Saturday, April 28, 2007

Sheridan United Methodist Church Choir

Sunday (4/29/07) morning's choir anthem will be: "No Other Word For Grace but Amazing." This song is from our 2006 Easter Cantata. If you don't have any other plans Sunday morning, we could use you!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus

Our preparations for the upcoming patriotic concert have begun!
Rehearsals are every Tuesday evening @ 7:00 PM at The Sheridan United Methodist Church (2679 Route 20 in Sheridan, NY. Everyone is welcome and needed. We also need you to invite others to join us.
We have already been asked to present this powerful tribute to America at four separate venues.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus

Tuesday evening chorus rehearsals begin tonight (4/24/07) in preparation for our Patriotic musical. Rehearsals are every Tuesday evening (7:00 - 8:30 PM) at Sheridan United Methodist Church (2679 Route 20 in Sheridan, NY).
We are always looking for new singers. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us.
We will present this exciting cantata at least twice (once in Sheridan, NY & once in Cattaraugus, NY).

Monday, April 23, 2007

God offers Adam a helpmate (Joke)

Adam was walking around the Garden of Eden feeling very lonely, so God asked Adam, "What is wrong with you?" Adam said he didn't have anyone to talk to. God said he was going to give him a companion and she would be called "woman."
God said, "This person will cook for you and wash your clothes, she will always agree with every decision you make. She will bear your children and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them. She will not nag you, and will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you've had a disagreement. She will never have a headache, and will freely give love and compassion whenever needed."
Adam asked God, "What will this woman cost?"
God said, "An arm and a leg."
Adam said, "What can I get for just a rib?"

Sunday, April 22, 2007

April 22, 2007

The Church Offering…
The pastor of the church needed to raise money to remodel the fellowship hall. He tried for months and months to raise the money, but nothing seemed to be working. Finally one Sunday he told the congregation, whoever gave the largest donation could pick out three hymns. The offering plate was passed around. Looking into the plate he saw the largest bill ever placed in the offering plates. He asked who gave it. Reluctantly from the back row, the oldest female parishioner raised her hand. The pastor told her to come up to the front and pick out her three hymns.
Once at the front, she looked at the most handsome men in the congregation, pointed, and said: “I want him, and him, and him.”
From the Choir Loft
Can you find where in the Bible these musical instruments are mentioned?

Trumpet…horn, coronet, flute, organ, dulcimer, cymbal, tambourine, bells,
triangle, harp, & lyre.
And for extra credit…the trombone is listed under its
“original” name.
If you are lucky enough to be the winner of this quiz, you will
be eligible for a free one-year membership into the Sheridan United Methodist Adult Choir.

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The Choir director’s resignation…
A choir director, having served the same church for many years, decided to leave and take a similar position in another church. Without telling anyone he had made this decision or writing a letter to the congregation, he waited until Sunday morning to announce his resignation in the church service.

When he spoke to the congregation he said, “The same Jesus who called me to this church many years ago has now called upon me to leave and serve another church.”

The choir all stood and sang, ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus.’

Today in history
(April 22)
2000 – Elian Gonzalez was snatched by a SWAT team in Florida & returned to his father in Cuba
1991 – Intel released the “486 SX” computer chip
1991 – Johnny Carson announced his retirement from The Tonight Show
1955 – U.S. Congress mandated that all U.S. coins bear the motto: “In God We Trust”
1945 – Hitler realized the war was lost & committed suicide in a secret bunker
1914 – Babe Ruth played his 1st professional baseball game as a pitcher for Boston winning 6-0

History of the Hymns
April 22, 2007
‘It Is Well with My Soul’

(1873) page 377
Words by Horatio Gates Spafford (1828 – 1888) Music by Philip Paul Bliss (1838 – 1876)

I’ve previously written the story behind the writing of this hymn, but it’s worth repeating.
Horatio G. Spafford had been a successful attorney in Chicago. He was the father of four daughters, an active member of the Presbyterian Church, and a loyal friend and supporter of D. L. Moody (the American evangelist and preacher). When Mr. Moody and his music associate, Ira Sankey, left for Great Britain for an evangelistic campaign, Spafford decided to lift the spirits of his family by taking them on a vacation to Europe. He also planned to assist in the Moody - Sankey meetings there.

In November of 1873, Spafford was detained by urgent business, but he sent his wife and four daughters as scheduled on the S.S. Ville du Havre, planning to join them soon after. Halfway across the Atlantic, the ship was struck by an English vessel, and sank in 12 minutes. All four of the Spafford daughters: Tanetta, Maggie, Annie and Bessie were among the 226 who drowned. Mrs. Spafford was among the few who were miraculously saved.

