Friday, August 31, 2007

Class of 2011

50. Smoking has never been allowed in public spaces in France.
51. China has always been more interested in making money than in reeducation.
52. Time has always worked with Warner.
53. Tiananmen Square is a 2008 Olympics venue, not the scene of a massacre.
54. The purchase of ivory has always been banned.
55. MTV has never featured music videos.
56. The space program has never really caught their attention except in disasters.
57. Jerry Springer has always been lowering the level of discourse on TV.
58. They get much more information from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert than from the newspaper.
59. They're always texting "1 n other."
60. They will encounter roughly equal numbers of female and male professors in the classroom. 61. They never saw Johnny Carson live on television.
62. They have no idea who Rusty Jones was or why he said "goodbye to rusty cars."
63. Avatars have nothing to do with Hindu deities.
64. Chavez has nothing to do with iceberg lettuce and everything to do with oil.
65. Illinois has been trying to ban smoking since the year they were born.
66. The World Wide Web has been an online tool since they were born.
67. Chronic fatigue syndrome has always been debilitating and controversial.
68. Burma has always been Myanmar.
69. Dilbert has always been ridiculing cubicle culture.
70. Food packaging has always included nutritional labeling.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Class of 2011

26. Katie Couric has always been on TV.
27. Al Gore has always been running for president or thinking about it.
28. They never found a prize in a Coca-Cola "MagiCan."
29. They were too young to understand Judas Priest's subliminal messages.
30. When all else fails, the Prozac defense has always been a possibility.
31. Multigrain chips have always provided healthful junk food.
32. They grew up in Wayne's World.
33. U2 has always been more than a spy plane.
34. They were introduced to Jack Nicholson as "The Joker."
35. Stadiums, rock tours and sporting events have always had corporate names.
36. American rock groups have always appeared in Moscow.
37. Commercial product placements have been the norm in films and on TV.
38. On Parents' Day on campus, their folks could be mixing it up with Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz with daughter Zöe, or Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford with son Cody.
39. Fox has always been a major network.
40. They drove their parents crazy with the Beavis and Butt-head laugh.
41. The "Blue Man Group" has always been everywhere.
42. Women's studies majors have always been offered on campus.
43. Being a latchkey kid has never been a big deal.
44. Thanks to MySpace and Facebook, autobiography can happen in real time.
45. They learned about JFK from Oliver Stone and Malcolm X from Spike Lee.
46. Most phone calls have never been private.
47. High definition television has always been available.
48. Microbreweries have always been ubiquitous.
49. Virtual reality has always been available when the real thing failed.
50. Smoking has never been allowed in public spaces in France.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The College Class of 2011

Most of the students entering college this fall, members of the Class of 2011, were born in 1989. For them, Alvin Ailey, Andrei Sakharov, Huey Newton, Emperor Hirohito, Ted Bundy, Abbie Hoffman, and Don the Beachcomber have always been dead.

1. What Berlin wall?
2. Humvees, minus the artillery, have always been available to the public.
3. Rush Limbaugh and the "Dittoheads" have always been lambasting liberals.
4. They never "rolled down" a car window.
5. Michael Moore has always been angry and funny.
6. They may confuse the Keating Five with a rock group.
7. They have grown up with bottled water.
8. General Motors has always been working on an electric car.
9. Nelson Mandela has always been free and a force in South Africa.
10. Pete Rose has never played baseball.
11. Rap music has always been mainstream.
12. Religious leaders have always been telling politicians what to do, or else!
13. "Off the hook" has never had anything to do with a telephone.
14. Music has always been "unplugged."
15. Russia has always had a multi-party political system.
16. Women have always been police chiefs in major cities.
17. They were born the year Harvard Law Review Editor Barack Obama announced he might run for office some day.
18. The NBA season has always gone on and on and on and on.
19. Classmates could include Michelle Wie, Jordin Sparks, and Bart Simpson.
20. Half of them may have been members of the Baby-sitters Club.
21. Eastern Airlines has never "earned their wings" in their lifetime.
22. No one has ever been able to sit down comfortably to a meal of "liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti."
23. Wal-Mart has always been a larger retailer than Sears and has always employed more workers than GM.
24. Being "lame" has to do with being dumb or inarticulate, not disabled.
25. Wolf Blitzer has always been serving up the news on CNN.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Christmas Cantata Kick-Off Night

