May is Asian Pacific American Heritage
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7th —
ADAIR U.M.W. MEETS AT 9 A.M.
FRIDAY, MAY 9TH —
Retreat Center at Griswold.
10 A.M. TO 3 P.M.
SUNDAY, MAY 11TH –
TODAY IS MOTHER'S DAY
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
Ella Renee Paup's Baptism in Adair U.M.C.
SCRIPTURE READINGS —
JOEL 2:1-3, 12-17
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The prophet Joel calls for the people to
undertake serious corporate acts of
lamentation and repentance to prepare for
"the Day of the Lord . . a day of darkness
and thick gloom."
1-3 Blow the ram's horn trumpet in Zion!
Trumpet the alarm on my holy mountain!
Shake the country up!
God's Judgment's on its way—the Day's
A black day! A Doomsday!
Clouds with no silver lining!
Like dawn light moving over the mountains,
a huge army is coming.
There's never been anything like it
and never will be again.
Wildfire burns everything before this army
and fire licks up everything in its wake.
Before it arrives, the country is like the
Garden of Eden.
When it leaves, it is Death Valley.
Nothing escapes unscathed.
CHANGE YOUR LIFE
12 But there's also this, it's not too late—
God's personal Message!—
"Come back to me and really mean it!
Come fasting and weeping, sorry for
13-14 Change your life, not just your
Come back to God, your God.
And here's why: God is kind and merciful.
He takes a deep breath, puts up with a
This most patient God, extravagant in
always ready to cancel catastrophe.
Who knows? Maybe he'll do it now,
maybe he'll turn around and show pity.
Maybe, when all's said and done,
there'll be blessings full and robust for
15-17 Blow the ram's horn trumpet in Zion!
Declare a day of repentance, a holy fast
Call a public meeting.
Get everyone there. Consecrate the
Make sure the elders come,
but bring in the children, too, even the
Even men and women on their honeymoon
interrupt them and get them there.
Between Sanctuary entrance and altar,
let the priests, God's servants, weep
tears of repentance.
Let them intercede: "Have mercy, God, on
Don't abandon your heritage to contempt.
Don't let the pagans take over and rule
and sneer, 'And so where is this God of
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
1-3 Generous in love—God, give grace!
Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt,
soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I've been;
my sins are staring me down.
4-6 You're the One I've violated, and you've
it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
whatever you decide about me is fair.
I've been out of step with you for a long
in the wrong since before I was born.
What you're after is truth from the inside
Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.
7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I'll come
scrub me and I'll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
set these once-broken bones to
Don't look too close for blemishes,
give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
shape a Genesis week from the chaos
of my life.
Don't throw me out with the trash,
or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my
and I'll sing anthems to your life-giving
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
I'll let loose with your praise.
16-17 Going through the motions doesn't
a flawless performance is nothing to
I learned God-worship
when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love
don't for a moment escape God's
2 CORINTHIANS 5:20-6:10
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Be reconciled to God and persevere in the
ministry of the gospel in the face of every
evaluate people by what they have or how
they look. We looked at the Messiah that
way once and got it all wrong, as you
know. We certainly don't look at him that
way anymore. Now we look inside, and
what we see is that anyone united with the
Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new.
The old life is gone; a new life burgeons!
Look at it! All this comes from the God
who settled the relationship between us
and him, and then called us to settle our
relationships with each other. God put the
world square with himself through the
Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by
offering forgiveness of sins. God has
given us the task of telling everyone what
he is doing. We're Christ's representatives.
God uses us to persuade men and women
to drop their differences and enter into
God's work of making things right between
them. We're speaking for Christ himself
now: Become friends with God; he's
already a friend with you.
wrong on him who never did anything
wrong, so we could be put right with God.
2 CORINTHIANS 6
STAYING AT OUR POST
1-10 Companions as we are in this work
with you, we beg you, please don't
squander one bit of this marvelous life
God has given us. God reminds us,
I heard your call in the nick of time;
The day you needed me, I was there to
Well, now is the right time to listen, the
day to be helped. Don't put it off; don't
frustrate God's work by showing up late,
throwing a question mark over everything
we're doing. Our work as God's servants
gets validated—or not—in the details.
