Monday, September 29, 2014


R E M I N D E R S —
Today we honor:


Cruz Reynoso (born 2 May 1931) is a civil
rights lawyer, professor emeritus of law,
and the first Chicano Associate Justice of
the California Supreme Court (1982–87).
He served on the California Third
District Court of Appeal.  In 1986, along
with two other members of the California
Supreme Court—Chief Justice Rose Bird
and Associate Justice Joseph Grodin—
Reynoso became one of only three State
Supreme Court justices ever recalled and
ousted by voters in California's judicial
retention election system. He served as
vice-chairman of the U.S. Commission on
Civil Rights from 1993 to 2004.
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In 2000, Reynoso received the Presidential
Medal of Freedom, the United States'
highest civilian honor, for his efforts to
address social inequities and for his 
public service.
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He was Vice-Chairman, U.S. Commission 
on Civil Rights,  in office November 19,

1993 to December 7, 2004.    He was
appointed by President Bill Clinton.
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Reynoso was born in Brea, California. He
grew up as one of 11 children, and from
age eight worked in orange groves as an
agricultural worker. His father was a farm
The family moved to a barrio outside of
La Habra, California. While there, he
attended the Wilson Grammar School, a
racially segregated grade school for
children of Mexican descent.  The United
States Postal Service refused to provide
Rural Free Delivery service within the
barrio.  Reynoso circulated a petition
demanding service; the Postal Service
responded to his petition and began
providing mail delivery to the barrio. He
also challenged the local school board
about the Wilson School, after which the
school was desegregated.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree
from Pomona College in 1953, after which
he joined the U.S. Army, serving in the
Counter Intelligence Corps for two years.
He was stationed in Washington, D.C.,
where his assignments included reviewing
the House Un-American Activities files on
potential applicants for Federal jobs, a
task he found distasteful. He received his
Bachelor of Law degree from University
of California, Berkeley, School of Law in
1958. Under a Ford Foundation Fellowship,
he studied constitutional law at the
National University of Mexico in 1958–59.

Reynoso began his private law practice in
El Centro, California.  He was a legislative
assistant in the California State Senate
(1959–60). He was an Associate General
Counsel for the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission in 1967 and 1968.

He was director of California Rural Legal
Assistance in 1968.  He was the first Latino
to hold the position. His work with CRLA
gained him national recognition. 
In 1976, Reynoso was the first Latino
appointed to the California Supreme Court
of Appeals.
During the 1980s, Reynoso was appointed
to the Congressional Select Commission
on Immigrant and Refugee Policy by 
President Jimmy Carter.
On August 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton
awarded Reynoso the Presidential Medal
of Freedom.
In 2001, Reynoso joined the faculty at the
University of California, Davis, School of
Law.  He retired in December 2006.
He was honored with the University of
California Davis Medal of Honor for lifetime
achievement in September 2007.
President-elect Barack Obama appointed
Reynoso to his White House transition
team in 2009, as part of a justice and civil
rights sub-team.
The State Bar of California gave Reynoso
the Bernard E. Witkin Medal in September
2009 for his "significant contributions to 

quality of justice and legal scholarship"
in California, recognizing him as a "legal
giant". Chapman University conferred 

upon him an honorary Doctor of Laws 
degree in May of 2011. 
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We will have Holy Communion today.

• Today begins the Season of the Saints •

St. Francis of Assisi (died October 4, 1226)
Francis' father was Pietro di Bernardone,
a prosperous silk merchant. Francis was
one of seven children. Biographers remark
about his bright clothing, rich friends, and
love of pleasures. Francis lived the high
spirited life typical of wealthy young men.
He even fought as a soldier for Assisi. He
went off to war in 1204, and had a vision
directing him to go back to Assisi, where
he lost his taste for his worldly life. On a
pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the poor
in begging at St. Peter's Basilica. That
experience moved him to live in poverty. 
When Francis returned home, he began
preaching in the streets, and soon had a

large following.  In 1219, he went to Egypt
in an attempt to convert the Sultan and 
put an end to the Crusades.