Merry Christmas!
We are having our "Christmas Cantata Kick-Off" night on Friday, September 7, 2007 at 7:00 PM at The Sheridan United Methodist Church (Route 20) in Sheridan, NY.
We are asking you to bring your enthusiasm and maybe a snack. We will have a time of coffee and snacks while seeing our Christmas musical of 2007.
Directly after the Christmas musical, we will have a brief refresher rehearsal of our Patriotic cantata: 'Spirit of America.' This is in preparation for our Friday, September 14 concert at the Grape Festival.
If you are planning to sing with us, or just have an interest to see what we're singing, or you know someone who might want to join us this year...please plan to come.
For further information, contact Bud @ 716.934.7734 or
We would love to have you join us!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Entering Heaven (Joke)

A minister dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him is a guy who's dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket, and jeans.
Saint Peter addresses this guy, "Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you to the Kingdom of Heaven?" The guy replies, "I'm Joe Cohen, taxi-driver, of New York City."
Saint Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the taxi-driver, "Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven." The taxi-driver goes into Heaven with his robe and staff, and it's the minister's turn.
He stands erect and booms out, "I am Joseph Snow, pastor of Saint Mary's for the last forty-three years." Saint Peter consults his list. He says to the minister, "Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven."
"Just a minute," says the minister. "That man was a taxi-driver and he gets a silken robe and golden staff. How can this be?"
"Up here, we work by results," says Saint Peter. "While you preached, people slept; while he drove, people prayed."

Friday, August 24, 2007

Compliments from a husband (Joke)

A man was just coming out of anesthesia after a series of tests in the hospital, and his wife was sitting at his bedside. His eyes fluttered open, and he murmured, "You're beautiful."
Flattered, the wife continued her vigil while he drifted back to sleep. Later, her husband woke up and said, "You're cute." Startled, she asked him, "What happened to 'beautiful?'"
"The drugs are wearing off," he replied.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Airline announcements (Joke)

United Flight Attendant announced, "People, people we're not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!
· On landing, the stewardess said, "Please be sure to take all of your belongings. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have. "
· "There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane"
· An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the Passengers exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying our airline." He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane. She said, "Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?" "Why, no, Ma'am," said the pilot. "What is it?" The little old lady said, "Did we land, or were we shot down?"
· As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Ronald Reagan, a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella, WHOA!"
· Another flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing: "We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal."
· Overheard on an American Airlines flight into Amarillo, Texas, on a particularly windy and bumpy day: During the final approach, the Captain was really having to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Amarillo. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what's left of our airplane to the gate!"
· "Your seat cushions can be used for flotation; and, in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments."
· "As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses......except for that gentleman over there."
· Heard on Southwest Airlines just after a very hard landing in Salt Lake City - The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, "That was quite a bump, and I know what y'all are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendant's fault, it was the asphalt."
· After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the attendant came on with, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Capt. Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we'll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal."
· Part of a flight attendant's arrival announcement: "We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of US Airways."
· A plane was taking off from Kennedy Airport. After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, nonstop from New York to Los Angeles. The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax... OH, MY GOD!" Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier. While I was talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!" A passenger in Coach yelled, "That's nothing. You should see the back of mine!"

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Christmas Cantata Kick-off

Friday, September 7, 2007 at 7:00 pm at The Sheridan United Methodist Church...
we are making preliminary plans for our Christmas Cantata kick-off night.
We will watch and listen to the new Christmas musical for our 2007 Christmas season.
We would like each one to bring a small snack or desert. I would like this to be a relaxed social night for anyone interested in participating in our Christmas musical.
Following the Christmas musical preview, we will have a quick rehearsal of our patriotic musical: 'The Spirit of America.' We will be presenting 'The Spirit of America' a week later at the Grape Festival in Silver Creek, NY. (Friday, September 14 @ 6:00 pm) in front of the Village of Silver Creek Gazebo in the middle of the village.
Pray for good weather...but in case of rain we will sing inside The First United Church in Silver Creek.

