MARCH IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
job she is capable of. In some other
countries a woman is still held to a
certain ritual - no leaving the house - no
education permitted - subjected to the
will of only male family members. We
have come a long way in the last
century and we are grateful to those
who have built the road for us.
TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH —
This is St. Patrick's Day.
FRIDAY, MARCH 20TH —
THIS IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING
SUNDAY, MARCH 22ND —
FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT
Jesus answered them, "The hour has
come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of
wheat falls into the earth and dies, it
remains just a single grain; but if it dies,
it bears much fruit. Those who love their
life lose it, and those who hate their life
in this world will keep it for eternal life"
SCRIPTURE READINGS —
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
God's new covenant requires no stone
tablets. It will be a covenant written in
people's hearts, informing everything in
their whole lives.
31-32 “That’s right. The time is coming
when I will make a brand-new covenant
with Israel and Judah. It won’t be a
repeat of the covenant I made with their
ancestors when I took their hand to lead
them out of the land of Egypt. They broke
that covenant even though I did my part
as their Master.” God’s Decree.
33-34 “This is the brand-new covenant
that I will make with Israel when the time
comes. I will put my law within them—
write it on their hearts!—and be their
God. And they will be my people. They
will no longer go around setting up
schools to teach each other about God.
They’ll know me firsthand, the dull and
the bright, the smart and the slow. I’ll
wipe the slate clean for each of them. I’ll
forget they ever sinned!” God’s Decree.
PSALM 51:1-12 (UMH 785)
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
A reprise of the confession of sin. Today
the focus is verse 6 — "therefore, teach
me wisdom in my secret heart."
A PSALM OF DAVID
AFTER HE WAS CONFRONTED BY
NATHAN ABOUT AN AFFAIR WITH
1-3 Generous in love—God, give grace!
Huge in mercy, wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt,
soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I’ve been;
my sins are staring me down.
4-6 You’re the One I’ve violated, and
it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
whatever you decide about me is fair.
I’ve been out of step with you for a long
in the wrong since before I was born.
What you’re after is truth from the inside
Enter me, then; conceive a new, true
7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll
come out clean,
scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
set these once-broken bones to
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
shape a Genesis week from the chaos
of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my
and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
I’ll let loose with your praise.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Jesus is our great high priest by God's
appointment and made perfect through
his obedience and suffering.
4-6 No one elects himself to this
honored position. He’s called to it by
God, as Aaron was. Neither did Christ
presume to set himself up as high priest,
but was set apart by the One who said to
him, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate
you!” In another place God declares,
“You are a priest forever in the royal
order of Melchizedek.”
7-10 While he lived on earth, anticipating
death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept
in sorrow as he offered up priestly
prayers to God. Because he honored
God, God answered him. Though he was
God’s Son, he learned trusting —
obedience by what he suffered, just as
we do. Then, having arrived at the full
stature of his maturity and having been
announced by God as high priest in the
order of Melchizedek, he became the
source of eternal salvation to all who
believingly obey him.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Jesus tells Phillip and Andrew that the
time for his glorification — his execution
— is drawing near, and that those who
serve him will be with him wherever he
leads or goes. God ratifies the message
with a sound from heaven, which Jesus
interprets as a sign that present spiritual
regime's days are coming to an end.
A GRAIN OF WHEAT MUST DIE
20-21 There were some Greeks in town
who had come up to worship at the
Feast. They approached Philip, who was
from Bethsaida in Galilee: “Sir, we want
to see Jesus. Can you help us?”
Andrew and Philip together told Jesus.
Jesus answered, “Time’s up. The time
has come for the Son of Man to be
24-25 “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of
wheat is buried in the ground, dead to
the world, it is never any more than a
grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it
sprouts and reproduces itself many
times over. In the same way, anyone who
holds on to life just as it is destroys that
life. But if you let it go, reckless in your
love, you’ll have it forever, real and
26 “If any of you wants to serve me, then
follow me. Then you’ll be where I am,
ready to serve at a moment’s notice. The
Father will honor and reward anyone
who serves me.
27-28 “Right now I am storm-tossed.
And what am I going to say? ‘Father, get
me out of this’? No, this is why I came in
the first place. I’ll say, ‘Father, put your
glory on display.’”
A voice came out of the sky: “I have
glorified it, and I’ll glorify it again.”
