Saturday, March 31, 2007

April 1, 2007

Absolutely useless information…

The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 61,000

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. (My hair is loaded!!!!)

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: ‘Tom Sawyer’

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments

From the Choir Loft

Tonight, we will present the Easter musical: ‘The Sacrifice’ at 7:00 PM at Sheridan United Methodist Church. This powerful cantata presents the story of Easter week through the eyes of six Biblical characters as they are interviewed in a "60-minutes" style. The chorus is made up of members from over 10 different churches and denominations. You won’t want to miss this exciting audio/visual experience. Invite your friends and come early.

Taking it with you…

There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and he wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him.

An angel hears his plea and appears to him, "Sorry, but you can't take your wealth with you."

The man implores the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules. The man continues to pray that his wealth could follow him. The angel reappears and informs the man that God has decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man gathers his largest suitcase and fills it with pure gold bars and places it beside his bed.

Soon afterward the man dies and shows up at the Gates of Heaven to greet St. Peter. Seeing the suit case Peter says, "Hold on, you can't bring that in here!" But the man explains to him that he has permission and asks him to verify his story with the Lord. Sure enough, Peter checks and comes back saying, "You're right. You are allowed one carry-on bag, but I'm supposed to check its contents before letting it through."

Peter opens the suitcase to inspect the worldly items that the man found too precious to leave behind and exclaims, "You brought pavement?"

Today in history

(April 1)

1970 - American Motors introduced the Gremli

1976 – Stephen Wozniak & Steven Jobs founded Apple Computern

1938 – The Baseball Hall of Fame Museum opened in Cooperstown, NY

1929 – The Yo-Yo was 1st marketed

1889 - The 1st dishwashing machine went on sale in Chicago, Ill.

1853 – Cincinnati, Ohio became the 1st U.S. city to pay firefighters a regular salary

1826 – Samuel Morey received a patent for the 1st internal combustion engine

Bud’s History of the Hymns

April 1, 2007

‘O Sacred Head, Now Wounded’ (1830)

page 286

Words: Bernard of Clairvaux (1091 – 1153)

Translation by Paul Gerhardt (1607 – 1676)

Music by Hans Leo Hassler (1564 – 1612)

‘O Sacred Head, Now Wounded’ is based on a long medieval poem attributed to Bernhard of Clairvaus, ‘Salve mundi salutaire.’ This poem talks about the body of Christ, as he suffered and hung on the cross. It has seven sections, each addressing a part of Jesus’ body…his seventh section ‘Salve caput crucentatum’ focused on Jesus’ head.

An intensely personal hymn, ‘O Sacred Head, Now Wounded’ acknowledges the pain and shame that Christ endured when he paid the price for our sin. The poet cries out, "I joy to call Thee mine." And we join the poet as we each confess "Mine, mine was the transgression." We go on to sing, "Lo here I fall my Savior" as we fall prostrate, knowing the price of our salvation, and the pain with which it was paid.

Years later, Alexander & Gerhardt translated it into English, and a German composer wrote the music during the Renaissance period.

Meanwhile…1830…177 years ago…in the United States…President: Andrew Jackson…V.P.: Martin Van Buren

Sarah Hale wrote ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’

Edwin Budding began manufacturing lawn mowers…forever ruining Saturdays

Joseph Smith & 5 others organized the Mormon Church near Palmyra, New York

The New York Stock Exchange had its slowest day in history as 31 shares were traded

The population of Buffalo was 8,668…population of Erie County was 35,719

Buffalo, New York completed its city water system

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Sheridan Community Chorus

Final concert...
Sunday, April 1, 2007 @ 7:00 PM @ The Sheridan United Methodist Church
at 2679 Route 20 in Sheridan, NY.
Invite others, come early, and be ready for the most powerful presentation of the Easter story.
This will be the best musical performed in Sheridan, NY on Sunday night April 1, 2007 or your money back!
For further information contact Bud @ or the church office @ (716) 672-2048

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Choir Personals (Joke)