Monday, August 20, 2007

A Friend Passes

Mr. Charles F. VanEtten passed away on Friday (8/17) at St. Joseph's Hospital in Buffalo.
As most of you are aware, Charlie was the husband of Betty VanEtten. Betty is my dear friend and choir director at Cattaraugus United Methodist Church.
Charlie was a warm, charming Christian with a quick smile.
He gave a brief presentation at our Chorus concert at The Cattaraugus Christian Camp last month and did an outstanding job.
Charlie will be sorely missed.
Visiting hours will be held at the Mentley Funeral Home (105 East Main Street in Gowanda) Monday (8/20) from 7 - 9. Tuesday (8/21) from 2 -4 & 7 - 9.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday (8/22) at 11 am at The Gowanda United Methodist Church.
Please keep Betty VanEtten and the entire family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Bud's World

August 19, 2007 (17 weeks left)

Fig Leaf Found…
A little boy opened the large old family Bible, and he looked with fascination at the ancient pages as he turned them one by one.
He was still in Genesis when something fell out of the bible. He picked it up and looked at it closely. It was a very large old tree leaf that had been pressed between the pages of the Bible long ago. “Momma, look what I found!” the boy called out.
“What do you have there?” his mother asked.
With astonishment in his voice, the young boy answered, “I think its Adam’s underwear!”

From the Choir Loft
Did you know when most people are asked to join the choir, the response is: “Let me pray about it?”
Did you know church choirs average 5% the size of the Sunday morning congregation?
Did you know the majority of Christian churches do not have a choir?
Did you know church choir members live on average 12% longer?
Did you know 81% of all church choir members are female?
Choir LoftDid you know most church choirs take the summer off?
Did you know we need you in our choir?

Wit or Wisdom?
“Maturity is the ability to do a job whether or not you are supervised, to carry money
without spending it, and to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.”
~Ann Landers
“I’m looking forward to looking back on all this.”
~Sandra Knell
“It’s important that people should know what you stand for.
It’s equally important that they know what you won’t stand for.”
~Mary H. Waldrip

Today in history
(August 19)
1993 – ‘Cheers’ ended an 11-year run on NBC-TV
1993 – The Mattel Company & Fisher-Price toy companies merged
1988 – Iran & Iraq began a cease-fire in their 8 year old war
1984 – Republican Convention in Houston, Texas nominated Ronald Reagan for president
1967 – The Beatles ‘All You Need Is Love’ single record goes #1
1934 – Adolf Hitler was elected Fuhrer of Germany by 95.7% of German voters
1856 – The method of processing condensed milk was patented by Gail Borden
1692 – Five women were executed for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts

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

History of the Hymns

August 19, 2007
‘How Firm a Foundation’ (1866) Page 529
Words: from ‘A Selection of Hymns’ from John Rippon (1751 – 1836)
Music: from Genuine Church Music by Joseph Funk (1778 – 1862)

General Curtis Guild, Jr., has written an article in ‘The Sunday School Times’ how this hymn, ‘How Firm a Foundation,’ was sung on a famous Christmas morning.
The Seventh Army Corps was encamped on the hills above Havana, Cuba, on Christmas Eve of 1898 on a beautiful tropical night. Suddenly a sentinel from the camp of the Forty-ninth Iowa called, “Number ten; twelve o’clock, and all’s well!”
Suddenly, a strong voice raised the chorus, and manly voices joined in until the whole regiment was singing. Then the Sixth Missouri added its voices, and the Fourth Virginia, and all the rest, ’til there, as General Guild said, on the long ridges above the great city where Spanish tyranny once went forth to enslave the New World, a whole American army corps was singing:
‘Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed;
For, I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.’
The Northern soldier knew the hymn as one he had learned beside his mother’s knee. To the Southern soldier it was that and something more—it was the favorite hymn of General Robert E. Lee, and was sung at that great commander’s funeral.
Protestant and Catholic, South and North, singing together on Christmas day in the morning—that’s an American army!

