Monday, December 31, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus 12/30/07 Christmas Cantata

We had a full house last night and the performance was a tremendous success. To everyone involved in the production...
Great job!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus 12/30/07 concert

Chorus report time: 6:00 pm
Concert start time: 7:00 pm
Place: Sheridan United Methodist Church
2679 East Main Road Sheridan, NY 14135
Choir members' shuttle service will begin at 5:45 at St. John Bosco parking lot (.5 mile west of our church). Choir members are asked to park their cars in the St. John Bosco parking lot and take the shuttle to our church. This will leave parking spaces available for our visitors. The shuttle service will resume following the concert.
2008 Chorus plans:
Tuesday, January 8, 2008 @ 7:00 pm at Lakeshore Nursing facility.
Sunday, January 13, 2008 @ 3:00 pm at Holy Trinity Church 1032 Central Ave. Dunkirk, NY.
Easter concert: Sunday, March 16, 2008 @ 7:00 pm @ Sheridan United Methodist church.
Patriotic concert: Sunday, June 29, 2008 @ 7:00 pm @ Sheridan United Methodist church.
Patriotic concert: Sunday, 7/13/08 or 7/20/08 @ Cattaraugus Christian camp.
Christmas concert: Sunday, 12/21/08 @ Sheridan United Methodist church.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

'Twas the Day after Christmas

Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house, every creature was sleeping, even the mouse.
The toys were all broken, their batteries dead, Santa was passed out with some ice on his head.
Wrapping and ribbons covered the floor, while upstairs the family continued to snore.

And I in my T-shirt, new Reeboks and jeans, went into the kitchen and started to clean.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the sink to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the curtains and threw up the sash.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a little white truck with an oversize mirror.
The driver was smiling, so lively and grand, the patch on his jacket said US POST-MAN.
With a handful of bills, he grinned like a fox, then quickly stuffed them into our box.
Bill after bill and still they all came, whistling and counting he called them by name.
Now Macy's, now Sibley's, now Penny’s and Sears, here’s Levitz and Target and Mervyn’s….all here.
To the top of your limit, every store, every mall, now chargeaway, chargeaway, chargeaway all!!
He chuckled and whistled as he finished his work, he filled up the box, then turned with a jerk.
He sprang to his truck and he drove down the road, driving much faster with just half of a load.
Then I heard him exclaim with great holiday cheer,“ENJOY WHAT YOU GOT….YOU”LL BE PAYING ALL YEAR!!”
Sheridan Community Chorus Christmas Concert: Sunday,
December 30 @ 7:00 PM
Sheridan United Methodist Church 2679 Route 20 Sheridan, NY 14135

Sheridan Community Chorus Christmas Concert

The Sheridan Community Chorus annual Christmas concert will be Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 7:00 pm at The Sheridan United Methodist Church (2679 East Main Road [Route 20] Sheridan, NY.
This talented chorus will present the fresh, new Christmas musical 'Noel' by David T. Clydesdale. This entertaining cantata includes choir, solos, drama, accompanying video, narration, full orchestral background all under the direction of Bud Lowery.
Come early...invite your friends and neighbors. The concert is free and a free-will offering will be taken. For further information call (716) 934-7734 or

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas credit (Joke)

Why is getting Christmas presents for your kids just like a day at the office?

You do all the work and the fat guy in the suit gets all the credit.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas riddles

What did the reindeer say before launching into his comedy routine?
This will sleigh you.

What do lions sing at Christmas?
Jungle bells!

When is a boat like a pile of snow?
When it's adrift.

What do you call the fear of getting stuck in a chimney?

How do snowmen get around?
On their icicles.

Merry Christmas from Bud's World

The Candy Cane Legend

“Look at the Candy cane…What do you see? Stripes that are red…Like blood shed for me.
White for my Savior…Who’s sinless and pure! ‘J’’ is for Jesus… ‘My lord,’ that’s for sure!
Turn it around…and a staff you will see… Jesus my shepherd…Was born for me!”

Many years ago, a candy maker wanted to make a candy cane at Christmas time that would serve as witness to his Christian faith. He wanted to incorporate several symbols for the birth, ministry and death of Jesus. He began with a stick of pure white hard candy; white to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus; hard to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation of the church; firmness to represent the promise of God.

The candy maker made the candy in the form of a “J” to represent the name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. He thought it could also represent the staff of the Good Shepherd, with which He reached down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs that, like all sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received and by which we are all healed. The large red stripe was for the Promise of eternal life. Unfortunately, the candy became known as a candy cane – a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the true meaning is still there for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Christmas Trivia:

What popular children's cracker was introduced in 1902 as a Christmas ornament?
The National Biscuit Company introduced the ‘Barnum’s Animal Cracker’ and box. The box, as it does today, had a string designed so that the box could be hung as a Christmas ornament.
In 1939 Robert May created what Christmas figure as a Christmas promotion for Montgomery Ward department store in Chicago?
Rudolph the Red Noised Reindeer.
In the 1920’s what world wide beverage company adopted the Santa Claus figures for a winter advertising promotion?
The Coca-Cola Company used Santa Claus to promote the idea that a soft drink was a winter beverage as well as a summer beverage.
Who was the first United States ambassador to Mexico?
Joel Poinsett the developer of the popular Christmas Poinsettia flowers.
What popular Christmas candy had its debut and was given out by a choirmaster in 1670 to quiet the noisy children?
The candy cane.
Which American President banned the Christmas Tree from being displayed in the White House?
The environmentalist President Teddy Roosevelt.
In what year did Coca-Cola hire Haddon Sundblom to illustrate Santa Claus dressed in the red Santa Claus suit and Santa Claus hat trimmed in white fur that helped standardize the image of the gift-bringer in the eyes of America?
Haddon Sunblom was hired to illustrate Santa Claus in 1931 and drew Santa Claus

History of the Carols

Merry Christmas From Bud’s History of the Carols

‘O Holy Night’ (1847) Words / music (Adam-Dwight )

Adolphe Adam, whose ballet Giselle remains a mainstay of most world-class dance companies, is equally famous for his Christmas song ‘O Holy Night,’ so universally loved and so frequently sung that many assume it to be a folksong or carol.
Having composed the melody, Adam requested some suitable lyrics from his poet friend Cappeau de Roquemaure, who based his poem on the Christmas story. So enamored was the Parisian public of its first performance in 1847, that Adam was hailed as the composer of the day, despite the fact that some clergy found his melody too passionate, too lacking in Christian humility, and for a time sought to ban its use.
Popular everywhere in France, ‘Cantique de Noel’ (its original French title) was hardly known elsewhere until about 1916, when the legendary Italian tenor Enrico Caruso made a recording that spread its fame throughout the world. English lyrics were added by the distinguished American clergyman John Sullivan Dwight.

Christmas Day in History…

1939 – Montgomery Ward stores introduced ‘Rudolph’ the 9th reindeer
1923 – 1st electrically lit Christmas tree was displayed in the White House
1884 – Layne Hall of Silver Creek, NY was born (He would become
“The oldest legally licensed driver in U.S. history” at 105 years of age)
1818 - 1st U.S. performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ premiered in Boston, Mass.
1818 – The 1st time ‘Silent Night’ was sung (Austria)
1776 – George Washington crossed the Delaware River
1492 - Columbus' ship Santa Maria docked at Dominican Republic 1223 - St. Francis of Assisi assembled 1st Nativity scene (Greccio, Italy)

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Wrong Email Address (Joke)

The Gallaghers, a couple from Minneapolis, decided to go to Florida during the icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Both husband and wife had hectic schedules and it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. The husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday while his wife planned to fly down the day after.
Mr. Gallagher checked into the hotel and decided to send an email to his wife. But in typing he accidentally left out one letter in her email address. Without realizing his error, he sent the email.
Meanwhile, in Houston, the widow Gallager returned home from her husband's funeral. He had been a minister of many years, and was called home to glory following a sudden heart attack.
The widow decided to check her email, expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she fainted. The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:
To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I've Arrived Date: February 5, 2004 I know you're surprised to hear from me. It’s amazing—they have computers here now and you can send emails to loved ones. I've just arrived and have been checked in. Everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.
Love, Harry
P.S. Sure is hot down here!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus Schedule

Upcoming concerts:
Sunday, December 30, 2007 @ 7:00 PM at Sheridan United Methodist Church
2679 East Main Road (2679 Route 20) Sheridan, NY (716) 672-2048 [Pastor Molly Golando]

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 @ 7:00 PM at Lakeshore Nursing Facility
845 Routes 5 & 20 Irving, NY 14081 (716) 951-7032 [Activities Director: Marilee]

Sunday, January 13, 2008 @ 6:00 PM at Holy Trinity R.C. Church
1020 Central Avenue Dunkirk, NY 14048 [Father David B.]
Report Time for all concerts is one hour before concert time.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Some Santa Ho-Ho-s and No-No's