Good looking, mature, widowed soprano with own home looking to meet tenor or baritone. Hair optional. Teeth optional. I have extra sets of both. No basses please. #S-223
Amish choir director seeks spouse. If thee likes rustic living, drawing water from a well and shapeless, black dresses, thou art for me. #B-2
Beepers for sale. Don't care for the choir anthem? Do what I do! Have yourself paged at any time during the first 10 minutes of the service. First come, first serve. #B-256
B.R.A. (Back Row Altos) Now accepting applications for new members. You needn't sit on the back row to be part of this militant feminist organization.
For Sale: Rapper Bible. $20 OBO. #B-9591
E-Z Sight Reading Technique: I'll show you how. No more choir rehearsals! Stay home and enjoy yourself. Choir director approved! Only $79.95 for the complete home study course. #B-1291

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Biblical Humor…

Q. Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy?
A. The area around Jordan. The banks were always overflowing.
Q. Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the Bible?
A. David. He rocked Goliath to a very deep sleep.
Q. Which Bible character had no parents?
A. Joshua, son of Nun.
Q. Why didn't they play cards on the ark?
A. Because Noah was standing on the deck. (Groan...)

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Top Reasons For Joining The Church Choir

  • You've just been selected for jury duty and you want to get accustomed to sitting with a large group of people.

  • The collection plate is never passed to the choir.

  • There's a clock in the back of the church and you want to know when one hour has passed.

  • For years you have wanted to know who sits in the back of the church but were afraid to turn around and look.

Tonight at 7:00, our choir will be performing with the Cattaraugus area Community Choir. We will be presenting the Easter musical ‘The Sacrifice’ at 7:00 PM at the Cattaraugus United Methodist Church with them. The church is located at the corner of Washington & South streets in Cattaraugus, NY.


Wit or Wisdom?

A Mormon acquaintance once pushed Mark Twain into an argument on the issue of polygamy. After long and tedious expositions justifying the practice, the Mormon demanded that Twain cite any passage of scripture expressly forbidding polygamy.

"Nothing easier,"

Twain replied. "No man can serve two masters."


Today in history

(March 25)

1970 - The Concorde made its 1st supersonic flight (700 MPH)

1954 – "From Here to Eternity" with Holden & Hepburn won at the 26th Academy Awards

1954 – RCA manufactured the 1st color TV set with a 12" screen selling for $1,000

1951 – "Guys & Dolls" won at the 5th annual Tony Awards

1943 – Jimmy Durante and Gary Moore premiered on radio

1937 – The Washington Daily News was the 1st U.S. newspaper w/perfumed advertising pages

1882 – 1st public demonstration of "pancake-making" in a department store in NYC

1813 – 1st U.S. flag flown in battle on the Pacific (aboard the frigate Essex)

1776 – The Continental Congress authorized a medal for George Washington

1668 – 1st horse race in America took place

1634 – Lord Baltimore founded the Catholic colony of Maryland

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History of the Hymns

March 25, 2007

‘My Jesus, I Love Thee’


page 172

Words: William Ralph Featherstone (1846 – 1873)

Music: Adoniram Judson Gordon (1836 – 1895)

A young talented and tenderhearted actress was passing along the street of a large city. Seeing a pale, sick girl lying on a couch just inside a half-open door of a beautiful building, she entered with the thought that by her vivacity and pleasant conversation, she might cheer-up the young invalid. The sick girl was a devoted Christian, and her words, her patience, her submission and heaven-lit countenance, so demonstrated the spirit of her religion that the actress was thoroughly converted, and became a true follower of Christ.

She told her father, the leader of the theater troupe, of her conversion, and of her desire to abandon the stage, stating that she could not live a consistent Christian life and follow the life of an actress. Her father was shocked, and told his daughter that their careers would be lost and their business ruined. Loving her father dearly, she partially consented to fulfill their upcoming engagement.

The evening came, the hour arrived; a large audience had assembled. The curtain rose, and the young actress stepped forward firmly amid the applause of the multitude. Amid the breathless silence of the audience, she repeated:

"My Jesus, I Love Thee, I know Thou art mine; For Thee all the follies of sin I resign;

My gracious Redeemer, my Saviour art Thou; If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now!"

That was all. Through Christ she had conquered and, leaving the audience in tears, she retired from the stage never to appear upon it again. Through her influence her father was converted, and through their united evangelistic labors many were led to God.

