WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22ND —
GOD SQUAD MEETS AT CASEY U.M.C.
AFTER SCHOOL — 4 TO 5:30 P.M.
THURSDAY, APRIL 23RD —
Pastor Melodee at Pastor Leadership
Development / HCI in Atlantic.
SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH —
OPEN 9 TO 11 A.M.
SUNDAY, APRIL 26TH —
THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
The opening verse of God’s Story,
Genesis 1:1, introduces us to the
story’s main character, God. It says,
“In the beginning God created the
heavens and the earth and as we read
through Chapter 1, we read how God
created light and dark, sky and water,
land; sun, moon, stars; birds and sea
creatures; and animals and saw that it
was good. But if we read verse 31 of
Chapter 1, after God created human
beings in His image, He saw that it was
very good, or in the Common English
Bible translation, “supremely good.”
(From Pastor Melodee's Sermon 4-19-15)
SCRIPTURE READINGS —
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The leaders who had Peter arrested for
healing the lame man and proclaiming
the resurrection of Jesus demand by
what authority he acted. Peter boldly
proclaimed it was by the power and
name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and
that all salvation comes through him.
5-7 The next day a meeting was called
in Jerusalem. The rulers, religious
leaders, religion scholars, Annas the
Chief Priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander
—everybody who was anybody was
middle of the room and grilled them:
“Who put you in charge here? What
business do you have doing this?”
Spirit, let loose: “Rulers and leaders of
the people, if we have been brought to
trial today for helping a sick man, put
under investigation regarding this
healing, I’ll be completely frank with you
—we have nothing to hide. By the name
of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the One you
killed on a cross, the One God raised
from the dead, by means of his name
this man stands before you healthy and
whole. Jesus is ‘the stone you masons
threw out, which is now the cornerstone.
Salvation comes no other way; no other
name has been or will be given to us by
which we can be saved, only this one.”
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Remember the psalm is a response.
A PSALM OF DAVID
1-3 God, my shepherd!
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.
4 Even when the way goes through
I’m not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure.
5 You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.
6 Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life!
1 JOHN 3:16-24
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Submitting to the authority of Christ by
obeying his commandments leads us to
love in truth and action, laying down
our lives for one another.
16-17 This is how we’ve come to under-
stand and experience love: Christ
sacrificed his life for us. This is why we
ought to live sacrificially for our fellow
believers, and not just be out for
ourselves. If you see some brother or
sister in need and have the means to do
something about it but turn a cold
shoulder and do nothing, what happens
to God’s love? It disappears. And you
made it disappear.
WHEN WE PRACTICE REAL LOVE
18-20 My dear children, let’s not just talk
about love; let’s practice real love. This
is the only way we’ll know we’re living
truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the
way to shut down debilitating self-
criticism, even when there is something
to it. For God is greater than our worried
hearts and knows more about us than
we do ourselves.
21-24 And friends, once that’s taken care
of and we’re no longer accusing or
condemning ourselves, we’re bold and
free before God! We’re able to stretch
our hands out and receive what we
asked for because we’re doing what he
said, doing what pleases him. Again,
this is God’s command: to believe in his
personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He
told us to love each other, in line with
the original command. As we keep his
commands, we live deeply and surely in
him, and he lives in us. And this is how
we experience his deep and abiding
presence in us: by the Spirit he gave us.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The authority of the Risen Lord, the
Good Shepherd over his flock, comes
from knowing his sheep by name, and
caring for them, and laying down his
own life to protect them. Jesus also
notes his "flock" includes people not in
"this fold," and he extends the same
mission and care to them.
11-13 “I am the Good Shepherd. The
Good Shepherd puts the sheep before
himself, sacrifices himself if necessary.
A hired man is not a real shepherd. The
sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a
wolf come and runs for it, leaving the
sheep to be ravaged and scattered by
the wolf. He’s only in it for the money.
The sheep don’t matter to him.
my own sheep and my own sheep know
me. In the same way, the Father knows
me and I know the Father. I put the
sheep before myself, sacrificing myself
if necessary. You need to know that I
have other sheep in addition to those in
this pen. I need to gather and bring
them, too. They’ll also recognize my
voice. Then it will be one flock, one
Shepherd. This is why the Father loves
me: because I freely lay down my life.
