MARCH IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
American social worker, born in Cedarville,
Illinois, graduated from Rockford College
in 1881. In 1889, with Ellen Gates Starr,
she founded Hull House in Chicago, one
of the first social settlement houses in the
United States. Based on the university
settlements begun in England by Samuel
Barnett, Hull House served as community
center for the neighborhood poor and then
later as a center for social reform activities.
It was important in Chicago civic affairs
and had an influence on the settlement
movement throughout the country. An
active reformer throughout her career,
Jane Addams was a leader in the woman's
suffrage and in pacifist movements. She
was a strong opponent of the Spanish-
In 1931 she became the first American
woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace
Prize (jointly with Nicholas Murray Butler).
Her books on social problems are
“The Spirit of Youth and the City Streets”
written in 1909, “A New Conscience and an
Ancient Evil” written in 1912, and “Peace
and Bread in Time of War” (1922).
See her autobiographical “Twenty Years at
Hull-House” (1910) and “The Second
Twenty Years at Hull-House” written in
German diarist, born in Frankfurt as
Anneliese Marie Frank. In order to escape
Nazi persecution, her family emigrated in
1933 to Amsterdam, where her father Otto
became a business owner. After the Nazis
occupied the Netherlands, her family
(along with several other Jews) hid for just
over two years (1942–44) in a "secret
annex" that was part of her father's office
and warehouse building. During these
years, Anne kept a diary characterized by
poignancy, insight, humor, a touch of
naiveté, and sometimes tart observation.
The family was betrayed to the Germans in
1944, and at 15 Anne died of typhus in the
Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
Anne's diary was discovered by family
helpers and after the war, was given to her
father, the only immediate family member
to survive the Holocaust. The Diary of a
Young Girl became an international
best seller in 1947 and was translated into
English and then 66 other languages. It
was also adapted into a play in 1955 and a
film in 1959. A complete edition, containing
almost a third more material, appeared in
1995 on the 50th anniversary of her death.
Anne Frank wrote stories, fables, and
essays, which were published in 1959.
The Franks' Amsterdam hiding place is
now a museum. Heaven only knows what
she may have accomplished if she had
been allowed to live past 15 years of age.
Shirley, a Representative from New York;
was born Shirley Anita St. Hill,
November 30, 1924, in Brooklyn, Kings
County, N.Y. The first black woman elected
to Congress, she attended public schools in
Brooklyn, N.Y. She received a B.A. degree
from Brooklyn College in 1946 and an M.A.,
from Columbia University in 1952. She was
a nursery school teacher, 1946-1953; school
director, Hamilton-Madison Child Care
Center, New York City, 1953-1959; and
Educational Consultant for the Division of
Day Care in New York City, 1959-1964.
She was an assembly woman in New York
State Legislature, from 1964 to 1968.
She was elected as to the Ninety-first and
to the six succeeding U. S. Congresses
(January 3, 1969 to January 3,1983).
She died on January 1, 2005, in Ormond
Beach, Florida. She is buried in Forest
Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York.
• LENTEN SERVICES AT CASEY U.M.C.
BEGINNING AT 7 P.M.
SPRC MEETING WILL FOLLOW SERVICE
THURSDAY, MARCH 20TH —
• HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!
FRIDAY, MARCH 21ST —
YOUTH GROUP HAS RETREAT AT
WESLEY WOODS - THROUGH SUNDAY
SATURDAY, MARCH 22ND —
A-C FOOD PANTRY AT CASEY U.M.C. IS
OPEN FROM 9 TO 11 A.M. TODAY.
THE MOVIE “FROZEN” will be shown at
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SUNDAY, MARCH 23RD —
THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
— COLOR: PURPLE —
Happy Birthday Ashley Noland!
Happy Birthday John Clarke!
• We are in the Sermon Series based on
Adam Hamilton’s study, THE WAY:
WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS
SCRIPTURE READINGS —
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The Israelites grumble about their thirst in
the desert. God leads Moses to strike the
rock at Horeb with his staff to supply all
the water they need and more.