Meanwhile…1876…131 years ago…in the United States…

President: Ulysses S. Grant…V.P.: Henry Wilson

The U.S. population was approximately 39 million

Mary Baker Eddy founded the Christian Scientists movement

A trip on the new "Transcontinental Express" train (S.F. – NYC) took 83 ½ hours

In Forestville, NY

…at A.C. Cook’s Mill, corn was 35¢/bushel, oats 35¢, & wheat 75¢

There were 3 churches, a printing shop, a bank, 2 hotels, a school, & 23 stores

A stage coach left Forestville every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday


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Sheridan Community Chorus

The Easter Musical: 'The Sacrifice' presented by The Sheridan Community Chorus will be Sunday, April 1, 2007 @ 7:00 pm at the Sheridan United Methodist Church...2679 Route 20 in Sheridan, NY 14135.
The 55-voice choir will sing the powerful music as 6 Biblical characters of the Easter-week story are interviewed in "60-Minutes" style.
Arrive early...invite others to come with you! You won't want to miss this wonderful presentation.
For further information, call (716) 672-2048 or (716) 934-7734

Monday, March 26, 2007

From Behind the Baton

Last night's concert performance in Cattaraugus, NY...
The Community Chorus did a great job last night during our Easter musical! What a powerhouse ensemble! The group had power and volume when needed, sensitive soft passages when asked, and always a great balance allowing all parts to be heard. The Cattaraugus Church made us feel comfortable and the audience was extremely responsive.

The Angel and the two Statues (joke)

In a city park stood two beautiful statues, one female and the other male -- both nude. These two statues faced each other for many, many years. Early one morning an angel appeared before the statues and said, "The two of you have been truly exemplary statues and have brought enjoyment to many people that have visited the park over the years. I am hereby authorized by God to give you the greatest wish that can be bestowed upon you. I grant you the gift of life -- albeit, a limited offer. You have thirty minutes to do whatever your hearts desire."
And with that command, the two statues came to life. They smiled at each other, slowly moved their limbs about in wonderment. They looked all around, at their own bodies and back at each other. Smiling, they then ran to the nearby woods and dove behind a large bush. The angel smiled to herself as she listened to the giggling, bushes rustling and twigs snapping. (Angels aren't naive.) After fifteen minutes, the two statues emerged from the bushes, looking extremely satisfied and wearing nothing but even bigger smiles than before.
Puzzled, the angel looked at her watch and said to them, "You still have fifteen minutes. Wouldn't you like to continue?" The male statue looked at the female and asked, "Do you want to do it again?" "Oh yes!" the female statue replied. "But this time YOU hold the pigeon down and I'LL dump on its head."

Friday, March 23, 2007

Bad News (joke)

After his checkup, the doctor called the wife into his office alone. He said, "Your husband is suffering from a very severe stress disorder. If you don't do the following, your husband will surely die."
"Each morning, fix him a healthy breakfast. Be pleasant at all times. For lunch make him a nutritious meal. For dinner prepare an especially nice meal for him. Don't burden him with chores. Don't discuss your problems with him, it will only make his stress worse. No nagging. And most importantly, be romantic with your husband several times a week. If you can do this for the next 10 months to a year, I think your husband will regain his health completely."
On the way home, the husband asked his wife. "What did the doctor say?"
"He said you're going to die," she replied.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

March 18, 2007

I am sorry this is so late, DJ

The Pastor’s Sermons

A pastor was searching for something in his wife’s closet one day when he came across a small wooden box, tucked away in a remote corner. When he opened the lid, he was surprised to find nearly $2,000 in cash and two eggs. He took the box to his wife.

"Oh," she smiled awkwardly when she saw the box. "I figured you’d find that some day."

When he asked for an explanation, she replied, "well, whenever you preach a bad sermon, I place an egg in the box." The pastor looked at the two eggs in the box and thought to himself, after twenty years of preaching and only two eggs, that’s not too bad! Then he asked, "but what about the $2,000?"

She explained, "whenever I collect a dozen eggs, I sell them and put the money in the box!"

From the Choir Loft

Community Chorus Schedule (week of 3/18): Monday: combined rehearsal at Cattaraugus United Methodist, Tuesday: 7:00 PM rehearsal @ Sheridan U.M., Thursday: 7:00 PM rehearsal.

Next Sunday (3/25/07), our Community Chorus, under the direction of Bud Lowery, will present the Easter musical: ‘The Sacrifice.’ This powerful Easter audio/visual experience will be presented at the Cattaraugus United Methodist Church (Corner of Washington & South streets). The concert will begin at 7:00 PM and will feature the combined choirs of Sheridan and Cattaraugus areas. Come out and support the endless hours of preparation by all our chorus members. On Palm Sunday, April 8th, our combined choirs will present this musical at Sheridan United @ 7:00 PM.

