WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22ND —
• Pastor Melodee will be on vacation thru
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25TH —
A-C FOOD PANTRY IN CASEY OPEN —
9 A.M. TO 11 A.M.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26TH –
20TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
YONA KANAMUZEYI, MARTYR
The Rwandan Genocide is considered on
the level of the Holocaust and Stalin's
• • • A history of animosity and jealousy
fueled by tribal privilege that was given
out by German and Belgian colonizers
simmered for decades. The occasional
outbursts erupted into full force war by
On April 6, 1994 The Rwandan President
Habyarimana and the Burundian President
were killed when Habyarimana's plane was
shot down by Hutu extremists. This began
the Rwandan Genocide.
In 1994, the United Nations was warned
of the Rwandan Hutu chauvinist
government's impending GENOCIDE
against the Tutsi minority and anti-tribalist
Hutus three months before it began in April.
Hutu 84%, Tutsi 15%, Other 1%
Central Africa's tiny country of RWANDA
became a wild killing zone.
in the 100 days of horror which was
sparked by the death of the country's
president in a suspicious plane crash.
News emerging from this chaos is some
of the most brutal ever gathered. HUTU
militia, called the Interhamwe, used
machetes and clubs to kill over 800,000
TUTSI neighbors. One report said that
many checkpoints were set up to identify
Tutsi and quickly eliminate them.
As a rural African, we know nothing of
YONA KANAMUZEYI's early life. Yona was
born to a mixed marriage (Hutu and Tutsi),
and raised in the Christian faith. Eventually
he served as pastor (deacon) in the
Nyamata district of Rwanda. He was
responsible for 24 churches with about
Early in 1994 Tutsi forces from Burundi
invaded Rwanda. Ethnic slaughter ensued,
and because Yona gave sanctuary and aid
to the fleeing Hutu, he was identified as a
sympathizer and marked for execution.
During the night of January 23rd,
five soldiers arrested Yona and two others.
Yona took along his journal in which he
wrote the progression of activities. Yona
was tied up, marched on to a bridge, and
shot, then his body was thrown into the
river. One of the other men escaped and
told Yona's story. Near the end, Yona
prayed these words:
“Lord God, I pray You, in your mercy,
accept our lives. We pray You to avenge
our innocent blood and help these soldiers
who do not know what they are doing.”
UNITED METHODIST SAINT:
Sarah Crosby, first female Methodist
In 1771, John Wesley received a most
remarkable letter from devout Methodist
convert Mary Bosanquet (1739-1815). With
her friends Sarah Crosby (1729-1804) and
Sarah Ryan (1724-1768), Bosanquet had
been running an orphanage and leading the
small-group Methodist gatherings for
spiritual growth that Wesley termed "class
meetings." Crosby had in fact been
speaking to groups sometimes numbering
in the hundreds—though Wesley would not
let her call her spiritual testimony
"preaching." Bosanquet too had been
leading class meetings, and been criticized
for doing it.
She met the criticism head-on in her letter
to Wesley: "Several object to this, saying
'A woman ought not to teach or take
authority over a man.'" This might mean,
Bosanquet allowed, that a woman should
not take authority over her husband. But it
emphatically did not mean that "she shall
not entreat sinners to come to Jesus, nor
say, come and I will tell you what God has
done for my soul." Not every woman was
called to be a preacher, no more than every
man; but "some have an extraordinary call
to it, and woe be to them if they obey it not."
That month, June 1771, Wesley endorsed
Bosanquet's friend Crosby as lay preacher,
using the phrase "extraordinary call." He
gave his stamp of approval to Bosanquet
as well. Both women became tireless
evangelists, and some 41 women
eventually became lay preachers in "Mr.
• Adult Sunday School at Casey U.M.C.
following worship service.
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SCRIPTURE READINGS —
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Moses was allowed to see — but not enter
— the Promised Land. He died in the land
of Moab and was buried in an unknown
burial place there. The Israelites mourned
his death for thirty days.
The Death of Moses
1-3 Moses climbed from the Plains of
Moab to Mount Nebo, the peak of Pisgah
facing Jericho. God showed him all the
land from Gilead to Dan, all Naphtali,
Ephraim, and Manasseh; all Judah
reaching to the Mediterranean Sea; the
Negev and the plains which encircle
Jericho, City of Palms, as far south as
4 Then and there God said to him, “This is
the land I promised to your ancestors, to
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob with the words
‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I’ve let
you see it with your own eyes. There it is.
But you’re not going to go in.”
5-6 Moses died there in the land of Moab,
Moses the servant of God, just as God
said. God buried him in the valley in the
land of Moab opposite Beth Peor. No one
knows his burial site to this very day.
7-8 Moses was 120 years old when he died.
His eyesight was sharp; he still walked
with a spring in his step. The People of
Israel wept for Moses in the Plains of
Moab thirty days. Then the days of
weeping and mourning for Moses came to
9 Joshua son of Nun was filled with the
spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid
his hands on him. The People of Israel
listened obediently to him and did the
same as when God had commanded
10-12 No prophet has risen since in Israel
like Moses, whom God knew face-to-face.
