Sunday, September 30, 2007

Bud's World

I was just wondering:
Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
Why does “fat chance” and “slim chance” mean the same thing?
Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?

From the Choir Loft
Our choir sang the patriotic musical ‘Spirit of America’ for the residents at ‘St. Columban’s On The Lake’ on Tuesday night (9/11), and sang at The Grape Festival in Silver Creek on Friday night (9/14). All in one week! They did an outstanding job and the audience response has been absolutely overwhelming. This was great exposure for our church and its music ministry. We are actively seeking participants for our upcoming Christmas season (singers & non-singers). We will be presenting our Christmas musical at Sheridan United Methodist Church and at St. Joe’s Roman Catholic Church in North Tonawanda. If you or someone you know would like to join us for our Christmas musical, please contact Bud Lowery 716.934.7734 or or call the church office 716.672.2048.

Puns ‘R Us:
“Marriage is the mourning after the knot before.”
“Corduroy pillows are making headlines.”
“Sea captains don’t like crew cuts.”
“Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?”
“A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumor.”
“Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses.”
“Acupuncture is a jab well done.”
Today in history (September 30)
1994 – The NHL went on strike
1990 – The Pittsburgh Pirates won the NL East title (can you tell I’m a Pittsburgh Pirates fan?)
1975 – 5 drowned in the flash flood of a sewer & water tunnel in Niagara Falls, NY
1972 – The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Roberto Clemente got his 3,000th hit
1970 – The ‘New American Bible’ was published
1960 – ‘The Flintstones’ premiered as the 1st prime time animation show
1960 – On ‘Howdy Doody’s’ last TV show, Clarabelle finally talked (“Goodbye Kids”)
1954 – The United States launched its 1st atomic vessel – the submarine ‘Nautilus’
1953 – Earl Warren was appointed ‘Chief Justice’ of the U.S. Supreme Court
1946 – 22 Nazi leaders were found guilty of war crimes at the Nuremberg trials
1942 – The ‘SS’ exterminated 3,500 Jews in a 6-week period in Poland
1941 – 3,721 Jews were buried alive in the Ukraine
1935 – George Gershwin’s ‘Porgy & Bess’ premiered in Boston
1841 – Samuel Slocum patented the stapler
1777 – The U.S. Congress fled to York, Pa. as British forces advanced

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

History of the Hymns

‘Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus’ (1858) Page 514
Words: George Duffield, Jr. (1818 – 1888)
Music: George James Webb (1803 - 1887)

On March 4, 1858, over 5,000 men gathered for a mass meeting sponsored by the YMCA. A young man, Dudley A. Tyng, who was bold, fearless and uncompromising, preached from Exodus 10:11, “Ye that are men, go and serve the Lord.” Over 1,000 of the men were converted and the sermon was called “one of the most successful of the time.” The entire city was being aroused and a religious awakening was gaining force. The next week Tyng returned to his family in the country.
On Tuesday, April 13,1858, he was witnessing the operation of a corn-thrasher in his barn. Raising his arm to place his hand on the head of a mule, which was walking up the inclined lane of the machine, the loose sleeve of his morning gown was caught between the cogs. Tyng’s arm was lacerated severely, the main artery severed and the median nerve injured. Six days later, he died. His last words were: “Stand up for Jesus, father; stand up for Jesus; and tell my brethren of the ministry, wherever you meet them, to stand up for Jesus.”
The Rev. George Duffield, Jr., pastor of Temple Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, heard the account of his friend’s passing at a memorial service, and wrote this hymn. Thus, the dying words of an Episcopal clergyman inspired a Presbyterian minister to write the words of this hymn. — Ernest K. Emurian

Meanwhile…1858…149 years ago…in the United States…
President: James Buchanan…V.P.: John C. Breckinridge
Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd state
The 1st Lincoln / Douglas debate was held
E. A. Gardner of Philadelphia patented the streetcar
The 1st home mailboxes were installed in Boston & NYC
John Brown organized a raid on an arsenal at Harper’s Ferry
Abraham Lincoln stated “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
Macy & Co. 1st opened on 6th Avenue in NYC with 1st day gross receipts of $1106.00

Ref. HymnHistories Cyberhymnal WebEdelic DMarie TanBible Wikipedia

Friday, September 28, 2007

Improvements in Hell (Joke)

An engineer died and ended up in Hell. He was not pleased with the level of comfort in Hell, and began to redesign and build improvements. After a while, they had toilets that flush, air conditioning, and escalators. Everyone grew very fond of him.
One day God called to Satan to mock him, "So, how's it going down there in Hell?" Satan replied, "Hey, things are great. We've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and there's no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next."
God was surprised, "What? You've got an engineer? That's a mistake. He should never have gotten down there in the first place. Send him back up here."
"No way," replied Satan. "I like having an engineer, and I'm keeping him."
God threatened, "Send him back up here now or I'll sue!"
Satan laughed and answered, "Yeah, right. And just where are YOU going to get a lawyer?"

