MARCH IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4TH —
Lenten Services at Adair Presbyterian at
FRIDAY, MARCH 6TH —
Pastor Melodee at Course of Study in
Sioux City, 6th and 7th.
• THIS IS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER •
SUNDAY, MARCH 8TH —
Happy Birthday Shyann Young!
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THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
The gospel theme this week is about
“Cleaning House.” Followers of Jesus,
are bound to him in the covenant of
baptism, we are called to confess
Jesus Christ as Savior, put our whole
trust in his grace and serve him as Lord.
Jesus is the source of deliverance.
Jesus is the standard.
Jesus is the one we rely on.
Jesus is the one whom we unreservedly
follow and serve as Lord.
He, not the market, must drive our lives
and our desires.
SCRIPTURE READINGS —
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
God speaks the "Ten Words" (as they
are known in Judaism), beginning with
an important identity statement: "I am
the Lord your God, who brought you
out of the land of Egypt, out of the
house of slavery."
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
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 work—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.
PSALM 19 (UMH 750)
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
A psalm declaring Creation's praise of
God and praise of God's instruction
A PSALM OF DAVID
God-craft on exhibit across the
Professor Night lectures each
3-4 Their words aren’t heard,
their voices aren’t recorded,
But their silence fills the earth:
unspoken truth is spoken every-
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
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
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
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,
1 CORINTHIANS 1:18-25
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Paul notes what must be obvious —
proclaiming a crucified man as Messiah
and Savior is a stretch for all people,
Jewish or Gentile. But for those who
"get it," it is a powerful, life-changing
message that opens up an entire new
understanding of God and the world.
18-21 The Message that points to Christ
on the Cross seems like sheer silliness
to those hellbent on destruction, but for
those on the way of salvation it makes
perfect sense. This is the way God
works, and most powerfully as it turns
out. It’s written,
I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its
I’ll expose so-called experts as
So where can you find someone truly
wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in
this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed
it all as pretentious nonsense? Since
the world in all its fancy wisdom never
had a clue when it came to knowing
God, God in his wisdom took delight in
using what the world considered dumb
—preaching, of all things!—to bring
those who trust him into the way of
22-25 While Jews clamor for miraculous
demonstrations and Greeks go in for
philosophical wisdom, we go right on
proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews
treat this like an anti-miracle—and
Greeks pass it off as absurd. But to us
who are personally called by God
himself—both Jews and Greeks—Christ
is God’s ultimate miracle and wisdom
all wrapped up in one. Human wisdom
is so tinny, so impotent, next to the
seeming absurdity of God. Human
strength can’t begin to compete with
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Jesus makes all Temple worship
impossible at the busiest time of year -
the Passover sacrifice. He confronts
those who had turned the entire Temple
courtyard into a marketplace, and they
ask him what sign of authority he has
for doing this. He tells them, "Destroy
this temple, and in three days I will
raise it up."
TEAR DOWN THIS TEMPLE . . .
13-14 When the Passover Feast,
celebrated each spring by the Jews, was
about to take place, Jesus traveled up to
Jerusalem. He found the Temple
teeming with people selling cattle and
sheep and doves. The loan sharks were
also there in full strength.
strips of leather and chased them out
of the Temple, stampeding the sheep
and cattle, upending the tables of the
loan sharks, spilling coins left and right.
He told the dove merchants, “Get your
things out of here! Stop turning my
Father’s house into a shopping mall!”
That’s when his disciples remembered
the Scripture, “Zeal for your house
18-19 But the Jews were upset. They
asked, “What credentials can you
present to justify this?” Jesus
answered, “Tear down this Temple and
in three days I’ll put it back together.”
20-22 They were indignant: “It took
forty-six years to build this Temple, and
you’re going to rebuild it in three days?”
But Jesus was talking about his body as
the Temple. Later, after he was raised
from the dead, his disciples
remembered he had said this. They then
put two and two together and believed
both what was written in Scripture and
what Jesus had said.
• 1853 - The first bronze statue of
Andrew Jackson is unveiled in
* 1855 - A train passed over the first
railway suspension bridge at Niagara
• 1862 - The Confederate ironclad ship
"Merrimack" was launched.
• 1880 - U.S. President Rutherford B.
Hayes declared that the United States
would have jurisdiction over any canal
built across the isthmus of Panama.