29 The listening crowd said, “Thunder!”
Others said, “An angel spoke to him!”
30-33 Jesus said, “The voice didn’t
come for me but for you. At this moment
the world is in crisis. Now Satan, the
ruler of this world, will be thrown out.
And I, as I am lifted up from the earth,
will attract everyone to me and gather
them around me.” He put it this way to
show how he was going to be put to
• 1457 - Gutenberg Bible became the
very first printed book.
• 1622 - Indians attacked a group of
colonists in the James River area of
Virginia. 347 residents were killed.
• 1630 - The first legislation to prohibit
gambling was enacted. It was in Boston,
• 1638 - Anne Hutchinsoon, a religious
objector, was expelled from the
Massachusetts Bay Colony.
• 1719 - Frederick William abolished
serfdom (agricultural laborers bound
under the feudal system (Slavery) to
work on the lord's estate.) on crown
property in Prussia.
• 1765 - The Stamp Act was passed. It
was the first direct British tax on the
American colonists. It was declared null
and void on March 17, 1766.
• 1790 - Thomas Jefferson became the
first United States Secretary of State.
• 1794 - The United States Congress
banned U.S. vessels from supplying any
slaves to other countries.
• 1872 - Illinois became the first state to
require sexual equality in employment.
• 1903 - Niagara Falls ran out of water
due to a drought.
• 1935 - Persia was renamed Iran.
• 1987 - A barge loaded with 32,000 tons
of refuse left Islip, NY, to find a place to
unload. After being refused by several
states and three countries the barge
went back in Islip.
• 1989 - U.S. House Ways and Means
Committee reported that the American
class gap was widening.
MONDAY, MARCH 23RD —
Happy Birthday Ashley Noland!
Happy Birthday John Clarke!
THE OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY.
• 1775 - American revolutionary Patrick
Henry declared, "give me liberty, or give
• 1806 - Explorers Lewis and Clark, had
reached the Pacific coast, and began the
return journey back east.
• 1808 - Napoleon's brother Joseph took
over the throne of Spain.
• 1840 - The first discernible, perceptible
photo of the Moon was taken.
• 1902 - In Italy, minimum legal working
age was raised from 9 to 12 for boys and
from 11 to 15 for girls.
• 1903 - The Wright brothers obtained an
• 1917 - In the Midwest United States,
four tornadoes killed 211 people over a
four day period.
• 1933 - The German Reichstag adopted
the Enabling Act. The act granted Adolf
Hitler dictatorial legislative powers.
• 1957 - The U.S. Army sold the last of its
• 1998 - Germany's largest bank pledged
$3.1 million to Jewish foundations as
restitution for Nazi looting.
TUESDAY, MARCH 24TH —
• 1664 - A charter to colonize Rhode
Island was granted to Roger Williams in
• 1765 - Britain passed the Quartering
Act that required the American colonies
to house 10,000 British troops in public
buildings and private homes.
• 1792 - Benjamin West became the first
American artist to be selected president
of the Royal Academy of London.
• 1837 - Canada gave blacks the right to
• 1900 - Mayor Van Wyck of New York
broke the ground for the New York
subway tunnel which would link
Manhattan and Brooklyn.
• 1906 - In Mexico, the Tehuantepec
Istmian Railroad opened as a rival to the
• 1906 - "Census of the British Empire"
revealed England ruled 1/5 of the world.
• 1938 - The U.S. asked that all powers
help refugees fleeing from the Nazis.
• 2002 - Thieves stole five 17th century
paintings from the Frans Hals Museum
in the Dutch city of Haarlem. The
paintings were worth about $2.6 million.
The paintings were works by Jan Steen,
Cornelis Bega, Adriaan van Ostade and
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH —
GOD SQUAD MEETS AT CASEY U.M.C.,
4 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M.
• 0421 - The city of Venice, Italy was
• 1634 - Lord Baltimore founded the
Catholic colony of Maryland.
• 1655 - Puritans jailed Governor Stone
after a military victory over Catholic
forces in the colony of Maryland.
• 1669 - Mount Etna in Sicily erupted
destroying Nicolosi. 20,000 people were
• 1776 - The U.S. Continental Congress
authorized a medal for General George
• 1807 - British Parliament abolished
• 1901 - 55 people died when a Rock
Island train derailed at Marshalltown, IA.
• 1902 - In Russia, 567 students were
found guilty of "political disaffection."