Meanwhile…1866…141 years ago…in the United States…
President: Andrew Johnson …V.P.: None
Jesse James took part in his 1st bank holdup
The world’s 1st roller rink opened in Newport, Rhode Island
Edson P. Clark of Northampton, Massachusetts patented the pencil
Jasper Daniel (“Jack Daniels”) began distilling whiskey in Lynchburg, Tenn.
The 1st successful telegraph cable was laid underwater between N. America & Europe

Ref. HymnHistories Cyberhymnal WebEdelic HymnNuts TanBible Wikipedia

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Cats in Heaven?

A cat dies and goes to Heaven. God meets him at the gate and says, "You have been a good cat all of these years. Anything you desire is yours, all you have to do is ask."
The cats says, "Well, I lived all my life with a poor family on a farm and had to sleep on hardwood floors." God says, "Say no more." And instantly, a fluffy pillow appears.
A few days later, 6 mice are killed in a tragic accident and they go to Heaven. God meets them at the gate with the same offer that He made the cat. The mice said, "All our lives we've had to run. Cats, dogs and even women with brooms have chased us. If we could only have a pair of roller skates, we wouldn't have to run anymore." God says, "Say no more." And instantly, each mouse is fitted with a beautiful pair of tiny roller skates.
About a week later, God decides to check and see how the cat is doing. The cat is sound asleep on his new pillow. God gently wakes him and asks, "How are you doing? Are you happy here?" The cat yawns and stretches and says, "Oh, I've never been happier in my life. And those Meals on Wheels you've been sending over are the best!"

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Christmas Musical

Do you have experience with: staging, drama, costuming, lighting, choreography, etc.?
Could you help us decorate the church for Christmas?
Could you do mailings?
Could you help us move things?
Could you make coffee?
Could you make phone calls?
If so...
Please call Bud 716.934.7734 or

Marriage Seminar (Joke)

While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other."
He looked at Tom and asked, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?"
Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?"
The rest of the story is not pleasant.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Bud's World

August 12, 2007
[18 weeks left]

The True Origin of the Internet
In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she had been called 'Amazon Dot Com.’ And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why doth thou travel far from town to town with thy goods when thou can trade without ever leaving thy tent?"
And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?" And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale and they will reply telling you which hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever moving from his tent.
But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secrete himself inside Abraham's drum and was accused of insider trading. And the young man did take to Dot Com's trading, as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Siderites or ‘NERDS’ for short.
And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to the drum maker, one Brother William of Gates, who bought up every drum company in the land. And indeed did insist on making drums that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.
And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others." And as Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or as it came to be known as ‘eBay’ he said, "We need a name that reflects what we are." And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.""YAHOO," said Abraham.
And that is how it all began. It wasn't Al Gore after all.

Do you love to sing?Did you sing in the choir in grade school or in high school?Are you looking for a way to meet new people with similar interests?Would you like to share your talents and serve the Church?

If you've answered yes to any of the above questions please consider joining the Sheridan United Methodist adult choir. We sing each Sunday morning. Warm-up is at 10:10 am (pre-service) and rehearsals are immediately following the morning service. Contact Bud Lowery 716.934.7734 or

The Nationality of Adam and Eve…
A Briton, a Frenchman and a Russian were viewing a painting of Adam and Eve walking in the Garden of Eden. “Look at their reserve, their calm,” muses the Brit. “They must be British.” “Nonsense,” the Frenchman disagrees. “They’re naked, and so beautiful. Clearly, they are French.”
“No clothes, no shelter,” the Russian points out, “they have only an apple to eat, and they’re being told this is paradise. They are Russian.”

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

History of the Hymns

August 12, 2007

‘Take Time to Be Holy’ (1882) Page 395
Words: William Dunn Longstaff (1822 – 1894)
Music: George Coles Stebbins (1846 - 1945)

‘Take Time to Be Holy,’ was written by William D. Longstaff after hearing a sermon on I Peter 1:16. However, many years later the composer of the tune, George C. Stebbins, said that Longstaff wrote the hymn after hearing a missionary to China being quoted as saying, ‘Take time and be holy’ at a meeting he attended. Whatever the origin (and both elements may be equally true, when you think about it), Stebbins had received the poem from a friend in 1890, who had clipped it from a periodical. Later, while Stebbins was spending a winter in India assisting Dr. George F. Pentecost and Bishop Thoburn in evangelistic and conference work, he recalled that he had the slip of paper with him. He promptly set music to the words and sent it off to Sankey in New York. Part of the reason Sankey probably accepted it was on the basis of long-time friendship with Longstaff.
Sankey published it first in 1890. The hymn entered the Methodist Protestant hymnal in 1901 and in 1935.
George C. Stebbins (composer of the music of this hymn) studied music in Buffalo and Rochester, NY.