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Calorie-burning activities counter

Here's your guide to calorie-burning activities and calories burned per hour (Part 2):
Running in circles 350
Eating crow 225
Tooting your own horn 25
Climbing the ladder of success 750
Pulling out the stops 75
Adding fuel to the fire 160
Wrapping it up 12
Putting your foot in your mouth 300
Starting the ball rolling 90
Going over the edge 25
Picking up the pieces 350
Counting eggs before they hatch 6
Calling it quits 2

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Calorie-burning activities counter

Here's your guide to calorie-burning activities and calories burned per hour:
Beating around the bush 75
Making mountains out of mole hills 500
Jumping to conclusions 100
Swallowing your pride 50
Passing the buck 25
Throwing your weight around 50-300 (depending on your weight)
Dragging your heels 100
Pushing your luck 250
Hitting the nail on the head 50
Wading through paperwork 300
Bending over backwards 75
Jumping on the bandwagon 200
Balancing the books 200

Invite a friend to join us!

The rehearsals have begun, attendance has been good and the Christmas season has begun!
Just because the temperature and humidity are high, we're not going to let that stop us from decking the halls with boughs of holly!
Invite your friends to join us! We need singers of all & video help...promotional help...etc. The help wanted list is endless.
Invite a friend to join us!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Sleeping with Mommy (Joke)

A man returned from a trip when a big storm hit their town, with crashing thunder and severe lightning. When he got home and into his bedroom at about 2 a.m., he found his two children in bed with his wife, apparently scared by the loud storm. He resigned himself to sleep in the guest bedroom that night.
The next day, he talked to the children, and explained that it was okay to sleep with Mom when the storm was bad, but, in the future, when he was expected home, please don't sleep with Mom that night. They said okay.
After his next trip several weeks later, his wife and the children picked him up in the terminal at the appointed time. Since the plane was late, everyone had come into the terminal to wait for his plane's arrival, along with hundreds of other folks waiting for their arriving passengers.
As he entered the waiting area, his son saw him and ran toward him shouting, "Hi, Dad! I've got some good news!" As he waved back, Dad said loudly, "What's the good news?"
"Nobody slept with Mommy while you were away this time!" the boy shouted. The airport became very quiet, as everyone in the waiting area looked at the man's son, then turned to him, and then searched the rest of the area to see if they could figure out exactly who his Mom was.

Bud's World

I was just wondering:

Why do people who know the least know it the loudest?

Why do they call it the ‘Department of the Interior’
when they’re in charge of everything outdoors?

Why do we sing ‘Take me out to the ball game’ when we’re already there?

Why is there Braille print on drive-through ATM machines?

From the Choir Loft
Singers needed. Males or females age 13+. Looking for people willing to work for free, to donate their time and talents, to travel to/from rehearsals for free, to work for no earthly benefits, and to put up with a choir director who is a “legend in his own mind!” Choir rehearsals are immediately following each and every Sunday morning service and Tuesdays from 6:45 – 7:15 PM. We are also rehearsing for our upcoming Christmas musical on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 – 8:30 PM at Sheridan United Methodist Church. We will be presenting this wonderful new musical at a Roman Catholic church in North Tonawanda and at Sheridan United Methodist Church. If interested, please contact the “legend” (Bud Lowery) at 716.934.7737 or

Puns ‘R Us:
“A good pun is its own reword.”
“Dijon vu: The same mustard as before.”
“Shotgun wedding: A case of wife or death.”
“A pessimist’s blood type is always b-negative.”
“I used to work in a blanket factory, but it folded.”
“I fired my masseuse today. She just rubbed me the wrong way.”
“My wife really likes to make pottery, but to me it’s just kiln time.”
“A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.”
Newspaper headline: “Energizer Bunny arrested; charged with battery.”
“I used to be a lumberjack, but I just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the ax.”