Never since has there been anything like
the signs and miracle-wonders that God
sent him to do in Egypt, to Pharaoh, to all
his servants, and to all his land—nothing
to compare with that all-powerful hand of
his and all the great and terrible things
Moses did as every eye in Israel watched.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
A PRAYER OF MOSES, MAN OF GOD
1-2 God, it seems you’ve been our
long before the mountains were born,
Long before you brought earth itself to
from “once upon a time” to “kingdom
come”—you are God.
3-11 So don’t return us to mud, saying,
“Back to where you came from!”
Patience! You’ve got all the time in the
a thousand years or a day, it’s all the
same to you.
Are we no more to you than a wispy
no more than a blade of grass
That springs up gloriously with the rising
and is cut down without a second
Your anger is far and away too much for
we’re at the end of our rope.
You keep track of all our sins; every
since we were children is entered in
All we can remember is that frown on
Is that all we’re ever going to get?
We live for seventy years or so
(with luck we might make it to eighty),
And what do we have to show for it?
Toil and trouble and a marker in the
Who can make sense of such rage,
such anger against the very ones who
12-17 Oh! Teach us to live well!
Teach us to live wisely and well!
Come back, God—how long do we have
and treat your servants with kindness
for a change.
Surprise us with love at daybreak;
then we’ll skip and dance all the day
Make up for the bad times with some good
we’ve seen enough evil to last a lifetime.
Let your servants see what you’re best
the ways you rule and bless your
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God,
rest on us,
confirming the work that we do.
Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!
1 THESSALONIANS 2:1-8
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Paul continues his "re-introduction." He
recalls the suffering that accompanied his
first visit. He also reminds them of the
authenticity and gentleness of his
proclamation among them.
1-2 So, friends, it’s obvious that our visit
to you was no waste of time. We had just
been given rough treatment in Philippi, as
you know, but that didn’t slow us down.
We were sure of ourselves in God, and
went right ahead and said our piece,
presenting God’s Message to you, defiant
of the opposition.
NO HIDDEN AGENDAS
3-5 God tested us thoroughly to make sure
we were qualified to be trusted with this
Message. Be assured that when we speak
to you we’re not after crowd approval—
only God approval. Since we’ve been put
through that battery of tests, you’re
guaranteed that both we and the Message
are free of error, mixed motives, or hidden
agendas. We never used words to butter
you up. No one knows that better than you.
And God knows we never used words as a
smoke screen to take advantage of you.
6-8 Even though we had some standing as
Christ’s apostles, we never threw our
weight around or tried to come across as
important, with you or anyone else. We
weren’t aloof with you. We took you just
as you were. We were never patronizing,
never condescending, but we cared for
you the way a mother cares for her
children. We loved you dearly. Not content
to just pass on the Message, we wanted to
give you our hearts. And we did.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a
question: Which kind of commandment
was the greatest? Jesus answers, and
concludes his reply with questions for
them about the identity of the Messiah.
From that day, their questions ceased.
THE MOST IMPORTANT COMMAND
34-36 When the Pharisees heard how he
had bested the Sadducees, they gathered
their forces for an assault. One of their
religion scholars spoke for them, posing a
question they hoped would show him up:
“Teacher, which command in God’s Law is
the most important?”
37-40 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your
God with all your passion and prayer and
intelligence.’ This is the most important,
the first on any list. But there is a second
to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as
you love yourself.’ These two commands
are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the
Prophets hangs from them.”
DAVID'S SON AND MASTER
41-42 As the Pharisees were regrouping,
Jesus caught them off balance with his
own test question: “What do you think
about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They
said, “David’s son.”
43-45 Jesus replied, “Well, if the Christ is
David’s son, how do you explain that
David, under inspiration, named Christ his
God said to my Master,
“Sit here at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool.”
“Now if David calls him ‘Master,’ how can
he at the same time be his son?”
46 That stumped them, literalists that they
were. Unwilling to risk losing face again in
one of these public verbal exchanges,
they quit asking questions for good.
• 1774 - The First Continental Congress of
the U.S. adjourned in Philadelphia.
• 1825 - The Erie Canal opened in upstate
New York. The 363-mile canal connected
Lake Erie and the Hudson River at a cost
• 1881 - The "Gunfight at the OK Corral"
took place in Tombstone, AZ. The fight
was between Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp, and
his two brothers and the Ike Clanton Gang.
• 1905 - Norway gained independence from
• 1949 - U.S. President Harry Truman raised
the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an
• 1951 - Winston Churchill became prime
minister of Great Britain.
• 1962 - The Soviet Union made an offer to
end the Cuban Missile Crisis by taking
their missile bases out of Cuba if the U.S.
agreed to not invade Cuba.
• 1985 - Approximately 110,000 people
marched past the U.S. and Soviet
embassies in London to pressure the two
countries to end their arms race.
