R E M I N D E R S —
WEDNESDAY, JULY 1ST —
OFFICE OPEN FROM 9 A.M. TIL NOON
THURSDAY, JULY 2ND —
OFFICE OPEN FROM 9 A.M. TIL NOON
SATURDAY, JULY 4TH —
* INDEPENDENCE DAY *
If you were called to freedom, brothers
and sisters, do not use your freedom as
an opportunity for self-indulgence, but
through love become friends with one
another. The whole law is summed up in
a single commandment, “You shall love
your neighbor as yourself.”
SUNDAY, JULY 5TH —
Happy Birthday Debie Stolk!
Happy Birthday Lisa Rochholz!
Happy Birthday Chris Peterson!
SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
SCRIPTURE READINGS —
2 SAMUEL 5:1-10
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
David has been anointed king in Judah.
Davids story might connect with what it
meant for the American colonies to
consolidate power, beginning on July 4,
1776, and also what it means for power
to become more coordinated with the
King David seals the terms of his rule
over the tribes of all Israel in a covenant
ceremony at Hebron. He conquers the
Jebusites at Jerusalem (verses 6-8), and
locates his throne there seven years
into his reign.
1-2 Before long all the tribes of Israel
approached David in Hebron and said,
“Look at us—your own flesh and blood!
In time past when Saul was our king,
you were the one who really ran the
country. Even then God said to you,
‘You will shepherd my people Israel and
you’ll be the prince.’”
3 All the leaders of Israel met with King
David at Hebron, and the king made a
treaty with them in the presence of God.
And so they anointed David king over
4-5 David was thirty years old when he
became king, and ruled for forty years.
a half years. In Jerusalem he ruled all
Israel and Judah for thirty-three years.
6 David and his men immediately set out
for Jerusalem to take on the Jebusites,
who lived in that country. But they said,
“You might as well go home! Even the
blind and the lame could keep you out.
You can’t get in here!” They had
convinced themselves that David could
not break through.
captured the fortress of Zion, known
ever since as the City of David. That
day David said, “To get the best of these
Jebusites, one must target the water
system, not to mention this so-called
lame and blind bunch that David hates.”
(In fact, he was so sick and tired of it,
people coined the expression, “No lame
and blind allowed in the palace.”)
9-10 David made the fortress city his
home and named it “City of David.” He
developed the city from the outside
terraces inward. David proceeded with
a longer stride, a larger embrace since
the God-of-the-Angel-Armies was with
PSALM 48 (UMH 782)
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
A song in praise of Jerusalem as a sign
of God's power to defend the people of
A PSALM OF THE SONS OF KORAH
1-3 God majestic,
praise abounds in our God-city!
His sacred mountain,
breathtaking in its heights—earth’s
city of the world-King.
God in his citadel peaks
4-6 The kings got together,
they united and came.
They took one look and shook their
they scattered and ran away.
They doubled up in pain
like a woman having a baby.
7-8 You smashed the ships of Tarshish
with a storm out of the East.
We heard about it, then we saw it
with our eyes—
In God’s city of Angel Armies,
in the city our God
Set on firm foundations,
9-10 We pondered your love-in-action,
waiting in your temple:
Your name, God, evokes a train
of Hallelujahs wherever
It is spoken, near and far;
your arms are heaped with goodness
11 Be glad, Zion Mountain;
Dance, Judah’s daughters!
He does what he said he’d do!
12-14 Circle Zion, take her measure,
count her fortress peaks,
Gaze long at her sloping bulwark,
climb her citadel heights—
Then you can tell the next generation
detail by detail the story of God,
Our God forever,
who guides us till the end of time.
2 CORINTHIANS 12:2-10
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Paul will boast only in weakness so he
can identify with sufferings of Christ.
1-5 You’ve forced me to talk this way,
and I do it against my better judgment.
