May is Asian Pacific American Heritage
Month. Here are some famous Asian
Dean Cain, actor —
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14th —ADAIR U.M.W. MEETS AT 9 A.M.
5:30 TO 7:30 P.M.
THURSDAY, MAY 15TH —
• DEBORAH-MARY CIRCLE MEETS IN
CASEY U.M.C. AT 2 P.M.
SUNDAY, MAY 18TH –
COLOR: WHITE OR GOLD
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
The doctrinal focus is:
“Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation.”
The ministry focus is “Proclaim the Mighty
Acts of Christ.”
Today is also Heritage Sunday.
We focus on the legacy of Thomas Coke,
first Superintendent (later called Bishop)
of the Methodist Episcopal Church. This
marks the 200th anniversary of his death.
An occasion to celebrate Aldersgate
Day which does not fall on Sunday. We
celebrate our founder John Wesley's life
changing experience at a meeting on
Aldersgate Street, in London, on May 24,
SCRIPTURE READINGS —
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Stephen sees and proclaims Jesus at
God's right hand. The crowd sees stones.
Stephen's boldness and forgiveness are
remembered. All but one name from the
crowd is forgotten.
54-56 At that point they went wild, a rioting
mob of catcalls and whistles and invective.
But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, hardly
noticed—he only had eyes for God, whom
he saw in all his glory with Jesus standing
at his side. He said, "Oh! I see heaven
wide open and the Son of Man standing at
drowned him out. Now in full stampede,
they dragged him out of town and pelted
him with rocks. The ringleaders took off
their coats and asked a young man named
Saul to watch them.
59-60 As the rocks rained down, Stephen
prayed, "Master Jesus, take my life." Then
he knelt down, praying loud enough for
everyone to hear, "Master, don't blame
them for this sin" —his last words. Then
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
A PSALM OF DAVID
1-2 I run to you, God; I run for dear life.
Don't let me down!
Take me seriously this time!
Get down on my level and listen,
and please—no procrastination!
Your granite cave a hiding place,
your high cliff aerie a place of safety.
3-5 You're my cave to hide in,
my cliff to climb.
Be my safe leader,
be my true mountain guide.
Free me from hidden traps;
I want to hide in you.
I've put my life in your hands.
You won't drop me,
you'll never let me down.
6-13 I hate all this silly religion,
but you, God, I trust.
I'm leaping and singing in the circle of
you saw my pain,
you disarmed my tormentors,
You didn't leave me in their clutches
but gave me room to breathe.
Be kind to me, God—
I'm in deep, deep trouble again.
I've cried my eyes out;
I feel hollow inside.
My life leaks away, groan by groan;
my years fade out in sighs.
My troubles have worn me out,
turned my bones to powder.
To my enemies I'm a monster;
I'm ridiculed by the neighbors.
My friends are horrified;
they cross the street to avoid me.
They want to blot me from memory,
forget me like a corpse in a grave,
discard me like a broken dish in the
The street-talk gossip has me
Behind locked doors they plot
how to ruin me for good.
14-18 Desperate, I throw myself on you:
you are my God!
Hour by hour I place my days in your
safe from the hands out to get me.
Warm me, your servant, with a smile;
save me because you love me.
Don't embarrass me by not showing up;
I've given you plenty of notice.
Embarrass the wicked, stand them up,
leave them stupidly shaking their
as they drift down to hell.
Gag those loudmouthed liars
who heckle me, your follower,
with jeers and catcalls.
1 PETER 2:2-10
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Christ is the cornerstone, and we are
living stones, a royal priesthood, God's
own people, called to proclaim God's
mighty acts in Christ, including our own
deliverance from darkness to light.
1-3 So clean house! Make a clean sweep
of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful
talk. You've had a taste of God. Now, like
infants at the breast, drink deep of God's
pure kindness. Then you'll grow up
mature and whole in God.
4-8 Welcome to the living Stone, the
source of life. The workmen took one look
and threw it out; God set it in the place of
honor. Present yourselves as building
stones for the construction of a sanctuary
life, in which you'll serve as holy priests
offering Christ-approved lives up to God.
The Scriptures provide precedent:
Look! I'm setting a stone in Zion,
a cornerstone in the place of honor.
