Sunday, February 4, 2007

February 4, 2007

"Super Bowl Sunday"

The True Football Fan

Recently, I was at a Buffalo Bills game. My seat wasn't the greatest, so when I noticed a vacant seat on the fifty-yard line only 10 rows up, I headed toward it. I asked the man sitting next to the empty seat if the seat was taken. He replied, "No" and welcomed me to sit down.

I started talking to the man and I learned he owned the empty seat…I was in! He said, "My wife use to love to come to these games until she died." I then asked him, "why didn't you give this seat away to a friend?" He replied, "Because they’re all at her funeral service."

From the Choir Loft

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of our "Souper Bowl Trivia Quiz!" You can get a copy of the answers from any church department head. Or just ask Pastor Molly or Bud Lowery and they would be happy to give you the answers.

If you want to get a "sneak peek" at the Easter musical…go to
then click on ‘The Sacrifice,’ then click on "watch video."

We welcome anyone interested in joining our ranks! The adult choir warms-up immediately before Sunday morning services, and rehearses immediately following Sunday morning services.

Community Chorus rehearsals begin Tuesday, February 6 @ 7:00 PM at Sheridan United Methodist Church. They will be every Tuesday and Thursday nights @ 7:00 PM at Sheridan United Methodist (2679 Rt. 20) in Sheridan, NY. We need you! We want you!

Our concerts will be: 3/25/07 in Cattaraugus, NY...and 4/1/07 in Sheridan, NY.

Getting into Heaven

A man dies and goes to heaven. Of course, St. Peter meets him at the pearly gates.

St. Peter says, "Here's how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you've done, and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 points, you get in."

"Okay," the man says, "I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart." "That's wonderful," says St. Peter, "that's worth three points!" "Three points?" he says. "Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my tithe and service." "Terrific!" says St. Peter, "that's certainly worth a point." "One point? Golly! How about this; I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless veterans." "Fantastic, that's good for two more points,"

he says.


the man cries, "At this rate the only way I'll get into heaven is by the grace of God!"

"Come on in!" replied St. Peter.

Today in history

(February 4)

1991 – The Baseball Hall of Fame voted to ban Pete Rose

1971 – British car maker Rolls Royce declared bankruptcy

1969 – John Madden was named head coach of NFL’s Oakland Raiders

1945 – F.D.R., Winston Churchill, & Joseph Stalin met at the Yalta Conference

1938 – Disney released "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (became #1 at the box office)

1873 – Birth of George Bennard, American Methodist evangelist and composer of ‘The Old Rugged Cross’

1792 – George Washington was unanimously elected 1st President of the United States by the Electoral College

Bud’s History of the Hymns

February 4, 2007

‘Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty’

(1861) page 64

Words by Reginald Heber (1783 – 1826) Music by John B. Dykes (1823 - 1876)

Worship is the cornerstone of a believer's spiritual life. The bedrock of the local church is its worship service, and all aspects of the church’s ministry are founded here.

The writer of today’s worship hymn, Rev. Reginald Heber, was a highly respected writer, minister, Oxford scholar, and church leader. In 1823, when Reverend Heber was 40 years old, he was sent to India to serve as Bishop of Calcutta. Due to the climate and the pressures of his work, Heber’s health quickly deteriorated and he died suddenly in 1826. One account is that one Sunday morning, after preaching against the evils of their caste system to a large outdoor crowd, he suffered sunstroke and died.

A year later a book of his hymns was published by his widow and friends. It is from this collection of 1827 that the words of today’s hymn were taken. Heber was the first to compile a hymnal with the hymns in the order of the "church calendar."

‘Holy, Holy, Holy’

was written specifically for Trinity Sunday (a day that reaffirmed the doctrine of the Trinity observed eight Sundays after Easter). Based on the words of Revelation 4:8, he used the symbolism of ‘3’ repeatedly throughout. God is "holy, merciful and mighty,"

He's perfect in "power, in love and purity," He's worshiped by "saints, cherubim, and seraphim," and He's praised in "earth and sky and sea." Through the constant use of ‘3’, this hymn describes and worships God in "3 persons."

Meanwhile…1861…146 years ago…in the United States…

President: Abraham Lincoln…V.P.: Hannibal Hamlin

The flush toilet was patented by Mr. Thomas Crapper

Jefferson Davis became President of the Confederate States

Fort Sumter in South Carolina was shelled (4/12/61) officially beginning the Civil War

NYC Mayor proposed NYC become a "free city" trading with both the North & South

President-elect Abraham Lincoln visited Buffalo (2/16/61) on his way to Washington to take the oath of office. He stayed at the American Hotel on Main St. between Eagle & Court Streets giving a speech from a balcony. The following morning he worshipped at the 1st Unitarian Church (110 Franklin St. at Eagle St.) as the guest of Millard Fillmore.

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Church office: 672-2048, Bud: 934-7734, email:

From behind the baton

Sheridan United Methodist Church in Sheridan, NY has cancelled services today (2/4/07).
No, not because of the Super Bowl...I have 6" of fresh snow, which has fallen between 10:00 last night and 6:00 this morning. Our wind chill temperatures are below zero. Stay warm!