE 10, 2013

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating a deadly
three car pile-up on Interstate 80.  It happened
around midnight Sunday morning, June 9th
near the Earlham exit.

Three Adair young people were heading home
after a night at the movies in Des Moines.

TJ Claussen said “I looked up and saw a pair
of headlights.”
A split second later, a car going the wrong way
on I-80 slammed into them. The crash broke
TJ's younger sister Becky's arm and pinned
20-year-old Jessie Leeper in the driver`s seat
of his new Trans Am.

Jessie was rushed to Mercy Medical Center in
Des Moines in critical condition.  Doctors
transferred him to University of Iowa Hospitals.
The driver of the car that collided head-on, 24
year old Megan Hakeham, was killed in the
accident.  Leeper’s car has damage to both ends
after a third vehicle driven by 49-year-old Lori
Wallace of greenfield then rear-ended Leeper’s

Ten days after Jessie Leeper’s car was hit
head-on by a driver going the wrong way on
I-80 near Earlham, the 20-year old Eagle Scout
and Simpson College Junior has died.  The
town of Adair is mourning his tragic loss.
CRASH DEATH: Friends Mourn ‘Hero’
Posted: 11:03 PM, JUNE 19, 2013,
updated: 11:30 pm, JUNE 19, 2013

The town of Adair is in mourning after a
popular young local man, who was seriously
hurt in a car accident, died of his injuries.

Friends believe Leeper’s two passengers are
alive because he acted heroically by swerving
at the last second to take the crash on his side
of the car.

“TJ and Jessie had been best friends since
pre-school.  They become Eagle Scouts the
same year,” said TJ's mother, Becky Claussen.

A benefit for the Leeper family and Claussen
family is being held at the Adair-Casey High
School Sunday, August 4th, at 11:00 A.M.
The dinner will be from 11 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and
the church bake sale will be ongoing starting at
11:00 A.M.  There will also be a raffle and an
auction.  Items may be brought to the school by
10:00 A.M. that morning.
June 20th, 2013 by Jim Field


Jessie Scott Leeper, 20, died Wednesday,
June 19th at University of Iowa Hospitals and
Clinics in Iowa City. 

Visitation with the family was held on Sunday,
June 23rd, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the
Adair-Casey High School Gymnasium.

Funeral services for JESSIE SCOTT LEEPER
were held on Monday, June 24th at 10:30 AM
in the Adair-Casey High School Gymnasium.
Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home of
Atlantic is in charge of arrangements.

JESSIE SCOTT LEEPER is survived by:
Parents:  Ray and Kelly Leeper,
Brothers:  Michael and Alex Leeper,
Sister:  Katie Leeper, all of Adair
Memorials may be directed to the family.

Burial in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
in Adair.

By Rita Beattie (Facebook) —
About Jessie Leeper

Well it's time for my morning update: Today I
want to tell you about a troop of boys. These
boys make me soooo proud. I watched these
boys the other day stand in a hospital room
with a fellow Eagle and pray and comfort and
love. I watched everyone of them cry and
comfort and love when our fellow Eagle lost
his fight. I watched them the other night at a
scout meeting be together and help each other.
And when people used the words "what if the
troop dissolves" I watched them stand up for
what they believe and use these words,
"Once an Eagle always an Eagle" and "if
nobody else wants to do it we will do it".  And
now I stand back and watch these boys get
tattoos for their fellow Eagle Scout. And I am
very sure that this weekend at visitation and
funeral they will be right there for each other and
whom ever needs them. So if you get a chance,
give them a hug or a pat on the back because
they are great boys!!!
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Thank you very much, Rita. This must have been
so very difficult to write.
• The A-C Food Pantry in Casey U.M.C. is 
open the 2ND WEDNESDAY and 4TH 
SATURDAY of every month from  9 to 11 A.M.