• 1894 - A dog license law was enacted
in the state of New York. It was the first
animal control law in the U.S.
• 1904 - The Bundestag in Germany
lifted a ban on Jesuits order of priests.
• 1905 - In Russia, it was reported that
the peasant revolt was spreading into
• 1907 - The British House of Commons
turned down a women's suffrage bill.
• 1910 - The King of Spain authorized
women to attend universities.
• 1911 - In Europe, International
Women's Day was celebrated for the
• 1941 - Martial law was proclaimed in
Holland in order to extinguish all anti-
• 1945 - Phyllis Mae Daley received a
commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse
Corps. She later became the first
African-American nurse to serve duty
in World War II.
• 1953 - Census bureau report indicated
that 239,000 farmers had quit farming
over the last 2 years.
MONDAY, MARCH 9TH —
Happy Birthday Rachel Carney!
THE OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY.
• 1454 - Amerigo Vespucci was born in
Florence, Italy. Matthias Ringmann, a
German mapmaker, named the American
continent in his honor.
• 1788 - Connecticut was the 5th state to
join the United States.
• 1793 - Jean Pierre Blanchard made the
first balloon flight in North America. The
event was witnessed by U.S. President
• 1820 - The U.S. Congress passed the
Land Act that paved the way for western
expansion of North America.
• 1832 - Abraham Lincoln announced
that he would run for national political
office for the first time. He was not
successful in his run for a seat in the
Illinois state legislature
. 1863 - General Ulysses Grant was
appointed commander-in-chief of the
Union armed forces.
• 1900 - In Germany, women petitioned
Reichstag for the right to take university
• 1959 - Mattel introduced the Barbie Doll
at the annual Toy Fair in New York.
• 1967 - Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of
Josef Stalin defected to United States.
• 1975 - Work began on the Alaskan oil
TUESDAY, MARCH 10TH —
Happy Birthday Vina Mains!
• 0049 BC - Julius Caesar crossed the
Rubicon and invaded Italy.
• 1496 - Christopher Columbus ended
his second visit to the Western
Hemisphere when he left Hispaniola for
• 1629 - England's King Charles I broke
up Parliament and did not call it back for
• 1656 - In the American colony of
Virginia, suffrage was extended to only
free men, regardless of their religion.
• 1804 - Formal ceremonies transferring
the Louisiana Purchase from France to
the U.S. took place in St. Louis.
• 1848 - The U.S. Senate ratified the
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which
ended the war with Mexico.
• 1880 - The Salvation Army first arrived
in the United States from England.
• 1933 - Nevada became the first U.S.
state to regulate drugs.
• 1949 - Nazi wartime broadcaster
Mildred E. Gillars, also known as "Axis
Sally," was convicted in Washington,
DC. Gillars was convicted of treason and
served 12 years in prison.
• 1969 - James Earl Ray pled guilty in
Memphis, TN, to the assassination of
Martin Luther King Jr. Ray later revoked
the guilty plea and maintained his
innocence until death in April of 1998.
• 1982 - The U.S. banned Libyan oil
imports due to their terrorism.
1998 - U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf
began receiving the first vaccinations
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11TH —
Happy Birthday Tressa Slayton!
Happy Birthday Harold Rochholz, Jr.
GOD SQUAD MEETS AT CASEY U.M.C.
4 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M.
CASEY U.M.C., FROM 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M.
Lenten Services will be held in Adair
St. Johns Catholic Church at 7 P.M.
• 1665 - A new legal code was approved
for the Dutch and English towns, which
guaranteed that religious observances
would be unhindered.
• 1824 - U.S. War Department created
the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Seneca
Indian Ely Parker became the first
Indian to lead the Bureau.
• 1861 - A Confederate Convention was
held in Montgomery, Alabama, where a
new constitution was adopted.
• 1867 - In Hawaii, the volcano Great
Mauna Loa erupted.
• 1888 - "Blizzard of '88" began along the
U.S. Atlantic Seaboard shutting down
communication and transportation lines.
More than 400 people died.(March 11-14)
• 1904 - After 30 years of drilling, the
north tunnel under the Hudson River
was holed through. A link was made
between Jersey City, NJ, and New York,
• 1907 - President Theodore Roosevelt
induced California to revoke its anti-
• 1930 - Babe Ruth signed a two-year
contract with the New York Yankees for
the total sum of $80,000.
