• SEPTEMBER 15TH TO OCTOBER 15TH
IS HISPANIC - LATINO HERITAGE MONTH
We recognize contributions of Hispanic
and Latino persons to U.S. history and to
our current culture.
Desi Arnaz. He was born in Cuba in 1917.
He was a very talented musician, actor,
His father was Santiago, Cuba's youngest
mayor who also served in the Cuban House
of Representatives. Before the revolution,
his family owned three ranches, a palatial
home, and a vacation mansion on a private
island. After the revolution, his father was
jailed and all of his property confiscated.
His father was released from jail after six
months and the family then fled to Miami,
Desi was enrolled in St. Patrick Catholic
High School. Five years later, handsome
Desi was starring on Broadway. In 1940 he
moved to Hollywood to act in the movie
version of his Broadway play “Too Many
Arnaz was also playing guitar for Xavier
Cugat's Orchestra. He was a soldier during
World War II. After he was discharged from
the Army, he formed his own orchestra.
In 1951 Lucy and Desi founded Desilu
Productions which became one of the
most successful production companies in
in Studio Production at San Diego State
University. He died of lung cancer at age
69. He definitely earned his place in the
United States of America.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH —
DORCAS-RUTH CIRCLE at 1:30 P.M.
Hostess: Laura Smith
serious health effects backpacks that are
too heavy or worn improperly may have
• More than 79 million students in the
United States carry school backpacks.
• More than 2,000 backpack-related
injuries were treated in doctor’s offices,
hospital emergency rooms, and clinics
• It is recommended that a loaded back-
pack should never weigh more than 10%
of the student’s total body weight (for a
student weighing 100 pounds, this means
that the backpack should weigh no more
than 10 pounds).
• In one study of American students ages
11 to 15 years, 64% reported back pain
related to heavy backpacks. Twenty one
percent reported pain lasting more than 6
— American Occupational Therapy Assoc.
ESTHER CIRCLE IN ADAIR U.M.C. - 7 P.M.
Hostess: Darla Martin
MARTHA CIRCLE IN CASEY U.M.C. - 7 P.M.
Hostess: Peg Snyder
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH —
DEBORAH-MARY CIRCLE - CASEY U.M.C.
at 2 P.M. Hostess: Mary Ann Palmer
Pastor Melodee's Personal Interview with
District Superintendent is today.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH —
HEALTHY SMALL CHURCH INITIATIVE
LAITY MEETING in Adair U.M.C. from10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST –
15TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
• Adult Sunday School at Casey U.M.C.
following worship service.
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WE ARE CELEBRATING THE SEASON OF
CREATION THIS MONTH.
• 3RD SUNDAY IS WILDERNESS SUNDAY •
• Let the wilderness lift up its voice’.
— Isaiah 42:11
Jesus Christ, teach us to empathize with
Earth. Make our spirits sensitive to the
cries of creation, cries for justice from the
hills and the trees.
Jesus Christ, make our faith sensitive to
the groans of the Spirit, groans from the
deserts, the salt plains, the winds.
Jesus Christ, make our souls sensitive to
the songs of our kin, Songs of celebration
from the sea, the land and the air. Christ,
teach us to care for Mother Earth.
We will care for creation!
We will preserve the wilderness!
We will celebrate life! Amen
SCRIPTURE READINGS —————————————————————
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
A potential coup attempt against Moses
and Aaron becomes the occasion for God
to test the "whole gathered assembly" —
about a willingness to follow instruction.
God provides quail for meat and "manna"
for bread with specific instructions for its
gathering and use.
1-3 On the fifteenth day of the second
month after they had left Egypt, the whole
company of Israel moved on from Elim to
the Wilderness of Sin which is between
Elim and Sinai. The whole company of
Israel complained against Moses and
Aaron there in the wilderness. The
Israelites said, “Why didn’t God let us die
in comfort in Egypt where we had lamb
stew and all the bread we could eat?
You’ve brought us out into this wilderness
to starve us to death, the whole company
4-5 God said to Moses, “I’m going to rain
bread down from the skies for you. The
people will go out and gather each day’s
ration. I’m going to test them to see if
they’ll live according to my Teaching or
not. On the sixth day, when they prepare
what they have gathered, it will turn out to
be twice as much as their daily ration.”
