Monday, August 12, 2013



A-C Food Pantry open in Casey U.M.C. 
from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M.
Relay for Life Fundraiser at 5x80 Country Club
beginning a 5 P.M.

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Ordinary Time continues

ISAIAH 5:1-7
A "love-song" concerning God's vineyard.
Judah: God "expected justice, but saw blood-
shed; righteousness, but heard a cry."
Here the prophet’s proclamation isn’t through
poetic proclamation, but through a song, and
more specifically through a solo. This was a
song the prophet would sing—and the rest
would simply hear. The melody, and some of the
words, might stay with them. Perhaps a few
would sing it themselves.

1-2  I'll sing a ballad to the one I love, a love
   ballad about his vineyard: The one I love had a
   vineyard, a fine, well-placed vineyard.
He hoed the soil and pulled the weeds,
   and planted the very best vines.
He built a lookout, built a wine press,
   a vineyard to be proud of.
He looked for a vintage yield of grapes,
   but for all his pains he got junk grapes.

3-4 "Now listen to what I'm telling you,
   you who live in Jerusalem and Judah.
What do you think is going on
   between me and my vineyard?
Can you think of anything I could have done
   to my vineyard that I didn't do?
When I expected good grapes,
   why did I get bitter grapes?

5-6 "Well now, let me tell you
   what I'll do to my vineyard:
I'll tear down its fence
   and let it go to ruin.
I'll knock down the gate
   and let it be trampled.
I'll turn it into a patch of weeds, untended,
   uncared for—
   thistles and thorns will take over.
I'll give orders to the clouds:
   'Don't rain on that vineyard, ever!'"

7 Do you get it? The vineyard of God-of-the-
   Angel Armies
   is the country of Israel.
All the men and women of Judah
   are the garden he was so proud of.
He looked for a crop of justice
   and saw them murdering each other.
He looked for a harvest of righteousness
   and heard only the moans of victims.
PSALM 80:1-19 (UMH 801)

1-2 Listen, Shepherd, Israel's Shepherd— get all
      your Joseph sheep together.
   Throw beams of light
      from your dazzling throne
   So Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh
      can see where they're going.
  Get out of bed—you've slept long enough!
      Come on the run before it's too late.

3 God, come back!
      Smile your blessing smile:
      That will be our salvation.

4-6 God, God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
      how long will you smolder like a sleeping
      while your people call for fire and
   You put us on a diet of tears,
      bucket after bucket of salty tears to drink.
   You make us look ridiculous to our friends;
      our enemies poke fun day after day.

7 God-of-the-Angel-Armies, come back!
      Smile your blessing smile:
          That will be our salvation.

8-18 Remember how you brought a young vine
      from Egypt,
      cleared out the brambles and briers
      and planted your very own vineyard?
   You prepared the good earth,
      you planted her roots deep;
      the vineyard filled the land.
    Your vine soared high and shaded the
      even dwarfing the giant cedars.
   Your vine ranged west to the Sea,
      east to the River.
   So why do you no longer protect your vine?
      Trespassers pick its grapes at will;
   Wild pigs crash through and crush it,
      and the mice nibble away at what's left.
   God-of-the-Angel-Armies, turn our way!
      Take a good look at what's happened
      and attend to this vine.
   Care for what you once tenderly planted—
      the vine you raised from a shoot.
   And those who dared to set it on fire—
      give them a look that will kill!
   Then take the hand of your once-favorite child,
      the child you raised to adulthood.
   We will never turn our back on you;
      breathe life into our lungs so we can shout
      your name!

19 God, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, come back!
      Smile your blessing smile:
      That will be our salvation.
HEBREWS 11:29–12:2
The mighty deeds and martyrdom of people who
acted on faith. "Therefore, since we are
surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let
us also ... run with perseverance the race that is
set before us, looking to Jesus ..."

29 By an act of faith, Israel walked through the
Red Sea on dry ground. The Egyptians tried it
and drowned.
30 By faith, the Israelites marched around the
walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls
fell flat.

31 By an act of faith, Rahab, the Jericho harlot,
welcomed the spies and escaped the destruction
that came on those who refused to trust God.

