Friday, March 21, 2014


R E M I N D E R S —

Erasing discrimination is a process that
began when the first human beings 
started to congregate and fraternize. 
Discrimination varies from society to 
society - from culture to culture, from 
country to country, and even from 
religion to religion. Practicing acceptance 
and tolerance, open-mindedness and 
understanding is not an easy thing for 
any of us to learn. 
Establishing equality for women means 
something different to each of us because 
we each have our own interests and our 
own experiences, our own set of values.  
I suspect there will be some kind of
prejudice and intolerance practiced from 
various factions until the end of time. 
The last 75 years have certainly brought 
about many changes in the status of 
Here are a few — 

1935 - Mary McLeod Bethune organizes the
National Council of Negro Women, a coalition
of black women's groups that lobbies against
job discrimination, racism, and sexism.

1961 - President John Kennedy establishes
the President's Commission on the Status of
Women and appoints Eleanor Roosevelt as
chairwoman. The report issued by the
Commission in 1963 documents substantial
discrimination against women in the workplace
and makes specific recommendations for
improvements, including fair hiring practices,
paid maternity leave, and affordable child

1967 - Executive Order 11375 expands
President Lyndon Johnson's Affirmative
Action policy of 1965 to cover discrimination
based on gender. As a result, all federal
agencies and contractors must take active
measures to ensure that women as well as
minorities enjoy the same educational and
employment opportunities as white males.

1968 - The EEOC rules that sex-segregated
help wanted ads in newspapers are illegal.
This ruling is upheld in 1973 by the Supreme
Court, opening the way for women to apply
for higher-paying jobs hitherto open only to

1970 - In Schultz v. Wheaton Glass Co., a
U.S. Court of Appeals rules that jobs held by
men and women need to be "substantially
equal" but not "identical" to fall under the
protection of the Equal Pay Act. An employer
cannot, for example, change the job titles of
women workers in order to pay them less
than men.

1972 - June 23
Title IX of the Education Amendments bans
sex discrimination in schools. It states: "No
person in the United States shall, on the basis
of sex, be excluded from participation in, be
denied the benefits of, or be subjected to
discrimination under any educational program
or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
As a result of Title IX, the enrollment of women
in athletics programs and professional schools
increased dramatically.

1993 - January 
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced
that the ban on women serving in combat
roles would be lifted. In a Jan. 9 letter to
Panetta urging the change Joint Chiefs of
Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said,
"The time has come to rescind the direct
combat exclusion rule for women and to
eliminate all unnecessary gender-based
barriers to service." The move reverses the
1994 rule that prohibited women from
serving in combat.
Lenten Services at Good Shepherd
Lutheran Church this evening at 7 P.M.
• Ad Council Meeting in Adair U.M.C.
following Lenten Service
Happy Birthday Donna Sheeder!
Happy Birthday Larry Sheeder!
Happy Birthday Chad Wood!
Happy Birthday Shawn Morgan!

• Jack and Millie Knutter's Baptism will be
in Casey U.M.C. this morning.
• One Great Hour of Sharing offering is
received today, 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
in both churches today.

• We are in the Sermon Series based on
Adam Hamilton’s study, THE WAY:

— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
1 SAMUEL 16:1–13
1 Samuel tells the story of the initial
blindness of Jesse and the prophet Samuel
as they sought to discern which of Jesse’s
sons to anoint as the next king. 
God sends Samuel to find and anoint as
king one of the sons of Jesse.  With God’s
direction, Samuel did finally see what God
saw.  When our hearts—the seat of our
values, our will, as well as our emotional
intelligence—are well formed, which is to
say, when they desire what God desires,
we can see much more clearly, too.
God addressed Samuel: "So, how long
are you going to mope over Saul? You
know I've rejected him as king over Israel.
Fill your flask with anointing oil and get
going. I'm sending you to Jesse of
Bethlehem. I've spotted the very king I
want among his sons."

"I can't do that," said Samuel. "Saul
will hear about it and kill me."
    God said, "Take a heifer with you and
announce, 'I've come to lead you in
worship of God, with this heifer as a
sacrifice.' Make sure Jesse gets invited. I'll
let you know what to do next. I'll point out
the one you are to anoint."