Today in history
(September 23)

1990 – Saddam Hussein threatened to destroy Israel
1976 – President Gerald Ford debated Governor Jimmy Carter
1962 – ABC-TV premiered its 1st TV series in color – The Jetsons
1952 – Vice-President Richard Nixon gave his famous “Checkers” speech
1937 – The very first ‘Santa Claus School’ opened in Albion, New York
1806 – Lewis & Clark returned to St. Louis from their Pacific Northwest expedition
1642 – The 1st commencement at Harvard (Cambridge, Massachusetts) was held

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

History of the Hymns

‘O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go’ (1882) Page 480
Words: George Matheson (1842 – 1906)
Music: Albert L. Peace (1844 - 1912)
George Matheson, engaged to be married, learned he would soon be totally blind. His fiancĂ©e said, “I cannot marry a blind man” and left him with his dreams shattered. He thought of taking his life, but instead took hold of himself as he wrote the moving hymn, “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go” on June 6, 1882.
This blind preacher and poet later penned these words—
“My God, I have never thanked Thee for my thorns.
I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses, but not once for my thorns.
I have been looking forward to a world where I shall get compensation for my cross;
but I have never thought of my cross as itself a present glory.
Teach me the glory of my cross: teach me the value of my thorn.
Shew me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain.
Shew me that my tears have made my rainbow.”
Albert Peace wrote the musical tune: "St. Margaret" for Matheson's text for The Scottish Hymnal of 1885. He named the tune "Margaret," which is a favorite name in Scotland and it has also been said that the tune may have been named in honor of his fiancé.

Meanwhile…1882…125 years ago…in the United States…
President: Chester A. Arthur…V.P.: None
Bread: 2¢/loaf, Milk: 4¢/qt., House: $4,900
Average Income: Men: $71.40/year / Women: $54.50/year
Top Songs: ‘My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean,’ ‘The Skaters,’ ‘The Jumbo,’
‘When The Clock In The Tower Strikes Twelve’
The 1st baseball double header took place
The Dow Jones & Company was founded
Most popular children’s names: John, William, Mary, & Anna
The ‘Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882’ was passed, it sought to halt Chinese immigration
Rev. Jan Pitas established The St. Stanislaus Church (oldest polish parish in Buffalo, NY)

Ref. HymnHistories Cyberhymnal WebEdelic DMarie TanBible Wikipedia

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Church Bulletin Bloopers

The Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled...Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The Congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
Thursday night Potluck Supper. Prayer and medication to follow.
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall...Music will follow.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What Is Hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Bud's Inspirational Thoughts (Joke)...

~ Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
~ Doing a job RIGHT the first time gets the job done. Doing the job WRONG fourteen times gives you job security.
~ Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings...they did it by doing away with all those who opposed them.
~ We put the "k" in "kwality."
~ A person who smiles in the face of adversity probably has a scapegoat.
~ If at first you don't succeed, try management.
~ Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether.
~ Teamwork means never having to take all the blame yourself.
~ The beatings will continue until morale improves.
~ Hang in there--retirement is only thirty years away!
~ Go the extra mile. It makes your boss look like an incompetent slacker.
~ A snooze button is a poor substitute for no alarm clock at all.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sheridan Community Chorus rehearsal

Our Sheridan Chorus rehearsal was very well attended last night and I had a great time!
I am planning to schedule a second chorus rehearsal each week and I'm looking for suggestions. This second rehearsal would primarily be for singers not able to attend Tuesday evening chorus rehearsals. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.


Monday, September 17, 2007

Bud's World

Theme songs for Bible characters
(If you don’t get it…ask Pastor Molly to explain it to you.)
Joshua: ‘Good Vibrations’
Peter: ‘I’m Sorry’
Esau: ‘Born To Be Wild’
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: ‘Great Balls of Fire!’
The Three Kings: ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’
Jonah: ‘Got a Whale of a Tale’
Elijah: ‘Up, Up, and Away’
Methuselah: ‘Stayin’ Alive’
Nebuchadnezzar: ‘Crazy’

From the Choir Loft
Whether you’re a soloist or an ensemble singer or you play an instrument and are looking for a place to sing or play, we can use you. We can use every level of talent and use it for the Lord. Get your chance to work with a choir director, who is a legend in his own mind.
We don’t pay well, but our “after-life” retirement plan is out of this world!
Please contact Bud Lowery at 716.934.7734 or
Our rehearsals have begun for our Christmas cantata. Do you know someone who likes to sing?