32-38 I could go on and on, but I've run out of
time. There are so many more— Gideon, Barak,
Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets
....Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms,
made justice work, took the promises for
 They were protected from lions, fires, and sword
thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won
battles, routed alien armies.
Women received their loved ones back from the
dead. There were those who, under torture,
refused to give in and go free, preferring some-
thing better: resurrection. Others braved abuse
and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons.
 We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed
in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants
wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless,
friendless, powerless—the world didn't deserve
them!—making their way as best they could on
the cruel edges of the world.

39-40 Not one of these people, even though their
lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on
what was promised. God had a better plan for
us: that their faith and our faith would come
together to make one completed whole, their
lives of faith not complete apart from ours.

1-3 Do you see what this means—all these
pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans
cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with
it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No
extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your
eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this
race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he
never lost sight of where he was headed—that
exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put
up with anything along the way: Cross, shame,
whatever. And now he's there, in the place of
honor, right alongside God. When you find your-
selves flagging in your faith, go over that story
again, item by item, that long litany of hostility
he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline
into your souls!
LUKE 12:49-56
To Start a Fire

49-53 "I've come to start a fire on this earth—
how I wish it were blazing right now! I've come
to change everything, turn everything right side
up — how I long for it to be finished! Do you
think I came to smooth things over and make
everything nice? Not so. I've come to disrupt
and confront! From now on, when you find five
in a house, it will be—

   Three against two,
      and two against three;
   Father against son,
      and son against father;
   Mother against daughter,
      and daughter against mother;
   Mother-in-law against bride,
      and bride against mother-in-law."

54-56 Then he turned to the crowd: "When you
see clouds coming in from the west, you say,
'Storm's coming'—and you're right. And when
the wind comes out of the south, you say, 'This
will be a hot one'—and you're right. Frauds!
 You know how to tell a change in the weather, so
don't tell me you can't tell a change in the season,
the God-season we're in right now.
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Happy Birthday Jeff Larson!
• 1227 - The Mongolian conquering champion
Ghengis Khan died.
• 1587 - Virginia Dare became the first child to be
born on American soil of English parents.
The colony that is now Roanoke Island, NC,
mysteriously vanished.
• 1846 - Gen. Stephen W. Kearney and his U.S.
forces captured Santa Fe, NM.
• 1894 - The Bureau of Immigration was
established by the U.S. Congress.
• 1914 - The "Proclamation of Neutrality" was
issued by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. It was
aimed at keeping the U.S. out of World War I.
• 1920 - Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment
promised all American women the right to vote.
• 1938 - The Thousand Islands Bridge was
dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The bridge connects the U.S. and Canada.
• 1940 - Canada and the U.S. established a joint
defense plan against the possible enemy attacks
during World War II.
• 1963 - James Meredith was the first black man
graduated from the University of Mississippi.     

