MARCH IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11TH —
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.
SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH —
COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE IN
ADAIR U.M.C. AT 6 P.M.
SUNDAY, MARCH 15TH —
CHICKEN DINNER AT THE
Happy Birthday James Paup!
Happy Birthday Chad Stephenson!
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FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent
in the wilderness, so must the Son of
Man be lifted up, that whoever believes
in him may have eternal life. (John 3:14)
SCRIPTURE READINGS —
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
The people's complaining brought death
in the form of serpents. God offered
healing from the serpents' bite for all
who would look upon a bronze serpent
Moses fashioned and lifted on a pole.
THE SNAKE OF FIERY COPPER
4-5 They set out from Mount Hor along
the Red Sea Road, a detour around the
land of Edom. The people became
irritable and cross as they traveled.
They spoke out against God and Moses:
“Why did you drag us out of Egypt to
die in this godforsaken country? No
decent food; no water—we can’t
stomach this stuff any longer.”
6-7 So God sent poisonous snakes
among the people; they bit them and
many in Israel died. The people came to
Moses and said, “We sinned when we
spoke out against God and you. Pray to
God; ask him to take these snakes from
Moses prayed for the people.
8 God said to Moses, “Make a snake and
put it on a flagpole: Whoever is bitten
and looks at it will live.”
9 So Moses made a snake of fiery copper
and put it on top of a flagpole. Anyone
bitten by a snake who then looked at the
copper snake lived.
PSALM 107:1-3, 17-22 (UMH 830)
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
A psalm of thanksgiving for deliverance
from a deadly condition understood to
be caused by human sin.
1-3 Oh, thank God—he’s so good!
His love never runs out.
All of you set free by God, tell the
Tell how he freed you from oppression,
Then rounded you up from all over the
from the four winds, from the seven
17-22 Some of you were sick because
you’d lived a bad life,
your bodies feeling the effects of your
You couldn’t stand the sight of food,
so miserable you thought you’d be
better off dead.
Then you called out to God in your
he got you out in the nick of time.
He spoke the word that healed you,
that pulled you back from the brink
So thank God for his marvelous love,
for his miracle mercy to the children
Offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
tell the world what he’s done—sing it
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Paul proclaims power of God's salvation,
delivering us from "the ruler of power in
the air" and "the passions of our flesh,"
which were killing us. God extends this
salvation to humans through grace —
not through our earning it in any way.
God's salvation not only breaks the
chains of the powers that bind us, but
enables us to live lives of good works.
HE TORE DOWN THE WALL
1-6 It wasn’t so long ago that you were
mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You
let the world, which doesn’t know the
first thing about living, tell you how to
live. You filled your lungs with polluted
unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience.
We all did it, all of us doing what we felt
like doing, when we felt like doing it, all
of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder
God didn’t lose his temper and do away
with the whole lot of us. Instead,
immense in mercy and an incredible
love, he embraced us. He took our sin-
dead lives and made us alive in Christ.
He did all this on his own, with no help
from us! Then he picked us up and set
us down in highest heaven in company
with Jesus, our Messiah.
7-10 Now God has us where he wants
us, with all the time in the world and the
next to shower grace and kindness upon
us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea,
and all his work. All we do is trust him
enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift
from start to finish! We don’t play the
major role. If we did, we’d probably go
around bragging that we’d done the
whole thing! No, we neither make nor
save ourselves. God does both the
making and saving. He creates each of
us by Christ Jesus to join him in the
work he does, the good work he has
gotten ready for us to do, work we had
better be doing.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Jesus offers what may be for many of us
an unfamiliar narrative, Moses lifting up
the serpent, as analogy for how God's
free gift of eternal life works for all who
will "believe into" him.
13-15 “No one has ever gone up into the
presence of God except the One who
came down from that Presence, the Son
of Man. In the same way that Moses
lifted the serpent in the desert so people
could have something to see and then
believe, it is necessary for the Son of
Man to be lifted up—and everyone who
looks up to him, trusting and expectant,
will gain a real life, eternal life.
16-18 “This is how much God loved the
world: He gave his Son, his one and only
Son. And this is why: so that no one
need be destroyed; by believing in him,
anyone can have a whole and lasting
life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of
sending his Son merely to point an
accusing finger, telling the world how
bad it was. He came to help, to put the
world right again. Anyone who trusts in
him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to
trust him has long since been under the
death sentence without knowing it. And
why? Because of that person’s failure to
believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God
when introduced to him.