95 students were exiled to Siberia.
• 1911 - In New York City, 146 women
were killed in fire at the Triangle
Shirtwaist Company in New York City.
Owners of the company were indicted
on manslaughter charges because some
of the employees had been working
behind locked doors in the factory.
• 1947 - John D. Rockefeller III presented
a check for $8.5 million to the United
Nations for the purchase of land used
for the site of the United Nations center.
• 1954 - RCA began mass production of
its first color TV set.
• 1965 - Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000
people to the state capital in
• 1975 - King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was
shot to death by a nephew. The nephew,
with a history of mental illness, was then
• 1983 - The U.S. Congress passed
legislation to rescue the U.S. social
security system from bankruptcy.
• 1990 - Estonia voted for independence
from the Soviet Union.
THURSDAY, MARCH 26TH —
Happy Birthday Larry Johnson!
• 1804 - The Louisiana Purchase was
divided into the District of Louisiana
and the Territory of Orleans.
• 1910 - The U.S. Congress passed an
amendment to the 1907 Immigration Act
that barred criminals, paupers,
anarchists and carriers of disease from
settling in the U.S.
• 1937 - Spinach growers in Crystal City,
Texas, erected a statue of Popeye.
• 1942 - The Germans began sending
Jewish people to Auschwitz in Poland.
• 1945 - In the Aleutian Islands, the battle
of Komandorski began when Japanese
tried to reinforce a garrison at Kiska and
were intercepted by a U.S. naval force.
• 1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new
vaccine that would prevent polio.
• 1979 - The Camp David treaty was
signed by Israel and Egypt and ended
the 31-year war between the countries.
• 2007 - The design for the "Forever
Stamp" was unveiled by the U.S. Postal
FRIDAY, MARCH 27TH —
the creation of the U.S. Navy.
• 1836 - In Goliad, TX, about 350 Texan
prisoners, including their commander
James Fannin, were executed under
orders from General Antonio López de
Santa Anna. Only an estimated 30
Texans escaped execution.
• 1866 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson
vetoed the civil rights bill, which later
became the 14th amendment.
• 1912 - The first cherry blossom trees
were planted in Washington, DC. The
trees were a gift from Japan.
• 1933 - About 55,000 people staged a
protest against Hitler in New York City.
• 1941 - Tokeo Yoshikawa arrived in
Oahu, Hawaii, and began spying for
Japan on the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
• 1976 - Washington, DC, opened its
• 1997 - Russian workers, nearly 2
million, held a nationwide strike to
protest unpaid wages.
• 2004 - NASA successfully launched an
unpiloted X-43A jet that hit Mach 7
(about 5,000 mph).
SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH —
A-C FOOD PANTRY IN CASEY U.M.C.
FROM 9 A.M. TO 11 A.M.
• HCI WILL MEET IN CASEY U.M.C.
FROM 10 A.M. TO 3 P.M.
• • 1834 - U.S. Senate voted to censure
President Jackson for the removal of
federal deposits from the Bank of the
• 1854 - The Crimean War began with
Britain and France declaring war on
• 1864 - A faction of vocal politicians
called Copperheads attacked Federal
soldiers in Charleston, Illinois. Five men
were killed and twenty were wounded.
• 1885 - The Salvation Army was
officially organized in the United States.
• 1898 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled
that a child born in the U.S. to Chinese
immigrants was a U.S. citizen. This
meant that they could not be deported
under the Chinese Exclusion Act.
• 1908 - Automobile owners lobbied the
U.S. Congress, supporting a bill that
called for vehicle licensing and federal
• 1917 - During World War I the Women’s
Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was first
• 1921 - U.S. President Warren Harding
named William Howard Taft as Chief
Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court.
• 1933 - In Germany, the Nazis ordered
a ban on all Jews in businesses,
professions and schools.
• 1945 - Germany launched the last of
the V-2 rockets against England.
• 1990 - Athlete Jesse Owens received
the Congressional Gold Medal from
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• FUTURE FOCUS —————
HOLY WEEK begins March 29th with
• APRIL 1ST IS AN AD COUNCIL
MEETING AT CASEY UMC —
† Casey will meet at 7:00;
† Adair will meet at 7:45;
and combined Ad Council will follow.
EASTER IS ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY.
Chicken Dinner. It went well all because
God Bless and Keep You,