WEDNESDAY, JULY 22ND —
OFFICE OPEN FROM 9 A.M. TIL NOON.
THURSDAY, JULY 23RD —
Naomi may take today off if she can
work it out. Otherwise —
OFFICE OPEN FROM 9 A.M. TIL NOON.
FRIDAY, JULY 24TH —
NAOMI WILL BE ON VACATION THRU
SATURDAY, JULY 25TH —
AC FOOD PANTRY OPEN 9 TO 11 A.M.
SUNDAY, JULY 26TH —
Happy Birthday Chelsi Rochholz!
9TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
• Casey U.M.C. Reserved
John's version of the feeding of 5000
and Jesus walking on the water to meet
the disciples as they row in vain against
wind and waves. (John 6:1-21)
SCRIPTURE READINGS —
2 SAMUEL 11:1-15
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
A king like all the nations, even one
“after God’s own heart,” may be
thoroughly corrupt. Today we read the
saga of King David's failure to lead his
troops into battle, his adultery with
Bathsheba, his failure to compensate
Uriah for adulterating his wife, and his
order to have Uriah placed on the front
lines and abandoned to slaughter.
DAVIDS SIN AND SORROW
11 When that time of year came around
again, the anniversary of the Ammonite
aggression, David dispatched Joab and
his fighting men of Israel in full force to
destroy the Ammonites for good. They
laid siege to Rabbah, but David stayed
taking his nap and was strolling on the
roof of the palace. From his vantage
point on the roof he saw a woman
bathing. The woman was stunningly
beautiful. David sent to ask about her,
and was told, “Isn’t this Bathsheba,
daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah the
Hittite?” David sent his agents to get her.
After she arrived, he went to bed with
her. (This occurred during the time of
“purification” following her period.) Then
she returned home. Before long she
realized she was pregnant.
Later she sent word to David:
6 David then got in touch with Joab:
“Send Uriah the Hittite to me.” Joab sent
7-8 When he arrived, David asked him for
news from the front—how things were
going with Joab and the troops and with
the fighting. Then he said to Uriah, “Go
home. Have a refreshing bath and a
good night’s rest.”
8-9 After Uriah left the palace, an
informant of the king was sent after him.
But Uriah didn’t go home. He slept that
night at the palace entrance, along with
the king’s servants.
10 David was told that Uriah had not
gone home. He asked Uriah, “Didn’t you
just come off a hard trip? So why didn’t
you go home?”
11 Uriah replied to David, “The Chest is
out there with the fighting men of Israel
and Judah—in tents. My master Joab
and his servants are roughing it out in
the fields. So, how can I go home and
eat and drink and enjoy my wife? On
your life, I’ll not do it!”
12-13 “All right,” said David, “have it
your way. Stay for the day and I’ll send
you back tomorrow.” So Uriah stayed in
Jerusalem the rest of the day.
The next day David invited him to eat
and drink with him, and David got him
drunk. But in the evening Uriah again
went out and slept with his master’s
servants. He didn’t go home.
14-15 In the morning David wrote a letter
to Joab and sent it with Uriah. In the
letter he wrote, “Put Uriah in the front
lines where the fighting is the fiercest.
Then pull back and leave him exposed
so that he’s sure to be killed.”
PSALM 14 (UMH 746)
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
A cry for deliverance from corruption all
around and a recognition that only God,
and no mere mortal, can provide what is
1 Bilious and bloated, they gas,
“God is gone.”
Their words are poison gas,
fouling the air; they poison
Rivers and skies;
thistles are their cash crop.
2 God sticks his head out of heaven.
He looks around.
He’s looking for someone not stupid—
one man, even, God-expectant,
just one God-ready woman.
3 He comes up empty. A string
of zeros. Useless, unshepherded
Sheep, taking turns pretending
to be Shepherd.
The ninety and nine
follow their fellow.
4 Don’t they know anything,
all these impostors?
Don’t they know
they can’t get away with this—
Treating people like a fast-food meal
over which they’re too busy to pray?
5-6 Night is coming for them, and
for God takes the side of victims.
Do you think you can mess
with the dreams of the poor?
You can’t, for God
makes their dreams come true.
7 Is there anyone around to save Israel?
Yes. God is around; God turns life
Turned-around Jacob skips rope,
turned-around Israel sings laughter.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The reason that the writer bends the
knee before the Father is the revelation
of the mystery that God will use the
church as the means to make one new
humanity out of the two (Gentile and
Jew), verse 10. That is why he prays
that they may be "filled with all the
fullness of God" — that they may live
out the fullness of the calling to which
they have been called.
14-19 My response is to get down on my
knees before the Father, this magnificent
Father who parcels out all heaven and
earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his
Spirit—not a brute strength but a
glorious inner strength—that Christ will
live in you as you open the door and
invite him in. And I ask him that with both
feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able
to take in with all followers of Jesus the
extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love.