Welcome aboard in your new role as one of "Santa's Helpers." Please review the following guidelines carefully, so that the mall and its patrons can have a happy, healthy and non-litigious holiday season.
1.) As you've no doubt heard, "Ho Ho Ho" is no longer considered an acceptable holiday greeting, having been deemed potentially offensive to women and gardeners. The substitute "Ha Ha Ha" has also been banned, as it is possibly damaging to a child's self-esteem. Also, Santas overheard saying "Merry Christmas" will be summarily removed from the premises. Instead, we recommend you listen attentively to the children, nod, and affect a blank stare devoid of any emotion, particularly fear. They can sense fear.
2.) Please keep in mind that not all children believe in Santa Claus or celebrate Christmas. However, please make no attempt to determine this based on physical cues, such as yarmulkes or "Proud Jehovah's Witness" T-shirts, as this would be considered profiling. If you have any questions, please consult the mall's attorney, who will be standing behind the fake snowman.
3.) Plump Santas are no longer considered "jolly." Instead, they serve as a bleak reminder of our nation's struggle with obesity and are a poor role model to our increasingly overweight and inactive children. Please make every effort to appear slim and fit, and to encourage children to leave you celery and soy products rather than cookies and hot chocolate on Christmas Eve. Also, please note that smoking is permitted in the break room only.
4.) Please do not promise children that Santa will bring them anything in particular, as promising a gift that the parents cannot afford or do not approve of could result in a lengthy and expensive lawsuit. Be pleasant but non-committal. If the child is persistent, try to distract him with one of the celery sticks we now give out in lieu of candy canes; if that doesn't work, send him behind the snowman to speak to the attorney.
5.) It has been deemed inappropriate, and a serious legal risk, to have children sitting on a strange bearded man's lap. This year the children will sit on a stool, separated from you by a sheet of soundproof Plexiglas. This also serves the purpose of keeping you from being able to hear their gift requests (see No. 4).
6.) The concept of elves has been determined to be offensive to a host of protected groups, including little people, pointy-eared people and people with high squeaky voices. However, so as to give you the support you need, we are looking at several possible replacements. Right now we're leaning toward attorneys. We're sure that if you follow these simple guidelines you will succeed in making the children's visits with Santa as unremarkable and non-offensive as possible.
Welcome aboard the team here at the mall, and have a merry ... a happy ... Oh, whatever.

Credit: Peter Chianca

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Politically Correct 12 Days of C*****mas

On the 12th day of the Eurocentrically-imposed midwinter festival, my potential acquaintance gave to me,
TWELVE males reclaiming their inner warrior through ritual drumming.
ELEVEN pipers piping (plus the 18 member pit orchestra made up of members in good standing of the Musicians Equity Union as called for in their union contract even though they will not be asked to play a note...)
TEN melanin-deprived, testosterone-poisoned scions of the patriarchal ruling class system leaping,
NINE persons engaged in rhythmic self-expression,
EIGHT economically-disadvantaged female persons stealing milk products from enslaved Bovine Americans,
SEVEN endangered swans swimming on federally-protected wetlands,
SIX enslaved fowl-Americans producing stolen, nonhuman animal products,
FIVE golden symbols of culturally-sanctioned enforced domestic incarceration, (NOTE: after a member of the Animal Liberation Front threatened to throw red paint at my computer, the calling birds, French hens and partridge have been reintroduced to their native habitat. To avoid further animal American enslavement, the remaining gift package has been revised.) FOUR hours of recorded whale songs,
THREE deconstructionist poets,
TWO Sierra Club calendars printed on recycled, processed tree carcasses,
and a Spotted Owl activist chained to an old-growth pear tree.
[Credit: Bob Martin]
Happy RamaHanuKwanzMas!

Bud's World

Christmas Tunes

“The Chipmunk Song”
This is a song, which is dusted off every year for the Christmas season. Ross Bagdasarian was a novelty writer in a non-novelty world. Making a living as a quirky songwriter, Ross had one major triumph…he had written the wacky hit, ‘Come Onna my House’ for Rosemary Clooney in 1951. He was later pushed to the other side of the recording booth to the position of recording engineer. Bagdasarian loved the dials, the buttons; the little gauges and lights. He truly got a kick out of playing with the technology of recording. By deliberately recording on the slowest speed possible on his reel-to-reel tape machine, he found he could sing normally, and sound like a freak on helium if he sped-up the recording to normal speed on playback. Using this novelty voice as the background singers for the chorus, he recorded ‘Witchdoctor’ and hit the top of the charts in 1958. With the same recording technique, he created the Chipmunks and their hapless manager, Dave. The character ‘Alvin’ was based on his son who drove him crazy with very complicated questions. The Chipmunk Song, released for the Christmas season of 1958, sold 5 million copies that year and the Chipmunk Song received two Grammy Awards in 1958: “Best Comedy Performance” and “Best Recording for Children.”

From the Choir Loft

Our upcoming 12/30/07 Christmas concert is the culmination of 6 months of planning and rehearsing by our chorus. Over 200 people have helped us in one way or another. The choir members, the drama members, secretaries, those who have helped with church decoration, dancers, construction, logistics, promotion, coaching, accompanists, our families, etc. It would be impossible to thank everyone! Please support our many efforts by attending 12/30/07 at 7:00 PM! You are our promotion department! Please invite your friends or relatives to attend.

History of Christmas Toys
Banking on the idea that children like to play with their food, Hasbro introduced “Mr. Potato Head.”
George Lerner of New York City invented and patented Mr. Potato Head based on an earlier toy called “make a face” that used a real potato. A year after his appearance, Mr. Potato Head was introduced to the future “Mrs. Potato Head” and a short time later, were married.
“Mr. Potato Head” was the first children’s toy to be advertised on TV.

Today in history
December 16

1973 - O. J. Simpson became the 1st NFL player to rush 2,000 yards in one season
1972 – The Miami Dolphins became the 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)
1966 – The Beatles released ‘Everywhere its Christmas’ in the UK
1944 – During WW II, “The Battle of the Bulge” began in Belgium
1901 – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” by Beatrix Potter, was printed for the 1st time
1773 – The Boston Tea Party took place

Church office: (716) 672-2048, Bud: (716) 934-7734, email:

History of Christmas Carols

‘Carol of the Bells’
Despite the lack of bells in the historical references of the early church, there existed a legend that at the very moment when Jesus was born, all the bells in the village of Bethlehem pealed together in one joyous cacophony of sound.
Perhaps this legend is the basis of a carol from the Ukraine, titled Schedryk.’ It was discovered and arranged by Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovich, a Russian composer who was born in 1877 and eventually taught music and singing in Ukrainian schools.
A student choir from the University of Kiev first performed his version of this catchy folk tune in December 1916. It was a part of the Ukrainian National Chorus repertoire during its 1,000-plus concert tour around Europe and the Americas. It was introduced to American audiences on October 5, 1921 at Carnegie Hall.
A recording of ‘Carol of the Bells’ on a 1958 best-selling Harry Simeone Choir holiday album further broadened the song’s appeal.
You will hear this song tonight during the Christmas cantata: ‘Noel.’ You will hear a piece titled: ‘Ring Those Bells Medley,’ which includes ‘Carol of the Bells.’

Meanwhile…1958…49 years ago…in the United States…

President: Dwight D. Eisenhower…V.P.: Richard Nixon
Bread: .19¢/loaf, Milk: .25¢/qt., Gas: .30¢/gal., Stamp: 4¢
Best picture: ‘Gigi’ Best Actor: David Niven
TV shows: Burns & Allen, Perry Mason, I Love Lucy, Gunsmoke, Leave it to Beaver
The Harry Simeone Chorale recorded the Fred Waring song: ‘Little Drummer Boy’
Al and Jerry Lapin founded The International House of Pancakes (IHOP) in California
The Barbie doll patented by Mattel. Ruth Handler (designer) named it after her daughter
Binney & Smith (Crayola crayons) introduced the 64-count Crayola crayon box
McDonald’s hit the 100 million sold mark
Legos building blocks were introduced
Wham-O began selling the Hula-Hoop
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married
The Buffalo Evening News’ cartoonist, Bruce M. Shanks, won The Pulitzer Prize

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Christmas cantata

I hope you received word that our Christmas musical was postponed last night (12/16).
We had to make the decision early enough to contact the media in order to get the word out to the prospective audience; and we had to contact all those involved in the musical itself. I hope you didn't make an unnecessary trip in some pretty rough road conditions.
Diane and I were on the phones most of the afternoon. Thanks Diane!
We will present the musical in Sheridan on Sunday, December 30, 2007 @ 7:00 PM at Sheridan United Methodist church. Pray for good weather!
We will have choir rehearsal on Tuesday 12/18 @ 6:45 PM - 7:15 PM and chorus rehearsal from 7:15 -8:30 PM.
See you then...
ps for all of you wondering how our TubaChristmas went on Saturday (12/17) @ Kleinhans...there were 87 of us playing Christmas carols!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus

The Christmas cantata for tonight has been postponed.
We will be performing it on Sunday, December 30, 2007 at Sheridan United Methodist Church at 7:00 PM.