6-7 Moses and Aaron told the People of
Israel, “This evening you will know that it
is God who brought you out of Egypt; and
in the morning you will see the Glory of
God. Yes, he’s listened to your complaints
against him. You haven’t been complaining
against us, you know, but against God.”
8 Moses said, “Since it will be God who
gives you meat for your meal in the
evening and your fill of bread in the
morning, it’s God who will have listened to
your complaints against him. Who are we
in all this? You haven’t been complaining
to us—you’ve been complaining to God!”
9 Moses instructed Aaron: “Tell the whole
company of Israel: ‘Come near to God.
He’s heard your complaints.’”
10 When Aaron gave out the instructions
to the whole company of Israel, they
turned to face the wilderness. And there it
was: the Glory of God visible in the Cloud.
11-12 God spoke to Moses, “I’ve listened
to the complaints of the Israelites. Now tell
them: ‘At dusk you will eat meat and at
dawn you’ll eat your fill of bread; and
you’ll realize that I am God, your God.’”
13-15 That evening quail flew in and
covered the camp and in the morning
there was a layer of dew all over the camp.
the wilderness ground was a fine flaky
something, fine as frost on the ground.
The Israelites took one look and said to
one another, man-hu (What is it?). They
had no idea what it was.
God has given you to eat. And these are
God’s instructions: ‘Gather enough for
each person, about two quarts per person;
gather enough for everyone in your tent.’”
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Thank God! Pray to him by name!
Tell everyone you meet what he has
Sing him songs, belt out hymns,
translate his wonders into music!
Honor his holy name with Hallelujahs,
you who seek God. Live a happy life!
Keep your eyes open for God, watch for
be alert for signs of his presence.
Remember the world of wonders he has
his miracles, and the verdicts he’s
O seed of Abraham, his servant,
O child of Jacob, his chosen.
7-15 He’s God, our God,
in charge of the whole earth.
And he remembers, remembers his
for a thousand generations he’s been as
good as his word.
It’s the Covenant he made with Abraham,
the same oath he swore to Isaac,
The very statute he established with
the eternal Covenant with Israel,
Namely, “I give you the land.
Canaan is your hill-country inheritance.”
When they didn’t count for much,
a mere handful, and strangers at that,
Wandering from country to country,
drifting from pillar to post,
He permitted no one to abuse them.
He told kings to keep their hands off:
“Don’t you dare lay a hand on my
don’t hurt a hair on the heads of my
16-22 Then he called down a famine on the
he broke every last blade of wheat.
But he sent a man on ahead:
Joseph, sold as a slave.
They put cruel chains on his ankles,
an iron collar around his neck,
Until God’s word came to the Pharaoh,
and God confirmed his promise.
God sent the king to release him.
The Pharaoh set Joseph free;
He appointed him master of his palace,
put him in charge of all his business
To personally instruct his princes
and train his advisors in wisdom.
23-42 Then Israel entered Egypt,
Jacob immigrated to the Land of Ham.
God gave his people lots of babies;
soon their numbers alarmed their foes.
He turned the Egyptians against his
they abused and cheated God’s
Then he sent his servant Moses,
and Aaron, whom he also chose.
They worked marvels in that spiritual
miracles in the Land of Ham.
He spoke, “Darkness!” and it turned
they couldn’t see what they were doing.
He turned all their water to blood
so that all their fish died;
He made frogs swarm through the land,
even into the king’s bedroom;
He gave the word and flies swarmed,
gnats filled the air.
He substituted hail for rain,
he stabbed their land with lightning;
He wasted their vines and fig trees,
smashed their groves of trees to
With a word he brought in locusts,
millions of locusts, armies of locusts;
They consumed every blade of grass in
and picked the ground clean of produce;
He struck down every firstborn in the land,
the first fruits of their virile powers.
He led Israel out, their arms filled with loot,
and not one among his tribes even
Egypt was glad to have them go—
they were scared to death of them.
God spread a cloud to keep them cool
through the day
and a fire to light their way through the
They prayed and he brought quail,
filled them with the bread of heaven;
He opened the rock and water poured out;
it flowed like a river through that desert-
All because he remembered his Covenant,
his promise to Abraham, his servant.