Mary McLeod Bethune (died May 18, 1955)
Born in Mayesville, South Carolina, to
parents who had been slaves, she started
working in fields at age five. She took an
early interest in becoming educated.
She became an American educator and
civil rights leader best known for starting
a private school for African-American
students in Daytona Beach, Florida. She
attracted donations of time and money,
and developed the academic school as a
college. It later continued to develop as
Bethune-Cookman University.
She also was appointed as a national
adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

EXODUS 20:1–20
In the hearing of the frightened people of
Israel, Moses received the 

Ten Commandments.
1-2 God spoke all these words:

I am God, your God,
    who brought you out of the land of
    Egypt, out of a life of slavery.

3 No other gods, only me.

4-6 No carved gods of any size, shape, or
form of anything whatever, whether of
things that fly or walk or swim.
Don’t bow
down to them and don’t serve them
because I am God, your God, and I’m a
most jealous God, punishing the children
for any sins their parents pass on to them
to the third, and yes, even to the fourth
generation of those who hate me. But I’m
unswervingly loyal to the thousands who
love me and keep my commandments.

7 No using the name of God, your God, in
curses or silly banter; God won’t put up
with the irreverent use of his name.

8-11 Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it
holy. Work six days and do everything you
need to do. But the seventh day is a
Sabbath to God, your God. Don’t do any
—not you, nor your son, nor your
daughter, nor your servant, nor your maid,
nor your animals, not even the foreign
guest visiting in your town. For in six days
God made Heaven, Earth, and sea, and
everything in them; he rested on the
seventh day. Therefore God blessed the
Sabbath day; he set it apart as a holy day.

12 Honor your father and mother so that
you’ll live a long time in the land that God,
your God, is giving you.

13 No murder.

14 No adultery.

15 No stealing.

16 No lies about your neighbor.

17 No lusting after your neighbor’s house
– or wife or servant or maid or ox or
donkey. Don’t set your heart on anything
that is your neighbor’s.

18-19 All the people, experiencing the
thunder and lightning, the trumpet blast
and the smoking mountain, were afraid—
they pulled back and stood at a distance.
They said to Moses, “You speak to us and
we’ll listen, but don’t have God speak to
us or we’ll die.”
20 Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be
afraid. God has come to test you and
instill a deep and reverent awe within you
so that you won’t sin.”
As thunder and earthquake surround the
giving of the law, the heavens proclaim
the glory of God.