Later, Spafford stood hour after hour on the deck of the ship carrying him to rejoin his sorrowing wife in Cardiff, Wales. When the ship passed the approximate place where his precious daughters had drowned, Spafford received sustaining comfort from God, which enabled him to pen the words of this hymn: “When sorrows like sea billows roll ... It is well with my soul.”

You will note that the musical tune for this hymn was named ‘Ville Du Havre’ after the ship on which Spafford’s daughters and wife had sailed.

Meanwhile…1873…134 years ago…in the United States…
President: Ulysses S. Grant…V.P.: Henry Wilson
The Colgate Company began marketing dental cream
P.T. Barnum’s circus: “The Greatest Show on Earth” debuted
in New York City – its tent covered 3 acres and held 10,000 spectators

Levi Strauss & Jacob Davis received a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets
Edward Butler began publication of The Sunday Morning News (later The Buffalo News)
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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Apathy (Joke)

The world is full of apathy...But I don't care!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Santa Claus fired (Joke)

Top Executive at North Pole fired
By Ruben & Bernie Elf
North Pole Industries today announced the firing of CEO Mr. S. Claus for repeated use of the term "Ho Ho Ho." The portly, popular CEO has been the top exec. at the company since its inception. Company employees interviewed by our Business reporters describe the jolly exec. as a man caught up in the current "politically correct culture."
There is no information as to Mr. Claus' future plans.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus

The responses to our Easter musical keep pouring in...
"I just wanted to tell you how blessed I was by your amazing concert last night. Your hard work & dedication paid off. I think that being a small church you may sometimes feel like you're 'competing' with the big guys especially this year... You outdid yourselves! It was superb & truly blessed!"

Saturday, April 14, 2007

April 15, 2007

The Preacher's Horse

A man bought a horse from a preacher. The preacher told the man that this horse had been trained in a very unique way (being the horse of a preacher). The only way to make the horse go, is to say, "Hallelujah!" The only way to make the horse stop, is to say, "Amen!"

The man was pleased with his purchase and immediately got on the animal to try out the preacher's instructions. "Hallelujah!" shouted the man. The horse began to trot. "Amen!" shouted the man. The horse stopped immediately. "This is great!" said the man. With a "Hallelujah" he rode off, very proud of his new purchase

The man traveled for a long time through the mountains. As he headed toward a cliff, he couldn’t remember the word to make the horse stop. "Stop," said the man. "Halt!" he cried. The horse just kept going. "Oh, no." "Bible...Church!...Please! Stop!!," shouted the man. The horse just began to trot faster. He was getting closer and closer to the edge of the cliff.

Finally, in desperation, the man said a prayer. "Please, dear Lord. Please make this horse stop before I go off the end of this mountain, In Jesus' name, AMEN."

The horse came to an abrupt stop just one step from the edge of the cliff.

"HALLELUJAH!"shouted the man.

From the Choir Loft

If you didn’t make it to our Easter performance on Palm Sunday (4/1)…we missed you! The chorus did an outstanding job and sang with such expression that many tears were evident in the audience.

Our membership is an open one and we have begun preparations for a patriotic musical to be presented in Cattaraugus and here at The Sheridan United Methodist Church in Sheridan. If you, or someone you know might be interested in joining us, please let me know. We are one of the finest choirs in Sheridan, NY!

Two different health plans…

Two patients limp into two different American medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement. The first patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day, has a time booked for surgery the next day and, within two days, and is home recuperating. The second patient sees the family doctor after waiting a week for an appointment, then waits eighteen weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another month and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months in the future.

Why the different treatment for the two patients? The first is a Golden Retriever. The second is a senior citizen.

Today in history

(April 15)

1971 – George C. Scott won an Academy Award for the movie ‘Patton’

1955 – Ray Kroc opened his 1st fast-food restaurant named McDonalds

1912 – The Titanic sank at 2:27 AM off the coast of Newfoundland

1865 – Abraham Lincoln was shot inside Ford Theater by John Wilkes Booth

History of the Hymns

April 15, 2007

‘Rejoice, the Lord Is King’

(1906) page 715

Words: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788)

Music by John Darwall (1731 – 1789)

Early Methodists were persecuted and endured lives of hardship. Charles Wesley, along with his brother John started the Methodist movement, wanted to encourage his followers. He wanted them to be a singing, joyful people and not to become discouraged and lose hope. Paul’s letter t the Philippians gave Wesley the text for ‘Rejoice, the Lord Is King.’ Although Paul was imprisoned when he wrote this letter, he wrote a message of joy and encouragement, stating "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.