Sheridan Community Chorus

Christmas Cantata still on for tonight!
Report time: 6:00 PM on the platform for warm-up/sound check.
Concert time: 7:00 PM (we should begin the cantata by 7:09 PM).
The cantata should end by 8:14 PM.
A reception will immediately follow.
I will try to keep updated Chorus information on this blog.
I played with 86 other tuba players at Kleinhans last night for "TubaChristmas."
Fun stuff!
Bud: cell: 785-8341 / home: 934-7734 / church: 672-2048

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Area weather forecast as of 12/15 ...

Today...Mostly cloudy. A chance of snow this afternoon. Cold with highs in the upper 20s. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 40 percent. Tonight...Snow in the evening...Then snow with a chance of sleet after midnight. Snow and sleet accumulation 3 to 5 inches. Windy with lows around 20. East winds 15 to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent. Sunday...Snow and sleet in the morning...Then snow and blowing snow in the afternoon. Snow May be heavy at Times in the morning. Additional snow and sleet accumulation 4 to 7 inches. Highs in the upper 20s. East winds 15 to 25 mph...Becoming south 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent. Sunday Night...Steady snow and blowing snow in the evening...Then snow likely after midnight. Windy with lows around 20. West winds 20 to 30 mph... Becoming northwest. Chance of snow near 100 percent.
****The weather forecast is always predicated and dependent upon the will of God****

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Sheridan Community Chorus 12/16 Christmas Cantata

Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 7:00 PM at Sheridan United Methodist Church we will be singing the wonderful Christmas musical 'Noel.'
If there is a need to cancel the concert due to inclement weather, I will post it on this blog.
You can call the church office: (716) 672-2048 or
my cell: (716) 785-8341 or home: (716) 934-7734
Pray for a great, powerful presentation.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing—that's why we recommend it daily.
-Zig Ziglar

Sheridan Community Chorus

We are cancelling tonight's (12/13/07) chorus rehearsal because of inclement weather.
You all sounded great on Tuesday...see you Sunday @ 6:00 PM.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus in concert (12/16)

The Sheridan Community Chorus will be in concert on Sunday, December 16, 2007 at Sheridan United Methodist church (2679 East Main Road [Route 20] in Sheridan, NY 14135).
For further information contact Bud: 716.934.7734 or tubamanbud@gmail
or click on the "comments" icon here on the blog.

Monday, December 10, 2007

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Bud's World

'Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer'

Ad-man Robert L. May created ‘Rudolph’ in 1939. He wrote a whimsical little story and circulated it at Christmas time in pamphlet form among the Montgomery Ward mail-order department. Ten years later, composer Johnny Marks composed a musical setting, and ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ burst onto the holiday scene in Gene Autry’s hugely successful recording. The whole story of ‘Rudolf’ appeared, out of nowhere, in 1939. The Santas at Montgomery Ward stores gave away 2.4 million copies of the booklet entitled ‘Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer.’ May, who worked in the advertising department at Montgomery Ward, wrote the story, and Denver Gillen illustrated the booklet. Robert May was rather sickly, shy and introverted as a child and he loosely based the Rudolph character on his childhood feelings of alienation from children his own age. The original name of the red-nosed reindeer was to be Rollo, but executives didn’t like that name, or the other suggested name of Reginald. The name Rudolf came from May’s young daughter!
[As a side note to this story: Robert May’s wife passed away from a long and terminal illness about the same time he created Rudolph. Since he had created Rudolph as a Montgomery Ward employee, the company held the copyright to all royalties received from the story. Deeply in debt from all the medical bills resulting from his wife’s illness, May persuaded Montgomery Ward’s corporate president, Sewell Avery, to turn the copyright over to him in January 1947.
With the rights in hand, May’s financial security was assured.]

From the Choir Loft
This afternoon at 3:00, we will be singing our Christmas musical, ‘Noel’ at St. Joe’s Roman Catholic Church (1451 Payne Ave. in North Tonawanda). It is a special honor for me since this is Father Louis Dolinic’s church. Father Louis is one of my very favorite people, and a very talented organist! If you’d like to join us, a large group is meeting in our church parking lot to car-pool up to North Tonawanda. They will be leaving the church at 12:30 and will be returning after the concert. If you'd like to join us, you are more than welcome. We can use your support!

History of Christmas Toys
In 1949, Ole Christiansen, a Danish toy maker, began to manufacture toy blocks with a new twist. Christiansen created a plastic brick that can be locked together in different configurations…The Lego, which comes from the Danish ‘leg godt,’ meaning “play well” was born. The world's children spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks. The Lego Blocks fit together in 102,981,500 different ways! (For those of us from N.T., that’s almost 103 million!)

Today in history
December 9
1793 – Noah Webster established NY’s 1st daily newspaper (‘American Minerva’)
1907 – Christmas seals went on sale for the 1st time in Wilmington, Delaware
1965 – “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” premiered on television

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Bud's History of the Carols

“O Little Town of Bethlehem” (1868) pg. 230
Words: Phillips Brooks (1835 – 1893)
Music: Lewis H. Redner (1830 – 1908)

Three years after his return from a trip to the Holy Land in 1865, Philadelphia preacher Phillips Brooks found himself still deeply moved by Bethlehem’s “simplicity and wondrous beauty.” Brooks wrote about his horseback journey from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, where he assisted with the midnight service on Christmas Eve, 1865. “I remember standing in the old church in Bethlehem, close to the spot where Jesus was born, when the whole church was ringing hour after hour with splendid hymns of praise to God. How again and again it seemed as if I could hear voices I knew well, telling each other of the Wonderful Night of the Savior’s birth.”
He penned some lines that he thought captured the serene atmosphere of the place where Jesus was born, and asked the organist of his church, Lewis Redner, if he could compose a melody.
Redner was a wealthy real estate broker as well as the church organist at Holy Trinity Church. Redner struggled with his task day after day, until, waking from a nap on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, he seemed to hear “an angel strain” and was finally inspired to jot down a tune that matched Brooks’ verses perfectly.
That was in 1868, but ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ did not gain its universal popularity until 1882, when it was published in the new hymnal of the Episcopal Church.

Meanwhile…1868…139 years ago…in the United States…

U. S. President: Andrew Johnson…Vice-President: None
U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) was opened
Brigham Young married his 27th and final wife
William Hinds received a patent for the “Candlestick”
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company was formed (Snoopy came later)
Frederick Olmsted was hired to design the City of Buffalo’s public parks

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus

Schedule for Sunday (12/9/07)
St. Joseph's R.C. church...1451 Payne Ave. North Tonawanda, NY.
Those helping with the set-up at St. Joe's in N. Tonawanda...please meet us in N.T. @ 11:30 am.
Those traveling from Sheridan with the group, please arrive at Sheridan United ready to leave at 12:30 pm
We will warm-up and do a sound check at St. Joe's @ 2:00 pm.
Concert begins @ 3:00 pm.
There will be a reception following the concert.
Please remember concert attire (white/black/Christmas color accessories).
Please remember to bring both choral books ('Noel' & 'The Gift Goes On.')
We will need help tearing down the sound system following the concert.
Thanks for all your help.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus

We had a great rehearsal last night! Thanks!
We are rehearsing at S.U.M. on Thursday (12/6/07) @ 7:00 pm.

Plans for concert on Sunday 12/9/07...
Set-up people are planning to arrive at St. Joe's in N.T. at 11:30 am.
Car-pooling people are leaving the S.U.M. parking lot at 12:30 pm.
Warm-up/sound check at St. Joe's in N.T. is 2:00 pm.
Concert at St. Joe's in N.T. is 3:00 pm.

The Story of Two Wolves...

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence , empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus rehearsal schedule

Only two rehearsals left until our first concert at St. Joe's R.C. church in North Tonawanda (1451 Payne Avenue).
Tonight (12/4/07) @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm at Sheridan United Methodist church.
Thursday (12/6/07) @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Sheridan United Methodist church.

Remaining rehearsals (all at Sheridan United Methodist church):
12/4 @ 7:15 pm
12/6 @ 7:00 pm
12/11 @ 7:15 pm
12/13 @ 7:00 pm

Monday, December 3, 2007

Bud's World

Christmas Tunes
‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’
One oppressively hot day in July 1945, Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn were in Los Angeles to talk with their publisher, Edwin H. Morris. Their business finished, Cahn suggested that they go to the beach to cool off. But Styne, always businesslike, thought they ought to work a little first. He suggested that they cool off by writing a winter song. Cahn finally agreed and dashed off the beginnings of a lyric; Styne responded with the beginnings of a tune. Before long, ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow’ was finished. Vaughn Monroe’s recording shot to the top of the pop charts during Christmas of 1945.