Reach out and experience the breadth!
Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to
the heights! Live full lives, full in the
fullness of God.
20-21 God can do anything, you know—
far more than you could ever imagine or
guess or request in your wildest
dreams! He does it not by pushing us
around but by working within us, his
Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
This is John's version of the feeding of
the 5000 and Jesus walking on the water
to meet the disciples as they row in vain
against wind and waves.
BREAD AND FISH FOR ALL
1-4 After this, Jesus went across the Sea
of Galilee (some call it Tiberias). A huge
crowd followed him, attracted by the
miracles they had seen him do among
the sick. When he got to the other side,
he climbed a hill and sat down,
surrounded by his disciples. It was
nearly time for the Feast of Passover,
kept annually by the Jews.
5-6 When Jesus looked out and saw that
a large crowd had arrived, he said to
Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed
these people?” He said this to stretch
Philip’s faith. He already knew what he
was going to do.
7 Philip answered, “Two hundred silver
pieces wouldn’t be enough to buy bread
for each person to get a piece.”
8-9 One of the disciples—it was Andrew,
brother to Simon Peter—said, “There’s a
little boy here who has five barley loaves
and two fish. But that’s a drop in the
bucket for a crowd like this.”
10-11 Jesus said, “Make the people sit
down.” There was a nice carpet of green
grass in this place. They sat down, about
five thousand of them. Then Jesus took
the bread and, having given thanks, gave
it to those who were seated. He did the
same with the fish. All ate as much as
fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the
leftovers so nothing is wasted.” They
went to work and filled twelve large
baskets with leftovers from the five
14-15 The people realized that God was
at work among them in what Jesus had
just done. They said, “This is the
Prophet for sure, God’s Prophet right
here in Galilee!” Jesus saw that in their
enthusiasm, they were about to grab him
and make him king, so he slipped off and
went back up the mountain to be by
16-21 In the evening his disciples went
down to the sea, got in the boat, and
headed back across the water to
Capernaum. It had grown quite dark and
Jesus had not yet returned. A huge wind
blew up, churning the sea. They were
maybe three or four miles out when they
saw Jesus walking on the sea, quite near
Don’t be afraid.” So they took him on
board. In no time they reached land—
the exact spot they were headed to.
• 1775 - A postal system is established
by the 2nd Continental Congress of the
United States. The very first Postmaster
General was Benjamin Franklin.
• 1788 - New York became the 11th state
to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
• 1881 - Thomas Edison and Patrick
Kenny execute a patent application for a
facsimile telegraph (U.S. Pat. 479,184).
• 1908 - U.S. Attorney General Charles J.
Bonaparte issued an order that created
an investigation agency that was a fore
runner of the FBI.
• 1945 - Winston Churchill resigned as
Britain's prime minister.
• 1947 - U.S. President Truman signed
The National Security Act. The act
created the National Security Council,
the Department of Defense, the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Joint
Chiefs of Staff.
• 1948 - U.S. President Truman signed
executive orders that prohibited all
discrimination in the U.S. armed forces
and federal employment.
• 1953 - Fidel Castro began his revolt
against Fulgencio Batista with a failed
attack on an army barracks in eastern
Cuba. Castro eventually ousted Batista
six years later.
MONDAY, JULY 27TH —
OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY.
• 1245 - Powerful Holy Roman Emperor
Frederick II was deposed by a council at
Lyons after they found him guilty of
• 1663 - The British Parliament passed a
second Navigation Act, which required
all goods bound for the American
Colonies be sent in British ships from
• 1775 - Benjamin Rush began service
as the first Surgeon General of the
• 1777 - The Marquis of Lafayette arrived
in New England to help the rebellious
American colonists fight the British.
• 1804 - The 12th Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution was ratified. This amend-
ment directed Electors to vote for one
President and for a Vice-President
rather than two choices for President.
• 1909 - Orville Wright set a record for
the longest airplane flight. He was
testing the first Army airplane and kept
it in the air for 1 hour 12 minutes and
• 1944 - U.S. troops completed liberation
• 1953 - The armistice agreement that
ended the Korean War was signed today
in Panmunjon, Korea.
• 1964 - U.S. President Lyndon Johnson
sent 5,000 advisers to South Vietnam.
• 1980 - The deposed shah of Iran,
Muhammad Riza Pahlavi, died in a
hospital near Cairo, Egypt. He died from
complications of non-Hodgkins
• 1995 - Korean War Veterans Memorial
was dedicated in Washington, DC, by
U.S. President Clinton and South
Korean President Kim Young-sam.
reported that there was no monster in
Loch Ness. The investigation used 600
separate sonar beams and satellite
navigation technology to trawl the loch.
Reports of sightings of the "Loch Ness
Monster" began in the 6th century.