"‘Rejoice, the Lord Is King’ was first published with six stanzas in 1744 in John Wesley’s ‘Moral and Sacred Poems.’ Two years later Charles Wesley included it in ‘Hymns for Our Lord’s Resurrection.’ Most hymnals include four verses, omitting the fifth stanza from the original hymn.

We sing ‘Rejoice, the Lord Is King’ to the hymn tune: "Darwall’s 148th." Charles Wesley and Handel met at the home of Mr. Rich, whose wife had been converted through the preaching of Wesley. She requested that Handel compose hymn tunes for ‘Rejoice, the Lord Is King’ along with ‘Sinners, Obey the Gospel Word’ and ‘O Love Divine, How Sweet Thou Art.’ Handel graciously agreed and composed three hymn tunes.

Meanwhile…1906…101 years ago…in the United States…

President: Ulysses S. Grant…V.P.: Charles W. Fairbanks

1906 Statistics: Population: 85.4 million, 46 states, 1st class stamp: 2¢

Average worker earned $12.98 / week for 59 hours of work

Life expectancy: Males: 46.3 years…Females: 47.3 years…Unemployment: 1.7%

The San Francisco earthquake caused over 3,000 deaths and $350 million in damage

The 1st "Radio set" was advertised selling for $7.50 with a range of 1 mile

"Song pluggers"carried pianos on horse-drawn carts selling sheet music

The 1906 Ford Model "N" sold for $500.00

Frank Lloyd Wright’s "Darwin Martin House" was built in Buffalo, NY

Rev. W.F. Flick was pastor of Sheridan Methodist Church

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Sheridan United Methodist Choir

On this upcoming Sunday (4/15/07), The Sheridan United Methodist Choir will sing:
'People Need the Lord' from the 'Treasures' book page 25.

Sheridan Community Chorus

We have the music for our upcoming patriotic concert.
The chorus rehearsal schedule will be announced shortly.
The 1st concert will be Sunday, July 1, 2007 @ 7:00 pm at The Sheridan United Methodist Church.

Understanding women (joke)

The trouble with life is, by the time you can read a girl like a book, your library card has expired.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Another blonde "joke"

As a trucker stops for a red light, a blonde catches up. She jumps out of her car, runs up to his truck, and knocks on the door. The trucker lowers the window, and she says, "Hi, my name is Heather and you are losing some of your load." The trucker ignores her and proceeds down the street. When the truck stops for another red light, the girl catches up again. She jumps out of her car, runs up and knocks on the window. Again, the trucker lowers the window. As if they've never spoken, the blonde says brightly, "Hi my name is Heather, and you are losing some of your load!" Shaking his head, the trucker ignores her again and continues down the street. At the third red light, the same thing happens again. All out of breath, the blonde gets out of her car, runs up, knocks on the truck window. The trucker lowers the window. Again she says, "Hi, my name is Heather, and you are losing some of your load!" When the light turns green the trucker revs up and races to the next light. When he stops this time, he hurriedly gets out of the truck, and runs back to the blonde. He knocks on her window, and as she lowers it, he says..."Hi, my name is Kevin, it's winter in Minnesota and I'm driving the SALT TRUCK!"

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

"You know what I think?" (joke)

"Shhhhh, listen! That's the sound of nobody caring what you think!"

Monday, April 9, 2007

Language of the "experts" (joke)

The following list of phrases and their definitions might help you understand the mysterious language of the "experts:"
"It has long been known..." means "I didn't look up the original reference!"
"A definite trend is evident..." means "These data are practically meaningless!"
"Typical results are shown..." means "This is the prettiest graph!"
"In my experience..." means "Once!"
"In case after case..." means "Twice!"
"In a series of cases..." means "Thrice!"
"It is believed that..." means "I think!"
"It is generally believed that..." means "A couple of others think so, too!"

Sheridan Community Chorus

Sunday, July 1, 2007 The Sheridan Community Chorus will present a patriotic musical at Sheridan United Methodist Church @ 2679 Route 20 Sheridan, NY 14135.
This will be a patriotic celebration giving thanks to God for the blessings he has bestowed upon our county, and this will enable us to honor our military veterans.
If you, or someone you know would like to join us, please contact Bud @ or call the church office at (716) 672-2048.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

April 8, 2007

The Priest’s last moments…

One day, an Old Catholic Priest was dying. He sent a message for two members of his congregation to come to his home. One was a politician and one was a lawyer. When they arrived, they were ushered up to his bedroom. As they entered the room, the priest held out his hands and motioned for them to sit on each side of his bed. He then grasped their hands, sighed contentedly and smiled. For a long time no one said anything. Both the lawyer and the politician were touched and flattered that the old priest would want them with him during his final moments. He had never given them any indication that he particularly liked either of them. His sermons in the past about greed and various other behaviors had made them squirm in their seats many a time. Finally the lawyer asked, "Preacher, why did you ask us to come and see you at this time?"