The Christmas season from the choir loft
As Christian musicians, our main focus is to worship God with our music. God created us for fellowship and with fellowship comes communication. We communicate our thoughts and feelings through our songs. In the Bible, from the time of Moses up until the present time, God has blessed us with powerful, inspired sacred music to worship Him. During this blessed Christmas season let us lift our music in worship to Him. We desire to honor Him for who He is!
“He is the reason for the Season!”

History of Christmas Toys
Crayola Crayons
In the early 1900s, Binney & Smith, a chemical company, began to produce slate pencils and a type of dustless chalk. Company executives, and cousins, Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith realized that a new wax crayon they had developed to mark crates and boxes in their factory would provide a neater and more affordable alternative to costly imported crayons for American schools. Edwin Binney’s wife, Alice, picked Crayola as the brand name. In 1903, an assortment of affordable, multi-colored crayons was offered to the American public for the first time. The first Crayola crayons came in a box of eight and retailed for a nickel. The eight original colors were black, blue, brown, green, orange, red, violet, and yellow. In the company's 102-year history, over one hundred billion Crayola crayons have been produced. Binney & Smith produce nearly three billion crayons each year—that's about seven million every day. That much paraffin wax and colored pigment is enough to make a crayon thirty-seven feet wide and four hundred and twenty feet long, higher than the Statue of Liberty! Crayola crayons are sold in more than eighty countries and packaged in twelve languages. The average American child uses 730 crayons by his/her tenth birthday. Children ages two through eight spend an average of twenty-eight minutes a day coloring. That equals 6.3 billion hours spent coloring annually! The scent of Crayola crayons is among the twenty most recognizable scents to American adults.

Today in history
December 2
1927 – The 1st Model A Fords were sold for $385
1901 – Gillette patented the 1st disposable razor

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History of Christmas Carols

“Angels We Have Heard on High” (1937) pg. 238
Words: Traditional French Carol (1862)
Music: Arranged [1937] by Edward Shippen Barnes (1881 - 1958)

According to the story of the first Christmas, it was the shepherds tending their flocks near Bethlehem to whom the angels first gave the news of the baby Jesus’ birth. And so, in medieval times shepherds who found themselves minding their little herds in the wintry mountains of southern France on Christmas Eve remembered the story of that first birth and the angels who sang of it.
They called one to the other, each from his own peak, singing the good news as the angels had sung so long ago, until finally the mountaintops themselves rang with a glorious patchwork of echoing voices.
In this favorite carol the music probably comes from a 17th or 18th century French carol, as does the text. But the back-and-forth “Gloria” refrain is probably based on a much older phrase of music, perhaps a bit of plainsong chant from the Church’s earlier days. The “gloria’s” in the chorus mimic the echo sound of the shepherds’ voices as they sang from the mountaintops. The combination of tune and text was not published, so far as we know, until it appeared in a carol collection in 1855. Edward Barnes harmonized it, as we sing it today, in 1937.

Meanwhile…1937…70 years ago…in the United States…
U. S. President: Franklin D. Roosevelt…Vice-President: John Garner
Average prices: Bread: 9¢/loaf, Milk: 12¢/qt., Eggs: 56¢/dozen,
Car: $675, Gas: 20¢/gal. Stamp: 3¢, Average Income: $1,789/year
Best Actor: Spencer Tracy…Favorite songs: ‘The Dipsy Doodle’ by Tommy Dorsey’… ‘The Moon Got in my Eyes’ by Bing Crosby…’Boo Hoo’ by Guy Lombardo
The 1st Santa Claus Training School opened in Albion, NY
Walt Disney’s ‘Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs’ movie was released
The Social Security system began levying taxes on workers’ wages
Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Petunia Pig debuted
Pierce Arrow Auto Company went out of business after battling out of receivership
Rev. James W. Reis was pastor of Sheridan Methodist Church

Ref. The Sheridan Settler Cyberhymnal RDM TanBible DmarieCapsule WarnerBros

Friday, November 30, 2007

A True Friend

Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family. Proverbs 18:24
(The Message)

Recommended Reading: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

At one time, the Sydney Swans were the laughing stock of the Australian Rules football league because they had the worst record, the worst players, the worst coach, and the worst fans. Needless to say, most of their games were played in front of empty stands. But something strange happened. The team got a new coach and a few new players and began winning. Suddenly, everyone was a Swans fan, and the stands were filled to capacity at nearly every game. On one such occasion, as TV cameras captured the joy and excitement of the crowd, one zoomed in on a man holding up a homemade sign that read, I WAS HERE WHEN NOBODY ELSE WAS!
Scripture tells us that "A friend loves at all times," setting the standard by which we should choose our relationships (Proverbs 17:17a). Fair-weather friends are easy to come by, but those relationships that are built on agape love are a rare find and a treasure to be sure; they will stick with you through thick and thin, not just during a winning season.
In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends. [John Churton Collins]

How many Christians does it take to change a light bulb?

Charismatic: Only 1 - Hands are already in the air.
Pentecostal: 10 - One to change the bulb, and nine to pray against the spirit of darkness.
Presbyterians: None - Lights will go on and off at predestined times.
Roman Catholic: None - Candles only. (Of guaranteed origin of course.)
Baptists: At least 15 - One to change the light bulb, and three committees to approve the change and decide who brings the potato salad and fried chicken.
Episcopalians: 3 - One to call the electrician, one to mix the drinks, and one to talk about how much better the old one was.
Mormons: 5 - One man to change the bulb, and four wives to tell him how to do it.
Unitarians: We choose not to make a statement either in favor of or against the need for a light bulb. However, if in your own journey you have found that light bulbs work for you, you are invited to write a poem or compose a modern dance about your light bulb for the next Sunday service, in which we will explore a number of light bulb traditions, including incandescent, fluorescent, 3-way, long-life and tinted, all of which are equally valid paths to luminescence.
Methodists: Undetermined - Whether your light is bright, dull, or completely out, you are loved. You can be a light bulb, turnip bulb, or tulip bulb. Bring a bulb of your choice to the Sunday lighting service and a covered dish to pass.
Nazarene: 6 - One woman to replace the bulb while five men review church lighting policy.
Lutherans: None - Lutherans don't believe in change.
Amish: What’s a light bulb?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus

The rehearsals have shown that the choir members have been working with their PracticeTrax cd's. Thank you!
This year's musical is one of the most difficult pieces we've ever done.
Keep up the great work.
The choir members wishing to car-pool to St. Joe's in North Tonawanda on 12/9 should be in the Sheridan United Methodist parking lot prior to 12:30 pm.
Attire is black (bottom) and white (top). Christmas colors used to accessorize. (Never thought I'd use that word, huh?)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Bud's World

Just Wondering:
Why is “abbreviation” such a long word?

Why is it called “rush hour” when nothing moves?

Why is it called “after dark” when it’s really “after light?”

Why is it called “lipstick” if you can still move your lips?

Why is it that night falls but day breaks?

Why is it called a hamburger when it’s made out of beef?

Why is it, when a door is open it’s ajar, but when a jar is open, it’s not a door?

Why is it that when you transport something by car, it’s called a shipment,
but when you transport something by ship, it’s a cargo?

From the Choir Loft
What an uplifting experience it is to worship the Lord in song. You probably feel your spirit soar as you sing the powerful hymns of the church each and every Sunday morning. Why not take the next step and join our choir. It doesn’t take much time and hardly ever hurts. Sunday mornings following the morning service for about 15 minutes…and Tuesday evenings for half an hour (6:45 – 7:15 PM).

Glory Be Unto the Father
Walking by, a minister saw his 5-year-old son and playmates find a dead robin.
Feeling that a proper burial should be performed, the children had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased.
The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said: "Glory be unto the Faaaather, and unto the Sonnn... and into the hole he gooooes."