Samuel did what God told him. When he
arrived at Bethlehem, the town fathers
greeted him, but apprehensively. "Is there
something wrong?"

"Nothing's wrong. I've come to sacrifice
this heifer and lead you in the worship of
God. Prepare yourselves, be consecrated,
and join me in worship." He made sure
Jesse and his sons were also consecrated
and called to worship.

When they arrived, Samuel took one look
at Eliab and thought, "Here he is! God's

But God told Samuel, "Looks aren't every-
thing. Don't be impressed with his looks
and stature. I've already eliminated him.
God judges persons differently than
humans do. Men and women look at the
face; God looks into the heart."

Jesse then called up Abinadab and
presented him to Samuel. Samuel said,
"This man isn't God's choice either."

Next Jesse presented Shammah. Samuel
said, "No, this man isn't either."   
10 Jesse presented his seven sons to
Samuel. Samuel was blunt with Jesse,
"God hasn't chosen any of these."

Then he asked Jesse, "Is this it? Are
there no more sons?"
"Well, yes, there's the runt. But he's out
tending the sheep."     
Samuel ordered Jesse, "Go get him. We're
not moving from this spot until he's here."

Jesse sent for him. He was brought in,
the very picture of health— bright-eyed,
God said, "Up on your feet! Anoint him!
This is the one."    
  13 Samuel took his flask of oil and anointed
him, with his brothers standing around
watching. The Spirit of God entered David
like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering
him for the rest of his life.
PSALM 23 (UMH 754 or 137)
God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing.
   You have bedded me down in lush
      you find me quiet pools to drink from.
   True to your word,
      you let me catch my breath
      and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through
      Death Valley,
   I'm not afraid
      when you walk at my side.
   Your trusty shepherd's crook
      makes me feel secure.

You serve me a six-course dinner
      right in front of my enemies.
   You revive my drooping head;
      my cup brims with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me
      every day of my life.
   I'm back home in the house of God
      for the rest of my life.


The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green
pastures; He leadeth me beside the still
3 He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in
the paths of righteousness for His name's

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of
the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for
Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff,
they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the
presence of mine enemies; Thou
anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow
me all the days of my life; and I will dwell
in the house of the LORD for ever.
We become accustomed to and therefore
often blind to the darkness around us.
If we have been lulled into sleep about the
evil that surrounds us, how will we have
the energy or will or even awareness to
expose, much less resist it?
"For once you were darkness, but now in
the Lord you are light. Live as children of
You groped your way through that
murk once, but no longer. You're out in the
open now. The bright light of Christ makes
your way plain. So no more stumbling
around. Get on with it! The good, the right,
the true—these are the actions appropriate
for daylight hours. Figure out what will
please Christ, and then do it.

Don't waste your time on useless
work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits
of darkness. Expose these things for the
sham they are. It's a scandal when people
waste their lives on things they must do
in the darkness where no one will see. Rip
the cover off those frauds and see how
attractive they look in the light of Christ.

Wake up from your sleep,
   Climb out of your coffins;
   Christ will show you the light!
So watch your step. Use your head. Make
the most of every chance you get. These
are desperate times!
JOHN 9:1–41
The way to change our hearts is first to
change our vision.  First, we need opened
hearts, admitting our thirst for God and a
readiness to accept and welcome the Holy
Spirit and God’s grace.  Then, and only
then, can we deal with our poor capacity
to see.
Jesus puts mud on the eyes of a man born
blind and sends him to wash in the pool
at Siloam. The blind man gains his sight
and immediately becomes an evangelist!
It has been said, “One can see clearly only
with the heart.”  This is a call to become
aware that we are actually blind in the first
place, a blindness often rooted in hardened
hearts.  Once our hearts are opened, then,
and only then, will our eyes be able to see.
Walking down the street, Jesus saw a
man blind from birth. His disciples asked,
"Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his
parents, causing him to be born blind?"
Jesus said, "You're asking the wrong
question. You're looking for someone to
blame. There is no such cause-effect here.
Look instead for what God can do. We
need to be energetically at work for the
One who sent me here, working while the
sun shines. When night falls, the workday
is over. For as long as I am in the world,
there is plenty of light. I am the world's

6-7 He said this and then spit in the dust,
made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed
the paste on the blind man's eyes, and
said, "Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam"
(Siloam means "Sent"). The man went and
washed—and saw.