1930 - U.S. President Howard Taft
became the first U.S. president to be
buried in the National Cemetery in
• 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt
authorized the Lend-Lease Act, which
permitted the act of providing war
supplies to the Allies.
• 1969 - Levi-Strauss started selling bell
• 1990 - Lithuania declared its
independence from the Soviet Union. It
was the first Soviet republic to break
away from Communist control.
• 1993 - Janet Reno was unanimously
confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become
the first female attorney general.
THURSDAY, MARCH 12TH —
• 1664 - New Jersey became a British
colony. King Charles II granted land in
the New World to his brother James
(The Duke of York).
• 1789 - The U.S. Post Office was first
• 1863 - President Jefferson Davis
delivered his State of the Confederacy
• 1884 - The State of Mississippi ratified
the first state-supported college for
women. It was called the Mississippi
Industrial Institute and College.
• 1894 - Coca-Cola was sold in bottles
for the first time.
• 1903 - The Czar of Russia issued a
decree providing nominal freedom of
religion throughout his territory.
• 1909 - Three U.S. warships were
ordered to Nicaragua to stem a conflict
with El Salvador.
• 1911 - Dr. Fletcher of the Rockefeller
Institute discovered the cause of Polio,
or infantile paralysis.
• 1912 - The Girl Scout organization was
founded. The original name was
• 1930 - Ghandi began a 200-mile march
to the sea symbolizing his defiance of
British rule over India.
• 1933 - U.S. President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt presented his first president's
address to the nation. It was the first of
his "Fireside Chats."
• 1947 - U.S. President Truman created
the "Truman Doctrine" to help Greece
and Turkey resist Communism.
• 1959 - The U.S. House joined the U.S.
Senate to approve statehood of Hawaii.
• 1994 - The Church of England ordained
its first women priests.
• 2009 - It was announced that the Sears
Tower in Chicago, IL, would be renamed
• 2010 - In the United States, Apple
began taking pre-orders for the iPad.
FRIDAY, MARCH 13TH —
Happy Birthday Ginger Spangler!
• 0607 - The 12th recorded passage of
Halley's Comet occurred.
• 1519 - Hernán Cortés, a Spanish
Conquistador reached Mexico and began
the first phase of Spanish colonization
of the Americas.
• 1639 - Harvard University was named
for clergyman John Harvard.
• 1660 - A statute was passed limiting
the sale of slaves in Virginia.
• 1777 - The U.S. Congress appealed to
foreign officers to send troops to
reinforce the American army.
• 1861 - Jefferson Davis signed a bill
authorizing slaves for use as soldiers in
the Confederate Army.
• 1877 - Chester Greenwood patented
• 1901 - Andrew Carnegie announced
that he was retiring from business and
he would spend the rest of his life
giving away a fortune estimated at $300
• 1902 - Andrew Carnegie approved 40
applications from libraries for donations.
• 1918 - Women were asked to march in
the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York
City due to a shortage of men fighting in
• 1935 - Three-thousand-year-old
archives were found in Jerusalem
confirming some biblical history.
• 2012 - After 244 years of publication,
Encyclopedia Britannica announced it
would discontinue its print edition.
SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH —
Happy Birthday Rob Slayton!
• COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE IN
ADAIR U.M.C. AT 6 P.M.
• 1743 - First American town meeting
was held at Faneuil Hall in Boston.
• 1891 - The submarine Monarch laid
telephone cable along the bottom of the
English Channel to prepare for the first
telephone links across the Channel.
• 1900 - U.S. currency went on the gold
standard with the ratification of the Gold
• 1906 - The island of Ustica was totally
devastated by an earthquake.
• 1923 - President Warren G. Harding
became the first U.S. President to file an
income tax report.
• 1947 - The U.S. signed a 99-year lease
on naval bases in the Philippines.
• 1979 - The Census Bureau reported
95% of all Americans were married or
would get married.
• 1998 - An earthquake left 10,000
homeless in southeastern Iran.
• FUTURE FOCUS —————
SUNDAY, MARCH 16TH —
CHICKEN DINNER AT THE
Thank you for your many contributions
of time and energy this week. You are
very much appreciated.
God Bless and Keep You,Donna