1-2 Directed by God, the whole company
of Israel moved on by stages from the
Wilderness of Sin. They set camp at
Rephidim. And there was not a drop of
water for the people to drink. The people
took Moses to task: "Give us water to
drink." But Moses said, "Why pester me?
Why are you testing God?"
3 But the people were thirsty for water
there. They complained to Moses, "Why
did you take us from Egypt and drag us
out here with our children and animals to
die of thirst?"
4 Moses cried out in prayer to God, "What
can I do with these people? Any minute
now they'll kill me!"
5-6 God said to Moses, "Go on out ahead
of the people, taking with you some of the
elders of Israel. Take the staff you used to
strike the Nile. And go. I'm going to be
present before you there on the rock at
Horeb. You are to strike the rock. Water will
gush out of it and the people will drink."
of Israel right there watching. He named
the place Massah (Testing-Place) and
Meribah (Quarreling) because of the
quarreling of the Israelites and because of
their testing of God when they said, "Is
God here with us, or not?"
PSALM 95 (UMH 814)
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Come, let's shout praises to God, raise the
roof for the Rock who saved us!
Let's march into his presence singing
praises, lifting the rafters with our hymns!
3-5 And why? Because God is the best,
High King over all the gods.
In one hand he holds deep caves and
in the other hand grasps the high
He made Ocean—he owns it!
His hands sculpted Earth!
6-7 So come, let us worship: bow before
on your knees before God, who made
Oh yes, he's our God,
and we're the people he pastures, the
flock he feeds.
7-11 Drop everything and listen, listen as
"Don't turn a deaf ear as in the Bitter
As on the day of the Wilderness Test,
when your ancestors turned and put me
to the test.
For forty years they watched me at work
as over and over they tried my patience.
And I was provoked—oh, was I provoked!
'Can't they keep their minds on God for
Do they simply refuse to walk down my
Exasperated, I exploded,
'They'll never get where they're headed,
never be able to sit down and rest.'"
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Justified by faith, through God's grace in
Jesus Christ, we have peace with God and
assurance of moving on to entire salvation.
1-2 By entering through faith into what God
has always wanted to do for us—set us
right with him, make us fit for him - we have
it all together with God because of our
Master Jesus. And that's not all: We throw
open our doors to God and discover at the
same moment that he has already thrown
open his door to us. We find ourselves
standing where we always hoped we might
stand—out in the wide open spaces of
God's grace and glory, standing tall and
shouting our praise.
3-5 There's more to come: We continue to
shout our praise even when we're hemmed
in with troubles, because we know how
troubles can develop passionate patience
in us, and how that patience in turn forges
the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us
alert for whatever God will do next. In alert
expectancy such as this, we're never left
feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—
we can't round up enough containers to
hold everything God generously pours into
our lives through the Holy Spirit!
6-8 Christ arrives right on time to make this
happen. He didn't, and doesn't, wait for us
to get ready. He presented himself for this
sacrificial death when we were far too weak
and rebellious to do anything to get
ourselves ready. And even if we hadn't
been so weak, we wouldn't have known
what to do anyway. We can understand
someone dying for a person worth dying
for, and we can understand how someone
good and noble could inspire us to selfless
sacrifice. But God put his love on the line
for us by offering his Son in sacrificial
death while we were of no use whatever to
9-11 Now that we are set right with God by
means of this sacrificial death, the
consummate blood sacrifice, there is no
longer a question of being at odds with
God in any way. If, when we were at our
worst, we were put on friendly terms with
God by the sacrificial death of his Son,
now that we're at our best, just think of
how our lives will expand and deepen by
means of his resurrection life! Now that we
have actually received this amazing
friendship with God, we are no longer
content to simply say it in plodding prose.
We sing and shout our praises to God
through Jesus, the Messiah!
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Jesus asks a Samaritan woman for water,
then invites her to drink living water that
could slake her thirst forever.
4-6 To get there, he had to pass through
Samaria. He came into Sychar, a Samaritan
village that bordered the field Jacob had
given his son Joseph. Jacob's well was still
there. Jesus, worn out by the trip, sat down
at the well. It was noon.
7-8 A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw
water. Jesus said, "Would you give me a
drink of water?" (His disciples had gone to
the village to buy food for lunch.)
