Sunday, March 29, 2015


R E M I N D E R S —

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Adair and Casey churches will each meet 

at 7 P.M.
Combined AD COUNCIL will follow.


This is Good Friday. 

This is First Day of Passover.
Happy Birthday Melissa Rumple!
Happy Birthday Ashley Jacobsen!
Happy Birthday Sara Speck!

"Woman, why are you weeping?" 
She said to them, "They have taken away 
my Lord, and I do not know where they 
have laid him." When she had said this, 
she turned around and saw Jesus 
standing there, but she did not know that
it was Jesus (John 20:13-14,NRSV).    
ACTS 10:34-43
Peter proclaims to Cornelius and his
household: We are witnesses that
Jesus Christ is raised and ascended,
Lord of all, and appointed by God as
judge of the living and the dead.    

34-36 Peter fairly exploded with his
good news: “It’s God’s own truth,
nothing could be plainer: God plays no
favorites! It makes no difference who
you are or where you’re from—if you
want God and are ready to do as he
says, the door is open. The Message he
sent to the children of Israel—that
through Jesus Christ everything is
being put together again—well, he’s
doing it everywhere, among everyone.
37-38 “You know the story of what
happened in Judea. It began in Galilee
after John preached a total life-change.
Then Jesus arrived from Nazareth,
anointed by God with the Holy Spirit,
ready for action. He went through the
country helping people and healing
everyone who was beaten down by the
Devil. He was able to do all this
because God was with him.
39-43 “And we saw it, saw it all, every-
thing he did in the land of the Jews and
in Jerusalem where they killed him,
hung him from a cross. But in three
days God had him up, alive, and out
where he could be seen. Not everyone
saw him—he wasn’t put on public
display. Witnesses had been carefully
handpicked by God beforehand—us! We
were the ones, there to eat and drink
with him after he came back from the
dead. He commissioned us to announce
this in public, to bear solemn witness
that he is in fact the One whom God
destined as Judge of the living and
dead. But we’re not alone in this. Our
witness that he is the means to
forgiveness of sins is backed up by the
witness of all the prophets.”
PSALM 118:(1-2), 14-24 (UMH 839)
Thank God because he’s good,
    because his love never quits.
Tell the world, Israel,
    “His love never quits.”
And you, clan of Aaron, tell the
world, “His love never quits.”
And you who fear God, join in,
    “His love never quits.”
Pushed to the wall, I called to
God; from the wide open spaces,
he answered.
God’s now at my side and I’m not
afraid;  who would dare lay a hand
on me?
God’s my strong champion;
    I flick off my enemies like flies.
Far better to take refuge in God
    than trust in people;
Far better to take refuge in God
    than trust in celebrities.
Hemmed in by barbarians,
    in God’s name I rubbed their
faces in the dirt;
Hemmed in and with no way out,
    in God’s name I rubbed their
faces in the dirt;
Like swarming bees, like wild
prairie fire, they hemmed me in;
    in God’s name I rubbed their
faces in the dirt.
I was right on the cliff-edge, ready
to fall,
    when God grabbed and held me.
God’s my strength, he’s also my
song, and now he’s my salvation.
Hear the shouts, hear the triumph
songs in the camp of the saved?
        “The hand of God has turned
the tide!  The hand of God is
raised in victory! The hand of God
has turned the tide!”
17-20 I didn’t die. I lived!
    And now I’m telling the world
what God did.
God tested me, he pushed me hard,
    but he didn’t hand me over to Death.
Swing wide the city gates—
the righteous gates!
    I’ll walk right through and thank God!
This Temple Gate belongs to God,
    so the victors can enter and praise. 
21-25 Thank you for responding to me;
    you’ve truly become my salvation!
The stone the masons discarded as
    is now the capstone!
This is God’s work.
    We rub our eyes—we can hardly
believe it!
This is the very day God acted—
    let’s celebrate and be festive!
Salvation now, God. Salvation now!
    Oh yes, God—a free and full life!
Paul declares the things that are of first
importance: the death, burial, and
resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Friends, let me go over the Message
with you one final time— this Message
that I proclaimed and that you made
your own; this Message on which you
took your stand and by which your life
has been saved. (I’m assuming, now,
that your belief was the real thing and
not a passing fancy, that you’re in this
for good and holding fast.)
3-9 The first thing I did was place before
you what was placed so emphatically
before me: that the Messiah died for
our sins, exactly as Scripture tells it;
that he was buried; that he was raised
from death on the third day, again
exactly as Scripture says; that he
presented himself alive to Peter, then to
his closest followers, and later to more
than five hundred of his followers all at
the same time, most of them still around
(although a few have since died); that he
then spent time with James and the rest
of those he commissioned to represent
him; and that he finally presented
himself alive to me. It was fitting that I
bring up the rear. I don’t deserve to be
included in that inner circle, as you well
know, having spent all those early years