43-45 Remember this! He led his people
out singing for joy;
his chosen people marched, singing
their hearts out!
He made them a gift of the country they
helped them seize the wealth of the
So they could do everything he told them-
could follow his instructions to the letter.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Paul shares a trust in God in life or death,
his desire to come and see the Christians
at Philippi again, and his hope that when
he comes he would find them of one heart
and mind with each other and in whatever
struggles they may face with those who
oppose and persecute them.
decided that I really don’t care about their
motives, whether mixed, bad, or
indifferent. Every time one of them opens
his mouth, Christ is proclaimed, so I just
cheer them on!
And I’m going to keep that celebration
going because I know how it’s going to
turn out. Through your faithful prayers
and the generous response of the Spirit
of Jesus Christ, everything he wants to
do in and through me will be done. I can
hardly wait to continue on my course. I
don’t expect to be embarrassed in the
least. On the contrary, everything
happening to me in this jail only serves to
make Christ more accurately known,
regardless of whether I live or die. They
didn’t shut me up; they gave me a pulpit!
Alive, I’m Christ’s messenger; dead, I’m
his bounty. Life versus even more life! I
22-26 As long as I’m alive in this body,
there is good work for me to do. If I had to
choose right now, I hardly know which I’d
choose. Hard choice! The desire to break
camp here and be with Christ is powerful.
Some days I can think of nothing better.
But most days, because of what you are
going through, I am sure that it’s better for
me to stick it out here. So I plan to be
around awhile, companion to you as your
growth and joy in this life of trusting God
continues. You can start looking forward
to a great reunion when I come visit you
again. We’ll be praising Christ, enjoying
27-30 Meanwhile, live in such a way that
you are a credit to the Message of Christ.
Let nothing in your conduct hang on
whether I come or not. Your conduct must
be the same whether I show up to see
things for myself or hear of it from a
distance. Stand united, singular in vision,
contending for people’s trust in the
Message, the good news, not flinching or
dodging in the slightest before the
opposition. Your courage and unity will
show them what they’re up against: defeat
for them, victory for you—and both
because of God. There’s far more to this
life than trusting in Christ. There’s also
suffering for him. And the suffering is as
much a gift as the trusting. You’re
involved in the same kind of struggle you
saw me go through, on which you are now
getting an updated report in this letter.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The economics of God's kingdom look
quite startling to those running on the
economics of the kingdoms of this world:
the parable of the vineyard.
A STORY ABOUT WORKERS
20 1-2 “God’s kingdom is like an estate
manager who went out early in the
morning to hire workers for his vineyard.
They agreed on a wage of a dollar a day,
and went to work.
3-5 “Later, about nine o’clock, the
manager saw some other men hanging
around the town square unemployed. He
told them to go to work in his vineyard
and he would pay them a fair wage. They
5-6 “He did the same thing at noon, and
again at three o’clock. At five o’clock he
went back and found still others standing
around. He said, ‘Why are you standing
around all day doing nothing?’
7 “They said, ‘Because no one hired us.’
“He told them to go to work in his
8 “When the day’s work was over, the
owner of the vineyard instructed his
foreman, ‘Call the workers in and pay
them their wages. Start with the last hired
and go on to the first.’
9-12 “Those hired at five o’clock came up
and were each given a dollar. When those
who were hired first saw that, they
assumed they would get far more. But they
got the same, each of them one dollar.
Taking the dollar, they groused angrily to
the manager, ‘These last workers put in
only one easy hour, and you just made
them equal to us, who slaved all day under
a scorching sun.’
13-15 “He replied to the one speaking for
the rest, ‘Friend, I haven’t been unfair. We
agreed on the wage of a dollar, didn’t we?
So take it and go. I decided to give to the
one who came last the same as you. Can’t
I do what I want with my own money? Are
you going to get stingy because I am
16 “Here it is again, the Great Reversal:
many of the first ending up last, and the
• 1893 - Frank Duryea took what is
believed to be the first gasoline- powered
automobile for a test drive. This
"horseless carriage" was designed by
Frank and Charles Duryea.
• 1973 - Henry Kissinger was confirmed by
the United States Senate to become 56th
Secretary of State. He was the first
naturalized citizen to hold the office of
Secretary of State.