I find it Interesting:
· There are only four words in the English language, which end in "dous":
tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
· The words 'racecar,’ 'kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same
whether they are read left to right or right to left (‘palindromes’).
· The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet. (Now, you KNOW you're going to try this out for accuracy, right?)
· No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
· "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt." (Do you doubt this?)
· Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

Today in history
(September 16)
1994 – The fire department put out a smoky electrical fire in the White House
1992 – The FCC voted to allow competition for local phone service
1983 – Arnold Schwarzenegger became a U.S. citizen
1976 – The Episcopal Church approved ordination of women as priests and bishop
1973 – Buffalo Bills’ O.J. Simpson rushed for 250 yards & 2 TDs (Bills 31-Pats 13)
1968 – Richard Nixon appeared on TVs ‘Laugh-in’
1928 – Hurricane hit West Palm Beach/Lake Okeechobbe, Florida – 3,000 die
1908 – William C. Durant incorporated General Motors in Janesville, Wisconsin

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

History of the Hymns

‘Alas and did my Savior Bleed’ (1827) Page 294
Words: Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748)
Music: Hugh Wilson (1766 - 1824)

Isaac Watts included this hymn in his Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in 1707. Today’s version has changed the famous line, “for such a worm as I,” to a phrase considered less offensive: “for sinners such as I.”
Watts was the first Christian hymn writer to include newly composed texts in his hymnals, thus laying the foundation for future hymn-writers. In his Hymns and Spiritual Songs published in 1707 and later revised in 1709, there are three sections. The first contains hymns based on Scripture, the second are newly composed hymns and the third contain hymns for use in celebrating the Lord’s Supper.
The tune of this hymn is also known as “Avon,” “Fenwick,” “All Saints” and “Drumclog.” This tune most likely has Scottish folk roots. Anne Gilchrist identified it as the ballad, “Helen of Kirkconnel.” It has been traced back to leaflets published around the end of the 18th century. There it appears in duple meter. In 1825, Robert Archibald Smith included it in his Sacred Music sung in St. George's Church, Edinburgh, using a triple meter. Hugh Wilson (1766-1829) has been declared the owner of this tune.

Meanwhile…1827…180 years ago…in the United States…
President: John Quincy Adams…V.P.: John C. Calhoun
The typewriter was patented as the ‘Typographer’
The 1st Mardi-Gras celebration held in New Orleans
1st issue of a “Negro” newspaper called “Freedom’s Journal”
John James Audubon began publishing his ‘Birds of America’
New York State officially abolished slavery…10,000 slaves freed
Joseph Smith claimed that he unearthed the “Book of Mormon” at Hill Cumorah, NY
976 ships visited the harbor in Buffalo (almost 3/day)

Ref. HymnHistories Cyberhymnal WebEdelic DMarie TanBible Wikipedia

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Sheridan Community Chorus

The Sheridan Community Chorus & Cattaraugus area singers will present the spectacular patriotic musical 'The Spirit of America' tonight (9/14/07) at The Grape Festival in Silver Creek, NY at 6:00 pm.
We will be near the Gazebo in "downtown" Silver Creek and will begin shortly after 6:00 pm.
The attire for the singers will be red/white/blue. Bring your American flags, and choir books.
Report time for the singers is 5:30 PM.
Pray for good weather so we can sing outside. If it rains, we will sing inside First United Church (the big white church near the gazebo).

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Chorus at The Grape Festival

The Sheridan Community Chorus will sing 'The Spirit of America' at The Grape Festival on Friday, 9/14/07 at 6:00 pm near the Gazebo.
Report time for the chorus is 5:30 and the attire is any combination of red/white/blue.
Bring your choir books and your American flag.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Wit or Wisdom
“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.”
~ Elizabeth Bibesco
“Wisdom is knowing when to speak your mind and when to mind your speech.”
~ Unknown
“A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good,
and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad.”
~ Arnold Glasgow
“There are only two kinds of men: the righteous, who believes themselves sinners,
and the rest, sinners who believe themselves righteous.”
~ Blaise Pascal
“The winds of God are always blowing, but you must set the sails.”
~ Unknown