Keep an eye peeled for little ones darting about, 
and not-so-little ones as well.  They are a very 
precious commodity.
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Happy Birthday Rachel Whetstone!
• 1848 - The discovery of gold in California was
reported by the New York Herald.
• 1856 - The process of processing condensed
milk was patented by Gail Borden.
• 1917 - Team managers John McGraw and
Christy Matthewson were arrested for breaking
New York City's blue laws. The crime was their
teams were playing baseball on Sunday. 
• 1919 - Afghanistan gained independence from
• 1934 - Adolf Hitler was given sole executive
power over Germany as the Fuehrer.
• 1942 - About 6,000 Canadian and British
soldiers launched a raid against the Germans at
Dieppe, France. They suffered about 50 percent
• 1998 - The first piece of the 351 foot bronze
statue of Christopher Columbus arrived in San
Juan, Puerto Rico.  
Happy Birthday Alex Kading!
Happy Birthday Michael Elgin!
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• 1641 - Scotland and Britain signed the Treaty of
Pacification. This effectively resolved all existing
differences between the two countries.
• 1741 - Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering
discovered Alaska.
• 1862 - New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley
published a passionate editorial (The Prayer of
Twenty Millions) calling on President Abraham
Lincoln to declare an emancipation for all slaves
in Union-held territory.
• 1882 - Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" debuted
in Moscow.
• 1940 - France fell to the Germans during World
War II.
• 1955 - Colonel Horace A. Hanes, a U.S. Air
Force pilot, flew to an altitude of 40,000 feet.
Hanes reached a speed of 822.135 miles per hour
in a Super Sabrejet.
• 1964 - A $1 billion anti-poverty measure was
signed by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
• 1967 - A noise reduction process for album and
tape recording was developed by technicians
R. and D.W. Dolby.
• 1991 - A rally of more that 100,000 people
gathered outside the Russian parliament building
to protest the coup that removed Gorbachev from
• 1998 - Canada's Supreme Court announced that
Quebec could not secede without the federal
government's consent.    
Happy Birthday Phyllis Scholl!
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• 1680 - The Pueblo Indians drove the Spanish
out and took back possession of Santa Fe, New
• 1878 - The American Bar Association is formed
by a group of lawyers, judges and law professors
in Saratoga, New York.
• 1888 - The adding machine was patented by
William Burroughs.
• 1912 - Arthur R. Eldred became the first
American boy to become an Eagle Scout. It is the
highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
• 1943 - Japan evacuated the Aleutian island of
Kiaska. Kiaska had been the last North American
foothold held by the Japanese.
• 1945 - U.S. President Truman ended the Lend-
Lease program that shipped about $50 billion in
aid to America's Allies during World War II.
• 1959 - Hawaii became the 50th state. United
States  President Eisenhower also issued the
order for the 50 star flag.
• 1989 - Voyager 2, a U.S. space probe, got close
to the Neptune moon called Triton.
• 1991 - The hard-line coup against Soviet
President Mikhail Gorbachev ended. The revolt
that led to the collapse was led by Russian
federation President Boris Yeltsin. 
• 1997 - Hudson Foods Inc. closed a plant in
Nebraska after it had recalled 25 million pounds
of ground beef that was potentially contaminated
with E. coli 01557:H7. This was the largest food
recall in U.S. history.
Happy Anniversary Jim and Vickie Moore!   
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• 1770 - Australia was claimed under the British
crown when Captain James Cook landed there.
• 1775 - The American colonies were proclaimed
to be in a state of open rebellion by England's
King George III.
• 1846 - The U.S. annexed New Mexico.
• 1902 - In Hartford, CT, U.S. President Theodore
Roosevelt became the first president of the
United States to ride in an automobile.
• 1911 - It was announced that Leonardo da
Vinci's "Mona Lisa" had been stolen from the
Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting turned up
two years later in Italy.
• 1941 - Nazi troops reached the outskirts of
Leningrad during World War II.
• 1972 - Due to its racial policies, Rhodesia was
asked to withdraw from the 20th Olympic
Summer Games.
• 1986 - Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to pay the
estate of the late Karen Silkwood $1.38 million to
culminate a 10-year-old nuclear contamination
• 1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev returned to Moscow
after the collapse of the hard-liners' coup.
Gorbachev was restored to power.  On the same
day he expelled the men who had tried to oust
Happy Birthday Jennifer Clarke!
Happy Birthday, Paul Snyder!
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• 1839 - Hong Kong was taken by the British in a
war with China.
• 1904 - Hard D. Weed patented the grip-tread tire
chain for cars.
• 1939 - Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union
signed a non-aggression treaty.
• 1944 - During World War II, Romanian prime
minister Ion Antonescue was dismissed. Soon
after the country would abandon the Axis and
join the Allies.
• 1944 - Marseilles was captured by Allied troops
during World War II.   
Happy Birthday Amber McClain!
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• 0079 - Mount Vesuvius erupted killing about
20,000 people. The cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and
Herculaneum were buried under volcanic ash.
• 0410 - The Visigoths overran Rome. This event
symbolized the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
• 1456 - The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was
• 1814 - Washington, DC, was invaded by British
forces that burned the White House and Capitol.
• 1891 - Thomas Edison applied patents for the
kinetoscope and kinetograph (U.S. Pats. 493,426
and 589,168).
• 1949 - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization
(NATO) went into effect. The agreement was that
an attack against one party would be considered
"an attack against them all."
• 1959 - Three days after Hawaiian statehood,
Hiram L. Fong was sworn in as the first Chinese-
American U.S. senator and Daniel K. Inouye was
sworn in as the first Japanese-American U.S.
• 1985 - 27 anti-apartheid leaders were arrested in
South Africa as racial violence rocked the
• 1989 - The U.S. space probe, Voyager 2, sent
back photographs of Neptune.
• 1991 - Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev
resigned as the head of the Communist Party.
• 1995 - Microsoft's "Windows 95" went on sale.

Thank you for your participation in our church 
life this week.  You are dearly appreciated.  Our 
schools will be starting in the near future so it 
is time to change gears again.  Enjoy the rest of 
our summertime.

God Bless and Keep You,
Donna K

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