19-21 “This is the crisis we’re in: God-
light streamed into the world, but men
and women everywhere ran for the dark-
ness. They went for the darkness
because they were not really interested
in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a
practice of doing evil, addicted to denial
and illusion, hates God-light and won’t
come near it, fearing a painful exposure.
But anyone working and living in truth
and reality welcomes God-light so the
work can be seen as the God-work it is.”
• 44 BC - Roman Emperor Julius Caesar
was assassinated by high ranking
Roman Senators. The day is always
known as the "Ides of March."
• 1493 - Christopher Columbus returned
to Spain after his first New World
• 1820 - Maine was admitted as the 23rd
state of the Union.
• 1892 - Jesse W. Reno patented the
Reno Inclined Elevator. It was the first
• 1916 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson
sent 12,000 troops, under General
Pershing, over the border of Mexico to
pursue bandit Pancho Villa. The mission
• 1935 - Joseph Goebbels, German
Minister of Propaganda banned four
• 1937 - In Chicago, IL, the first blood
bank to preserve blood for transfusion
by refrigeration was established.
• 1938 - Oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia.
• 1946 - British Premier Clement Attlee
offered India full independence after
agreement on a constitution.
• 1949 - Clothes rationing in England
ended nearly four years after the end of
World War II.
• 1954 - CBS television (Channel 8)
debuted its "Morning Show."
• 1990 - Mikhail Gorbachev was elected
the first president of the Soviet Union.
MONDAY, MARCH 16TH —
Pastor Melodee at Clergy Day Apart
with Bishop Trimble.
• 1190 - The Crusaders began massacre
of Jewish people in York, England.
• 1802 - The U.S. Congress established
the West Point Military Academy in New
• 1836 - The Republic of Texas approved
a new constitution.
• 1882 - The U.S. Senate approved a
treaty allowing the United States to join
the Red Cross.
• 1917 - Russian Czar Nicholas II
abdicated his throne.
• 1950 - Congress voted to remove
federal taxes on margarine.
• 1964 - Paul Hornung and Alex Karras
were reinstated to the NFL after an 11
month suspension for betting on football
TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH —
THIS IS ST. PATRICK'S DAY!
• 0461 - Bishop Patrick, St. Patrick, died
in Saul. Ireland and the rest of the
world celebrates this day in his honor.
• 1756 - St. Patrick's Day was celebrated
in New York City for the first time.
• 1870 - Wellesley College was
incorporated by the Massachusetts
legislature with its first name, Wellesley
• 1901 - In Paris, Vincent Van Gogh's
paintings were first shown at the
• 1910 - Camp Fire Girls organization
was founded by Luther and Charlotte
Gulick. It was formally presented to the
public exactly 2 years later.
• 1914 - Russia increased the number of
active duty military men from 460,000 to
• 1941 - The National Gallery of Art was
officially opened by U.S. President
Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington,
• 1989 - A series of solar flares caused
a violent magnetic storm that brought
power outages over large regions of
• 1992 - White South Africans approved
constitutional reforms to give legal
equality to blacks.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH —
Happy Birthday Tony Richter!
Happy Birthday Dennis Peterson!
• LENTEN SERVICES AT ADAIR U.M.C.AT 7 P.M. TODAY.
• 0037 - The Roman Senate annuls the
will of Tiberius and proclaims Caligula
• 1541 - Hernando de Soto observed the
first recorded flood of the Mississippi
• 1673 - Lord Berkley sold his half of
New Jersey to the Quakers.
• 1692 - William Penn was deprived of
his governing powers.
• 1818 - The U.S. Congress approved the
first pensions for government service.
• 1850 - Henry Wells & William Fargo
founded American Express.
• 1865 - The Congress of Confederate
States of America adjourned for the last
• 1911 - Theodore Roosevelt opened the
Roosevelt Dam in Arizona. It was the
largest dam in the U.S. at the time.
• 1940 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini
held a meeting at the Brenner Pass. The
Italian dictator agreed to join Germany's
war against France and Britain.
• 1945 - 1,250 U.S. bombers attacked
• 1959 - U.S. President Eisenhower
signed the Hawaii statehood bill.