UMC at 7:00 P.M.
Casey UMC Ad Council Meeting in Casey 
UMC at 7:45 P.M.
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• GAME NIGHT AT CASEY U.M.C.     6:30 P.M.


• Loose Change Offering Today •

2 KINGS 2:1-14
There is the transition of Elijah from life here 

to life eternal.  Elijah is taken up by a chariot 
of fire, and Elisha asks for and receives 
Elijah's mantle and a double portion of his 
prophetic spirit.  There is a transition through 
him in the focus of the prophetic work— less 
talk, more miracles.
There is the ongoing transition of leadership 

in Israel as Ahaziah, successor to Ahab, 
leaves the throne in Samaria to his brother 
Jehoram. All these transitions happen 
suddenly, with little or no preparation. There 
is only a hint that Elijah knows his remaining 
days are few, though he doesn’t say that until 
nearly the last moment as the story is told.
1-2 Just before God took Elijah to heaven in a
whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on a walk out
of Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here. God
has sent me on an errand to Bethel."

    Elisha said, "Not on your life! I'm not letting
you out of my sight!" So they both went to

3 The guild of prophets at Bethel met Elisha
and said, "Did you know that God is going to
take your master away from you today?"

    "Yes," he said, "I know it. But keep it quiet."

4 Then Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here. God
has sent me on an errand to Jericho."

    Elisha said, "Not on your life! I'm not
letting you out of my sight!" So they both went
to Jericho.

5 The guild of prophets at Jericho came to
Elisha and said, "Did you know that God is
going to take your master away from you

 "Yes," he said, "I know it. But keep it quiet."

6 Then Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here. God
has sent me on an errand to the Jordan."

    Elisha said, "Not on your life! I'm not letting
you out of my sight!" And so the two of them
went their way together.

7 Meanwhile, fifty men from the guild of
prophets gathered some distance away while
the two of them stood at the Jordan.

8 Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up, and hit the
water with it. The river divided and the two
men walked through on dry land.

9 When they reached the other side, Elijah
said to Elisha, "What can I do for you before
I'm taken from you? Ask anything."

 Elisha said, "Your life repeated in my life. I
want to be a holy man just like you."

10 "That's a hard one!" said Elijah. "But if
you're watching when I'm taken from you, you'll
get what you've asked for. But only if you're
11-14 And so it happened. They were walking
along and talking. Suddenly a chariot and
horses of fire came between them and Elijah
went up in a whirlwind to heaven. Elisha saw it
all and shouted, "My father, my father! You—
the chariot and cavalry of Israel!" When he
could no longer see anything, he grabbed his
robe and ripped it to pieces.
 Then he picked up Elijah's cloak that had fallen
from him, returned to the shore of the Jordan,
and stood there. He took Elijah's cloak—all that
was left of Elijah!—and hit the river with it, saying,
"Now where is the God of Elijah? Where is he?"
 When he struck the water, the river divided and
Elisha walked through.
PSALM 77:1-20 (UMH 798)

 1 I yell out to my God, I yell with all my might, I
yell at the top of my lungs. He listens.

 2-6 I found myself in trouble and went looking
   for my Lord;
      my life was an open wound that wouldn't heal.
   When friends said, "Everything will turn out all
      I didn't believe a word they said.
   I remember God—and shake my head.
      I bow my head—then wring my hands.
   I'm awake all night—not a wink of sleep;
      I can't even say what's bothering me.
   I go over the days one by one,
      I ponder the years gone by.
   I strum my lute all through the night,
      wondering how to get my life together.

 7-10 Will the Lord walk off and leave us for
      Will he never smile again?
   Is his love worn threadbare?
      Has his salvation promise burned out?
   Has God forgotten his manners?
      Has he angrily stalked off and left us?
   "Just my luck," I said. "The High God goes out
   of business
      just the moment I need him."

 11-12 Once again I'll go over what God has done,
      lay out on the table the ancient wonders;
   I'll ponder all the things you've accomplished,
      and give a long, loving look at your acts.