People are watching us as we stay at our
post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard
times, tough times, bad times; when we're
beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working
hard, working late, working without eating;
with pure heart, clear head, steady hand;
in gentleness, holiness, and honest love;
when we're telling the truth, and when
God's showing his power; when we're
doing our best setting things right; when
we're praised, and when we're blamed;
slandered, and honored; true to our word,
though distrusted; ignored by the world,
but recognized by God; terrifically alive,
though rumored to be dead; beaten within
an inch of our lives, but refusing to die;
immersed in tears, yet always filled with
deep joy; living on handouts, yet
enriching many; having nothing, having
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Acts of piety (prayer, almsgiving, fasting)
are important as means to let God trans-
form us, and through us, the world. Their
value is lost if we use them to call
attention to ourselves or make ourselves
look "holier than thou."
THE WORLD IS NOT A STAGE
1 "Be especially careful when you are
trying to be good so that you don't make
a performance out of it. It might be good
theater, but the God who made you won't
2-4 "When you do something for someone
else, don't call attention to yourself. You've
seen them in action, I'm sure—'play actors'
I call them— treating prayer meeting and
street corner alike as a stage, acting
compassionate as long as someone is
watching, playing to the crowds. They get
applause, true, but that's all they get.
When you help someone out, don't think
about how it looks. Just do it quietly and
unobtrusively. That is the way your God,
who conceived you in love, working
behind the scenes, helps you out.
PRAY WITH SIMPLICITY
turn that into a theatrical production either.
All these people making a regular show
out of their prayers, hoping for stardom!
Do you think God sits in a box seat?
quiet, secluded place so you won't be
tempted to role-play before God. Just be
there as simply and honestly as you can
manage. The focus will shift from you to
God, and you will begin to sense his grace.
warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They're
full of formulas and programs and advice,
peddling techniques for getting what you
want from God. Don't fall for that nonsense.
This is your Father you are dealing with,
and he knows better than you what you
need. With a God like this loving you, you
can pray very simply. Like this:
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what's best— as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving
Keep us safe from ourselves and the
You're in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You're ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.
14-15 "In prayer there is a connection
between what God does and what you do.
You can't get forgiveness from God, for
instance, without also forgiving others. If
you refuse to do your part, you cut
yourself off from God's part.
16-18 "When you practice some appetite-
denying discipline to better concentrate
on God, don't make a production out of it.
It might turn you into a small-time
celebrity but it won't make you a saint. If
you 'go into training' inwardly, act normal
outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair,
brush your teeth, wash your face. God
doesn't require attention-getting devices.
He won't overlook what you are doing;
he'll reward you well.
A LIFE OF GOD-WORSHIP
19-21 "Don't hoard treasure down here
where it gets eaten by moths, corroded
by rust or — worse! — stolen by burglars.
Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it's
safe from moth and rust and burglars. It's
obvious, isn't it? The place where your
treasure is, is the place you will most want
to be, and end up being.
• 0330 - Constantinople, previously the
ancient Greek City of Byzantium, was
• 1647 - Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New
Amsterdam (On today's Manhattan Island)
to become governor.
• 1792 - Columbia River was discovered by
Captain Robert Gray.
• 1858 - Minnesota was admitted as the
32nd state in the union.
• 1910 - Glacier National Park in Montana
• 1934 - A severe two-day dust storm lifted
the topsoil from the great plains of the
United States and created a "Dust Bowl."
The storm was the first of many.
• 1947 - The creation of a tubeless tire was
announced by B.F. Goodrich Company.
• 1949 - Siam changed its name to
• 1960 - Israeli soldiers captured Adolf
Eichmann in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
• 1997 - Garry Kasparov, world chess
champion, lost his first ever multi-game
match to IBM chess computer Deep Blue.
It was the first time a computer had
beaten a world-champion player.
• 1998 - A French mint produced the first of
Europe's new currency, known as the euro.
MONDAY, MAY 12TH —
THE OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY.
BIBLE AND BOOK STUDY —
“MADE TO CRAVE”
CASEY U.M.C.– AT 12 NOON
Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest
Desire with God, Not with Food.
• 1870 - Manitoba entered the Confede-
ration as a Canadian province.
• 1940 - A Nazi conquest of France began
with the German army crossing the Muese
• 1942 - The Soviet Army launched its first
major offensive of World War II and took
Kharkov in the eastern Ukraine from the
• 1943 - The Axis forces in North Africa
surrendered during World War II.
• 1978 - The National Oceanic and Atmos-
pheric Administration announced that they
would no longer exclusively name
hurricanes after women.
• 2002 - Former U.S. President Carter
arrived in Cuba for a visit with Fidel Castro.
It was the first time a U.S. head of state
had gone to the island since Castro's 1959
TUESDAY, MAY 13TH —
Happy Birthday Joshua Reed!
Happy Birthday Justin Rumple!
• 1607 - Jamestown, Virginia, was settled
as a colony of England.