Soon the town was buzzing. His relatives
and those who year after year had seen
him as a blind man begging were saying,
"Why, isn't this the man we knew, who sat
here and begged?"

Others said, "It's him all right!"

But others objected, "It's not the same man
at all. It just looks like him."

He said, "It's me, the very one."

They said, "How did your eyes get

"A man named Jesus made a paste and
rubbed it on my eyes and told me, 'Go to
Siloam and wash.' I did what he said.
When I washed, I saw."

"So where is he?"

   "I don't know."

They marched the man to the
Pharisees. This day when Jesus made the
paste and healed his blindness was the
Sabbath. The Pharisees grilled him again
on how he had come to see. He said, "He
put a clay paste on my eyes, and I washed,
and now I see."

Some of the Pharisees said, "Obviously,
this man can't be from God. He doesn't
keep the Sabbath."

Others countered, "How can a bad man
do miraculous, God-revealing things like
this?" There was a split in their ranks.

They came back at the blind man, "You
are the expert. He opened your eyes. What
do you say about him?"

He said, "He is a prophet."

The Jews didn't believe it, didn't
believe the man was blind to begin with.
So they called the parents of the man now
bright-eyed with sight. They asked them,
"Is this your son, the one you say was
born blind? So how is it that he now sees?"

His parents said, "We know he is our
son, and we know he was born blind. But
we don't know how he came to see - have
not a clue about who opened his eyes.
Why don't you ask him? He's a grown man
and can speak for himself." (His parents
were talking like this because they were
intimidated by the Jewish leaders, who had
already decided that anyone who took a
stand that this was the Messiah would be
kicked out of the meeting place. That's why
his parents said, "Ask him. He's a grown

They called the man back a second time
—the man who had been blind— and told
him, "Give credit to God. We know this
man is an impostor."

He replied, "I know nothing about that
one way or the other. But I know one thing
for sure: I was blind . . . I now see."

They said, "What did he do to you?
How did he open your eyes?"

"I've told you over and over and you
haven't listened. Why do you want to hear
it again? Are you so eager to become his

With that they jumped all over him.
"You might be a disciple of that man, but
we're disciples of Moses. We know for
sure that God spoke to Moses, but we
have no idea where this man even comes

The man replied, "This is amazing!
You claim to know nothing about him, but
the fact is, he opened my eyes! It's well
known that God isn't at the beck and call
of sinners, but listens carefully to anyone
who lives in reverence and does his will.
That someone opened the eyes of a man
born blind has never been heard of—ever.
If this man didn't come from God, he would
not be able to do anything."

They said, "You're nothing but dirt!
How dare you take that tone with us!"
Then they threw him out in the street.

Jesus heard that they had thrown him
out, and went and found him. He asked
him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"

The man said, "Point him out to me, sir,
so that I can believe in him."

Jesus said, "You're looking right at him.
Don't you recognize my voice?"

"Master, I believe," the man said, and
worshiped him.

Jesus then said, "I came into the world
to bring everything into the clear light of
day, making all the distinctions clear, so
that those who have never seen will see,
and those who have made a great pretense
of seeing will be exposed as blind."

Some Pharisees overheard him and said,
"Does that mean you're calling us blind?"

Jesus said, "If you were really blind,
you would be blameless, but since you
claim to see everything so well, you're
accountable for every fault and failure."
• 1814 - Allied European nations against
Napoleon marched into Paris.
• 1822 - Florida became a U.S. territory.
• 1842 - Dr. Crawford W. Long performed
the first operation while his patient was
anesthetized by ether.
• 1855 - About 5,000 "Border Ruffians"
from west Missouri invaded the territory
of Kansas and forced the election of a
pro-slavery legislature. It was the first
election in Kansas.
• 1867 - The United States purchased
Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
• 1870 - The 15th amendment, to guarantee
the right to vote regardless of race, was
passed by the U.S. Congress.
• 1870 - Texas is readmitted to the Union.
• 1909 - The Queensboro bridge in New
York City opened linking Manhattan and
Queens. It was the first double deck bridge.
• 1946 - The Allies seized 1,000 Nazis who
were attempting to revive the Nazi party in
• 1950 - U.S. President Truman denounced
Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of
U.S. foreign policy.
• 1981 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan was
shot and wounded in Washington, DC, by
John W. Hinckley Jr. Two police officers
and Press Secretary James Brady were
also wounded.        