Today in history
1983 – The world’s greatest robbery (25 million lbs. of gold) from Heathrow, England
1976 – OJ Simpson gained 273 yards with Buffalo Bills against Detroit Lions
1971 – “D.B. Cooper” jumped out of a plane over Washington State with $200,000
1963 – John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery
1957 – President Eisenhower suffered a mild stroke, impairing his speech
1947 – The “Hollywood 10” were blacklisted for failure to cooperate w/Congress
1884 – J.B. Meyenberg received a patent for evaporated milk
1867 – Alfred Nobel patented dynamite
1783 – During the Revolutionary War, the British evacuated their last military post (NY, NY)
1715 – Sybilla Masters granted an English patent for the cleaning & curing of “American corn”

Church office: (716) 672-2048, Bud: (716) 934-7734, email:

History of the Hymns

‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’ (1854) Page 211
Words translation: John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866)
Music: Thomas Helmore ( 1811 - 1890)
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is a prayer that anticipates the coming of Christ to this earth. His coming as the Messiah (“deliverer”) was first prophesied in the sixth century BC, when the Jews were captive in Babylon.
For centuries thereafter, faithful Hebrews looked for their Messiah with great longing and expectation, echoing the prayer that he would “ransom captive Israel.”
Jesus Christ the Redeemer—capstone of man’s longing through the ages—is addressed in the first stanza of this hymn as “Emmanuel.” The title comes from the well-known Isaiah 7:14: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Immanuel is Hebrew for “God with us.” The “Rod of Jesse” refers to Isaiah 11:1: “Then shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse.”
From beginning to end, all the stanzas of the hymn remind us of Christ’s first advent, and project our attention to His Second Coming.

Meanwhile…1854…153 years ago…in the United States…
President: Franklin Pierce…V.P.: William R. King

The Republican Party was founded to oppose slavery
John Phillip Sousa (The “March King”) was born in Washington, DC
Abraham Lincoln made his 1st political speech at the Illinois State Fair
George Eastman (inventor of the Kodak camera) was born in Waterville, NY
Charles Miller of Conn., patented the 1st sewing machine to stitch buttonholes
The 1st street-cleaning machine in U.S. was used in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The US Congress declared: “The great and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and divining truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Erie County Savings Bank was established by William Bird (Bird Island named for him)
260 people die in one week in Buffalo during the 1854 cholera epidemic

Ref. HymnHistories Cyberhymnal WebEdelic DMarie TanBible Wikipedia

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Divorce (Joke)

A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and says,"I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough."
"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams.
"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the father says. "We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her."
Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like heck they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this."
She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at her father, "You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.
The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay," he says, "they're coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way."
Happy Thanksgiving!

There is no chorus rehearsal tonight (11/22/07).

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus Christmas schedule

Upcoming Sheridan Community Chorus concerts...

Sunday, December 9, 2007 at 3:00 PM
St. Joe's R.C. church
1451 Payne Avenue
North Tonawanda, NY 14120 (716) 693-2791
Father Louis Dolinic

Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 7:00 PM
Sheridan United Methodist church

2679 Route 20
Sheridan, NY 14135 (716) 672-2048
Pastor Molly Golondo

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 @ 7:00 PM
Lake Shore Nursing Facility
845 Routes 5 & 20
Irving, NY 14081 (716) 951-7032

Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 6:00 PM
Holy Trinity R.C. church

1020 Central Avenue
Dunkirk, NY 14048 (716) 366-2306
Father David B.

Monday, November 19, 2007

12 Reasons to be thankful you burnt the bird (Joke)

1. Salmonella won't be a concern.
2. Everyone will think your turkey is Cajun blackened.
3. Uninvited guests will think twice next year.
4. Your cheese broccoli lima bean casserole will gain newfound appreciation.
5. Pets won't bother to pester you for scraps.
6. No one will overeat.
7. The smoke alarm was due for a test.
8. Carving the bird will provide a good cardiovascular workout.
9. You'll get to the desserts even quicker.
10. After dinner, the guys can take the bird to the yard and play football.
11. The less turkey Uncle "You-Know-Who" eats, the less likely he will be to walk around with his pants unbuttoned.
12. You won't have to face three weeks of turkey sandwiches.

Bud's World

Thanksgiving One-Liners:
Because they use such FOWL languageWHY DID THE POLICE ARREST THE TURKEY?
They suspected it of fowl play

From the Choir Loft
Do you still consider Thanksgiving to be a part of Christmas? When I was growing up, my mother made us wait until Thanksgiving Day to start playing Christmas music, and we had to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to put up Christmas decorations. Now, the radio stations start playing Christmas music well before Thanksgiving Day (it almost starts on Halloween), and all the stores and shopping malls are all decked out at least a week before. If you have your thanksgiving at your home, is your tree up already and your lights on? Do you play Christmas music during the meal? Once Santa comes by at the end of the Macys Parade...that’s the official kick off to the season for me! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer:
A 4-year-old boy was asked to return thanks before a Thanksgiving dinner. The family members bowed their heads in expectation. He began his prayer, thanking God for all his friends, naming them one by one. Then he thanked God for Mommy, Daddy, brother, sister, Grandma, Grandpa, and all his aunts and uncles. Then he began to thank God for the food. He gave thanks for the turkey, the dressing, the fruit salad, the cranberry sauce, the pies, and the cakes, even the Cool Whip. Then he paused, and everyone waited--and waited. After a long silence, the young fellow looked up at his mother and asked, “If I thank God for the broccoli, won't he know that I'm lying?”

Today in history
November 18
1990 – ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ opened at Gershwin Theater in NYC
1963 – Bell telephone introduced the push-button telephone
1961 – President John F. Kennedy sent 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam
1928 – Walt Disney’s ‘Mickey Mouse’ debuted in the movie ‘Steamboat Willie’ in NYC
1902 – Brooklyn’s Morris Michton named the teddy bear after President Teddy Roosevelt
1894 – The 1st newspaper Sunday color comic section published by New York World
1805 – Lewis & Clark reached the Pacific Ocean & became the 1st Americans to cross the continent
1793 – The ‘Louvre’ officially opened in Paris
1307 – William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head

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History of the Hymns

‘Come, Ye Thankful People, Come’ (1844) Page 694
Words: Dr. Henry Alford (1810 – 1871)
Music: Sir George J. Elvey (1816 - 1893)

This hymn (originally with 7 verses) addresses the common theme of harvest festivals, called in England the “Harvest Home,” which is celebrated in English churches usually during the month of September. A thanksgiving service would be held in the church, where the bounty of the harvest is collected, displayed with the fall trappings of pumpkins and autumn leaves, and then dispensed to the needy. And, of course, unlike the humanist that is essentially grateful only to himself, a true Harvest Home celebration acknowledges the provision of God, as did the Pilgrims in 1621, and the ancient Hebrews in their Feast of Firstfruits in the spring on the first day after Passover at the time of barley harvest.
While the first verse chiefly addresses the theme of thanksgiving, the last three verses deal with the theme of final harvest in the judgement of the world as paralleled in Christ’s parables of the wheat and tares (Matthew 13: 24-30), and the parable of the seed springing up without the sower knowing of it (Mark 4: 26-29.

Meanwhile…1844…163 years ago…in the United States…
President: John Tyler…V.P.: None
· The University of Notre Dame was chartered
· Charles Goodyear began “vulcanizing” rubber
· The 1st dental use of nitrous oxide in Hartford, Ct.
· The safety pin and adhesive postage stamps were invented
· America’s premier composer, Louis Gottschalk, was refused entrance to the Conservatory of Paris because as an American, “no American was good enough!”
· Thousands risked life & limb on “The Oregon Trail”
to settle the fertile lands of the Pacific Northwest
· Methodist minister, Elijah White, led 1st wagon train of over 100 persons to Oregon
· The Rochester-Tonawanda Railroad built a spur finally linking Buffalo and Albany
· A 14 foot seawall broke in Buffalo, NY drowning 78 people

Ref. HymnHistories Cyberhymnal WebEdelic DMarie TanBible Wikipedia

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The movie patron (Joke)

A man lay sprawled across three entire seats in the posh theater. When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the man, "Sorry, sir, but you're only allowed one seat." The man groaned but didn't budge. The usher became impatient. "Sir, if you don't get up from there I'm going to have to call the manager." Again, the man just groaned, which infuriated the usher who turned and marched briskly back up the aisle in search of his manager.
In a few moments, both the usher and the manager returned and stood over the man. Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move him, but with no success. Finally, they summoned the police.
The cop surveyed the situation briefly then asked, "All right buddy, what's your name?" "Sam," the man moaned. "Where ya from, Sam?" With pain in his voice, Sam replied, "The balcony."
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Clear conscience (Joke)

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Carolyn Dobony is a Grandma!

