WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5TH —
THIS IS ASH WEDNESDAY
Homestead Care Center in Guthrie Center
• Adair UMW Meeting begins at 1:30 P.M.
Good Shepherd Lutheran at 7:00 P.M.
MARCH IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
• This is Women’s History Month.
The United States observes it annually
throughout the month of March since 1987.
We Celebrate Women of Character,
Courage, and Commitment. We highlight
the contributions of women in history and
in contemporary society.
Despite the personal danger, in 1998
Suraya founded the organization Voice of
Women in Afghanistan to educate women
and advocate for women’s rights. She now
runs a range of projects that support
disadvantaged and oppressed women, and
was even named by Time Magazine as one
of the 100 people who most affect our
Human trafficking and sex slavery in Nepal
take a devastating human toll. In 2010,
California native and lawyer Renee Marcelle
took action to combat the practice, by co-
founding the Journey Home Foundation.
She spends her days providing pro bono
legal support for low-income women and
children caught in this terrible situation.
Women’s Employment Pioneer
Katharine Ryan Gibbs founded Katharine
Gibbs School in 1911 to provide women
with high-level secretarial training and the
opportunity to earn their own incomes.
Gibbs was a mother and housewife for
much of her life, until she was widowed at
48 and left with no means to support
herself or her two sons. Teaming up with
her sister, Mary Ryan, they purchased a
failing Providence, Rhode Island
secretarial school in 1911. Her school
quickly expanded, opening branches near
many ivy-league universities. At a time
when educated women were generally
expected to become teachers or nurses,
Katharine Gibbs School offered women an
exceptional secretarial education and new
opportunities, which made skilled office
work a realistic career for women.
SUNDAY, MARCH 9TH —
FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
Happy Birthday Rachel Carney!
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS TODAY
Adam Hamilton’s study, THE WAY:
WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS
• RED BIRD MISSION TEAM MEMBERS
1/2 DEPOSIT IS DUE TODAY —NO EXCEPTIONS
SCRIPTURE READINGS —
GENESIS 2:15–17; 3:1–7
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Adam and Eve are tempted by a serpent
to distrust God and eat of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil.
The first step toward life in God’s reign is
to step away from life under the reign of
Satan and the “powers of the air.”
15 God took the Man and set him down in
the Garden of Eden to work the ground
and keep it in order.
16-17 God commanded the Man, "You can
eat from any tree in the garden, except
from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-
Evil. Don't eat from it. The moment you eat
from that tree, you're dead."
1 The serpent was clever, more clever than
any wild animal God had made. He spoke
to the Woman: "Do I understand that God
told you not to eat from any tree in the
2-3 The Woman said to the serpent, "Not
at all. We can eat from the trees in the
garden. It's only about the tree in the
middle of the garden that God said, 'Don't
eat from it; don't even touch it or you'll
4-5 The serpent told the Woman, "You
won't die. God knows that the moment you
eat from that tree, you'll see what's really
going on. You'll be just like God, knowing
everything, ranging all the way from good
6 When the Woman saw that the tree
looked like good eating and realized what
she would get out of it—she'd know every-
thing!—she took and ate the fruit and then
gave some to her husband, and he ate.
7 Immediately the two of them did "see
what's really going on"—saw themselves
naked! They sewed fig leaves together as
makeshift clothes for themselves.
PSALM 32 (UMH 766)
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
A voice of wisdom from one who has
sinned, confessed, and then known God's
A PSALM OF DAVID
1 Count yourself lucky, how happy you
must be— you get a fresh start,
your slate's wiped clean.
2 Count yourself lucky—
God holds nothing against you
and you're holding nothing back from
3 When I kept it all inside,
my bones turned to powder,
my words became daylong groans.
4 The pressure never let up;
all the juices of my life dried up.
5 Then I let it all out;
I said, "I'll make a clean breast of my
failures to God."
Suddenly the pressure was gone—
my guilt dissolved,
my sin disappeared.
6 These things add up. Every one of us
needs to pray;
when all hell breaks loose and the dam
we'll be on high ground, untouched.
7 God's my island hideaway,
keeps danger far from the shore,
throws garlands of hosannas around
8 Let me give you some good advice;
I'm looking you in the eye
and giving it to you straight:
9 "Don't be ornery like a horse or mule
that needs bit and bridle
to stay on track."
10 God-defiers are always in trouble;
God-affirmers find themselves loved
every time they turn around.
11 Celebrate God.
All you honest hearts, raise the roof!
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Jesus Christ as the New Adam who frees
us from the power of sin and death.
THE DEATH-DEALING SIN,
THE LIFE-GIVING GIFT
12-14 You know the story of how Adam
landed us in the dilemma we're in— first
sin, then death, and no one exempt from
either sin or death. That sin disturbed
relations with God in everything and
everyone, but the extent of the disturbance
was not clear until God spelled it out in
detail to Moses. So death, this huge abyss
separating us from God, dominated the
landscape from Adam to Moses. Even
those who didn't sin precisely as Adam
did by disobeying a specific command of
God still had to experience this termination
of life, this separation from God. But Adam,
who got us into this, also points ahead to
the One who will get us out of it.