Whoever trusts in this stone as a
will never have cause to regret it.
To you who trust him, he's a Stone to be
proud of, but to those who refuse to trust
The stone the workmen threw out
is now the chief foundation stone.
For the untrusting it's
a stone to trip over,
a boulder blocking the way.
They trip and fall because they refuse to
obey, just as predicted.
9-10 But you are the ones chosen by God,
chosen for the high calling of priestly
work, chosen to be a holy people, God's
instruments to do his work and speak out
for him, to tell others of the night-and-day
difference he made for you—from nothing
to something, from rejected to accepted.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
If we see him, we have seen God. If we
follow in his way, we participate in the
works of God.
1-4 "Don't let this throw you. You trust
God, don't you? Trust me. There is plenty
of room for you in my Father's home. If
that weren't so, would I have told you that
I'm on my way to get a room ready for
you? And if I'm on my way to get your
room ready, I'll come back and get you so
you can live where I live. And you already
know the road I'm taking."
5 Thomas said, "Master, we have no idea
where you're going. How do you expect
us to know the road?"
6-7 Jesus said, "I am the Road, also the
Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the
Father apart from me. If you really knew
me, you would know my Father as well.
From now on, you do know him. You've
even seen him!"
8 Philip said, "Master, show us the Father;
then we'll be content."
9-10 "You've been with me all this time,
Philip, and you still don't understand? To
see me is to see the Father. So how can
you ask, 'Where is the Father?' Don't you
believe that I am in the Father and the
Father is in me? The words that I speak to
you aren't mere words. I don't just make
them up on my own. The Father who
resides in me crafts each word into a
11-14 "Believe me: I am in my Father and
my Father is in me. If you can't believe
that, believe what you see—these works.
The person who trusts me will not only do
what I'm doing but even greater things,
because I, on my way to the Father, am
giving you the same work to do that I've
been doing. You can count on it. From
now on, whatever you request along the
lines of who I am and what I am doing, I'll
do it. That's how the Father will be seen
for who he is in the Son. I mean it. What-
ever you request in this way, I'll do.
Happy Birthday Carol McCuen!
Happy Birthday Mike Noland!
• 1642 - Montreal, Canada, was founded.
• 1652 - In Rhode Island, a law was passed
that made slavery illegal in North America.
It was the first law of its kind.
• 1896 - The U.S. Supreme court upheld the
"separate but equal" policy in the Plessy
vs. Ferguson decision. The ruling was
overturned 58 years later with Brown vs.
Board of Education.
• 1917 - The U.S. Congress passed the
Selective Service act, which called up
soldiers to fight in World War I.
• 1951 - The United Nations moved its
headquarters to New York City.
• 1980 - Mt. Saint Helens erupted in
Washington state. 57 people were killed
and 3 billion dollars in damage was done.
MONDAY, MAY 19TH —
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.
• 1535 - French explorer Jacques Cartier
set sail for North America.
• 1568 - After being defeated by the
Protestants, Mary the Queen of Scots, fled
to England where she was imprisoned by
• 1643 - Delegates from four New England
colonies met in Boston to form a
confederation. Commonly known as the
New England Confederation, it was a short
lived military alliance of English colonies
of Massachusetts, Plymouth, Connecticut,
and New Haven. Its primary purpose was
to unite the Puritan colonies in support of
the church, and for defense against the
Native Americans and the Dutch colonies.
• 1911 - The first American criminal
conviction based on fingerprint evidence
occurred in New York City.
• 1926 - Benito Mussolini announced that
democracy was deceased. Rome became
a fascist state.
• 1992 - The 27th Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution went into effect. The
amendment prohibits Congress from
giving itself midterm pay raises.
TUESDAY, MAY 20TH —————————————————————
• 1506 - In Spain, Christopher Columbus
died in poverty.
• 1520 - Hernando Cortez defeated Spanish
troops that had been sent to route him in
• 1774 - Britain's Parliament passed the
Coercive Acts to punish the American
colonists for their anti-British behavior.
• 1775 - North Carolina became the first
colony to declare its independence. This is
the date that is on the Georgia state flag,
although this date has been questioned.
• 1861 - North Carolina was the eleventh
state to secede from the Union.
