R E M I N D E R —
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH —
ADAIR U.M.W. MEETS AT 1:30 P.M.
FEBRUARY 8TH IS:
5TH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
This week, we focus on a ministry of
healing and evangelism.
“If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me
no ground for boasting, for an obligation
is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not
proclaim the gospel!”
• THIS IS
SCOUTING MINISTRIES SUNDAY
was created in 1926 in the United States,
when historian Carter G. Woodson and
the “Association for the Study of Negro
Life and History” announced the second
week of February to be "Negro History
Week." This week was chosen because
it coincided with the birthday of Abraham
Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick
Douglass on February 14, both of which
Black communities had celebrated since
the late 19th century.
SCRIPTURE READINGS —
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
A reading from the "opening salvo" of
"Second Isaiah" – prophecy to Judean
exiles in Babylon that their God is
sovereign in all the earth and will
continue to sustain, support, restore,
and lift up God's servants.
Have you not been listening?
Haven’t you heard these stories all your
Don’t you understand the foundation
of all things?
God sits high above the round ball of
The people look like mere ants.
He stretches out the skies like a canvas-
yes, like a tent canvas to live under.
He ignores what all the princes say and
The rulers of the earth count for
Princes and rulers don’t amount to
Like seeds barely rooted, just
They shrivel when God blows on them.
Like flecks of chaff, they’re gone with
25-26 “So—who is like me?
Who holds a candle to me?” says
Look at the night skies:
Who do you think made all this?
Who marches this army of stars out
counts them off, calls each by name
—so magnificent! so powerful!—
and never overlooks a single one?
27-31 Why would you ever complain, O
or, whine, Israel, saying,
“God has lost track of me.
He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause
to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and
But those who wait upon God get fresh
They spread their wings and soar like
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind.
PSALM 147:1-11, 20 (UMH 859)
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
A continuation of a prophecy to Judean
exiles in Babylon that God is sovereign
in all the earth.
It’s a good thing to sing praise to our
praise is beautiful, praise is fitting.
2-6 God’s the one who rebuilds
who regathers Israel’s scattered
He heals the heartbroken
and bandages their wounds.
He counts the stars
and assigns each a name.
Our Lord is great, with limitless
we’ll never comprehend what he
knows and does.
God puts the fallen on their feet again
and pushes the wicked into the ditch.
7-11 Sing to God a thanksgiving hymn,
play music on your instruments to
Who fills the sky with clouds,
preparing rain for the earth,
Then turning the mountains green with
feeding both cattle and crows.
He’s not impressed with horsepower;
the size of our muscles means little
Those who fear God get God’s attention;
they can depend on his strength.
19-20 He speaks the same way to Jacob,
speaks words that work to Israel.
He never did this to the other nations;
they never heard such commands.
1 CORINTHIANS 9:16-23
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Paul writes that he "can't not" share the
gospel, and so has no basis to boast
about his commitment to his ministry.
He describes strategy of "identification"
with others, of coming alongside them
and seeking to connect with them as
15-18 Still, I want it made clear that I’ve
never gotten anything out of this for
myself, and that I’m not writing now to
get something. I’d rather die than give
anyone ammunition to discredit me or
impugn my motives. If I proclaim the
Message, it’s not to get something out
of it for myself. I’m compelled to do it,
and doomed if I don’t! If this was my
own idea of just another way to make a
living, I’d expect some pay. But since
it’s not my idea but something solemnly
entrusted to me, why would I expect to
get paid? So am I getting anything out
of it? Yes, as a matter of fact: the
pleasure of proclaiming the Message
at no cost to you. You don’t even have
to pay my expenses!
19-23 Even though I am free of the
demands and expectations of everyone,
I have voluntarily become a servant to
any and all in order to reach a wide
range of people: religious, nonreligious,
meticulous moralists, loose-living
immoralists, the defeated, the
demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on
their way of life. I kept my bearings in
Christ—but I entered their world and
tried to experience things from their
point of view. I’ve become just about
every sort of servant there is in my
attempts to lead those I meet into a God
saved life. I did all this because of the
Message. I didn’t just want to talk about
it; I wanted to be in on it!
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Mark recounts, in almost breathless
fashion, Jesus' intensive ministry of
healing and exorcism in Capernaum, his
withdrawal for prayer, and his own
determination to move out into the other
Galilean villages to proclaim a nearness
of the kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-15)
29-31 Directly on leaving the meeting
place, they came to Simon and
Andrew’s house, accompanied by James
and John. Simon’s mother-in-law was
sick in bed, burning up with fever. They
told Jesus. He went to her, took her
hand, and raised her up. No sooner had
the fever left than she was up fixing
dinner for them.
32-34 That evening, after the sun was
down, they brought sick and evil
afflicted people to him, the whole city
lined up at his door! He cured their sick
bodies and tormented spirits. Because
the demons knew his true identity, he
didn’t let them say a word.
35-37 While it was still night, way before
dawn, he got up and went out to a
secluded spot and prayed. Simon and
those with him went looking for him.
They found him and said, “Everybody’s
looking for you.”
38-39 Jesus said, “Let’s go to the rest of
the villages so I can preach there also.
This is why I’ve come.” He went to their
meeting places all through Galilee,
preaching and throwing out the demons.
• 1693 - A charter was granted for the
College of William and Mary in
• 1861 - The Confederate States of
America was formed.