Andrew James arrived this morning (11/8/07) weighing in at 7lbs. 12 oz.
Everyone is doing fine!
Congratulations Carolyn! (And, of course, Mommy & Daddy)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Miracle (Joke)

A mangy looking guy who goes into a restaurant and orders food. The waiter says, "No way. I don't think you can pay for it." The guy says, "You're right. I don't have any money, but if I show you something you haven't seen before, will you give me the food?" "Deal!" replies the waiter.
The guy reaches into his coat pocket and pulls out a hamster. He puts the hamster on the counter and it runs to the end, across the room, up the piano, jumps on the keyboard, and starts playing Gershwin songs. And the hamster is really good. The waiter says, "You're right. I've never seen anything like that before. That hamster is truly good on the piano."
The guy downs the hamburger he ordered and asks the waiter for another. "Money or another miracle," says the waiter. The guy reaches into his coat again and pulls out a frog. He puts the frog on the counter, and the frog starts to sing. He has a marvelous voice and great pitch. A fine singer.
A stranger from the other end of the counter runs over to the guy and offers him $300 for the frog. The guy says, "It's a deal." He takes the three hundred and gives the stranger the frog. The stranger runs out of the restaurant.
The waiter says to the guy, "Are you crazy? You sold a singing frog for $300? It must have been worth millions." "Not so," says the guy, "the hamster is also a ventriloquist."

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus

It's not too late to sing with us in our two Christmas concerts.
We have three regularly scheduled weekly chorus rehearsals...
Tuesdays: 7:15 - 8:30 pm [We have church choir rehearsal 6:45 - 7:15 pm (why not join us?]
Wednesdays: 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Thursdays: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
I am also willing to work with singers on Sunday evenings
No excuses! We need you!
Sunday, December 12/9/07 @ 3:00 pm @ St. Joe's R.C. church (1451 Payne Ave. N. Tonawanda, NY)
Sunday, December (12/16/07) @ 7:00 pm @ Sheridan United Methodist church (2679 Route 20 Sheridan, NY)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Bud's World

A compendium of pontifications:
To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.
I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.
The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
A thief fell and broke his leg in wet concrete. He became a hardened criminal.Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.

Ways a church choir director tells someone they can’t sing:
“I’m sorry, we’ve run out of choir robes.”
“We still need good people for the handbell choir.”
“You have a unique range – you hit both notes well.”
“Did you know there is a new Bible study starting the same
night as choir practice, I think you’d get a lot from it.”

Wit or Wisdom
“Life is a compromise of what your ego wants you to do,
what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.”
~ Bruce Crampton
“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
“Live in such a way that those who know you but don’t know God
will come to know God because they know you.”
~ Unknown
“A narrow mind and a wide mouth usually go together.”
~ Unknown
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
~ Will Rogers

Today in history November 4

1980 – Ronald Regan defeated President Jimmy Carter in a landslide presidential election
1973 – New Orleans Saints got their 1st shutout victory defeating the Buffalo Bills 13 – 0
1952 – Dwight Eisenhower defeated Adlai Stevenson becoming the 34th U.S. President
1939 – The very 1st air conditioned automobile (The Packard) was exhibited in Chicago
1924 – Nellie Taylor Ross was elected the 1st female governor in the U.S. (Wyoming)
1884 – Grover Cleveland, from Buffalo, defeated James Blaine for his 1st Presidential term
1879 – James Ritty patented the 1st cash register to combat the thieving bartenders in his Ohio saloon
1842 – Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, Illinois

Church office: (716) 672-2048, Bud: (716) 934-7734, email:

History of the Hymns

‘Rescue the Perishing’ (1869) Page 591
Words: Frances “Fanny” Jane Crosby (1820 – 1915)
Music: William Howard Doane (1832 - 1915)
Fanny Crosby was sixty years old when she visited Chicago’s Bowery Mission for the first time in 1880. She little dreamed that it would provide the inspiration for one of her most popular religious poems.
When asked to speak at the close of the service, she rose and said, “There may be a man here who has gone as far as a man can go. If he is present, I want to shake hands with him.” A man did come forward, and finally accepted Christ as Savior.
Following that initial visit, Fanny Crosby brought many lost souls back into the joy of the Kingdom of God. On another evening that same year she gave this invitation, “If there is a lad here, who has wandered from his mother’s Christian teachings, I would like to pray with him at the altar at the close of the service.”
A young man came forward and they prayer together. He rose from his knees with a new light in his eyes, and said, “Now I can meet my mother in heaven for I have found her God.” Later a friend remarked, “Isn’t it wonderful what these rescue missions are doing?”
Fanny could hardly wait to get home to her desk and begin writing. —Ernest K. Emurian

Meanwhile…1869…138 years ago…in the United States…
President: Ulysses S. Grant…V.P.: Schuyler Colfax
Gambling was legalized in Nevada
The waffle iron was patented in Troy, NY
Charles Elmer Hires sold his 1st root beer in Philadelphia, Pa.
The 1st college football game was played (Rutgers vs. Princeton)
George Westinghouse patented the steam power brake
Thomas Edison patented the electric voting machine
Dr. Thomas B. Welch, a wine steward at a church,
“pasteurized” grape juice to produce unfermented wine.
Major General William F. Rogers was mayor of Buffalo
The “skew” arch on Jackson Street in Silver Creek was built

Saturday, November 3, 2007


You can make more friends in a month by being interested in them
than in ten years by trying to get them interested in you.
-Charles Allen

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus

Please! Please! Please! Please! Please!
Listen to your PracticeTrax everyday.
This is the most efficient way to learn your part.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Tap-Tap-Tapping in the Cemetary
Two men were walking home after a Halloween party and decided to take a shortcut through the cemetery just for laughs.
Right in the middle of the cemetery, they were startled by a tap-tap-tapping noise coming from the misty shadows. Trembling with fear, they found an old man with a hammer and chisel, chipping away at one of the headstones.
"Holy cow, Mister," one of them said, after catching his breath, "You scared us half to death! We thought you were a ghost! What are you doing working here so late at night?"
"Those fools!" the old man grumbled. "They misspelled my name!"

Sheridan Community Chorus

Sunday, December 9, 2007 @ 3:00 pm St. Joseph's Roman Catholic church (1451 Payne Ave. in N. Tonawanda, NY)
Sunday, December 16, 2007 @ 7:00 pm @ Sheridan United Methodist church (2679 Route 20 in Sheridan, NY)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Bats in the church (Joke)

Three pastors were having lunch in a diner.
One said, "You know, since summer began, I've been having trouble with bats in my loft and attic at church. I’ve tried everything--noise, spray, cats--nothing seems to scare them away."
Another said, "Me too. I've got hundreds living in my belfry and in the attic. I've even had the place fumigated, and they won't go away."
The third said, "I baptized all mine, and made them members of the church. Haven't seen one back since!"

Monday, October 29, 2007

Bud's World


My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned...couldn't concentrate. Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn't hack it, so they gave me the ax. After that I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn't suited for it...mainly because it was a so-so job. Next I tried working in a muffler factory but that was too exhausting. I wanted to be a barber, but I just couldn't cut it. Then I tried to be a chef -- figured it would add a little spice to my life, but I just didn't have the thyme. I attempted to be a deli worker, but any way I sliced it, I couldn't cut the mustard.

From the Choir Loft
To make it easier for more people to be a part of our ministry, we have three rehearsals / week to make it more convenient for people to attend one or more of our rehearsals. Tuesday evenings (7:15 – 8:30 PM), Wednesday evenings (7:45 – 8:30 PM), and Thursday evenings (7:00 – 8:30 PM). We are rehearsing in order to present our Christmas musical: “Noel.” We will be presenting it at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church (North Tonawanda) and at Sheridan United Methodist church. We would love to have you join us! For further information contact Bud @ 716.934.7734 or

The “Saint”
There were two evil brothers. They were both rich and used their money to hide their sinful ways from the public eye. They even attended the same church and “appeared” to be perfect Christians. Then, their pastor retired and a new one was hired. Not only could the new pastor see right through the brothers’ deception, but he also spoke well and true, and the church started to swell in numbers. A fundraising campaign was started to build a new sanctuary.
All of a sudden, one of the brothers died. The remaining brother sought out the new pastor the day before the funeral and handed him a check for the entire amount needed to finish paying for the new building. “ I have only one condition,” he said. “At his funeral, you must say my brother was a saint.” The pastor gave his word and deposited the check.
The next day at the funeral, the pastor did not hold back. “He was an evil man,” he said. “He cheated on his wife and abused his family.” After going on in this vein for a short time, he concluded with, “But, compared to his brother, he was a saint.”

Today in history
(October 28)
1975 – Calvin Murphy (Houston Rockets) began his NBA free-throw streak of 58 consecutive games
1965 – The 630 foot “Gateway Arch” in St. Louis, Missouri was completed
1962 – Nikita Krushev ordered the withdrawal of missiles from Cuba ending the Cuban missile crisis
1959 – The Buffalo Bills entered the AFL (Sunday afternoons have never been the same!)
1936 – Franklin Roosevelt re-dedicated the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary
1886 – The Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland
1858 – Macy’s Department Store 1st opened in NYC
1636 – Harvard University was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts
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History of the Hymns

October 28, 2007
‘Just As I Am, Without One Plea’ (1835) Page 357
Words: Charlotte Elliott (1789 – 1871)
Music: William Batchelder Bradbury (1816 - 1868)

Charlotte Elliott’s brother, Rev. Elliott, was planning the building of a school for daughters of clergymen. Charlotte was then 45 years old, an invalid, and could not help with the project. A special program had been scheduled to help in the fund-raising.
That night she could not sleep and started doubting if she ever would be useful to the Lord. The next day, everyone went to the program and she was left alone.
As she thought of her weakness, she realized that since salvation was not of works, her Christian life was also to be by faith and trust, that God accepts the weakest person. And taking up her pen, she wrote this hymn of commitment.
Charlotte’s brother, Rev. Elliott once said of his sister: “I hope I will be permitted to see some of the fruit of my spiritual labor, but I feel that far more has been done by a single hymn of my sister’s.”