Wit or Wisdom?

"The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle."

"Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate."

"Common sense is not that common."

"When all else fails, read the instructions."

"Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays, it insists on it."

"It is a mistake to allow any mechanical object to realize that you are in a hurry."

"Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence."

Today in history
(March 18)

1994 – Zsa Zsa Gabor filed for bankruptcy(Sorry, I couldn’t find anything else!!)

1970 – The U.S. Postal Service experienced their 1st postal strike

1963 – The Supreme Court’s "Miranda Decision" upheld (defendants entitled to an attorney)

1954 – Howard Hughes bought RKO Motion Pictures Studio for $23,489,478.00

1945 – 1,250 U.S. bombers attacked Berlin, Germany (WW II)

1931 – The 1st electric shavers go on sale by Schick

1905 – Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt were married

1881 – Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth premiered in Madison Square Garden

1850 – Henry Wells & William Fargo form The American Express Co. in Buffalo, NY

Bud’s History of the Hymns

March 18, 2007

‘Softly and Tenderly’

(1880) page 348

Words and music by Will Lamartine Thompson (1847 – 1909)

Will L. Thompson was born in East Liverpool, Ohio. His father, Josiah Thompson, was a member of the Ohio State Legislature. Young Thompson attended the Boston Music School and did additional musical study in Germany. He later began publishing his own songs, when a publisher in New York offered him only $25 for four popular songs he had written. In a short time, millions of copies were being sold and soon he became known as "The Lord of Ohio" and "The Millionaire Songwriter."

His business earned him a sizable income in his lifetime, yet he was always known as a kind, quiet and unassuming Christian gentleman who was greatly loved and admired by his associates. Thompson was also known for his travels by horse and buggy from one small community to another throughout Ohio singing his songs to people everywhere.

This particular hymn was one of D.L. Moody’s favorites. It is said that when Moody was on his deathbed while being visited by Mr. Thompson, Moody feebly whispered: "I would rather have written ‘Softly and Tenderly’ than anything I have been able to do in my whole life."

This hymn was widely used as an invitation hymn in the great evangelistic meetings conducted by Moody and Sankey throughout Great Britain and in America.

Meanwhile…1880…127 years ago…in the United States…
President: Rutherford B. Hayes…V.P.: William A. Wheeler

Bread: 2¢/loaf, Milk: 4¢/qt., House: $4500, Income: $480/year

The most popular children’s names: John, William, Mary & Anna

Top Songs: ‘Sailing, Sailing, Over the Bounding Main,’ ‘Blow the man down’

The Municipal Court system was established & Police Department organized in Buffalo

Buffalo’s full time professional fire department was organized

The Buffalo Bisons baseball team went 24 – 58

Sheridan Community Chorus

Please try to make each of our remaining chorus rehearsals...
Thursday (3/22), Tuesday (3/27), and Thursday (3/29).
All at Sheridan United Methodist Church starting at 7:00 PM.

Preparing for the birth

1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously. 2nd baby: You don't bother because you remember the last time - breathing didn't do a thing. 3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The difference in the birth order

BIRTH ORDER OF CHILDREN 1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy. 2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible. 3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.
PREPARING FOR THE BIRTH: 1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously. 2nd baby: You don't bother because you remember that last time - breathing didn't do a thing. 3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

From Behind the Baton

Please do not mob the choir loft after Sunday services. Wait until the crowds have cleared before seeking autographs.

Monday, March 12, 2007

The Sheridan Community Chorus

Tuesday, March 13 @ 7:00 pm is our first and only combined rehearsal at Sheridan United Methodist. We need everyone to make this rehearsal so we can work on lining up, walking in, walking out, the solos, the voice parts, and our chorus dance steps. (okay, I just wanted to see if you were paying attention!) The chorus rehearsal tomorrow (3/13) will begin and end on time! I appreciate the sacrifice you all make to enable this ministry to exist.
See you Tuesday.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

March 11, 2007

A letter from college…

Dear Father,
$chool i$ really great. I am making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying very hard. With all my $tuff, I $imply can’t think of anything I need, $o if you would like, you can ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you.
Love, Your $on.