 13-15 O God! Your way is holy!
      No god is great like God!
   You're the God who makes things happen;
      you showed everyone what you can do—
   You pulled your people out of the worst kind of
      rescued the children of Jacob and Joseph.

 16-19 Ocean saw you in action, God,
      saw you and trembled with fear;
      Deep Ocean was scared to death.
   Clouds belched buckets of rain,
      Sky exploded with thunder,
      your arrows flashing this way and that.
   From Whirlwind came your thundering voice,
      Lightning exposed the world,
      Earth reeled and rocked.
   You strode right through Ocean,
      walked straight through roaring Ocean,
      but nobody saw you come or go.

 20 Hidden in the hands of Moses and Aaron,
   You led your people like a flock of sheep.
GALATIANS 5:1, 13-25
One of Paul’s contrasting sets of sins and virtues,
virtues, the works of the flesh and the fruit of the
Spirit. Two paths, and two results—the way of
slavery to the works of the flesh, and the way of 
freedom in the fruit of the Spirit.
Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take
your stand! Never again let anyone put a
harness of slavery on you.

2-3 I am emphatic about this. The moment any
one of you submits to circumcision or any other
rule-keeping system, at that same moment
Christ's hard-won gift of freedom is squandered.
I repeat my warning: The person who accepts
the ways of circumcision trades all the
advantages of the free life in Christ for the
obligations of the slave life of the law.
4-6 I suspect you would never intend this, but
this is what happens. When you attempt to live
by your own religious plans and projects, you
are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace.
Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying
relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither
our most conscientious religion nor disregard of
religion amounts to anything. What matters is
something far more interior:
faith expressed in love.

7-10 You were running superbly! Who cut in on
you, deflecting you from the true course of
obedience? This detour doesn't come from the
One who called you into the race in the first
place. And please don't toss this off as
insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of
yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of
bread. Deep down, the Master has given me
confidence that you will not defect. But the one
who is upsetting you, whoever he is, will bear the
divine judgment.

11-12 As for the rumor that I continue to preach
the ways of circumcision (as I did in those pre -
Damascus Road days), that is absurd. Why
would I still be persecuted, then? If I were
preaching that old message, no one would be
offended if I mentioned the Cross now and then
—it would be so watered-down it wouldn't matter
one way or the other. Why don't these agitators,
obsessive as they are about circumcision, go all
the way and castrate themselves!

13-15 It is absolutely clear that God has called
you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't
use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever
you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather,
use your freedom to serve one another in love;
that's how freedom grows. For everything we
know about God's Word is summed up in a single
sentence: Love others as you love yourself.
That's an act of true freedom. If you bite and
ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all
you will be annihilating each other, and where
will your precious freedom be then?

16-18 My counsel is this: Live freely, animated
and motivated by God's Spirit. Then you won't
feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there
is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at
odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is
incompatible with selfishness. These two ways
of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at
times one way and at times another way
according to how you feel on any given day.
Why don't you choose to be led by the Spirit
and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-
dominated existence?

19-21 It is obvious what kind of life develops out
of trying to get your own way all the time:
repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking
accumulation of mental and emotional garbage;
frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket
gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness;
cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-
satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence
to love or be loved; divided homes and divided
lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the
vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a
rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions;
ugly parodies of community. I could go on.

This isn't the first time I have warned you, you
know. If you use your freedom this way, you will
not inherit God's kingdom.

22-23 But what happens when we live God's
way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the
same way that fruit appears in an orchard—
things like affection for others, exuberance
about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to
stick with things, a sense of compassion in the
heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness
permeates things and people. We find ourselves
involved in loyal commitments, not needing to
force our way in life, able to marshal and direct
our energies wisely.