• 1492 - King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella
of Spain issued the Alhambra edict
expelling Jews who were unwilling to
convert to Christianity.
• 1776 - Abigail Adams wrote her husband
John that women were "determined to
foment a rebellion" if the new Declaration
of Independence failed to guarantee their
• 1779 - Russia and Turkey signed a treaty
concerning military action in Crimea.
• 1854 - The U.S. government signed the
Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan. The act
opened ports of Shimoda and Hakotade to
American trade.
• 1862 - Skirmishing between Rebels and
Union forces took place at Island 10 on the
Mississippi River.
• 1880 - Wabash, IN, became the first town
to be completely illuminated with electric
• 1900 - The W.E. Roach Company was the
first automobile company to put an
advertisement in a national magazine. The
magazine was the Saturday Evening Post.
• 1900 - In France, the National Assembly
passed a law reducing the workday for
women and children to 11 hours.
• 1917 - The United States purchased and
took possession of the Virgin Islands from
Denmark for $25 million.
• 1918 - For the first time ever in the United
States, Daylight Saving Time was in effect.
• 1932 - The Ford Motor Co. debuted its
V-8 engine.
• 1933 - The U.S. Congress authorized the
Civilian Conservation Corps to relieve
rampant unemployment.
• 2004 - Google Inc. announced that it
would be introducing a free e-mail service
called Gmail.            

• 1578 - William Harvey of England
discovered blood circulation.
• 1621 - The Plymouth, Massachusetts,
colonists created the first treaty with
Native Americans.
• 1748 - The ruins of Pompeii were found.
• 1778 - Oliver Pollock, a New Orleans
businessman, created the "$" symbol.
• 1793 - In Japan, the volcano “Unsen”
erupted killing about 53,000 people.
• 1865 - At the Battle of Five Forks in
Petersburg, VA, Gen. Robert E. Lee began
his final offensive.
• 1873 - The British White Star steamship
Atlantic ran onto rocks off Nova Scotia
and sank, killing 547 people.
• 1881 - Anti-Jewish riots took place in
• 1891 - The London-Paris telephone
connection was opened.
• 1905 - Paris and Berlin telephone
connection was opened.
• 1924 - Adolf Hitler was sentenced to five
 years in prison for high treason in relation
to the "Beer Hall Putsch."
(Attempt to overthrow the government)
• 1933 - Nazi Germany began persecution
of Jews by boycotting Jewish businesses.
• 1945 - U.S. forces invaded Okinawa
during World War II. It was the last
campaign of that War.
• 1976 - Apple Computer began operations.
• 1985 - World oil prices dropped below
$10 a barrel.
• 1987 - Steve Newman became the first
man to walk around the world. The walk
was 22,000 miles and took 4 years.
• 1987 - U.S. President Reagan told doctors
in Philadelphia, "We have declared AIDS
public health enemy No. 1."
• 1991 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that
jurors could not be barred from serving
due to their race.
• 1999 - The Canadian territory of Nunavut
was created. It was carved from the
eastern part of the Northwest Territories
and covered about 772,000 square miles.             

Adair U.M.W. will meet at 9 A.M. today in 
Adair U.M.C.
Lenten Services will be held in St. John's 
Catholic Church in Adair at 7 P.M.  
• 1865 - Confederate President Davis and
most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate
capital of Richmond, VA.
• 1877 - The first Egg Roll was held on the
grounds of the White House in
Washington, DC.
• 1889 - Charles Hall patented aluminum.
• 1935 - Sir Watson-Watt was granted a
patent for the system of RADAR.
• 1951 - U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower
assumed command of all allied forces in
the Western Mediterranean and Europe.
• 1963 - Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King
began the first non-violent campaign in
Birmingham, Alabama.
• 2002 - Israeli troops surrounded the
Church of the Nativity. More than 200
Palestinians took refuge at the church
when Israel invaded Bethlehem.     
• 1776 - George Washington received an
honorary Doctor of Laws degree from
Harvard College (now University).
• 1860 - The first Pony Express riders left
St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento,
California. The trip across country took
about 10 days. It was about 10 miles from
one station to the next because that was
the limit a horse could gallop before he 