After receiving his son’s letter, the father immediately replies by sending a letter back.
Dear Son,
I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh.
Love, Dad

From the Choir Loft

Our adult church choir sings each week in the 10:30 Sunday morning worship service. The choir meets 15 minutes before the service to rehearse the morning anthem, then rehearses immediately following the service for the upcoming Sunday. The adult handchime choir rehearses on the 1st & 3rd Sundays immediately following the choir rehearsal. If you have any desire to sing or play…we need you…we want you.

The Sheridan Community Chorus sings during the Easter Season, Independence Day Season, & the Christmas Season. It is open to all!

Upcoming Sheridan Community Chorus concerts:

We will be singing @ The Cattaraugus United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 25, 2007 @ 7:00 PM

We will be singing @ The Sheridan United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 1, 2007 @ 7:00 PM

Quotes by Winston Churchill…

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

"If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised."

"Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others."

"When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened"

"My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me."

Today in history

(March 11)

1993 – Janet Reno became the 1st female Attorney General of the United States

1986 – The National Football League adopted the "instant replay rule"

1941 – F.D.R. signed the "Lend-Lease" Act loaning money to Great Britain

1927 – The 1st armored car hold-up in the United States occurred in Pittsburgh, Pa.

1903 – Lawrence Welk was born in Strassburg, North Dakota to Russian immigrants

1892 – The 1st public basketball game in the U.S. was played in Springfield, Mass.

1888 – The "Great Blizzard of ’88" on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. killed 400

1665 – New York approved a new code guaranteeing religious rights to Protestants

Bud’s History of the Hymns

March 11, 2007

‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’

Words: James Weldon Johnson (1871 – 1938)

Music by J. Rosamond Johnson (1873 – 1954)

James Weldon Johnson was well known as an author, lawyer, educator and diplomat. He was born on June 17, 1871 in Jacksonville, Florida and grew up there. Johnson received his degrees in Georgia at the University of Atlanta. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts.

For awhile he was principal of the Stanton school. He was founder and editor of Daily American, the first "Negro Daily" in the United States. Weldon was self- educated in law and was admitted to the Florida bar. He was U. S. consul to Venezuela and later to Nicaragua. Also, he held various positions and offices including 14 years as national secretary of the NAACP. He had six publications between 1922 and 1935 including his autobiography.

Weldon and his brother John collaborated in writing many songs, including this mornings’ hymn. This hymn has become the official song of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It was published as sheet music in 1921.

Meanwhile…1921…86 years ago…in the United States…

President: Warren G. Harding…V.P.: Calvin Coolidge

Airmail service began between San Francisco and N.Y.C.

Bread: 10¢/loaf, Milk: 13¢/qt., Eggs: 40¢/dz., Gas: 26¢/gal.

F.D.R. stricken with polio while vacationing at his summer home in Canada

Chicago Black Sox trial began in Chicago (baseball players found not guilty)

Police in Sunbury, Pa. require women to wear skirts at least 4" below the knee

The G. Elias & Brothers Co. built airplanes on Seneca St. in Buffalo, New York

Gregory Deck opened the 1st Deco Restaurant in Buffalo (hot dog: 5¢, hamburger: 10¢)

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Friday, March 9, 2007

From Behind the Baton

Definition of a "Conductor"..."A musician who is adept at following many people at the same time."

The Sheridan Community Chorus

The choral books are in!
When I got home from chorus rehearsal last night, I found that the UPS man had left a box for me on our front deck! was a box of choral books from the publisher. For those of you who are waiting for your books, I'll give them to you on Sunday or Tuesday.
DON'T FORGET! The Cattaraugus Choir members will join us this Tuesday (3/13) night in Sheridan for our chorus rehearsal.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

The Sheridan Community Chorus

The bad news is I don't have the choral book delivery yet.
I'm holding my breath and standing at the door looking for
the FedEx guy to show up before I leave for chorus rehearsal
tonight. I hope to see you at rehearsal tonight. (3/8/07).
Our upcoming concerts are:
Sunday, March 25 @ 7:00 PM @ Cattaraugus United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 1 @ 7:00 PM @ Sheridan United Methodist Church

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

From Bud's World contest

We are running a contest on our Blog site for the visitor
who makes the most interesting "comment." After each of
our articles, there is a "prompt" to make a "comment"
about that article. For the person who makes the most
interesting comment, we will award a losing ticket to the
most recent "Mega Millions" $370 million jackpot!
Good luck! Keep those comments coming...