But now that we’re at it, I may as well
bring up the matter of visions and
revelations that God gave me. For
instance, I know a man who, fourteen
years ago, was seized by Christ and
swept in ecstasy to the heights of
heaven. I really don’t know if this took
place in the body or out of it; only God
knows. I also know that this man was
hijacked into paradise—again, whether
in or out of the body, I don’t know; God
knows. There he heard the unspeakable
spoken, but was forbidden to tell what
he heard. This is the man I want to talk
about. But about myself, I’m not saying
another word apart from humiliations.
6 If I had a mind to brag a little, I could
probably do it without looking ridiculous,
and I’d still be speaking plain truth all
the way. But I’ll spare you. I don’t want
anyone imagining me as anything other
than the fool you’d encounter if you saw
me on the street or heard me talk.
7-10 Because of the extravagance of
those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get
a big head, I was given the gift of a
handicap to keep me in constant touch
with my limitations. Satan’s angel did
his best to get me down; what he in fact
did was push me to my knees. No
danger then of walking around high and
mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a
gift, and begged God to remove it. Three
times I did that, and then he told me,
My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it
happen. I quit focusing on the handicap
and began appreciating the gift. It was a
case of Christ’s strength moving in on
my weakness. Now I take limitations in
stride, and with good cheer, these
limitations that cut me down to size—
abuse, accidents, opposition, bad
breaks. I just let Christ take over! And
so the weaker I get, the stronger I
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Jesus encounters resistance to his
ministry in his hometown synagogue.
He sends his disciples on an "advance
mission" to get the word and signs of
the power of the coming kingdom out to
as many villages in the region of Galilee
Running into a brick wall at home did
not stop Jesus, even as running into the
brick wall of British colonial attitudes
did not stop the colonists from finding a
way to obtain the independence from
Britain they needed to have successful
lives in North America.
JUST A CARPENTER
1-2 He left there and returned to his
hometown. His disciples came along.
On the Sabbath, he gave a lecture in the
meeting place. He made a real hit,
they said. “How did he get so wise all of a
sudden, get such ability?”
3 But in the next breath they were cut-
ting him down: “He’s just a carpenter—
Mary’s boy. We’ve known him since he
was a kid. We know his brothers, James,
Justus, Jude, and Simon, and his sisters.
Who does he think he is?” They tripped
over what little they knew about him and
fell, sprawling. And they never got any
4-6 Jesus told them, “A prophet has
little honor in his hometown, among his
relatives, on the streets he played in as
a child.” Jesus wasn’t able to do much
of anything there—he laid hands on a
few sick people and healed them, that’s
all. He couldn’t get over their stubborn-
ness. He left and made a circuit of the
other villages, teaching.
7-8 Jesus called the Twelve to him, and
sent them out in pairs. He gave them
authority and power to deal with the evil
opposition. He sent them off with these
8-9 “Don’t think you need a lot of extra
equipment for this. You are the
equipment. No special appeals for
funds. Keep it simple.
10 “And no luxury inns. Get a modest
place and be content there until you
11 “If you’re not welcomed, not listened
to, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene.
Shrug your shoulders and be on your
12-13 Then they were on the road. They
preached with joyful urgency that life
can be radically different; right and left
they sent the demons packing; they
brought wellness to the sick, anointing
their bodies, healing their spirits.
• 1806 - A Spanish army repelled the
British during their attempt to retake
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
• 1811 - Venezuela became the first South
American country to become
independent from Spain.
• 1814 - U.S. troops under Jacob Brown
defeated a British force at Chippewa,
• 1863 - U.S. Federal troops occupied
Vicksburg, Mississippi, and distributed
supplies to the citizens.
• 1865 - William Booth founded the
Salvation Army in London.
• 1865 - The U.S. Secret Service Division
was created to combat counterfeiting,
forgery, and the altering of currency and
securities in any way.
• 1935 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt
signed the National Labor Relations Act
into law. The act authorized labor to
organize for the purpose of collective
• 1941 - German troops reached the
Dnieper River in the Soviet Union.
• 1943 - The battle of Kursk began as
German tanks attack the Russians. It
was the largest tank battle in history.
• 2000 - 10 Bengal tigers, including 7
rare white tigers, died at the
Nandankanan Zoo in India. The tigers
died of sleeping sickness.