Meanwhile…1882…125 years ago…in the United States…

President: Chester A. Arthur…V.P.: None
Bread: 2¢/loaf, Milk: 4¢/qt., Average income: $490/year
Top songs: ‘My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean’
False teeth were 1st patented
Henry W. Selby of NYC patented the electric iron
The Knights of Columbus was chartered for Catholic men
Thomas Edison invented the first electric Christmas lights
Circus owner PT Barnum bought his world-famous elephant Jumbo
The Hatfields of W.V. & The McCoys of KY feud – 100 were wounded or died
In Buffalo, electric trolley cars w/overhead wires replaced horse-drawn cars
Grover Cleveland was elected Mayor of Buffalo (Later Governor then President)

Ref. HymnHistories Cyberhymnal WebEdelic HymnNuts TanBible Wikipedia

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Sick in church

A little girl was in church with her mother when she started feeling ill. "Mommy," she said, "can we leave now?" "No," her mother replied.
"Well, I think I have to throw up!" exclaimed the girl. "Then go out the front door and around to the back of the church and throw up behind a bush," said her mother.
After about sixty seconds, the little girl returned to her seat. "Did you throw up?" her mother asked. "Yes," the little girl replied.
"How could you have gone all the way to the back of the church and returned so quickly?" her mother asked.
"I didn't have to go out of the church, Mommy. They have a box next to the front door that says, 'For the Sick.'"

Friday, August 10, 2007

Hot Christmas Plans

91 Degrees of Merry Christmas!
As I sit in the office listening to my poor Golden Retriever panting faster than a marathon runner, I'm planning the Christmas musical by the Sheridan Community Chorus. It's just a little difficult thinking of Christmas as I wipe the perspiration off the computer keyboard. But, being the consummate professional, I will stumble through.
The Christmas musical for this year is a new cantata by David T. Clydesdale with DVD accompaniment: 'Noel.' It includes big band arrangements of Christmas Carols, a specialty number for kids ('Everything I Wanted for Christmas'), a nativity candlelight piece, and much more. If you want to get an idea of how great the music is...go to click on 'Noel,' then click on 'listen' to each individual piece.
We are planning a "Christmas kick-off" on Friday, September 7 at 7:00 PM or Saturday, September 8 at 7:00 PM at The Sheridan United Methodist Church. We will have coffee and snacks as we watch and listen to this wonderful musical. After previewing the Christmas cantata, we will have a quick refresher rehearsal of the patriotic musical: 'Spirit of America,' for the upcoming 9/14 Grape Festival performance. Please begin inviting new singers into the fold. We will make them feel welcome.
As always, I thank you for your support.
In His service,

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Christmas Musical Plans

I am 93.9% sure we will present the Christmas musical: 'Noel' (by David T. Clydesdale) at The Sheridan United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 7:00 PM.
This is a wonderfully entertaining Christmas cantata with a powerful message. It includes traditional Christmas carols in 'swing' style, a kids' choir, a candlelight Christmas piece, narration, DVD video presentation, audience sing-along, and much more.
The reason I am only 93.9% sure is I am trying to get assurances from the publisher that all the music, video, & books... will be available "on time."
I am still working on plans for our "Christmas Kick-off" night. This will be a night when we view the cantata and rehearse 'The Spirit of America' for our Friday, September 14 (6:00 PM) concert at The Grape Festival in Silver Creek, NY.
Let me know what night of the week is most convenient for you for our choir rehearsals.
Let me know what night is most convenient for you for our "Christmas Kick-off" night...Friday, September 7 @ 7:00 PM, or Saturday, September 8 @ 7:00 PM. We will finish by 9:00 PM.
We need you!
We need new choir members!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Love is an act of endless forgiveness.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