The old priest mustered up some strength, and then said weakly, "Jesus died between 2 thieves…and that’s how I wanted to go!"

From the Choir Loft

"Wounded for me, wounded for me, There on the cross He was wounded for me;Gone my transgressions, and now I am free, All because Jesus was wounded for me."

The Easter Bunny…

A man was blissfully driving along the highway, when he saw the Easter Bunny hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the Bunny, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of his car and was hit. The basket of eggs went flying all over the place including all the candy.

The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road, and got out to see what had become of the Bunny carrying the basket. Much to his dismay, the colorful Bunny was dead. The driver felt guilty and began to cry. A woman driving down the same highway saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong. "I feel terrible," he explained, "I accidentally hit the Easter Bunny and killed it. What should I do?" The woman told the man not to worry. She knew exactly what to do. She went to her car trunk, and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead Bunny, and sprayed the entire contents of the can onto the little furry animal.

Miraculously the Easter Bunny came back to life, jumped up, picked up the spilled eggs and the candy, waved its paw at the two humans and hopped on down the road. 50 yards away the Easter Bunny stopped turned around, waved and hopped on down the road another 50 yards, turned, waved,hopped another 50 yards and waved again!

The man was astonished. He said to the woman, "What in heaven's name is in your spray can?" The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label. It said:

Hair spray. Restores life to dead hair. Adds permanent wave.’

Today in history

(April 8)

2005 – Funeral of Pope John Paul II

1742 – 1st performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in Dublin, Ireland

Bud’s History of the Hymns

April 8, 2007

(1933) page 310

Words and music by Alfred Henry Ackley (1887 – 1960)

"Why should I worship a dead Jew?"

That was the question posed by a sincere young Jewish student who had been attending evangelistic meetings conducted by the author and composer of this hymn, Alfred Ackley. Rev. Ackley’s answer to this probing question, ultimately prompted the writing of this popular gospel hymn, ‘He Lives.’

The composer answered the young man by saying: "He lives! I tell you, He is not dead, but lives here and now! Jesus Christ is more alive today than ever before. I can prove it by my own experience, as well as the testimony of countless thousands."

Rev. Ackley’s forthright, emphatic answer, together with his subsequent successful effort to win the young man for Christ, morphed into song and crystallized into a convincing message in the hymn, ‘He Lives!’ He sat down at the piano and transformed that message into song. The thought of His ever-living presence brought the music quickly and easily.

Rev. Ackley received musical training from his father and later at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he became a great cello player. After graduating from Westminster Theological Seminary in Maryland, he was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1914 and pastored churches in Wilkes-Barre, Elmhurst and later Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He wrote some 1,500 religious and secular songs.

Meanwhile…1933…74 years ago…in the United States…

President: Franklin D. Roosevelt…V.P.: John N. Garner

Bread: 7¢/loaf, Milk: 10¢/qt., Eggs: 52¢/dozen,Gas: 18¢/gallon 1st class stamp: 3¢, Unemployment: 25.2%

Top Song: ‘Easter Parade’ by Irving Berlin

Prohibition was repealed

Walt Disney released ‘Three Little Pigs’

Fay Wray co-starred with a mechanical ape in the movie ‘King Kong’

The U.S. Congress passed the 1st "minimum wage law" (33¢/hour)

Trolley car service ended in Silver Creek, New York

Rev. James W. Reis was pastor of Sheridan Methodist Church

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus

What a wonderful performance by the Sheridan Community Chorus just three days ago. The combined voices of the Sheridan Community Chorus & Cattaraugus Chorus presented 'The Sacrifice' at The Sheridan United Methodist Church on Sunday (4/1) evening.
There was a full house and the audience was excited, energetic and were impressed by the accompanying video presentation of the Easter-week story. I can't list all the wonderful comments we received following the concert, but let's just say I will have a difficult time getting my Tuba baseball cap to fit my swelled head.
Thanks to everyone involved in the endless hours of preparation. It takes an enormous amount of time to prepare a musical like this!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Three Easter Rabbits (Joke)

What do you call three "Easter rabbits" in a row, hopping backwards simultaneously?
A receding hareline.

Easter Sunday (Joke)

One Easter Sunday morning as the pastor was preaching a children's sermon, he reached into his bag of props and pulled out a plastic egg. He pointed at the egg and asked the children, "What's in here?"
"I know, I know!" a little boy exclaimed, "pantyhose!"