MONDAY, JULY 6TH —
OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY.
• 1483 - King Richard III of England was
• 1699 - Captain Billy the (William) Kidd,
the pirate, was captured in Boston, MA,
and deported back to England.
• 1885 - Louis Pasteur successfully
tested his anti-rabies vaccine.
• 1919 - A British dirigible landed in New
York at Roosevelt Field. It completed the
first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by
• 1923 - The Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics (U.S.S.R.) was established.
• 1928 - "The Lights of New York" was
shown in New York's Strand Theatre. It
was the first all-talking movie.
• 1942 - The young Anne Frank and her
family took refuge from the Nazis in
Amsterdam. Anne kept a diary of the
• 1967 - The Biafran War erupted. The
war lasted two-and-a-half years. About
600,000 people died. Control over oil
production in the Niger Delta played a
vital strategic role.
• 1981 - Former President of Argentina
Isabel Peron was freed after five years
of house arrest by a federal court.
• 1981 - Dupont Company announced an
agreement to purchase Conoco, Inc.
(Continental Oil Co.) for $7 billion. At the
time it was the largest merger in
• 1989 - The U.S. Army destroyed its last
Pershing 1-A missiles at an ammunition
plant in Karnack, TX. The dismantling
was under the terms of the 1987 Nuclear
• 1997 - The Mars Pathfinder released a
robot rover on the surface of Mars. It
landed on the red planet on July 4th.
• 1998 - Protestants rioted in many parts
of Northern Ireland after the British
blocked a march in Portadown.
TUESDAY, JULY 7TH —
Happy Birthday Shirley Chesnut!
Happy Birthday Larry Chesnut!
Happy Birthday Cadence Stephenson!
OFFICE OPEN FROM 9 A.M. TIL NOON.
• 1754 - Kings College opened in New
York City. It was renamed Columbia
University 30 years later.
• 1846 - U.S. annexation of California
was proclaimed at Monterey after the
surrender of a Mexican garrison.
• 1862 - The first railroad post office was
tested on the Hannibal and St. Joseph
Railroad in Missouri.
• 1930 - Construction began on Boulder
Dam, later named Hoover Dam, on the
Colorado River. Its construction was the
result of a massive effort involving
thousands of workers, and cost over
one hundred lives. The dam was turned
over to the federal government March 1,
1936, more than two years ahead of
• 1946 - Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini
is canonized as the first American saint.
• 1969 - Canada's House of Commons
gave final approval to a measure that
made the French language equal to
English throughout the national
• 1981 - President Reagan announced he
was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra
Day O'Connor to become the first female
justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
• 1994 - Amazon.com, Inc. was founded
in Seattle, Washington under the name
• 2000 - Amazon.com announced that
they had sold almost 400,000 copies of
"Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire,"
making it the biggest selling book in
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8TH —
Happy Birthday Jim Oberholtz!
OFFICE OPEN FROM 9 A.M. TIL NOON.
AD COUNCIL MEETS AT CASEY U.M.C.
AT 7 P.M.
• 1099 - The Christian soldiers took the
First Crusade march around Jerusalem.
• 1608 - The first French settlement at
Quebec was established by Samuel de
• 1663 - King Charles II of England
granted a British charter to Rhode Is.
• 1693 - Uniforms for policemen in New
York City were authorized.
• 1755 - England broke off diplomatic
relations with France as their disputes
in the New World (America) intensified.
• 1776 - Col. John Nixon gave the first
public reading of the U.S. Declaration of
Independence to a crowd gathered at
Independence Square in Philadelphia.
• 1795 - Kent County Free School
changed its name to Washington College.
It was the first college to be named after
U.S. President George Washington. The
school was established in 1723.
• 1815 - Louis XVIII returned to Paris after
• 1881 - Edward Berner, druggist in Two
Rivers, Wisconsin, poured chocolate
syrup on ice cream in a dish to make a
Sunday. To this time chocolate syrup
had only been used to make ice-cream
• 1947 - Demolition work began in New
York City for the new headquarters of
the United Nations.