trying my best to stamp God’s church
right out of existence.
10-11 But because God was so gracious
so very generous, here I am. And I’m
not about to let his grace go to waste.
Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more
than any of the others? Even then, my
work didn’t amount to all that much. It
was God giving me the work to do, God
giving me the energy to do it. So
whether you heard it from me or from
those others, it’s all the same: We spoke
God’s truth and you entrusted your lives.
JOHN 20:1-18
Peter and the beloved disciple verify
Mary Magdalene's story that the tomb
of Jesus is empty. Mary Magdalene,
weeping by the tomb, hears angels tell
her Jesus is raised from the dead, but
does not believe it. Jesus calls her by
name and sends her to announce his
coming ascension to other disciples.
Early in the morning on the first day
of the week, while it was still dark, Mary
Magdalene came to the tomb and saw
that the stone was moved away from
the entrance. She ran at once to Simon
Peter and the other disciple, the one
Jesus loved, breathlessly panting,
“They took the Master from the tomb.
We don’t know where they’ve put him.”
3-10 Peter and the other disciple left
immediately for the tomb. They ran,
neck and neck. The other disciple got
to the tomb first, outrunning Peter.
Stooping to look in, he saw the pieces
of linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t
go in. Simon Peter arrived after him,
entered the tomb, observed the linen
cloths lying there, and the kerchief used
to cover his head not lying with the
linen cloths but separate, neatly folded
by itself. Then the other disciple, the
one who had gotten there first, went
into the tomb, took one look at the
evidence, and believed. No one yet
knew from the Scripture that he had to
rise from the dead. The disciples then
went back home.
11-13 But Mary stood outside the tomb
weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look
into the tomb and saw two angels
sitting there, dressed in white, one at
the head, the other at the foot of where
Jesus’ body had been laid. They said to
her, “Woman, why do you weep?”
13-14 “They took my Master,” she said,
“and I don’t know where they put him.”
After she said this, she turned away and
saw Jesus standing there. But she
didn’t recognize him.
15 Jesus spoke to her, “Woman, why do
you weep? Who are you looking for?”
She, thinking that he was the gardener,
 said, “Mister, if you took him, tell me
where you put him so I can care for
16 Jesus said, “Mary.”
Turning to face him, she said in Hebrew,
“Rabboni!” meaning “Teacher!”
17 Jesus said, “Don’t cling to me, for I
have not yet ascended to the Father. Go
to my brothers and tell them, ‘I ascend
to my Father and your Father, my God
and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went, telling the
news to the disciples: “I saw the
Master!” And she told them everything
he said to her.
• 1614 - Pocahontas married John Rolfe.
• 1792 - George Washington cast the
first presidential veto.
• 1887 - Anne Sullivan makes a break-
through to Helen Keller by spelling the
word "water" in the manual alphabet.
• 1955 - Winston Churchill resigned as
prime minister of Britain.
• 1830 - Relations between the Texas
and Mexico reached a new low when
Mexico would not allow any further
emigration into Texas by settlers from
the U.S.
• 1862 - The American Civil War Battle
of Shiloh began in Tennessee.
• 1865 - At the Battle of Sayler's Creek,
a third of General Lee's army was cut
off by Union troops pursuing him to
• 1896 - The first modern Olympic Games
began in Athens, Greece.
• 1917 - The U.S. Congress approved a
declaration of war against Germany and
entered World War I on the Allied side.   
• 1789 - The first U.S. Congress began
regular sessions at the Federal Hall in
New York City.
• 1814 - Granted sovereignty on the
island of Elba and a pension from the
French government, Napoleon abdicates
at Fountainebleau.
• 1941 - German forces invaded Greece
and Yugoslavia.
• 1965 - U.S. President Johnson
authorized the use of ground troops in
combat operations in Vietnam.
 1983 - The U.S. Veteran's Administration
announced it would give free medical
care for conditions traceable to radiation
exposure to more than 220,000 veterans
from 1945 to 1962. 
Happy Birthday Jim Snyder!
• 1712 - A slave revolt broke out in New
York City.
• 1798 - The territory of Mississippi was
• 1862 - Union General Ulysses S. Grant
defeated Confederates at the Battle of
Shiloh, Tennessee.
• 1864 - The first camel race in America
was held in Sacramento, California.
• The first steel columns were set for the
Empire State Building.   
• 1940 - Booker T. Washington became
the first black person to be pictured on
a U.S. postage stamp.
• 1948 - The United Nations' World Health
Organization began operations.
• 1953 - IBM unveiled IBM 701 Electronic
Data Processing Machine. It was IBM's
first commercially available scientific
• 1983 - The Chinese government
canceled all remaining sports and
cultural exchanges with the U.S. for
• 1988 - Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev
agreed to Soviet withdrawal from
Afghanistan. Soviet troops began
leaving on May 16, 1988.   
Happy Birthday Tom Cline!
Happy Birthday April Taylor!
4 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M.  

FROM 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M.  