• 1988 - Two whales were freed by Soviet
and American icebreakers. The whales had
been trapped for nearly 3 weeks in an
Arctic ice pack.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 27TH —
Happy Birthday Lonnie Harris!
Happy Anniversary Jim and Beth Rogers
THE OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY
• CLERGY DAY APART AT CREIGHTON
UNIVERSITY RETREAT CENTER
— — — — — — — — — — — — —
• 1858 - Roland Macy opened Macy's
Department Store in New York City. It was
Macy's eighth business adventure. All
seven others failed.
• 1904 - The New York subway system
officially opened. It was the first rapid
transit subway system in America.
• 1938 - Du Pont announced that "nylon"
was the name for its new synthetic yarn.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH —
Happy Birthday Ryan Elgin!
• 1636 - Harvard College was founded in
Massachusetts. It was the first school of
higher education in America and later
became harvard University.
• 1886 - Statue of Liberty was dedicated in
New York Harbor by U.S. President
Cleveland. The statue weighs 225 tons and
is 152 feet tall.
• 1922 - Benito Mussolini took control of
the Italian government and introduced
fascism to Italy.
• 1936 - The Statue of Liberty was
rededicated by U.S. President Roosevelt
on its 50th anniversary.
• 1949 - U.S. President Harry Truman swore
in Eugenie Moore Anderson as the U.S.
ambassador to Denmark. Anderson was
the first woman to hold a post of
• 1965 - Pope Paul VI issued a decree
absolving Jews of guilt for the crucifixion
of Jesus Christ.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29TH —
• 1652 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony
proclaimed itself to be an independent
• 1682 - William Penn landed at what is
now Chester, PA. He was the founder of
• 1863 - The International Committee of the
Red Cross was founded.
• 1929 - America's Great Depression began
with a crash of Wall Street's stock market.
• 1940 - The first peacetime military draft
began in the United States.
• 1969 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered
an immediate end to school segregation.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30TH —
Happy Birthday Darla Martin!
• 1735 - John Adams, the second President
of the United States, was born in Braintree,
• 1875 - The constitution of Missouri was
ratified by a popular vote.
• 1945 - The U.S. government announced
the end of shoe rationing.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31ST —
Happy Birthday Kay Jessen!————————————————————
• 1517 - Martin Luther posted 95 Theses
on the door of the Wittenberg Palace
Church. The event marked the start of the
Protestant Reformation in Germany.
• 1864 - Nevada became the 36th state to
join the United States.
• 1941 - Mount Rushmore was declared
complete after 14 years of work. At the
time the 60-foot busts of U.S. Presidents
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,
Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln
• 1941 - The U.S. Navy destroyer Reuben
James was torpedoed by a German
submarine near Iceland. More than 100
men were killed. The U.S. had not yet
entered World War II.
• 1961 - In the Soviet Union, the body of
Joseph Stalin was removed from Lenin's
Tomb where it had been on public display.
• 1999 - Leaders from the Roman Catholic
Church and the Lutheran Church signed
the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of
Justification. The event ended a centuries-
old doctrinal dispute over the nature of
faith and salvation.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST —
• NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
On Dec. 14, 1915, Red Fox James, a
Blackfeet Indian, presented at the White
House endorsements from 24 state
governments for a day to honor Indians.
But the federal government didn’t take
action until 1983, when President Ronald
Reagan proclaimed May 13 as American
Indian Day. In 1990, President George H.W.
Bush signed a joint congressional
resolution designating November as
National American Indian Heritage Month.
It is now called National Native American
• 1512 - Michelangelo's paintings on the
ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were first
shown to the public.
• 1755 - At least 60,000 people were killed
in Lisbon, Portugal by an earthquake, its
aftershocks and the ensuing tsunami.
• 1765 - The British Parliament enacted The
Stamp Act in the American colonies. This
act was repealed in March of 1766 on the
same day that the Parliament passed the
Declaratory Acts which asserted that the
British government had free and total
legislative power of the colonies.
• 1800 - U.S. President John Adams became
the first president to live in the White
• 1848 - The first medical school for women,
opened in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston
Female Medical School later merged with
Boston University School of Medicine.
• 1861 - Gen. George B. McClellan was
made the general-in-chief of the American
• 1864 - The U.S. Post Office started selling
money orders. Money orders provided a
safe way to send payments by mail.
• 1936 - Benito Mussolini made a speech
in Milan, Italy, in which he described the
alliance between Italy and Nazi Germany
as an "axis" between Berlin and Rome.
• 1950 - Two Puerto Rican nationalists tried
to assassinate President Harry Truman.
One of the men was killed when they tried
to force their way into Blair House in
• 1989 - Tens of thousands of refugees
quickly fled to the West as East Germany
reopened its border with Czechoslovakia.
FUTURE FOCUS —
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND —
Joint Worship in Adair Community Centre
at 9:30 A.M.
NOVEMBER 2ND IS THE END OF
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME.
Thank you all for your contributions to the
cause this week. We never would have
made it without you.
God Bless and Keep You,