• 1874 - Levi Strauss began marketing blue
jeans with copper rivets.
• 1899 - Jacob German of New York City
became the first driver to be arrested for
speeding. The posted speed limit was 12
miles per hour.
• 1916 - Norman Rockwell’s first cover on
"The Saturday Evening Post" appeared.
• 1926 - The U.S. Congress passed the Air
Commerce Act which gave the Department
of Commerce the right to license pilots and
• 1990 - The Hubble Space Telescope sent
back its first photographs.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21ST —
Happy Birthday John Martin!
Happy Anniversary —
Robert and Jeannie Larson!
DORCAS-RUTH OUTING TODAY.
• 0996 - Sixteen year old Otto III is crowned
the Emperor of Rome.
• 1542 - Hernando de Soto died along the
Mississippi River while searching for gold.
• 1819 - Bicycles were first seen in the U.S.
in New York City.
• 1856 - Lawrence, Kansas was captured
by pro-slavery forces.
• 1881 - The American branch of the Red
Cross was founded by Clara Barton.
• 1934 - Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the first
city in the U.S. to fingerprint all of its
• 1956 - The U.S. exploded the first airborne
hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean over
• 1968 - A nuclear-powered U.S. submarine
Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, was last
heard from. The remains of the sub were
later found on the ocean floor 400 miles
southwest of the Azores.
THURSDAY, MAY 22ND —
Happy Birthday Mary Ann Heckman
• 1819 - The steamship Savannah became
the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
• 1849 - Abraham Lincoln received a patent
for the floating dry dock.
• 1872 - The Amnesty Act restored civil
rights to Southerners.
• 1906 - The Wright brothers received a
patent their flying machine.
• 1939 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini
signed a military alliance known as the
"Pact of Steel."
• 1967 - "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"
premiered on PBS.
• 1972 - The island Ceylon adopted a new
constitution and became the republic of
FRIDAY, MAY 23RD ————————————————————
• 1430 - Joan of Arc was captured by
Burgundians. She was sold to the English.
• 1785 - Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter
that he had invented bifocals.
• 1788 - South Carolina became the eighth
state to ratify U.S. Constitution.
• 1846 - Arabella Mansfield was born. She
was the first woman in the U.S. to pass the
bar exam, though she never used her law
• 1879 - The first U.S. veterinary school
was established by Iowa State University.
• 1900 - Civil War hero Sgt. William H.
Carney was the first African American to
receive the Medal of Honor, 37 years after
the Battle of Fort Wagner.
• 1945 - In Luneburg Germany, Heinrich
Himmler, the head of the Nazi Gestapo,
committed suicide while imprisoned by
the Allied forces.
• 1949 - The Republic of West Germany
• 1960 - Israel announced the capture of
Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
• 1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal
Building in Oklahoma City was destroyed.
SATURDAY, MAY 24TH —
Happy Birthday Sophie Young!
FROM 9 TO 11 A.M.
• 1607 - Captain Christopher Newport and
105 followers established the colony of
Jamestown at the mouth of the James
River on the coast of Virginia•
• 1610 - Sir Thomas Gates institutes "laws
divine moral and marshal," a harsh civil
code for Jamestown.
• 1624 - After years of unprofitable
operation Virginia’s charter was revoked
and it became a royal colony.
• 1738 - The Methodist Church was
• 1764 - Boston lawyer James Otis
denounced "taxation without
representation" and called for the colonies
to unite in demonstrating their opposition
to Britain’s tax measures.
• 1830 - The first passenger railroad service
in the United States began.
• 1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened
America's first telegraph line. The message
sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore
was "What hath God wrought?"
• 1883 - After 14 years of construction the
Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic.
• 1994 - Four men convicted of bombing
New York's World Trade Center were each
sentenced to 240 years in prison.
FUTURE FOCUS —
MAY 26TH IS MEMORIAL DAY
MAY 28 -
Ad Council Meetings at Adair U.M.C
• Adair Ad Council - 7 P.M.
• Casey Ad Council - 7:30 P.M.
• Combined Ad Councils - 8 P.M.
Thank you for your contributions this
week - both monetary and muscular.
It is all very much appreciated.
God Bless and Keep You,