From the Choir Loft
Choir LoftDo you love to sing? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to perform before a congregation of appreciative “saints?” Would you like more fun and excitement in your life? We are looking for voices to join us in praise to the Lord. For further information please contact Bud Lowery at 716.934.7734 or
Very Interesting:
· If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast,
the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
· Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
· An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. (My Dad said this about me!)
· A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
· ‘TYPEWRITER’ is the longest word that can be made
using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
· There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order:
"abstemious" and "facetious." (Come on admit it, you’re saying “ A E I O U”)
Today in history
(September 9)
1990 – President Bush & Prime Minister Gorbachev met in Helsinki to urge Iraq to leave Kuwait
1971 – 1,000 convicts rioted and seized Attica Prison
1965 – Sandy Koufax pitched his 4th no-hitter, a perfect game vs. Cubs (1 – 0)
1957 – The song ‘Diana’ by Paul Anka reached #1
1956 – Elvis Presley made his 1st appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
1908 – Orville Wright made the 1st 1 hour airplane flight in Fort Meyer, Virginia
1861 – Sally Tompkins became the only female commissioned officer in the Confederate Army
1841 – The Great Lakes steamer ‘Erie’ sank off Silver Creek, NY (over 250 died)

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

History of the Hymns

‘Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone’ Page 424
Words: Thomas Shepherd (1665 – 1739) Music: George Nelson Allen (1812 - 1877)

The words of this hymn originally read “Shall Simon bear the cross alone, and other saints be free.” Thomas Shepherd, the author, wrote this hymn after preaching about Simon Peter, who was believed to have been crucified upside down. The words were later changed to the words, which we use today.

1841…166 years ago…in Silver Creek…
U.S. President: John Tyler…V.P.: None
One ghastly August morning in 1841, 250 bodies washed up onto Silver Creek’s shores. This was due to an excursion boat, the ‘Erie,’ which failed to reach shore before it was consumed by fire. On August 9, 1841, at eight in the evening, the steamship The Lake Erie was taking a load of about four hundred emigrants from Buffalo to Erie, Pa.
When the ship was only a few miles off the shore of Silver Creek, a can of varnish ignited and the ship burst into flames. The captain immediately headed toward shore and while only about a mile from shore the ship went under. The next morning the shore was lined with over two hundred and fifty dead bodies of those who couldn’t make the swim. This incident is often considered the most tragic of the Lake Erie disasters.
One newspaper article of that date stated that each grave was marked with a stone bearing the inscription “A life lost on August 9, 1841, on the steamship ‘Erie’ near Silver Creek.” This may be true of the Sheridan Cemetery, but no markers were erected in Silver Creek, and there were no inscriptions to perpetuate either the date or the disaster. These thirteen graves, eloquent in their anonymity, comprise a row on the right after the main driveway curves at the crest of the upgrade. They were behind the original tool house of earlier days. There you will find them today, but with one change. One grave now bears a marker which reads “Noah P. Crittenden, 1841,” and thereon hangs a story.
Not too many years ago a stranger appeared in the cemetery inquiring about the graves of the victims of the ‘Erie’ of August 1841. He was the grandson of one of the victims. Not long after, a stone arrived to give name and honor to at least one of the thirteen and to perpetuate the date on which they perished.

Ref. HymnHistories Cyberhymnal WebEdelic DMarie TanBible OnceUponATime

Friday, September 7, 2007

Chorus Christmas Cantata Kick-Off Night

Tonight (9/7/07) at 7:00 PM will be our Christmas Cantata Kick-Off night for our Chorus at Sheridan United Methodist Church (2679 Route 20 in Sheridan, NY).
We will be listening & viewing our new Christmas musical 'Noel' by David T. Clydesdale.
I can assure you that you will be excited! This is an entertainingly powerful piece that will challenge the singers and audience.
If you have any interest in singing, acting, dancing, singing in a small ensemble, sing a solo, help with the sound/lighting, etc., please join us!
We're asking people to bring a snack or drink if you can.
See you tonight!

Bill Gates Meets His Programmer (Joke)