23-24 Legalism is helpless in bringing this about;
it only gets in the way. Among those who belong
to Christ, everything connected with getting our
own way and mindlessly responding to what
everyone else calls necessities is killed off for

25-26 Since this is the kind of life we have
chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure
that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads
or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its
implications in every detail of our lives. That
means we will not compare ourselves with each
other as if one of us were better and another
worse. We have far more interesting things to do
with our lives. Each of us is an original.
LUKE 9:51-62
Follow Jesus entirely or not at all. But following
Jesus does not mean condemning those who do
not receive him.  We see consistent resistance to
the teaching and call of Jesus. The people of
Samaria want little to do with him when they hear
he’s headed for Jerusalem. His own disciples
seem to have ignored his teaching about how to
treat enemies and ask about calling down fire on
them. One person seems eager to follow Jesus,
but apparently backs away when Jesus indicates
there’s no place one can call home in his ministry.
Jesus calls another, but he wants to wait until his
father is dead before he joins Jesus. A third
wants to go home for a while to say his farewells
first, but Jesus concludes: “No one is fit for the
kingdom who puts hand to the plow, then turns

51-54 When it came close to the time for his
Ascension, he gathered up his courage and
steeled himself for the journey to Jerusalem. He
sent messengers on ahead. They came to a
Samaritan village to make arrangements for his
hospitality. But when the Samaritans learned
that his destination was Jerusalem, they refused
hospitality. When the disciples James and John
learned of it, they said, "Master, do you want us
to call a bolt of lightning down out of the sky
and incinerate them?"

55-56 Jesus turned on them: "Of course not!"
And they traveled on to another village.

57 On the road someone asked if he could go
along. "I'll go with you, wherever," he said.

58 Jesus was curt: "Are you ready to rough it?
We're not staying in the best inns, you know."

 Jesus said to another, "Follow me."

59 He said, "Certainly, but first excuse me for a
couple of days, please. I have to make
arrangements for my father's funeral."

60 Jesus refused. "First things first. Your
business is life, not death. And life is urgent:
Announce God's kingdom!"

61 Then another said, "I'm ready to follow you,
Master, but first excuse me while I get things
straightened out at home."
62 Jesus said, "No procrastination. No back-
ward looks. You can't put God's kingdom off till
tomorrow. Seize the day."
Happy Birthday, LaVonne Heckert!
Happy Birthday,Connie Noland!

•    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •
• 1908 - An explosion in Siberia, which knocked
down trees in a 40-mile radius and struck people
unconscious some 40 miles away. It was 

believed by some scientists to be caused by a
falling fragment from a meteorite.
• 1934 - Adolf Hitler purged the Nazi Party by
destroying the SA and bringing to power the SS
in the "Night of the Long Knives."

• 1936 - Margaret Mitchell’s book, "Gone with the
Wind," was published in New York City.
• 1950 - U.S. President Harry Truman ordered U.S.
troops into Korea and authorized the draft.
• 1958 - The U.S. Congress passed a law
authorizing the admission of Alaska as the 49th
state in the Union.
• 1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court allowed the New
York Times to continue publishing the Pentagon