• 1861 - A Cheyenne delegation and
some Arapaho leaders accepted a new
settlement (Treaty of Fort Wise) with
the U.S. Federal government. The deal
ceded most of their land but secured a
600 square mile reservation and annuity
• 1896 - The Western Conference was
formed by representatives of Mid-
western universities. The group
changed its name to Big 10 Conference.
• 1910 - William D. Boyce incorporated
the Boy Scouts of America.
• 1922 - The White House began using
radio transmissions after U.S. President
Harding had it installed.
• 1952 - Queen Elizabeth II ascended to
the British throne. Her father, George VI,
had died on February 6.
• 1963 - The Kennedy administration
prohibited travel to Cuba and made
financial and commercial transactions
with Cuba illegal for U.S. citizens.
• 1963 - Lamar Hunt, owner of the
American Football League franchise in
Dallas, TX, moved the operation to
Kansas City. The new team was named
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH —
OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY.
The Telephone Company has the
Fellowship Hall rented this evening in
• Pastor Melodee was on vacation last
week, through today, Monday, Feb. 9th.
Hope you had a great time, Pastor!
• 1825 - The United States House of
Representatives elected John Quincy
Adams president because no candidate
had gotten a majority of electoral votes.
• 1861 - The Provisional Congress of the
Confederate States of America elected
Jefferson Davis as its president.
• 1870 - United States Weather Bureau
was authorized by Congress. The
bureau is officially known as the
Weather Service (NWS).
• 1885 - The first Japanese arrived in
• 1909 - The first forestry school was
opened in Kent, Ohio.
• 1942 - Daylight-saving Time also called
"War Time" went into effect in the U.S.
• 1950 - U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy
charged that the State Department was
riddled with Communists. This was the
beginning of "McCarthyism."
• 1969 - Boeing 747 flew its inaugural
• 1971 - The San Fernando Valley had
the Sylmar earthquake that registered
6.4 on the Richter Scale.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH —
• 1840-England's Queen Victoria married
• 1870 - The city of Anaheim, California
• 1870 - The YWCA was founded in New
• 1962 - The Soviet Union exchanged
captured American U2 pilot Francis
Gary Powers for the Soviet spy Rudolph
Ivanovich Abel being held by the U.S.
• 1967 - The 25th Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution was ratified. The
amendment required the appointment of
a vice-president when the office became
vacant and instituted new measures in
the event of presidential disability.
• 1990 - South African President F.W. de
Klerk announced that black activist
Nelson Mandela would be released the
next day after 27 years in prison.
• 1999 - Avalanches killed at least ten
people as they roared down the French
Alps 30 miles from Geneva, Switzerland.
• 2009 - A Russian and an American
satellite collided over Siberia.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH —
Happy Birthday Dwayne Thayer!
• GOD SQUAD WILL MEET IN CASEY,
4 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M.
CASEY U.M.C. FROM 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M.
• 1752 - The Pennsylvania Hospital was
opened as the very first hospital in
• 1808 - Judge Jesse Fell experimented
by burning anthracite coal to keep his
house warm. He successfully showed
how clean the coal burned and how
cheaply it could be used as heating fuel.
• 1943 - General Dwight David
Eisenhower was selected to command
the allied armies in Europe.
• 1945 - During World War II, the Yalta
Agreement was signed by President
Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime
Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet
leader Josef Stalin.
• 1958 - Ruth Carol Taylor the first black
woman to become a stewardess, made
her initial flight.
• 1968 - The new 20,000 seat Madison
Square Garden opened in New York City.
• 1979 - Nine days after the Ayatollah
Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran
(after 15 years in exile) the government
was seized by his followers.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH —
Happy Birthday Darryl Peterson!
• 1541 - The city of Santiago, Chile was
• 1733 - Savannah, GA, was founded by
English colonist James Oglethorpe.
• 1870 - In the Utah Territory, women
gained the right to vote.
• 1879 - The first artificial ice rink opened
in North America. It was at Madison
Square Garden in New York City.
• 1892 - In the United States, President
Lincoln's birthday was declared to be a
• 1907 - A collision of the steamer
Larchmont and a schooner resulted in
the death of more than 300 people. The
accident occurred off New England's
• 1909 - The National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP) was founded.
• 1912 - China's boy emperor Hsuan
T'ung announced he was abdicating,
ending the Manchu Ch'ing dynasty.
Subsequently, the Republic of China
• 1915 - The cornerstone of the Lincoln
Memorial was laid in Washington, DC.
• 1973 - The State of Ohio went metric,
becoming the first State in the U.S. to
post metric distance signs.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH —
Happy Anniversary —
Larry and Amber McClain!
• 1633 - Galileo arrived in Rome for a trial
before the Inquisition. Galileo insisted
the Sun is motionless and Earth turned
constantly. Galileo was found guilty of
heresy and he was sentenced to house
arrest for the rest of his life.
• 1889 - Norman Coleman became the
first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
• 1920 - The National Negro Baseball
League was organized.
• 2001 - El Savador was hit with an
earthquake that measured 6.6 on the
Richter Scale. At least 400 people were
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH —
• HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!
FUTURE FOCUS —————
FEBRUARY 15 —
TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
FEBRUARY 16 — PRESIDENTS' DAY
FEBRUARY 18 — LENT BEGINS TODAY
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE IN ADAIR
U.M.C. AT 7 P.M.
Thank you for your kind cooperation
this week. The weather was difficult,
but we know how hard you tried to
make our events happen. You must
stay safe in the snow and the cold
wind – so we have you for other
God Bless and Keep You,