And so I am free to take it up again. No
one takes it from me. I lay it down of my
own free will. I have the right to lay it
down; I also have the right to take it up
again. I received this authority
personally from my Father.”
DISTRICT CONFERENCE TODAY AT
GRISWOLD U.M.C. - 3 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.
• 1514 - Copernicus made his first
observations of Saturn.
• 1607 - The British established an
American colony at Cape Henry, Virginia.
This was the first permanent English
establishment in the Western
• 1865 - Joseph E. Johnston surrendered
the Army of Tennessee to General
Sherman during the American Civil War.
• 1865 - John Wilkes Booth was killed by
the United States Federal Cavalry.
• 1921 - Weather broadcasts were heard
for the first time on the radio in
St. Louis, Missouri.
• 1964 - African nations of Tanganyika
and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
• 1986 - The world’s worst nuclear
disaster to date occurred at Chernobyl,
in Kiev. Thirty-one people died in the
incident and thousands more were
exposed to radioactive material.
MONDAY, APRIL 27TH —
THE OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY.
• 1509 - Pope Julius II excommunicated
in the Italian state of Venice.
• 1521 - Portuguese explorer Ferdinand
Magellan was killed by natives in the
• 1813 - Americans under General Pike
capture York (present day Toronto) the
seat of government in Ontario.
• 1861 - President Abraham Lincoln
suspended the writ of habeas corpus.
(A writ requiring a person under arrest
to be brought before a judge or into
court, to secure the person's release
unless lawful grounds are shown for
• 1861 - West Virginia seceded from
Virginia after Virginia seceded from the
Union during the American Civil War.
• 1863 - The Army of the Potomac began
marching on Chancellorsville, Virginia.
• 1950 - South Africa passed the Group
Areas Act, which segregated races.
• 1961 - The United Kingdom granted
Sierra Leone independence.
• 1978 - Pro-Soviet Marxists seized
control of Afghanistan.
1989 - Student protestors took over
Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
• 2006 - In New York, NY, construction
began on the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower
on the site of former World Trade Center.
TUESDAY, APRIL 28TH ———————————————————
• 1635 - Virginia Governor John Harvey
was accused of treason and removed
• 1788 - Maryland became the seventh
state to ratify the U.S. constitution.
• 1789 - A mutiny on the British ship
Bounty took place when a rebel crew
took the ship and set sail to Pitcairn
Island. The mutineers left Captain W.
Bligh and 18 sailors adrift.
• 1818 - U.S. President James Monroe
proclaimed naval disarmament on the
Great Lakes and Lake Champlain.
• 1932 - Yellow fever vaccine for humans
• 1945 - Benito Mussolini and mistress
Clara Petacci were executed by Italian
partisans as they attempted to flee the
• 1947 - Norwegian anthropologist Thor
Heyerdahl and five others set out in a
balsa wood boat known as Kon Tiki to
prove that Peruvian Indians could have
settled in Polynesia. The trip began in
Peru and took 101 days to complete the
crossing of the Pacific Ocean.
• 1969 - Charles de Gaulle resigned as
president of France.
• 1997 - A worldwide treaty to ban
chemical weapons took effect. Russia
and other countries such as Iraq and
North Korea did not sign.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29TH —
Happy Birthday Kevin Beatty!
Happy Birthday Scott Lewellen!———————————————————
• 1429 - Joan of Arc led Orleans, France,
to victory over Britain.
• 1852 - The first edition of Peter Roget's
Thesaurus was published.
• 1856 - A peace treaty was signed
between England and Russia.
• 1861 - Maryland House of Delegates
voted against seceding from Union.
• 1862 - New Orleans fell to Union forces
during the Civil War.
• 1941 - The Boston Bees agreed to
change their name to the Braves.
• 1945 - The German Army in Italy
surrendered unconditionally to Allies.
• 1945 - In a bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler
and Eva Braun were married. Hitler
designated Admiral Karl Doenitz his
•1945 - The Nazi death camp, Dachau,
• 1988 - Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev
promised more religious freedom.
• 1990 - The destruction of the Berlin
• 1998 - Brazil announced a plan to
protect a large area of Amazon forest.
The area is about the size of Colorado.
THURSDAY, APRIL 30TH —
• 0030 - Jesus of Nazareth was crucified.
• 0313 - Licinius unified the whole of the
eastern empire under his own rule.
