Thursday, May 31, 2007

May 27

Memorial Day
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.
The Church Garden

Plant four rows of squash:

Squash gossip, Squash indifference, Squash grumbling, Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of lettuce:

Lettuce be faithful, Lettuce be kind, Lettuce be patient, Lettuce truly love one another

Plant three rows of peas:

Peace of mind, Peace of heart,

Peace of soul

Plant three rows of turnips:

Turnip for meetings,

Turnip for service, Turnip to help one another

We must include Thyme:

Thyme for each other, Thyme for family, Thyme for friends, Thyme for God

From the Choir Loft

Our Sheridan Community Chorus, under the direction of Bud Lowery, is busy rehearsing for the upcoming patriotic musical: ‘The Spirit of America.’ It will be performed here at The Sheridan United Methodist Church on Sunday, July 1 at 7:00 PM. It is a powerful tribute to God for bestowing his many blessings upon our country. It also reminds us of the sacrifice of all our veterans. We will honor each branch of our armed service as we sing a medley, which includes all the theme songs of the military branches. Please be sure to invite your friends and neighbors to this wonderful tribute.

Hi Def TV

With high-definition TV, they say everything looks bigger and wider. Kind of like going to your 25th high school reunion.

Today in history

(May 27)

On this day in 1819, Julia Ward Howe was born. Her ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic,’ was written in 1861. It perfectly captured the shift in the country’s spirit, which was drawing men to don blue uniforms. No longer were they fighting simply to preserve the Union. Now the war was becoming a holy crusade to free the slaves.

On this day in 1941, a British naval force sank the German battleship ‘Bismarck’

History of the Hymns

Battle Hymn of the Republic’ (1861)

Words: Julia Ward Howe (1819 – 1910) Music: ‘USA Campmeeting’ tune

It was the midst of the terrible U.S. Civil War. Deeply anguished at the growing conflict between the two sections of the country, Mrs. Julia Howe watched troops marching off to war singing “John Brown's Body,” a song about a man who had been hanged in his efforts to free the slaves.

Julia felt that the catchy camp meeting tune should have better words. In a desire to phrase her own feelings about the dreadful events of the time, she scrawled the verses almost without even looking at the paper. Before long the entire nation became inspired by her text and united in singing the new words with the old tune. Mrs. Howe's hymn has been acclaimed through the years as one of our finest patriotic songs. At one time it was sung as a solo at a large rally attended by President Abraham Lincoln. After the audience had responded with loud applause, the President, with tears in his eyes, cried out, “Sing it again!” It was sung again.

And after more than a hundred years, Americans still join in proclaiming, “Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on!”

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

President: Abraham Lincoln…

V.P.: Hannibal Hamlin

Silver Creek, NY by-laws of 1861

  1. It is not lawful to encumber or obstruct the sidewalks.

  2. Any dead animal found in the limits of the village must be buried within three hours of notification to the owner of the animal.

  3. It is not lawful to bathe naked in either Walnut or Silver Creek or along the shores of Lake Erie within the village limits after sunrise or before nine o’clock in the evening. A fine of 50¢ will be levied for each violation of this law.

  4. Assessors will be paid one dollar for each day devoted to official duties.

  5. It is not lawful for milk cows to run at large in the village before sunrise or after sunset. A fine of 50¢ will be levied.

  6. It is not lawful to fasten a horse to any ornamental, fruit, or shade tree planted in any Public Street or ground or to injure such tree in any manner. A fine of one dollar will be imposed for violation of this By-law.

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