9 The Samaritan woman, taken aback,
asked, "How come you, a Jew, are asking
me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?"
(Jews in those days wouldn't be caught
dead talking to Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered, "If you knew the
generosity of God and who I am, you would
be asking me for a drink, and I would give
you fresh, living water."
11-12 The woman said, "Sir, you don't even
have a bucket to draw with, and this well is
deep. So how are you going to get this
'living water'? Are you a better man than
our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and
drank from it, he and his sons and
livestock, and passed it down to us?"
this water will get thirsty again and again.
Anyone who drinks the water I give will
never thirst—not ever. The water I give will
be an artesian spring within, gushing
fountains of endless life."
15 The woman said, "Sir, give me this water
so I won't ever get thirsty, won't ever have
to come back to this well again!"
16 He said, "Go call your husband and then
17-18 "I have no husband," she said.
"That's nicely put: 'I have no husband.'
You've had five husbands, and the man
you're living with now isn't even your
husband. You spoke the truth there, sure
19-20 "Oh, so you're a prophet! Well, tell
me this: Our ancestors worshiped God at
this mountain, but you Jews insist that
Jerusalem is the only place for worship,
21-23 "Believe me, woman, the time is
coming when you Samaritans will worship
the Father neither here at this mountain
nor there in Jerusalem. You worship
guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in
the clear light of day. God's way of
salvation is made available through the
Jews. But the time is coming—it has, in fact,
come—when what you're called will not
matter and where you go to worship will not
23-24 "It's who you are and the way you
live that count before God. Your worship
must engage your spirit in the pursuit of
truth. That's the kind of people the Father is
out looking for: those who are simply and
honestly themselves before him in their
worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit.
Those who worship him must do it out of
their very being, their spirits, their true
selves, in adoration."
25 The woman said, "I don't know about
that. I do know that the Messiah is coming.
When he arrives, we'll get the whole story."
26 "I am he," said Jesus. "You don't have to
wait any longer or look any further."
27 Just then his disciples came back. They
were shocked. They couldn't believe he was
talking with that kind of a woman. No one
said what they were all thinking, but their
faces showed it.
28-30 The woman took the hint and left. In
her confusion she left her water pot. Back
in the village she told the people, "Come
see a man who knew all about the things I
did, who knows me inside and out. Do you
think this could be the Messiah?" And they
went out to see for themselves.
It's Harvest Time
31 In the meantime, the disciples pressed
him, "Rabbi, eat. Aren't you going to eat?"
32 He told them, "I have food to eat you
know nothing about."
33 The disciples were puzzled. "Who could
have brought him food?"
34-35 Jesus said, "The food that keeps me
going is that I do the will of the One who
sent me, finishing the work he started. As
you look around right now, wouldn't you
say that in about four months it will be
time to harvest? Well, I'm telling you to
open your eyes and take a good look at
what's right in front of you. These
Samaritan fields are ripe. It's harvest time!
36-38 "The Harvester isn't waiting. He's
taking his pay, gathering in this grain that's
ripe for eternal life. Now the Sower is arm in
arm with the Harvester, triumphant. That's
the truth of the saying, 'This one sows, that
one harvests.' I sent you to harvest a field
you never worked. Without lifting a finger,
you have walked in on a field worked long
and hard by others."
39-42 Many of the Samaritans from that
village committed themselves to him
because of the woman's witness: "He knew
all about the things I did. He knows me
inside and out!" They asked him to stay on,
so Jesus stayed two days. A lot more
people entrusted their lives to him when
they heard what he had to say. They said to
the woman, "We're no longer taking this on
your say-so. We've heard it for ourselves
and know it for sure. He's the Savior of the
• 1806 - Explorers Lewis and Clark, came
to the Pacific coast, and began their return
journey to the east.
• 1808 - Napoleon's brother Joseph took
the throne of Spain.
• 1839 - The first recorded use of "OK"
[meaning oll korrect] was used in Boston's
• 1880 - John Stevens patented the grain
crushing mill. The mill increased flour
production by 70 percent.
• 1902 - In Italy, the minimum legal working
age was raised from 9 to 12 for boys and
from 11 to 15 for girls.