1-2 God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Madame Day holds classes every morning,
    Professor Night lectures each evening.
3-4 Their words aren’t heard,
    their voices aren’t recorded,
But their silence fills the earth:
    unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.
4-5 God makes a huge dome
    for the sun—a superdome!
The morning sun’s a new husband
    leaping from his honeymoon bed,
The daybreaking sun an athlete
    racing to the tape.
6 That’s how God’s Word vaults across
    the skies
    from sunrise to sunset,
Melting ice, scorching deserts,
    warming hearts to faith.
7-9 The revelation of God is whole
    and pulls our lives together.
The signposts of God are clear
    and point out the right road.
The life-maps of God are right,
    showing the way to joy.
The directions of God are plain
    and easy on the eyes.
God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold,
    with a lifetime guarantee.
The decisions of God are accurate
    down to the nth degree.
10 God’s Word is better than a diamond,
    better than a diamond set between
You’ll like it better than strawberries in
    better than red, ripe strawberries.
11-14 There’s more: God’s Word warns us
    of danger
    and directs us to hidden treasure.
Otherwise how will we find our way?
    Or know when we play the fool?
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the
    day fresh!
    Keep me from stupid sins,
    from thinking I can take over your work;
Then I can start this day sun-washed,
    scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
These are the words in my mouth;
    these are what I chew on and pray.
Accept them when I place them
    on the morning altar,
O God, my Altar-Rock,
    God, Priest-of-My-Altar.
Paul declares his accomplishments and
his pedigree, but says none of that is as
important to him as knowing Christ.
Steer clear of the barking dogs, those
religious busybodies, all bark and no bite.
All they’re interested in is appearances—
knife-happy circumcisers, I call them. The
real believers are the ones the Spirit of
God leads to work away at this ministry,
filling the air with Christ’s praise as we do
it. We couldn’t carry this off by our own
efforts, and we know it—even though we
can list what many might think are
impressive credentials. You know my
pedigree: a legitimate birth, circumcised
on the eighth day; an Israelite from the
elite tribe of Benjamin; a strict and devout
adherent to God’s law; a fiery defender of
the purity of my religion, even to the point
of persecuting the church; a meticulous
observer of everything set down in God’s
law Book.
7-9 The very credentials these people are
waving around as something special, I’m
tearing up and throwing out with the trash
—along with everything else I used to take
credit for. And why? Because of Christ.
Yes, all the things I once thought were so
important are gone from my life. Compared
to the high privilege of knowing Christ
Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I
once thought I had going for me is
insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all
in the trash so that I could embrace Christ
and be embraced by him. I didn’t want
some petty, inferior brand of righteousness
that comes from keeping a list of rules
when I could get the robust kind that comes
from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness.
10-11 I gave up all that inferior stuff so I
could know Christ personally, experience
his resurrection power, be a partner in his
suffering, and go all the way with him to
death itself. If there was any way to get in
on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted
to do it.
I’m not saying that I have this all
together, that I have it made. But I am well
on my way, reaching out for Christ, who
has so wondrously reached out for me.
Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means
do I count myself an expert in all of this,
but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God
is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off
and running, and I’m not turning back.
MATTHEW 21:33-46
Jesus offers the parable of the wicked
tenants. After a farmer had leased his
farm to tenants, they wouldn't recognize
anyone he sent to collect his produce.
They even killed his son when he came to
them. Jesus tells his detractors, "The 
stone the builders rejected has now 
become the cornerstone" 

(Psalm 188:22, Isaiah 28:16).
“Here’s another story. Listen closely.
There was once a man, a wealthy farmer,
who planted a vineyard. He fenced it, dug
a wine press, put up a watchtower, then
turned it over to the farmhands and went
off on a trip. When it was time to harvest
the grapes, he sent his servants back to
collect his profits.
35-37 “The farmhands grabbed the first
servant and beat him up. The next one
they murdered. They threw stones at the
third but he got away. The owner tried
again, sending more servants. They got
the same treatment. The owner was at the
end of his rope. He decided to send his
son. ‘Surely,’ he thought, ‘they will respect
my son.’
38-39 “But when the farmhands saw the
son arrive, they rubbed their hands in
greed. ‘This is the heir! Let’s kill him and
have it all for ourselves.’ They grabbed him,
threw him out, and killed him.
40 “Now, when the owner of the vineyard
arrives home from his trip, what do you
think he will do to the farmhands?”
41 “He’ll kill them—a rotten bunch, and
good riddance,” they answered. “Then he’ll
assign the vineyard to farmhands who will
hand over the profits when it’s time.”
42-44 Jesus said, “Right—and you can
read it for yourselves in your Bibles:

The stone the masons threw out
    is now the cornerstone.
This is God’s work;
 we rub our eyes, we can hardly believe it!