• 1513 - Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon
claimed Florida for Spain.
• 1789 - U.S. House of Representatives
held its first meeting.
• 1832 - About 300 American troops of
the 6th Infantry left Jefferson Barracks,
in St. Louis, to confront the Sauk Indians
in the Black Hawk War.
• 1864 - The U.S. Senate passed the 13th
 Amendment by a vote of 38 to 6.  This
abolished slavery and involuntary
• 1913 - The Seventeenth amendment
was ratified, requiring direct election of
U.S. senators.
• 1994 - Smoking was banned in the
Pentagon and on all U.S. military bases.
• 2002 - Suzan-Lori Parks became the
first African-American woman to win a
Pulitzer Prize for drama with her play
• 0715 - Constantine ended his reign as
Catholic Pope.
• 1454 - The city states of Venice, Milan
and Florence signed a peace agreement
at Lodi, Italy. It put an end to the long
struggles between expansive Milan, and
Venice, which had produced one single
decisive Venetian victory, at the battle
of Maclodio in 1427, in which the
Venetian ally was Florence, but resulted
in no lasting peace.
• 1682 - Robert La Salle claimed lower
Mississippi River and all lands touching
sit for France.
• 1770 - Captain James Cook discovered
Botany Bay on the Australian continent.
• 1833 - Peterborough, New Hampshire,
opened the first municipally supported
public library in the United States.
• 1865 - At Appomattox Court House,
Virginia, General Robert E. Lee
surrendered his Confederate Army to
Union General Ulysses S. Grant in the
parlor of Wilmer McClean's home. Grant
allowed Rebel officers to keep their
sidearms and permitted soldiers to keep
their horses and mules. Though there
were still Confederate armies in the field,
the war was officially over. Four years of
fighting had killed 360,000 Union troops
and 260,000 Confederate troops.
• 1866 - The Civil Rights Bill passed over
U.S. President Andrew Johnson's veto.
• 1867 - The U.S. Senate ratified a treaty
with Russia that purchased the territory
of Alaska by one vote.
• 1869 - Hudson Bay Company ceded its
territory to Canada.
• 1940 - Germany invaded Norway and
• 1947 - 169 people were killed and 1,300
were injured by a series of tornadoes in
Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
• 1998 - The National Prisoner of War
Museum opened on the site of the
dreadful Civil War camp located in
Andersonville, Georgia.  As of the 2010
census, town has 255 people.    
Happy Birthday Louise Arter!
Happy Birthday Geoffrey Avey!
Happy Birthday Tiffany Sheeder!
• 1790 - The United States patent system
was established.
• 1814 - Napoleon of France was
defeated at the Battle of Toulouse by the
British and the Spanish. This defeat led
to his abdication and exile to Elba.
• 1865 - During the American Civil War,
at Appomattox, General Robert E. Lee
issued his last order on this day.
• 1912 - Today the Titanic set sail from
Southampton, England.
• 1916 - Professional Golfers Association
(PGA) held its first championship
• 1932 - Paul von Hindenburg is elected
president of Germany with 19 million
votes.  Adolf Hitler came in second with
13 million votes.
• 1938 - Germany annexed Austria after
Austrians had voted in a referundum to
merge with Germany.
• 1941 - In World War II, U.S. troops
occupied Greenland to prevent Nazi
• 1960 - The United States Senate passed
the Civil Rights Bill.
• 1972 - An earthquake in southern Iran
killed more than 5,000 people.
• 2002 - Former Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the
U.S. Senate as a representative of the
Israeli government. He warned that Israel
must be allowed to finish its military
offensive in the West Bank. Netanyaho
also cited the goal of expelling Arafat
from the region.    
Happy Anniversary —
Charl!ie and Vickie Carney!
Casey U.M.C. Fellowship Hall reserved
• 1783 - After receiving a copy of the
provisional treaty on March 13, the U.S.
Congress proclaimed a formal end to all
hostilities with Great Britain.
• 1814 - Napoleon was forced to abdicate
his throne. Allied European nations had
marched into Paris on March 30, 1814.
He was banished to the island of Elba.
• 1899 - The treaty ending the Spanish–
American War was declared in effect.
• 1921 - Iowa became the first state to
impose a cigarette tax.
• 1941 - German bombers blitzed the city
of Coventry, England.  Coventry is 95
miles northwest of London and began in
the bronze age - about 1,000 years B.C.
• 1945 - During World War II, American
soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration
camp of Buchenwald in Germany
• 1947 - Jackie Robinson became the
first black baseball player in major
league history.
• 1968 - U.S. President Lyndon Johnson
signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act. This
landmark legislation in the United States
provided for equal housing opportunities
regardless of race, creed, or national
origin and made it a federal crime to
“by force or by threat of force, injure,
intimidate, or interfere with anyone …
for reason of their race, color, religion,
or national origin.”
• 1981 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan
returned to the White House from the
hospital after recovering from an
assassination attempt on March 30.     
• 2007 - Apple announced that iTunes
Store had sold over two million movies.

Thank you for your assistance and 
service this week.  You keep us going.
God Bless and Keep You, 

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