Meanwhile…1835…172 years ago…in the United States…
President: Andrew Jackson…V.P.: Martin Van Buren
Texans declared independence from Mexico
P.T. Barnum and his circus began their 1st U.S. tour
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was born in Florida, Missouri
The 1st edition of the New York Herald was published (price 1¢)
Fire consumed over 600 buildings in NYC at a cost of $20 million
Henry Burden received a patent for his horseshoe mfg. machine in Troy, NY
The Liberty Bell cracked again at the funeral service of a US Supreme Court judge
Andrew Carnegie was born to a poor family (would be worth estimated $350 million)
Richard Lawrence’s 2 pistols misfired in a failed assassination attempt on Pres. Jackson
Building materials were delivered to the home of William Brown
for the construction of the Sheridan Methodist Church

Ref. HymnHistories Cyberhymnal WebEdelic DMarie TanBible Wikipedia

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus

Chorus members:
Please listen to your PracticeTrax everyday!
It's an easy, convenient way to learn your parts to the Christmas musical.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The End Is Near (Joke)

A local priest and a pastor were fishing on the side of the road. They thoughtfully made a sign saying, "The End is Near! Turn yourself around now before it's too late!" and showed it to each passing car.
One driver who drove by didn't appreciate the sign and shouted at them, "Leave us alone, you religious nuts!"
All of a sudden they heard a big splash, looked at each other, and the priest said to the pastor, "You think maybe we should have just said 'Bridge Out' instead?"

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus

New chorus rehearsal dates & times...
Tuesdays: 7:15 - 8:30 PM
Wednesdays: 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Thursdays: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
All rehearsals at...
Sheridan United Methodist Church 2679 East Main Road (Route 20) Sheridan, NY 14135
Come to all or as many as you can.
Invite others to join us!
For further information, contact Bud @ 716.934.7734 or

Monday, October 22, 2007

Bud's World

Job history
My best job was being a musician, but eventually I found I wasn't noteworthy. I studied a long time to become a doctor, but I didn't have any patience. Next was a job in a shoe factory - I tried but I just didn't fit in. I became a professional fisherman, but discovered that I couldn't live on my net income. I managed to get a good job working for a pool maintenance company,
but the work was just too draining. I got a job at a zoo feeding giraffes, but I was fired because I wasn't up to it. So then I got a job in a workout center, but they said I wasn't fit for the job. After many years of trying to find steady work, I finally got a job as a historian
until I realized there was no future in it. My last job was working at Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was always the same old grind.So, then I retired...and found out I was perfect for the job!

From the Choir Loft
Church choir rehearsals are Tuesday evenings 6:45 – 7:15 PM in the Sheridan United Methodist church sanctuary. Why not plan joining us…we’re always looking for more singers…no auditions necessary!
Our Sheridan Community Chorus is now rehearsing twice/week. Tuesday evenings (7:15 – 8:30 PM), and Thursday evenings (7:00 – 8:30 PM). We are now rehearsing in preparation for our Christmas musical in December. We will present this dynamic musical at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in North Tonawanda on Sunday, 12/9 @ 3:00 PM. And at Sheridan United Methodist Church on Sunday, 12/16 @ 7:00 PM. We could use your help. For further information, please contact Bud at 716.934.7734 or

I was just wondering…

“Why does the psychic hotline ask for your credit card number?”
“Do you sometimes feel as if you’re marching behind the elephants in the parade of life?”

Today in history
(October 21)

1997 – Elton John’s musical tribute to Diana sold over 318 million copies
1994 – North Korea signed a treaty with the Clinton administration to end nuclear projects
1972 – ‘Man of La Mancha’ closed at the Beaumont Theater in NYC after 140 performances
1959 – The Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright opened in NYC
1957 – ‘Jailhouse Rock’ starring Elvis Presley opened
1917 – The 1st American troops saw action on the front lines in WW I
1879 – Thomas Edison perfected the filament light bulb
1492 – Christopher Columbus discovered “America”

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History of the Hymns

October 21, 2007
‘I Know Whom I Have Believed’ (1883) Page 714
Words: Daniel W. Whittle (1840 – 1901)
Music: James McGranaham (1840 - 1907)

Daniel Whittle was named after American politician Daniel Webster. Whittle reached the rank of major during the American civil war, and for the rest of his life was known as “Major” Whittle. During the war, Whittle lost his right arm, and ended up in a prisoner of war camp. Recovering from his wounds in the hospital, he looked for something to read, and found a New Testament. Though its words resonated with him, he was still not ready to accept Christ. Shortly after, a hospital orderly woke him and said a dying prisoner wanted someone to pray with him. Whittle demurred, but the orderly said, “But I thought you were a Christian; I have seen you reading your Bible.” Whittle then agreed to go. He recorded what took place at the dying youth’s bedside:
“I dropped on my knees and held the boy’s hand in mine. In a few broken words I confessed my sins and asked Christ to forgive me. I believed right there that He did forgive me. I then prayed earnestly for the boy. He became quiet and pressed my hand as I prayed and pleaded God’s promises. When I arose from my knees, he was dead. A look of peace had come over his troubled face, and I cannot but believe that God, who used him to bring me to the Savior, used me to lead him to trust Christ’s precious blood and find pardon. I hope to meet him in heaven.”
After the war, Whittle became treasurer of the Elgin Watch Company in Chicago, Illinois.

Meanwhile…1883…124 years ago…in the United States…
President: Chester A. Arthur…V.P.: None
Bread: 2¢/loaf, Milk: 4¢/quart, House: $5,000, Avg. Income: $500/yr.
Favorite tunes: ‘Polly Wolly Doodle,’ ‘The Farmer in the Dell’
The 1st New York Horse Show held (Madison Square Garden)
Original Metropolitan Opera House (NYC) grand opening (Faust)
Race riots took place in Danville, Virginia (4 blacks killed)
US Supreme Court decided Native Americans couldn’t be Americans

Ref. HymnHistories Cyberhymnal WebEdelic DMarie TanBible Wikipedia

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The cost of Heaven (Joke)

The husband and wife were both 85 years old, and had been married for sixty years. Though they were far from rich, they managed to get by because they watched their pennies. Though not young, they were both in very good health, largely due to the wife's insistence on healthy foods and exercise for the last decade.
One day, their good health didn't help when they went on a rare vacation and their plane crashed, sending them off to Heaven. They reached the pearly gates, and St. Peter escorted them inside.
He took them to a beautiful mansion, furnished in gold and fine silks, with a fully stocked kitchen and a waterfall in the master bath. A maid could be seen hanging their favorite clothes in the closet. They gasped in astonishment when he said, "Welcome to Heaven. This will be your home now." The old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost. "Why, nothing," Peter replied, "Remember, this is your reward in Heaven." The old man looked out the window and right there he saw a championship golf course, finer and more beautiful than any ever built on Earth. "What are the greens fees?" grumbled the old man. "This is Heaven," St. Peter replied. "You can play for free every day."
Next they went to the clubhouse and saw the lavish buffet lunch, with every imaginable cuisine laid out before them, from seafood to steaks to exotic deserts, and free flowing beverages. "Don't even ask," said St. Peter to the man. "This is Heaven, it is all free for you to enjoy." The old man looked around and glanced nervously at his wife. "Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol foods, and the decaffeinated tea?" he asked. "That's the best part," St. Peter replied. "You can eat and drink as much as you like of whatever you like, and you will never get fat or sick. This is Heaven!" The old man pushed, "No gym to work out at?" "Not unless you want to," was the answer. "No testing my sugar or blood pressure or..." "Never again. All you do here is enjoy yourself."
The old man glared at his wife and said, "You and your bran muffins. We could have been here ten years ago!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

October 14, 2007 (9 Weeks Left)

Getting Directions:
A little boy was waiting for his mother to come out of the grocery store. As he waited, he was approached by a man who asked, "Son, can you tell me where the post office is?"
The little boy replied, "Sure! Just go straight down this street a coupla blocks and turn to your right." The man thanked the boy kindly and said, "I'm the new pastor in town. I'd like for you to come to church on Sunday. I'll show you how to get to Heaven."
The little boy replied with a chuckle. "Awww, come on; you don't even know how to get to the post office!"