TUESDAY, JULY 28TH —
• 1866 - The metric system was legalized
by the U.S. Congress for standardization
of weights and measures throughout the
• 1868 - The Fourteenth Amendment to
the U.S. Constitution was declared in
effect. The amendment guaranteed due
process of law.
• 1914 - World War I began when Austria-
Hungary declared war on Serbia.
• 1941 - Plans for the Pentagon building
were approved by the U.S. House of
• 1945 - A U.S. Army bomber crashed into
the 79th floor of New York City's Empire
State Building. 14 people were killed and
26 were injured.
• 1982 - San Francisco, California
became the first city in the U.S. to ban
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29TH —
Happy Birthday David Young!
Happy Birthday Sam Carney!
AD COUNCIL AT ADAIR U.M.C. @ 7 P.M.
• 1773 - The first schoolhouse located
west of the Allegheny Mountains was
built in Schoenbrunn, Ohio.
• 1786 - "The Pittsburgh Gazette" was
the first newspaper to be published west
of the Allegheny Mountains. The paper's
name was changed to "Pittsburgh Post-
• 1940 - John Sigmund of St. Louis, MO,
completed a 292-mile swim down the
Mississippi River. His swim from
St. Louis to Caruthersville, MO took him
89 hours and 48 minutes.
• 1957 - Jack Paar began hosting the
"Tonight" show on NBC-TV. The name
of the show was changed to "The Jack
Paar Show." Paar hosted for five years.
• 1958 - The National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA) was first
authorized by the U.S. Congress.
• 1975 - OAS (Organization of American
States) members voted to lift sanctions
against Cuba. The U.S. government did
welcome the action and announced its
intention to open serious discussions
with Cuba on normalization.
• 2005 - Astronomers announced they
had discovered a new planet (Xena)
larger than Pluto, in orbit around the
THURSDAY, JULY 30TH —
Happy Birthday Wyona Williams!
• 1502 - Christopher Columbus landed at
Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast
of Honduras during his fourth voyage.
• 1619 - A first representative assembly
in America convened in Jamestown, VA.
(It was called House of Burgesses)
• 1729 - The city of Baltimore is founded
• 1942 - The WAVES were created by
legislation signed by U.S. President
Franklin D. Roosevelt. The members of
the Women's Accepted for Volunteer
Emergency Service were a part of the
• 1945 - The USS Indianapolis was
torpedoed by a Japanese submarine.
The ship had just delivered the key
components of the Hiroshima atomic
bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian.
Only 316 out of 1,196 men aboard
survived the attack.
• 1956 - The phrase "In God We Trust"
was adopted as the U.S. national motto.
• 1965 - U.S. President Johnson signed
into law the Social Security Act that
established Medicare and Medicaid. It
went into effect the following year.
FRIDAY, JULY 31ST —
Happy Birthday Gretchen Umbaugh!
Happy Birthday Peg Snyder!
• 1498 - Christopher Columbus, on his
third voyage to the Western Hemisphere,
arrived at the island of Trinidad.
• 1792 - The cornerstone of the U.S. Mint
in Philadelphia, PA, was laid. It was the
first building to be used only as a U.S.
• 1932 - Enzo Ferrari retired from racing.
In 1950 he launched a series of luxury
cars under his name.
• 1955 - Marilyn Bell of Toronto, Canada,
at age 17, became the youngest person
to swim the English Channel.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1ST —
• Happy Birthday Ann Gerhards!
• Happy Anniversary —
Randy and Lynette Carney!
• • VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
WITH ADAIR U.M.C., GOOD SHEPHERD,
AND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES —
FROM AUGUST 3 THRU AUGUST 6
• 1498 - Christopher Columbus landed
on "Isla Santa" (Venezuela).
• 1790 - The first U.S. census was
completed with a total population of
3,929,214 recorded. The areas included
were the present states of Connecticut,
Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine,
Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey,
New York, New Hampshire, Vermont,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee,
• 1873 - Andrew S. Hallidie successfully
tested a cable car. It was designed for
San Francisco, California.
• 1876 - Colorado became the 38th state
to join the United States.
• 1907 - The U.S. Army established an
aeronautical division that later became
the U.S. Air Force.
• 1914 - Germany declared war on
Russia which was the beginning of
World War I.
• 1936 - Adolf Hitler presided over the
Olympic games that opened in Berlin.
• 1956 - The Social Security Act was
amended to provide benefits to disabled
workers aged 50-64 and disabled adult
• 1975 - The Helsinki accords pledged
the signatory nations to respect human
• 1988 - Martin Scorsese's "The Last
Temptation of Christ" opened.
• 2006 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro
turned absolute power over Cuba to his
brother Raul while he underwent acute
intestinal surgery. On February 24, 2008,
National Assembly of People's Power
unanimously voted Raúl as president.
Thank you for your many contributions
this week. Without you, we could never
keep up, you know.
God Bless and Keep You,