• • Naomi is working today, tomorrow, and 
Wednesday - from 8 A.M. til noon each day.
Stop in and say hello.
Office closed on Thursday, July 4th.
•    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •
• 1847 - The U.S. Post Office issued its first
 adhesive stamps.
• 1862 - The U.S. Congress established the
 Bureau of Internal Revenue.
• 1867 - Canada became an independent
• 1874 - The Philadelphia Zoological Society zoo
opened as the first zoo in the United States.
• 1898 - During the Spanish-American War,
Theodore Roosevelt and his "Rough Riders"
waged a victorious assault on San Juan Hill in
• 1905 - The USDA Forest Service was created
within the Department of Agriculture. The agency
was given the mission to sustain healthy, diverse,
and productive forests and grasslands for all
present and future generations.        
• 1909 - Thomas Edison began commercially
manufacturing his new alkaline storage batteries.
• 1945 - New York established the New York State
Commission Against Discrimination to prevent
discrimination in employment because of race,
creed or natural origin. It was the first such
agency in the U.S.
• 1950 - American ground troops arrived in South
Korea to stem the tide of the advancing North
Korean army.
• 1963 - The U.S. postmaster introduced the five-
digit ZIP (Zoning Improvement Plan) code.
• 1966 - The Medicare federal insurance program
went into effect.
• 1968 - The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was
signed by 60 countries. It limited the spreading
of nuclear material for military purposes. On May
11, 1995, the treaty was extended indefinitely.
• 1979 - Susan B. Anthony was commemorated
on a U.S. coin, the Susan B. Anthony dollar.
• 1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed
legislation that provided for 2 acres of land near
the Lincoln Memorial for the Vietnam Veterans
• 1981 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that
candidates for federal office had an "affirmative
right" to go on national television.
• 1997 - The sovereignty over Hong Kong was
transferred from Great Britain to China. Britain
had controlled Hong Kong as a colony for 156

• 1776 - Richard Henry Lee’s resolution that the
American colonies "are, and of right ought to be,
free and independent States" was adopted by
the Continental Congress.
• 1881 - Charles J. Guiteau fatally wounded U.S.
President James A. Garfield in Washington, DC.
• 1937 - American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart
disappeared in the Central Pacific during an
attempt to fly around the world at the equator. 
• 1939 - At Mount Rushmore, Theodore
Roosevelt's face was dedicated.
• 1964 - U.S. President Johnson signed the
"Civil Rights Act of 1964" into law. The act made
it illegal in the U.S. to discriminate against
others because of their race.
• 1608 - The city of Quebec was founded by
Samuel de Champlain.
• 1890 - Idaho became the 43rd state to join the
United States of America.
• 1945 - The first civilian passenger car built
since February 1942 was driven off the assembly
line at the Ford Motor Company plant in Detroit,
MI. Production had been diverted during World
War II.

• 1776 - The amended Declaration of
Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson,
was approved and signed by John Hancock,
the President of the Continental Congress in
• 1803 - The Louisiana Purchase was announced
in newspapers. The property was purchased, by
the United States from France, for $15 million
(or 3 cents an acre). The "Corps of Discovery,"
led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark,
began the exploration of this territory on May 14,
• 1817 - Construction began on the Erie Canal,
to connect Lake Erie with the Hudson River, and 

thus make an outlet to the Atlantic Ocean. The 
canal has been renovated and improved several 
times over the years and is still very busy today.
• 1934 - At Mount Rushmore, the face of George
Washington was dedicated.
• 1957 - The U.S. Postal Service issued a 4¢ Flag
• 1960 - The 50-star U.S. flag made its debut in
Philadelphia, PA.
• 1976 - The U.S. celebrated its Bicentennial.
• 1865 - William Booth founded the Salvation
Army in London.
• 1858 - Lyman Blake patented the shoe
manufacturing machine.
• 1699 - Captain Kidd, the pirate, was captured in
Boston, Massachusetts, and deported back to
• 1885 - Microbiologist Louis Pasteur first
successfully tested his anti-rabies vaccine. The
child used in the test later became the director
of the Pasteur Institute.
• 1942 - Diarist Anne Frank and her family took
refuge from the Nazis in an attic in Amsterdam.


• CASEY'S VBS from the July 14 to July 18th.
• CHUCK WAGON DAY (Jesse James Day) is 
the 20th of July.
• ADAIR'S VBS is from the July 22 to July 25th.
This has been a difficult week.  A young man 
left us who should have had decades left on this 
planet.  Our prayers are with the family, even in 
our lack of understanding. 
The weather has been in some cases, absolutely 
volatile.   We pray the local flooding will soon be 
in the past.  Thank you for laboring on with trust 
and determination.  There are some things we 
are just not allowed to argue with.

God Bless and Keep You,
Donna K 

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