• 1250 - King Louis IX of France was
ransomed for one million dollars.
• 1789 - George Washington took office
as first elected United States president.
• 1803 - The United States purchased the
Louisiana Territory from France for
$15 million. The United States paid about
$11,250,000 USD and a cancellation of
debts worth $3,750,000 USD for a total
of $15,000,000 USD which averages out
to approximately four cents per acre.
Adjusting for inflation, the modern
financial equivalent spent for the
Purchase of the Louisiana territory is
approximately forty-two cents per acre.
• 1812 - Louisiana was admitted as the
18th state in the Union.
• 1889 - President George Washington's
inauguration became the first United
States national holiday.
• 1900 - Hawaii was organized as an
official U.S. territory.
• 1938 - Happy Rabbit appeared in the
cartoon "Porky's Hare Hunt." This rabbit
later evolved into Bugs Bunny.
• 1945 - It became obvious that Germany
would lose the 2nd World War and
dreams of the 1,000 year Reich were all
over, so Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun then
committed suicide. They had only been
married for one day. One week later
Germany surrendered unconditionally.
• 1947 - The name of Boulder Dam, in
Nevada, changed back to Hoover Dam.
• 1964 - The FCC ruled that all Television
receivers should be equipped to receive
both VHF and UHF channels.
• 1991 - About 125,000 people were killed
in a cyclone that hit Bangladesh.
FRIDAY, MAY 1ST —
HAPPY MAY DAY !
• 1308 - King Albert was murdered by his
nephew John, because he refused to
grant John his inheritance of Habsburg
• 1486 - Columbus convinced Queen
Isabella to fund an expedition to the
• 1707 - England, Wales and Scotland
were united to form Great Britain.
• 1805 - The state of Virginia passed a
law requiring all freed slaves to leave
the state, or risk either imprisonment or
• 1863 - the Battle of Chancellorsville
began In Virginia. General Robert E. Lee
led forces fighting against Union troops
under General Joseph Hooker.
Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
was mortally wounded by his own men
in this battle.
• 1867 - Reconstruction in the South
began with black voter registration.
• 1877 - U.S. President Rutherford B.
Hayes withdrew all Federal troops from
the South, ending Reconstruction.
• 1884 - The construction of the first
American 10-story building began in
• 1889 - Asa Candler published a full
page advertisement in Atlanta Journal,
proclaiming his wholesale and retail
drug business as "sole proprietors of
Coca-Cola ... Delicious. Refreshing.
Exhilarating. Invigorating." Mr. Candler
did not actually achieve sole ownership
until 1891 at a cost of $2,300.
• 1927 - Adolf Hitler held his first Nazi
meeting in Berlin.
• 1931 - The Empire State Building in
New York City was opened. It was 102
stories tall and was the tallest building
in the world at the time.
• 1937 - President Franklin Roosevelt
signed an act of neutrality, keeping the
United States out of World War II.
• 1945 - Admiral Karl Doenitz succeeded
Hitler as leader of the Third Reich. This
was a day after Hitler committed suicide.
• 1999 - On Mount Everest, a group of
U.S. mountain climbers discovered the
body of George Mallory. Mallory died in
June of 1924 while trying to become the
first person to reach the top of Everest.
• 2011 - U.S. President Barack Obama
announced that U.S. soldiers had killed
Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
SATURDAY, MAY 2ND ——————————————————–
• 1670 - The Hudson Bay Company was
founded by England's King Charles II.
• 1776 - France and Spain agreed to
donate military arms to American rebels
who were fighting the British.
• 1808 - All the citizens of Madrid rose
up against Napoleon's army.
• 1865 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson
offered $100,000 reward for capture of
Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
• 1890 - The Oklahoma Territory was
• 1926 - In India, Hindu women gained
the right to seek elected office.
• 1941 - The Federal Communications
Commission agreed to let regular
scheduling of television broadcasts by
commercial TV stations begin on July 1,
1941. This was the start of network
• 1945 - Russians took Berlin after 12
days of fierce house-to-house fighting.
The Allies published the surrender of
Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.
• 1994 - Nelson Mandela declared victory
after South Africa's first ever democratic
• FUTURE FOCUS —————
• After the 1st of May, the office will be
open Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursday mornings from 9 A.M. to noon.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage
GRADUATE RECOGNITION DAY
God Bless and Keep You,