Monday, November 13, 2006

November 12, 2006


1. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald's leftovers.

2. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.

3. You take naps.

4. Dinner and a movie is the whole evening instead of the beginning of one.

5. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset, rather than settle, your stomach.

6. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.

7. "I just can't drink the way I used to" replaces "I'm never going to drink that much again."

8. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.

9. You eat and drink at home to save money before going out for the evening.

10. You read this entire list looking desperately for one that doesn't apply to you
and can't find one.

From the Choir Loft

Often, when I invite people to join our choir, many will respond by saying: "I just don’t have the time!"

Since we recently turned our clocks back, and have gained an "extra hour"…why not dedicate that extra hour back to the Lord? We can use your voice in our church choir. It only takes about an hour each week. We Need you!

Community Chorus rehearsals:

Tuesdays @ Sheridan United Methodist 7:00 - 8:30 PM (with the exception of Tuesday (11/21/06).

Sundays @ First United (Silver Creek) 6:00 - 7:00 PM (with the exception of 11/26/06).



The "half-wit"

A man owned a small auto repair business in Upstate New York. The Wage and Hour Department of New York claimed he was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent to interview him. "I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them," demanded the agent.

"Well, there's my mechanic who's been with me for 3 years. I pay him $600 a week."

"The mechanic's helper has been here for 18 months, and I pay him $500 a month."

"That's the guy I want to talk to; the half-wit," says the agent.

The owner says, "That would be me."

Today in history

(November 12)

2004 – Scott Peterson was convicted in the murder of his wife (Laci) and their unborn son

1998 – Mercedes Benz completed its merger with the Chrysler Corporation

1946 – The 1st drive-up banking facility opened in Chicago

1940 – Walt Disney released "Fantasia"

1933 – The 1st Sunday football game was played in Philadelphia

1927 – 1st underwater tunnel (The Holland Tunnel) opened connecting New York & New Jersey

1923 – In Germany, Adolf Hitler was arrested for attempting to seize power

1864 – The destruction of Atlanta, Ga. began by Gen. William Sherman during the Civil War

From Bud’s
History of the Hymns
November 12, 2006

"Blest Be the Tie That Binds"

(1845) pg. 557

Words by John Fawcett (1740 - 1817) Music by Johann G. Nageli (1773 - 1836)

John Fawcett was one of many fine British hymn writers who helped make the eighteenth century the "Golden Age of English Hymnody." A Baptist minister, Fawcett served as pastor at Wainsgate in Yorkshire, England from 1765 – 1772, when he felt called to a prestigious pulpit in London. Fawcett accepted the call, preached his farewell sermon at the Wainsgate church and packed his belongings.

As he and his wife prepared to leave, the Wainsgate congregation gathered around them for a very tearful farewell. At the last moment, however, the Fawcetts decided they could not leave their congregation, and he remained as pastor in Yorkshire.

This may not have been the occasion for the writing of "Blest Be the Tie that Binds," which was not published until ten years after this event, but the hymn certainly expresses the kind of love Fawcett and his Wainsgate church felt for one another.

This hymn reminds us that Christian love is not only a matter of emotional ties ("our hearts"), but also a "fellowship of kindred minds," a fellowship that chooses intentionally to love one another. Sometimes overlooking disagreements or faults in other believers.

Meanwhile…1845…161 years ago…in the United States…
U. S. President: James K. Polk…Vice-President: George M. Dallas
The 1st American Opera: "Leonora" was written by William Fry

Half the population of New York City was foreign-born

The population of Buffalo was 29,773

There was one saloon for every 60 residents in the city of Buffalo

There were over 500 taverns and gaming houses in the city of Buffalo

There were 2,243 arrests for the year (most for "drunkenness" and disorderly conduct)

Steamships carried 93,000 passengers to/from Buffalo (mainly to/from Detroit)

As many as seven taverns were in operation in Sheridan, New York

Ref. The Sheridan Settler Cyberhymnal BuffaloHistory TanBible DmarieCapsule