From the Choir Loft
We make it as convenient as possibly for you to join us! Please join us in the choir ministry as we lift our voices in praise to the Lord. We warm-up in the church sanctuary each Sunday morning at 10:10 before the service and sing an anthem during the morning service. We rehearse from 11:30 – noon immediately following the morning services. We also rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 6:45 – 7:15 PM. Why not join us? We need you! Our Sheridan Community Chorus will be presenting our Christmas musical at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic church on Sunday, December 9, 2007 @ 3:00 PM and at Sheridan United Methodist church on Sunday, December 16, 2007 @ 7:00 PM. We could use your help!

I was just wondering…
Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?
Why does your nose run and your feet smell?
Why don't the words “tomb,” “comb,” and “bomb” sound alike?
Why is the word “phonics” not spelled the way it sounds?
Why is an orange an orange, but an apple not a red?

Today in history
(October 14)
1987 – ‘Baby Jessica’ McClure fell down a well in Midland, Texas
1964 – Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize
1962 – U.S. U-2 planes located missiles in Cuba
1957 – The Everly Brothers’ ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ hit #1
1947 – Chuck Yeager in the ‘Bell XS-1’ made the 1st Supersonic flight (Mach 1.015)
1943 – U.S. 8th Air Force lost 80 B-17’s during an assault on Schweinfurt, Germany
1930 – Ethel Merman debuted on Broadway in ‘Girl Crazy’
1926 – Alan Alexander Milne’s book ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ was released
1922 – The 1st Thom McAn shoe store opened on 3rd Avenue in NYC
1912 – Teddy Roosevelt was shot campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1834 – George Eastman received a patent for his paper-strip photographic film
1774 – The 1st Continental Congress was the 1st to declare ‘Colonial Rights’

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History of the Hymns

‘To God Be the Glory’ (1875) Page 98
Words: Fanny J. Crosby (1820 – 1915)
Music: William Howard Doane (1832 - 1915)

Frances (Fanny) Jane Crosby ranks among the Church's greatest writers of hymns and spiritual songs. Over the course of her more than 90 years of life, she composed more than 8,000 texts, many of which have been set to music and are today our favorite hymns of the faith. These include ‘Praise Him! Praise Him!,’ ‘Tell Me the Story of Jesus,’ ‘I Am Thine, O Lord,’ ‘Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross,’ ‘Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine,’ ‘All the Way My Savior Leads Me,’ and ‘Jesus is Tenderly Calling.’ This prodigious output is made more remarkable still with the realization that Crosby was totally blind from six years of age. She praised the Creator and Light of the World for more than 80 years without actually seeing the work of His hands.
‘To God Be the Glory’ is well recognized as a wonderful hymn of praise and adoration of God. Written and first published in 1875, it was practically unknown in North America until Cliff Barrows used it in a Billy Graham Crusade in 1954. Since that time, it has become one of the best known and loved of songs. Several aspects of this beloved composition set it forth not only as a hymn of praise, but also as a hymn of grace. William H. Doane, a frequent collaborator with Ms. Crosby, composed the tune to which this hymn is set. In his lifetime Doane composed more than 2,000 tunes, many of which are still in common use today, including the tunes to such hymns as ‘Rescue the Perishing,’ ‘Near the Cross,’ ‘I Am Thine, O Lord,’ and ‘More Love to Thee.’
In 1858 Fanny married Mr. Alexander Van Alstyne, a pupil and then a teacher at the New York Institution for the blind where she also taught. He was an accomplished musician and theologian, and apparently humble, since he insisted Fanny retain her literary name, which was already well known.

Meanwhile…1875…132 years ago…in the United States…
President: Ulysses S. Grant …V.P.: Henry Wilson
Pinkerton agents firebombed Jesse James mother’s house…killing Jesse’s brother
The first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville, Kentucky
A grasshopper swarm measuring 1,800 miles by 110 miles decimated Nebraska
John D. Larkin began operation of the Larkin Soap Company in Buffalo
Ref. HymnHistories Cyberhymnal WebEdelic DMarie TanBible Wikipedia

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Bad Headlines (part 2) Joke

Double Meanings From Around The World

~ Farmer Bill Dies in House
~ Nation's Head Seeks Arms
~ Safety Experts Say School Bus Passengers Should Be Belted
~ Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case
~ Survivor of Siamese Twins Joins Parents
~ Stud Tires Out
~ Eye Drops off Shelf
~ Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim
~ Shot Off Woman's Leg Helps Nicklaus to 66
~ Enraged Cow Injures Farmer with Ax
~ Two Ships Collide, One Dies
~ Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
~ Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge
~ Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
~ Man Struck by Lightning Faces Battery Charge
~ New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
~ Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
~ Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
~ Ban On Soliciting Dead in Trotwood
~ Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
~ Man Minus Ear Waives Hearing
~ Air Head Fired ~ Bank Drive-in Window Blocked by Board
~ Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
~ Include your Children when Baking Cookies

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


BAD HEADLINES, part 1 Double Meanings From Around The World
~ L.A. Voters Approve Urban Renewal By Landslide
~ Patient At Death's Door--Doctors Pull Him Through
~ Diaper Market Bottoms Out
~ Antique Stripper to Display Wares at Store
~ Lawyers Give Poor Free Legal Advice
~ Lingerie Shipment Hijacked--Thief Gives Police The Slip
~ Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
~ Fund Set Up for Beating Victim's Kin
~ Killer Sentenced to Die for Second Time in 10 Years
~ Nicaragua Sets Goal to Wipe Out Literacy
~ Autos Killing 110 a Day--Let's Resolve to Do Better
~ 20-Year Friendship Ends at Altar
~ War Dims Hope For Peace
~ If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last A While
~ Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
~ Man is Fatally Slain
~ Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Experts Say
~ Death Causes Loneliness, Feelings of Isolation
~ Flaming Toilet Seat Causes Evacuation at High School
~ Defendants Speech Ends in Long Sentence
~ Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
~ House Passes Gas Tax Onto Senate
~ Police Discover Crack in Australia
~ William Kelly, 87, was Fed Secretary
~ Collegians are Turning to Vegetables
~ Caribbean Islands Drift to Left

A successful marriage (Joke)

At the church's marriage marathon, the minister asked Ralph on his 50th wedding anniversary, to take a few minutes and share some insight into how he managed to stay married to the same woman all these years.
Ralph replied to the audience, "Well, I've treated her well, spent money on her, but mostly I took her traveling on special occasions."
The minister inquired, "Trips to where?"
"For our 25th anniversary, I took her to Italy."
The minister then said, "Ralph, you are a terrific example to all husbands. Please tell the audience what you are planning for your wife on your 50th anniversary?"
Ralph said, "I'm gonna go get her."

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Wit or Wisdom
“God is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of hope.”
~ Catherine Marshall
“Every time I think I’m getting old, something else happens.”
~ Lillian Carter
“Are you humbly grateful? Or grumbly hateful?”
~ Pastor Roland Smith
“The most difficult thing I have ever had to do is follow the guidance I prayed for.”
~ Albert Schweitzer
“Be yourself. No one can ever tell you you’re doing it wrong.”
~ James Leo Herlihy
From the Choir Loft
Choir LoftWe have ministered at ‘St. Columban’s on the Lake’ a couple of times and have been asked to minister at the Chautauqua County Home and Fredonia Place. We are also planning to present our Christmas musical at St. Joe’s Roman Catholic Church in North Tonawanda. If you are looking for an opportunity to minister to others, how about joining us? We are looking for all kinds of help (singers, actors, audio, video, ushers, dancers, promotional help, etc.). If you’re willing to help, please contact Bud: 716.934.7734 or or the church office: 716.672.2048

I was just wondering…
· How come “abbreviated” is such a long word?
· Since light travels faster than sound, isn't that why some people appear bright
until you hear them speak?
· Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn't zigzag?
· If it's true that we are here to help others, then exactly what are the “OTHERS” here for?
· If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it ‘Fed UP?’
· If quitters never win, and winners never quit, what fool came up with, "Quit while you're ahead?"
· Do Lipton employees take coffee breaks?
· What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?
· Why do “tug” boats push their barges?

Today in history
(October 7)
2005 – John Rigas & son of Adelphia Cable were indicted
2001 – ‘Al-Jazeera’ TV network showed video footage of Osama Bin Ladin praising Allah for 9-11
1968 – The Motion Picture Association adopted its film rating system (‘G, M, R, & X’)
1940 – Artie Shaw & his orchestra recorded Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Stardust’ for RCA Victor
1913 – Implementing the ‘assembly line’ increased Ford’s auto production from 12 – 93 cars/day
1849 – Edgar Allen Poe died in Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 40
1826 – The 1st U.S. railway opened in Quincy, Mass.

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