became exhausted. The Pony Express only 
lasted about a year and a half, then trains 
and telegraph took over. — Wikipedia
• 1865 - Union forces occupied Confederate
capital of Richmond, Virginia.
• 1948 - U.S. President Harry Truman
signed the Marshall Plan to revive war-torn
Europe. It was $5 billion in aid for 16

• 0896 - Formosus ended a reign as pope.
• 1581 - Francis Drake completed the total
circumnavigation of the world.
• 1812 - The territory of “Orleans” became
the 18th U.S. state in the union and would
become known as Louisiana.
• 1818 - The U.S. flag was declared to have
13 red and white stripes and 20 stars. A 

new star would be added for each new 
• 1841 - U.S. President William Henry
Harrison, at the age of 68, became the first
president to die in office. He had been
sworn in only a month before he died of
• 1887 - Susanna M. Salter became mayor
of Argonia, Kansas, making her the first
woman mayor in the United States.
• 1902 - British Financier Cecil Rhodes left
$10 million in his will that would provide
scholarships for American citizens to 
attend Oxford University in England.
• 1905 - An earthquake in Kangra, India, 
killed approximately 370,000 people.
• 1917 - The U.S. Senate voted 90-6 to enter
World War I on the side of the Allies.
• 1932 - After five years of research,
professor C.G. King, of the University of
Pittsburgh, isolated Vitamin C.
• 1945 - During World War II, United States
forces liberated the Nazi death camp
Ohrdruf in Germany.
• 1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. was
assassinated at the age of 39.          

BEGIN AT 6:30.   

  • 1614 - American Indian Pocahontas
married English colonist John Rolfe in
• 1621 - The Mayflower sailed from
Plymouth, Massachusetts, on a return trip
to England.
• 1792 - U.S. President George Washington
cast the first presidential veto.
The rejected measure was for apportioning
representatives among the states.
• 1998 - The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan
opened becoming the longest suspension
bridge in the world. It's 6,532 feet long and
cost about $3.8 billion. It links Shikoku and

• Sunday, April 6th - Holy Communion.
• Food Pantry open Wednesday, April 9th.
• Holy Week begins on April 13 with
Palm/Passion Sunday.
• 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,

Monday, March 17, 2014


R•E•M•I•N•D•E•R•S —

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-
American War.
    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.




Our group will leave Casey U.M.C. at 1 P.M.

THE MOVIE “FROZEN” will be shown at
the Casey Library at 7 P.M. ≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
Happy Birthday Ashley Noland!
Happy Birthday John Clarke!

• We are in the Sermon Series based on
Adam Hamilton’s study, THE WAY:

EXODUS 17:1-7
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."       
6-7 Moses did what he said, with the elders
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)

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
     he speaks:
     "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
     among them,
     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
     five minutes?
     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.'"
ROMANS 5:1-11
Justified by faith, through God's grace in
Jesus Christ, we have peace with God and
assurance of moving on to entire salvation.
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!
JOHN 4:5-42
Jesus asks a Samaritan woman for water,
then invites her to drink living water that
could slake her thirst forever.
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.)

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?"    
13-14 Jesus said, "Everyone who drinks
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
come back."

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
Morning Post.
• 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.   
• 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
private buildings.
• 1989 - The Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000
barrels-11 million gallons-of oil in Alaska's
Prince William Sound after it ran aground.     
• 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
slave trade.
• 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
Montgomery, Alabama.    
Happy Birthday Larry Johnson    

•  Lenten Services in Good Shepherd
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
Veterans Memorial.
• 1989 - The first free elections took place
in the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin was
• 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.  
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
and schools.
• 1979 - A major accident occurred at
Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear
power plant. A nuclear power reactor
overheated and had a partial meltdown.        
• 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.  

• 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
Palm/Passion Sunday.
• 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,