• 1997 - NATO invited Poland, Hungary,
and the Czech Republic to join the
alliance in 1999.
THURSDAY, JULY 9TH—
Happy Birthday Carla Eggen!
Happy Birthday Mike Reed!
Happy Anniversary —
Ralph and Lavonne Sheeder!
OFFICE OPEN FROM 9 A.M. TIL NOON.
• 0118 - Hadrian, newest emperor of
Rome , made his entry into the city.
• 1609 - In a letter to the crown, Emperor
Rudolf II granted Bohemia freedom of
• 1776 - The American Declaration of
Independence was read aloud to General
George Washington's troops in New
• 1868 - 14th Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution was ratified. The amend-
ment was designed to grant citizenship
and protect the civil liberties of recently
freed slaves. It prohibited states from
denying privileges and immunities of all
citizens of the United States, depriving
any person of his life, liberty, or property
without due process of law, or denying
to any person within their jurisdiction
equal protection of the laws.
• 1900 - The Commonwealth of Australia
was established by an act of the British
Parliament, uniting separate colonies
under one federal government.
• 1951 - U.S. President Truman asked
Congress to formally end the state of
war between the United States and
FRIDAY, JULY 10TH —
Happy Birthday Rick Sheeder!
• 1679 - The British crown claimed New
Hampshire as a royal colony.
• 1776 - The statue of King George III
was pulled down in New York City.
• 1778 - In support of the American
Revolution, Louis XVI of France had
declared war on England.
• 1890 - Wyoming became the 44th
state to join the United States.
• 1913 - The highest temperature ever
recorded in the United States was 134
degrees in Death Valley, California.
• 1949 - The first practical rectangular
television was presented. The picture
tube which measured 12 by 16, sold for
• 1953 - American forces withdrew from
Pork Chop Hill in Korea after enduring
• 1973 - England granted the Bahamas
their independence after three
centuries of British colonial rule.
• 1991 - Boris Yeltsin took the oath of
office as the first elected president of
the Russian republic.
• 1998 - The U.S. military delivered the
remains of Air Force 1st Lt. Michael
Blassie to his family in St. Louis. He had
been placed in Arlington Cemetery's
Tomb of the Unknown in 1984. His
identity was confirmed with DNA tests.
SATURDAY, JULY 11TH —
Happy Birthday Darin Peterson!
• 1533 - Henry VIII, who divorced his wife
then became head of the church of
England, was excommunicated from the
Catholic Church by Pope Clement VII.
• 1786 - Morocco agreed to stop
attacking American ships in the
Mediterranean for a payment of $10,000.
• 1798 - The U.S. Marine Corps was re-
established by "An Act for Establishing
a Marine Corps" passed by the United
States Congress. The act also created
the U.S. Marine Band. The Marines were
first commissioned by the Continental
Congress on November 10, 1775.
• 1804 - United States' first Secretary of
the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was
shot and killed by Vice President Aaron
Burr in a duel. Hamilton became a
leading cabinet member in the new
government under President George
Washington. When Vice President Burr
ran for governor of New York state in
1802, Hamilton crusaded against him
calling him unworthy. Burr challenged
him to a duel in 1804 and mortally
wounded Hamilton, who died the next
• 1934 - U.S. President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt became the first American
president to travel through the Panama
Canal while in office.
• 1955 - The U.S. Air Force Academy was
dedicated in Colorado at Lowry Air Base.
• 1977 - The Medal of Freedom was
awarded posthumously to Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. in a White House service.
• 1985 - Dr. H. Harlan Stone announced
that he had used zippers for stitches on
28 patients. The zippers were used when
he thought he may have to re-operate.
• 2008 - Apple released the iPhone 3G.
FUTURE FOCUS —
— VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL —
CASEY JULY 19 - 23 FROM 6-8:30 P.M.
ADAIR VBS - AUGUST 3 THRU 6.
Thank you for your attention to our
church life details this week.
You make it all happen, you know.
God Bless and Keep You,