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus

The Cattaraugus area singers are planning to join us for our Tuesday (3/13) chorus rehearsal at Sheridan United Methodist Church (2679 Route 20 in Sheridan, NY). Please make an extra effort to join us next Tuesday evening 7:00 - 8:30 PM.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

March 4,2007

The Car Accident

A woman and a man are involved in a car accident on a snowy, cold Monday morning. Both of their cars are totally demolished but, amazingly, neither of them is hurt.

After they crawl out of their cars, the woman says, "Wow, just look at our cars, there's nothing left of them, but we're unhurt. This must be a sign from God that we should be friends and remain as friends for the rest of our days."

Flattered, the man replies, "Oh yes, I agree with you completely; this must be a sign from God!" The woman continues, "And look at this, here's another miracle. My car is completely demolished but this bottle of wine didn't break. Surely we should drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune." Then she hands the bottle to the man.

The man nods his head in agreement, opens it, drinks half the bottle, and then hands it back to the woman. The woman takes the bottle and immediately puts the cap back on, and hands it back to the man. The man asks, "Aren't you having any?"

The woman replies, "No. I think I'll just wait for the police...."

From the Choir Loft

We would love to have you join us in our choir. There are no auditions. We are looking for everyone who enjoys worshipping the Lord in song. The music we use is very "singable," and enjoyable. We rehearse immediately following each Sunday morning service ending before 12:00 noon. If you need to sit while you sing, I’ll make sure we get you a stool. (And a note for you guys…there are at least five women for each man!)

The Sheridan Community Chorusrehearses at S.U.M. every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7:00 PM in preparation for Easter. Why not join us?

If you're interested, contact Bud Lowery at

Wit or Wisdom

"The most effective way to remember your wife’s birthday…is to forget it once."

Today in history

(March 4)

1979 – The 200th episode of "All in the family" aired

1966 – John Lennon claimed The Beatles were more popular than Jesus

1960 – Lucille Ball filed for divorce from Desi Arnaz

1933 – F.D.R. first claimed: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself" in his inauguration speech

1924 – The song ‘Happy Birthday to you’ was 1st published

1902 – The American Automobile Association was founded in Chicago, Illinois

1841 – William Henry Harrison gave the longest inauguration speech of 8,443 words

1793 – George Washington gave the shortest inauguration speech of 133 words

1791 – Vermont admitted to U.S. as the 14th state (1st addition to original 13 colonies)

1789 – The 1st Congress declared the U.S. Constitution in effect (9 Senators & 13 Representatives)


History of the Hymns

March 4, 2007

‘Jesus, Lover of My Soul’

(1879) page 479

Words by Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788)

Music by Joseph Parry (1841 – 1903)

Charles Wesley was conducting one of his many open-air meetings, this one near Killyleagh, Ireland. During the course of his preaching, a number of persons who took exception to his views assaulted him. Unable to withstand the mob, Wesley fled for his life. He took refuge in a farmhouse nearby. Jane Moore, a kind-hearted wife of a farmer, hid the panting evangelist in the milk house. She was barely in time, because at that moment some of Wesley’s assailants rushed up. Mrs. Moore tried to divert their attention by preparing refreshments. Fearful that they might search the premises and discover the harried evangelist, she went to the milk house on the pretext of getting a cold drink for her visitors.

Quickly, she directed Wesley to go through the rear window, and hide under the hedge. Wesley clambered through the window and found a little brook flowing beside the hedge, forming a pool with overhanging branches that afforded a pleasant and safe hiding place. While waiting for the vindictive Irishmen to give up the search and leave, Wesley pulled a pencil and paper from his pocket and wrote out the words to this immortal hymn, ‘Jesus, Lover of My Soul.’

Dr. George Duffield, author of ‘Stand up for Jesus,’ once said of this hymn, "If there is anything in the Christian experience of joy and sorrow, of affliction and prosperity, of life and death—this hymn truly is the hymn of the ages."

(E. H. Jordan)

Meanwhile…1879…128 years ago…in the United States…

President: Rutherford B. Hayes…V.P.: William A. Wheeler

Milk was sold in glass bottles for the 1st time

Frank Woolworth opened his 1st "5 and 10¢ Store" in Utica, NY

James Gamble developed "Ivory Soap" named by Harley Procter

Thomas Edison invented the 1st functioning light bulb (it lasted 13 ½ hours)

The 1st artificial ice rink in North America opened in Madison Square Garden (NYC)

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