• 1963 - The U.S. Supreme Court handed
down the Miranda decision concerning
legal council for defendants.
• 1989 - A 4,400-year-old mummy was
discovered at the Pyramid of Cheops in
• 1990 - The first free elections took
place in East Germany.
THURSDAY, MARCH 19TH —
Happy Birthday Esther Spangler!
Happy Birthday Ali Kae Rumple!
Happy Birthday Genevieve Kinman!
Happy Birthday Jared Wedemeyer!
• 1628 - The Massachusetts colony was
founded by Englishmen.
• 1687 - French explorer La Salle was
murdered by his own men as he
searched for the mouth of the
Mississippi River, in the Gulf of Mexico.
• 1748 - The English Naturalization Act
passed granting Jewish people the right
to colonize in the U.S.
• 1822 - Boston, Massachusetts, was
• 1895 - The Los Angeles Railway was
established to provide streetcar service.
• 1903 - The U.S. Senate ratified a Cuban
treaty, giving us naval bases in
Guantanamo and Bahia Honda.
• 1917 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld
the Adamson Act that made an
eight-hour workday for railroads
• 1918 - The U.S. Congress approved
• 1931 - The state of Nevada legalized
• 1945 - Adolf Hitler issued his "Nero
Decree" which ordered the destruction
of German facilities that could fall into
Allied hands as German forces retreated.
• 1963 - In Costa Rica, U.S. President
John F. Kennedy and six Latin American
presidents pledged to fight Communism.
FRIDAY, MARCH 20TH —
Happy Birthday Barry Williams!
Happy Birthday Mike Rochholz!
Happy Anniversary —
John and Darla Martin!
THIS IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!
Rejoicing in the return of mild, moderate,
• 0141 - The 6th recorded passage of
Halley's Comet took place.
• 1616 - Walter Raleigh was released
from Tower of London.
• 1760 - The great fire of Boston
destroyed 349 buildings.
• 1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte entered
Paris after his escape from Elba and
began his "Hundred Days" rule.
• 1816 - U.S. Supreme Court affirmed
its right to review state court decisions.
• 1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book
"Uncle Tom’s Cabin," was published.
• 1865 - A plan by John Wilkes Booth to
abduct U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
was ruined when Lincoln changed his
plans and did not go to the Soldier’s
Home near Washington, DC.
• 1868 - Jesse James Gang robbed a
bank in Russelville, KY, of $14,000.
• 1890 - General Federation of Womans'
Clubs was founded.
• 1897 - The first intercollegiate
basketball game that used five players
per team was held. The contest was
Yale versus Pennsylvania. Yale won by
a score of 32-10.
• 1918 - The Bolsheviks of the Soviet
Union asked for American aid to rebuild
• 1933 - The first German concentration
camp was completed at Dachau.
• 1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson
ordered 4,000 troops to protect the
Selma-Montgomery civil rights march.
• 1981 - Argentine ex-president Isabel
Peron was sentenced to eight years in a
• 1985 - Libby Riddles won a 1,135-mile
Anchorage-to-Nome dog race becoming
the first woman to win the Iditarod.
• 1991 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled
unanimously that employers could not
exclude women from jobs where
exposure to toxic chemicals might
potentially damage a fetus.
• 2003 - U.S. and British forces invaded
Iraq from Kuwait.
SATURDAY, MARCH 21ST —
Happy Birthday Joseph Peterson!
• 1349 - 3,000 Jewish people were killed
in Black Death riots in Efurt Germany.
• 1788 - Almost the entire city of New
Orleans, Louisiana, was destroyed by
fire. Over 856 buildings were destroyed.
• 1790 - Thomas Jefferson reported to
U.S. President George Washington as
the new secretary of state.
• 1824 - A fire at a Cairo ammunitions
dump killed 4,000 horses.
• 1851 - The Yosemite Valley was
discovered in California.
• 1868 - Sorosis is the first professional
women's club organized in the United
States. The club was founded in New
York City with 12 members.
• 1906 - Ohio passed a law prohibiting
hazing by fraternities after two fatalities.
• 1945 - During World War II, four days of
raids over Germany were begun by
• 1963 - Alcatraz Island, the federal
penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, CA,
Thank you for all of your attention to our
details this week. With our Chicken
Dinner, there was lots . . . and lots to do.
God Bless and Keep You, Donna.