SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26TH —
• FOOD PANTRY OPEN IN CASEY U.M.C.
FROM 9 A.M. TO 11 A.M.
• JESSIE LEEPER BENEFIT AT
"COLOR RUN" WILL START AT 8:00 A.M.
• BREAKFAST AT 8 A.M.
- FREE WILL OFFERING
• BAKE SALE STARTS AT 8 A.M..
A-A-A-A-LL BEGINNING AT 8 A.M.
Items for the bake sale may be delivered
on Friday, the day before, or left at the
school on Saturday morning. Items will
be priced by workers during the sale.
Thank you all for your contributions and
thank you for your attendance to
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27TH, 2013
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
FOURTH SUNDAY IN
“A SEASON OF SAINTS.”
The global Christian saint featured this week
is VIBIA PERPETUA, a third-century
Christian martyr in Northern Africa
believed to have died 7 March 203, are
Christian martyrs of the 3rd century.
Perpetua (born around 181) was a 22
year old married noblewoman and a
nursing mother. Her co-martyr Felicity,
was an expectant mother. They suffered
together at Carthage in the Roman
province of Africa, during the reign of
“The Passion of St. Perpetua, St. Felicitas,
and their Companions” is said to preserve
the actual account of her arrest and
imprisonment. According to this book,
a number of those receiving instruction
were arrested for their faith and executed at
the military games in celebration of the
Emperor Geta's birthday. This group
consisted of Perpetua, a slave named
Revocatus, a female slave Felicitas, two
free men Saturninus and Seculdulus.
Perpetua’s account opens with conflict
between her and her father, who wishes for
her to recant her belief. Perpetua refuses,
and is baptized before being moved to
prison. Her child is able to stay in prison
with her for the time being. Perpetua’s
father visits her in prison and pleads with
her, but Perpetua is steadfast in her faith.
She is brought to a hearing before the
governor where she will not deny her faith.
On the day of the games, the martyrs are
led into the amphitheatre. They were then
whipped, then set upon by wild animals.
Finally they were pierced by swords.
week is KANICHI MIYAMA, Japanese
Methodist missionary to Japan. Born into
Japan's soldier-bureaucrat class, Miyama
absorbed the classic Shinto tradition
before studying Western science and
philosophy, military strategy, and English.
heard Otis Gibson, superintendent of the
Chinese Christian Mission, tell a story
about George Washington, whose father
had directed his attention to the will of
God behind the order of the world. Miyama
heard Gibson's sermon as a challenge to
his egotism, an admonition to confess his
sins, an invitation to accept Christ.
Kanichi Miyama’s capacity to offer Christian
ministry was deeply marked by aftermath,
both in Hawaii and in Japan.
to Christianity, Miyama was sent to Hawaii
to serve the Japanese immigrant workers
who were suffering under exploitive working
conditions. These people had their own
condition of aftermath. First, his patient
work among them helped to stabilize and
reverse their life conditions, forming some of
these people into the very first Japanese
Christian Church in Hawaii.
Miyama was sent to return to his homeland
of Japan in 1890, to serve in Nagoya, but
found it a very difficult appointment. He was
perceived as too Americanized for his native
Japanese congregation and wider community.
When an earthquake struck in 1891, however,
killing his nephew and injuring both him and
his wife, he stayed behind to help rescue the
survivors. By coming into solidarity with
those suffering in the midst of their
suffering, he found his ministry suddenly
accepted. Word of his actions spread,
giving him a welcome among Japanese
Methodists and many others he evangelized
wherever he would serve after that.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The previous verses describe with graphic
detail the destruction of Jerusalem and
Judah. These verses speak of restoration
to come and later a time when God's Spirit
would be poured out on all flesh with
simultaneous prediction in heaven and
earth - - while the sky is dark and the moon
blood red, people of all ages and stations
will prophesy, see visions, and dream
dreams. Today, from Joel, we have
“Promises for After the Aftermath.” Joel
may have been a pre-exilic prophet, what
we read from him today speaks forward
(prophesies!) to a time when the future
Babylonian invasion and exile would be
over. He foresees a time when people
would begin to return to Judea and start
to rebuild.The promise of God through
Joel for such a new day was first, an
abundance of crops. Second, the people’s
honor would be restored. Third, the Spirit
would be poured out on all of them,
female and male alike, from the youngest
to the oldest and across every stratum of
the society, from the wealthiest to the
THE TREES ARE BEARING FRUIT AGAIN
21-24 Fear not, Earth! Be glad and celebrate!
God has done great things.
Fear not, wild animals!
The fields and meadows are greening up.
Children of Zion, celebrate!
Be glad in your God.
He's giving you a teacher
to train you how to live right —
Teaching, like rain out of heaven, showers of
words to refresh and nourish your soul, just
as he used to do.
And plenty of food for your body — silos full of
grain, casks of wine and barrels of olive oil.