MONDAY, MARCH 24th —
THE OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY.
• 1664 - A charter to colonize Rhode Island
was granted to Roger Williams in London.
• 1765 - Britain passed the Quartering Act
that required the American colonies to
house 10,000 British troops in public and
• 1989 - The Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000
barrels-11 million gallons-of oil in Alaska's
Prince William Sound after it ran aground.
TUESDAY, MARCH 25TH —
• 0421 - The city of Venice, Italy is founded.
• 1634 - Lord Baltimore founded the
Catholic colony of Maryland.
• 1655 - Puritans jailed Governor Stone
after a military victory over Catholic forces
in the colony of Maryland.
• 1669 - Mount Etna in Sicily erupted
destroying Nicolosi. 20,000 people were
• 1776 - Continental Congress authorized
a medal for General George Washington.
• 1807 - British Parliament abolished the
• 1901 - 55 people died when a Rock Island
train derailed near Marshalltown, IA.
• 1911 - In New York City, 146 women were
killed in fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist
Company in New York City.
• 1947 - John D. Rockefeller III presented
a check for $8.5 million to the United
Nations for the purchase of land for the site
of the U.N. center.
• 1965 - Martin Luther King Jr. led a group
of 25,000 to the state capital in
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26TH —
Happy Birthday Larry Johnson
Church at 7 P.M.
• Ad Council Meeting in Adair U.M.C.
following Lenten Service.
• 1942 - The Germans began sending Jews
to Auschwitz in Poland.
• 1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new
vaccine that would prevent polio.
• 1982 - Ground breaking ceremonies were
held in Washington, DC, for the Vietnam
• 1989 - The first free elections took place
in the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin was
THURSDAY, MARCH 27TH —
• 1794 - The U.S. Congress authorized the
creation of the U.S. Navy.
• 1866 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson
vetoed the civil rights bill, which later
became the 14th amendment.
• 1912 - The first cherry blossom trees were
planted in Washington, DC. The trees were
a gift from Japan.
FRIDAY, MARCH 28TH —
Happy Birthday Evelyn Lewellen!
• 1854 - The Crimean War began when
Britain and France declared war on Russia.
• 1865 - Outdoor advertising legislation
was enacted in New York. The law banned
"painting on stones, rocks and trees."
• 1885 - The Salvation Army was officially
organized in the United States.
• 1898 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that
a child born in the U.S. to Chinese
immigrants was a U.S. citizen. This meant
that they could not be deported under the
Chinese Exclusion Act.
• 1908 - Automobile owners lobbied the
U.S. Congress, supporting a bill that called
for vehicle licensing and registration.
• 1921 - U.S. President Warren Harding
named William Howard Taft as chief justice
of the United States Supreme Court.
• 1933 - In Germany, the Nazis ordered a
ban on all Jews in businesses, professions
• 1979 - A major accident occurred at
Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear
power plant. A nuclear power reactor
overheated and had a partial meltdown.
SATURDAY, MARCH 29TH —
• 1638 - First permanent European
settlement in Delaware was established.
• 1848 - Niagara Falls stopped flowing for
one day due to an ice jam.
• 1943 - In the U.S. rationing of meat, butter
and cheese began during World War II.
• 1961 - The 23rd amendment to the U.S.
Constitution was ratified. The amendment
allowed residents of Washington, DC, to
vote for president.
• 1974 - Mariner 10, the U.S. space probe
became the first spacecraft to reach the
planet Mercury. It had been launched on
November 3, 1973.
FUTURE FOCUS —
• The One Great Hour of Sharing offering
is received next week, March 30, the fourth
Sunday in Lent. This denominational
offering underwrites the administrative
costs of the United Methodist Committee
on Relief so it can continue to offer world
wide emergency relief and long-term
disaster support. Loose Change Offering
for Food Pantry at Casey U.M.C. today.
• Holy Week begins on April 13 with
• Good Friday is April 18th.
Thank you all for your dedication to duty.
We may not mention it but we notice how
devoted you are and how hard you work.
Without the driver, the machinery would
set idle. Thank you again for all you do.
God Bless and Keep You,