15-17 Yet the rescuing gift is not exactly
parallel to the death-dealing sin. If one
man's sin put crowds of people at the dead-
end abyss of separation from God, just
think what God's gift poured through one
man, Jesus Christ, will do! There's no
comparison between that death-dealing sin
and this generous, life-giving gift. The
verdict on that one sin was the death
sentence; the verdict on the many sins that
followed was this wonderful life sentence.
If death got the upper hand through one
man's wrongdoing, can you imagine the
breathtaking recovery life makes,
sovereign life, in those who grasp with
both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift,
this grand setting-everything-right, that
the one man Jesus Christ provides?
18-19 Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one
person did it wrong and got us in all this
trouble with sin and death, another person
did it right and got us out of it. But more
than just getting us out of trouble, he got
us into life! One man said no to God and
put many people in the wrong; one man
said yes to God and put many in the right.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Matthew's story of Jesus tempted by the
devil in the wilderness.
The forty-day fast was the time of the
preparation, at the end of which, though
famished and physically diminished, Jesus
was spiritually prepared for the strong
temptations that followed. We move from
the desert to the heart of Jerusalem then
to an unspecified high mountain. Gardens,
deserts, cities, mountains—wherever we
find ourselves, we have some renunciation
to learn and practice.
1-3 Next Jesus was taken into the wild by
the Spirit for the Test. The Devil was ready
to give it. Jesus prepared for the Test by
fasting forty days and forty nights. That
left him, of course, in a state of extreme
hunger, which the Devil took advantage of
in the first test: "Since you are God's Son,
speak the word that will turn these stones
into loaves of bread."
4 Jesus answered by quoting
Deuteronomy: "It takes more than bread to
stay alive. It takes a steady stream of
words from God's mouth."
5-6 For the second test the Devil took him
to the Holy City. He sat him on top of the
Temple and said, "Since you are God's
Son, jump." The Devil goaded him by
quoting Psalm 91: "He has placed you in
the care of angels. They will catch you so
that you won't so much as stub your toe
on a stone."
7 Jesus countered with another citation
from Deuteronomy: "Don't you dare test
the Lord your God."
8-9 For the third test, the Devil took him to
the peak of a huge mountain. He gestured
expansively, pointing out all the earth's
kingdoms, how glorious they all were.
Then he said, "They're yours—lock, stock,
and barrel. Just go down on your knees
and worship me, and they're yours."
10 Jesus' refusal was curt: "Beat it, Satan!"
He backed his rebuke with a third
quotation from Deuteronomy: "Worship the
Lord your God, and only him. Serve him
with absolute single-heartedness."
11 The Test was over. The Devil left. And in
his place, angels! Angels came and took
care of Jesus' needs.
YOUTH GROUP MEETS IN CASEY U.M.C.AT 11:30 A.M.
• 1454 - Amerigo Vespucci was born in
Florence, Italy. Matthias Ringmann, a
German mapmaker, named the American
continent in his honor.
• 1788 - Connecticut became the 5th state
to join the United States.
• 1793 - Jean Pierre Blanchard made the
first balloon flight in North America. This
event was witnessed by U.S. President
• 1820 - The U.S. Congress passed the
Land Act that paved the way for westward
expansion of North America. This reduced
the price of land to $1.25 an acre for a
minimum of 80 acres.
• 1832 - Abraham Lincoln announced that
he would run for a political office for the
first time. He was unsuccessful in his run
for a seat in the Illinois state legislature.
• 1900 - In Germany, women petitioned
Reichstag for the right to take university
• 1936 - The German press warned that all
Jews who vote in the upcoming elections
would be arrested.
• 1990 - Dr. Antonia Novello was sworn in
as the first female and Hispanic surgeon
MONDAY, MARCH 10th —
Happy Birthday Vina Mains!
THE OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY.
• 0241 BC - The Roman fleet sank 50
Carthaginian ships in the Battle of Aegusa.
• 0049 BC - Julius Caesar crossed the
Rubicon and invaded Italy.
• 1656 - In the American colony of Virginia,
voting rights extended to all free men
regardless of their religion.
• 1804 - The formal ceremonies transferring
the Louisiana Purchase from France to the
United States took place in St. Louis.
• 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell made the
first successful call with the telephone. He
spoke the words "Mr. Watson, come here,
I want to see you."
• 1902 - Tochangri, Turkey, was entirely
wiped out by an earthquake.
• 1910 - Slavery was abolished in China.
• 1924 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a
New York state law forbidding late-night
work for women.
• 1949 - Nazi wartime broadcaster Mildred
E. Gillars, also known as "Axis Sally," was
convicted in Washington, DC. Gillars was
convicted of treason and served 12 years
• 1956 - Julie Andrews at the age of 23
made her television debut in "High Tor"
with Bing Crosby and Nancy Olson.
TUESDAY, MARCH 11TH —
Happy Birthday Tresa Slayton!
Happy Birthday Harold Roccholz Jr.!
• 537 - The Goths, who started out from
Scandinavia traveled south and began
their siege to destroy Rome.