Bill Gates suddenly dies and finds himself face to face with God. God stands over him and says, "Well Bill, I'm really confused on this one. It's a tough decision. I'm not sure whether to send you to Heaven or Hell. After all, you helped society enormously by putting a computer in almost every home in America, yet you also created that ghastly Windows '95 among other indiscretions. I believe I'll do something I've never done before; I'll let you decide where you want to go."
Bill pushed up his glasses, looked up at God and replied, "Could you briefly explain the difference between the two?"
Looking slightly puzzled, God said, "Better yet, why don't I let you visit both places briefly, then you can make your decision. Which do you choose to see first, Heaven or Hell?" Bill played with his pocket protector for a moment, then looked back at God and said, "I think I'll try Hell first."
So, with a flash of lightning and a cloud of smoke, Bill Gates went to Hell. When he materialized in Hell, Bill looked around. It was beautiful and clean, a bit warm, with sandy beaches and tall mountains, clear skies, pristine water, and beautiful women frolicking about.
A smile came across Bill's face as he took in a deep breath of the clean air. "This is great," he thought, "if this is Hell, I can't wait to see heaven." Within seconds of his thought, another flash of lightning and a cloud of smoke appeared, and Bill was off to Heaven. Heaven was a place high above the clouds, where angels were drifting about playing their harps and singing in a beautiful chorus. It was a very nice place, Bill thought, but not as enticing as Hell.
Bill looked up, yelled for God, told him his decision and was sent to Hell for eternity. Time passed, and God decided to check on the late billionaire to see how he was progressing in Hell. When he got there, he found Bill Gates shackled to a wall in a dark cave amid bone thin men and tongues of fire, being burned and tortured by demons.
"So, how is everything going?" God asked. Bill responded with a cracking voice filled with anguish and disappointment, "This is awful! It's nothing like the Hell I visited the first time!! I can't believe this is happening! What happened to the other place...with the beaches and the mountains and the beautiful women?"
"That was the demo," replied God.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

From Bud's World

September 2, 2007
Happy Labor Day Weekend
from Bud's World
'The Old Rugged Face’
‘Precious Lord, Take My Hand, And Help Me Up’
‘It is Well With My Soul, But My Knees Hurt’
‘Nobody Knows the Trouble I Have Seeing’
‘Amazing Grace, Considering My Age’
‘Just a Slower Walk With Thee’
‘Count Your Many Birthdays, Name Them One by One’
‘Go Tell It On The Mountain, But Please Speak Up’‘Give Me That Old Timers' Religion’
‘Blessed Insurance’
‘Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah, I've Forgotten Where I Parked’

Sheridan’s fastest growing church choir is currently looking for fresh faces and fresh talent to join our talented ensemble. What are we looking for? Singers from all walks of life. Our prospects range from runway tenors, plus-size basses, fussy altos, distracted sopranos, etc.... If you get jealous every time you hear a karaoke singer or you are just looking to get into a really fun ensemble, please contact me…Bud Lowery at 719.934.7734 or

Did you know?
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
There are more chickens than there are people in the world.
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and
a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
(To whom, we’re all grateful!)
The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

Today in history
(September 2)
1987 – The Philips Company introduced the CD-Video
1969 – Star Trek’s final episode aired on TV
1969 – The 1st ATM machine was opened for public use
1959 – The Ford Falcon was introduced
1945 – The formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri
1944 – Holocaust diarist Anne Frank was sent to Auschwitz
1864 – General Sherman led Union troops into Atlanta
Church office: (716) 672-2048, Bud: (716) 934-7734, email:

Bud’s History of the Hymns
September 2, 2007
‘Come Sinners, to the Gospel Feast’(1774) Page 339
Words: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788)
Music: Hursley, Katholisches Gesangbuch

In July 1790, Jesse Lee preached the first "Methodist" sermon ever delivered in Boston, Massachusetts. Having spent a week trying to find a place to preach, but finding all places of worship closed against him and his Methodist "heresy," he concluded to preach in the open air on the Common. He borrowed a table from someone living near by, and placed it under the shade of the famous Old Elm located in the center of the Common. With an audience of only five persons, he began singing this morning’s hymn. They had never heard such hymns and such preaching in Calvinistic New England. Before he had finished his sermon he had an audience of nearly three thousand, and on the succeeding Sabbath an even larger number.
In 1876, this historic old elm tree was blown down in a severe storm. The Methodist preachers of the city resolved to have a large armchair made of some of the wood of the tree.
In the hymn, ‘Come Sinners, to the Gospel Feast,’ the first stanza tells us that sinners are called to come to the table. You don’t have to be perfect to come. Indeed, it’s exactly because we are imperfect that we need to come to the table. The second stanza tells us that no one has an excuse for not coming to the table or for refusing to receive the Grace of Jesus Christ. The third stanza is the most difficult. It proclaims that Christ’s presence is known through the elements of bread and wine and is real, and that when we eat and drink the elements we are receiving the Divine Grace, which is able to save us from our sin.

Meanwhile…1774…233 years ago…in the United States…
The Chestertown "tea party" occurred (tea dumped into the Chester River)
England passed "Quartering Act" mandating Colonists to house English troops
The British closed the port of Boston to commerce in response to Chestertown tea party
1st incident of Revolution – 400 attacked Ft. William and Mary in New Hampshire
Citizens of Carlisle, Pennsylvania passed a declaration of independence
The "Minute Men" were organized by the American Colonists
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