“This is the way it is with you. God’s
kingdom will be taken back from you and
handed over to a people who will live out a
kingdom life. Whoever stumbles on this
Stone gets shattered; whoever the Stone
falls on gets smashed.”
45-46 When the religious leaders heard
this story, they knew it was aimed at them.
They wanted to arrest Jesus and put him
in jail, but, intimidated by public opinion,
they held back. Most people held him to
be a prophet of God.
• 1813 - Chief Tecumseh of the Shawnee
Indians was killed at the Battle of Thames
when American forces defeated British
forces and the allied Indian warriors
• 1877 - Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce
Indians surrendered to the U.S. Army after
a 1,000-mile retreat toward the Canadian
• 1921 - The World Series was broadcast
on the radio for the first time. The game
was between the New York Giants and the
New York Yankees.
• 1937 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt
called for a "quarantine" of aggressor
• 1947 - U.S. President Harry S Truman
held a first televised presidential address
from the White House. The subject was
the current international food crisis.
• 1970 - Anwar Sadat took office as
President of Egypt. Sadat was then
assassinated in 1981.
• 1998 - The U.S. paid $60 million for
Russia's research time on the international
space station to keep the cash-strapped
Russian space agency afloat. 
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• 1683 - The first Mennonites arrived in
America aboard the Concord. The German
and Dutch families settled in an area that
is now a neighborhood in Philadelphia,
• 1848 - The steamboat SS California left
New York Harbor for San Francisco by way
of Cape Horn. The steamboat arrived on
February 28, 1849, after 4 months and 21
• 1939 - Adolf Hitler denied any intention to
wage war against England or France in an
address to Reichstag.
• 1949 - President Harry Truman signed the
Mutual Defense Assistance Act. This act
provided $1.3 billion in aid to NATO
• 1961 - U.S. president John F. Kennedy
advised American families to build bomb
shelters as protection in the event of
nuclear war with the Soviet Union.    
Happy Anniversary —
Alex and Ann Gerhards!
• 1777 - During the American Revolution
the second Battle of Saratoga began.
• 1949 - The German Democratic Republic
(East Germany) was formed.
• 1981 - The Egyptian parliament, after the
assassination of Anwar Sadat, named Vice
President Hosni Mubarak the next
president of Egypt.
• 1989 - In Budapest, Hungary's Communist
Party renounced Marxism in favor of a
democratic socialism.   

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• 1938 - "The Saturday Evening Post"cover
was a self portrait of Norman Rockwell.
• 1998 - Canada and Netherlands were
voted into the U.N. Security Council.
• 2002 - A federal judge approved U.S.
President George W. Bush's request to
reopen West Coast ports, to end a caustic
10-day labor lockout. The lockout was
costing the U.S. economy an estimated
$1 billion to $2 billion a day.  
• 1701 - Collegiate School of Connecticut
was chartered in New Haven. It's name was
later changed to Yale.
• 1776 - A group of Spanish missionaries
settled in what is now San Francisco,
• 1858 - Mail service via stagecoach began
between San Francisco, California, and
St. Louis, Missouri.
• 1872 - Aaron Montgomery started his mail
order business with the delivery of the first
mail order catalog. The firm later became
Montgomery Wards.
• 1914 - During World War I, German forces
captured Antwerp, Belgium.
• 1936 - The first generator at Boulder Dam
began sending electricity to Los Angeles,
California. The name of the dam was later
changed to Hoover Dam.
• 1940 - St. Paul's Cathedral in London was
bombed by the Nazis. The dome was
completely unharmed in the bombing.  
Happy Birthday Debra Gettler!
Happy Birthday Alan Farnsworth!
• 1845 - The United States Naval Academy
opened in Annapolis, Maryland.
• 1938 - Nazi Germany completed it's
annexation of Czechoslovakia's
• 1963 - Diga del Vajont dam burst in Italy
killing 3,000 people. The Vaiont Gorge was
located in a section of the Alps known for
instability. That year the area received over
90 inches of rain. A huge pile of dirt and
rocks plunged into the reservoir at 70 miles
an hour.  The immense wave of water over-
flowed the dam and engulfed villages 
below in the gorge.

• 1939 - U.S. President Roosevelt was
presented with a letter from Albert Einstein
that urged him to develop the U.S. atomic
program rapidly.
• 1983 - The last hand-cranked telephones
in the U.S. went out of service. The 440
telephone customers of Bryant Pond,
Maine, were switched to direct-dial service. 

Thank you for your attention to our details 
this week.  We are forever grateful for your 
observation, your consideration, and 
your participation.
God Bless and Keep You,