25-27 "I'll make up for the years of the locust,
the great locust devastation —
Locusts savage, locusts deadly,
fierce locusts, locusts of doom,
That great locust invasion
I sent your way.
You'll eat your fill of good food.
You'll be full of praises to your God,
The God who has set you back on your heels in
Never again will my people be despised.
You'll know without question
that I'm in the thick of life with Israel,
That I'm your God, yes, your God,
the one and only real God.
Never again will my people be despised.
THE SUN TURNING BLACK AND THE MOON
28-32 "And that's just the beginning: After that —
"I will pour out my Spirit
on every kind of people:
Your sons will prophesy,
also your daughters.
Your old men will dream,
your young men will see visions.
I'll even pour out my Spirit on the servants,
men and women both.
I'll set wonders in the sky above
and signs on the earth below:
Blood and fire and billowing smoke,
the Day tremendous and awesome.
Whoever calls, 'Help, God!'
On Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be a great rescue — just as God said.
Included in the survivors
are those that God calls."
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
A PSALM OF THANKSGIVING
FOR FRUITFUL TIMES.
A PSALM OF DAVID
1-2 Silence is praise to you, Zion-dwelling God,
And also obedience.
You hear the prayer in it all.
2-8 We all arrive at your doorstep sooner
or later, loaded with guilt,
Our sins too much for us —
but you get rid of them once and for all.
Blessed are the chosen! Blessed the guest
at home in your place!
We expect our fill of good things
in your house, your heavenly manse.
All your salvation wonders
are on display in your trophy room.
Muzzler of sea storm and wave crash,
of mobs in noisy riot —
Far and wide they'll come to a stop,
they'll stare in awe, in wonder.
Dawn and dusk take turns
calling, "Come and worship."
9-13 Oh, visit the earth,
ask her to join the dance!
Deck her out in spring showers,
fill the God-River with living water.
Paint the wheat fields golden.
Creation was made for this!
Drench the plowed fields,
soak the dirt clods
With rainfall as harrow and rake
bring her to blossom and fruit.
Snow-crown the peaks with splendor,
scatter rose petals down your paths,
All through the wild meadows, rose petals.
Set the hills to dancing,
Dress the canyon walls with live sheep,
Let them shout, and shout, and shout!
Oh, oh, let them sing!
2 TIMOTHY 4:6-18
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
"The time of my departure has come. I have
fought the good fight, I have finished the race."
6-8 You take over. I'm about to die, my life an
offering on God's altar. This is the only race
worth running. I've run hard right to the finish,
believed all the way. All that's left now is the
shouting—God's applause! Depend on it, he's an
honest judge. He'll do right not only by me, but
by everyone eager for his coming.
9-13 Get here as fast as you can. Demas, chasing
fads, went off to Thessalonica and left me here.
Crescens is in Galatia province, Titus in
Dalmatia. Luke is the only one here with me.
Bring Mark with you; he'll be my right-hand man
since I'm sending Tychicus to Ephesus. Bring the
winter coat I left in Troas with Carpus; also the
books and parchment notebooks.
14-15 Watch out for Alexander the coppersmith.
Fiercely opposed to our Message, he caused no
end of trouble. God will give him what he's got
16-18 At my preliminary hearing no one stood by
me. They all ran like scared rabbits. But it doesn't
matter—the Master stood by me and helped me
spread the Message loud and clear to those who
had never heard it. I was snatched from the jaws
of the lion! God's looking after me, keeping me
safe in the kingdom of heaven. All praise to him,
praise forever! Oh, yes!
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
"God, I thank you that I am not as other people"
Tax collector: "God, be merciful to me, a sinner."
STORY OF THE TAX MAN AND THE PHARISEE
9-12 He told his next story to some who were
complacently pleased with themselves over their
moral performance and looked down their noses
at the common people: "Two men went up to the
Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax
man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this:
'Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other
people — robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven
forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and
tithe on all my income.'
13 "Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the
shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to
look up, said, 'God, give mercy. Forgive me, a
14 Jesus commented, "This tax man, not the
other, went home made right with God. If you
walk around with your nose in the air, you're
going to end up flat on your face, but if you're
content to be simply yourself, you will become
more than yourself."
Happy Birthday Lonnie Harris!
Happy Anniversary, Jim and Beth Rogers!
• 1787 - The first of the Federalist Papers
were published in the New York Independent.
This series of 85 essays, written by
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and
John Jay, were written to promote the
ratification of the United States Constitution,
and were published under the pen name
• 1858 - Roland Macy opened Macy's
Department Store in New York City. It was
Macy's eighth business adventure, the other
• 1904 - The New York subway system
officially opened. It was the first rapid-transit
subway system in America.
• 1938 - Du Pont announced "nylon" was the
new name for its new synthetic yarn.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28TH —
THE OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY
Happy Birthday Ryan Elgin!
• 1636 - Harvard College was founded in
Massachusetts. The original name was
Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was
the first American school of higher education.
• 1793 - Eli Whitney applied for a patent for
his cotton gin.