• 1981 - The United States Senate confirmed
Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first female
justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
• 1985 - North and South Korea opened the
borders for their family reunion program.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND —
OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY.
CLERGY DAY APART AT CREIGHTON U.
10 A.M. TO 3 P.M.
— — — — — — — — — — — — —
• 1862 - President Abraham Lincoln issued
the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
It stated that all slaves held within rebel
states would be free as of January 1, 1863.
• 1961 - President John Kennedy signed a
congressional act that established the
• 1988 - Canada's government apologized
for the internment of Japanese-Canadian's
during World War II. They also promised
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD —
Happy Birthday Lynette Carney!
Happy Anniversary Matt and Crystal Hall!
• 1642 - The first commencement of
Harvard University, in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, was held.
• 1846 - Astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle
discovered the planet Neptune.
• 1930 - Flashbulbs were patented by
• 1957 - Nine black students withdrew from
Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas
due to the mob of white people outside
• 1973 - Overthrown Argentine president
Juan Peron was returned to power. He had
been overthrown in 1955. His wife, Eva,
was the subject of the musical "Evita".
• 1990 - Iraq government publicly
threatened to destroy Middle East oil fields
and to attack Israel if any nation tried to
force them out of Kuwait.
• 1993 - Black people were allowed a role
in the South African government after a
• 1999 - A 17-month-old girl fell 230 feet
from the Capilano Suspension Bridge in
Vancouver, British Columbia. The girl had
bruises but no broken bones from the fall
onto a rocky ledge.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH —
Happy Birthday Karl Larson!
• 1789 - The U.S. Congress passed the First
Judiciary Act. The act provided for an
Attorney General and a lower federal court
• 1869 - Thousands of businessmen were
financially ruined after a panic on Wall
Street. The panic was caused by an
endeavor to corner the gold market by Jay
Gould and James Fisk.
• 1957 - U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower
sent federal troops to Little Rock,
Arkansas, to enforce school integration.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH —
Happy Birthday Doug Morgan!
HEALTHY SMALL CHURCH INITIATIVE
• 1492 - The crew of the Pinta, one of
Christopher Columbus' ships, mistakenly
thought that they had located land.
• 1493 - Christopher Columbus left Spain
with 17 ships on his second voyage to the
• 1513 - The Pacific Ocean was discovered
by Spanish explorer Vasco de Balboa when
he crossed the Isthmus of Panama. He
named this body of water the South Sea.
He was truly the first European to see the
• 1789 - The first U.S. Congress adopted 12
amendments to the Constitution. Ten of the
amendments became the Bill of Rights.
• 1847 - During the Mexican-American War,
U.S. forces led by General Zachary Taylor
captured Monterrey Mexico.
• 1890 - The Sequoia National Park was
established as a U.S. National Park located
in Central California.
• 1919 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson
collapsed after giving a speech in Pueblo,
• 1957 - 300 U.S. Army troops stood guard
as nine black students were escorted in to
class at Central High School in Little Rock,
Arkansas. The children had been forced to
withdraw 2 days earlier because of unruly
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH —————————————————————
• 1789 - Thomas Jefferson was appointed
America's first Secretary of State.
• 1950 - U.N. troops recaptured the South
Korean capital of Seoul from the North
Koreans during the Korean Conflict.
• 1980 - The Cuban government closed
Mariel Harbor to end the freedom flotilla of
Cuban refugees that began the past April.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH —
Happy Birthday Carol Weston!
Happy Birthday Toby Moore!
Happy Anniversary —
James and Shannon Paup!
A-C FOOD PANTRY AT CASEY U.M.C.
from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M.
• 1779 - John Adams was elected to
negotiate with the British over the
American Revolutionary War peace terms.
• 1939 - After 19 days of resistance,
Warsaw, Poland, surrendered to the
Germans after being invaded by the Nazis
and the Soviet Union during World War II.
• 1940 - The Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis was
set up. The military and economic pact
was for 10 years between Germany, Italy
• 1979 - The Department of Education
became the 13th Cabinet in U.S. history
after the final approval from Congress.
FUTURE FOCUS —
SEASON OF CREATION —
• FOURTH SUNDAY IS RIVER SUNDAY •
Thank you for your contributions to our
church life this week.
You are very much appreciated.
God Bless and Keep You,