• 1648 - Margaret Jones of the Plymouth
Colony was found guilty of witchcraft and
was sentenced to be hanged by the neck.
• 1787 - Captain Arthur Phillip left England
for Australia. He successfully landed
eleven ships full of convicts January 18,
1788, at Botany Bay. The group moved
north eight days later and settled at Port
• 1864 - The Battle of Resaca began as the
Union General Sherman fought towards
Atlanta during the American Civil War.
• 1865 - The last land engagement of the
American Civil War was fought at the
Battle of Palmito Ranch in far south Texas,
more than a month after Gen. Lee's
surrender at Appomattox, Virginia.
• 1867 - Confederate President Jefferson
Davis became a free man after spending
two years in prison for his role in the
American Civil War.
• 1981 - Pope John Paul II was shot and
seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square
by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca.
• 1996 - In Bangladesh 600 people were
killed by a tornado.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14th —
Happy Birthday Darrell Kopaska!
• 1643 - Louis XIV became King of France
at age 4 after the death of his father,
• 1787 - Delegates began gathering in
Philadelphia for a convention to draw up
the U.S. Constitution.
• 1796 - The first smallpox vaccination was
given by Dr. Edward Jenner. He was an
English physician who is said to have
“saved more lives than the work of any
• 1804 - William Clark began the famous
expedition from Camp Dubois. A few days
later, in St. Louis, Meriwether Lewis joined
the group. Lewis and Clark's group was
known as the "Corps of Discovery."
• 1879 - Thomas Edison incorporated the
Edison Telephone Company of Europe.
• 1897 - "The Stars and Stripes Forever"
by John Phillip Sousa was performed for
the first time. It was a ceremony where a
statue of George Washington was unveiled.
• 1904 - In St. Louis, the Olympic games
were held. It was the first time the games
were held in the United States.
• 1942 - The Women's Auxiliary Army
Corps (WAAC) was established by an act
of the U.S. Congress.
• 1980 - U.S. President Carter began a
Department of Health and Human Services.
• 1992 - Former Soviet President Mikhail
S. Gorbachev addressed members of the
U.S. Congress, appealing to them to pass
a bill to aid the people of the former
THURSDAY, MAY 15TH —
Deborah-Mary Circle will meet at 2 P.M. in
• 1602 - Cape Cod was discovered by
• 1862 - The U.S. Congress created the
U.S. Department of Agriculture
• 1926 - Roald Amundsen and Lincoln
Ellsworth were forced down in Alaska
after a four-day flight over an icecap. Ice
had formed on the dirigible, Norge.
• 1942 - Gasoline rationing began in the
United States. The limit was 3 gallons a
week for nonessential vehicles.
• 1948 - Israel was attacked by Egypt, Iraq
Transjordan, Syria and Lebanon just hours
after declaring it's independence.
• 1970 - U.S. President Nixon appointed
America's first two female generals.
FRIDAY, MAY 16TH —
Happy Anniversary —
Harold and Joyce Rochholz!
• 1770 - Marie Antoinette, age 14, married
the future King Louis XVI of France, who
• 1866 - The U.S. Congress authorized the
first 5-cent piece to be minted.
• 1879 - The Treaty of Gandamak between
Russia and England set up the Afghan
• 1888 - The first recording on a flat disc
was demonstrated by Emile Berliner.
• 1965 - Spaghetti-O's went on the market.
• 1971 - U.S. postage for a first class stamp
was increased from 6 to 8 cents.
• 1987 - The Bobro 400 set sail from New
York Harbor with 3,200 tons of garbage.
The barge travelled 6,000 miles in search
of a place to dump its load. It returned to
New York Harbor after 8 weeks with the
• 1988 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that
police do not have to have a search
warrant to search discarded garbage.
SATURDAY, MAY 17TH —
Happy Birthday Don Eggen!
• 1681 - Louis XIV sent an expedition to aid
James II in Ireland. As a result, England
declares war on France.
• 1792 - The New York Stock Exchange was
founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers.
• 1814 -Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden.
• 1875 - The first Kentucky Derby was run
at Louisville, KY.
• 1940 - Germany occupied Brussels,
Belgium and began an invasion of France.
• 1954 - Unanimously the U.S. Supreme
Court ruled for school integration in
Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka.
The ruling declared that racially
segregated schools were not equal.
• 2000 - Austria, the U.S. and six other
countries agreed on the broad outline of
a plan that would compensate Nazi-Era
Thank you for your hours of contributions
and your endless energy this week. This
all keeps us in motion. Upon examination,
are able to do remarkable things!
Have a great week.
God Bless and Keep You,