• 1824 - The U.S. War Department created
the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Seneca Indian
Ely Parker became the first Indian to lead
• 1867 - In Hawaii, the volcano Great Mauna
• 1888 - The "Blizzard of '1888" began along
the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard shutting down
all communication and transportation lines.
More than 400 people died.(March 11-14)
• 1930 - William Howard Taft became the first
U.S. president to be buried in Arlington
• 1959 - The Lorraine Hansberry drama
“A Raisin in the Sun” opened at New York's
Ethel Barrymore Theater.
• 1985 - Mikhail Gorbachev became head of
the Soviet Union following the death of
Konstantin Chernenko. At 54, he was the
youngest member of the ruling Politburo.
• 2011 - Japan is hit by an enormous earth-
quake that triggers a deadly 23-foot
tsunami in the country's north, about 230
miles northeast of Tokyo.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12TH —
• Adair-Casey High School Blood Drive
1:30 P.M. to 6 P.M.
FROM 5:30 TO 7:30 P.M.
• LENTEN SERVICES AT ADAIR U.M.C.
AT 7 P.M.
• 1496 - Jews were expelled from Syria.
• 1664 - New Jersey became a British colony.
King Charles II granted land in the New
World to his brother James (The Duke of
• 1789 - The U.S. Post Office was first
• 1884 - The State of Mississippi authorized
the first state-supported college for women.
It was called the Mississippi Industrial
Institute and College.
• 1912 - Juliette Low founded Girl Scouts of
• 1959 - The U.S. House joined the U.S.
Senate in approving statehood of Hawaii.
• 1993 - Janet Reno was sworn in as the
first female U.S. attorney general.
• 1994 - The Church of England ordained
women priests for the first time in 460
THURSDAY, MARCH 13TH —
Happy Birthday Ginger Spangler!
• 0607 - The 12th recorded passage of
Halley's Comet occurred.
• 1519 - Cortez landed in Mexico.
• 1639 - Harvard University was first named
for clergyman John Harvard.
• 1660 - A statute was passed limiting the
sale of slaves in the colony of Virginia.
• 1781 - Sir William Herschel discovered
the planet Uranus.
1901 - Andrew Carnegie announced that he
was retiring from business and that he
would spend the rest of his life giving
away his fortune. His net worth was
estimated at $300 million.
• 1918 - Women were scheduled to march
in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York
due to a shortage of men due to wartime.
• 1935 - Three-thousand-year-old archives
were found in Jerusalem confirming some
• 1997 - Sister Nirmala was chosen by
India's Missionaries of Charity to succeed
Mother Teresa as leader of a Catholic order.
• 2012 - Encyclopedia Britannica
discontinued its print edition after 244 yrs.
FRIDAY, MARCH 14TH —
Happy Birthday Rob Slayton!
• THIS IS “WORLD DAY OF PRAYER”
World Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical
movement of Christian women in 170
countries joined together to observe a
common day of prayer each year on the
first Friday of March. It aims to bring
together women of all races, cultures and
traditions. World Day of Prayer started in
the USA in 1887, as Mary Ellen James, wife
of a Presbyterian minister from New York,
called for a day of prayer for home
missions. The Methodist women called for
a week of prayer and self-denial for foreign
missions. Two years later, Baptists called
together a Day of Prayer for World Mission.
The idea continued to spread and since
1927 the March day is known as Women’s
World Day of Prayer.
• 1489 - Catherine Cornaro, Queen of
Cyprus, sold her kingdom to Venice. She
was the last of the Lusignan dynasty.
• 1629 - A Royal charter was granted to the
Massachusetts Bay Colony.
• 1743 - First American town meeting was
held at Boston's Faneuil Hall.
• 1891 - The submarine Monarch laid
telephone cable along the bottom of the
English Channel to prepare for the first
telephone links across the Channel.
• 1901 - Utah Governor Heber M. Wells
vetoed a bill that would have relaxed
restrictions on polygamy.
• 1906 - The island of Ustica (North of
Sicily) was devastated by an earthquake.
• 1914 - Henry Ford announced the new
continuous motion method to assemble
cars. The process decreased the time to
make a car from 12½ hours to 93 minutes.
• 1998 - An earthquake left 10,000 people
homeless in southeastern Iran.
SATURDAY, MARCH 15TH —
Happy Birthday James Paup!
Happy Birthday Chad Stephenson!
• 44 BC - Roman Emperor Julius Caesar
was assassinated by Roman Senators. The
day is known as the "Ides of March."
• 1493 - Christopher Columbus returned to
Spain after his first New World voyage.
• 1820 - Maine was admitted as the 23rd
state of the Union.
• 1907 - In Finland, women won their first
seats in the Finnish Parliament. They took
their seats on May 23.
• 1917 - Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia,
was forced to abdicate his throne.
• 1937 - In Chicago, IL, the first blood bank
to preserve blood for transfusion by
refrigeration was established at the Cook
• 1938 - Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.
FUTURE FOCUS —
• SUNDAY, MARCH 16TH —
SUNDAY CHICKEN DINNER AT
ADAIR COMMUNITY CENTRE
Thank you all for your contributions of
labor and love this week. You are the
glue that holds us all together!
I salute you!
God Bless and Keep You,