• 1886 - The Statue of Liberty was dedicated
in New York Harbor by U.S. President
Cleveland. The statue weighs 225 tons and
is 152 feet tall.
• 1904 - The St. Louis Police Department
became the first to use fingerprinting.
• 1962 - Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev
told the U.S. that he had ordered dismantling
of all Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
• 1965 - Pope Paul VI issued a decree
absolving Jews of collective guilt for the
crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29TH —
• 1618 - Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded
under a sentence that had been brought
against him 15 years earlier for conspiracy
against King James I.
• 1682 - William Penn landed at what is
now Chester, PA. He was founder of
• 1863 - The International Committee of
the Red Cross was founded.
• 1929 - America's Great Depression began
with the crash of Wall Street's stock market.
• 1945 - The first ballpoint pens went on
sale at Gimbels Department Store in New
York at the price of $12.50 each.
• 1966 - The National Organization for Women
• 1969 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered an
immediate end to all school segregation.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH —
Happy Birthday Darla Martin!
• 1735 - John Adams, the second President
of the United States, was born in Braintree,
MA. His son became the sixth President of
• 1875 - The constitution of Missouri was
ratified by popular vote.
• 1894 - The time clock was patented by
Daniel M. Cooper of Rochester, NY.
• 1945 - The U.S. government announced the
end of shoe rationing.
• 1961 - The Soviet Party Congress united
in approval to remove Joseph Stalin's body
from Lenin's tomb.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31ST —
THIS IS HALLOWEEN!
This evening watch for little goblins
Trick or Treating —
• 1517 - Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses
on the door of the Wittenberg Palace Church.
The event marked the start of the Protestant
Reformation in Germany.
• 1860 - Juliette Low, the founder of Girl
Scouts, was born.
• 1864 - Nevada became the 36th state to
join the United States.
• 1941 - Mount Rushmore was declared
complete after 14 years of work.
• 1941 - The U.S. Navy destroyer Reuben
James was torpedoed by a German
submarine near Iceland. More than 100 men
were killed. The U.S. had not yet entered
World War II.
• 1956 - Rear Admiral G.J. Dufek became the
first person to set foot on the South Pole
when helanded an airplane there.
• 1999 - Leaders from the Roman Catholic
Church and the Lutheran Church signed the
Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of
Justification. The event ended centuries of
doctrinal dispute over the nature of faith and
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST —
• YOUTH LOCK-IN •
AT INGATHERING-GREENFIELD UMC AT 7 P.M.
NOVEMBER IS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE
MONTH ON THE U.M.C. PROGRAM CALENDAR.
• 1512 - Michelangelo's paintings on the
ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were first
exhibited to the public.
• 1755 - At least 60,000 people were killed
in Lisbon, Portugal by an earthquake, its
after-shocks and the ensuing tsunami.
• 1800 - U.S. President John Adams
became the first president to live in the
• 1864 - The U.S. Post Office began selling
money orders. The money orders provided
a safe way to make payments by mail.
• 1879 - Thomas Edison executed his first
patent application for a high-resistance
carbon filament (U.S. Pat. 223,898).
• 1936 - Benito Mussolini made a speech
in Milan, Italy, in which he described the
alliance between Italy and Nazi Germany as
an "axis" between Berlin and Rome.
• 1950 - Charles Cooper became the first
black man to play in the National Basketball
• 1989 - Tens of thousands of refugees fled
to the West when East Germany opened its
border with Czechoslovakia.
• SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND —
• INGATHERING AT GREENFIELD UMC
• 1721 - Peter the Great (Peter I), ruler of
Russia, changed his title to emperor.
• 1889 - North Dakota and South Dakota
were admitted to the union as 39th and
• 1895 - In Chicago, IL, the first gasoline
powered car race took place in America.
• 1948 - Harry Truman defeated Thomas
Dewey for the U.S. presidency. The Chicago
Tribune published an early edition that had
the headline "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN."
• 1966 - The Cuban Adjustment Act allowed
123,000 Cubans to apply for permanent
residence in the United States.
• 1983 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan
signed a bill establishing a federal holiday
on the third Monday of January in honor of
civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
FUTURE FOCUS —
• SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD —
THIS IS ALL SAINTS SUNDAY.
• DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS TODAY! •
SET YOUR CLOCK BACK ONE HOUR PLEASE
• COMBINED WORSHIP AT CASEY U.M.C.- 9:30
• CASEY U.M.C. FALL DINNER AT 11 A.M.
IN CASEY COMMUNITY BUILDING
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH —
• ADAIR U.M.C. FALL DINNER AT 11 A.M.
IN ADAIR COMMUNITY BUILDING
CHARGE CONFERENCE IN GREENFIELD
U.M.C.BEGINNING AT 7 P.M.
The International Day of Prayer for
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH —
THIS IS VETERANS DAY,
A U.S. CIVIL HOLIDAY.
Thank you for your many contributions
God Bless and Keep You,