A little humor…
“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not…
a sense of humor to console him for what he is.”- Francis Bacon, 1561 – 1626
“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs…
jolted by every pebble in the road.”- Henry Ward Beecher, 1813 – 1887
“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.”
- Erma Boombeck

Wanted: choir members
Small, growing, church choir looking for male/female singers in all sections: soprano, alto, tenor & bass. Reading is a plus, blending is a must. Gregarious atmosphere, fun-loving people and an opportunity to develop your musicianship. Come to rehearsal on Sunday mornings following the morning service. Warm-up is Sunday mornings at 10:10 am before the service. You need not be a member to participate. for questions or information contact bud (716) 934-7734 or We need you!

No Parking Zone
A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter. So he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. ‘FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES.’”
When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note: “I’ve worked this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket, I’ll lose my job. ‘LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION.’”

Today in history (August 5)
1981 - President Ronald Regan fired 11,500 striking air traffic controllers
1974 – President Nixon admitted he withheld information about the Watergate break-in
1966 – The Beatles released ‘Yellow Submarine,’ & ‘Eleanor Rigby’ in the UK
1961 – Construction of the Berlin Wall began
1944 – The Allied forces of WW II landed in southern France
1936 – At the Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens won his 3rd Olympic medal
1935 – Will Rogers & Wiley Post were killed in a plane crash in Point Barrow, Alaska
1911 – The product ‘Crisco’ was introduced by Procter & Gamble
1861 – The U.S. Army abolished ‘flogging’

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

Bud's World

August 5, 2007
‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’ (1907) Page 127
Words: William Williams ( 1717 – 1791)
Music: John Hughes (1873 - 1932)

After he was converted, William Williams decided to take all of Wales as his parish. And for the next 43 years, Williams traveled 100,000 miles on horseback, preaching and singing the gospel in his native tongue. He became known as ‘the sweet singer of Wales.’
The vivid, symbolic imagery of this text is drawn wholly from the Bible. The general setting is the march of the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan. Although the Israelites' sin and unbelief kept them from their destination for 40 years, God provided for their physical needs with a new supply of manna each day.
Twice during the Hebrews' years of wandering, they became faint because of lack of water. At the command of God, Moses struck a large rock with his wooden staff. Out of it flowed a pure, crystalline stream that preserved their lives. God also continued to guide them with a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.
This very personal hymn seeks the same care that God gave the Israelites in the wilderness: "Bread of heaven", the manna in the wilderness, "Open now the crystal fountain", water from the rock, "Let the fire and cloudy pillar", the pillar God used to guide them and protect them in the wilderness.
‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’ has been translated into seventy-five languages. It is so loved in Wales that it is considered an unofficial national anthem. It is often spontaneously sung at Welsh sporting events, and was sung at Princess Diana's funeral.

Meanwhile…1907…100 years ago…in the United States…
President: Theodore Roosevelt…V.P.: Charles W. Fairbanks
Bread: 5¢/loaf, Milk: 7¢/qt., Car: $500, House: $4,500, Stamp: 2¢,
Avg. Income: $897/year, Unemployment: 2.8%, Population: 87 million
Top Songs: ‘Maxim’s’ (Adrian Ross), ‘Bon Bon Buddy’ (Alex Rogers),
‘Harrigan’ (George Cohan)
S.T. Davidson was pastor of Sheridan Methodist Church

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Friday, August 3, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus Christmas plans

The past three days have been the hottest, muggiest days of the summer. Kaycee, my golden retriever, has set a record for the fastest panting of the summer. He gets hosed off 4 times/day.
If you're as hot as I am, think of joining us in the chorus for our Christmas cantata. I want to have a Christmas cantata kick-off night at the beginning of September. Maybe Saturday, September 8 at 7:00 pm, we'll get together to watch the video of the Christmas cantata and rehearse our Patriotic 'Spirit of America.' Remember, we are singing the patriotic cantata on Friday, September 14 at 6:00 pm in Silver Creek at the 40th Grape Festival.
Invite your friends to join our chorus!